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Forum: Epic Ride Reports 05-28-2015, 12:29 PM
Replies: 618
Views: 126,124
Posted By Merlin III
Guatemala is real life. Interesting line from...

Guatemala is real life. Interesting line from Striking Viking's book while in Central America. To paraphrase, he said something like, don't get too close to the many stray dogs there. If you feed...
Forum: Epic Ride Reports 05-21-2015, 03:42 AM
Replies: 14
Views: 3,241
Posted By Merlin III
Nice report. What a way to bond with your son. ...

Nice report. What a way to bond with your son. I try to get up to NS every Summer. It is pretty hard to avoid rain and fog up there. :rofl

Thanks for posting your story. By the way, if you...
Forum: Epic Ride Reports 05-19-2015, 11:59 AM
Replies: 618
Views: 126,124
Posted By Merlin III
I have been to Mexico a few times and it is a...

I have been to Mexico a few times and it is a nice place, but is it me, or have you guys been there much longer than expected? Do you have any time table? How's the budget holding out for...
Forum: Epic Ride Reports 05-16-2015, 04:00 PM
Replies: 443
Views: 147,852
Posted By Merlin III
Just found the report! What a nice twist for a...

Just found the report! What a nice twist for a ride report-Mom and kids on the road with dad occasionally. Have fun!
Forum: Epic Ride Reports 05-16-2015, 03:19 PM
Replies: 17
Views: 2,458
Posted By Merlin III
Although we usually take our trips in late Summer...

Although we usually take our trips in late Summer or Fall, heat has never been a problem in Atlantic Canada for us. For us, the problem has been rain and cool coastal on-sure breezes. I have the...
Forum: Epic Ride Reports 05-07-2015, 08:07 PM
Replies: 618
Views: 126,124
Posted By Merlin III
Well!..........................:eek1 :rofl

Well!..........................:eek1 :rofl
Forum: Epic Ride Reports 05-07-2015, 03:54 AM
Replies: 618
Views: 126,124
Posted By Merlin III
Seriously, most people who read these...

Seriously, most people who read these stories-reports don't respond. Now that Summer is here, I would guess even more readers won't respond. Anyhow, it does seem that your travels have stalled...
Forum: Equipment 05-01-2015, 03:54 AM
Replies: 13
Views: 1,166
Posted By Merlin III
This is the design of a grill that was invented...

This is the design of a grill that was invented (for lack of any other description) by a guy who attends the Cromag ADVrider rally every year. I forget his name, but I think this is him.
...
Forum: Road Warriors 04-30-2015, 05:05 PM
Replies: 725
Views: 121,004
Posted By Merlin III
I now have a CTX700D. It turns out that the peg...

I now have a CTX700D. It turns out that the peg placement is fine for the most part. The problem is the riding position and the bad roads. Every bump hurtfully travels up my spine. I ordered the...
Forum: Epic Ride Reports 04-30-2015, 07:33 AM
Replies: 459
Views: 127,840
Posted By Merlin III
You guys are intrepid travelers even thinking...

You guys are intrepid travelers even thinking about crossing the Darien Gap with all its real dangers.
Forum: Epic Ride Reports 04-29-2015, 11:59 AM
Replies: 618
Views: 126,124
Posted By Merlin III
I am still here too.

I am still here too.
Forum: The Rockies It's all downhill from here... 04-15-2015, 03:35 AM
Replies: 29
Views: 1,222
Posted By Merlin III
I added a CTX700D to my collection. The damage,...

I added a CTX700D to my collection. The damage, if I were to get it fixed would probably amount to 700 dollars. I am not going to get it fixed. I didn't even notice it upon delivery. The next day,...
Forum: Epic Ride Reports 04-14-2015, 05:33 AM
Replies: 459
Views: 127,840
Posted By Merlin III
Most thievery is a product of unreasonable income...

Most thievery is a product of unreasonable income inequality as it exists in most of the world. I am glad it took place when you were away from your tent. Best wishes!
Forum: The Rockies It's all downhill from here... 04-14-2015, 04:45 AM
Replies: 29
Views: 1,222
Posted By Merlin III
Well, I finally got my bike. Besides the delay...

