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Old 01-27-2011, 07:26 PM   #781
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Fantastic ride report. I started following just last week. Finally got caught up today. Man what great pictures and stories.

In 2006 I broke the World Record from Prudhoe Bay to Ushuaia (27 days, 7 hours and 52 minutes ) on an F650 Dakar. I took very few pictures. Your report is filling me in.

Reading your report is truly fantastic since I have seen some of the same roads, sadly without the time to take pictures or enjoy the natives. The one place I stopped that you mentioned in your report was the tower at the Nazca lines. I will never forget riding down the unbelievably straight road in Peruvian desert and seeing a number of single engine airplanes in the sky. Very odd because it is such a desolate location. When out in the distance I saw the tower approaching. Somehow, 5th grade geography came to mind and I remembered the lines. So I stopped at the tower, paid the fee, ran to the top, looked out, and ran back down the stairs and got back on the bike. The only tourist thing I did during the whole trip!

The other thing about your trip is all the jungle and greenery in your pictures of Peru. I always tell people when I rode through Peru I never saw a green living thing. Of course, I rode the Trans America Hwy along the West Coast and only saw sand and sea.

Your ride report has me planning for a new much slower trip. If work doesn't pick up by June, I am going to pack it in and follow your journey to Bolivia. I'll keep in touch and let you know if it comes to fruition.

Thanks for putting the bee in the bonnet.

Dave
Hey Dave, Wow. Congratulations on such a feat I can't imagine how you did it. I'm heading into Ushuaia tomorrow and I was going to post about how it's taken me about 3 years from Prudhoe Bay to Ushuaia (I went to Alaska in 08)

Amazing that the only place you stopped at was the Nacza lines. You sir are crazy. Now when people tell me I'm crazy, I can say, "I know this guy..."

Yes, there is so much to see and absorb if you can slow down and inhale. Try and learn some Spanish (Michel Thomas language tapes are my secret) and it'll make the experience all the more enjoyable.

Do let me know if you have any questions and I'll be glad to help out.

cheers.
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Old 01-31-2011, 04:42 AM   #782
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El fin del mundo. At one end of the world: Ushuaia, Tierra del Fuego. It's been a long time coming since Prudhoe Bay, Alaska, about 3 years The road goes no further south in the western hemisphere. Time to turn around and head north for Buenos Aires.

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Old 01-31-2011, 09:12 AM   #783
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Big congrats!

Glad you've had such a wonderful adventure and thanks for sharing.

Pretty cool that they put the distance to AK on that sign.

To continuing good times, Mark H.
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Old 01-31-2011, 11:39 PM   #784
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Old 02-01-2011, 02:02 PM   #785
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Big congrats!
Glad you've had such a wonderful adventure and thanks for sharing.
Pretty cool that they put the distance to AK on that sign
To continuing good times, Mark H.
Hey Mark, thanks for following along. I feel the weight of the milestone that my time in the Americas is coming to a close, topped off with a great trip to Alaska

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After a few days of doubt, I've finally booked my passage across the Atlantic Ines, the agent for Grimaldi in BsAs, found a space for me on a boat leaving around Feb 17th to Europe. I plan to arrive in BsAs this Sunday and besides taking care of Grimaldi paperwork, I need to secure a visa for Europe and maybe if time, one for Morocco.

The original plan of Senegal got scrapped when Grimaldi stopped offering the service for personal vehicles to get down in Dakar (I guess it was too complicated with customs there). The plan now is to take 3 weeks on the ship and get down in Hamburg in early March and then shoot across Europe to enter northern Morocco. I would like to avoid the toll roads, but we'll see how much time I have. A friend from Chicago is flying into Madrid to meet up with me in Morocco and besides meeting a good friend after a year on the road, he's going to be hand carrying lots of goodies for me.

