Financial Suicide: A new life behind bars

Discussion in 'Ride Reports - Epic Rides' started by stuntheavy, Apr 29, 2013.

  1. Unclescar

    Unclescar Refried Bean

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    I wish I still had the link to a RR from last spring that started similar to yours but the guy rode south. He ended up meeting a lady in Brazil (or some other So. Amer. country) sold the bike, bought a car and they finished the trip to the south tip. He then decided to relocate to the America on south side of the equator.

    Putting some dirt rodes in your travel plans seems to help solve a world of problems!!

    :thumb
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  2. mathewsturtevant

    mathewsturtevant Motojournalist

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  3. Tallbastid

    Tallbastid Let's get tropical

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    I'm sure you're busy leading up to leaving; but any updates? I'll be following this closely - we're the same age and have similar backgrounds, and I can't wait to read more about this.
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  4. stuntheavy

    stuntheavy Been here awhile

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    Wow, way more interest than I expected!

    Thanks everyone for the advice. The Tent Space thread is great! I feel guilty 'cold calling' others for a handout though. Perhaps I can think up some kind of barter to help you fellas out as well.

    I'm sure it'll all be an experience. Broke down, flat tire, and raining, I'm looking forward to every last bit of it.

    Does anyone have experience with Spotwalla.com? Does it show a map like the actual SPOT website does? I would like to have a map of where I've been, and where I am for people to see.

    Not a whole lot of excitement is going on right now. Just a whole lot of cleaning, moving out of my living arrangements, and putting the finals tracks into the GPS. I haven't put in waypoints for fuel though... I suppose I should do that.

    Saturday I will tear into the bike to redo the leaky fork seal, re-route the fuel line, and I think I am going to throw the new tires on now. This rear tire is just tearing apart too quickly. I don't think I'd make it to the other side of Louisiana before I had cord showing through.

    Wish I had a more exciting update for you fellas.

    Since I know everyone is all about pictures, how about a few of me, about 100 years ago.

    The guy behind the helmet:
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    And a few of my other bike, and how I used to spend every free moment...

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    Can't let the cold Maine winter stop the riding!
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    Saturday/Sunday we will back to our regularly scheduled programming of XRR Prep pictures, packing, and the final tidbits before getting on the road!
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  5. RedRockRider

    RedRockRider Long timer

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    Good luck to ya' -- big adventure starting. All good things will happen. Keep postin' pics! :clap
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  6. Creeker747

    Creeker747 Been here awhile

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    Cherish this time you've gifted yourself. I am sure there are plenty of middle-agers like me that will be subscribed to this R/R that are living vicariously.

    The more miles ridden on outside will allow you to search and find the real you on the inside.......................:norton

    Ride Baby Ride!!!! :wink:
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  7. Downs

    Downs KK6RBI

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    Just remember those folks in the tent space thread are volunteering :deal

    I am about to start setting up with folks on that thread for me and my dad's trip to Sturgis (we wanna go just once) trip later this year. We're both on a budget so we're looking for anyway to cut cost.

    I had my residence on the tent space thread for a few years until I got stationed in California in March and moved back into the barracks and had to take myself off :cry

    Edit- Here's what a SPOTWALLA map looks like most times.

    https://spotwalla.com/tripViewer.php?id=31414e052d49d1095

    On top of that SPOTWALLA keeps the track for as long as youkeep an account with them. The SPOT website map drops tracks after 30 days I believe.
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  8. Skoots

    Skoots Adventurer

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    Suscribed:lurk
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  9. hardwaregrrl

    hardwaregrrl ignore list

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    Hell yes!!:freaky Substinkin'-cribed!!!
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  10. FLARider1

    FLARider1 Long timer

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    Click on the spotwalla link in my sig line below. Shows my whole trip from KW to Prudhoe and back to Key West. From 2 yrs ago! Spotwalla is exactly what you are looking for!!
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  11. OsoADV

    OsoADV Oso

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    In and looking forward to hearing where you end up and how.

    If you want to do a blog I can hook you up.
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  12. Honkey Cat

    Honkey Cat Tailights Fade!

