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Old 03-17-2013, 09:33 AM   #196
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Glad to see you are rolling again...I have had many a nightmare at customs over the years..know what you're going through...welcome back.
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Old 04-24-2013, 10:24 PM   #197
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With all due respect my friend ... ya need to carry on. Albeit pavement and all. We wanna hear about your adventure !

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Old 04-25-2013, 09:13 AM   #198
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I have never imported any vehicles to Canada. I have exported a couple to the US from Canada. The toughest experience was when my In Laws gave us a "98 Mini Van in '01. Washington State forced us to pay Sales Tax on about 10,000. Even though it was a gift. (It really was). It was worth more than they valued it because it was an AWD but they didn't have that in the system.
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Old 04-29-2013, 08:58 AM   #199
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So, after the long sleep, it's time for me to get back on the horse.
The 'Monster Truck's' (decided to aptly name it that) final inspection cost me two grand in ball joints, seals and tierod ends. Guess if I'd bought in Canada I could have avoided that too. But, what the hey. Hopefully, all the important stuff is fixed. Just that now I've gone from a 10 to a 15 thousand dollar truck.
So, I rented a trailer, got my stuff and headed out to the Kootenays. Took a sight unseen apartment in the backwaters of Crescent Valley till I found a great condo overlooking the water just north east of Nelson. Don't move in till May 15th so, with Todd telling me the bike is ready, I'm headed out tomorrow for Malibu.
Just in time to get away from the Kootenay springtime.



Not it aint all that bad.

The signs are there. Just hope it warms up a little more with the ten days I am allotting myself to get back.
As it was thought of as a coast to coast to coast ride I am going to stick to it (prolly a little warmer too) and come up the coast to Port Townsend and the start of the great Hwy 20 thru the Washington high road to my new digs.
Bringing with me a new Drift HD Ghost camera and I hope this one hold up better than the first. So, more riding pics and maybe some vids.
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Old 04-29-2013, 02:13 PM   #200
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Looking forward to lots of Photos of beaches and sunshine .....(It's snowing here)
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Old 04-30-2013, 09:50 AM   #201
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Glad you are back on the road..look forward to pics and vids...any lingering health issues from the incident??
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Old 05-03-2013, 09:27 AM   #202
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Back In The Saddle.

Got a ride out of Castlegar on a Dash8.

Bit bumpy to start then smooth all the way.
Crack of dawn for the 8AM to LAX.

And smooth sailing (almost) all the way.

I say almost because at about 25000 in completely clear sky we got hit by some invisable hammer that shook the plane just once and produced a yelp from the lady beside me.
Got a couple of mountain pics.
Rainier.

And Mt. St. Helen's

Then, before ya knew it, we were rollin down on LA.

Todd delivered the bike to me and saved me the angst of getting off his rocky perch with a full load of gear on, as they say, a horse I had to get back on.
Here she is with her new ass and baggage (yes, this gal comes with baggage)

Looks like I got the older style cases with the lighter seals and wire style clasps. Gonna be askin Todd to strip and send me the seals but at least the clasps I can see thru to the key mechanism and now, fiddling to make the key lock I can se whats going on in there. I decided on not replacing the can at the moment. It is unmarked but bent at the actual tubing side. You can see how it almost touches the luggage rack. Rode in the heat yesterday with a bungie within a half inch of it with no effect. When I get home I am going to order up a new one cause, what the hey, it's free. So there will be a slightly bent one on the marked for a good price.
Rode out into the heat yesterday past a new fire close to Thousand Oaks I could see from my hotel. Think I'm bookin it just in time around these parts.
Jumped on 33 for the great twisties north for the first part.


When I got out onto 33's straight line north in desert oilfields, I was fully intent on getting past where I'd been (and where my luck ran out) till I got to Santa Cruz area.
Now on BG's part, she just sang. High speed cruisin at it's best. With Todd's full package a beautiful exhaust note in all ranges. And nary a whimper for hour after hour. And at 95F!
Unfortunately I was the one who began to whimper. At 3:30 and Hwy 46 I decided to deviate from the course to Paso Robles and a nice AC motel. I'm now within spittin distance of my bad luck and I hope it stays where it is.
I have noticed my rear tire is pretty well due and am hoping to hit Seattle's great Guzzi shop for some new shoes but we will just have to see how they last.
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Old 05-03-2013, 07:28 PM   #203
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You have picked a good time to come up the coast. The Seattle area temps should be pretty good for the next few days. Good luck to you.
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Old 05-06-2013, 10:34 AM   #204
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I've now made it to Fortuna without incident. The bike is running great but the balding back tire worries me. I really want to make it to Moto International in Seattle because I have heard nothing but good about those guy but also because I want them to look over a few things because I have had a low speed slowing down slight wobble for, like, forever. It could be the wearing out tires but I'm not sure. Those PR3 Trails have been on for an incredible 17000 miles and the front is still good. The back is just now showing bare in the center and I am pretty confident I can make it.
Headed up to SF on a Saturday morn in the perfect sunny 70s weather.

