Brooklyn to Argentina on a Salvaged Victory

Discussion in 'Ride Reports - Epic Rides' started by vicmitch, Oct 4, 2015.

  1. vicmitch

    vicmitch Been here awhile

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    How can I even be thinking of riding that big old thing all the way to the bottom of the world? Don't I know that as soon as you leave the U.S. (or Canada, Austrailia or Europe) there are no roads, chicken and donkeys are everywhere and everyone looks like this.
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    I guess I like a challenge.



    The motorcycle:

    For some reason I keep buying wrecked Victory V92 bikes at salvage auctions. these are the bikes that Victory orphaned back in 2005. I fix them and ride some, sell some to buy more. Usually you can't see the mileage before you buy so when it has low mileage, you win and sell it, when it has 65,000 like this one.
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    You ride it to the end of the world.
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  2. vicmitch

    vicmitch Been here awhile

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    So after selling anything of value on it and setting it up the way I like. It looked like this
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    The preperation: Preperation? we don't need no stinkin preperation.

    Tires: The best ones off the the bikes I had Rear Metzler ME880 with most of its tread and a front Michelin Commander II with more than half its left.

    Custom seat.
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    When I bought my daily driver for $400 from a Pakistani Cabbie, it was there so I cut it to size.
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    Not sure I want to think about it's former location. Got an Alaska Sheepskin But Pad to go over it.

    Got myself a nice set of Ortlieb panniers. Took them on a trip to the Adirondacks with the Chai (Life, not Tea)
    Riders MC on my yellow Victory Sport Cruiser .
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    That BMW S1000 muffler was aimed right at the rear corner of the right bag and it melted a hole in it.
    Gorilla tape to the rescue.
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    Tank bag and the Texsport yellow dry bag that survived my Mexico trip.
    http://advrider.com/index.php?threads/off-to-meet-the-jews-in-la-then-mexico.886176/
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  3. vicmitch

    vicmitch Been here awhile

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    Ready (or not) to go
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    Oh, so who the hell am I? I'm Mitch, 55 years old and needing to do this adventure sooner than later. I've got a very understanding wife, Parents that encourage this sort of thing and 2 kids going to college.
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    This is me with my other bike, the one that goes where I tell it to. Wow, am I really that fat?


    This trip was supposed to be a Father & Son trip with my oldest, but he got an unexpected acceptance to a very selective Bio-Chem program. I'm very proud of him and we'll do another trip when he has his degree.

    This ride report is in real time so if I'm passing your way and you want to extend some hospitality, I'm ok with that
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  4. WhicheverAnyWayCan

    WhicheverAnyWayCan Deaf Biker

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    Check your photo link or host.. not seeing any pics but so far good story!
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  5. vicmitch

    vicmitch Been here awhile

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    I switched from using the URL link to uploading and I hope it worked. It doesn't even show links from other ADVRider posts. On my laptop I see all the photos, linked or not. It only allows me to upload 5 pics per post so I'll limit the posts. I don't understand why they changed a perfectly good format.
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  6. pacmktg

    pacmktg Adventurer

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    I have been riding Vic's for over 10 years. Excited to see one head South
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  7. Dracula

    Dracula Dust in the wind

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    Nice start. I am in. Real time reports take discipline and effort. Ride safe and send us updates :thumb
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  8. Trip Hammer

    Trip Hammer It's not the years, it's the mileage

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    Anxiously awaiting this one!!!!!:clap I'm a sucker for tales of non ADV bikes making this journey. Buen viaje!!!
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  9. JoeBiker25

    JoeBiker25 Been here awhile

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    Ride safe! Love the big Vic cruiser!!!
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  10. vicmitch

    vicmitch Been here awhile

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    Me too. Every time I see a ride report that has an '86 Radian, Vespa, Old Gold Wing or a Road King, I can't stop reading. Hopefully this report will have more to it than the one trick pony of a different sort of bike.
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  11. Trip Hammer

    Trip Hammer It's not the years, it's the mileage

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    Those are four of my all time faves you just referenced, vicmitch!! Bar's been set pretty high, but I'm pullin' for ya!!:clap When's the departure date?
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  12. Dracula

    Dracula Dust in the wind

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    So what part does "Salvage" play in this RR, only for title cosmetics or we get some shared wisdom of imports? :ear To be more clear, I guess I just asked if you're selling it once reached destination.
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  13. pjm204

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    I'm in, hopefully we can cross paths along the way at some point! Keep in touch
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  14. vicmitch

    vicmitch Been here awhile

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    So what part does "Salvage" play in this RR, only for title cosmetics or we get some shared wisdom of imports? :ear To be more clear, I guess I just asked if you're selling it once reached destination.

    The bike was a total loss with a salvage title. Kind of emphasizes the "ride whatever's available" ethic. I am going to sell it at the end for a plane ticket home, or dump it at a border crossing after removing my Trucklite LED headlight.
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  15. SoPaRider

    SoPaRider Been here awhile

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    VicMitch

    We're onboard too, keep us posted as to your where abouts; oh and you've got mail!

    JC&KC
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  16. Dracula

    Dracula Dust in the wind

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    That is one smart way to do it if it will work. And one less worry since you're not bringing it back. Just perhaps need to check at last exit point if they care that you got in with it and get out without it. I know Mexico stamps it in and out so maybe others do too. Thanks for sharing! I don't miss riding in NYC area but I did so for 20+ years including Brooklyn and Manhattan.
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  17. vicmitch

    vicmitch Been here awhile

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    Then Came Bram

    So this guy from Holland contacted me and he's also heading down to South America and we decided to ride together as far as San Miguel de Allende where he will be taking Spanish lessons.

    I think he's trying to steal some of the "not the ususal bike" spotlight.
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    He's riding his Dad's 1988 BMW R100GS. His Dad has a farm in Western Massachusetts so the bike is registered there.

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    I'm ready to roll
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  18. nitrotx

    nitrotx nitrotx

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    If you came near Dallas just let me know...
    I invite you and your Friend to an Argentinean Asado (BBQ) and can give U some inside about Mexico and Argentina (my wife Hometown is 15 min. from San Miguel Allende Guanajuato
    I'm from Argentina and can get U in contact with motorcycle clubs where they take care of the travelers along the way...
    valla con Dios Amigo
    God Bless my friend.
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  19. Dracula

    Dracula Dust in the wind

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    A perfect team :thumb I wish one day can do this too.. until then, godspeed! Will be checking here often for updates
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  20. OnTheWay

    OnTheWay Long timer

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    Enjoying following along with your report.Fantastic!!!!! Let the adventure continue...
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