A Honda CGL125 in Costa Rica

Discussion in 'Epic Rides' started by pdedse, Jan 10, 2013.

  1. Salsa

    Salsa Been here awhile

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    They all have diodes. They have to get from AC to DC. Some leak more than others.

    Just disconnecting a charged battery should work for you. It did for me for 10 months in Alaska.

    Don
  2. pdedse

    pdedse paraelamigosincero

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    Yeah, if no one ends up using the bike much, I might just have a friend do this. Thanks.
  3. pdedse

    pdedse paraelamigosincero

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    Made it back to Oregon. Always a bit strange to arrive home after some time away in another country. Small things that you completely forget about, things that you live without.

    The students were very happy with their experience, practically every one of them talked about when they could go back to CR, asking how they could go about working in CR...even buying property!

    Let's see among the 12 of them they collectively...saw a guy get shot from about 15 feet away, got sick and hospitalized...twice for one gal...saw some of the most amazing sunsets ever...took salsa / merengue dance lessons...got to play guitar and sing at bars, and get invited back...got their backpack / passport stolen with the ol-I'm-selling-lottery-tickets-and-won't-quit-bothering-you-while-my-partner-slips-your-backpack-off-the-chair-from-behind-you-while-you're-telling-me-no-gracias ruse...participated in bull-fights...bought paintings from an 80 year old Chilean who has "never worked a day in his life, only painted" (his words) and is more lucid than you can imagine...made friends for life and became adopted sons and daughters...saw toucans, iguanas, spiders bigger than they cared for, macaws, monkeys, pizotes, some type of wildcat, sea-horse, vultures and manta-ray,
    to name a few...ate more gallo pinto than they thought possible...learned lots of Spanish, tons about themselves and what it means to live in another culture, albeit briefly...in short: they had a blast.

    I started putting this program together about a year ago. Had no idea if it was going to generate enough interest and 12 students signed up, the minimum necessary to make it a go. It took me back to my own study abroad experiences in CR and it was cool to see them grow in lots of different ways.

    Loved my Perlita...she's a champ. I felt like I blended in, got very few stares riding it around because there's lots of them. Even so, many people would compliment me on it, saying what a great bike it was, how much did it cost...how fast would it go...:wink:...seriously.

    House construction starts early next year. Hopefully, it will be a nice stop-over for long distance riders in the not-so-distant future. Keep it in mind.

    Gracias por acompañarme
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    p
  4. crashmaster

    crashmaster ow, my balls!

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    Great report amigo. Love those CGL 125's. Tore up the CR jungle a bit in one of those a couple years ago, albeit slowly. :lol3 Best part is that when you bury it to the axles in mud, its a lot easier to pull out than the 990. :rofl

    This looks a bit familiar...........:D

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    I love that area around Uvita, nice beaches, lots of hikes into refreshing waterfalls.

    Looking forward to your next installment. :freaky
  5. pdedse

    pdedse paraelamigosincero

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    Glad you enjoyed it. I really enjoyed the lightness of this bike after owning an HD Sportster and my present KLR650.

    I was thinking of "NO FUMAR ESPAñOL" when I took this foto of a fellow hiker:

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  6. kantuckid

    kantuckid Long timer

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    Year old thread but well worth a comment & a bump as this is the best RR on CR I've found.
    YES! Great pics! I'm headed there soon for MC rental and your info is very useful as I'm not looking for an enduro test but do want to get away from the crowds,etc..
    r.e., "1st black Chuck Taylors up that mtn" comment--you might have felt your age going up that mtn but my generation lived in those shoes. They wore them in the NBA, I used them for hiking boots until I came into what I'll call the "vibram shoe sole era" & euro style hiking boots & now I'm into the "merrell era" I suppose.
    FWIW, your new Honda has some parts that appear to be unchanged from my project bike-1971 Honda CL100! Bigger isn't always better in MC's. How used trumps size. These days too many big GS's is ill thought choice in my mind...
  7. pdedse

    pdedse paraelamigosincero

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    Well, it's been over a year and a half since I finished my six weeks as program leader of a study abroad broad in San Isidro del General, CR.

    Lots of things have changed, but not my Costa Rican ride. I had the CG125 hybernated and an acquaintance had it all "de-winterized" by the time I got here (Platanillo) two weeks ago.

    She fired right up and is the same ol' weak-kneed, underpowered litttle Pearl as before, but still seems to go where ever I point her.

    I always wanted a chance to explore the road to San Juan de Dios. Today I had my chance...

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    I don't know why I like them but I do.
  8. pdedse

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    Got up bright and early at 4:45 to the tune of some ridiculous sounding birds, I'll see if I can't upload a recording of them shortly. By 6:30 nobody else was up so one might as well ride...

