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Forum: Equipment 04-28-2015, 05:53 PM
Replies: 1,578
Views: 275,165
Posted By Okie Preacher
Dude, you are harshing my buzz! I was all...

Dude, you are harshing my buzz!

I was all excited to get it ordered but hadn't added it to the basket to see that it, too, is not currently available. Won't quite work for a late July AK trip,...
Forum: Equipment 04-28-2015, 04:18 PM
Replies: 1,578
Views: 275,165
Posted By Okie Preacher
New Badlands:

I am in the market for a new set of gear for this summer. I have been looking at the Badlands Pro, but they are coming out with an updated version set to reach the US sometime this summer. (RevZilla...
Forum: Equipment 04-28-2015, 06:10 AM
Replies: 81
Views: 7,740
Posted By Okie Preacher
Can't speak to the XD3 & 4, but the new X2 moves...

Can't speak to the XD3 & 4, but the new X2 moves a LOT more air than my old RF1100.
Forum: Americas 04-27-2015, 07:39 AM
Replies: 664
Views: 47,985
Posted By Okie Preacher
Good point. The tarp is from Borah Gear and is a...

Good point. The tarp is from Borah Gear and is a really good piece of kit. I have it strung to use in an A-Frame setup with my hiking poles as pitch points on the end. It wouldn't be hard to adapt...
Forum: Equipment 04-25-2015, 01:28 PM
Replies: 52
Views: 4,314
Posted By Okie Preacher
Think about what you want to cook. Do you...

Think about what you want to cook.

Do you just need to boil water for coffee, oatmeal and dehydrated backpacking meals? Go with a MSR Reactor or a JetBoil. Very fast and efficient, and they...
Forum: Americas 04-25-2015, 11:00 AM
Replies: 664
Views: 47,985
Posted By Okie Preacher
Tent Question...

Friend and I are heading north on August 1st and will make it as far as the weather and the road will allow.

I am pondering which tent to take. I have three levels: a flat tarp and a bivy bag for...
Forum: GS Boxers 04-21-2015, 09:13 AM
Replies: 17
Views: 913
Posted By Okie Preacher
My '09 GS with a large windscreen, Zega Pro...

My '09 GS with a large windscreen, Zega Pro Panniers and 260#'s of me on her back will average in the low 30's at interstate speeds. Headwinds will drop that into the upper 20's. She is good for 185...
Forum: Equipment 04-20-2015, 07:45 PM
Replies: 11
Views: 755
Posted By Okie Preacher
Used these guys to pick up a pair of Sidi...

Used these guys to pick up a pair of Sidi Adventure GoreTex boots. A LOT cheaper than US retailers and the transaction was flawless.

http://www.fc-moto.de/en_GB
Forum: Equipment 04-18-2015, 05:38 PM
Replies: 30
Views: 2,012
Posted By Okie Preacher
I just swapped out my pretty well worn out RF1100...

I just swapped out my pretty well worn out RF1100 for a new Shoei Hornet X2. I have about 3,000 miles in it now and am very pleased with it. There are some tradeoffs over a more street oriented...
Forum: GS Boxers 04-18-2015, 01:35 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 563
Posted By Okie Preacher
I am sure you are aware, but the lower plugs...

I am sure you are aware, but the lower plugs always burn and look different than the upper set with the same miles--much darker. A lot of folks will rotate plugs top and bottom.
Forum: Equipment 04-15-2015, 05:15 PM
Replies: 81
Views: 7,740
Posted By Okie Preacher
Okay... Put 2,800 miles on while wearing the new...

Okay... Put 2,800 miles on while wearing the new X2 last week. It was a fast trip to the west coast and back--all of it 75-80 mph slab and highway in some really windy springtime conditions.

The...
Forum: GS Boxers 04-13-2015, 09:44 PM
Replies: 6,767
Views: 1,228,103
Posted By Okie Preacher
Rode the snot out of it! San Diego to OKC in 36...

Rode the snot out of it! San Diego to OKC in 36 hours with 9 of those spent snoring in a tent pitched outside of Show Low AZ.

Love my old Camhead!
Forum: GS Boxers 04-10-2015, 03:32 PM
Replies: 12
Views: 982
Posted By Okie Preacher
My ESA Shocks on my '09 lasted about 20K miles,...

