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For those of you thinking of buying a Triumph 800 XC you may want to read the email I received from Triumph regarding the fractures that appeared on my Tiger 800 XC main frame during my trip.  On returning I asked Triumph if it could be repaired or replaced under warranty and after being fobbed of by their warranty department I wrote to the CEO Mr Bloor.  I have now had a reply, see email below. As those of you who followed my blog will be aware, I was riding solo and only had panniers and a top box with a rough weight of around 65kg which is ...
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Final Statistics Bike Tiger 800 XC 2012, Current Mileage: 35217   Duration of trip: Six and a half months (193 days) Actual days riding: 109 Trip distance covered: 28975 miles Most miles in one day: 659 Least miles in one day: 50 Average overall distance per day: 263 miles Countries ridden through: 15 Argentina, Chile, Bolivia, Perú, Ecuador, Colombia, Panama, Costa Rica, Honduras, Guatemala, Nicaragua, Belize, Mexico, USA, Canada. Fuel and Consumption Fuel Used: 2601 liters Ave...
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The final frontier and final day Merritt - Seattle 09 -10 September Leaving my motel on the final day of my trip the sun had come out at last after nearly two weeks of riding in sub zero temperatures, snow and rain.  The road was quiet and had nice long fast sweepin, flowing bends as I made my way back down towards the American border.  I still had all my riding gear on (six layers) as it was still bitterly cold in the mountains.   But as I came down into the lower valleys towards the coast it was getting hotter. The day before I had he...
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Dawson Creek - Jasper (stilll freezing) 08 - 10 September Woke this morning to find the Tiger covered in a light layer of snow.  I couldn’t get into the panniers as the locks were frozen and so was the petrol cap lock.  Managed to get into them with a little help from WD40.  Very cold again but surprisingly it wasn’t snowing as I set off. That would change later as rode down route 40 and I entered Alberta, the temperature dropped and it started snowing again.  All the hills and trees have a light covering of snow and are shrouded in mis...
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Hi All, We are running a rally from Birmingham to Glencoe and would love to have some bikes along! I am raising money to build Glencoe Mountain Rescue a bespoke Rescue Land Rover to help them save more lives. My good friend Shaun Bowden died last March while we were walking with friends in Scotland, leaving behind a wife and two young children. The Glencoe Mountain Rescue team were fundamental in his search and recovery and the volunteers who make up their team risk their lives in awful conditions for 100's of people each year. So we have ma...
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Fort Nelson - Dawson Creek (The coldest day) 7 September After two days of riding in the freezing rain I awoke this morning to find it was snowing.  Not what I wanted to be riding in but I can’t stay here it’s a one horse shitty little town, so I wrap up and set off.  Light snow at first but it gets heavier as the day goes on, but thankfully it is not lying on the road. Visibility is bad my visor is freezing on the inside and is covered with snow and dirt being thrown up from the road and passing trucks.  Not a lot to look at and I have ...
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Coldfoot - Fairbanks  and ever Southwards (more crashes) 02 - 06 September After a good nights sleep before we set off in the morning I had some serious business to take care of.  My friend, Davy Grey had nominated me (after doing his somewhere hot with a little bucket) to do the ice bucket challenge and I thought there couldn’t be a better place to do it than here in Coldfoot Alaska.  So I did the challenge (see separate video) and then we set off for the ride back to Fairbanks.  It was a lovely bright day but still freezing and I thought w...
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Prudhoe Bay - Fairbanks Ice, Snow blizzards and crashes 01 - 02 September Waking up in Prudhoe Bay we could hear the rain lashing on the building and it was also freezing, not what we had wanted. But worse was to come at breakfast we read the weather board which is next to the reception and it was advising that all vehicles going down the Dalton were to fit snow chains before going over the Atigun pass as it it was completely iced over and blowing a blizzard.  So we waited a few hours to see if the rain would subside. All layered up with...
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Fairbanks - Prudhoe Bay (Deadhorse) Alaska 29 - 31 August After getting my tyres fitted and a days rest and relaxing in Fairbanks with Faizal and Jesus we were ready to ride the Dalton Highway which would take us to Prudhoe Bay.  We were told that winter had arrived at the notorious Atigun pass which takes you over the Brooks Mountains range and on to the oil fields at Prudhoe Bay. The Dalton Highway (as featured in the Discovery documentary Ice Road Truckers) has a reputation as one of the most dangerous in the world and that we would be lu...
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Kinaskan Lake (BC) - Fairbanks Alaska 26 - 29 August Arriving in the Yukon I pull into the small service station to refuel and when I'm leaving another adventure biker arrives and I  stop to say hello.  He is Asian is riding a BMW 800, and I immediately know who he is before he has even introduced himself.  My friends Dan and Sarah had told me about him, so when he said his name, Faizal it confirmed my first thoughts.   Faizal is on a round the world trip from Malaysia, he started in a group of five all sponsored by Tourism Malaysia, Bank Ra...
