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Forum: Americas 03-04-2011, 06:50 PM
Replies: 4
Views: 993
Posted By gsilvernale
Buy a $3000 bike (KLR, DR, XL, GS) ride it to...

Buy a $3000 bike (KLR, DR, XL, GS)
ride it to alaska.
Sell Bike in Alaska (Craigs List!)
Fly home.

You will recoup most of your $3000.
Forum: Americas 02-07-2010, 08:06 PM
Replies: 48
Views: 2,993
Posted By gsilvernale
I think I would choose a less frantic route -...

I think I would choose a less frantic route - that you can realistically do on 17 days. Figuring you ride your ass off - 850 miles a day for two days - you can get to Banff - thats a lot of freeway...
Forum: Americas 11-23-2009, 07:03 PM
Replies: 18
Views: 1,449
Posted By gsilvernale
Take your time, its not a race, drive slower,...

Take your time, its not a race, drive slower, look around. Quality not quantity. It's a vacation. Budget at least 9 days to get to Anchorage/Fairbanks. Take your time. Stop often. See stuff. You may...
Forum: Pics, pics, pics... 11-18-2009, 09:20 PM
Replies: 2,610
Views: 3,347,813
Posted By gsilvernale
Alaska Kenai Peninsula ...

Alaska Kenai Peninsula
http://i184.photobucket.com/albums/x147/gsilvernale/Alaska%20Motorcycle%20Trip/IMG007.jpg
Forum: Alaska 10-28-2009, 05:52 PM
Replies: 217
Views: 21,375
Posted By gsilvernale
I think you need to ride faster than 300 miles a...

I think you need to ride faster than 300 miles a day. THe shortest distance between NH and Prudhoe Bay is 5000 miles. You still have to ride back down to Anchorage to ship your bike. So figure a...
Forum: Land of the Rising Sun: ADV Bikes from Japan 10-25-2009, 05:03 PM
Replies: 17
Views: 1,940
Posted By gsilvernale
I grew up on single cylinder thumpers. Then moved...

I grew up on single cylinder thumpers. Then moved to "real" street bikes, multi cylinder, high horsepower, high top speed. Test rode the Uly after making a trip to alaska on a Kawasaki 4 cylinder...
Forum: Land of the Rising Sun: ADV Bikes from Japan 10-16-2009, 12:19 PM
Replies: 404
Views: 38,343
Posted By gsilvernale
not only did they kill Buell, it looks like...

not only did they kill Buell, it looks like BadWeb is gone too.....
Forum: Land of the Rising Sun: ADV Bikes from Japan 09-25-2009, 05:28 PM
Replies: 39
Views: 2,262
Posted By gsilvernale
Get a trailer and a dual sport (XR or DR). Riding...

Get a trailer and a dual sport (XR or DR). Riding a few hours to get to the good stuff is expensive. If you have knobby tires - toast rather quickly on pavement. And then in case of the inevitable...
Forum: Land of the Rising Sun: ADV Bikes from Japan 09-14-2009, 04:35 PM
Replies: 44
Views: 2,774
Posted By gsilvernale
I have the 2008 with the higher rev limit. When...

I have the 2008 with the higher rev limit. When riding very agressively in tight corner situations, I will hit the rev limiter about once or twice in a day long ride. The engine pulls very strongly...
Forum: Land of the Rising Sun: ADV Bikes from Japan 08-30-2009, 09:02 AM
Replies: 13
Views: 1,082
Posted By gsilvernale
Sorry to break your bubble, but the black ones...

Sorry to break your bubble, but the black ones are the slowest of the group. Something about how black attracts sun light, which increases mass, which makes them slower. Sorry.
Forum: Southeast, The Lair of the Dragon - The Blue Ridge and Smoky Mountains 08-25-2009, 07:42 PM
Replies: 1,590
Views: 49,546
Posted By gsilvernale
That road used to be so good - it was a true...

That road used to be so good - it was a true sportbike road. I wish the "loud pipes" crowd would stay off it - or at least look in the rear mirror and let faster riders by. However, there are now...
Forum: Parallel Universe 08-17-2009, 08:27 PM
Replies: 94
Views: 13,983
Posted By gsilvernale
Every bike is a compromise. Depends on what you...

Every bike is a compromise. Depends on what you are going to do with it, where are you going to ride it.

I rode the Vstrom - did not move me.
Owned a BMW before - interesting, but something was...
Forum: Americas 08-04-2009, 07:49 PM
Replies: 15
Views: 1,307
Posted By gsilvernale
Your biggest problem might be the weather, and it...

