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Old 06-14-2013, 10:52 PM   #751
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Great pics, keep the bike man, dont sell it, theres a guy on TT that just passed 72K miles on his drz, they can go for a long while.
Is that die antwoord?

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& a higher output stator.....
That's an easy fix on most bikes.
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Old 06-14-2013, 10:59 PM   #752
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Is that die antwoord?



That's an easy fix on most bikes.
yes sir.
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Old 06-15-2013, 02:50 AM   #753
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When are you going back to Oregon ? Any specific date or just when the rest of your $20. bankroll runs out ?
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Old 06-15-2013, 08:46 AM   #754
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That was Lake Casitas
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Old 06-15-2013, 08:50 AM   #755
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That was Lake Casitas
Hey 805gregg I always like to say "oh hi"to anyone from Ojai when I get the chance!!
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Old 06-15-2013, 10:34 AM   #756
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Hey I may have missed it from past pages but where is your touring buddy you seem to be solo?
He ran out of money. Had to ship into San Fran and they scoot back to Ashland in 2 days.
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Old 06-15-2013, 10:37 AM   #757
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When are you going back to Oregon ? Any specific date or just when the rest of your $20. bankroll runs out ?
No specific date but i plan to be in Southern Oregon in about a week. Maybe another week to get home. I have to admit I'm looking forward to a real bed, good food, my supermoto bikes, and all the lakes and rivers.
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Old 06-15-2013, 11:07 AM   #758
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That was Lake Casitas
I wasn't even close

I just looked it up, it was actually lake Cachuma. So I was kinda close
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Old 06-15-2013, 11:29 AM   #759
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The big question for the day was to either head over to Hollister and then move south down the 25 until it connected with Indian Valley which would dump me at Franklin hot springs or to just fly across the state and visit the Yosemite national park. The latter is more progress north but I do have time on my hands; I also have less money on my hands and I know of too many places in Oregon where campsites are either free or under $20. Right now with camping, gas, and food I am up around $65/day which is unacceptable. I don’t mind bush camping around here but I also like the social aspect of other campers.

I hit the first Starbucks I could find to do some updating and met a guy there who told me I absolutely had to ride HWY 6 south of Mammoth Mountain. Sure I can do that, it is only 60 or so miles south of Yosemite.

So with that extra bit of info I pulled into an REI to exchange my air mattress and then flew across the flat farmlands of California on my way to Yosemite National Park. Only $10 for a motorcycle to get in and well worth it.






































Ended up camping at White Wolf campground which was only $14….the cheapest thus far. They even had “Bear Safes” to store food or whatever else you don’t want the bears eating.



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Old 06-15-2013, 11:36 AM   #760
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Cruised through the rest of Yosemite and then headed south on 395.

















Pulled off on some offroad motorcycle trails and a few miles later landed at Mammoth Mountain ski resort. Drove up to the mountain just to take a look at it.







The back to the 395 heading south until I could loop around on 6. HWY 6 is terrible. It is perfectly straight and has a couple nice granite mountains but they aren’t too close. I don’t know what that guy was talking about. I should have known after he mentioned BMW 1200 and was sitting next to me at a Starbucks.







Took a cutoff road from 6 that loops back to the 395 just south of Mammoth. Then I just got on those offroad motorcycle trails and found a place to camp.





