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Old 01-26-2013, 08:17 AM   #6136
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It was finally clear that Blueberry's steering bearings were shitting the bed, and would need some attention.

Moral of the story: Listen to her when she says her steering is feeling notchy! I had tested and turned, ridden, and tried to reproduce what she was feeling no less than a dozen times going back to Alaska -- even Dave Ranson tried to document what she was complaining about. It's not that I didn't doubt what she was saying, but not being able to feel any problem at all myself, I started to think about alternative explanations -- maybe a rock or stick got caught behind the headlight, maybe she was getting tired, maybe she wasn't keeping her elbows out. OK... lesson learned, she knows what feels right and what feels wrong, and if she says her bike feels wrong, even if I can't reproduce it, and even if her description is less than Top Gear or Car Talk - worthy, take it seriously, and bird-dog the problem until it's fixed.
The mystery of the notchy steering solved
Hind sight being what it is, we should have dug deeper when it started happening. I was mystified at the time but it all makes sense now.
Great work team!
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Old 01-26-2013, 10:19 AM   #6137
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Steering stem bearings, along with the linkage, are often overlooked maintenance items. My bike needs them checked right now but since I haven't ridden for a long time, they most likely won't get done before I ride again because I'll forget about it.
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Old 01-26-2013, 02:15 PM   #6138
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Inspiring...

I've been slowly catching up on the last two installments over the last two days. I'm usually a lurker, but have to say that your collective attitude is infectious. I absolutely love your RR and your trip. Well done so far. A series of trips like this is a true dream to aspire to. Good on you guys.
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Old 01-26-2013, 02:40 PM   #6139
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I've been slowly catching up on the last two installments over the last two days. I'm usually a lurker, but have to say that your collective attitude is infectious. I absolutely love your RR and your trip. Well done so far. A series of trips like this is a true dream to aspire to. Good on you guys.

I've been following this "dynamic duo" since the beginning and have had the same thoughts as bbanker. If rides like these are their usual vacation activity, what might Doc & LDF have left on their "bucket list"????
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Old 01-27-2013, 06:04 AM   #6140
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I've been following this "dynamic duo" since the beginning and have had the same thoughts as bbanker. If rides like these are their usual vacation activity, what might Doc & LDF have left on their "bucket list"????
South America, Vietnam, and the Himalayas . I'm in training.

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Old 01-27-2013, 11:54 AM   #6141
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Meat & Potatoes

" My humble thanks was expressed with meat and potatoes."..........

That was a FANTASTICK meal!!!!......Doc has got a "way" with meat and potatoes!!!!

Thanks again

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Old 01-27-2013, 11:57 AM   #6142
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and everyone else helping me through the Sand Dunes!

Not a place I would have ever chosen with this bike.

I did drop the bike a couple of more times before we were through that stretch...Thankfully no more video!

Need longer legs so I can get smaller bike!

Talked to Big Dog about the WR250 and how he handles it given the 35" seat height.

Turns out he is 3" taller than me, but it is all in the inseam!

Not an issue for DingWeed...
Steve.

I just setup a WR250r for my wife with a Yamalink.............It works Great!!!.

PM me for details!

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Old 01-27-2013, 02:31 PM   #6143
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+1 on the Yamalink. I've got a 28.5" inseam myself. You can lower the stock suspension about an inch, + Yamalink, + shave seat foam (and install gel insert) and you'll be on the balls of both feet!
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Old 01-28-2013, 07:59 AM   #6144
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Inseam Challenged.

I am Yama-linked and by tomorrow will be "Seat Concepted" with a new WR250R seat which is supposed to be wider (ahhh) and 3/4 inch lower. Seat Concepts in California got my stock seat pan fitted and back in the mail in two days!
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Old 02-02-2013, 05:02 PM   #6145
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Old 02-02-2013, 05:04 PM   #6146
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One more for Good measure!!!

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Old 02-03-2013, 02:12 PM   #6147
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M10, Day 12: Wednesday, Sept. 19, 2012

Thanks for the teasers, Scott! Hope you're feeling better.

Today we'd say goodbye to two M10 riders, and continue south enjoying the Colorado mountains, foliage, and scenery with a gas stop at Toponas. We had a couple blocked route episodes, but those were more than made up for by some areas I had questions about from the maps, but turned out to go through, and were pretty awesome. We ended the day at a primo camp spot near Radium.

Early morning double Mobius graduation ceremony: Big Dog would be peeling off sometime mid-day, don't he look proud?



and Steve earned his stripes, and was headed to visit a friend in Fort Collins, I believe, which was due East of us.





It was a privilege riding with both of you, and I look forward to seeing you again!
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Old 02-03-2013, 02:14 PM   #6148
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Old 02-03-2013, 02:14 PM   #6149
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Yeh---just what we needed----a band aid and a condom.



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Old 02-03-2013, 02:24 PM   #6150
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We had a

sit-down breakfast, and I popped into the Napa to see if we could get a new bearing for Blueberry's steering. No such luck. We suited up, and got the show back on the road.





We were in the Arapaho Wildlife Refuge Area,



And as usual, there was some confusion regarding what was legal to ride and what wasn't.



Seems OK?



Or maybe not.





OK, now this clarifies the issue.



Whew.

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