Measure once, cut twice

I am about to get married. And my fiancée already know some tell-tale signs of restlessness. With the (mostly) goodnatured nickname «Gorilla» it hardly needs stating that I don’t do so well sitting still doing nothing for too long.

 

She even claims that I go around looking for projects,- a tree to climb up and/or cut down, something to fix, and axe to grind to shaving speck, or one of the many motorcycle modification projects. It is ofcourse a completely unfounded claim.

 

Eitherway, the other day when I was hovering over our two BMW F800GS in the garage, I found that I could gain 3,5 cm, or 1,378 inches, of luggagespace on each bike by moving the Rotapax fueltanks backwards.. That’s 3,5 cm more space to try to find a comfortable position riding our bikes for 13 months. (If you’ve not yet heard about the project, click here for the route description)

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The process of moving the spare fuel tanks is fairly straight forward. It is simply a matter of measuring up and drilling two new holes in the luggage plate. It is highly reccomended to remove the luggageplate before you start drilling, unless you want to risk ventilating the bike in places the BMW-designers did not intend for it to be ventilated.

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I pride myself in using only the tools I have in my toolroll. These are the tools that are going with us on the trip, so it makes sence to make sure I can do any opperation I need with a minimum of tools and gizmos. Drilling two holes in a precision cut luggage plate however is not something I wanted to try without powertools. So I got my drill from storage, removed the luggage plate form the bike and measured up where the new holes should be. Then, drilling the holes is eazy peazy.

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In my juvenile days, roaming around in my dads basement/workshop, I remember him telling me «measure once,- cut twice». I now realize that this was not so much an advice as it was a warning.

In retrospect I now wonder about a lot of the other advice he gave me growing up. Perhaps they all where warnings? A bit confused and curious I returned to my work. The lockabel attachment for the fuel tanks have a very spesific distance between the holes for the bolts, a distance I missed by maybe 3 mm (0,118 inches). As metal dont really bend too well, I had to follow my dads advice, now turned into warning, and cut twice. So another powertool came out of storage and I made the annoying little adjustment to make it fit.

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Some before and after images. 3,5 cm may not seem like much but I’m sure it’ll make a big difference. And the zen-like state of mind I get from taking on and finishing yet another project makes it all worth it.

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See the difference?

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Before..

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Airfilter trouble…

Early in march I posted the “OMG what have I done” story.

While this where mainly about me peeling the two-wheeled onion looking to dig out the sparkplugs from the litteral belly of the beast, well the last part of the post mentioned me switcing out the original airfilter with the Unifilter from Touratech.

After riding to work for a few weeks I discovered that my F800GS lost a lot of top-power with the new filter. I couldn’t get rews up pas 5000 rpm. This gave me some interesting oh-shit-! moments entering the E39 motorway on-ramp.

After reaching out to the BMW F800GS community on FB i got my suspicions confirmed and decided to change back to the original airfilter.

Great success! My baby was back to the fun high-tork high-rev shenanegans
There is a good chance that I can solve the Unifilter issue with rinsing out waaay more of the oil-gunk before trying to reinstalling it.

We’ll see how it goes..

The map quest

Things have been crazy busy with preparations for the wedding the last week, so the preparations for the trip was put on the back burner for a little while.
Now things are finally getting back on track, and yesterday I found and bought all 20 maps we need for the 13 month adventure.

After snooping around on the web and in a couple of travel books etc I kinda landed on two possible suppliers: Borch Maps and International Travel Maps & Books.

And its quite a few maps that where on the list:

  1. Germany
  2. Italy
  3. Spain
  4. Argentina
  5. Chile
  6. Peru
  7. Bolivia
  8. Ecuador
  9. Panama
  10. Costa Rica
  11. Nicaragua
  12. Honduras
  13. El Salvador
  14. Guatemala
  15. Belize
  16. USA (4 maps)
  17. Canada

In addition we’ll be traveling through the following countries. How ever we figure that the bike-mounted GPS will suffice:

  1. Norway (home sweet home)
  2. Sweden
  3. Denmark
  4. Switzerland
  5. Austria
  6. France (the very southern point)

23 countries in 13 months..

