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    I have been on this trip for two months now and I post a blog at www.trippinwithrickclick.blogspot.com I would post it all here too, but I figure you can link to it. Just keeping one blog is nearly too much and I'd never get any riding done if I posted here, on avrider, thumpertalk and facebook. Comments are welcome, of course, and I hope to be able to ride with some of you along the Pacific coast.
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    ATV tapered bars, wider mirrors, padded grips, Jimbo screen, Framm horn, 12V outlet, Corbin tank bag, Corbin saddle bags, back rack, bash plate, wider pegs, stronger rear spring, 44 tooth rear sprocket, o-ring chain, slimed tubes, Walmart seat cover and sheepskin cover with pad in front

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    I made it to the east bay area where I can stop at a friend's in Lafayette and do some maintenance. My tires are about bald with the odometer showing 9700. I started out in June at 2600 miles. They did pretty well for being original equipment from 2003. I guess that cracked rubber just means the tires are hardened and last longer. I ordered stock tires from Motorcycle Superstore for $157 with free shipping. I've read the descriptions of changing tires with an unsettling dread, knowing I would be eventually faced with my own rubber/rim wrestling match one day. I have tire irons and a 12V pump. My first challenge will be getting the bike on some kind of support to give me access to remove the wheels. The best improvisation seems to be the milk crate with a couple guys helping lift it up. Or I suppose I could just lay it over on one side if I remove the battery first. The trip has been trouble free, just adding oil, filter and lubing the chain, but I have a laundry list of periodic maintenance items that go with the 10,000 mile mark and I'll be getting to them as I progress toward Los Angeles and Orange County seeing friends and family. I'm headed to warm weather for the winter and maybe go back to work for a few months as a dental tech in Palm Springs.
    2003 TW

    ATV tapered bars, wider mirrors, padded grips, Jimbo screen, Framm horn, 12V outlet, Corbin tank bag, Corbin saddle bags, back rack, bash plate, wider pegs, stronger rear spring, 44 tooth rear sprocket, o-ring chain, slimed tubes, Walmart seat cover and sheepskin cover with pad in front

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    Quote Originally Posted by rickclick View Post
    I made it to the east bay area where I can stop at a friend's in Lafayette and do some maintenance. My tires are about bald with the odometer showing 9700. I started out in June at 2600 miles. They did pretty well for being original equipment from 2003. I guess that cracked rubber just means the tires are hardened and last longer. I ordered stock tires from Motorcycle Superstore for $157 with free shipping. I've read the descriptions of changing tires with an unsettling dread, knowing I would be eventually faced with my own rubber/rim wrestling match one day. I have tire irons and a 12V pump. My first challenge will be getting the bike on some kind of support to give me access to remove the wheels. The best improvisation seems to be the milk crate with a couple guys helping lift it up. Or I suppose I could just lay it over on one side if I remove the battery first. The trip has been trouble free, just adding oil, filter and lubing the chain, but I have a laundry list of periodic maintenance items that go with the 10,000 mile mark and I'll be getting to them as I progress toward Los Angeles and Orange County seeing friends and family. I'm headed to warm weather for the winter and maybe go back to work for a few months as a dental tech in Palm Springs.


    I would like to know details about your route. From what I understand, TWs don't make good freeway bikes, especially when carrying extra gear.

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    Hey, Rick. Where are you currently?



    I can explain it to you, but I can't understand it for you.

    Powdercoated '87 frame, extended swingarm, YZ fork legs, ATV tire, 14/55, XT350 tank, spliced quick-release seat, disc brake conversion, beeg headlight, beeger rack, Lizrdcooler, Lizrdventz and bunch of other stuff all covered in invisible ink.

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    I live close by. I have an ATV lift I can deliver to you if needed.
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    Wow! That would be great. I can continue letting my back heal. I expect the tires to arrive tomorrow since they are in San Pablo today. How can I reach you? my phone is (575) 571-2349.

    Richard
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    ATV tapered bars, wider mirrors, padded grips, Jimbo screen, Framm horn, 12V outlet, Corbin tank bag, Corbin saddle bags, back rack, bash plate, wider pegs, stronger rear spring, 44 tooth rear sprocket, o-ring chain, slimed tubes, Walmart seat cover and sheepskin cover with pad in front

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    I'm in Lafayette until I get my tires mounted, then on down the coast and eventually to Palm Springs.
    2003 TW

    ATV tapered bars, wider mirrors, padded grips, Jimbo screen, Framm horn, 12V outlet, Corbin tank bag, Corbin saddle bags, back rack, bash plate, wider pegs, stronger rear spring, 44 tooth rear sprocket, o-ring chain, slimed tubes, Walmart seat cover and sheepskin cover with pad in front

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    Thanks to Ken, I now have my bike off the ground, back wheel off and a 6 inch C-clamp applied to the bead. That's where I left it as it got dark. I cranked on the clamp, tightening as much as I could and still it laughs at me. I'll see how it feels about it after being squeezed all night. Tomorrow I'll try the scissor jack between the car and the tire.
    2003 TW

    ATV tapered bars, wider mirrors, padded grips, Jimbo screen, Framm horn, 12V outlet, Corbin tank bag, Corbin saddle bags, back rack, bash plate, wider pegs, stronger rear spring, 44 tooth rear sprocket, o-ring chain, slimed tubes, Walmart seat cover and sheepskin cover with pad in front

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    Basically, I was hopping from one National Forest to another as I went north on the Western Slope of the Rockies on my way to Glacier Natl Park. I was able to stay in dispersed camping for free or a Forest Service camp ground for half the going rate with my Federal Senior Pass. My route was pretty directly from campsite to campsite, so you could piece together my route by stringing those locations together. I didn't do much dirt road riding, just what it took to get to a spot to camp. I feel every bit a novice when I'm on dirt/gravel/sand and proceed with great caution. I'd like to have posted the Google map for each day's journey. I want to start doing that soon. Always new things to learn...
    2003 TW

    ATV tapered bars, wider mirrors, padded grips, Jimbo screen, Framm horn, 12V outlet, Corbin tank bag, Corbin saddle bags, back rack, bash plate, wider pegs, stronger rear spring, 44 tooth rear sprocket, o-ring chain, slimed tubes, Walmart seat cover and sheepskin cover with pad in front

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    Post your progress southward as you go. In Cali at least, you're never too far from one of us.



    I can explain it to you, but I can't understand it for you.

    Powdercoated '87 frame, extended swingarm, YZ fork legs, ATV tire, 14/55, XT350 tank, spliced quick-release seat, disc brake conversion, beeg headlight, beeger rack, Lizrdcooler, Lizrdventz and bunch of other stuff all covered in invisible ink.

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