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  1. Don't kick the barrel!

    On I-75 under construction near Flint, I was looking for my exit sign when I suddenly saw one of the orange lane-marker barrels reclining ahead in my one and only lane. I swerved around it -good -...
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    Switch assembly part #

    The label on the left-hand assembly reads:

    820-0135-801b
    7 681 103 E5424T
    0514D ZAK
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    Ties that bind

    Great point. My bike failed to start three times, all in wet or humid weather. If the ties shrink, then frayed wires would be more likely to short. As moisture dissipates, shorts cease and can't be...
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    Ties

    Agreed. Jason and the techs at Mischler's said that they know about that tie-wrap problem and are on it. No new brain Rx.
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    It's gotta be something else

    In this case, I may be a seller. After both assemblies were replaced yesterday, the bike stalled on its first road test. My dealer's techs are still trying to Dx the problem. I fear a computer...
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    Correction

    My answer is TYPO! I meant $397.31 plus tax & labor. I couldn't read that receipt straight without my magnifying glass.
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    Switchgear replacements '05 R1200RT

    I have a 2005 R1220RT with 60,500 miles on it I had never been stranded by it until this July, when it just quit under me. I was riding in first gear on a dirt road when the engine stopped. The...
  8. Thread: Western Swing

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    Western Swing

    I rode to Salem from Wisconsin by way of Helena, MT and Walla Walla, WA, then on old US 30 from The Dalles to Portland as Ken Hall suggested in Owners News. Great rides! My return trip went via the...
  9. Thread: Vermont

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    Vermont

    On Memorial Day in perfect weather, I rode Vermont state roads (i.e., 7, 4, 73, 100 & 107) for the first time since the floods of '11. They have done a great job in rebuilding for some of my all-time...
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    P3 for me

    I switched from Continentals to Michelin Pilots (2s and then 3s) for the last two sets of tires, or about 12,000 miles. I think the Michelins were a great improvement, especially in the rain. They...
  11. Don't bypass the Lolo Trail

    37301

    Ripped from BMW Motorcycle Magazine, Fall 2012
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    Gaspesie & Cape Breton

    I rode the Gasp?® in 2008, and Cape Breton in 2010. The first one was rainy, but great roads. The second one was shortened by Hurricane Earl, which I rode out in a Coastal Inn near Antigonish:...
  13. Glacier

    I agree that Glacier NP is worth the trip. In September 2011, I rode it from east to west. Coming from Canada, I crossed the US border at the Chief Mountain port of entry, then rode south on Montana...
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    Don't skip the clips

    I have replaced both headlamps in my '05 RT. One thing I learned is to be real careful about those pins and clips that hold the windscreen onto its articulating arms. Make sure that they are properly...
  15. I'm back!

    It was a great 12-day ride, in perfect weather. I saw great scenery, rode fun roads, and met wonderful people. Thanks, everyone who offered advice. Details at
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  16. Eastward ho!

    That for that compass correction, Rinty. I had mistakenly assumed that my sister's directions were taking me toward Idaho, where she lives.

    It's tempting to ride the Beartooth Highway on my way...
  17. My big sister's advice about Beartooth

    My sister wrote this to me today:

    [Beartooth Highway] is a spectacular set of switchbacks climbing up to high elevation, about 11,00 feet and doesnÔÇÖt offer much chance to look around at the...
  18. Canadian Rockies tips

    Thanks everyone for your tips. I plan on riding the Icefields Parkway from north to South, so I'll invert some of those directions.

    I also plan to detour to Hillcrest, Alberta, where my...
  19. Wanted: Advice for riding the Canadian Rockies

    Between September 5 and 19, I'm planning to ride from Wisconsin to the Canadian Rockies and back via Glacier National Park. Icefields Parkway and Going to the Sun Road, here I come! Advice would be...
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    David Segal, R.I.P.

    David Segal passed away suddenly on March 7th. He and his shop,Emerson Motor Works were featured in the October 2010 issue of the Owners' news. What a loss!
  21. my Maritimes rides

    I rode to Cape Breton from Wisconsin through New York and New England last summer, a week after the Salty Fog Rally.

    On this forum are my ride report and comments from Foggers.

    I have ridden...
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    Fuel additives

    Jay Leno talked about fuel and additives with a pitchman from VP Racing Fuels on his site

    Additives aren't cheap. I haven't used them, but I might try some this summer. Once last summer, I filled...
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    How was your ride west?

    Welcome, Gary. I put 6,000 miles on my '05 RT last summer. I went southeast in August - that ride was too hot except when I was in the Smoky Mountains then northeast to Cape Breton - that ride was...
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    I took I-86 through Binghamton and Elmira, then...

    I took I-86 through Binghamton and Elmira, then rode NY-14 north all the way to Sodus Point. I then went west along the lake, following Seaway Trail signs. I got lost going through Rochester, back on...
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    epigraph check

    Hey 460jetboat,

    Your epigraph is mis-attributed to De Toqueville, who was born in 1805.

    Scroll all the way down at

    http://en.wikiquote.org/wiki/Alexis_de_Tocqueville
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