33 1/3 N C S + Cuba

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  1. Throttlemeister

    Throttlemeister Long timer

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    Going back and looking at my thoughts about the ride at the current time, this excerpt from post #1096 on 02/19/2012 Fun for me to go back through and read what I was thinking at the time, makes this all worthwhile writing up imo.






    And then this one from 03/01/2012; post #1036 giving up some of the fun and not so fun stuff coming up soon:


    Hope to work on some more here in just a little while...one of my favorite parts coming up soon in the RR:wink:
  2. bk brkr baker

    bk brkr baker Long timer

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    Well, no one said there'd be snacks!:becca





    That was pretty gross. I'm glad you're all healed up now.
    Chicks dig scars ,right ?
  3. Throttlemeister

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    When spent from the night of 19th of Feb until the afternoon of 22nd of Feb in Cali working on the bikes at Asturias while we stayed with Alain his wife Paola and his two sons, Matias, and Lucas. We had a great time getting small items repaired and changing out parts on the bikes.

    I'd picked up Adam a set of fork seals the last time I was in Cali planning while at the time not planning on meeting in Cali like we did. I also had his up to date registration papers for his bike that he previous owner had mailed to me in Oklahoma that I'd carried down to give to Adam. Funny we originally thought we would be meeting in Venezuela, oh how things change:lol3

    I got my bike in the shop at Austurias first and went about repairing all the items on my list, a new front tire; a great Brazilian made MT-21 I freaking love those things:deal New fork oil, seals, wipers installed along with working on my gas tank once more where the fuel was coming back through the wiring harness again. I pulled the triple link on the shock and cleaned up and greased all the bearings and possibly new waterpump seals IIRC.

    While I was starting at the shop Adam kept his bike at Alain's place and did a through cleaning on the driveway while Alain and I drank beer above and watch Adam doing a fine job on the DR. I think he does a much better job keeping his bike clean than I do:lol3
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    We pestered him from above while he worked hard:
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    Adam needed some new tires, he tried taking some photos with my camera at the shop tying to show the wear on an MT-21 front and some other Perelli tire I'm not familiar with:
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    You can get near maximum wear out of these babies if you flip the rotation on them every couple thousand Km, last a lot longer than just grinding them on one side as they will cupped badly after lots of kms. Looks like he did a good job getting the life out of this one.

    His rear tire was not much better, I think he went with a set of SaharaIIIs IIRC as he liked them quite a bit.
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    Just about like Indian tread, "Leavea not tracka":rofl

    He had to work on the carrier bearing on the DR650 and shim it a bit with some extra metal for a little more snug fit, along with oil/filter and valve check.

    Besides all the work at the shop going on during the days in Cali there was also some screwing off happening.

    Always some screwing off to be had when hanging out with Alain:freaky
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    Adam even joined in on the fun:
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    One of the locals at Asturias who's name escaped me had a really sweet Ducati bike along with some of his other toys. He wanted to show us a sweet ole sleeper Stang with a supercharger, sounded tempted so we took a break from shop duty and went to have a look at his nice silver pony car.
    Looks innocent enough eh:evil
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    But nicely fit underneath the hood was a little burner motor cleanly installed, don't remember if it was a 289 base block or a bigger bore, I bet it would turn the tires pretty good:deal
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    Didn't expect to see that in Cali, most have been brought in back in the heydays of the cartels:wink:
    And the proud owner, he had some others down in the parking garage he was happy to show us on our lunch break.

    This is my favorite mechanic shop in all of Colombia, Jorge and his wife Suri are super nice people and have been very good to me, plus Jorge helps me perfect my mechanic Spanish:rofl along with the help of his youngest son. They've got a great crew working with them and although they may not be the cheapest in Cali but I know they are the best! I love spending time in the shop down there:clap:clap:clap And Alain is the perfect shop host and keeps the coffee pot always hot and a good extra hand working on those hard little projects:freaky He helped me out more than once.
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    Tres Amigos better framed, Thanks Alain for all you did for us both. Your our man in Cali:deal
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    We both had an excellent time and where sad to have to leave out of Cali so quick:cry I shall return...



    By the 22nd of Feb Wednesday afternoon we knew we had to get cracking to the North as I still needed to get to Cartagena to pick up my old shock and then over to Caracas to fly out and the time was burning too quickly, somethings got to give especially since we where headed to the biggest trap in all of Colombia, MEDELLIN:rofl

    We had to get gone fast:deal
  4. Throttlemeister

    Throttlemeister Long timer

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    Thanks John, I was just amazed at how long it took all that skin to granulate back in again. Still a little pink but seems to be improving still. Had a good break from the report and happy to be getting it penned down again. Thanks for following along.


