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I bought my KLR to ride from eastern Maine to Inuvik NWT to see the sun not set. I got it in June 2011 and planned to go for the Summer solstice, 2012. Family emergency caused me to cancel, but I did go this year.

I left on May, 29, 2013 and got home over 6 1/2 weeks later. I was, of course, 6 1/2 weeks behind on everything. This week I finished painting the windows that I just installed in the motorcycle shed, so I'm about ready for Winter.

I'll post most of the report and pics one day per day -- I'll post June 3 on December 3 and so on.

The usual variety of roads and camps will appear here:





I didn't see a "forum rules" thread here, so I hope I'm not violating any rules about pointing about another forum.
 

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I didn't see a "forum rules" thread here, so I hope I'm not violating any rules about pointing about another forum.
Fear not, Grinnin!

Do NOT confuse this website with another KLR website, which shall remain nameless! :)

No restrictive, paranoid censorship hereabouts.

Proving my point: I hereby disclose, I'm heading over to http://www.advrider.com to read your ride report!
 

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Not a problem Grinnin..........you know, you can crosspost over here !!! I'd like to see the rest of your RR here.
 

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I would like to see the Ride Report here too. On this site it will be the main attraction. Over at ADV Rider not so much.
 

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I would like to see the Ride Report here too. On this site it will be the main attraction. Over at ADV Rider not so much.
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That's for sure. I post about a KLR going to the same destination as half the ADV trips while other posts this time of year are about RTW trips.

I might not be able to post to both forums every day. But I can add the report here later. I can also add more KLR-specific content here since I won't be inviting the response that I should ditch the KLR for a DR or KTM.
 

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2013 May 29, Wednesday

The idea: ride from my home in eastern Maine to Inuvik, Northwest Territories, to watch the sun go around instead of setting.

The trip almost ended on the first day.

But that what wasn't until late in the day. I'm an early riser and today was no exception -- up at 02:30 and gone at 03:15.


Light fog from home though Bucksport and on through the town of Swan Lake and out Maine Rt. 139. I can't tell you all the road numbers or names. There's a fairly pleasant string of tertiary roads going east and west through Maine. The fog lifted just before sunrise and the weather was dry for nearly an hour.

Then rain. I put the camera away so there aren't many pics today. I stopped for breakfast in Gorham, NH.

I rode on some entertaining mountain roads in VT then the northernmost roads in NY. And rain. At breakfast I had decided to cross into Ontario at Ogdensburg, NY, but at lunch I checked another map that showed no bridge there. I turned north at the next "customs" sign and crossed at a tiny customs station. The cute customs woman and I talked about motorcycles for over a half-hour while two cars passed, one going north and one going south.

By evening the weather had dried and I was riding southwest along the north shore of the St. Lawrence. When I stopped at a bank to exchange money, the bank was closed. Next bank too. Banks close at 4:00 in Ontario. I stopped at a couple of campgrounds that were also closed. What? The May Long Weekend was a few days ago and campgrounds are usually open. I stopped to pick up some groceries and found . . . no wallet . . .
 

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I had already delayed this trip by a whole year. Did I have enough cards, cash, and document copies to continue? Without the original of the driver's license it looks like I'd have to go home and try again in '14. (Getting a new license would make me miss the summer solstice, the purpose of the trip.)

Did I handle my wallet when checking the doors of the banks that were closed? I couldn't remember. Without the wallet I still had cash and one credit card, but the wallet had my driver's license, two other credit cards, and my ATM card. I had to go back to the last place I remember having the wallet -- a gas station over an hour earlier. This time I got on 401 (a freeway) and may have exceeded the speed limit since I may have been a bit panicked. May have been. I went in and asked if anyone had turned in a wallet. The cashier said no. He wouldn't look at me which was a bit unsettling.

I rode out of the station while watching the pavement and there it was -- right in the middle of the drive. Now I felt bad for suspecting the cashier who was obviously shy instead of shady. I looped back toward the building but the cashier was outside and around the side of the building watching me. I gave him a big thumbs up.

It's late. I've already ridden a long day -- with backtracking it's something over 700 miles before I camp. I am relieved, but also drained. I finally got some groceries and found "Happy Green Acres" campground. The mosquitoes, at least, were happy. I cooked some noodles and soup while wearing a headnet.
 

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2013 May 30, Thursday

Slept great with the Crazy-Creek chair as the only sleeping pad. I got up late today and spent a long time re-organizing my luggage. I didn't get on the road until 06:58.


The GPS put me on some really great roads including twisty black-top with a wooden bridge. The GPS routed me N then W then N then W again, exactly the roads and directions that I was hoping for so I started to trust the GPS.




Trusting the GPS was my mistake. It took me far enough north to make 17 -- the Trans-Canada Highway -- the best option. The Trans-Canada has nice scenery, it's just too straight and efficient.

My paper map showed Mattawa River Provincial Park near North Bay. The park wasn't named on the GPS, but the GPS showed the dirt roads in small loops that mean "campground" to me. I followed the GPS again out the north side of North Bay and onto a gravel road. So far so good. But there were no signs for a park. The road was getting narrower as driveways split off and the chance of finding a campground was looking less likely. This road is getting too narrow . . .
 

