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Forum: Americas 08-12-2008, 06:44 PM
Replies: 29
Views: 3,431
Posted By iridefar
I have found that acting like an "adventure...

I have found that acting like an "adventure rider" always gets me in trouble.

Where are you headed?
Not really sure. Somewhere north.

How long are you going to stay?
I don't really know. I...
Forum: The perfect line and other riding myths 08-10-2008, 10:48 AM
Replies: 18
Views: 1,554
Posted By iridefar
Congrats! I have been thinking of doing this ride...

Congrats! I have been thinking of doing this ride and it is really tough. Just the gas stops alone can kill your time. But it sounds like you have your gas stops down to a science.

:clap
Forum: Tejas and the Gulf States 08-09-2008, 05:57 AM
Replies: 13
Views: 1,210
Posted By iridefar
One word: HOT If you get there early you...

One word: HOT

If you get there early you can get a good spot in the shade under one of the trees along the road. Sturgis is a very small town, but this rally just keeps getting bigger. I haven't...
Forum: The perfect line and other riding myths 08-08-2008, 02:22 PM
Replies: 53
Views: 2,423
Posted By iridefar
http://www.iridefar.com/images/north_america_ridin...

http://www.iridefar.com/images/north_america_riding_map_small.png
Forum: Canada 08-08-2008, 02:16 PM
Replies: 15
Views: 1,017
Posted By iridefar
+1 on Cabot Trail. Plan on spending plenty of...

+1 on Cabot Trail. Plan on spending plenty of time riding it.
Forum: GS Boxers 08-02-2008, 08:07 AM
Replies: 63
Views: 3,735
Posted By iridefar
Classic line of the movie: After meeting the guy...

Classic line of the movie: After meeting the guy doing an around the world trip by human power only (the guy on the bicyle), Ewan asks Charlie "How big of a pussy do you feel like now?"

So for...
Forum: GS Boxers 08-02-2008, 07:48 AM
Replies: 27
Views: 7,903
Posted By iridefar
I think my Wilbers shocks were around $1500 for...

I think my Wilbers shocks were around $1500 for the set, but I got every option they offer. You can get the standard shocks for much less.

Wilbers compared to stock (mine are a little shorter...
Forum: The perfect line and other riding myths 08-01-2008, 04:06 PM
Replies: 59
Views: 5,605
Posted By iridefar
Don't let stress make you tired. the first IBA...

Don't let stress make you tired. the first IBA ride I rode I got all worked up about making the ride. The fact is, there is plenty of time to get 1,000 miles in. I have done many IBA rides and the...
Forum: GS Boxers 08-01-2008, 03:51 PM
Replies: 53
Views: 2,562
Posted By iridefar
I like to listen to XM radio or an audiobook on...

I like to listen to XM radio or an audiobook on my iPod. I try to find things that engage my brain rather than just music.
Forum: GS Boxers 08-01-2008, 03:16 PM
Replies: 27
Views: 7,903
Posted By iridefar
I lowered mine about 1.5" with a set of Wilbers...

I lowered mine about 1.5" with a set of Wilbers shocks. Very simple solution, plus you can reinstall the stock shocks to return it to normal height for resale. Not to mention the Wilbers ride better...
Forum: Equipment 08-01-2008, 03:11 PM
Replies: 17
Views: 3,505
Posted By iridefar
I use the Touratech setup on both the 1200GS and...

I use the Touratech setup on both the 1200GS and the 650GS. I really like it and compared to the rest of the stuff on the bike it is not that expensive.
...
Forum: GS Boxers 08-01-2008, 03:07 PM
Replies: 63
Views: 3,735
Posted By iridefar
Gee I must have missed that part. I will have to...

Gee I must have missed that part. I will have to go back and watch it again. :evil

I really think Charlie missed the point of the whole discussion on the boat about not doing stupid things to...
Forum: GS Boxers 08-01-2008, 02:57 PM
Replies: 63
Views: 3,735
Posted By iridefar
My GF and I both agree that it was selfish of her...

My GF and I both agree that it was selfish of her to interject herself into this ride. She and Ewan could afford to go ride together anywhere in the world, yet she felt the need to be part of Charlie...
Forum: GS Boxers 08-01-2008, 02:38 PM
Replies: 53
Views: 2,562
Posted By iridefar
Long distance rides have very little to do with...

