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Forum: Recent Rides and Riding Experiences   09-28-2016, 06:45 PM
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Posted By austinetc
Grand Adventure Completion!

This is the third and last thread I've created describing my Grand Adventure. In March through May I took my 2015 GW From San Diego to Key West to Fairbanks and back to SD. Then in August through...
Forum: Recent Rides and Riding Experiences   09-20-2016, 09:33 PM
Replies: 19
Views: 1,114
Posted By austinetc
Darn. I left Portland ME area this morning....

Darn. I left Portland ME area this morning. Visited Old Orchard Beach, Saco, Concord. Now in Battleboro VT. Slow going. Too much good stuff.
Forum: Recent Rides and Riding Experiences   09-20-2016, 07:11 PM
Replies: 19
Views: 1,114
Posted By austinetc
Tires

My E3s now have 15,000 miles on them, including 90 miles on gravel. No cupping, no visual cuts, and good tread. Does this mean I should keep on rolling? I have in no way been pushing the bike in...
Forum: Recent Rides and Riding Experiences   08-31-2016, 08:22 PM
Replies: 19
Views: 1,114
Posted By austinetc
Thanks for all the great feedback. It's all...

Thanks for all the great feedback. It's all helping me keep the blog going. One selfish reason for do it is so I can remember details of the trip. The memories are really stacking up. A few days...
Forum: Honda Goldwing Forum General Discussion   08-22-2016, 07:55 AM
Replies: 22
Views: 14,780
Posted By austinetc
Buffdaddy55: I had the clicking issue. Took it...

Buffdaddy55: I had the clicking issue. Took it into the shop (warranty). A quick fix. Something about a cable not being properly adjusted.

You know how you take an intermittent problem into the...
Forum: Recent Rides and Riding Experiences   08-22-2016, 07:42 AM
Replies: 19
Views: 1,114
Posted By austinetc
Grand Motorcycle Adventure, Part 2

I've not logged into this site for a while. The password reset issue threw me.

Background; From March to May I drove my 2015 GW from San Diego to Alaska, via Key West. I had intended to...
Forum: Recent Rides and Riding Experiences   06-17-2016, 07:54 PM
Replies: 42
Views: 2,044
Posted By austinetc
You might want to use one of the less-used ports...

You might want to use one of the less-used ports of entry into Canada. Canada can sometimes be a pain for bikers. ("Are you carrying any brass knuckles?" I'm not kidding.) Returning isn't as much...
Forum: New Member Introductions   06-17-2016, 07:42 PM
Replies: 24
  Hello!
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Posted By austinetc
Welcome. I have the same GW. Just returned from...

Welcome. I have the same GW. Just returned from a 17,200 mile, 11 week trek that included Alaska. The bike was magnificent.
Forum: Recent Rides and Riding Experiences   05-27-2016, 12:56 PM
Replies: 206
Views: 13,706
Posted By austinetc
Canada uses the chip on credit cards. Completely....

Canada uses the chip on credit cards. Completely. Hotels, restaurants, gas! Because the chip readers aren't the same, you've really got to read the screens before pushing any buttons. They're slow...
Forum: Recent Rides and Riding Experiences   05-27-2016, 10:30 AM
Replies: 206
Views: 13,706
Posted By austinetc
One thing I learned from locals about the...

One thing I learned from locals about the Deadhorse ride is that clogged air filters can become an issue. Seeing the layers of dust on trucks coming down from there certainly backs up the warning.
Forum: Recent Rides and Riding Experiences   05-27-2016, 09:48 AM
Replies: 206
Views: 13,706
Posted By austinetc
My Grand Adventure - Partial Completion

San Diego - Key West - Fairbanks - San Diego; Completed

69 days of driving, 17,203 miles, 22 states, 3 provinces and 1 territory.

Didn't become a member of the IDMWT community.

The GW...
Forum: Recent Rides and Riding Experiences   05-23-2016, 08:55 AM
Replies: 206
Views: 13,706
Posted By austinetc
Thanks. Yesterday I experienced some of the...

