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Forum: Ride reports 01-25-2014, 10:11 AM
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Posted By swifter78261
Nice to see this ride report still has life....

Nice to see this ride report still has life. Looking back I still can't believe this adventure happened in a lot of ways. How titanically different life is now, in fantastic ways.

Thinking about...
Forum: Ride reports 09-30-2013, 09:18 AM
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Posted By swifter78261
Thumb Hey guys, Austin here! Thought I'd give you a...

Hey guys, Austin here! Thought I'd give you a little update on what happened since I left the road as well.

Getting into Houston, I could see Chris's ears perk up that first night at the bar when...
Forum: Ride reports 07-31-2013, 07:26 PM
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Posted By swifter78261
Ill have my half of the update soon too dudes and...

Ill have my half of the update soon too dudes and dudettes. In the meantime, I've been posting short 1 minute videos of each days progress along with a bunch of pictures on the trip blog at...
Forum: Ride reports 07-29-2013, 09:43 PM
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Posted By swifter78261
WE MADE IT! Right now I'm drinking a cold one...

WE MADE IT! Right now I'm drinking a cold one with a view of the water from our $41 motel in Bahia de Los Angeles, Baja. Passed through Coco's Corner and shared a beer with him earlier today. Life is...
Forum: Ride reports 07-18-2013, 05:37 PM
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Posted By swifter78261
ALL IS NOT LOST! Right as I was about to...

ALL IS NOT LOST!

Right as I was about to call the trip, an engine turned up in Reno. Craiglist's got a '96 engine in good order for $500! Going to meet the guy in Sacramento Saturday to pick it...
Forum: Ride reports 07-18-2013, 01:52 PM
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Posted By swifter78261
Thanks for the good words guys. If this is the...

Thanks for the good words guys. If this is the end of my motorcycle adventures, that means the whole between-jobs-adventure is only half finished - just the motorcycle part. There's still much cross...
Forum: Ride reports 07-18-2013, 01:00 PM
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Posted By swifter78261
Well guys, Its been nearly a month since...

Well guys,

Its been nearly a month since Chris and I have finished the Trans American Trail. Though we've been beset with mechanical issues infinitum, it /has/ been great spending time in...
Forum: Ride reports 07-15-2013, 06:48 PM
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Posted By swifter78261
Yes! Thanks speedmonkey! I just wrote the guy...

Yes! Thanks speedmonkey! I just wrote the guy inquiring about the nature of the damage. I can't really see in his pictures what's hurt on the engine. If its only cosmetic we could have a winner. Also...
Forum: Ride reports 07-15-2013, 02:20 PM
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Posted By swifter78261
Thanks for the link, oldxr. I'm going to start...

Thanks for the link, oldxr. I'm going to start combing through that list today when I get to Tahoe. With a little luck, maybe I'll come up with something good.
Forum: Ride reports 07-14-2013, 10:06 AM
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Posted By swifter78261
Speedmonkey - yes, I did see that one on my...

Speedmonkey - yes, I did see that one on my cruise through eBay. $1800 is ridiculous unless it comes with the bike too.

Does anyone here know how interchangeable the >'07 and <'08 engines are???...
Forum: Ride reports 07-13-2013, 05:38 PM
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Posted By swifter78261
Thanks again for all of the encouragement guys...

Thanks again for all of the encouragement guys and gals. It's really doing a lot for my damaged morale.

Wheatwacker - I did get in touch with him. Apparently he is no longer in Gilroy, but south...
Forum: Ride reports 07-12-2013, 10:17 AM
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Posted By swifter78261
Thanks guys. I had topped the oil off - thinking...

Thanks guys. I had topped the oil off - thinking I was heading to Mexico soon. I really should have checked it when I left my lunch stop, right before the engine ble, though. All is obvious in...
Forum: Ride reports 07-11-2013, 10:54 PM
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Posted By swifter78261
Thanks for all of the advice guys. I've really...

