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  1. Good luck! Stay safe and Godspeed! @NavyNuke......how about Spotwalla linkage if possible?
  2. And work continues....... Oil and filter change, rear bearings still in order at 25k(!), front and headstock bearing check and change as necessary, new chain rub strip, chain and sprockets. Performed all systems tests and changed fluid and bled brakes. Gave her a thorough cleaning and checked into the starter relay under the battery which is known to trap water and corrode. Everything is in surprisingly good condition given it's age and mileage, I've not had to replace any of the bearings yet which I'm putting down to my excessive maintenance schedule and good treatment. Additionally all the electrical and self-diagnostic tests were well within spec and the throttles were still balanced. She'll be off for valve timing on the 18th, they'll check and adjust valves and install spark plugs at that time which will complete the 24k service. Keep an eye on this space for developments.............
  3. And I'll necro this as appropriate. So in this current year (2017) my long-suffering Tiger has finally hit 25000 US miles and so is overdue for the 24k service. As I've been through a slightly less burdensome version of this at 12k this will be familiar territory. One final shot before the changes, this will be her last shot like this: Then it's off to the garage: I wonder what what else could be going on?
  4. Welcome! I myself don't hold myself to any set definition of "offroad". If it's an available legal road and I traverse it it's a road. In Mexico I noticed what were referred to as "good" roads varied wildly so I guess it's in the eye of the beholder (or the rider).
  5. Welcome fellow Tiger pilot!
  6. Meh, Same old song and dance. Nothing new to add here. Tonight's dinner shall be Spotted Owl served with a side of Desert Tortoise. Same crud Sierra Clubbers have thrown at us for years, they're so full of it their eyes are brown. Even here in the liberal heaven known as Oregon that dialog isn't flying. We've been bucking the national trend by actually increasing the size of our OHV areas and if we all continue to act civilized towards one another that trend should continue. Of course now the domestic terrorists that booby trap the OHV areas have shown up in my neck of the woods so now I go packing iron, but I don't expect to ever catch anyone. Still, I have a code on my SPOT that means "send LE to my location, suspect at gunpoint" and I don't kid myself as to the other sides' intentions.
  7. Wow, You kids and your new-fangled boots. These things were good enough for Roger DeCoster, Tony DiStefano and Bob Hannah back in the day. Still being used by the likes of "Feets" Minert, Jody Wiesel and others. No longer being made, mine are 2012 models with about 30,000 US miles. Probably go with Sidi or Gaerne when they finally give up the ghost, but that will be a sad day for me. I, like Jody have broken my ankles many times necessitating a boot with abundant free-moving ankles and the good old Super Victories fit the bill nicely. I've got other Moto boots but none that I will willingly wear out into the middle of the desert like my Hi-Points, I've hiked for MILES in these and they are so sprung and broken down they don't feel much different than sneakers with the exception of the weight and the soles. And their propensity for leaving nice deep scratches in my gas tank's finish. But enough of that. Eric what is the deal with t-shirts? Get me a 2XL and a couple of reflective stickers to help fund the effort. Can't quite afford a pit shirt what with my personal finances at an all-time low but I'm definitely in for at least 50.00 right away.
  8. Sounds like a shop with my friends at Soundrider might be in order then. They have the Benchmark Atlas, Butler map and the cooling vest. IIRC the azbdr.gpx file is on the BDR site, although one should probably have the Atlas and the Butler map as well. Thanks, Eric. I'll check into those. Hey, since I'm finally getting a final review together for the Motoz GPS's that means I'm replacing it! In fact the replacement rear just showed up and I'll be fitting it for this trip. Unfortunately my local dealer is awash in current inventory so hasn't done anything to act on getting Motoz stocked as a regular brand. If I would ever attend Triumph club meetings instead of ride maybe something would change but I've never been a big fan of hanging out at the dealerships to help sell inventory to each other or whatever it is that they do there besides stand in the parking lot looking way too clean.