This was my first stab at using the new Drift Ghost camera and it is once again, a learning curve. I forgot to turn off the zoom so I got wide angle shots.

My first Drift failed and was loaded with flaws but this one has been totally redesigned and is a huge improvement.

My problem still remains with mounting and preferring modular helmets, I can't mount it on top. I ran yesterday with zoom off and the 127 degree fov
but today (if it stops raining) I am trying 90.
The start of the twisties.

Must be gettin old cause I got quite sick of it after a while. Of course, (did I mention it was Saturday?) the 20 to 30 mph speed may have had a lot to do with it.
Beautiful day and the Russian river weren't russhin.


The view from Ocean Bay

Where I holed up for the night.

Next day this fellow rode with me for a bit and bought me lunch. He had been looking at the Stelvio and I was happy to fill his ear.

Speaking of lunch, these guys were taking a long one.

For me, it was a perfect cool temperature thru the long and winding road.



On to 101 and BG got to stretch her legs.

Stopped at Fortuna for the night and will probably see the end of California today. It sure has been interesting to say the least. Still drizzling outside but I am hopeful for clearing.
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Old 05-06-2013, 12:01 PM   #205
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It never rains in Cali...

Hey Toad, been lurking. Glad your back on the steel horse. Nice pics.
Good timing as its currently raining here in SoCal but it's nice up in Or/Wa right now. Wride On!
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Old 05-06-2013, 05:06 PM   #206
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Weather up there is certainly better than here right now. Glad to see you back on the road Mr. Toad. Oh and I was riding 33 out of Ojai just a few days before you, would have taken the same picture but some dang car was hogging that turnout.
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Old 05-06-2013, 05:30 PM   #207
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I see you are running PR3's in the pic. They go away fast towards the end. Faster than you might guess. I had them on my Norge.

Why ruin one of the best coasts in the world for riding by pushing tires to Seattle ? Eh?
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Old 05-07-2013, 12:06 AM   #208
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Thanks for correcting my senior moment slip there Jim. Pilot Road 3 Trails. Ya, that's what I meant to say. Made the edit so as to no lead anyone astray. The Scorpions were a short lived tire. But what are you saying? I should forget the rest of the coast and beat it over to Portland for tires? I have been checking the wear every few hundred miles and they are still holding up. I'm in Coos Bay now and will hit Astoria tomorrow and Seattle on Wed.
But, tomorrow morning I have to call Moto International to see if they can help me out. If not I will try Cascade in Beaverton.
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Old 05-07-2013, 07:20 AM   #209
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Toadride it has been an interesting relationship with BG and the journey to say the least. I believe an insurmountable amount of perseverance has shown throughout your ride report and I'm guessing that hasn't been a lot different with daily life. Looks like you have a lot of friends scattered thought out and a lot of good memories to cherish. Hope the rest of your Journey leads you safe in passage and the construction on Mandiuminum goes smoothly. Good pics as always makes it fun.
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Old 05-07-2013, 07:51 AM   #210
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I thankyou for your kind words SR. Mandiuminum. I like that.
And, back to the tires. Took a couple of pics just now.
The front has tons to go.

And the back really hasn't changed much since Thousand Oaks.

So, (All the Gods and Ancestors, please don't let me eat these words in the middle of nowhere!) I am feeling confident on hitting Seattle.
Here's something new.

Showed up after the first day out. Extended 95mph at 95 degrees may have helped. Have wiped it off and it continues altho only faintly.
I am going for the full service and checkup with the MG INternational guys.
Oh ya, and Bubba. U mentioned the plate light in the back as an easy auto parts replacement? Guess again. Our Eyetalian buddys decided to make it difficult with some sort of rare plug in bulb. Go figure. Hope MGI has one.
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