I'm back again, and in even more of a jam this time

Discussion in 'West – California, the desert southwest and whatev' started by Parepin, Jan 15, 2012.

  1. Parepin

    Parepin The Filthy Nomad

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    That's... a tough one to answer
    Heya guys. Been having a blast here in Baja over the last couple of weeks. This ride has been an extension of my two past rides across the US and Canada and will be added to my existing ride report, The Rootbeer Run... , but that's not a priority at the moment. The beach camp here just south of Loreto is the shit. Lots of snorkeling and fishing and hiking and all that jazz. Just livin the life, you know.


    Well... it hasn't all been peachy keen. I've a question I would like to throw out there to you guys.


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    So I'm riding down the road one night, returning from town. There is nothing special or particularly hardcore about this road. No wheelies, no jumps, no hard hits. Just about 20 miles of washboard. I'm putzin along in fourth gear when the front falls off.

    The front just fell off.

    I hit the deck and slide to a stop. I may have cussed a few times before I strapped my tank bag to my back and walked some ten to fifteen miles back to camp. I don't think I made it back until well after 2AM.

    Needless to say I was pretty pissed off.
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    And my mind still has trouble wrapping around HOW exactly this happened.
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    Before I left home i even sandblasted my frame and checked everything for any stress cracks before having it all powdercoated. I was lucky, though. I walked away from it with little more than a stiff knee after eating shit in fourth gear, which I estimate puts me somewhere between 45-50MPH. Had it been daylight hours I no doubt would have been going quite a bit quicker and could have really been in trouble. And now with the frame out of the way checking valves will be nice and easy.

    So, anyway, I managed to work out a deal with a local farmer and hauled my bike over to his place for storage.

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    Now I haven't told anyone back home about any of this and probably won't until I get myself situated a little better. I was able to borrow my buddy Ian's bike to run into town and get the word out. As far as a game plan goes, I'm going to throw the rest of my camp gear into storage down at the beach camp for the time being and try to catch a ride back into town with just a backpack to haul around. I'll grab a hotel and try to figure out the logistics of it all. By the sounds of it I'll have to catch a bus down to La Paz and then catch a flight to Tijuana where I should be able to walk across the border back into San Diego. Either that or maybe catch a ride with some folks going north.

    Once I'm across the border I'll be shopping around for a truck to both haul my bike north and live out of for the next several week-months while I try to establish myself on the west coast. A small diesel pickup with a cap would be nice, 4X4 would be superb, but beggars can't be choosers. When it all comes down to it, my main priority needs to be just go get north of the border and from there I can just wing it.

    Now the reason I am posting all of this is that, simply put, I don't know anyone on the west coast short of Motomedic and he's a bit out of range. I'm open to any and all suggestions. I don't think I'll have a problem getting into San Diego and finding a place, motel or otherwise, to crash for a few. Everything else is kind of in the air.

    And so if anyone has and ideas, lets hear them. I'll be posting in the regionals as well, but I'm limited with my communication around here. I've no cell phone and won't have WIFI again for another week, after I get dropped off back in town again.

    For what it's worth, I've about $6K to my name with which I'll be "Starting my new life". I'm willing to put about half of that into a (hopefully) reliable vehicle. Come on, guys! My wheels are spinnin!
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  2. larryboy

    larryboy Chopper Rider

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    Nice one!!

    At least you had a smile on your face and didn't get hurt. :deal


    I'd weld it back together for you if I was a little closer.

    Maybe hit up Eagle Mike and see if he has a frame he could sell you. (619) 261-1281


    You're not the first to break one in half, it happens.
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  3. Parepin

    Parepin The Filthy Nomad

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    Thanks for the quick reply. I'm not immediately concerned with getting a frame and all that sorted out, although that IS an option I'd considered. As far as welding it goes, I COULD have it welded back together but I doubt it would be straight and I know I wouldn't feel safe riding it. On top of that, when the front end went AWOL it shredded the radiator and some other misc. bullshit, so I don't think I'll be riding out of here.

    Indeed, I'm glad I wasn't too mangled all things considered. Oddly enough, once I'd had a chance to fully evaluate the situation that night I just started laughing. And even on the walk back to camp, as I dove into a bag of grilled chicken and other munchies, I couldn't stop laughing. It's kinda messed up like that...

    I'd heard of a few other guys cracking their frames, but this is a first for me. My buddy was quick to call it a fluke. Either way, I don't recall hearing about the hazards of frame separation in either the manual or online forums.
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  4. airborndad

    airborndad Long timer

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    KLR's seem to like doing that
    Ca Stu's


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  5. jnyrav

    jnyrav Been here awhile

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    Sorry, Parapin....

    It may be easier and cheaper just to buy a new bike rather than a pickup and part out your old one...

