Lone Ridin' 15 Countries: California to Argentina

Discussion in 'Ride Reports - Epic Rides' started by cycleTown650, Jul 4, 2016.

  1. cycleTown650

    cycleTown650 Been here awhile

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    After years of waiting to do this trip, I have finally got into the position where my dream is becoming reality. After quitting my corporate job, I have spent the past two weeks packing and prepping the bike for an 8-10 month journey where I will ride from San Diego to the southern tip of Argentina, Tierra Del Fuego. Through my journey, I will attempt to share some of my experiences through this ride report. Below is what I will be bringing for my adventure.


    The Bike:
    • A "Totaled" 2014.5 Kawaski KLR 650 (See below for explanation)

    Farkles:
    • FMF Exhaust
    • Bigger jet kit
    • PD Nerf Bars (Crash bars)
    • Highway pegs
    • Happy Trails skid plate
    • Generic off road pegs
    • Extender gear shifter
    • Rear Master Cylinder Guard
    • Zero Gravity Wind Screen
    • Ram Mount for iPhone
    • Ram Mount for Delorme InReach
    • Generic Heated Grips
    • Ascorbis supermoto front fender
    • KLR lift Handle
    • Happy Trails Adjustable center stand
    • Rigid Industries Dully LED lights
    • USB and Cigarette port
    • Volt meter
    • Shorai Lithium ion battery
    • Scott's reusable oil filter
    • Larger Mirrors
    • Tusk D-flex handgaurds
    Storage:
    • Happy Trail 47 liter top box
    • Giant Loop Around The World soft panniers
    • KLR tank bag
    • Small Wolfman inner tube bag
    • 2 Agri tool tubes
    • Small Camelbak backpack
    Riding Gear:
    • Shoei Qwest helmet with Uclear
    • Dainese Rainsun pants
    • Dainese Superleggera Mesh Jacket
    • Dainese Bruce Gortex Jacket
    • Dainese Stradon D1 Gortex Gloves
    • AlpineStar mesh gloves
    • Gaerne All Terrain GTX Boots
    Tools and Spares:
    • KLR stock tool kit
    • All sockets and wrenches
    • Brake and clutch lever
    • Clutch cable
    • Front brake pads
    • Chain
    • Front and rear sprocket
    • Tire irons
    • Slime air pump
    • Chain breaker
    • Kawaski track pack
    • Spark plug
    • Chain lube
    • Gorilla tape
    • Electrical tape
    • JB Weld
    • Zip ties
    • Electrical wire
    • Fuses
    • Spare tubes
    • Leather man
    Camping Gear:
    • REI Half Dome tent
    • REI Flash Pad
    • REI Down Sleeping bag
    • Diamond head lamp
    • LED Flashlight
    • MSR Stove
    • Mess kit
    • REI Steel cup
    • Quick dry towel
    • Small water filter
    • Glow sticks
    Clothes:
    • Kuhl jean pants
    • 3 pairs of wool socks
    • 3 pairs of Exxoficio travel underwear
    • 2 pairs of shorts
    • 3 pairs of shirts
    • 1 button down shirt
    • 1 fleece sweater
    • Mammut rain shell
    • 1 pair of sandals
    • 1 pair of sneakers
    • 1 Buff bandanna
    • 1 pair of casual shoes
    Electronics
    • iPhone
    • Delorme inReach
    • Laptop
    • 1 GB hard drive
    • Gopro 4 with accessories
    • 2 64 GB micro sd cards
    Paperwork
    • Passport and copies
    • 2 AAA international driver’s license
    • Vehicle title and copies
    • Vehicle registration and copies
    • Health Certificate and copies
    • Yellow Fever card
    • Maps
    • Notebook and pen
    • Spanish 101 flash cards
    Medical/Personal
    • Emergency blanket
    • First aid kit
    • Anti-biotics
    • Claritin
    • Imodium
    • Ibuprofen
    • Sunscreen
    • Toothbrush
    • Toothpaste
    • Beard trimmer
    • Razor
    • Nail clippers
    • Wet wipes
    • Soap
    Security
    • Pepper spray
    • Disk lock with alarm
    • New York Kryptonite Cable lock
    • Motorcycle cover
    The "Totaled" Bike

    A couple months back after getting home from work and parking the motorcycle, I went into my apartment to change. As I was changing, I heard a loud explosion right outside my window where everyone and I parked. The explosion was followed by someone peeling out and speeding off. The first thought that jumped to me was that someone just hit another car. As I looked through the window, I noticed that my motorcycle was no longer in the spot I parked it. I was in disbelief, there was no way that someone could steal a motorcycle in the three minute from the time I parked it and went into my apartment to change without me hearing it through my open window. As I looked out further through the window, I saw my bike laying on the sidewalk, five yards from where I parked it on the street. As I ran out to assess the damage, I was pumped to see the license plate and the Honda sign of the vehicle that hit my bike right next to the bike. The upstairs neighbor heard and saw the vehicle and was able to corroborate my story to the cops.