    Hola Mikey:wave Sucks to hear about the meltdown but things happen, especially when we ride the hell out of these bike:wink: I sent you a pm this am with some good contact info for Lulu. It's a great boat, just got to work on your German to keep up with all the talk:lol3



    Hey Doc, I've been meaning to send you a pm. Will try and get that out sometime. Hope things are getting better across the pond. Thanks for hanging in there with me now that I was away for so long.



    That's what I've always heard, this one might get me somewhere:wink:

    I just need to get all that metal out of there to show want I got for twelve screws in Venezuela:roflMaybe the best $800 dollars I ever spent.



    Some of the really good stuff is coming up next but not until tomorrow at the earliest, I'm off to work in a little while.
  5. sandsman

    sandsman I ride more than some and less than others.

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    I used to stop at that BBQ place south of town. They have th best broasted chicken and potatoes there I have ever eaten, along with thier hot BBQ sauce. I remember when it used to be at the sale barn. I am sure you have eaten there many times. I had a leg break very simular to yours, 1st dr jacked up my leg, 2nd dr fixed it best he coulf, consider how jacked up it was. I ride now with an extra wheel......I am planning to go to Baja Cali next year, I figure the big Goldwing hack will make it there and back.

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    Took a year and 3 surgeries to fix it, been back to riding for about a year now. I am now medically retired, wifey still has to work, I can ride. She and I are planning our next long ride, and she says to me, why don't you take a trip by yourself to Baja.....oh heck yeah!!!! Baja for next year.:D

    So when I say I feel your pain, on the leg injury, I mean it. I also had some of that bad skin crap going on. It took forever to finally heal up. One time I thought I was gonna pass out on some of that crap, but never did. Well get back out there, I am sure you have by now, riding that is.
  6. Throttlemeister

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    Yep I know the old place and the new one well, Est, 1976 the same as me:lol3 I'm surprised you don't remember how good the beans where. I took ADVer DaveG there, he has been trained as a BBQ judge, or so he says:lol3 and he was pretty impressed with the joint especially the beans and sauce. I usually take travelers there who are passing through, I can only handle it every couple of months. Used to know the original owners before they sold out, the sale barn was the real authentic JL's:deal

    Sorry to hear about the screw ups with your repair, mine got done up right the first time, its just coming up on the year and this stuff needs to be pulled out imho. I've been getting around pretty good but not over doing by any means, I want to heal up right as it's going to be a long time before I slow down all the way.

    Goodluck with your travels, Viva Mexico:freaky
  7. sandsman

    sandsman I ride more than some and less than others.

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    I was trying to remember the name.....JL's.......the other guy I ran 2 man team with (truck driving days), if we left at the right time.....we'd look at each oth and say "JL's?". I don't remember the beans as much as the chicken, potatoes and the hot BBQ sauce in the crockpots. I have been intending to just make a ride out of going up to Pryor just for the BBQ.
    All of my hardware will stay in place, dr didn't want to chance anything else going wrong. As it was a workers comp injury, they have spent over $300,000 to date on it. That's why I have added an extra wheel. I have a project bike sitting out there in the carport that will stay 2 wheels though. A Honda CBR 600 F4i, it was rolled in a ball with only 1,900 miles on it. I am gonna dual-sport it, and just make a fun little bike out of it. I have too many toys, gonna have to shed a few for the next chapter. I am finding it very hard to part with them though, but I know it's gott happen. It's just the wife and I , we have 2 trucks, 2 cars, and 3 bikes.
  8. Throttlemeister

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    Come on up Sandsman and we can go eat some JL's; I'm about due:dg,

    I last took Charlie Coons aka cwc and company back a couple of months ago as they stopped over in town on their way down from MN to Mexico.

    I got a spot for you to sleep in the RV at the ADV shop, just let me know when you want to make the trip.

    As far as everything goes, it's a shame;
    So much to do and so little time, hard to make the choices sometimes.

    Good luck with your endeavors and your repaired leg!
  9. sandsman

    sandsman I ride more than some and less than others.

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    Sounds like a ride in the planning.......sometimes planning is,just grab a bag and throw some clothes in it and hit the road.
  10. airdale7

    airdale7 Been here awhile

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    Hey throttlemeister, just noticed your thread here on adv. Good to see your active again.
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    It was a great time hanging out in the shop at Asturias and with Alain. We both got our bikes well sorted out for the upcoming miles and as the clock was still running fast, it was time for us to get a move on.

