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Old 08-23-2012, 09:21 AM   #301
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Question Need some Advice who has used Safari 32 liter tank on 08+ Klr 650's?

Has anyone used the Safari 32 liter tank on a 08 klr or newer? If not has anyone removed the air injection system? how did it go, how did you do it, and was their any cons to taking it off? I am hopefully adding the Safari tank to my bike in Argentina if all works out.
Thanks for your time and help... Fletch
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Old 08-23-2012, 11:06 AM   #302
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Has anyone used the Safari 32 liter tank on a 08 klr or newer? If not has anyone removed the air injection system? how did it go, how did you do it, and was their any cons to taking it off? I am hopefully adding the Safari tank to my bike in Argentina if all works out.
Thanks for your time and help... Fletch
I did a quick google search and came up with this:
http://klr6500.tripod.com/decalif.htm (I realize its not for an 08)

There is probably a ton of info in the klr 650 thread. On a related note: I did this to my KTM 690 and it improved performance. most of the time when you remove the emissions crap, it makes the bike run better. Just make sure every hole is plugged that needs to be.
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Old 08-23-2012, 11:26 AM   #303
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I did a quick google search and came up with this:
http://klr6500.tripod.com/decalif.htm (I realize its not for an 08)

There is probably a ton of info in the klr 650 thread. On a related note: I did this to my KTM 690 and it improved performance. most of the time when you remove the emissions crap, it makes the bike run better. Just make sure every hole is plugged that needs to be.
Thank you!!! I did a bunch of research last night and everything I read says the same as you. I was just throwing it up on the RR to see if anyone has had any personal experiences with the newer KLR. Thank you for your quick response and helpful tips.
Thanks for following along.. will be back on the road and headed for Argentina on Saturday or Sunday.. Havign hard time leaving hahaha
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Old 08-23-2012, 11:40 AM   #304
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Cry My stay in sucre coming to an end

DAY- 284-287
8/13-16/2012
I ran around and printed out my favorite MX shot of Rorro and gave it to him as a thank you for everything he had done for me; He drove me many times all over the city figuring out my immigration and my moto permit and would never take gas money or anything. He was going to La Paz and I wouldn’t see him before I left. We went to lunch to his favorite sandwich place, had Sucre Chorizo and ham sandwiches. He owed me a meal because we had made a better and I had said the USA would win the gold In Men’s basketball he disagreed. Nicky had told him not to get the chorizo because I would be able to handle it and I would get sick, but when I asked what he had told him he said I just wouldn’t like it..haha.. When we got back Nicky asked me what I had, told him what I had eaten. He was oh no people that are not from Sucre cannot handle it and they got server Food Poisoning, he kept warning me I would get extremely sick in two days.. Haha nobody else agreed saying I had been in Bolivia eating the food long enough to handle it. Had a pretty easy rest of the day, until I went to tighten my U-Bolt that holds my skid plate in place. I being an idiot sat there wrenching it tight, until I snapped it in half and sliced my knuckle up from the bolt exploding off.. hahaha Rorro and I ran around Sucre looking for another U-bolt with no luck, but were told where to find it but it was too late so we would look tomorrow.
Tuesday nothing to crazy helped out at the shop and hung out with everyone, said goodbye to Rorro and he headed off for the Bus station. We were at the shop late hanging out with Ramiro and his son Esteban (which I have been spelling his name Stephen.. haha) whoops sorry buddy. Nicky asked if anyone wanted to have a BBQ at his house, so we all headed out of the shop ran some errands and met up at Nicky’s. It was great and Rorro showed up because of a road block he couldn’t leave to La Paz. We hung out until 12am and then headed home.
Wednesday I was not feeling so great, haven’t felt great since Friday or Saturday. Just feeling super tired, my stomach was fine haha I say this because when I missed lunch with Nicky and told him I was not feeling good and going to bed. He told me he told me so that I would not be able to handle the Chorizo, no no my stomach feels fine I am just exhausted so I headed home and slept for a few hours. Headed back to the shop and just took it easy all day.
Went out to dinner with Robert and Henrry for some Lasagnas, with some nice wine and then I headed home.
Nothing to crazy today, helped out Nicky at the shop in the morning, went to Nicky’s for lunch and just relaxed at his house. Then Recca and I ran some errands for his bike getting it ready. The first test ride of my bike had a little ticking but went away, but then it came back again and was getting worse so Nicky wanted to take a look tomorrow morning. Nicky stayed late at the shop for me letting him interview him on a possible Bolivian Motocross article I am attempting to write if I cannot find a small magazine back home to publish at least it will be a nice trial run and learning experience for me.
I met up with Henrry and Robert at Florin for a beer and met Bruce who is riding a ’68 Guzzi down from Canada the guy was awesome very funny and had some intense stories. We just hung out sharing stories and talking about places to ride all over the world, he has ridden quite a bit in Asia. I called it a night and headed home.

