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Old 04-11-2008, 04:50 AM   #1
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What to do with 30 days???

I plan to leave this morning, so now is as good a time as any to start...

First, the title:

About a month ago I found out I would have a little over 30 days with no work duties, no strings attached! Too good to be true, but what to do with the time, certainly not waste it... I have about 25 unfinished projects that could use attention but...

I just aquired an '07 ktm 990 adventure so why not put it to good use?

http://us.f581.mail.yahoo.com/ya/dow...te&pos=0&Idx=0

Most of my motorcycle trips have lead me north from Delaware, but this is the wrong time of year for that. So south it is. Since I do have 30 days, I might as well make the most of it and see something I will not be able to the rest of the year right?

So the plan:

Leave DE and beeline for Houston, TX. I have a set of stock Scorpions mounted that I picked up second hand so I shouldn't feel too bad about burning them up on the interstates. I'll relax for a day in Houston, mount up some tkc-80's, do and oil change etc, then I head for Mexico. The plan is to cross at the Presidio/Ojinaga crossing and head for Barranca del Cobre (Copper Canyon). I'll spend a day or two there then head for the Pacific coast via Durango. After that we shall see...

The prep is done:

Thirty days is by far the longest motorcycle trip I've done, so I've been busy getting everything ready. I am glad I didn't have longer to pack, as the list of stuff to bring keeps getting longer (and heavier). I plan to camp as much as possible, as well as be able to make any nessessary bike repairs, so it was a challange to make it all fit.

Anyhow, its time to get off the computer and on the road...


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Old 04-11-2008, 05:29 AM   #2
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Best wishes for a safe journey.. Hope you can update this thread
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Old 04-11-2008, 07:08 AM   #3
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Have fun! I used to take a month off every year (July) to ride. That was the best therapy out there.


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Old 04-12-2008, 05:48 AM   #4
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Not off to a good start.

Its literally hard to Belive how this trip started. After almost 2 months looking forward to the 1st day on the road, the trip had its first curveball 1 hour in. After filling up for the 1st time, about 35 miles from home the bike would not start. Great.

After tearing the bike apart in the sunoco gas station, and consulting my tech support (dean and joe) the only posiblity seemed to be that the motor was liquid locked. Of course the one tool I didn't have was a sparkplug wrench. I guess $60 for the one from would have been money well spent. Long story short, I trucked the bike home, found a socket that would work, and was back on the road 10 hours later (with a spark plug wrench on board).

Now off to texas!!!

Its pretty well torn apart, all side pannels off, both fuel tanks off, air box out etc, etc. Not what I had in mind for the first day...
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Old 04-12-2008, 05:53 AM   #5
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I love it when a plan comes together, but love it more with it dosen't. Way to rebound. Good luck. You sure are brave.
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Old 04-12-2008, 06:36 AM   #6
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yea baby! Copper Canyon!
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Old 04-12-2008, 07:08 AM   #7
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How in the world did your engine get liquid lock? Inquiring minds wanna Know!
Well, heck , maybe your bad karma is over with already now and the rest will be fun and trouble free
I'll be looking forward to reports on your progress and pictures of course.

Happy trails
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Old 04-12-2008, 07:22 AM   #8
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How in the world did your engine get liquid lock? Inquiring minds wanna Know!
Well, heck , maybe your bad karma is over with already now and the rest will be fun and trouble free
I'll be looking forward to reports on your progress and pictures of course.

Happy trails


Psst... it's a KTM.


Good luck...
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Old 04-13-2008, 05:19 AM   #9
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Welcome to Alabama. Local time 10:20!
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Welcome to Louisiana where the local time is 6:12 pm!
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Old 04-13-2008, 05:21 AM   #11
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Welcome to Texas, local time 10:12 pm!
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Old 04-13-2008, 01:30 PM   #12
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Remenber its not necessary to have a plan. It is necessary that you RIDE. Good Luck and have a good time.
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Old 04-13-2008, 05:12 PM   #13
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This is a little out of order, it should be before Alabama and the rest, but anyhow...

By the time the bike was back together it was almost 5 pm and I hadn't eaten all day. Not cool.

I owed tony a couple beers for making the drive down to pick me up, so off to Stewarts pub. I finnaly got on the road just after 6 pm. It was minna weird riding the bike after having that strange problem that I found no definite cause for. It was kind of like flying a single engine airplane over water. As soon as you go "feet wet" the engine runs rougher and you hear all kind of strange noises you never noticed before. I'm sure it will be a little while before I stop " hearing" weird noises from the bike. At least I have a little while to test it out before mexico...

Just south of d.c. I got to test how my gear would hold up in the rain. I purposly did not check the weather before departure because I knew I was going to go anyway. Well... I was riding in thunderstorms for about an hour. 20 minutes of it was real heavy, sideways rain, most of the cars were pulled off to the side of the road heavy. I stayed mostly dry, just a little aerostitch wet crotch. ( I will spare you the pictures) in that kind of rain only a full body condom would keep you dry so I'm pretty happy... 2 or so hours at 80 mph and I was all dry again.

I wussed out and took a 30 minute nap around Roanoke. I probably would have napped longer but it started sprinkling so I moved on.

breakfast in Knoxville and hopefully dinner in Houston....

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Old 04-13-2008, 05:19 PM   #14
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30 days on a bike. I did it last September and I plan on doing it again this year. It was the best ride/trip of my LIFE! Check out the grand canyon while you are out that way.
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Old 04-13-2008, 05:31 PM   #15
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30 hours, 1550 miles, $150 in gas, 5 red bulls, and (amazingly) no speeding tickets later i'm in Houston. I had actually picked a spot in New Orleans to spend the night, but when I got there I was still going strong, so I kept riding. It ending up being just after midnight Houston time when I got in. I am glad the transportation part of the trip is over and I can start the riding part.

I'll get back on the road Monday with a fresh oil change and new tkc-80's...


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