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Forum: Thumpers Today, 08:30 AM
Replies: 11
Views: 1,883
Posted By wbbnm
I had a TrailTech on my KLR for several years. I...

I had a TrailTech on my KLR for several years. I generally liked it and it got the job done.

But one thing I didn't like was what got displayed on each screen. I would have liked for that to be...
Forum: Layin' down tracks Today, 08:26 AM
Replies: 34
Views: 4,085
Posted By wbbnm
How does the calibration method work? I assume...

How does the calibration method work? I assume calibration is what others call georeferencing where you locate, size, and maybe rotate a scanned image such that all the roads and stuff are in the...
Forum: West California, the desert southwest and whatever is left Today, 07:33 AM
Replies: 6
Views: 141
Posted By wbbnm
I think that road, 89, you show going into north...

I think that road, 89, you show going into north Page might be closed. It has been closed for the past few years due to a landslide that apparently the powers that be don't understand or know how...
Forum: Americas Today, 07:25 AM
Replies: 2
Views: 95
Posted By wbbnm
It is NM 4 that goes thru the caldera out of the...

It is NM 4 that goes thru the caldera out of the Los Alamos area. It is awesome. Then you would pick up 126 to get over to Cuba.

I ride it a couple of times a year. The first ~10 miles are paved....
Forum: Thumpers Yesterday, 07:19 AM
Replies: 5
Views: 218
Posted By wbbnm
I have been using the ~$20 ones from Cycle Gear. ...

I have been using the ~$20 ones from Cycle Gear. The list price is $40, but they always seem to be on sale for $20.

I don't like the big clunky spade lug switch so I buy a small sealed unit with...
Forum: Day Trippin' 05-03-2015, 03:27 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 234
Posted By wbbnm
very nice and interesting. I have been...

very nice and interesting.

I have been riding thru Alamo about every couple of years since 1972. I can't believe how it has grown. Back then there was nothing but the old trading post (with...
Forum: Thumpers 05-03-2015, 07:50 AM
Replies: 2
Views: 148
Posted By wbbnm
+1. I replaced my clutch springs at about 20k...

+1. I replaced my clutch springs at about 20k miles. The length was out of spec. I also replaced all the plates. But that was because I totally trashed them on a mud ride.

You may find that...
Forum: Layin' down tracks 05-03-2015, 07:39 AM
Replies: 19
Views: 572
Posted By wbbnm
After I started using the GPS (and gave up on...

After I started using the GPS (and gave up on routes) I noticed I didn't get hopelessly lost and run out of gas in the dark anymore. This was just terrible. I don't know how I can live this way.
...
Forum: Americas 05-01-2015, 07:25 AM
Replies: 14
Views: 492
Posted By wbbnm
Just to be sure you are talking about the TAT the...

Just to be sure you are talking about the TAT the Sam Correo created and sells maps and tracks for?

I saw a post recently where someone was talking about a "TAT" for bicycles that was apparently...
Forum: The Rockies It's all downhill from here... 05-01-2015, 07:17 AM
Replies: 25
Views: 1,093
Posted By wbbnm
We did a 130 mile loop out of Wallatowa...

We did a 130 mile loop out of Wallatowa yesterday.

376/534 to Cuba for lunch at Brunos

Then 126/70/130/315/144 back to 126.

Finished up with 10.

All roads were open and in good shape....
Forum: The Rockies It's all downhill from here... 05-01-2015, 07:12 AM
Replies: 12
Views: 500
Posted By wbbnm
The Uncompaghre Plateau is an easy dirt ride in...

The Uncompaghre Plateau is an easy dirt ride in the area. But I wouldn't recommend the shortcut into Gateway for a beginner on a big bike.
Forum: Americas 04-30-2015, 07:03 AM
Replies: 7
Views: 333
Posted By wbbnm
There's not much difference in my mind between...

There's not much difference in my mind between those two and 491 (old 666). They all have long boring stretches with not much to look at. A lot of 491 is 4 lane FWIW.

You can do a short detour...
Forum: Layin' down tracks 04-29-2015, 12:49 PM
Replies: 34
Views: 4,085
Posted By wbbnm
In approximate order of usefulness to me: ...

In approximate order of usefulness to me:

City Navigator
Topo 24k
Topo 100k
MVUMs
Benchmark map books
BLM land ownership maps
Forest Service User maps
Forum: Americas 04-29-2015, 07:20 AM
Replies: 14
Views: 492
Posted By wbbnm
I didn't notice a lot of cabins along the way. ...

