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Forum: Latin America 08-21-2014, 03:35 PM
Replies: 467
Views: 50,781
Posted By Chiriqui Charlie
I am dreaming that this will become a reality,...

I am dreaming that this will become a reality, but I am not going to hold my breath. The holdup is not from the sailboats, but from both governments.
Forum: Ride reports 08-13-2014, 11:54 AM
Replies: 542
Views: 101,847
Posted By Chiriqui Charlie
Medical care in Panama is better, faster, and...

Medical care in Panama is better, faster, and cheaper than in the States!
Forum: Ride reports 08-12-2014, 12:13 PM
Replies: 530
Views: 130,702
Posted By Chiriqui Charlie
Yes, Boquete or the Volcan areas of northern...

Yes, Boquete or the Volcan areas of northern Panama are in the highlands.
From David you turn east, your in the mountains and clouds! Very pretty!

Hank[/QUOTE]

Hank, are you in this area...
Forum: Ride reports 08-11-2014, 09:58 AM
Replies: 4,550
Views: 1,109,020
Posted By Chiriqui Charlie
Don Juan, Another question for you to ponder. ...

Don Juan,
Another question for you to ponder. A lot of Gringos are researching locations to retire offshore. Based on your vast experience in many countries, where would you choose, and why? If...
Forum: Thumpers 07-21-2014, 05:39 PM
Replies: 2,289
Views: 332,437
Posted By Chiriqui Charlie
It's nice to be told that I constantly take my...

It's nice to be told that I constantly take my life in my hands! I cruise at GPS 70 all the time, I run Kenda 280's and don't have a windshield. A truck hasn't blown me over yet!
Forum: Equipment 07-13-2014, 03:14 PM
Replies: 13
Views: 1,086
Posted By Chiriqui Charlie
You are fortunate to be so close to a...

You are fortunate to be so close to a replaceme3nt! I live in Panama, my helmet is made in China, and there are no replacement shields an the whole country. I can't even find one on the 'net to...
Forum: Equipment 07-13-2014, 01:48 PM
Replies: 10
Views: 723
Posted By Chiriqui Charlie
I just went through this choice, my 3 year old...

I just went through this choice, my 3 year old Canon SX130 got a big piece of dust inside the lens, too expensive to fix. I narrowed the choice down to two models, the Canon SX700 or the Canon D30. ...
Forum: Latin America 07-07-2014, 05:39 PM
Replies: 29
Views: 1,691
Posted By Chiriqui Charlie
Folks who live here and want good gear generally...

Folks who live here and want good gear generally have to order it from the States, and pay shipping and customs duty! Bring what you can with you! Chinese helmets are available, the better ones are...
Forum: Latin America 07-05-2014, 02:22 PM
Replies: 0
Views: 281
Posted By Chiriqui Charlie
Can you have two open TVIP's?

Here's the scenario. I'm registered in Panama, want to spend a couple weeks in Costa Rica, so I get a TVIP in Paso Canoas. While in CR I decide to take a short trio to Nicaragua. Do I need to...
Forum: Thumpers 05-20-2014, 03:25 PM
Replies: 7,895
Views: 2,123,682
Posted By Chiriqui Charlie
Considering this as my next MT project, a 1967...

Considering this as my next MT project, a 1967 Kawasaki Samurai Scrambler.[/QUOTE]

This was my only transportation during my college days in the 70's!
Forum: Latin America 05-17-2014, 02:03 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 542
Posted By Chiriqui Charlie
How can you say I wanted to work the system...

How can you say I wanted to work the system illegally, when I was willing to PAY for a LEGAL registration??
Forum: Equipment 05-17-2014, 11:24 AM
Replies: 8
Views: 537
Posted By Chiriqui Charlie
Why? I have a d80 and a d7000 and an assortment...

Why? I have a d80 and a d7000 and an assortment of lenses. I take some fairly long trips on an XT250, and don't have a lot of extra room ato pack a big camera. I love using my DSLR, but don't like...
Forum: Ride reports 05-16-2014, 09:16 PM
Replies: 636
Views: 124,848
Posted By Chiriqui Charlie
Your trip is so unlike the typical burn up the...

Your trip is so unlike the typical burn up the panamerican between hotels! You are seeing so much more, but more importrantly meeting more people and soaking up so much more of the culture. And I...
Forum: Latin America 05-16-2014, 03:41 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 542
Posted By Chiriqui Charlie
Boy, that sure takes the fun out of my idea! 50%...

