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Old 10-28-2008, 08:19 PM   #46
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OUTSTANDING ride report, Pop! I am so jealous. I spent many nights on a cot in Basrah wishing I was in the wind in Alaska, too!

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PROS- Great tripbeautiful country, wonderful people everywhere we stopped. Drank lots of Captain Morgan with some neat people….I will go back to do the Dempster….and the Laird up to Wrigley….(Son, I say Son, what are you doing next summer after you graduate?) Stopped to see lots of great friends and ate way too much and still lost 15 pounds.


Is that Jerry Reed, a.k.a. The Snowman, calling me? Hopefully I'll be riding after graduation, but on something besides the old Bonnie!

Kick ass, Dad!

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Old 10-28-2008, 08:38 PM   #47
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Reports like this just make you want to pack up and just go for it.


Thanks for the report - Great job.
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Old 10-28-2008, 10:34 PM   #48
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I love these Alaska RR's.
Spent a whole summer in Kodiak a few years back.
One of the best times of my life.


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Old 10-29-2008, 07:33 AM   #49
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Great adventure!

I want to ride with you!
For all your FD trouble you never quit, now that's a true Adventure Rider!!

Thank you for sharing your story.

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Old 10-29-2008, 07:39 AM   #50
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I want to ride with you!
For all your FD trouble you never quit, now that's a true Adventure Rider!!

Thank you for sharing your story.

Mark

Anytime Mark - I love your state! Thanks


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Old 10-29-2008, 07:47 AM   #51
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Old 10-29-2008, 08:00 AM   #52
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Thank you, Sir was my pleasure!


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Wonderful report. Good spirit about those FD issues. I'd maybe have lost my temper and developed a lot of attitude along the way if I faced that.

I saw too that you share a love of flying Beavers with me.
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Old 10-29-2008, 08:09 AM   #53
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Wonderful report. Good spirit about those FD issues. I'd maybe have lost my temper and developed a lot of attitude along the way if I faced that.

I saw too that you share a love of flying Beavers with me.
Thank you - I haven't flown one yet - but my next trip to Seattle will include a visit to Kenmore Air and I will buy an hour with an instructor - They are so neat.......I walked around Lake Hood for hours dreaming and reading "for sale" notices. Never too old "to slip the surly bonds"...


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Old 10-29-2008, 08:19 AM   #54
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Thank you - I haven't flown one yet - but my next trip to Seattle will include a visit to Kenmore Air and I will buy an hour with an instructor - They are so neat.......I walked around Lake Hood for hours dreaming and reading "for sale" notices. Never too old "to slip the surly bonds"...


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I was part of an exploration expedition to the NWT. We were supplied by Beavers - our lifeline really. Those pilots - really some kinda characters too.

If you ever run into a book called, IIRC, The Flying North I can recommend it heartily.

I'm curious that you had enough tools along to do an R&R on the FD. Did you think it may fail during your trip so you came supplied?
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Old 10-29-2008, 12:59 PM   #55
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I was part of an exploration expedition to the NWT. We were supplied by Beavers - our lifeline really. Those pilots - really some kinda characters too.

If you ever run into a book called, IIRC, The Flying North I can recommend it heartily.

I'm curious that you had enough tools along to do an R&R on the FD. Did you think it may fail during your trip so you came supplied?

Thanks, I will check out the book.

I had just replaced the F/D bearings and seals before the trip and knew what I needed. Interestingly enough, I had ordered a deep 36MM impact socket to build a special socket with the side window for the pivot pin allen wrench and it was sitting on the welding table. So when the bearing failed in Rycroft, I had to go buy a 1 3/16 socket (which is close) and a Bernzomatic Torch so I could heat the bearing. I learned that I could buy the fuel for the torch anywhere but the torch was not as common so it is now in the F/D exchange kit that goes with the F/D when and if I have to ship it.

But its frustrating when I can't solve the problem, and the BMW engineers and the dealer's technician couldn't either. Right now I pull it down and inspect the bearings every 3000 miles until I can have some confidence in the gear box. I treat each gear box independently because I have fixed some that are running well w/o any problems - just mine!!


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Old 10-29-2008, 01:10 PM   #56
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Really pretty scary. You also have the skills needed to r&r that FD where most do not. I sold my 1150GS due to losing confidence in the FD. Some seem completely unrepairable. Makes no sense why either. I've seen threads over in GS where the same bike eats on FD after another. Mine worked for another 10k miles and was perfect when I sold but I lost enjoyment from the ride worrying about the thing.

Reminds me of a guy I knew when flying. He kept hearing his engine going bad on his SEL craft. Nobody else heard it & nothing was found on a full check out (2x). So he figured he lost his enjoyment due to being spooked & he stopped flying. In my case, I just switched to a non shaft bike. Pity. I really liked the 11XX bikes.
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Old 10-29-2008, 06:27 PM   #57
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Loved your report, saw alot of places I saw on our Tx. to Alaska trip 2 summers ago. Your courage against adversity is truly the best of a ADV rider. Wish we had you on our trip, attitude is everything. Thanks for sharing as riders attempting the Alaska ride can learn alot from you. Thank God for US Marines...
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Old 10-29-2008, 07:03 PM   #58
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Loved your report, saw alot of places I saw on our Tx. to Alaska trip 2 summers ago. Your courage against adversity is truly the best of a ADV rider. Wish we had you on our trip, attitude is everything. Thanks for sharing as riders attempting the Alaska ride can learn alot from you. Thank God for US Marines...
Thank you, Sir


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Old 12-02-2008, 07:30 PM   #59
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My contribution...

Hey it was very good hearing from you and couldn't wait to see your pics. So, here's one one more from a different POV....

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Old 12-02-2008, 09:03 PM   #60
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Hey it was very good hearing from you and couldn't wait to see your pics. So, here's one one more from a different POV....
Thanks, Bruce - please note that Captain Morgans is being administered for potential snake bite - didn't see a one in Alaska - it works!!


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