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Forum: Alaska 07-09-2014, 06:30 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 576
Posted By PistonPants
I've been working in healy lately. Want to bust a...

I've been working in healy lately. Want to bust a move after worky someday? I commute on my Versys most nice days.

Piston
Forum: Alaska 07-09-2014, 06:27 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 576
Posted By PistonPants
Rex trail is across the road from Clear Sky...

Rex trail is across the road from Clear Sky Lodge, goes east at about mile 285. Personally never rode it in summer. Totatlanika river is probably not crossable. (or is it??)

Peace

Piston
Forum: Alaska 07-08-2014, 06:51 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 576
Posted By PistonPants
Out Otto Lake Rd past the golf course bang a...

Out Otto Lake Rd past the golf course bang a right onto the dirt all kinds of stuff out dry creek.

Piston
Forum: Alaska 07-06-2014, 03:56 PM
Replies: 3
Views: 408
Posted By PistonPants
July 4th Alpine Madness!

I went for a ride out in the back yard mountains on the 4th. For a slight variation on the usual loop, I rode across a ridge I had been eyeing for a long time. Enjoy the first motorcycle traverse of...
Forum: 2 smokers 07-02-2014, 09:54 PM
Replies: 36
Views: 2,497
Posted By PistonPants
My KDX sounds exactly like that and has since day...

My KDX sounds exactly like that and has since day one. Isn't that normal? Sounds like an unstoppable tractor-lugging 2 stroke to me. Nice job on the rebuild, I'm sure it's fun to plonk around on!
...
Forum: 2 smokers 06-29-2014, 09:38 PM
Replies: 21
Views: 3,088
Posted By PistonPants
That seal fails? That means case splitting. ...

That seal fails? That means case splitting.

Piston
Forum: 2 smokers 06-29-2014, 08:01 PM
Replies: 21
Views: 3,088
Posted By PistonPants
Questions for the experienced rebuilders

Having removed the clutch cover and got a good look in there, here's what I found: the right side crank seal doesn't blow bubbles when I pressure the motor. Where could the bubbles from the gearbox...
Forum: 2 smokers 06-25-2014, 09:03 PM
Replies: 21
Views: 3,088
Posted By PistonPants
Orphan Annie Update

I got Annie put back together again and took a few rides. With only a little use, issues arose. She is issuing a lot of spooge, fouling plugs and popping a lot on deceleration. A crank seal. Did a...
Forum: 2 smokers 06-14-2014, 01:07 PM
Replies: 46
Views: 4,647
Posted By PistonPants
When it starts yellin' Hang On!! Piston

When it starts yellin' Hang On!!

Piston
Forum: 2 smokers 06-08-2014, 12:46 PM
Replies: 21
Views: 3,088
Posted By PistonPants
She Lives!

:clap Annie is nearly completely reassembled. Cleaned out the carb, fresh gas, new plug and several kicks she fired right up. Finl assembly today and take her for a spin! So far, I have never ridden...
Forum: 2 smokers 06-07-2014, 09:16 AM
Replies: 5
Views: 627
Posted By PistonPants
2 one liter nalgene fuel bottles in a backpack. I...

2 one liter nalgene fuel bottles in a backpack. I seldom need extra fuel on my KDX. The KTM has a 4 gallon Clarke. That's yer best bet.

Piston
Forum: 2 smokers 06-02-2014, 11:52 AM
Replies: 21
Views: 3,088
Posted By PistonPants
Thanks for the parts recommendation, Dave. We'll...

Thanks for the parts recommendation, Dave. We'll have to see how they treat shipping to AK.

Yesterday Orphan Annie and the KDX got a bath with the pressure washer....
Forum: Alaska 06-01-2014, 11:12 PM
Replies: 13
Views: 889
Posted By PistonPants
I started from Weatherly, PA. Carbon County....

I started from Weatherly, PA. Carbon County. Upstream of Bethlehem on the Lehigh River.

Piston
Forum: Alaska 06-01-2014, 01:56 PM
Replies: 13
Views: 889
Posted By PistonPants
OK, Muncho lake it is. That was my only trip on...