DAY--288
8/17/2012
I have been hearing a ticking sound coming from my engine and it was getting worse so last night we decided we would open it up and figure it out in the morning. I got to the shop and hung out for a little while, Nicky said we would open it up after lunch. We ran around picking up a ton of parts for an Aussie who just bought a KLR in La Paz, Bolivia and is planning to ride to Mexico and then back. We dropped off two bolts to the welder so he could remake my U-bolt I had broke being an idiot. I left my bike in Nicky’s shop checked the key and headed for lunch with Nicky and his family. When I got bike I have no idea how it happened but my key was on and my battery was dead. So we laid the bike down and opened up the bike and checked my Balancer Chain and it was loose so it was tightened up. We did a slow charge on my battery hoping it was fine. While we had the bike on its side I notice on of my welds on my muffler was cracks so I pulled it off and Nicky took it to into his shop and welded it for me. We put it back together using another battery just to make sure it sounded good and it was just my dead battery causing the problems. It started right up and sounded good, Nicky was very happy.
Recca and I grabbed Nicky’s car and headed to his Mom’s house where we had been staying, I loaded up all my stuff into his car and grabbed a mattress. We drove over to his new apartment which his buddy owns and is letting him stay for a few months while he finishes up his new garage and apartment. Where his new mechanic garage will be, where he will be working on automatic cars since nobody does in Sucre.
We got back to the shop and I grabbed my battery and stuck it in the bike and tested it out, perfect!!! Awesome!!! Sergio, his son Sergio, and his other brother Matti were at the shop working on Sergio jr. new bike which is a 2011 modded out CRF250. Nicky had invited me over to his mother’s house for coffee and Sonas.
We locked up the shop and headed to his house to pick up his kids and then go to his mom’s house. We arrive and the house was packed, his parents and six out of the seven kids were there with partners and kids. We sat around talking and drinking coffee for a few hours. Nicky busted out his laptop and a few of us watched the new AMA MX 250 class race. I caught a ride with Nicky back to his shop so I could walk home. He wanted to give me a ride back to the city center, I declined due to the fact I wanted to stretch the legs and walk. Nicky then told me not to go my usual way not safe on Friday night; a couple a weeks ago there was an incident with a neighborhood local kid walking home. He told me to go another way, but then insisted for me to catch a ride. I accepted and he drove me toward the center a few blocks away I jumped off of his bike and made my way. There was a concert going on and I ran into Gus, we headed for a few beers. I walked back to our new apartment and slept on the floor.

BBQING AT NICKYS



WORKING HARD

BEFORE

AFTER

HAHAHA I HAVE NO IDEA WHAT HE IS DOING HAHA

LAST FINAL TOUCHES

NICKY PUTTING TOGETHER AS RECCA FINISHES UP HIS BIKE READY TO JOIN ME TO ARGENTINA

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Old 08-23-2012, 01:43 PM   #305
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Thanks for the update!


Are your legs still bothering you and what was the conclusion to that?

