July 9th – July 20th 2012
***Worthy to note: We had a discussion with Edward from KLIM about how one time he was riding his KTM in triple digits and he swears his gas began to boil and his bike would stall. On this trip when were in triple digits Leslie’s bike began to stall. We thought maybe it was the ethanol used in Idaho gas but Cheryl’s bike only stalled once. My bike seemed to have issues in the HOT heat. My theory now is the oil. When we went cross-country in 2010 we changed our oil to 20W50 because of the heat wave that the east was experiencing. I think we should have done that for this trip. WHY?
20W50 motor oil is suitable for warmer climates, where the higher temperature causes the oil to thin. It is also useful for vehicles subject to hot temperatures and for those used for high-stress activities such as hauling or pulling trailers.
So, in the end I think for some reason my bike ran hotter than Cheryl’s causing me to stall like crazy after riding for hours. I could get the bike to restart most times and other times just pulled over and let the bike cool down. Anyway, interesting to note because we usually run 10W40 semi like most but another good lesson learned for the future.***
A couple of months ago we sent our jackets back to KLIM USA to have the collars shortened on our Latitude jackets. This is a mod that anyone can get presently as there have been quite a few complaints about the stiffness and height. After this trip Cheryl has decided to return to her Traverse suit and has asked me to put her suit up for sale. I am still up in the air about it.
We have worn this suit for over 6500 KM now.
- Nov 2012 UPDATE: We both SOLD our Latitudes. In the end, nice looking suit but the stiffness of the Cordura was over kill for us. We are both back to wearing our Traverse and I have to admit the fit of the Traverse pants especially WINS!
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