KLR650 around the world with passenger

Discussion in 'Trip Planning' started by globalklr650, Dec 14, 2012.

  1. globalklr650

    globalklr650 Been here awhile

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    Thanks wannadv our trip is alot about learning about ourselves as well as the world.

    We are in San Felipe and want to ride south back to highway one. We are camping here for free in the dunes in an abandoned resort. Its amazing. Today we had a nice walk in town. Its hard to see all the people trying to sell to tourists. A 8 year old girl came over to our table where we were drinking coffee and tring to charge our phones. She had a box full of stuff she was trying to sell us. It is so sad to see this little girl try to make money instead of learning and having fun.

    Does anyone know the condition of the dirt road the goes south from San Felipe and back the highway one??? Some people say its ok and others say its rough and a hurricane washed it out. Can an overloaded KLR650 with 2 people make it. We want to try it and turn back if its too bad but is a long way around the mountains and back to the one the other way.

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  2. bray8

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    Welcome to Mexico! That deposit is the worst. Also don't be surprised when after all the currency conversions they do you don't get back the full $400. We lost about $80 on currency conversions per bike. Also best to avoid Acapulco if at all possible. It's one of the worst cities for corrupt cops and extorting bikers. Both myself, and all but 2 overlanders I met travelling were extorted in Acapulco, and nowhere else in Mexico.

    If you can stretch it that far, the next really good place to pick up cheap motorcycle parts is in Medellin, Columbia. Great place to pick up tires and parts. Easy to find TKC 80's, Shink 705's or Sahara 3's for less than in the States.
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  3. blacktruck

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    New guy here. Been riding for for many decades on several different dirtbikes and then street bikes of mostly Japanese and American makes. I haven't gotten my DS bike yet. Had HDs for many years and just getting into this stuff. I'm wanting a KLR and it looks like you are going to be testing it way better than I would. I'm still working on a project out of the US for awhile longer. I would say this looks like an ambitious journey. I've cruised and toured two up on a big bike. I'm really interested to see how your bike does with two people and baggage.
    Ride safe there folks.
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  4. Doogle

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    It's probably too late.But a friend of mine has a place in Gonzaga Bay (about 150 miles south of San Felipe).He invited me to come down next month.He told me it is good paved road now.Last time I was there,it was a rough dirt road (2001).

    Another thing you should be aware of traveling south.Do not leave things on your bike when you are away from it.There are people waiting to steal anything that can be unclipped or cut loose quickly.You may be lucky for thousands of miles and then get ripped off,and lose important papers,cameras,or credit cards.If you read ride reports,you will find a high percentage of riders have had things stolen off their bikes.Guess how I know this?

    You know you are going to get a lot of shakedowns from the police don't you?Many of the police are looking to make some extra money.I don't think they are paid very well.I never paid a bribe.Sometimes I had to wait an hour in the hot sun before they gave my papers back and said "Go".One very insistant cop demanding $200 for speeding.I wasn't and he had no radar.I told him all my speeds were recorded in my GPS.If he wanted me to pay a fine,he was going to have to take me to the police station.I won't pay on the spot.He also, finally said "Go".

    When you cross borders in Central America there are many "Helpers" waiting to get into your wallet.They will help you because you are new and confused about what the process is.You do not need them.Honduras was the worst for me.These helpers may also work with the police or border officials.

    Good luck
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  5. globalklr650

    globalklr650 Been here awhile

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    Doogle,

    Great advice.

    We have so much stuff i don't know what to do with the camping stuff that is just netted to the bike.

    Central america will be interesting
    With all the boarders.

    We are at a $20 motel in Guerrero Negro. We are staying another night because of all the blowing sand and high winds. This also give me a chance to post pictures and edit videos.
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  6. Doogle

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    Concerning the subframe bolts-I hope you replaced them.My top bolts failed in Chile.I replaced with 1 straight through bolt vs. the original 2 bolt system.If the 2 bolts fail,you need to drill them out.And high tensil steel is difficult drilling.I carried a spare bolt with me after my breakdown.With the single bolt,you can change it on the side of the road by yourself.I can't believe you are more than 900 pounds loaded.If you are I would be replacing these bolts.I would replace even if riding one up.Sitting in the middle of a desert broke down and nobody around is no fun-and expensive.After a few of these problems,you realize it's money well spent for prevention.