Well, I finally got my bike. Besides the delay and poor care with shipping information, I am satisfied with AA Motorcycle Transport. My big surprise was that the "flawless bike" had obviously been...
Forum: Epic Ride Reports 04-07-2015, 05:35 AM
Replies: 459
Views: 127,840
Posted By Merlin III
Gee, the things people do when they know that...

Gee, the things people do when they know that they are being photographed! :clap
Forum: The Rockies It's all downhill from here... 04-03-2015, 08:47 AM
Replies: 29
Views: 1,222
Posted By Merlin III
They were supposed to deliver the bike today. ...

They were supposed to deliver the bike today. When they never notified me, I called the Transport service. They gave me the standard song and dance about "it takes time etc." When I insisted that...
Forum: The Rockies It's all downhill from here... 03-31-2015, 09:49 AM
Replies: 29
Views: 1,222
Posted By Merlin III
Did they give you a tracking number? I have one...

Did they give you a tracking number? I have one and I wish I didn't. It is too discouraging. The other thing that has me stressed is that the dealer, contrary to my instructions, left the keys in...
Forum: The Rockies It's all downhill from here... 03-31-2015, 09:32 AM
Replies: 29
Views: 1,222
Posted By Merlin III
I just bought a bike in Macon GA and am having it...

I just bought a bike in Macon GA and am having it shipped to Maine by 1-AA Motorcycle Transport. They beat anything U-Ship could get me by 100 dollars.

I think they all sub-contract out the...
Forum: Epic Ride Reports 03-30-2015, 07:30 AM
Replies: 459
Views: 127,840
Posted By Merlin III
IMO, it is all about money and jobs. Once...

IMO, it is all about money and jobs.

Once again, a nice installment. Thanks for posting your travels.
Forum: The Garage 03-29-2015, 04:34 AM
Replies: 10
Views: 698
Posted By Merlin III
Go to the Hall of Wisdom and look up JohnJens...

Go to the Hall of Wisdom and look up JohnJens excellent instructions. Better yet, here is the PDF.
http://advrider.com/Wisdom/OVADv2.1.pdf

I use these step by step instructions EVERY TIME I...
Forum: Americas 03-24-2015, 04:59 AM
Replies: 29,226
Views: 2,620,280
Posted By Merlin III
I was stripped searched in the 1970s at the San...

I was stripped searched in the 1970s at the San Diego area crossing, but no handcuffs. I was searched and sniffed coming back from CA two years ago. The only issue they gave me shit about was...
Forum: Americas 03-23-2015, 03:26 PM
Replies: 29,226
Views: 2,620,280
Posted By Merlin III
Neat! Be looking forward to reading your blog.

Neat! Be looking forward to reading your blog.
Forum: Epic Ride Reports 03-20-2015, 09:05 AM
Replies: 459
Views: 127,840
Posted By Merlin III
Yes, it was good, I guess, that they stood up to...

Yes, it was good, I guess, that they stood up to the police officer, but doing that can get you hurt sometimes, even in the good old USA. :cry
Forum: Americas 03-14-2015, 03:30 PM
Replies: 48
Views: 2,024
Posted By Merlin III
All the ones I have been in are just like...

All the ones I have been in are just like American State and National Parks. Outside of those areas there are usually abandoned timber harvesting yarding areas, just off the highways, where people...
Forum: Americas 03-14-2015, 02:30 PM
Replies: 48
Views: 2,024
Posted By Merlin III
I have a new word to add to my vocabulary.:clap ...

I have a new word to add to my vocabulary.:clap Part of the draw going there is the dull geography and some of the wildlife. The first time I heard wolves howl was when going up that direction and...
Forum: Epic Ride Reports 03-12-2015, 04:57 AM
Replies: 152
Views: 25,979
Posted By Merlin III
JFman must be a mystery story writer in his real...

JFman must be a mystery story writer in his real life.:eek1
Forum: Americas 03-09-2015, 05:33 AM
Replies: 48
Views: 2,024
Posted By Merlin III
Won't he need extra fuel capacity?

