Jammin thru the Global South

Discussion in 'Epic Rides' started by Jammin, Mar 4, 2010.

  1. dave6253

    dave6253 aka. dave62538675309

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    Ouch! Hang in there Jay.
  2. Jay

    Jay Redbear Rides

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    Jay,
    That news about your engine sucks. If I can help, let me know.
    Might be best to put it out to the universe like you are doing and see what happens over the next few days. I see that Procycle already answered with a good offer over in the DR650 thread.
    Jammit, lashit, bashit...okay maybe not.
    Jay
  3. Mfed

    Mfed Been here awhile

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    I have a cylinder head, cam (no sprocket), piston and pin if you need them. Some other parts laying around as well - no cam chain tho. I'm in SF proper - PM me if you think any of this stuff may be of use to you.

    EDIT: Just saw you phone # in another post. Too late to call you right now, but I PM'd you my #. :beer
  4. V@lentino

    V@lentino Inspektor

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    Hi Jay,

    The glass half full says its all good, you are doing this with chronological sense, breakdowns and spending money on mechanical snafu now instead of later.

    You'll be on your way soon. Good luck on your journey, I will be following it closely, Africa will be amazing.

    Subscribed:lurk
  5. Jammin

    Jammin Living on a DR

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    Well good news is that I've found a known donor motor to put in my bike :clap The friend I've been staying with, Shridhar, has an 03 DR that he's not riding much, uses his V-Strom more and ask agreed to let me take the motor for a moderate price. Either I find another engine for him down the line or he's ready to sell his bike minus the motor.

    And I'm in good hands, staying with rider friend of his who's helping me out by driving me around and letting me use his fully equipped garage to do the transplant. He's also throwing a party in my honor this weekend as a trip send off / break-down mourning :freaky :lol2 Very interesting couple: intellectuals, veteran, artist. As they say, when one door closes, another opens.

    And I guess this is what I really envisioned this trip to be about: meeting interesting people and sharing stories. I hoped it would already be happening south of the border, but hey, what's a week or two in the span of 2 years and I knew I really wouldn't have any control of how this trip pans out. Am glad my plans are pretty flexible to absorb situations like this.

    This is just a hiccup, one of many in the next few years ahead :nod but looks like I'm eating into my maintenance budget rather quickly :fitz

    I'm still going to make it to Africa one way or the other :wink:
  6. Jammin

    Jammin Living on a DR

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    Haha, I knew you'd chime in with that comment :lol2 I'm not ready to throw in the towel on the DR and never will be if the issues are something of my doing. If the design was inherently poor I wouldn't have chosen the DR in the first place, but the design is robust and if treated properly, very reliable. This is still a great bike for a trip like this and I hope to show the DR in a good light once I get rolling again.

    I did consider buying another bike, but I've spent way too many hours setting up the electrics just the way I wanted on this chassis plus the suspension that's on there now and it would take much longer to do than to swap in a different motor. I've taken my DR motor out of and put it back in the frame. Shouldn't be much work once I get my hands on the donor motor - wont happen till Monday. And I'll do a shake down ride to make sure everything is set right and have the mechanics at Werkstatt look it over before setting off again.

    Thanks for the offer, but yeah, Ive got access to a used known motor to swap in. :beer
  7. WOXOF

    WOXOF Just wander'n

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    That is fantastic. Here's to your friend Shridhar :beer
    At least leave him with your old engine, so if he ends up selling his bike without a motor, he can offer that one to the buyer.

    Enjoy your weekend.
    You should easily be across the border by this time next week.
    Looking forward to more stories of your journey.

    Safe Travels
  8. goodcat8

    goodcat8 I can pass this guy.....

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    :thumb
  9. prince_ruben

    prince_ruben Long timer

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  10. Morinite

    Morinite KLRista

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    Keep going, you're on a roll.

    Gotta love friends with spare motors laying around.

    Morinite out
  11. Jammin

    Jammin Living on a DR

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    Sweet, Jeff from ProCycle made an offer to buy my lunched motor, which should help offset some of my costs :beer Thanks Jeff!

    New motor should be going in Monday or Tuesday.

    Thanks for all the support guys. :D
  12. timk519

    timk519 Long timer

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    :lol3 glad to read you've managed to recover so fast. :freaky
  13. adventurecycle

    adventurecycle Been here awhile

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    Great Attitude Jay! I will enjoy following you from the computer.:cob
  14. F.P.

    F.P. Clown who is sick

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    Jay,
    Suzuki called and they want you to stop destroying their engines.
    With love,
    Chris
  15. SgtMarty

    SgtMarty Retired, baby!

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    Looks good, man. Maintaining a positive attitude will certainly help when bigger challenges pop up later. Looks like you've got that covered.

    Have a great ride.
  16. balloonman

    balloonman Been here awhile

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    Hay Jay I had problems with my 05 klr 35k timing chain slip bent intake valves and need another head but another motor 07 under 4k miles $1150. got me on the road faster.

    Good luck and have fun when you get to Oaxaca, Puerto Escondido the Garden of Eden campground is at Zicitella beach.

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    Captain Tom
  17. Jammin

    Jammin Living on a DR

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    sanDRina rides again! Engine transplant was successful. Fired up on first try. Took about 7 hrs this evening in Mike (mfed)'s garage to remove old motor from my bike, remove motor from Shridhar's bike and put new motor into my bike and fire it up. No mistakes along the way and everything went smooth :D

    Thanx a ton Mike. Good wrenching with ya. And now you got some engine removal and installs under your belt :) and many thanx to Shridhar for being so helpful with the donor motor.

    Going for test ride Tuesday and then hopefully hit the road Wed. Can't wait to get going again.
  18. pdedse

    pdedse paraelamigosincero

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    craftycoder Motobrain PDU

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  20. slackline

    slackline Been here awhile

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    :clap Yea! Read your CD RR and Alaska, so excited for this one to continue.