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Forum: Ride reports 03-01-2015, 09:33 AM
Replies: 155
Views: 27,679
Posted By BirddogVet
I don't mean to hijack this thread with a...

I don't mean to hijack this thread with a discussion on oil types.

" its shitty hardening which wears off and then teeth snap off and then get caught in the cluster. That mine was worn on 5th and...
Forum: Ride reports 02-27-2015, 05:30 AM
Replies: 1,404
Views: 181,989
Posted By BirddogVet
The trapezoid shaped doorway has been found to be...

The trapezoid shaped doorway has been found to be the most earthquake proof. You will find it all through ancient Central and South America.
Forum: The Garage 02-21-2015, 09:43 PM
Replies: 1,181
Views: 429,930
Posted By BirddogVet
An improvised side cover gasket can be made out...

An improvised side cover gasket can be made out of a Manilla folder. Lighly hammer to mark the lines and hole marks, cut to size.
Forum: Ride reports 02-19-2015, 08:39 AM
Replies: 1,404
Views: 181,989
Posted By BirddogVet
" though there has been no work in a long time...

" though there has been no work in a long time judging by the debris in the road."

In Peru, these are known as Geological Zones or we give up.
The natural landscape trumps anything we can...
Forum: Ride reports 02-13-2015, 06:01 AM
Replies: 1,404
Views: 181,989
Posted By BirddogVet
Is that tent getting any airing out? Since...

Is that tent getting any airing out?

Since you've come up with good choices for economical hotel stays, would you recommend other riders taking it? Is it something for a rainy day down the road?...
Forum: Ride reports 02-12-2015, 05:34 AM
Replies: 1,404
Views: 181,989
Posted By BirddogVet
The water filled plastic bags are considered a...

The water filled plastic bags are considered a fly deterrent on the moto-camper forum.
Tried it, with no noticeable effect.
Google calls it an old wive's tale.
Forum: Thumpers 02-10-2015, 06:54 AM
Replies: 105,348
Views: 20,912,122
Posted By BirddogVet
I'm currently running a Shinko 705 on my rear at...

I'm currently running a Shinko 705 on my rear at 9k bike miles. While no one can argue the price, I find the Shinko to be not nearly as good a rain tire as the Trail Blazer.
My T.B. rear lasted 8k...
Forum: Thumpers 02-07-2015, 12:19 PM
Replies: 105,348
Views: 20,912,122
Posted By BirddogVet
The carb upgrade pros and cons are obvious. The...

The carb upgrade pros and cons are obvious. The best carb is the one your are running. That is unless it needs adjustment. :wink:

A lot fewer words on suspension mods have been talked about....
Forum: Ride reports 02-06-2015, 03:14 PM
Replies: 7,126
Views: 3,309,989
Posted By BirddogVet
+1 on the Two Wheels. Borders Bookstore was...

+1 on the Two Wheels.
Borders Bookstore was going out of business and at the discount prices, books were flying off the shelves. I had gone through the poker and natural science sections and went...
Forum: Ride reports 02-06-2015, 02:56 PM
Replies: 4
Views: 853
Posted By BirddogVet
I hope that you are on no particular kind of...

I hope that you are on no particular kind of schedule for this upcoming odyssey.

Reader's Digest came out with a hardcover titled 'The Most Scenic Drives in America." Broken down by geographical...
Forum: Ride reports 02-05-2015, 01:54 PM
Replies: 1,404
Views: 181,989
Posted By BirddogVet
Do you remember Russell Ziskey in the movie...

Do you remember Russell Ziskey in the movie Stripes? He taught an English class to a group of foreign language students.

Speak slowly. Use short sentences. You do not need to speak loudly. Just be...
Forum: Ride reports 02-03-2015, 06:44 AM
Replies: 1,404
Views: 181,989
Posted By BirddogVet
Just a thought. In any town of any size there is...

Just a thought. In any town of any size there is an English language class. These schools are looking for native English speakers. Could be a good place for language class exchange. Since you cannot...
Forum: Ride reports 01-30-2015, 05:25 AM
Replies: 2,698
Views: 1,447,552
Posted By BirddogVet
For a beverage change, try the Horchata. Similar...

For a beverage change, try the Horchata. Similar in taste to the Mexican version, the Spanish drink is squeezed from the tuber part of a local plant. It has the cinnamon taste with carrot and celery...
Forum: Ride reports 01-28-2015, 04:25 PM
Replies: 1,404
Views: 181,989
Posted By BirddogVet
Was wondering what kind of suspension upgrade did...