I didn't notice a lot of cabins along the way. We did stay in motels all the time. You kind of have to plan ahead for this because the TAT studiously avoids towns to stay on dirt roads. The same...
Forum: Americas 04-28-2015, 12:45 PM
Replies: 14
Views: 492
Posted By wbbnm
When we did it in 2007 there was hardly any...

When we did it in 2007 there was hardly any pavement west of about the middle of Tenn. Like I said before just to get over major rivers.

Actually sometimes the TAT becomes a pain. They will go...
Forum: GPS 101 - Which GPS For Me 04-28-2015, 07:45 AM
Replies: 24
Views: 1,033
Posted By wbbnm
The 60 can handle up to about 20 ( or 18?) tracks...

The 60 can handle up to about 20 ( or 18?) tracks of 500 points each. A lot of people use them and nobody complains about newer City Navigator not being compatible. CN will easily fit on your SD...
Forum: Americas 04-28-2015, 07:38 AM
Replies: 7
Views: 333
Posted By wbbnm
Offhand that sounds like a pretty dreary ride. ...

Offhand that sounds like a pretty dreary ride. You might consider looping to the south a bit out of Alpine to 12 and then up 32/36/602 to Gallup. There is quite a bit of mountainous country that...
Forum: Americas 04-28-2015, 07:23 AM
Replies: 14
Views: 492
Posted By wbbnm
Not sure what you are asking. But IMHO the TAT...

Not sure what you are asking. But IMHO the TAT has the most dirt possible thru any area it goes thru. The paved sections are mainly to get to bridges over the bigger rivers - no dirt roads over the...
Forum: Americas 04-27-2015, 07:30 AM
Replies: 3
Views: 151
Posted By wbbnm
I would recommend something heavier than mesh...

I would recommend something heavier than mesh gloves for some of the riding. Many mornings will be cool like 40-50 degrees, especially in the mountains. You can probably switch to the lighter...
Forum: The Rockies It's all downhill from here... 04-26-2015, 12:45 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 244
Posted By wbbnm
There a couple of interesting routes with more...

There a couple of interesting routes with more dirt a ways north of McElmo Canyon.

You go into Hovenweep off of 191 and take either Squaw Creek Canyon or Cross Canyon over to Montezuma creek...
Forum: The Rockies It's all downhill from here... 04-25-2015, 02:36 PM
Replies: 25
Views: 1,093
Posted By wbbnm
I guess they don't need that look out tower much...

I guess they don't need that look out tower much anymore since so much has already burned in that area.
Forum: The Rockies It's all downhill from here... 04-25-2015, 07:21 AM
Replies: 1
Views: 207
Posted By wbbnm
I have several starting from Albuquerque. I have...

I have several starting from Albuquerque. I have tracks posted on GPSXchange and dualsportmaps.com.


Or if you PM me your email address I will send you some tracks. Tracks are too many and...
Forum: The Rockies It's all downhill from here... 04-24-2015, 07:50 AM
Replies: 33
Views: 1,521
Posted By wbbnm
You can shave some boring miles off some routes...

You can shave some boring miles off some routes by crossing the Dirty Devil river and taking Hatch Canyon into the Maze District.

I have had in the trip plan a few times but have never been...
Forum: Layin' down tracks 04-24-2015, 07:42 AM
Replies: 23
Views: 2,247
Posted By wbbnm
You get the credit. I would never have taken the...

You get the credit. I would never have taken the time to look for a solution.

BTW I also used it on GPSXchange.com. And it fixed the problem there where when you tried to download a file, it...
Forum: Thumpers 04-23-2015, 02:45 PM
Replies: 15
Views: 611
Posted By wbbnm
Why don't you just try a 14 tooth front sprocket...

Why don't you just try a 14 tooth front sprocket and see if you like it?

If it is too low, then try a slightly larger rear.

In my experience no two people ride the same and choosing...
Forum: Layin' down tracks 04-23-2015, 07:46 AM
Replies: 15
Views: 746
Posted By wbbnm
It sounds like you are capable and willing to...

It sounds like you are capable and willing to write your own software. Should be an interesting project.

If it were me I would look for the roads in your list in City Navigator. I suspect that...
Forum: The Rockies It's all downhill from here... 04-23-2015, 07:16 AM
Replies: 33
Views: 1,521
Posted By wbbnm
That's going to be a disaster for travel thru...

