Bloggfrslur mnaarins, janar 2007

Heimskn til USA / Visit to USA

usaLfi heldur fram og alltaf eitthva a gerast. Tryggingarmlin eru a byrja a skrast,- etta er vst ekki einfalt ml a leysa,- en fkk a vita a etta mjakast rtta tt. Hringdi Smra Rikk til a f upplsingar um mtorhjli hans, v hann hjl eins og vi tlum . Vi hjluum svolti saman sumar, - frbr feraflagi. En nna er g a skreppa til Florida, USA, og tla a vera viku og njta lfsins me konunni minni.

Life goes on, and something happens every day. The insurance case is starting to clear up, I was told today that it is not an easy case to solve, but its coming. I called my friend Smri Rikk, to get informations about his motorcycle, because he has the same type we aro going on. Me and Smri travelled a little bit together last summe,- he is a great travel friend. But now I am goint to Florida, USAto meet my wife and enjoy life for a week.


Eitt og anna. / Bits and pices.

Bilun ?Vi erumme eitt og anna vinnslu og anna er bi. Einar brir er binn a finna rttu grjurnar hjlmana og er a leiinni. Veit ekki enn hva a heitir en lt vita. Veit bara nna a a fst Dynjanda. Einnig heyri g eim hj Radiomiun og g vnti svars fr eim dag varandi gervihnattasmana. Svo var g hj Tta hj MtorMax og vorum vi a fara yfir a hvaa hluti viurfum a panta hjlin. a sem vi pntum er eftirfarandi: Grind fyrir tskurnar, bi hliar og topptsku, hrra gler, upphkkun stri, strri bensntank, 26 ltra, ntt pstkerfi -2 1, tanktsku, upphkkun afturfjrun, handhlfar stri, hlf undir mtor. Sumt af essu eru orginal Yamaha hlutir, en anna pntum vi fr OTR, sem fyrirtki skalandi og srhfir sig XT660R. Hjlin ttu a koma til landsins um mijan febrar og vonandi aukahlutirnir svipuum tma.

We have few things going but others are on hold. My brother, Einar found the right equipment for the helmets, that is, speakers and mic. I still not know the brand, but I let you know. Also this morning I talked to Radiomiun, the company that hopefully will lend us the Iridium satelite phones. They said they would give me an answer later today. Then I had a meeting with Tti, the boss of the Icelandic Yamaha dealer, about the parts we need to order to make the motorcycles ready. What we are ordering is this: Luggage system for the side bags, and top case, bigger wind screen, handle bar raiser, bigger fuel tank, 26 ltr, new exhaust 2 in 1 system, sump guard, crash bar, and handguards. Some of this items are original Yamaha, but the other items we order from OTR in Germany. The motorcycles should arrive in the middle of February.


YAMAHA XT660R !

yamaha_logo_redJja, er a loksins kvei ! Vi munu hjla Yamaha XT660R rg. 2007 ! MotorMax sem eru me Yamaha umboi slandi hafa kvei a taka tt essu vintri okkar og tla a lta okkur f 2 stk n mtorhjl me llum eim bnai sem til arf. etta er mjg rausnalegt hj eim og verur skemmtilegt a vinna me eim. Yamaha XT660R er frbrt hjl byggt gmlum og traustum grunni og hefur veri nota miki gegnum tina til feralaga um allan heim. N frum vi a a f alla aukahluti sem vi urfum til a gera hjlin klr. Sem dmi um breytingar sem vi gerum er: Strri bensntankur, hlf undir mtor, upphkkun stri, setja grind fyrir tskur og farangur, strri vindhlf ofl ofl. Segi meira fr essu egar ar a kemur.

