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Old 07-21-2012, 12:51 PM   #1
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Ratman attempts the CDR solo, not that that's a big deal

From Grand Mesa SMR


Hi, adventure folks, I'm planning
to go take in an ADVrider's meet in Lake George Co. It starts Sat the
27th, July. I couldn't bring myself to buy the 55$ weekend package,
but I did sigh up for 2 nights camping.

I have 3 more days to pack and see what goes where.....packing the DR for the solo ride is where all the indiscision is eating at me now as i'm planning to camp most of the way.

Saturday I'll ride up and look at Georgia Pass 50 miles away. If I
can make it over the top, I'll drop into Breckenridge and go back thru
Alma.
https://www.google.com/search?q=geor...0CHcQsAQ&biw=1

Then Sunday I'll ride down to ADVrider, LD's place near Westcliffe, (less than a
100 miles), and leave my tow bike, then, leaving Monday morning, I'll
ride the DR down to Antelope wells to Start the CDR. By freeways it's
over a thousand miles, but by back roads and some dirt it is only like
750. That'll take 2 days no doubt.
http://tinyurl.com/cvprq53

On the way north I may take in BigDogs 2012 RMAR weekend in Silverton The following weekend...
http://www.advrider.com/forums/showthread.php?t=736276
I might not get there in time for that one.... Then I should be back to
Westcliffe to put a new rear tire on the rear. I'll know a lot more
about Noodles and tubeless tires at that time.

For those that don't know I've converted my spoke rims to Tubeless (the cheap way), and have a pool noodle in the back one....should be interesting.

Then it's off to ride the northern part of the continental Divide.
If all goes well, I'll be accompanied by LD for a few days.

The 10 day forecast only predicts 100* temps at the lower
altitudes, and not much chance of rain... Luck beats good.

Hopefully I'll be able to keep you all up to date as I ride along. This isn't going to be a speed burner. After all I'm retired, and time doesn't mean squat to me these days.
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Old 07-22-2012, 07:47 PM   #2
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Getting setup on the DR

I've taken the DR on 1500 mile camping runs before, but this CDR run could take me a month to complete so I'm setting it up different than before as I had all my weight on the seat behind me.

This time I wanted some of the weight down lower and I wanted more carrying capacity, but I didn't want to spend any money on gear.

So I was riding down the street on my bicycle the other day (a few months ago) and found a 1/2" nylon strap about a 100' long. I thought that I could make a cargo net kinda thing to hold small dry bags in the saddle bag area.

I also built a rack out of 1/2" conduit to hold the dry bags off the side covers to keep them from burning on the muffler.

Like this....

From CDR Colorado


I made those dry bags out of old rain pants that I cut the legs off and sewed up one end. .......and my down sleeping bag and air mat is in the top bag. And the back board is to hold a 2 gallon gas can....together with my 4 gal regular tank I should have pretty good range.

From CDR Colorado


I also made some tank panniers for the first time out of a couple back packs and a fanny pack in the tank bag area.

Like so.....

From CDR Colorado


You can see I have a roll chart on the bars. I made a chart on Google maps that give me a line with coordinates, distance from last turn, and a stick diagram as to what direction to turn. summat like that below.....you'd be coming in on the vertical of the T and there would be an arrow on one of the crosses telling which way to leave.
B 33.18526,-107.02506 T 22

I made 50 or so combination of turn possibilities in Windows 'Paint' program to use for all different configured turns. I used them at each turn in the route from Antelope Wells to the Canadian Border. My roll chart is 22 pages long. Took me weeks to make it up.

I have a street GPS that will show me coordinates and shows the small roads.

So I don't know how any of this will work out. I'm only a couple days from departure.

June the 21St I crossed from San Diego to the Rockies. The temps were nearly 115 out Vegas way, so I crossed at night. This time it's only supposed to be a hundred. so I'll leave Wed Morning the 25th of July.

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Old 07-23-2012, 01:15 PM   #3
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Dualsport touring seat

Speaking of comfort on a multi day dualsport ride.... I say a good seat is worth as much as the rest of the bike.....or do what you have to do to get comfortable.