Even happier when I found all in Amazon for close to half the price listed at the respective suppliers’ websites. Yay!

The maps are folded, water and muck repellent and range in scale from 1:250 000 and up to 1:2 200 000.  Some city centers will be a bit awkward to navigate with a map on the scale of 1-to-two-point-two-million. We’ll have to rely on the GPS, Tonjes impeccable navigational skills local knowledge and a generous dose of luck.

Who dares wins,- right?     What can possibly go wrong?

Just a little ride

The last few days have been great for riding. Even though I’ve enjoyed riding my F800GS most of this wet windy miserable winter, Tonje has had waay less practice. So now that opportunity called we ponced on it.

Yesterdays ride was Tonjes 2nd ride of 2014.  Concidering that it’s only 146 days till we leave on our adventure, we’ll have to use every chance we get.

Great and fun ride with my girl, even though it was a bit nippy. Clear skies and 5 Celcius (41 Farenheig) is about as cold as I will endure on the bike.

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The “OMG what have I done” job

For a long time I had plans to practice removing and replacing the sparkplugs on my BMW F800GS, in preparation for the big trip (click here for more info on our 13 month trip).

Close to two years ago I helped my good friend to change the oil on his KTM 990. We laughed at the saying that “if you wanna change the oil on a BMW you’ll drink two beers while doing the job, but if you want to change the oil on a KTM you’ll drink a case of beer.. The oil change took half a day on his KTM. Well, I laughed, and Andreas grumbled. Today however I got a bit of karma handed to me..

It turns out that if you want to (or need to) change the sparkplugs on a BMW F800GS you come very close to disasembling the entire bike. After the job is completed I now realize that the great engineers at BMW started the asembly prosess by one guy holding the sparkplugs, and then another asembling the entire bike around them…

So this morning I did the final little pieces of research and then happily skipped down into the garage underneath my building, my home away form home. Just before I left the Apartment, Hotstuff aka Tonje, comented on the oilfilter removal tool that just arrived form Wunderlich. “Ooo what a nice color… what is  it?” Great…

Oooo what a nice color..

Oooo what a nice color..

Anyways, I brought the nice-color-doodaa down to the garage and got started.. Below you can see the bike as it was.. I had just removed the saddle. “Why”, you may ask. “Are the sparkplugs underneath the seat?” Surely no, as will be the case for a great many things I had to take off the bike. Just pealing off the layers like a two-wheeled onion. With a GPS. And spare fuel tanks..

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So I followed the instructions I found on the BMW mechanic handbook. Step 1 ; Remove saddle. Check.  Step 2; Remove the beak.. Really? Remove the beak, waaaaaay in front of everything. In order to remove the sparkplugs, that surely must be in or around the engine somewhere? Now my pride and joy looks just like a retarded seal.

What, take off the beak? To change the spark plugs?

What, take off the beak? To change the spark plugs?

Next step was to take off the fairing on both sides. But noo,- not that simple. Because in order to do that I had to take off the upper crashbars. Have I mentioned that I perviously mounted the extra heavy duty adventure crashbars from Wunderlich? … Grumble..

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Then came battery removal, all kinds of wires and hoses, and the entire air-intake and airfilter housing. Any sparkplugs in there? Nooo sir.

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At this point I really had to take a step back, and said out aloud (yes I do talk to myself in the garage while working on the bikes) “OMG what have I done? How the heck am I gonna get all this back the way it was? Anyone got a AAA-card?” No one answered, but at this point my fiance came into my domain (well, it’s really the garage we shared by about 30 other people..) with coffe and lunch. Life was suddenly much better..

