Solo to Alaska on a KLR-650 a Decade Later...

Discussion in 'Ride Reports - Epic Rides' started by black 8, May 6, 2017.

  1. HardWorkingDog

    HardWorkingDog Super Ordinary

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    :lol3

    Damn, the stupid part is I know exactly what he's talking about--this is directed to Tewster (and his traveling circus), who's getting rid of his F700 in favor of a DR650!

    I've been spending WAY too much time in the asylum.
  2. black 8

    black 8 coddiwompling motographer

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    I was thinking the same thing - I've followed Tewster's adventures in 2016 & 2017 up to Alaska...
  3. rodrigzj

    rodrigzj Been here awhile

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    Yeah! I been following black8 and Twesters stories. Going back and forth that I forgot where I was in posting that reply!
    Both great stories!
    Didn't mean to put a wrench in this thread.


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  4. black 8

    black 8 coddiwompling motographer

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    No worries rodrigzj, we all look at each others threads - how do you think I prepared for Alaska.....
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    rodrigzj Been here awhile

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    I think your planning for Alaska was good. I am getting lots of great ideas since I will be traveling there myself next year! I enjoyed seeing the way you set up Saki. I think less is more as far as a bike is concerned. I'm contemplating getting rid of my GS800. For something else! What? Still don't know.



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  6. black 8

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    ~ 16 Nov 2017

    Saki gets field stripped...

    This is one of the main reasons I love the KLR-650; for it's modularity and ease of maintenance.

    Over the next few days Saki will get some serious lovin'...
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    The stock Dunlop K750s will get mounted to completely wear them out and I'll save the Shinko E804/805 tires for another adventure...
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    Even though she's been washed already, there's still a lot of dirt and grime under all that cladding...
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    I'll have to rewire the aux lights and the lower dash since they were left unattended...
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    I'll give an update when Saki gets completed and she's back to her old self - this should keep me busy for about a week with this retired living...

    Cheers...
  7. rodrigzj

    rodrigzj Been here awhile

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    Hope it all goes well!
    She'll be on the road in no time.


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  8. Foot dragger

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    Ive tried 3 different steering dampers/stabilizers............Im sold on the Scotts. Im putting one on my DR. The adjustments really work on the Scotts,it can be turned down to almost no resistance which the others cant do.
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  9. black 8

    black 8 coddiwompling motographer

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    I've been riding for a decade and that was the first time I've ever had a tank slapper... all I could do was hold on for the ride....
  10. Foot dragger

    Foot dragger singletracker

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    I had the scotts damper on my 525 KTM,1st time Ive tried one and really liked it. Goes through sharp rocks straight like it has power steering,more stable all the time. Different feel to the steering at first but got used to it quick. My DR650 could use one for sure.
    I had a 1000 Strom go into full lock tank slappers at about 120mph......turns out the big wide boxes on back were bad for aerodynamics. All I could do was hold the throttle on and hang on.
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  11. black 8

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    ~ Spa weekend getaway for Saki....

    Spent the last few days getting Saki back up to my specs...

    ~ Washed again without the fairings to remove all that road grime from the Denali and Dalton Hwy
    ~ Disassembled the suspension system and swing arm assembly
    ~ Lubed the bearing sleeves for the swing arm and tie rods
    ~ Lubed the swing arm and rocker arm pivot bolts
    ~ Remounted and balanced the stock Dunlop K750s
    ~ Repacked the wheel bearings with new grease
    ~ Cleaned and lubed Saki's chain after sitting for 131 days
    ~ Washed and charged the stock air filter
    ~ Changed the oil and oil filter
    ~ Scrubbed the rust off and oiled all bolts, pivot points, and springs; general preventative maintenance
    ~ Installed a new windscreen - I did not opt to install a new KLR upper dash
    ~ Installed a new KLR lower dash - the old one was crushed

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    This is my motorcycle
    There are many like it, but this one is mine
    (had to throw that in there as an inside joke for those in the know what those brushes are; BTW I used them to clean Saki's nooks and crannies....)
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    Clean bike is a happy bike,I find loose or missing parts by washing and scrubbing. Big paint brushes and toilet bowl brushes are also handy.

    (The Cogent people whipped up a shock for my DR,way big improvement,especially in the way the bike rides with a full load on the back)
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  13. black 8

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    The hardest part was getting the caked on mud and calcium chloride from each individual spoke....
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    Gpax are you related to Tewster2? You both really clean up your bikes well. :beer
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    duckman44 Living the dream!

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    Have a whole box of those brushes. Nice job!
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    No not related to either one.... had to inspect everything post crash and anything that the shop missed; there were a few items that were not to my standards....

    At least she's back to her old self... tomorrow she gets an early morning test ride and fly the drone along the coast....
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    I figured you'd know what they were Jim....
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    ~20 Nov 2017

    Saki's back...
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    Saki and I went out this morning for a chilly test ride on the I-5 and along the PCH. She passed with flying colors! I almost forgot how fun she is to ride...

    I just wanted to provide some closure for this Ride Report and be able to say that Saki is doing well and back to her old self. We'll just be out doing day trippin' rides in and around SoCal...

    Until the next epic adventure fellow inmates... Black 8 is out...
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  20. HardWorkingDog

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    I enjoyed the report...thanks!
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