Finally, the decission is made, we are going to ride on Yamaha XT660R, 2007 ! The Icelandic Yamaha dealer, MotorMax, is going to support us, and give us two of these great bikes, with everything we need to get the bike ready for the trip. We are wery happy about this and look forward to work with them in the future. Yamaha XT660R is well known, and are used all around the world for travelling. Now we start to prepare the bikes for the trip, and order the accesories that we need, for example, bigger fuel tank, engine guard, bigger windscreen, luggage system, etc. etc. Tell you more when times come.

yamaha_xt660r

Japan - Alaska

flugvlJja, fengum vi r frttir dag a a er flug milli Japan og Alaska hverjum degi ! etta er a vsu cargo flug, annig a trlega getum vi ekki flogi me smu vl. En etta eru samt gar frttir, v a er einfalt fyrir okkur a fljga svo me tlunarflugi me ltinn sem engann farangur. Einnig kom upp s hugmynd a leigja vl sem flytur okkur fr Magadan til Alaska, hjl og menn, og geta fari Road of bones, eins og okkur langar til. Vi fengum r upplsingar a etta vri ekki svo drt, en vi erum a lta athuga a betur. Allavega er gott a f etta hreint me Japan - Alaska, v etta er a eina sem vi vorum ekki komnir me neina niurstu . Flest anna er a minnsta kosti komi einhvern farveg og tmatlun. morgun tti a skrast endanlega me a hvaa mtorhjlum vi frum. Spennandi !!!!! En ng dag.

Well, today we got great news. We where told that it is a cargo flight daily from Japan to Alaska. But I dont know if we can fly in the same plane. But if not, we just take the normal scheduled flight from Japan. Another idea came up, that we rent a charter flight from Magadan to Alaska. Someone told us that it does not cost so much. That would be great, because then we can ride Road of bones, as we want to. Bun anyway, good news today. Tomorrow we should get a final decision about the motorcycles. What type will we ride !! Exiting !!!! But enough today.


Garmin GPSmap 278

garmin logoJja, erum vi bnir a kvea hvaa GPS stasetningartki vi frum me. Fyrir valinu var tki fr Garmin sem heitir 278C. etta er frbrt tki alla stai og hentar vel fyrir svona hjlamensku. GPSMAP 278C er eitt me llu. etta er eins tki og 276C en er a auki me innbyggu Evrpukorti (City Navigator Europe V9) samt fleiri aukahlutum eins og auka festingu, straumsnra m/ htalara,baunapoka fyrir festingu, Evrpukort disk, skjhlf. essi fjlhfi lita GPS plotter er einnig me vegleisgumguleika, auk ess sem hann gefur mguleika tengingu vi htalara fyrir raddleisgu. 278C kemur me endurhlaanlegri lithium rafhlu. Tki er me 256-color TFT aulesanlegum litaskj. Umbosaili Garmin slandi, R. Sigmundsson, voru svo rausnalegir vi okkur a lna okkur tv svona tki til hafa me ferina. Vi kkum krlega fyrir okkur. San skruppum vi Intersport og keyptum PrimusOmni, sem er svokallaur multi fuel primus, .e. primus sem brennir nnasthvaa eldsneyti sem er, bensn, gas, disel, parafin, flugvlabensn ofl. annig getum vi alltaf veri me eldsneyti, notum bara bensn af hjlunum. Einnig keyptum vi okkur dnur til a liggja . unnar, litlar og lttar loftdnur fr McKinley.

Finally, we have decided wich GPS we are going to use. We choose a GPS from Garmin, the GarminMap 278C. This is a great GPS with all the basic stuff, and also the AutoRoute feature wich is great in citys. The Garmin dealer here in Iceland is going to sponsor us and lend us two of this great GPS. We appreciate that very much.

garmin 276


Dagurinn dag / Today

HnattlkanVi brur vorum sammla um a dag hva tminn flgur hratt og hva raun er margt sem er eftir a gera. g fr nokkra stai dag til a skoa dekk, athuga me ara tegund af skfatnai til a hjla , kkja prmus sem brennur llu eldsneyti ofl. ofl.

Sem sagt trlega miki af strum sem smum hlutum sem arf a sinna og eitthva a eim arf a fara a klra. Ekki er endalaust hgt a sp og spekulera. a hefur frestast kvrun okkar me hvaa mtrhjl vi veljum en vonandi skrist a nna fyrir helgina.

