Two provinces, and four states in 5 days

Right, so it was time for one last good trip before season end.

Myself and Cammy were the only ones going.  Schedule, and commitments had others stay home, or at work.  The tenere’s were the ride of choice, as some gravel was expected, and the FJ luggage carrying capacity currently consist of a tank bag, and what ever I could bungee to the rear seat.

The plan was as follows:

Thursday: Calgary to Superior MT. 703km
Friday: superior to Richland OR 669 km
Saturday: Superior to Cougar, take a picture, and on to Randle, 786km
sunday: Randle to Creston, 809km
Monday: Creston to Calgary 465km
The actual route of our trip below:
Like all good plans, the above went to shit pretty much right away.
Work did not let me leave till about noon-ish on thursday.  I then had to double back home, as I forgot my cross brace for my givi bags…doooh.
The plan was to come across Indian Graves just south of Longview.  We did just that, but the washboard heading up the pass was horrendous, worse than usual.  I noticed my front fairing was moving around quite a bit..more than usual.  Even on smooth pavement, when riding over a bump, everything moved.  We rode the west side of lake Koocanusa.  Nice paved road, except for half way down,  some jackass, decided it would be a good idea to leave gravel all over the road.  A bit of a pain, but doable with care.  We pulled over for some pics.  I gave Cam’s bike a bit of a shake to see if his fairing did the same thing..nope!  Something is not quite right with my bike.
No matter, we persevered, and stopped short of the target, in Libby.  While Cammy checked us into the bullwinkle suite, I had a look at my fairing.  I removed the rigid 6″ light, main light, and lo and behold, my fairing stay was broken in three places.  Out came the tie wraps.  I tie wrapped the stay where the breaks were, and removed the heavy light off the stay.
Indian Graves 2015

All snips will show Gravel (G) in red, and Pavement (P) in Black. X marks the shitty spot. We rode this section many times, but it was in rough shape this go around. Once you get to Hwy 40, the road is in much better shape. All gravel from Hwy 22 to Hwy 3

The next  morning we had a nourishing mcdinks breakfast (oatmeal, coffee, and apple pie), and went to the local hardware store to purchase some gorilla glue, and the worlds smallest side cutters to add to my existing tool kit.  We glue the broken parts together, let it all set, and re-tied it with the tie wraps. Job, done.  Let’s go!
It was going to be a  long day.  We needed to get to Supreme MT, the day previous.  Friday, we had to ride from Libby Mt to  Richland Oregon.
The ride to Supreme was uneventful, paved all the way.
The 135 is worthy of mention from Paradise to St. Regis.  Brand new pavement, along a river.  Magic.  The I90 is not worthy of mention at all.  Stopped in Supreme for some gas, snacks, and a quite literal colorful conversation with the cashier at the gas station, and we were off into the woods.
The 250 comes out of Supreme, and is through and through a gravel road.  For the most part, it’s in great shape, running along a river.  It’s narrow and twisty, with light traffic.  We climbed up to the pass, took a few pictures, and had to stop to repair my flat tire, that I was rewarded with at the summit.  Some strange long piece of metal, found its way into my rear tire, right after I pulled away from my picturesque spot.  No matter, the metal piece was pulled out, snooty plug installed (last one!!!), tire filled, and we were back on our way.  West of the pass, the road is paved for about 20km, at which point the gravel resumes.  At this point, the gravel became worse.  Looser, with soft sections, that got the pucker factor up to 8/10.  No matter, we plowed on.  We stopped at the North Fork Clearwater River bridge, to look at some seriously large and tasty fish.  If memory serves, this is where the pavement started.  And man oh man was it worth it.  Seriously.  Not a soul in sight, and a perfect road going through the forest, all the way to Pierce.  For this bit alone the 250 is worth it.  If you look at the map, it looks like someone had a seizure laying this road out.  Epic.
Superior to Lewiston

Top right hand side of snip is the 135. Tasty The 250 starts off well, peaks at the pass, and is paved west of that for a short while (10-20km). The rest is gravel up to the bridge. After the bridge the 250 is paved, and amazing. Recomended

