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Old 08-27-2010, 08:01 PM   #1
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Hey Guys!

I've been back home now for 4 months after an amazing ride form New Hampshire to Ushuaia. It's been fun seeing friends and family but the adventure meter has dropped to zero. I'm going a bit stir crazy here so it's time to hit the road again and seek out an adventure.

In 2 weeks I'll be leaving NH and darting across the country to present my journey through the Americas at the Overland Rally in Hollister, CA. On the way out I hope to get in an Iron Butt day or two. I did back to back 600+ mile days in Argentina and it was exhausting. Driving the KLR at night sucks because the lighting is terrible. However, I'm looking forward to the challenge.

After presenting at the Overland Rally I'll be riding south to Mexico. I'm super excited to get back to Latin America. The food, social vibe, hospitality, culture, adventure - It's all going to be great. While this will be a fun trip, I'm also on a mission to film a How To Guide for Motorcycling in Mexico.

I'll be keeping up the blog and this ride report as I make my way west, and then south, and finally back to New Hampshire. It'll be another 10,000-ish miles and I'm incredibly excited to be out on the road again.

Ride & Explore!

-Ben

Just a few shots from the trip so far:








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Old 08-27-2010, 08:27 PM   #2
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Sounds great... be sure to post lots of pics

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Old 09-03-2010, 07:57 PM   #3
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Getting The Bike Ready

With a ride to Ushuaia over the past winter, I put on a few miles. The bike is now around 35,000 miles (I'm guessing. I haven't had an spedo/odometer cable for the past 12,000-ish miles). Like any well prepared rider, I waited to the last minute to prep the bike for this new journey.

Recently, I started hearing piston slap in the cylinder and with leaking gaskets I decided it was time to rebuild. The bike is currently in pieces with the cylinder out for boring. I probably could have fumbled and struggled through the work myself but with time running short, I'm getting help from my friends at Naults. Here's a few shots from the tear-down.

Up on the lift - About to be torn apart.


Valves - with some serious gunk around the spark plug.


Carbon buildup on the Piston.


Cylinder head has some scratches from the Piston slap.


Whoops! Dropped a bolt in the case, guess we'll have to open it up.


Reduced weight for better performance.


Now it's time to get this thing back together and ride ride ride
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Old 09-05-2010, 07:41 PM   #4
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Way cool Benny... I'm subscribed

(see PM re place to stay while you are in route in CA)
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Old 09-05-2010, 09:04 PM   #5
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Reduced weight for better performance.
Just add some pedals and you're all set!!

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Old 09-05-2010, 10:25 PM   #6
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Sounds like fun

You are 685ing it, right?
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Old 09-06-2010, 10:56 AM   #7
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You are 685ing it, right?
You know... I should have . I sort of decided to do all the work last minute and I didn't give enough thought to the 685. I'm just going with an oversized piston/rings and reboring the cylinder. However, the shop they were sending it to doesn't have tools large enough so we're trying another shop tomorrow. Nothing quite like major engine work followed by a cross country ride. This could get interesting...
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Old 09-06-2010, 12:32 PM   #8
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Idaho to Nothern CA route suggestion

HI Benny... got your PM.... if you do go through Idaho I have a route that I can share with you that I went on last year from home to Boise where I have 2 daughters living. It is high quality dirt/gravel roads from hwy 78 in Oregon to the NV/CA boarder (between #s 2 & 7 on my map). The only thing is to make sure you fuel up before jumping on the dirt road, if I recall correctly there is fuel in Dino Junction. Also it can be pretty hot or not... it is at about 4,000 feet elevation.

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It is a pretty cool route if you like middle of no where type ridding

Here are a few photos from the route:

CA/NV boarder, looking east to NV



CA/NV boarder, looking west to CA and Cedarville




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Thanks GoldenRev! After 2,500 miles of interstate, I'll be itching for some fun. Your pictures are amazing.

T - 4 days and still so much to do! On my last trip, I packed on the last day. This year I'm just about all packed up but the bike is in pieces. All part of the adventure
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Old 09-07-2010, 08:58 AM   #10
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Buena suerte amigo!

Or, that's it after you get to Mexico. Until then, good luck, ride safe, and enjoy!

p.s. I'll PM contact info, I may be on your route...
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Old 09-07-2010, 07:58 PM   #11
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Place to stay near Cedearville

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Thanks GoldenRev! After 2,500 miles of interstate, I'll be itching for some fun. Your pictures are amazing.

T - 4 days and still so much to do! On my last trip, I packed on the last day. This year I'm just about all packed up but the bike is in pieces. All part of the adventure
Just FYI if you do take this route and need a place to stop for the night check out this place:





http://www.oldyelladogranch.com/index.asp

I did not stay the but I saw it driving by and did a little research for the next time I am out that way
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Old 09-09-2010, 06:37 PM   #12
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It's ALIVE!

The bike is running. Tomorrow morning will be the finishing touches and final packing. Then I'm off to Mexico (via Canada). As I understand, I'll need an oil change at 600 miles. Anything else I should be on the look out for considering I've just rebuilt the top end? Sadly, the next 4,000 miles will be highway riding (usually around 5K RPM).

Nothing like major engine work and then riding cross country the next day
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Old 09-09-2010, 07:47 PM   #13
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And Ben,

be very careful, Mexico is a very dangerous country...

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Old 09-12-2010, 04:09 PM   #14
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Alright, what's up? It's been several days...

You gotta be on the road by now.


Unless, somethings wrong...
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