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Old 08-22-2013, 06:16 AM   #181
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all caught up----great way to start the morning---cup of joe and enjoy an hour of your report and pics-----you have a great way of telling a story-----great captions with the pictures. looking forward to more!!
Thanks Dano! I usually need about 3-4 cups to put together a report myself. Good to know that coffee is being enjoyed by all on this report. :)

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Still loving this report, hopefully someday I can do the same on my rig or DRZ. The CDR looks much easier than the TAT, but just as awesome.
Most of it is really easy, and would be a cake-walk on a DRZ. More challenging on a sidecar outfit, and I'd go as far to say that 2WD is required in some sections. Take either, and give it a go! Its a great route, with awesome people along the way.

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Hey Rebelpacket, what camera are you using?
I'm using an Olympus TG-2 for my photos. Wayne is using a Sony Cybershot with 10X optical zoom, and Zina is using a Pentax Optio W80. Not all of these shots are mine; We shared all our photos at the end of the trip, so we could use everyone's photos in our own ride reports.

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This is a great read - thanks.
Wife and I planning to do the Americas top to bottom within the next 10 years and this trip has just gone to the top of the list of routes to take.
Thanks for reading along DNAJoy; Definitely consider hitting up this trail through the US of A. Also, I can confirm that once you get to Mexico at Antelope Wells, its a dirt road from there to Juarez!

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Lola this is panzer, he thinks you're kinda hot.
Hey Panzer, you can give it a go with Lola (you have my blessing), but I'll warn you. She's never let any dog get freaky with her, ever. The last one that did, got a face full of teeth and some loud words.

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Howdy rebelpacket,
Something to file away in case you need it. Pick up a couple of cans of "brake clean", IF your rear main seal goes bad you can keep the rig moving by using brake clean sprayed through the timing hole into the bell-housing to clean the oil off the clutch disks.
Thats a great tip Mr COB! Should I ever find myself in similar circumstances, I know a bottle of brake cleaner and some diligence will get me home.

My rear-main-seal leak doesn't seem to be contaminating the clutch. There wasn't even any oil on the clutch basket, it just seemed to be leaking down, directly into the shelf. I thought it might have been the input shaft seal on the transmission, but I hadn't lost any oil in the transmission.
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Old 08-22-2013, 07:20 AM   #182
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I'm using an Olympus TG-2 for my photos. Wayne is using a Sony Cybershot with 10X optical zoom, and Zina is using a Pentax Optio W80. Not all of these shots are mine; We shared all our photos at the end of the trip, so we could use everyone's photos in our own ride reports.


If you're ever in Baltimore, I'm buying you a beer.
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Old 08-22-2013, 07:24 AM   #183
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Awesome ride guys/dogs. Lola is really hanging in there.
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Old 08-22-2013, 08:16 AM   #184
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If you're ever in Baltimore, I'm buying you a beer.
Thanks! Be careful though.. I travel a lot. If a strange tall guy with glasses shows up at your door and says "about that beer..."
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Old 08-22-2013, 11:37 AM   #185
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Thanks! Be careful though.. I travel a lot. If a strange tall guy with glasses shows up at your door and says "about that beer..."
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Old 08-22-2013, 07:26 PM   #186
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Still and quiet, the only noise coming from the Ural in steady metallic plinking noises as the engine cooled.
Great writing, I feel like I was there! Still enjoying the report, this last one was no doubt a tough day...only 180 miles, wow!

Wayne C.

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Old 08-23-2013, 08:02 AM   #187
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Loving the trip guys! Personally, I think you made the right call not going up the rough stuff. I know it might have felt like a cop-out, but in the end its like you say, you're there to have fun...and you guys still did have fun and by the sounds of it, your bike (not to mention Lola) is probably better off for it. BTW... that Lola is cutting me and the wife up...such a cuttie not to mention a trooper! Give her a pat for us

Keep up the great RR, this is pure gold for a buddy and mine's trip next year! Can't wait.....winter's gonna be tough to take
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Old 08-23-2013, 11:08 AM   #188
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Hey Rebel great RR with nice pics! I'm totally envious that you are sharing this with your best buddy! What a concept, sure wish I had thought of it while my pup was around. But it's fine, maybe some day I will give it a go

nice bike by the way! Love that torquey boxer...
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Old 08-23-2013, 02:32 PM   #189
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Old 08-24-2013, 09:41 AM   #190
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After a week's lapse, I'm just now getting caught up on this thread. I particularly enjoyed your 8/17 posting because you were covering areas solidly within my stomping grounds. One of the most pleasant camping weeks I ever spent was in the shadow of Storm King Mountain, Colorado, in an idyllic and totally uninhabited (except by wifey & me) NF campground. Albeit, in a Jeep & trailer because wifey doesn't do bikes.

On behalf of the state of Texas, I offer my apologies for the jerk in the Escalade. I'd like to think he was representative of Caddy drivers, not Texans. Besides, everybody knows that real Texans drive Suburbans, and we don't do big shiny wheels.
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Old 08-24-2013, 01:36 PM   #191
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Good Stuff!

Just caught up on the trip, this is one of the best ride reports I have read on here. And now my "somewhat interested in a Ural" turned into a full blown "gotta have one" over the course of the last 13 pages

Edit: also meant to ask you what helmet you're wearing and if those goggles go over your prescription glasses or if you wear contacts with those (one of those boring practical details, but I'm interested as I wear glasses as well).
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Old 08-24-2013, 07:35 PM   #192
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“This is going to be captioned poorly, isn’t it?” Wayne said in reference to the photo above at Red Meadow Lake. Feel free to make up your own. My favorite so far is: “How’d you get the beans over the frank?”.

For a caption, how aboutz:
Zina says, "I'll shake some pepper on it and you grab it when it comes out to sneeze".
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Old 08-26-2013, 05:59 PM   #193
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Nice RR....

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Getting into Ural ownership with the “set it and forget it” mindset, is only setting a date with mechanical sadness.
If it wasn't for the reality of this statement you made I'd be all keen on getting my own Ural.
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Old 08-26-2013, 06:32 PM   #194
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Nice RR....



If it wasn't for the reality of this statement you made I'd be all keen on getting my own Ural.
That's pretty funny, coming from a KLR owner!
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Old 08-26-2013, 09:13 PM   #195
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That's pretty funny, coming from a KLR owner!
Other than oil changes and some chain lube I do nothing to my KLR. I didn't done the doo or anything like that. I just ride it. I don't have the mechanical skills to do a whole lot more.
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