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Old 08-10-2012, 05:12 PM   #6196
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I wouldn't be riding it the way guys ride KLRs. To me, it's a road bike with room to move around on, and some "jam".
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Old 08-10-2012, 05:18 PM   #6197
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They will service most brands. They aren't a dealer, service and parts are what they do.
They're pretty good at getting gear and parts in quick, too.
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Old 08-10-2012, 07:55 PM   #6198
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Dr. Cool Ride, Winnipeg and Surrounding Area

It took some doing and with some great suggestions from fellow ADV'rs.

Saturday August 25, 10:00, meets at Tim's on #59 (Lagimodere) South, next to Sage Creek.
We will try to depart by 11:00 which will give everyone time to get breakfast and for those who just want to visit.
The ride will take us along the River Road to St. Adolfe, over to Landmark, onto Labroquire. Then north to Cooks Creek for a stop at the Groto for a tour, then onto Selkirk via the River Road, returning to Winnipeg along the west River Road to Main Street. The final stretch will be on the perimeter ending at the Sobeys Parking Lot on Dakota.

Details of the route will be explained at Tims.

The ride will take approximately 4.5 hours.

At late after noon lunch will be at the Backroaders. Nothing special, dogs, salad and cold drinks.

I am asking for a $20.00 minimum contribution towards the Dr. Cool's children's trust fund. There will also be a poker derby $5.00 per hand, 50% of the proceeds also to the trust fund. (provided I remember the cards)

Let's show our ADV spirit!

See you there.

If you are unable to make it to the ride you are welcome to attend the Bar B Q and or simply make a contribution to the Trust Fund.
PM me if you have any questions.
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Old 08-10-2012, 08:17 PM   #6199
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DrCool ride

Looks like it'll be a good ride.

Looking forward to it.
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Old 08-10-2012, 10:29 PM   #6200
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Youtube and time on my hands.

I'm in love.
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_k4vLPNcDUc

This guy is nuts or awesome.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kz0PT6aGBb4
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Old 08-11-2012, 08:58 AM   #6201
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bear with me..

I don't have all of the photos yet, and it's hard deciding what to post (and what's appropriate to post), so this is going to be a bit disjointed..

Packed and ready to go. I learned something about packing when, at our first stop in the pouring rain (the "dead dog" incident), it was also noted that all that was left of the water bottle was the plastic carry handle.


Tired, not quite lost, and at probably the only open gas station on some backroad to Bismarck that a local mapped out for us as a "shortcut". Velva ND is the place, and we still didn't get to Bismarck before something like 1:30am. We had left Winnipeg about 3:30pm and had gone out Hwy2 to Hwy10 etc... No one really knows where the missing time went such that a supposed 6 hour haul took 10.


Bismarck, the morning after. We had hit a stretch of road that was under construction, or washed out or something - it was around Turtle Lake, which is a lake district of some sort that is kinda like the whiteshell (at least that was my impression at 1AM). Scary bit of squirmy muddy shit. Tim's Heritage was the only bike to pick up any filth, however, which we thought odd enough to take pictures of. That's pretty dirty for a Harley. I was surprised that no one "rescued" it from its plainly abusive owner


By and by, after taking another shortcut that took us through such places as New Leipzig and Lemmon SD, we ended up at Sturgis in the late afternoon heat and parked in the first available spots on main


Obligatory "OMG what a shitload of bikes" photo


V-rod Trike. Also on the "why?" list would be a V-rod with sidecar and a V-rod bagger (though I respect the hell out of anyone who tours on a V-rod, for their ass is made of steel and their spine spaghetti)


Warren, the lovable pirate, getting his bike cleaned up in Deadwood


The girls were pretty shocked at the state of the Heritage too


I didn't get the KLR washed. I told them that my bike was MEANT to be dirty

It may not look like it here, but I have such a nasty dose of sciatica in my left leg that all I was thinking about was "Where's the nearest drug store?" The girls weren't much help - I guess requests for directions are one of the things they aren't used to getting. I eventually found individual packets of tylenol in one of the casinos.


That day we also noticed how Warren gets the most out of his tires on that big Road King.


He knew it was wearing before we left, but wanted to get it done in Sturgis to save money. Figures he saved a hundred letting the the Avon tent shop change it out.

