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post #1 of 119 Old May 21st, 2019, 5:53 am Thread Starter
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Day 0: Final preparations
Odometer: 73,408

Well, the bike is as ready as I know how to make it and we just need to do the final packing. I am still undecided on the route for Day 1, but will finalize that in the morning based on the weather. The first night’s stay will be in Dearborn as I have always wanted to tour the Henry Ford Museum. From where I live in extreme north central PA (I can see NY from my house), it is shorter to cross into Canada and back at Detroit, but time wise there is not much difference as an hour of total wait time at the two border crossings will negate the 50 or so mile difference in distance. However, since I likely will come back through Ohio I am hoping to go out through Canada for different scenery if nothing else. And hope the border crossings aren’t too time consuming. We have had a few that took 10 minutes and one that took close to an hour. You just never know.

In order to maintain maximum flexibility for each day, I plan to not reserve hotels much in advance. In Europe that practice can be risky, but in the US it has always worked well for us. Generally, we will have an idea by either lunch time or our afternoon coffee break as to how far we want to ride given weather and such and we will pick a hotel for the night that is another 100-200 miles distant and make the reservation before all of the other travelers starting coming off the road around 5:00. This may not work as well as we near Alaska where towns and hotels are fewer, but it seems that many past travelers to Alaska have done this and mostly had success. We are taking no camping gear so the only alternative to a hotel is to ride all night. Hopefully, that won’t happen.

I found a gentleman through the advrider site who has offered to let me use his airplane hangar to do an oil change in Anchorage. I ordered a filter shipped to him yesterday so hopefully it will beat me to Alaska. I was going to mail a filter, but it is more than $6 to mail a filter and I found I could buy one on Amazon delivered to Alaska for about the same price so that seemed like the better deal. I am going to squeeze the filter wrench onto the LT somewhere and should be set for the change. I am hoping the tires will make the entire trip, but I don’t know how rough on them the alcan will be. I suspect wear will be accelerated on the roads in the far north as compared to the lower 48.
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Matt, I hope you both have a wonderful and safe journey and am looking forward to tagging along via the forum.
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Have a safe journey Matt. I did the Henry Ford Museum many years ago - it was great! Enjoy!
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Day 1: Lawrenceville, PA to Dearborn, MI
Odometer: 73,817
Miles: 437

Had a cool start with temps at 45 when we left. The sun soon warmed things to low 60s when we arrived at the Peace Bridge. We had a short 10 minute wait to cross the border, paid our $4.75 bridge toll and then headed up the QEW to Hamilton. It was 69 degrees as we headed up towards Lake Ontario where it very quickly dropped to 49 degrees! That lake is cold. It was like riding into a refrigerator.

We made our way across southern Ontario to Windsor passing through a few fairly light showers. Things slowly warmed up as we neared Windsor where it was sunny and 70. We then crossed back into the US at Detroit. The border crossing was nearly empty. We were 3rd in line and got across in less than 5 minutes. We got to our hotel about 6:30 and headed to nearby Ford’s Garage for supper. What a fantastic place. I had the best fish and chips outside of the UK. They actually had real wedge “chips” like England, not plain Jane french fries. The only thing missing was the vinegar, salt and newspaper wrapping. If you are ever in Dearborn, this is the place to eat.

Not much to show for pictures today as southern Ontario is kind of like Kansas.

PS. At first we weren’t sure about the new Russell seats. They feel much different than stock. Linda and I both feel like we are being slid/rotated forward all of the time. It is a somewhat disconcerting feeling. However, at the end of the day, we had almost no butt burn as we normally do and other than the normal (for us nearly 60s folks) stiffness in the joints, we ended the day in pretty good shape. So, even though the seats feel a little odd while riding, I think they certainly are living up to the “day long” claim as we had a pretty long day (437 miles and probably 8 hours in the saddle) and ended the day in pretty good shape. We aren’t iron butt contestants by any means, but this day was on the long side of our typical touring days. I try to keep us in the 300-350 range most days and most of our trips average only about 200 miles/day counting the few days we spend mostly visiting a sight of one form or another.

I see why Russell really emphasizes getting a 1,000 miles or so before calling them about issues. They say this “breaks in” the seat. I suspect it is more of “breaking in” the riders to get used to the seat and it does feel odd at first if you are coming from a stock seat.

As for the Vstream tall shield, Linda says it is better for her than stock. She feels less buffeting on her helmet and less wind overall. I find it worse than the stock shield for a couple of reasons. First, I get more wind on my arms and shoulders due to the funky shape at the midpoint that supposedly creates the vortex that National Cycle advertises. This was very noticeable when we got along the cold lake yesterday. I had to stop and put in a jacket liner where I likely could have toughed it out with just my t-shirt and mesh jacket with the stock shield. Second, The extra 3/4” of height puts the top of the shield almost within my line of sight even when fully lowered. I could easily see over the stock shield when fully lowered. I can see over the Vstream, but the edge of the shield is high enough to be bothersome. However, Linda is happy so it is a win overall.
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Day 2: Dearborn, MI to Mackinaw City, MI
Odometer: 74,118
Miles: 301

Spent a couple of hours at the Henry Ford Museum this morning. You could spend all day there, but two hours of walking and standing was enough for me. Lots of interesting technology there and Ford was a fan of “firsts” so he bought a lot of first of a kind/one of a kind machines. We had a snack in the Diner and then hit the road. We plan to go back again to see Greenfield Village and take the Rouge factory tour.