Me and my brother agree on how time isflying by sofast and how many things have to be done. I went to several places today to look at tires, see if I could find another type of shoes to ride in, looked atmulti fuel primusetc. etc. So many small and big things to do and we do have to finish some of them as soon as possble. Our decision about what kind of motorcycles we shall choose have been delayed but hopefully that will come clear before end of the week.


Heimskn / Visit

DSC06091_editedVi hjnin frum heimskn til Gumundar Bjrnssonar lknisog Helgu lafsdttur konu hans grkveldi og snddum me eim frbran mat sem Gumundur reiddi fram af sinni alkunnu snilld. Gumundur og tveir flagar hans hjluu vert yfir Bandarkin ri 2001 fr vestri til austurs. eir hjluu tpa 8000 km ca 3 vikum. arna var v gott tkifri til a skja sr vitneskju og frleik sem hgt verur a nta sr. eir hafa gertskemmtilega mynd um ferina sem mr varsnd gr og var a hin besta skemmtun. Gumundur tlar aastoa okkurvarandi lyf og ess httar, sem vi brur urfum a hafa me okkur. Einnig baust hann til a vera alltaf neyarvakt, annig a vi megumhringja hann hvenr sem erslarhrings, ef a vi lendum erfium mlum er varar slys, veikindi ea sjkdma.Mjg vel boi og krar akkirfyrir a. a er gaman a finna fyrir svona stuningi og er hann vel eginn og metinn. Og hver veit nema a hann hjli me okkur smpart einhversstaar ?

Me and my wife went to visit Dr. Gumundur Bjrnsson and his wife last night and had a lovley dinner. Gumundur with two friends went the year 2001 across USA from west to east and he showed me a film they did and it is very good to be able tospeak to someone who has experince in riding in USA. Gumundur offered to assist us with medicine etc. and he did also offer to be on line all the time if we need some advice, get ilness or injury. It is very good to have a support like this and it is well appreciated. There might also be a chance of him riding with us some part of the way.


Hva er a gerast ? / Whats happening ?

DSC06386Jja, sm yfirlit um a hvaer a gerast essa dagana. Eftir gan kynningarfund ar sem margir mttu og spuru miki, eru nokkur ml sem vi vinnum mest . GPS "tki" er ekki enn fundi. Vi erum bi a skoa Magellan og Garmin og koma 2 - 3 tki til greina. Garmin Zumo 550, Garmin 276C og Magellan Roadmate 6000 ea eXplorist XL. a er veri a kanna fyrir okkur hvaa kort er hgt a f ofl. ofl.

Anna ml eru talstvar. Vi hldum a a vri n einfalt ml, - bara fara og kaupa gar og vandaar talstvar og tki hjlminn en ! Ekki alveg svona einfalt. Til ess a fara me t.d. VHF stvar, sem eru bestar, arf a skja um leyfi hverju einasta landi og einnig eru lndin me sitthvora tnina sem nota m. annig a ekki gengur a. Lausnin er s a vi kaupum gar grjur hjlmana en kaupum svo einfldustu og drustu CB stvar sem vi hendum bara landamrum ar sem vesen er og kaupum njar nsta strmarkai !!!

IcealandairCargo er a vinna v fyrir okkur a finna flutning hjlunum fr USA. eir fljga fr Portland Oregon fylki ogeinnig fr New York. Pabbi (Sj mynd) er a hugsa um a fljga til USA egar vi komum anga og hjla me okkur vert yfir Bandarkin. etta er spennandi hugmynd v a eru forrttindi a f a hjla me honum, sjtugasta og ru ri !!! Einnig eru arir a hugsa um a hjla me okkur smpart ferinni, anna hvort Evrpu ea Bandarkjunum.

