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Old 07-29-2008, 08:16 PM   #151
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Hi Doug, Alan here--the lawyer from NY who spent the better part of a day with the three of you at The Abbey. My KLR and I have arrived home safely and without any major problems (my turn signals quit working--no big deal since I rarely use them). Very sorry to hear that your KLR got worse after I saw you, but you hit the nail on the head--looking back on a fantastic trip I have the fondest and most lasting memories of the wonderful people I met, many who went out of their way to be kind and helpful. John, your photographs are awesome! It was very nice meeting the three of you and I wish you all many more great adventures.
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Old 07-30-2008, 08:11 AM   #152
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Well don

Sorry to see you trip ended with such difficulty. I look forward to hearing about your F650 and what is going on. My son and I had absolutely no problems - though we were mainly on pavement for our 3200 miles around BC. Thanks for the awesome report......
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Old 07-30-2008, 09:15 AM   #153
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Nice to learn of another F650 & 2003 Wing owner. Now I need to add a big GS to keep up.

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Sorry to see you trip ended with such difficulty. I look forward to hearing about your F650 and what is going on. My son and I had absolutely no problems - though we were mainly on pavement for our 3200 miles around BC. Thanks for the awesome report......
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Old 07-30-2008, 09:42 AM   #154
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Too many....

...motorcycles? My wife thinks so - not sure there are ever too many. Love the 1150 - probably would still have the wing for me and SO to ride.

Sorry you live over there in all that traffic!!! Not sure I could ever do that again. If you are ever out this way let me know.....
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Old 07-30-2008, 09:47 AM   #155
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Yup, the traffic is bad. I have to commute from down by SeaTac airport to NE Seattle by Children's Hospital through the core of the city. A good day is 35 minutes. Bad days are well . . . longer, much longer.

I do love riding the Wing (it's my 3rd one), but the F650 is a hoot also. Then I have an ST1100 as well. So I'm not motorcycle deprived. :)

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...motorcycles? My wife thinks so - not sure there are ever too many. Love the 1150 - probably would still have the wing for me and SO to ride.

Sorry you live over there in all that traffic!!! Not sure I could ever do that again. If you are ever out this way let me know.....
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Old 07-30-2008, 04:29 PM   #156
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I've got an F650GS Dakar and a 2003 Gold Wing as well (along with a 2003 Honda ST1300!).

I took the F650GS Dakar in to the dealer today to find out what's going on with the overheating. They'll also do routine maintenance and an oil change. AND, add a front fender! Boy! That bike NEEDS a front fender! The KLR650's front fender keeps the mud off the wind screen and the rider's face shield. The BMW F650GS Dakar's beak is purely ornamental - it does nothing functional!

I just got back from visiting with Doug. His bike is still in Anchorage, waiting to get fixed (under warranty). After Doug took it completely apart and looked at every conceivable thing that might have caused a problem - and then put it back together to trailer to the dealer for repair, it started and ran smoothly - even with the old CDI unit! There is still a hesitation when one applies the throttle, but otherwise the bike ran beautifully! With this kind of intermittent problem, I'm not sure that the dealer will be able to find out what to repair!

It seemed to Doug that the Kawasaki dealership in Anchorage is overloaded with work and appears to have no motivation to extend themselves to work with motorcyclists traveling through the area. Kawasaki of North America proved singularly unhelpful. The only Kawasaki dealer that seemed to make an effort to help Doug was the local dealer in Monroe from whom Doug purchased the bike.

However, despite his mechanical problems, Doug had a really good time, and during the time he was without a bike in Alaska, he met some really interesting and nice people. Doug is a real "people person" so meeting these individuals was a major highlight for him.

Before I left his shop today, Doug asked if I was interested in riding the Trans-Labrador Highway! Wow! The bug has bitten him!
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Old 07-31-2008, 07:32 AM   #157
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Hey John,
I ran into you fella's a few time on my trip up North. I can't remember where, maybe the restaurant at the Teslin river? I was on the Blue Tiger.

