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Forum: Thumpers 12-17-2014, 06:22 PM
Replies: 84
Views: 5,027
Posted By Blaise W
I'm wondering if SWM will bring bikes back to the...

I'm wondering if SWM will bring bikes back to the USA; especially the 630. I have a couple of friends looking for them. Well, to be correct, one is looking and one thinks the 630 might have been...
Forum: Americas 12-14-2014, 10:05 PM
Replies: 25
Views: 1,732
Posted By Blaise W
Watch out for the wildlife! I was almost taken...

Watch out for the wildlife! I was almost taken out by a calf (hiding in some scrub and jumped off a slope right in front of me), an antelope and a deer. Lots of critters out there!

As stated,...
Forum: Americas 12-10-2014, 05:05 PM
Replies: 15
Views: 947
Posted By Blaise W
Reconsider east to west. You will start out with...

Reconsider east to west. You will start out with relatively easy riding, but scenic, and work up to the "good stuff" as you go. The other way around, the East may feel a bit too easy and there is...
Forum: Vendors 12-09-2014, 06:49 PM
Replies: 52
Views: 5,750
Posted By Blaise W
Just to expand a bit. The empty barrels could be...

Just to expand a bit. The empty barrels could be larger diameter internally than your regular hinges. Maybe 1/2' or larger, to make inserting the rod easier. Barrels heavy wall to resist getting...
Forum: Vendors 12-08-2014, 06:37 PM
Replies: 52
Views: 5,750
Posted By Blaise W
Neat ramp and a lot of thought obviously went...

Neat ramp and a lot of thought obviously went into it. I also need a wide ramp that will work with a travel trailer and right now I have to use two 8' ramps; one for the bike(s) and one for me to...
Forum: Americas 12-08-2014, 05:42 PM
Replies: 24
Views: 1,110
Posted By Blaise W
It would be nice if Sam would continue to make...

It would be nice if Sam would continue to make the UT and NV sections optional as they are some really good trail riding. However I understand if he can't do that for any number of reasons. The...
Forum: Americas 12-08-2014, 04:49 AM
Replies: 25
Views: 1,732
Posted By Blaise W
Under 300 pounds all up is optimistic! Three of...

Under 300 pounds all up is optimistic! Three of us did Mexico to Canada and back (31 days) this year and the first thing we did on our return was to weigh everything we carried and wore. Long story...
Forum: Equipment 11-22-2014, 08:15 AM
Replies: 19
Views: 1,847
Posted By Blaise W
I just plunked down for one of the new Touratech...

I just plunked down for one of the new Touratech Adventuro Carbon helmets in hopes that the quality, fit and weight will be worth the money. It was time for a new helmet anyway and this one "sounds"...
Forum: Americas 11-13-2014, 04:40 PM
Replies: 33
Views: 4,091
Posted By Blaise W
Although the Utah and Nevada sections were my...

Although the Utah and Nevada sections were my favorites, I think we need to trust Sam on the new route. And, Idaho is absolutely fantastic. Time for me to ride it again, maybe starting in New...
Forum: Thumpers 11-12-2014, 06:01 PM
Replies: 5,571
Views: 691,601
Posted By Blaise W
I have a D908RR on the rear and the Golden Tyre...

I have a D908RR on the rear and the Golden Tyre 216 on the front. Great combination and the 216 works really well, even on a heavy bike like the Terra. I didn't think it would hold up well to real...
Forum: Thumpers 10-22-2014, 04:42 PM
Replies: 4,343
Views: 734,636
Posted By Blaise W
OK, I'll give you a few minutes! Just kidding...

OK, I'll give you a few minutes! Just kidding but I almost bought a second not long ago. Buy it and spend a little time and a few dollars to do the things that need attention. Namely the sub-frame...
Forum: Thumpers 10-22-2014, 02:38 PM
Replies: 4,343
Views: 734,636
Posted By Blaise W
Jump on it, before I do!

Jump on it, before I do!
Forum: Thumpers 10-18-2014, 07:54 PM
Replies: 5,571
Views: 691,601
Posted By Blaise W
I believe it's a Euro requirement; parking light....

I believe it's a Euro requirement; parking light. Non functional in the US. Well, that's my best guess.
Forum: Thumpers 10-17-2014, 04:35 PM
Replies: 4,343
Views: 734,636
Posted By Blaise W
I still love my 630 and don't see replacing it...

