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post #1 of 46 Old 04-16-2014, 02:59 AM Thread Starter
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Victoria BC Canada to Yellowknife NWT

Victoria BC Canada to Yellowknife NWT: leaving april 26th 2014
Right here's my first attempt at writing a formal Ride Report.

I sitting in my garage with my gear for inspiration to help with the lists.

From the begining:
I learnt to drive ridding lawnmowers on my cousins farm when i was 6!? then a lil 125 bike and a trike, I even got to drive the farm truck when i could reach the pedals and see over the steering wheel.. so 10 ish,and driving their monster tractors! Thanks Wayne and Joyce! Free labor for them. hours of entertainment for me.

I didn't really start ridding till i was 21 in Taipei Taiwan. I rented a scooter from an expat's lil business and his advice was. "pretend your invading the death star. stay on target, and shoot for the hole!" that tip has gotten me out of a lot of close calls. Imagine 8 wide traffic in two lanes with a few cars getting in the way; weaving through the cars, driving on sidewalks, going the wrong way on one way streets, all to get to the front of the queue. Lots of fun.

I ended up in Nepal and India a few years later and I remembered my brother putting the idea in my head about the enfield 350/500, good ol English bike which hasn't changed in.... 40 years!? not a history buff.
20,000 km over 6 months in India one new piston and only two crashes. the poor dog and goat got the worst of it and i got a nice engine burn on my right thigh to remember the trip for life.(let me know if you want info on this report i think it's written down somewhere)

So, I've had my eye on a KLR 650 for about 3 years now, since I've been back to Canada. What a perfect bike to travel the world on: simple design, rugged and can be fixed with duct tape=cheap. My kindda bike. I got a job offer in Yellowknife for 4 months and figured it was time to get serious. Checking out the local bikes 90/2000 models all around 3,000$ +/- and 50K at least. man they dont loose their value much, another perk. Then i saw a 2011 fully loaded for $5900 CDN. after taxes $6500 and only 7700km on it. the previous owner towed it behind his RV and traded it in for a BMW GS 1200. Adding up all the bells an whistles 2000K, i figured the bike is worth 4500$. I got the dealership down 250$. woohoo. 6250$ drove it off the lot.

(how the hell do you add pictures from computer)

So i bit the bullet and splashed out, after days of research and pestering Grinnin (see his RR to the north) i've gotten my list of parts together and hit the local shop whose a great resource for the KLR.

List of spares, repair equip.
4" pvc pipe 15 long. for tools and spare parts
tire levers
21/ 17 inch tubes
chain breaker /master link
clutch cable
patch kit
2x bulbs break and headlight
rain over boots
air/oil filter
full face Voss 600 dually helmet( old one worn and whisteled like mad)
all tolled
found some second hand gear from usedVictoria.
First gear Kilimanjero for 250$ 1 month old org $360, he through in a heated vest too.
First gear 4 season over-pants $120. original 240 $. And Zig through in some boots as well. saved me 170 $

More to come as i get ready.

any tips tricks or advice always welcome.
!!help with how to load pics would be great.

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Just as an FYI: You can't post pics until you have 15 posts. It's part of the anti-spammer setup on this site.

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thanks for the tip was wondering about that....
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Sounds like fun. Have a great and safe trip. Looking forward to reading about it.
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wow it works.
so this is her when i got her. furst thing i did was take off the top box. gonna put my pack and dry bags in it's place. should give me another 100L of space.
a bit of a pain using bungy cords all the time but....

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Nice looking bike.
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post #8 of 46 Old 04-17-2014, 06:44 AM Thread Starter
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today I looked into getting some tool kit tubes made. I have some 3 inch pvc tube and a cap already, the other day got 2x 3" pressure end caps for quick access.
I've placed one on the left side, bottom rung of the rack. seems ok everywhere else was too awkward with the hose clamps. haven't decided how long to cut it down to tho. it's currently 20" and i wont be able to get anything from the bottom. I figure i can put a 1 liter bottle of gas in there or some odds and sods of tools. I jus tdont think a 4" inch tube will fit tucked into the rack and plastics.

I need to get a 4" inch tube on the skid plate but can't figure out how to plug it up cheaply. i need a sleeve, screw end and cap. about 30$ in lil peices. and the hardware store will only sell me a 32" peice.

Any tips?

I did up the electrical today, it already had the heated vest plug.I installed the power module that was broken on the oxford grips, and hooked up the lighter plug for my ipod power and gps. oh I bought the garmin 260W gps today. seems alright as a starter to play with.
Man there's a lot of plastic to remove to get at the tank! Removed them all in seconds.30+ to re install. took off the tank which was full! and slid all my cables away under it. I needed some longer bolts to have room for 3 hookups. lo and behold everything worked... the cig lighter is a bit touchy tho. doesn't make a great contact. need to jiggle it around a bit.
I hooked up my volt meter and at idle it was reading 14.4 volts. but when i revd the engine it was all over the place!? dont know anything about electricity so any tips would be good.

had a beer and made some more lists.
packing clothes for 4 months in yellowknife. do i try and cram it all on the bike or jusst send up a box for 60$ hmmm....

List of gear
60 L back pack
2x 10 liter dry bags
20 L dry bag
2x paniers 22 liters
Tank bag 20 liters
day pack 20 L
Tent 2 man
sleeping bag 0 degrees C
thermarest 3/4 long
mini stove/
1 pot
500ml gas canister
fleece jacket.
2 shirts
2 socks
2 boxers
ski cap
fleece pants
long underwear top/ bottom

riding jacket
riding pants
Rubber rain coat( my first gear jacket isn't as waterproof as i thought it'd be

now i need to figure out how to pack it all. with all my spare parts.
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do a test run , see what you will use and what is superfluous . almost everything i use or take with has more then one use .
swiss army champ , swiss army multi tool , ( leatherman crunch is next on the list to replace my vice grips )
adjustable wrench for both front and rear axles ( will make a special tool for both or get one size nut for both made .
replaced all screws on my bike with allen head so i need one tool to take apart 90% of the bike . Klean kanteen 40oz that can be used to cook with as well as a water filter can be screwed onto the top and it can be converted into a hydration kit. my stove is a mulit fuel unit so i use gas in a msr 1.5l bottle which is also my spare fuel tank . A small ox head hatchet that doubles as a hammer . I want to get the motion pro bead breaker /spoons combo . also zip off pants that are light weight quick dry ..duracell battery charger that takes AA and aaa for different gear and has a usb so you can charge gear off the batteries in your tent . probably more things that i cant think of off hand .
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