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Old 10-03-2009, 11:50 AM   #16
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Thanks for joining in folks. Good to see some familiar faces

I'm in Prince George now, waiting for a front tire and rear shock. Halfway through a valve job, the shims cost $21 each up here

Heading south and over to Vancouver Island ASAP. It's cold up here!
Then on to the States
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Old 10-03-2009, 11:55 AM   #17
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looks great, good shots too, being an aviation buff and worked on my pilots license myself, I enjoyed the last part.

coming along for the ride.
Yeah, there's something about airplanes that has a good motorcycle rider crossover. It's gotta be that freedom of movement.
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Old 10-03-2009, 01:36 PM   #18
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It's a cold grey morning. It's been wet overnight, but it's settled to a drizzle by morning.









It's cool that they put this sort of thing up in an otherwise featureless landscape. makes you feel like you've gone somewhere!






On and on. People put these cairns/ inukshuk on rock outcroppings all across Canada. Mostly in this part of Ontario from what I've seen.





Up ahead I see a couple bikes turning around to stop at another group of bikes coming the other way. It's an assortment of cruisers and sportbikes, mostly 2-up with wives and girlfriends. I ask if everything is OK, and they say no problems, the road just turns to gravel ahead.



I go on through the mud and enjoy my bike even more. I take a break when the pavement starts up again half an hour later. I'm feeling pretty damn smug about having a dual-sport, when a solo rider on a full-dress Harley tourer comes tearing by on the same road.




Finally able to peer out to the horizon and see Lake Superior. Like the ocean, you can't see the other side.






It's a long lonely highway. It's a Trans-Canada bottleneck, just about the only route you can take to go west across canada. Most of the traffic is transport rucks





These were in the back of an old hopper on a side line. I think they're the plates that go between the railway ties and the rail. The spikes go into the holes.





It warms up after cresting the hill on the way to Thunder Bay.






I miss the first exit to Thunder Bay and jump on the next exit. I'm here to meet Felix for tentspace. A phone call revals that my wrong turn landed me just around the corner from his place. We head out for burgers n' brews then I'm happy to crash on the couch for the night.



We head out for a tour the next moring to Kakabeka Falls






Then we're out to check out the cabin at Dog Lake.










Felix has a killer collection of bikes that you don't see here often. DR750BIG, Super Tenere, this Africa Twin, and another Africa Twin on the way.















We swap bikes on the way back. That's a mistake, Ignorance is bliss. The Africa twin is quiet! I'm protected from the wind! It's comfortable! It goes fast! I can see one of these in my future.



It's time to head back to the long haul. Thanks again for putting me up and showing me around Felix







This water filter is one of my essential items. Saves a lot of money on buying drinks, you can be miles from any sort of town, fill up anywhere.













I poked around for some stealth camping, but this was some sort of dump. Not a good place to be with four-legged briuns in the vicinity.





There's a campground way down this way.





And a long wait for some construction, but the scenery is nice.





I love the schedule your body adapts to when camping on the road. Tired at sundown, you sleep soundly till sunup, refreshed and ready to go. Just the way it's supposed to be.



Way out West pt4
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Old 10-03-2009, 05:17 PM   #19
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Fek. fek, fek. No torque wrench, just busted the valve cover bolt!
Any ideas? I guess I'll have to drill it out? use an easy out? If I'm very lucky, there's still a nub left to grab, but I doubt it...

Where are those Kawasaki parts diagrams again? I'll have to order a new bolt...

Setback! No torque wrench, busted the right valve cover bolt! :( on Twitpic

Oil everywhere! on Twitpic
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OK, Someone showed me the part diagram, might help someone else too:
http://fiche.ronayers.com/Index.cfm/...er_Head_Cover_ __________________
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Old 10-03-2009, 07:20 PM   #21
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it was great to meet you . you really are a great photographer. i look good riding that FRICA TWIN. sorry you had to leave a little too early. you missed out on a great weekend. it looks like you had a great trip . my other AFRICA TWIN is here now will be on the road next week. come by anytime for another test ride .take care

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Old 10-03-2009, 07:43 PM   #22
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Yeah, saw the thread
Looks like Rick landed safely and you guys did a good job on the beer
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Old 10-03-2009, 11:53 PM   #23
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Riding all morning and into the afternoon. Ontario finally ends! It's into Manitoba. Turns out all provincial campgrounds are free this year and next. Cool, I can afford free.















Off to a fresh start in the morning. Around the misty back of Moose Lake













And the big flat begins










Can't argue with these guys during harvest season.












Much of the prairies sits, lost in time, baking in the sun.





Imagine what it was like, getting your education here. I'm sure the kids had lots of work on the farm as well.






It takes quite a while to find a town with a restaurant, I pass through four, maybe five towns before finding a small sunny place with ten tables. The friendly owners are lounging on the porch and inside there's a group of farmers chatting away. I think Felix from Thunder Bay must have relatives here. I overhear one of the farmers, "Boy I tell ya, that sure was a beautiful horse at the auction last night. I had to sit on my hands, I got six horses already!"







Harvest that wind.





I've never seen more birds of prey than on the prairies. So many hawks and falcons, carrening into the blowing grass, pulling back into the air with mice and frantic prairie dogs.




This dusty little prairie town looked familiar, I'd seen it in Lornce's great Cross-Canada report






Old iron everywhere, like bones in the desert





Clouds of grasshoppers would rise up with every step taken in the long blonde grass.





Keep on rollin'





I settle down for the eve, the silence is broken by a snarling fox I have to chase from my campsite, and rifles firing nearby, across the river. But the night calms to a sea of amazing stars. Horizon to horizon, the band of the milky way arcing across the sky.

Way out West pt5 and 6
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Old 10-04-2009, 12:21 AM   #24
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I am in awe of your photography, Antontrax.



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Old 10-04-2009, 05:29 AM   #25
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How'd you get it out?

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OK, Someone showed me the part diagram, might help someone else too:
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It might also help someone if you gave us an idea of how you got it out? Hopefully this was done without injury to the KLR or to yourself. Ride safe Anthony. May the roads ahead be dry, twisty and only occasionally paved...

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Old 10-04-2009, 08:57 AM   #27
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Wow.

Lookin' forward to more.

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It might also help someone if you gave us an idea of how you got it out? Hopefully this was done without injury to the KLR or to yourself.
It ain't out yet! I should have been clearer, I'm in Prince George right now, busted the bolt yesterday

I'll give it a crack after I eat, cross your fingers Elroho, no stitches!
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Old 10-04-2009, 04:30 PM   #29
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It ain't out yet! I should have been clearer, I'm in Prince George right now, busted the bolt yesterday

I'll give it a crack after I eat, cross your fingers Elroho, no stitches!
Good to see you've got this ride report started. I'm glad to have played a small part in your big journey.

You'll have bigger problems than a broken valve cover bolt, so get used to it.
If a nub is still sticking out you can try cutting a slot in the nub with a Dremel tool disc and then using a screw driver to turn it out. If you chew up the nub too bad the bolt will have to be drilled so you can use an Easy out. If the Easy out won't work it will have to be completely drilled out and a thread insert installed. Take it to a shop for the last step if it becomes necessary.

Safe journey. Ride safe. We'll be following along.
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Whew! it came out quite easily, just used a nail and tweezers to back it out.
I was having visions of having to take it to the dealer for rethreading the engine case...

Ever seen the movie U-Turn? The guy just can't get out of town.
Well, It ain't that bad, but I want to get back on the road!

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