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Old 10-22-2008, 07:02 PM   #766
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Look, Arizona!

And huge storm clouds over the grand canyon.

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Old 10-22-2008, 07:04 PM   #767
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Aliens eh!!!!

Glad to see Francine avoided them. Obviously you two were, and are having TOOOO much fun Great Pics and well narrated!!!

One thing, I guess you didn't know, but are coming to realize.......Gasoline and RTV Silicone are highly incompatible. Gasoline will attack any RTV that will, inevitably be squeezed inside the float bowl(in your case) softening, and swelling it!!! Vibration will eventually cause the excess to drop into the bottom of the float bowl plugging the main jet.

It's better to use a thin film of grease on a hard float bowl O-ring, or a little gasket shelac, or gasket elliminator to help make an old o-ring reseal!!!

Cheers Brian
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Old 10-22-2008, 07:05 PM   #768
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"Flagstaff 199"

There's a certain ennui that sets in the moment you see a road sign calling out the mileage to your eventual destination. Even when you're planning on squeezing almost 500 miles and 3 days riding out of that 199 miles.

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Old 10-22-2008, 07:11 PM   #769
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does that look like a mushroom cloud to you?

No. It looks like ET panhandling.



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Old 10-22-2008, 07:17 PM   #770
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Hey Brian! Thanks for tagging along. I knew it was a sub-optimal fix at the time. Frankly I was shocked it held up for 12 days. I repeated the fix 'cause I didn't have any of those other things (well, grease, but I was more afraid of developing a leak and losing gas in the boonies than using too much and plugging a jet which I could fix). At this point, I only needed to keep the bike running another 3 days. I used much less silicone on the second fix, and... drumroll... we made it to Flagstaff without further incident.

BTW, I just got a FedEx package today from the ThumperTalk store that has the new gasket(s), o-rings, and other carburetor bits and parts.

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Old 10-22-2008, 07:20 PM   #771
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No. It looks like ET panhandling.

;)
That is awesome.

And PS: ET is an Alien, so... we're both right.
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Old 10-22-2008, 07:25 PM   #772
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Fry Sauce

Sounded Interesting...so I googled it!!!! Seems your right about the regional part; especially Utah!!!! Check it out, if you haven't yet!!

1 part ketchup to 2 parts Mayo....and many variations, including substituting barbaque sauce(of your choice)for ketchup!!!!!

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Old 10-22-2008, 07:53 PM   #773
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Eh, Maria!



The Puerto Rican version sounds especially yummy!

"In Puerto Rico, the sauce is commonly known "mayoketchup" and is prepared with ketchup, mayonnaise, garlic and a hint of lemon."
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Old 10-22-2008, 07:59 PM   #774
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We stop in Fredonia

here, for gas and groceries:



It's a mini-mart, and they don't have much. "Is there a grocery store in Fredonia?"

"No, you'll have to drive up to Kabab just over the border in Utah."



Then I spy some locally made tamales in the fridge. Oh yeah!

We pick up some ramen noodles, some beef jerky, and we're set for dinner.

Those clouds are starting to look menacing.

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Old 10-22-2008, 08:01 PM   #775
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Yes!!!!

MMMM!!!! Sounds GOOD!!!

Back to the RR??? Please?
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Old 10-22-2008, 08:04 PM   #776
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I knew the RTV gasket sealer would getcha

I recall mentioning that somewhere along about 15 pages ago. I am glad it didnt screw you up more then it did. Yea, 2 hours down time is a drag, but at least you were not out in the middle of nowhere.
The bummer is next spring when you dig the bikes outta storage, you will be rebuilding a carb before you go anywhere.

The pictures you have posted are just amazing. I guess I dont need to go now !!
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Old 10-22-2008, 08:12 PM   #777
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On to the North Rim:

There's one paved road, US 89-Alt to Hwy 67, which everyone takes,

It's the road we're on here:




or, you can cut to the right, across this vast expanse of BLM land and into Kaibab N.F. There are GPS roads marked all through it, and I had cross-checked all of them with GoogleEarth satellite images to make sure I could see the outline or trace of an actual path. It took some research to plot a route, but I thought it would work.

This was going to take us into some pretty remote area, and we'd eventually hook up with Hwy 67 near the entrance to to the Grand Canyon National Park, where I hoped we'd grab a campsite at the North Rim Campground, ditch some gear, and head out to Point Sublime.
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Old 10-22-2008, 08:15 PM   #778
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Oh man.... I've wanted to explore that country.
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Old 10-22-2008, 08:20 PM   #779
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The bummer is next spring when you dig the bikes outta storage, you will be rebuilding a carb before you go anywhere.
It won't be so bad. And it needed to be done, RTV or not. The jetting & needle settings needed tuning on both bikes. When I drained the gas, I dropped both float bowls, and went through every o-ring, gasket, jet, spring and seal I could get to. I left them mostly disassembled. I inventoried what I had, what I needed, ordered JD jet kits, parts, etc, and when I get back, it'll only take a little while to swap stuff in and get them running again.

And running like little rockets, at that.

But I'm skipping ahead.
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Old 10-22-2008, 08:23 PM   #780
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Oh man.... I've wanted to explore that country.
I'm telling you, Duke... it was cool. One of my favorite parts of the trip. And no small part of why, is that it was MINE. I routed it, I scoped it out, and it was remote, and wild, and just awesomely cool.

Francine hated it.
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