OK, Muncho lake it is. That was my only trip on the Alcan. One way. My memory of the specifics not the best. While the bike did not have the word adventure written on it, what it did wave were the...
Forum: 2 smokers 05-31-2014, 11:23 AM
Replies: 21
Views: 3,088
Posted By PistonPants
$170. The free orphan KTM ain't free no more. ...

$170. The free orphan KTM ain't free no more.

Piston
Forum: 2 smokers 05-31-2014, 11:16 AM
Replies: 21
Views: 3,088
Posted By PistonPants
Inside the kick shaft, it looks as if the screw...

Inside the kick shaft, it looks as if the screw broke off and someone attempted to extract it but failed. The whole mess refuses to be drilled, so probably going to stick it back on with chewing gum...
Forum: Alaska 05-30-2014, 06:35 PM
Replies: 13
Views: 889
Posted By PistonPants
The ride left Northeast PA, Across I-80, through...

The ride left Northeast PA, Across I-80, through Ohio, Up through Michigan, across the Upper Peninsula, Wisconsin, Minnesota, North Dakota, Montana then into Canada. Only two motel nights. The first...
Forum: Alaska 05-30-2014, 01:25 AM
Replies: 13
Views: 889
Posted By PistonPants
Bill!!!No longer a lurker!

Bill!!!No longer a lurker!
Forum: Alaska 05-29-2014, 02:42 PM
Replies: 13
Views: 889
Posted By PistonPants
20 Years ago today.....

20 years ago today, I rolled into Alaska astride The Bison, my 1980 Honda CB750F. It was the final day of a 2 week transcontinental road trip that wound up being a one-way trip.

The Bison. Packed...
Forum: 2 smokers 05-26-2014, 05:33 PM
Replies: 21
Views: 3,088
Posted By PistonPants
What i got now is a stripped out kicker shaft and...

What i got now is a stripped out kicker shaft and a lever held on with blue silicone. I got a 10mm tap and bolt to do the duty.
Piston
Forum: 2 smokers 05-23-2014, 11:31 AM
Replies: 46
Views: 4,647
Posted By PistonPants
The same jug of mix gas goes in 2 dirtbikes, 2...

The same jug of mix gas goes in 2 dirtbikes, 2 snowmobiles and a chainsaw. The adrenaline per dollar cannot be beat. The REAL magic is not in the moving parts but in the behavior of gasses through...
Forum: Alaska 05-22-2014, 09:23 PM
Replies: 2
Views: 557
Posted By PistonPants
Open all the way through. Some wind would be nice...

Open all the way through. Some wind would be nice to clear dust if you got a group. Dress warm.

Piston
Forum: 2 smokers 05-22-2014, 09:11 PM
Replies: 2
Views: 620
Posted By PistonPants
Welcome to the KTM orphanage, brucifer! The joy...

Welcome to the KTM orphanage, brucifer! The joy you get from giving TLC to these neglected urchins, transforming a greasy heap into a fine, reliable dirt bike is pretty cool. Mine's a '01 mxc, a...
Forum: 2 smokers 05-22-2014, 08:40 PM
Replies: 1,077
Views: 289,758
Posted By PistonPants
http://gastongagne.smugmug.com/Other/Kawasaki-Heav...

http://gastongagne.smugmug.com/Other/Kawasaki-Heavy-Industries/i-GWn87X5/0/L/P4120974-L.jpg

Rotax 600 with exhaust pipe cooker stuffed with pork tamales....
Forum: 2 smokers 05-21-2014, 09:03 PM
Replies: 21
Views: 3,088
Posted By PistonPants
The project moves forward!

Long after taking possession of the bike, I received the briefcase of manuals, etc. from the PO. Turns out it's an mxc 250. It's current state:...
Forum: 2 smokers 05-21-2014, 08:33 PM
Replies: 84
Views: 17,779
Posted By PistonPants
The current state of the KDX: ...

The current state of the KDX:

http://gastongagne.smugmug.com/Other/Kawasaki-Heavy-Industries/i-fsLgbN5/0/XL/P5151021-XL.jpg


Piston
Forum: 2 smokers 05-21-2014, 08:31 PM
Replies: 84
Views: 17,779
Posted By PistonPants
One from Last Month ...

One from Last Month
http://gastongagne.smugmug.com/Other/Kawasaki-Heavy-Industries/i-hFz7x8d/0/XL/P4010925-XL.jpg

Piston
Forum: Alaska 05-18-2014, 11:39 AM
Replies: 6
Views: 764
Posted By PistonPants
Denali Hwy open through. Did a run out to Valdez...