Oooo. Another shining doo-daa with great color

Oooo. Another shining doo-daa with great color

And true to form, she looked around at the disaster area with parts everywhere, spotted the little spark plug tool from Wunderlich. “Ooh there’s another of those great-colored parts.. What is it?”..

Pulling out the HT coil with this little great colored doodaa was a lot easier than expected. Which is about the only thing all day that was easier than expected..

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Fun fact; the pipe that is used in order to actually loosen the spark plugs can also be used to loosen the front axle. I know ’cause I tried. Also, see how long it is? Even after all the stuff I took off this two wheeled onion, I still need a foot-long tool to reach into the belly of the beast in order to get the spark plugs out.

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TADAAA! Spark plug successfully removed. Very happy! An then I remembered that I had to put everything back together again..
Just to complicate matters I decided that this was a good time to mount the reusable airfilters from Touratech. Turned out A-OK. I hope this is a good idea. This way we don’t have to bring extra airfilter for the 4-ish months we’ll be driving through South and Cenral America on our trip..

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One cup of coffe and a lot of bolts and nuts later, the job was complete.

Check out the video below for proof of life! The engine runs perfectly after all I put it through. Very happy now!

Practice some more..

A little while ago I strolled down into the garage to practice removing the rear tire on my F800GS, and successfully putting it back on. Just because why not. And of course the tiny fact that I expect we will wear out 6 or 7 sets of tires on the trip. Pluss who knows how many flat tires. So it makes sence to practice.

Anyhoo, this time I tested the theory on how to remove the front tire. Alone. And with only the tiny toolroll that are going with us on the trip.

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Turns out that the only tools really needed for the job was  3/8 inch drive ratchet  with a T45 torx bit, a 17 mm wrench, a E12 wrench (torx 12 mm) a screwdriver with a T30 torx bit. And the sparkplug remover thingofabub…

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I earlier mentioned the instructional DVD made by Helge Pedersen and his Company. Following his lead, I tried out the tricks.

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..like how to balance the bike on the back wheel,  sidestand and one of my paniers. In order to pull it off I needed to tie the right side handlebar to the left side luggagerack. Also. The sidestand is a little short for this balancing-act, but chucking a little piece of wood under the sidestand did the trick.

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…how much wood could a woodchuck chuck if a woodchuck could chuck wood…  Sorry, there was just no way I could pass that up. I mean, chuck wood. Get it?

Anyways, moving along

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Once the ABS censor was removed, the break calipers gently removed on both sides,  and the front axle loosened, I used the sparkplug remover thingofabub to loosen and pull out the front axle. I have no idea why this fits, but it’s a perfect mach!

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Once the axle was removed, tadaa! Bike still standing. Even better now without the weight of the frontwheel.

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All that remained, was putting it all back together, while ignoring my gawking neighbors. It’s like they’ve never seen a 215 kilo motorcycle balancing on it’s own on the rear wheel, while a gorilla in overalls are trying to coax the front wheel back into the fork, and mount the axle and all the other gismos. It’s easy when no one is watching. However when someone IS watching.. Lets just say I think I got a glimps of the hell called “trying to dress a 4 year old child who is throwing a fit and is the only one in the debacle that does not realize that violence is not the answer”. For spectaters there is only one valid solution:  Walk away. Don’t speak. Don’t wave or make eye contact.  Just walk away and be happy it’s not you.

Well,  after making sure I hadn’t forgotten anything, I took my bike for a little testride in the parkinggarage. Zipping in and out from behind colums and parked cars. Testing the ABS breaks on the front and rear  tires (even thoug I didn’t really remove the rear tire..). Just a little testing. Around and around. And around. For almost 15 minutes. It’s a 30-car garage. If that.

Good times 😀

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Fears amd dreams

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Sometimes it’s a little scary. Been dreaming and planning and preparing for so long.

My fears and dreams coexist. We’re going. 182 day left til the adventure begins.