My ESA Shocks on my '09 lasted about 20K miles, but I ran them an additional 5K. Swapped out for a set of Ohlin TTK's sprung for my weight and riding. Transformed the bike. Some of the best money...
Forum: GS Boxers 04-02-2015, 08:34 PM
Replies: 12
Views: 702
Posted By Okie Preacher
The K60/TKC80 combo is a good one. I would...

The K60/TKC80 combo is a good one. I would recommend playing with the inflation on the K60 until you find the ride and performance that fits you. At max listed pressure I found the tire to be harsh...
Forum: Equipment 03-29-2015, 05:31 AM
Replies: 81
Views: 7,740
Posted By Okie Preacher
Picked one up in Matt Grey. Comfortable. Great...

Picked one up in Matt Grey. Comfortable. Great visibility. Chin vent a bit wonky to operate.

Think it is going to be a good piece of kit.
Forum: GS Boxers 03-28-2015, 08:05 AM
Replies: 100
Views: 12,976
Posted By Okie Preacher
I usually run the TKC80/K60 combo and get along...

I usually run the TKC80/K60 combo and get along with it well in most conditions. The K60 rear will spin up on dry gravel when the tach hits 4K when hammering the gas coming out of a corner. But, it...
Forum: GS Boxers 03-27-2015, 03:35 AM
Replies: 5
Views: 489
Posted By Okie Preacher
They can be adjusted, but they also go bad....

They can be adjusted, but they also go bad. Listen to see if you hear a faint but audible "click" when engaging the clutch lever. I had to swap mine out at around 25K miles on my '09.
Forum: Equipment 03-24-2015, 04:57 AM
Replies: 5
Views: 466
Posted By Okie Preacher
Ortlieb or Wolfman: ...

Ortlieb or Wolfman:

http://www.touratech-usa.com/Store/2718/PN-M575X/Ortlieb-Moto-Line-Roll-Down-Dry-Bag

http://wolfmanluggage.com/products/expedition-dry-duffel-large
Forum: GS Boxers 03-22-2015, 10:04 AM
Replies: 30
Views: 1,890
Posted By Okie Preacher
Thanks. Just what I was needing to know. ...

Thanks. Just what I was needing to know.

Should get me through the trips I have on the docket, then back to something "dirtier" for the summer.
Forum: GS Boxers 03-22-2015, 07:46 AM
Replies: 30
Views: 1,890
Posted By Okie Preacher
Thanks all for the feedback. On those of you...

Thanks all for the feedback.

On those of you recommending the Pilot 4's, what kind of miles are you getting out of them?
Forum: GS Boxers 03-21-2015, 06:29 PM
Replies: 30
Views: 1,890
Posted By Okie Preacher
Pure Street Tire Recomendation:

I have two pure pavement trips coming up in the next month and a half--about 6,500 total miles. My stock-in-trade tires for the GS are a K60 on the back with a TKC80 on the front. I was wondering...
Forum: Equipment 03-02-2015, 06:29 PM
Replies: 187
Views: 49,430
Posted By Okie Preacher
Two completely different tools for two completely...

Two completely different tools for two completely different tasks. I would think hard about how, where, and under what conditions I intended to use the tent and let that guide the decision.
Forum: GS Boxers 03-02-2015, 06:20 PM
Replies: 14
Views: 725
Posted By Okie Preacher
My '09 used a half liter every thousand miles...

My '09 used a half liter every thousand miles right up until 12,000 miles.

Doesn't use a drop now between oil changes.

Takes forever to get the rings and the cylinder walls broke in on these...
Forum: Equipment 02-24-2015, 02:08 PM
Replies: 7,164
Views: 2,929,758
Posted By Okie Preacher
I have two buddies that hunt and fish extensively...

I have two buddies that hunt and fish extensively in the Yukon Territories and Alaska. Both highly recommend the personal size ThermaCell devices for mosquito and biting fly control in those...
Forum: Canada 01-24-2015, 10:56 AM
Replies: 9
Views: 674
Posted By Okie Preacher
Thanks for the link to the parks! We will be...

Thanks for the link to the parks! We will be moving through the area in the middle of the week, so hopefully there will be less competition for space.

And be careful what you offer, as you might...
Forum: Canada 01-19-2015, 03:38 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 674
Posted By Okie Preacher
I appreciate the advice. I have been using an...

I appreciate the advice. I have been using an App called "AllStays" to locate good campsites and it has worked great across the Continental US. I can set a filter to screen out the RV-Heavy...
Forum: Canada 01-19-2015, 01:10 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 674
Posted By Okie Preacher
Perfect! That is exactly what I am looking for. ...

