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Old 10-27-2013, 09:03 PM   #1846
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You seem to having the best of times on and off the bike, really experiencing the places you go and connecting with people so well. I guess you must've always been a gregarious person and its a great asset for a traveler.
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Old 10-28-2013, 02:12 AM   #1847
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Hi Guys
Might seem you are talking to no one at times, but be assured there are plenty of us lurkers enjoying your trip with you - thanks!
Would be kinda handy though if you were to finish your trip before 1st August next year, as I retire then, which will means I'll have to catch up in my own time
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Old 10-28-2013, 03:59 PM   #1848
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You seem to having the best of times on and off the bike, really experiencing the places you go and connecting with people so well. I guess you must've always been a gregarious person and its a great asset for a traveler.
Thanks Balanda, very easy to make the most of it particularly when the people are so good, that is what really makes it great and Colombians in particular

This place is WAY more dangerous than Mexico for not wanting to leave
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Old 10-28-2013, 04:43 PM   #1849
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Might seem you are talking to no one at times, but be assured there are plenty of us lurkers enjoying your trip with you - thanks!
Would be kinda handy though if you were to finish your trip before 1st August next year, as I retire then, which will means I'll have to catch up in my own time
Max headroom ... talk-talk-talking to myself

Yeah I did wonder so I bought some new antiperspirant and here you guys are so it musta worked
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Old 10-28-2013, 07:14 PM   #1850
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Medellin To Mariquita

Time to take Maya in for a manicure moto style.

While in Medellin we had the rear shock re-checked, although they did their best we still have a knock between the compression and rebound strokes so now it can stay like that until it packs a sad or does what it does, they can’t find anything that is causing the noise within the shock.

The radiator was being rubbed by the safari tank because the safari tank is expanding with the heat here and rubbing hard against the radiator side tanks causing wear.

Calling on the Orange Crush lads of ADV rider I was given good advice that yes it WILL wear through if not attended to.

Confirming what I had thought we then put some ideas together, I told Andres from R2R what I wanted to achieve and he came up with a great plan of using double sided sticky tape to hold on the sacrificial angles we had formed to fit to the radiator.

This worked out really well as we didn’t really want to solder anything to the side tanks of the radiator.

Using the double sided sticky we utilized three strips per side and three strips on the back so cross fingers it will stay there.

The LHS



The RHS



Maya also received new 15 - 50 fully synthetic Motorex blood which we overshot the change by mileage by 59 km .... don’t tell anyone.

Unfortunately our fuel pump died, the Dr Bean circuit board seems ok but our pump failed, we left R2R and only got a few km down the road before it completely died and Maya had to be taken back on a truck for diagnostics.

We discovered our pump was still pumping but soon as any load was applied it just died, R2R very kindly lent us a fuel pump to get us on our way.

That afternoon, although we were now 4 hours behind and still in Medellin another silver lining appeared with meeting Daniel and Lina, Daniel is famous for riding the indian made Bajaj branded bike from South America, up through South Africa, up and across to India to the factory where it was made.

This is on a 180 cc bike with two metal side cases and a top box, his ride was based on taking the bike from Colombia and riding it back to where it was born ... pretty bloody cool.

Daniel has made it to print in magazines and articles so a primo effort from a Colombian man following his passion, he also has an old skool BMWR80GS which I like too.

This on Daniel .....

"AROUND THE WORLD on a PULSAR “ Journey of a lifetime"
Daniel Velandia, a Colombian biker and a proud owner of the Bajaj Pulsar, has traveled around the world to 23 countries on his Pulsar180, and finally reached Pune in India, the hometown of the Pulsar.

Pune, June 2, 2009: Daniel Velandia, a biker from Colombia has just concluded a mammoth journey around the world on his Pulsar 180, traveling across 23 countries and covering about 30,000 miles from Columbia to Pune, India. This was a journey of a lifetime and of self-discovery for Daniel, experiencing the freedom and magic that can only be sensed onboard a motorcycle, to the commands of a Pulsar 180, which Daniel calls Elvira.