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    I was not too concerned with the accident as I knew I had collision coverage with my insurance company and it would all get resolved. A couple days later, Progressive Insurance advised me that the bike was totaled due to the damage to the crashbars, handlebars, and panniers. The insurance company ended up giving me a check for what the bike was worth plus all the cost of farkles. This was all done in four days. I gotta say, I was very impressed with their fast service and resolution of the claim and would recommend them for motorcycle insurance.

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    Knowing that I could repair/replace most of the damaged parts, I decided to buy back the motorcycle and repair it myself. After replacing the handlebars, few crashbar pieces, and the bent radiator, I was back on the road. It ended up working out well for me as the repair cost was minimal and within my own skill set to repair.

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    The bike, fully repaired and ready for my 8 month adventure to Argentina. Tomorrow, Baja California here I come.
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  2. Mcgee

    Mcgee Been here awhile

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    Sounds like you are prepared for your trip pretty well! Looking forward to following you along on your journeys. Thank you posting and most of all, HAVE FUN!!!
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  3. MFGamesta

    MFGamesta Been here awhile

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    Have a great time and keep us posted often!
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  4. JMforPres

    JMforPres Been here awhile

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    So the bad luck of the hit and run turned into good luck!

    Keep us posted.

    Jon
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  5. THRASHED

    THRASHED In your helmet, no-one can hear you sing, I hope.

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    What a great "good news/bad news" story. Glad to hear the bike is ready. I'm totally in for this...:lurk
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  6. NSFW

    NSFW basecamp4adv

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    Elijah. I will be following this thread with envy.

    Keep us posted and let us know if you need help.

    Have fun and take care.
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  7. brasscycle

    brasscycle Been here awhile

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    Have fun and enjoy, I'll be doing PA to Panama early next year also on a klr650
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  8. oneway

    oneway Long timer

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    Glow sticks?????????
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  9. lubelhu

    lubelhu Forever n00b

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    :confused
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  10. mike89061

    mike89061 Been here awhile

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    :lurk
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  11. WhicheverAnyWayCan

    WhicheverAnyWayCan Deaf Biker

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    See you along the way during your trip down south. I, too, am heading south after I get up to Alaska. I'm leaving for Alaska next week. Ride safe!
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  12. lubelhu

    lubelhu Forever n00b

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    :lurk
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  13. docwyte

    docwyte Long timer

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    Have fun! Consider keeping the InReach on you though and not mounted to your bike on the Ram mount. If you need it, you'll likely be separated from the bike and may not be able to get to the bike to use it. Best to keep it on you in a pocket in your riding jacket...
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  14. airborndad

    airborndad Long timer

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    :lurk IN !
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  15. DanBarwick

    DanBarwick Adventurer

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    I'm in!!
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  16. mike89061

    mike89061 Been here awhile

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    So come on .. Let's get going ! :) :lurk
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  17. Takin'aTrip

    Takin'aTrip I have miles to go before I sleep

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    Tomorrow will be the 7th day since he was set to go th next day. Hope all is well and he's more than well on his way
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  18. mac w b

    mac w b Adventurer

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    In:clap
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  19. cycleTown650

    cycleTown650 Been here awhile

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    Finally found a chance to sit down and rest in Topolobampo after having a blistering hot ride down Baja California. My ride through Baja was fast as it was super hot and I had no plans to explore the desert with a fully loaded bike in those conditions. The first border crossing of the trip through TJ was a breeze and took no more than 30 minutes where I got my tourist card and vehicle import papers. The border official at the window was the most friendliest one I ever met and was inviting me to move to Mexico.

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    Riding every day for about 7 hours, I made it to Baja Sur in two days. Gas was no issue with my bikes 190 mile range even on the long 225 mile stretch between El Rosario and Rosarito as there where a few places that sold gas out of a can at markup.

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    As I was making my way down, I stopped in Guerrero Negro for lunch and ran into Ed, a guy from the UK riding his 125 CC Honda moped that was over 20 years old and looked beat up. He has ridden all over the US, Canada, Alaska, and was making his way down to Argentina with his girlfriend. It was truly inspiration to see someone go for this type of trip on so little and making the best of it.

    I eventually made it to La Paz after stopping for a few beach pictures and refreshments as the long hours on the bike in the heat were exhausting.

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    Once I arrived in La Paz, I met up with two couchsurfers for a drink who I would stay with for the next four days of partying and hitting the beach.

    This local guy made sure this bar was a cool place to be.

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    My first night in La Paz with Enrico a couchsurfer and our host Violeta was something to remember as we decided to hit the beach at night in her friends pickup truck. The three of us sat in the bed of the truck drinking beers and looking out to the city light of La Paz while her friend sped through town, heading for the beach. As I was looking out to the city, a euphoria or maybe the beer, was setting in as I thought about all the random adventures to come.
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  20. cycleTown650

    cycleTown650 Been here awhile

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    In the bed of the truck with my new friends, a full on Mexican experience. I was glad we did not hit any topas as we were doing at least 60 mph.

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    The whole weekend we ended up partying in La Paz with her and her friends who knew how to make us feel welcomed.

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    After four days of fun, I made my way to mainland mexico via Baja Ferries which was an easy process except trying to find my VIN number on the bike when the officials needed to validate the numbers.

    Arriving to Topolabompo.

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    Heading off to Guadalajara and stopping for anything interesting that I find on the map.
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