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post #101 of 131 Old Jun 20th, 2019, 12:34 am
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Too bad about the separation. Looks like you had a lot of tire left.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.
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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.
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And more day 31 pics.
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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.
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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.

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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.
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And more day 32 pics.
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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...
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And my my final ride report post, a few more pictures from our last dayís ride home.
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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

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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.

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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

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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.

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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.

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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........
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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.

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Thanks for taking the time to share with us. I really enjoyed your reports.
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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.
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Beautiful photos! Great stories! Wishing the best for all you do!

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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.

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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.
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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.
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Great ride report. I did something similar in 2006 when I was 41. I had a bunch of different ride reports on advrider.com, but it looks as if they have become fragmented over the years - hereís a good part of it - towards the end: https://advrider.com/f/threads/alask...2#post-3147110

So, what led me here tonight? I was kicking around a K1600 and found a review by the OP where he talked about keeping his LT or buying a GTL or GA. I had to internet stalk you to find out what you did, and it looks as if you kept the LT. Bravo! I had a 2002 (I think...) LT and loved that bike. I had a GS 1150 Adv that I took to Alaska and that bike was awesome. Currently riding a HD Ultra and while itís an ok bike, Iíve been kicking around a K1600. Iíd do an Alaska trip again in a heartbeat and now that my youngest is going off to college in 3 weeks, I may just pull the trigger on a K1600, model to be decided, and start doing more of those long distance rides.

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Great ride report. I did something similar in 2006 when I was 41. I had a bunch of different ride reports on advrider.com, but it looks as if they have become fragmented over the years - hereís a good part of it - towards the end: https://advrider.com/f/threads/alask...2#post-3147110

So, what led me here tonight? I was kicking around a K1600 and found a review by the OP where he talked about keeping his LT or buying a GTL or GA. I had to internet stalk you to find out what you did, and it looks as if you kept the LT. Bravo! I had a 2002 (I think...) LT and loved that bike. I had a GS 1150 Adv that I took to Alaska and that bike was awesome. Currently riding a HD Ultra and while itís an ok bike, Iíve been kicking around a K1600. Iíd do an Alaska trip again in a heartbeat and now that my youngest is going off to college in 3 weeks, I may just pull the trigger on a K1600, model to be decided, and start doing more of those long distance rides.

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Yes, I still have the LT and probably will have it another year or three. I just ordered Packtalk Bold BT headsets as my passenger circuit on the BMW intercom seems to have gone bad. And I figured my next bike with have only BT so I decided to bite the bullet.

I am tired of maintaining the LT, but it isnít so bad now that I have the KLR to ride when the LT is down for maintenance. If I was riding a Harley, Iíd switch to a K1600 in a heartbeat. Sorry, I couldnít resist.

Yes, if I had been riding solo, I probably would have bought a GS for the Alaska trip, but for two-up riding the LT did a fine job. If you ride solo, a GT or GTL is probably a good fit. If you ride two-up, I would try the new GA as that has been my wifeís favorite K1600 to date.

Since you have twin experience with the GS, have you considered an RT? At this point, I am leaning that way as an LT replacement. I am still hoping that Honda fixes the issues with the new Wing as I really liked that other than the too small cases and fuel tank. However, I likely have another year or two to decide so going to wait and see what happens.

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I just perused your thread. I see you have a picture of the sign at, if memory serves, Kitwanga. My wife took almost the same picture so I went back and compared them to see the gas prices, but we didnít get the gas sign fully in the picture. I think the prices had not changed much in 13 years. Your picture was 122.9 and I think we paid around 132.9 plus or minus a few cents while in Canada (other than in the far north areas where prices were a bit higher).

I just checked GasBuddy and that Petro Canada station in Kitwanga is 132.9 at the moment. Not a bad change over 13 years.

It looks like you rode up and came back on the ferry. We considered that, but I wanted to ride both the Alaska highway and the Cassiar so we decided to ride both ways. I see you also fell short of your goal. I had originally planned to rent a bike in Fairbanks and ride to Prudhoe Bay. However, having been there before, this wasnít a high priority. Then, for a number of reasons, my available time was shortened from 42 days to 35 days which ruled out a 4 day ride to Prudhoe Bay. My backup plan was to ride to the Arctic Circle sign. However, when we got to Fairbanks, Linda was getting a little tired of rough road riding and really didnít want to ride another 300+ miles of road, some of it gravel, and the LT isnít the best gravel road machine, so we decided to skip that as well. That is my only real regret from the trip. I just may have to go back someday.

Although, I turn 60 this year so I donít have a lot of years left for trips as long as Alaska. Though, I am toying with the idea of flying to Alaska and renting an adventure bike and just spending 3-4 weeks riding some of the dead-end roads there. That would be a really fun time.

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Yeah, I hear 'ya. I turn 55 this year and my days of being far off the beaten path for a month are probably gone. I did end up buying a GTL a month or two ago and have been enjoying it. I figure I'm gonna do some exploring around the US, although I've visited every state on two wheels (except for Maine). Just enjoying the bike and seeing what's what.
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Yeah, I hear 'ya. I turn 55 this year and my days of being far off the beaten path for a month are probably gone. I did end up buying a GTL a month or two ago and have been enjoying it. I figure I'm gonna do some exploring around the US, although I've visited every state on two wheels (except for Maine). Just enjoying the bike and seeing what's what.
55! You are just a youngín.

Yes, lots of places to explore in the good old lower 48, but I really enjoyed riding in Canada. I found the folks super friendly and with the current exchange rate, the prices were also quite reasonable.

Maine is fun to visit, but not a lot of super riding, in my experience. We rode through Maine to Prince Edward Island and Nova Scotia three years ago and spent just a couple days in Newfoundland. We are planning a return to NL next spring and plan to spend most of our time there. NS was nice, but I much preferred the remoteness of NL. This time we will spend the bulk of our time in Newfoundland and just pass through Nova Scotia.

Planning a trip to Iceland in 2021 and that looks interesting. I would like to ride Europe again, but I admit that I hate airline travel more every year (I spent most of my working career traveling on airlines all too frequently to Europe and Asia) and the tours of Europe require a longer airplane ride than I care to make these days. And the cruise ship schedules arenít that convenient and they are rather expensive to simply get from here to Europe and back. Now, if a cruise ship would also take my bike, then the cost would be worth it as I would save a bundle on bike rental. But I have yet to find a cruise ship that will take my motorcycle.

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