  9. Hey everyone, So for my current waste of your valuable forum space I'd like to hit up the crowd for some suggestions. I'm coming down to the Phoenix/Maricopa area some time this Summer probably quite late. My annual solo "ride off into the desert" thing is coming up and for this years' festivities I've given myself a treat. I got a hold of a man that helped me through my adolescence far better than the skin mags available back then. I obviously refer to Mr.Know-It-All himself, Mr. Rick "Superhunky" Sieman, the notorious editor-in-chief of Dirt Bike magazine. He set me straight on a few things when I came back to dirt biking after a long absence, thereby saving me quite a bit of heartache and coin. For a guy who is a legend amongst dirt bikers to take the time to answer his mail personally and actually reach out and help some fella is astonishing in this day and age. But that is how he ordered his troops to write, like they were talking to a friend. Which is what made "Dirt Bike" special and set the template for all the modern moto mags. Before that they pretty much ran some glossies and the faff provided by the companies wherein every bike was a winner, just choose a color and or style. Which led to some truly abysmal atrocities being foisted on an unsuspecting American public such as the TM250 Cyclone, a bike whose horrible reputation outlasted the actual bike by a long time. It was legendary even when I came up, a truly Evil bike. But because Joel Robert's factory ride looked like it, it sold in far greater numbers than it should have because no-one would say what a murderous pig it was. So a lot of weekend would-bes got a trip to the ER instead of the Podium, cementing the bike's evil reputation forever. However after Rick took over manufacturers were put on notice, no glitzy cover-up. If your bike was a dog expect the readers of Dirt Bike to know. They would make an actual level best attempt to use the aforementioned item in its' intended function, but with sometimes laughable results. Which led to even better magazine sales as people weren't used to the style of writers actually performing quantifiable, evidentiary-based tests on the bikes in question and reporting it in a friendly manner that was easy to read with relevant action shots. A true revolution at the time and the blueprint for mags that survive to this day. However, unfortunately that has NOT led to a moderate sized mountain of cash for Rick as he has basically been forced by medical bills to return to the US if I understand it correctly. Now this is a man who has given his all to Moto to the point of breaking his back testing at the first Supercross track in Anaheim, a true living legend of dirt biking and a great personal inspiration. I don't suit up for a ride in the forests that I don't think of him and the Duck fighting the good fight against the BLM in Federal Court for a few hundred greasy dirt bikers to be able to ride the LAB2V. And the then District 37 of the AMA didn't do squat on their behalf but nod along to whichever way the wind blew while the Duck and Rick sweated it out and paid through the nose for the Court case. Which they won but that is a story best told in either "Monkey Butt" or his newest book available from his Facebook page signed. I'm going to shamelessly hawk both here as I own several copies myself and after buying almost all the swag on his Superhunky site and his Facebook site I finally drilled up the courage to ask if I could arrange to visit him personally sometime this Summer to which he graciously accepted. So instead of my usual "go to remote mining road and bang along for 30 miles until remains on right" I have a destination with a purpose. Now however I have a total lack of information on what exactly is profitable as far as big bike exploration without making oneself a casualty in the Phoenix/Maricopa environs. Obviously first aid kit updated for the freakin' scorpions I remember from the area and I've already got snake stuff onboard. Shouldn't be a thing with aluminum sealed panniers and no overnight sand camping but forewarned is....as they say. I'll be packing both rotopax for about 1.75 gallons of water and fuel respectively to allow for expansion in the heat. Damn, just remembered Gila Monsters, anything special for those beyond good sturdy boots and a knife like for a snake? I will continue to "climatize" myself by increasing my exposure to desert heat and maintaining a proper hydration/electrolyte balance while doing so here this Summer by way of prep for the big ride. As I've already logged a couple of scorchers here (90+) I'm well on my way. But this will be a full-on multi day trip of some 3000 miles, the longest I've ever taken. I obviously will be staying at whatever fleabag Air Conditioned units I can throw my panniers and myself at, I'm not too picky without my Wife. And I damned sure REFUSE to superslab it down interstate 5 into California and over, yuck. I'm taking the 95 route out through Southeastern Oregon, Nevada and then into Arizona. So please any suggestions along or near that route would be great as far as big bike friendly things to do. I don't