I can’t wait..

Eye surgery complete!

Correct your eyes, they said. It’ll be fun they said.
They lied! Holy crap that sucked big time!

“Breathe 20 times and it’s all over”. Well when you hyperventilate its mote like 180.. No pain, but you see EVERYTHING while they operate!

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This is me last night…

Today however I see clearly! Perfect vision!

With shades on everywhere. Innside. Outside. Kitchen. Bathroom.

So. Much. Light!

It’s all good in the hood. And thank god Tonje was there to aid and prevent me escaping…

🙂

Practice practice practice…

I am currently enjoying (more or less) some down time due to a knee injury sustained at work as a bouncer.

My doc even sent me to an MR-picture doo-daa. While I await judgement on my knee-on-the-mend my girlfriend-soon-to-be-wife gets to go to work as a bouncer (really, she’s the best). What do I do with my downtime?

I do what any sane man would. Bring my tools down to the garage and practice taking off an putting back on the rear wheel on my BMW F800GS.

During our planned 13 month trip we’ll go through somewhere between 5 and 8 sets of knobbies on each bike. Factoring in a few expected flat tires it makes sence to practice a bit.

Last summer on our test trip we (Tonje and I) visited the Touratech shop in Lidköping. There we picked up a great instructional DVD made by Helge Pedersen at Globe Riders. With this as a guide it’s really a lot easier than it looks!

So, as said, I went down to the garage and tried it all out.

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And look; I even got it back on again..
😀

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Next time I’ll take off the front wheel as well. And take off and on the tires.

It’s good to be me 😉

The paint-job and the Motooverland bashplates

Every once in a while, a MC-rider will park his ride horizontaly. Never by design, as motorcycles have an inherit design-premise inidicating that parking should be of a more vertical manner..

I’m jumping the gun a little here..

All through the summer I spent hours in the garage, time and time again converting that little rented parkingspot to my own mechanical workspace. The last piece of equipment to be mounted on both HotStuff (aka Tonje) and my bike was the awsome bashplate from Motooverland.  I had spent quite a bit of time researching and looking for the perfect crashbar and bashplate combo, and after I found the very rugged crashbars from Wunderlich, the bashplate from Motooverland was the only piece missing.

Crashbar test complete

The crashpars was somewhat a tight fit. That’s A-OK because you really don’t want the crashbars to move around too much… They offer great protection; proven. Before Tonje aka HotStuff and I had our test-ride those two weeks this summer, I had the crashbars installed on both bikes. The bashplates didn’t arrive in time for out test-ride, but we had no real plans for any offroad riding anyhow. Shortly after returning to Stavanger after our 2 week trip I stopped by a friends place in order to check out his own mechanical project. As I put out the sidestand, apparently I had a moron-moment, ’cause the bike leaned to the right. The sidestand is on the left side. Always have been.. So I ended up parking my ride horizontaly. Leaning it safely  and firmly on the crashbars. You can see the three impact Points. No damage to the bike. Some scrapings on the crashbars and a massively bruiced ego. I’ve had my license since 1999, and only once before have I parked any bike horizontaly. My first day with a license in 1999…

So it was clear that I would have to deal with this in the near future. At the same time the bashplates arrived form Canada. OH HAPPY DAY 🙂

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See the difference between the tiny plastic bashplate original from BMW and the much bigger and sturdier Aluminum (5052) one from Motooverland? 🙂 I couldent wait to put it on.

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After a little while I discovered that between the BMW, the crashbars from Wunderlich and the bashplate from Motooverland, something was not a perfect fit. There are 6 bolts to fasten the bashplate, 4 underneath on rubber-cushon, and 2 in the lower front. The two in front would not align properly 😦

I emailed the good people at Motooverland for some advice- They quickly gave me 3 options for a fix. 2 0f them required a bit better equipment and workspace than what i have available. If you have read my post you may have noticed that I work out all my mechanical issues in the parking garage where we live, using only the toools I’ll bring for the trip. Also I have no place to mount a vice that was needed for the two first options. So option number three it is; – widen the forward mounting holes just enough.