Boy, that sure takes the fun out of my idea! 50% duty is scandalous!! I should have stayed in Idaho, where I had the entire country to roam without crossing borders.
Forum: Latin America 05-09-2014, 01:46 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 542
Posted By Chiriqui Charlie
Register a bike in two countries??

I live in Panama near the Costa Rica border. The riding on the CR side is a lot better, but it is a hassle getting a TVIP for each trip, plus CR requires you to be out of CR for 90 days before you...
Forum: Equipment 05-04-2014, 05:59 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 537
Posted By Chiriqui Charlie
In good light and where your subject is not...

In good light and where your subject is not moving, you can get excellent quality photos. The downside to all P&S's is the shutter lag, slow to focus, slow recharge especially with flash, and slow...
Forum: Ride reports 05-04-2014, 02:47 PM
Replies: 636
Views: 124,848
Posted By Chiriqui Charlie
QUOTE "The guys were pretty interested in hunting...

QUOTE "The guys were pretty interested in hunting down some latin women for James and I, but we were both kind of unamused. Enrique is a younger guy and maybe Im just getting older, but the idea...
Forum: Ride reports 04-24-2014, 02:03 PM
Replies: 216
Views: 27,991
Posted By Chiriqui Charlie
Two quick questions: 1) Where does the name...

Two quick questions:

1) Where does the name Hektoglider come from?

2) Do you get the highly saturated colors from in-camera processsing, or do you use an editing program?
Forum: Ride reports 04-24-2014, 11:26 AM
Replies: 4,550
Views: 1,109,020
Posted By Chiriqui Charlie
Of course this makes the fotos smaller, but it...

Of course this makes the fotos smaller, but it also makes the text and everybody else's fotos too small! I'll just deal with it, I wouldn't want Don Juan to make anything small on my account.
Forum: Ride reports 04-24-2014, 05:38 AM
Replies: 4,550
Views: 1,109,020
Posted By Chiriqui Charlie
I'm using Firefox. Since I am now stuck here in...

I'm using Firefox. Since I am now stuck here in Volcan (wife needs care after shoulder replacement) I have time to read a lot of ride reports, and yours is the only one I notice this on now.
Forum: Thumpers 04-24-2014, 05:35 AM
Replies: 2,289
Views: 332,437
Posted By Chiriqui Charlie
This doesn't sound like a clutch problem to me. ...

This doesn't sound like a clutch problem to me. More likely the engine is running so fast in the gear you are in, pulling uphill, that it temporarily uses up all the gas in the carb, so the engine...
Forum: Ride reports 04-23-2014, 07:56 PM
Replies: 4,550
Views: 1,109,020
Posted By Chiriqui Charlie
John, please don't take this as criticism! I...

John, please don't take this as criticism! I love seeing your photos, but lately (new camera?) they have become too wide to fit on my screen without scrolling. 800 pics wide works well for most...
Forum: Ride reports 04-13-2014, 12:33 PM
Replies: 636
Views: 124,848
Posted By Chiriqui Charlie
You guys are seeing and experiencing so much more...

You guys are seeing and experiencing so much more than guys on the typical trips south, where time is spent in hotels and camping. The people you find to stay with enrich your trip in unimaginable...
Forum: Ride reports 04-10-2014, 08:28 PM
Replies: 636
Views: 124,848
Posted By Chiriqui Charlie
The "Very bad thing" is not language, it is the...

The "Very bad thing" is not language, it is the tongue. The bible talks about how the tongue can be a powerful instrument of evil.
Forum: Ride reports 03-28-2014, 07:36 PM
Replies: 4,550
Views: 1,109,020
Posted By Chiriqui Charlie
I'm all psyched up and ready to roll. My 250 is...

I'm all psyched up and ready to roll. My 250 is in as good a shape as it ever will be. I have enough savings for a very good trip. I need to get started soon, as I'm not getting any younger. But...
Forum: Latin America 03-28-2014, 07:19 PM
Replies: 3
Views: 330
Posted By Chiriqui Charlie
I have posted an open invitation for riders...

I have posted an open invitation for riders entering Panama through Rio Sereno to stay at my humble place.
Forum: The perfect line and other riding myths 03-28-2014, 07:14 PM
Replies: 20
Views: 2,415
Posted By Chiriqui Charlie
Did you even consider learning on a lighter, more...