Long distance rides have very little to do with the bike. It is all about the rider. I have done Iron Butt rides on cruisers ad touring bikes. I just got back from a 2500 mile trip and I rode several...
Forum: The perfect line and other riding myths 07-16-2008, 08:32 PM
Replies: 1,150
Views: 220,870
Posted By iridefar
When did adventure riders start caring what their...

When did adventure riders start caring what their bikes look like? :huh Isn't that only for cruisers?

Repeat after me: "It's all about function"


I carry $8K worth of camera gear in my top...
Forum: Thumpers 07-15-2008, 08:10 PM
Replies: 16
Views: 1,264
Posted By iridefar
I am 5'4" and was considering a lowered model. I...

I am 5'4" and was considering a lowered model. I ended up with the regular GS and I am glad I went with it because it has more ground clearance.

I an get on and off with no problem. They have a...
Forum: Central From Da Nort Woods to the Plane States 07-15-2008, 08:03 PM
Replies: 19
Views: 878
Posted By iridefar
I am right on the river in Vicksburg, MS (River...

I am right on the river in Vicksburg, MS (River City). I can give you some good suggestions once you get down this way.

The MRT runs a little to the East of the river in V'burg. Hwy 61 is about...
Forum: Ride reports 07-15-2008, 07:29 PM
Replies: 13
Views: 1,046
Posted By iridefar
Sorry to hear you aren't going to make it to MS....

Sorry to hear you aren't going to make it to MS. I was watching this thread and was going to offer to show you some areas around central MS.

Great pics and report, though.
Forum: Trip Planning 07-07-2008, 06:07 PM
Replies: 23
Views: 3,748
Posted By iridefar
Just like a horse, I take care of my bike after a...

Just like a horse, I take care of my bike after a long ride (several thousand miles). I wash it the day after I make it home, but I don't see much point in washing it BEFORE a ride. It is going to...
Forum: Road warriors 07-07-2008, 05:50 PM
Replies: 55
Views: 5,209
Posted By iridefar
So your friend believes a mechanical device that...

So your friend believes a mechanical device that relies on a single non-calibrated input is more accurate than a 12 sat. GPS? If he is that off in his logic, nothing you or we say will convince him...
Forum: GS Boxers 07-06-2008, 04:47 PM
Replies: 15
Views: 888
Posted By iridefar
My GS has to share duties with the Gold Wing. The...

My GS has to share duties with the Gold Wing. The GS is for solo riding only, so any time the girlfriend rides with me we take the GW.

My F65GS doesn't get ridden much any more since I got the...
Forum: The perfect line and other riding myths 07-06-2008, 08:35 AM
Replies: 53
Views: 3,183
Posted By iridefar
You don't have to overthink this. Just ride some...

You don't have to overthink this. Just ride some bikes in the dirty air behind some trucks on the interstate. Riding my mom's Rebel 250 is like being in a boxing match. Riding my F650GS is a little...
Forum: Ride reports 06-12-2008, 08:48 PM
Replies: 78
Views: 8,824
Posted By iridefar
Cape Breton Island is awesome. I rode from...

Cape Breton Island is awesome. I rode from Mississippi to NS in 2004 and it was great. Make sure you plan plenty of time on Cabot Trail.

http://www.iridefar.com/images/NS%20Trip%20Map.jpg
Forum: Trip Planning 03-24-2008, 05:36 PM
Replies: 27
Views: 2,553
Posted By iridefar
I guess that is why so many travel photogs use a...

I guess that is why so many travel photogs use a P&S :loco



I agree, which is why I carry both. But if you think that a Canon PowerShot is going to take the same quality photo as a Canon 5D...
Forum: Trip Planning 03-23-2008, 08:17 PM
Replies: 27
Views: 2,553
Posted By iridefar
I think the biggest fallacy in photography is...

I think the biggest fallacy in photography is more pixels = better IQ. It doesn't matter how many pixels you have, some cameras perform better than others and their cost usually correlates to their...
Forum: Face plant 03-23-2008, 01:58 PM
Replies: 51
Views: 7,330
Posted By iridefar
This is like most things on a dirt bike; it is...

This is like most things on a dirt bike; it is all about guts. If you hesitate when riding into a truck, you are going down. A 426 certainly has more than enough power to ride into the back of a...
Forum: Road warriors 03-17-2008, 05:40 PM
Replies: 27
Views: 2,681
Posted By iridefar
My 2005 GL1800 gets 38 mpg when cruising around...

