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Gentri in GA 11-30-2011 07:57 AM

Launching of the REV (reality escape vehicle) to Copper Canyon Mexico in 2011

Launching of the REV (reality escape vehicle) to Copper Canyon in Mexico in 2011


Sometimes you win, sometimes you lose and sometimes you get to a point where you just need to say “F*** IT” and launch into outer space…

I have reached that point.

Count down is, er, counting down, engines smoking with pre-burn… T-minus 1 day till launch…. The mighty (heh) ’97 DR650 is as farkled as it is going to get, and loaded up with more stuff than I wanna even admit… let my first long road trip begin! :clap

Why now? Well this road trip has been brought to you by the calendar year 2011.

2011 has been an interesting learning experience for me. Lessons in loss, lessons on love… heck, even a loss AND love lesson… The year started off on a very sh*tty note. I had to put my beloved 13.5 year old dog, Andy, down… he was a Aussie Cattle/Belgian shepherd mix… the best dog ever, really… cried more than I wanna admit....

…then other things started piling on. The JOY of child support negotiations (there aren’t any), evil X issues (bleh, not going there), Father rights issues, my Dad had issues (quadruple bypass, he is doing great!), budget issues, truck issues, rental duplex tenant issues, duplex plumbing issues and last but not least, losing my job issues… I am over it all. Tired of stressing about it and and need a break.

Come Tuesday, 29 November 2011, I plan on getting one.*

Bring on the launch of the REV.

I will be riding out on my mildly farkled 1997 DR650 with 18753 miles under the hood. Shinko 705s. New sprockets/chain. New cables and brake pads. Minimal mods: airbox opened up, K&N air filter, bash plate, larger foot pegs, centerstand, Moose bark busters, aftermarket windshield (way after market, as I shattered the good one, and made the current one), Wally World/KLR ATV pad hiding a inflatable camp pad (redneck, eh? woot!), and last and not least the marmite boxes on the happy trails rack... I feel like I am making KLR650 owners all over the world proud! :lol3

So with a lot of luck and some mad riding skills (minimal) along, DOG willing, I plan on scooting down to Texas, then into Mexico… hopefully Copper Canyon, with some knowledgeable fellow ADVRs around Dec 4th,,

then the long roll back home to the ATL for Christmas time** with my daughter and parents!

Wanna come along and escape reality for a bit with me? :D
Gentri in GA

*launch date reset required due weather, see below.
** 18th of December in my case

Gentri in GA 11-30-2011 08:03 AM

Launch delay due bad weather
Well, I actually did launch yesterday for about 50 miles, during which I learned that I was not suitably dressed for 37 degree weather... I rolled back home, am waiting till tomorrow for go time to try again!

I couldn't believe how freakin' cold I got/how wimpy I am! :rofl

Also looking for some crash space around Mobile Thursday nite and Lake Charles on Friday nite if anyone has some crash space! Pretty please!

Tukata 11-30-2011 08:03 AM

Already vested over 24 hours into the saga....... there will be stories off this one boys :evil

snohobo 11-30-2011 08:08 AM

The cold is no joke! It will get to you. When you think Mexico you think Coronas, babes and hot sun, not in December!

Suit up and good luck.

Hosebag 11-30-2011 08:08 AM

Hate to say it, but that's life, n'est pa? :1drinkShittiest part's probably the dog at the moment,
and your children's welfare.

Regardless, this is going to be good!!! :D

Love the Reality Escape Vehicle (REV) idea.


craftycoder 11-30-2011 08:27 AM

Get'er done Gentri!

Gentri in GA 11-30-2011 09:20 AM

Trip prep
Trip Prep.

Some folks are better at this, some are less so… I usually fall into the latter category, but I have surprised myself on this one. I have gotten to the point of “if I don’t have it covered, I am buying my way out of the problem with my credit card” approach, but I’ve got the basics covered and think I can get myself out of some classic “oh, I’m so F***ed” scenarios. Back-up cables, brake pads, tool set, screws, washers, filters, patch kit, back-up tubes, etc. My full travel list is below, and was put together by fellow ADV rider, Tukata, with some mods for my trip.