The ride into Orofino was decent.  Next time, we can head south on the 11, into Greer, looks like another winner.
Pulled into Lewiston.  Hot as hell.  My display was showing over 100F.  We got gas, and got the hell out of dodge.
The 129 South out of Asotin is epic.  Short section climbing out of the river valley.  Nice.  It gets even better further south, just before the Grand Ronde River.  The 129/OR-3 south of the river, lets the fun carry on.  The rest of the ride into Enterprise and Joseph, is uneventful.
We carried on SE of Joseph, on the NF-39 (Just off the 350, ending at the 89).

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Wow…another paved winner.  The 86 gets you to Richland.
Word of warning:  The town shuts down at 7pm.  The motel that’s next to the grocer/liquor/hardware store, shuts at 7pm.  No beer = No evening.  
We carried on to Baker City.  Again, the 86 does not disappoint, but after a hellishly long day, riding in the dark, it’s not all that joyous.
Another day, another breakfast at mcdinks.  After breakfast, I removed a bat from underneath my fairing.  The poor little bastard met his match the night previous.  Tenere vs Bat…Tenere wins everytime. Ride out of Baker city is very nice along the John Day Hwy.  We ducked off on the 18.  Great paved road, but only half way to Long Creek.  The rest of it was in decent shape for gravel
Lewiston to Biggs Junction

Top right hand corner, and the 129 south out of Lewiston. Epic. South East of Joseph on the NF-39, another winner. The 18, North of John Day Hwy, great paved road, but only half way.
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The remainder to Biggs is all paved, and straight forward.

We hopped over the river, and made our way up to Goldendale.   The 142 Heading west is interesting.  At one point it becomes a single lane road.  Great riding back down towards Hood River.  We were dumb enough to use the metal toll bridge into Hood River.  Not only is it windy as hell..it’s not the most pleasant to ride on a bike.  On a plus note, the burger was damn tasty at the Brewery, so that’s a plus.  Then the damn bridge back over the river.  No matter, goodness awaited us, not too far west.  The 141, which then turns into the NF-23 is amazing.  Great pavement on the southern part of the road.  Watch for some serious frost heaves, as you head further north on the NF-23.  Hwy 12 turned into another pleasant surprise.  What wasn’t so pleasant was the inability to get a hotel room in Yakima, or further north in Ellensburg.  We finally lucked out at the Rainbow Inn (insert joke here!) Last room, with Chinese food served in the same parking lot.  Surprisingly good pad thai.

Biggs to Yakima

hwy 142 is excellent. So is the 141/NF-23. Hwy 12 is well kept and quick. We had to pass on the 821 (ridden it a few years ago, and it’s good too) due to the hotel issue in Yakima

Sunday…start of the day was damn windy.  No matter, out of Ellensburg, North/NE nothing to report up to Coulee Dam.  That’s when the road gets good.  See below for notes.  Pavement all the way.

Nespelem to creston

Nespeleen to hwy 21 is very good. Hwy 21 to Inchelium (hwy 3) is amazing. Hwy 20 is not too bad either, especially east of Coleville. There’s a great bit of road just before the border, north of Metaline falls. Don’t forget the cheap beer 🙂

Monday was a get home day.  Hwy 3 all the way, then north on 22, with the worse weather I’ve seen this season.  +2 and rain.  I had my heated gear, and oxford muffs on.  Not bad.  Great trip.

Gear review:

Bike: The tenere is a beast.  Never lets me down.  Knocking on 70k in 4 yrs. Magic.  The new full arrow system sounds like god’s plumbing i.e.  Very good. My usual tire choice has held up well.  Another Mitas E-07 rear gone at 8-8.5km, for some reason, the front will be gone early at 10-12km

Gear: No change really.  Klim holding up well, keeping the wet out.

 

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FJ09. Fourth FZ in two years…

Yeah, you read right.