If you have to think about how much your ass is going to hurt on a ride, then you have the wrong seat. You need to do summat. Maybe I have the tenderest posterior in the world....I don't know

Five or six years ago I developed a dualsport touring seat that I use. I hook the ropes to my belt so that I can stand on the pegs (and not lose the seat) if necessary....anyway, this is just an example of doing what you have to do.
From CDR Colorado


That a plastic cutting board, shaped a little with heat, and covered with foam and gorilla tape. Works on my DR350.

The important thing is. Do something. Don't just suffer thru hours and hours of pain. Spend money or get creative.
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Old 07-23-2012, 07:28 PM   #4
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Ratman you seem to be pretty innovative in making some of your adventure gear. I'm sure that many of us would like to hear more about some of the things you've come up with as you get further along in your journey.

Did I read that you replaced the rear tube with something that won't puncture and leak air?
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Old 07-24-2012, 08:55 AM   #5
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Ratman you seem to be pretty innovative in making some of your adventure gear. I'm sure that many of us would like to hear more about some of the things you've come up with as you get further along in your journey.

Did I read that you replaced the rear tube with something that won't puncture and leak air?
Well, Cannonshot, I'm retired now and have more time than money, but that's not all of it. My days racing off road (cars) taught me that is you can't out 'money' the competition then you better do it differently than them.

That philosophy has me believing that there's always a better way...or at least another way. Nowadays I sit around the house watching TV without really seeing it, and I think about how to do shit.

My wife calls me a pack rat, but if I hadn't hidden that old pair of Rain pants, I'd prolly be using new garbage bags.

You mentioned the Pool Noodles.......Well, we've all heard of Muses that they use in the Dakar type races to eliminate punctures. I'm told they cost a C-note, and are heavy, and lose pressure with usage, and are hard as hell to install. The pros are obvious.

I'd Heard that Pool Noodles are about the same thing, which is just closed cell foam. I'd also heard that some have been used, but couldn't find any example of them being used in a Dualsport bike.

Wandering thru a supermarket about a month ago, I spy some larger than normal Noodle in the sale racks. 3.50$ for 5 footers, so I bought 3 of them...3.5 inch Diameter.

I ride in Baja where tons of used lumber is hauled over the roads dropping nails that rattle loose. You'd think that a nail laying down in the dirt would just stay there when you run over it. Well it doesn't. It has an attraction to motorcycle tires, and before you know it you have a flat.

I've had great luck with plugging tubeless tire flats, but you can't do that with a tube in a tire.

Recently I got wind of guys sealing their spoke rims with glue of some sort at each spoke so that they can run tubeless. So I did that with my front tire on my DR350. It worked quite good and was pretty easy. I used silicon seal in a caulking gun.

....but I can see a draw back. In the case of a flat where the bead becomes unseated (no safety beads on my spoke rims) there is probably no way you're going to get enough air to seat the beads to blow the tire up again after you plug it.

So I sealed up my rear rim and put that noodle into my rear tire. Turns out that the noodle alone is about like having 10 lbs of air in the tire. It hold the beads on the rim seats, for running while flat.
From bike repairs


So far I've only run it around a few city blocks. It isn't like having air in the tire.....it's a tiny bit wobbly, but completely rideable if you have a reason to ride on the flat, but the real value is that a puncture is plugable for a quick flat fix.

So this trip will prolly be long enough for me to give a more complete report. BTW, a 5.10/18 tire took 70" of noodle.

So, most punctures can be quickly plugged. No more tube failures from gremlins inside the tire, No more rim pinches from rocks or careless installations. No more dealing with rim locks. ...and finally no more spun valve stems from a tube.

At this point I don't know that there'd be any value to 500 lb bikes. They are tubeless anyway with safety bead rims. But they would no doubt hold the tire in shape for a safe stop in an instant loss of air. But they might also get hot and melt in a big bike.

....but still they aren't doing anything in a tire that also has air pressure in it.

Anyway, that's my tubeless tire experiment....we'll see.....

Here's a picture with no air in the rear tire...just the noodle.
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Old 07-24-2012, 08:58 AM   #6
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Old 07-24-2012, 09:02 AM   #7
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I predict that the "noodle" melts or just plain disintegrates.
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Old 07-24-2012, 09:23 AM   #8
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I predict that the "noodle" melts or just plain disintegrates.
It'll sure make a great story when I'm out there in BFE with a gooey mess and I'm trying to put a tube in my tire to fix a flat in the rain.

