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knyte last won the day on June 22

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About knyte

  • Birthday 08/06/1969

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    Edmonton, AB
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    2015 candy red FJ-09


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  1. Wow, great trip!! Man I can't wait to see Montana, Wyoming, Idaho, Utah...so much to see... Great photos, the colours are sure bold and bright. What sights!
  2. Officially 'no', it's a one-time use nut because of the indents that act like a lock washer. Not sure if anyone heeds that? I didn't out of necessity...meaning, I ordered sprockets and chain but didn't know about the nut. I had a ride planned the next day, so it was necessary to re-use the old one...lol. I have a new one now. I think it was $12 CAD from the dealer, but had to wait a week-ish for it to arrive.
  3. SWEEEET I've been wanting this for my bike. I have one of those $5 ELM323's (it was actually $12 so NYA lol) in my Ranger; works fine. Had it in a Mazda Tribute happily logging all kinds of data for many years. Torque is a great app, and the ability to add plugins really makes it useful.
  4. Dang it @Wintersdark, you make great points too. Back to the drawing board
  5. Thanks for that. Confirmed what I was thinking, too. Sliders instead of bars.
  6. I think Dave Moss has some good words here. What's the FIRST THING you do when you get in a rental vehicle. Answer. Adjust the seat. What do nearly ALL of us do when we get a new bike? Answer - get on and ride. In other words, we ignore ergonomics. We do try to change our body instead of the bike. This is the whole mantra of motorcycle tuning and ergonomics. There is no one size fits all. Moto manufacturers try - with most configurations somewhere in the middle, to try to appeal to the widest audience. Again, Dave Moss. Some people have wide shoulders, some narrow. Some riders are short, some tall. We don't all fit the mould of same-same. Adjust the bike however you wish, so it fits YOU best - so you're comfortable, relaxed, safe.
  7. knyte

    HWY 93

    Yep, it's been staring me in the face all this time. Of course, I'm still wondering 'why the heck didn't I do that a long time ago - even in a cage?!?' I hope you do get to experience that area. The Rockies are just amazing, from the west or the east, or straight up the middle.
  8. knyte

    HWY 93

    Thanks for the kind words. Can't wait to do it again.
  9. knyte

    HWY 93

    Having lived in Alberta for nearly 25 years, I've seen a fair bit of it. One part I haven't spent any time on was Hwy 93, the Icefields Parkway. Now that my g/f and I have been riding a few years, we took the opportunity to change that! So, we took a couple of days off and made it a three day trip. Day 1. We missed our turn - we'd intended to head west at Leduc to Drayton Valley, but ended up on Hwy 13 instead. A side trip to Crimson Lake was certainly worthwhile. Hwy 22 is mostly straight, but full of incredible vistas. It was a bright and sunny day, with the mountains clearly visible to the west. Great day and perfect weather. Minor mishap when a Gatorade lid somehow worked loose and soaked some electronics...which miraculously dried out and worked fine. Day 2 is when the adventures started. 1A was as fabulous as I'd remembered. We enjoyed every foot on a great morning. As it turns out, lots of little stops made for a slow trip. Little stops like gearing up for rain. Like bike parts flying off - through no fault of her own, my g/f's Touratech lid blew off and we had to backtrack 20 kms to find it. A rock as a hammer, and another as an anvil later, and it was straight enough to keep stuff dry. We found out the hard way that neither of us have waterproof boots. Fine for back and forth to work in a bit of a drizzle, but it wasn't long before we were both sloshing water in our boots. We pushed hard through 5 deg C through the Columbia Icefields, but it was worth it. Every turn, every rise - was 'wow'. Arriving late to Jasper, roughly 10:00 PM, we found out ours was the last room in town. How was Highway 16, the fellow at the desk asked. We came up 93, I said. Hope you're not going to Edmonton, he said - road's washed out. ...and that's when we found out we might have to backtrack to Hwy 11 to Red Deer. Might as well get some sleep and find out tomorrow! Day 3 And, as luck would have it, after a big omelette and several cups of coffee, we only had to wait about 20 mins for our turn at the washout. One-lane, alternating traffic. Wasn't too bad. From there, Jasper is of course spectacular, but from Hinton to Edmonton - well, it's fast - but the scenery is nothing compared to the previous two days. We got home just in time for more rain! Incredibly fun loop, and I can see doing this many more times, with different routes. It'd be easy to do differently many times over. Photo album - https://flic.kr/s/aHsmPgCYif
  10. +1 for Road 5's (also dual compound). Just came back from the Icefields Parkway (post coming on that one) and even in 5 deg C and rain near the Columbia Glacier, I had no problems leaning over in the twisties.
  11. That looks like a great loop. Thanks for the pics; talk about stunning country!!
  12. No kidding, that stood out for me, as well. Even fitted bags are an oddball fit. Rok straps help. However, I carry more in the Givi roll up than in the panniers, personally - mostly just tools and rain gear. The rollie gets all the clothes.
  13. I believe you can; although I haven't tried it, personally.