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Jul 14th, 2019 11:24 pm
Voyager
Re: 2019 Alaska Tour

Got my mirror back on and took the LT for its first ride since I got back three weeks ago. Odd thing is that the first time it started, it idled rough and then stalled. It never does that. Started it again, and it did the same thing. Third time I gave it a touch of throttle and it stayed running and the idle smoothed out. It seemed to run fine once underway so not sure what was up with that.

Now the bottom mirror mount keeps coming loose and feels like it isnít seating properly. I didnít see any broken plastic around that clip, but looks like it is time to quit trying to make a poor design work and simply bolt the mirrors on as others have done.

I filled the LT up so I can now total the fuel for the Alaska trip. Here are the stats. Note that the gas station is 14 miles from my house, so the total miles shown here for topped off to topped off show 28 miles more than the actual trip distance of 10,252 so actual fuel consumption was a little less than shown here, but close enough for government work.
Jun 27th, 2019 4:03 pm
Voyager
Re: 2019 Alaska Tour

As expected. Time to get out my sheet ABS, fiberglass cloth and ABS cement and repeat the patch I did several years ago on the right side. That repair has held up fine and even survived Alaska so hopefully the ABS/fiberglass/ABS sandwich will work on this side also. I think the break is almost identical to the other side.
Jun 26th, 2019 11:00 pm
rspyder
Re: 2019 Alaska Tour

Quote:
Originally Posted by Voyager View Post
Epilogue:

I thought it was cords gone bad and bought new cords, but that had no effect. However, it changes when the cord is moved around so I am moving on to check the connector on the bike and then the headset connector.
Have you tried contact cleaner on all of your connections? That solved my noise problem, but I was using the JMCB 2003. Another thought is that your wife is riding higher than you and getting some wind noise that passes over you triggering the mike.

Thanks again for the ride reports.
Jun 26th, 2019 8:45 pm
kbob12
Re: 2019 Alaska Tour

Beautiful photos! Great stories! Wishing the best for all you do!
Jun 26th, 2019 5:40 pm
Voyager
Re: 2019 Alaska Tour

Epilogue:

I found time to wash the LT today and do a little inspection. It took a long time to clean the wheels and final drive and they still need more work to get all of the tar dots and grease smears off.

The LT survived fairly well. I have a couple of good stone nicks in the VStream windshield, but the headlight and fairings appear relatively unscathed. It looks like the main casualty is the left from mirror mount, which I havenít removed yet to look at closely, but the front is clearly not holding at all so something is amiss. I also am losing paint on the lower left front fender where the screw goes in. Looks like it took a stone hit and now the paint is lifting from water and wind most likely.

The BT020 held up well. It has 10,252 on it now and I think will probably run the rest of the summer for me as I think it has another 2,000 or so left on it. I am still at a loss to explain the black stuff on the right front fork. It felt like a slightly oily powder and almost came off when hosed down. It is hard to believe it came off the road as the left fork had none of that residue. I see no signs of leakage from the Spieglers, but probably will wrap a paper towel around the brake hoses and squeeze the brake hard and see if I can pick up anything. My only other theory is that the grease on the axle from when I. did my front tire mount may have gotten dirt on it and then got slung into the wind and collected on the fork leg. Seems like a long shot though.

The only other issue I need to address is a lot of random static in Lindaís headset. That started on the ride to CCR last year and not on this trip. I thought it was cords gone bad and bought new cords, but that had no effect. However, it changes when the cord is moved around so I am moving on to check the connector on the bike and then the headset connector. I checked the connections inside the helmet to the speakers and mic, and all seem fine. The noise is affecting the mic circuit as it activates the VOX and constantly shuts off the music. Very annoying and probably will be a bugger to troubleshoot as some days the headset works fine with no issues.