Thanks for all of the advice guys. I've really hit a knowledge and ability wall at this point. I simply have zero experience or knowledge with engines and do not trust myself to proceed any further...
Forum: Ride reports 07-11-2013, 12:54 PM
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Posted By swifter78261
A little update, here. So far it's looking...

A little update, here.

So far it's looking like top end trouble. I took the fairings and tank off to discover that the top end had pretty much exploded as I was riding it. Seriously, there was a...
Forum: Ride reports 07-10-2013, 12:30 PM
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Posted By swifter78261
Thanks so much for all your your encouraging...

Thanks so much for all your your encouraging words and pieces of advice. Thanks to Trl Rdr, specifically, for your incredible generosity.


In the mayhem of yesterday, I never really got a chance...
Forum: Ride reports 07-09-2013, 02:30 PM
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Posted By swifter78261
Thanks guys. I've got an '09 KLR. I know the 08s...

Thanks guys. I've got an '09 KLR. I know the 08s had issues and they supposedly fixed it in '09. And I really never had /any/ issues with oil until yesterday. Strange stuff. Expensive stuff.
Forum: Ride reports 07-09-2013, 01:43 PM
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Views: 227,969
Posted By swifter78261
Would any of this explain the insane oil loss? ...

Would any of this explain the insane oil loss?


Currently walking the 3.8 miles to the closest uHaul store in 106 degree heat. I hope someone out here is getting some entertainment from how I'm...
Forum: Ride reports 07-09-2013, 12:45 PM
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Posted By swifter78261
Well I got the word. The shop will have to do a...

Well I got the word. The shop will have to do a full tear down to know exactly what the issue is, buuuuut.. The guy said they can turn the engine 180 degrees one way before it locks, then the other...
Forum: Ride reports 07-09-2013, 09:42 AM
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Views: 227,969
Posted By swifter78261
Thanks for the encouragement, guys. I'm heading...

Thanks for the encouragement, guys. I'm heading to the shop to see what the damage is right now.

I'm hoping its the timing chain or some other less-than-catastrophic injury. The serious lack of...
Forum: Ride reports 07-09-2013, 01:02 AM
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Views: 227,969
Posted By swifter78261
Well, it seems trouble comes in twos. While...

Well, it seems trouble comes in twos.

While Chris has had his own issues with his XR, I've run into pretty catastrophic issues of my own.

I've been in LA for the last 10 days and decided to...
Forum: Ride reports 06-28-2013, 01:59 PM
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Posted By swifter78261
Thanks guys! We're definitely enjoying the time...

Thanks guys! We're definitely enjoying the time off. I've spent some time in San Francisco, then drove down the coast on Highway 1 to LA, where I am now. Chris is up in Northern California unloading...
Forum: Ride reports 06-24-2013, 06:25 PM
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Posted By swifter78261
Oh, I also forgot to mention - sorry about the...

Oh, I also forgot to mention - sorry about the lack of pictures. My ipad hates photobucket. I've been keeping a blog of our trip at www.thetransamerican.com, updating it daily with pictures and video...
Forum: Ride reports 06-24-2013, 06:19 PM
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Posted By swifter78261
Guys n Gals, THE TRAIL IS DONE. Quite...

Guys n Gals,

THE TRAIL IS DONE.

Quite something to be able to say. I can't say I've ever done something that required so much continuous effort. I have seen and done more in the last month...
Forum: Ride reports 06-20-2013, 12:34 PM
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Posted By swifter78261
Well guys and gals, 30 days and nearly 5000...

Well guys and gals,

30 days and nearly 5000 miles later, we've arrive at Port Orford and the end of the Trans America Trail! It's a heavy moment, with lots of emotions. We're still trying to...
Forum: Ride reports 06-11-2013, 05:31 PM
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Posted By swifter78261
We actually didn't know each other before the day...

