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Old 05-28-2013, 09:21 PM   #916
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No searching required. All tunes are on Tuneecu.com, he says hurrying to check that they are.
Phew they are.

Spotted you have abs so you need

Tiger 800 XC - ABS, standard exhaust = 20653

Mine ran like shite with the arrow tune, which my local T dealer loaded because of my Scorpion can. Got home and loaded correct standard tune. Beautiful again.

PS extremely jealous of your riding locations.
Thanks Kildare! And thanks to Swimmer too. I'm ordering the cable tonight. I'll get the tune installed as soon as I can. Mine doesn't run like shite right now, but 185 miles out of 5 gallons of fuel sure is shite! I had zero complaints about how the bike was running the first 8500 miles before they put this tune in. The only change I noticed was the drop in fuel mileage. No change in performance or throttle response.
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Hey Tyson
This is the guy you talked to a week or so ago on the phone about the used 800xc out in Caldwell. Well they couldn't get below 11.5k out the door so I had to pass it up. I did buy a new V Strom though....I hope I can talk you into some rides this fall. Great RR and I'm glad to see my home turf being portrayed in the same way I feel about it. Great writing

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Why do I always see faces in the rocks?
Cause you always ride alone and you wish you had somebody to talk to?
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Hey Tyson
This is the guy you talked to a week or so ago on the phone about the used 800xc out in Caldwell. Well they couldn't get below 11.5k out the door so I had to pass it up. I did buy a new V Strom though....I hope I can talk you into some rides this fall. Great RR and I'm glad to see my home turf being portrayed in the same way I feel about it. Great writing
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Bummer they were charging so much for that bike. I think I told you it should be like $9500. Sure enough, a 2012 800XC in excellent condition books out at $9395. I know out the door includes tax, but there shouldn't be that stupid $395 dealer set-up fee you get charged on a new bike. They are a SOLID $1500 high on that bike. Somebody will pay it though.

Good luck with the Strom! People sure seem to like that bike for a lot of reasons. I bet you get many happy miles out of it.

Swing by the shop and say hi sometime! I'll be out riding a lot this summer and usually looking for somebody to ride with.
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At this point, Tamara and I have been on an evening cruise and one day ride for a total of about 450 miles. In typical Tyson fashion, I shoot for the moon and ask, "Hey baby? You wanna go for a ride?"

"Sure! Where?

"Oh, you know. Nowhere real far. Like the ocean."

And so begins our first real moto trip together. We shall ride to the ocean.

The trip had been planned for awhile. A few weeks at least. Now that the time grew close, the weather forecast didn't look so hot. Rainy and cold, to be exact. But, has that ever stopped me before? Nope. I sure hope this woman knows what she's getting into with me.

Things still were coming together at the last second. Helmet communicator install at work the day of leaving. (El Cheapo model) Hadn't even done a trial packing of the moto with both of our necessities. Just told her to gather what ever would fit in her Camelbak. And then there was the issue of me wearing a backpack.

I ALWAYS wear a backpack. My camera sits on the chest compression strap and it's how I'm able to get all these great photos. We were in the driveway packed, and geared up still trying to figure out how best to do this.

We got it figured out if I dumped some water out, I could wear the pack and she could still be comfortable.

Off we go!

Immediately we try to use the communicator and all we get is static. Figured out pretty quickly the only time we can talk is below about 45mph. Still very nice, but well below expectations. The speakers were only good enough to hear a melody. If you knew the song you could kinda hum along with it.

These BT communicators get a D-. They are second hand and didn't cost very much. We did like them enough to know it will be worth investing in a good set when funds allow. But on to the ride....

Cool on this Friday evening. I've got my heated gear. :) She doesn't. :( It's not bad. Yet.

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We are on the typical route to my bro's in Redmond, OR. Done this number quite a few times. Even a pretty 330 mile trip gets old.

We stopped in Unity for fuel. I like to give this place business. Only fuel for a long ways. I didn't need it, but it was nice to take a break anyways.

During the break I was assured she was fine. Had quite the smile on her face from the twisties we had just come though.

I went inside to take a leak and came out near gasping for air. As we passed each other in the parking lot, all I said was, "I didn't do it." She looked at me funny and went inside. When she came out she said, "I wasn't sure what you meant. Then, I immediately knew what you meant when I opened the bathroom door!"

Over the Blue Mountains. And what do you know?! It didn't even rain on us!!

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After the John Day Valley is a ripping section of road. I turned it up big time! And I didn't even get thumped on the helmet for going too fast! I think she might actually like this motorcycle stuff. The three of us totally sliced up that section of road.

I noticed in my rear view there was Tacoma behind us that had actually been keeping up. That truck was getting put though the wringer! I'd hit 100 for a few miles and then slow to a more reasonable 15 mph over the limit. Sure enough this truck would catch up to us.

