It's Time To Move On - A BugsOnMyFace Global Sidecar Adventure

Discussion in 'Epic Rides' started by mightymatt43, Nov 6, 2011.

  1. mightymatt43

    mightymatt43 URALiNEED

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    What a weird thing - I honestly didn't feel sick until I got off the ship, and even then it was several hours later. I haven't spent much time on boats in the ocean... it was an experience.


    As always - thanks for your encouragement, sir...
    I don't know if I'm cut out for a long stretches at sea, especially on a sailboat. Maybe it just takes some time to get used to it. I will say that I've spent a bit of time flipping through racing sailboat magazines and that looks pretty freaking fun!


    That's funny you say that - the guy who came up with me on the top deck when the weather was bad was from BC and said the exact same thing. He said it really felt like home.

    Do it! It's a totally different animal than 2 wheels but so much fun...

    Thanks!
    My mom has some pretty serious inner ear problems and was the one who convinced us to take that medication. It is some strong stuff. My wife was just like yours - out. I just felt drunk... definitely can't take it and expect to do much but relax.


    That's crazy that you just posted that - someone at the hostel we're staying at just told us the same thing this morning at breakfast. I kind of didn't believe it. I wonder if it will last??

    Haha...
    Glad that you spent some time behind the lens. What kind of gear are you using?


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    All shall be revealed in our next post! :D
    We're a little behind but I don't really like to post every day. I feel like each post needs to be pretty substantial so I usually let it pile up a bit. After our next post, though, we'll be caught up to the present.
  2. mightymatt43

    mightymatt43 URALiNEED

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    Day 56 - 66 in South America: Puerto Varas, Chile to Santiago, Chile

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    One of the really enjoyable bonuses to travelling like vagabonds is the chance to really experience a location. With getting the bike serviced by a BMW mechanic as our only pressing matter, we decided to kick our feet up and spend a bit of time in Puerto Varas. I won’t say that we found it especially wonderful, but it was a comfortable place to watch the world go by for a few days. As if we hadn't done enough of that on the ferry...

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    Like she always does, Kristen was able to track down an artisans market. It's an amazing talent of hers:
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    The catch phrase for the restaurant below was “Keep Walking” which seemed pretty odd for a restaurant on the square that probably relied on foot traffic for business. It was strangely empty...
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    We did quite a bit of walking around town, eating and photography but I also allotted an afternoon of some maintenance issues that needed to be addressed with the bike.

    The rear brake had turned to absolute mush and I noticed a severe problem in braking power after we got off the ferry. It turns out that our oil leak had sprayed so much fluid over the bike that even the rear wheel and rotor had become compromised.
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    I took everything apart, tracked down a hardware store to buy wire brushes and sandpaper, and went to work. The top pad is untouched, the bottom has been scrubbed...
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    ...and here shows a brand new pad on top and the scrubbed pad below. I was hoping to save my extra set (mainly because they’re $150/pair!) until we could get our leak figured out, but I have no desire to put us in danger...
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    With the scrubbing finished, I did my best to clean up all the parts and the rear wheel. I then took the bike apart a bit to get to the air filter...
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    Surprisingly not as horrible I was expecting. After the amount of gravel and dirt roads we have been riding, I was anticipating much worse.
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    After cleaning up things a bit more, zip tying rags in a few strategic places to catch some of the rogue oil, and getting BigBoi back together, it seemed like it was time to hit the road again.

    (One of the rags to catch rogue oil after a day of riding:)
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    Due to the recommendation of the hostel owner, we headed up Highway 5 to Pucon the next day. I have to say that it was pretty odd to ride up such a smooth, windless road after spending so much time in Patagonia. Kind of boring, really...

    Once we left the highway to head East to Pucon the ride became quite a bit more pleasant. The town was pretty and harmless. We did the usual: coffee and cake, Kristen somehow found another market and we walked the streets until dark.
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    The next day we headed further North to a town called Los Angeles, which actually turned out to be pretty sizeable. Big enough to have us riding in circles around the downtown trying to find a place to stay. It was here that we decided to splurge and stay at the nicest hotel we’ve been to while in South America.