He was struck with the idea of combining his passion for Motorcycling and Traveling across the globe in the year 2007, giving birth to this adventure. His journey started from South America, through the African continent and concluded in Asia. Along the way he passed countries such as Columbia, Argentina, South Africa, riding country by country towards northern Africa, passing by the Suez Canal to the Middle East, and finally arriving in India. Daniel's motorcycle was equipped with some trimming protections to save him from any fall and was loaded with two cases for his limited luggage.

He rode on his Pulsar 180 showcasing to the world that his motorcycle can handle the 30000 miles, climbing snow clad mountains, crossing deserts and the African Steppe and finally arriving in India to reach Pune, where his very own Pulsar was born in Bajaj Auto's Chakan plant. He is overwhelmed by the performance of his Pulsar during this journey with special mention for its great autonomy, handling and amazing fuel economy.

Daniel says, "I am delighted on completing this journey on my Pulsar 180. My dream of traveling and riding across the World has become a reality. This has been an unforgettable adventure, filled with unparalleled experiences, surviving difficult times in which both human and machine strength were tested, but from which both came out proud.

He further added, "I really wanted to visit the place where this wonderful machine is being made and I thank Bajaj Auto India and Auteco Bajaj in Colombia and its people for fulfilling my wishes."

According to Mr. Ashok Saxena, General Manager-Marketing, International Business, Bajaj Auto Ltd " This is the kind of journey, which is a dream for every biker. We would like to congratulate Mr. Velandia on successfully completing this enormous adventure and wish him all the best for his future endeavors."

He further added," Bajaj has been in the forefront of developing products like Pulsar, which instills this passion in its rider and drives such levels of performance. This journey has once again shown that Pulsar is numero uno when it comes to performance biking. We will continue to make such dreams a reality for professional bikers, with our commitment to provide distinctly ahead products."

Profile of Mr. Daniel Velandia :-
Daniel Velandia is 34 years old and he has been riding motorcylces for the last 9 years. His first possession was a Plus (Chetak 150) model, year 93 and over the last 5 years,he has dedicated his life to motorcycles.He was a test rider at a local factory in colombia and then a test rider for the colombian magazine La Revista DEMOTOS where he had the opportunity to test some amazing motorcycles. During the course of this trip, he got the opportunity to pursue some riding courses, both off road and race road riding, in South Africa. He hopes in future to get some kind of a PhD for riding.

For more information,please visit his blog :-
http://www.elcolombiano.com/infograf...lish/home.html

About Bajaj- Pulsar
In 2001 when motorcycles were just an efficient mode of transport, Bajaj Auto Ltd. launched a performance motorcycle with distinct styling and muscular features. Eight successful years later, the Pulsar is today one of the icons of youthful, progressive and confident India.

The Bajaj Pulsar continues to set new benchmarks in technology, performance, and styling.The Pulsar's durability and its sustainability in the toughest condition has been worthwhile to address the needs of a growing segment of pro-bikers. Today, the Pulsar is not only India's best performance motorcycle it also is the category leader with nearly 50% market share in the 150cc plus segment. Pulsar has presence in global markets as well including Columbia and it has been well received the world over.

http://bikeadvice.in/daniel-velandia...ia-pulsar-180/


KTM, if you need someone to do that pick me, I have not been Austria yet (we almost did but ran out of time) I will happily ride a bike back to Austria .... and 1190R will do!!

So, back to reality, Daniel and Lina seeing our plight and learning we are RTW travellers kindly invited us back to their place up in the hills above Medellin, we accepted their offer and once Maya was going we followed them home.

A quick stop to buy some tea on the way and we arrived at their .... and what a cool home they have, close enough to Medellin but so tranquil in bush, perfecto!!!

Daniel And Lina ... not sure what his grin had in mind



Groovy fire place



The stair case



Someone who looked like Daniel liked Maya too, he has good taste



Chats over some wine and food, about travels, motos and experiences a great night unfolded, we saw some of Linas works as well, she has an arty touch I can only dream of and a singing voice that makes you sit up and listen.

The moon over Colombia from their home through the trees



Onya guys, a real pleasure to meet you and Lina ... see you in New Zealand?

The four of us



The following day was back to reality heading toward Bogota to get some shite sorted out, the not so good part or travelling, more or this under our Bogota report to come.

