Jammin thru the Global South

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

  1. KingKong_500

    KingKong_500 big size ding dong

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    A trip of a life time !:clap

    Would be an honour to buy you beer when you arrive in Chennai. Also, to look at the beauty you are riding.

    Cheers.
  2. Jammin

    Jammin Living on a DR

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    As part of my End-of-Africa celebrations, I treated sanDRina to a day at the spa :wink: namely Mike's garage near Cape Town. He reached out on the WildDog forums and offered to sponsor me a suspension rebuild. He used to be a test rider and chief mechanic for prototypes for a motorcycle company in Europe, so his skills are highly valued here.

    For the gear heads, here's what was done: Rear Shock rebuilt with new WP stiffer spring, Front Forks oil change, Brake fluid replaced, New Brake Pads, Valve Check, Engine Oil Change and a new Spark Plug. sanDRina's a happy DR now :D

    Big thanks to Mike for taking so much time out of his work to help me out :clap
  3. Jammin

    Jammin Living on a DR

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    Yeah, gave up on that plan. I tired to source one but didn't manage. Shipping and planning my exit from here took all my time. I'll get one from the States and have it sent over when I'm in India. The brass inserts I had made in Kenya are holding well :thumbup

    Thanks, mate. I'll be there next week but sanDRina's arriving by sea, so probably in early April.
  4. Adv Grifter

    Adv Grifter on the road o'dreams

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    Excellent! Looking forward to reports from India! This latest update once again shows just how solid and tough the venerable DR seems to be. If you were on a KTM you'd be ready for another complete engine rebuild. :D

    Jay, I know you've been really good keeping up on maintenance and I'm sure everything is covered. But just wondering when you last checked the
    swing arm bearings and link bearings?

    Link bearings are easy to inspect/re-grease ... the Swing Arm bearings, not so much :cry. All these bearings seem to last really well unless you are doing LOTS of river crossings or riding constantly in rain. And don't forget those pesky fuel filters! :lol3

    Ride safe ... Rubber Side Down!
  5. RoninMoto

    RoninMoto Wanderer

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    Grrrrrr! Dude! You need to stop posting such a good report. Now I am really trying to figure out how I will go to Africa! :D

    Seriously though. Great job man! :deal
  6. WeazyBuddha

    WeazyBuddha Carbon-Based Humanoid

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    ^^ Aren't you supposed to be snow boarding or something? :lol3

    Really enjoying both RRs. :clap
  7. RoninMoto

    RoninMoto Wanderer

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    Right now? Naw.. I'm supposed to be sleeping or hitting on snow bunnies!:evil

    DAMN YOU ADVRIDER!
  8. Jammin

    Jammin Living on a DR

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    You bet I'm on top of sanDRina's maintenance :D Keeping a very thorough maintenance log. Swingarm bearings and link bearings all replaced in Nairobi - sponsored by All Balls :wink: Including steering stem bearings.

    The Visu SPB (Sintered Porous Bronze) filter that I put on after I discovered I had a clogged filter has been running well since then. Still looks clean but gave it a blow out with an air hose. I can't find these here in South Africa, need to get some sent from the States. I won't be putting a paper core filter ever again!

    Thanks, Noah. I finally have some downtime now and will go through your RR. Love the snow video :clap

    I'm a skier but here's a tame video with some snowboarding buddies shot on Aspen Mountain: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=c3HYk1ZxFC4

    and this one's one of my favorites, from Aspen Highlands, steep and deep powder with no one else on the mountain, love it http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=K0ulFTfQJQ0

    at the end of that trip in winter 2009 I had a fall and tore my ACL. I skiied once more at Jackson Hole, right before leaving on this journey, but haven't been on the snow since :cry Maybe I'll open a ski resort in the Himalayas :lol3
  9. RoninMoto

    RoninMoto Wanderer

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    Great videos. Sucks about your ACL. How does it feel now? Ever get any pain?

    I'll come ski in the Himalayas with you. There is a resort called Galmarg that I wan't to check out. Maybe next winter. :D
  10. Jammin

    Jammin Living on a DR

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    I watch those videos when I'm holed up in some cheap hotel and dreaming of snow :D

    Sucks but my ACL didn't heal completely. I had the hamstring graft, went for 3 months of physical therapy and got my strength and balance back, but... I've suffered with tendonitis in the right knee ever since then. Hurts after standing for like 2 hours or so. Funny thing is I don't feel it when I'm on the bike, standing on the pegs or whatever. But when I'm off the bike, walking around, the pain comes back. It ranges from a constant 1 to a throbbing 5 on a scale to 10. Looking forward to doing something about it when I get to India. I can hear cracking every time I squat. I think there's lose cartilage in there now :cry And my left knee's been taking up the slack and that too is hurting and cracking now. Oh well, it didn't stop me from doing this trip, but I hope I haven't damaged it too much.