    If you did not upgrade you shock spring you may have problems with your bike staying upright when it is parked.All the weight you have on it compresses the spring to it's balance point.So you either have tipsy problems when parked or you consider cutting your kick stand off an inch or so.But you really need a stiffer spring.I'm surprised Eagle Mike didn't mention this when you were at his shop.I think he also sells subframe upgraded bolts for the subframe.
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  7. globalklr650

    globalklr650 Been here awhile

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    Doogle,

    Thanks for the pointers.

    I have upgraded upper subframe bolts that came with my engine guards. Eagle mike said they looked fine.

    For the shock i wanted to get a new one but we are low on money. After traveling for 7 months there is not much left. We have rode the bike with over 1,000lbs on paved and rough roads for 25,000km so i thought i would see how long It lasts. We never bottom out because i ride very slow ( you can see some of the rough roads on 2012theperfectworld youtube, 15 has the really bad roads). With the weight we have, the kickstand only works if i can find a hole to put it in or the right slope. We have the center stand too that we can use with the luggage on the bike. If the shock fails hopefully we will be ok. Then we will call mexican roadside assistance with cell phone or spot and get free towing. Then we will have to try and get the parts, this is All part of the adventure. I just hope subframe bolt failure and/or shock failure will not cause an accident.

    With no schedule for our trip we can prepare less and just see what happens. Lots of time
    For adventure. I am happy i got HH EBC front brakes and new tires and chain/sprockets in sam diego though. Lot less to worry about. The UNI filter
    Is great too. Easy to clean and lots more power. I got up to 140km/h with all the weight on a level road and only slowed down for a curve. I think the bike could have done 150km/h.

    The below picture is the tire after riding in wet red clay on the dirt road south of san Felipe. The clay got every where and stopped the horn from working until i cleaned it. We picked it out of the tire because i had little tracking and big pieces would fly off as i was riding.

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  8. globalklr650

    globalklr650 Been here awhile

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    We are in Santa Rosalia on the sea of cortez. We will be checking here for someone that can take us across to the mainland as a reference point before we go down to check La Paz. We are trying to save money and the ferry is just too expensive.

    The ride here over the mountains today was great. There were cacti everywhere. The bike lost alot of power just because of maybe 4000ft of altitude. We raced here as the sun was setting. The ride down from the mountains to the sea was breathtaking.

    We wanted to camp to save money but it was too dark so we got a hotel. Hotel T & T is the first one we checked. It brand new from this year and has all this fancy fake wood. I was $42 which is too expensive so we were going to leave (our last motels were $25 and $20 and i am really trying to save money so we can travel the world for over 10 years without working too much as we travel).

    We talked about riding the bike around at night to look for something else and i thought fuck it lets just get it. The lady at the desk could not speak english so there was alot of sign language. We got a booster for the internet so i can post some videos (video 23 when we first got to mexico will be up soon).

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  9. globalklr650

    globalklr650 Been here awhile

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    I just posted video 23 of our round the world trip. In this video we enter Mexico, i take a DRZ400 for a ride and we make our own distilled water to top up the battery and coolant

    Also in the video

    First day of 2013, making distilled water for the bike, topping up the battery water, installing uni filter, installing tires and chain/sprockets at Randy's, DRZ400 fast dirtbike ride, staring our lifesaver water filter, packing to leave for Mexico, leaving Randy's house, Mexican border, putting on first 3 country stickers, playing with herding dogs, driving through sheep herd, getting to our couch surfers in Ensenada, our host's dog, exploring the ranch, 10 people in one car trying to go up a steep hill, having a famous fish taco in Ensenada, lane splitting, bad pot holes, crazy speed bumps (TOPES), the blow hole, Mexican tv and $25 motel.

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fjUIff3MxyU&feature=youtube_gdata_player
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    globalklr650 Been here awhile

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    We camped in the beach for 5 days in conception bay for $9 a night. It was amazing we bought kids snorkeling gear for $9 dollars and snorkeled right in front of our tent under a palapa.