Still thinking I should sell my house and buy a bike down in S.A and continue on. =) Problem is my dog. I love that dog...
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Old 08-27-2012, 03:00 PM   #306
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Wicked Quick update

Bike is running great, rode a quick 300 miles and will be crossing into argentina (my 12th country) tomorrow morning!!! Tons of pics and updates to come when i find some solid internet..
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Old 08-27-2012, 03:10 PM   #307
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Bike is running great, rode a quick 300 miles and will be crossing into argentina (my 12th country) tomorrow morning!!! Tons of pics and updates to come when i find some solid internet..
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Glad you are back on 2 wheels. I'll be back on the road in a couple days also. Cheers!
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Old 08-27-2012, 04:23 PM   #308
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Yo Fletch-
Hey man just wanted say that it's been really cool reading all that you have experienced over the last several months of riding and travel. There is ABSOLUTELY nothing more incredible than making the life long friends while on the road and traveling. I took off for Chile after I graduated college in '03 to continue my ski season at El Colorado, La Parva, Valle Nevado and Portillo and ended up making some of the best friends I am honored to say I have. The connections are strong or stronger than many of the friends I have at home. So it was awesome to see that you were 'adopted' too.
I absolutely destroyed myself at the beginning of January in a skiing accident (ripped my left leg off after hitting a tree at 50, they saved it, I'm messed up bad) so it's been really cool following along. I just got back on my KLR a week ago after fabbing up a heel shifter so I can up shift (destroyed all the nerves that control the foot). So it has been so wicked to ride again.

Anyway brother, you're the man and have the right attitude. Many others would have thrown in the towel many times by now. Super cool that you are communicating with RoninMoto too...he's the other one out there doing it the right way.

Ride safe and happy shredding!
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Old 08-30-2012, 10:56 AM   #309
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DAY-289
8/18/2012
I know my past month and a half updates might have been a little boring for everyone. But for me this past month has been a highlight, so incredible how a group of people who do not know you at first will take a chance and take you in as a long lost family member.
I took an easy morning just writing a lot and then headed to the shop at 12:30 to meet up with Nicky. Finished off the last part of my bike (the broken U-bolt) and headed for Nicky’s for lunch then to grab my riding gear and meet back at the shop at 2:30pm to head for the track.
The bike ran nice all the way to the track, felt very strong and solid, although need to go back through and re tighten everything one last time with lock tight. We got to the track and almost everyone was there, Sergio Sr., Sergio Jr., Mati, Bryan and his Dad Walter, Jean Paul, Susan, Tonka, Peter, Nicky, and a bunch other riders from Nicky’s Shop. It was great lighting not a cloud in the sky just and amazing Blue Bird day. We had a great day just hanging out in the sunshine; I took over 120 pictures some really good ones. I had a nice talk with Sergio Sr. Sergio Jr. was testing out his New bike which is a 2011 Crf 250 modded out so awesome, from the way he was riding and fighting off his uncle as they raced I think it is safe to say he loved his new bike. Bryan was riding fast as well, I have only seen him ride three times but every time that kid just keeps getting faster. Nobody wanted to stop riding they all rode until the sun went down and started to get cold. Nicky and Sergio was battling hard against each other but Sergio was holding him off, they came into the last big berm and Nicky’s front tire caught and he went up and over the bars hard. He smacked his head pretty good but was okay and we loaded up the bikes and headed back to Sucre. The ride home was nice and fast, I tried out a new set of Smith V-2 and they were fucking awesome!! I need a pair they fit my helmet and face so much nicer than my Oakley Crowbars. We made it back to the shop and I dropped off my bike after helping to unload the MX bikes into the garage, my new place doesn’t have any parking. They told me they were throwing me a going away party tomorrow at Nicky’s.
I headed home changed took a cold ass shower and then headed out for a walk, food, and beer. I grabbed some Pizza and some hippy selling some handmade crap yelled at me telling me to share my pizza.. Haha sorry dude I am a broke traveler too, later.. Haha I was walking toward Florin to meet up with a friend for a beer when I thought I heard my name I turned around and it was Nicky’s youngest daughter saying my name and waving. I walked back and met up with her and then we walked to her dads car, talked with Nicky for a while and he said my BBQ was set for tomorrow. I was stoked and went had a few quick beers and was home before 12am.