The wind was strong and gusty the entire ride this afternoon. It made 300 miles feel like 500. And I was going through fuel like crazy, barely getting 110 miles on half a tank. Found a nice mom and pop motel and a great restaurant just a short walk away. No rain today, but the temps dropped considerably as we headed north from a nice 78 in Detroit to 62 at Mackinaw City. Looks like 40s tonight so it may be a chilly start tomorrow as we cross the Mighty Mac bridge.

Hotels were getting scarce for the holiday weekend so we decided to book one tonight for tomorrow to ensure we have one. I suspect finding one for Saturday night may be challenging also, but I hate booking ahead and then having to get to a certain place and losing flexibility in travel.
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I grew up in Ann Arbor just west of there. We took many field trips in grade school to the museum & Greenfield Village. I have two friends that work at the museum in the restoration shop.
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I grew up in Ann Arbor just west of there. We took many field trips in grade school to the museum & Greenfield Village. I have two friends that work at the museum in the restoration shop.
That would be a fantastic place to “work.” I would probably pay them to let me work there!

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Day 3: Mackinaw City, MI to Ashland, WI
Odometer: 74,473
Miles: 355

It was a cool 46 degrees, but calm as we crossed the Mighty Mac bridge at 7 AM. The right lane was closed so we had to ride on the metal grid part of the bridge, but the LT handled that well. The temp never got above 50 as we rode along the northern shore of Lake Michigan. No significant rain during the morning, but overcast and not very warm.

After lunch at the Moose Drop Inn (I am not making that up!), the temp dropped to 43 along the southern shore of Lake Superior. It remained cool most of the day, but did warm into the mid 50s as we approached Ashland and then dropped back into the upper 40s at our lakeside hotel. We saw moose crossing signs, but no moose. Linda loves moose and so far she has been excellent moose repellent. We have been to Alaska, Maine and Newfoundland and now Michigan and have yet to see a wild bull moose.

The “yooper” part of Michigan is pretty boring riding with mostly straight and level roads and not much to see. So, today was not the most fun riding day. Just a long, boring and cold day. Looks like tomorrow will be better as we head away from the Great Lakes which make great refrigerators this time of the year. However the hotel hot tub was very nice.

The first two pictures were taken last night after I had already made yesterday’s post.
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Hi , The Mackinaw bridge is getting repainted constantly . If the weather is good enough to paint, there on it .. and you have to run on the steel grid . The third time I rode up to Alaska I had TKC 80's on my '95 GS & it wanted to grab the grid's . If you try to keep on an angle on the grid it doesn't grab near as much.

If your route is up the Yellowhead Hwy https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Yellowhead_Highway , a stop in North Battleford at the Western Development Museum https://wdm.ca/north-battleford/ . Nice place, I liked the tractors and farm stuff there . They plowed in one direction then went the other way the next day.. There is a lot to see there .

Also , on the Alaskan HWY , north of Muncho Lake , just over the Liard river is the Liard River Hot Springs Liard River Hot Springs Provincial Park - BC Parks it is well worth the stop. There was a little waterfall you could seat under and have hot water work your back over..It was nice !
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Day 4: Ashland, WI to Fosston, MN
Odometer: 74,735
Miles: 262

It was a very nice morning in Ashland with bright sun and 65 degrees when we left at 8:30. The temps cooled as we approached Lake Superior again and the city of Superior, WI. Docked in Superior was the Arthur M Anderson, which will be familiar to those who know the story of the wreck of the Edmund Fitzgerald.

We rode through Duluth and up the hill to the Enger Tower which has great views of Duluth and Lake Superior. After snapping a few pictures, we hit the road again headed towards the town of Bemidji to snap some pictures at the statues of Paul Bunyan and Babe the blue ox.

The temps continued to cool into the mid 50s and the skies continued to darken as we approached our stop for the night in Fosston, MN. We hit some light mist, but got to the hotel before any significant precipitation. Now we are finalizing our route for tomorrow as we are getting into more remote country and finding hotels along the direct route is becoming more challenging so we may have to detour off the direct route in order to find lodging at a comfortable daily mileage.