I began to catch up with another vehicle and it was kinda pretty through this stretch so I slowed a bit. Just about then was a flash of red and blue. Brief. But, I know I saw it. The oncoming truck was a cop! Passed him going 63 in a 55. Then, the truck I had been catching hit his brakes and flipped around. It was a cop I was flying up behind! They must have flipped their lights to say "hi".

A few miles back, I would have been in jail. But as it played out, I passed both of them going the other way doing a completely acceptable speed. Funny how things work out. I remember actually turning around to look at the Tacoma and I can only guess we were feeling the same feeling of relief.

Next up is the Ochoco National Forest. The sun is setting. The temp is dropping. My heated vest is on high. Her heated clothing is non-existent. I'm getting worried. I can feel her back there trying to warm her hands under my backpack and tucking her helmet out of the wind.

No choice but to push on. We've only got 75 miles to go. Finally we make it to Prineville and stop for fuel. She is cold but still in good spirits. She tells me "It's cold, but I'm totally enjoying it!"

I called Trevor and told him we'd be there in 20 min. When we arrived he was a few minutes late getting there from dinner with 'Leen. Tamara and I are starving so we go to their favorite local place to grab some beers and food. Didn't have a crazy night or anything. Just conversation and early bed. Tomorrow the real vacation starts.
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Saturday morning Tamara and I are awake pretty early. It's always a great day when I wake up with her in my arms.

We begin cooking breakfast and getting things together. Trevor and 'Leen are finally up and at 'em.

During breakfast it is decided that Trevor and 'Leen will ride with us over the Cascades. They didn't have anything to do, so why not ride?

Checking the weather, it's solid green and dark green on the radar all the way to the coast. Gonna be one rainy day!

I like the rain. A lot as a matter of fact. Growing up in Wisconsin, I loved the summer thunderstorms. It's something I miss very much living in the desert. And when it does rain in the desert, I sure do appreciate it and love it.

I also really like riding Hobbes in the rain. I love sleeping in a tent when it's raining. I like being outside in all my techy waterproof gear when it's raining. I guess I'm gonna be pretty happy on this trip.

The rain didn't start until we were outside of Sisters and headed up in elevation. It was fairly light, but steady and everything was thoroughly soaked. These are different mountains than we are used to and that feeling you are getting far from home sinks in. I have never traveled this road before.

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It's fucking cold. I use profanity to prove a point. It's fucking cold. Nasty, wet, damp cold. The kind that gives you the chill through your core and won't let go. And the lovely Tamara has a smile on her face even with her teeth chattering.

We stopped here to take a little break.

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Trevor's Aprillia Caponard is one sweet ride.

We venture on through the rain for a few more miles and Trevor turns off in a park to split ways and head back to Redmond.

"'Til next time!"

The remainder of highway 126 was beautiful. Persistently cold and beautiful. Cute little cottages dot the highway next to the river. Retreats from the city life of Eugene nearby. The flowering shrubs in everyone's yards are gorgeous.

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The rain has stopped, but it is still very cold. There has been much talk about heated gear for my lady. I know it's pricey. I feel bad cause I have cost this woman so much money already in our young relationship. Got her hooked on skiing and now on dual sport riding. And she has gotten all the stuff she needs.

But, her mind is made up. She's buying gear.

By the time we get to Springfield, the rain has started again. Time for a fuel stop and consultation with the iPhone for moto dealers in Eugene.

I'm sure Tamara is laughing every time she reads "Eugene" because I could never say it right. I put the accent in the wrong place and sound like I'm from out of town.

I call all over town and everyone is out of heated jackets in her size. Or, what they do have is junk. She has bought into (literally) the whole buy it right the first time philosophy. Gerbings or First Gear. That's all we are looking for.

I call the BMW dealership last. I figured they'd probably have it, but it would be full price. Have you ever heard of a sale at a BMW place? Yeah, neither have I.

The good news is, they have the Gerbings jacket in an XS and a First Gear in a small. "We're on our way!"

Once at the dealership, she started trying stuff on. I was looking at a Super T they had and one of the sales guys comes up to me and asks if I'm interested in it. "Hell no! I've got a Tiger!"

The First Gear fit her better. There's $200. And of course, you need the controller. Hit with another $79. I asked if they could hook a few cold travelers up with a 10% discount. But, they were jealous of my bike, so full retail it was. Saved on sales tax at least since we were in Oregon and they don't charge it.

I borrowed a screwdriver from them so I didn't have to rip my entire tool kit out. I rolled the bike under the awning and out of the steady Oregon rain. Install was a breeze and only took a few minutes to figure out exactly where we wanted the cable to come out for her.

