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Old 07-28-2008, 06:28 AM   #16
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Fantastic landscape and a beutifull bike.

Flåklypa Grand Prix (Pinchcliffe Grand Prix) are probably the best race movie ever made.

Hmm, I should ride to Norway some day, it is not that far.
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Old 07-28-2008, 07:52 AM   #17
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Day 5:

The day started early with a ride out to the institute for research of the Kven people and the Kven-land.
The Kven people are considered a minority with their own language, descendents of immigrants from what is now Finland (and Sweden). The actual location of Kvenland is unclear, Kvenland is mentioned in 9th century writings. More info here: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Kven_people

In the end of the second world war, most of the houses in the northern part of Norway (named Finnmark) was burned down by the nazis to halt the russians from liberating (or invading?) Norway.
So, the old style houses are gone. But the Kven institute have disassembled and moved a similar type of house from Sweden for displaying it for the future.
Lots of ww2 history in Northern Norway...


Vintage motorcycles outside the old style house




Later we teamed up with the local motorcycle club and did a couple of laps through the town to show the bikes to the public.


on display in Lakselv

Since there was a gas station nearby, I borrowed an electric oil pump and changed the oil while I was there. The bike had only consumed 1 litre of oil over some 2400 kilometers, which is quite unusual..:)
But thanks to totalseal pistonrings and teflon valvestem seals it's possible. However I do expect the oil consumption to increase when the rings get worn, however not as rapidly increase as with standard type rings.
Back at the campsite it was time for a cold beer and a quite delicious grilled (marinated in white wine etc..) whale beef.

oh yes.. I forgot to tell you about the mosquitos....they are everywhere and they love me..

just some 110 kilometers covered on day 5 of the trip
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Old 07-29-2008, 06:10 AM   #18
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Day6:

Most of the guys left at lunchtime this sunday.
Including a 80 year old rider who was going to ride the 2000 something kilometers back home in 3,5 days on his 1970's bike. Quite impressive!

I loaded all the stuff back onto the bike, and headed further north towards the North Cape.


Nice weather at the Porsanger fjord

Before heading up to the North cape I stopped in Honnigsvåg, a small town not far from the cape.


Cruiseboat leaving Honningsvåg, in extraordinary nice weather.



The Honnigsvåg church


And then, after some 2400 kilometer of riding I finally got to the turning point at the North Cape. 71° 10' 21" ...pretty far north! The road and mainland ends at the North cape. The only way to get to the northpole is by air or boat.


The "chief bluesmoke" made it all the way...!



been there, done that... 71° 10' 21"


I figured that a fish soup was the proper lunch at the north cape, and the tourist center have misc historic information and a cinema.




The weather on the north cape is not always as nice, I was very lucky to be there on this day. The sea was covered in mist..but we could see for miles.




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Old 07-29-2008, 06:18 AM   #19
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After some hours on the North cape it was time to get back onto the road, and start riding south again. Especially since the weather forecast said bad weather was coming within the next two days.






The fog coming in from the west..



Along the fjords there are small fishing villages and occasionally some raindeers.




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Old 07-29-2008, 06:34 AM   #20
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Before leaving Lakselv I had talked to a guy who knew someone that perhaps could help me with a new voltage regulator.
But since I had to wait until the next day, I skipped it and kept on riding in the still good weather.

Along the fjords there were cold fog, and slight rain...
Had to put on some warmer clothes before going over the mountains.


Still snow in the mountains in July


As I said before, I find Kvanangen to be one of the most beautiful places I have seen... and it didn't disappoint me this time. Even with fog and mist covering the sea.
I wish I brought along a better camera... or even better to be there yourself. It's hard to capture the tone of the northern light and the view over the fjord







From there it was full speed ahead along the fjords to Skibotn, where I arrived at 01:30 (AM).

Distance traveled on day 6: ~700 kilometers
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Old 07-29-2008, 11:22 AM   #21
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All I can say is "WOW", now I need to plan another trip!!!!
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Old 07-30-2008, 02:30 AM   #22
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Day 7:

Before I managed to put up the tent after day 6, I had to walk the beach to get some heat back into the feet. In the haze of preparing for the trip I had forgotten the thick socks at home.



