Jammin thru the Global South

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

  1. Rider14

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    Please keep us posted on the install of the new parts, and congrats on finishing your exams. I'm sure you'll be pleased with the results!

    And how's the substitute bike treating you?

    - Dan
  2. Jammin

    Jammin Living on a DR

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    Thanks! Yup, the ride has definitely taken me where I thought I wanted to go when I dreamt up this trip :norton

    Thanks, buddy :beer I think my route around Africa is changing and I might be coming back up this same way. Need to get some more information on things...
    Well, I finally feel free after completing this Masters, so vagabonding is on! :ricky but I think I'd still like to finish up middle of next year...

    Ill try that when I get back to the bike. I just hope all the parts I have are going to be all I need :dunno

    I asked about any relays in the system and seems like there's only the turn signal flasher relay. I'm taking almost a whole replacement charging system back with me and will spray WD there. Cheers.

    Don't sweat it, Dave. I'll get to SA and we'll have a few beers :beer

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  3. Jammin

    Jammin Living on a DR

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    Great, Bob, glad you can feel that from the photos and writing. I'm so glad I'm spending so much in Africa, even if most of that hasn't been on the bike, but that's allowed me to get a proper feel for each country and learn a bit more about how life goes here. :kumbaya
    Thank you for those kind words. Much appreciated :beer
    Yup, breakdowns make for good stories :deal

    Thanks for the support! But no, I think I'm done with studying. PhD is interesting but not for me now. Let's see what I can do with this degree and experience when I get to India... :wink:

    Thanks! I'm glad I could finish what I said I would do when I started this trip (at least on the academic side, now to ride to India :lol3 )

    I think now I'll be hitting SA around first half of December... I'll ping you when I get close.

    Thanks, Dan! Yeah, so happy to be done with the studying and glad I could manage it all.

    All the parts I need have arrived. Now, just need to mount new stator in side cover and wait for visas, then bus it down to Kibondo.

    The XR250L has been a blast to ride! It's my first small-engined dirt bike that I've properly ridden and lived with for a while. What a hoot it is. It has a loud exhaust and a 50 tooth rear sprocket, so it just pulls like mad. Overtaking is so much fun :D But poor girl needs some work. I've taken her to Milan to get a proper servicing and we've found that the timing chain is worn, one exhaust rocker arm was worn out, kick starter has a crack in it. I'll give her back to Ash better than he gave her to me :thumb
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    Jammin Living on a DR

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    I got paid for my first writing gig! :D Chris Scott asked me to do a contributing piece on food in Latin America for the 6th edition of the Adventure Motorcycling Handbook, which launches this Saturday. If you're just getting into bike traveling, this book covers most of the questions you'll have. But the answers will come when you hit the road... :ricky

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    Jammin Living on a DR

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    Update: I've received all the parts I need for sanDRina (CDI, wiring harness, stator and already have rectifier and ignition coil) but now get to spend some more time in Nairobi as I wait to apply for my new South African visa. They wont let me apply for a new one until my current one expires, which is in a week's time. In the meantime, I went to the Pakistani High Commission and picked up the application form specific to Indian nationals. The processing time is over two months and they want 6 copies of everything :arg including every stamped page in my passport and 8 passport photos but the fee is only $1 :d I've contacted the helpful Pakistan BikersClub for references and a Pakistani friend in Nairobi is helping out :beer

    And then I'm working on the Iran visa. I used to live with this Iranian guy when I first got to Nairobi and just ran into him today and he said he'll help with the visa since he runs a travel agency.

    This weekend, Im heading out to support my mechanic friend, Milan, in his first rally raid race. He's been preparing an old Honda XR600 and I designed and made a GPS mount for him :wink: Will be out in the bush as support crew with the fuel guys and taking some pictures of him. Should be fun to head out of town and see how a proper rally takes place.
  6. prince_ruben

    prince_ruben Long timer

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    Nice jay. Would love to see pics of the XR!
  7. eakins

    eakins Butler Maps

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    sweet! i have a blurb in there i wrote about traveling to mexico.

  8. LXIV-Dragon

    LXIV-Dragon Been here awhile

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    Jay - great stuff as always :D

    Almost unbelievable that someone would consider studying while on the road let alone a Masters! Wow Congrats!!