I must say that these roads and scenery make it hard to stay awake. Miles and miles of straight roads with just an occasional bend and little to see along the way. The only good thing is there are a lot of good classic rock radio stations in this part of the country and you can hold a station for 80 miles or more in this flat terrain. Very unlike PA where it is hard to hold even a strong station for more than 40 miles.
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Sounds like things are going well, I recognized Duluth from your pictures. I wish I could send you the 95 degrees we had today and I would gladly take your mid 50's.
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Sounds like things are going well, I recognized Duluth from your pictures. I wish I could send you the 95 degrees we had today and I would gladly take your mid 50's.
I’d be happy to average those temps. I don’t mind it too bad in the 50s, but it does wear on you after a full day of riding, particularly when you add in gusty winds all day. I much prefer 60s to low 70s, but I like to stay out of the 80s and 90s.
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Day 5: Fosston, MN to Estevan, Saskatchewan
Odometer: 75,138
Miles: 303

A cold, windy and boring ride from Fosston to Minot, ND. I had originally planned to stay in Minot for the night, but since we were all bundled up for the cold and it was only 3 PM when we got to Minot, we decided to continue on to Estevan, Saskatchewan and get the border crossing out of the way, eh? Although, the border crossing on route 52 at Portal was pretty quick as the line was empty when we got there. I think the agent was bored as he asked a lot more questions than normal, but we still got through in less than 5 minutes. And most of that time was removing helmets and donning them again.

The scenery was a little better north of Minot as we headed towards Kenmare. Route 52 runs up a shallow valley and all along the hills were numbers made using white stones. We figured out after a while that they were graduating class years. I didn’t get the 19, 18 and 17 (I’m obviously old), but when I saw 65, 77, 79 and such it clicked. Looks like quite a long tradition as I think we saw a number back to at least 62.

We dodged the rain all day, but temps ranged from 48-55, mostly 50 or less. We are hoping for warmer weather in the days ahead, but it looks like a cool start tomorrow. And now we are watching the fires in Alberta and hoping they won’t affect us. Not much for pictures today.
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Hi, In 1994 , The second time I road to Alaska . I rode up with my friend Jim & our wife's flew up. Jim & I went thru the Portal / North Portal border crossing. We had to take everything off the bikes for inspection . I had 110 pounds of stuff on my bike & Jim had probably more. I had my wife's clothes, her BMW leather suit , helmet , boots... Plus my stuff, and our camping gear , tent sleeping bag , cook stove ++. I had everything packed in little stow bags , everything in its own bag in its place. Everything had to come off for inspection. I would take a small bag out , & tell the inspector what was in it, then she would feel it like it was a Christmas present then open it. One little bag at a time. After a while I would say what it was, she would feel it & just set it down & not look in that bag. O what great fun that was. the next bay over the inspector was asking Jim what something was, & he would say If you want to know what is in there, you have to look for your self !

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Hi, In 1994 , The second time I road to Alaska . I rode up with my friend Jim & our wife's flew up. Jim & I went thru the Portal / North Portal border crossing. We had to take everything off the bikes for inspection . I had 110 pounds of stuff on my bike & Jim had probably more. I had my wife's clothes, her BMW leather suit , helmet , boots... Plus my stuff, and our camping gear , tent sleeping bag , cook stove ++. I had everything packed in little stow bags , everything in its own bag in its place. Everything had to come off for inspection. I would take a small bag out , & tell the inspector what was in it, then she would feel it like it was a Christmas present then open it. One little bag at a time. After a while I would say what it was, she would feel it & just set it down & not look in that bag. O what great fun that was. the next bay over the inspector was asking Jim what something was, & he would say If you want to know what is in there, you have to look for your self !

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I am glad that Linda and I did not look as sketchy as you and Jim!
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Day 6: Estevan, Saskatchewan to North Battleford, Saskatchewan
Odometer: 75,509
Miles: 371

After sitting all night in temps as low as 29, my LT would not start this morning. The #$*#(@#*@ Shorai lithium battery would not crank it over enough to fire and on the third try I believe the starting relay kicked out on low voltage. Having read that sometimes in cold weather there is a need to load the lithium battery for a time to warm it up, I left the ignition on for 30 seconds or so as I programmed the GPS. The HID was also warming up so that should have been drawing some current. I tried again and the cranking was still very slow, but the LT fired. I am definitely one and done with Lithium Ion batteries in motorcycles, unless they find a way to deal with cold temps.

After getting the LT started, we hit the road at 8:15 and it had warmed to 42 by then. It was a great ride in clear skies and sun and continual warming. It was 55 by the time we took a break in Moose Jaw and then was 74 by the time we got to Saskatoon. The terrain south of Saskatoon makes Kansas look hilly! I think we were on some sections of road that were straight for 50 miles. At least it seemed that way.

Given how nice the weather was, we decided to continue on rather than stay in Saskatoon per my original plan. So we found a hotel in North Battleford and rode another hour and a half in upper 70s temps. Just a great riding day other than those flat and straight roads. However, as we got within 60 klicks or so of North Battleford, the terrain started to get some variation. Hopefully, tomorrow we will begin to ease out of the plains and into a little more interesting scenery.

We did see one fire off well in the distance, but it appears that we will be south of all of the serious fires.

