Heading south... hopefully all the way...

Discussion in 'Ride Reports - Epic Rides' started by jrzyguy, Oct 12, 2012.

  1. munchmeister

    munchmeister Grow'd Up Mini Trail

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    The day of our birth, buddy. Happy Birthday. Intriguing story. Sorry to hear about Copper Canyon.

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  2. jrzyguy

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    Love these signs...let's see, I think my choice is Zacatecas!

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    Here we are at the dealership. It looks a lot like what we'd see at home, but the bikes on the showroom floor are smaller...many 125cc and 250cc street bikes with drum brakes, yes drum brakes!

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    Here is my tech getting into it. I stayed with him from 9am - 3:30pm...he was incredibly thorough and dedicated to the task.

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    Watching him work in the shop with compressed air, a full toolbox, and a clean workbench, confirmed that this was not a job to attempt on the side of the road, unless you don't have a choice.

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    Everything looks good so far!

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    Well, the bike looks like bare bones compared to a few hours ago.

    Unfortunately, when the bike was reassembled, it still didn't start...damn! I took a long walk back to my hotel to consider my options at this point!
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  3. jrzyguy

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    A view of Zacatecas looking west. This is the first city I've visited so far with an substantial historic district, or "Centro".

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    I took the cable car to the hilltop overlooking the city. We passed the pictured car on its way down. The views from the car and hilltop are well worth the ride...80 pesos round trip, or $6.20.

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    This colonnade was on the side of the hilltop chapel. The architecture and buildings in Zacatecas are beautiful.

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    Another perspective from the hilltop!

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    The front facade of the Cathedral of the Virgin Mary. They like details, don't they?

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    The nightlife in Zacatecas is vibrant. People in large numbers are out every night. This pic is of the plaza with stairs across from my hotel, the Hotel Reyna Soledad. The people in the pic are gathered with their children to watch a clown perform.

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    Here is a Christmas show put on by students from local schools. Hearing familiar Christmas music with Spanish lyrics is very entertaining!

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    Can you tell they're in Mexico?

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    The young man at front left (not in the silver suit) is very talented...next stop, Broadway!


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    This beautiful young lady has "performance anxiety" written all over her expressions. She's up next!
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  4. xlcc

    xlcc Been here awhile

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    Just a thought,the side stand switch is tied to the ignition,so is the clutch switch and if they malfunction it can be intermiten and difficult to track down.If you have not eliminated the side stand switch now is a good time to do this.I don't think your carb is the problem if it was running fine. A vacume leak can make the engine difficult to start,maybe at the enrichener or the intake manifold.you can easily check by spraying some eather or starting fluid or even WD40 at the joints and if your rpm fluctuates that spot needs attention.Good luck I hope you get mobile.
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  5. jrzyguy

    jrzyguy Restless

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    I disabled both the sidestand and clutch switches last year. And you're right...they were causing me problems and had to go.
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  6. xlcc

    xlcc Been here awhile

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    Have you got spark at the plugs?Sometimes those phoney connectors under the tank or behind your headlight look good but they are not making a good contact.
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  7. jrzyguy

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    After receiving lots of feedback (both fuel delivery & electrical) trying to diagnose my mechanical problem, I had my tech do an even more thorough disassembly of the carb, including the pilot jet. We cleaned the carb body and all parts with carburetor cleaner, ran wires or pipe cleaners through their openings, soaked them in Pine Sol, and blew them dry with compressed air.

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    My tech even refashioned a screw driver to fit the slotted pilot jet for removal. Once again though, after reassembly the bike did not start. I am now more sure than ever the problem is electrical. After considering my options, I decided to leave the bike in Zacatecas, fly to CA, research and gather replacements for the potentially defective parts, and ship them with instructions to my tech. It may seem like an expensive solution, but it is less costly than staying here since receiving parts at this time of the year is a slow process. And a huge bonus with my plan will be to spend time with Julie...I've been on the road a month!

