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Archive for July, 2009

2010 – Take 1

The preliminary layout of next June’s route.  It will be interesting
to see how it changes over the next 11 months.


So far, here are the targets –

  • Super Slab to Badlands NP
  • Mt. Rushmore
  • Crazy Woman Canyon Road in Wyoming (Why? Sounds too cool to pass up)
  • Yellowstone NP
  • Grand Teton NP
  • Get a burger in Jackson Hole (Why? ’cause I’ll probably be hungry by then)
  • Flaming Gorge NRA
  • Helper Utah – This is your heads up Michelle!
  • Arches NP
  • Canyonlands NP
  • Mesa Verde NP
  • Black Canyon of the Gunnison NP
  • Pikes Peak
  • Fast Forward to TN/NC
  • Hit the Dragon
  • Blue Ridge Parkway

…then drag myself back to CT

Next Installment

This one is a keeper

My search for a street legal, trail capable bike ended this Saturday.

I’d been looking for a bike I could ride up to Patchaug or enter into some organized dual sport rides.  Physically, this one was a bit of an eyesore.  Mechanically, it runs fantastic and sounds solid. 

I brought it home and immediately began my dissassembly and inspection routine. First order of business – a thorough cleaning.  This first bath is an excellent way to systematically inspect the bike tire to tire.

It quickly became obvious that most of the lighting had been stripped off at some point and later re-attached.  My first clue was the non-DOT flush mount signals mounted on the rear fender.  I removed the three feet of electrical tape wrapped around one of the signal supply wires to reveal the bare, thumb-twisted connection. This connection type seemed to be the method of choice from the previous owner.

I took all the plastic and headed upstairs to the tub with the full strength cleaner (my wife loves this part).  After an hour of scrubbing, the fenders and side covers were a “clean” dirty instead of a filthy dirty.  I would love to meet the decision maker that thought “White” is a good color for a dirt bike. 

Initial punch list :

Needs all new tank mount rubbers – most are missing and those that are there need replacing.
All turn indicators must be replaced.
Rear wheel bearings are shot.

I placed the order with BikeBandit on Monday, parts shipped today.