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Lots of riding coming up this summer

So, I know I totally bitched out on doing the moto/riding podcast, but in all fairness, a ton of shit's gone down in the last 6 months of my life, so I haven't really had the drive to make the videos.  That's all going to change this summer.  I've got a new computer that can smash through video rendering, I'm going to pick up a camera with an external mic hookup, and I'll be riding a shit load again this year.  

With that being said, I don't have anything to share with you right now other than the big Katoom is shripped down in my garage right now.  I'm repairing some shit I broke, doing all the maintaince that I'm a little behind on, and while I'm at it, I'm upgrading a few things.  Here's a list off the top of my head of the things that are getting done in the next few weeks (BTW, all the parts are on order, or sitting in my garage on the bench):


  • New seat
  • New rear tire and tube
  • New chain and sprockets - 16\45 final drive (going up three teeth in the back)
  • New rear fender
  • New right rear fairing
  • New right blinker (can you tell which side she went down on?)
  • Rebuild the water pump
  • Fix oil leak from the shift sensor
  • Change the oil and filter
  • Deep clean it while I've got it apart
  • I'll have it in to do the next major engine maintence in about 3k miles, so no need to do the valves just yet


Spring seems to be in full bloom here in Denver, so I should have no problem getting after it in the next few weeks.  Stay tuned for tons of pictures and video this summer.  Should be a great one!


Also, I never posted any report or images or anything from my big ride last summer, so here's the video I made:



Upcoming trip to Canada and the East Coast

Starting on Friday 20th, I'll be riding my bike to Detroit to meet up with a co-worker.  From there, we're going to cross the boarder into Windsor and ride around a few cities in Canada to meet some customers.  After that we'll head back to his place in New Hampshire, and I'll hang out there for a day before I head home.  Below is the rough route I'll be taking:


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 Although, I'll be doing a lot of higway miles, I hope to stay mostly on two lane highways and check out some nice senery.  Along the way, I'll be camping in Nebraska, and Iowa.  I'll also be camping on the way back, but I haven't decided where I'll be camping yet.


Last night I mounted my panniers and tank bag, and started test loading my stuff.  I wanted to make sure I can fit all my camping gear, and also make sure my tent rode well on the lid of my right pannier.  Here is the setup so far:


I'm pretty much ready to go, but the other day when I did my first oil change, I forgot to put the crush washer back on the drain bolt for the oil, so now I have a slow drip.  Tonight, I'm gonna pull the bolt off quickly, and slip the washer on.  I've got some extra oil, so whatever I loose, I'll replace.  After that, I should be ready to rock for 3k miles or so.  I plan on taking video and pictures along the way, and I'm gonna try to keep this blog up to date as I'm crusing along.  I may also do a ride report on ADVrider, but I haven't decided yet.

- - Rob