Other than the battery not liking the cold, the LT is performing well. The only disappointment is the Russell seat. Linda is liking hers quite well, but mine is only a “day long” seat if your riding day is 4 hours. After that, the pressure under my thighs gets to be quite painful. It feels like they don’t have enough padding on the springs or wires or whatever is in the seat was it feels like two bars are under my thighs right at the front of each side “wing” of the seat. Very uncomfortable after about 200 miles. So, far the seat is as bad as, and I would say probably worse, than was the stock seat. I should still be within the adjustment window with Russell (8 months I believe) and I definitely will send it back for a do over. I’d rather have a stock seat back than live with this the way it is currently. And it is getting worse as the weather gets warmer. I should have kept my stock seat until after this trip...
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Day 6: Estevan, Saskatchewan to North Battleford, Saskatchewan
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After sitting all night in temps as low as 29, my LT would not start this morning. The #$*#(@#*@ Shorai lithium battery would not crank it over.
Sorry to hear you are having some issues. I was always happy with my Odyssey PC680 battery.

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The only disappointment is the Russell seat. Linda is liking hers quite well, but mine is only a “day long” seat if your riding day is 4 hours. After that, the pressure under my thighs gets to be quite painful. It feels like they don’t have enough padding on the springs or wires or whatever is in the seat was it feels like two bars are under my thighs right at the front of each side “wing” of the seat.
After having send backs on custom seat conversions (not one was correct), for my FJR RDL, I arranged a ride-in appt to the factory in Shasta Lake, CA and it was right the first time. However, that would be a long trip for you.

I also did an earlier seat conversion before a long trip and had a comfort problem. My solution was to purchase an AirHawk large cruiser pad. Made the seat much more comfortable. You may check out any motorcycle stores you find. I found mine at Cycle Gear. There are dealers in Saskatoon and Calgary.

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Sorry to hear you are having some issues. I was always happy with my Odyssey PC680 battery.



After having send backs on custom seat conversions (not one was correct), for my FJR RDL, I arranged a ride-in appt to the factory in Shasta Lake, CA and it was right the first time. However, that would be a long trip for you.

I also did an earlier seat conversion before a long trip and had a comfort problem. My solution was to purchase an AirHawk large cruiser pad. Made the seat much more comfortable. You may check out any motorcycle stores you find. I found mine at Cycle Gear. There are dealers in Saskatoon and Calgary.
I have one ... at home. Never imagined needing it after my test rides, but the longest was 2.5 hours which was too short to raise the issue. Lesson learned.
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Day 7: North Battleford, Saskatchewan to Whitecourt, Alberta
Odometer: 75,861
Miles: 352

Another beautiful riding day in Saskatchewan and now Alberta. It was in the 40s last night, but up to 56 when we hit the road at 8:00. It was approaching 70 at our coffee break in Lloydminster. The forecast for sun and 80s in the afternoon was spot on and we had a great ride to Whitecourt, except for the transit of Edmonton. It was heavy traffic and pretty hot there (mid-80s) and we had no luck finding a place for lunch. They have no signs at all for restaurants and such and the GPS doesn’t show you where things are until you select one and then find it is two miles off the route. So, we continued out of the city and found a nice little restaurant just a mile off the road a few miles out of town.

The terrain is still mostly prairie, but we are seeing some trees now and rolling hills to break the monotony. Linda was bored and dozing so no pictures today.

I had some oddness with the bike today. The highways were all posted at 110 km/h today and I cruised pretty much right at the speed limit, maybe a couple klicks over. My first two tanks only returned 35 MPG which is quite low for 70 MPH in fairly nice weather on basically level roads. I was a getting worried that something was amiss with the LT, but it was running just fine, although the temp gauge read a little low. I was also thinking about fuel range on the Alcan as there is at least one stretch where it looks like 170 miles between fuel stations from Muncho Lake to Watson Lake. 35 MPG still gives over 200 miles to empty, but that isn’t a lot of margin. I normally get 40-42 MPG at similar speeds riding back home so this was perplexing.

After lunch I filled up again at an Esso station (I think the other two were less known brands, at least to me) and started out at 41 MPG which then dropped to 40 as some hills were encountered. This is still just a touch low, but in the ballpark of what I would expect. So, I am guessing that the fuel I had in the morning may have had more than the usual amount of ethanol. I don’t see the amount on the pumps as in the US, but the mileage would be consistent with maybe 25% ethanol. That is just a theory, but the change was abrupt after I bought the Esso gas.
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No problem with the battery this morning and overnight in the 40's?

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Maybe you had a head wind. I got 22 MPG doing 75 in Texas pulling the Bushtec and a very strong head wind.

Did you have Russel put in the "fat boy" spring suspension when you ordered the seat? I have it in mine and it is an all day, day after day seat for me.
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No problem with the battery this morning and overnight in the 40's?
It was in the 50s when I started and it still cranks a little slow, but that has been normal. The coldest I have started it before was in the 40s in Cody, Wyoming two years ago and it cranked very slow, but still fired on the first try. The 20s and 30s were just too much for the Shorai.

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Maybe you had a head wind. I got 22 MPG doing 75 in Texas pulling the Bushtec and a very strong head wind.

Did you have Russel put in the "fat boy" spring suspension when you ordered the seat? I have it in mine and it is an all day, day after day seat for me.
I am under 230 so I did not do the “heavy” suspension per their recommendation.

