***Worthy to note: We had a discussion with Edward from KLIM about how one time he was riding his KTM in triple digits and he swears his gas began to boil and his bike would stall. On this trip when were in triple digits Leslie’s bike began to stall. We thought maybe it was the ethanol used in Idaho gas but Cheryl’s bike only stalled once. My bike seemed to have issues in the HOT heat. My theory now is the oil. When we went cross-country in 2010 we changed our oil to 20W50 because of the heat wave that the east was experiencing. I think we should have done that for this trip. WHY?
20W50 motor oil is suitable for warmer climates, where the higher temperature causes the oil to thin. It is also useful for vehicles subject to hot temperatures and for those used for high-stress activities such as hauling or pulling trailers.
So, in the end I think for some reason my bike ran hotter than Cheryl’s causing me to stall like crazy after riding for hours. I could get the bike to restart most times and other times just pulled over and let the bike cool down. Anyway, interesting to note because we usually run 10W40 semi like most but another good lesson learned for the future.***
This years summer trip was way shorter than last years epic ride with Triumph Canada, 2 Triumph Tiger XC bikes to Alaska. Not 44 days long but only 11. Why? Leslie started a new job in January and was not able to get a large amount of time off this summer. As a matter of fact every day Leslie used for this break from work was banked OT not vacation time because she is not able to take “vacation” until her probation is over. BTW, should have been over July 16th.
In any case, every ride no matter how long or short can turn out to be an adventure and this was no different. This trip we contended with temperatures ranging from 12 C (53 F) to 42 C (107.6 F). The beginning of this trip we saw triple digits. Continue reading →
On our trip will be using our SPOT Connect for tracking purposes. This is so useful for our friends and family to keep an eye on us while traveling and in way easy on us so we do not have to make phone calls. So, feel free as I say follow the bouncing ball and see where we are. From July 12-16 we will be camping out while attending the KLIM Adventure rally. The SPOT will not be activated at that time but before, July 9th and after see where we go because we have no idea where we are heading after KLIM.