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Old 08-08-2006, 08:43 PM   #16
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What Norton said--Too bad it doesn't pop in front of his in the great Norton tradition.

Good to meetya Jay.

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Old 08-08-2006, 08:49 PM   #17
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The back story...

Here is some back story, while I load up pictures....

Read G-Dog's "Dragon Insurance" thread and am getting lots of help with my own current troubles...

So, I figured that I would share...

Many months ago as I finished my MSF course (Mar 05) and pondered my first motorcycle (purchased Apr 05), I dreamed of riding off the ferry into Cordova, AK to visit my friends. The dream didn't include any details about how I got there, but it was just a dream after all

Because of circumstances, fortune, understanding wife, understanding employer, and some configuration of stars, I am getting the opportunity to achieve that "moto" dream of mine.

Yes, this guy


is doing the ALCAN 5000


This trip includes a loop through San Diego and maybe CroMags if I can make it No truck or trailer, just me and the KLR The trip details will be documented here.


anyway, here's the hook

My ride is all paid for and I wanna give something back, so I am making my ALCAN a charity ride.

I am raising money for the Make-A-Wish Foundation and the Copper River Watershed Project. Funds raised will be split equally between the groups. More information is available at my Alcan page (see link below). I would like to raise at least $2,000 (goal reached, let's keep going).

I have circulated this to my family and friends and figured I'd run it here with my friends and internet family

I have met a number of you and look forward to meeting more as this trip progresses and time marches on Thanks for the ear

If you wanna help CLICK HERE
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Old 08-09-2006, 12:23 AM   #18
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The work up to the trip...

So, since I was going to do this big trip, it was time to do some maintenance on the KLR and some upgrades.

The bike was purchased new in Apr 2005. It had 18,600 something miles on it.

For the trip I made a bunch of changes.

Progressive Springs
Gold Tech Valves
Over-sized Front Brake Rotor
Rear Works Performance Shock
New foot pegs (larger)
Stainless, braided brake hoses front and rear
Radiator Protector
New sealed battery
re-wire battery connections and fuse box (remove all glass fuses from the bike)

Did some maintenance

Oil change
Air filter
Fork seals
New brake pads
New brake fluid
Check Valves
Check oil screen

Here is the operating room


the patient


without legs


Draining the forks...


all new legs


then I put this on...


it's bigger than the original disk


In the final stages of prepping the bike for the ALCAN, and found something a little disturbing... It was hidden under some wires...

I found it right here.


Close up, it looks like this...






Crack looks like it's a third of the way around the tube... Maybe this is why Kawasaki designed the sub frame bolts to shear, to protect the sub frame

I pulled the sub-frame to get welded.






ALCAN departure in 5 days well at least it was easy to put my new rear shock on


this shock


installed


the oil screen with a bit of trash


torn down as far as she would go...


the weld and paint... once the sub-frame is covered in black it will be time to replace it


starting to look like a motorcycle again...


One or two more days of work and the bike was ready to go.

ALCAN, HO!
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Old 08-09-2006, 05:16 AM   #19
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Well done on finding that when you did. No dragonslayer wants to find his steed has gone lame right in the heat of the battle.

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Old 08-09-2006, 06:01 AM   #20
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Lookin' good

There's a subframe upgrade kit for the KLR where you drill right across it and attach a super big ass fastener kit. Big Cee used to sell it, but I think Dual-Star still does.

Best wishes on your trip and keep the ride reports comin'

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Old 08-09-2006, 06:44 AM   #21
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How did you like the larger front rotor? Which one did you get?
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Old 08-09-2006, 06:55 AM   #22
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Yo, Daddy! Congrats on the departure on your trip! Hope Everything goes well, and you have a BLAST!!!!! Be Safe! Have Fun! and take lots-o-pics!
Will be checking this thread, and your progress!!!!!!


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Old 08-09-2006, 06:57 AM   #23
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and here is the starting odometer reading, just for the record.
For a second there I'd forgotten that you rode your K-Bike to BV; I knew you had to have had more miles than that on the KLR by now.
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Old 08-09-2006, 06:59 AM   #24
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From a former KLRista...RIDE TALL!! Good luck on your ride and looking forward to more reports!
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Old 08-09-2006, 07:30 AM   #25
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Old 08-09-2006, 07:47 AM   #26
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HELL YEAH!!!!...


dayum nice ride plan....cept for meeting that mostro guy

have fun, be safe....thanks in advance for doing both

KLRs...ya just gotta love em
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Old 08-09-2006, 09:22 AM   #27
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Lookin' good

There's a subframe upgrade kit for the KLR where you drill right across it and attach a super big ass fastener kit. Big Cee used to sell it, but I think Dual-Star still does.

Best wishes on your trip and keep the ride reports comin'

Yeah, I did the upgrade with the shorter bolts (no drill)... I think that kawasaki intended the bolts to shear to protect the subframe

All good...
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Old 08-09-2006, 09:23 AM   #28
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How did you like the larger front rotor? Which one did you get?
Nice, I'm doing stoppies all over town, NOT

It works a lot better, that with the stainless line, progessive forks, etc. Really like the way the bike handles now. Would like to try it without the 300 lbs of gear... but soon enough.
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Old 08-09-2006, 09:25 AM   #29
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HELL YEAH!!!!...


dayum nice ride plan....cept for meeting that mostro guy

have fun, be safe....thanks in advance for doing both

KLRs...ya just gotta love em
Thanks Freeflow... yeah, mostro keeps saying something about little spoon

Anyway... may look you up on my way home
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