    BigBoi got his own underground lair.
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    I decided to “splurge” further and treat myself to something familiar. It turned out to be one of the more awkward exchanges of our travels...
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    All I wanted was a Big Mac. It’s gross, I know. But I just wanted a Big Mac and Los Angeles was big enough for a McDonalds. We walked in and I said, “Me gustaria un Big Mac, papas fritas y una Coca Cola”. Pretty basic stuff. The girl taking my order just stared like I was making farting noises with my mouth rather than speaking. I repeated my sentence again and still, nothing. Another guy finally came to her rescue and told me, “I speak a little English. How can I help you?” This is how the following conversation played out:

    Me to Man: I would like a Big Mac.
    Man to Girl at Register: Un Big Mac.
    Me to Man: And Fries.
    Man to Girl at Register: Y papas fritas.
    Me to Girl at Register: Y una Coca Cola.
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    Man to Girl at Register: Y una Coca Cola.
    Girl at Register: Oh.

    Either way, we finally got our burger and my stomach regretted it later. Probably because of what we did next at the mall...
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    Why would I not just stick to empanadas...?
    Let’s just say our bodies were not happy with our food choices.

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    The next day we left our soft sheets, indoor pool, private bathroom and BigBoi’s secret playground for the town of Talca. Again, the ride was uneventful on the highway though we did get amazingly lost in Talca when we finally arrived. We spent the rest of the day doing what we do best: coffee, walking the streets and playing with the local canines.
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    The next morning, we woke up and rode straight into the heart of Santiago.
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    I can honestly say that for such a big city it really is not too bad to ride the bike around. Thanks to our GPS (which is hardly ever accurate) we were able to find a nice hostel in the Bellavista district, drop our gear off and then rush the bike to the local BMW dealership.
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    WB Motors. I had read some really bad reviews of this place on the internet but decided to give them a chance anyway...
    When we arrived, I’m fairly certain that every single one of their employees came out to greet us. We were eventually pointed towards Claudio (who I believe is the manager) so that we could explain the issues we were having in English.

    After a pretty thorough inspection of the bike, Claudio dropped the bad news. The doorway to the service garage was clearly made with the width of a normal motorcycle in mind.
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    “But,” he said “You guys are in a foreign country and I want to help you.” So, even though they had never worked on a bike with a sidecar before (which admittedly makes it a bit more difficult), even though they were going to have create a portable work station outside, and even though we had a pretty strict time schedule for when the work needed to be finished, he decided that they would take us on. Sweet!

    After Kristen drooled over this triple black GS (how cool is it that she is into motorcycles) we hopped in a cab and headed back to the hostel with hopes of a bike sans oil leak in our near future.
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    We dropped the bike off last Thursday afternoon and we were told it would be ready by Monday afternoon. So for the past several days, we’ve just been kicking it in Santiago... pictures have been taken, of course.

    I’ve eaten an unnatural amount of churros - I’m certain that the guy knows me at this point...
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    We visited the Plano de Ubicacion la Vega Central which was a bit like Reading Terminal in Philadelphia on steroids. Intense.
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    We’ve admired the stunning amount of street art in the Bellavista district:
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    There are a ton of scooters and mini-bikes on the street around here. I don't know what this is but I want it:
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    We have done a crazy amount of walking with no real purpose in mind and have stumbled upon some of the beauty that Santiago has to offer:
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    Over the past few days, I have learned that a meal called cazuela is one of the best things I’ve ever eaten:
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    We went to a concert (also a rally but the music was awesome):
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    Met this llama:
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    And rested our heads at Hostel del Barrio:
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    Not a great area (we've been asked for drugs twice and have seen a pretty gnarly fight but the owner is a hell of a guy).

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    That brings us back to today.
    We woke this morning and headed over to WB Motors to see how BigBoi was doing. It turns out that he has been severally spoiled. Not only was his 12,000 mile service completed (we’re at 13,500 miles though, whoops), but the oil leak is no more and the entire rig was washed clean. Spoiled.
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    Details on the Oil Leak:
    Claudio wasn't there today and Paulo only speaks a bit of English. Claudio is supposed to email me with more details but this is what I got from Paulo. The leak was coming from where I suspected but apparently there is a washer that is supposed to seal that long bolt that runs into the engine case. The washer was not there. It could have broken or maybe it was misplaced, I'm not sure. Either way, the bolt was vibrated loose by the sidecar mount so I will need to find a long term solution to that problem.

