Way out West - Canada to Central America

Discussion in 'Ride Reports - Epic Rides' started by Motojournalism, Sep 30, 2009.

  1. rubRsidedown

    rubRsidedown Long timer

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    WELL, what's for dinner? :evil
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  2. Motojournalism

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    Well, today is Canadian Thanksgiving,
    So we got turkey!!! :D
    Time to go upstairs and document dinner:dg

    But tomorrow I'll write-up in the stuff I did to the bike while I've been here in Prince George, I'll be ready to hit the road again this tuesday or wednesday. Time to head way down south, It's COLD to be on a bike this far north!
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  3. E-Bum

    E-Bum Been here awhile

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    Awesome pictures again. Iwas almost right where you are about 3 months ago, although I came from the Pacific Northwest side... We headed down south at this point too. It'll be interesting to see the places we went to in your wonderful photography... What does your plan look like?
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  4. Motojournalism

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    (Man, I gotta figure out if I can turn-off the autoplay on that screaming elk vid...)

    Thanks E-Bum!

    I'm going to follow the warm weather to the Southwest US next.
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    Please, if anyone knows the Western US, check out my trip planning thread! :thumb
    http://www.advrider.com/forums/showthread.php?t=510742

    I'll be hitting up the tent-space list too. What a fantastic way to travel! Much better to meet the local riders than just stay in some hotel somewhere.
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  5. Dave Noel

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    I can see why you want to head south, I have heard of lots of snow and cold out in the prairies and Alberta.
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  6. spa1403

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    what a good report and pic's :beer
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  7. hardwaregrrl

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    Wonderful!!! As usual your photos are the bomb!!! If you're going to be in the southeast and need a couch to crash on in Atlanta PM me. Good luck Anthony!!! And thanks for the awesome RR!!!
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  8. Motojournalism

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    OK here's where things stand:



    I've never lived this far north in B.C., but it's where my folks are now. That's home enough for me.

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    Time to tackle the bike maintainance!

    First thing I do is look for a new front tire. None of the dealers up here carry Continental tires, I'm looking to try a TKC80. I order one from Ontario. It's gonna be one week.



    Then I change the oil, haven't done it since Montreal, it's past due. Air filter is cleaned and oiled.


    Time to tackle the valves. I've never done that, but between the manual, the Marknet site, the Youtube tutorials, and a shim calculator it's not difficult.

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    I order three replacement shims from the local Kawasaki dealer. There's going to be a week wait on those too...

    I'm happy to have a good visit though. I take some time to work on the ride report and process all the photos. A bit of rough trip planning, a bit of research.

    We go check out some music and otherwise keep ourselves busy

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    The valve shims arrive early! Joy! Rapture!

    The dealer charges $21 each! Boo! Hiss!



    The valves slip into place easily, the engine turns over by hand without a hitch. I dig into the valve cover bolts with a wrench, don't want those coming loose. Whoops, the wrench slipped on that last one better leave it alone. Brain: "No, no. you don't need to check it. Everything's fine, let's ride."

    Tank is back on, everything buttoned up. Bike starts better than ever! It's probably the first valve check it's ever had.

    Time to get gas! Hmm, a bit of hesitation when I get on the throttle. I throw five bucks of gas at it.

    Hello, why is my bike smoking...

    Sh*t... Right side of the engine is dripping in oil, all over the exhaust header on to the ground.

    I gently ride home to source the problem.

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    The blood drains to my feet with visions of the Kawasaki dealer rethreading the engine case, and me spending the six months of winter in Prince George...

    Fek,fek,fek. I vent off on various forums "HELP! Whaddo I do!"

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    The motorcycle gods have smiled upon me, the following morning I'm able to back the broken bolt out with ease, using a nail and a pair of tweezers... Whew...

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    It will be one more week to order the bolt :baldy

    I need a drink. (Located on the Hart Highway)

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    Ah well, at least I've got cheap accomodation...

    The weather is gorgeous, though it's getting colder. I'm lucky to be able to pick out an electric vest for my birthday, It's a BlackJack, made nearby in Errington BC. It's inexpensive and well made. Too bad I can't try it out...
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    We check-out some cool stuff out at the Huble Homestead.

    Makes for a great photo-session.



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    Man, they don't make farm equipment as deadly as they used to...

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    Sweeeet, fresh rubber. Happy to try something less scary on the gravel.

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    Alright! A used shock I was supposed to pick-up near Calgary arrives in the mail.

    My shock has been stuck on it's softest setting since I've had it.

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    Hallelujah! The frickin' bolt arriveth!

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    An torque wrench is aquired, thanks Dad. I discover 69 inch-pounds is far less than I thought. Gasket sealer is applied and things are done right.

    Further fatherly assistance helps the shock to go in without struggle.



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    I inspect the swingarm bolt and ignore it.
    This will be tackled in the future.
    On a hot sunny beach.
    Next to a well-stocked Kawasaki dealer.
    I see bikini girls serving drinks somewhere around here too...
    Ahem.

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    We celebrate a fully-functional bike with meat and ale. Yum.

