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Old 12-14-2006, 05:35 AM   #46
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Thanks for the great report.
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Old 12-14-2006, 05:54 AM   #47
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Great report and wonderful pics!

It's maybe a stupid question but... what do you put in the black cylinder we can see on your bikes ? (as pointed on the picture)

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Old 12-14-2006, 09:13 AM   #48
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Thanks, and not a stupid question at all.

I put a tool roll and a litre and a half of water/fuel. It also doubles as highway pegs/footrests. It's 4" plumbing PVC pipe with threaded caps on each end, and the idea came from the KLR guys. Unfortunatly it touches the front wheel with the suspention at full compression, it either has to go or be modified. A 3" would most likely fit.
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Old 12-14-2006, 09:33 AM   #49
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Unfortunatly it touches the rear wheel with the suspention at full compression
WOW!! Quiet the flexible bike you have there...
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Old 12-14-2006, 10:06 AM   #50
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I am legendary for my "graceful" dismounts

of course I ment front wheel
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Old 12-14-2006, 05:12 PM   #51
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Old 12-14-2006, 05:50 PM   #52
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Just thought you would like to see what the Dempster is really like in the winter.
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This pic was taken looking South from the Arctic Circle on January 01, 2000. Temp was about -57*C
I spent 18 months as road maintenance foreman at Eagle Plains. That was an experience in survival, I tell you.
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Old 12-14-2006, 06:24 PM   #53
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Nice pictures! The colours were really something else.

Could you tell me what pannier rack you used on the 650 Dakar and also what camera did you use.

Thanks! I really enjoyed your ride report.
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Old 12-14-2006, 10:43 PM   #54
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Very cool Norml (groan). Nice photo! The coldest I have experinced was -45 *C, and I have no desire to feel -57. Do you still have all your apendages, nothing froze off?

Most of the cropped photos of sceanery were taken with a Nikon CoolPix 8800. I used a Pentax optio 30 for "on the fly" shooting. 'freak used a Cannon Sd 200 that crapped out on the first half of the Dempster, and Bejebus used a Sony Dsc-w1.

The Dakar has Touratech Zega cases and mounts, with a BMW top case and mount. For those that care the R1200GS has Micatechs, and the KLR has Givi's on a Happy Trail rack.
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Old 12-15-2006, 05:33 AM   #55
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'freak needed to adjust his steering head bearings after some serious pounding





With an axe?!






Great report, and truly fantatic photos.
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Old 12-16-2006, 10:08 PM   #56
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Great report, and truly fantatic photos.
Coming from a guy who has known Dwayne for a couple of decades and as one of the rum runners, lets just say that he has been know to "finesse" a couple of sensitive parts with, ummm, "substantial tools" . Actually, I think Dwayne was just taking a break from bending his own bike back into shape and just happened to have his preferred tool in hand (OK, nobody read into that!).
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Old 12-17-2006, 03:17 PM   #57
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Coming from a guy who has known Dwayne for a couple of decades and as one of the rum runners, lets just say that he has been know to "finesse" a couple of sensitive parts with, ummm, "substantial tools" . Actually, I think Dwayne was just taking a break from bending his own bike back into shape and just happened to have his preferred tool in hand (OK, nobody read into that!).
Oh that's just great! Now I'm too embarrased to show this thread to my mom!
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Old 12-17-2006, 05:38 PM   #58
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OK, yeah that was a nice report w/ great photos and all but maybe it's time we let everyone know why you really rode all those thousands of kilometers!

Just look how much fun you had ridin in the metropolis of Los Anchorage on the recumbent, well at least to the end of the street anyways!

I may be comin thru your hood later this summer to and from Seattle/Portland. I'll keep you posted. Mark H.



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Old 12-17-2006, 08:57 PM   #59
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Mark, you crazy man! (I've been keeping on eye on your winter rides...)

I was wondering when those pictures would surface!

You absolutly need to look us up on the way through, it would be great to see you again!
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Old 12-17-2006, 09:27 PM   #60
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Hey, Dwayne

I never froze anything off, but a couple of things got damned cold. I got hig-centred in the pick-up on a snow-drift, in a whiteout. It took the grader about 1&1/2 hours to get to me. By the time he arrived, the wind had scoured all the snow away from the pickup, except for what the truck was sitting on. I had to keep the throttle puched a bit to keep the battery from dying. I had an anemometer (measures wind speed) and braved the wind a couple of times to take a reading. In about 10 seconds, I nearly froze my fingers holding the button down. Wind speed was 124kph. Temperature was about -30*C. Haven't a clue what the wind-chill factor was, other than freakin' cold.

The winter before I arrived to take the reins, the crew was stranded for a bit longer than I was, and they ended up burning the roof liner, and whatever else they could get to burn, while in the cab of a pickup, just to survive until rescue arrived. Pretty scarey place if you aren't knowlegeable. I made a few changes in snow removal procedures after I arrived, and made sure every vehicle in the fleet had the PROPER survival gear for those conditions.

Here's another sample of the weather. This was taken at the Arctic Circle, where everyone stops for the obligatory photo.

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Here's the scarey part. That's my wife trying to open the pickup door as I was facing into the wind (North). I had to finally point the truck East so she could get it open. The wind was over 100 kilometers an hour. the snow was blowing horizontally. The day???
July 4th, 2000

PS I had to close the road for about 5 hours because a longtime trucker of that road was stuck in a 5' snowdrift at the border crossing between Yukon and NWT.
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