Perfect! That is exactly what I am looking for. Traveling in August, is it possible (advisable?) to try and get reservations for the night, or can a guy generally count on finding a spot to pitch a...
Forum: Canada 01-19-2015, 08:06 AM
Replies: 9
Views: 674
Posted By Okie Preacher
Campground Recomendations:

A friend and I are looking at making a run north this coming summer and I was hoping for some recommendations as to Campgrounds along the route.

In the Regina area we are looking at Rowan's Ravine...
Forum: Pics, pics, pics... 01-18-2015, 03:17 PM
Replies: 2,077
Views: 559,849
Posted By Okie Preacher
^^^^^^^^^^^^ Great Pic!

^^^^^^^^^^^^

Great Pic!
Forum: Equipment 01-14-2015, 03:58 AM
Replies: 18
Views: 2,071
Posted By Okie Preacher
I have looked at the AltRider bag, Some...

I have looked at the AltRider bag, Some interesting changes from the GL, but it only carries about 45 liters. If I was on a XR or an EXC it would be a great choice, but I am needing a bit more...
Forum: Americas 01-12-2015, 08:39 PM
Replies: 664
Views: 47,985
Posted By Okie Preacher
That's funny right there! My parents have a...

That's funny right there!

My parents have a neighbor up past their mountain house in Colorado. A crusty old fart that pours his bacon grease on a stump out in front of his porch. Sits in his...
Forum: Equipment 01-12-2015, 07:23 PM
Replies: 18
Views: 2,071
Posted By Okie Preacher
It is a clean solution, but my GS is good for a...

It is a clean solution, but my GS is good for a comfortable 185 miles (and an uncomfortable 200) on a tank of gas. I am looking for a solid 275 mile range or so which is going to take at least an...
Forum: Equipment 01-12-2015, 01:11 PM
Replies: 18
Views: 2,071
Posted By Okie Preacher
Looks like a well sorted out setup. Keeps most...

Looks like a well sorted out setup. Keeps most of the packing weight low with the exception of what I am considering with 4 gallons of fuel/water storage--call it 40 pounds with the pair of Rotopax....
Forum: Equipment 01-12-2015, 06:27 AM
Replies: 18
Views: 2,071
Posted By Okie Preacher
Soft Bags and Extra Fuel:

I am making plans for a 2015 trip that is going to require more fuel than my GS carries, and there will be enough dirt and gravel that I would prefer soft bags rather than my Zega Pro's. (The Zega's...
Forum: Equipment 01-08-2015, 04:18 PM
Replies: 7,164
Views: 2,929,758
Posted By Okie Preacher
I use a flat tarp and a bivy when backpacking or...

I use a flat tarp and a bivy when backpacking or when traveling light. The bug net deals easlily with skeeters, gnats and biting flies.

Campsite selection and tarp setup is important as a guy...
Forum: GS Boxers 01-06-2015, 05:37 AM
Replies: 23
Views: 1,279
Posted By Okie Preacher
If you have the front end opened up, change the...

If you have the front end opened up, change the alternator belt.
Forum: Equipment 12-30-2014, 12:17 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 773
Posted By Okie Preacher
Actually, the K60 / TKC80 combo has worked pretty...

Actually, the K60 / TKC80 combo has worked pretty well for me. I have run two sets 10,000 miles each and could have probably stretched them a bit further. Went back to TKC's on both ends this...
Forum: Equipment 12-07-2014, 11:58 AM
Replies: 77
Views: 7,182
Posted By Okie Preacher
Great review on the Borah Gear Cuban Fiber Bivy...

Great review on the Borah Gear Cuban Fiber Bivy here: http://hikeitlikeit.com/2014/borah-gear-cuben-bivy/
Forum: Equipment 11-27-2014, 04:16 PM
Replies: 77
Views: 7,182
Posted By Okie Preacher
Lots of good info here. I enjoy cold weather...

Lots of good info here. I enjoy cold weather camping more than fighting heat and humidity in the summer. For me, controlling condensation and perspiration is key to staying warm. I use a 15 degree...
Forum: Equipment 11-25-2014, 02:24 PM
Replies: 187
Views: 49,430
Posted By Okie Preacher
Black is bullet-proof, but Black is also heavy. ...

Black is bullet-proof, but Black is also heavy. Love my Staika as long as my GS is carrying the load, but nine pounds certainly isn't a backpacking tent.

As a certified tent-aholic: Redverz for...
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