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I am under 230 so I did not do the “heavy” suspension per their recommendation.
Well, there is your problem, put on 40 Lbs and then redo with the fat boy springs Linda won't mind.
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Possibly not. Never checked.
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Day 8: Whitecourt, Alberta to Dawson Creek, British Columbia
Odometer: 76,122
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The hotel we stayed at last night said it was LGBT friendly. I thought this was good since Linda and I are Large Gray Bike Tourers! And the hotel provided cleaning rags in the room so I didn’t even need tp go ask for them.

We left in great weather again this morning. 61 degrees and sunny at 8 AM. The scenery is still somewhat dull, mostly plains, but occasionally we get some variety such as at the Smokey River crossing.

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We got to Dawson Creek fairly early given the time change and low mileage day so we had time to walk around town a bit and watch a movie at the visitor center on the history and building of the road. It was quite an undertaking. I am looking forward to getting started up the Alaska Highway tomorrow.
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My wife has always wanted to see a bull moose. So far this desire has prevented us from seeing one no matter where we go. I call her my moose repellent.
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The hotel we stayed at last night said it was LGBT friendly. I thought this was good since Linda and I are Large Gray Bike Tourers! And the hotel provided cleaning rags in the room so I didn’t even need tp go ask for them.

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We got to Dawson Creek fairly early given the time change and low mileage day so we had time to walk around town a bit and watch a movie at the visitor center on the history and building of the road. It was quite an undertaking. I am looking forward to getting started up the Alaska Highway tomorrow.
I have never been on a road like the one in your second picture. Straight as far as you can see to the horizon. Amazing!

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I have never been on a road like the one in your second picture. Straight as far as you can see to the horizon. Amazing!
We have ridden several in the last few days. We rode a few on the way to Death Valley in 2017 also. They are neat to see, but get old fast.
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My experience with the Shorai battery were much as yours. I just traded it in last week when I bought a car battery. They always want a core......I got a laugh when the counter guy picked it up.

I would not ever consider buying another......

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Day 9: Dawson Creek, British Columbia to Fort Nelson, British Columbia
Odometer: 76,406
Miles: 284

I went to unlock the LT this morning and nothing happened. I replaced the key fob battery recently so I was pretty sure that wasn’t the issue. I then looked more closely and saw the ignition in the Park position. Linda had went out to the bike to get the odometer reading last night and wasn’t aware of the locked vs park position and left the parking lights on all night. Well, probably not all night but until the Shorai battery died.

We overheard a gentleman at breakfast mention riding to Sturgis so I went back in and asked if he might give us a jump start. He said he had a truck and trailer, but no jumper cables. I bought a bike set many years ago for just such an occasion as this. He was parked right near the LT so I pushed it close enough for the cables to reach (they are only about 8’ long) and we were off and running. I feared the Shorai might have been DOA as my first Shorai died the first winter I owned it when the Shorai charger failed and let the battery run completely flat. It would never take a charge again and Shorai replaced it under warranty, but never did fix the defect in the charger ... which is a whole mother story. Fortunately, the Shorai took a charge and the bike started fine the rest of the day. The real test will be in the morning when it is cooler.

So, we got on the road about 8:00 and headed up the Alaska Highway in light overcast and 61 degree temps. It cooled down into the upper 50s as we left Dawson Creek and was down to 55 at Fort Saint John. I was getting chilled with just a t-shirt under my mesh jacket so we stopped there and got coffee and put in jacket liners.

We rode a little farther and found a gas station that would get us to Fort Nelson on one tank and filled up there. They had only 87 octane, but I had 4 gallons of 91 left so I figured I would still average above the required 89. The bike ran fine even after we passed the sign that said to check your gas as there were no services for the next 176 km (109 miles for us yankees). Thankfully, the fuel mileage jumped to 48 today at the lower speeds (100 km/h) and warmer temps. So, I got 155 miles on the top half of the tank and life was good.

Even though the scenery is gradually improving, there was still lots of straight and boring highway. We did have a few places that were less boring. The first was the Peace Bridge which has a metal grate deck with wider spacing than the Might Mac bridge and was just the right pitch to move the LT’s front tire around quite a bit. Not dangerous, but enough to keep your attention. We then hit a construction zone and had to ride about 10 km on freshly tarred and stoned road. They use stones about the size of pea gravel and it was like riding on small marbles. Again, nothing too strenuous, but I was glad I learned to ride off-road and I was sort of wishing I had my KLR instead of the LT. However, we got through it just fine other than a layer of dust and the first significant stone nick in the new windshield.

Even though we went through a wildlife caution area, we saw no wildlife for 100 miles. Then, within probably 60 km of Fort Nelson, we saw two black bear and finally got some pictures of something besides straight roads and prairie. However, Linda’s role as moose repellent is still going strong as not a sign of a moose other than a couple of road kill carcasses we have seen over the past few days.