What gives? Not much really.  Walked into the dealer a few weekends ago to buy a helmet and came out with a bike.  I was batting around the idea of keeping the 7 and trading up to a new gen Super T, but my 2012 is very well set up, sorted, and I can’t find many things wrong with it.  So it stays as my all around bike.  The FJ will be a commuter, road tourer, fun bike.

I liked all my previous bikes, but they had some flaws that I couldn’t fix to fit what I wanted them to do.  Below are my takes on each of the bikes, and mine only.  If you don’t know what they say about opinions, just google it.

I’ll start with the FZ09.

Pluses: Motor, price, look.  Minuses: Stock suspension/ecu, fuel tank size.  Obviously the bike was a steal, so they had to save money somewhere.  I upgraded the suspension (penske shock, front springs and oil matched to my weight), and flashed the ecu with Nick.  Huge improvement.  What did disappoint is the tank size.  At 14L, riding the bike as it was meant to be ridden, I could barely squeeze out 200km to a tank, and then I had to call a friend/push to the pump.  I needed some money for something else, and life got in the way, and a friend of mine picked up the bike, and is pleased as punch with it.

What would I fix about the 9? Tank size…and maybe an ABS option.  That’s it.  They sorted the fuelling a few months after I bought mine.  Oooooooo!!!! offer a FZ09R..tasty suspension right out of the box for a grand more!

2001 FZ01.  Picked this up used.  It needed some love, but overall a nice bike.  Sorted out the carbs, changed the tires, rode it for a bit…not my cup of tea.  Sold it on to another buddy that’s liking it, just fine.

2015 FZ07.  Picked up this little beauty for CDN MSRP (all fees in).  Great bike

Pluses: Motor, fuelling, price, fuel economy (it returned 4.4L/100km/54 MPG riding it as intended around town!! Minuses: Suspension, leg room, wind protection.

Again, another steal of a deal from Yamaha.  This bike has spotless fuelling right out of the box. The motor is a peach.  Yamaha hit the nail on the head with the 7.  It wheelies happily in 1st, and sometimes in second on power alone (I’m at 3500′ so air is a bit thin) The suspension is not as shitty as the stock FZ9, but it still needs work.  Matris emulators, and Yacugar fully adjustable rear shock sorted the bike.  I added a givi screen to help with wind blast, and added a sw motech rack to carry my enormous 45L givi case (for commuting and stuff).  Why sell a bike that you’re happy with? Don’t know..It was a great commuter, but for some reason I felt small on it (both mentally and physically).  It didn’t have the presence in traffic, that I spent 50km in daily.  At 5’9″ I’m not a tall guy, but was lacking in leg room.  And I only did one out-of-town trip with the little guy, as it didn’t inspire long treks (in my mind anyways).

So…what would I fix about the 7?  Offer ABS as an option Yamaha! That’s about it really…It’s a affordably priced naked bike, that has a great motor.  Job done.

This brings me nicely to the FJ09.

Pluses: OEM suspesnion and ECU is much better than the FZ09.  Fit and finish is very good, and I quite like the well put fairing (layer with no screws showing at the front).  Adjustable windscreen is a plus.  The stock potato chip does an ok job, but have replaced it with an ermax that I found second-hand.  Handle bar is stupid wide.  Wider than my Super tenere, which I though was a wide bar.  No complaints, will not be swapping it anytime soon.  Stock seat was ok, again, came across a deal on a used Seat concepts seat, which seems plushier and flatter (less slope).  Motor, yep, it has one, and a good one too.  I’m breaking it in, so left it in STD mode for now.  I’m happy with that.  TC is a bit abrupt, so I simply turn it off, and enjoy the 5k rpm wheelies.  ABS is first-rate, and I’m liking the radial brakes.  Overall, the bike fits me well, goes like stink, and is well finished, with very decent road manners.  I took the sawzall to the pipe, and hacked off at the first weld, then punched a hole in the main pipe, to gain access to the common chamber.  Much better.  When I have time later, i will cut the pipe at the second weld, cut out the restriction, and reweld both OEM welds, to give it the stock appearance/tip but have a nicer deeper sound.  Hopefully a keeper 🙂

Minuses:  errrmmmm…I have all of 400km on the bike, so cannot really comment just yet.  The rear grab handles look like someone bent them over their knees, and it’s odd for a bike not to have a rear rack.  there’s a slight hesitation from off to on throttle, but I’m nit-picking here.  Hoping the stock CCT doesn’t give me grief.  Not worried, as I have 2 yr warranty on the bike.

