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Forum: Americas Today, 07:14 AM
Replies: 2
Views: 184
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 Yesterday, 08:48 PM
Replies: 464
Views: 49,058
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 Yesterday, 08:38 PM
Replies: 464
Views: 49,058
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 Yesterday, 05:58 AM
Replies: 464
Views: 49,058
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: 464
Views: 49,058
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: 464
Views: 49,058
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: 1,189
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: 1,537
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: 1,537
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...
Forum: Trip Planning 11-01-2014, 06:07 AM
Replies: 13
Views: 1,537
Posted By BirddogVet
The answer is ...........

So it comes down to essential, required, needed, or wanted.

To help with the decision, I watch Mondo Enduro and Long Way Round. My gear selection will fit inbetween.
Forum: Trip Planning 10-21-2014, 06:03 AM
Replies: 13
Views: 1,537
Posted By BirddogVet
Addendum

This really all came to mind while trying to break the bead on a Trailwing 8k mile ridden rear tire. Under prime conditions, I was cursing, sweating, and having just a jolly ol' time of it.
While...
Forum: Trip Planning 10-19-2014, 06:40 AM
Replies: 13
Views: 1,537
Posted By BirddogVet
TMeditations on the Cost of Security

How secure are you? I asked myself that question while deciding on whether or not to put on a centerstand. I would have the security of wheel changing at the cost of extra weight.
What is needed to...
Forum: Ride reports 10-14-2014, 04:48 PM
Replies: 95
Views: 11,885
Posted By BirddogVet
Fell in Love with the DR

Rented a DR 650 in San Jose, Costa Rica last year. Going around Lake Arenal to Monteverde was an eye opening experience.

If you have any bike problems Wild Riders Rentals in San Jose right in the...
Forum: Vendors 10-14-2014, 06:00 AM
Replies: 762
Views: 161,766
Posted By BirddogVet
I'll bite...... heading to the website. ...

I'll bite......
heading to the website.
Dave
Forum: Ride reports 09-22-2014, 06:27 AM
Replies: 550
Views: 124,888
Posted By BirddogVet
Another reader offering condolences. Just...

Another reader offering condolences.

Just to note:
You can take a helmet as carry on. I have done so after calling ahead of the international flight and had no problem at TSA.

Does...
Forum: Americas 09-02-2014, 07:03 AM
Replies: 17
Views: 1,410
Posted By BirddogVet
+1

+1
Forum: Americas 09-01-2014, 09:29 AM
Replies: 9
Views: 680
Posted By BirddogVet
Muchas Thanx for all of your helpful replies. I...

Muchas Thanx for all of your helpful replies. I will keep you posted within the limitations of my tablet.

And I'll take into consideration all the advice provided.

My Honda Shadow was...
Forum: Americas 08-31-2014, 11:54 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 680
Posted By BirddogVet
Itinerary....

Early Sunday morning ride through downtown Chicago heading SE to Indiana 30 E.
Through Indiana 30 to Van Wiert, Ohio taking 127 S. to 33 E. The idea is to angle between Columbus and Dayton, OH. 33...
Forum: Americas 08-31-2014, 02:56 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 680
Posted By BirddogVet
Blue Ridge Parkway Planned

In the process of breaking in my new Suzuki DR650, I have BRP in my sights.
I was supposed to go two weeks ago, but got rear ended by a Ford Murano. After the bike was checked out, it seems DR=1...
Forum: Americas 08-31-2014, 02:30 PM
Replies: 18
Views: 1,475
Posted By BirddogVet
Stick with the bike you know. Route 50,...

Stick with the bike you know.

Route 50, the loneliest road in America has been walked from coast to coast. Your CB will do fine.

The biggest obstacle is not the material (bike or gear)...
Forum: Americas 08-31-2014, 02:20 PM
Replies: 17
Views: 1,410
Posted By BirddogVet
Contrarian View.... There is always the good...

Contrarian View....
There is always the good old stanby ' a cell phone and a credit card.'
And in that same thought, if you buy a cheap used bike and if she dies, leave her.

...
Forum: Americas 07-16-2014, 07:01 AM
Replies: 0
Views: 343
Posted By BirddogVet
Recommended Reading

Heading south of the U.S. Border? Well have I come across a book for you!
If Latin America is in your plans, then the "People's Guide to Mexico" is an excellent book. This guide takes off where the...
Forum: Americas 06-30-2014, 06:53 AM
Replies: 4
Views: 455
Posted By BirddogVet
OOps

Make that the Ride Reflections 11/13/2013.
Gives a full detail report of the trip.
contact for any additional info you might think of.
Forum: Americas 06-30-2014, 06:49 AM
Replies: 4
Views: 455
Posted By BirddogVet
Did similar in 2013

Rented the DR650 through Wild Riders in Feb. of 2013. The trip was a great change from riding USA asphalt.
For eight days you can go counter clockwise around Lake Arenal and finish off hitting...
Forum: Trip Planning 06-08-2014, 09:10 PM
Replies: 43
Views: 8,667
Posted By BirddogVet
Getting Lost

I am guilty.
While my dreams are for extended days on the road, the reality of every day responsibilities holds me down.
I numb the disappointment by looking to acquire every knick knack that...
Forum: Americas 03-31-2014, 06:40 AM
Replies: 15
Views: 1,282
Posted By BirddogVet
Wouldn't It Be Nice?