Now to wash the bugs off the windshield again and find some chow since we did not find a place for lunch along the way ... at least no place we wanted to eat at.
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Re: 2019 Alaska Tour

Day 10: Fort Nelson, British Columbia to Watson Lake, Yukon Territory
Odometer: 76,728
Miles: 322

We woke up early (it gets light here by 4 AM) so we got up and had breakfast and were on the road by 7:30. This was good as we had a few stops we wanted to make today. It was smokey in Fort Nelson and you could smell the fires easily. Fortunately, nothing that affected our travel and we got out of the worst of the smoke and haze within 40 miles or so.

Today was wildlife day and some “good roads” day. We started to see black bear almost immediately and came upon them about every 3-4 miles. I think Linda counted 16 in the first 40 miles of riding. After the first few, we stopped taking pictures.

Our first stop was at Tetsa River Lodge to get one of the “Best cinnamon buns in the galaxy.” They are also among the largest in the galaxy so we were very glad we shared one and still had all we could handle.

Next up was Muncho Lake where we stopped for fuel. Filling here would give us enough fuel to get to Watson Lake under any reasonable road and weather conditions. Double G Service was a unique stop. One man pretty much runs the whole place and apparently is the postmaster and weather reporter also. He was out making a weather report when we arrived so one of the locals directed us to the coffee and drinks and I took a picture of the gas pump as it was likely someone else would come along before I could pay my bill. No pay at the pump in this neighborhood.

We saw several herds of bison in the vicinity of Muncho Lake and this area had the curviest roads and best scenery of the day. Once north of Muncho Lake, the scenery became increasingly bland and the road increasingly rough with a light washboard surface for nearly 200 km until we reached the Yukon Territory border where the rooms became much smoother again.

Third on the itinerary was the Liard Hot Springs. This was a fun stop and when they say hot springs they mean HOT. I was almost too hot to get in, but not bad once acclimated. It turns out that the temperature striation is large and the top of the water was about 15 degrees hotter than it was 3’ down. So, sitting on the underwater benches allowed you to be in reasonably warm water except where you exited the water and it was hot at that location.

We stopped for a drink break at Contact Creek (mainly to say we had been there) and then continued on to our hotel in Watson Lake. This is the first hotel that is more primitive than most. It has a tile floor and no air conditioning. Better than the modular motels on the Dalton, but a step down from what we have experienced to date.

My cruise control was a little flakey this morning, but then worked fine the rest of the day. One thing I noticed was that if I push forward on the clutch lever it disengages the cruise same as pulling back on the lever. I don’t remember ever doing this before so I am not sure if this is supposed to be this way or not. I suspect my switch may be loose or at least out of adjustment. Not really sure how to get to it without my manuals so I will try to nurse it along for the rest of the trip. Otherwise, the LT is performing well.

Hard to get down to 10 pictures today so I will make a second post with a few more.
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Here are a couple of pics to get you to the clutch switches. Should be enough for you to check them.
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Here are a couple of pics to get you to the clutch switches. Should be enough for you to check them.
Thanks, John. Is there an adjustment for the switch or is it simply fixed in position and needs replacement if it isn’t operating properly?

Is it a normally closed switch than can be shorted as a temporary fix?

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Hi , in 1987 the first time I rode up to Alaska we stopped at the place that is the Double G shop on the way up. I was riding up with my friend Louie , and it had been raining all day . We had been seeing 2 BMW's on the way . We would stop & they would go by, the they stopped and we would go by . We finial go to talk to then 30 minutes south of Muncho Lake . It was Ed Culberson getting the last part of his ride in , in his book Obsessions Die Hard https://www.amazon.com/Obsessions-Di.../dp/188431306X . Later we heard the road washed out after we went thru..

Anyway , at the shop that is double G , and they had a motel in the back. I told Louie I just as soon stay at their motel as to set up a tent in the rain somewhere . So Louie ask the guy if the motel in town was cheaper . The guy said if you want to know if there cheaper , ride into town and find out . It was a nice room and the price was OK , so Louie said OK... and we stayed there . Louie is a cheap guy, we were told to go to the salmon bake at Alaska Land in Fairbanks . So we went there , it was like 15 dollars , Louie says he can't eat 15 dollars worth of food . So , I did the Salmon bake And it was good , then we went down to McDonalds and Louie ate a hamburger.. But , ...If you get a chance to do a Salmon bake ..do it ..

So we are at the motel , and Louie is saying he had a hard time riding with the rain and he could not see thru the windshield and on his R100RT and on and on ...He was like if I had a saw ,I would cut the windshield down so I could see over it . He would say that , & I told him the guy down there at the shop probably has a saw he would lend you ..or rent you ..or sell you.. That went on for 20 or 30 minutes , then Louie went down and got the guy's hack saw . We put a piece of tape on his windshield put a line on it to follow and took the hack saw to it. It took a while to get it cut off...we cut a straight line , but one side was higher than the other... It didn't help him much I still had to stop and wait for him to catch up..

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Day 11: Watson Lake, Yukon Territory to Whitehorse, Yukon Territory
Odometer: 77,003
Miles: 275

The hotel was only 1/2 a mile or so from the Signpost Forest so we walked down to that this morning. Spent an hour or so looking around, but could not find either of the signs that people had told us thy left there.