Your biggest problem might be the weather, and it will be hit or miss. When I went two years ago - left South Dakota on Memorial Day - we had relatively good weather. Very little rain. But it was...
Forum: Land of the Rising Sun: ADV Bikes from Japan 05-19-2009, 04:37 PM
Replies: 18
Views: 1,331
Posted By gsilvernale
post this question over on Badweatherbikers.com ...

post this question over on Badweatherbikers.com

you will get an answer
Forum: Americas 05-19-2009, 07:14 AM
Replies: 16
Views: 1,853
Posted By gsilvernale
The one thing that I see that you are missing is...

The one thing that I see that you are missing is a throttle lock.
INVEST in one. If you can not remove your right hand from the throttle, you will end up with a lot of pain.

I rode 3600 miles in...
Forum: Alaska 04-22-2009, 07:56 PM
Replies: 26
Views: 2,008
Posted By gsilvernale
Been there, done that

Two years ago, my son and I rode to Alaska - put the bikes on craigsList in Anchorage, sold them within hours, and flew home.

2001 BMW 650 Dakar and 2003 Kawaski Zr7s. Package price of $5000.
I...
Forum: Southeast, The Lair of the Dragon - The Blue Ridge and Smoky Mountains 02-15-2009, 08:22 PM
Replies: 7,204
Views: 377,977
Posted By gsilvernale
Glad to see the tag has moved south. I would go...

Glad to see the tag has moved south. I would go get it, but my leg is broke.:clap
Forum: Land of the Rising Sun: ADV Bikes from Japan 02-15-2009, 08:18 PM
Replies: 103
Views: 27,746
Posted By gsilvernale
It can handle hard packed fire roads at...

It can handle hard packed fire roads at low-medium speeds. Its great for exploring places that you would take your subaru outback.

Its heavy, tall, geared too tall, and you can not find decent...
Forum: Americas 01-27-2009, 06:37 PM
Replies: 34
Views: 3,708
Posted By gsilvernale
3 weeks to go up and back is pushing it. Its a...

3 weeks to go up and back is pushing it. Its a LONG ways (8000 miles round trip) and you are not going to be traveling at the speeds that you travel in the US. The further north you get, the worse...
Forum: Land of the Rising Sun: ADV Bikes from Japan 01-25-2009, 02:06 PM
Replies: 68
Views: 12,474
Posted By gsilvernale
A Used VStrom will statistically be less likely...

A Used VStrom will statistically be less likely to have mechanical problems then a GS. It's Japanese, they make wonderful machinery - but probably not a lot of soul compared to the other two.

The...
Forum: Land of the Rising Sun: ADV Bikes from Japan 01-24-2009, 04:06 PM
Replies: 4
Views: 828
Posted By gsilvernale
The heat on the right leg is manageable. I have...

The heat on the right leg is manageable. I have almost completely eliminated mine with two simple cheap fixes.

Fix 1 - Use an automotive Heat shield and line the frame on the right side. THis...
Forum: Land of the Rising Sun: ADV Bikes from Japan 01-24-2009, 10:02 AM
Replies: 16
Views: 2,021
Posted By gsilvernale
My Uly does not feel compact. It does feel tall....

My Uly does not feel compact. It does feel tall. I have lots of room. Passenger on the back - barely notice that they are there (as long as they do not counter lean). You sit more on top of a ULY...
Forum: Alaska 01-23-2009, 07:58 PM
Replies: 12
Views: 1,081
Posted By gsilvernale
Alaska Tourist

Compliments! All yah Alaska guys are great. Even though I live in South Carolina, I constantly am a lurker on this Alaska forum. I really enjoy your postings and responses to non-Alaska riders. ...
Forum: Southeast, The Lair of the Dragon - The Blue Ridge and Smoky Mountains 01-21-2009, 09:52 PM
Replies: 1,590
Views: 49,546
Posted By gsilvernale
Glad you got it back. I lost a new Xr500 once....

Glad you got it back. I lost a new Xr500 once. Owned it for a month. It was insured. I had made one payment on it. Took 6 weeks for the Insurance company to settle. I kept my eyes peeled for that...
Forum: Americas 01-21-2009, 09:46 PM
Replies: 21
Views: 1,463
Posted By gsilvernale
I went two years ago. Gas was at least $5/gallon...

I went two years ago. Gas was at least $5/gallon once you got into Canada. Gas is currently down in price, but it could go up again.
If you get 50 miles/gallon, and its a 8000 mile round trip, thats...
Forum: Southeast, The Lair of the Dragon - The Blue Ridge and Smoky Mountains 01-21-2009, 09:33 PM
Replies: 1,590
Views: 49,546
Posted By gsilvernale
Got it back! Did you know it was gone before the...

Got it back! Did you know it was gone before the cops found it? Any Damage? Was the steering lock engaged?
Forum: Land of the Rising Sun: ADV Bikes from Japan 01-21-2009, 06:33 AM
Replies: 62
Views: 7,182
Posted By gsilvernale
I never ride my Uly at 60 MPH in top gear. If I...