So, time to ride the KLR a little now and spend some time trying to fix these niggles on the LT. I have yet to enter in all of my gas purchases into Excel, but I will edit this post and add that in a day or two once I get the ambition to enter that in.
Jun 25th, 2019 9:02 am
HOGnDAS
Re: 2019 Alaska Tour

Thanks for taking the time to share with us. I really enjoyed your reports.
Jun 25th, 2019 5:52 am
Voyager
Re: 2019 Alaska Tour

Quote:
Originally Posted by cbxchris View Post
Yeap, enjoyed the trip reports and it was a daily thing for me to come here just to read them. I am kind of sad it ended. I enjoyed them that much. Glad you made it home with only one issue of major consequence which was the front tire. Thank you once more for sharing........
I’m glad you liked them. It was a fantastic trip that I had been planning for a couple of years. Now it is time for some of the rest of you to get out there and write some reports for me to read.
Jun 24th, 2019 9:16 pm
cbxchris
Re: 2019 Alaska Tour

Yeap, enjoyed the trip reports and it was a daily thing for me to come here just to read them. I am kind of sad it ended. I enjoyed them that much. Glad you made it home with only one issue of major consequence which was the front tire. Thank you once more for sharing........
Jun 23rd, 2019 9:54 pm
rspyder
Re: 2019 Alaska Tour

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Originally Posted by Voyager View Post
I do hope your medical issues only affect this one riding season.
I am hoping my chemo does not last until next year. I am concerned my FJR might just leave the garage on its own. Only the battery tender keeps it company.
Jun 23rd, 2019 7:09 pm
Voyager
Re: 2019 Alaska Tour

Quote:
Originally Posted by rspyder View Post
Glad you got home safely and without any major headaches on the road. Thank you for your daily ride reports and pictures as it make me feel like I was traveling (medical reasons are keeping me from riding this year). I am sure you will be talking about this trip for years.
I do hope your medical issues only affect this one riding season.
Jun 23rd, 2019 7:07 pm
Voyager
Re: 2019 Alaska Tour

Quote:
Originally Posted by davebullock View Post
Really loved being able to 'join' you for this trip. Thanks for taking the time to document an epic trip. I'd say the LT performed well. I just put a clutch in at 204K, ready for the next 100

Met you briefly last year in Arkansas-didn't have a chance to visit longer. Next time

Dave
I hope there is a next time. I havenít been following, but did a CCR reunion come together for this year?
Jun 23rd, 2019 6:58 pm
rspyder
Re: 2019 Alaska Tour

Glad you got home safely and without any major headaches on the road. Thank you for your daily ride reports and pictures as it make me feel like I was traveling (medical reasons are keeping me from riding this year). I am sure you will be talking about this trip for years.
Jun 23rd, 2019 6:36 pm
davebullock
Re: 2019 Alaska Tour

Really loved being able to 'join' you for this trip. Thanks for taking the time to document an epic trip. I'd say the LT performed well. I just put a clutch in at 204K, ready for the next 100

Met you briefly last year in Arkansas-didn't have a chance to visit longer. Next time

Dave
Jun 23rd, 2019 5:47 pm
Voyager
Re: 2019 Alaska Tour

And my my final ride report post, a few more pictures from our last dayís ride home.
Jun 23rd, 2019 5:44 pm
Voyager
Re: 2019 Alaska Tour

Day 33: Bedford, PA to Lawrenceville, PA
Odometer: 83,660
Miles: 235

We had excellent weather in southern PA this morning for our ride to Raystown Lake and Dam. We took a number of pictures at the dam and lake and also went to both overlook areas.

We then had an uneventful, but fairly warm ride home as the temps climbed into the 80s.

We traveled a total of 10,252 miles in 33 days for an average of 311 miles per day. We had only a few periods of rain, mostly in the mountains of Alaska, Yukon and British Columbia, but not a single day with heavy or long duration rains.

All in all, a very nice trip with no major issues other than the tire failure and the only minor issues were flakey cruise control when the temps were in the 50s and, I think, a broken front mount on the left side mirror. Otherwise, the LT performed very well, but has a fair accumulation of dirt and I need to find the source of the black residue on the right fork leg.

Now to start planning next yearís trip to Newfoundland...
Jun 22nd, 2019 4:12 pm
Voyager
Re: 2019 Alaska Tour

And more day 32 pics.
Jun 22nd, 2019 4:10 pm
Voyager
Re: 2019 Alaska Tour

Day 32: Mt, Cross Lanes, WV to Bedford, PA
Odometer: 83,425
Miles: 278

We passed the 10,000 mile mark today just a short distance from our hotel.

