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Tiny Bike to Alaska 2016 (Planning and Bike Prep)

Discussion in 'Americas' started by Tewster2, Jan 9, 2016.

  1. Tewster2

    Tewster2 Long timer Supporter

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    Got an email from Cogent Dynamics today telling me my new rear spring is in. Gonna ride over in a couple of days to get it. That is the last piece of the puzzle so now I'm good to go :clap
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  2. ER70S-2

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    I thought you'd just be passing through. I'd love to :ricky. I was going to invite myself on the Pike's Peak ride so I'd better get some electric clothes. For those that missed it, there's a 40-45* temperature drop from the bottom to top of PP. :vardy
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    That would be great! Here is a screen shot of the way I think I may go from your area over to the 3 Step Hideway. Pikes Peak, Weston Pass, Cottonwood Pass, Gunnison, Moab, ect. How far can you go with me...all the way to Deadhorse?

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  4. ER70S-2

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    Cottonwood Pass is a nice graded dirt road from the top down into Taylor Park (motorhome friendly), but keep your options open, that's pretty early for it to be open AFAIK. Weston Pass is a much less traveled jeep road and at almost 12k feet, isn't likely to be open for anything but a snowmobile. Most of my riding is closer to Denver so I'm not up to date on when the higher roads open to traffic but there's still 20' of snow on Trail Ridge Road when they try to get it open for Memorial Day weekend.

    Looks like you've found a route from Montrose to Nucla through the Uncompahgre National Forest and although Montrose is the banana belt of Colorado, the Uncompahgre is almost 10k feet through there and anything in the shade of the trees will be snow covered too. :(:

    Fifty miles nw of Montrose is hwy 141, a beautiful ride down to Nucla; but the stretch from Grand Junction to Gateway still rises to almost 9,000 feet. :scratch
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    Yep I may have to adjust for sure. We will see. I love 141 through the Gateway Canyons. Last year, Anthony and I rode it south from Grand Junction in the pouring rain and it was still stunning. I sent you a PM about my thoughts. If the passes are still clogged up I'll head south down to Moab for a while. Looks like the weather around there is great...so far.
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    You know, I may be leaving a bit early but I don't mine any cold weather. Heated stuff makes me good and comfy. The main reason I'm leaving in a few weeks is I'm just plain ready to get on the road. It's been a long winter. Even though I can ride mostly year round here in the Smokies, there is nothing that comes close to the pleasure of knowing I'll be riding every day (if I want) and each night I'll not be back at the house but somewhere new.

    BTW....my buddy stopped by last night. He gave me a little thing called a "Defcon 1 Ultra" cable alarm to take with me. He said it's used by backpackers and travelers to keep their gear safe when they may need to step away from it to do something. It has a 3 foot long retractable cable, a built in motion detector, and a really loud siren if it is moved.

    Initially when moved it chips for 8 seconds to let the person know it is armed. Then, if it senses further movement, it screams like hell. I think it will work just fine. I can thread the cable through my helmet, jacket, or the wheels when I'm away from the bike. It's about the size of a pack of cigarettes and easily will stash in the tank bag. Thanks Mike!

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    Got a PM from an inmate asking about my tool kit. Here it is....it ONLY has sockets, wrenches, allen keys, and stuff to fit the things specifically on the WR. When I'm working on the thing I only use the tools out of my kit. If in need a particular tool I add it to the kit. I've never understood the reason to carry a "socket set" or a "wrench set" or a "screwdriver set" that contains sizes you would never need to work on your particular bike.

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    Leatherman Wave multi tool (use as pliers, knife, ect)
    14,13,12,11,10,8 mm 1/4 inch drive sockets
    six allen wrenches
    tire tread depth gauge
    zip ties and cotton swabs
    needle nose pliers
    tent pole repair tube
    hook tool for retrieving stuff that I let fall into the nether regions
    pre load and spoke wrenches
    small wire cutter
    14,13,12,11,10,8 mm wrenches
    tire pressure gaugee
    screwdriver with flat and phillip reversible ends
    1/4 inch drive bar
    4 inch 1/4 drive extension
    large allen wrench for adjusting or removing hand guards for bar ends
    small pouch contains chain press and small stuff