Tomorrow I will head to lake Tahoe. Goal is to find cheap camping but still have a shower or stream readily available. I smell like shit.
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Old 06-15-2013, 09:01 PM   #761
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We’ll go from the ground up on this one. I started the trip on some half spent Pirelli MT21’s that I really didn’t care for and packed my Maxxis Desert IT for the front and a Dunlop D606 for the rear (all in stock sizes). Absolutely loved the tires. They perform very well on road and are still quite aggressive for the dirt/sand action. I also got 10,000 miles out of the set which I consider pretty darn good. I used the stock brake pads which still have about 25% left. I ran a stock front sprocket and JT steel rear (15/44). If I were to do it again I would probably opt for a 15/41 for better highway speeds. You could even carry a 14 tooth front sprocket and swap it out for places like Bolivia or for serious offroad work. I think the clutch could still handle the 15/41 for the entirety of the trip. As you know I required sprocket and chain changes. Al rode his sprockets/chain (exactly the same as mine) for the entire trip. I am just a bit more aggressive and I like wheelies. I ran a Tonnes skid plate which I believe is about the best you can get. Change oil with it on, provides good coverage to the bottom, the waterpump, and the stator cover. Made from 3/16” aluminum it is very heavy duty and did it’s job on a few occasions. I can’t remember the brand but I have oversized footpegs which I wouldn’t go without…the stockers are tiny. I used the TT aluminum side case covers which are a must and a lot of companies make the exact same thing. I used a stainless steel oil filter and only removed it to clean with solvent and compressed air every other oil change (changed oil every 2,000 – 2,500 miles). I also put in a magnetic drain plug. Some say the stock one is magnetic but the difference between the one I installed and the stocker is HUGE. Full MRD exhaust was installed. My bike was able to idle better than Al’s at higher altitudes probably because of this but the main reason I did it was to save a little weight. I found it used for $225….i wouldn’t bother buying it new. The 2000 and 2001 came with really soft shitty front suspension that I absolutely hated and put on some stock 2006 forks from an S model that made a world of difference. Other than that the suspension was stock….I did adjust preload and valving to suit the load though. Also on the first two years the ACCT was porely designed. Some also think that the newer models ACCT is an area of failure but I just replaced it with a 2005 model ACCT because I didn’t want to deal with adjusting it. Before leaving a took the side case covers off and performed all of the Loctite Fixes that you can find on Thumpertalk. Al didn’t do any of them and he survived but mine being an early model I figured it should be done. I also installed a kickstarter which I have not used to this day. Probably because I also modified the battery box and installed an oversized Yuasa YTZ10S battery which always fired the engine….more than Al can say about his stocker that liked to go dead in cold temps. I pulled the rear linkage apart and applied fresh grease for fear of it freezing up. The 3x3 mod with JD jetting was done on both bikes and they really perform better. Safari 17L tank….I’ve talked about this enough that I think you know I really like it. Probably should have gone with the 28L after seeing how narrow the 17L still is. And you know in Mexico I had to order in a new Petcock from Pingle along with a vacuum operated valve so that I didn’t have to remember to turn it off everywhere. The Safari petcock is shit. I think it comes from IMS. The pingel stuff is very solid. Custom seat built for my ass by Don at Ed’s moto in Albany, Oregon. Nothing but good to say about it. I have the DRC LED taillight along with small LED blinkers on front and rear. They worked great. Al only had the stock brake light bulb go out once on him. Up front I have the HDB handguards with ADV top clamp and fold out mirrors. I love the whole setup. Quite pricey but I think I would be missing my left hand (and certainly bent handlebars) from the crash in Panama had I not had such a beefy setup. On my left clutch perch I have a 1” ram ball mount threaded into the hole where the mirror used to mount for my GPS. On the right perch I have a 1” ball used to mount a gopro. I also have the HDB aluminum holder for my Veypor digital readout. I really appreciated having a tachometer as well as an odometer that reads in KM if desired. All of this is obviously not necessary but I really really like have a nice “cockpit.” I fabricated the rear rack and side racks for the bike. They worked great. I also built brackets that moved my headlight forward about 3”. This allowed me to mount a small Pelican case right behind the headlight fairing. Inside the Pelican case is the PC8 relay/fuse box. From this I power a USB charger, a powerlet (mounted in the HDB top clamp), my GPS, my SPOT Tracker, my heated handgrips (must have these….very nice), and a voltage meter. Last but not least I have Galfer stainless break line on the front….never got around to installing the rear. Probably not necessary. I think that about wraps everything up. Is this what you guys are looking for? I will have more opinions on the gear but everything I did to the bike worked well and most of it was probably overkill. Al did this whole trip with an almost completely stock bike.
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Old 06-15-2013, 09:27 PM   #762
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Good info, thanks, Andrew. Assume you had stock stator or did I miss that? I am so spoiled with my R's 700w I may have withdrawal once I get into a DRZ or DR, lol. Did you try to calculate your wattage budget or did you just make sure you weren't running it all at once?
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Old 06-15-2013, 09:49 PM   #763
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Good info, thanks, Andrew. Assume you had stock stator or did I miss that? I am so spoiled with my R's 700w I may have withdrawal once I get into a DRZ or DR, lol. Did you try to calculate your wattage budget or did you just make sure you weren't running it all at once?
I didn't even bother with the math. I think the stocker is 200 watts or something. The spot tracker and gps are literally negligable as far as amp draw goes. the heated grips are 20 or 30 watts and the only other real draw is the headlight. I ran everything and charged either my phone or my SENA headset while driving. When camped, I would just plug in one or the other and let it charge overnight. I'm not sure what you do with 700 watts besides add a bunch of lights and bring a blender and an aircompressor and maybe a sound system with you.
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Old 06-15-2013, 10:13 PM   #764
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Air compressors are always good, lol, and a 20 ft battery jump cable, and oh yeah the 1500 lumen LEDs up front that vaporize small animals when you hit the high beams, lol, though they aren't that hungry. Running the heated handlebars on high is always good as you know, and firing up some heated goodness inside your coat when it is cold and rainy is also not a bad thing :). You just don't worry about anything that needs electricity, lol. OTOH, the tendons on my legs stick out like steel cables when I lean over a little too much, and when I tried to pull the front up to do a wheelie once I'm just fortunate I didn't lose my grip and throw myself off the back of the bike

I probably could run a blender and possibly a toaster if I left it on high idle, come to think of it, since the Odyssey battery is about bulletproof.

I may run up to Area 51 on this bike soon, and then when I get back I'm gonna move some coin around and start some serious shopping for a bike like yours or a DR...but man that TR650 sounds good, too
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Old 06-16-2013, 09:46 AM   #765
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Just finished all 51 pages...Epic ride man thanks for taking us all along.

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