Skibotn



Mountains, midnight sun, fog and clouds..


After some hours of sleep it was time to load the bike up again.
Tried to find a better voltage regulator in Skibotn, but I was out of luck.
Managed to work the points on the regulator using the striking surface on a box of safety matches.
I took a 110 kilometer detour from the route to visit Tromsø, also known as the Nordic Paris. Tromsø is a nice small town with lot's of restaurants and bars. I've been there several times before, but not since 1996 !


The Tromsø harbour



The white building in the background is the Arctic Cathedral

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Old 07-30-2008, 03:08 AM   #23
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After a very good lunch I rode back to the E6 road and the inland.
When I reached the Bardu area I rode around a bit, just to see what had changed sinced I moved south in 1996.
I think I read that StrikingViking on this forum was born/ have family in Bardu ?

Anyway.. before 1995-96 the area had lot of military camps and active troops. After several downsizes, it's probably just 1/3 left. Some of the camps are now used for civilian purposes, including a film studio.
Sometimes I miss this period...it was both fun and challenging.. and I was out on excercises in the "bush" some 50 days a year. Quite cold at times..


Outside the Army Signal batallion camp (still in use) where I spent 1,5 years


I noticed the front end being a little bit "loose" after passing the Gratangs mountain. And a check of the front wheel showed inconsistent wear and worn bearings. I tried to tighten the front axle to help the situation, but I felt the threads were slipping.
Anyway, since I was in Bjerkvik I just had to eat a "Bjerkviking" hamburger.
I remember the taste from last time I was there in 1996:) I can recommend it to anyone passing through Bjerkvik ( E6 road) !

I decided to ride easy towards Sortland where I should have a better chance to find new bearings and fix the bike. I would say the bike handled like an old harley at this point, not as tight as a leafspringed indian should be
On top of this the regulator was switching on and off, and it was raining at times.

After cruising through Sortland I found a repairshop in the same building as the hotel. So I opted for the hotel and a shower...


Two of the so called "adventure bikes" ?? :)


After a warm shower and a cold beer, it was time to sleep a bit.. and the clock wasn't even 00:30

Total distance on day 7 = ~500 kilometers
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Old 07-31-2008, 02:49 AM   #24
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With the help of a friend we actually managed to find new bearings.
But the front axle was bent... after bottoming out the front suspension several times this season. With a borrowed 20ton press I managed to straighten the axle. Had to rethread to M14 threads on one side of the axles, as the threads gave up. I will make a new axle as soon as time permits, maybe thicker. I made the adaptors for my triumph TLS hub some years ago. The problem is that the rockers(leafspring) needs to be modified if I want to use a 20mm axle, so now I'm using a 16mm axle which is stepped down to the original axle size on the left rocker.
Also a new or rebuilt leafspring can help the suspension from bottoming out... or even better if our government spend some of the billions of tax money on road maintenance!!!!

Anyway... antique bikes needs frequent servicing and misc things can happen. But in 99% of the time I've been able to fix the problems with this particular bike while on the road, either temporary or permanent.
The chief bluesmoke will usually keep running, even when severe wounded!!
If my modern ducati stops I may be stuck for days.. and I don't know that bike enough to do a quick diagnose. I'm not afraid to get oil on my hands, and seldom give up (or start crying) when problems occur.

So after a lunch with my friend and her sweet friends (girls), I put the bike together and headed towards Melbu.
Since I missed the ferry to Lofoten, I opted for a buffét at the local hotel in Melbu while waiting.

Since it was already late at night and dark clouds ahead, I opted to ride as far as possible... again. After arriving with the boat in Fiskebøl in the north of Lofoten, I turned right and rode along the western fjords of Lofoten.
Luckily parts of the road were loose gravel... and I really love riding the old indian on gravel.
The sea was calm as mirror, and the fjords and mountains along the route was really spectacular. I tried to catch some of the magic with my compact camera.. but it's quite hard.





Gravel roads with 80 km/h speedlimit is fun!




Turbo tourists don't even stop the engine:)


What's up or down..?
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Old 07-31-2008, 03:04 AM   #25
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Ran out of battery on the camera while trying to film some of the gravel riding :(



After a faboulus ride along the fjords, I had to hit the E10 road.
And then I met the rain..