So what’s planned for this one:

  • contact points to sort (Screen-done, heated grips-done, seat-done)
  • Exhaust mod-half ass done…moar to follow will post pics/findings
  • Givi removable racks on back order..so I can carry stuff without strapping it to the rear seat
  • Yacugar rear shock re-fit from my FZ07.  The length appears the same, but I’ll need to thin up the rear linkage to accept the yac.  I’ll have to get it machined by about 5mm total (2.5mm on each side).  Again, I’ll get into it in the winter, with a follow up
  • SW motech crash bars-on order
  • Skid plate of some sort…yep, a skid plate on a FJ.  I would like to do the odd fire trail with this bike-read: smooth gravel.  It’s unlikely that anything might happen, but it’s a possibility.  I’m pretty sure I can do better than the current SW motech offering.  If I fail miserably, I’ll go for the SW motech offering 😛
  • Enjoy the bike.

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    bye bye FZ07. Had fun! Off to a new home.

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    I’ll be fitting this over the winter. The OEM shock is ok, but on fast bumps, it has a tendency to jolt you out of the seat. With a little massaging this should fit right in. Might even order a hydraulic pre load collar

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    A gray FJ. I’m glad I went with this color. Good looking bike

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    The cleanest it will ever be 🙂

I’ll post up, as things get added on to the bike.

Arrow full system install

well, it finally arrived.

Full arrow exhaust from Revzilla.  Hats off to the guys there, as they went over and above to help me out (accelerating shipping and the like.  Arrow is a 2 week waiting period before it even ships out to Revzilla…no matter all went well)

So, with my old stock headers, and home made Staintune off.  I removed my ACD skiddie, and went to work.

Install was dead easy.  For the Jenny craig weight conscious crowd, the arrow headers save about 4lb off stock header weight, if not more…my crap scale could only handle so much, without it falling off.  The staintune weighed nothing to start with, the arrow weighs about the same.

No need to unplug the O2 sensors, they will spin right in, remember to hold the sensor, and spin the pipe.

arrow bits and bobs

so, workmanship is first rate.  The headers are nice, come with paste, but I’ll re install the exhaust using hi temp silicone on the joints, to eliminate back firing.  The slip on is very nice.  Solid, but weighs as much as my Staintune slip on.

Some might wonder why I pulled my staintune, which is a great pipe, and replaced it with an arrow.  Well, my staintune was made by me, and welded by a much better person than me.  That said, I had to remove the oem winkers, and replace them with shite ebay units.  I wanted to go back to 2014/2015 OEM turn signals, so it was a good excuse to go all arrow.

So, once the exhaust was in, it was time to mod the plate.  Other guys have used an extra nut on their engine studs to stand the skid plate off.  I didn’t want that, as I’m already making contact with the front wheel.  This would also mean that I would have to re-drill all the back holes, to make them work with the bracket.

No worries.  Out came the jig saw with metal blade, a marker, a rag to clear the mud and caked on cow dirt, and away I went.  Below is the fine result…I’ll eventually get a plate welded over the exhaust to give it some protection.

arrow skid plate arrow skid plate2

The exhaust sticks out by about 1/3″.  Nothing crazy, and should be ok for the remainder of the Canadian riding season.

How does it work?  Well, it sounds down right mean.  My staintune without baffle is a riot.  This is better, with baffle in.  The bike pulls much better (stock filter, ecu tune by AC, , 2014 basket, manual cct), than previously, and is willing to rev up faster from about 4000 rpm and up.  I had a hard time getting traction in T mode, and S mode was even more entertaining than pre flash.  Power commander?  Not sure, a buddy of mine has the same set up with the commander.  I’ll ride them back to back and see if it’s worth it.

