I think ALCAN, I think ALCAN - 47 Days & 16,300 Miles

Discussion in 'Ride Reports - Epic Rides' started by DataDaddy, Aug 8, 2006.

  1. tomcat

    tomcat Data Wrangler

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    those is some nice lookin' tables
    :thumb
  2. DataDaddy

    DataDaddy @ the new dad thing

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    I'll work to get them finished... Now that I understand part of my gas mileage quandary :lol3
  3. CA Stu

    CA Stu Peace and love

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    1) Preload :thwak

    2) Heavier rear shock / spring :thwak :thwak

    3) Check your chain tension once in a while :thwak :thwak :thwak

    KLR swingarms come up on ebay quite a bit.

    Thanks
    CA Stu
  4. mark1305

    mark1305 Old Enough To Know Better Supporter

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    These most recent damage pictures go a long way towards explaining some of the noises emanating fro the bike every time you entered and departed the Scrub back in October :huh

    +1 on the kudos for your report. Did you post all this, or at least the parts from home via dial up? You da man!

    See ya at the Scrub in a few days :freaky
  5. DataDaddy

    DataDaddy @ the new dad thing

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    leave on a test ride to Daytona in an hour or so... :ricky

    :freaky untill we meet again.
  6. Bigger Al

    Bigger Al Still a stupid tire guy Supporter

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    Man, Jay, words cannot describe just how cool reading this report has been. I just bought a KLR, and now I've been inspired to do more with it than I thought capable. Thanks for the incredible pictures, play-by-play, and true Honest-To-God sense of adventure that we're all hoping to find.
    Safe Travels!! Al
  7. achesley

    achesley Old Motorcyclist

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    Well heck Jay,
    Being as your on the way to Daytona by now, you may not see this for a week or so.
    Really enjoyed your travels via the KLR. Many people don't know the value of this bike. Good doing anything, not proficient at anything but having fun.
    I , like you have roam the US too fast and too much area coverage in too little time to seek out the pleasures of each nook and cranny. But, that's in my future starting in June with a return to California for unfinished business on 2 places I missed the last few times. Hearst Castle and Yosemite park.
    I think my best ever day on my KLR was only 722 miles in 18 hrs. From bouncing down a stairway at 5 mph and hoping I was on the right trail road in the ozarks of Arkansas to trying to end run a storm on I49 at 85 indicated.

    I love your choice of roads. I hate I states and most US highways unless
    they are something like US 129 at Deals Gap ;-). Love the little State and County roads but it don't make for many miles during the day. But then that's not what it's about anymore. Since I hit a deer years ago, I try not to ride at night and am looking for a motel at 4:pM. I quite camping and carrying at tent as my birthday present to myself at 61 ;-)...

    Again , thanks for taking us along. Hope you have many more journey's in your future.
    Happy trails
  8. jmetteer

    jmetteer Filler...

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    And a bump. :thumb

    :evil

    Later,
  9. DataDaddy

    DataDaddy @ the new dad thing

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    Wow, its been a while since I had visitors... Sorry for all the dust and those cabinets that I haven't finished :lol3
  10. beefjerky

    beefjerky Long timer

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    Hay man, I just saw those pics of the swingarm. I guess it's been a while now, but I have a klr swingarm that you could have for not much money if you still need it.
  11. DataDaddy

    DataDaddy @ the new dad thing

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    Got it covered... Got one cheap on Ebay...

    Thanks man.
  12. mark1305

    mark1305 Old Enough To Know Better Supporter

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    Good to see this thread reappear.

    This was an epic ride, for sure. And the report should cover just about any KLR question people have about tires, equipment, offroad, onroad, etc.

    So, Jay, what's next on the High Adventure list?
  13. DataDaddy

    DataDaddy @ the new dad thing

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    I got a good one going now... its called divorce, change jobs, and find new house. :lol3


    ...forgive me father for I HAVE SINNED, I rode a motorcycle for the first time in ~2 months on Tuesday (and that was taking it to the shop - Vstrom charging prob). :cry

    Shooting for WestFest... then I have to go visit some folks. I haven't seen Mutineer in a coons-age :deal
  14. idea man

    idea man Plate Spinner

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    KLR vs V-Strom. Compare and contrast. Idea wife is looking for a ride. Seems like the V-Strom is the way to go but she is drawn to the thrifty-ness of the KLR. Your thoughts? Thanks.

    PS: Congrats on your many new "opportunities"
  15. DataDaddy

    DataDaddy @ the new dad thing

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    Primary thing is what type of riding does she want to do?

    Despite being dual-sports, these are two very different bikes with very different capabilities.
  16. DC950

    DC950 Microadventurer

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    sorry to hear about the divorce. You still in MS?:ear
  17. mark1305

    mark1305 Old Enough To Know Better Supporter

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    Damn, Jay. Now I feel bad that I asked.

    Hang in there, man!
  18. idea man

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    That's what I figured. She'll be riding along with me on my 1150gs. We'll probably be doing highways and some fire roads. Maybe an interstate or two. Occasionally we'll be riding with Roger. (We'll let him go ahead)
    I was amazed at the highway distance you did on the KLR that was why I asked. Seems like the Wee might be the better choice for her. She likes the price of the KLR.
  19. DataDaddy

    DataDaddy @ the new dad thing

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    You'll be happier with her on the Wee and she will probably be happier on the Wee. I am keeping the KLR because I like to get in the woods and ride sand... not that I won't give the Vstrom a try there :evil.

    She will be very happy with the Wee on the surfaces you mention. Look at used ones, prices are no too bad :deal
  20. idea man

    idea man Plate Spinner

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    Good advice. Persuasive. She may have to spend the extra bucks to do the right thing. If you're ever out on the coast look us up. We're about an hour south of Acerph. Thanks again.