Was wondering what kind of suspension upgrade did you do to your ride?
Forum: Ride reports 01-19-2015, 06:10 AM
Replies: 1,404
Views: 181,989
Posted By BirddogVet
Since this is not your first episode, you know...

Since this is not your first episode, you know what to do.

Stick with a BRAT diet.....bananas, rice, applesauce and tea.
Some recommend saltines for the quick carb and sodium replacements.
...
Forum: Ride reports 01-18-2015, 04:53 PM
Replies: 1,404
Views: 181,989
Posted By BirddogVet
Thumb Kind of makes us all wish we had paid more...

Kind of makes us all wish we had paid more attention in high school language class. Perhaps if someone had said, 'learn French and you will be able to travel through Africa or Spanish and experience...
Forum: Americas 01-15-2015, 06:02 AM
Replies: 19
Views: 882
Posted By BirddogVet
That is a big bite to chew. Your trip will be...

That is a big bite to chew.
Your trip will be weather dependent.
You will not be hampered by crowds of tourists and much more likely to see wildlife up close.
Beware of Caliente Pass in southern...
Forum: Ride reports 12-23-2014, 05:24 AM
Replies: 1,404
Views: 181,989
Posted By BirddogVet
Load UP

If you have no specific plans for Christmas, start loading up on supplies. In Roman Catholic countries, Christmas is Family Time. Expect 'everything' to be closed.

This is not the time of year to...
Forum: Ride reports 12-17-2014, 10:33 AM
Replies: 1,404
Views: 181,989
Posted By BirddogVet
+1 on the Loperamide (Lomotyl. The gut's natural...

+1 on the Loperamide (Lomotyl. The gut's natural reaction to an irritation, such as bacterial toxins is to speed up (diarrhea). The use of loperamide causes the gut to slow down and thus enhance the...
Forum: Ride reports 12-15-2014, 10:37 PM
Replies: 316
Views: 81,322
Posted By BirddogVet
+1 In Did the centerstand ever get in...

+1 In

Did the centerstand ever get in your way?
Did you carry any spare fuel?
Beef up the suspension?
Did you replace the handlebar weights when you put on the handguards?
Forum: Ride reports 12-14-2014, 12:56 PM
Replies: 1,404
Views: 181,989
Posted By BirddogVet
You never know what to expect. This pizza tasted...

You never know what to expect. This pizza tasted better than it looked. Ollantaytambo, Peru.http://i1092.photobucket.com/albums/i417/BirddogVet/Peru%20Peru/IMAG0259_zps430bab61.jpg...
Forum: Americas 12-14-2014, 10:55 AM
Replies: 37
Views: 2,853
Posted By BirddogVet
The OP responds...

My Goodness, such an array of emotional responses. You'd think that I was suggesting the elimination of the Second Amendment.

A rider running out of gas in a remote section can be a problem. He...
Forum: Ride reports 12-10-2014, 05:41 AM
Replies: 1,404
Views: 181,989
Posted By BirddogVet
"A Stout would be awesome "........... Bohemio...

"A Stout would be awesome "........... Bohemio Negro is worth a try.

"got eaten alive by these little gnats"..... try any Mercado Central.
'Queria comprar (I would like to buy) un mosquitero' (a...
Forum: Ride reports 12-09-2014, 01:11 PM
Replies: 1,404
Views: 181,989
Posted By BirddogVet
Cerveza

Votes for Bohemio, Pacifico, & Superior.
Forum: Ride reports 12-09-2014, 06:33 AM
Replies: 1,404
Views: 181,989
Posted By BirddogVet
Pace picante sauce, it is not.

Depending on your taste buds....
Picante (pee kahn te) no, poe favor.
Or
poco picante, por favor.
Forum: Americas 12-08-2014, 05:58 AM
Replies: 37
Views: 2,853
Posted By BirddogVet
Marking the TAT

The idea is nothing new. The Spanish Camno de Santiago has the yellow arrow. The Appalachia Trail is mapped and marked. How is it that so many riders report spending time and precious fuel on...
Forum: Ride reports 12-06-2014, 01:47 PM
Replies: 1,404
Views: 181,989
Posted By BirddogVet
If You Would Permit...

a little hijacking here. I am in the deepest canyon in the world. Rode all day on a Peruvian rental and am walking around the next morning to get my bearings. I read all about the indigenous...
Forum: Ride reports 12-04-2014, 10:30 PM
Replies: 1,404
Views: 181,989
Posted By BirddogVet
Have you kept up with the local news? There is...

