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Forum: GS Boxers Yesterday, 12:54 PM
Replies: 161
Views: 72,519
Posted By Vin
Computer shelf

Problem: my computer was always getting crammed into an already over filled top box.
Solution: I built/installed an aluminum drop-down shelf to hold my laptop. It has bolts that keep it from...
Forum: The Sandbox - AKA Flatistan 02-17-2015, 09:48 PM
Replies: 18
Views: 1,062
Posted By Vin
Groundhog

Punxsutawney Phil says 6 more weeks. I've gone back to bed.:snore
Forum: Crazy-Awesome almost Dakar racers (950/990cc) 02-16-2015, 01:48 PM
Replies: 13
Views: 836
Posted By Vin
There goes your green sticker.

There goes your green sticker.
Forum: Thumpers 02-16-2015, 01:40 PM
Replies: 136
Views: 5,868
Posted By Vin
Ktm

I've got the 2008 450 EXC-r. Geared for trail it can still do 70 on the highway for longer than my tailbone wants. Street legal stock whereas the WRs require another grand in upgrades to get a...
Forum: Equipment 02-16-2015, 01:15 PM
Replies: 7,004
Views: 2,824,786
Posted By Vin
That's it...

This is what I want to see. How much STUFF and how it looks all STUFFED.
Forum: Equipment 02-16-2015, 12:58 PM
Replies: 7,004
Views: 2,824,786
Posted By Vin
Beverly Hill Billies

Where do you put Granny and her rocking chair?
Forum: Trip Planning 02-16-2015, 12:43 PM
Replies: 43
Views: 2,703
Posted By Vin
ThermaRest

What mattress are you using? I've settled on a ThermaRest Luxury Map and always get a great nights sleep. I'm a belly sleeper so just use a small pillow (usually some clothes stuffed in a helmet...
Forum: The Garage 02-12-2015, 09:18 PM
Replies: 32
Views: 2,774
Posted By Vin
Table Saw

You can cut the foam on a table saw with a high tooth-count blade. Most of the "bays" are the same size. It's a ton quicker than any knife.
Forum: Ride reports 02-12-2015, 02:16 PM
Replies: 312
Views: 76,535
Posted By Vin
Semuc Champey

"In my life, I’ve seen beautiful caves. Breath-taking waterfalls. Lovely hot springs. Just not all in one place like this. It was spectacular."

When you get to Guatemala give us a comparison...
Forum: Latin America 02-10-2015, 04:41 PM
Replies: 81
Views: 7,329
Posted By Vin
Canoodians...

This time of year there seems to be a disproportionate number of Canadians on the roads in Mexico.

...and all us Americanos sitting at our computers envying them.
Forum: Pacific Northwet - Where it's green. And wet. 02-04-2015, 10:22 AM
Replies: 135
Views: 8,806
Posted By Vin
Serious...

I made a serious post once then Baldy banned me for a month. I promised to never do it again.
Forum: Pacific Northwet - Where it's green. And wet. 02-03-2015, 02:26 PM
Replies: 135
Views: 8,806
Posted By Vin
Headcount

What's the current headcount for Yeses and Maybes?

... and do we have to have Klim gear and matching tents?
Forum: EMEA 02-03-2015, 12:57 PM
Replies: 52
Views: 2,173
Posted By Vin
AirBnB for Bikes

There are a lot of cool sites out there to rent someone’s spare room (AirBnB, CouchSurf, VRBO...). One step beyond that are the home swap sites. You stay in my place and enjoy Colorado while I stay...
Forum: Pacific Northwet - Where it's green. And wet. 02-02-2015, 04:41 PM
Replies: 174
Views: 8,386
Posted By Vin
Drill some holes....

Can't carry a chain saw? Consider a brace & bit... and some dynomite!!
Forum: Airheads 02-02-2015, 04:09 PM
Replies: 14
Views: 779
Posted By Vin
Burp

It makes me burp. Congrats on opening your first engine. Wrenching can be a lot of fun as long as you finish the job before you forget where all the pieces go.
Forum: Trip Planning 02-02-2015, 02:36 PM
Replies: 28
Views: 3,773
Posted By Vin
AlCan & Cassier

My first long trip was the continental divide ride - 2700 miles on a 2001 WR426. I think there was a foam shortage that year, cause they made the seat out of an oak plank. Still, at the end of the...
Forum: Trip Planning 02-02-2015, 02:12 PM
Replies: 260
Views: 78,171
Posted By Vin
Border Patrol

OK - maybe not creepy, but still a good story.

I was just a dumb kid (not, that age has improved things any) and just moved to Tucson. I decided to pack up my XT500 and check out the desert. I...
Forum: Vendors 02-02-2015, 01:56 PM
Replies: 341
Views: 123,334
Posted By Vin
My boss...

I tried that at my job, but it didn't work.
Forum: Ride reports 02-02-2015, 01:27 PM
Replies: 82
Views: 11,641
Posted By Vin
Take 'em along or leave 'em home?

They are a good source of protein (and fiber, too). You could probably fit all four of them in the top case.
Forum: Ride reports 02-02-2015, 01:14 PM
Replies: 91
Views: 9,403
Posted By Vin
Well I never...

I've never posted that "I'm in", just subscribed and lurked.
Let's see if being IN makes it better.

