Alaska bound

WELCOME TO MY FIRST ATTEMPT AT A BLOG. I PLAN ON USING THIS SPACE TO SEND "REPORTS FROM THE ROAD" FOR A MOTORCYCLE TRIP MY FRIEND BOB AND I ARE TAKING THIS SUMMER. MASSACHUSETTS TO ALASKA! A FIVE WEEK ODYSSEY THROUGH BRITISH COLUMBIA, ALBERTA, The YUKON And ALASKA....ALL THE WAY TO THE ARTIC OCEAN. If you would like to be notified when we update this blog, simply drop me an email or send me a "comment" and I'll add you to the notify list......... THANKS FOR COMING ALONG FOR THE RIDE!

Sunday, June 11, 2006

Getting Ready...




Did a bunch of work on the bike yesterday. Raining all day so it was a great way to spend the day. Changed spark plugs, replaced the front brake pads with a set of EBC Sintered pads. Why not have race bike pads on a bike that barely clears 100 mph...

I added more storage to the bike. That exhaust can on the left side is really not a second muffler. It's a storage compartment, The cap twists off and a bunch of tools reside inside. I also added a small Pelican waterproof case to the rear fender and relocated the license plate and light to the box. I have a small air compressor and tire repair stuff in there.

You can also see the auxiliary fuel cans I've mounted under the painers. I machined a couple of brackets and used marine grade stainless steel hose clamps to keep them in place. I had these mounted on my past touring bike and they came in handy a time or two. I'll also be using them for fuel for the cook stove.

The picture on the left shows what I'll be looking at for five weeks! From top to bottom....The little square thingy is the antenna for the Sirius satellite radio. Next down is a Garmin 2720 GPS unit. Under that is a Passport 8500 Radar Detector. Next, just below the gages is an electronic termometer. It reads temperature just above the front fender and in the cockpit. At times the air temperature can be 80 degrees but sitting in traffic the cockpit temperature can climb to well over 100.

Down from there is the Sirius radio receiver which resides in a waterproof Pelican case. In the same case, next to the receiver is an "Amplirider" headphone amplifier. This along with a set of Koss Earbuds allows me to listen to Sat Radio and have the radar detector or the GPS unit break in whenever they have something to say. Pretty neat!

A few more things to do and the bike will be ready.

3 Comments:

At Sun Jun 18, 08:44:00 PM, Blogger waorgany said...

Might want to check...I don't think you can get Sat radio in Alaska...I used to live up there 2002-2005 and had sat radio reciever but never got the service due to signal, just like you cant get direct TV up there with out a 8+ foot dish...might wnat to check it out, hate for you to be tune less, sounds like a great trip would love to get back up there again will be following your progress. paul

 
At Tue Jul 04, 09:21:00 AM, Anonymous Phil Sauter said...

You say your bike is a 2004 650 but the photo's show the exhaust of a Dl 1000 (Twin Pipes) My 650 has a single exhaust. Is this a mod you did??

I'm heading up to Alaska next year.

 
At Tue Jul 04, 09:24:00 AM, Anonymous Phil Sauter said...

That's what I get for not reading!!!
Cool storage compartment!!! Where did you get it? Guess I should leep reading.

 

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