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Forum: Equipment 07-22-2013, 09:32 PM
Replies: 13
Views: 1,650
Posted By still southern
Fair point...seems like most things here are...

Fair point...seems like most things here are unprocessed. People have stopped sourcing a lot of their own natural resources since we border with china. So for instance you slaughter a sheep, but...
Forum: Equipment 07-22-2013, 09:30 PM
Replies: 13
Views: 1,650
Posted By still southern
What do you mean by mineral oil? Like motor oil?...

What do you mean by mineral oil? Like motor oil? I'm leaning toward olive oil and beeswax (assuming I can find some).
Forum: Equipment 07-20-2013, 08:09 PM
Replies: 13
Views: 1,650
Posted By still southern
Don't care one way or the other about smell...I...

Don't care one way or the other about smell...I could have someone send it, but technically liquids aren't allowed in the mail here and it's ridiculously expensive. I'm hoping to go independent and...
Forum: Equipment 07-19-2013, 09:12 PM
Replies: 13
Views: 1,650
Posted By still southern
Boot oil formula?

I'm living in kyrgyzstan, and with the invasion of cheap chinese goods, there really doesn't seem to be anything resembling boot oil for my Ariat cowboy boots. I'm trying to find something that isn't...
Forum: Asia 06-24-2013, 08:21 PM
Replies: 3
Views: 1,508
Posted By still southern
Just saw your post, wondered if you ever made it...

Just saw your post, wondered if you ever made it to Kstan? I ride here and there are a handful of us who do, but it's not many.
Forum: Thumpers 06-24-2013, 08:10 PM
Replies: 13
Views: 1,876
Posted By still southern
Plug and play it is. I ordered one from Ignitech...

Plug and play it is. I ordered one from Ignitech in the CZ to where I live in Kyrgyzstan. It arrived after a few days and works great. It's programmable and once I get a few other things sorted on...
Forum: The Garage 01-30-2013, 06:20 PM
Replies: 4
Views: 886
Posted By still southern
Getting water out of a gas tank in the former Soviet Union

The recent freeze thaw cycle has managed to create enough condensation (combined with cheap gas) to make the bike run like crap. Found a decent product for getting that pesky water to burn...medical...
Forum: Thumpers 12-15-2012, 08:33 AM
Replies: 0
Views: 601
Posted By still southern
XR650L VS NX650 Jets

I have a 1994 Honda Dominator NX650 (Engine RD02). The carburetor is a VE84d. The current factory jets are 148 main and 48 pilot. The bike has an aftermarket 2 into 1 exhaust with no baffles (sounds...
Forum: Trip Planning 12-14-2012, 07:04 AM
Replies: 49
Views: 9,305
Posted By still southern
AWESOME and TRUE! Good advice...those of us...

AWESOME and TRUE!

Good advice...those of us "westerners" really need to learn about their hospitality. There is a strict code of honor regarding guests rarely seen in the west. One can get in...
Forum: Thumpers 12-12-2012, 11:57 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 679
Posted By still southern
Maybe this is the way to do it...get a spare...

Maybe this is the way to do it...get a spare cover and have this welded to it...
Forum: Thumpers 12-12-2012, 09:44 AM
Replies: 6
Views: 679
Posted By still southern
Yup...I was pretty surprised...got a fairly nice...

Yup...I was pretty surprised...got a fairly nice TIG/Argon weld done, on a Sunday when the guy wasn't even supposed to be open, for just over three dollars (actually tipped an extra dollar, so $4)....
Forum: Thumpers 12-12-2012, 09:29 AM
Replies: 6
Views: 679
Posted By still southern
Yeah, definitely too expensive, but definitely...

Yeah, definitely too expensive, but definitely might be worth welding some fins onto a spare cap and giving it a go. Where I live welding is cheap, but getting the cap would be expensive. I had a...
Forum: Thumpers 12-11-2012, 08:08 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 679
Posted By still southern
NX650/XR650 Billet Cooler

Does anyone make one like this for our engine? If not, they should. If anyone knows about one please let me know! From what I've read it drops the temp 15-20 degrees (F) which is good for summer...
Forum: Thumpers 12-11-2012, 04:53 AM
Replies: 13
Views: 1,876
Posted By still southern
Hmm...then is the starting problem observed with...

