LoneStar's Adventure to South America

Discussion in 'Ride Reports - Epic Rides' started by LoneStar, Sep 7, 2017.

  1. LoneStar

    LoneStar WhoopDeDoofus

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    I agree. Trying to pre-think options is difficult. All this may be a moot point tomorrow if the bike is fixed.

    If it still isn't right but good enough I'll head for Lima asap and take main highways to get there.

    If it isn't right I can ship to Quito but hear really mixed opinions of the BMW dealer.
    Guayaquil dealer has terrible reputation and has blown me off entirely.

    The time factor is the biggest because I can't sit another month somewhere waiting for BMW parts.

    Due to that is why shipping it back and ridding myself of the time killer is a solution, then buy a used bike in Peru to finish the trip and return to Peru to sell it.

    Variations of all the above exist.

    All may be moot and will seem foolish if the bike runs tomorrow. At least I can vent online and you guys can't do a damn thing about it :deal
  2. MrKiwi

    MrKiwi Love my Tranny

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    I do live in NZ. What is your timeline approximately. Send me a PM, I might be able to help you.
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  3. ONandOFF

    ONandOFF more off than on

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    It's different not having to live it, so please excuse my taking the liberty, but I don't believe I could look at it as wasted time or a wasted trip. The evidence certainly points to the contrary despite the hassle factor. It may not have been part of your plan but it was part of the bigger plan. And in the appropriate holiday season. "It was the best of times; it was the worst of times..." Whatever the future holds, may it be viewed as glorious.
  4. Zapgarou

    Zapgarou Ripper

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    Sorry that you are having all the problems with your BMW, but all the new motorcycles and cars are getting more and more complicated with all the electronics etc.
    and typically have to be dealer repaired.
    I have always done all my mechanical work and hate chasing electronic gremlins that cause an engine to run badly. Even with diagnostic equipment it can still be
    difficult to solve sometimes. In my experience over many years, simpler is better and is one of the reasons I like old motorcycles and cars, less to go wrong and easier to fix.
    Sadly, gone are the days when you could do a roadside repair with a crescent wrench, screw driver and a pair of pliers.

    Hope you get it sorted and can continue on your journey................
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  5. MGilman

    MGilman Adventurer

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    I would encourage you to look at a Super Tenere. 1200 cc and full of Yamaha reliability!
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  6. qman8

    qman8 15 GSA / 08 WR250R

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    I Demo'd both the Africa twin std and dual clutch models. What immediately struck me with both was the significant vibration in the bars at higher rpms. Given that and its weight (almost as much as a regular GS), and lack of wind protection, i crossed that off my list. The stock luggage is also pretty pathetic. I did enjoy the DCT functionality.
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  7. MrKiwi

    MrKiwi Love my Tranny

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    Sorry to digress, but I have owned a DCT version of the AT for 18 months and I have not noticed this vibration you talk of? Wind protection can be fixed on most bikes easily enough. It's major short comings are small fuel tank (I have purchased a Camel auxiliary tank to overcome this) and softish rear suspension which is OK one up but not one up with lots of gear in my view.

    Most bikes require some modification to suit your individual riding requirements.

    Back on topic - hoping @LoneStar gets his bike back to working order real soon.
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  8. currenv

    currenv Been here awhile

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    In case this is helpful,

    RTW Paul moved from a Super Tenere and, along with his partner also on a DR, is now riding around México on a DR 650. They spent summer and fall touring Canada and the US on them. They'll be in San Miguel while in there and I expect to spend a little time time catching up with them.

    But here's why I mention this. Paul's not a little guy. I'm y feet and I'm looking up when I I talk to him. I don't know what he's done to this bike (I think there's a build thread around here somewhere) but it might be worth it asking for about it if you continue to be unhappy with your current ride.

    Hoping to for the best for you.

    Vinnie


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  9. MrKiwi

    MrKiwi Love my Tranny

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    these bikes have undergone a substantial rebuild. There is a build thread on them too. I'll try and find the link.
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  10. heffenut

    heffenut Adventurer

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    At least your finding out all the things that isn't the problem!
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  11. MrKiwi

    MrKiwi Love my Tranny

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    now that is positive thinking
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  12. LoneStar

    LoneStar WhoopDeDoofus

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    Thanks for all the information and suggestions and a couple of chuckles. Once again the bike is supposed to be ready in the morning and if it runs okay I'm heading for the Peru border, even if I have to dive and slide in like home base. I'll respond individually later

    In the meantime, famous Chip and Ken of DR350 exploits - http://advrider.com/index.php?threads/virginia-to-ushuaia-on-dirt-bikes.1266933/ - messaged me and said they were in Cuenca, so we got together at the plaza and then found a place to chill, imbibe and swap stories. We were joined by Ward, aka "Paisamed" here, who is heading to Ushuaia on an F800GS. Had a lot of fun with all three, and they're all heading for Peru tomorrow. If my bike is ready I'll tail Ward and Phil...
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  13. MrKiwi

    MrKiwi Love my Tranny

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    ya hoo
  14. ONandOFF

    ONandOFF more off than on

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    Glad that worked out. Did Ken see the bike and/or offer any words of wisdom?

  15. LoneStar

    LoneStar WhoopDeDoofus

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    No, the shop was closed up and it was later
  16. ONandOFF

    ONandOFF more off than on

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    :(

    Sure hope it's good to go this time.
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  17. LoneStar

    LoneStar WhoopDeDoofus

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    Wish me luck brothas...

    Bike is running better but not 100%. Clutch slave cylinder was leaking some and Cristo snugged it. Taking a bottle of clutch mineral oil to top off if necessary.

    Aiming for Peru border and leaving in 15 mins
  18. Zubb

    Zubb he went that-a-way...

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  19. Kegler

    Kegler Been here awhile

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    May the force be with you LoneStar!
  20. Ohio_Danimal

    Ohio_Danimal If I die trying, at least I tried

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