    The bike was test ridden by one of the mechanics there and he was very adamant about telling me that it scared the crap out of him. :eek1

    Overall, I am very impressed by WB Motors. They really went out of their way to help us out. The only thing they screwed up on was that they didn't replace my brake pads like I wanted when they cleaned everything up. They told me that it wasn't necessary, but after riding back to the hostel, it's clear the pads have been corrupted by the oil. I will be replacing them myself first thing.

    So what now?
    That's a bit complicated. Kristen's best friend is getting married this weekend in Texas, so we'll be flying back to San Antonio tomorrow and leaving the bike in a storage unit owned by a friend of Gaston from SAXplorer. We also have decided to be back in Texas to be with Kristen's parents for the year anniversary of Ryan's death. It's only right that we are together on that day. Also, my little sister is getting married in about a month, so we're just going to be leaving the bike down here while we take care of stuff in Texas for 4 our 5 weeks.

    WE WILL BE BACK to continue our travels soon and I'll be checking in on ADVRider quite a bit, I'm sure.

    We'll be back!​
  3. AceRph

    AceRph Affluenza Free! Administrator

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    Safe travels home! I, for one, will be standing by. :wave
  4. Sparky216

    Sparky216 Adventurer

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    Safe travels and great ride report. God I love that spirit....but I love my three kids more so I will just live vicariously through your ride report.....lol. Thanks again! It's been a pleasure to read.:clap<?xml:namespace prefix = o ns = "urn:schemas-microsoft-com:eek:ffice:eek:ffice" /><o:p></o:p>
  5. cavemanjed

    cavemanjed Been here awhile

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    Great report guys. :clap I have recommended it to several people. Can't wait to see more. I'm a fellow Texan, if I run into you, beers on me.

    Best of Luck
  6. ata

    ata expat in the jungle

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    awesome

    waiting for more
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  7. Racenut

    Racenut Adventurer

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    Glad you were able to get Big Boi fixed up before going home so you can focus on family and relax and not worry about the bike. Enjoy your uhhh "vacation" from your adventure. :thumb
  8. cmaridersa

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    So what now?
    That's a bit complicated. Kristen's best friend is getting married this weekend in Texas, so we'll be flying back to San Antonio tomorrow and leaving the bike in a storage unit owned by a friend of Gaston from SAXplorer. We also have decided to be back in Texas to be with Kristen's parents for the year anniversary of Ryan's death. It's only right that we are together on that day. Also, my little sister is getting married in about a month, so we're just going to be leaving the bike down here while we take care of stuff in Texas for 4 our 5 weeks.

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    The Texas Ural Rally is coming up!

    Give me a call if you have time after you return for your break. Will be "Motor-Marshalling" for the Tour de Cure bicycle ride the next two Saturdays, then headed to the Ural rally the following Thursday.
  9. hwy61

    hwy61 Been here awhile

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    What a treat it's been following along on this adventure...Thanks! Say Matt, I seem to remember in a post here that you mentioned you were once on tour in a band...care to elaborate?

    Cheers,
    Pete
  10. sandsman

    sandsman I ride more than some and less than others.

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    Who knows, I might bump into ya'll down in the San Antonio area. I will be down there riding with my girlfriend and my sister and her hubby. So if you see something that looks like this, that's me. Love to buy ya'll a coke or coffee.

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  11. ooweel

    ooweel Jobless, Its OK!

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    You can't go away for a month and leave us hangin! We are all in on this RR.
    My wife and I want to see Texas family and Wedding pic's as this is part of the whole adventure. :deal
  12. Roadracer_Al

    Roadracer_Al louder, louder, louder!

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    As usual, good to hear your travels are treating you well.

    I think you won't regret it if you just bite the bullet and bring new pads back from TX with you.