DAY-290
8/19/2012
I got up and headed for coffee and to do some writing. I talked with Nicky and he told me BBQ starts at 1pm I talked with Gus and he told me he would pick me up at 1:30pm. I am in Bolivia and here you are on Bolivian time, so everybody shows up late. We showed up at 1:40pm as we were getting there got a call asking where the hell I was since I was late and they were ready to eat. haha The one time I show up late, everyone else shows up on time hahaha.. It was an awesome day of BBQ pork ribs, steak, wine, and great company. It was a lot of fun, but at the same time kind of sad, because it made me realize I was going to have to say goodbye to such good friends and new family. I got invited to my good friend’s houses for lunch over the next few days, going to Jean Paul’s house on Monday and to Ramiro’s house on Tuesday.
We headed home and I grabbed my computer and headed for internet and coffee. I worked on my photo’s and for a quick second got the chance to talk to a very good friend from home but only for a few minutes but it was nice had not talked with her over a chat since Colombia.

DAY-291
8/20-24/2012
Monday I ran around in the morning doing a few things and then I headed for Nicky’s to meet up with Jean Paul to go to his house for lunch. I had lunch with him, Suzan, and Suzan’s brother who just got back from Competing in the Olympics. We had a nice local dish and hung out for a few hours.
Tuesday I had lunch at Ramiro house and got to take a tour of his bakery. We had a huge lunch and then they showed me a ton of pictures and let me take some pictures of Ramiro racing in the 80’s.
All week I ran around getting ready, patching up some of my luggage, working on the bike, Oil changes, and cleaning it up. I have been working on my favorite photos of everyone so I can print out some large photos for Jean Paul, Nicky, and a bunch of small pictures for a collage for Nicky’s office. Weds night went out with Robert and Henry for three too many drinks.
Thursday night we all went out to dinner for a goodbye at one of my favorite restaurants for some grilled chicken. Then we went out for a few drinks and headed home.
Friday came and it was go time, I ran around getting the bike ready to shred. Hung out with Nicky a lot. We went to lunch one last time with his family, was sad to say goodbye, I will miss my Lunch times with them.
I headed into town to grab my presents from the Printer. We hung out for a little longer then around 6pm I saw Jean Paul and gave him his photo. I sat down with Nicky and gave him thirty photos for his wall and one large photo for his house of him spraying dirt everywhere on a berm shot.
Rorro, Nicky, Ramiro, Esteban, Edu, Edu’s girlfriend, and I all went out to dinner for some chicken and some good conversations. I headed home to pack; I then got a call from Rorro asking me where I was and to come have a last beer with everyone. I went and hung out for two drinks and then said my goodbyes and headed for home. I packed a little more then went to sleep.
LAST SHOTS OF BOLIVIAN MOTOCROSS!!!






















NICKY SHREDDING TILL DARK








JEAN PAUL'S BABY GIRL, TONKA

JEAN PAUL'S FAMILY

SAYING GOOD BYE TO MY NEW GOOD FRIENDS, WITH RAMIRO AND SOME OF HIS FAMILY..

MY LAST LUNCH FOR NOW WITH NICKY AND HIS FAMILY!!!

CHICKEN!!!! WITH ESTEBAN

RORRO'S PISSED I AM LEAVING HAHA

GOODBYE GOOD FRIENDS!!!
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/BOW!!!! man, INSANE trip so far! Keep it coming!!!!


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Thanks man!!!!
Thanks for following along, I have alot of pictures and updates coming today and tomorrow..