Hmm...then is the starting problem observed with a lot of TCI/CDIs on Hondas a result of the OEM being connected to the exciter coil rather than to the battery? Is the battery not spinning the engine...
Forum: Thumpers 12-10-2012, 07:33 PM
Replies: 13
Views: 1,876
Posted By still southern
My old VT500C was way worse about not starting...

My old VT500C was way worse about not starting with a weak battery. It could crank full speed and not have enough juice. Went with a AGM battery before my cross country trip and that solved the...
Forum: Thumpers 12-10-2012, 04:20 AM
Replies: 13
Views: 1,876
Posted By still southern
Hmmm had forgotten about them. How durable is the...

Hmmm had forgotten about them. How durable is the unit and how hard is it to program? Where I live it can be pretty rough and I plan on a lot of village hopping next summer so durability is huge. How...
Forum: Thumpers 12-10-2012, 02:10 AM
Replies: 13
Views: 1,876
Posted By still southern
NX650/XR650 CDI Woes

So based on the reading I've been doing I've got the classic CDI failure. Most likely its just the bad solder joints, but since I live and ride in a rather remote area I don't want to rely on my own...
Forum: Trip Planning 12-09-2012, 11:35 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 990
Posted By still southern
To answer the ideal customer, I'm still working...

To answer the ideal customer, I'm still working on a good profile, but I'm thinking toward the independent, savvy traveler, as well as renting cheap bikes on a daily basis around Lake Issyk Kul to a...
Forum: Trip Planning 12-09-2012, 11:19 PM
Replies: 49
Views: 9,305
Posted By still southern
+1 on the Krav Maga...I've taken a few classes...

+1 on the Krav Maga...I've taken a few classes and they are really useful, even if you can only take a few of them. They teach situational awareness and using your natural fight/flight instinct as...
Forum: Trip Planning 12-08-2012, 08:50 AM
Replies: 5
Views: 990
Posted By still southern
As I've commented elsewhere, I'm kicking around...

As I've commented elsewhere, I'm kicking around the idea of starting a tour company in Central Asia. I see the advantages with carrying gear and mechanicing items, but for me personally, I feel like...
Forum: Layin' down tracks 12-07-2012, 09:44 PM
Replies: 0
Views: 1,046
Posted By still southern
Topo GPS maps for Central Asia/Kyrgyzstan

As expected, searching for Kyrgyzstan came up with nothing! So now at least it'll get one post if you check!

Has anyone found any reasonably good topo maps for Kyrgyzstan? I suppose I could...
Forum: Trip Planning 12-07-2012, 09:22 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 990
Posted By still southern
Poll about support vehicles

If you were going to join a group tour with 4-6 riders (probably on the tour company's bikes) for a 7 day tour of a mountainous region, how important would a support vehicle (4x4) be to you?
Forum: Asia Pacific 12-04-2012, 10:50 PM
Replies: 3
Views: 950
Posted By still southern
Poll about motorcycle rentals

Been on here for a while and am just a rider who's kicking around the idea of making it a profession. I'm living in Central Asia and riding a 1994 Dominator (NX650). The idea is to combine straight...
Forum: Asia 10-14-2012, 09:08 AM
Replies: 14
Views: 1,702
Posted By still southern
Another quick Q for anyone out there familiar...

Another quick Q for anyone out there familiar with this area...what's the best source for tires? I'm gonna need some in the spring. My contacts here say they just have someone ship them from...
Forum: Asia 10-14-2012, 06:37 AM
Replies: 14
Views: 1,702
Posted By still southern
Sounds good. Just send me a message!

Sounds good. Just send me a message!
Forum: Asia 10-14-2012, 05:37 AM
Replies: 14
Views: 1,702
Posted By still southern
Thanks for the info. I may check out the bar at...

Thanks for the info. I may check out the bar at some point (but I'm working on learning Russian right now so when I go out I try to practice Russian, not English:D).

If anyone cares I found the...
Forum: Asia 09-10-2012, 11:16 PM
Replies: 14
Views: 1,702
Posted By still southern
On the Kyrgyz don't ride...there seems to be an...

On the Kyrgyz don't ride...there seems to be an increasing interest on there part in riding (though most bikers are definitely Russian)...for instance, one of my English students who is Kyrgyz is...
Forum: Asia 09-09-2012, 09:10 AM
Replies: 14
Views: 1,702
Posted By still southern
Good to know. I travel with my wife...so don't...

