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Old 07-10-2012, 12:53 PM   #61
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Everything Okay?

How're you doing out there? We haven't heard from you for a couple days, was wondering if you got your stator problems sorted.
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Old 07-10-2012, 10:12 PM   #62
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First thing this morning I started to tear into my bike. The parts were expected to arrive between 8-10am, They arrived at 9:30 and i had everything back together by 11am. Most importantly, problem solved


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The night before i decided it was a good idea to swap my tires out. The rear went smoothy, but the front ...I've never had so much trouble with a tire... Pinched my heavy duity tube so badly that the patch blew a hole in itself when i set the bead, I decided to trash that tube and use my spare. I then pinched that tube, patched it, procedded to pinch it angain and finnally success, but wait.... I broke the bread on the tire! the next morning after installing the stator i went to a bike shop down the street to pick up a spare tube, he also had dirt tires at a good price so i picked up a new front. mine was sketchy! After hearing my story he ended up installing my tire free of charge

old rear vs new.

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I got good at patching tires

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Mikes powersports in Lamar CO. Mikes a good guy

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Now I'm physicked! New stator and tires! I head back to where i left off of the TAT in Trinidad CO


OH yeah, On the way i basically ran out of gas. I had to tip my bike sideways to get the fuel from the other side of the tank. I managed to make it to a very run down house on the side of the road to see if i could buy some gas. they ended up fetching about half a gallon out back that was in a laundry detergent bottle! They also wouldn't accept any money.


Finally back on the TAT, everything seems to be going great, cursing at 50+ when a mule deer jumps out in front of me and is suddenly stuck on the road with barbed wire on one side and a river bed on the other. The deer suddenly tried to jump through the fence but didn't make. It was bad, we were cruising and i knew she must be in bad shape. I stopped not knowing what to do, she was dead within a minute.

That really sucked, I hate to see a wild animal go out like that.


Continuing on I start to get into some mountains, Wow Colorado is beautiful.


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Then an all of a sudden, aww F^^#dge what now!

Tool tube is open again... throttle cable is is binding very badly, I can hear it's frayed up by the hard grip plus the cable strands are coming unwound. I make the throttle usable by tightening the return cable but it totally sucks.

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The search for parts continues...

spending the night at sammies RV campground in La Veta Colorado.


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Old 07-11-2012, 08:36 AM   #63
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Damn C3, you've got some bad Karma. Your ride report is turning into a "how to repair a bike on the road" report. I'm sending some good vibes your way. Hoping things get better for you, you do seem to have the right attitude tho.
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Old 07-11-2012, 08:47 AM   #64
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better check your sprockets and chain, and hows the wheel bearings?
great stuff I love the feeling of a successful road repair,
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Old 07-11-2012, 09:44 AM   #65
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Old 07-11-2012, 10:08 AM   #66
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Hope you throttle cables hold up man! I'm guessing that little box on your bed is the aforementioned cooking supplies and cold weather gear? Awesome to see the help you've been getting from strangers, glad to know there's still a lot of people like that around. Good luck and stay safe bro!
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Old 07-11-2012, 10:19 AM   #67
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I'm not positive on that model, but you may be able to use the return cable for your throttle cable by swapping it over there, and just not using a return cable. At least that worked for me once during a race when my throttle cable broke.
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Old 07-11-2012, 11:10 AM   #68
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What Ted said swap the other cable over. Find a strong rubber band and rig it to help the throttle back into the off position. Should get you by. Glad the stator fix worked out.


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Old 07-12-2012, 08:11 AM   #69
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...swap the other cable over. Find a strong rubber band and rig it to help the throttle back into the off position. Should get you by...

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You forgot to add "and be darn sure you know where the kill switch is--without having to think about it--just in case it sticks."
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Old 07-12-2012, 08:39 AM   #70
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Yeah, what ^ he ^ said.


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Old 07-13-2012, 07:17 AM   #71
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Great report see three. I'm hoping you got your throttle cables challenges worked out and your enjoying those new tires and less weight. I'm looking forward to the rest of your adventure.
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Old 07-13-2012, 07:46 AM   #72
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Old 07-13-2012, 08:25 AM   #73
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My morning was spent riding to Pueblo in search of a throttle cable. I first stopped by a big motorcycle dealership, but unfortunately they don't stock any throttle cables. They suggested I try Cycle Works also in Pueblo because they make custom cables. After finding cycle works, (the dealership gave me the wrong address) I found out they don't make cables, but he knew of a shop that did, Tote Gote sales, just a few minutes down the road. Arriving at Tote Gote I find out they usually only make cables once a day towards the end of the day because they have to heat up a pot of metal to forum the ends of the cables. Again, when they found out about my traveling they dropped everything and made me a custom cable. The owner of the shop also install it and wouldn't take more than 20 dollars!


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Gaining altitude, I've got lighting and rain in front of me, but I press on hoping to use the last couple hours of day light.


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Looking for a campsite. Failed this hill climb ...


still looking

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Found one

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7/12/12
This was without a doubt the best day of riding I've had in my life. Going over the passes in Colorado was out of this world. I wish had more time for this trip as i would have spent a couple days in the area exploring the trails.

The day was trouble free, got around 400+ Miles done on the TAT!

I should say almost trouble free as my tail light has gone out. But what do you expect, I just rode over the Rockies

Climbing Cinnamon pass


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I'm quickly out of breath up here


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going down felt far more sketchy

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Old 07-13-2012, 03:59 PM   #74
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Glad to see your ride is going OK and hope your bike problems are over. Probably a little cooler in Colorado than it was in Arkansas. I'm the guy in the pickup trucked that asked if you were going to Oregon.
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Old 07-13-2012, 06:17 PM   #75
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C3, glad you are back on track. Great report. Me and my cohorts are right behind you. We leave for Cascade, Colorado on the 20th for a ride through Colorado, Utah and Wyoming. I can't wait.

What are the temperatures like in Colorado right now?
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