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  1. Nice write up. All roads I am familiar with except I-15 ๐Ÿ˜‰. For some reason all your pictures look funny, as though the Tracer was photo shopped into the background. Are you playing with the colors? Maybe it is because the Tracer doesn't have any badges and doesn't know where it stands? ๐Ÿ˜Ž Sorry about the drop, maybe a bigger foot would help. Liked the Story.
  2. Ride Vancouver to Tahoe 2019 I was looking at 100 degree days and two days of riding in those temps to get to Smartsville, CA. I had an interesting route planned but rerouted to reduce time in the sun. Vanc. 2 Medford, 2 K Falls 2 Weed 2 Red Bluff, US 99 to 149 to 70 to 20 and ended in Smartsville and an nice cool swimming pool. Two days laying around a horse ranch in 90+ temps, then on to Incline Village, NV, on Lake Tahoe. I rode around to the South side to get a checkpoint in Pioneer. All fun roads. 49 wasn't too busy and I was able to carve some corners out of Auburn, and pretty much got to pass at will all the way to Placerville. Took some back roads out of Placerville; Tiger Lily, Burks Bar, Mt. Aukum, Fairplay, Omo Ranch to 88 and went west to Pioneer. Back on 88 going East to Woodford, where I picked up the Hillside roads to Carson. Up US 50 to 28, and around the NE corner of Lake Tahoe to Incline Village. Developed a stomach flu while there so didn't ride any of the local roads for the next five days. On the day I started home, a day earlier than planned, I took a ride to the coast by way of CA89 and CA 36. Have done this road a number of times before and it has always provided me with FUN ride. The road changes all the time and gives tons of variety. That ride was 378 miles to Arcata. I then did 417mile to get home the next day. Temps going home were great. Although I missed the rides around Tahoe; 108, 4, 88, 50, Bucks Lake, Ice House, etc, etc. I have done them all before. The ride home totally made up for the stomach issue for 5 days. I got home with 87K, almost exactly 2,000 miles. Didn't take many pictures, tummy issue: Me with a month old colt, FJ at Caples Lake Dam, Caples Lake from top of dam, Patrick Creek Lodge on US 199 between Crescent City and Grants Pass.
  3. Sorry for the delay in getting back to you jimster. I go to a local automotive paint shop and explain to them what I want to do and get them to color match a sample and fill three rattle cans. I get extra nozzles, round and flat spray. I have set up a corner with a 2400 cfm old furnace fan to exhaust to the exterior. Method used is as per the paint shop directions: Sand, seal, apply three coats approximately 10-15 minutes apart and you are done. I have them put the pain in the clear coat so I don't have to do 6 or 7 coats. Works very well as you cover lightly, there by not to worry about runs. Do a little practice with some cheap paint and you will figure it out. The paint that is mixed is for a flexible material and is automotive paint, most likely a Urethane.
  4. I'm going to try the Avon Trail Riders AV53,54's.
  5. Plan your trip to not go on dirt or gravel roads. In your planning use Google Earth to investigate questionable roads. Note, that you will have to do some gravel roads, as they are always repairing them. If you are planning on doing the Haul Road, I can't imagine why, but if you do, you will have to do lots of gravel.
  6. To be honest it is with in .5mph or my GPS. 1/2 the time they match and the other half they are 1 mph off. Going down the road on cruise control they switch back and forth quite often. Before these tires, I ran Dunlops, Bridgestones, PR-2, PR-3, PR-4s and now these Road 5s. All the other would show a 2-3 mph difference in speed.
  7. It is larger. If you would like I will measure it. (5,000m wear)
  8. I installed Michelin Road 5 tires and because of their profile, it corrected the Speedo error. Don't waste money on a gizmo. Buy a good tire, as in Road 5s.
  9. Here are two maps; one of the planned ride and one of the actual ride. Plan was 13 days, 4200 miles, ended with 11 days, 3875 miles. We left a day late to avoid riding in the rain all day, and we rode directly to day 2 motel, cutting out about 300 miles. We concluded by riding extra miles per day to make it home in two days rather than three. Changes were made on the fly, like: avoiding Ely because it was snowing there, avoiding the North Rim because it was snowing there, avoiding South Rim because it was raining there, avoiding rain snow mix on US 191, avoiding Colorado because of snow and rain almost everywhere. Although we missed the storms in Colorado, we did ride 1/3 of the day in Utah in rain, but we dried out on the go before Hanksville. I believe that the ride is more important than the destination when you ride a motorcycle and need to adjust on the go to avoid making the trip suck. This is just one example, I'm sure you have one too.