In the past month, after being so good for 11 months, a lot of things got broken or lost. You know I've been using the trusty Canon SD400 5 MP camera and I had 2 spares. I know sounds crazy to have 2 spare cameras (bought cheap on ebay) but can you believe 2 of them stopped working within a span of a week and I broke the lens of the other. So all 3 point and shoots are dead. My trusty old SLR, the Konica Minolta 5D also got dropped but it's still chugging away with a battery door that doesn't close. I had to resort to using my cell phone's camera for many shots until I could buy a cheap point and shoot in Punta Arenas (at the duty free zone). Lucky I did so in time, cause I happened to drop the cell phone and it's huge screen cracked.

I also listen to music all the time with an ipod nano (2nd gen, bought used on ebay) and I had 1 spare for that. And I happened to break the screen on one of them while camping. So, not a good month for electronic gear. And I lost my kidney belt by putting it on the top box during a piss break on Ruta 40 and riding off into the wind. When I realized and rode back 40 kms for it, I couldn't find it. Old belt kept my lower back in check for well over 5 years. And all this started with leaving behind my camera charger and a battery at a campground along the 40... Looking forward to the break on the boat to recharge my own batteries.

Ian, my buddy from Chicago, is going to be bringing new camera gear and I decided it's time to finally upgrade (point and shoot: Canon SD940, SLR: Canon 50D) He's also going to be bringing some chains, sprockets, gaskets, malaria meds, etc.


I was happy to roll into Ushuaia with no major problems with the bike. Everything has been going quite smooth, especially considering that I'm riding a lot faster over dirt roads now. Im getting up to speed and skimming over the washboard bumps. I love it. But it's probably a lot harder on the bike now. So, on my way north, 110 kms out of Ushuaia, a familiar loud screeching sound from the rear wheel. Yup, another rear wheel bearing failure. The same bearing that failed south of Cusco (near the rotor). Luckily, this time I had a spare and it took an hour tops to find a mechanic, put some heat on the wheel, extricate the destroyed bearing, plop in new one and continue north. In Rio Gallegos at the moment.
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Old 02-01-2011, 04:40 PM   #786
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I took a month off from reading your post went home , seen the family , cut some grass, then remembered your post and are now up to date with you. good job . I think I now have some advice for you that will be helpful being that I am a boat captain. when you are on the ship for three weeks you will meet the crew and to have something to sell them or trade with them they would like and makes the time go by. pictures , trinkets , small value items are great but porn is king. I am not joking.
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Old 02-01-2011, 07:10 PM   #787
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I think once they taste Jay's cooking ... he'll get free passage! Go Jay!
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Old 02-01-2011, 08:57 PM   #788
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I took a month off from reading your post went home , seen the family , cut some grass, then remembered your post and are now up to date with you. good job . I think I now have some advice for you that will be helpful being that I am a boat captain. when you are on the ship for three weeks you will meet the crew and to have something to sell them or trade with them they would like and makes the time go by. pictures , trinkets , small value items are great but porn is king. I am not joking.
Haha, yup, am well aware of the value of a good playboy on a merchant ship. My best friend's dad was a merchant navy captain in India and my buddy got to travel a lot with him when he was young and he told stories about stumbling across playboys casually in the crew mess. His mom was aghast but hey, that's life on the high seas, eh

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I think once they taste Jay's cooking ... he'll get free passage! Go Jay!
I should just go down to the docks, flip out my stove, whip up some Jammin Chicken Curry with a sign saying "To Europe, for Curry"
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Old 02-01-2011, 09:01 PM   #789
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Big thanks to Ken in Montana for his repeat donation and that too a substantial sum which should help alleviate the spending coming up

and thanks to Thomas from Ohio and Kevin from ST.N for their donations Every bit counts. Thank you.
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Old 02-04-2011, 07:11 AM   #790
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Hello Jay,
Enjoy your journey very much!
When I purchased counter sprockets from
http://www.kientech.com/
It came with a large C clip for holding the sprocket
instead of using the large original holding nut.
It make changing the front sprocket a 5 minutes job.
I purchased couple extra C clips from Kent and give it
to friends that ride DR650 off-road.
Even with 14/43 it is too tall gearing for deep sand, especially in sandy hill climb with heavy bike.
When long sandy section and deep hill climb coming up
change your front sprocket to 13 and it will help you
crawl out and up sandy situation without relying on
only using your clutch.
Speed is what you need for riding in deep sand but with
tall gearing it is very hard to plane up initially.
a lower gearing help you ride in sand with slower speed and
surely help when you need power to crawl up a steep sandy hill. It will save your clutch.
Good Luck!