BTW, I am carrying tubes with me. This whole idea might work better for me as I don't burning up the roads as some do.

At this point it's all conjecture with a smattering of wishful thinking, Rusty Rocket.
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Old 07-24-2012, 09:44 AM   #9
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Old 07-24-2012, 10:09 AM   #10
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I just re-read you post and I realize that you have sealed the spokes and are only using it as a run flat application. I thought it was in place of a tube.

Have fun on you adventure, and I will be following along through your posts.
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Old 07-24-2012, 10:40 AM   #11
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Well let's go!
Last weeks weather reports were 100* around the Co River and not much in the way of T-storms. Today they are predicting 112* at Needles and more scattered showers.

I'd planned to leave in the morning Wed, July 25th, but I may decide to leave at midnight tonight and head for Kingman....then cop a free night's camp at the Navajo National monument near Kayenta.

I hate to repeat, as I did this same ride last month, but it seems like that's the best way to cross the desert. Easier on my Sabre from an engine heat stand point, as well.

I changed oil and checked valves a couple weeks ago and broke a terminal off my thermostatic fan switch. When I repaired it, I ended up with a fan that comes on 10 degrees sooner and turns off sooner. I'm hoping that doesn't F me up. Towing everything runs hotter.
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I'm ready to get the show on the road, bigdon.
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Will be at both events. Looking forward to meeting you and checking out those rigs of yours.
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Old 07-24-2012, 05:30 PM   #13
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Will be at both events. Looking forward to meeting you and checking out those rigs of yours.
Yeah, 29SGL, I'm looking forward to meeting some of the adventurer around them part. Never been to anything organized before. Makes me kinda nervous, cool, though.
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Old 07-25-2012, 11:57 AM   #14
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First day on the Trail

left this morning at 1am. Ran out of gas as I topped Cajon Summit (Hesperia). I took the off ramp to Oak summat rd and couldn't get off the off ramp. I figured I'd be half in a lane of traffic....but at the last minute there was a small pull out for me.

I'm carrying a 1 gal gas can....that I hadn't filled yet, but it had a couple tenths of a gallon in it. I found a flashlight and poored that in with the funnel that I bolw my air mat up with. Bike fired right up and I got some gas with 134 miles on the trip meter.

I'm not getting any better mileage since I cleaned the air cleaner.

Got to the river at 6:15. Hotter than hell for about 20 miles on both sides of the river, then it started cooling down as I gained altitude toward Kingman. In fact I had cloud cover all the way to Williams...it was almost cold in just my wool shit.

I decided to go thru Flagstaff to Holbrook and turn north on 77 thru Injun country, and spend the night at Canyon De Chelle (shea). Free camping don't you know.

I blew thru Flagg and sign boards said 52 miles to Winslow. That's about all the gas I had, too. I had 2.xx tenths left when I pulled into the gas station at winslow. Luck beats good. :)

I hit to rain squalls between Flag and Winslow....almost got wet. :)

So I'm rapng the Micky D folks in Winslow ...have a MCdouble and a sunday...$2.53

Country arounf Flaggstaff is responding to the monsoons....Green as hell. I don't ever recall seeing it this green before.

Sabre's running like a top.
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Old 07-26-2012, 12:06 PM   #15
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Canyo de Chelle

I'm at MDs in Shiprock. Stayed the night in Canyon De Chelle.....Grrrrr...no longer free, cost me 10. Ha. Met a couple of cool older guys. One on a BMWF650, for those that don't know those are 800ccs. Stupid BMW....who knew.

I left this morning on the north fork (64) to N12 then took N13 to Red Valley and past the south side of shiprock (the rock). That road over Buffalo Pass on 13 is spectacular. The spec part is only 10-15 miles long. The steepest road I've ever been on, but it doesn't say how steep. Picture of my bike on that route..attached.

It's noon, I don't know how far I'll get today. I'm retired don't you know...it doesn't matter. Ha

From July 26, 2012
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