The road was meant to be blocked by protesters so we already had a Plan B put in place just in case, as usual when your are organised for it you don’t need it and we had an easy run through, we decided to stay in Mariquita that night so the next day would be shorter in Bogota and we could reach the US Embassy in time.

Getting into Manizales the clouds opened and we got a good wash, heading in to get petrol we geared up for what looked to be a very wet and cold 3800 pass but after fueling up, gearing up it had almost past us, we left the gear on anyway knowing it will be cold at the top which turned out to be a good move.

Up and over the pass was quite pleasant apart from one woman driver trying to overtake us into a blind corner locking it up and almost losing it ... dunno what the hell she was thinking and at that point she may have felt the same but she cut us off to save her arse nearly kicking us off the road only to sit in front of us in traffic ... total winner.

Next day Bogota.
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Old 10-28-2013, 08:22 PM   #1851
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Hello Kiwi's, long time since I checked in, looks like you're still having fun.

Was looking at Craigslist and saw Maya's sister for sale here locally.

2007 and just over 600KM

http://vancouver.en.craigslist.ca/rd...157155199.html

A bit rich, but very clean.

BTW I have been busy rebuilding a Suzuki GS1000S's (Wes Cooley Replica) and another one just joined the party.

Remember these bikes, I used to race one in NZ in 1979.

You can check it out my report over at GS Resources, if you've got a bit of time to read it.

http://www.thegsresources.com/_forum...d.php?t=209217



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Old 10-29-2013, 11:59 AM   #1852
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wow those gs 1000s are mint! i assembled the first one of those in wellington years ago for valley suzuki great to see
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Old 10-29-2013, 04:12 PM   #1853
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Hello Kiwi's, long time since I checked in, looks like you're still having fun.

Was looking at Craigslist and saw Maya's sister for sale here locally.

2007 and just over 600KM

http://vancouver.en.craigslist.ca/rd...157155199.html

A bit rich, but very clean.

BTW I have been busy rebuilding Suzuki a GS1000S's (Wes Cooley Replica) and another one just joined the party.

Remember these bikes, I used to race one in NZ in 1979.

You can check it out my report over at GS Resources, if you've got a bit of time to read it.

Cheers,

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Heya David, will definitely read it, I had one of these old honeys back in New Zealand about 300 years ago, my father nearly left me when I bought it

You know ... big bike, lotsa money dangerous bla bla bla

Very cool machine of its days and certainly a classic.

Thanks for posting mate, a blast from the past!!
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Old 10-29-2013, 04:17 PM   #1854
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wow those gs 1000s are mint! i assembled the first one of those in wellington years ago for valley suzuki great to see
....and you have been wrecking them ever since

They are a sweet bike eh Dickie, the old dolls are starting to command big money back in NZ now.
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Ripped Off

Taking a taxi from Salvis place to the US embassy was an adventure in itself, the taxi should cost $6mil and the wonderful taxi driver who assumed we didn’t know where we were going took us around in circles and despite us telling him where to go in and he ignored us taking us around the block.

When he said 12 mil we said no and that is when the fight started, he called the police which was perfect.

The police were good, the taxi driver tried to charge us double so I told him to get fucked (politely), he called the cops (good move) and the cops sided with us when they heard where we had come from and how much he was trying to charge, the taxi driver wouldn't accept my offer of what we SHOULD pay so we just walked off ... he followed us for 300 metres yelling and carrying on to the embassy with the police in tow who were getting less and less happy with the taxi driver by the second.

Even the US embassy lady at the gate was getting pissy with the taxi driver so I said very firmly 6 mil or nada to the taxi driver as we were about to go through the gates into the embassy, he snatched it and swore at us in Spanish (well done) and the police nearly thumped him.

No receipt tho from the taxi driver (surprise)*

The fun side of travelling

The Reason We Are At The US Embassy

So yes some wanker in Antigua, Guatemala cloned or copied my debt card, they spent $930 US on my card in Antigua when we were in El Salvador up in Parque Imposible.

We have shown all the evidence to the bank including our passports stamped out of Guatemala but they have a forged sig which is really bad and they are sticking with it so we had to travel 500 km back to Bogota, get an affidavit notarized at the US embassy then get our passports notarized as to being authentic and now we have to go through the small claim court to recover our money that we didn't spend.

