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Old 03-22-2013, 07:28 AM   #14251
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Having the opportunity and privilege of riding with some of the posters on this thread is one thing I really enjoy! It makes a ride more interesting and gives another person's perspective to things I see so often and are easy to take for granted.
"da Bum" was passing through and we were able to meet up last Sunday in the early AM for a little Jimmy Ride with Dave's Leg and the debut of "da Bum's rush" which is a section of road that I have been waiting a long time to name.
"da Bum's rush connects Guadalupe Victoria, Puebla to the aptly named little village of "Maravillas" and then on to Gonzalez Ortega. Good road with some pleasant little surprises.
Though I often ride solo, having someone else along can be great, not only for the company, but for the learning experience. Case in point. While passing through Laguna de Patlanalan, I bottomed out over a king hell sized tope that had no business being wear it was. That town has more topes than people...almost. The crunch was not to worrisome at the moment, I figured it was the center stand. But I figured wrong! While parked up at the Pemex above 10,000ft just over the crest from Acocomotla, da Bum graciously inquired as to the oil tightness of my bike. Drip, drip, drip, from a nice little ding in the oil pan.
He reaches in his panniers and rummages around and presents a true marvel of modern technology. A 3M tape product that should save the day. So we cleaned the surface with alcohol gel and he slapped on two pieces. No leak. Rode down the mountain, still no leak. Rode to Perote, dry as a bone. Back to Veracruz, high speed on the cuotas, no leaks. 5 days later and no leaks. I really like this product. Sticks like a rare earth magnet to the metal and at high temps is soft but doesn't move. It will definitely get you home.
Apart from that, here is what the ride looked like. And thanks again to, da Bum!

This is near the start of the "Jimmy Ride", some nice drops. They had fun carving this road.



As usual I couldn't resist trying to get my Ansel aux go gogh mojo working!



As I've mentioned before, Ansel Adams always maintained that you should look behind you when composing a shot because the best picture might be there. As usual, he was right! Here is the back shot. Worked pretty well in color, too.





Waited a few minutes to get this one with the vapor trail bisecting the clouds.



It was windy at the higher elevations. Looks like gale force winds at 18,000ft up on el Pico.



"da Bum's Rush" section starts here, nice setting.



Not a bad place in the old days, someone was living large during the Porfiriato era.



One little "Nube Poblano" as I call them. The clouds in this part of Puebla are always fun. The locals call the sky "aborregado" or something like that.
Meaning "like a sheep", the wooly part.



And that's that.
I'll pass along the 3M part number for the tape when da Bum sends it along.
Don't miss a chance to ride with him. His filtering skills are now legendary through Veracruz traffic! He is very fluent in F800/650 and a few others.
Watch for his ride report and check out his tent and cot set up.
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Old 03-22-2013, 08:11 AM   #14252
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da Bum informs me that the magic tape is:

Scotch Professional Grade 2228 Moisture Sealing Electrical Tape

Now, that might seem obvious to some of you gueros north of the border, but I haven't seen that product down here but I am going to locate a few rolls for the tank bag and to share with others.

SR, you are going to love this stuff.
da Bum uses it all over his bike prepping it for off road. He's not afraid to use the knobbies he's got on his new model F800 v.2.0.
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Old 03-22-2013, 08:53 AM   #14253
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SR, it runs $25 bucks a roll or so, for 10 feet of it.

Bargain in my opinion.

Spec sheet says it is rated for 90 centigrade but emergency to 130 centigrade. That is in the 190F to 265F range. I doubt my oil pan gets hotter than that even at high speed in high ambient temps but I need to check it some time with a beam type thermometer. I don't think the oil temp gets that hot as the normal maximum temp in an air cooled bike is around 260f like a Harley (I imagine as that is about the warmest kind of bike I have ridden, it will scorch your thigh here if you are not careful). I think the oil temp in liquid cooled parallel twins is lower and I think the exterior surface of the oil pan should be cooler but I could be wrong.

