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post #151 of 158 Old 01-27-2014, 07:55 PM Thread Starter
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Originally Posted by garthw View Post
Pennies are still very much legal tender for purchases in Canada, but you will not get them as change on a cash sale. If the transaction is cash, the sale will be rounded to the closest nickel or dime. A credit sale will be completed to the penny
I think I did receive them as change -- but only in the far north. I didn't just spend my 4 and end up with none; I exchanged pennies a few times. I'll check your report in 6 months to see if you mention them.

Thanks for clarifying the way they are being phased out.
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post #152 of 158 Old 02-07-2014, 04:46 PM
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Nice to read about your trip report. I didn't see if you have it posted over at !

If you haven't, I think you sohuld definitely post it up there too... those people love trips like this.
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post #153 of 158 Old 02-08-2014, 03:31 PM Thread Starter
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Thanks hellboy7,

Yes it is on ADV under a title like "Yet another ride to see the sun not set". There were some readers and comments there including some people I met on the road. There were times when there was more activity in the copy on this forum.

Those people love trips like this -- which is why it was "Yet another . . . ".
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post #154 of 158 Old 03-23-2014, 10:52 PM
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Originally Posted by Damocles View Post
I expected, "So, Jon immediately cannibalized his KLR650, giving me his inner sprocket carrier spacer. I protested, but Jon said, 'No, no; not a problem! I'll have a new one here in a week or so, and--you've already proven, you can ride 'em a long way without the spacer, and no serious problem!'"


Not to hijack the thread, but . . . I greased the rear bearings (with plastic tie-wrap for applicator, and can of grease) yesterday and wondered: What would HAPPEN if that inner spacer were missing? Thanks for providing the answer, grinnin'!

Just to be clear: what is the part number of that inner carrier spacer?

Also what brand or type of top box is that .

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post #155 of 158 Old 03-24-2014, 05:17 PM Thread Starter
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The middle spacer is part number 42036-1206 for a 1st gen.

The top box is mostly 6mm luan plywood with 1/4" plywood bottom. There are some reinforcing ridges inside on the bottom to keep it from flexing. It stays off the bike between trips and it's even pretty large for a trip that doesn't need gear for that cold plus that hot. But it sure is handy.
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post #156 of 158 Old 04-09-2014, 08:54 PM
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Thumbs up excellent R/R

Hey Grim, i emailed you before i had a chance to read the entire thing. took me a few days but has really inspired me for my trip.

For anyone reading this BC is known for Forestry camp sites. a lil out of the way but free.(sometimes a small donation or fee, used t be a year permit for 25$) no water/elec only outhouses. but they are great and I have used them for years. you can get lil maps from Info centers. or back country trips.

wish me luck for my trip to yellowknife on the 26th of april. thinking of buying snow tires

thanks again for ur emails as i'm thinking of stuff i'll send another now.
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post #157 of 158 Old 04-13-2014, 04:10 PM Thread Starter
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wish me luck for my trip to yellowknife on the 26th of april. thinking of buying snow tires
I hope you have great weather, good roads, and a great trip.

Your questions remind me that I've never covered tools and spares. I should fix that some rainy day . . . .

1) Repair prop. Hooks on the swingarm for rear wheel removal or on bash plate for front wheel.

2) Zippered pouch slides into tool tube. Shows both sizes of inner-tubes plus zip ties.

3) Bicycle pump. Goes in tool tube.

4) Tire Irons. Go in tool tube. I really like the Motion Pro Bead Pro irons. I 'm ready to stop carrying the longer one shown under the Bead Pros.

5) Patches, glue, sandpaper. Go in tool tube.

6) Cordura pouch with compression strap plus zippered net pouch. The little tools all go into the net pouch. The net pouch plus the big wrenches and pliers go into the bigger pouch. I carried this in a side case sometimes or in the tank bag sometimes (for weight distribution).

7) quarter-inch-drive ratchet with extensions, universal-joint, and 3/8 adaptor. The sockets are 1/4", 8, 10, 12, 14, and 17mm. The 17mm socket required the 3/8 adaptor.

8) Open wrenches. 17/14, 12/10, & 13/8. I have taken better wrenches in the past, but opted for small ones this time.

9) Spark-plug wrench, pliers and wrench.

10) Allen wrenches

11) Quarter-inch hex screwdriver and ratchet and lots of bits including Allen bits and torqs.

12) Nuts & bolts. This jar stayed in a corner of the top box. I have no idea why.

13) Fuses, bullet connectors, Posi-lok repair connectors, wire. The wire is so that if all my added wiring fails I can still power the electric jacket. This went in the stock toolbox. Not shown: for the trip there was a little roll of electrical tape in there too -- the last 1/4-inch thick section of a roll that had a smaller core than usual.

There are also 3 pieces of wire in the handlebar. They are as long as I could get into the handlebar and still get the handguards on.

14) Headlight in pipe insulation. Went in stock toolbox.

15) Taillight in film can. Stock toolbox.

NOT SHOWN: Leatherman original.

That's it. Perfect. If you look carefully at the nuts and bolts you will see that I even had a spare adjusting nut for the brake rod for the rear.

EDIT: More things that I've forgotten: I had a small roll of "rescue tape". There was also a small multi-meter in the box that had the phone and charger. This is what you get when a senior citizen tries to reconstruct a toolkit from a trip that ended 9 months ago.

You may notice the absence of any spare cables. The bike had a new clutch cable, newish throttle cables, and a speedometer cable that was apparently not new enough. I didn't take any oil and I never had to add any. No chain tool (I think I had a spare master link though). No spark plug.

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post #158 of 158 Old 04-13-2014, 05:06 PM
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Great post. Thanks for sharing your experience.
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