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Old 10-06-2011, 05:01 PM   #55171
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Hey guys seeing if my posting powers are what they are. If this works this a good shot of my front fairing.
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Old 10-06-2011, 05:10 PM   #55172
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I'm currently in Des Moines Iowa, a thousand miles from home in Ontario Canada on my way to Tierre Del Feugo wondering how much I'll use the camping gear I'm hauling along. I enjoy camping but the stuff takes up awful lot of room, not to mention the weight. One of the reasons I changed to a DR from a KLR is the lighter weight. Now I find myself loading up on the poundage again.

Accommodation costs in the U.S. are manageable in the short term (kinda) but how much would I really be camping once outside of the States? Safety is a concern since I'm traveling alone. I'm hoping to do some couchsurfing along the way and stay in motels and hostels in the cheaper areas.

For those of you who have already done Central or South America and taken camping gear along would you do it again or forego the camping altogether?

So, do I leave the camp gear at a friends and just enjoy the ride a lot more or what? HELP? Would love to hear other peoples take on my dilemma.
Maybe you should leave the full-on camping gear (tent, cooking, etc.), but have a sleeping bag and tarp or bivvy for emergencies.
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Old 10-06-2011, 05:12 PM   #55173
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My bike thought i would share

Here is a couple of other shots of my delta romeo 650. Dont make fun of my dash it is not finished. Hope you like .
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Old 10-06-2011, 05:14 PM   #55174
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Old 10-06-2011, 05:16 PM   #55175
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Old 10-06-2011, 05:44 PM   #55176
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Decision made

After struggling with the issue of bringing camping gear I have decided to leave it in Des Moines with the option of either having it shipped when I reach Colombia or simply buying what I need there.

There's just too much stuff and I really want to be in a position to enjoy some off-road riding and not be too burdened down.

I may very well regret this but I can envision being pissed off carrying all the stuff as far as South America and not using it. Then again I'll be equally pissed when opportunities present themselves and I don't have the gear.

So there you go. Thanks to everyone for the valuable input. If I could comfortably bring it I would but that's not turning out to be the case.

Cheers all. Hope to see some of you on the road to wherever.
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Old 10-06-2011, 05:52 PM   #55177
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Ebmott - nicely done. Looks like you're preparing for a journey.....or just don't like stopping for gas.
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Old 10-06-2011, 05:53 PM   #55178
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Is the DR400 rear license plate bracket and turn signals a fit for the DR650? Looks like the DR400 kit includes smaller turn signals than factory?
Nope. Everything about the back end of the 400 is different from the 650.
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Old 10-06-2011, 06:56 PM   #55179
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Is there any good write ups on DRZ400sm forks swaps out there??

I've been looking and can't much info.

Anyone know if the stems are the same, do they just bolt right up like the RM forks?? Any clearance issues with the forks and stock factory tank??
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Old 10-06-2011, 07:03 PM   #55180
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Old 10-06-2011, 07:11 PM   #55181
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My 2-cents.
Never been South of Mexico, but it seems to me that food and lodging is cheap enough there to forget camping. Hell, if I'm going down there I want a cold cerveza and some company!
This is true ... and I concur. Lodging is generally cheap ... but some folks just like camping out. You can find Cerveza and company all along the Gringo Trail; from Mexico to Argentina there are Gringo Ghettos ... and even Motoquero (motorcycle travelers) Ghettos in nearly every country. Places where foreigners hang out and party.

But some folks do their own thing and like to stay out in the countryside and away from "Gringos". I did a mix of both ... and most do the same. In every Gringo Ghetto you'll find lots of College students and Euro trash drifting down for a short vacation. This is fun ... for a while. But gets tiresome at times.

But the major flaw in your theory is that in very remote areas ... like the Andes of Northern Peru or parts of Bolivia ... there are places with hardly any towns and even fewer Hostels of any kind. Your best bet is asking around, find someone who will take in a boarder.

With good planning and no unplanned break downs you can avoid most of this ... but the remote areas truly are remote. Someone suggested taking a Bivi bag and super light down sleeping bag. Not a bad idea. I carried a Bivi bag.
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Old 10-06-2011, 07:53 PM   #55182
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Here is a couple of other shots of my delta romeo 650. Dont make fun of my dash it is not finished. Hope you like .
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Old 10-06-2011, 08:24 PM   #55183
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Can somebody please measure there sergent seat for me? I just need the width.. Thanks!!
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Old 10-06-2011, 08:35 PM   #55184
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I'm going to pick up my first Dual Sport tomorrow...a 2011 DR650! Kind of excited!
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Old 10-06-2011, 08:55 PM   #55185
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I'm going to pick up my first Dual Sport tomorrow...a 2011 DR650! Kind of excited!
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