At the end of that long day of riding, wouldn't it be nice if the 'curry' motel manager was able to offer some of their dinner? Believe me, I have asked. After inhaling those fragrant aromas, it...
Forum: Americas 03-30-2014, 04:03 AM
Replies: 15
Views: 1,282
Posted By BirddogVet
hostel mentality

Light and quick dry clothing is the hostel traveler mentality. For outer heavier wet gear, that's what bunk bed posts are designed for. :)
Forum: Americas 03-29-2014, 06:30 AM
Replies: 15
Views: 1,282
Posted By BirddogVet
Economical U.S. Accomodations ?

After having done some recent travel in Latin America and Europe, I feel that the 'States' have a hole between camping and motel prices.
In the age of apps like Motel, HotelTonight, and...
Forum: Trip Planning 03-28-2014, 06:25 AM
Replies: 43
Views: 8,667
Posted By BirddogVet
Wicked Adventure

The Concise Oxford Dictionary defines Adventure as.... 'risk, danger, daring enterprise, hazard, imperil, dare to go.'

The Adventurer puts the heat on in the imagination. The dream begins to...
Forum: Trip Planning 03-20-2014, 06:24 AM
Replies: 43
Views: 8,667
Posted By BirddogVet
Back

What do you do after your 'ultimate' ride?
What can ever match the experience and excitement of that last trip?
My reply is to do whatever it takes to get those adventure juices flowing.
My...
Forum: Trip Planning 01-16-2014, 06:12 AM
Replies: 43
Views: 8,667
Posted By BirddogVet
Wow Replies

I would never have thought that starting a thread 'in jest' would have generated such great varied responses. Thanks guys.

For me, I am in the battle of trying something totally different....
Forum: Trip Planning 12-25-2013, 06:33 AM
Replies: 43
Views: 8,667
Posted By BirddogVet
:)

And a Happy New Year.
Forum: Trip Planning 12-23-2013, 12:13 PM
Replies: 43
Views: 8,667
Posted By BirddogVet
Do Not Pull Out a Road Map

Nothing gets the imaginative juices flowing quite like picking up a map. You end up hooked if that map shows enough of the geographical minutia to make the roads seem challenging. You are doomed if...
Forum: Ride reports 11-13-2013, 02:18 PM
Replies: 3
Views: 805
Posted By BirddogVet
Oh Yeah

Enjoyed the video.
Good to hear another soul putting the sexy in 60.
May I ask what software/system you used to put your video together?
Forum: Ride reports 11-13-2013, 01:58 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 972
Posted By BirddogVet
San Jose Traffic

Big City traffic can be a test of nerves. Frankly, we had no problem getting out of San Jose, C.R. at midday. The roads north and west out of town towards Poas were well marked and traffic even...
Forum: Ride reports 11-10-2013, 03:47 PM
Replies: 0
Views: 506
Posted By BirddogVet
Splitting So. Peru in Two, Solo

Day 4: Peeing downwind at what seemed to be the top of the world, I could not help but feel elated. Wearing wet wool socks, I was alone in the clouds, except for the wind, the cold air, and a rented...
Forum: Trip Planning 07-24-2013, 03:37 PM
Replies: 241
Views: 42,162
Posted By BirddogVet
and suddenly......

just minding my own business, taking in the ride and a tune fills my helmet. I usally start whistling (anything from opera to any of the forementioned). Last tune I recall was "I'm Walkin' to New...
Forum: Americas 07-17-2013, 03:10 PM
Replies: 14
Views: 1,558
Posted By BirddogVet
fond memories

....the Lake Michigan Circle tour was my first road trip. I enjoyed the Fayette Historic State Park in MI. Its a welcome stretch of the legs with some interesting preserved history. And available...
Forum: Equipment 07-03-2013, 04:21 PM
Replies: 16
Views: 1,870
Posted By BirddogVet
Another 2 centavos

For another variation, I wear firehose cargo pants... armour underneath. The pockets make storage and security a non-issue.
There is also the fanny pack clamped around the mirrors for a fast...
Forum: Ride reports 03-10-2013, 11:24 AM
Replies: 6
Views: 972
Posted By BirddogVet
Newbie Thanx

Always something to add....... after the fact.

GPS did not work very well on my Garmin hand held Oregon. When unsure or lost, I ususually ended up asking for directions. "Quiero ir a ......Que...
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