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Old 05-10-2009, 02:30 PM   #16
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Old 06-11-2009, 06:40 AM   #17
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I've been bad bad about updating this thread,

Spent a bunch of time in Virginia at a pals farm.
It was once the home of Turner Ashby, a confederate general.









I got enlisted to help mow the lawn. Nice job if I do say so!


Then I was off to Maryland where I caught a little fish after two days trolling the Chesapeake bay



Then off for a side trip to Hatteras while waiting to meet back up with my son.







A nice ride on a North Carolina ferry




Got back to VA and visited the Hudson car club meet in Front Royal.







Twin H Power baby!




Another side trip into West Virginia









I meet back up with my son.
We do Washington DC where like a clown, I overheat my engine.


Then west into PA and Gettysburg.


The place where a relative took it to the Federal troops. Gettysburg is an amazing place you really have to see it to get a idea of the carnage which occurred.

Hundreds of these markers mark the various engagements.


Into the great plains.


Friends farm in Minnesota.




Square house built in 1878.


Hills of South Dakota


Buffalo Road


We're in Montana now. I've been nursing my bike across the country after I warped the cylinder in Wash DC, it's been using a quart of oil every 3-400 miles , still runs great.
Going to get it fixed with a 685 kit in Oregon.

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Old 06-11-2009, 07:18 AM   #18
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Thanks for taking us on the trip with you. Keep it coming.
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Old 06-11-2009, 07:51 AM   #19
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Ack, my poor engine

I'll bet she'll run good with the 685 kit on there, though. Ride safe and keep us updated
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Old 06-11-2009, 08:29 AM   #20
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Fog can be bad on the BRP for sure. Let us know how that 685 kit works out. Great pics.
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Old 06-11-2009, 08:37 AM   #21
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Love the pictures and can't wait for the rest!
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Old 06-11-2009, 05:49 PM   #22
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Thanks for the update. Dad and I put 2200 miles on the ST's last week. Nice bike but i guess i'm more of a dual sport guy than i thought-kinda miss the KLR. Looks like your having a great trip!
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Old 06-12-2009, 08:39 PM   #23
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Hello from Helena Mt

Nice talking to you all in West Yellowstone. Hve a great ride on your way north. Try the campbell loop on your way to D2D and don't forget the mosquito headnets.
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Old 06-12-2009, 09:55 PM   #24
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Had a significant mechanical failure while on I-90 just outside Big Timber MT.

Just after going over some rumbly pavement my rear got all soft and swishy.
I pull over.... flat rear tire.

We begin to dig in to the prob.
I have all the spares and stuff.(tubes ect)
As we're digging in fellow adv rider "drew" stops on a nice KLR.
I'd just replaced my tires and tubes in MN!
The "heavy duty" Kenda tube failed at the valve. The valve simply separated from the tube. What a piece of fucking crap!
Anyway thanks to being prepared and the grace of a fellow adv we were back on the road lickety split.

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Old 06-12-2009, 10:25 PM   #25
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Ack, my poor engine

I'll bet she'll run good with the 685 kit on there, though. Ride safe and keep us updated
Yep she was using zero oil until I overheated it. I didn't notice the fan wasn't turning on.

Anyway I was kind of looking for an excuse to do the 685 upgrade.
I'd like some more power. Up in the mountains it's almost as gutless as a FLHS Harley
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Old 06-12-2009, 11:22 PM   #26
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Old 06-12-2009, 11:31 PM   #27
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awesome report man! keep em coming! i'm from tulsa, tallys rules!
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Old 06-13-2009, 12:08 AM   #28
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I've been bad bad about updating this thread,

Ewww... I usta have one just like that. A '53, brown w/cream top. Twin H power, too. The first car I ever owned was a coupe like the one beyond the sedan. A black '49.

Yep, I admit it, I'm an old fogey.
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Old 06-13-2009, 01:17 AM   #29
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Originally Posted by bush pilot
Had a significant mechanical failure while on I-90 just outside Big Timber MT.

Just after going over some rumbly pavement my rear got all soft and swishy.
I pull over.... flat rear tire.

We begin to dig in to the prob.
I have all the spares and stuff.(tubes ect)
As we're digging in fellow adv rider "drew" stops on a nice KLR.
I'd just replaced my tires and tubes in MN!
The "heavy duty" Kenda tube failed at the valve. The valve simply separated from the tube. What a piece of fucking crap!
Anyway thanks to being prepared and the grace of a fellow adv we were back on the road lickety split.
I hope all is going well with your ride. It was me, Dread (remember the hair, at least while I still got it) that stopped and helped you out. I think you should still stop in a motorcycle shop and replace that duct tape with bona fide rim liner stuff when you get a chance. Good luck on your ride and I'll be keeping tabs on you guys in this thread!
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Old 06-20-2009, 09:11 PM   #30
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We're in Smithers, BC and looking to be in Dawson for the D2D!

Got the 685 kit installed by M-Tech in Bend OR. Mac was very accommodating fitting me in and working around my erratic traveling timetable. (the weather kind of sucked through WY MT ID)

Had another tube failure (this was my spare tube which already had 9k miles on it) outside Cache Creek BC. Had a new spare tube and got it on relatively painlessly with a little help from a group of KTM riders heading for some local get together in Clinton.

Somewhere around Williams Lake BC one of my worst nightmares happened!

My chain broke!

A fancy megabuck smart foking chain from Krause racing!

I just stood the looking at it in foking disbelief! Less than 5k mile on the "smart" SOB.
I tell ya I felt mighty stupid. It was a good thing the clowns who sold me the chain were in Chicago because I had a mind to string someone up with that chain.

As luck would have I was prepared for my worst nightmare with the chain tool and spare links and master links.
The failure destroyed three links, broke the front cover and clipped the wire for neutral light switch.
Once I got over the astonishment over the failure I got the bike back on the road in about an hour. I was smoother after the fix because I think the faulty link which failed was locking up for a while prior.

More photos soon. I haven't been taking too many with all these distractions.

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