  10. Ride to Arizona from Vancouver Washington South of Gerlach, Nevada We started by dropping one day and 330 miles to avoid riding in the rain all day but end the next day riding in the rain in, no less, Northern California. From the Oregon border to Cedarville we encountered rain in spots and then 5 miles of wet gravel as they were repaving CA299 by using the old asphalt and base as the new base for the new asphalt. We stopped in Alturas for an early dinner to warm up and then we proceeded to receive snow going over the pass to Cedarville in 39 degree temperatures. This is May in CA for Gods sake. We went on to make it to Tonopah, NV, then Kanab, UT in relatively dry weather, but with 20-30 mph winds and temps not over 50 degrees. Travel from Tonopah to Utah had us riding through 4-5 valleys between mountains, each being 12 - 20 miles across, and the road was alway straight. Met a friend in Kanab and continued to Jerome, AZ. All was good, but we were making time to avoid rain at the Tower on the South Rim of the Grand Canyon, and leaving as the rain started, but leaving it as we returned to the East. After landing in Jerome, we were greeted with a major down pour. The winds on AZ64 were 20-40 mph and temps were in the low 40's at the Tower. It made for a fun ride only because we were beating the rain. This is May in AZ for God's sake. After looking at Arizona Highways by Kathleen Kemsley and noting the first sentence, โ€œApril in the Southwest means perfect temperatures and sunny days, riding in a mesh jacket and Kevlar-lined jeans.โ€ We were in AZ riding in winter jackets, long underwear and rain pants in May just a couple weeks later. We made it to Clifton, AZ the next day, dry and sunny most of the way, but temps still only in the 50's. This was followed by the best weather so far on this trip with a ride to Albuquerque the next day. We skipped US191 due to rain, and snow in Alpine and rode NM78 and US180 going North. NM117 presented a very pleasant surprise with the El Malpais Nat. Monument, and most of the roads having very good pavement. Albuquerque to Chama took us on many NM back roads, stopping at Los Alamos to visit the Museum, then breezing through Taos and finished the ride in a totally perfect new snow covered Carson Nat. Forest with temps in the high 30's. Dropping in elevation to Chama it was still partially wet from the night before but it wasn't raining when we got there. We changed our route form going across Colorado because they were calling for snow in Lake City about the time we were to be there and ended the day going to Hanksville, UT by way of Farmington, NM and Mexican Water, AZ. We started the ride in rain gear for the morning 40 degree weather and finished the ride in strong winds, cold temperatures and rain from Natural Bridges to past Lake Powell's canyon. The day was saved by an outstanding dinner at Duke's Slickrock Grill in Hanksville. We passed through Capital Reef Nat. Park (free) and took the senic view drive, a must do. We carried on to Oden, UT, and Jordan Valley, OR with nice weather and temps in the low 50's, but found it very enjoyable because we were wearing long underwear in May. We altered our route after reaching Jordan Valley and went on to Burns for the night and riding on to our homes in Portland, Vancouver area the next day, with the warmest temps on the trip, ending arriving home at 73 degrees. Because we were like horses heading to the barn, we shorten the days by one getting home. Total days was 11. With all the changes in plans, threat of rain, snow, low temperatures and bad weather, this ride still ranks up near the top of multiple day rides for being one of the best. Of course, having good riding buddies is half the battle, and weather isn't near as bad when you have good rain gear which also helps keep you warm when used as a wind break, especially when the wind is coming from the sides at 30 mph. The ride to Hanksville, UT was one of my most exciting and visually rewarding rides, as it rained sideways and the sun peaked through the clouds, here and there, the wet rocks were vibrant as I have never seen them before, the wind wanted to blow you off the bike, and our visors needed to be cracked open to keep them from fogging up thereby causing droplets inside and out. I will never forget it and do not want to do it again in those conditions. We ended with 4,017 miles. Longest days were 517 miles and 411 miles, and most were around 350 miles.
  11. Did 11,000 in the last two month, Now showing 85,350 miles. Pic from Joseph OR on my way home from Mccall, ID.
  12. Here is what I do now: I first wipe down the chain using a terry cloth rag with a light coating of WD40 by rubbing back and forth at the rear sprocket about two times around the chain. I let stand a bit then I use Dupont Chain Saver, and spray it on inside and outside O rings and on the rollers. Spinning the tires by hand, I found I used too much lube, so now I start the engine and put it in gear and do the above allowing 2 seconds for a complete rotation of the chain to lube each the inside and outside O rings and 2 seconds to lube the rollers. I let it run a bit at idle to work the chain lube in. I then wipe the chain with a terry cloth rag to get as much excess off as possible, maybe twice around the chain, and not with the motor running. I use a lighter touch when doing this. Using this method my last chain went 24,000 miles, and I'm sure I could have got another 3,000 out of it but had a scheduled 5,800 mile ride so I replaced it. The OEM chain, I used an expensive thick sticky lube and installed with a toothbrush about every 3-400 miles. Chain went 14,500 miles. 2nd chain, was an upgraded chain by EK. I used Chain Wax by Maxima and got 17,550 miles, but I just sprayed it on, not inside, outside and rollers. Used original sprockets. 3rd chain, was another upgrade to 1300 cc and higher psi ratings by EK. I used Liquid Wrench Chain and Cable Lube. I had picked this up on a ride because the 2nd chain was terribly tight or kinked at 15K and the LWCCL allowed me get another 2,500 miles out of it. This high strength chain lasted 17,620, but I was using the same technic by just spraying it on. New Aluminium rear sprocket and steel front supplied by JT. Sprockets only lasted as long as this one chain. 4th chain, was back to OEM (DID basic O ring chain) chain and sprockets. Instigated the above technic for putting on Dupont Chain Saver Wax and got 23,895 miles but could have gotten another 3,000+ if I hadn't had a 5,800 miles ride to do. 5th chain, is a EK basic gold chain and reusing the OEM sprockets installed with no. 4. I now has 11,785 miles and was ajusted before my last ride about 5,000 miles along with new tires. It could have gone without, but I had everything loose, so why not. I may test the gear lube on my next chain, since I have some left in a BMW Liter container, but my experimenting noted above showed me it was more important in how you applied the lube than what lube you are using. I also added two links to the chain making it 112 links. Works. Note: On my last tire change I pulled everything apart and cleaned out the excess wax build up. I should do this every time I change tires.
  13. I didn't read where anyone had ridden their Road 5's to the cords or even a measured take off. My Road 5's are at 3/4-1 mm and I now have 9,014 miles. They will come off next week for a 4K ride to AZ and I will be installing Road 5's again. At 5.8 mm when new, and .8 left, I would assume they could go another 1200-1400 miles. That would make them go about 10,400 miles for me. The ones I took off for these were PR-2's and I got 10,440 miles out of them. For summer riding, you really can't beat the PR-2's for the price.
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