For some reason I wanted to test if the waterproof lining on my Halvarsson leather pants would work in heavier rain. And it actually works, but the wet pants still make you cold. The rain just got worse and worse and the big puddles made the water spraying over the floorboards get into the so called waterproof boots. So I just kept on riding down the Lofotens and planned to take an early ferry over to Bodø (mainland) the next day.
When I reached the ferry terminal at Moskenes south in Lofoten at 01:30, the winds and rain were so strong it was hard to ride. At the campsite people where trying to secure their tents from falling down.
I just returned to the terminal and found a dry spot just outside the café ... and slept for a few hours there..

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Old 07-31-2008, 05:26 AM   #26
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Your Chief Bluesmoke ride reports are great! Wonderful pics of your country, luckily Norway is close.

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Old 07-31-2008, 06:59 AM   #27
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Total distance on day 8 was = ~220 kilometers


Day 9:
After 3 hours trying to sleep, it was time to get up again at 05:00 and wait for the ferry to leave at 06:00
The boat trip takes some hours, so I occupied 3 seats and slept during the trip.
Luckily the rough sea didn't knock over the bike, so I could carry on with my trip:)
The national aircraft museum is located in Bodø, and I spent 4 hours checking out the aircraft history, and the displayed planes and helicopters.
My camera was still out of battery, and my iphone doesn't have a flash...so no quality pictures from inside the museum.



Outside the museum

The wet riding gear dried up just a bit while inside the museum, and the pants dried up quite a bit after just 2 hours ride.
I rode over the Saltfjellet mountain again, with occasional stops for beating the voltage regulator. But I was able to keep a good pace.. with my ducati I just can't ride 200 kilometers without stopping.. the old chief is so comfortable to ride, better than any other bikes that I have ridden.

My target for the day was Trondheim, and I almost made it despite heavy rain and several stops with regulator adjustments (more like punishment at this stage). The front tire was now very worn from total milage and the previous problem with the bent axle. I hoped to find a new tire in trondheim early next day.
But just outside Levanger the front light went out..
Tried to find an open gas station or a place to camp in Levanger, but I ended up camping outside a school near the E6 road.

Total distance on day 9 = ~ 640 kilometers
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Old 07-31-2008, 07:59 AM   #28
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Day 10:

Fixing the headlight was easy when the source of the problem was found:


Modern stuff (H4 connector) also fail, the ground cable came off


After consulting some of the local Indian riders in Trondheim, I found a shop who had a new front tire for me. At a good price also, but I had to remove/ install the wheel on the bike myself ( which I probably would have to do anyway).
The process took some hours though, so it was going to be a long night ride home. Off course it was raining on/off... and eventually I just locked the regulator in position and kept the rpm in a range where it was not overcharging the battery. German bosch quality %#%@$£@ !!


Anyway, I made it throught the night and rain... and when I reached the highway it was easy to keep a good pace the last 2,5 hours home.

Old bridge near Tolga


I arrived at home at 02:45, a day later than expected.
My family was at a cabin near the coast, so I rode the chief there the next day. The day after it was a vintage vehicle run nearby, and I rode that also ... still with a dirty bike. And after the run it was direct to a summer party at a motorcycle club..
I was quite tired the following sunday, after several days with just 5 hours sleep and long days on the bike.

Total distance on day 10= ~760 kilometers !



I tried to make this story short.. riding an old indian always makes new friends and meeting interesting people. Sometimes it's hard to get back onto the road after stopping at gas stations etc, people enjoy seeing these old bikes out on the road....

I think I managed to put quite a bit of fun(or maybe even call it an adventure, if that term don't require gravel, bush riding or himalaya...:) ) in a short vacation ...:)

~5200 kilometers (3200 miles) in 9,5 days on a 1944 motorcycle probably isn't too bad either... in a country where the average speed probably is around 60km/h due to the roads (and lots of twisties :))
But it's an Indian! :)
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Old 07-31-2008, 08:21 AM   #29
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nice pic's & great report
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Old 07-31-2008, 08:25 AM   #30
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Thx for the kind replies!

There are some high res pictures and additional pictures from the trip here:

http://www.flickr.com/photos/10527710@N03/ (Nordnorge 2008)
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