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The Squaw Magnet in Montana


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Cracked year fenders - updated  

  1. 1. Cracked year fenders - updated

    • I used Indian rubber grommet fix, DID crack after 1000 miles
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    • I used Indian rubber grommet fix, DID crack after 3000 miles
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    • I used Indian rubber grommet fix, DID crack after 5000 miles
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    • I used Indian rubber grommet fix, DID crack after 7500 miles
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    • I used Indian rubber grommet fix, DID crack after 10000 miles
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    • I used Indian rubber grommet fix, NO cracks after 1000 miles
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    • I used Indian rubber grommet fix, NO cracks after 3000 miles
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    • I used Indian rubber grommet fix, NO cracks after 5000 miles
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    • I used Indian rubber grommet fix, NO cracks after 7500 miles
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    • I used Indian rubber grommet fix, NO cracks after 10000 miles
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Well, I'm at the public library in Ft. Benton, MT which is my put in point for the 8 day, 150 mile kayak trip down the Upper Missouri River. I just talked to the guy that rents the kayaks and, after I post this and check in to the local hotel, I'll be going over the particulars with him so I'll be ready to hit the river tomorrow morning. Weather's perfect right now, in the mid 80's with a light tail wind. It's been pretty damn cold, however, for the last couple of days. Ever since Monday, in North Dakota, I've been riding with my cold weather gear for most of the day. Even had to pull the jump starter out of the sidecar Tuesday morning because the battery just couldn't handle both the load and the cold. Weather Channel says things should be OK while I'm on the river and, if today is any indication, they're right. Last couple of days have been, for the most part, just a bunch of riding to get here. The Upper Missouri is so remote in these parts that the two east-west highways don't come within 70 miles of it. Damn, I'm looking forward to this float. Almost hit another deer, the white-tailed variety, this time, yesterday around Fort Peck. Noticed one deer shoot across the road so I started slowing down. Then, three more jump out right in front of me, completely covering the one-lane road in both directions. Hit the brakes hard again and just missed the last one. I don't know if this was a closer call than the one in Nebraska but, I got so close to this deer, I could actually here it scream. Spooky.

 

Other than the battery and a disturbing clank about half the time I start the bike, the bike's running well. Been on the road three and a half weeks now and finally went through my first quart of oil today. I'll have the oil changed when I get to Great Falls after the kayak ride. It's only another 40 miles from Ft. Benton. What's amazing is the lack of wear on the rear tire. I should have had to change it by now but it still looks great. I've got to believe that the major credit for this goes to the Works Performance shocks I put on before the ride. They were custom built for my load and they appear to be doing a hell of a job. I've had to do a lot less weight shifting on turns with these shocks as they are holding up much better under load than the Progressives. If I can make it home on the same rear tire I started with, the shocks will have paid for themselves in one ride. Kudos, Works!

 

Well, that's about it for the next 8 days or so. I'm sure I'll be able to access the internet when I get to Great Falls so I'll post something there after I get out of the river. Talk to you later.

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