Happy days.  I think the bike might run a bit cooler as well.

Money well spent me thinks.

arrow exhaust with question mark

Not really sure what the tab is for…I did cut down my heat shield ages ago, but I don’ remember it going quite that far. It came with a rubber grommet to go in said hole

overall arrow

works great. As a bonus, now that I don’t have a cat, I can carry a spare sandwich strapped to the top of the skid plate without fear of melting 🙂

And a fine trip it was. 2015 BC back road blast

Well, it was time for a road trip, focusing as much as possible on the dirt aspect of things.  I have pulled out all the stops for this one.  Be amazed at my sooper awesome Snip Tool skills 🙂

Pictures? well yes, https://www.flickr.com/photos/97730749@N03/sets/72157654951082902

The participants, and their fine rides

Serge, on his 2005 BMW F650.  Well sorted bike, with a new rear tire, a new battery (which decided it needed to expel some extra battery acid all over his bike throughout the trip)

Reg, on his first gen KLR, with a 685 Kit.  Nicely set up bike, with everything one may need for a trip of this kind.

Matt the Aussie, on his 2nd gen KL-aaah.  This is the war-horse of war horses.  Been to South America and back on it, without any real issue.  Even though he did his own wiring on it.  Moar on that later.

Myself on my trusty Super T, with mitas tires well past their best (front and back at 20% tread).  My newly installed ABS off switch paid for itself.  A must on tricky terrain.  My new bush axe to ward off bears and honey badgers, and the ability to pick my nose if needed.

The route:

Sunday: Plan was to ride from Calgary to Salmon Arm the long way.  We did just that.  We got to ride some gravel in the AM (FTR 40 south to Coleman), then pounded pavement well north of Kaslo.  The 31A from Balfour was none too crowded, and the road north of Kaslo kicked ass.  The gravel road to Trout lake was entertaining as always.  Day done, we finished up 12 hours later.  2 hours ahead of google’s estimated time!  Beer time.  See below sooper awesome sketch of the day.  The gravel high lighted in yellow was excellent.  The optional roads are decent as well, but we did not ride them that day.

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Below, Indian Graves to the East
IMG_0038Trout Lake Road.  From left to right, Matt, Reg, and SergeIMG_0042

Monday: We left Salmon Arm, and headed north to Barriere, Little Fort, then over to 70 Mile House, ending the day in Lilooet.  The bulk of the riding was on gravel roads.  The interesting bits were off Big Bar road where we had a choice of:

Option a: west side of the Fraser river via big bar ferry.  Nice ride, but the ascent is mostly made up of soft sand.  So we opted out

Option b: Peter out, and take the Jesmond  gravel road.  Nope too easy.

Option c(just noticed the inaccuracy of my doodle below…I have two option a’s  East side of Fraser river using a well used, but narrow dirt road (High Bar Road) that ended in a 23% climb that brought us roughly 1 kilometer above the dirt road.  This is the route we took.  And a good choice it was.

We took the short cut through Clinton-Pavillion road, to join up to the remainder of hwy 99, which was great fun on the tenere.  The KLr’s were pretty much wide open, and tapped out at 120km/h.  Below, Monday’s route.  Again, gravel in yellow marker.

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Below on the way to Little FortIMG_0062Below: Great road east of Little FortIMG_0075Big Bar Road, IMG_0087The view, after the 23% grade climb.  Well worth it
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On the way to Liloeet
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Multi meters? why yes we have two!
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Tuesday: Tuesday was a doozie.  Both good and bad.  High line road was conquered many times over, so it’s a well know road to me.  No issues there, scenic, and involving.  Win!  What wasn’t so damn cool, is towards the end of the HL road I needed to water the surroundings.  I parked up just off the gravel road, walked into the bush (10 feet) to take a leak.  Not 20 feet from me I saw a bear cub hauling ass away from me.  I have never put all my gear back on this quickly.  Rule of thumb, if cubs are around, you have a protective momma bear around.  As I hurried back to my bike, I told Serge about my sighting.  I pointed in the general direction of said bear cub.  Just behind a tree, the bear cub stuck his head out to see what we were up to.  It was time to leave.