It seemed like a easy fix. I strolled to the  local hardwarestore and bought a dremel-like tool and what seemed to be the correct bits. The going was slow and after a little while I notice the powertool wobbeling in my hands. For those of you that don’t know this; wobbeling powertools are generally not a great idea. Before I manage to hit the “off” switch the diamonddust covered bit I used went flying. But only after impacting my right middle finger. The same one that sometimes is used to communicate in traffic. Especially when one has polite but firm opinions about ones fellow travellers on four or more wheels.. Anyways. There where a lot of cursing and a bit of jumping around. At first I was convinced it was broken. But as sanity slowly returned I performed a basic self-diagnostic prosedure:

Does it bend? Oh YES it bends. Logic dictates it’s not broken, as it bends in the right place..

As I was squaring away my tools (I called it quits for the day after bandaging my very battered communication-device..) I realize that I where not using protective goggels, or gloves.. I was just very lucky that the flying bit didn’t hit something vital, like an eye.. So the next day I strolled back to the hardwarestore and got even more bits, + goggles and gloves. As soon as my finger healed work where resumed and the adjustments made. Once this was done, I primed and coated the bashplates to prevent them form rusting.

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And while the bashplates where drying in stages of 2 prime coats and 2-3 black paint coats, I got to work on the crashbars. I made good use of the dremel-like-but-not-quite tool and ground away all scraches and rust and evened out the surface. After this was complete I wrapped my bike like a christmaspresent and got ready to apply a few coats of primer..

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And between each coat,- the waiting game. Luckily for me and everyone around me; patience is stong in this one. 😦 After priming, I had to unwrap my ride, remove any flaking and smoothe any edges. Then prep and wrap and tape again. I coated it again 4 times, with plenty of time to dry properly between each coat.
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I am very happy with te result, Even more happy that I now was ready to mount the bashplates again.
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Yep. That’s right. The two forward bolts in place, bashplate secure. Ready to ride again.
And I will try to avoid any future horizontal parking…

New Years eve – some garage work

Why should this day be any different?

Keeping it short due to the waiting party.

Today’s work was both fixing a loose sidestand on my bike and fixing Tonjes left panier, who took a beating during the testride we had 2 weeks this summer.

I had to go all Thor on the panier and hammer it back into shape. One of the plastic clamps that connect it to the frame of the bike had do be taken off, then subsiquently glued and screwed back on. As good as new!

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Then I took off the sidestand in order to ajust it. It felt a bit loose,- and there is no time like the present, so off it came..
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And later on again. Quite happy with the result.

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I guess this is a good place to wish all my family, friends and readers a happy new year.

To all those who have supported my, and now our, dream of riding the world for 13 months. THANK YOU!

And to all of you who keep telling me how dangerous and impossible it is; THANK YOU. It motivates me greatly. I mean, if it was easy, any idiot could do it 😉

Corrective eye surgery!

So after long and careful consideration I have decided to have corrective eye surgery done… and I confess I’m a little queasy about it..

I’ve used glasses and contact-lences for 20 years, and at least contact-lences never bothered me. Much.

I admit there have been both skiining accidents and martialarts impacts that has caused me to loose one or both lences. And sometimes wind has caused me to blink out one or both contacts while riding.

The biggest concern however is eye-infection caused by changing contact-lences while camping abd riding our F800GS’ for more than a year.

It’ll get done 27th january 2014.

Unless I chicken out.. Tonje aka HotStuff already had a similar operation, so I’m leaning heavily on her experience and courage in this…

The new and updated route

New route

So the route for our world-tour project has been changed. Why? Well, Hotstuff got her license, but it was a bit later than we had anticipated, mostly due to the horrible quality of her first school, and the long time it took to find a vacant spot in another. This did a few not wonderful  things to our timeline, and subsequently Hotstuff never got in the training on city streets and gravelcource that we both agreed was needed.

