I'll start first being saying sorry for the lack of real pics, our touring style is turning into an endless more riding, less stopping escapade. For this trip, J Scott's thread has some good ones of the roads.
So with a long long weekend (Friday off as well) and a pressing need to do some work on the bike, I originally planned on new chain/sprockets and invasive surgery to remove carb demons that ate power and made her run rich. Phone calls were made, wardens permission seeked, and tanks filled for some West Kootenay fun. I lived in the region and have done most of these before, but the roads change every year and its nice to get back.
Day 1 - Burnaby - Revelstoke, 560km. Map Here
Mileage was the name of the game. Was meeting my two riding mates in Revelstoke Friday morning to rip the 'Cat apart to diagnose some carburetor (yes, its actually still carbed) probs, so left straight from work for the hell that is the Port Mann. Nothing fancy. New chain and sprocket didn't arrive in time so the current set would have to last.
Hwy 1 from Salmon Arm to Revelstoke used to be a decent ride, but increased traffic and "safety improvements" like road straightening have decreased the enjoyment.
Hwy 5A north of Merritt is a nice change, brand new pavement (still being laid actually). Strangely enough this was the one place I hit a radar trap. In the middle of absolutely nowhere, but thankfully he had just closed up shop and I was going too fast.
Chain happily slapping away at the swingarm from Kamloops onwards.
Day 2 - Shop Time
Three bikes on a front law in various state of disassembly was actually a nice way to spend the day. My carburetor demons and associated power loss and rich running vexed and vexed the best minds Revelstoke had to offer (which is actually saying quite a bit) all day.
I'll spare the details, but carb cleaning, carb syncing, vacuum leakdown, float bowl leakdown/level, exhaust leak, change of 3 spark plugs, and a bunch of other stuff yielded barely a note of improvement. It was late in the day by then and the beer was calling, so the bike was reassembled and made ready.
Why 3 plugs you ask? Well, because that's all they had in stock in town I say. I'd also like to take this opportunity to thank the great guys at Yamaha Japan for designing a bike such that it is impossible to remove 2 of 4 spark plugs unless you a) dump the coolant and remove the radiator, rad supports, and plumbing, or b) remove the tank, carbs, and ignitor tray.
PS: If anyone can show me how to past google maps directly in here w/o print screening, please shout out.