Done! HEAT! That's one happy girl there. And she hadn't even experienced the awesomeness of electric warmth while speeding down the highway in the rain and the cold yet.

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On to the coast!!!

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Back at the dealership, we had discussed a major change. I relinquished my beloved photography to my new riding partner. I need to guide this heavily loaded machine down the highway and she can take the photos. I trust her. And she did a fantastic job! Her first photo.

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Pretty awesome huh?

The vast majority of the photos came out great for the rest of the trip. Especially for a new motorcycle passenger to have the photo job thrown in her lap. This one of those things that should have been worked out on a shake down cruise so she could tune her skills and see works and what doesn't. I also shouldn't have been so adamant about using my camera. She has the same quality camera as me and knows how to use hers.

It also helps when I am shooting the photos, I slow down a bit. Speed and wind are to blame for the majority of the ones that didn't come out. Not to mention it was raining a great deal of the time. Overall I am extremely pleased with her work and she did a fine job. Thanks baby!

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We have arrived! The Pacific Ocean!

This is also about the time I seem to remember being short on tent stakes for the rain fly. We find a Fred Meyer in Florence and buy some.

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After heading North on the 101 for few miles, it's time to get some food. We decide to be thrifty and stop at a market instead of a restaurant. Picked up very expensive lunch meat, cheese, and wine for later. It's raining really hard in Yachats.

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The rain lets up a bit and there is a nice place to stop. We walk to the beach and eat our lunch looking out at the stormy Pacific.

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During lunch, Tamara comments that the $300 spent on the warm goodness has totally melted away in her mind. She is completely comfortable and happy. Especially to be with me.

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We cross the big bridge in Newport.

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The dramatic Oregon Coast.

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The warm and happy Tamara.

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We are getting close to our destination for the night and we are thinking about what we want to do for dinner. I am endlessly frustrated with At&t and my tired iPhone. It's on it's last leg and I've had it with my network. There aren't a whole lot of restaurants around where we are camping and we may just make food in camp tonight.

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We turned off the 101 and headed into Pacific City. We had planned on possibly eating here. But, there was a major bike race and the town was insane! This is where part of the Goonies was filmed at Haystack Rock.

The helmet communicators work well at the speed we were moving though Pacific City and we decided against coming back here for dinner. It was crowded and plus, it was 15 miles.

This is a really cool series of pictures she took after we passed though Pacific City.

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We have reached camp! Cape Lookout State Park. Even made a reservation to get so close to the ocean. The rest of the evening's story to come. The day ain't over yet!
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Camp is set up in no time and we are out of the moto clothes. A walk to the ocean is in order. It's all of 150 yards from our campsite. Awesome.



One of the best pictures all trip.





We had cell service and found a restaurant close by in Oceanside. Only six miles away and it got really good reviews.

The wet moto gear goes back on and we are off to dinner around 8-ish. We find the place after making one wrong turn. Still raining hard. We come into this nice restaurant called Roseanna's soaking wet in full moto gear. Everyone else is in nice clothes. These are the things you just get used to when traveling on a bike.

We ordered dinner and it was fantastic. The food was excellent. The atmosphere was just right and seemed to blend well with the area it was located in. We had a table looking right out on the Pacific. Nothing to spoil the beautiful view. The wine was very tasty. And the company was the best. We even splurged and ordered a super rich desert. We were some of the last people to leave the little place as we lingered over great conversation and enjoyed our wine.

I did a horrible job about taking pictures of food on this trip. This place was worth documenting. But, it is locked in my memory.

When we left, the rain had really picked up and the light was fading. The rain just stuck on my face shield. I tried to open it to see better, but rain drops hurt on bare skin! And when it was closed, the fogging was instantaneous. The best I could muster was about 25mph.

Finally, I'd had enough and stopped to put my safety glasses on. I can see! Went from 25 to 60. Got us home safe in a jiff.

Once back in camp, we were out of our moto clothes for a second time and back in our rain gear. We both had a little buzz from dinner and continued our night with the bottle of wine we bought earlier in the day. Out to the ocean with our wine, camp stools, and Gore-tex donned.



It's pouring and we couldn't be happier!



We drank almost our entire bottle of wine in the rain on the beach. As we got to the end, I got a terrible look on my face as I looked into my coffee cup-o-wine with my headlamp turned on.

Tamara says, "Whuddya got in there? A shrimp?!"

I looked at her with a stunned look, and said, "Yeah! I got a shrimp in my wine!"





No idea what that is, or how it got in there. It sure looks like something that would live UNDER water. Not something that would climb in my drink on the beach. I think I commented that, "At least I like sushi."

A very funny moment on our trip. Just the fact that she called it. One in a million.

