8 State Trip on my NC

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All I know is that my daughter went around my truck and tried coming up on the pavement at to shallow of an angle and she went down at low speed and this is what I found out the next day... these bars don't have a brace that keeps them from bending back. She wasn't hurt and they did their job as her leg was fine and the bike was protected. That's why I bought them. Leg protection on a spill over. She only has the GIVI 22's.
Another thing you NEED to know. They are stainless steel u-bolts and a stainless cap nut. You need to lube these or else they will gall when you try to take them off and the nut won't come off and it will snap. Trust me I know! You will need to take the right side U-bolt off when you do your valve checks. Otherwise the plastic threaded plug on the engine block can't unscrew enough to remove. I now have steel u-bolts and they are lubed with anti-seize. Bought at Fastenal and the bolt length cut to correct length with a hacksaw and the nut at the right length so the threads don't get messed up. The other bike has stainless and I lubed that with anti-seize and no problems. Learned on the first bike.
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Thanks for the tips! We've already had to bend them back twice due to my continual slow dumps in the dirt and gravel. I assume they are designed to bend back so they don't grab the pavement during a major laydown.
 

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Thanks for the tips! We've already had to bend them back twice due to my continual slow dumps in the dirt and gravel. I assume they are designed to bend back so they don't grab the pavement during a major laydown.
What is the best method for bending them back? Remove them and pound the flat steel straight or us a strong winch strap connected to an anchor point?

Something to think about... if you lower the front and get your headlight correct you may be able to raise the rear a bit. Also you are probably blinding oncoming traffic... and that could be bad news for you if they come over the center line!

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Could you provide a link for the same exact Spirit Airlines Tote? I too have the Tusk Large Panniers and love them but need a bag for each to make camping easier. Thanks!!
John in Colorado
 

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good to hear

Wife on her 700 and me on my 750 plan a large ride next year from Upstate NY to Tenn then family in NC then back home via ocean city MA.
Did you have to adjust chain at all ?
 

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Wife on her 700 and me on my 750 plan a large ride next year from Upstate NY to Tenn then family in NC then back home via ocean city MA.
Did you have to adjust chain at all ?
Chains are ok to run a bit looser than tighter, as long as you make sure chain tension is set properly at the beginning of the trip, it should be fine throughout the trip. Unless you just put on a new chain and it hasn't broke in yet. New chains will "stretch" within the first few hundred miles, but if it's been on for a little while and in good shape, should have no need to adjust chain during trip.

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Wife on her 700 and me on my 750 plan a large ride next year from Upstate NY to Tenn then family in NC then back home via ocean city MA.
Did you have to adjust chain at all ?
I put an auto oiler on my daughters NC700X and on my CBR 1100XX. After the new chain stretched I adjusted it just before my trip. At 4000 miles I cleaned it and checked the adjustment and it was fine. 3000 miles later when I got home I cleaned it again and still fine. I believe in auto oilers now!
I bought the "Cameleon Plus" it is everything I wanted and two years later I have no complaints and only praises for it. Webike.com has a good review on it I believe.
Stock chain may have to be adjusted. The DID Gold chains don't seem to wear as much.
Have fun on your trip.

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Kickstand and question about raising the bike up

Sounds like a great trip. I have a few questions:
- Did you have to modify the kickstand after lowering the bike 3 inches?
- you said you were going to raise it up an inch. Why is that? Did you find the handling of the bike difficult after lowering or was there some other concern?
- How long have you been riding?

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Congrats MT on the great purchase of your NC. and a hearty Welcome from north IDAHO! Good for you, 8-states and 3,400 miles, that is amazing my hat is off to you! I too went on a long ride with mine earlier this summer, back in May. I made 2600+ miles in 9 days and covered 7 states. Wa, Id, Mt, Ut, Co, Nmex, Az and back. Keep you eye out as there are several of us heading to Alaska next year. I'm headed up in June, any and all are welcome to join, meet up or tag along. :{)
Hey Rap,

Did ya'll make the trip to AK? I'd be interested in some enroute details on how the ride went for you folks. Done the trip by truck and my airplane but never on a bike.

Thanks!
LR
 

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Hey Rap,

Did ya'll make the trip to AK? I'd be interested in some enroute details on how the ride went for you folks. Done the trip by truck and my airplane but never on a bike.

Thanks!
LR
Did it on my Versys. Trip report here:

670 was along on his Goldwing.

mid border opens we will do Newfoundland in Aug. on fence between Versys and NC700. Thing 670 will be on NC and Mile LM15 will be on NC. After Alaska Nuke got rid of his Goldwing and will be on his Wee Strom.
 

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Did it on my Versys. Trip report here:

670 was along on his Goldwing.

mid border opens we will do Newfoundland in Aug. on fence between Versys and NC700. Thing 670 will be on NC and Mile LM15 will be on NC. After Alaska Nuke got rid of his Goldwing and will be on his Wee Strom.
Great!! Thanks for the reply. Never made it to NF but did NB, NS and PEI on my ST 1300. Get trip, good food, nice folks and fine weather except for one day. I'm still thinking hard about AK trip but it may include ferry trip back part way. NC should do it fine.

Thanks again.
 

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Great!! Thanks for the reply. Never made it to NF but did NB, NS and PEI on my ST 1300. Get trip, good food, nice folks and fine weather except for one day. I'm still thinking hard about AK trip but it may include ferry trip back part way. NC should do it fine.

Thanks again.
We saw a lot of NCs on the road up there. Road the Ferry with a van in 1986 from Skagway to Seattle. Good trip. I considered it 2 years ago but prices had gone way up and would not have saved much time. Take the Cassier Hwy one way and you won’t backtrack much road.

If you do decide to ride the Ferry make reservations as it will fill up in summer. Also it will impact schedule as it goes maybe once a week. You can also ride to Prince Rupert for a shorter ferry ride. North of Prince Rupert is the best part of the ride. South of there all in open and possibly rough water on a flat bottom boat and not close to the spectacular views close to shore. It goes places cruise ships can’t. It is also a working boat not a cruise ship. Cafeteria food nothing special and expensive so bringing some of your own food is a good option. There is a fee for the bike, a fee for the passenger and a fee for cabin if you don’t want to sleep on deck. Minimal opportunity to get off at stops and stops can be in middle of night. Schedules are online.
 

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Hey Rap, Did ya'll make the trip to AK?
Nope, I never made it. Went through some medical issues that out me down, and as I was recovering went through a nasty divorce that I’m still dealing with and trying to recover from. So Alaska trip has been postponed indefinitely for now, so far back on burners I can’t even see it haha! I started a handyman business and have been pretty busy with it so very little time to even ride anymore.
 

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Nope, I never made it. Went through some medical issues that out me down, and as I was recovering went through a nasty divorce that I’m still dealing with and trying to recover from. So Alaska trip has been postponed indefinitely for now, so far back on burners I can’t even see it haha! I started a handyman business and have been pretty busy with it so very little time to even ride anymore.
Damn!! Really sorry to hear that!! Keep your chin up!!
 
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