Cumbres, Volcanes y Playas

Discussion in 'Ride Reports - Epic Rides' started by brasscycle, Sep 20, 2017.

  1. brasscycle

    brasscycle Been here awhile

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    Excitement and anticipation are building up fast as I’m about to start on my long awaited journey. I never thought it will come so fast, in just 12 days I’ll be on the road. Retrospecting to an evening, 2 years ago, while sitting in front of a computer screen, stumbling onto a youtube video of a fellow countryman( Marek Michel), traveling to remote parts of the world, an idea has sparked in my mind.
    Cumbres, volcanoes y playas trip through Central America has been born.

    I’ve spent countless hours following ride reports, reading motorcycle travel blogs, gathering and digesting information to prepare myself for such an adventure. Many thanks for all the folks taking their time to write and share their experiences. You are a great inspiration and wealth of knowledge, without you, this trip would probably never happen.

    The route;
    The planned route should take me to Mexico, Guatemala, El Salvador, Honduras, Nicaragua and time permitting to Costa Rica, Panama and Belize . I do have a list of points of interest as well as roads that I would like to ride on. Some of the places that I would like to see/visit; Cerro del Potosi, Real de Catorze, Xilitla, Pachuca, Gran Telescopio Milimétrico at Orizaba, Hierve el Agua, Paso de Cortes , Volcán de Santa Ana, Volcán Masaya, Ometepe, Bocas del Torro, Pacific beaches and few others. Below you’ll find a few screenshots of the planned route.

    Mexico going south #1
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  2. brasscycle

    brasscycle Been here awhile

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    Route screenshots
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    Attached Files:

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  3. brasscycle

    brasscycle Been here awhile

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  4. Meme

    Meme Adventurer

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    Will follow along the way! Safe travels!
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  5. brasscycle

    brasscycle Been here awhile

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    The Machine;
    KLR650 was an easy choice- Inexpensive, easy to work on, can be modified to fit the rider needs, reliable with proper maintenance. I bought mine about a year and a half ago and started to make it my own. First in order was a 685 kit as the top end suffered from a broken valve ( bought the bike in this condition), at the same time deep hole issue was addressed as well a famous doohickey. Once the engine was running properly, it was time to upgrade the suspension and make it my own with following mods.

    Schnitz 685 cylinder with J&N piston and rings, KLX jet kit, UNI air filter, magnetic oil drain plug, MC Mod, PCV mod, Motobat AGM battery,progressive 465 rear shock and spring progressive front spring.

    JNS skid plate, sw-motech crash bars, probend handguards, eagle mike drill trough frame bolt upgrade, pro grip rally grips, dirtracks heavy duty pannier racks, zero gravity double bubble windshield mounted on KLRdash adjustable windshield risers, tusk 1" extended gear shifter, pivotpegs, acerbis supermotard front fender, warp9 adjustable clutch and brake levers, 2 x powerlet outlets, mondomoto 10W led aux lights, led high and low beam bulbs, seat concepts low commuter seat.

    nelson-rigg tail bag CP10-40, 21 brothers soft side bags 30 Liters each.

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  6. sintegua

    sintegua Principiante

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    Nice route. Let me recommend you, in your route through Guatemala, to visit Zaculeu (ancient maya city) which is in Huehuetenango. Another interesting place to visit overthere is the small town of Chiantla, also in Huehuetenango (the must see there is the church where the virgin mary is covered with silver made clothes).

    If you come here to Guatemala city, send me a pm and i'll give you a small tour trought the city.
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  7. Johnnydarock

    Johnnydarock Been here awhile

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    Looks like a cool trip. Why are you going to Tlachichuca? You know you can ride up to the climbing huts at 14,500ft and then down the other side. It's epic!
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  8. brasscycle

    brasscycle Been here awhile

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    Thank you for suggestions, I'll keep you in mind once I'm in the vicinity of Guatemala City
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  9. brasscycle

    brasscycle Been here awhile

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    Thank you, Main reason for visiting/staying at Tlachichuca is close proximity to Citlaltépetl. I'm hoping to visit Gran Telescopio Milimétrico if possible/if a visit can be arranged. I heard about the huts climb, however, I'm not sure if I'm ready for that elevation change. I have a plan to go to Atzitzinla and go from there. If you have any detailed info on trails leading to a climbing huts I would appreciate if you could share the details.

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  10. brasscycle

    brasscycle Been here awhile

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    With less than 5 days before the departure day, all the necessary and preventive maintenance on the motorcycle has been completed. Fresh oil and oil filter, air filter cleaned and re-oiled, chain adjusted and lubricated, doohickey adjusted, bolts torqued to specs and blue locktited. It is time to start packing. I'll be using mostly roadside motels, hostels and Airbnb so my luggage will be limited to personal items, tools, and spares. Below is a packaging list. It should be well under 50 lbs. when packed.


