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Old 01-30-2011, 06:36 PM   #91
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this is just a great photo.
I agree. It's one of my favorite photos from the trip. It was the perfect end to a great trip. It sort of seems like the trip just keeps going into the picture...
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Old 01-30-2011, 11:28 PM   #92
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that is front page material!

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this is just a great photo.

thank you for taking us along with you on this beautiful trip.
you guys give a whole new meaning to "pack light".
and finally i hope your wrist is fully recovered
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Old 01-31-2011, 04:58 PM   #93
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We're open to suggestions.

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Get a couple sleeping bags




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Old 01-31-2011, 05:12 PM   #94
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I was thinking the van pic on page 1 was more front page material.
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Old 01-31-2011, 05:38 PM   #95
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The thought had crossed our minds. The downside is that you have to pack them up every morning, so it's hard decision.
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Old 02-02-2011, 02:43 AM   #96
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Thanks that was a great RR and lots of great pictures. Wishing I was there now instead of 3 feet of snow at my front door now......
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Old 02-02-2011, 07:47 PM   #97
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We will be posting a RR for this upcoming summer's trip. I think we'll then keep going east to check out some of the canyonland areas then on into Colorado. After that, who knows? We're open to suggestions.

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and you have accommodations available on the creek in Boulder CO -- unless i'm off on the Trans-Lab..

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Old 02-02-2011, 07:52 PM   #98
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packing list?

since you admittedly packed lite (too lite, w/o sleeping bags), how about a list of what you DID bring (besides clothing and personal items)? tools, etc?

i've done a lot of long distance touring, but all on roads and all on my GS's, so want to know what you needed -- or discovered you didn't -- on these sweet little bikes and roads.

and you were able to detour to get gas every 200 + miles?

thanks

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Old 02-04-2011, 06:34 AM   #99
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broke wrist first day back?

That's a mark of excellent planning, that you waited till you were back from your trip to break your wrist.

Great RR! Thanks. Makes me want to take that trip. You all seem adept at fixing your bikes when they break. What tools did you bring along? (not that a tool list would do me any good without a person along who knew what to do with them, but it's a start)
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Old 02-04-2011, 10:49 AM   #100
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Alexa is working on putting our packing list together. I'll try to make a list of our tool kit this weekend.
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Old 02-04-2011, 10:52 AM   #101
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and you have accommodations available on the creek in Boulder CO -- unless i'm off on the Trans-Lab..

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Thanks Zigy! We'll keep that in mind as we head ride through CO. Can't wait!
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Old 02-04-2011, 02:06 PM   #102
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Wow what a great RR. PS; Alexa, they just don't make enough women like you. Thanks, bete..
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Old 02-04-2011, 02:35 PM   #103
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This RR is like a good book you can't put down

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Old 02-04-2011, 10:43 PM   #104
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Okay, the tool list:

2 tire irons
Tube patch kit
Small bicycle air pump
Multi-tool w/ Allen wrenches up to 6mm, flat head and Phillips screwdrivers
8 and 10mm Allen wrenches
Lug nut wrench
Wrenches: 8,10,11,12,13,15,17mm
Adjustable wrench for anything else
Sparkplug wrench
Sockets: 6,8,10mm and T25 torx
T-handle for sockets
Needlenose pliers

Zip ties, wire, fuses, string, WD40, JB Weld, grease, Locktite, chain oil, filter oil, filter cleaner, engine oil, nitrile gloves

Everything except the engine oil fit in the two tool tubes on the front of my skidplate and a small pouch under my seat. With properly selected tools you can almost tear your whole bike apart.

You will want to check your bike for the specific wrenches, etc you need. I did this before our trip to be sure I wasn't carrying extra tools. I did miss a key tool which was a 7mm socket to remove my air filter. I was able to get around it with the needle nose pliers but it was a pain in the ass. The moral of the story is: why does BMW use odd bolt sizes like 7mm? And why does their toolkit contain only a pair of pliers and a fuse puller? Alexa's KTM came with a small tool kit that is pretty much good for the whole bike.

It's a good idea to perform general maintenance on your bike with your traveling tool kit before you leave to be sure the tools work.

Happy trails!
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Old 02-04-2011, 11:03 PM   #105
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Great report Alex! My husband sent me the link; he knew I'd like it. If you're ever in Bend, drop us a line and we can ride. I like hearing from other gals who like being dirt-y. The pictures were great, and I really enjoyed the humor. Last summer we did the Oregon Back Country Discovery Route, this summer it's Washington's. If you feel like it, check out our report.http://www.advrider.com/forums/showthread.php?t=614707 Your report has us itching for Utah; Zion has been on our minds for quite a while. Work sucks - gotta ride!
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