    I skied Jackson Hole with some Asterik knee braces and that felt great. Might have to use them when I get back on the snow until I'm confident again.

    Oh yeah, Gulmarg. It's near the border with Pakistan :wink: Adventure Skiing :D
  11. Jammin

    Jammin Living on a DR

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    sanDRina all crated up and ready for her sea voyage to India. This is the first time I've crated her on this trip, having managed to find ferries, sail boats and car-carrying ships across the water bodies from Chicago to Cape Town. But from here to Chennai she's going on a regular container ship, a 30 day journey. I tried to find passage on a ship for myself, but no luck. Oh well, air travel it is then. My flight is booked for Tuesday. I weighed up sending sanDRina by air freight but in the end it would cost double of sea freight. I found this metal crate at a local dealership and happy that I could leave the wheels and topbox on. Spares tires on the panniers and riding gear strapped on the seat. A huge plastic bag went over the crate and then a huge cardboard box. Bye bye, sanDRina. See you on the other side.
  12. Squelch

    Squelch Everyday People

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    Just wanted to drop a quick note - I'm in a leadership class and we're planning a theoretical exercise in Bolivia. Some of the folks in class searched Google for information about the ferries crossing from Guajara-Mirim to Guayaramarin and came across your pictures. I happened to walk by and saw them surfing ADV and wondered what they were doing because they're not riders. They pointed out the pictures so I figured I'd let you know that they were very helpful. Thanks! :clap
  13. Adv Grifter

    Adv Grifter on the road o'dreams

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    "theoretical exercise"? :D Sounds familiar!
    There the go Jay! Your pics may be help sponsoring a US military backed Coup in Bolivia! :eek1 Ferries in Bolivia? Except for Lake Titicaca ... Bolivia is land locked. :deal
  14. RoninMoto

    RoninMoto Wanderer

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    +1
    every time on ADV rider I learn something new!
  15. PorLaTierra

    PorLaTierra Por La Tierra

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    Ive been following your blog since the beginning, mostly on your personal site though, I love every update. I think it might be very strange to go into an international airport after all you have experienced. It just might be the most exotic thing you have done in years! Glad to see the regular updates again, looking forward to more! Ride on!
  16. SS in Vzla.

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

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    The Rio Mamoré between the twin-border towns of Guajara-Mirim (Brazil) and Gauyaramerin (Bolivia) is a large one with out a bridge so you need a ferry of sorts (more of a barge) to cross it. If you are on a bike, there are some motorized canoes that will take you across cheaper than the barge.
  17. Jammin

    Jammin Living on a DR

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    That's awesome! Glad to provide some useful intel and distraction for the class :D
    It's a long way to anywhere important after crossing that ferry, on both sides of the border.

    Well... if it helps me get my next US visa, hey... why not :evil
    Land locked it is, but a huge river to cross at the northeast.

    Thanks for being there since the beginning :beer I went to a huge shopping mall yesterday, here in Cape Town, to buy some souvenirs (the first time on this trip) for some family members back in India and damn, I dont enjoy malls. :huh

    It's going to be strange covering so much ground in an airplane after taking forever to cover it by bike. I'll be flying on Qatar airways, so it'll be like 8 hours to cover what took me almost 2 years! :ricky

    Yup. When I was there, the ferry wasn't running, but I got sanDRina into a canoe for the crossing. Feels like an adventure when you arrive in a new country with your bike in a canoe :wink:
  18. 805gregg

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    So cool the mighty DR does another continent, how many mile on the beast?
  19. TrevorHeath

    TrevorHeath Seattle to ??

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    Jay

    If the city of Mysore is on your itinerary, please do stop in and visit Somender Singh at his workshop. You never know he may even groove the cylinder head of your DR.

    Our KLR is grooved, we pull 17-43 gearing two up and regularly return 60 mpg.

    www.somender-singh.com

    TH
  20. Jammin

    Jammin Living on a DR

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    Yup, 5th continent coming up :wink:
    Trip mileage: 59,002 miles | Chassis mileage: 85,002 miles | Engine mileage: 65,913 miles

    Hey Trevor, I remember you mentioning him before. Will see if I can stop by. He's doing a wonderful thing for the planet :beer