Probably the baddest, or at least the most spendy, Boss Hoss we saw, and there were several


Hill City - another obligatory Bunch-o-bikes photo


I saw 1 other KLR, on the Needles highway, and maybe 2 or 3 other enduros... Yamahas or similar. I did feel a bit like a stranger in a strange land. It was never hard to find my bike, though.

Some local colour - I should have gotten her number for John


Needles



looking regal


Geez... if I make a Heritage look small, I must have looked a tit on the versys...


I bought a sticker intended to provide operational assistance.


I blew a headlamp and had to ride over an hour in the dark, blinding hundreds with my high beam, to get from Custer City to Sturgis only to find all of the shops closed. While the others were off sampling beer I got my seat done and in the light of Master Lugo's tent shop hawked off the side covers to figure out how to remove a headlight. We later went to the all night Walmart in Rapid City for a replacement bulb and Warren got it changed out without having to pull the fairings a second time.


The master, carving the memory foam with an electric carving knife, then shaping it with the air sander.



The finished seat - it's not as plush as stock (I feel bumps more sharply), but it got me home without major pain and without the gel pad and without the Dead Dog (which was once again soaked and had to be removed)


Backtracking.... I caught up with the guys. This barmaid loved Warrens shirt so much that she insisted on this photo. Management chided her afterwards; apparently nearly naked lapdance/bartender/titty-shot girls must keep their legs together. I guess there have to be limits and boundaries.....


On the road home, once more in the back of beyond, heading north to the oasis of Lemmon under a soon to be darkening sky, in the aftermath of the surprise hailstorm, looking bedraggled. We later found out that this was deer country. Another biker at Lemmon told us it's the worst highway in the district for them, and this was punctuated by an F150 that came in with the drivers door and headlight wiped out from a deer he had just hit (he came up the road behind us). The rest of the ride up to the interstate was a butt-clenching affair with more time spent watching the ditches than the road. I spotted maybe 3 of the half dozen or so animals that Warren saw - he's good at spotting wildlife, day or night.


What else can you do but laugh and enjoy some jerky after pointlessly putting your rainsuit on over wet clothes?


Obligatory odometer shot the next morning. I just rolled the bike into the garage the night before, not unpacking a single thing.


No troubles, though. Warren lost a headlight before the trip even began. I lost mine somewhere on the road, and when we got home Warren was a hero and jumped a curb on his Road King and wiped out the kickstand spring and its retaining bracket. We tied up the stand with the string from my Pifflemaster sidestand coaster and he arranged to meet someone back at his place to cut the string so he wouldn't have to lay the bike down.

I added more oil the next morning, bringing my consumption for 3000k of hard flogging to nearly 1.5litres. On the highway if I wasn't riding the poor thing wide open it was within a quarter inch of it most times, so I expected some oil use. I got worse mileage than the big twins too, because of this. My KLR is in its happy place at 90-110kph, not 120-135kph. I'll post a few more pics when I get the memory cards from the other guys.
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Old 08-11-2012, 10:57 AM   #6202
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Nice report and great photos for your ride.
I'm sure you had a great time and looking forward more photos to come.


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I don't have all of the photos yet, and it's hard deciding what to post (and what's appropriate to post), so this is going to be a bit disjointed.....
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I added more oil the next morning, bringing my consumption for 3000k of hard flogging to nearly 1.5litres. On the highway if I wasn't riding the poor thing wide open it was within a quarter inch of it most times, so I expected some oil use. I got worse mileage than the big twins too, because of this. My KLR is in its happy place at 90-110kph, not 120-135kph. I'll post a few more pics when I get the memory cards from the other guys.
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Old 08-11-2012, 11:46 AM   #6203
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Nice pics Mark (II)

I think I'd of paid out for a bike wash too! Not for the shy those Sturgis rallies, eh!
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Old 08-11-2012, 02:31 PM   #6204
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Yeah, but look at those headlights!

Enuff said.
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Old 08-11-2012, 06:06 PM   #6205
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Nice job on the boob, I mean ride report Mark. You truly have captured the essence of Sturgis.

I will by pass Sturgis this trip and head directly to the Bear Tooth in Yellowstone, the "riding conditions" are much different

For the few photos you provided, it was a great over view, and oh ya, nice to see you at the BMW ride at Wildwood.

Hope to see you at the Dr. Cool ride, with your "I went to Sturgis " T Shirt on!!!
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Old 08-11-2012, 08:48 PM   #6206
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Nice job on the boob, I mean ride report Mark. You truly have captured the essence of Sturgis.

