A couple of xt225s on the long haul.

Discussion in 'Ride Reports - Epic Rides' started by afewsketchymoments, Jun 3, 2013.

  1. achesley

    achesley Old Motorcyclist

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    Neat idea on the XT225 and Surfboard. Gotta love it. Love the little bike. Put a few hundred miles on one in Arkansas 's Ozarks back roads. Hard to beat. '
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  2. afewsketchymoments

    afewsketchymoments Been here awhile

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    High above Sydney in the belly of a beast. Next stop Los Angeles.

    <a href="http://www.flickr.com/photos/bicyclerust/10129363765/" title="farewell sydney by bicyclerust, on Flickr"><img src="http://farm8.staticflickr.com/7292/10129363765_cee25c191e.jpg" width="500" height="375" alt="farewell sydney"></a>

    After arriving in the USA, I took a bus to a friends place in Ojai, which is a small town in the hills behind Ventura, in California.
    Really beautiful place, and also the place of where I left the mighty XT.
    Put the key in, pushed the button and low and behold it fired right up. Music to my ears.

    <a href="http://www.flickr.com/photos/bicyclerust/10129357105/" title="south bound by bicyclerust, on Flickr"><img src="http://farm6.staticflickr.com/5550/10129357105_fa2e9bb37d.jpg" width="500" height="337" alt="south bound"></a>

    However my run of luck ran out pretty quick. A seal on the engine cover is spraying oil like a super soaker. And I somehow foolishly managed to loose a pannier with a bunch of food in it. Also to add injury to insult, I forgot to bring a bunch of gear with me, so half my stuff is sitting back in Australia, which is both a blessing and a curse I guess. You would think after having so much travel experience one would have this shit a little more dialed, but I seem to be getting worse at it each time.

    I should also mention that it is just one Xt225 now. Wally is back in Austin working. Tomorrow I cross into Baja. South bound. Tierra del fuego being the end of the journey, with any luck.
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  3. achesley

    achesley Old Motorcyclist

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    Will be following your travels. Love the XT225 and rode one about Arkansas back roads for awhile.
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  4. tuna101

    tuna101 Been here awhile

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    Welcome back Matt. Jim Bob wrote me to tell me you were back. Let us know what you find out about the oil leak. What's your plans?
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  5. afewsketchymoments

    afewsketchymoments Been here awhile

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    <a href="http://www.flickr.com/photos/bicyclerust/10149664253/" title="No return. by bicyclerust, on Flickr"><img src="http://farm3.staticflickr.com/2835/10149664253_001b80c30b.jpg" width="500" height="500" alt="No return."></a>

    Entered into Baja today. Made it as far as El Rosario.
    Stuck to the pavement for the most part, ventured onto dirt for maybe 50-70kms to hunt for a few waves.
    Did not get my bike import sticker at the boarder though. Does anyone know where to get one from in La Paz or anywhere else for that matter.

    Tuna the bike seems to be running well. Although still have a minor oil leak and my speedo is no longer working. Checked the cable from the speedo and all seems fine. So maybe a problem in the wheel?
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  6. afewsketchymoments

    afewsketchymoments Been here awhile

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    Hit the dirt, or maybe the dirt hit me? Either way I was fine, the board was fine, Mr Olympia, as my bike is now named, in loving memory of that young scallywag Wally McGintas, was a little worse for wear.
    However being the trooper that he is, Mr Olympia fired straight back up and did not even mention his superficial injures. Turns out coming into a sandy corner to fast and hitting the brake is not the thing to do. Live and learn, live being the key word here.
    After a few more near misses, I thought it time to call it a day, before my luck ran dry. No trees insight to hang the hammock, I once again hit the dirt. Sore dusty and tired, sleep came with ease.

    <a href="http://www.flickr.com/photos/bicyclerust/10269199405/" title="PA080099 by bicyclerust, on Flickr"><img src="http://farm4.staticflickr.com/3808/10269199405_25fd8938d3.jpg" width="500" height="375" alt="PA080099"></a>

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    Some pretty amazing sunsets over here.
    More can be found on the blog. www.afewsketchymoments.com also a link to my instagram feed there.

    <a href="http://www.flickr.com/photos/bicyclerust/10269052706/" title="sunset by bicyclerust, on Flickr"><img src="http://farm4.staticflickr.com/3732/10269052706_d713283ccc.jpg" width="500" height="375" alt="sunset"></a>
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  7. prsdrat

    prsdrat Been here awhile

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    I'm in on this RR. Please excuse the hijack, but Tuna101 when you go
    to Ione be sure to post. I lived, for a very shot time in Metalline Falls and
    have a strong interest. Hijack off.

    I'll be watching this RR as I am truly interested in small bike touring.
    Keep it coming.
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  8. tuna101

    tuna101 Been here awhile

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    That post was awhile back and we never made it to Ione.
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  9. Gamequeazy

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    Hah, I have a very similar photo on my old XT from a similar miscalculation.

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    Great RR, keep up the good "work" :D
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  10. GlennR

    GlennR Playin' in the Fire

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    Gott'a love touring on the XT225. :thumb


    Did you try mounting the surfboard above the bike, like a roof? Probably wouldn't handle the wind, but if might have kept you dry in the rain.

    Thanks for sharing the trip. (My XT225 is jealous..)
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  11. afewsketchymoments

    afewsketchymoments Been here awhile

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    Must be a xt thing to smash the windscreens. :freaky One less to worry about.
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  12. afewsketchymoments

    afewsketchymoments Been here awhile

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    Here I was thinking Baja did not rain.
    Never to worry though, as I meet up with some fellow adv riders. Also on small displacement bikes. Dan is on a super sherpa and jon is on a Tw200.
    With any luck the weather will ease by tomorrow and we will be able to ride together for a while.