We left West Virginia just as the rain was starting, but since it was coming from the west and we were headed northeast, we ran out of it about 15 miles later. The weather got progressively better as we neared PA and was very nice by the time we reached the Flight 93 National Memorial near Shanksville, PA. There were motorcycles everywhere due to a HOG rally in Winchester, VA and the Thunder in the Valley gathering in Johnstown. We must have seen over 1,000 bikes in four hourís time.

We had a nice visit to the three venues comprising the Flight 93 memorial. It is hard to believe that it has been nearly 18 years since that attack. I still remember that day quite well. The National Memorial is fairly simple as federal sites go, but it is nicely designed and very much worth a visit if you are in the area.

We then rode on down the Lincoln Highway to Bedford to stay at the historic Golden Eagle Inn. We saw a lot of fantastic scenery on our trip, but it is still hard to beat the mountains of PA.
Jun 22nd, 2019 10:06 am
Voyager
Re: 2019 Alaska Tour

Quote:
Originally Posted by HOGnDAS View Post
The good news is that the cruise control has worked fine for the last several days now. I am wondering it the issue was cold weather related, but not exactly sure how the cold would affect the clutch switch. Always something with an LT.

I absolutely agree with you that it is cold weather related. I have the same issue. Once the temp drops to 56 and below my cruise control stops working. When it gets warmer the cruise works no problem.[/QUOTE]

That is around the temps where mine quit working. Hmm.... Got to figure this out. I am almost certain mine was related to the clutch switch as if I fiddled with the clutch it would start working.
Jun 22nd, 2019 8:29 am
HOGnDAS
Re: 2019 Alaska Tour

The good news is that the cruise control has worked fine for the last several days now. I am wondering it the issue was cold weather related, but not exactly sure how the cold would affect the clutch switch. Always something with an LT.[/QUOTE]


I absolutely agree with you that it is cold weather related. I have the same issue. Once the temp drops to 56 and below my cruise control stops working. When it gets warmer the cruise works no problem.
Jun 21st, 2019 7:28 pm
Voyager
Re: 2019 Alaska Tour

And more day 31 pics.
Jun 21st, 2019 7:24 pm
Voyager
Re: 2019 Alaska Tour

Day 31: Mt, Georgetown, KY to Cross Lanes, WV
Odometer: 83,147
Miles: 234

We stayed last night at a hotel just 30 miles south of the Ark Encounter. Since we had visited the Creation Museum several years ago and saw the plans then for the Ark, we decided to visit it today while we were here.

We arrived at 9:30, shortly after it opened, and it was already quite busy with many buses dropping off people. It took about 45 minutes to get tickets and ride the bus up the hill to the Ark complex. It is an amazing structure and we only scratched the surface during our 3 hour visit. You could easily spend a couple of days in there if you read many of the displays. I read a few and took pictures of many others to read later. It certainly portrays the enormity of the task that Noah accomplished. And discusses the practicality of the Ark and addresses many of the punditsí claims that it could not possibly have happened.

It is a pricey visit, but then looking at the investment required to build that facility, the cost is understandable. And the crowds (and the electric wheelchairs) made it hard to get around at times. I suspect it would be much better to visit in the off season when the kids are in school.

We left there around 1:00 and backtracked on I75 south to Lexington where we headed east on I64. It was great riding weather with temps in the low 80s and partly sunny skies. The rear tire has nearly 10,000 miles on it and looks like it should easily make the remaining 600 or so miles home.
Jun 20th, 2019 3:59 pm
cbxchris
Re: 2019 Alaska Tour

I have never received good service in most any tire the last 25% of its tread life.......You almost back so lets hope its got a few more miles in it. It may simply be out of balance now with the wear.
Jun 20th, 2019 3:45 pm
Voyager
Re: 2019 Alaska Tour

Day 30: Mt, Vernon, IL to Georgetown, KY
Odometer: 82,913
Miles: 258

We had a cool and overcast morning, but the traffic was light on I64 well into Indiana so we made good time and had a good ride. The only thing of note is I felt a high frequency buzz in the handgrips that I didnít recall feeling before. It was very pronounced at 60-65 and lessened at 70. I thought it was the new front tire being out of balance, but I tried pulling in the clutch and it largely disappeared. I didnít feel it at all in the footpegs which is odd if it is engine related. So, I decided to keep going and see if it got worse.