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Plains of Mongolia

One thing is just driving through Russia and surviving Mongolia .. funny how easy that sentence rolls out so easily..”just driving through Russia…”..another thing is enjoying the ride and the vastness that is mongolia. Very close to no infrastructure or roads. The ultimate adventure… Well,  one day shortly after Hotstuff got her license she said jokingly “maybe we should just drive al over Europe instead of Russia and Mongolia? And then straight over to the Americas? And then we can do Russian and Mongolia the first summer after we return from our trip.. I thought about that for about 4 seconds.  It made perfect sence. A little reseach and a new route was in place. Check it out below, map by map, month by month. Clicking on the maps brings up more detail. Try it 🙂

August 2014

August 2014

August 2014

The adventure starts august 1st 2014, instead of mid june same year. By pushing the departure date by around 6 weeks we can focus on the wedding-aftermath, and not have to organize both the wedding and a 14 + month trip all at the same time. We’ll start in Stavanger and travel east towards Kolsrud in Sigdal, where we hope to revisit my Kolsrud farm and meet up with some great people. Thereafter we aim for Sweeden, and hopefully a new gravel cource for both Hotstuff and myself. From there we’ll swing by Denmark, and on to Hamburg, Germany for some lastminute but critical gear shopping. Other must-see places in Germay is Villa Lövenherz MC hotel, my home away from home (I wish) and Schwartswald. The last days of August will be spent in Split, Croatia.

Estimated traveldistance for August 2014 is 3550 km. You know it’ll get higher ’cause I always get a little lost. But that’s the name of the game. Coincidently also the name of the blog 😉

September 2014

September 2014

September 2014

September 2014, we aim to take some kind of ferry from Split over to Ancona, Italy, and then travel the east coast of Italy, and again on a ferry over to Greece. After spending around 10 days in Greece we’ll head back to Italy via the same ferry, and ride the west-coast up to Rome, and then on to Genova.

Estimated traveldistance for September 2014 is 3500 km.

October 2014

October 2014

October 2014

October will take us from Genova, Italy, to Malaga and Gibraltar in Spain. We’ll zig-zag through the alps and slowly make our way south-west. The distance traveled this month will not be significant, with goood reason. Sometime this month in Spain we have to get both bikes overhauled for the South and Middle America part of this trip. We also have to get tire-changes. I’ll order the tires sometime in September to be delivered to a predefined adress in Spain, and then change them myself. We also plan to do a significant amount of offroad playing and training in a area relatively close to Malaga. The better prepared we are for the Americas part, the more enjoyable and safer the trip will be. In October we also have to arrange for transport from Malaga, Spain, or Lisboa, Portugal,- and over to Buenos Aires, Argentina. We hope for cargo shipping, hopefully with us as passengers. The alternative is air freight. Faster but more expencive. And monkeys. Gotta visit the monkeys in Gibraltar 😀

Estimated traveldistance for October 2014 is 2700 km.

November & December 2014

Novermber & December 2014

Novermber & December 2014

South America. Argentina, Chile and Bolivia. Depending on transport from Spain, we’ll have somewhere between 5 and 8 weeks for this strech, Very excited. Hotstuff hates spiders, and Google claims that there are a few here. Google is clearly wrong. Move along, there is nothing to see here… On our trip south we hope to reach  Cape Horn. Weather, mostly temprature, may be hard to deal with. On the other hand, we’re Norwegians. Last I rode to work on my F800GS themprature was around 5 deg. C. Can’t get much worse can it? Even though it is almost spitting distance to the South pole. If we dont get abducted by Penguins at Cape Horn, we’ll travel North on the west coast in Chile towards Bolivia. So, celebrating X-mas in Chile I suspect.