We hit the road about 8:30 and a nice breakfast at Kathy’s Kitchen restaurant. It was a cool 50 degrees and overcast. I did not have enough range to make it to Whitehorse without refueling as in the cool temps and gusty winds, I was getting only 41 MPG which would have taken us 254 of the required 275 miles. With the mileage I was getting yesterday (48), we could have made it with a little to spare.

There were at least two gas stations listed in Mileposts before Teslin, but both had closed signs on the actual highway signs for them so I think they may have been closed more than just seasonally. As we dipped below half tank, I was sure hoping Teslin had an open station. Thankfully, both were open and one even had 91 octane so I topped off there. After a bowl of soup at the nice little restaurant, we hit the road.

We road through a couple of light showers on the way to Teslin, but not enough to matter much other than they lowered the temp to 41 which is a bit nippy even with our full gear on. We also encountered the proverbial 9 miles of dirt road as we ran through a construction site that had literally 9 miles of gravel road. It was not bad in the tracks, but there was 2-3” of loose gravel between the tracks so changing tracks was tricky.

After leaving Teslin, we hit some heavier showers which again dropped the temps from 50 to low 40s. It is very dry here so I suspect the rain was evaporating as it fell and stealing BTUs all the way down to the ground. We then had pretty steady, moderate intensity rain the last 20 miles into Whitehorse. However, traffic was light and we found our B&B easily and thrust ended the riding day.

We are hoping for break in the rain to walk to supper somewhere and I could use a Guinness or two.

The cruise control is increasingly flakey and I probably had to run by hand close to half the miles today, which is less than fun on an LT. On my KLR it would be a piece of cake. I hope to find time in Fairbanks to take a look at it as I am almost 100% sure it is the clutch. If I hold slight rearward pressure on the clutch, the cruise will engage, but when I release the clutch it will disengage about half the time. Or if I hit a decent bump it will kick off.
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Thanks, John. Is there an adjustment for the switch or is it simply fixed in position and needs replacement if it isn’t operating properly?

Is it a normally closed switch than can be shorted as a temporary fix?
You can loosen the one screw that holds the switch and it will have some movement on a pin, for adjustment, then snug up the screw. Small straight slot.

There are two stacked switches. One kills the cruise with a slight pull and the other allows starting in gear with the clutch pulled fully in.

Based on your pictures you are in the most scenic part of the trip, looks really nice up there.
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My LT cruise control used to drop out when on an incline in fifth gear with a headwind. Interestingly, the only time this used to happen was in Nevada as the headwinds there get pretty bad. I had no problem in 4th gear. Somewhere I read that if the cruise control has difficulty, it will drop out. Your problem is probably different.

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You can loosen the one screw that holds the switch and it will have some movement on a pin, for adjustment, then snug up the screw. Small straight slot.

There are two stacked switches. One kills the cruise with a slight pull and the other allows starting in gear with the clutch pulled fully in.

Based on your pictures you are in the most scenic part of the trip, looks really nice up there.
John, thanks again. One last question, hopefully, do you know why the switch would also trip when I push the clutch lever forward away from the handgrip? It acts like the switch is a toggle with a center position and then trips when moved either way. That makes no sense for this application as I would think the switch would be normally closed at one end of its travel and then open at the other end when the clutch is pulled in. I can’t imagine it having a 3 mode range of travel where it is closed in the center of the travel and then opens when moved in either direction, but that seems to be how my switch is acting.

When I can get the cruise to engage, I can disengage it by either pulling on the clutch lever or pushing it forward. Very odd.

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My LT cruise control used to drop out when on an incline in fifth gear with a headwind. Interestingly, the only time this used to happen was in Nevada as the headwinds there get pretty bad. I had no problem in 4th gear. Somewhere I read that if the cruise control has difficulty, it will drop out. Your problem is probably different.

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I think some car cruise controls do have a throttle limit where they will cut out so as to avoid the cruise commanding full throttle. I wonder if the LT is the same? It may be that if the commanded throttle to maintain speed gets up to say 95% of full throttle, the cruise may consider that to be a fault condition and shut itself off. Just a wild theory as I have no idea of the algorithms in an LT cruise control computer.

My failure mode is definitely different as I have not been running at high speed into headwinds up hills. Mine fails mainly when I hit bumps and it seems related to the clutch switch. I may have to try to find a way to disconnect the switch and jumper the wires to bypass it temporarily. Assuming that it is a normally closed switch. Most cruise controls use normally closed so that if there is any failure in the safety circuits such as a wire gets cut or such, the cruise will disengage.

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Well it is two switches but each one has its function and they are operated by two fixed "cams" on the clutch lever. I can't think of a reason it would operate by pulling and pushing unless the switch was very loose in there which could create this issue. I take it you have not removed the two screws to the bottom plate yet to have a look. If you do make sure you are on good ground to find a tiny dropped screw in case it has backed out.

Also they appear to be normally open switches.

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Well it is two switches but each one has its function and they are operated by two fixed "cams" on the clutch lever. I can't think of a reason it would operate by pulling and pushing unless the switch was very loose in there which could create this issue. I take it you have not removed the two screws to the bottom plate yet to have a look. If you do make sure you are on good ground to find a tiny dropped screw in case it has backed out.