Svo erum vi byrjair a finna, skoa og prfa tivistarbna, svefnpoka, primus, pottar og pnnur ofl. Erum enn a leyta a flutningi fr Japan til Alaska. Vinna v a kvea hvaa mtorhjlum vi frum ofl. ofl. trlega margt sem kemur upp og arf a vinna .

Well, a little overwiew about what we have been doing on these last days. After the meeting we had the other day, we have been working on important matters to be solved. We havent found the right GPS. We are both looking at Magellan and Garmin and there are 2-3 models which we are looking better into now. Garmin Zumo 550, Garmin 276C, Magellan Roadmate 6000 or eXplorist XL. We are also looking into available maps. Another matter are the walkie-talkie. We thought it would be simple to buy agood quality walkie-talkie and headset and mic to put in to the helmet but that dosent seem to be the case. For example to take VHF radios which is the best, one has to apply for permission in each country and all the countries wich we are visiting have different frequency. It could be the best way to buy a simple CB radios in each country when necessary.

Icelandaircargo are working for us to find a good transfer from USA to Iceland. They fly from Portland in Oregon state and also from New York. My father (see picture on the left) are thinking about flying to USA and meet us there and ride with us across USA which would be great for a 72 year old man !! Several others are interested to join us and ride with us some part of the way in USA or Europe. Lots of things to do and time flyes fast. Have a nice weekend.


Hvaa mtorhjl ? / What motorcycle ?

KTM-990-adventureEinn strsti hfuverkur okkar essa dagana er a kvea hvaa mtorhjlum vi frum ferina. a er ekki hgt a fara hvaa hjli sem er og koma nokkur til greina. Vi eigum j sjlfir g mtorhjl til feralaga, g KTM 990 Adv rg.2006 og Einar brir Suzuki DR 750 Big rg. 1988. Vi hfum veri a reifa v vi innlenda aila, hvort eir hafi huga a taka tt essu vintri me okkur. a kemur ljs fljtlega, v a vi verum a fara a kvea etta til ess a gera hjlin klr.

kvld erum vi me littla ferakynningu fyrirttingja og nna vini, ar sem vi tlum a fara aeins nnar yfir feralagi okkar. Margar spurningar hafa vakna og tlum vi a eiga skemmtilega kvldstund saman og tskra mlin.

Our biggest thinking these days is the descision on what kind of motorcycles we will ride onour trip around the world. We need a special bike and there are few which we think are acceptable but ofcourse some are better than another. We have our own which are good for travelling. I have KTM 990 Adv. 2006 and Einar my brother has Suzuki DR 750 Big,1988. We have been checking if there are some sellers of motorbykes here in Iceland interested to participate in this adventure with us. We will see soon but it is necessary to decide this as soon as possible so we can start to preparation with the bikes. Tonight we have a little travel introdcution for relatives and friends where we shall explain to them and answer questions wisch have aroused the last weeks. That will be fun.


Breytt lei ! / Route change !

scandinaviaN er alltaf eitthva a gerast. N hfum vi kvei a breyta leiinni sem vi hjlum gegnum Evrpu. sta ess a fara til Bretlands og aan yfir meginland Evrpu hfum vi kvei a fara til Bergen Noregi og hjla norur Noreg og Svj, yfir til Finnlands og suur til Helsinki. aan me ferju til Tallin Eystlandi og hjla gegnum Eystland og Lettland. aan fara yrir landamrin til Rsslands og hugsanlega hjla gegnum Moskvu og svo fram austur. stan fyrir essari breytingu er s, a leiin gegnum mi-Evrpu er ekki eins spennandi og ekki eins fallegt umhverfi a hjla .

Takk bili.

We have decided to change the route through Europe. Instead of going to UK and there to mid Europe we have decided to go to Bergen in Norway and ride through Norway and Sweden. From there to Finlandand south to Helsinki. Take the ferry over to Tallin in Estonia and ride through Estonia and Latvia. There from to the border of Russia and possible ride through Moskva and further east. The reason for this change is we think the new route in the mountains of Scandinavia is more beautifulandexciting to ride.


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