After a coffee break, we hit some curvy sections of I64 and, guess what, the vibration largely disappeared when leaned over more than about 10 degrees. I am pretty sure now it is the rear tire. I donít think Iíve ever worn a BT020 down this far as I usually either need to remove one for a trip too long for the remaining tread, or, as at Russellville, for a big screw in the tire. The ME880s I wore this far made a racket, but no noticeable vibration. It is hard to believe a tire could do this, but it must be vibrating at the resonance frequency of the bars as they really buzz in my hands when upright between 60 and 65 MPH. No tingle at all in the pegs or seat, just the bars. Very strange.

No pictures again today as weíve been on this road before and not a whole lot to see.
Jun 20th, 2019 11:29 am
Voyager
Re: 2019 Alaska Tour

Started down I64 this morning and felt a buzz in the handlebars that I don’t recall feeling before. It is worst in the 60-65 MPH range and lessened a lot at 70 so I cruised at 70. My first thought was they didn’t get the front tire balanced properly, but this seems like a higher frequency vibration than a tire would cause. It certainly is much higher than the “thump” frequency from the bulged tire.

I closed the throttle and pulled in the clutch and the vibration largely went away so it seems to be engine related. The LT is running great so not sure what is going on. It did not seem to get any worse in the 130 miles or so we have ridden thus far, but it seems like something is going on.

The good news is that the cruise control has worked fine for the last several days now. I am wondering it the issue was cold weather related, but not exactly sure how the cold would affect the clutch switch. Always something with an LT.
Jun 20th, 2019 11:10 am
Voyager
Re: 2019 Alaska Tour

Quote:
Originally Posted by rspyder View Post
Too bad about the separation. Looks like you had a lot of tire left.
Yes, had about 9,000 on it so probably only 50-60% worn. I used to get 16-18K on the 880s, but I have yet to get an 888 past 9K. I have one more new one at home that I am almost afraid to mount now. I guess as long as I donít plan any trips longer than 9K it will be fine.
Jun 19th, 2019 11:34 pm
rspyder
Re: 2019 Alaska Tour

Too bad about the separation. Looks like you had a lot of tire left.
Jun 19th, 2019 7:29 pm
Voyager
Re: 2019 Alaska Tour

Day 29: Independence, MO to Mt, Vernon, IL
Odometer: 82,655
Miles: 317

Today was planned to be a ďmaking mileageĒ day, but that all changed in St. Louis. I felt a light thumping in the front end as we were going through St. Louis. I thought it was expansion strips at first as the road was rough and had many, but the thumping continued when I hit some smooth pavement. A quick check showed a large bulge on the front tire where the tread had separated from the casing.

The nearest BMW dealer was nearly 20 miles in the wrong direction, but I found Metroeast Motorsports about 6 miles away and right on our route on I64. They are a Polaris, Victory, Indian, Kawasaki, and Honda dealership, but they had a tire of the right size and were willing to squeeze us right in to their shop. We had a good chat with Brett, the owner, who is a super friendly man and very accommodating. It took nearly two hours (probably faster if they had let me remove the wheel as I offered), but we were on our way by about 4:30 after arriving there about 2:30. They could not have treated us better and they have a fantastic dealership. I wish I had a dealer like this near home.

We decided to ride just one more hour and call it a night. We had originally planned to ride 400+ miles and get to Louisville, but that wasnít in the cards. No photos today other than of my tire. Not much to see on I70 through Missouri and Illinois.
Jun 19th, 2019 7:24 am
Voyager
Re: 2019 Alaska Tour

Quote:
Originally Posted by cbxchris View Post
Glad all was well and hope the storm was not as bad as it looked. Once again, THANK YOU for the wonderful ride reports. I guess its obvious several of us are following your ride every day.
I enjoy reading othersí ride reports also, but I most enjoy the videos. I really enjoyed watching BWOM and tewster (tewster2 now), but both are fairly inactive now. The driving force behind BWOM died very young at 45, but his site is still up and being maintained by one of his BWOM cohorts and is worth watching on cold winter nights. He had a real knack for video making and was one of the first on youtube to make motorcycle ride videos.

My wife suggested I try vlogging, but I am just not a video personality. It takes a certain personality for that and I am just not it.