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    Bike seems to run just like it did when new, can't really notice any issues.

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  9. pdedse

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    It's winter in CR so today it's overcast but still the green is green...

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    Time to attend to the family and guests to see what they want to do today, more later....
  10. pdedse

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    Fun Little river crossing...

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    I was looking for a route in and then back to the S. Isidro->Dominical hiway and I stopped to ask but was told just straight in and then same way out. Too bad. I thought Google maps showed a way, and maybe there is but they know my limits.

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    CR did awsome in the World Cup...humble beginnings...

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  11. pdedse

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    Bullring and rodeo arena...
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    After the party...
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    Heading back out....
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    A fun Little 20k ride. Got to a hill that seemed straight up and where the rock road gave way to mud so it was time for me to turn around. Tires seemed to grab decently descending and got back home before most had finished breakfast.
  12. SurfnnRide

    SurfnnRide Been here awhile

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    Have an awesome trip!

    I lived in Costa for 6 months. Traveled from the most NW point all the way down the pacific coast to the panama canal and then back up the carribbean side all the way back up into CR up to Limon and then back to San Jose to fly out to Peru.

    I know that country like the back of my hand. Did so much exploring. If you want any tips as you get into certain areas let me know.

    Keep an eye out for the crab migrations and termite breeding season. Two interesting phenomenons down there.

    Pura Vida!:clap

    Edit: HAHAHA! Ignore! Just saw that you're already home. Good times!
  13. pdedse

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    I've been to Haciendo Baru just north of Dominical several times, but they have a good zipline and my sis and husband are visiting from Australia...so it was time to park the mc and do some other fun things...the guides take you on a 40 minute hike to the where the zipline begins. They talk about the plants and animals as you go so it's quite interesting.

    Those pods are where your chocolate comes from...
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    Pod up close
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    Bats chillin' under a leaf...
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    My sis and brother in law and guide Ronald getting ready for the first "flight of the Tucan"...
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  14. pdedse

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    Our other guide David. His English was pretty good for never having been out of the country, learned all in school and on the job training by working in hotels and now as zipline guide. Since I bring students to San Isidro to learn Spanish and he has lots of Friends that want to learn English, we talked about getting them together for a language Exchange.
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    One of the guides goes first to catch the incoming partipants like us, and the other stays behind to buckly you up. John, my auzzie bro in law. He's an engineer, and he knows safety...he looks concerned.
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    Another one getting ready on the platform. There were 7 in our group. Not too bad, too much larger and the wait time between the 8 flighs would be a lot.
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    And the tucan flies!
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  15. pdedse

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    Tech Question:

    I've recorded a WAV file, an audio recording. Does anyone know how I can upload it to link in a post here? I use photobucket for photos, but it didn't accept a wav file. Thanks for any help.
  16. pdedse

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    We built the house kind of in the jungle, so bugs abound and these spiders are...well represented. But there's also wild turkey, tucan, chirincoca, morfo butterfly, vulture, froggies and sapos, a ridiculous number of other insects I've never seen, scorpions, a 5' snake...my daughter is calming down after two weeks here, but she still jumps at wasps.

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  17. cold comfort

    cold comfort Been here awhile

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    I read it, now my head hurts. Spanish class tomorrow. Have a long way to go..
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    Jaja...you learn vocab like this and then you realize that half it varies country by country..still, could be useful. Buena suerte con el español.
  19. pdedse

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    The CGL125's new digs...
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  20. pdedse

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    So I'm with 4 eighteen year olds and my daughter nearly 15. Good thing about them is they like to sleep, so early mornings I can get away for rides. If you take the San Isidro hiway and turn right (north) at Dominical, after about 5K you'll see a sign for Hatillo.

    This ride report has basically been about a 125cc and a particular área of Costa Rica. I love slowing down...I'm 50 now and I don't feel the need to conquer the world as much as I want to let it come to me. Seems right to explore the nooks and crannies...

    On the way into Hatillo...
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    It has a church
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    A pólice station
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    A Soda (the "only one"; a soda is kind of like small family run restaurante)
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    A "supermarket"
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    I have no idea
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    I stopped in front of a guy sitting in a hammock outside his house and asked him if he wouldn't mind a few questions. After a "sure" response, the answers to my questions: he told me the main agricultural product was rice, people still had cattle ranches nearby, but that most people were into construction. I asked him about a sign that said Quepos and Manuel Antonio about 40 kilometers away and he confirmed my suspicion that the relatively new costanera hiway had passed Hatillo by...gone are the days that people would actually drive through the Little town--now you actually have to go 5 minutes out of your way to pass through this 2 kilometer town.