Jammin thru the Global South

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

  1. F.P.

    F.P. Clown who is sick

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    I am confused....are you suggesting that spending quality time with a your girlyfriend is equal to a motorcycle adventure through Africa?
    Get on that bike and RIDE brother!
  2. Adv Grifter

    Adv Grifter on the road o'dreams

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    Good catch Jay! :clap:freaky:clap
    Shows even the most experienced can sometimes forget common and basic routine maintenance items. You had me 100% stumped ... as I assumed the whole fuel system would have been looked at earlier!

    Man ... so glad your electronics seem to all be good! Carbs are SO much easier to deal with!

    Ride Safe Carry On!

    (PS: as mentioned, some of that crud may have migrated into your carb ... so probably flushing the float bowl once or twice might be in order? Or better yet ... how about flushing out the Safari too? (and it's petcocks?)
    My IMS Petcocks were flithy ... and I too waited WAY too long to check them.

    Good Luck!
  3. eakins

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    so Jay...by chance was this clogged filter the cause of the problem before you switched all the electronics??? i sure hope not.

  4. Thumper Dan

    Thumper Dan Been here awhile

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    Wholly Crap! You must know DR650 inside and out, literally. I'm thinking you're going to have to remove the whole harness to find this short but at least this was simple..............in the end.

    take care Jay. :D
  5. Jammin

    Jammin Living on a DR

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    @OldPete: thanks for the good tips. The first thought when the bike died initially was bad fuel (mixed with water), I drained the tank, sold the old fuel off and bought new fuel, but forgot to check the filter then. Doh! Good tip with the felt. I'll need to find some when I hit civilization next :wink:

    @MeinMotorrad: haha, yeah, don't want to piss off the moto gods too much, but they're only a figment of my imagination :deal
    I think the thought of quitting now and going to be with my human girlfriend pissed sanDRina off and she gave me all this trouble to focus the attention back on her. Women, I tell you, so demanding :rofl

    @Chris: I'm riding in Afrikaaahh!! :ricky

    @ADV Grifter: yeah, kicking myself now for overlooking the filter all this time. In my defense, prior to Nairobi, I had two inline fuel filters right after each petcock on the Safari tank and that meant they were clearly visible all the time and I routinely checked them and replaced as needed. In Nairobi, my mechanic buddy and I talked it over and he said putting the filter after the two lines join would mean less filters to carry. Good point, so we did that, and the filter is now hidden from view, behind the tank, near the rear brake reservoir. But, this filter was installed only 1,600 miles ago, so I think water or something else lead to early failure and then it clogged during running and when I let the bike 'cool down' I think the sediments in the filter settled and that allowed the bike to run again until all the sediments clogged the pores again. I hope that's it.
    And you're so right, I gladly welcome a mechanical problem over an electrical problem, any day! :D
    I checked both petcocks and their screens are ok but there's some crud around the base. I'll flush it when I get the next chance.

    @eakins: I guess I'll never know. I mean, I could put the old CDI, rectifier and stator back on and check :huh or believe that it was a new problem that arose after that... :wink:

    @Thumper Dan: I have a spare harness and if she dies on me again, that's it, harness replacement!
  6. Jammin

    Jammin Living on a DR

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    Feels great to be back on the road! Had a nice ride today, 230 kms on muddy and sandy roads with no issues. I think sanDRina is healed :) Camping in front of Katavi National Park and next to hundreds of noisy hippos ;)
  7. salcar

    salcar Riding 4 Health

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    Glad to hear that you are back on the road! :clap
    I'm planning to start riding north from South Africa in mid January.
    Hopefully we meet somewhere on the road!
  8. inroads

    inroads Wimberley,Texas

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    I've heard that paper core fuel filters are restrictive to gravity fed flow.Best to use mettalic core to prevent posible fuel starvation.
  9. SS in Vzla.

    SS in Vzla. Totally Normal? I'm not!

