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Old 03-31-2011, 05:38 PM   #16
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Was in Yellowstone for 2 weeks last year (car). And some of that time was down in tetons... DONT miss the tetons!

Some other take aongs:

- Good GPS
- Best rain gear and waterproof boots you can find
- Roll of quarters & laundry detergent if you wanna do laundry in the park
- instant coffee (all the coffee, and food, in Yellowstone sux except for the lodge in Roosevelt.
- Fly rod (if you are like me, it goes along for the ride)

Try to ride the Chief Joseph highway from the N.E. passage.

Man... I'd love to go with ya on this epic ride...! But thats bit much for me on two wheels, especially camping. Prefer a bed and shower every nite!

Be sure to post lotsa pics!
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Old 03-31-2011, 06:39 PM   #17
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I would be happy to ride with anyone part or all of the trip. Leaving here August 20th. If you wish to meet in Yellowstone for a day, or anywhere along the rout i'm sure we can meet up.
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Old 03-31-2011, 09:08 PM   #18
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Yellowstone is my absolute favorite national park, great camping areas. I haven't been there by bike (only car ) but I want to go back!
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Old 04-02-2011, 08:02 AM   #19
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A follow up question not unrelated, What tires to go with? I'd love anything with knobs but with so much interstate they would likely be bald half way through the trip.
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Old 04-02-2011, 09:53 AM   #20
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Bead Breaker !
If you're going to be solo, get your rear wheel sealed by Woody's so it's tubeless and you can just plug the tire if you get a flat. If you're running a K60 which is, imho, the best tire for what you're talking about doing, breaking the bead on the rear tire is a bitch and a half. Maybe two bitches . . .


My bike, an uphill trail and a hot day are why kkug recommends a bead breaker. I was really glad he had his with him that day. (Since every thread needs a picture...)



That's kkug using his bead breaker on my wheel when we couldn't break the bead any other way.
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Old 04-02-2011, 12:13 PM   #21
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I have read quite a bit trying to find the perfect tire. There isn't one.
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Option C: TKC, Mitas, Shinko 700, or D606 front, your current tire on the rear, and a good knobby on your seat. Swap the rear out when you hit the dirt.
I had similar thoughts but didn't like the idea of toting a tire, but maybe that isn't such a bad idea.
My first impression of shinko's were.. well cheap. And they were 3-4 years ago, but quality has improve since then according to the reviews. The 700s do look good.
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That's kkug using his bead breaker on my wheel when we couldn't break the bead any other way.
Ever try using the kickstand of a buddies bike to break a bead? Just insert your tire and lean the spare bike over (with someone on the bike).
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Old 04-02-2011, 12:38 PM   #22
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Ever try using the kickstand of a buddies bike to break a bead? Just insert your tire and lean the spare bike over (with someone on the bike).
Done it. BUT, you can't count on it. Doesn't look like it from my picture, but that was on a decent hill which was kind of rutted out. We could not do it in that situation.


Plus, aren't you going to be solo?



Tires: if I was doing this trip I would use the K60. Good enough in dirt and they really last. Mine lasted over 6,000 miles and probably had another two of street use when I pulled it. By the time you go they'll have the 150 back in stock too.
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Old 04-02-2011, 01:21 PM   #23
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Plus, aren't you going to be solo?
Solo for now lest I can persuade anyone to take the time off. Hint. I have a friend on a KLR650 that might go. He is undecided as of yet.

Where did you buy the K60s?
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Old 04-02-2011, 03:02 PM   #24
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Solo for now lest I can persuade anyone to take the time off. Hint. I have a friend on a KLR650 that might go. He is undecided as of yet.

Where did you buy the K60s?
MotoAmore.com Great guy.
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Old 04-02-2011, 07:51 PM   #25
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Old 04-04-2011, 10:34 PM   #26
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A Cramp buster, and Airhawk pad really helps with comfort.
Which Airhawk do you have? The Airhawk 1 or 2 and which size/ shape?

I've looked at all the numerous throttle clams/locks posts and reviews. The Cramp buster is cheap but has several reviews of "Dangerous" with incidental accelerations and can get in the way of hard braking. The bolt on Throttlelock is expensive but has better reviews once the user gets used to it. The Go Cruise Throttle control looks fine and is cheaper but I couldn't find a lot of reviews on it so far and I am curious how easily it disengages in a hurry.
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Old 04-05-2011, 02:54 AM   #27
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I've looked at all the numerous throttle clams/locks posts and reviews. The Cramp buster is cheap but has several reviews of "Dangerous" with incidental accelerations and can get in the way of hard braking. The bolt on Throttlelock is expensive but has better reviews once the user gets used to it. The Go Cruise Throttle control looks fine and is cheaper but I couldn't find a lot of reviews on it so far and I am curious how easily it disengages in a hurry.
There is always the famous Caterpillar O ring throttle lock ... works perfectly well on the F800 and costs very little!



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Old 04-05-2011, 09:45 PM   #28
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There is always the famous Caterpillar O ring throttle lock ... works perfectly well on the F800 and costs very little!



I'm sorry I can't look at that and not think dirty things!
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Old 04-06-2011, 12:23 PM   #29
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I'm sorry I can't look at that and not think dirty things!
It is after all the "quick and dirty solution"!

It's actually quicker to "engage" than what your thinking and will stay on for as long as your man enough to keep going. It's also completely reusable!

The best bit is that it works really well and costs under AUD$5.00
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Old 04-06-2011, 03:52 PM   #30
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It is after all the "quick and dirty solution"!

It's actually quicker to "engage" than what your thinking and will stay on for as long as your man enough to keep going. It's also completely reusable!

The best bit is that it works really well and costs under AUD$5.00
Dang... I was interested until I realized it would be a pain to put on with the hand guards and I don't really want to keep it on the bike all the time...
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