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post #81 of 114 Old 08-09-2019, 01:54 PM
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Certain tires are more inclined to do this. Even when new.

Bearings can be tight....but flat spotted at the same time.

This is usually more of a tire and/or tire pressure issue.

I would try a fork brace before the Scotts damper. It is expensive....
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Bike on center stand, get the front wheel off the ground. Slowly move the bars right and left; if there is a "detent" (or flat spot, as @realshelby says) anywhere, this *will* cause a wobble, and you need new steering bearings.

If there isn't a detent anywhere, then use your manual and adjust the steering head nut / lock nut accordingly, just to eliminate that as a possibility.

(BTW, if you have a dented front rim, then you almost certainly have a detent in your steering head bearings.)

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Bike on center stand, get the front wheel off the ground. Slowly move the bars right and left; if there is a "detent" (or flat spot, as @realshelby says) anywhere, this *will* cause a wobble, and you need new steering bearings.

If there isn't a detent anywhere, then use your manual and adjust the steering head nut / lock nut accordingly, just to eliminate that as a possibility.

(BTW, if you have a dented front rim, then you almost certainly have a detent in your steering head bearings.)
No dented front rim! I will have to check this. I am going to replace the bearings, fork seals and fluid, as I am heading to Mexico next week, and would like everything in tip top shape anyways.

Thanks all for the info!
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Hey guys!

So a couple years back, I picked up my first hitchhiker in Yosemite National Park. I was wondering where I was going to sleep that night because all the campgrounds were full. We started talking and had really good conversation in the car. This guy Miles hosted me in his home just outside the park, and we have since kept in touch.

So I reached out to him, and he is now in Moab Utah.

I spent a couple days there and we explored some pretty cool stuff!

I find it pretty amazing when there is cold water in these really hot places.

And truthfully, as I was sitting next to this waterfall, my whole trip really sunk in. The fact that I totally uprooted my life and put it on my Vstrom, that I am allowing things to unfold every moment as they are supposed to. I felt total immersion in this simple moment.


I ended up camping outside because the stars were just too much to ignore.

In the morning we headed over to Arches for a quick hike and view.

Now here is one REALLY important thing I learned!

The first two weeks of the trip I was definitely drinking enough water, but I was still feeling like something was missing. To the point of stomach pains and pretty insane anxiety. I just wanted to sit with it until I figured it out.

When I arrived in Moab, my buddy Miles made a drink with some electrolytes in it, and poured a couple glasses of it. I drank it and within an hour felt like I found the missing link. ELECTROLYTES!

I can't even describe how important I have found them to be on the road. I'm sure there are people on here who can attest to it, but they have been my saving grace ever since.


Anyways, enjoy the pics!
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After Moab, I headed to Sedona AZ.

I have been here a few times in the past, and it is a really nice place!

The red rocks are similar to Moab, but I find this peacefulness in Sedona that I have yet to figure out the reason for.

There is a creek here that is a bout one mile into the woods, a cold, refreshing creek that gets pretty busy with the locals.

A quick dip today really set my head straight after all this riding.

I've learned a lot about the necessity of rest when it comes to riding long miles every day.

I was on a mission to get to California, and I made it (post to come tomorrow), but doing 400-500 miles per day for 2.5 weeks was a lot for me.

Rest is essential! I've slept a few days here in Sedona and haven't done much else. Lesson learned.

I am house sitting here for about another week before heading over to Baja, Mexico.
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Great thread, will be following your adventure. As an older gent, 65 in four weeks, highly recommend doing what you want when you have your health and resolve - harder as you get older. You will never regret this journey.

Understand the need for rest after long days in the saddle. Put an '85 Goldwing Limited Edition FI model on the road last June after it was off the road for four years and brought it out to Victoria, BC (since sold it) - 5 day ride. Travelling to Ontario again to deliver a van to my mother and sister starting tomorrow, and returning to Victoria with a new to me 2012 DL1000 VStrom, leaving Ontario on or about 3 September. Looking forward to the ride.

Ride safely, enjoy. Cheers
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returning to Victoria with a new to me 2012 DL1000 VStrom, leaving Ontario on or about 3 September. Looking forward to the ride.
I'm 72 and did the route the other way in June on my CB500x. Can I suggest you go west via Chapleau and then north of Lake Superior plus take the Northern Trans Canada across.

Also suggest staying along the border to Fort Francis the head north to Sioux Narrows instead of 17.
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Great thread, will be following your adventure. As an older gent, 65 in four weeks, highly recommend doing what you want when you have your health and resolve - harder as you get older. You will never regret this journey.

Understand the need for rest after long days in the saddle. Put an '85 Goldwing Limited Edition FI model on the road last June after it was off the road for four years and brought it out to Victoria, BC (since sold it) - 5 day ride. Travelling to Ontario again to deliver a van to my mother and sister starting tomorrow, and returning to Victoria with a new to me 2012 DL1000 VStrom, leaving Ontario on or about 3 September. Looking forward to the ride.

Ride safely, enjoy. Cheers
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Your input is appreciated on the final question here!


So I did some serious re packing today, and couldn't be happier about it!

The tent bag had ripped, and so I packed it a little tighter and had it fitting into the Rigg Gear Wet Bag I had extra.

New tent stakes

I took all my clothes and put them in the 30L RG Bag, and got rid of the clunky green backpack on the back of the bike.

One question I have is this:

I have a motorcycle cover, but is it really necessary?

How many people actually use their covers consistently while on a long road trip? The bike has seen rain, is it really worth keeping on the bike?
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Covers are multi use - ground cover / insulation under your tent. Shelter from the sun/rain if you're working on your bike. Extra padding or warmth for your sleeping bag.

Almost as important as protection from the elements it gives your bike, it also protects from prying eyes when you're not around your bike or don't have secure parking. Out of sight out of mind. Less switches messed with, less out in the open to pique peoples interest.
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