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Glad you are back on 2 wheels. I'll be back on the road in a couple days also. Cheers!
Thanks man, me too!!! Nice to be back on the Road again!!!
Let me know if you are going to Belgium, if so got a rad guy you can meet up and ride with.
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Yo Fletch-
Hey man just wanted say that it's been really cool reading all that you have experienced over the last several months of riding and travel. There is ABSOLUTELY nothing more incredible than making the life long friends while on the road and traveling. I took off for Chile after I graduated college in '03 to continue my ski season at El Colorado, La Parva, Valle Nevado and Portillo and ended up making some of the best friends I am honored to say I have. The connections are strong or stronger than many of the friends I have at home. So it was awesome to see that you were 'adopted' too.
I absolutely destroyed myself at the beginning of January in a skiing accident (ripped my left leg off after hitting a tree at 50, they saved it, I'm messed up bad) so it's been really cool following along. I just got back on my KLR a week ago after fabbing up a heel shifter so I can up shift (destroyed all the nerves that control the foot). So it has been so wicked to ride again.

Anyway brother, you're the man and have the right attitude. Many others would have thrown in the towel many times by now. Super cool that you are communicating with RoninMoto too...he's the other one out there doing it the right way.

Ride safe and happy shredding!

THANK YOU SO MUCH FOR FOLLOWING ALONG!
Thanks alot for the kind words, means a lot brother!
CONGRATS ON GETTING BACK TO RIDING THAT KLR OF YOURS!!!
I hope your road to recovery is quick!!

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Laugh On the road again!!!! Finally!!!

DAY-296
8/25/2012
Woke up at 6am with only 3 or 4 hours of sleep and packed up. Headed for Gus’s house grabbed my bike and loaded it up. It was raining all morning but we were off. OF COURSE IT HASN’T RAINED THE WHOLE 3.5 MONTHS IN BOLIVIA AND THE DAY I LEAVE IT IS RAING.. HAHAHA
We went to Nicky’s shop one last time got gas and said our goodbyes with lots of pictures. I was very sad but held it together until I got my goggles on and then I cried a little as we left Sucre for good.. haha
I have noticed my riding style has changed since I left home, I have mellowed out a lot. Used to run hard all the time as fast as I could, but now I am more into slowing down and taking my time, just looking around and appreciating where I am. I also have to take it easy for about 1000km’s for the engine to break in. So I have been keeping it under 4k rpms for the first 250km now I am keeping it under 5k rpms. My bike is also geared lower for my dirt roads and tech riding then Gus’s. So he was flying and riding hard in front of me and I was taking my time, stopping for pictures. We then road to Camargo where we arrived at 4pm and we still had another 3-4 hours ride. Gus caught a flat maybe 100km into our trip.

We took a short cut Before Potosi which was nice and headed toward Tarija. The roads were very smooth and twisty asphalt in the beginning then was bumpy concrete to Dirt roads. We hit one part that was getting graded and the bikes were all over the place, at one point my back tire was in one rut and my front in another and I was riding sideways down the road haha. I saw a truck track and gut into it and was able to hold the throttle nicely and flew past ol’ Gus sliding all over, he saw my route and got into the track as well. We finally we rode dirt he rest of the way until we got to Beano, where we stopped for Banana’s and water. The rest of the way was freshly paved asphalt with no lines and we moved along pretty quickly. We came out of the shortcut to a small town and there was a local market so we grabbed a few bananas before heading toward Tarifa. Gus asked if we could pick up the pace, I told him to go for it and would meet him in the next town. I am still breaking in my engine and I am geared differently then you so I go slower. He laughed and said he forgot...
Gus was ready to keep going but I told him that I have a strict no riding at night rule unless I have to. So he said no worries and we found a place to call home. We went to get gas and they wouldn’t fill our bikes up with out of country tags. They were having a shortage so with my little 6 liter tank they would fill it up once for each of us, and using Gus’s ID we received local price. I had just enough to make it to Tarija, but Gus did not. We knew we could get another 5liters each in the morning. So I was not too worried, we looked for food but there was nothing open so we grabbed some Boulogne and Bread, we ate at the hotel and I took a nap. Gus was worried and pissed about the gas so he ran around trying to get some taxi drivers to fill up some gallons for him. Finally around 9pm he had a guy go and take a 20 liter tank and talk them into filling it up. Gus came back so happy and filled our bikes and my small 1.5 gallon reserve tank up.


