Bumbling Norwegian goes on tour!

Discussion in 'Ride Reports - Epic Rides' started by Toten, Feb 14, 2018.

  1. oregonair

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    err..... yea I was one of those geniuses @ Lake Alamo ! the girl at the eagle rider shop gave us the wrong keys to begin with.
    could have probably figured it out sooner but the guy I was riding with kept parking so damm close to me that they fired up intermittently.
    Inge have a safe journey - nice to have met ya and please look me up in Portland on your safe return to the west coast.

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  2. Toten

    Toten Been here awhile

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    Cheers, nice to see you on here as well!
    Hope you enjoyed Joshua Tree! And avoided the rain I planted my flag in...
    And yeah blame the rental company
    Drive safe and I'll hit you up when I reach Oregon!

    Today and yesterday has mostly been spent drying my stuff and getting my hands on a new front tube, since mine started leaking and using my reserve just means I have to buy a new one anyways..
    Considering swapping the reserve to a regular tube to save space. Already ditched my reserve rear (thanks Tuckers) since I've read that you can use the 21" in the rear in a pinch while riding to a workshop. Ran and hid from the beautiful weather in a motel to unload everything.
    New tyre is on the way and will be at the shop tomorrow noon.
    Thinking I will head towards Roosevelt Dam, then start heading for Tucson, someone here shared a Tucson Dallas track that I'm willing to test!

    Don't know how I'm doing on time yet, a month in tomorrow, and I feel just as lost as I did the first days, the good kind of lost, where I'm just bumbling about, heading wherever my fancy takes me!
    Two months until Ive planned to start the TAT in North Carolina.
    Don't know if that's a bit early for a full TAT tour, but worst case scenario I head south for a week or two when I hit too cold (heh, no such thing!) Weather or closed roads.
    Or my funds run out, sofar I've been well in the green but the rapid rear swap is a sad occurrence.. couple bucks down the drain :'(

    As far as riding goes, my GPS tells me I'm 2800miles into my journey, many more to come!




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  3. kjettro

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    Ser fint ut, misunner deg litt, her er det 1,5 meter snø og 10 minus....
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  4. Toten

    Toten Been here awhile

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    Yesterday was a short day, ride to the store, get told that he couldn't do it today due to family reasons, the tyre hadn't arrived in the hoped for time frame.
    So I went up into Tonto national Forest and had some fun! Lovely bit of trails and found myself a parking area, plopped down my hammock and spent the night.
    Now I'm waiting for the store to open so I can get my bike back on track and hit the trails and back roads again!
    Sadly I forgot all about taking pictures..
    Plan is to hit up Roosevelt Dam and camp in that area, hopefully cheap or free!


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  5. Toten

    Toten Been here awhile

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    So yesterday I ended up going through Tonto national Forest on a awesome gravel/dirt road, skipping highway almost entirely from fort McDowell to lake Roosevelt. It was a great road and since I was early at it I only saw two other people and a car.
    I ended up camping in a free campground right along the highway 4miles before Superior town.
    Found some great dudes and talked smack and pretty much the entire evening.
    Mornings come and I'm heading towards Tucson.
    Then it's Douglas and bisbee on the line!
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  6. TUCKERS

    TUCKERS the famous james

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    Good for you Toten! You are doing it right Man. After Tucson you can ‘kinda’ follow the border road all the way to El Paso Texas!
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  7. dano619

    dano619 Been here awhile

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    You are finding some cool roads!! Looks good on google...Thanks!!
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  8. Toten

    Toten Been here awhile

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    Had a blast driving from Douglas to Deming. Rode through the national park and was on the road a few miles north of the Mexican border, temperatures were perfect for a Norwegian, possibly abit on the chilly side for the locals, didnt see any other bikers, but I saw three border control officers on horseback!
    Wind was horrible however, did roughly 215 miles today, 80 on backroad gravel, rest on tarmac.. and most of the tarmac I had sidewind which my neck still hurts from keeping my head headed the right way!
    Ended up coughing up for a motel, 80$ for two nights is acceptable,havent had a proper rest day in two weeks, Phoenix was plagued with the front tire leak and the rear gear swap!

    Tuesday I plan to drive through El Paso, but I hope to reach the Carlsbad Caverns so I can go through them early wednsday. Been told its a couple of hours walking, so Id prefer to avoid doing that in full panzer... and the Touratech shoes aint made for walkin'!

    Then its back to the border roads heading down to Big Bend, and from there, keep an eye on the weather for the upcoming roads! DSCN0936.JPG DSCN0919.JPG DSCN0921.JPG DSCN0919.JPG

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  9. TUCKERS

    TUCKERS the famous james

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    You changed the rear gear!? We only change front sprocket. 16/42 for highway. 15/42 for regular. 14/42 for serious off road.
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  10. Toten

    Toten Been here awhile

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    Ah no, sneaky typo there. Was the rear tyre that got swapped. No need for any sprocket changes yet.

    Only thing that had to be changed so far was the fuel filter o-ring. And a bolt that got stripped on the filter cap.

    The dr handle wonderfully and purrs like a kitten.