I'm in!
Forum: Equipment 01-30-2015, 08:42 PM
Replies: 17
Views: 1,976
Posted By Vin
Pairing

I've been thinking of wiring something like this into my Jeep so I could play iTunes without physically plugging in. I'd install it behind the dash with permanent power (whenever the Jeep key is...
Forum: Vendors 01-30-2015, 04:21 PM
Replies: 4
Views: 574
Posted By Vin
Motoz

I just bought a set of D606 for my KTM. Wish I'd seen these Motoz first.
Forum: Ride reports 01-30-2015, 03:58 PM
Replies: 2,421
Views: 635,070
Posted By Vin
Female

Was there a beaver pond on the other side of the bush?
Forum: Some Assembly Required 01-29-2015, 05:05 PM
Replies: 151
Views: 21,492
Posted By Vin
1976 xt500

You are doing a beautiful job. Keep posting.

I restored a 1976 XT500 several years ago. After spending 2 years and $3K I ended up with a bike worth $2K. I sold it because I just couldn't bring...
Forum: Ride reports 01-29-2015, 04:54 PM
Replies: 2,979
Views: 309,795
Posted By Vin
Mob Contract

I'm in the midst of planning a Patagonia trip. I have no desire to go out of my way to see the end of earth - but if there was a profitable contract on Osvaldo, I might consider it. Scoundrels like...
Forum: The Sandbox - AKA Flatistan 01-29-2015, 10:49 AM
Replies: 12
Views: 658
Posted By Vin
April in Georgia

I downloaded an app call ALLSTAYS Camp & Tent a couple of years ago. Coming across Georgia it pointed me to a little state campground - said it was open, affordable and had warm showers. When I got...
Forum: Face plant 01-28-2015, 12:04 PM
Replies: 40
Views: 5,468
Posted By Vin
Look on the bright side...

What you did was a very bad choice. But... don't beat yourself up too much. At least you didn't choose to be a software engineering management consultant.
Forum: Americas 01-26-2015, 01:51 PM
Replies: 16
Views: 793
Posted By Vin
Look it up

Five Miles of Hell
Forum: Ride reports 01-19-2015, 12:43 PM
Replies: 367
Views: 64,947
Posted By Vin
Keep on...

Understatement. We're all dying. This is a trip I sincerely hope to make in the next 2-3 years so I really appreciate you taking the time to make this report.

On the topic of the Thompson's... I...
Forum: Racing 01-16-2015, 10:54 AM
Replies: 1,484
Views: 94,255
Posted By Vin
CanDo

Good advice for all of us.
Forum: Pacific Northwet - Where it's green. And wet. 01-16-2015, 10:32 AM
Replies: 143
Views: 6,877
Posted By Vin
Google Maps

I had to pull up Google Maps to find it - and you know what? I've been there. 2010 and they were repaving the interstate. Traffic was backed up so I took an exit and rode down Hwy 30 which skirts...
Forum: Americas 01-16-2015, 10:17 AM
Replies: 19
Views: 882
Posted By Vin
There's a girl my Lord On a Harley stroked and...

There's a girl my Lord
On a Harley stroked and bored
Slowing down to check out my Ducati
Forum: Latin America 01-15-2015, 11:26 AM
Replies: 11
Views: 801
Posted By Vin
CoCo

If you need more layers Coco has a few items stapled to the ceiling he might let you wear over that Klim gear.
Be sure and post a photo.
Forum: Americas 01-15-2015, 10:54 AM
Replies: 38
Views: 2,610
Posted By Vin
Softball

OK inmates, he just lobbed a slow one right over the plate. Who's going to take the first swing?
Forum: Americas 01-15-2015, 09:39 AM
Replies: 38
Views: 2,610
Posted By Vin
Don't do it Smitty

I just can't imagine going through that incredible country with a lid on top of me.


And back to the OPs original question... My '12 trip ran 4 weeks, 9000 miles and about $2800.
Forum: Americas 01-15-2015, 09:33 AM
Replies: 53
Views: 4,121
Posted By Vin
Title says it all...

So I geuss you were INSANE.
Glad you survived to be insane again.
Hope you're healed by now, have the insurance check and ready to look for a bike for your next adventure.
Forum: Americas 01-15-2015, 09:23 AM
Replies: 15
Views: 1,106
Posted By Vin
San Juans

Go for it!!!
Head from Phoenix through southwest Colorado. Get distracted by the scenery and the roads. Run out of time to get to South Dakota. Head home. Buy the Sturgis 2015 T-shirt eBay.
Forum: Americas 01-15-2015, 09:17 AM
Replies: 3
Views: 370
Posted By Vin
Cassier

The Al-Can is all paved with 50 yard barrow pits. Ride the Cassier Highway. More isolated and scenic. But whatever you do - just DO.
Forum: Americas 01-15-2015, 09:12 AM
Replies: 145
Views: 4,954
Posted By Vin
Go

If it's what YOU want to do - GO.
If it were me (and it's not) I'd pull the date in just to get longer days. Midnight Sun and literally riding all night was the coolest part of my late June trip....
Forum: Americas 01-14-2015, 03:42 PM
Replies: 52
Views: 4,172
Posted By Vin
http://www.borderhelper.com

This is a great collection of info on the various borders. It's a work in progress and some reports are better than others, but a good place to do your homework before heading for a border.
...
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