Won't he need extra fuel capacity?
Forum: Americas 03-09-2015, 05:22 AM
Replies: 29,226
Views: 2,620,280
Posted By Merlin III
Come on, this is Mexico. :lol3 Of course I...

Come on, this is Mexico. :lol3 Of course I wouldn't tell that to the families of the 43 Normalistas murdered recently if I was you.
Forum: Epic Ride Reports 03-09-2015, 05:17 AM
Replies: 618
Views: 126,124
Posted By Merlin III
Nice video. It seems that the "wear and tear" on...

Nice video. It seems that the "wear and tear" on the rig is starting to takes its toll. :eek1
Forum: Pacific Northwet - Where it's green. And wet. 03-08-2015, 12:22 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 439
Posted By Merlin III
Actually, I'm not. But I think it is fair to say...

Actually, I'm not. But I think it is fair to say that you are pretty rude. :lol3
Forum: Pacific Northwet - Where it's green. And wet. 03-08-2015, 11:50 AM
Replies: 9
Views: 439
Posted By Merlin III
Portland Me, is 1 hour from MAX BMW. They are a...

Portland Me, is 1 hour from MAX BMW. They are a pretty good bunch and I feel confident they would refer you to the local shop they use.

MAX 209 Lafayette Rd, North Hampton, NH 03862
<table...
Forum: Americas 03-08-2015, 11:41 AM
Replies: 48
Views: 2,024
Posted By Merlin III
Do you have the proposed trip mapped out?

Do you have the proposed trip mapped out?
Forum: Epic Ride Reports 03-08-2015, 11:32 AM
Replies: 151
Views: 26,417
Posted By Merlin III
http://lewisandclark.smugmug.com/3LettheJourneyBeg...

http://lewisandclark.smugmug.com/3LettheJourneyBegin/Initial-meeting-in-Louisville/i-cZps6t8/0/L/DSCN1497-L.jpg

I hope that is at least part optical illusion. I can't fathom going up that bridge...
Forum: Thumpers 03-07-2015, 05:19 AM
Replies: 1,330
Views: 321,199
Posted By Merlin III
I just came across this thread and have some...

I just came across this thread and have some recommendations for shorter women.

Moto Guzzi V7 II. You can get a 30.5 inch seat, the bike weights 400 pounds wet, has a 700 cc 50HP engine, and it...
Forum: Epic Ride Reports 03-07-2015, 04:28 AM
Replies: 459
Views: 127,840
Posted By Merlin III
I have been knocked on my ass by what must have...

I have been knocked on my ass by what must have been a semi-grounded wire on the metal water supply pipe. It wasn't fun, and I am very cautious even 20 years later when I visit sketchy places.
Forum: Epic Ride Reports 03-06-2015, 01:33 PM
Replies: 459
Views: 127,840
Posted By Merlin III
Pot holes suck big time, but they make the beer...

Pot holes suck big time, but they make the beer taste so good at the end of the day. I have seen that shower electrical arrangement a couple times before. I would have to feel desperate to use that...
Forum: Epic Ride Reports 03-06-2015, 06:04 AM
Replies: 618
Views: 126,124
Posted By Merlin III
Okay, your German citizenship has just been...

Okay, your German citizenship has just been officially been revoked! :deal
Forum: Epic Ride Reports 03-05-2015, 03:23 PM
Replies: 618
Views: 126,124
Posted By Merlin III
It amazes me how every RR through MX is...

It amazes me how every RR through MX is different. This one is full of drama. From food to shocks with plenty of "woof woofs" in between. :freaky

Now that I think of it, all that is missing is...
Forum: Epic Ride Reports 03-05-2015, 09:57 AM
Replies: 618
Views: 126,124
Posted By Merlin III
Wow, this ride is complicated and different. ...

Wow, this ride is complicated and different. Can't wait for the next installment.
Forum: Northeast - Greater Flugistan and home of the carpet baggers. 03-04-2015, 01:03 PM
Replies: 49,084
Views: 3,127,379
Posted By Merlin III
Wouldn't it be nice to be done with ethanol? The...

Wouldn't it be nice to be done with ethanol? The bike usually survives it, but things like chain saws that I only use occasionally really get F...ed up.
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