That's going to be a disaster for travel thru that fantastic area. Wonder how far it would be from Blanding/Bluff to Hanksville or Boulder. May have to try to detour down to Bullfrog to do the Burr...
Forum: Thumpers 04-21-2015, 07:42 AM
Replies: 40
Views: 1,441
Posted By wbbnm
I rode a xr400 for about 10 years from 1999 to...

I rode a xr400 for about 10 years from 1999 to 2008. I had a great time with it.

It could be ornery to kick start. I eventually found I had to give it half-choke to start even when hot.

The...
Forum: Americas 04-21-2015, 07:23 AM
Replies: 7
Views: 367
Posted By wbbnm
Several years ago a group here put together a...

Several years ago a group here put together a list of bike shops, motels, etc for the TAT. It would probably be hard to find given how bad the ADV search engine is. And of course the TAT has moved....
Forum: Americas 04-18-2015, 07:29 AM
Replies: 36
Views: 1,360
Posted By wbbnm
The TAT is a great ride, but it is about 95% dirt...

The TAT is a great ride, but it is about 95% dirt and slow going in places.

As such it avoids most towns. In many places you have to get off the trail to even get gas.
Forum: Thumpers 04-17-2015, 02:14 PM
Replies: 3
Views: 154
Posted By wbbnm
I checked there and they want $80. Apparently my...

I checked there and they want $80. Apparently my model uses a gold-plated one or something.

I have never broken a lever in 45 years of riding despite many nasty crashes. So I am not willing...
Forum: Thumpers 04-17-2015, 08:13 AM
Replies: 3
Views: 154
Posted By wbbnm
spare clutch lever for 2013 690

Anybody have a recommendation for a cheap spare clutch lever for a 2013 KTM 690?

I just want one to carry as a spare in case I break mine on a long trip.

I want to avoid paying $80-100 for...
Forum: GPS 101 - Which GPS For Me 04-17-2015, 08:05 AM
Replies: 24
Views: 1,033
Posted By wbbnm
I find Basecamp and its predecessor Mapsource...

I find Basecamp and its predecessor Mapsource very valuable for planning rides.

You do have to either buy Garmin or otherwise get a mapset. I mainly use City Navigator which is autoroutable.
...
Forum: GPS 101 - Which GPS For Me 04-16-2015, 06:10 PM
Replies: 15
Views: 839
Posted By wbbnm
It is very rare for a decent, modern GPS to lose...

It is very rare for a decent, modern GPS to lose satellite coverage for any length of time. It will only happen, maybe, in a very deep narrow canyon. Or you might have a power glitch with the GPS....
Forum: West California, the desert southwest and whatever is left 04-16-2015, 06:02 PM
Replies: 12
Views: 1,697
Posted By wbbnm
We have done several mostly dirt trips across...

We have done several mostly dirt trips across southern Utah into Nevada.

This thread has tracks from our latest and links to ride reports and tracks for alternate routes thru the area.
...
Forum: Americas 04-14-2015, 06:03 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 373
Posted By wbbnm
Back in 2008 we did the western portion of the...

Back in 2008 we did the western portion of the TAT in 9 days starting from Durango. We picked up the TAT north of Cortez.

We pretty much skipped a day by not doing Denio Junction because we...
Forum: The Rockies It's all downhill from here... 04-14-2015, 07:20 AM
Replies: 10
Views: 413
Posted By wbbnm
+1 There is a stretch of 126 west of Fenton Lake...

+1 There is a stretch of 126 west of Fenton Lake that is not paved. And it can get pretty rough. It shows as a primitive road on some maps.

When the weather is dry it gets a deep silt that can...
Forum: Thumpers 04-12-2015, 11:40 AM
Replies: 7
Views: 981
Posted By wbbnm
In my limited experience the best policy is to...

In my limited experience the best policy is to never ride over branches laying in the road or trail in mesquite infested areas. Every time I have done it, I have gotten a flat.

I don't believe...
Forum: GPS 101 - Which GPS For Me 04-11-2015, 12:52 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 402
Posted By wbbnm
If it's plastic then it will probably work if...

If it's plastic then it will probably work if your GPS works inside your house. Some of the really old units like the III+ would barely work inside my house.

But again it is easy to test. Just...
Forum: GPS 101 - Which GPS For Me 04-11-2015, 07:23 AM
Replies: 5
Views: 402
Posted By wbbnm
I suspect it won't work. But it should be easy...

I suspect it won't work. But it should be easy to test. That's what I would do.

If you don't actually have a Pelican case yet, I think you could use a tool box or some other similar metal...
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