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    Bored at work so im in
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  13. ROAD DAMAGE

    ROAD DAMAGE Long timer

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    Me Too!

    :lol3 :lol3 :lol3
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  14. drdubb

    drdubb OFWG

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    Ok. I'm in....get to ridin is I can live vicariously.
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  15. RubberSideUp

    RubberSideUp Adventurer

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    Fellow 650r, old xr600 rider here. Will be following along. Getting laid off end of the month after 6 years of a 9-5 in a cubicle, so my turn may be soon. 35 and still alive, may as well go for a ride!

    Reminds me of this show I found a while back. Bought recordings of the episodes. This and Cycles South, good stuff.

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EnPIOH8bCfk

    Have fun and stay safe. You got some riding skills man!
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  16. stuntheavy

    stuntheavy Been here awhile

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    I've got to give credit, where credit is due: Meet, my neighbor, and good friend. By a random stroke of luck, he had been walking his dog one evening, saw the myriad of bikes in the driveway, and stopped in to chat. Eventually, his stories of cross country trips really got me to thinking. He mentioned he had nearly racked up 1,000,000 miles in his days. Anyone that can throw a Goldwing down the road, and laugh about it is a true rider in my book!
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    So last night I got a little anxious, and at about 10:30 decided to wheel the bike in, and off the tires came. The old MX rubber just wasn't going to make it to TN. I had attempted a few fully-loaded stoppies and noticed that it had started to tear knobs off the front tire.

    This is probably the last stoppie this bike will see for the entire trip.
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    Then out came the tool kit. These plastic tubes are fantastic for storage. Believe it or not, two of them hold my entire tool kit to work on the bike, perform everything from valve adjustments, to wire repairs, and carb work. I could even re-lace a wheel, or replace a headgasket with what I have stuffed in there. This kit was built the only practical way I could think of. Once I decided I was going to go on this trip, I started converting the bike from supermoto. Every time I used a tool, it went into a cardboard box. Then the next time I worked on the bike, I only used tools from the box. If I got to the point where I was stuck, I knew that I needed to add whichever tool was missing to my kit.
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    Swapped over the big brake kit from the supermoto wheels. Hopefully I don't smash it off.
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    Dual action pump. Takes about 3 or 4 minutes to get a tire to seat the beads and reach 25psi.
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    I'm a firm believer in NOT tightening the valve stem nuts against the rim, and tighten then against the cap instead. The reason being, is that the event the tube spins (especially on the rear), and you have the nut tightened against the rim it can pull the stem right out of the tube. Good luck patching that.
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    Another trick from my days wrenching for an MX team, I like to safety wire my masterlink clips. If you do it correctly, it will never contact the sprocket.
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    Since I'm on a budget, I fabbed my own subframe for the racks a while back. Seems to be holding up okay. The whole thing does have quite the flex, but it appears to be the aluminum factory subframe itself twisting. Only time will tell...
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    After the tires were on, I decided to get to the fork seal. This is a TUSK brand seal with about 250 miles on it. Not good.... I have a feeling this won't be the last time I have an issue with fork seals.
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    I wear baggy style RevIt pants, and wrapped the exhaust a little while ago to try and keep it from eating my pants.
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    Just about finished
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    You Mainer's will be able to appreciate this:
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  17. Trl Rdr

    Trl Rdr Big Red Bird

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    The stock XR rims have a rubber " dust cover" on the valve stems and an oval hole in the rim. No nuts holding the stem! If the tube moves and the stem starts to lean, time for a closer check!

    Sent from my DROID RAZR HD using Tapatalk 2
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  18. walkergreenlabel

    walkergreenlabel Been here awhile

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    I've herd of safety wire for the master link and tried it but must have done it wrong because after a ride it was gone. How would one do it correctly?

    I wonder how many BRP owners are following your RR because of the bike or your stones to take such a huge step....

    Good luck & safe travels. if you make it all the way to the great white north pm me for a place to stay and garage to work in.

    Cheers
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  19. Squishy

    Squishy Elastically-kinematic.

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    I know the bike could do it! Was hinting at the whole, drop everything & live on the bike lifestyle!
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  20. rodr

    rodr Been here awhile

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    This looks good. In! :lurk
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