I still love my 630 and don't see replacing it unless something better comes along. The Ktm690 sounds good but don't know how much oil it holds. Some serious riders are reading them so we will know...
Forum: Americas 10-03-2014, 05:56 PM
Replies: 3
Views: 509
Posted By Blaise W
XXX. Get the tracks from Sam, seriously. Support...

XXX. Get the tracks from Sam, seriously. Support the man who pioneered this route. The cost for his tracks is piddly compared to what you will spend on the trip.
Forum: Thumpers 10-02-2014, 05:18 PM
Replies: 15
Views: 733
Posted By Blaise W
The 310 is geared to hustle; there is always a...

The 310 is geared to hustle; there is always a "right" gear for what is ahead of your front wheel. On the WRR there is a big gap from second to third that can mean keeping it in second and wringing...
Forum: Thumpers 10-02-2014, 01:26 PM
Replies: 15
Views: 733
Posted By Blaise W
Oldenuf is right! I ran the spread sheets for...

Oldenuf is right! I ran the spread sheets for both my 310 and WR250R to do a comparison. Both bikes are geared 13/47. Stock on the 310 is 40 and most competition guys run 50 or so, just for...
Forum: Thumpers 10-01-2014, 06:40 PM
Replies: 15
Views: 733
Posted By Blaise W
I have both bikes; WRR and TE310. Different...

I have both bikes; WRR and TE310. Different kinds of riding. The WRR is a true dual sport and at home on pavement and the trail. The. 310 is a tool and has fantastic handling. I had the 310 taken...
Forum: Ride reports 09-24-2014, 02:27 PM
Replies: 90
Views: 15,575
Posted By Blaise W
Don, gotta fill up the talent tank before leaving...

Don, gotta fill up the talent tank before leaving home. Hate it when I forget to do that! Looking forward to the read.

Ken
Forum: Thumpers 09-23-2014, 08:52 PM
Replies: 5,571
Views: 691,601
Posted By Blaise W
Heidi K60 and D606 up front is good for 50/50 and...

Heidi K60 and D606 up front is good for 50/50 and more toward street use. Use a Dunlop 908RR on the back if you regularly get on the trail.
Forum: West California, the desert southwest and whatever is left 09-22-2014, 09:01 AM
Replies: 5,103
Views: 290,244
Posted By Blaise W
Thanks guys! Think I will pack up the camper and...

Thanks guys! Think I will pack up the camper and bike and go ride there soon. So many roads, so little time....
Forum: West California, the desert southwest and whatever is left 09-21-2014, 09:21 PM
Replies: 5,103
Views: 290,244
Posted By Blaise W
Black Canyon Riding Area

Can any of you Phoenix riders clue me in on the riding around Black Canyon. Passing by there on the way home to Tucson it looked like there would be some really good stuff nearby for dual sporting. ...
Forum: West California, the desert southwest and whatever is left 09-21-2014, 09:16 PM
Replies: 131
Views: 10,250
Posted By Blaise W
Another just finding out about this. John and...

Another just finding out about this. John and Heidi, heal fast! Hope to see you in DV!
Forum: Thumpers 09-13-2014, 05:33 PM
Replies: 5,571
Views: 691,601
Posted By Blaise W
High Five, AZ is great, and enjoy that 12 mile...

High Five, AZ is great, and enjoy that 12 mile section of rocks near Long Lake! Piece of cake on the WRR but doable on the Terra. We were just thru there. :)
Forum: Thumpers 09-03-2014, 02:05 PM
Replies: 5,571
Views: 691,601
Posted By Blaise W
Quirky has it right. On anything other than...

Quirky has it right. On anything other than pavement you need some grip up front. Heavy bike makes the front wash out with the stock or similar tire. A Heidi K60 is a good compromise rear but I...
Forum: Thumpers 09-02-2014, 09:27 PM
Replies: 5,571
Views: 691,601
Posted By Blaise W
Wow, I missed that post! Guess my idea of the...

Wow, I missed that post! Guess my idea of the problem was completely wrong. I'll be doing the mod tomorrow as I have a long trip starting in a week and don't want this problem again! Thanks Hansi...
Forum: Thumpers 09-02-2014, 04:26 PM
Replies: 5,571
Views: 691,601
Posted By Blaise W
Riding, you are not the only one to have the gas...

