The LAST 110 Feet, The Break IN – 2015 Winter Trip Day 29


2015 Winter Trip FINAL Track – January 14th – February 11th.

February 12th 2014 – Day 29 my Last Day Riding – short video clips are part of this post and click on the pics for higher resolution

final mileage or 8131 miles

Original Route looked like this which was always just a rough idea

original idea

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Day 1 of how many?


January 14th 2015

It was weird to ride across the Sumas, WA border this time. Weird because I have no clue when I will ever be back in that neck of the woods ever again. I am moving back to the east so when will I come back to BC via my bike? That’s why it was weird. My bike has left Canada for good unless I ride it up to Ontario later to sell.

I left late this morning. Late for me. My house has been having many showings and I keep getting the boot. My last two houses sold in one day. I hate this crap…being asked to leave my own house but it’s part of the deal.

It was cold this morning but not cold enough to use anything else but my regular set up. Heated liner and gloves. But I am prepared if the east coast decides to get nasty with me. I was looking at a USA map. I always do this to myself…when you look at the nation on one map I always overwhelm myself with my grandiose plans for a ride. I am making a huge “U”.

No need to rush I always say to myself…take your time but what is it with riding? At least for me I always feel I need to make a route plan…only day to day, never more than that and feel this need to hit my chosen destination. I mean I love power riding but I was talking to this couple. They only ride X amount, make sure they have plenty of time to set up camp if they are camping, drink a few beers, light a fire and have a nice dinner.

Me? I always arrive right before the sunsets and I feel like I am running around versus relaxing. Tonight was not that bad. I arrived in Forest Grove, OR at a very nice couples home who contacted me through my FB page. They offered to “host” me for the night. Arrived around 1800 hrs, we chatted, Scot and Carol that is, had great green chili, homemade bread for a local bakery and salad. Topped off with some beer.

Scot rides a 1200GS and Carol a 700GS. Neither are huge fans of dirt riding but love riding together. They also enjoy 4 wheeling with their very cool Jeep in their driveway.

Heading through Washington I spent most of the morning looking through fog. I expected this and knew the sun would eventually break through. I am so used to starting a trip in the rain so the cold and fog was not a bother.

I hope to make it to Eureka, California tomorrow but not sure if I will. I know I will stay close to the coast and end up in Southern California in the next 2 days maybe? Head over to Arizona and take it from there. Day by Day. I have a feeling I will not be having to use my heated gear after the wee morning hours soon. Knock on wood, the regional forecast is not that bad south. Doesn’t really feel like total winter even here in Oregon.

Very bad video I made right before I left.

In my head I keep flip flopping…do I move or do I stay. Well, taking my bike to NY and leaving it there I guess makes my decision for me doesn’t it?

Good news I get to take another great ride with really my only time limit being me.

Look how nicely the sun burnt its way through in southern Washington and that was pretty much my ride for the rest of the day. Cool and sunny.

I added a Scottoiler for this trip. Curious about all the good things every says about this gadget. I must have had the setting set well. No spraying effect and the chain looks good.

Added Amber plastic covers to my hi test aux lights and have to say MAN am I seem in the fog with these. Doesn’t really help me see but cars see me for sure.

For day 1 it went pretty well…road about 545 KM’s. Seemed longer but I made it to where I had to.

Not much left for me to see around this area but I did cross a new bridge, the Lewis & Clark bridge…wicked.

and caught a beautiful sunset as I rode into the awaiting garage that was left open for my bike by these fine folks of Oregon.

I will head out as these guys head to work tomorrow. Destination unknown for now but towards California. Here’s to good weather, no snow and a safe and fun trip.

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I SURVIVED THE POLAR VORTEX on 2 Wheels


November 14th -16th 2014

In this video if you listen closely I rub my pegs….;-)

Mileage 1178 Km’s

Polar Vortex Route

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Soon Our 1 YEAR Review of our 2013 BMW F800GS Bikes


We have owned our new now old bikes for 1 year.  I will soon post a review of our bikes now that we both have over 8000 KM’s on them, been off-road, taken decent length trips to assess its road competency and also here I will post an issue we have run into regarding the OEM canbus/socket plug.