The paved road from D’Arcy to Pemberton is nice, so no issues there.  We stopped in to Pemberton (or a small town north of it…forgot the name) for some lunch and quite a few mosquito bites.

After lunch, we hopped back on the 99 heading north, for about 5 km, to join up to a gravel road that was to take us all the way down to Hope BC.  Well, holyshitmonkeyballs!  What a hateful piece of road.  Please note, dear readers that this is the first road that I have not traveled before.  Take note, as this phenomenon will be repeated in this trip.

The first 80km were hard pack gravel, with sharp pointy bits sticking out, intertwined with bits that had 4″ of fresh gravel put down.  Magic!

And the last 50km was something prepared by satan himself.  You know you’re in trouble, when the mile/km markers fall off, the road narrows to 8 feet, complete with loose shale, bear shit, and lots of washouts thrown in for fun.  Did I mention the 30% grade.  Not easily negotiated with heavy piggies that we were riding.  We were contemplating to spend the night in the bush.  Soon enough we made it through satan’s arm pit, and were rewarded with pavement.  Rottiserie chicken, and beer for dinner.  That’s Tuesday then.tuesdaySerge having a good time IMG_0117Reg summing up the Tuesday ride nicely
IMG_0123Harrison Lake, looks like an inlet.  It’s huge
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Wednesday: It seemed like a simple enough day.  Hope to Winthrop WA.  Well you guessed it.  It didn’t go to plan.  My initial route had us going up the 5, then hitting some tasty gravel to go east to Tulameen.  The first turn off had a huge gate.  Ramblists, cyclists, and tree huggers only.  Motors are bad, so you can’t go there.  Ok, back on the 5 to head north.  We hooked up to the Tulameen FSR, great road.  But then my non-existent navigational skills had us riding all over the shop, as long as it wasn’t in the actual direction we needed to go.  Eventually Matt, and Reg told us that we missed a road that was well hidden and out-of-the-way.  That would be the Tulameen River Road.  Another winner.  We finally made it to Princeton at 330pm.  Lunch time!

wed Agassiz to tulameen

We changed plans and decided to stay the night in Penticton.  The rest of the day was uneventful, the bit east of Hedly is worthwhile.  Also the road on the North side of the river is a nice stretch of pavement.

wed tulameen to PentictonThe road that is awesome…but goes nowhere.  Yes 25km of gravel bliss one way, a locked gate, and another 25km of gravel to ride backIMG_0134East of Hedley, gravel.
IMG_0139We were warned.
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Thursday: We decided to stick to pavement.  Tuesday was not an easy day.  Serge was suffering from some serious swelling of one of his feet.  Matt took a tumble on the his bike, and was a bit banged up.  We headed north through the valley, taking in west bank road.  Excellent.  At the end of the WB road we took a breather, and noticed that a: Reg’s rear tire had split from right to left, b: my headlights were not functioning, and c: Matt’s KLR was not behaving in the electrical department.  Serge meanwhile provided the colorful commentary on the previous days’ happenings.

We quickly found a dealer, broke out the precision hammers and got to work.  Reg secured a tire, and had it sorted in an hour, for less than $100 mounted.  Bargain!

I spent a staggering $3.63 on two 25 Amp fuses (one to go in, and a 2nd as a spare), and got my lights going.

Matt needed some help with his rat’s nest of a wiring job, to trouble shoot the problem.  $10 later, he was on his way with a new relay.  It’s a well-known fact that all KLR-ists (klr owners) travel everywhere with multimeters.  Which  came in very handy indeed.

So, irony of ironies…all three jap bikes needed work, while the BMW needed none.