We actually didn't know each other before the day we left for the TAT. I'd decided on quitting my job and doing this trip sometime in February, posted about it here and Chris got in touch with me. He...
Forum: Ride reports 06-08-2013, 01:21 PM
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Posted By swifter78261
Day 13 - 18

Fella's 'n Bella's!

Greetings from Moab! Chris and me continue to blast trail with a our tongues hanging out of our mouths and with a hungry look in our eyes. We pray for sunrise so that we can...
Forum: Ride reports 06-06-2013, 12:53 PM
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Posted By swifter78261
Wanna find out what happened to that bike? I've...

Wanna find out what happened to that bike? I've got video for you dudes. Day 15's little video on www.thetransamerican.com, along with video of our crossing Cinnamon and California Pass (SICK)...Mas...
Forum: Ride reports 06-01-2013, 08:23 PM
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Posted By swifter78261
The thought has already crossed my mind a dozen...

The thought has already crossed my mind a dozen times. Right now I'm begging for clearance.
Forum: Ride reports 05-31-2013, 05:04 PM
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Views: 227,969
Posted By swifter78261
Ladies, Babies, Mamma's 'n Pappa's! Austin...

Ladies, Babies, Mamma's 'n Pappa's!

Austin here!.. decided to combine ride report's since Chris already has a solid one going and I've been utterly failing as a proper ADVer to keep mine up. Many,...
Forum: Ride reports 05-26-2013, 07:40 PM
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Views: 4,147
Posted By swifter78261
Ladies, Babies, Mamma's n Poppa's! I've hit...

Ladies, Babies, Mamma's n Poppa's!

I've hit the road and 7 days into the trail! Holed up in a Tulsa, OK La Quinta to do some maintenance. Me and StuntHeavy are riding together and have been...
Forum: Ride reports 04-15-2013, 12:27 PM
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Posted By swifter78261
@cyclenaut - I needed you when I was buying that...

@cyclenaut - I needed you when I was buying that roll chart thing. That suck and thanks for the heads up.

@AtlantaViking - thanks for the invite man! I don't think i'll be able to make it up to...
Forum: Ride reports 04-14-2013, 08:05 AM
Replies: 28
Views: 4,147
Posted By swifter78261
Hey thanks guys. That was fast! I'm getting...

Hey thanks guys. That was fast! I'm getting loaded for bear and anxious to start this whole thing, and your feedback is only pumping up my need for speed and dirt!

@Norton - wish it was in my...
Forum: Ride reports 04-13-2013, 05:10 PM
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Views: 4,147
Posted By swifter78261
Quitting the Job for the TAT!

Ladies, Babies, Mama's and Papa's!

I turned in my notice last month and am leaving my job in the edge-of-your-seat world of insurance to ride the TAT. My target start date is May 15.

I know,...
Forum: Americas 02-08-2013, 07:42 AM
Replies: 7
Views: 863
Posted By swifter78261
Thanks, Mountainsandrivers... I will definitely...

Thanks, Mountainsandrivers... I will definitely be in touch closer to when I'm in Colorado. You're welcome to ride a few miles with me as well!
Forum: Americas 02-07-2013, 11:37 AM
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Views: 863
Posted By swifter78261
Oh, I don't know if this helps interest anyone...

Oh, I don't know if this helps interest anyone else. I'll also be filming the entire thing for a short, sponsored documentary.
Forum: Americas 02-07-2013, 11:34 AM
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Views: 863
Posted By swifter78261
I have a lot of confidence in Colorado / Utah....

I have a lot of confidence in Colorado / Utah. I've spent a lot of time in Colorado in May and June mountaineering. By June, when I plan on arriving in CO, most all of the snow will have melted off....
Forum: Americas 02-07-2013, 10:58 AM
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Views: 863
Posted By swifter78261
Trans America Trip: May 2013, need a riding partner!

Hey guys,

I've been watching the forum for some time, though this is one of my first posts. So hello to all!

I'm doing the full Trans American Trail this coming May (2013), planning to leave...
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