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Old 11-27-2012, 06:25 PM   #511
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Ellen, I'm so sorry to hear about your accident I hope you heal up quickly. From the photos it looked rather nasty, I'm not surprised your confidence has taken a hit as a result.

Andi; give Ellen a big (but very very gentle) hug from me.

All the best with your ongoing (but somewhat modified) adventures.
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Old 11-27-2012, 08:04 PM   #512
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I already posted on the other site.

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Heya Garry, yeap saw that, was going to reply there but been flat knacker sorting stuff out.

I think we will head back to the US to get things sorted as it is easier.

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Good to hear that you will keep on going and even better to hear that Ellen is getting better

If you are considering any BMW , then you should look into buying it in Guatemala, not in Mexico .

Hope you get it all sorted out and we will be waiting for you guys down in Guatemala
Is there BMW dealer in Guatemala, pricing on an F800GS?, would be interested to know, maybe buy one in Colombia?, save shipping over the Darien?

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Heya David, great to hear from you mate, thought about V strom 650 but prefer 21 inch front and a little more ground clearance besides Suzuki have scoffed enough of our money and given us trouble so I am not ready to rush back in there.

I think we will settle on a 800XC or F800GS for where we still want to go .... and I can't believe you won't come down to Mexico to pick us up, I would buy lunch

Thanks for your words etc, all starting to bring it into perspective now
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Old 11-27-2012, 08:10 PM   #513
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Ellen, I'm so sorry to hear about your accident I hope you heal up quickly. From the photos it looked rather nasty, I'm not surprised your confidence has taken a hit as a result.

Andi; give Ellen a big (but very very gentle) hug from me.

All the best with your ongoing (but somewhat modified) adventures.
Heya Rosie

Thank you so much, she is healing, still using my walking sticks but quietly moving forward.

Just a bump but a pretty big one, we will get round it, in Mexico nothing happens fast and sometimes just nothing happens!
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Old 11-27-2012, 08:43 PM   #514
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Is there BMW dealer in Guatemala, pricing on an F800GS?, would be interested to know, maybe buy one in Colombia?, save shipping over the Darien?
There is a BMW dealer in every Latin American country

http://www.bmw-motorrad.com/com/index.html
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Old 11-27-2012, 11:01 PM   #515
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Holy Crap Guys,

Sorry to hear about Ellens accident, we hope she is OK and gets better soon, its tough call on what happens next mate and it sucks when the 'plan' goes down the shitter, but the main thing is that Ellen hasnt broken anything or much worse.....

If we can help with anything drop us a line mate

Big Hugs to you Both

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Old 11-28-2012, 05:11 AM   #516
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Is there BMW dealer in Guatemala, pricing on an F800GS?, would be interested to know, maybe buy one in Colombia?, save shipping over the Darien?
In a lot of countries in South America, they slap on some serious import taxes on vehicles. So you may want to price motorcycles in those countries before you proceed any further. It's probably cheapest to buy it in the US. For example in Brazil, an 800GS sells for $45,000

It's going to be tough fitting all your gear and duo riding. You might be onto something with a Ural side car idea. But you need to be a good mechanic to own one, however, any shade tree mechanic can work on it.

I had an 800GS and have done duo riding with it with a 120 lbs pillion. I didn't like it, the front end was very light and not as planted as when riding solo.

I'm sure you'll recover from this and carry on.. it's all part of the adventure.. good or bad. And now, Ellen is your dedicated navigator and photographer!! buena suerte!

p.s. at the end of your trip, what will you do with the motorcycle? something else to keep in mind, as it might be difficult to buy a bike in one country and sell it in another.
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Old 11-28-2012, 06:34 AM   #517
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I think we will head back to the US to get things sorted as it is easier.
Your room is empty and waiting if you need it.
Hope Ellen is feeling better.
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Old 11-28-2012, 07:01 AM   #518
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Get well soon Ellen!! Andi, the pictures of Ellen prove one thing for sure. Gear will save your hide! The best thing from those pictures is the lack of abrasions, scrapes, and blood. Having spent 6 weeks in a hospital myself (ICU included), the amazing part about it was I had no broken skin, no bleeding, thank God for protective clothing.
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Old 11-28-2012, 08:17 AM   #519
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I'd give serious consideration to a Ural. A "get off" two up on any bike would be tough and even more on a 1200 as they are a heavy pig (I have a GSA) and riding on un-improved roades two up on the 1200 would be tough. The three wheeled, two wheel drive Ural would give you time to relax without most of the worry of falling over. You can easily talk and there would be more rooom for gear.

A hack would also be a consideration, something mounted on a newer GS. Wouldn't have the benifit of the extra wheel drive but also doesn't fall over as two wheels can. Way more room for gear than a bike.