    FYI, the Sachs MadAss is available in the US. A friend of mine is looking for one here in San Francisco. Maybe that's your next adventure bike. The Rockies by MadAss. LOL...
  13. Horton

    Horton Been here awhile

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  14. Hogslayer

    Hogslayer motomaniac

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    Glad you two are doing fine and got the bike problem all sorted out......I can now relax while having my coffee and cake....:eek1 For some reason I keep having cravings for coffee and cake....:eek1 Oh well ...thats weird.... :evil
  15. Abenteuerfahrer

    Abenteuerfahrer Deaf on Wheels

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    It was just a washer to sort out the oil leak ?...Woo..great..... Ride on, ride far, ride safe. See you both here in 5 weeks :cry.

    Cheers..
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    J-Dub Combat Commuter

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    Glad to hear you guys got the leak sorted out. Have a nice time in SA!
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    backoutonthehighway ATGMOTT/MOTGATT

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    Still need to spend some time catching up, but I'm IN!

    Sorry to learn of your loss, but love your sense of adventure and urgency to live NOW. Looking forward to catching up over the weekend so I can follow along in "real time."

    Cheers and safe travels!
  18. mightymatt43

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    Day 67 in South America: Santiago, Chile to San Antonio, TX

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    Before we took off for our month or so in the USA, we put our bike in a secured warehouse where it will hopefully stay safe while we're gone.

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    Considering there were a couple of other BMWs kitted out for world travel, I'm pretty optimistic.

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    It's been a couple of days since we left South America and we've already survived wedding number 1. I ended up being the head photographer for the entire day while Kristen completely took over as coordinator. I am so happy that our friends got married, but I need to say that after shooting hundreds of weddings, we're both pretty much burnt out.

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    We've got a video we're putting together with footage from our first bit of travel in South America so stay tuned...

  19. mightymatt43

    mightymatt43 URALiNEED

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    Awesome! We've got some pretty incredible places to see on our list as we head further north... it's going to be epic!


    We happily welcome as many friends to live vicariously through our report as possible! You've made a good choice though - there is no replacement for spending time with your kids!

    Thanks! I may take you up on your offer if the opportunity presents itself...


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    Hahah - I know, I know. It's totally ridiculous what we're doing but there was really no way around it aside from just skipping two very important weddings. Ah well, I have a bunch of tools I'd like to pick up while I'm in the US so it all works out...


    Awesome. Wait, so what is the date for the Ural rally? This coming Thursday? I would love to get the chance to ride our GU to the rally if possible...

    Thank you for following along...
    As far as the band, you might know me from my exploits in a tiny group called U2...

    ...I kid. We were just an unknown, regional rock band that accidently got signed by Sony. We plugged away at it for a couple years but it just took me away from Kris for too much time as we were constantly touring. That and we got dropped!


    That would be great - I'll definitely recognize your rig and will come find you if I see it. When are you planning to come down? It is already getting hot here...

    You got it! We'll be back down and on the road soon enough... Promise.

    I actually had a fresh pair with me but I stupidly was trying to salvage the old pair. Either way, I am planning to get a few more extra parts while I'm here (pads, air filter, oil filter(s), belt, o-rings, and a new fuel pump controller since I sold the extra I had) so we should be good to go. I also need to buy a few quality tools to replace some of the crap stuff I have down in South America. I had a set of cheap torx bits that just kept braking off...:huh

    And don't give me any ideas on that MadAss. I don't think the missus could take it...


    I would most definitely take you up on your offer of cake! I have a major sweet tooth.

    What you linked is a really interesting idea. I have got to come up with a better way to get the fender hooked up. Reducing the weight would be a great idea too!



    Hahah - yeah, we have a thing for coffee and cake. You know it's a problem when you start taking pictures of it...

    I have to say that I'm not totally convinced. The dealership seemed to know what they were doing but I'm planning on spending some time with the mechanic from our local shop and asking him for some advice. It just seems too easy...

    Thanks! We are both planning on eating as many tacos as humanly possible while we're home...


    Turns out this is a great time for you to jump in. You've got some time to catch up and in a few weeks we'll be off again and you'll be reading in real time. Nice!
  20. sion

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    ...I kid. We were just an unknown, regional rock band that accidently got signed by Sony. We plugged away at it for a couple years but it just took me away from Kris for too much time as we were constantly touring. That and we got dropped!



    what was the name of the band?