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

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

  1. jrzyguy

    jrzyguy Restless

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    From the Zacatecas airport, I flew to Mexico City, then to Guadalajara, and on to Sacramento, CA. This pic was taken on our approach to Mexico City...up through the fog and smog rose these two mountains, with a cloud trailing off to the side of the more prominent one.

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    Dropping down into the infamous Mexico City air. From up above, the city looked welcoming...not at all like scenes from "Man On Fire"!

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    Despite the masked policeman and dog, the airport was incredibly friendly. When I asked for help because my gate wasn't listed, an Aeromexico attendant walked with me a great distance, guiding me to my gate. This was another one of the many experiences I've had in Mexico, from people that extended themselves beyond anything I ever expected.

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    There's the Salidas/Departures board...third from the top, my gateless flight to Guadalajara! A Tiempo...si!

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    And there is my stylish Aeromexico flight attendant...love that hat!
  2. jrzyguy

    jrzyguy Restless

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    I do have a plan...it's loose, but it's my plan! First things first, a huge and sincere thank you to all of my friends that offered help in trying to diagnose the problem with my bike. I'd still be clueless without your help....thank you! I will be on a redeye Aeromexico flight this Tuesday, the 8th, returning to Zacatecas, MX. With me will be a new Mukuni TM40 Pumper carburetor, new plugs, fuel filters, a new coil and plug wires, and a new high-output stator & gasket. I'm trusting my CDI, since I was getting spark...and no one I communicated with has either seen or heard of a bad unit that was still putting out spark.

    The plugs, fuel filter, and carb will go on first. Please wish me luck...I hope to update my RR late on Wednesday with news of success!
  3. thomas.tc.young

    thomas.tc.young Been here awhile

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    Good luck jrzy looking forward to seeing you back on the road
  4. m_p_w

    m_p_w Unfunempolyed

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    Jim,

    Best of luck with the DR! I'm back in Mexico City, so don't hesitate to reach out if you need parts (hopefully not!) or translation (courtesy of the wife) help. I'm also happy to jump up to Zacatecas if I can be helpful. Hope to catch up soon.

    Looking forward to seeing you and this ride report get rolling again!

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    More of this:

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    All the best,

    Matt (the GSA one)
  5. jrzyguy

    jrzyguy Restless

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    Matt, Big thank you for your offer of assistance!
    It's always a shock to unexpectedly see myself in a photo! I'll be in touch . Jim
  6. jrzyguy

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    It's the stator. The bike still isn't running...it needs some parts...but it feels really good to have identified the problem. After adjusting the valves (they were loose) and installing a new carb, the bike didn't start. It behaved the same during my attempts to start it...it tried to start, but wouldn't. So it was on to the stator. As soon as the cover was pulled, the problem was obvious...the stator was loose...the 3 bolts that secure it to the cover had partially backed out. I brought a new stator back with me but the loosened bolts damaged their respective anchoring points. The Suzuki dealer immediately ordered a cover, the starter bearing (that fits into the cover), and 3 new bolts. The parts are scheduled to arrive Friday pm, and they will reassemble my bike before they close Friday evening. So, I'm seeing some light at the end of the tunnel...and it feels mighty good!

    Now, I need to share some history on my damaged stator. I personally installed that stator, a high output, aftermarket stator from ProCycle. And yes I did apply Locktite to the 3 mounting bolts. So, either my faulty workmanship is responsible or something failed mechanically...personally, I think it's the tech :) But since I've come clean, I will also say that I'm quite anal in my work ethic. If the failure is mine to shoulder, then it falls into the area of "lack of knowledge and experience", not "sloppiness"

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    Minutes after the sidecover was pulled.

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    The stator and the exposed sidecase.

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    Take a close look and you may be able to see the distressed bolt locations.

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    You may also be able to see some wear marks on the coils. This is not a happy stator!

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    My replacement stator is ready for its new home.

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    The tech is as happy as I am to finally uncover the problem. Although I was hoping to have a running bike today, I'll have to postpone my celebration until Friday night! But believe me, it is a huge relief to anticipate riding out of Zacatecas Saturday morning, rather than shipping my bike home. Again, thanks to all that helped diagnose the problem! Yippee!
  7. Bgunn

    Bgunn Mucha distancia

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    Glad to hear you found the problem. Looks like a good place to hang out in for a few days...
  8. RW66

    RW66 Been here awhile

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    What time are you leaving Sat and what way are leaving....via San Luis or Aguascalientes?
    If you are not planning to leave too early and would like a local to ride with you for a while let me know and we might be able meet somewhere. If you have some time I could show you a couple of things on the way to Aguascalientes....depends on how much of a hurry your in.....
    Good luck and let me know if you are interested
    RW
  9. GSF1200S

    GSF1200S Been here awhile

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    Oh boy. Looks like I'm pulling my stator cover back off before my trip to blue loctite them. Hopefully I won't have any issues.. thanks for reporting back and hell, enjoy that new tm40! You won't regret it once you crack that throttle!
  10. LoneStar

    LoneStar WhoopDeDoofus

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    Glad you got it sorted out!