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    A guy on the beach had an older KLR650 and had gone to central and south america. He told me about all the things you can take with you to treat sickness. He said some of the bad ones that can kill you can be stopped by just buying a few pills of antibiotics you can get in Mexico for $3 and having them ready. He is sending me a list of stuff I should get. He also said when the KLR650 is totally out of gas you can lay it down on its left side. Pick it up and then ride for about 40km more. Apparently the left side and right side of the gas tank hang down around the frame tube. The carb sucks fuel from the left side so when the reserve runs out the right side still has fuel (he said about 2 liters). If you lay the bike on the left side the fuel from the right side flows over to the the left side where the engine can us it. Its a design flaw but if you know about it, its like a second reserve that could save you from
    Pushing the bike one day. A lot of other tanks have this wrap around the frame design so this may work for other bikes.

    Below is a short movie of dolphins swimming right under the boat while a guy on the beach took us out for a free boat ride.

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=e0Nqs21lk1c&feature=youtube_gdata_player
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    I must say, your a couple of brave youngsters. Good luck.....:lurk
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  12. ficoszac

    ficoszac y...ahora???

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    if you come to zacatecas, you have a place to stay (free).....let me know:D
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  13. globalklr650

    globalklr650 Been here awhile

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    Wow Ficoszac sounds great. Thanks so much. We should be traveling through that area and that could really help us out. We will spend maybe 2 or 3 weeks in Baja and then cross to the mainland hitching a ride on a boat to save money (we hope this will work). So end of Feb beginning of March we should be in your neighborhood.
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    globalklr650 Been here awhile

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    Any one have white in their oil? It is gone now after riding a few hundred km. is the oil still ok?? I was riding in clay and i thought maybe it got into the engine but the airfilter (uni) looks fine.

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    HI you two!!

    Too bad I did not know about you sooner or I would have invited you for tacos here in Ensenada, but then again I saw were you stayed and no way I can compete with that white are of the city!

    Any way two things
    a) Go to http://motoviajero.com/foros and introduce your selves! it will give you access to several nice and helpful people all around Mexico, some of them speak some English or just use google translator, and mention me (damasovi) as the person that point it you that way, no I do not get points of commission so do as you please, also the KLR on that site is like the 1-3 most popular bike, so for parts and such they could help.

    b) Go to http://klrworld.com/forums (my first option) or http://www.klr650.net/forums for any and all questions about the KLR.

    The next area where you could find things for the KLR would be Mexico City,

    And about one of your videos, you mention small bikes, I think outside North America and Europe, all bikes 250 cc and under are the norm and 400+ are "big and fast bikes!" So your KLR will be seen as big and fast

    Cheers and I am IN!

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    Cruising back from Loreto near the south end of the Bay, I noticed a bike, two-up, bouncing along from one of the strands, El Coyote maybe. I pulled into Bertha's for coffee and flirting with the owner, she is hilarious, even my wife had a chuckle. These two rolled in on the most loaded up KLR I have ever seen. I took a picture for them and sent it by email, figured they might like it posted here too. [​IMG]
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    Our money is getting low and the ferries here are more expensive then we expected. Some people say it might be possible for 2 people and a KLR650 to hitch a ride on a boat from la paz to mainland Mexico. Does anyone have any advice for us about this? Or does anyone know someone with a big boat in la paz that could give us a lift ;)?

    Thanks guys for the advice helps me out alot.

    Michael thanks for posting the pictures of us. Its great you found us here.
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    at La Paz it will more expensive than where you are (Santa Rosalia?) an option is to ask a trucker or a truck to put you bike on their vehicle that way you do not pay for the bike fee, and you could sleep on the deck of the boat, or sit in the main area for people, since the room will be expensive but the trip does last like 12 hrs from La Paz to Mazatlan

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    globalklr650 Been here awhile

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    We will be staying here for maybe 3 months in La Paz to work and find a cheap boat to the mainland because our money is running out.

    My back tire will be running low in the next few months. Does anyone know if any website that has cheap shinko 705 trailmaster tires for the KLR ship to Mexico? I got front and back 705 from rocky mountain atv mc for $57 each with free delivery. I hope there is something like that for Mexico now. Then after for central and south America.
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    globalklr650 Been here awhile

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    Damsovi,

    Thanks for the great pointers. We are in La paz now so we will try to cross here because we don't want to back track. I think the truck on boat might be our best option.