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Postby mightymatt43 » Wed Sep 30, 2009 9:48 pm

Syzygy wrote:Nice riding dude.

The other tall Uralist,
Syzygy


ah yes - tall guys on Urals create quite a challenge. i've heard that putting different handlebars can make a difference though... how tall are you?

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Postby mightymatt43 » Wed Sep 30, 2009 10:01 pm

Entry 19

For some reason, SS won't let me embed a Vimeo video to my post so I'll just link it:

Part Two Of Our Dempster Adventure: http://vimeo.com/6677531

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Postby Niteblues » Wed Sep 30, 2009 10:21 pm

Hey Matt & Kristen! That's an amazing video you did!!! Truly amazing!

POW! YOU JUST GOT HIT BY THE DEMPSTER.

I would love to have a copy of it!
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Postby mapperjay » Thu Oct 01, 2009 11:21 am

Nice work!

If you two stop in Great Falls, MT stay the the O'Haire Motor inn, home to the Sip-N-Dip bar which as a "mermaid" swimming behind the bar. GQ magazine voted it the best bar in the world a few years ago and it reallys is a riot.
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Postby mightymatt43 » Thu Oct 01, 2009 11:39 am

Entry 20

When we finally did get off the Dempster, we headed into Dawson for the night - covered in mud. The next morning, we woke up early and headed to Whitehorse.

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We were once again warned to watch out for the wildlife, because a motorcyclist had been killed by hitting a buffalo just a few days earlier.

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On the way, however, we started hearing a horrible, grinding noise coming from the front wheel. Seeing as the bike was still partially covered in mud (even though I had sprayed it off a bit), I just figured that a bit of dirt had become lodged in between the brake pads. When we got to Whitehorse, I was greeted with a horrible realization.

What pads?
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(to clarify, this picture was taken a couple days later after sitting on the floor of the sidecar in the rain)

So, I phoned up Heindl Engineering, who has turned out to be my most trusted source for parts on this trip. He had some new pads shipped quickly and after a couple of days we were back on the road again. I do need to point out that Whitehorse is home to one of the shadiest institutions I've seen in awhile. This hotel was down the street from where we were staying and I was offered some "services" while Kristen and I walked past one evening. I mean, my wife was right there!

Stay away from this place:
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We then drove through Watson Lake, Fort Nelson and Dawson Creek again with some pretty nasty weather along the way. Cold!

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On the way from Watson Lake to Fort Nelson (which is the best stretch of that highway IMO) we did almost have an accident. We have a communications system (autocom - no longer in business apparently) and were listening to a podcast called Stuff You Should Know (which is really great for road trips, if you're interested) when all of a sudden the loudest, most shrill, hellish sound came screaming through our headphones. I literally saw white spots and almost wrecked the bike while trying to get off the road to unplug myself. I don't know what happened, but we both ripped the comm stuff out of our helmets right then and there.

On the way to Dawson Creek, we met an extraordinary guy named Ed Gold. It has been a long time since we've been enraptured by any person. Ed is a Bristish documentary photographer who encapsulates the description "adventurer". Check out his stuff at http://www.edgold.co.uk.

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Anyway, after Dawson Creek, we made the decision to go back through Jasper and Banff as it seemed like the most direct (and scenic) route to get back to Montana as we wanted to see my aunt and uncle again.

So, we headed into the mountains...

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Postby JohnBG » Thu Oct 01, 2009 7:11 pm

mightymatt43 wrote:Entry 19

For some reason, SS won't let me embed a Vimeo video to my post so I'll just link it:

Part Two Of Our Dempster Adventure: http://vimeo.com/6677531


You can embed Youtube video but not Vimeo. Sorry... Not my choice, just a limitation of the phpBB software.
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Postby mightymatt43 » Thu Oct 01, 2009 8:00 pm

JohnBG wrote:
mightymatt43 wrote:Entry 19

For some reason, SS won't let me embed a Vimeo video to my post so I'll just link it:

Part Two Of Our Dempster Adventure: http://vimeo.com/6677531


You can embed Youtube video but not Vimeo. Sorry... Not my choice, just a limitation of the phpBB software.


no worries, man. linking it works...

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Postby JohnBG » Thu Oct 01, 2009 8:24 pm

mightymatt43 wrote:
JohnBG wrote:
mightymatt43 wrote:Entry 19

For some reason, SS won't let me embed a Vimeo video to my post so I'll just link it:

Part Two Of Our Dempster Adventure: http://vimeo.com/6677531


You can embed Youtube video but not Vimeo. Sorry... Not my choice, just a limitation of the phpBB software.


no worries, man. linking it works...


Thanks for posting your reports. I am drooling at the scenery. :drool:

One of these days man... One of these days... :cry:

I liove the bugsonmyface website. Good work! :thumbsup:
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'98.5 Ural Tourist - "Valentina" - Gone but not forgotten.
2002 Harley Road King FLHPI
1997 Harley Electra Glide FLHTPI
Honda Nighthawk 650 from the mid-80's
1980 Suzuki RM125T
1970 Honda CL100

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Postby Sarge » Wed Oct 07, 2009 11:59 pm

Hey there folks , Matt & Kris are on the road again check out their updated wedsite

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Postby bikeosaurus2000 » Fri Oct 09, 2009 2:53 pm

This ride report has been absolutely amazing. Highly inspirational. I can't help wondering how many of us will now be driven to pursue our own dreams. I know it's really pushed me to get out there and try something adventurous. Now, if only I can find the courage. :lol:

Thanks so much for sharing this story with all of us! :)
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Postby mightymatt43 » Tue Oct 13, 2009 8:20 pm

UPDATES COMING SOON!

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Postby mightymatt43 » Tue Oct 13, 2009 8:23 pm

bikeosaurus2000 wrote:This ride report has been absolutely amazing. Highly inspirational. I can't help wondering how many of us will now be driven to pursue our own dreams. I know it's really pushed me to get out there and try something adventurous. Now, if only I can find the courage. :lol:

Thanks so much for sharing this story with all of us! :)


i'm so glad if our report encouraged you in any way. were it not for the likes of mr. cobb, pidgey, spicy, and others, i wonder if i would have taken such a trip. get out there, my friend!

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Postby AeroEngineer » Tue Oct 13, 2009 11:56 pm

Matt, what is your process for taking those HDR pictures?

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Postby pidgey » Sat Oct 17, 2009 1:35 am

You guys did awesome and deserve recognition for making a trip of that distance and posting those superb pics. :thumbsup:
Bet you'll have the most miles covered by anyone on 'Steeds this year.

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Postby mightymatt43 » Mon Oct 19, 2009 1:01 pm

AeroEngineer wrote:Matt, what is your process for taking those HDR pictures?


i don't know that i would define them as "HDR" but i can see how they might fit into that category. my wife uses photoshop for all the editing and the process is pretty much a mystery to me at this point. secret of the trade, i guess??? :wink:


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