Michnus & Elsebie Piki-Piki Around the World.

Discussion in 'Ride Reports - Epic Rides' started by michnus, Jun 11, 2011.

  1. yamalama

    yamalama wet coaster

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    Looks like a great time.
    Trying to get a grasp of your riding time-line.
    How close are you going to be to Canada?
    Do you know when/where you will be at closest point to British Columbia, while in Washington State?
    Are you visiting Canada at a later point in time?
  2. SS in Vzla.

    SS in Vzla. Totally Normal? I'm not!

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    Amazing scenery! :clap
  3. michnus

    michnus Lucky bastard

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    Hi Yamalama, we are still in Billings Montana at the old man BMWOA :D We are going to Glazier in the next few days and will then head West to Washington. We are not going to Canada this time round as we want to head to Mexico by Oct and then our visas for the USA will end. But also then is your winter and we want to try follow the summer months down to South America. I think if we have time we might make it to Seattle. Maybe another 2 -3 weeks? :D
  4. michnus

    michnus Lucky bastard

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    Thanks so much, will take a rain check for next time! We just missed you, our route took us to Idaho falls.
  5. michnus

    michnus Lucky bastard

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    We might make it to Seattle, will look you up Thirsty :D
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  6. yamalama

    yamalama wet coaster

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    Only 1.5 hours north of the border, we are in Kelowna B C
    Beautiful area. Great riding. Fantastic wineries and local-type food.
    Free accomodations. Free beer, should you desire a small taste of Canada. : )
    Man, I'd gladly ride down there to buy you two a few beers, if you stop anywhere close by, in Washington State.
    Please keep us posted.
  7. thirsty 1

    thirsty 1 Rider Supporter

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    Please do! I have a couple ridin' buddies and if I can show you some of the backcountry of the Olympics I will. Happy Trails and best of luck.
    Thirsty
  8. michnus

    michnus Lucky bastard

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    Thanks Yamalama, will keep you posted. We might not make it into Canada but you never know :D

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  9. michnus

    michnus Lucky bastard

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    This is not your average rag job adventure clothing company.

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    Funny Emily and Ashley at reception.
    With our current motorcycle clothing getting a bit rough around the edges and resemble beggars rags. People told us KLIM is on our route and should stop at KLIM to have a look at their pimp daddy stuff. KLIM is located in Idaho Falls, and what a good place to be! Idaho offer some super groovy snow and dirt to play while testing KLIM stuff.

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    Hanging a 1200GS BMW from a KLIM jacket!

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    KTM 1190 hanging on a KLIM jacket!

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    Brett, G'day Aussie and VP Marketing and Sales took out on his busy schedule to show us around the facilities.

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    So many designs theres not enough space in the offices for all the work they do.

    BTW, KLIM is pronounced “climb” as in climb up a hill or a single track with a snow mobile or motorcycle. Also Justin Summers the man who started KLIM said jokingly to us it says MILK backwards. What struck us upfront was the friendly, happy working demeanor of the people at KLIM. They are the active outdoor adventure types and got it even better by working for a company like KLIM. This bunch lives for snow, dirt and the outdoors!

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    The secret place in KLIM! Spy movie stuff! This is where the new products, sample testing and prototypes are made.

    We were treated like VIP’s by Brett the VP of Marketing and Sales and Stacy who deals with International customers. They gave us a tour of the facilities and took the time to tell us what differentiate KLIM from the rest of the main stream outfits. Our tour even included the design studios and places where secret plots are hacked to make even better protection when having a “yard sale” - You know when you eat dirt and your bike and stuff are thrown allover the place?!

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    The amount of research, technology, planning and testing going on in KLIM are just mind blowing insane. KLIM do not follow the main stream brands they are innovators. They have some universities assisting them with product and fabric research. They have partnered with Gore-Tex, D30, Cordura, WindStopper, 3M Scotchlite, YKK to enable them to manufacture clothing for motorcyclist, snow boarders, snowmobile riders and off-road enthusiast the absolute best stuff. It is evident there’s been a lot of thought put into the products.