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    :clap Great to hear your bike problems have been pinpointed and solved.
    Keep your spirits high and finish your trip.... You'll kick yourself the rest of your life if you don't do so.
    Ride on!!
  10. Jammin

    Jammin Living on a DR

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    Good to be back in the groove and riding for a couple days :) Rough but scenic route from Katavi thru Sumbawanga. Climbing up and over highlands on bumpy, washboard roads. Bone-rattling for me and pannier frame-cracking for sanDRina. Need to get that welded. Passed by the Tanzania-Zambia border and confirmed that Indians need a 'referred' visa, meaning prior approval from Lusaka, which I still need to work on :/ Managed to avoid the rain on the dirt roads but it caught me on the tarmac = bike wash ;)

    Rolled into Mbeya and CouchSurfing with Anna and Maren, working in the health sector. A few days downtime are in order...
  11. Jammin

    Jammin Living on a DR

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    Happy again to be with a healthy sanDRina :ricky Found the fault in a clogged fuel filter and she's back to her old self. Here we are taking a break in southwestern Tanzania, in the remote forests along Lake Tanganyika. The route was mostly good riding with hard-packed mud, but it got sandy, corrugated and slippery in places. She's handling great and we tackled bumps, rocks, steeps and crazy drivers with aplomb. Resting for a few days in Mbeya, then either into Zambia or Mozambique...

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  12. Dekatria

    Dekatria Ad Astra Per Aspera

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    Great to see the ol' girl back! :D it's always darkest before the dawn!
  13. Rider14

    Rider14 Rider14

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    Thumbs up to Joe for hitting the nail on the head.:thumbup Glad to see you're back on the road, Jay. Please keep the pictures coming - always looking forward to your updates.

    - Dan
  14. Jammin

    Jammin Living on a DR

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    @Salcar: Hey Sal, I'll keep you posted. I'll probably get to SA in a few weeks, depending on what visas I can get. Which city are you in?

    @Inroads: Now I know :beer

    @SS: Thanks, man. Yeah, so glad I could find enough motivation to keep looking for the problem and it paid off :D

    @Dekatria: Well said :beer

    @Rider14: Yup, I heard that from Joe and another DR rider and realized that I hadn't checked the fuel filter all this time and voila, that was it! :clap
  15. Jammin

    Jammin Living on a DR

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    A milestone in my journey: today is the 1,000th day since I started this adventure on March 5th, 2010 from Chicago! It's been amazing and I'm so glad that I could embark on this journey when I did. There have been life-affirming experiences, such as my stays with farmers in Bolivia and fishermen in Sudan and challenging situations, such as my recent prolonged breakdown in Tanzania and dealing with bureaucratic hurdles. All good in the end and so thankful for all of you that have supported me throughout this trip :beer Onwards to South Africa! :ricky

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  16. salcar

    salcar Riding 4 Health

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    For the last 5 months I've been traveling around Asia (trip blog) including magical India. I'm currently in Indonesia and on January 11th in fly to Cape Town from were the adventure starts two-up with my gf.
  17. Jammin

    Jammin Living on a DR

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    Nice :beer Let's see if we can time a meet up.
  18. Jammin

    Jammin Living on a DR

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    It's mango season in Tanzania and these crazy kids were at first shy of the camera but after some encouragement, their playfulness came out :) The mangoes only cost 100 Shillings each ($0.06) and I've been gorging myself on them, along with lots of papaya, plums and passion fruit.
  19. Jammin

    Jammin Living on a DR

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    Beautiful day for riding the wonderful twisties of Tanzania's Southern Highlands.


    After a chilly night in Njombe, a small town surrounded by tea estates at 2,000 m (6,560 ft), I dropped down to the end of the highlands in Songea. The endless hills and curves provided for excellent riding; it felt good to be charging into corners in 3rd gear and then powering through on the exit. Oh, yeah :ricky

    My last night in Tanzania and East Africa. From here, I'm heading south into the bush for a remote border crossing into Mozambique. It might take a day or three to get to the next sizable town and back online on the other side. I've been listening to my Portuguese language tapes from Michel Thomas and excited for a new country and my favorite language :wink:
  20. eakins

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    :clap congrats Jay!