    A small roll of electrical tape and a few heavy duty zip ties are in with the tire tools. I carry that stuff in the tool tube mounted in front of the skid plate. The tool roll is made by Wolfman.
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    Also, another thing I learned from a fellow traveler...there is no need to carry certain "spares" like batteries, charging cables, spark plugs (I've never needed to change a spark plug in over 45 years of travel), ect....that stuff is available anywhere on the road. Less stuff to pack and weigh you down. And...during the summer you can leave your big flashlight at home....it is light almost all the time in the north. A SMALL little headlamp is all you need.
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    It's nice to read someone else's thoughts on things that basically mirror your own ways of doing things! I am now looking into those alarm devices! I now run with an 8' long 3/32" aircraft cable with loops at each eand I use to thread my kaetc , helmet etc etc and then around wheels etc etc when away from bike. yes it can be cut with specialised cutters or a disc grinder etc, but the average snatch and grab artist he is out of luck! I would add the alarm you have just sowed me to that cable for added peace of mind....thanks.....anything to warn other that someone is fucking with your shit!
    I have said this before, the only things I carry out of the ordinary are a spar CDI, coil and voltage rectifier, all which are bolted next to the orginals, so in am emergency I simply unplug and replug into sedondary unit. Electrical items like thse are really the only thing you can't jerry rig or fix on the road and they will leave you dead in the water. Normal day to day riding you forget they are there but when going where you are thinking , it may be days to get a replacement if even possible. Plus they do not weigh anything in the big picture, it's finding a spot to bolt them down which could be the issue on a smaller bike, I ride a KLR which already is a small land yacht!!!!....lol
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    Hey Willys. I've just about run out of places to mount stuff on the little thing. Luckily there are plenty of bike shops around for the jap stuff unlike my GS. I'll play it by ear and hope Yamaha has given me a good one.
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    Riding to Alalska is a bit different than cruising the backroads around the local spots inho, but i know what you mean......good luck, it's just the electrical parts that scare the shit out of me....I'm very handy with a rock and a stick to fix stuff, but the invisible movement of electrons etc etc just goes in one ear and out the other without even a single bounce!!!!
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    Most motorcycles have histories of most typical failures. I.e. the DRZ and stator failure. If I were on a trip with that bike, I'd at least have a stator in the box ready to ship. I've not heard of any weaknesses of the WR. I assume it is bullet proof.
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    Hey Tewster,

    Just caught up on your trip planning thread here (and checked out your most recent gpx file). Kudos on the impressive amount of planning and prep you've put in already! Not sure if its something you've checked out yet as I didn't see any mention of it while I was browsing through this thread, but the Tent Space Map (http://advrider.com/index.php?threads/tent-space-map.776925/) is a great resource for inmate-hosted free camping and accommodations.

    Drop me a pm if you're looking for a free place to crash in Prince George on your way through and I'll send you my location & contact info (same applies to anyone else browsing that happens to be riding through the area!) Plenty of room to camp in the yard if you prefer to continue enjoying the great outdoors, but I've got a spare room if you'd like a break from the elements.

    Good luck with the rest of your preparations! Cheers! :beer
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    Hope so. It's been a dream so far. 20,000 miles last year. I just had a brand new updated stator installed with the recall and it appears to be working great. Fingers crossed. It it take s a crap I'll get the bike towed to a shop and wait for one to get shipped. That way I have an excuse to have more than one beer a day hahaha.
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    Hey! Much appreciate the compliments about my prep. I love sharing anything I find that may be useful to others.

    I contacted a few inmates on the Tent Space thread with 1000% positive results.

    As a mater of fact il I'll be coming through Prince George on the way over to Kitwanga to pick up the Cassiar. I'll PM you later. Many thanks for the offer of a room and the use of your helicopter.
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    Hey I just read your post in another thread about "Bear Bangers". I've been traveling for a long time with a small palm sized boat air horn that will blow your ears out and has scared off EVERY thing that has bothered me in the past. Just make sure you point it out the tent when you push the button or you will be deaf and look like a roach dying with your legs shaking in the air :)

    IYHO would that be as good as the "Bangers" you mentioned?
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    I like the bangers more just because they can be directed and they travel a long distance depending upon angle of deployment....they bang when they are let go, then again when they get around 100 yeards or so......so a double bang for your buck! IF a bear has been shot at they know exactly what it is, sounds similar to a large bore shot gun both times....with a semi whistle while traveling.....so I say nothing will work as well.....it also is the size of a pen! The cartrage is less than your thumb and simply screws on.....the perfect self defense system for all occasions IMHO also.lol
    Plus if you are feeling like a hooligan you could let a few go just for fun....lol
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    Good stuff, thanks.

    Fresh Rotella T-6 synthetic, filter, and new "O" rings in the whizzer....last thing to install is the new rear spring. :happay
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    I think you're still missing a nice portable electric bear fence! :1drink
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