In our review I will try to compare as much as I can the F800 to the Triumph Tiger 800XC that we rode for only 44 days to Alaska and they gave them back to Triumph Canada in 2011 and our 2010 BMW F650GS bikes too.

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Gerbings Recall


JUST FYI! If you have this model jacket I would recommend getting it fixed or replaced while you are not needing to use your liner. 😉

WARNING: Gerbing’s Plug CompatibilityGerbing uses coaxial plugs that meet our exact quality specifications. Other manufacturers have not shared their coaxial plug specifications, nor supported testing, so that we can assess whether they match our plug quality and are compatible with our plugs. Therefore, Gerbing cannot recommend that you connect anything other than a Gerbing plug to a Gerbing plug regardless of how similar the plugs may look, may feel, or may appear to fit or work together.

Made in NC: Gerbing’s Heated Clothing


RESTORING CUSTOMER SATISFACTION IS KEY

Back in November 2012 we sent Cheryl’s right glove and liner to Washington and Gerbing’s for repairs.  There is usually a two week turn around.  Middle of December we get an email saying her gear would not be returned until 2nd week of January 2013.  By this time I was pissed because we ride all year-long and heat is a must in the winter.

I bought Powerlet gear because my liner shut down as well.  We went with Powerlet because well, let’s be honest….We LOVE Gerbing’s but we have had to send our gloves and/or liners back in the past because of faulty wiring and shorts.  Also, I was mad so why not try another company??? Continue reading “Made in NC: Gerbing’s Heated Clothing”

Gerbing’s Temperature Install


Just like what we had on our BMW 650’s Cheryl installed her permanent temperature controller today.  Instead of installing the built-in port she decided to go with the plug just hanging outside the faring as you will see in the pictures. 

Centre fairing had to come off

Cheryl has done this two times before tonight…most would cringe drilling a hole into the plastic but it really looks neat and tidy in the end…when we sell the bikes this comes with it… 😉 Continue reading “Gerbing’s Temperature Install”

TWO Simple Accessories


There are few things that when you buy new bikes that you must have as repeat farkles (accessories).  We have a few that we will use again and again as long as we ride DS bikes. 

Fork seal protectors for one…the owner says use sunscreen on the outside…sounds weird but makes sense.  Keeps them from fading and every once in a while you take them off…wash them and use a little WD40 0n the inside and you are good to go.  A lot of riders forget their fork seals when kiting out their bikes.  When off-road little pieces for crud get in there and can make a day of fun riding into a nightmare if one of your seals blow.

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It’s all in the POWER!


For More Info on all this stuff go to Powerlet Equipped

I got a message from one our readers on FB and he asked about how we charged our phones while on our trip riding the Triumph Tigers.  The answer is really easy and I thought I would share what works for us and perhaps might assist anyone looking for a charge while out on the road.

Both the BMW and Triumph bikes have a stock powerlet plug, looks like this

This socket mounts on the top of a panel providing a low clearance installation. Unlike cigarette sockets these Powersport Standard Connectors are smaller in size, rated at 15 amps. Continue reading “It’s all in the POWER!”

Gerbing’s Headquarters Tour (Nov. 6th, 7th & 8th 2011)


We headed out from Maple Ridge to Shelton, Washington on Sunday morning, Nov. 6th with our goal to be at the Gerbing’s Headquarters on Monday, Nov. 7th. The whole purpose of the trip was to get to Gerbing’s, trade in our old liners for their new micro-wire liners and to deal with some warranty items like our Y connectors. So, we decided to make a trip out of this and carry it over 2 nights. We are trying to get away on the bikes every 5 weeks for fun rather than just commuting.

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