    Enjoying the pics and report :deal Was through there a couple months ago and you're making me very unhappy and restless to get back :cry :lol3
  11. jrzyguy

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    I am glad to have the TM40. I understand that the power is the same as with the stock carb, but the throttle response is instantly felt! Can't wait to experience it!
  12. jrzyguy

    jrzyguy Restless

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    This is my first trip beyond Copper Canyon. I understand your desire "to get back"...I'm already looking forward to my return, and I'm still here!
  13. jrzyguy

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    No doubt, my mechanical issues extended my stay...but I couldn't be stuck in nicer place!
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    Roy, I'm looking forward to riding with you Saturday...and I'm not in a hurry!
  15. m_p_w

    m_p_w Unfunempolyed

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    Awesome! Glad to see that the problem is solved!
  16. jrzyguy

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    Mi moto is running like a DR should. Installed the stator and it started immediately! I am as happy as I can ever remember...my travels will continue! Meeting Roy, from Fresnillo, at 9 tomorrow and we will tour of some points of interest south of Zacatecas. And later in the day I plan to meet Matt W in San Miguel de Allende. We are likely to ride together to Oaxaca. So, my sojourn in Zacatecas is about to end! It's been sweet, but I'm eager to move on!

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    Red Locktite is carefully applied to each bolt.

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    It's clean and ready to accept the cover!

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    The stator is painstakingly mounted to the side cover. And yes, Locktite is applied to every fastener.

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    The side case is mounted with equal care!

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    Since the engine chewed up some metal, we drained the oil, added new oil for a flush and then replaced it with new 10 40 and a new filter. The engine should be happy for the next 3,500 miles!

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    This is my new TM40 Pumper carburetor. It looks ready to go. I'm relieved to give up my cable controled choke and look forward to simply reaching below to choke it.

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    Removed the snorkel and cut out the top of the air box for improved breathing!

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    Along with a wash to top it off, the tech took care of some odds and ends: he straightened out my front right blinker bracket (bent when it fell against the guardrail), cleaned and lubed my chain, and adjusted my headlight down to compensate for my load. I couldn't be more satisfied with the care and service I received from Zacatecas Suzuki. I would recommend them wholeheartedly. In round numbers, my bill was $150 for parts and $200 for labor. I can not begin to imagine what I would have been charged in the US. And the parts arrived in 2 days! I'm a happy camper!
  17. GSF1200S

    GSF1200S Been here awhile

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    Yup. Its also much better if you lug it at all. The bike won't buck and jerk below 3k like before. That said, you generally want to keep the rpms up above 3k. You will love the instant power. Since you modified the air box, you will prolly also notice a little extra power too.

    How hard is the choke to get at with the ims tank mounted? I'd rather keep the knob choke instead of getting a choke relocator kit.
  18. RW66

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    Jim
    It was nice ridding with you yesterday. Let me know if you ever get back in the area and if you have time maybe I could have the pleasure of showing you a couple of more places.
    Hope you got to SMA ok. If you stop at the Garufa to eat, tell the owner you bring him saludos from Fresnillo. The owner of the Garufa in SMA is from Fresnillo and his mother works for a good friend of mine.
    Keep the reports comming. Great job.
    Travel safe
    Roy
  19. rockymountainoyster

    rockymountainoyster Been here awhile

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    Hey Jim,
    Garufa in Zacatecas is where we had dinner. I didn't try the one in SMA. It is right up the street, towards the Jardin, from Posada de Las Monjas. Don't know where you are today but hope you got to SMA and are at Las Monjas, good affordable place with parking and you can walk everywhere. There are so many great restaurants there. Make sure to go to La Mesa Grande on corner of Zacateros and Pila Seca, great coffee, pan chocolate, nice staff, way cheaper and better than the corporate coffee up at the Jardin. I am in Mexico City for a couple of days and then flying to Chile on Tuesday. Will be back in a month. Went to SMA for 3 days stayed for three weeks. How long are you planning to be down here in Mex?

    David
  20. jrzyguy

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    It's easy to reach, but takes a little while to memorize the location since it's visually blocked by the tank and I have to feel for it.