Denali Hwy open through. Did a run out to Valdez Creek yesterday. Dusty, but average to good condition. Always fun!

Peace

Piston
Forum: 2 smokers 05-13-2014, 06:46 PM
Replies: 32
Views: 2,345
Posted By PistonPants
Here's a 2001 250 MXC. I got it for free. Strong...

Here's a 2001 250 MXC. I got it for free. Strong motor but a victim of neglect. Soon it shall breathe again. Rebuilding the fork, new wheel bearings, new chain and sprox, new footpegs, and a thorough...
Forum: Alaska 04-25-2014, 05:39 PM
Replies: 31
Views: 2,314
Posted By PistonPants
Thanks Full Power. I just shoot an Olympus...

Thanks Full Power. I just shoot an Olympus point+shoot. It does good. Always obey the first rule of landscape photography: Be Someplace Badass.

Peace

Piston
Forum: Alaska 04-24-2014, 10:01 PM
Replies: 34
Views: 3,040
Posted By PistonPants
Here at 2000', we still see teens in the AM. Got...

Here at 2000', we still see teens in the AM. Got to brave those conditions to get the money-shot afternoon ride home + side-trip.

Piston
Forum: Alaska 04-24-2014, 09:54 PM
Replies: 31
Views: 2,314
Posted By PistonPants
Today the odometer hit double the PO's 525 miles....

Today the odometer hit double the PO's 525 miles. An after-work blast out the Denali Highway did the trick! Just before the Susitna bridge, the road started getting pretty sloppy, mud and slush...
Forum: Beasts 04-24-2014, 09:42 PM
Replies: 6,570
Views: 1,439,117
Posted By PistonPants
Versys Owner!

I picked up a Versys this spring. It was a garage kept '09 with a scant 525 miles on it, $4500. Just today I doubled that mileage. Haven't touched my van since the driveway melted out. I love this...
Forum: Alaska 04-22-2014, 07:21 AM
Replies: 31
Views: 2,314
Posted By PistonPants
Finally got it out on public roads!

I got the Versys out on Sunday for the first time. Cloudless, 50 degrees, Denali Park road open for fun. I rode out to Teklanika and back. It was creamy....
Forum: Alaska 04-21-2014, 11:17 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 1,063
Posted By PistonPants
Seems like great skill and confidence is required...

Seems like great skill and confidence is required to make a video like that real.

Piston
Forum: Alaska 04-09-2014, 09:44 PM
Replies: 42
Views: 2,671
Posted By PistonPants
Ah no hating on cragslist. Sometimes sweet...

Ah no hating on cragslist. Sometimes sweet machinery comes up at real reasonable $$$. Team Craigslist Kawasaki!!!

Piston
Forum: 2 smokers 04-09-2014, 07:39 PM
Replies: 84
Views: 17,779
Posted By PistonPants
Gotta agree with the kdx for smiles to dollar...

Gotta agree with the kdx for smiles to dollar ratio. Hassle free adrenaline. But soon the Franken-KTM will breathe again. Next year's ice mule. a '01 250 MXC. For spring it'll get cleaned, fork...
Forum: 2 smokers 04-07-2014, 10:29 PM
Replies: 1
Views: 405
Posted By PistonPants
Bitchin Ice Rding

I've been shredding the ice on my local rivers and creeks aboard the trusty KDX. We had three weeks of cloudless days, mornings 10 below, afternoons 35 above. This was one of those days:
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Forum: Alaska 04-06-2014, 11:06 PM
Replies: 14
Views: 1,234
Posted By PistonPants
Riding the canyon ice!

Thursday afternoon I hit Nenana Canyon tributary creeks. Bison, Antler, Fox, Iceworm and Kingfisher. Hope you like!

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Forum: Alaska 04-04-2014, 06:39 PM
Replies: 14
Views: 1,234
Posted By PistonPants
Yesterday was the last day of 3 weeks of...

Yesterday was the last day of 3 weeks of cloudless bluebird days! Capped off an epic streak of rides with an adventure into the tributary creeks of the Nenana Canyon. It was the coolest sh*t ever.
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