The PNW Trepidation Tour 2020

Discussion in 'Ride Reports - Epic Rides' started by Turkeycreek, Jun 16, 2020.

  1. Gustavo

    Gustavo Motociclista Errante

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    Not really related to this part of the trip, but related to getting back across the border. I saw on the news today that Sonora is limiting who can cross back into Mexico from Arizona due to the spike in covid-19 cases there. This seems to be in effect through the end of the month and will be reevaluated then. Just to keep an eye on the situation and the criteria they are using to decide who can come in.

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  2. Tricepilot

    Tricepilot Bailando Con Las Estrellas Super Moderator Super Supporter

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    Oh darn, must have misplaced it. We'll have to use a milk jug. :drink
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  3. Turkeycreek

    Turkeycreek Gringo Viejo

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    Thanks. We are following closely
    We are permanantes and will be OK with our documents
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  4. noshoes

    noshoes soñando con México

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    I'll bet it was fun for the cocinero tambien. A chance to talk about home with someone who knows.
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  5. Turkeycreek

    Turkeycreek Gringo Viejo

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    Carson City was a cool looking little city. The state capital. The state museums were all closed but we drove around a bit.

    July 7th we headed to US Hwy 50. Winds were forecast to be fairly calm as we turned east.
    Sand Mountain - sand dunes 20 miles east of Fallon.

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    This is the marker there. I played with the brightness and contrast to make the text readable - it also made the the shadow at the bottom blue.

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    And the classic photo

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    And La Jefe

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    We rolled on with no traffic. We topped off the tank in Austin, a tiny mountain town with a big road project. Hwy 50 crosses many mountain passes and the road east of Austin was a twisty one. A break from the straight road. Many more passes and winding sections but always back to the straight flat road that makes the Lincoln Highway through Nevada famous. Here we are waiting on the pilot car to get through the road work.

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    We stopped in Eureka for the night with Spanish Fork, Utah and a new rear tire the goal for the morning.
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  6. DRONE

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    Looked back through the thread and couldn't find a picture of the rear tire. Please tell us what tire is on there now and how long did it last? Or was it half gone when you shipped the bike to DMC?
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  7. Turkeycreek

    Turkeycreek Gringo Viejo

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    I was saving this for the next post but since you asked

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    This Shinko 705 was installed in Albany NY 2 years ago. I don't have my binder handy but I think this tire has over 7,000 miles at this point.
    When Alaska was still the plan, replacing the tire was a priority before crossing into Canada.
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  8. Turkeycreek

    Turkeycreek Gringo Viejo

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    The shop had a Shinko 712. That will get me down the road. Looking at options for the future.
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  9. RW66

    RW66 Been here awhile

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    Do you think you’ll ever go to the dark side and put a car tire on the back?
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  10. noshoes

    noshoes soñando con México

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    Have they figured out how to do that on a Triumph? I've seen old VW rims adapted to Beemers, but never saw a Triumph equipped like that.
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  11. Turkeycreek

    Turkeycreek Gringo Viejo

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    Yes, I think that's a good way to go. I looked for a car tire that would fit the rim and all I can find that's close is a temporary spare tire. I will see what other options are out there.
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  12. Turkeycreek

    Turkeycreek Gringo Viejo

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    If I remember, old bugs were 5.50 - 15 ( or 5.60) This is a 17" wheel. The hack threads have lots of info.
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  13. szurszewski

    szurszewski Long timer

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    I know zero about this particular use, but modding a 15" wheel to run a car tire in the place of a 17" motorcycle wheel/tire is common (ish). You run a narrow car tire with a higher profile than the moto tire, so you'd end up with something close to the same circumference.
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  14. Turkeycreek

    Turkeycreek Gringo Viejo

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    As Skully and Mulder always said, the truth is out there.
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  15. DRONE

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    Many hack pilots who have a 150/70 or 150/80 rear tire on a 17" rim will swap over to a 175/55-17 car tire. On the Tiger's 4-1/2" rim, it'll mount right up, and though the 175/55 car tire is a little shorter it will only lower your axle about 1/4" if you're running a 150/70 now. Hardly noticeable. The only question is "will it rub?" because it's gonna be 15mm wider than the moto tire. If you have 1cm clearance on both sides of your 150 moto tire you should be good.

    The problem with this swap in the U.S., is that there's only one car tire sold in that size. It's a good tire, lot of guys including me like it, but it's mostly a street tire. (I have one on my K1200LT sidecar rig.) It'll do OK on flat dirt and gravel, but won't have the traction to get you up anything that's steep and loose. And by "steep and loose" I mean "not very steep and only a little loose". :lol2

    Here it is. The Achilles Economist ATR-K . Currently $47 shipped on Amazon! :-)---->

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    At least the price is right. But I think for a rig like this one, the Achilles will limit where you can go as an adventure rider. Might be a good choice for the paved parts of the Mexico-to-Alaska trip.
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  16. szurszewski

    szurszewski Long timer

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    Agree with Drone’s comments on that tire - very good and long lasting highway tire, ran 40,000 plus miles on them all over the US and 3-4,000 Mexican highway miles with no flats or failures.

    BUT we did get stuck in some soft shoulder sand alongside a few hard pack roads, and it was also pretty useless in the snow.
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  17. noshoes

    noshoes soñando con México

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    Hey Señor @Turkeycreek , you are doing a pretty poor job of keeping us updated on your ride.
    Just thought I'd let you know. :dirtdog
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  18. Turkeycreek

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    Letting the suspense build
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  19. Gustavo

    Gustavo Motociclista Errante

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  20. chilejack

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    that's the Aztec calendar.
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