    Only things I miss from my gs is cruise control and the raw power when it comes to freeway driving every now and then.

    When i think about things id like to change for my next prolonged motorcycle tour, it's probably gonna be on a newer 690/701 that's modified from home and shipped over. But that's for the future.



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  11. TUCKERS

    TUCKERS the famous james

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    After the 1200GS it was a compromise to ride the DR650 but we found it worth it as the reliability factor is paramount and we didn't think a fancy European bike would be easily repaired on the road. I had ZERO issues with my DR in 16,000 miles, and the one you are riding (Colleen's) was just spark plugs re-gapped.....nothing else in 16,000 miles! Well, oil and filter change...same air filter though, sprockets and chains. We got in to the speed limit rhythm and 75mph was our chosen cruising speed with the 16 front sprocket, bursts up to 90mph.....perhaps you are thinking in KPH! You can easily do 70mph between fuel stops, two, three hours...no problem...that's 112 to you. Then 90mph....145....PLENTY fast.......good thing is the DR will save you from speeding tickets!
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  12. Toten

    Toten Been here awhile

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    Hehe.
    Main reason why it won't be a Dr next time is because the journey will start in Europe, where getting a Dr is not really an option.

    Today was alot of miles, roughly 240, some 60 spent on bad gravel/sand, rest spent on highway towards Carlsbad Caverns, currently camping in pine spring Nat park.
    Figured my ass could handle a high mile day since it had two whole nights in a bed!

    Eating up the miles sucked, but I'm in position to drop by the Caverns early, and hopefully avoid the worst tourist rush.


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  13. Toten

    Toten Been here awhile

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    So, Wednesday was spent in Carlsbad Caverns, and I gotta say, that's an experience unlike any other! Huge, enormous underground caverns, and well lit. Spent a couple of hours in there taking a ton of pictures!
    Since I'd spent half the day there I raced back to pine springs campground and spent a second night there.

    Yesterday o hoped to find some gravel and yeah south. Found lots of gravel, but they were all gated a couple of miles in, and I don't want to trespass in Texas....
    So I ate alot of highway and ended up in Mount Davis State Park. Nice quiet, and showers!
    10$ for the spot and 6$ for entry, not too shabby, double what pine springs wanted... Oh well.

    Currently heading towards highway 170 and then Big Bend.
    Hopefully I find oil on the way, oil change is coming up!
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  14. TUCKERS

    TUCKERS the famous james

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    Great job! Be sure and buy 4T oil and not regular car oil. Castrol 20/50 dinosaur oil has been used in that bike since 900 miles on it, but any 20/50 4T is good. Don't loose the spring/O ring inside the oil filter....it's easy to do. Fact is...you could skip the filter every other change.
    Stop in Marfa on the way to Big Bend. Cool place.
    Visit 'hole in the wall' at Big Bend.
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    About your 25.00 room,if those walls could only groan.
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  16. TUCKERS

    TUCKERS the famous james

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    Toten...in case you don't get the email.....your new registration and year sticker came in the mail.
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  17. Wreckchecker

    Wreckchecker Ungeneer to broked stuff.

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    Like the bed has many time, I'm sure.
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  18. Toten

    Toten Been here awhile

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    After a few days in Big Bend, camping in Cottonwood Campground, sharing my campsite with a guy named Steve who arrived after everything was taken, but saw me with my little mini tent and a small bike, more than enough room for an RV or two, asked and voila cut the camp fee in half!
    Awesome guy and spent alot of time talking about various differences between US and EU/Norway!
    And he had a cooler, a blessing for a biker in 100 fahrenheit / 40ish celsius... Yes, cold drinks!

    But something magic happened the first day I spent in Big Bend, I hit up the store at Cottonwood Campgrnd.. sat there eating an ice cream, dringing some orange soda...
    Two gs's roll in, they go in for some snacks while I sneak over and look at the beauties.. Oh a sticker from norway, awesome. I check the old GS plates, yellow, not american for sure! I walk to the second one, a watercooled newer model.
    Hm, Belgium...
    Quick backstory: in norway '17 I was at the GS Meeting norway, and a poor belgian dude ended up making a big hole in his oil sump, stopping his vacation cold..
    Guess who I met at that small store in the middle of bumfuckius nowherius..
    Yup, same guy, same bike!
    Was awesome!

    Sunday night I wandered in to 4 dutch people renting an RV in the campground, and suddenly spent 2-3 hours talking about the USA, swearing in Dutch and teaching them to swear in Norwegian. They had cold coke so we were instantly friends (all stores in Big Bend only sells Pepsi products,... closest cold coke was 25-30 miles away...)!
    And we were all pretty much the same age!
    Awesome guys and I hope they have a good trip to San Fransisco (from Chicago in 3 weeks!)

    But sundays.... gotta stop driving on sundays. The bike started coughing when I give her gas.. so I planned my route straight to Del Rio where theres a workshop that is willing to take a look on it tomorrow morning! 300 miles on a coughing bike was... horrible...

    But here are some pictures from Big Bend, that place was HUGE. 60 miles across one way..
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  19. Toten

    Toten Been here awhile

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  20. cmcteir

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    :lurk really enjoying this
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