    1.Clothing

    -Helmet
    -Riding Jacket x1
    -Riding pants x1
    -Rain gear (pants +jacket +overboots) x1
    -Riding gloves x2
    -Riding boots x1
    -Neck sleeve x1
    -T-shirt x7
    -Long sleeve t-shirt x2
    -Sweatshirt x2
    -Jeans x1
    -Shorts x1
    -Swim trunks x1
    -Walking shoes x1
    -Flip flops x1
    -Thermal underwear top and bottom x1
    -Socks x7
    -Underwear x7
    -Sleepwear x1
    -Towel

    2.Tools + spares

    -Trail jack
    -Wrenches 8mm, 10mm, 12mm, 13mm, 14mm,
    -1/4" ratchet drive ,sockets 8mm, 10mm, 12mm, 13mm, 14mm 17mm + 2 extensions long and short
    -MultiTool
    -Hex keys long + short 3.5mm, 4mm, 5mm, 6mm, 7mm ¼” long
    -Screwdrivers flathead x2, Phillips x2
    -Factory tool kit (spark plug socket, front + rear axle wrenches, spoke wrench)
    -Spring perch tool (rear shock adjustment)
    -Tire Levers
    -Slime air pump
    -Tube valve stem tool
    -Carburetor adjustment tool
    -Tire pressure gauge
    -Inner tubes front x1, rear x1
    -Tube patches and glue
    -Clutch cable
    -Brake pads front and back
    -Fuses 15 amp small x10, 20 amp regular x 5, 10 amp regular x 10
    -Light bulbs (headlight x2, taillight x2)
    -Front fork seals x1
    -Oil filter +oil plug washers x4
    -Electrical tape
    -Electrical wire
    -Safety wire
    -Loctite blue
    -JB Weld quick-Zip ties long/short
    -Nitrile gloves
    -Flashlight with spare batteries
    -Assortment of KLR bolts and nuts
    -Cable Lock.
    -Chain Lubricant.
    -Ratchet straps x 2, bungee cords x 2.

    3.Electronics

    -Galaxy S8 plus charger (128GB cards x4) with maps preloaded (Google, maps.me)
    -Galaxy S6 plus charger with maps preloaded (Google, maps.me)
    -Garmin Nuvi 550 hardwired on the bike with OSM maps preloaded
    -Action Cam with charger and extra batteries (32GB cards x 10) plus accessories.-Powerlet to USB adapter

    4.Misc.

    -First aid kit
    -Personal grooming kit
    -Waterproof document holder
    -Ziplock bags assortment
    -Pens, notepad, Spanish phrase book,
    -Documents- Passport, Registration, Insurance, Title, MX insurance, Medical insurance in waterproof case.
    -Digital copies of documents on a cell phone, as well as Google drive and email account.
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  11. brasscycle

    brasscycle Been here awhile

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    Everything is ready for tomorrow's departure. 20171001_123146.jpg 20171001_123216.jpg
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  12. ArmyHusker

    ArmyHusker n00b

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    Sounds like fun! Just another bit of advice, Take breaks to recover & push a little harder when the path is smooth & easy because the hard days will surely come...

    Be blessed and I look forward to hearing about your progress!
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  13. Turkeycreek

    Turkeycreek Gringo Viejo

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    Bien Viaje!
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  14. brasscycle

    brasscycle Been here awhile

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    I could not have ask for a better day to start my journey. Not a cloud in the sky, no chance of rain and temperature in the 50's. I said good bye to my family and went on my way. Most of today's riding was done on the interstate I-81 from north east PA down to Bristol, TN covering approximately 560 miles.

    Getting gas in VA
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    Random flowers at the I-81 rest stop in VA
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  15. Vin

    Vin Hopeless Addict

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    Enjoy those rain free day... Central America awaits.
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  16. brasscycle

    brasscycle Been here awhile

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    Another beautiful day of riding has started. Today's plan is to reach Jackson MS Screenshot_20171003-065455.png
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  17. poolman

    poolman Gnarly Poolside Adv.

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    brasscycle,

    Wishing you all the best for a safe and unforgettable trip! Your route looks great but I highly recommend you take a slight detour west in Costa Rica to enjoy the Nicoya Peninsula. If you route from Nica through Liberia, Nosara, Samara, Montezuma (don't miss the waterfall) and Tambor you can take the ferry from Paquera back to the mainland in Punta Arenas.

    Cheers,

    .
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  18. brasscycle

    brasscycle Been here awhile

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    Made it safely to Jackson Mississippi, it was a loooong ride. Quiet interesting in parts of Tennessee and northern Alabama, got pretty boring with long and flat stretches of slab in Mississippi. My right wrist feels uncomfortable at times, I may have to find a place with throttle lock or something. One thing I didn't think about. Everything else seems to work as it should. Tomorrow's plan is to reach Austin TX. Screenshot_20171003-210517.png
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  19. brasscycle

    brasscycle Been here awhile

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    Just crossed Mississippi river, it is FLAT here in Louisiana. 20171004_085658.jpg
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  20. Goldie05

    Goldie05 Fast George

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    Following along as I prepare for my trip next year :D

    Ride safe
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