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    Stacy, showing me how gloves are supposed to fit.

    Some suites have Gore-tex waterproof fabric build into the suite and therefore no need to carry a rain suite around. KLIM understand venting and to keep cool in extreme heat. The fit and sizing is proper and not your typical Pakistan made clothing. It’s easy to understand why Dakar riders and competitive racers use KLIM, they are just on a whole different universe from the mainstream stuff on offer.

    And they must be the only brand offering a Lifetime warranty on their products. If ever you have the time and chance to visit them go have a look, it’s a really cool experience.

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    Look at the gnarly transport KLIm people use to haul Snowmobiles and bikes around Idaho to play and test.
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  10. michnus

    michnus Lucky bastard

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    When we think it can not get any better there's something bigger and more spectacular. The Tetons, Yellowstone, Beartooth pass, Magruder Corridor, other mountain tracks and bars with horse saddles as bar stools.

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    Tetons - Simply mind blowing!

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    Cool bar in Jackson Hole. Using cowboy saddles for bar stools.

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    Wake up service!
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  11. michnus

    michnus Lucky bastard

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    Magruder corridor. The good people at BDR and Butler maps suggested we take this route towards Seattle. Was not disappointed.

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    Can you ask for a better view for a lunch stop? People said this is part of the biggest conservation area in the USA.

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    Can only get her out of the tent with coffee :D

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    Sitting out the rain.

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  12. michnus

    michnus Lucky bastard

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    Boys and girls I think it's time to call it a day. I have been posting on this thread since 2010 but it seems I am missing something that makes it interesting enough for members on ADVr. It feels like I am making my name asshole to keep posting. Uploading photos to Smugmug and to post with limited data or rubbish wifi and not much interaction from ADVmembers I think it's better to just give it up as bad job. I thought with stuff like Turkana route as example and car stuff, and nekkid beaches and such stuff it would be the kind of stuff that would be interesting for ADvr to see.

    The people that follow us and have been with us on this thread, thanks a gazillion we really appreciate your replies and comments. :beer:super:thumb
    As you know we are not sponsored and pay our own way, the support and comments means a lot to us.

    Please keep following us on Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/PikiPiki.co.za and on our blog www.pikipiki.co.za and on our South African forum: http://www.roamafrica.co.za/forum/index.php?topic=2287.0
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  13. joenuclear

    joenuclear Still here....

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    Oh my! I wonder if the drop in inmate participation is due to the new format?

    You've got our contact info. The invitation stands. Best wishes!
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  14. RiderRick

    RiderRick Been here awhile

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    So sorry to hear, I have enjoyed your photos and humorous commentary for quit some time. This is one ride report I will very much miss reading, stay safe and have fun, I hope you change your mind!
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  15. Motopsychoman

    Motopsychoman Not a total poseur Supporter

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    I'm still looking forward to buying you beers when you reach the San Francisco area. Keep me posted...
    I'll try to keep up on your home forum. A lot of us really appreciate your posts, gives me things to consider doing myself when I retire in just a few short years...
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  16. cracked1

    cracked1 n00b

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    That's a bummer! I'm a lurker here and had to sign up to let you know how inspiring your thread is. It's a bummer that your route didn't take you through Boise. I brew beer and always have +/- 20 gallons on tap! I'll follow via facebook...
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  17. GB

    GB . Administrator Super Moderator Super Supporter

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    Many of us enjoy your commentary and your eye cleansing photos without commentary.. I hope you will continue to update this thread and thanks for taking us along thus far :thumb

    Maybe it's time to give the thread title a make0ver, as you did with your riding suits!
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  18. joenuclear

    joenuclear Still here....

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    Hi GB.
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  19. Tr0jan

    Tr0jan Adventurer

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    Sorry you feel that way Michnus, trust me, we follow your every step. And really jealous at that!

    Sterkte maat.
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  20. TonyZA

    TonyZA Adventurer

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    Hey Michnus -- I always check your posts - so please keep on....:cromag
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