Now you all need to get out there and exercise your LTs on a long ride.
Jun 19th, 2019 6:15 am
cbxchris
Re: 2019 Alaska Tour

Glad all was well and hope the storm was not as bad as it looked. Once again, THANK YOU for the wonderful ride reports. I guess its obvious several of us are following your ride every day.
Jun 18th, 2019 8:21 pm
Voyager
Re: 2019 Alaska Tour

Day 28: Hays, KS to Independence, MO
Odometer: 82,338
Miles: 293

We began the day with a rain system approaching, but we got to RANS Design, Inc. before the rain hit. We had a great tour of the factory and discussion of the S-21 Outbound with the designer and his wife, Randy and Michele Schlitter. Unfortunately, the rain moved in shortly after we arrived so a demo flight was not possible.

We left Hays in the rain and rode for probably 80 miles in moderate, to at times heavy, rain. We finally outran the system and had about 30 miles of dry weather to dry off a little before stopping at the Eisenhower Library and Museum. Even though the museum is closed for renovation, the visit was still nice and it was a good reminder of the character and accomplishments of Dwight D. If only we could muster such in politics today.

We left as a very black sky was approaching and headed east away from the storm again. Shortly after, the radio came alive with tornado, heavy rain and hail, and flood warnings just behind us. We managed to distance ourselves from the storm and got through the Kansas City rush hour in reasonably good time. Spent probably an extra 20 minutes in the traffic.

We walked to dinner about 10 minutes from the hotel and got back just as the dark sky was closing in again. I hope it doesnít blow the cover off the bike tonight. It looks pretty sinister.
Jun 18th, 2019 7:57 pm
Voyager
Re: 2019 Alaska Tour

Quote:
Originally Posted by cbxchris View Post
You're slipping.........I need my daily report. That does make one worry a bit though........Hope all is well..........
Slipping? It isnít even 8:00 in my time zone.

Just got back from supper and waiting for the wife to review the pictures and delete the fuzzy ones before I download them.
Jun 18th, 2019 7:38 pm
cbxchris
Re: 2019 Alaska Tour

You're slipping.........I need my daily report. That does make one worry a bit though........Hope all is well..........
Jun 17th, 2019 9:49 pm
Voyager
Re: 2019 Alaska Tour

Quote:
Originally Posted by mtrevelino View Post
Hays, KS is where my final drive gave out returning from CCR Breckinridge. Put my LT in back of a pickup truck back to Denver. Wasted most of the day but was back on the road later that day. Fortunately Denver BMW had a FD in stock.
So you have great memories of Hays.
Jun 17th, 2019 8:37 pm
mtrevelino
Re: 2019 Alaska Tour

Hays, KS is where my final drive gave out returning from CCR Breckinridge. Put my LT in back of a pickup truck back to Denver. Wasted most of the day but was back on the road later that day. Fortunately Denver BMW had a FD in stock.
Jun 17th, 2019 7:30 pm
Voyager
Re: 2019 Alaska Tour

Day 27: Ogallala, NE to Hays, KS
Odometer: 82,045
Miles: 261

We had nice riding weather today and narrowly missed one rain storm that moved across I80 right before we got to it. Had some wet road to ride, but missed all of the rain. We then got a few drops as we headed south on US183 towards Hays, but nothing to bother other than cooling things off a little. It started out at 65 today and warmed to 84 as we arrived in Kansas.

Nebraska and Kansas are as flat as I remember from our ride through here back in 1988. Nothing much to see other than fields, cows, tractors, oil pumps and a number of large tanks that went past us on flatbed trucks heading up 183. They were large tanks, probably 20+ feet in diameter.

We are now in the central time zone so only an hour ahead of home. We meet the folks at RANS Designs tomorrow for a tour of their facility and a look at the S-21 Outbound kit plane.

I noticed an oily residue on my right fork leg when I was changing the oil in Alaska. Since we had ridden a number of oiled roads, I though it was stuff picked up off the road so I just wiped it off. However, it is reappearing and we have been only on paved roads for a long whule now. It diesn’t appear to be a fork seal leak as the top of the fork leg is still clean. It looks like the Spieglers brake lines or fittings may be misting out fluid. No low fluid warning yet from the ABS and it appears to be a very slow leak as it doesn’t have a wet look. So, I will continue on until I either get home or it gets worse.