Estimated traveldistance for November and Desember will totalt minimum 8000 km.

January 2015

January 2015

January 2015

In Bolivia we’re hoping to find a safe haven with friends that have emigrated & repatriated to Bolivia, La Paz. This will aslo be a logical place to have the bikes serviced and also plan the route ahead in some more detail. We’ll stay way clear of Colombia, and we need to get to Panama City. Only problem is that unless you are a native jungle-dweller or Bear Grylls there is just no way to pass through the Darién Gap. So we’ll ride to Esmeraldas, Ecuador and get on a boat for Panama City.

Estimated traveldistance for January 2015 is 3400 km.

February 2015

February 2015

February 2015

February will take us mostly along the Pan American Highway through Central America. We’ll visit all the small countries that very few people have heard of, and even fewer have been to. There are some skepticism in planning HQ regarding Mexico, so we will find some kind of transport, by sea or by land, from Belize to Miami, FL, USA.

Estimated traveldistance for February 2015 is 3700 km.

March 2015

March 2015

March 2015

March we’ll ride along the Gulf Coast from Miami, through the Everglades, and head up to Dallas, TX for another safe haven and a serious bike overhaul. The punishment the bikes will have recieved at this point means that well to everything from oilchange to break pads and everything in between. March still may give us some winter-surpises. So we’ll stay in Dallas waiting a littlebit for the weather. This will by far be the shortest strech, but we’ll hopefully make the most of it barring icy roads, and enjoy the South Texas backcountry.

Estimated traveldistance for March 2015 is 225000 km.

April & May 2015

April & May 2015

April & May 2015

April and May 2015 we’ll head to LA on the west coast, and from there head north on the very famous HighWay 1 up to Sanfransisco. From there we’ll og incountry to the Nevada Saltflats. There will be no land speed record attempt, but I am very curious of the wide open flats. From there we’ll head North to Seattle. We plan on two monts to account for King Winter to withdraw.

Estimated traveldistance for April & May 2015 is 6500 m.

June 2015

June 2015

June 2015

June takes us north up up and away to Inuvik in the very north of Canada. We’ll travel on the infamous Dempster Highway, wich is more of a very long gravel trek. Oh be still my heart! Due to the cold Canadian weather (at least waaay up north) we plan to arrive at Inuvuk at the very end of June.

Estimated traveldistance for June 2015 is 3900 km.

July 2015

July 2015

July 2015

July we’ll head back South. Mostly ’cause there’s no more going north. End of the line as they say. The Dempster HW is the only road for a while, but we’ll head south-east through Edmonton, Calgary into the US again towards Montana. Highlights of this strech is amongst others, (but without forgetting Dempster HW going South) Waterton Lakes nasjonalpark and the Princ of Wales Hotel (Canada), and Great Falls Montana- (USA).

Estimated traveldistance for July 2015 is 4100 km.

August 2015

August 2015

August 2015

August is the final strech. We are turning our front-wheels towards home. But, going there will take us through som amazing places. Amongst these Chicago, Washington D.C. and finally New York. From NY we’ll find transportation be it by air or by sea back to Europe, and then finally Norway.

Estimated traveldistance for August 2015 is 3700 km.

July and August 2016

July & August 2016

July & August 2016

MONGOLIA, – Another adventure, but not too far in the future I think 😉

Maybe one day..

Maybe one day, when all my other adventures are done?

Long overdue post – Hotstuff got her MC license!

Oh my, this is long over due!

Mid october was a milestone for the world-traveling Project. Hotstuff aka Tonje finally got her motorcycle license! Woho!

Those of you who have followed this blog know that we had a fantastic 14 day motorcycle trip in late august / early september. With no license we drove around with huge L signs stiched to our yellow reflective outer vests, helmet intercoms and each our bike. Yes, Hotstuff did buy hers at the same time I got mine in may 2013. 🙂 5 months later she had license in hand.

