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post #1 of 16 Old 07-01-2010, 01:26 AM Thread Starter
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Roadtrip!

Been very much looking forward to this year's July roadtrip.
I do one every year during the week of the 4th, as well as
others, but this is usually the longest ride of the year.

Going from a far-eastern 'burb of Chicago to upstate NY!
I lived there (Finger Lakes) for a year and a half and vowed to return on
a dualie motorcycle. That time has come. (shwing!)

Got my windshield made, extra pegs, tourpack all setup and did
a 26 mile test run fully loaded and was thrilled until the clutch cable broke.
That was the proverbial Sunday mornin' ride. Just me, no other traffic,
cops, deer, nothing at 5:00 am. I munched the cable when rerouting it
to compensate for the Rox risers. Knew there was a glitch, but the cable still
slid fine for a few hundred miles. Sunday morning a strand gave way and
I felt it scraping the inside of the housing. Within about a dozen shifts,
the domino effect had frayed about 10 strands and the cable stuck in place.
At only 2 miles from home it was no problem nursing it back home in 2nd
gear and rolling a few stop signs. Bumped it to neutral, shutdown,
and coastage into the driveway.

My home dealership is closed Sundays but when I called to order it Monday
they said they had received my email about the vacation and had already
ordered it!!! (bonus) Dude said Thursday, Friday at the latest, and $26.95
plus tax. Awesome! Cheaper than the aftermarket. Plus, I haven't
even been to the dealer since riding away in April of '09. LOL

I'm camping at my brother in laws, Chaztor from this site may hook up with us,
and I'm so completely stoked about this ride. Last year's was a bust, literally.
Weather looks decent thus far, and other than the cable, the batcycle is
in top form.

Vroom,
Cheeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeap

This is my son, with whom I am well pleased." ----God

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Glad to hear you are getting to go on a journey !!! Enjoy. Somewhere, anywhere. Taking next week off myself, where to...who knows, that's the bueaty of it yes?

When I put the Rox risers on I faintly remember re-routing the clutch cable. Where, how I can't remember. I had the tank off to do it though. Have a look when you replace and you will see it too.

A quote I ran across recently by John Steinbeck.

"A journey is a person in itself; no two are alike.
And all plans, safeguards, policing, and coercion are fruitless. We find
that after years of struggle that we do not take a trip; a trip takes
us". J.S.

After being in India for a month that rings very true. Meet new people, do new things, dig it.
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Been very much looking forward to this year's July roadtrip.
I do one every year during the week of the 4th, as well as
others, but this is usually the longest ride of the year...

Have a great trip!

My long trips never seem to get past the planning stage. Last year I almost made one.... I was geared up and headed out of the house when my oldest daughter came out of her bedroom with a rash from head to toe! Spent some quality time at the doctor that morning and most of the week at home with her. This year the stars aren't lining up for a trip either.

So enjoy, ride fast take chances or not but life's short ride while you can.
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Hey, have a great time, man. Take some pics for us. You're gonna have a blast.




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Thanks guys, and the cable's at the shoppe.

Hate taking the car to the bikeshop. LOL

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The batcycle's all together, cocked and loaded.
Everything's adjusted, went over every exposed fastener with Loctite,
topped the tank, etc.

All that's left to do is nap, shower, and blast off!

Back on Thursday nite if all follows the "plan", whatever that is.
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Mark soo glad you included me in your plans. Had a blast with you and your BIL Kevin.
Feel free to give him my email or send me his so we can communicate for future rides. Hope your ride back to the mid-west went well.
take care.
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Glad you enjoyed yourself Chuck.
I hope to make that one an annual ride.
Hit rain once and a downpour once. The
bike ran really good on the way home after I
duck-taped over the L-mod. Fuel starvation
gone.

All members: both on and off road, I had a great
time! The area around the Finger Lakes is a roller coaster of
hairpins, switchbacks, 1/2 mile straights to go 80 on, then nail
the brakes and dive into the next turn. There were no police
anywhere really and we drove like crotch-rocket guys alot!
No peg-scraping stuff, but close. With no real straightaways
of any length, no more than our KLR's stock horsepower was
necessary one bit. We were nailing it in the first few gears right
where the bike shines most.
We saw some dirt roads, turned back and checked them out too.
Found some great farm roads, and one went roughly a mile and came
out the other side right back on the roads again for a minute. We did 225+
miles in two afternoons just fartin' around. FUN!!!
Stopped for a plate of Chinese, rode some more, etc.


Great company, great ride(s). (1,466 total miles from home to back home.)
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oh and thanks again for the washers and helping me setup the $.22 mod! I really think it feels more connected to the right wrist now.

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