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    The weather window is closing, I will leave tuesday or wednesday.

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    It's Thanksgiving up here in Canada (we have an earlier harvest). If I'm lucky, maybe I'll get an American Thanksgiving too!

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  9. hardwaregrrl

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    Hey man, happy thanksgiving. What is that salad?! I want it. let me know whats in it so I can recreate. Thanks for sharing, its awesome!!


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  10. rubRsidedown

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    Looks like you got a Conti. TKC 80. Let us know how you like it.
    Oh and BTW, your Thanksgiving dinner looked scrumptious. :evil
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  11. manfromthestix

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    The excellence continues. +1 on stopping the screaming elk "autoplay" :D . When I opened the thread I first thought my computer was having an issue.

    Sorry about the delay for bike maintenance but COOL that you were able to visit with Mom and Dad for a spell. My Dad taught me everything I know about wrenching on stuff so I am eternally grateful for that.

    I lived and rode in the Rocky Mountain West for most of my life prior to moving to Virginia 2 years ago; grew up in New Mexico and then 34 years in Wyoming with lots of time spent stomping around my Dad's home of Gunnison, Colorado. If you were riding through in warmer weather I could give you some ideas about routes, but given the time of year I'd advise staying at lower elevations and get south ASAP. Lander, WY my home of 18 years had >17 inches of snow late last week and Cheyenne, WY where my folks live is in the midst of a regulation blizzard. It was 85 degrees here last Friday and mid-70's over the weekend. I do not miss those long Winters.

    Ride safely and good luck finding the Kawi dealership on the beach with bikini-clad hostesses running drinks to you as you work on the bike! :lol3

    Doug
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  12. DrydenRider

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    You are likely on your way today so good riding.

    I agree with above. Me...I would head south out of PG on 97, Turn at Clinton, taking the Kelly lake/Pavilion Road thru Diamond Ranch to Lilloett (nice ride lots of switches) then Whistler-Vancouver and then head for the pacific coast highway south to northern Cal. and stay out of the snow.
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  13. N9921X

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    The road up over the pass to Whistler is gravely in parts but beautiful road and views. Road it on a loaded Tiger 1050 no problem a couple months ago.. Took BC Ferries from Horsehoe to Nanaimo.
    Have fun. Head south soon.
    Snowy here in Colorado.
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  14. dannyz

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    One of the best RRs I've seen here on ADV so far.
    Good luck with your future adventures, keep us posted.
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  15. lostmarbles

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    Hey Antontrax Great RR one of the best:clap
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  16. Motojournalism

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    Yesterday, I decided to kick-back and let this melt. I'm in no rush.
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    I took some time to bang-up some windguards out of a flexible cutting board. The sub-freezing wind is hard on the hands.
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    Not too shabby.
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    Today. Up at dawn. Packed. Breakfast settling. Ready to go.
    Press the magic button.

    *Turn, turn, turn, bzzzzzzzt*

    *Turn, turn, bzzzzzzt*

    *Bzzzzt*

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    Remember U-turn? I mentioned it a page or two back, guy breaks down, can't get out of town?

    :becca

    Take off the luggage, sweating in the cold to push the unladen beast up the hill.
    Second gear, dog paddle to speed. Pop, pop, pop. No more hill.
    Two more tries and no one around to help push.

    Obcenities muttered. Various deitys insulted.

    Mom miraculously digs up a 12v charger.
    I pull the battery for inspection, to find the water level here:
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    But maybe it's meant to be. Because right now. As I'm typing this. The mail I'd given-up waiting on, has finally caught-up with me.

    Health and motorcycle insurance documents, a new debit card, two birthday cards, and Booyah! ...Several paycheques:evil
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  17. Motojournalism

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    So what to do about the :flip battery?
    There's enough juice to run the lights and horn, but not enough to turn-over.

    I want to get a gel battery, but I'll grab one in the states for considerably less $$$

    So it's distilled water in the six yellow plugs eh?
    There's no meter on the charger, how do I know when it's done?
    How long should it take?

    At least the weather is warming up a bit...
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  18. Deuce

    Deuce Crazy Canuck

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    Just fill with distilled water, leave the caps off and let it charge untill you can see it bubbling. Make sure it is on some cardboard or something so you don't get acid all over.

    As for the weather, have you thought about just hopping on the ferry to Port Hardy? Save you a lot of driving and dodging crappy weather.
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  19. TemeculaRider

    TemeculaRider Been here awhile

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    Sounds like a simple fix, Anthony and the gel should be an immense upgrade for you. Let us know how the charge goes...
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  20. Motojournalism

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    Thanks Deuce,

    Time for a run into town. Distilled water. Distilled beer.

    Hmm, I really like the idea of taking the ferry. The Inside Passage is supposed to be beautiful. They say it's like a cruise for the price of a ferry.

    It's certainly not less driving though.
    Prince George to either Prince Rupert or Bella Coola is about 700km then I'd have to drive the 500km length of Vancouver Island.

    A straight shot from Prince George to Horseshoe Bay is about 800km.

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    I'll check the weather and ferry prices.