    Double congrats on the publishing gig :deal

    Loving the panoramic photos.

    Ride safe.
  9. Eagletalon

    Eagletalon Been here awhile

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    Just got done with the last two pages of updates. So informational and rich in pictures like always. Stay safe out there and cant wait to see where this journey takes you next

    Later
    John
  10. Dekatria

    Dekatria Ad Astra Per Aspera

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    I just finished reading the entire story up until now... took me about two weeks :D it's very humbling what you're doing, and I admire your perseverance! Keep up the good work Jay, you deserve every bit of credit :thumb

    What has been your best tire set this trip, in terms of mileage? I was thinking of switching my tires (currently Michelin Anakees) to Tourances for my own (slightly less epic) trip this summer, and I'll mostly be on pavement.
  11. OldPete

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    This is my first read of one of your RRs Jay... Fantastic! Epic is a well worn word but is so applicable here.

    Aside from the pictures, I feel as if I have been well schooled, TY teacher. :clap

    I'm an old diesel mechanic.
    Remember the Nokia cellphones that had battery issues, like fire?
    That was caused by metalic particals in the battery gel.

    Consider returning to an AGM sealed battery.
    Look/read this over, post #104... http://advrider.com/forums/showthread.php?t=706559&page=7

    My best to you,

    OldPete
  12. Jammin

    Jammin Living on a DR

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    I got some nice shots, posting up soon.
    Nice. :thumbup
    Thanks! Yeah, I was discouraged by a couple people initially saying that the studying would take away from the journey, but going slowly has helped :wink:

    Thanks, John. Always glad to hear you guys like my writing and photo style. :beer
  13. PorLaTierra

    PorLaTierra Por La Tierra

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    Hi Jay,

    Ive been following since day 1. I took some notes for my own trip into S. America thanks! Now I find myself in Spain, working a bit and riding a bit as well. It would be a pleasure to host you, I've got a guest room and a garage. I live in the South on the coast, in Murcia. If you do make it I can suggest a couple of nice routes as well

    I cant wait for more, I hope you're getting some chill out time after getting your degree!

    Saludos,
    Ryan
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    Hey, thanks for that! :beer
    For tires, I'd have to say go with the Heidenau K60 Scout, a 50/50 tire, great life on tarmac and excellent grip off-road.

    Thanks, Pete :thumbup Glad you like my RR style
    Yeah, I'm wondering if the Shorai battery has anything to do with my electrical issues, but every other mechanic I've talked to said it shouldn't be a problem. If and when I make it to South Africa, I'll try and look for an AGM battery. Thanks.

    Hola Ryan, thanks for the offer, but yeah, I think my route is changing now. This breakdown has sapped a lot of time for where I wanted to be by now and I don't think I'm going to make it into Europe... Route is still being defined but I should know more when I get to South Africa. Cheers.
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    Jammin Living on a DR

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    Visas, check. New electrical parts for sanDRina, check. Time to leave Nairobi! South African visa came through with no problems and Tanzanian visa took all of four hours. New stator has been installed in my engine case; new CDI, wiring harness and rectifier on hand and got some decent engine oil. Bought a few presents for the guys who've been watching over sanDRina. Anxious to get back to Kibondo and see if she's ready to ride :ricky Long bus journeys coming up...

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    Best of luck Jay getting the bike running again with those new parts!
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    Jammin Living on a DR

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    I made it back to Kibondo! Bus journeys were a bit rough but passed the time by listening to Zen and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance on audiobook to get in the mood. Good tips, such as knowing that all bike issues can be traced to rational, objective causes and not Voodoo magic, although electrical issues seem like that. And then it goes deep into philosophy, with a long treatise on 'quality.'

    sanDRina was patiently waiting for me just like I left her, along with my other gear. I installed the new parts and she fires up and idles nicely. Test ride tomorrow to confirm that the issues's been resolved (fingers crossed).
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    Jammin Living on a DR

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    sanDRina rides once again!

    Went for some extensive test rides today and so far sounds like the issue has been solved, but I can't say for sure until I cover at least a 100 kms and get to the next town.

    The ride continues :D Heading south... :ricky

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