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Vancouver  Yukon  24 - 26 August Arriving in Horseshoe Bay the weather is sunny and I am looking forward to riding North.  Route 99 follows the Squarnish river estuary for a bit as it winds and twists  it's way North.  The road is perfect motorcycling territory again and the mountain scenery is fantastic.  On my left in the distance are mountain peaks some still with snow on them and ice glaciers in the gorges and saddles.  I am headed for Whistler only a couple of hours ride away, the place where the 2010 winter Olympics were held which is...
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Vancouver Rest and Maintenance 21 - 23 August I had been invited by Dan and Sarah who I had met twice already in Argentina and Peru to stay whilst I was in Vancouver as they were having a break from their round the world trip.  So took them up on the offer and decided to stay for two days and try and get the valves checked on the Tiger as well as carrying  out a service.  However both Triumph garages in the area could not fit me in so I decided the valve check would have to wait and just carry out a normal service myself. I had also planned ...
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Chinook WA - Vancouver CA 19 - 23 August It’s 4.30 am and I’m up and getting ready for my salmon fishing trip with Troy and his mum Gill.  I have a quick cup of coffee and sort out my stuff for the day and wait on Trot coming to pick me up.  5.30 am and my host for the dat arrives and off we go to the harbour to begin our days fishing.  Arriving at the key side it is still dark and there are hundreds of 4x4s waiting in line to launch their boats into the river.  Luckily Troy’s is already in as he has a berth. In the boat Troy give us bot...
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San Francisco (Old Friends) - Chinook Washington 16 - 18 August I meet Rik and his family the following morning feeling slightly the worse for wear after our quiet night out, to say goodbye before resuming my trip North.  Rik is also off on a bike trip to the Golden Gate bridge with his kids and wife only they are on bicycles and Rik is on a tandem with his wife.  Rik jokes about it being the start of divorce proceedings and then they are off for a trial run across the street and I am also off to the bridge, but I’m sure I’ll get there a bit...
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Grand Canyon, detour to California and more police encounters 13 -16 August It's 7 o'clock in the evening and after a day riding in the rain and freezing conditions it is now red hot again as I near the Grand Canyon.   I decide to stop short and find somewhere to camp and then visit the canyon in the morning.  Not a lot of good spots so I pull into a small cafe called Castle Rock which has a sign saying tourist information.   Inside I meet an elderly woman called Francis who sounds Australian but is actually English.  I ask about campsites ...
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Amarillo - Albuquerque New Mexico to Arizona Feeling the heat 10 -13 Aug Riding through Texas towards Amarillo not only was I feeling the heat (104 degrees) but the Tiger was feeling it also as my coolant temperature warning light came on.  I immediately pulled over and let the bike cool down.  Whilst waiting on it cooling, I had a look at the fuze, the relay switch and the coolant level in the expansion chamber.  The coolant in the expansion chamber was literally boiling over.  After checking the fore mentioned and wiggling them about the ...
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Texas Hospitality The Alamo and Fort Worth Rodeo 05 - 09 Aug After arriving in the good ol US of A, I made my way straight to San Antonio the town where the Infamous battle of the Alamo took place in 1836.  It was the beginning of the end as far as Mexican control and ownership of what is now Texas.  I spent over 4 hours inside the Alamo visitors centre which is made up of the original church and the long room which was part of the  of the defencive ramparts where those who chose to stay perished. Basically the siege was part of General...
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Tuxpan Mexico - San Antonio Texas (USA) 03 - 05 August Got out of Tuxpan around half past eight in the morning and took route 180 which follows the Gulf of Mexico Northwards.  The first eighty miles or so were quite enjoyable as it had plenty of twists and turns and the scenery wasn't too bad either.  However, it soon changed back to the same; long, wide, straight, boring roads of the previous days, full of thirty four wheeled trucks and cars with nothing much else to look at.  They do however, move over to let you past as do most of the ca...
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Valladolid - Tuxpan (The longest day) 02 - 03 Aug After having a walk around Valladolid I realised I had been there before, the coach trip to Chichen Itza had stopped here briefly.  I rose early the next morning in order to make up time after my series of delays.  I have decided to ride some long legs over the next few days or weeks as the schedule that I didn’t really have when I began this trip, is now definitely behind schedule!  Due to two delays of one week each waiting for the Tiger (one arriving at the beginning and one coming from Bo...
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End of Holiday and Resuming Biking Trip 01 August After two weeks holidaying with my wife it was time to say goodbye and get back on the road.  But first I had to get her to the airport, no taxis this time (too expensive) as we were going to get there on the Tiger.  So I moved the bags that are usually on my pillion seat and strapped them to the top of my panniers.  Then, I lashed Mags’ pink suitcase to the top of my top box and we were good to go.  With just over thirty miles to the airport, it looked a bit unwieldy but once moving the weig...
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