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Offline TimTyler

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NE WA Wandering
« on: April 23, 2016, 11:15:52 AM »
Headed to the northeast corner of WA state to explore with a friend and fellow photographer earlier this week. From Tuesday to Friday we did a fair amount of dirt, gravel and abandoned roads as well as some nicely paved curved masterpieces through the country. This was the perfect weather week to hit eastern Washington with the days starting in the 50's and rising to the low 80's. This part of the state is typically brown and yellow but since we had an unusually wet winter, the landscape was rich and green and the rivers were raging.

Off-road we encountered lots of debris, rocks and snow that we had to kick out of the way in order to move forward.
We took the Old Blewett Pass Rd west of Wenatchee on the way east and had to stop a dozen times to clear a path through the snow or move fallen trees. We attempted to cross over Round Top Mountain east of Metaline Falls, WA but had to double back just short of the pass due to a foot of ice on the road.

The entire ride was 100% "yeeehaww". Photos later today. 

Total mileage: 1150.

Map at https://spotwalla.com/tripViewer.php?id=106c85716304d881a2

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Re: NE WA Wandering
« Reply #1 on: April 23, 2016, 05:10:46 PM »
What a great place to live and ride. Looking forward to the photos.
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Re: NE WA Wandering
« Reply #2 on: April 23, 2016, 07:25:15 PM »
Some pics in no particular order...

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« Reply #3 on: April 23, 2016, 07:27:34 PM »
And some more...

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Re: NE WA Wandering
« Reply #4 on: April 24, 2016, 01:30:05 AM »
Great pics, Tim. That back-lite dirt road shot could be a magazine cover! You gonna volunteer to be Wild Hogs Team Photographer?
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Re: NE WA Wandering
« Reply #5 on: April 24, 2016, 08:55:36 AM »
this ride looks to be a little short on yeeehaaaaa... perhaps some i84 and i90 and i5 photos next time...

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« Reply #6 on: April 24, 2016, 09:42:59 AM »
You gonna volunteer to be Wild Hogs Team Photographer?

Thanks. I'm afraid our team leader won't allow stops long enough to take action pictures. :(

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« Reply #7 on: April 24, 2016, 10:01:32 AM »
Thanks for these photos. Makes me want to take a ride up to that area.
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« Reply #8 on: April 24, 2016, 10:56:20 AM »
Looking at the roads in S.Utah, there's a photo stop about every mile. You could do what they do at Deals Gap...........run ahead, set up on a curve to take shots of Wild Hogs,then leap frog ahead again. Not a good ride for you but the Hogs will all have great photos!
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Re: NE WA Wandering
« Reply #9 on: April 24, 2016, 12:06:56 PM »
Tim Tyler packing list:

1) Snow shovel

2) Photographer

Tim, what's your friend riding? And does he like it? (Confession: I have moments of desire for an F800ST.)
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« Reply #10 on: April 24, 2016, 01:00:43 PM »

1) Snow shovel

2) Photographer

Tim, what's your friend riding? And does he like it? (Confession: I have moments of desire for an F800ST.)

I totally wished I had a shovel and an ax!

He's got the BMW 650 that actually has the 800 engine in it. He likes it. Knobby tire on the front, road tire on the back.


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« Reply #11 on: April 24, 2016, 04:56:42 PM »
Great shots Tim, great place, you look like you scape the bars occasionally.
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« Reply #12 on: April 25, 2016, 12:53:55 PM »
The only scraping was on a tragkorb corner when I tipped over in the snow at about 2mph, a few hours into the first day on the Old Blewett Rd.

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« Reply #13 on: April 25, 2016, 08:19:05 PM »
I've never really know just how much clearance I've had in tight turns, but when this photo was taken I was thinking "I hope the crash bars or tragkorbs don't scrape the road."

Now I know. If I want to lean more, I'll need a different bike. :)

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« Reply #14 on: April 25, 2016, 08:45:45 PM »
Nice picture, really puts me where I love to be:  leaning it over in mountain passes! 
Good job of riding, Tim.
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« Reply #15 on: April 25, 2016, 09:58:39 PM »
Tim fit some titanium scrape pads and go for it. Would look good of a night time.
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Re: NE WA Wandering
« Reply #16 on: April 25, 2016, 10:20:55 PM »
you have a lot more lean... gotts to put the toes on the pegs... thats whats hanging... your toes... the rest of the moto looks like it can lean till you run out of tior...
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« Reply #17 on: April 26, 2016, 11:30:13 AM »
Johnny might be battered in molylube and cannabutter, but he's right about the toes.

That is a badass mule TimT!  I gotta rig me some boxes like that now that my stock boxes have fallen apart... still need seating for two though...
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« Reply #18 on: April 26, 2016, 12:09:24 PM »
Yeah, serious boot burn 'bout to happen..........with all that mass, you better be carefully as s off the saddle Giacomo Augustinian-style! Save the GP Stalin's for a more nimble bike. We don't want to see pics of you picking up the pieces here at the beginning of the riding season. BTW what tracking system are you using for the mapping?
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« Reply #19 on: April 26, 2016, 04:43:30 PM »
BTW what tracking system are you using for the mapping?

I switched from a 2nd gen SPOT to a SPOT Trace Anti-Theft Tracking Device.

It's less expensive to buy, plots a point twice as often, the service plan costs half as much, it runs off USB and rechargeable AAA's, it reactivates itself whenever the bike starts moving, uses no power when the bike is idle. Truly "set it and forget it". It's perfect. The only downside is that I can't turn it off if I want to disappear since I mounted it in a waterproof, radio wave transparent anti-theft box that is nearly impossible to access.

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Re: NE WA Wandering
« Reply #20 on: May 03, 2016, 03:17:22 PM »
I enjoy your posts/pictures, read your maintance log and am impressed.  I've got a '92 K75s that looks to be the same color as your bike.  I live in Portland and try to get around though riding to NY and back probably isn't on my list.  If you're in/around Pdx and need help I do have a small auto repair shop and you're welcome to use it though it looks like you've never been let down by your bike and you're on the low side of its life expectancy.  Keep up the good work I'm reading
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« Reply #21 on: May 03, 2016, 08:45:10 PM »
I do have a small auto repair shop and you're welcome to use it though it looks like you've never been let down by your bike and you're on the low side of its life expectancy.  Keep up the good work I'm reading

Thanks!

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« Reply #22 on: May 06, 2016, 09:14:41 AM »
Fine looking mules, indeed! TT....you must be one of the luckiest buggers on Earth! Beautiful territory, trusty machine and the time and will to make it all go. Really nice. Keep 'er goin', eh?
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Re: NE WA Wandering
« Reply #23 on: December 01, 2019, 12:05:50 AM »
Hi - I got to make a trip with a riding buddy last summer from Seattle to couer díalane and we really enjoyed the steamboat rock area.  I want to ask about how you mounted your hard bags on the K, as I have some touratech regas that I plan to incorporate on my k1000. I have the rack work (it was used from some bmw model) but I think Iíll need to find a welder to refit them. Thanks - Mike
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« Reply #24 on: December 01, 2019, 09:53:50 AM »
I want to ask about how you mounted your hard bags on the K . . .
Until Tim answers you, I'll chime in. Tim modified a Hepco and Becker rack like this one. Motomachine USA advertises them as backordered, which to me means delivery date unknown and unlikely. They are still available from vendors in UK on eBay.

Here is one thread where he discusses installation
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