Around South America and beyond

Discussion in 'Ride Reports - Epic Rides' started by cejnys, Sep 26, 2014.

  1. ONandOFF

    ONandOFF more off than on

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    I encourage people to go with their instincts. If he wanted to attempt it, more power to him. He's wise enough to assess the risks. It's not like he just hopped on the bike the other day; he's been around the block a time or two in case you haven't been following along. And he had a contingency plan. I give him an A for effort and execution. And i don't appreciate you implying, intentionally or not, that anyone encouraging him to follow his dream would in any way be responsible for any ill that may befall him in the process.

    Rad, thank you again for sharing your impressive Journey.
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  2. Balanda

    Balanda Been here awhile

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    Glad you got out of there Rad, and hope that you recover soon. Also pleased that you won't miss the West Coast now :beer
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  4. Jimmy the Heater

    Jimmy the Heater Dirt Farmer

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    I just ran the 3.5L per 100 km through a converter and that ends up being 67 mpg US. If that is correct, I don't know if that is going to be possible, especially in those deep sand conditions.

    For example, on Fuelly the DRZ400S has a highest reported average of 54 mpg or 4.3L per 100km. And that is most likely all pavement too. (I'm using the best mileage, with the largest number of people reporting that mileage. One person getting 88 mpg is an anomaly, 8 getting 54 is probably going to be pretty accurate.)

    The CRF250L is pretty close to the desired average, but again, that is probably mostly pavement. I just can't picture anything getting 67 MPG in the sand. Maybe a TW200 with it's big floaty tires?
  5. fasttortoise

    fasttortoise Been here awhile

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    Great write up of the CSR Rad! No shame in turning back... it was clearly the right call. Your description gives me a greater respect for other riders who have completed the route such as Noah Horak and Lyndon Poskitt.
  6. cejnys

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    I paid only 15aud for small 10liter canister; the two big ones were a present from Dave.....thanks again Dave!

    I think that the position of fuel was the biggest problem for handling in sand; very top heavy which acted as a pendulum on the rear wheel. I remember riding with Lauren sitting behind me and it was much easier even in challenging terrain of South America (she could keep het weight on pegs)
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  7. cejnys

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    Yeah the heat was one of the factors that worried me the most. The biggest threat was high temperatures because we could easily run out of water if a small problem occurs. If the temperature was 35 celsius it would be much much easier. I know it sounds ridiculous because for many people 35 is very hot but when you have 45 then 35 feels really cool. 35 celsius is below of your body temperature which is a huge factor.


    Keep dreaming mate and when is the right time go for it!! I am already planning in my head how to make it happen. There is something magic about that road, it feels very special to be there.
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    beers sound like a good idea Graeme :beer
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  9. cejnys

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    Yeah I would go for a small engine around 250cc and traveling light. The 3.5 l/100 consumption on sand was a bit too optimistic but I would be aiming to stay as close to 3.5l/100km as possible. I remember Lauren’s CRF230L was doing around 3l/100km pretty consistently.
  10. cejnys

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    We stayed with Alan in Bililuna for one night. Alan was happy to host us and we shared many good stories with him. From his words become more and more obvious that working in these communities is very challenging. Apparently it is hard to build any closer relationship with locals and every contact with Alan was driven by them wanting something.

    Alan had very small house but let me to hang my hammock on his patio. The cage was installed by Alan to protect his stuff from locals. All houses in various communities I visited had bars in their windows and doors. Many times that was not enough to stop from stealing

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    The next morning we said good bye to Alan and headed back to Halls Creek. I did not feel good, I could not stop thinking about the CSR and our withdrawal. I felt defeated, I tried to repeat myself all the reasons why we were returning but it did not work. My mind was always turning back and asking....what if we kept going? Would we reach the well 49? Would we make it to Kunawarritji Community?

    I probably just needed another sign that the decision was right. I did not have to wait for long

    We were reaching the end of the Tanami road; in many places the road was already flooded. Most of the time the water was not deep and sometimes you could still drive around it. AJ was traveling in front of me; when he was reaching one of these areas with water, I was expecting him to slow down and carefully go through it. You could never be sure how deep water was. Instead he went through the water in full speed. I was like WTF. He then kept going and slowly stopped. I was very curious to find out what was going on. When I got to him AJ was already out of his car and bonnet of his LC was up. He just looked at me and nodded “the brakes are gone”

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    We started checking the brake lines and then I found this

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    A front right caliper was hanging on one bolt and the brake line was broke. All the brake fluid was gone and none of his brakes were working. Only his hand brake was functional but not effective.

    AJ did not have any spare parts that could be used to fix the problem so we inflated our tires and found a good place for camping not far from Halls Creek. He could drive very slowly and brake with engine and then hand brake

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    The next morning we went to Halls Creek and tried to find a steal line for AJ’s front brake. It was Saturday so most shops were closed. We found one Toyota spare parts store which was still open; we were half successful, they had the caliper mounting bolt but they did not have the brake line. When the shop closed we cooked our lunch and chilled for little bit. The other shop was opening on Monday so we had plenty of time

    Part of the spare parts shop was a petrol station; they did not mind us having a lunch there

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  11. Balanda

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    Yeah Rad, you definitely made the right decision man, coulda destroyed the big rig and yourself mate. And there's lots to see and do from Broome on down the coast. The Gascoyne region has some interesting landscapes including Mount Augustus which is actually a bigger rock than Uluru. Carnarvon is a great little town. Closer to Perth, New Norcia is a surreal outback experience. It'll be hot from now on tho mate.
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    Hey guys, please let me know if any of you knows good and cheap shipping company that can get my bike across pacific (east coast Australia to west coast US). I need to get my bike out of the country by the end of Jan18 as my carnet expires.
    I need to find good and cheap solution because my $$$ are drying out slowly but surely, especially here in Australia.
    I am preferring a sea freight because I want to use the time while the bike is in transit for visiting some other places.
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    I have no clue but wish you the best. Maybe someone here will step up. Hopefully you'll get this settled soon so you can relax.
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    Awesome kind of help you get in this forum!
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  16. LikeRTW

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    Rad,
    I know Noah shipped his KTM from Australia to Long Beach, Cali by boat. You may want to reach out to him or check his ADV report for details. If you can't connect with him send me a PM and I can put you in touch. He is also on FaceBook. Long time lurker on your report! Best of luck.
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    3.5l to 100km ...

    I converted that too, and also came up with 67mpg. That's sippin' it! That in the sand will pretty much require a modern machine with fuel injection, and it's debatable whether at that consumption there'll be enough power to ride the sand. It looks like a KTM 500 / husky 501 would be a fun machine for the ride. I don't know what fuel consumption they're running or how much weight they'll carry. A support vehicle to catch up to camp each evening would make the riding itself more enjoyable though.

    What are you up to now?
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    Thank you Graeme,
    I already asked these guys for a quote. I bet they are providing an amazing service but they are also asking loads of money for it. Nearly 500 aud for crating and delivering the crate to a container is little bit over the top.
  20. cejnys

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    Thanks for the tip, I will try to get in touch with Noah.