Also they appear to be normally open switches.
No, not taken it apart yet for just the reason you mention. Losing a screw in the dirt or mud might be dicey. I have been offered an airplane hangar to use for my oil change in Anchorage, so I will wait until I get there if possible. I suspect the hangar will have a concerted floor and a roof so that will be a better environment for working on this.

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Day 12: Whitehorse, Yukon Territory to Beaver Creek, Yukon Territory
Odometer: 77,282
Miles: 279

We got off to a slow start this morning as we were waiting for the temps to moderate just a little in Whitehorse. We finally left at 8:30 with the temp at 45.

The ride to Haines Junction was nice, but on the chilly and windy side. We saw a few wild horses, but no other wildlife of note.

After fueling up at Haines Junction, we headed towards our planned lunch stop at Destruction Bay. We had a nice lunch there and topped off again, wholly unnecessary, but given the winds and weather looking worse ahead I figured more gas is better than less. We saw a gray fox, at least I think that is what it was as it looked too small to be a wolf, and a caribou. About 130 km short of our night stop in Beaver Creek at Buckshot Betty’s, the sky began to get very dark so we stopped to put the camera away. That was a good call as the rain began shortly after and continued all the way to Beaver Creek in various intensities. Not the best riding with temps in the low 40s and steady rain.

Linda did spot a moose in a river so we stopped and got the camera out for that. The moose was quite far away so getting decent pictures in the rain with the camera at full zoom wasn’t easy. The rest of the ride into Beaver Creek was uneventful other than roads that were some of the worst thus far with lots of frost heaves. Overall though, the road conditions are much better than I expected and as good as most secondary roads in PA.

The LT is running well and using very little oil, only about 1/5 down the sight glass. The cruise was fairly solid in the morning, but then got flakier in the afternoon. I didn’t use it most of the last 130 km given the rain and constant slowing for the larger frost heaves. My electrical tape on the left mirror didn’t hold and actually cracked lengthwise down the seam letting the mirror wiggle again. We found a Staples in Whitehorse last night so I got some super strong 3M packing tape and tried that. It lasted through the day at least.
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Re: 2019 Alaska Tour

Day 13: Beaver Creek, Yukon Territory to Healy, AK
Odometer: 77,711
Miles: 429

Another cool start at about 45 and overcast skies. We had a smooth border crossing and an unusually friendly border agent. Temps moved into the 50s as we approached Tok. We fueled up and had a cinnamon bun and coffee at Fast Eddy’s, claimed to be the best restaurant on the Alaska highway. I would dispute that claim. The cinnamon buns were clearly purchased from a food distributor and not even close to those we had at Tetsa River Lodge.

We continued on towards Delta Junction and encountered a fairly heavy rain shower which of course happened right before we had to stop in line at a construction area. The nice Alaska highway department flagman motioned to me to go around the others in line right to the front. So, we got to bypass a couple of motor homes and campers and a few cars and were first to go when the pace truck got there a few minutes later. The temps started to increase as we approached Delta Junction.

We took the obligatory picture at the end of the road sign in Delta Junction and bought the T-shirt and then continued on towards Fairbanks. Linda really did not want to ride clear up to the Arctic Circle sign and having nothing else really to see in Fairbanks, we decided during our stop at the North Pole to continue on towards Denali and booked a place in Healy, AK.

The ride from Fairbanks to Healy was very nice. Temps warmed to 70 and the road was in fairly good condition with lots of sweepers and hills. All in all, one of the better riding days to date.
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1987 Kawasaki Voyager XII
1976 Kawasaki KH400
1973 Kawasaki 100 G5
1970 Rockford Chibi (the orange one)

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Re: 2019 Alaska Tour

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Here are a couple of pics to get you to the clutch switches. Should be enough for you to check them.
I got the two small allen screws out, but the cover will not come out of the larger housing with the audio control even though it looks to be two parts (part 8 I think in the diagram you posted). IT looks like it just snaps into the audio control housing, but I am hesitant to reef on it too hard as I don't want to outright break it this far from home.

Edit: Ok, I finally got the cover worked out from under the audio remote control housing. It is hard to see up in there, but it looks like the switch itself is cracked. When the clutch is pulled in, it seems to flex the pivot point where the metal tab that actuated the switch rotates. This seems to delay the opening of the switch as the clutch doesn’t just slide off the tab, but sort of drags it along a short way before sliding off which seems to delay operation.

Although, I still can’t see why pushing forward on the clutch has an impact unless it is the top switch that controls the cruise. I could only see the bottom switch and maybe that is the one that controls starting with the clutch pulled in. I could not tell from the fiche which one was which. I would have thought the cruise switch would be on the bottom since cruise was an option added after the LT was released as I recall, but I simply don’t know.

2017 KLR650 "Mule"
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1987 Kawasaki Voyager XII
1976 Kawasaki KH400
1973 Kawasaki 100 G5
1970 Rockford Chibi (the orange one)

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