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« Reply #20 on: August 08, 2019, 08:05:26 pm »


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I'm not wanting to be a pot stirrer here BUT San Diego to Heber, Az is 500 miles. A little hot through the desert but nice scenery when past Phoenix and you can make faster time than through California with the 70 mph limit. Just saying.
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« Reply #21 on: August 10, 2019, 02:21:10 am »




I'm not wanting to be a pot stirrer here BUT San Diego to Heber, Az is 500 miles. A little hot through the desert but nice scenery when past Phoenix and you can make faster time than through California with the 70 mph limit. Just saying.
Looked a little closer at that route...  So I'd be starting a little South of Temecula, next to the I-15.  I could actually take the I-15 to the I-10, and follow that all the way to Tucson and back...  I'm not sure how bad traffic is in Phoenix and Tucson, but it's probably not as bad as pretty much all of CA.

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« Reply #22 on: August 10, 2019, 01:38:52 pm »

A bit hot right now but from Temecula to Benson, Az is a touch over 500 miles. Leave early to get through San Diego and hit Hwy 8 to Hwy 10. Smooth sailing and the cops in the desert won't mind you at 80-85 mph. You'll have Yuma, Gila Bend, Tucson and the turn around point of Benson that have hotels if you must.

Just a thought. As I posted earlier, if you must do this 1,000 mile thing, hit the road and get it over with!!
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« Reply #23 on: August 27, 2019, 10:01:10 am »

How is your planning going for the ride?
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« Reply #24 on: August 30, 2019, 08:16:53 pm »


How is your planning going for the ride?


So I'm currently in Las Vegas, and this heat isn't just killing me...  I think it's causing issues for the VFR as well...

I rode Mt. Charleston yesterday, and going up the mountain gave a nice reprieve from the heat, but just the couple hours down in the desert seem to be causing the engine oil to maybe overheat and expand...  My engine isn't overheating, but I can smell as if I'm springing an oil leak. No obvious source of the leak (but I suspect the oil filter) and the oil level actually rose!

I decided against riding Red Rock Canyon yesterday, and the Valley of Fire today because of the heat.  I head to San Diego in a couple days.  I'm strongly considering going North instead of East after dealing with the weather out here for the last the last few days days.
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So I'm currently in Las Vegas, and this heat isn't just killing me...  I think it's causing issues for the VFR as well...

I rode Mt. Charleston yesterday, and going up the mountain gave a nice reprieve from the heat, but just the couple hours down in the desert seem to be causing the engine oil to maybe overheat and expand...  My engine isn't overheating, but I can smell as if I'm springing an oil leak. No obvious source of the leak (but I suspect the oil filter) and the oil level actually rose!

I decided against riding Red Rock Canyon yesterday, and the Valley of Fire today because of the heat.  I head to San Diego in a couple days.  I'm strongly considering going North instead of East after dealing with the weather out here for the last the last few days days.


Every year I swear I won't ride through the desert ever again in the Summer. Then, the next year I end up doing it again.   Nuts    Don't blame you one bit for wanting to go North.
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« Reply #26 on: September 11, 2019, 02:23:41 am »

Well, we're waiting.  Pronounced like the guy in "Caddyshack" said it.
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« Reply #27 on: September 11, 2019, 06:48:16 am »

I rode from Oklahoma to Minnesota and back over the last couple weekends. It's about 720 miles each way. Now I know that I will never try the 1000 miles in 24 hours thing.
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« Reply #28 on: September 11, 2019, 12:06:39 pm »

Do a few 500 mile trips and work your way up. You'd be surprised.
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« Reply #29 on: September 11, 2019, 02:31:15 pm »


Do a few 500 mile trips and work your way up. You'd be surprised.


As I posted in another place here this morning I went 412 miles, including mountains and it began with six miles of dirt/rocky road(I don't need no adventure bike), max of 70 mph posted and still made it home in under seven hours.

Get on the interstate and hit the road at 80/85 mph and gas every 250 miles and, BINGO!
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« Reply #30 on: September 11, 2019, 05:33:15 pm »

I had a good average on this leg.