I will by pass Sturgis this trip and head directly to the Bear Tooth in Yellowstone, the "riding conditions" are much different

For the few photos you provided, it was a great over view, and oh ya, nice to see you at the BMW ride at Wildwood.

Hope to see you at the Dr. Cool ride, with your "I went to Sturgis " T Shirt on!!!
There were plenty more boobs too - the pasty-pool-party at the Broken Spoke comes to mind, or the 50-something lady who rode down the main street of Deadwood in chaps and a corset and the rest hanging out (Warren sprinted like a hero to get a shot of her...heh).

Looking forward to going back next year. Hopefully will have some time to check out more vendors and some more of the roads that we didn't get to.

I wore one of the shirts today and felt so badass (smirk) that I got a ticket in the south Kenaston honeypot . I was just shy of insolent with the cop. Put me in a bad mood - gonna fight it. (Singled me out of a pack of traffic I was in...)

I would have gone for a ride on a Beemer or two if the price hadn't gone up. I'm not too sure that one is in my future - the Tiger800 seems to fit me quite well from what I got out of my short boot in Fargo. My dad is warming to the idea of getting his license and maybe going in with me on a bike (he wants a Harley), so in the end I might just be keeping the KLR for fun and have a share in a bagger of some sort for touring. A bonus would be having a belt drive and therefore not being ribbed mercilessly for my habit of oiling the chain just about every day (3000k in 6 days....it needs lubing a few times...)

I'll pick a nice shirt for the Dr Cool ride

Post script: To my utter embarrassment I left the driveway today with the petcock off
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Old 08-12-2012, 02:32 PM   #6207
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Sturgis Ride Report

Thanx,Mark

Not on my bucket list to go to Sturgis,but I enjoyed the report!
Could you explain the "Dead Dog",{I'm missing something here}?

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Great job on the Dr.Cool ride!
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Old 08-12-2012, 02:41 PM   #6208
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Good pictures Mark. I'm sure it's a different world when the rally is in town.
An event like that is not my cup of tea thats for sure.
We went through there in June and it was nice and quiet. The motorcycle museum was worth seeing.
Riding the roads in Custer State Park was the highlight for me except for the charging Bison.
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Old 08-12-2012, 09:35 PM   #6209
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Dead dog

This is probably going to lose something in the telling, but I'll try.

I had purchased first a black sheepskin and then a gel pad at the last minute in order to survive the trip with my butt intact. Before we left it was really looking like rain, so I took the sheep off, rolled it up, and stuck it in a small dry bag I had just bought. This I strapped on top of my clothes bag and hooked a carabiner to it for good measure.

I was selected (via natural selection) to occupy the sweep position - because maintaining interval with a couple baggers with more than double the horsepower was a bit of a stretch at times. Somewhere in the vicinity of Treherne I got a signal that something was amiss and we pulled in to a gas station, in the pouring rain. That little dry bag was flapping in the wind and the bottom was torn right out of it (that's $17 down the hole....). I'm guessing it must have dragged on the ground or rubbed something. I'm probably lucky it didn't get caught up in the rear wheel.

I lamented losing my lamb ($80), so while I made my remaining gear secure the guys went back to look for it. They said they found it laying on the shoulder of the road, and mistook it at first for a dead dog. It was so sad and pathetic looking, all manky and bedraggled. I began referring to it as "the dead dog" at every possible moment and we got some cheap laughs out of that for the remainder of the week.

The week-long kegger aspect of Sturgis isn't my thing either, but I figure it was good to get out of the comfort zone, see something I've never seen, and check out vendors. I spend more than enough time being unsociable the rest of the year. I'd go with the guys again next year, if they're planning to.



On another note I noticed the other day that Headingley appears to have a used Versys on their lot.

Though at this moment in time my plan is either to sell the KLR and go for a Tiger800 in the spring, or keep it and go in with my dad on a bagger of some sort (if he's serious about wanting to ride. I've got to get him licensed first).
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Old 08-12-2012, 10:45 PM   #6210
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Looks like this is new Moab ride for this fall. Heading out this week to pick it up.
Taking a leap of faith, never been one before...all reports are good from what I have heard and read. Only has 1382 kms on it. 2004 KLX. Small gas tank so plenty of pee breaks


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