Tent and sleeping bag
camp stove/lighter and pot
fire safe cup (to cook/eat)
camel back for H2O
Hot Sauce/sardines/crackers/GORP/canned chili/snacks
Zip tie extra clutch and throttle cable to existing
patch kit and 2 spoons/extra tubes
Multi-meter and wire
zip ties - JB weld
1qt oil - Chain lube
Only 3 pair packing (socks, underwear, shirts)
1 pair convertable pants REI
Sandals_ that can get wet and pack small
Flask bourbon :freaky
Small laptop (waterproof where it is)
phone and charger (laptop works for mine)
1 pair sunglasses/1 pair clear safety glasses (rain, heavy dust, or bike work)
Light Rain gear ( just stop if it's not enough)
1 Gal. Ziplock bags (Do not forget these) Dirty laundry, food, water tight, extremely versatile
Maps and compass
Toiletries and towel
Mesh bag to put wet items in to dry while riding
15-20 paper copies of your license and/or intl. drivers license

The tool list and spares list I have taken from Mr. Shortwayround, who has, IMHO, probably one of the best, most informative websites about setting up a Suzuki motorcycle/any motorcycle for a RTW trip that I have ever seen… big credit to him on this one! My kit is not so extensive, but it should work for what I have and where I am going. he is currently crossing Bolivia, so his kit should cover it! :lol3

Check it out:

Gentri in GA 11-30-2011 09:24 AM

Tukata and Crafty: Thx!

snohobo: yeah, it was kinda a shock to me, as I thought I WAS prepared! Obviously I haven't done a lot of cold weather riding... amazing the multiplying factor of going 70 MPH!

hosebag: Agreed. That's the way life rolls whether you wish or not, but sometimes a break would be nice! :eek1

craftycoder 11-30-2011 09:25 AM

Spare wheel bearings, and chain repair kit would be good too. They are small and will get you moving in case of an emergency.

Spacelord 11-30-2011 08:14 PM

You definately deserve a break. I'll be watching for your updates, good luck.

Gentri in GA 12-01-2011 09:32 AM


Originally Posted by craftycoder (Post 17412425)
Spare wheel bearings, and chain repair kit would be good too. They are small and will get you moving in case of an emergency.

finally had a GO for launch. Near Birmingham

Crafty: I have bearings. No chain kit but repair links

craftycoder 12-01-2011 09:43 AM


Originally Posted by Gentri in GA (Post 17420527)
finally had a GO for launch. Near Birmingham

Crafty: I have bearings. No chain kit but repair links

That's what I meant. Master links and a chain tool.

Gentri in GA 12-03-2011 03:47 AM

Found my road legs...
and rode and rode and rode. Cold issues resolved by install of heated grips, new leather gauntlets and many new layers of padding... sometimes it is easy..... ish.

So I did better than I thought for my first day on the road...

Here is where I ended up:

Need a better hint? :evil Ok.

Sometimes easy is good.... I guess the Big Easy in this case. Algiers is actually across the bridge, but those pics sucked. :puke1 Taking pictures on the fly harder to do than I thought!

TOLD you it sucked.

Rolled around 475, my new day record... I know all you Iron*sses are sniggering in your sleaves, but hey, gotta start someplace! Ended up at the Point Bar and had a few cold ones before heading to the crash space at Sarah and Chuck's. Many thanks to them!

Questions for the more experienced road warriors out there: What time do you hit the road and what is your morning routine? This has killed me the last few days. Getting out late means on late and that is not good.

Any tips?

JRP 12-03-2011 06:55 AM

I'm up before dawn..have a cup of coffee and start just as the sun comes up. Ride until late afternoon and look for a place to camp.
475 is a good long days ride, take it slow and enjoy.
Good luck!!

Eagletalon 12-03-2011 01:27 PM

Subscribed!!!! :deal:deal Liking your attitude so far. Over thinking the little things and making a bigger deal than it should be is what sets many of us behind at times. Glad to see that after all that has happened to you, you are still keeping your head up and taking time for yourslef to get some fresh air and see more of the world out there.


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