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« Reply #31 on: September 11, 2019, 06:26:40 pm »


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Very nice. BUT, what is that 101 mph top speed stuff? You hooligans give us good bikers a bad name.
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« Reply #32 on: October 03, 2019, 01:48:25 am »

Well, we're waiting.  Pronounced like the guy in "Caddyshack" said it.
Sorry about the wait...

And also sorry to disappoint...

Turns out the new oil filter was also leaking.  I've since found out that K&N oil filters are very sensitive to over-torqueing from the nut on the end, which cracks the casing very easily, causing leaks.  I changed the oil and filter again, for the third time in a month, and decided against the trip to verify that the filter was indeed the source of the oil leak.

I was looking at maximizing daylight in the summer, however, this cooler weather is creating better route planning options.

Just went on a day ride with a few guys from one of our partnered offices, and one of them really wants to ride to Tombstone and back (roughly 530 miles each way) in the near future.  He didn't seem keen on knocking it out on 24 hours though.

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« Reply #33 on: October 03, 2019, 06:58:12 am »

Keep us informed of your plans.
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« Reply #34 on: October 03, 2019, 07:05:10 am »


Sorry about the wait...

Turns out the new oil filter was also leaking.  I've since found out that K&N oil filters are very sensitive to over-torqueing from the nut on the end, which cracks the casing very easily, causing leaks. 



I recently put a K&N on my truck with the same result. First time I had tried one on a non bike. It was just a slight leak but enough to put a Harleyesque puddle under it after a few days.
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« Reply #35 on: October 03, 2019, 04:23:48 pm »



Turns out the new oil filter was also leaking.  I've since found out that K&N oil filters are very sensitive to over-torqueing from the nut on the end, which cracks the casing very easily, causing leaks.



The recommendation is to never use the nut to torque the K&N oil filter ON - it is for removing the filter only.  This is from the FAQ on the K&N site:


- CAN THE NUT ON WRENCH-OFF® OIL FILTERS BE USED FOR INSTALLATION?

No, the nut on Wrench-Off® oil filters cannot be used for installation, as doing so may cause serious damage to the filter. If you attempt to use the nut to tighten the filter on installation, you may end up over-tightening the filter or causing damage to the spot welds on the filter—which could result in cracking and leakage while the filter is in service. The nut is intended to be used for convenient removal only.
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« Reply #36 on: October 03, 2019, 04:29:58 pm »

I did mine by hand but still got the leak.
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« Reply #37 on: October 03, 2019, 07:11:17 pm »


I did mine by hand but still got the leak.



"Internet fact" has it that the welding process itself weakens the filter in some cases, so even hand-tightened ones have failed.  Just a bad idea overall to weld a nut to what is very thin metal.  
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« Reply #38 on: October 27, 2019, 12:47:10 am »


Looked a little closer at that route...  So I'd be starting a little South of Temecula, next to the I-15.  I could actually take the I-15 to the I-10, and follow that all the way to Tucson and back...  I'm not sure how bad traffic is in Phoenix and Tucson, but it's probably not as bad as pretty much all of CA.

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I'm ramping up to try an SS1K before the winter WX closes out the northern part of the route (Philadelphia - Vero Beach, FL officially, Wellington to impose on a friend). I'm reading the SS1K threads to see what ideas I've missed (front-ending night riding sounds like a v. good idea).
Traffic on I-10 in the Phoenix area is The Traffic From Hell. Construction and volume make I-10 almost useless. We were there before the construction really ramped up, and I-10 was a disaster even then. There's a route over the north side of Phoenix that worked (AZ 101). With I-10 so messed up, I expect that's going to be a mess now.

I don't recall major challenges in the Tucson area. There was one surprise in the southern end of AZ: CBP inspection stations. These aren't on the border, they're well away from the US/Mexico border. NTL the stops are mandatory. Unless there's high traffic volume, the delay is minimal, but it does happen.
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« Reply #39 on: October 27, 2019, 12:51:41 am »


I'm not wanting to be a pot stirrer here BUT San Diego to Heber, Az is 500 miles. A little hot through the desert but nice scenery when past Phoenix and you can make faster time than through California with the 70 mph limit. Just saying.
Funny you should mention Heber, AZ. I'm working on a book centered on Clay Springs, SE of Heber on AZ 260. Keep going eastwards on 260 to find the towns of Show Low and Snowflake.  Smile
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