smoke or drink anymore and I think my Wife might frown at any "other" deployments one might get into as far as Vices in Nevada, but feel free to make any suggestions you might have as far as things to do. And now to wrap up, sorry for wasting all this space but this will actually be the first time I feel like I have anything worth documenting as far a "ride report" and I want to be able to do it some justice. I'm damned near certain that our little niche of ADV riding on public lands in America would not exist as we know it without the efforts of Mr. Sieman. There is a strong relevancy to "Monkey Butt" that resonates even today what with Mr. Chaffetz and his new-found friends at the BLM trying to dispose of a few billion acres of my Kids' and your Kids' land that was otherwise "unusable". So much for a guy who just started out wanting to know why the BLM needed automatic weapons, he all of a sudden was their champion of the disposal of excess federal lands to satisfy our huge national debt. But these are ruminations and thoughts I plan to discuss with Rick and I'm also interested in any questions you guys might have for him as well, so please use this space as a place to ask them. Obviously, given my age I attach a great deal of importance to what he might have to say as he is damned near a God to guys like me, like I say every time I suit up and go to the forests I think of him. I have become politically active this late in life in no small part due to his efforts even although we may or may not agree politically on every agenda. That's the beauty of the American system ~ when it actually is working for its' Citizens and they can share ideas freely without fear of appearing "contrary" or just plain simple because they are being mocked for having an opinion against the herd. So post up, let me know what a fool I am to ride all that ways, how many excruciating cramps I will have in my thighs for WEEKS afterwards, how it is all a hare-brained scheme to cage a few days' ride in the desert, whatever. All I know is that I'm not getting any younger and neither is he, so if I want to get the chance it's now or never and I'm going. The start for a rather good "adventure" I should think......
  10. Sorry fellas, Was at Tim McGraw/Faith Hill show with Wife for 25th Anniversary last night so I didn't answer right away. Sorry to use this as a shout box, Eric but this kind of thing is real common here not just motorcyclists, either. Every year people die in the SAME relative ares due to lack of preparedness and just plain having any sense. Although I frequently act in the negative, I do NOT believe in the death penalty for stupidity or ignorance. I suppose I'm using the space to try to get people to think about what our responsibilities are out there. This guy got my goat because I feel it's kind of rude to be out in the big empty without a map. I wouldn't go to his State (I have already) without a map. Heck, they even post signs there that you are responsible for the cost of search and rescue. Here in Oregon, they don't bother. They just give you the bill. So viewed from a certain light, I'm providing a community service announcement for us big bikers. -" Have an MVUM on the forestry roads-it's the freakin' law". Additionally, I'll be far more impressed at your acumen by having proper maps than by any Hepco-Becker gear you may be sporting.
  11. Yep, sure does. And Welcome, Dennis!
  12. Dear Weestrom rider, I forgot to introduce myself properly the other day but hopefully you'll recognize me from this post. I was the Tiger operator you took the time to walk all the way over the campground to introduce yourself to and I probably acted like I really wished you hadn't. I was way too wrapped up in my own thoughts and affairs and probably didn't greet you with any particular enthusiasm. For that I am sorry. Hopefully you will recognize that my demeanor was in fact the dual natured beast of the solo rider. I want fellowship and comaradery, just not in great amounts. You yourself were traveling solo and looking for the "route less travelled" back to Idaho and hopefully the route I suggested turned out well for you. I can only hope you enjoy it as well as I do, as it was my second trip in as many weeks trying to see if the southerly piece of the same FS road over the Cascades was traversable (it wasn't). For me the "adventure" part of riding is that sense of the great "ughknown" as General Yeager put it. When I have an off in the middle of nowhere it's down to me and my SPOT so to speak so I'm damned cautious of my backside. I plan extensively. I pack conservatively. I won't lie and say everything's been peachy but that to me is part of the adventure in managed risk that is riding in general. I'll take my chances with my race lights and the elkosauruses on the FS roads as opposed to commuting it on the slab any day. Granted cars don't break across your trail at dusk in groups like elkosauruses but at least the elk move at a predictable speed and if you don't exceed 35 right around the hours of dusk you'll be fine. But managed risk, fellow solo rider, managed risk. Part of my expression towards