    <a href="http://www.flickr.com/photos/bicyclerust/10278727855/" title="bug flood by bicyclerust, on Flickr"><img src="http://farm9.staticflickr.com/8411/10278727855_7dd5fa9022.jpg" width="500" height="436" alt="bug flood"></a>

    At least the rain is warm.

    <a href="http://www.flickr.com/photos/bicyclerust/10278677585/" title="me in rain by bicyclerust, on Flickr"><img src="http://farm6.staticflickr.com/5537/10278677585_d18eae6426.jpg" width="500" height="471" alt="me in rain"></a>
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  13. afewsketchymoments

    afewsketchymoments Been here awhile

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    Short cut? Not so short. Full story and more pictures on the blog. To lazy to bring over to here.

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  14. tuna101

    tuna101 Been here awhile

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    That answered my questions, thanks for sharing Matt. Hang in there!:eek1
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  15. Hawk62cj5

    Hawk62cj5 2 Cheap 4 a KLR

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    Just saw this report ,subscribed to it now. I love ride reports with small bikes , especially if the writer is on a budget.
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  16. afewsketchymoments

    afewsketchymoments Been here awhile

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    Hey Glen. No have never tried the roof mounting. Have seen a bike with it though. Maybe one day I will try it out. Thanks for reading the rr.
    Matt.
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  17. afewsketchymoments

    afewsketchymoments Been here awhile

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    Well you will be happy to hear I am on a pretty tight budget.
    Hope you enjoy the rr.
    Matt.
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  18. afewsketchymoments

    afewsketchymoments Been here awhile

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    The last couple of days have been a bureaucratic nightmare. Well maybe not that bad, but boring as hell none the less. So hold onto your hats ladies and gentlemen while I now write about the whole affair to bore the shit out of you.

    As you saw in the last post, the rains came. This slowed me somewhat, as I was trying to reach the ferry on tuesday. Well I truly missed that one. No problem thursday it is. Mr Olympia came roaring into La Paz first thing thursday morning after having broke down twice on the way. His carb is now held together with super glue and J.B, or is it J.P weld? As one of the little supports for the float decided it was time to have a lay down. Now this may sound like I know what I am talking about, but I don't wan't to give off a false pretense. I have no idea how to fix a carb. When Mr Olympia shat the bed on the side of the HWY I just pushed him to the first house I saw and knocked on the door asking for help. The lady there sent me in the direction of someone else, who sent me to another and so on, until I knew most of the village. Finally I knocked on the right door and help was on the way. That night the carb had its first rebuild. Now Mr Olympia was coughing and splattering, not running like the champ that he is, more limping like a beaten dog. Strong as he is though, he limped for around 100kms to the next town. Where I found a moto mechanic. This guy brought Olympia back to fine health.
    Now being mid wednesday afternoon we powered south to just outside La Paz where we set up camp for the night.

    <a href="http://www.flickr.com/photos/bicyclerust/10363264514/" title="camp by bicyclerust, on Flickr"><img src="http://farm8.staticflickr.com/7408/10363264514_949b9b6f4b.jpg" width="500" height="375" alt="camp"></a>

    On arriving in La Paz I headed to the airport to get my passport stamped. Not possible I was told, and sent to the immigration office in the city. Here is where my torment began. From the office I was sent to fill out a form online, which I failed to do correctly, thus being denied. So I thought fuck it! I will be able to blag my way on to the ferry with out the right paper work. So we raced off to try and catch the ferry. Well I guess my wheeling and dealing is not what it used to be, as there was noway I was getting on that boat with out the correct paper work. So back to the office I went, which was now shut. So the following day was spent messing up one document at a time. Finally they took pity on me and started to help out. To be honest it was not such a big deal just left a paper trail as long and boring as a russian literary masterpiece.
    The moral to this saga is. If you come to Baja and plan on going to Mainland Mexico get your stamps at the boarder you cross in from. Gone are the days of doing it with ease in La Paz.
    Fingers are crossed to leave on the sunday ferry. Think I will sleep on the docks tonight just to be sure not to miss that darn boat again.
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  19. afewsketchymoments

    afewsketchymoments Been here awhile

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    Well I finally made it out of La Paz and onto the ferry.

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    The ferry ride was really nice. Being the tight ass I am however, there was no way I was going to pay extra for a room. So I found my corner and up went the Hennessy Hammock.

    <a href="http://www.flickr.com/photos/bicyclerust/10447083323/" title="hammock by bicyclerust, on Flickr"><img src="http://farm4.staticflickr.com/3756/10447083323_f159d5f23d.jpg" width="500" height="500" alt="hammock"></a>

    After leaving the ferry in mazatlan I got my boogie on in search of waves.
    There is no need to name names. But I found a few.

    <a href="http://www.flickr.com/photos/bicyclerust/10446813426/" title="stall by bicyclerust, on Flickr"><img src="http://farm4.staticflickr.com/3742/10446813426_094e263f3e.jpg" width="500" height="333" alt="stall"></a>

    <a href="http://www.flickr.com/photos/bicyclerust/10446812116/" title="peace by bicyclerust, on Flickr"><img src="http://farm8.staticflickr.com/7445/10446812116_722b69e4b2.jpg" width="500" height="333" alt="peace"></a>

    Now in the sweaty humid tropics life is getting sticky.
    I took my riding jacket off for ten minutes pulled in to a Pemex, smelt something funny and looked back to find my fucking jacket was on fire. This is less then ideal to have a fire at a gas station. But all was well.
    So the cycle south continues.
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  20. tuna101

    tuna101 Been here awhile

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    After all that those waves look like they are worth it, very nice. I wouldn't leave there till it went flat!!! :D
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