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Eventually I arrived at an ATV park along the lake. For $30 I had a grass site, clean and spacious shower, and another big dose of mosquitoes. I prepared noodles and a big salad and took them to the windy beach to eat without being eaten. Warmer weather let me put the fleece pants, an insulated jacket, and the handlebar muffs in a compression sack and make it all smaller. Next trip will certainly include more compression sacks -- sacks to reduce the diameter instead of the one I have that makes a soccer-ball.

 

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2013 May 31, Friday

I was dreaming of bicycling in a city when it started raining in the dream -- and I woke to rain. During on-and-off rain I brewed coffee and cooked oatmeal with walnuts then took it to the beach again to eat with fewer mosquitoes.


The rain had nearly stopped when I left camp.


I was comfortable all day without changing layers at all. The Trans-Canada Highway was still too efficient. I stopped for a mid-day omelet at a restaurant that couldn't serve coffee. A big fire used so much water that the water treatment plant couldn't make sure it was really safe. This town of 600 was under a "boil advisory". I crossed into Michigan's upper peninsula at Sault St. Marie. The roads here are also flat and straight but the feeling is entirely different because of the smaller scale. At 16:00 I got some greens and yogurt and went to Muskullenge Lake State Park. The wind was out of the south and I got a spot where the wind blew strongly off the lake.


Then a ranger told me that the stumps around my site are from trees blown down last year. The wind increased in strength in the evening and increased some more after dark.
 

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2013 June 1, Saturday

By morning the wind was dead calm. A quick breakfast and coffee and off to 12 miles of sandy road along the south shore of Lake Superior.




Veggie paninni for lunch. I saw a restaurant name that looked -- reading it on GPS screen -- like a humorous name: Panetteria. Reading it above the door it looked French. French and white tablecloths but they let me in wearing a Darien. (Why is it that people in Roadcrafters look freshly pressed while people in Dariens look like they're about to ask for spare change?) Misty rain and showers all afternoon although they never really caused any inconvenience. Rain 3 days out of 4 so far.

With the wind now out of the north I rode to Father Hennepin State Park on the south shore of Mille Lacs.


The wind was even stronger here and the sandy tent space wasn't keeping the pegs in. I found some downed branches to break for 3 pegs per corner, crossed. Then I put big rocks on the webbing to keep it all down. All that faces the lake so doesn't show up in the pic.


Potato and cheese soup for supper, then a tire pressure check. The rear hasn't any. Pressure. None. It's about dark; I'll fix it in the morning . . . .
 

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Subscribed!!! Keep 'em coming.
Will do.

Today, December 1, brought this report up to June 1. I'll keep posting one day each day unless there's a problem here, so you should be able to find updates all through December and a little beyond.
 

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2013 June 2, Sunday

I took off the wheel but stopped to cook breakfast and extra coffee (Coffee!) before attacking the flat. The piles of household items (camphold?) around the stove are to give a little extra wind protection beyond the windscreen. Yes I have a separate and more complete windscreen but it didn't make the cut for this trip. Later in the trip you may see a better solution that shown in this pic.


It all took far too long (I pinched a tube) and I didn't get on the road until late morning. One other time on this trip I pinched a tube, but by the time I got home I had learned NOT to use these Motion Pro Bead Pro irons the same way I had always used narrow tire irons.


I headed west. The GPS kept trying to put me on 4-lane divided highways such as U.S. 10 even though I had the preferences set to avoid highways.

I had eggs and potatoes at Yesteryear's Cafe in Verndale. My waitress was a real jewel whose eyes sparkled as she recalled how much her father had enjoyed riding his motorcycle.


The land was flattening out as I rode into North Dakota. I found some hills and a "National Byway" of all gravel. It was all good smooth gravel and never very deep


Along this National Byway is Fort Ransom State Park. I stopped at 17:30 with no groceries so it was miso soup with whole-wheat spaghetti for supper.


There seem to be fewer campgrounds to the west of here. For tomorrow I can go north to a road parallel to I-94 or south to get around lake Oahe. I don't really want to be near an interstate but I know there will be more campgrounds and services that direction . . . .
 

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I'm in for this report.

Tell me about your fairing setup. I found that my KLR is best with no windshield at all - I see you have no windshield plus a little wing?
 

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I've tried windshields and I currently use 0 windshields. I took the stock windshield off this bike about a day after I bought it. I had a "cap" there then a flat "wing".

I tried the redesigned Parabellum windshield but riding was like getting kicked in the head unless my chin was forward as far as the gas cap. They determined that I did, indeed, have the correct size and authorized a return.

Then I got serious about the wing, cut a piece out of a trashed steel shelf and went to work with my hammer. There's not a lot of curvature, but enough. It extends forward enough to catch the turbulent air in front of the fairing and keep it from jetting up toward my chin. There are fins brazed underneath so there's not much obstruction underneath the wing. Many pics in this thread show the nut and bolt on the center fin, but there's really space above it. It's all working with airflow that is already turbulent but it keeps that turbulence lower than the other options I've tried.

The wing alone will cause the fairing to flex. Look closely at pics in this thread and you'll see aluminum braces from the fairing subframe to the left and right windshield screw holes. These keep it from flexing except for passing tractor-trailer rigs and such. I stick to steel for most brackets because aluminum just fatigues faster unless it's beefy. But for this I just needed more stiffness.

It really is as quiet as standing with no windshield.



(Yes, I painted those supports before the trip.)

June 9 and 10 were two days when having a windshield might have been nice. Two days isn't much out of 6 weeks and I still haven't found a windshield that works for me.
 
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