We ended the day in New Denver.  Great paved roads, with all sorts of good bits thrown in.  Found a great camp site in ND, moar rotiserie chicken, and naturally local brews.  I even got to use my bush axe.  Nice!

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Friday: We woke up to thunder and lighting.  Matt made the most excellent suggestion to get the hell out of dodge!  So we did.  We rode the 31A, a beauty, even in pouring rain.  My well-worn Mitas never gave me any concerns.  The rest of the day was spent on pavement, with light traffic, and seriously heavy winds on the 22 heading north to Calgary (45 to 60 km/h winds).

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Trip Summary.  A great time was had.  The guys had a good time, or so told me to my face 🙂 The tenere rolled over 60k on the trip, with very little concerns, apart from the budget busting $3.63 spent on the fuses.  The Mitas tires held up well, and could have gone another 2k before replacing.  But since the rear had next to no tread left, I pulled it, and the front in favor of new tires.

Actual route taken:

Calgary to Agassiz:
Agassiz to Calgary

Gear..well, I’m still using my Klim Badlands jacket and pants, top marks.  Kept me dry in the wet, and cool in the heat (relatively of course).  My alpine stars scouts are still holding out the majority of the moisture.  My Shoei Neotec soldiers on, great lid, and versatile to boot.

Moar stuff for the FZ…the not so cheap bits.

Ok, so I’ve been busy riding, and not writing. I’ve put on a few accessories on the FZ07. Yacugar rear shock.  The OEM suspension is cheep and cheerful on the 7.  It’s not bad, but it’s not great.  It had to go.  Ted at the beemer shop helped me out with a fully adjustable Yac minus hyd. preload for just under a grand.  Yes it’s not cheap, but it transforms the bike.  The low/high speed comp adjustment had to sit on the front of the frame, a bit odd, but what can you do.  The difference is profound.  Bike handles nicely, and you can make good corrections mid corner without upsetting the bike.  No more bob and weave either.

Quality piece of kit

Reservoir towards the front of frame.

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Tasty.

Yoshimura Fender Eliminator.  The stock tail is ugly.  and the big turn signals don’t help.  I ordered through Motostarz and it went well.  The stuff showed up in 3 days. I ripped the tail off, and went to work.  All connectors are plug and play, and the Yoshimura fender eliminator is well put together.  One gripe is for Canadian plates, the yosh bracket will not work.  I ended mounting it behind the plate, and making some custom holes in my license plate.  No big deal.

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And off it goes

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The yosh bracket went behind the license plate. The bracket is too small for Canadian plates

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Job done. Looks good

Next up…handlebars.  The stock bars suck.  The sweep on the is huge, and they forced me into an akward riding position.  First up were renthal lows…an imporvement, but not exactly what I was looking for.  Too much sweep again.  I then ordered the renthal ultra lows.  That was the meal ticket.   I bought a largish tap, that matched the thread on the bar ends, and had a friend machine off the excess fat on the bar ends so they could slide into the renthal bar.  Magic.

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Threaded…

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Threading in process

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Machined bar end

Givi screen.  Nice screen.  Helps with the wind blast a bit.  It’s not super tall, but I think it flows well with the bike, even with the ginormous turn signals.

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I like!

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screen shot 🙂

OMGS!!!!! MY ZARD IS HERE…ok, got home, tore into it.  Stock pipe weighs 16 lbs.  Zard weighs 8 lbs.  Instructions? errrmmm…no, there was none.  After some head scratching it went together nicely.  Looks great.  I’ll post links to the boob channel shortly with baffles in, one baffle in, and two baffles out.  I’ll keep the baffles in.  It sounds great (I wear molded ear plugs, and can hear them over the plugs).  Fit and finish is excellent.  The metal Zard sticker will eventually fall off as it’s glued on, and not riveted.

pics: https://www.dropbox.com/sc/3y8kja53ujt2q92/AAAdsfeFmxtfCj4UGs9-jmUma

Video: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCzSJeqjKkwDjhSJlT5T4hfQ