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Old 02-04-2011, 09:18 AM   #791
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Hello Jay,
Enjoy your journey very much!
When I purchased counter sprockets from
http://www.kientech.com/
It came with a large C clip for holding the sprocket
instead of using the large original holding nut.
It make changing the front sprocket a 5 minutes job.
I purchased couple extra C clips from Kent and give it
to friends that ride DR650 off-road.
Even with 14/43 it is too tall gearing for deep sand, especially in sandy hill climb with heavy bike.
When long sandy section and deep hill climb coming up
change your front sprocket to 13 and it will help you
crawl out and up sandy situation without relying on
only using your clutch.
Speed is what you need for riding in deep sand but with
tall gearing it is very hard to plane up initially.
a lower gearing help you ride in sand with slower speed and
surely help when you need power to crawl up a steep sandy hill. It will save your clutch.
Good Luck!

Eggroll
That's good advice! Riding fast in deep sand is also a mental thing. You have to overcome the fear and go fast enough to alllow the DR to "Plane up" as Eggroll suggests. Knobbies also really help here. But on a fullly loaded bike all this "theory" only can go so far. Heavy is Heavy and you can't get around it ... but the lower gearing idea is still a good one. Lower gearing also helps on very steep downhills where you can use engine braking to help slow the bike and avoid "locking up" using brakes, like in mud and such.

Over all it seems Jay has done a fantastic job in tough conditions. Kudos to Jammin' Jay ... but lower gearing can make dirt riding a bit easier.
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Old 02-04-2011, 05:24 PM   #792
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Brilliant riding my friend. I am filled with jealously! Keep Jammin'
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Old 02-04-2011, 10:32 PM   #793
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Hi Jay

so, it`s Grimaldi to Hamburg.

OK, just a few things about going south ....

In early March it can be cold, wet and evtl. snowing in some areas ... so the alternative is to take the car train from Hamburg to Lörrach (border to Switzerland, near Basel)

https://buchung.dbautozug.de

AZ1379 : HamburgAltona- Lörrach



Abfahrt (depature) 13.03. 22:01
Ankunft (arrival) 14.03. 08:00



Fahrzeugverladung :

20:40 - 21:10 (boarding)






Zugart :Autozug (nachts)


Inklusivleistung :Schlafwagen: Frühstück / Liegewagen: Frühstückssnack inklusive


Gastronomie :Snacks und Getränke beim Serviceteam erhältlich


Klimatisierung: : Liegewagen (Temperaturregulierung), Schlafwagen (Klimaanlage)







Reisekategorie : Einzelplatz im Liegewagen, 5er Belegung - (bed)


Motorrad : 1 motorcycle
Erwachsene : 1 adult
Gesamtpreis: 146,50 €

This is quite cheap for covering almost 1000km overnight.

There is another train going overnight to Narbonne in France, very close to the border to Spain ...


AZ1391 : Hamburg-Altona Narbonne,


Fahrzeiten erhalten Sie 10 Tage vor Abfahrt.


Abfahrt 13.03. mittags Ankunft 14.03. morgens






Zugart :Autozug (nachts)


Inklusivleistung :Schlafwagen: Frühstück / Liegewagen: Frühstückssnack inklusive


Gastronomie :Bordrestaurant


Klimatisierung: : Liegewagen (Temperaturregulierung), Schlafwagen (Klimaanlage)







Reisekategorie : Einzelplatz im Liegewagen, 5er Belegung - Nichtraucher
Motorrad niedriger als 1,56m Höhe 156
Erwachsene : 1
Gesamtpreis: 326,50 €


Lörrach is about 50km (1h drive) from our home and of course you are invited to stay. There is a Suzuki/KTM dealer very close in case of parts, etc.