Riding, you are not the only one to have the gas geyser problem. Next time I'm riding in high heat I intend to let the bike and gas cool before refilling. If the fill tube end is submerged and the...
Forum: GPS Tracks - West & PNW 09-01-2014, 09:10 PM
Replies: 61
Views: 26,686
Posted By Blaise W
Countdown suggested, on another thread, riding...

Countdown suggested, on another thread, riding the GWT and PCQ as a loop. Great idea but it will take some time. More than a month. Sounds like a great plan for 2015, leaving AZ in mid June to...
Forum: Americas 09-01-2014, 08:55 PM
Replies: 18
Views: 2,010
Posted By Blaise W
Jerry is right. GWT has a lot more dirty stuff...

Jerry is right. GWT has a lot more dirty stuff to offer, hence my desire to do it soon. Gotta look at the PCQ. If you do it go light for more fun!
Forum: Americas 09-01-2014, 08:49 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 1,049
Posted By Blaise W
Ex Texan here and I have many trips to BB. TKC80...

Ex Texan here and I have many trips to BB. TKC80 or similar. You want knobs front and rear as they will make the ride more enjoyable. Careful if you do Black Gap. There was a nasty wash and...
Forum: Thumpers 08-25-2014, 08:41 PM
Replies: 5,571
Views: 691,601
Posted By Blaise W
Laugh Two up comfort equals Gold Wing!

Two up comfort equals Gold Wing!
Forum: Americas 08-25-2014, 08:37 PM
Replies: 18
Views: 2,010
Posted By Blaise W
Three of us just finished Mex to Can via BigDogs...

Three of us just finished Mex to Can via BigDogs route. Fantastic ride. Ride Report soon. Similar to the GWT but I want to do that one next year. The plan was to return via the TID but time...
Forum: Thumpers 08-24-2014, 09:00 PM
Replies: 5,571
Views: 691,601
Posted By Blaise W
Just drop one tooth on the CSS, low speed...

Just drop one tooth on the CSS, low speed pulling much better and still fine on the road. That gearing was excellent on the COBDR. Wrong gear at the bottom of a switchback and long steep climb, no...
Forum: Thumpers 08-24-2014, 05:48 PM
Replies: 33
Views: 3,206
Posted By Blaise W
If you want to be 350 pounds fully loaded, and...

If you want to be 350 pounds fully loaded, and can be satisfied with 65 to 70 mph then look at the Yamaha WR250R. Low maintenance, low weight, durable and go just about anywhere. Lots of us have...
Forum: Thumpers 08-23-2014, 05:08 PM
Replies: 1,435
Views: 276,999
Posted By Blaise W
35 Kg, or 77 pounds, should do it. I weighed...

35 Kg, or 77 pounds, should do it. I weighed everything on my bike recently, after a month long trail ride, and including all of my riding gear, tools, food, camping gear, etc., found I was toting...
Forum: Road warriors 08-11-2014, 09:20 PM
Replies: 647
Views: 111,505
Posted By Blaise W
New Wing

Well, not new, but an 05 with 16 K is almost new! Just added it to the three Huskys and one Yamaha, all dual sports. Sold a GSA Adventure and went to a real road bike. I'm really liking it so far...
Forum: Thumpers 08-11-2014, 07:47 PM
Replies: 5,571
Views: 691,601
Posted By Blaise W
Whew, thanks for saving me a lot of head...

Whew, thanks for saving me a lot of head scratching!

As for water getting in, what's wrong with just using some RTV when inserting the plastic pins. I guess it might make removal a bit...
Forum: Thumpers 08-11-2014, 11:23 AM
Replies: 5,571
Views: 691,601
Posted By Blaise W
Swing Arm Water

I finally got around to drilling the back of my swing arm to drain any water inside. There was quite a bit! Even though it is dry here in Arizona, once the water is in, it doesn't come out.
...
Forum: Thumpers 07-30-2014, 11:32 AM
Replies: 46,301
Views: 9,280,129
Posted By Blaise W
Adventure Bike Supreme

Three of us on WRRs just finished riding Mex to Can and back in 32 days. We used BigDogs tracks and had a blast. Made it on one set of D606s except for one rear that had side knob failure. Other...
Forum: Thumpers 07-30-2014, 10:37 AM
Replies: 5,571
Views: 691,601
Posted By Blaise W
We are back and the other two riders have...

We are back and the other two riders have departed for home; Vermont and the UK. Both their bikes are here although Dave from the UK has already sold his. It went in a flash as it is fully...
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