Did you even consider learning on a lighter, more easily handled used bike? The KLR has a lot going for it, but it is a pig.
Forum: Latin America 03-26-2014, 05:09 PM
Replies: 32
Views: 1,383
Posted By Chiriqui Charlie
I would like to see a DRZ very much, or maybe a...

I would like to see a DRZ very much, or maybe a DR650, but I don't know where I can see either! And the ride to Panama City is very boring, hot and not too scenic. I'll take the highlands any time!
Forum: Latin America 03-26-2014, 11:57 AM
Replies: 32
Views: 1,383
Posted By Chiriqui Charlie
I have been to PC enough times that I have no...

I have been to PC enough times that I have no interest in going again, but I would be VERY interested in hooking up for the return trip! The only riding I did in Nica was SJDS, Granada, and...
Forum: Ride reports 03-23-2014, 02:18 PM
Replies: 636
Views: 124,848
Posted By Chiriqui Charlie
"Mystery" flag and a question

Every five years, Panama holds elections. All the parties put up as many flags as they are able, this one is from the Molirena party.

There seemed to be more chicks than I imagined on the ship. ...
Forum: Latin America 03-21-2014, 08:21 PM
Replies: 32
Views: 1,383
Posted By Chiriqui Charlie
I rode all the roads on Ometepe, and didn't think...

I rode all the roads on Ometepe, and didn't think any of them were in the least challenging. I have an XT250
Forum: Latin America 03-21-2014, 12:23 PM
Replies: 12
Views: 572
Posted By Chiriqui Charlie
I live in Panama, all my riding is in CA. There...

I live in Panama, all my riding is in CA. There are not too many choices here, but luckily Kenda is one of them. I love the 270's, get about 10,000 miles out of a set on my XT250, they are cheap (I...
Forum: GPS 101 - Which GPS For Me 03-18-2014, 07:31 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 454
Posted By Chiriqui Charlie
This is something that I can try right away! ...

This is something that I can try right away! Where I am located there does not exist such a thing as a short extension, or a new Montrana!
Forum: GPS 101 - Which GPS For Me 03-17-2014, 05:42 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 454
Posted By Chiriqui Charlie
Thanks Shu, but this won't work for me, my male...

Thanks Shu, but this won't work for me, my male USB is at the end of a long wire, the receptacle is buried, so I can't glue it and still use it on my car. I'll try the piece of plastic, and see if...
Forum: Thumpers 03-17-2014, 05:27 AM
Replies: 10,986
Views: 1,606,177
Posted By Chiriqui Charlie
Change a 2012 XT250 to EFI?

Could I just buy the EFI for a 2013 XT and install it on my 2012? If so, would it be worth doing? I often ride from sea level to 11,000 feet, and it loses all power at altitude. On the other hand,...
Forum: GPS 101 - Which GPS For Me 03-16-2014, 06:26 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 454
Posted By Chiriqui Charlie
How can I keep my Nuvi turned on?

I have power on my bike, but when the Nuvi is connected it often turns itself off, or momentarily goes into computer mode, so I cannot continuously navigate or record a track. No problem when I run...
Forum: Thumpers 03-15-2014, 05:40 PM
Replies: 2,289
Views: 332,437
Posted By Chiriqui Charlie
I think you are selling the XT way too short! It...

I think you are selling the XT way too short! It is much, much more than a girl's beginner bike! It is good on the single track (better than a bigger heavier bike), great on the gravel roads, and...
Forum: Latin America 03-13-2014, 10:36 AM
Replies: 16
Views: 866
Posted By Chiriqui Charlie
At the very least, carry a police report! Did...

At the very least, carry a police report! Did you save copies of the documents (TVIPs) you had when traveling South? And if you don't have a copy of your title, is there anyone who could send a copy...
Forum: Ride reports 03-09-2014, 06:48 PM
Replies: 636
Views: 124,848
Posted By Chiriqui Charlie
I have complete faith and confidence that if...

I have complete faith and confidence that if anybody can find a cheap way to cross, it will be you guys! Sorry about Fritz, this just serves to reinforce my belief that the governments of Colombia...
Forum: Thumpers 03-08-2014, 07:01 AM
Replies: 4
Views: 383
Posted By Chiriqui Charlie
It is a 2012 with a carb. I was assuming that...

It is a 2012 with a carb. I was assuming that just giving it more air would help when I go over 9000 feet (I could be wrong, I know very little about engines), and I am hopeing that there is some...
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