you mayhaps Mr. Weestrom rider might have been my incredulousness that all you possessed by way of maps was your phone. And then you asked me if I had any paper maps. As it so happens I didn't but with two handheld GPS's with backup batteries I might be forgiven. I travel light but hopefully effective, I've had cause to have a backup GPS on occasion when the primary failed so I never have sold my old one. There's another tip you get for free like when and how to travel in elk-infested areas. Slightly north of where I encountered you in darkest Clackistan as we locals call it they will charge you for the cost of your own rescue if necessary. That's if you don't get cute and wander off into tribal lands by mistake. My Native friends won't tell me WHAT exactly they do to people caught trespassing there, but I'm sure it is neither cheap nor pleasant. Hopefully hailing from Idaho I don't have to hold forth on wildlife and the advisability of personal defense weapons and noisemakers as a defensive strategy in dealing with their potential interruptions of your reverie. Additionally fellow solo traveler may I remind you that as of sometime in 2010-2011 the US Forestry Service has moved to what are called MVUMS for all motor vehicle travel in the forests. They are the final arbitration of where you may operate motor vehicles in federal lands and they are totally free and downloadable to your phone. Additionally they are GPS referenced for map usage in a program called Avenza which is available in both Android and iOS flavors. So in closing dear Weestrom Rider I'd just like to say: Please educate yourself in proper risk management and your responsibilities. You technically could be fined for being on Federal lands you knew nothing about. If you continue to operate on the FS roads it is entirely possible that you will be challenged to show a current Motor Vehicle Usage Map for the area you are in. And from personal experience I can tell you you DON'T want to rely on signage as inevitably the local teens think it's great fun to steal and or shoot them up. And let's not dwell on the fact that if/when you DO need help you will have no practical way of letting them know where you are other than cell triangulation. I'd like to mention the gentleman that froze to death with perfectly good cell coverage on Mt. Hood here, a very tragic case. It took some number of years until they finally found his remains IIRC, but it seems as if someone dies in the Mt. Hood National Forest every year. I'm sorry Mr. Weestrom Rider if this seems harsh, but your lack of preparedness was very off-putting to me and makes me question my own wisdom in riding in the woods solo. But as I said a "spirit" of adventure if you will, a sense of wonder at what things might lurk just over that rise or around that bend and the marvel at the way it all unfolds as you ride through and "in" it. Just please for everyone's sake try to educate yourself a bit better and don't become another big bike casualty out there in the big empty for lack of education. It's all there for the taking and freely available to those who would look and can act on what they see. And to the rest of you Big Bike types.....move along, nothing of interest here. Only of potential interest to the lone-wolf type rider who might be as amazed as I was at the way some of our brethren convey themselves out there.
  13. Eric, Haven't tried the Mitas yet, nor the Conti but 2 sets each of Karoo3 and K60 Scouts. The Karoos were absolutely a blast in softer stuff but wore like dirt bike tires- gone in two thousand miles. The Heidies are what my local Triumph dealer sells and I managed to get used to their greasy and evil feeling in exchange for the 5000 miles I could get out of a set. Now that I've managed 10k out of these I'm curious to talk to my dealer and see if they've acted on the contact info. I gave them that I got from Motoz. Hopefully as I said they can establish a nice retail relationship and I can continue to get their tires only with the added benefit of my dealer being able to source them so as to provide any actual warranty service. Either way, I'm a convert for life as 10k out of a heavy ADV tire is damned remarkable. I might actually try them in the 70/30 rather than 50/50 position but darn it's nice to just be able to take off anywhere within a few hundred miles and not have to worry about tires.
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  15. Hey all, The Holy Grail of my search for a durable 50/50 tire is over! As of my early May outing of the 10th my Tractionator GPS's have TEN THOUSAND US miles on them! I love these tires! Even with only 3mm on the center section they got good hook up in several sections of 1/4" pea gravel drifts which I found myself in. I will need to replace them soon but the only negative at this point is the step-off when crornering on pavement. Otherwise these things have been a rock and I will definitely be re-purchasing. Hopefully the contact info. I gave my dealer will bear fruit and I can order them directly but if not I will have them shipped 'round the horn if necessary, they are that good. Thanks again, Eric!