I never ride my Uly at 60 MPH in top gear. If I am just putting along, I maybe in fourth, but probably I am in third gear still. The way that the Uly is geared, I do not get into 5th until I am...
Forum: Face plant 01-20-2009, 02:43 PM
Replies: 45
Views: 7,512
Posted By gsilvernale
I went for a ride last Sunday. Rode about 100...

I went for a ride last Sunday. Rode about 100 miles. Got home. Parked the bike and went to play softball with my buddies.

Broke 3 ribs and blew out my left knee. Sleeping in the easy chair now...
Forum: Americas 01-20-2009, 02:28 PM
Replies: 18
Views: 1,306
Posted By gsilvernale
If I was shipping, I would ship to Missoula...

If I was shipping, I would ship to Missoula Montana. THen go up through Glacier National Park This will cut off about two more days of riding. Alabama to Missoula is a long ways. About 2400 miles. ...
Forum: Americas 01-18-2009, 10:12 PM
Replies: 12
Views: 945
Posted By gsilvernale
Do it in reverse order. THen sell the Thumper in...

Do it in reverse order. THen sell the Thumper in Alaska. Put it on Craigs List. Will sell in a few hours if you specify a decent price. I did this two years ago. The plane ticket home was cheaper...
Forum: Americas 01-18-2009, 10:08 PM
Replies: 15
Views: 1,814
Posted By gsilvernale
Rode to Alaska on a Kawasaki Zr7S - Alcan was...

Rode to Alaska on a Kawasaki Zr7S - Alcan was easy if you kept the speed down. The little red flags that indicate a bump are too small to pickup at higher speeds, which will mean that you can get...
Forum: Americas 01-07-2009, 06:00 PM
Replies: 54
Views: 4,389
Posted By gsilvernale
A range of 120 is probably not enough. You can do...

A range of 120 is probably not enough. You can do it, but it will require some very careful refueling tactics. We had ranges of 200 miles and frequently were in fuel saving mode (55 MPH) to hit...
Forum: Land of the Rising Sun: ADV Bikes from Japan 10-02-2008, 06:01 PM
Replies: 16
Views: 1,619
Posted By gsilvernale
String plugs work well

On my way to Alaska, hit a "spike". Plugged it with a String plug. Rode another 700 miles - no problems.

If I was going to go to the track with my bike, I would not ride with a plug. But...
Forum: Pacific Northwet - Where it's green. And wet. 09-16-2008, 04:43 PM
Replies: 3
Views: 513
Posted By gsilvernale
Where in Idaho

Its a big state, can you be more specific on where?
Forum: Land of the Rising Sun: ADV Bikes from Japan 08-22-2008, 06:54 PM
Replies: 37
Views: 1,943
Posted By gsilvernale
ACAV80, sorry about not replying sooner, freaking...

ACAV80, sorry about not replying sooner, freaking work.

I have the 08, so some of the fiddling that people have done to the 06 are things I have not had to do. Check out badweatherbikers.com for...
Forum: Land of the Rising Sun: ADV Bikes from Japan 08-19-2008, 05:35 PM
Replies: 25
Views: 2,112
Posted By gsilvernale
I have heard people say that lubing a O-Ring...

I have heard people say that lubing a O-Ring chain is not needed. I have always lubed mine. Not as much as a non-oring chain, but still every 500 miles or so.

It keeps down the rust, as well as...
Forum: Land of the Rising Sun: ADV Bikes from Japan 08-19-2008, 04:28 PM
Replies: 37
Views: 1,943
Posted By gsilvernale
Zr7S to Uly

I also had a Zr7S. Put a different seat on it (Corbin, Laminar Lip, and Hand Guards - and rode it to Alaska last summer). These bikes are kind of the last of their breed (4 Cyl Air Cooled - UJM...
Forum: Southeast, The Lair of the Dragon - The Blue Ridge and Smoky Mountains 07-27-2008, 05:38 PM
Replies: 81
Views: 3,562
Posted By gsilvernale
Next Saturday morning, wake up, slap her on the...

Next Saturday morning, wake up, slap her on the ass, and ask her:
So what's it going to be, sex or do I got get a bike?

You can't lose.
Forum: Moto Bellissima: All Other Dualsports 07-03-2008, 10:56 AM
Replies: 4,563
Views: 965,970
Posted By gsilvernale
Dude, your on the wrong side of the road. With a...

Dude, your on the wrong side of the road. With a left side drive motorcycle, that's just plain dangerous.:rofl
Forum: Land of the Rising Sun: ADV Bikes from Japan 06-13-2008, 03:37 PM
Replies: 50
Views: 4,105
Posted By gsilvernale
The heat issue is not present if you do four...

The heat issue is not present if you do four things:

1 - Ride with Leather Pants or some other heavy overpants.
2 - Ride with boots.
3 - Put a simple heat shield in place on the right side of...
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