Have you kept up with the local news?
There is quite a bit of beefed up security in the four states (Guerro, Mexico, Michoacán, & Morelos) just south of you. The US embassy has advised against...
Forum: Ride reports 12-01-2014, 08:38 PM
Replies: 1,404
Views: 181,989
Posted By BirddogVet
From the Caldo Guy

Permit me Senor to be your culinary guide.
If I may suggest.....
the pollo (chicken) as you have found out is a great source of cheap protein. Tasty too.
Carne is meat.

Loncherias or comedors...
Forum: Ride reports 12-01-2014, 04:24 PM
Replies: 1,404
Views: 181,989
Posted By BirddogVet
I do not mean to...

criticize your diet, but you've got to have an iron stomach. I realize one eats what is available. Your mixture of dairy and fish brings an eeerp to most stomachs. The only time the two mix is in a...
Forum: Americas 11-28-2014, 07:01 AM
Replies: 20
Views: 1,435
Posted By BirddogVet
a DVM asks

As a veterinarian who writes a lot of international health certificates, the health and vaccination certificates are doable.

That you have managed previous trips with your furry companion, great....
Forum: Americas 11-27-2014, 07:14 AM
Replies: 10
Views: 1,265
Posted By BirddogVet
Have a Great Time

Riding Costa Rica with Wild Riders was an excellent introduction into Latin America bike riding. For the costs of airfare and bike rental it was also the most economical of choices.
Do some...
Forum: Ride reports 11-26-2014, 08:48 PM
Replies: 1,404
Views: 181,989
Posted By BirddogVet
One more thing: There is a big cultural...

One more thing: There is a big cultural difference when showing something to someone. On numerous occasions, I have given something to someone in Latin America in the sense of 'take a look at this.'...
Forum: Ride reports 11-26-2014, 08:38 PM
Replies: 1,404
Views: 181,989
Posted By BirddogVet
#uck, I hate it when I write a detailed reply...

#uck, I hate it when I write a detailed reply only to have it disappear. So I will keep this brief. You can assume from the first word what chingao means. ..... ado is a ............er.

From 'The...
Forum: Ride reports 11-26-2014, 05:58 AM
Replies: 1,404
Views: 181,989
Posted By BirddogVet
Ditto that on the tipping. 10% is what the...

Ditto that on the tipping.
10% is what the locals leave at the type of restaurants you've been eating at. For the high society, table cloth culinary establishment, the tip will be included in the...
Forum: Ride reports 11-23-2014, 09:30 AM
Replies: 1,404
Views: 181,989
Posted By BirddogVet
My Dietary, Dos Centavos

With the mention of a midday evac, you seem to be 'holding up' well. If I might make a dietary suggestion. When you arrive at a municipality large enough to have a super Mercado, check out the yogurt...
Forum: Ride reports 11-16-2014, 08:38 AM
Replies: 1,404
Views: 181,989
Posted By BirddogVet
Otro Mas

Just caught up. Count me in.

Just came back from visiting family in Saltillo/Monterrey after 18 years. Wow! The changes were huge, with shopping centers and Walmarts all over the place.
...
Forum: Americas 11-12-2014, 09:37 AM
Replies: 18
Views: 1,529
Posted By BirddogVet
Man was it cold.

Little did I know three years ago how cold it can get. It was at the end of October. My first cross country run, Chicago to Las Vegas. Got out of Illinois in great shape and then hit Texas. Texas,...
Forum: Trip Planning 11-06-2014, 09:51 PM
Replies: 13
Views: 1,920
Posted By BirddogVet
Taking the minamilist approach a bit...

Taking the minamilist approach a bit further.......in a major jaunt to South America or Africa, which would you take? A centerstand with all of the tools or a wad of cash?
A SAT phone or a wad of...
Forum: Trip Planning 11-04-2014, 06:05 AM
Replies: 13
Views: 1,920
Posted By BirddogVet
Now we're talkin'

Thanks for taking the time for writing up some thoughtful answers.
So let's discuss.

I like the analogy between a trip and marriage. In essence all you need to get married is a license. Then...
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