ABOUT TO LEAVE SUCRE, BOLIVIA. AT NICKY'S SHOP ONE LAST TIME, FOR NOW AT LEAST

GOODBYE GOOD FRIENDS!!

GOOD BYE ARMIE, ONE MORE SPECIAL DRINKING HANDSHAKE

NICKY, ME, AND RAPHA SAYING OUR GOODBYES

MAKING OUR WAY

FLAT TIRE NUMBER ONE FOR RECCA

NICE LITTLE BRIDGE ON THE WAY

NICE LITTLE SHOT OF THE BIKES

SOME OF THE LANDSCAPE FROM SUCRE TOWARD POTOSI

FUNNY SHOT MESSING WITH THE EXPOSURE

DAY- 297
8/26/2012
Got up around 8am and loaded the bikes up and headed for the market. I had a red bull, three bananas, and an orange for breakfast haha. We were off and the whole ride I wished I was on my Old CBR, the road was incredibly smooth and fast with some of the best twistiest I have been on in a long time. Up and down we rode through the hills. Incredible views as we approached a large mountain it was blue skis and warm. We came to a tunnel and there was a cable up in front of it. The guy told me it was closed and that we needed to take a long detour around. After a quick talk with Gus, he told us he would let us through if we gave him some money for more Coca Leaves for him. So we gave him 4 Bolivians, basically 60 cents and entered into the long Tunnel. The tunnel was pitch black, cold and went for just under a mile. We popped out on the other side and we were both blown away by what we saw, we both immediately pulled over. For as far as we could see was a lake of clouds with a few mountain tops popping up at the far end of the cloud lake. It was incredible and cold, so crazy how on the other side of the mountain there were no clouds and it was very warm. We took loads of pics and then headed down. The fog rolled in and was very wet and cold. I took the lead and was used to this type of weather so ended up getting through it a little quicker then Gus, stopped and waited for him outside of the fog and wet. Got a few pics of him passing by and some good pics of the view. We made our cold way into Tarija and found our Swiss friend Hans from Sucre who is also riding a bike, a 2002 Africa Twin. I got a hotel with safe parking for 7 bucks a night and we all headed over to an all you can eat steak restaurant for a late lunch, dinner. 9 DOLLARS ALL YOU CAN EAT!!! They came around with steaming hot medium rare meat fresh off the grill and cut slices for us right onto our plate. It is more then I like to spend I food but well worth the treat.
I crashed out for a few hours, so cold here. Woke up around 8 and met up with Hans and Gus for a few beers and good conversations before passing out at 11pm.
There is an Arctic cold front coming from Argentina, looks like it will clear up by Wednesday so we are trying to figure out how long to stay here in Tarija. I think Gus wants to leave on Wednesday and I want to get on the road Tuesday. So we will see what we decide to do...

DAY-298
8/27/2012
Gus met me at a café and I worked on my computer and writings for awhile. We decided to meet up around noon to go out to a dam to check out the views and have lunch. We found beautiful views but no reliable food, so we headed back to town and grabbed some grub there. Gus needed to run around and work on his bike a little, so I went to another café wrote a lot more and worked on my pictures. We had a nice dinner and a beer and decided to call it an early night and we would meet in the morning to go to Argentina…..





RECCA

FOR AN ASPHALT ROAD, THIS ROAD WAS RAD

COOL ROAD AND LANDSCAPE

COOL CLOUDS

THIS IS THE VIEW COMING OUT OF THE TUNNEL





YEP MY LIFE SUCKS!!!!!

FUCK YEA!!!

SO AWESOME

THE TARIJA DAM

KLR PHOTO SHOOT.... HAHAHA

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Old 09-02-2012, 08:26 AM   #315
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Looks like cool riding and must be sweet to be on the move again. Have you figured out where you are spending the next few months?
I use Lightroom exclusively for my photo editing and it's a rowdy program. A lot of cool stuff you can do to your photos. Keep shooting in manual and figuring it all out, the photos will show it. You've gotten a lot better as the ride has progressed!

Keep it up and enjoy the dream-
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