    I've got a buddy w/ a KLR, good shape, Race Tech suspension....I could talk to him and see if he is willing to sell..

    Interested??
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  6. petefromberkeley

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    :lol3. I hate to laugh, but seeing as no one got hurt too bad it is a little funny. I know a guy who's BMW snapped in half like that in Ecuador.

    I don't have any good advice though. Actually, I think you are doing everything right (which includes a positive attitude). If you really want to save money, you could take the bus all the way to TJ. Beyond that, I'll bet a new (used) KLR would be cheaper than going back to get the old one. Cheaper than a truck too- though you may need a truck for whatever else you have planned.

    I wish I had more to offer. Good luck
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  7. johngil

    johngil Reseda, CA

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    I think they all do that.
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  8. tbarstow

    tbarstow Two-wheelin' Fool

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    How did you check it for cracks? In aerospace, we sandblast, then pickle, then go to NDT, as the blasting process can close up the surface cracks.

    +1 on taking the bus back to TJ. Cheap and quick.
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  9. Parepin

    Parepin The Filthy Nomad

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    I sandblasted the frame then looked at it REAL close on a sunny day... that's about all I've got. It could have been micro-cracks or whatever the term is. A few months before this roadtrip I DID manage to flip the KLR end over end, more or less destroying everything from the handlebars up. I didn't notice anything at the time that made me think the frame was an issue, but if I'm honest with myself I've had this "frame break" phobia in the back of my mind from day one.


    As far as the salvage plan, there's no doubt that a new used KLR would be much cheaper. But this KLR has many mods, including a Schnitz 705 engine and Ricor suspension front and rear, that are all perfectly fine. Throw in with that the luggage rack, side boxes, thermo-bobs, IMS tank, etc. Even then, I might just barely break even. The thing is, this bike has ALOT of sentimental value. I've done 60K miles coast to coast several times on this bike. I've met hundreds of people, dozens of new long time friends, and a few personal 'EUREKA!' moments on the adventures this bike has taken me on. Not to mention the sticker collection. The wallet screams, but for peace of mind I'd like to have it back. Even if it sits in my garage or is turned into a coffee table. I brought it this far, I'm bringing it back.
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  10. Parepin

    Parepin The Filthy Nomad

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    And I'm not sure I can take a 17 hour bus ride to TJ. I'll keep the option open, but in the end I know I just can't sit that long. The plan that I'm working towards is from camp to Loreto as a first hurtle, then to La Paz on a three hour bus ride, then a flight to Tijuana where I will walk to the US and hope to jebus that someone takes pity on me.


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  11. NSFW

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    buying an inexpensive/used pick up or van may add another headache for ya.

    your best bet is find someone from the u.s (lots of them in the small coastal towns) who is returning to the u.s and has room in their vehicle to haul your bike.
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  12. booger1

    booger1 Long timer

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    I'm glad your in good spitrits, that's funny.:rofl
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  13. RAZR

    RAZR in person I'm actually a nice guy. I promise.

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    i second the suggestion on contacting Eagle Mike in San Diego.

    :deal


    good luck:D
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  14. airborndad

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  15. RAZR

    RAZR in person I'm actually a nice guy. I promise.

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    i reposted on KLR650.net

    i also PM'd Eagle Mike on KLR650.net since he hasn't been active on ADV in a couple of years.



    good luck.

    and i have a couch you can crash at if you make it to L.A. :freaky
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  16. JD Diesel

    JD Diesel n00b

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    I have a complete 08 frame. Dont know if they are different from the older one's. 100.00....JD
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  17. tbarstow

    tbarstow Two-wheelin' Fool

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    If you walk across the border in Tijuana, you can take the Red Car into San Diego for a couple of bucks. From the central station in San Diego, you can walk to the airport, or take Amtrak to most places on the California coast.

    Post up a few pics of the fracture and us engineering types can give you a pretty good guess as to the failure mode and starting point of the cracks in your frame.
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  18. Wolfgang55

    Wolfgang55 Long timer

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    Am betting there are many more crack problem w/ frame & the sub as well.

    Sounds like you should exhaust all the gringos in your current area for a ride North w/ your stuff.
    $ talk loud.

    Then check out the local truck owners for a ride back.

    Try not to do a return trip. Your best answers per $ & time lie where the problem rest.

    Very best of luck to you.

    This is going to be a good or bad RR to keep up w/.
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  19. Salsa

    Salsa Been here awhile

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    If it was me I would become an instant member of Bajanomad (I already am) and ask on the forums for a ride and try to take the bike.
    I did something like that, but it was self inflicted.

    Don :clap
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  20. seabee1

    seabee1 we build, we fight

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    didn't i hear about an inmate that lives in petes camp down in san filippe?
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