Thanks. Yesterday I experienced some of the toughest driving of the entire trip. Head on wind gusts on a curvy cliff-side road. Couldn't predict which way the wind would push me. Even on the...
Forum: Recent Rides and Riding Experiences   05-18-2016, 09:59 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 1,329
Posted By austinetc
Alaskan Highway - Beware

If anyone (else) is considering a trip to Alaska, be aware that two weeks ago the Alaskan Highway stretch from Haynes Junction to Tok had about 30 miles of gravel. Today it had that, PLUS 20 miles...
Forum: Recent Rides and Riding Experiences   05-12-2016, 10:28 PM
Replies: 206
Views: 13,706
Posted By austinetc
Answers: 1) The highlands trip is still on....

Answers:

1) The highlands trip is still on. I have yet to reserve a flight because I didn't know where I was leaving from.

2) The thread about the M&G is long. What are the dates and location?...
Forum: Recent Rides and Riding Experiences   05-12-2016, 12:01 AM
Replies: 206
Views: 13,706
Posted By austinetc
Did a quick wash of the GW and the dirt came off....

Did a quick wash of the GW and the dirt came off. And yes, this evening it's dirty again.

I haven't seen Denali yet, though the mountains I have seen are awfully impressive. I'll be going to the...
Forum: Recent Rides and Riding Experiences   05-10-2016, 01:38 AM
Replies: 206
Views: 13,706
Posted By austinetc
Words of caution. Well received.

Words of caution. Well received.
Forum: Wheels and Tires   05-10-2016, 01:35 AM
Replies: 23
Views: 2,881
Posted By austinetc
It's hard to say without a controlled "test to...

It's hard to say without a controlled "test to failure" event. I'm wearing E3s through the Alaskan highway and haven't had any trouble. But that could just be my driving style.
Forum: Recent Rides and Riding Experiences   05-09-2016, 11:51 PM
Replies: 206
Views: 13,706
Posted By austinetc
Okay, now I'm worried. I will look for this...

Okay, now I'm worried. I will look for this pressure washer.

To be a little (lot) weird: My bike has two names. She's MALeficent, the fairy antagonist of Sleeping Beauty. She's black and red...
Forum: Recent Rides and Riding Experiences   05-09-2016, 08:25 PM
Replies: 206
Views: 13,706
Posted By austinetc
The Smokies don't play second fiddle to anywhere!...

The Smokies don't play second fiddle to anywhere! Great riding, great views. You're going to love it. I think there's a town there that brags that the sun comes out for a little while each day. Free...
Forum: Recent Rides and Riding Experiences   05-09-2016, 10:15 AM
Replies: 206
Views: 13,706
Posted By austinetc
I'm glad people are enjoying the posts. It gives...

I'm glad people are enjoying the posts. It gives me something to do during the long days.
Forum: Recent Rides and Riding Experiences   05-08-2016, 09:19 PM
Replies: 206
Views: 13,706
Posted By austinetc
Met two gentlemen today driving 2008(?) GWs. ...

Met two gentlemen today driving 2008(?) GWs. They flew down to Seattle and bought them. No experience with large bikes. Got a short lesson. Now they're driving them back home to Fairbanks. They've...
Forum: Recent Rides and Riding Experiences   05-07-2016, 11:14 AM
Replies: 206
Views: 13,706
Posted By austinetc
The Fire passed by Thursday, so I was escorted...

The Fire passed by Thursday, so I was escorted through the aftermath yesterday. There are still hotspots to watch out for. Fire teams are still working the sites. You can easily see that the fire...
Forum: Recent Rides and Riding Experiences   05-06-2016, 09:16 PM
Replies: 206
Views: 13,706
Posted By austinetc
I drove through it. I'll post pics on my blog...

I drove through it. I'll post pics on my blog tonight or tomorrow.
Forum: Honda Goldwing Forum General Discussion   05-04-2016, 09:08 PM
Replies: 39
Views: 4,153
Posted By austinetc
Fully closed, the Schuberth is hot. But the visor...

Fully closed, the Schuberth is hot. But the visor can be cracked open slightly, which mitigates the problem.
Forum: Recent Rides and Riding Experiences   05-04-2016, 06:54 PM
Replies: 206
Views: 13,706
Posted By austinetc
I arrived at the Jasper campsite just as...

I arrived at the Jasper campsite just as raindrops started. Nothing big yet. Pitched the tent and headed into town. Visibility is poor anyway. Besides, If the views heading north don't surpass the...
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