If you are in a hurry, take the train from Hamburg to Narbonne .... it safes you time and nerves riding the highways with lots of traffic

If you want to ride ....

the autobahn in Germany is free, all other highways (autobahn) in Europe are toll roads and have a speed limit (120-130)
After beeing in Patagonia, you will find Europe quite crowded and riding on the autobahn is no fun with your thumper, maybe if you have a Hayabusa

and going 200 (plus) km/h.

Once you are through custom and immigration in Hamburg, you can ride to Spain/Marocco without border control (except Switzerland)

Of course, it would be nice to ride the small roads north to south (Harz mountains, BlackForest, Alpes, Pyrenees, etc.) but if the weather is bad .... no fun and the high passes are still closed anyway.

Campgrounds (in Germany, Switzerland, northen France) are more or less closed, bushcamping is not allowed or quite difficult to find a quiet spot and motels/hotels cost you 50 - 100 Euro per night easyly

the waether should at least improve in South France and Spain, but who knows these days ....


Hope, this helps a bit planing your trip south .... of course, there is much more , if you have any further questions don`t hesitate.

OK, have fun in BA and happy trails
Thomas & Andrea

www.miles-to-ride.com
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How about the starter brushes and O-rings?
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Old 02-05-2011, 12:55 PM   #795
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Even with 14/43 it is too tall gearing for deep sand, especially in sandy hill climb with heavy bike.
When long sandy section and deep hill climb coming up
change your front sprocket to 13 and it will help you
crawl out and up sandy situation without relying on
only using your clutch.
Speed is what you need for riding in deep sand but with
tall gearing it is very hard to plane up initially.
a lower gearing help you ride in sand with slower speed and
surely help when you need power to crawl up a steep sandy hill. It will save your clutch.
Good Luck!

Eggroll
Hey Eggroll, great advice. Thanks. The stock gearing on the DR is 15/42 and I've been running a 14 on the front since the beginning. I dont' think a 13 is available, but would like one if it is Yeah, wish I could change the gearing to be even better for sandy uphill climbs, but looks like this is the best compromise I can do.
Someone let me know if a 13 tooth counter sprocket is available for the DR.

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That's good advice! Riding fast in deep sand is also a mental thing. You have to overcome the fear and go fast enough to alllow the DR to "Plane up" as Eggroll suggests. Knobbies also really help here. But on a fullly loaded bike all this "theory" only can go so far. Heavy is Heavy and you can't get around it ... but the lower gearing idea is still a good one. Lower gearing also helps on very steep downhills where you can use engine braking to help slow the bike and avoid "locking up" using brakes, like in mud and such.

Over all it seems Jay has done a fantastic job in tough conditions. Kudos to Jammin' Jay ... but lower gearing can make dirt riding a bit easier.
Yup, I know that speed is your friend in the sand, but as you say, getting over that fear of crashing is so strong on a heavy bike, especially when you're by yourself at 15,000 ft and the winds are blowing crazy strong I can say my off-road riding skills have definitely improved a lot this past year or even just from Bolivia till now. After the lagunas route and the confidence that came from not crashing even once, I'm bahnning down Ruta 40 and flying over the washboard now. I knew this year in LatAm would be a good training ground for Africa

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Did you clean your spark arrestor?
How about the starter brushes and O-rings?
I swapped my exhaust for the GSX-R mod, so no spark arrestor there. I did clean the starter motor in Sao Paulo and all looked good. I'm slowly replacing o-rings all around the engine. Have ordered a few and will get them in Morocco. Good questions. Please think of a few more things that I should think about.
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