My 2005 GL1800 gets 38 mpg when cruising around 80 mpg on the interstate.
Forum: Ride reports 03-16-2008, 07:28 PM
Replies: 467
Views: 30,378
Posted By iridefar
It is nice to see a fellow Mississippi rider on...

It is nice to see a fellow Mississippi rider on here! You took some nice pics along the way.

I hope you don't mind a a couple of suggested corrections to your ride report facts:

The...
Forum: Equipment 03-14-2008, 02:24 PM
Replies: 23
Views: 1,112
Posted By iridefar
+1 on B&H. I have spent close to $10K with them...

+1 on B&H. I have spent close to $10K with them and have never had any problems. Sometimes the boxes are a little banged up (common complaint with B&H), but I have never received damaged goods.
Forum: Canada 03-08-2008, 07:46 PM
Replies: 731
Views: 110,575
Posted By iridefar
Paul, I am not sure if you remember me but we...

Paul,
I am not sure if you remember me but we spoke before your first winter adventure. I have not communicated with you in a while because, frankly, I lost some respect for you when you started...
Forum: Equipment 03-08-2008, 07:14 PM
Replies: 63
Views: 6,015
Posted By iridefar
Which model Lowepro fits into the top box? I...

Which model Lowepro fits into the top box? I installed a top box on my 1200GS just for camera gear, but I like your method of putting a bag inside. I carry a Canon DSLR and several L lenses. My...
Forum: The Rockies It's all downhill from here... 10-15-2007, 08:09 PM
Replies: 19
Views: 2,184
Posted By iridefar
This has been around in the nuclear industry for...

This has been around in the nuclear industry for many years. It is non-destructive cleaning and is prefered for nuclear applications because there is no contaminated by-product to deal with. It...
Forum: GS Boxers 10-07-2007, 04:43 PM
Replies: 20
Views: 1,546
Posted By iridefar
match marks (orange line) to ensure aligment...

match marks (orange line) to ensure aligment while welding (do this BEFORE you cut the sidestand)

http://www.iridefar.com/images/advrider/GS_sidestand03.jpg
Forum: GS Boxers 10-07-2007, 04:30 PM
Replies: 20
Views: 1,546
Posted By iridefar
make sure you account for the angle of the...

make sure you account for the angle of the sidestand when determining how much to cut out.

I cut teh head off of a lag bolt the same size as the ID of the sidestand and inserted it into the...
Forum: GS Boxers 10-06-2007, 08:40 PM
Replies: 20
Views: 1,546
Posted By iridefar
I have a 29" inseam and have a set of Wilbers...

I have a 29" inseam and have a set of Wilbers lowered 1.5". You will definately have to cut the side stand if you go this low, but it works perfectly for me. I tried to ride it without cutting the...
Forum: Layin' down tracks 09-29-2007, 01:54 PM
Replies: 34
Views: 3,143
Posted By iridefar
The new ones actually come with MS Streets &...

The new ones actually come with MS Streets & Trips pre-installed. Mapsource will run as well. I like to use both on the road.

I looked at these for a while, but figured I needed more than the...
Forum: Ride reports 09-27-2007, 07:29 PM
Replies: 7,093
Views: 3,257,603
Posted By iridefar
Do you have any addirional info on the snorkel...

Do you have any addirional info on the snorkel mod. I am having the same issue with my TT tank kit on a 2005 GS.
Forum: The Garage 09-27-2007, 07:53 AM
Replies: 6
Views: 1,404
Posted By iridefar
I tried those on my KLX300 (similar to your KDX)...

I tried those on my KLX300 (similar to your KDX) and found they didn't really do much for the seat height (much nicer links than stock, though). I ended up having spacers put in my suspension by...
Forum: Equipment 09-26-2007, 05:32 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 646
Posted By iridefar
I've been carrying a laptop across North America...

I've been carrying a laptop across North America for 5 years and I do not do anything special. I pack it in with my clothes in my side pannier. The clothes provide enough padding for vibration, etc. ...
Forum: Road warriors 09-26-2007, 05:27 PM
Replies: 150
Views: 21,097
Posted By iridefar
cruise control from the GL1800

cruise control from the GL1800
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