    I dropped a waypoint at the shop at 10:36 CST but somehow we didn't make it out of town and get to the next point I dropped on the Garmin until 13:45 CST:huh Always takes a bit to get going again once you've been stopped for awhile.

    During the time spent in Cali now and my time earlier in town Alain and I always got in the habit of playing in traffic; stopping at lights and coming along side and hitting the kill switch, rearranging a mirror, or bumping a rear tire for the hell of it:evil I was used to it all and as we where leaving in heavy traffic and stop at a light I thought I'd play with Adam a little and I came up to the back of him while he was stopped and gave him a friendly nudge in the rear tire. Now I didn't really think about this much, but seeing him nearly loose it and fall to the side and immediately turning around to give me one of those good "Go to Hell" looks I felt bad. You see Adam is not the tallest English lad around and well the DR is not a short bike and with my not thinking much about it I nearly caused him to lose his footing at the stop light. Sometimes not good idea to joke around, sorry Adam- I did really feel bad after I did it:(: He didn't go down, picture to prove it:
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    I talked about traffic, it was even too much in some places to even split or filter and we just waited it out until we got into the open.
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    Here just North of Cali traveling on the West of the river it opened up nicely:
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    We'd both traveled between Cali and Medellin a few times all ready and both looking for a different route North to Manizales. So instead of the main route through Buga we traveled on the West side of the Rio Cauca past Roldanillo and then crossed back over the river at Anacaro and hooked back up to familiar roads at Cartago.

    Here's our route in the green tracing with the river running between the green and purple lines on our way between Cali and Manizales:
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    Now back on roads we both had already ridden before, we pushed quickly onto Pereira without taking any pictures the rest of the day and road into the late afternoon-early even hours getting into Manizales in the late evening and trying to find a Hotel California that Adam had marked. We did more than a few laps around the college town trying to find the place and dealing with some one way limitied access roads. The evidence:
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    We found the place and I dropped a point @ 18:11CST according to the garmin and got the bikes settled in and went for a late dinner and drink or two to finish off a long half day of travel. Little did we know how big a day we'd be having tomorrow. It was real nice to be back on a freshly serviced bike traveling once again, I remember sleeping well that night.
  12. Throttlemeister

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    Gald to have you following along Airdale:thumb See you around OK sometime.
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    Eagletalon Been here awhile

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    Don't stop now! Haha
  14. Throttlemeister

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    Let this be a prime case study to show what a really nice good (or/bad:wink:) girlfriend can do to the output of a ride report:rofl I may just be in big trouble...


    Another trouble part is this next day coming up in the ride is going to be picture and word intensive post and will require substantial time to get it just right. I'll get past it and the report should continue much easier. I think you will like what's coming up, it was a "proper day's ADV riding" according to A. Lewis:deal

    Now if I can just figure out some time management issues:norton
  15. BeachGuy

    BeachGuy Alabama & Costa Rica

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    John, just do like the rest of us. Go to work and write the report up on company time.

    Hell they'll never know the difference.

    Most of them probably don't think you do any work anyway. Ha!
  16. JDowns

    JDowns Sounds good, let's go!

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    Hey OkieJuanmuskogee,

    Girlfriends come and go. Ride reports are forever. Don't leave me hanging. I'm heading to Venezuela blind.

    Keep up the good work. Always enjoy your pics and stories.

    Saludos,
    Juan Señor
  17. skibum69

    skibum69 slave to gravity

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    I think I missed an important post, where did the girlfriend come from?:lol3
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    airdale7 Been here awhile

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    Chicks dig motorcycles...:wink:
  19. Throttlemeister

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    I would if I wasn't working with my brother doing sleep studies, no rest for the weary:lol3



    She's a good one, better for her to run me off I'm thinking.
    Sounds like Venezuela in a bit of a flux, hell I'd still go in a couple of weeks blind or not. I hear you're wondering around El Poblado, not exactly a minimalist area, not budget friendly for sure but a real nice spot:deal Make a trip out to Santa Fe and come back on the old road to Medellin and of course go to Guatape for some nice loops out of the city. Ranks as one of my favorites as well. Hit up the Big Apple if you are getting a little bored, just ask around:lol3


    She's a local girl, things just kinda happened when I got back home, she took real good care of me during my recovery and then some. See what happens but I've neglected the RR for good reason:deal



    Many do but this one is not a huge fan, working her into fourwheelers and then I'll get her on the little XR200R to really learn something.






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    Hopefully if all goes well I might be able to turn out a post on the big day of riding tomorrow:wink: It was one for the books. I'll get eventually...

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  20. skibum69

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    Good for you bro, I'm kinda headed in the same direction. We'll see where that goes?