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Old 11-28-2012, 10:08 AM   #520
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Good morning ladies and gents

First off we are blown away by the offers of help, information, ideas and straight out brotherly support, we seriously appreciate this from our ADV family and it is helping us formulate Plan B.

At this stage we will be travelling lite on either an F800GS or 800XC, either would be fine, anything bigger would just be too much of a handful, for those of you unfortunate to have met me you know I am no a big guy .....well not everywhere

Looking to either part out Ellens bike or reframe and repair it as it is well set up fo a RTW bike and has a massive amount of money in it, new Ti chains and sprockets, near new rubber etc.

Same with mine, sell it as a going machine (which it is) or maybe part it out as well, either option will work as we now just have to recover as much as we can financially to lesson the impact, things are looking forward and positive so we can do it and make it happen (actually we have no choice)!!

The Human Part

OK back to an update, today is Wednesday 28th November, Ellen is starting to walk a bit better and the scorch on her bum is slowly starting to dry.

This is Ellens bum, ever wondered what a bruised asian bum looks like ... now you do



The feet, hmmm slowly but surely getting better



Ready for a marathon



The Blokes Department

Looked at the bike and the headstcok is definitely out of whack, sitting on the bike the steering is out of whack North West.





We are test trialing this new wind efficient fender ... makes the KLR look good





Barkbusters, what else is there to say as they took an epic beating, her hands, levers etc are all intact ..... GET THEM!!!



Tramping boot tin took a slight tar seal applied cosmetic enhancement as did our video camera mount



Hmmmm, straightened it as far as I could to ride it here



Hard case photo, the top of her top box took off leaving only the front section



The captain and her stricken ship



At this point we will stay for a few days, we are in a quiet and secure place so perfect for rehab fo Ellen. We are lucky enough to have have great Wifi which is outstanding in a time of need to get things reorganised.

To finish it off we have a beach two minutes walk (ten for Ellen) so she can swim and do weightless exercise to get her body moving, she is still very saw deep inside the chest/back area, probably bruising to ribs as she was winded on impact.

So that is where we are at right now, Plan A get Ellen sorted, Plan B reorganise the wheels.

Again thanks to all for the support.

Love Andi & Ellen
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Old 11-28-2012, 10:27 AM   #521
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Work & bad internet....playing catch up today.

Get well soon Ellen, if you guys need anything let me know, I know others have offered but I will have "time" after today.

Keep on going Eh!Did not expect any less from you guys.

A beach and a large bottle of liquor, that's what I'd do, sometimes alcohol induced thinking is good for you. Cheer up and lets see some more of that Kiwi ingenuity.
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Old 11-28-2012, 11:45 AM   #522
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So that is where we are at right now, Plan A get Ellen sorted, Plan B reorganise the wheels.

Again thanks to all for the support.

Love Andi & Ellen
Good to know Ellen is healing and you guys are positive , you went there to do a ride and yous are going to finish it , true Gruvers a , BTW my old DR6 fiddy will have 70,000 miles on it next ride , off on Stress leave to Phills Feb , seriously thinking of buying a Yamaha there , havn't owned a Yammy since 1975 in West Aust when i had a DT175 . Keep the news coming Cheers Toddy
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Old 11-28-2012, 03:17 PM   #523
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Dr200

As a female rider just starting to ride dirt 3 years ago, I might offer another option. I have a few bikes F650 Twin, DR200. While the F650 has survived my learning curve, it's not an easy off road bike for female given its' weight. Yes, it's gone great places with me and I love rocking down the tarmac, but off road you need to ride very precisely. While I can pick it by myself, I'd much rather wait for 2 more hands. It's just a big bike and I suspect the DR650 is similar for her.

Last year I bought a DR200, street legal, 21 inch front wheel, and sub 300-lbs, short seat height. For a "little" bike, lots of folks have rode it and thought ergonomically it rides like a normal sized bike. Comparitively, on the TTR125 you feel like a monkey on a football. Everyone has a hoot on it, and it is confidence inspiring.

They are very cheap used $14-1600. The big drawback is top speed is around 60MPH, but the gas mileage is crazy good and you could probably get 300 miles on the 3.4 gallon tank.

The DR200 Thread

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Old 11-28-2012, 04:20 PM   #524
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I too wish a quick recovery!

Your head stock being tweaked might be as simple as the fork tubes twisted in the triple trees I doubt it but check it out you never know.


Again heal up and ride on!

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Old 11-29-2012, 12:04 PM   #525
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Geez Andi, looking at that 'bum-shot' of Ellen, not sure you will make it through the elimination rounds for chief photographer on the next Swim-suit Quarterly magazine shoot!!
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