Good to know. I travel with my wife...so don't know what that does to the equation. Working on Russian (although Kyrgyz and Uzbek--depending on the neighborhood--probably get you further in Osh) so...
Forum: Asia 09-05-2012, 09:28 AM
Replies: 14
Views: 1,702
Posted By still southern
Haven't made it to Osh yet, but since we've (my...

Haven't made it to Osh yet, but since we've (my wife and I) have been here a month we have made it out to Issyk Kul...loved it, but admittedly I've like the mountain Jailoo better. My next long...
Forum: Thumpers 09-05-2012, 05:23 AM
Replies: 3,909
Views: 921,414
Posted By still southern
New to me NX650

Just picked a 1994 NX650 up in Bishkek, Kyrgyzstan. Looking forward to exploring the area with it! 20,000 km on the clock right now.
...
Forum: Asia 09-03-2012, 07:14 PM
Replies: 14
Views: 1,702
Posted By still southern
Kyrgyz Bikers?

Been living and working here in Bishkek a little over a month and just bought a 1994 Dominator and looking forward to riding the region (as soon as I get a helmet). Just figured I'd reach out and see...
Forum: Thumpers 09-02-2012, 09:25 AM
Replies: 16
Views: 1,765
Posted By still southern
Well, bit the bullet

Here it is...finally sprung for a 1994 Honda Dominator NX650 with 20k km on the clock. Rebuilt/repainted and in immaculate condition. Looks great...and rides better. Bought from a Kyrgyz Russian...
Forum: Asia 09-01-2012, 09:21 AM
Replies: 3
Views: 1,899
Posted By still southern
Border crossings are always hairy here. Are you...

Border crossings are always hairy here. Are you planning to buy while on the new no-fee passport stamp (Assuming that's an option) or are you on a longer visa? From what I understand it helps if you...
Forum: Pics, pics, pics... 09-01-2012, 09:13 AM
Replies: 603
Views: 115,936
Posted By still southern
Since the badlands were already taken: Eastern...

Since the badlands were already taken:
Eastern South Dakota:
http://i1243.photobucket.com/albums/gg551/ryanbeth/Cross%20Country%20Motorcycle%20Trip%202012/P5170108.jpg

Ghost town of Woodside in...
Forum: Thumpers 08-30-2012, 09:06 AM
Replies: 16
Views: 1,765
Posted By still southern
Well, sprung for a Honda Dominator today. Late...

Well, sprung for a Honda Dominator today. Late 1990s with about 20k km on the clock. Immaculate maintenance. Recently painted (no hideous graphics anymore) and new chain and sprockets. Looks brand...
Forum: Thumpers 08-23-2012, 11:24 PM
Replies: 16
Views: 1,765
Posted By still southern
Well, update on the bike search. Had the finance...

Well, update on the bike search. Had the finance discussion with my wife and I've got about $3000 to spend on a used bike. Right now there is a 1993 Transalp 600 that's definitely in that price range...
Forum: Old's Cool 08-16-2012, 09:29 PM
Replies: 2,695
Views: 805,084
Posted By still southern
Born in Greenville and grew up in north...

Born in Greenville and grew up in north Spartanburg county near the NC line!

Yes some things here are sketchy, but I just mentioned the bad stuff, the good part is that the people are very...
Forum: Old's Cool 08-16-2012, 12:46 AM
Replies: 2,695
Views: 805,084
Posted By still southern
Just moved here at the end of July. So far it...

Just moved here at the end of July. So far it seems great. There are lots of quirks in a place like this. You can't own a gun and you're supposed to wear a helmet if you ride, but they leave open...
Forum: Old's Cool 08-15-2012, 08:18 AM
Replies: 2,695
Views: 805,084
Posted By still southern
Honestly we had a pretty poor reception when we...

Honestly we had a pretty poor reception when we came into town. The folks hanging out at the gas station on the north side of town were positively scary, then we had a lot of trouble finding a place...
Forum: Old's Cool 08-15-2012, 01:32 AM
Replies: 2,695
Views: 805,084
Posted By still southern
1985 Honda VT500c (Shadow)

Bought for $700, rode about 2500 miles on it, then put another $600-$700 over the winter to turn it into a rat bike tourer. Put well over 9000 miles riding two up in just one trip around the US this...
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