The bank Wells Fugwits better known as Wells Fargo has been the biggest pack of wankers to deal with ever.

They have stuck their head in the sand in the face of verified information and said no so their bill is going to go up ten fold now with legal counsel.

Epic!!!

So not everything works the way you want it to, now no slant on the US but the three things we have been ripped off on our trip are US based and we are travelling in dangerland down here hmmmmm
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Old 11-01-2013, 11:02 AM   #1856
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Bogota To El Espinal To Neiva

So with the completion of our shitty legal side of the trip done we hit resume, destination El Espinal mainly because we were running later out of Bogota by the time we Fed Exed everything off to the USA.

As we were heading to Neiva we headed west out of Bogota which was an easier option than south.

The traffic thickened with people sitting in red lights and pushing in and general mayhem, we had a very narrow escape when a dickhead in a blue dodge truck couldn’t keep his bumper to himself and lightly T bones us in the right pannier scorching our case and world sticker and leaving blue paint from front to back ...n o i c e.



Then we got stuck in a truck and bus traffic jam, we had miles to go and we were sitting surrounded by trucks, the little motos were able to squeeze through but it was difficult for us with our panniers, I managed to sneak a break through to the right hand side and we managed for quite some time to actually make ground.

Then the traffic just locked and was not moving (except little motos) so .... 250 mm wheel travel, big wheels, dirt bike style we break out and onto the “footpath” area which was dirt, dumped fridges and various rubbish with a semi walking path through it all, some little motos followed on like the pied piper.

We did ok but the 300 mm steps on industrial driveways etc stopped the the little motos and we continued lights to lights pretty much offroad, in and out, up and over kerbs and off drop-offs 300 - 400mm high in places which made it interesting but we managed to bust out and get going....kind fun too.

Once out of Bogota the pace relaxed and we a very nice road to ride mostly down hill from Bogota which sits at 2500 meters down to nearly sea level so yes it got hotter and hotter really quickly.

Stopping in El Espinal for the night we set up for our desert road assault, the turnoff which is about 20 km south of Natagaima.

In El Espinal we found our mate from New Zealand



The road starts like any other but has some cool surprises, several km in there are two tunnels with a bridge running between them then it opens out into the Tatacoa Desert with terrain varying from sandpits to cool clay formations, for those who have been to Bryce Canyon this is a smaller version of that with Cactuses and stunning colours.







We took the main road down through the desert and decided to come back sans cases and have a better look around ....and it was 43 degs C





Getting into Neiva it was confirmed we are Kool ...or at least our twins are



Also we were meeting up with Diego in Neiva with the plan of heading out, this worked out perfectly.

To back track slightly, we met Diego at Villavencia when we stopped at the same place for roast beef lunch, Diego was interested in us and our trip and we were interested talking with a local biker so when we said we were heading south to San Augustin he invited us to join him in Neiva, the world is a great place.

Neiva

We left from Neiva later afternoon (at 40 degs C) and got to the observatory with perfect timing 1/2 hour before sunset with the oranges and red coming out quicker that rats leaving a sinking ship so camera time was little.





Wow, this place can turn it on, the colour changes were incredible so we were mindful of trying to catch it to share but also to just be there and enjoy it with Diego and his friend.



Diego liked Maya too



The colours changing with low sun and shadows



Maya ready and waiting



Diegos bike with the clay colours



Sunset



After feeling very appreciative of the location and setting we headed back with a bottle of Rum calling our names, one must rehydrate after being in the desert ya know.

Diego with his mum and sis, very nice family indeed (dad was at study)



Vid of the desert

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Old 11-01-2013, 02:37 PM   #1857
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I just started to read. Really nice RR!!!
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Old 11-01-2013, 06:57 PM   #1858
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Been a while since I checked in. Glad to see you Kiwi's still motoring south.
Glad my Adventure's sexy sister is still holding up. Gotta love those K60's. They should come standard on all 990's
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Old 11-02-2013, 02:35 AM   #1859
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Hi Kiwis. How you fixed that seal problem on the beggining? I missed that part.
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Old 11-02-2013, 06:55 AM   #1860
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I just started to read. Really nice RR!!!
Gracias amigo, will try to keep it interesting
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