    Once the problem/s are resolved and the bike is running well, I'll return to Zacatecas and resume my adventure! For now, I'll share more pics of this amazing city...I've been Zacatecas for a week now! I can not dream of being delayed in a more beautiful city! The weather, restaurants, and architecture are amazing...and the people, especially the people, have been so warm and helpful. They have made a difficult situation so much easier for me to work through. Last, but certainly not least, a huge thank you to all of those that offered suggestions and support as I tried to work through this challenge...the response to my request for help was impressive, much of which was received via email. A big thank you to all of you!

    Now, let's look at more pictures of Zacatecas!
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  8. jrzyguy

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    This cafe is next door to my hotel. Patricia, the owner, bakes fresh pastries every day. Coffee and one of her treats is tough to pass up when I'm coming and going.

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    This is Dave, a fellow traveler from Telluride, CO, who is also staying at Hotel Reyna Soledad. He is riding a GS and plans to escape the winter weather while exploring Mexico.

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    The choice of cafes and restaurants with attached bars seems endless. It's fun to walk the city, exploring the possibilities! Dave and I were doing just that!


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    This outdoor ice rink is also in the Centro district. The city and people celebrate Christmas with passion! There is music playing and a huge video screen behind the rink. At night especially, people crowd in and enjoy spending time with one another.

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    This street shot is across the plaza from our hotel.

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    Many of the establishments have doors to tiny balconies. Here, the best tables allow patrons to interact and simulaneously do some people watching.

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    This is one of many traveling party groups with their own musicians. They walk around the neighborhood, stopping from time to time to dance and celebrate.

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    This group even has their own El Diablo...a very animated guy!

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    The restaurant on the left is owned by a retired Mexican singer...Arturo is bilingual and recommended lots of must see attractions around the city. He serves up great local Zacatecan cusine!
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    Here is another partying group. As you can see, they like to get into the picture!

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    The burro is in the action to...what do you think of his hat?
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    It's unusual to see larger bikes...but the night seems to bring out the best!

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    Not everyone has a moto! This man on his burro was passing my hotel this morning...he is one happy guy!
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    There are several museums in town. I finally checked one out...glad I did!
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    The Police look very serious, especially the masked ones! The Police presence is effective...I feel completely safe and have walked all over the city during my visit.
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  13. kobukan

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    Great pics!

    Thanks for sharing. Sorry to hear about your moto issues . . . hope you get it sorted and back on the road soon.
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  14. going south

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    Great pic's and narrative, keep it up please...

    sorry to hear about the scoot, good luck with it...

    Ride safe,

    Regards, Jim..
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    Rolling wheels are happy wheels and I hope you are on the move again....
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  16. fortrider

    fortrider Been here awhile

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    Jim,
    Call or e mail me if I can assist you with parts.
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  17. rockymountainoyster

    rockymountainoyster Been here awhile

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    Great stuff Jim. It was a pleasure to meet you and hang with you for a few days. I hope that the bike gets sorted out soon. San Miguel de Allende is a great place. Will have been here for a week tomorrow. Staying at Posada de las Monjas. Good affordable place with secure parking and short walk to Jardin. No flower pots to crunch! Some great local riding.
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    Be sure to be in the Zocalo New Years Eve. Good fireworks and a generally fun time.
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    Matt took this shot of me on our first day out of Topolobompo, on our way to Creel and Copper Canyon!
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    This officer is extremely proud of his ST1300. He was standing off to the side when he saw that I was about to take a picture of his bike. He quickly motioned to me to wait, while he strut over to his bike, put on his hat and sunglasses, and got back on it. Then he flashed his "serious" expression! I don't think I could outrun him on my DR, even after I install my new carburetor :)

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    This is a front tire on a delivery truck in Zacatecas. I wonder what the tire will look like when he decides to replace it? Hopefully he'll replace the 2 missing lug nuts sometime soon. All kidding aside, I have to share the road with this truck!

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    This colorful character was watching the activities at the Ice Rink. I love to see and to watch interesting people!