Back at camp, I rinsed out my cup. Once we were inside the tent and warm in our sleeping bags, I poured the remainder of the bottle for us. We finished it off and then drifted off to sleep while holding each other and listening to the ocean and the rain on the tent. The perfect end to a great day.
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The rain tapered off over night. It's Sunday morning. We are some of the first ones to rise in camp. Tamara makes coffee and we pack up our stuff.





Yes, the tent got a little wet towards our feet. My dumbass, after all the experience I have, didn't make sure the ground cloth was tucked in. Retard. It caught the water off the fly and funneled it right under the tent. Only on my side and nothing got wet. Got complacent.



We got on the road pretty early and rode towards Tillamook.









No offense to Tillamook, but it's kinda run down. We were looking for a good breakfast place and everything was closed! On Sunday Morning!

We finally found a place called The Fern. It was that or Denny's. We opted for The Fern. It was pretty empty. But, the food was good. The bacon was awesome!

I remember not feeling so hot this morning. It wasn't a wine hangover. Just didn't feel 100%. That gut feeling you get something isn't quite right. It wore off a little later.







These kites were really cool. They were huge! Just hovering up there.



Time to get rid of some coffee. Turned off at one of the many waysides.





A little walk out to the beach.



















Coming out of the wayside we had a little oops. Tamara gets credit for this one. She leaned a little far she wanted to talk to me.



Maybe this is what I wasn't feeling good about. I convinced myself this little tip over was it and I felt much better the rest of the day.



















Cannon Beach.





We've been riding for a few hours now and it's time for a break. We decide to go for a walk on Cannon Beach. I'd read good things about it.

Kelp pile. This is foreign to me.









We walked almost a mile down the beach and cought the ocean at low tide. We played around in the tide pools with all the other tourists and looked at stuff we don't get to see every day.





















We took longer than your average stop. But this was what we were here to do. Be by the ocean and be with each other.

We arrived in Astoria and crossed into Washington.













We got fuel in Seaview, WA. I was too busy comparing gas prices and may have missed the turn to continue North on 101. We got fuel and headed North. But, it wasn't on 101. My spidy sense was tingling a bit. We were by the ocean and I swore the map showed we were supposed to be going inland. And the mile markers were off. I had seen a sign for beach access and I determined at the next one we would go out to the water and figure out where we went wrong.

I found the next access and turned down the road. Sweet! The road goes right onto the beach! An asphalt strip takes you through most of the deep sand and gets you 30 yards from the wet, firm sand. Just gotta make it 30 yards.

See if you figure out what vantage point this next photo is taken from.



That's what Tamara was looking at after we ate it and she got pitched off. Still smiling. Laughing actually.



ALMOST made it. Look at how deep that front tire trenched in!!! That was some soft sand my friends.













Play time!











Tamara got on and we cruised down the beach for awhile. The one time on the trip I wished for knobbies.







Play time on the beach is over. I turned on the GPS and figured out we took 103N and not 101 and ended up on Long Beach. We had to back track 15 miles. Now, we just gotta get back across that 30 yards....



FAIL!!!!!!



Tamara had to push to get out of this one. Totally didn't plan this moment, but it was one of the more memorable ones. Getting to drive on the beach was pretty spectacular.

Back South and sure enough, the turn for 101 was about 25 yards South of where we had gotten fuel.







A fun section of 101. A very nice motorist slowed down and waved us though in an extended section of double yellow. I love it when folks do that for us moto guys.



A slough. We don't have those in Idaho.







A lumber yard that smelled fantastic. We have the sugar beet factory in Nampa that doesn't smell fantastic.







The miles roll by. All the forest we pass by has signs which indicated when they were cut, planted, and will be cut again. Fields of trees.

We get to Aberdeen pretty late in the afternoon and it's time for food. We find a little place to get some deep fried seafood. Exactly what Tamara was craving.

Aberdeen is weird. Just one of those places you are ready to leave as soon as you get there. It didn't look like there was a nice part of town anywhere. I think it was after 4 when we were done eating and ready to hit the road.

The ride continues.....
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Heated gear, for the both of us, is probably the best investment I've made in motorcycle gear. It's so strange, after riding without for ~22 years, to be getting warmed while riding instead of being cooled.

Great report!
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Excellent documentary work Tyson. I also like the addition of a beautiful woman! I'm selfish that way.
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The great story continues! Awesome trip! I'm surprised you got anywhere in the sand on those tires. Must be nice having long legs. I couldn't have done that on my DR650 with the same tires.

Sounds like she's a keeper! :)

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Nice trip.....

...So ... did you ever sort out your tubeless conversion?
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The Road

You make me just want to change plans and 'hit-the-road'! This is one of your best RRs and pic stories.
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