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Old 07-08-2008, 01:51 PM   #1
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Coupla noobs - Kodiak & Back

It all started when my bro-in-law let me ride his KLR on some dirt roads outside of Reno - I could see some potential here. About a year ago I bought my first motorcycle - a KTM 640. My wife was not too happy about me throwing a leg over the "certain death machine." After reading about two-wheeled adventure travelers I jokingly asked her if she would ride with me to South America. Her immediate response was, "no way." I then suggested, "how about Alaska?" To my complete shock she said, "ok, but I'm not riding on the back." She does have some motivation to go to Alaska because her Dad lives on Kodiak Island. Next thing you know we were shopping for a Mrs. Bike. She made out ok with a gently used 650 Dakar. One MSF class and DMV appointment later I had a riding companion.


Here is the happy couple.




After riding my KTM for a while I began drooling over the BMWs. Eventually a black 2007 GS came home - we had our bikes.




Kim just completed grad school and has the opportunity to take some time off before starting a job as a Speech Pathologist and I was fortunate to be able to sneak away from work for 2 months this summer. And thus the adventure begins...
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Old 07-08-2008, 01:58 PM   #2
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Old 07-08-2008, 02:00 PM   #3
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That's the funniest looking 640 Adventure I've every seen! Good luck, sounds like an adventure.
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Old 07-08-2008, 02:20 PM   #4
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As our departure date loomed we had many projects to complete.

First, a bit of a disclaimer: I am not a wrencher. Not only am I new to riding, I am new to maintaining anything with a motor. I bought JVB's 1200GS maintenance video and decided to learn.

I did my 6k service myself and found it not all that difficult. THANKS JIM!

First off on the project list was new tires on my bike. Kim's tires are fairly new so we shipped a set to her dad in Kodiak so she can switch when we get there.

I have never changed tires before but watching videos it looks relatively easy - like changing a bike tire! So I decided I wanted to learn to do it myself using simple tools I would be carrying on the trip.

Freshies (shipped to my door cheap from tireexpress.com).



A little magic with the tire lever (and some extra magical WD40) and it comes right off.




And the rear...




Easier than I expected except for breaking the bead. I used the side-stand trick as well as the simple method described in this video: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8XArp...eature=related

They worked although I don't recommend doing this stuff without wearing proper footwear. I think it's broken but who knows. I hope it doesn't affect my Teva modeling career.





Ok, on to the new tires. Again some extra magical WD40 and they slip right on.




A little air in the tire and we're good to go.

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Old 07-08-2008, 02:26 PM   #5
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Old 07-08-2008, 02:27 PM   #6
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NIce, how much was the GS?
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Old 07-08-2008, 05:19 PM   #7
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Old 07-08-2008, 06:02 PM   #8
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Cool.

Are you just starting out or have you already done the trip?

Have fun.

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Old 07-08-2008, 08:27 PM   #9
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NIce, how much was the GS?
If you gotta ask . . .

Looking forward to sharing the trip. Pretty cool that your wife jumped in the deep end right away.
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Old 07-08-2008, 08:36 PM   #10
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Old 07-08-2008, 09:47 PM   #11
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The Trip

Ok, I guess I should have explained a few more things.

We live in Sacramento so that's where are are starting from. We plan to go to Kodiak to see Kim's dad and then on to Fairbanks to see some of her other family. After that I don't know where we will go. Depends on how much time we have left and what we feel like at the time. On the way up we are taking a short stint on the ferry from Prince Rupert, stopping in Juneau and then to Haines. I love boats and the ocean so I want to do this (yeah, "divedeep" refers to my love of scuba diving - nothing more ). We will ride the entire way home, route to be determined although I want to go through the Jasper/Banff area - haven't been there in a long time.
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Old 07-08-2008, 09:52 PM   #12
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Hey Divedeep,

If your heading near Prince Rupert don't forget to give me a call and I'll see if I can meet you on the road.

Ride Safe,
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Old 07-08-2008, 10:03 PM   #13
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Pre-trip planning

Ok so after the tires made it on, it was on to other projects. I changed my transmission and final drive fluids. Then we changed the oil on Kim's bike.

Draining my final drive fluid




The dive look pretty clean. I lubed it up well before it went back together.




Kim refilling the transmission oil




Here is my bike, 2 days before departure!




Get her back together quick!




Then I finished a project adding some power to my side case. Here is a little write-up: http://www.advrider.com/forums/showthread.php?t=360625


We also added a couple of Kildala's killer accessories to Kim's bike - thanks Rick they turned out awesome!






And finally, the bikes are all back together and ready to go!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! (the afternoon before departure )


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Old 07-08-2008, 10:08 PM   #14
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Dive,,,, be sure and call my friend Kildala2000.

Nice folks and super nice small town They live in, if you want to see Kitamat.

Hi There Kildala!~!!!!!

How is your leg doing?

Tell the fam hi from Alaska.
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Old 07-08-2008, 10:12 PM   #15
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Cool that you mention that your new to the whole wrenching and maintence of mechanical things. I'm in the same boat, never very good at it, but i have an interest in becoming a bit more self reliant ( at 42 yrs) . I'm so proud when i do something relatively simple ( change the oil) . Good luck on the trip and i bet your honest attitude will get you out of any bind.
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