I included a couple of photos showing the tip-over damage, well one photo. I am pretty sure from the rust and the way the metal is rolled off the back edge that the brake damage is from last year’s Tail of the Dragon visit. I made one pretty brisk run and touched down pretty hard on both sides. And with the Wilburs suspension and riding solo, I no longer drag the center stand first.
Jun 17th, 2019 10:21 am
Voyager
Re: 2019 Alaska Tour

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Originally Posted by rspyder View Post
Finishing a long riding day where I did not stop for lunch, I managed to drop my LT as I pulled into my driveway. Lot to say for hydration and food.
I am wondering about that also. We had a very small snack for lunch and had stopped only twice in the 400+ miles we rode yesterday. May have been a little blood sugar deficiency and dehydration. Or just a momentary lapse in judgement. The good news is that an inspection this morning shows no damage other than a scuff on the bar cover. The brake level seems fine and I see no damage to the rear pannier chrome strip or anything else. I hope we didn’t mess up the intercom connections when the cords got yanked out. We will know in a few minutes as it is time to hit the road!
Jun 17th, 2019 10:18 am
Voyager
Re: 2019 Alaska Tour

Quote:
Originally Posted by jzeiler View Post
All it takes is an unexpected pillion wiggle during a distraction and over you go DAMHIK.
Yes, Iíve had her wiggle at a gas pump when my hands were off the bars and holding the bike with legs alone can get dicey. I donít think I can blame her this time. I think I was either daydreaming or had a brain fart. Every time in the past I felt the LT going off balance and could catch it. This time it was halfway down before I even knew it. I was almost like waking up from a dream and it was already gone. It was just weird.
Jun 17th, 2019 9:41 am
rspyder
Re: 2019 Alaska Tour

Finishing a long riding day where I did not stop for lunch, I managed to drop my LT as I pulled into my driveway. Lot to say for hydration and food.
Jun 17th, 2019 8:51 am
jzeiler
Re: 2019 Alaska Tour

All it takes is an unexpected pillion wiggle during a distraction and over you go DAMHIK.
Jun 17th, 2019 8:44 am
Voyager
Re: 2019 Alaska Tour

Quote:
Originally Posted by bmwcoolk1200 View Post
From one LT owner to another, there is no shame in a low speed or zero speed drop. There are very few who could toss the first stone.
True. The weird part is I donít remember what happened. I was turning into the spot and the next thing I know I was halfway down and trying to slow the fall. It was weird. Oh well, other than a sore knee, I donít see any real damage to the bike. Will look at it more closely this morning when I am thinking more clearly. I then dehydration may have been an issue as it almost is like I blacked out for a second. Very strange, but looks like no really harm done and Linda rolled off behind me with no issue at all. I hit my knee pretty good as I someone hit above my knee armor so my kneecap got the pavement directly. That smarted for a few seconds!
Jun 16th, 2019 8:37 pm
bmwcoolk1200
Re: 2019 Alaska Tour

From one LT owner to another, there is no shame in a low speed or zero speed drop. There are very few who could toss the first stone.
Jun 16th, 2019 7:51 pm
Voyager
Re: 2019 Alaska Tour

Day 26: Buffalo, WY to Ogallala, NE
Odometer: 81,784
Miles: 416

We had a nice ride today, but nothing in the way of sightseeing and not much in the way of scenery. The roads are getting flatter and straighter and the terrain becoming mostly prairie. So we made a somewhat longer day of it since we were on I25 a good part of the way before hitting US26 for the remainder.

The only excitement today was as I was pulling into the motorcycle parking space at the hotel. Due to a combination of fatigue and, I think, looking down at the stripes, I misjudged the turn and slope of the parking lot and did a nearly zero speed drop of the LT after 12 years and nearly 82,000 miles. I think I could have held it up 10 years ago, but just donít have the leg strength anymore. No damage other than a scuff on the tip-over cover. I just knew this Alaska trip was going to get me, but thought it would be on the gravel in Canada or Alaska, not asphalt in Nebraska. LOL.
Jun 15th, 2019 10:54 pm
rspyder
Re: 2019 Alaska Tour

ALT 14 is even a nicer and more scenic ride than 14. Taking both 14 and 16 gave you a lot of scenery. Those Wyoming storms seem to crop up most days.
Jun 15th, 2019 9:40 pm
Voyager
Re: 2019 Alaska Tour

More day 25 pictures
Jun 15th, 2019 9:35 pm
Voyager
Re: 2019 Alaska Tour

Day 25: Billings, MT to Buffalo, WY
Odometer: 81,368
Miles: 333

We had excellent weather this morning with temps around 70 and bright sunshine. As we were traveling down I90, I saw the sign for the Little Bighorn Battlefield National Monument and I have always wanted to visit there so we decided to stop even though we really hadn’t planned on that. We spent nearly two hours there and it was very educational and peaceful.

