SoMD Adventure riders do James Bay/Trans Taiga (planning phase)

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  1. blaster11

    blaster11 Still having fun!

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    Well since there is only 34 days until we depart I figure I would get started on my maintenance. So today the Adventure got new plugs, valves adjusted, replaced the transmission lube, and hopefully get the final drive lube done as well. Woo Hoo 34 days!!!

    Keith....thanks for taking care of the reservations!!!
  2. keithmckenney

    keithmckenney Adventure riding for fun and adventure

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    plugs valve adj and final drive fluid change are on my list too.
    just got the parts and fluids in from beemer boneyard.

    Renewed Medjet assist and found the passport (still good!).
    Thinking to renew the Spot contract too. Any thoughts?

    I'd be delighted to meet for breakfast, lunch or dinner before the 'trip'.
    I'm in Hollywood most weekends (Fri PM through Sunday PM) and more than willing to meet just Marty in Annapolis other times as it is a 45 minute ride from Rockville (home during the week).
  3. blaster11

    blaster11 Still having fun!

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    Keith....I have a SPOT and I think Lakota may have one as well.
  4. keithmckenney

    keithmckenney Adventure riding for fun and adventure

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    guess we won't need three spots.

    i won't renew mine.

    thanks!
  5. Dorito

    Dorito Dreamer and Doer

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    and more charade materials :D

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  6. Dorito

    Dorito Dreamer and Doer

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  7. lakota

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  8. blaster11

    blaster11 Still having fun!

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    keithmckenney Adventure riding for fun and adventure

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    I've got my EZPass on the 'dash' of the GS. Good idea.

    Thanks for the invite Saturday. I'll see if it I can make it.

    The air pre filter is a great idea. Can I use the spare over my nose if I'm the last rider?
  10. Dorito

    Dorito Dreamer and Doer

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    Sorry Keith, you are riding with two plank owners of Team Turtle. You need to fight to ride last :rofl

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  11. Dorito

    Dorito Dreamer and Doer

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    Since I boldy go places where I am sure a lowered F650 shouldn't go, I decided last year to get a full up set of Woody's Wheel Works excel rims including abs ring, rotors, and rear sprocket. Life was good.

    Anyhow, fast forward to this year and I need to replace the chain and sprockets. Since the stocker BMW hub has known issues where it eats bearings, Woody has custom made the KTM/BMW adapter to the KTM rear hub.

    Anyhow, I order the SuperSprox replacement a month or two ago without really looking at it. Today, I decide to at least start the change of sprockets. The Woody's receipt indicates to buy the replacement sprocket for the KTM 990 Adventure.

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    And this is what I get: SuperSprox RST-899-42
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    But this is what I have installed SuperSprox RST-990-42.
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    So, made a few phone calls. Supersprox was uber helpful, and the RST-990-42 uses an countersunk 8mm bolt and is for a 520 chain. But the beemer runs a 525 chain. :huh That's been a good run for that sprocket with the wrong pitch (15K miles!)

    Call Woody's and send him a few pics. Seems I should be running the RST-899-42 which is for the 525 chain. But the correct sprocket has 10mm bolt holes, so now I need a new sprocket carrier too which has 10mm bolt holes. :cry

    However, I'll give Woody's props for owning up to the mistake and comping me the correct carrier and bolts a year later at no charge. :clap

    Moral of story (I think): A dash of KTM never improved a Beemer :norton
  12. keithmckenney

    keithmckenney Adventure riding for fun and adventure

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    I've found the folks at Woody's to be great. They are very helpful and do first rate repair work.

    A couple of years ago I was going a bit too fast on a remote road late in the day as the sun set and limited my view of a series of potholes (or at least that's my story) and as a result I hit the potholes and bent the front alloy wheel of my GS in three places. I was lucky to have a spare tube (just in case, for a tubeless tire) and the wheel rolled for another few thousand miles until Woody's made it round again.

    15 K miles with an alternate chain is a good experiment. It should be useful information to someone somewhere.
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    keithmckenney Adventure riding for fun and adventure

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    Keith--

    Got the reservations you forwarded last night. Thanks! It was funny they put them all in English :rofl Do we need to pre-order food for Mirage? I think we'll need:

    Wed, 28th Dinner
    Thur, 29th Bfast/Dinner (Can they do a bag/to-go lunch?)
    Fri, 30th Bfast (Can they do a bag/to-go lunch?)
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    Oh, and this time next month---We'll be on the trip :D
  16. keithmckenney

    keithmckenney Adventure riding for fun and adventure

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    Heading north from DC it will likely cool off 8-10 degrees every 500 miles we travel north this time of year. It is hard to imagine that we can leave the heat behind.
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    keithmckenney Adventure riding for fun and adventure

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    I'll send an email request to Christoph for our dining 'needs'.

    I found both Christoph and Julie to be super helpful.

    You may have noted Julie's suggestion to check the road report as the James Bay road was closed for a week last month because of fires. Very helpful.

    I guess we could have been on the up side of that closure too. How many times could we ride the TT in a week?
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    With the potential for rain tomorrow AM, I will probably get the track set finalized. I've updated the maps on our GPSs. I will email Lakota and Keith with the GPX files, excel spreadsheet and printable maps.

    Also, thinking about reservations for Chibougamau? I only find 3 places: Motel Harricana, Hotel Motel Nordic, Hôtel Chibougamau,.

    None have fab ratings :huh
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    what are you using to make printable maps?
  20. blaster11

    blaster11 Still having fun!

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    Keith...your G4's have been updated, although I had to go back to Windows 7 for some reason to complete the task.