I plan on some time removing the tape and then using a little JB Weld type stuff to make a more permanent fix, but I am not going to even think about that until this stuff quits on me (be interesting to see how many heat cool cycles it can handle) and I don't think that is going to be anytime soon.

You'll make friends with this stuff if you keep a roll in your tank bag!

If, for any reason, Trice's address doesn't work, you can always ship it here! LOL! I will be sure that the 10 foot roll has 7 feet on it when you get it. Guaranteed! Blame it on the metric system. LOL!
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Old 03-22-2013, 08:53 AM   #14254
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Old 03-22-2013, 09:32 AM   #14255
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Schizz is going to like this.

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Old 03-22-2013, 10:06 AM   #14256
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Strah Gallery, I don't understand the joke Dennis Miller?
Blame my father. My mother did! LOL!
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Old 03-22-2013, 10:18 AM   #14257
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Okay I get it now. I was Googling Strah Gallery and it didn't make sense!
It's tough to find, you have to walk out the back door of The Seal Club and really watch your step!
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Old 03-22-2013, 10:37 AM   #14258
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da Bum informs me that the magic tape is:

Scotch Professional Grade 2228 Moisture Sealing Electrical Tape

Now, that might seem obvious to some of you gueros north of the border, but I haven't seen that product down here but I am going to locate a few rolls for the tank bag and to share with others.

SR, you are going to love this stuff.
da Bum uses it all over his bike prepping it for off road. He's not afraid to use the knobbies he's got on his new model F800 v.2.0.
$10.88 with Amazon Prime, http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B00...F8&me=&seller=
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Old 03-22-2013, 11:44 AM   #14259
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Old 03-22-2013, 12:26 PM   #14260
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Another thing to order. Looks like a handy item. Thanks for that.
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Old 03-22-2013, 01:00 PM   #14261
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This is th 1". It looks like they make a 2" also.
Wrap it around twice!

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Old 03-22-2013, 03:10 PM   #14262
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Old 03-22-2013, 06:09 PM   #14263
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Did you get to see the pit Bato? Penasquito is the biggest mine in Mexico and it is new. It will employ almost 3000 people for the next 22 years and generate an ass laod of tax revenue. It is will significantly improve that entire NE corner of Zacatecas.
Nop I didn't I wish anyway want to go back maybe Arte could make arrgments for a tour
Made it to Uruapn staying at Hotel Plaza Had never been in Michoacan likening it a lot ran into Salma's cousin in Guadalajara the othe day.,She was with a pendejo check her out


BTW Foot powder bottle exploded inside my bag glad there were no military check points
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Old 03-23-2013, 12:11 AM   #14264
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I'll be riding from Mexico City to San Antonio next week, during Holy Week, 28/03/13 to 31/03/13.

I'm kind of wary about the tires on my bike. They have ~7700 miles on them, the round trip is ~1870 miles...

See the problem? 10,000 miles out of a set of tires on a Yamaha XJR1300!!!

BUT the numbers are on the tire's side. On the shoulder they have 6mm thread, right in the middle they have 2mm, and 3mm to the TWI closest to the center. Even by the time the thread in the middle is erased I'll have 1mm to the TWI...

And if math doesn't lie, if 4mm lasted ~7700 miles, the remaining 2mm should give me another 3800 miles! Enough to do the trip and 1900 miles to spare, or barely enough to do the trip twice.

And even then, it's actually 3mm to the TWI...

Thing here is that I don't know how different surfaces might affect tire wear. It is possible that the tires wear faster during this trip than they have worn in average. So I want to have a backup plan, if when I get to San Antonio things aren't looking well, I'll have the tires changed there. And that is why I need help and advise from the Texan inmates. Recommendations of shops where I could buy and have the tires mounted and balanced will be welcome.

By the way, I'll be riding highway 57, I'm still too scared to even think about riding HW 101.
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Old 03-23-2013, 04:48 AM   #14265
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Aren't tires much cheaper in the US, with a better selection?

Why would you not buy a set of tires in the US? What better way to sneak a new set of tires past aduana than by mounting them on your wheels?

Tires always go quicker towards the end, plus they are much more suspect to punctures and damage.
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