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06-30-2014 03:17 AM
Axl One of the best threads here, I was told years ago you "can't teach experience". This thread has saved me from making some mistakes in my travels
Well done to everyone who put there 2cents in
11-27-2013 07:07 PM
smudgepot Haven't seen this mentioned;

---a zippo lighter, topped off with fuel. wrap electrical tape tightly around lid seam. gasoline will also work in it. store extra flints under the felt. (I had one in a saddlebag pocket, forgot it was there, approx. 2 yrs later I found it and it flamed first try!) butane doesn't like extreme cold.

if not going on multi-day trip, these 3 items can help;
--cheap dishwashing gloves, or laboratory/chemical gloves. if u don't get grease/gunk on your hands, u don't have to wash them. also work as raingear in a pinch.
--cheap rubber overboots. (I think I bot mine from aerostich, $20?) plastic shopping bags slipped over shoes...the boots slide right on.
--cheap garbage bags, the type that come in a roll. when you are almost out at home, take the last 4 or 5, put that roll on your bike. add duct tape and u have a rainsuit.

smudge
11-25-2013 09:58 PM
chicago Good advice redbarber (post 99). Good to back up stuff you may have to depend on. I would add a backup credit card (or two). I have had one hacked on a trip. Hard to have a replacement mailed when you have no fixed address. Not the only thing that can happen to your card. Your bank or credit union might decide to send you a 'new' one while you are on a trip. Your old one in your wallet will be then become obsolete. Inconvenient when the desk clerk hands you back your card on a dark and rainy night and says 'sorry'.
11-25-2013 12:58 PM
redbarber
Cell Phone Tip

I saw several people mention "a cell phone and a credit card". Great idea! However I'll go another step, and suggest a spare phone. Before my 6000 mile trip out west this summer, I bought a 20$ tracfone from walmart with double minutes for life. Then I bought a 20$ air time card which gave me 60 minutes of talk time. Charged the phone up, turned it off, and stashed it in my clothes bag. Bike developed a simple electrical problem (the starter switch got dirty and headlight power was off). My primary cellphone charger gets it's power from the headlight circuit, so unknown to me, during the day's ride my cellphone went dead.
Next morning, 19-20 miles down a dirt road at my camp site on a reservoirs in Utah, I discovered the headlight problem. I tried to call my local Suzuki dealer for a suggestion, but my phone was dead! Ta-Daaaa! The tracfone was charged and ready to go, and I was able to give a mobile shout-out to my dealer, who told me about the problematic starter switch. Did a quick trail fix and I was back in business.
Another related note: carry the really important phone numbers on PAPER. If your phone is dead or disabled, you won't be able to speed dial anyone!
11-24-2013 09:36 PM
chicago
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the hit-or-miss road signage in the province, and just how isolated some areas really are.
I have noticed that too.
11-24-2013 07:56 PM
Tall Man
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don't ever pass on filling up!...years ago I would strap on a 1 gal if I was running over Superior to see Dad..never needed it if I ran US side...
Yep. Learned my lesson on the Fleur-de-Lis Trail. There are two things the NS tour books don't mention: the hit-or-miss road signage in the province, and just how isolated some areas really are.

I loved riding up there, and I loved it more each time I was able to top-off the tank. The "Last gas for xx KM" signs are no joke.
11-24-2013 01:55 PM
Pirate650
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Stromin:....lol...my point was...depending on where you are...don't ever pass on filling up!...years ago I would strap on a 1 gal if I was running over Superior to see Dad..never needed it if I ran US side...you folks got some big roads and lots of truck stops


1) Always have my 380 LCP, 6 round mag, 9.4 oz. no bigger than a cell phone, and of course my c/c license.

Bleedgrn:... unfortuanately...as a Canadian, I could not comment on the c/c of personal protective devices without incriminating myself...but suggest .357 for more stopping power in a small package, and revolvers never jam


Yes they do. I have a S&W 586 with six-inch full-lug barrel. It is still quite tightly fitted even after about 6,000 rounds. If I shoot full-house magnums in it, everything works fine. BUT, if I shoot .38 Spl subloads, which is perfectly acceptable, they heat the cylinder, but don't supply enough heat energy to warm up the frame right away, so the difference in thermal expansion rates causes the hot cylinder to bind in the cold frame. I can shoot three or four .38s and then it is bound up. There are a few action issues that can bind up wheel guns.

NOTE: This is a target pistol, I never carry it for personal defense, I have several other choices.
11-24-2013 12:19 PM
UnstableBoy
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I always carry a liter in a MSR can in my tool tube on my WRR. It's not much, but I know it can get me (or someone I'm riding with) at least another 10 miles. I don't have a tube mounted to my VStrom yet, but will when I settle on a set of panniers/racks.
did this for my trip down to NC. piece of flat aluminum stock drilled and bolted to the side racks and some hose clamps.. have had it on for about 6000 miles now and has not moved.. can see it in this pic.

11-24-2013 12:04 PM
millwright98
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Originally Posted by Stromin'Nroman View Post
What about extra gasoline or a gas can?
Stromin:....lol...my point was...depending on where you are...don't ever pass on filling up!...years ago I would strap on a 1 gal if I was running over Superior to see Dad..never needed it if I ran US side...you folks got some big roads and lots of truck stops


1) Always have my 380 LCP, 6 round mag, 9.4 oz. no bigger than a cell phone, and of course my c/c license.

Bleedgrn:... unfortuanately...as a Canadian, I could not comment on the c/c of personal protective devices without incriminating myself...but suggest .357 for more stopping power in a small package, and revolvers never jam

11-09-2013 08:25 AM
richw Here in the East a carry permit gets me 20 minutes East and 1 hr north and 2 hrs west before I become a felon.

I just had to replace the battery in my TW200 another victim of the Walmart Schlumberger battery boiler. Though difficult to do this might have been avoided if I had pulled her out and seen it was dry.

So If you have a conventional battery take the time to pull it out and check fluid levels. Or just make sure you spend the extra money for a maintenance free one
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