The process was a long and drawnout thing, much to be blamed on the fairly inept and uninspired first driving school. And switching Schools mid-season is not very easy due to lack of local qualified teachers. Some time early next year she and I will post a proper blog regarding the school that actually worked, but for now, thank you so much Peder at Skagen Trafikkskole, Stavanger. We are greatly impressed with the level of service, professionalism and standard! Lucky are those that choose, and can find a vacant spot, for their MC licence at this school 🙂

Imagine the happiness of actually stripping the L-sign from our driving gear and then hitting the streets! 😀

Fall has been very busy, almost too much so. But now things are back to normal, and more frequent post will be forthcoming. Some about new mechanical dispositions and a bit trial and error, but also an important update on some major route-changes.

Stay tuned.

Ride what little there is left of the season and be safe.

End of shakedown – lessons learned

Alright. So after the thing with the horse-horse vs the iron-horse, we went to my dad & stepmoms cabin in Ålo, near Mandal. The shakedown was coming to an end and we just needed a short pitstop on our way home. At the cabin we got to meet Scott and Julie, a couple that became friends with my dad and Vigdis as they all crossed the Atlantic last november in the ARC regatta. Great people and full of adventure traveling experiences. Amongst the advices where “blue” and “pink” jobs,- a kinda pre-trip agreed work distribution.

The next day we headed towards Bersagel, and got trapped in the most ridiculous rain storm, spiced with wind and a LOT of thunder and lightening. A few things  where learned about our Touratech Companero suits: they are GREAT. The amount of water that came down would have soked through any other suit I’ve tried. 3 hours of this with no adittional protection and we still where nice and dry. HotStuff used the expression “it’s so nice and cosy in here” about the Companero suit in that horrible weather. Very happy about it.

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We also got to test the “blue job / pink job” principle, when we on our way to Bersagel stopped at Ålgård for groceries in another epic rushour extravaganza. (it’s the time of the year when everyone looses their minds and run to the hils to participate in the anual “gather the sheep event”. The following video represents my feelings on this subject..

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nlYlNF30bVg

As we tried to weave our way through this trial-armageddon Tonje decided to park her bike, horisontally, in the middle of the road. Then, with the attitude that clearly signaled “what the hell are you looking at?!?” she just walked off towards the store. Via our scala helmet intercom she curtly told me: “YOU. DEAL. WITH. THIS!”

So, this is a “blue job”.

Later that night, Tonje poured beer and helped my soon to be mother-in-law to cook dinner. This is a “pink job”, apparently.
I’ll get the hang of it. I’m sure. Not to worry. Do I seem worried?

Saturday came along as day 16 of our shakedown, and we returned home. Our giant apartment where turned into a place of wet tents, tarps, sleepingbags and riding gear..

So much fabric. so little space. Spent 30 minutes looking for my bed

So much fabric. so little space. Spent 30 minutes looking for my bed

A technical control of our rides showed 1 dented panier (Tonjes left side), the heel protector on my bike, left side, broke off. New part has already ordered, both for me and Tonje.

This is what the heat Shield looks like now..

This is what the heat Shield looks like now..

This is what the heat shield should look like...

This is what the heat shield should look like…

Also, one of the bolts that held my crashbars on the bike where just gone. The same bolt on Tonjes bike where a little loose, so I took that to a specialist, “Skrue Gården”, and got the right one to mach. Then ad som threadlock and we’re golden.

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Finally, we discovered that we brought a few very heavy items. Like the Security chain that weighs more that all the tools I brought and where never used. And the tools, that where used, and is just what is needed, but WAY to heavy. Gotta find a way this winter to cut that weight without loosing the tools. The termos that holds 1 liter, will be replaced with one half the size. And finally our sleeping mats will be severely upgraded.

But all in all the shakedown was a success.

 

Now focus is shifting a bit and we both dive into wedding planning. 😉