We then headed south to Ranchester where we planned to take route 14 west through Bighorn National Forest. What a fantastic ride. I finally got to use some of the rubber on the edges of my tires. We saw two moose and several deer. We got slightly above 9,000’ and the temp dropped from 82 to 49 before we started back down towards Greybull.

At Greybull we headed south on route 20 as we wanted to ride route 16 through the southern end of the Bighorn National Forest back to our hotel in Buffalo. We followed the Garmin recommended shortcut on county routes 31 and 49 to Ten Sleep where we joined 16. We could see thunderstorms coming in from the west as we left Ten Sleep headed east.

Route 16 was a very nice ride, but not as nice as 14 through the northern part of the forest. The altitude was a little higher though reaching nearly 9,700 feet with a fair bit of snow still alongside the road. And the temp dropped to 47 and it began to rain and hail as we started down the other side. We did see a few more deer and another moose. We saw the moose just after the rain and hail began, but we stopped anyway for a picture. Thankfully, the hail was only 1/4” or so in size and was sparse enough on the road to not pose any significant traction issues.

The rain lasted only 15 minutes or so and the rest of the ride down into Buffalo was nice and progressively warmer reaching 70 at the bottom. All in all, a very nice day of riding and sightseeing.
Jun 14th, 2019 6:09 pm
Voyager
Re: 2019 Alaska Tour

Day 24: Great Falls, MT to Billings, MT
Odometer: 81,035
Miles: 218

It was sunny, clear and 70 degrees when we left Great Falls and headed south on 89 towards the Lewis and Clark National Forest. We had a great ride through the forest. It is somewhat like parts of PA except all conifers instead of deciduous trees, and the mountains may be a tad taller. We rode over one pass that got above 5,000 feet and the temp dropped to 60 for a while, but warmed back to 70 at the bottom of the other side.

Lots of cattle out here and we saw several pronghorn antelope, one close enough to the road that I hit the brakes just in case it decided to cross the road, but it stayed put.

We stayed on 89 after the park until it runs into I90 and then we took the slab east to Billings. Even I90 had some decent scenery, but certainly no match for the Lewis and Clark. We did see several very long trains, one carrying airliner fuselages! We had a line of thunderstorms chasing us most of the afternoon, but we got to our hotel abut 30 minutes before the sprinkles began and the main storms passed north of town. They are calling for more storms tonight though so we shall see. Hopefully, not until after we get back from dinner.
Jun 14th, 2019 12:18 pm
Voyager
Re: 2019 Alaska Tour

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I guess it is difficult to get a true sense of scale in these pictures. Very beautiful.
Yes, things are on a very large scale out here compared to in the east where you just canít see as far. You can see why they call this big sky country. You just need to point your LT west and come see it yourself.
Jun 14th, 2019 9:24 am
bmwcoolk1200
Re: 2019 Alaska Tour

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I am not at that altitude, but the mountains extend well above the tree line in many cases.
I guess it is difficult to get a true sense of scale in these pictures. Very beautiful.
Jun 14th, 2019 9:12 am
Voyager
Re: 2019 Alaska Tour

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What a great ride report! How's that seat breaking in for you?
It has gotten a little better, especially on the cooler days, However, yesterday it got to upper 80s in the afternoon and the seat got pretty uncomfortable after 4 hours. It feels like I am sitting on a bar at about the point you would balance if actually sitting on a bar (under your thighs a couple inches in front of your butt). There is a lot of pressure under my thighs and not nearly enough under my butt as on the stock saddle.

I would say comfort at this point is at most comparable to the stock seat with Bead Rider. It hurts different places than the stock seat, but overall comfort is no better than what I had before.
Jun 14th, 2019 9:08 am
Voyager
Re: 2019 Alaska Tour

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Are you at an altitude that what I am seeing in your pics is the tree line?
I am not at that altitude, but the mountains extend well above the tree line in many cases.
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