Symba Ride to Alaska: In Seattle
News From Binh Cheung on his SYMBA trip to Alaska:
Got to Seattle late last night.
First day was a late start only did about 250miles thru the central
valley. Stayed just north of Chico on hwy32. Did the second oil
change around 300miles
Second day was a long one, over 450miles. I wanted to make the ride into
Seattle a shorter one for the third day. Stayed a little past Bend
Oregon. Did the third oil change around 600miles.
Third day. This day had some drama. My original route was snowed
covered. I had planned to go over the Gifford Pinchot NF passes but
got stuck in the snow. Had to turn around and go around. This added
over 150miles to Seattle, turned out to be a 450+ miles instead of the
300 as planned. I had to go by local direction which made it take even
longer. The bike started to make funny noises and I noticed the
license plate starting to crack, epoxyed it.
I was only going to stay the night and continue north but decide to
stay in Seattle for a day then head north. This break gave me time to
do break in maintenance: valve adjust, chain adjust, clutch adjust,
4th oil change around 1275miles started using synthetic. Bike sounds
normal now and runs much smoother and quieter then the previous day. The funny noises was cause by a very loose drive chain.
Epoxy didn’t hold up so my buddy Fred here in Seattle made me a backing
plate for the license plate so it can be held using all 4 holes. Bike now has over 1300miles and runs strong. The fastest I got it up to was just shy of 70mph down hill and about 60mph on the flats.”
Some pictures from along the way: