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PostSubject: New ride to Hyder Alaska   Sat Sep 15, 2018 4:57 pm

Leaving from Chattanooga next Wed or Thursday. Goal Hyder AK---get there have a beer and hamburger and head south. Been there before.

My cost on these trips usually cost $100 a day--gas/motel/eats.

Anybody want to go? I find scenery in Canada spectacular, also Canada can be a little more expensive than US. Chipped Visa card works for me, never exchange money.

My pace little more than 300 miles a day, ride in all weather.

Contact me @715-894-7857 John Grinsel


Good experience for non long distance/aging/never done it before. No trailer bikers welcome----do not think good idea for SilverWing trikes.

Professionall quality riding clothes work----maybe starting to be cool. I will start this trip with Mesh Jacket, later add liner/rain,cold rain Jacket----pants/ jeans, added long underwear----wet cold, old Joe Rocket rain pants----this trip RedWing waterproof Irish Setter----Glove, 5 or six pair---hate wet cold hands---also Aerostich rain over mitts.

Leaving the South,, my Darien Jacket and pants=just too hot.

Moose, the dog goes. I stop often.....old men have to pee a lot! Have towing insurance---bike still under warranty.

Old Style Motel 6 work for me as does McDonalds.
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PostSubject: Re: New ride to Hyder Alaska   Sun Sep 16, 2018 8:20 am

John, have a great ride! Would love to make a ride like that but my scoot is in AZ and I don't get back there until October. Ride safe.
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PostSubject: Re: New ride to Hyder Alaska   Sun Sep 16, 2018 11:25 am

Best wishes for a safe & successful ride, Mr Grinsel.

Please note that it is currently snowing in the Canadian Rockles.
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PostSubject: Re: New ride to Hyder Alaska   Sun Sep 16, 2018 12:24 pm

Snow usually does not bother me---salt does.
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PostSubject: Re: New ride to Hyder Alaska   Sun Sep 16, 2018 1:05 pm

Watch you don't get frostbite when you're stopping to make yellow snow. Neutral
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PostSubject: Re: New ride to Hyder Alaska   Sun Sep 16, 2018 1:40 pm

John wants to knock off another 10k on his 300 so he can justify looking for another new bike.

But it also looks like a tempting ride, especially for an old fart like me who also needs to pee a lot.
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PostSubject: Re: New ride to Hyder Alaska   Sun Sep 16, 2018 4:47 pm



adding miles does nothing to desire for new bike----50,000 miles and my bikes/scooters are ready to look for new home. Problem for me in US market---what is available that works for me gets less all the time.
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PostSubject: Re: New ride to Hyder Alaska   Mon Sep 17, 2018 11:26 pm

Got a question for John and other touring riders. What do you do with all the bags packed on your rear seat and tunnel when you have to go into a store to shop? Do you just trust that no one will mess with your things? My wife and I are touring Idaho and Montana. We are able to store our gym bag with our clothes, medicines, etc under the seat, but need to take our helmets, jackets, and gloves into the store in the shopping cart. I do not have a top box yet. Maybe next year. I cannot see you having to take everything exposed with you into a store.
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PostSubject: Re: New ride to Hyder Alaska   Tue Sep 18, 2018 4:45 am

Having been at this since 1955----in US/Canada/Europe/Asia and ridng nearly everyday----I never worry about anything being stolen.  My bike when touring packed wth 2 Ortleib Rubber bags, some time hump bag with scooter.  Helmet  on mirror when parked, gloves on dash.   Nothing ever stolen---SilverWing is not something people want to steal.

Total loss to me----1959, Italy,  crappy suede jacket when I was taking nap.

Now, Moose, expensive dog, chained to side stand when  am eating---cold/raining, locked in vented top box.

Passport, etc on scooter, locked under seat---Motorcycle, valuable stuff in shirt/jacket pocket.
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PostSubject: Re: New ride to Hyder Alaska   Tue Sep 18, 2018 7:09 am

Easyrider wrote:
Got a question for John and other touring riders. What do you do with all the bags packed on your rear seat and tunnel when you have to go into a store to shop? Do you just trust that no one will mess with your things? My wife and I are touring Idaho and Montana. We are able to store our gym bag with our clothes, medicines, etc under the seat, but need to take our helmets, jackets, and gloves into the store in the shopping cart. I do not have a top box yet. Maybe next year. I cannot see you having to take everything exposed with you into a store.

How about a Pacsafe steel cargo net? https://www.amazon.com/Pacsafe-Backpack-Protector-Silver-Size/dp/B000FGVFP8/ref=sr_1_fkmr0_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1537268573&sr=8-1-fkmr0&keywords=pacsafe+cargo+net
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PostSubject: Re: New ride to Hyder Alaska   Tue Sep 18, 2018 8:35 am

Easy, I second John's take on this. When touring solo on the SWing I have a top box, under seat storage and I put a duffle on the passenger seat. Tools, maps and water/snacks go in top box. NAV device (when not in use) critical items etc, go under seat, I leave room for gloves, jackets and shoes when I leave the bike (helmet is locked under the seat as well using the hook. The small duffle contains my clothes and it is tied down with a spider-web bungie device. Nobody has ever bothered my clothes/dirty clothes...  Wonder why?  LOL
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PostSubject: Re: New ride to Hyder Alaska   Tue Sep 18, 2018 11:02 am

leaving for Hyder AK---May take car. Looking in my garage yesterday, my CB300F has been ridden more than 10,000 miles since may this year---my new Mirage driven less than 500 miles in that same period----taking Mirage I can enjoy AC/heater/reclining seat for naps/radio/spare tires and no foam ear plugs----bike may need tires---hate wasting miles of use just to start trip with fresh....and only BMW and HD can expect dealers to may be have tire that fits! For scooter in US---Honda and Suzuki iffy---to me delays cost money/time---bike like CB300F again iffy to find tire on the run.

Regard- less will be using Motels-----think/hope next year will go back to lite camping/fewer miles in day. For me as retired military bases offer cheap camping----years ago transit rooms were cheap, too. Not now....military being run by "married mafia" make all the rules for themselve and often fat mama----downtown rates usually cheaper. Sad.
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PostSubject: Re: New ride to Hyder Alaska   Tue Sep 18, 2018 9:05 pm

My Swing does not have a top box so I use the under seat to store all our stuff. I am able to strap my wife's backpack to her back brace. When we stop to eat, we take our helmets, jackets, gloves, and her backpack with us. When parked at the hotel/motel I use a brake lock that the previous owner gave me when I purchased the bike last year. Even if it is unlikely that someone would want to steal my 2004 Swing/trike, it would kill our touring enjoyment. It would be a BIG BUMMER for me and my wife. I put a lot of time repairing it. Since I already have the brake lock, may as well use it.
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PostSubject: Re: New ride to Hyder Alaska   Wed Sep 19, 2018 8:06 am

Hey Easy, your wife must know how to pack light!!! I could not even do tours 2 up on my Goldwing, because the "love of my life" needs to bring the kitchen sink with her!!! Laughing Laughing Laughing Silver Wing was/is definitely out of the equation. I suppose I could have towed a trailer behind the GW but that ruins the ride IMHO. Have fun.
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