Here's my ride on the Cassier:


Anyway, nice report, and glad to hear you all made it back, well, except for the KLR!

Cheers, and nice meeting y'all!
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Old 07-31-2008, 08:32 AM   #158
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Thumb Great RR!

I've enjoyed it so much and I really hate to see it end.

Thanks for all the effort keeping it up each day. There were lots of us eagerly awaiting our daily updates.

Congratulations on a great trip and for finding such teriffic riding buddies.

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Old 07-31-2008, 08:55 AM   #159
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Hey John,
I ran into you fella's a few time on my trip up North. I can't remember where, maybe the restaurant at the Teslin river? I was on the Blue Tiger.

Cheers, and nice meeting y'all!
Hi! Chicken was the first time we bumped in to each other (at which time you entertained us with your ride report on the Dempster!) I'm not sure where we met the second time.

Glad you got home safely. Here's hoping that we can meet again sometime!
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Old 07-31-2008, 10:30 AM   #160
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It seemed to Doug that the Kawasaki dealership in Anchorage is overloaded with work and appears to have no motivation to extend themselves to work with motorcyclists traveling through the area.
The other big dealership in Anchorage had the same attitude when I stopped by there last month. My guess is they're not to worried about losing us as repeat customers.
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Old 07-31-2008, 08:44 PM   #161
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Great Trip

John,
Glad to see you completed your trip inspite of the problems. I met you guys at the motel in Dease Lake, I had the Green BMW K1100LT. I also met the Blue Tiger cbxtc6 who posted to you. We were both at the Harley shop in Whitehorse,me getting the Beamer repaired and him changing both tires
which he had carried from the states tied in the Tiger.

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Old 08-01-2008, 06:59 AM   #162
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John,
Glad to see you completed your trip inspite of the problems. I met you guys at the motel in Dease Lake, I had the Green BMW K1100LT. I also met the Blue Tiger cbxtc6 who posted to you. We were both at the Harley shop in Whitehorse,me getting the Beamer repaired and him changing both tires
which he had carried from the states tied in the Tiger.
Hey Stew! Did your bike make it back home no problems? That was a weird problem you had.
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Old 08-01-2008, 07:50 AM   #163
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Great report Looking forward to the rest!



Doug may wanna check that his airfilter isn't blocked/dirty/overoiled. Also, if the carb has been rejetted its likely too rich for the altitude.
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Old 08-04-2008, 07:09 PM   #164
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It looks like I rode the Icefields Parkway a few days after you did. I thoroughly enjoyed following your Alaska Trip. Thanks for sharing. I look forward to more of your ride reports!
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Old 08-08-2008, 02:39 PM   #165
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Interim report on my 2005 BMW F650GS Dakar

I just got a call from the BMW shop.

The mechanic said that the BMW diagnostics showed that there had been 200 fault codes relating to the radiator fan, and 2 fault codes relating to the temperature sensor. When he applied power directly to the fan, it didn't work. (It certainly had worked during the overwhelming majority of the trip, because several of us got our finger tips buzzed when feeling for the fan blades! However, it may not have been working properly.) The mechanic isn't sure what the two isolated temperature sensor error codes mean.

The mechanic said that based on the problem I described, he thought that the radiator cap was not at fault. Inspection of the radiator cap supported that feeling. I don't believe that he did anything more along those lines.

The mechanic checked the water pump. He found a black impeller which was intact and appeared normal. The coolant was clean and appeared normal. There was no debris in the coolant.

The plan is to replace the radiator fan (it will have to be ordered, and it'll take a week and a half to get here) and then go out and ride the bike hard in some (hopefully) hot temperatures.

To me, this is not a definitive answer to why this motorcycle was overheating. However, if this doesn't fix the problem, I'm at a loss as to what to do next. __________________
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