Lost on the way to the End of the World

Discussion in 'Ride Reports - Epic Rides' started by El Explorador, Aug 6, 2012.

  1. KipperMatic

    KipperMatic Adventurer

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    Maybe contact Mototours Costa Rica? They might be able to set you up.
    https://www.mototourscostarica.com/Home_Page.html
    In Costa Rica: 506-8723-2555 or 8314-8053


    The KTM Find a Dealer page on their website shows a few dealers but none in Nic.
    Closest one to you is back in Hondo or CR
    Terra Marine Parts Tegucigalpa

    Bulevar Morazan
    11101 Tegucigalpa
    Honduras
    No phone number listed on the website unfortunately.

    There is phone information for another of their locations further north in San Pedro Sula, might be able to send parts or get you in touch with the other location nearer you.
    Terra Marine Parts
    COLONIA JARDINES DEL VALLE, San Pedro Sula Honduras
    200MTS OESTE DE GIMANSIO NAUTILUS, TEL: 2566-2432, 25661433

    The only other ride I know of with a KTM living in the area appeared on RadioMan's RR. His name was Hector, no last name or nic given. Doesn't appear like he's a member on here.
  2. CeeBee

    CeeBee The Cake Baker

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  3. El Explorador

    El Explorador Radical Explorer

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    Much appreciate it Mutt, my KLR is suped up but I still don't think I could pass it off for a KTM let alone use their parts :D

    Chuck - great to have more contacts here, will get a hold of him as soon as the hour is reasonable down here.
  4. KipperMatic

    KipperMatic Adventurer

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    You see what happens when I read posts quickly.... doh. Sorry lol.
    Must bee the lasting effects from the chem pit at Booth Paper mill.
  5. El Explorador

    El Explorador Radical Explorer

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    Someone should put up a sign warning that the water isn't drinkable.
  6. KipperMatic

    KipperMatic Adventurer

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    I could do some research for places here on this end, I'm here at work for another 3 hours.
    What year is the K L R (bwahaha got it right that time)

    Cush drive mangled? Need a full rear wheel or full hub?
  7. El Explorador

    El Explorador Radical Explorer

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    That would be heroic - it's a 2002. All I need is the cush drive and spacers. If it's off a junked bike I'd be interested in the sprocke, mine is looking pretty rough.
  8. KipperMatic

    KipperMatic Adventurer

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    About $450 CAN$ equiv for the whole hub new.. and they ship to Nic.

    http://www.motosport.com/NI/dirtbike/oem-parts/KAWASAKI/2002/KLR650/REAR-HUB

    Full hub (41034) says 3-5 business days for them to get it to ship. Just talked to them on the phone, can take up to a month to get it to you though.

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    Website doesnt work on this one, he's a Kawasaki dealer

    <TABLE border=0 cellSpacing=7 cellPadding=0 width=495 bgColor=#f2f2f2><TBODY><TR vAlign=top align=left><TD width=75></TD><TD width=196>MAQUINARIAS H.F. CROSS. S.A.
    CALLE 15 DE SEPTIEMBRE
    APARTADO 1169
    MANAGUA
    http://www.casacross.com.ni


    </TD><TD width=196>Phone: 505-268-4693
    Fax: 505-268-1262
    Contacts:
    Eduardo Padilla Cross (Owner)
    epadilla@casacross.com.ni



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    Here's one in CR, not sure where you are in Nic.

    <TABLE border=0 cellSpacing=7 cellPadding=0 width=495 bgColor=#f2f2f2><TBODY><TR vAlign=top align=left><TD width=196>TODO MOTOR S.A.
    300 m. N.O. del Edificio de Migracion, La Uruca
    SAN JOSE, Costa Rica http://www.todomotor.co.cr


    </TD><TD width=196>Phone: 506-2291-7500
    Fax: 506-2291-7005
    Contacts:
    Mario Suarez (GM) ventas@todomotor.co.



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    ..and the other way.... back in Hondo

    <TABLE border=0 cellSpacing=7 cellPadding=0 width=495 bgColor=#f2f2f2><TBODY><TR vAlign=top align=left><TD width=196>MOTOCITY S. de R.L.
    Blvd ardines del Valle.
    COPENA tienda Motocity
    San Pedro Sula,
    Honduras

    </TD><TD width=196>Phone: 504-531-2060
    Phone 2: 504-566-4803
    Fax: 504-566-4805
    Contacts:
    Eduardo Bernhard (Owner


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    Panama ha ha ha ha ha Panama.

    <TABLE border=0 cellSpacing=7 cellPadding=0 width=495><TBODY><TR vAlign=top align=left><TD width=75></TD><TD width=196>Consultenos, S. A.
    PO Box 0823-05506
    Calle50
    Edificio Plaza Volkswagen
    Panama, Republica de Panama
    </TD><TD width=196>Phone: 507-202-4111
    Phone 2: 507-2-364-516
    Fax: 507-2-361-359
    Contacts:
    Miguel Duran (Owner) mduran@consultenos.net

    </TD></TR></TBODY></TABLE>

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    Dont know if that helps you or if you already chatted those contact up.

    I'm off to Fergus for Turkey day this weekend. I wont have much internets connectivity other than through cell..
  9. El Explorador

    El Explorador Radical Explorer

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    Haven't talked to any of those yet, so thanks a million and I will get right on hassling them to get me back on the road!

    Cheers and enjoy the feasting.
  10. johnnybgood8

    johnnybgood8 Been here awhile

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    Im in. Good luck
  11. KipperMatic

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  12. johnnybgood8

    johnnybgood8 Been here awhile

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    Any update???
  13. KipperMatic

    KipperMatic Adventurer

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    He's in Costa Rica now working on a gap crossing last I heard
  14. El Explorador

    El Explorador Radical Explorer

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    After a slew of new and unrelated problems (ground wire, stripped valve cover bolt, floods) I am rolling again! Probably... Just need to get a few things buttoned up and I will be SA bound. The tale of the way down is written, just needs to be uploaded / photo'd.
  15. cyberdos

    cyberdos Easy Bonus Loop

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    :thumb

    Looking forward to it. Glad you're moving along.
  16. El Explorador

    El Explorador Radical Explorer

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    Cold droplets on my face wake me instantly. It is drizzling and the mosquito net is jewelled with water.

    The pines are grey under cloudy morning; light seeps in from beyond the horizon where the sun has already risen. I pack quickly in the early chill, breaking my fast with single-serving peanut butter packets before setting off to lower altitudes where the pines give way to cacti.

    I make it out of the wild hills and gulleys of the desert after a 4x4 points me in the right direction – the GPS track is long lost, and each time I take a path that looks like it should head to the city it veers away, leaving me staring at a labyrinth of dirt tracks that would be a blast to ride if I didn’t have a destination.

    Arriving in Phoenix it’s Couchsurfing to the rescue again – Rogelio tells me to stop by to “see what he can do for me”. He sizes me up and decides I’m alright. I don’t yet know how lucky I am.

    We bond over lust for adventure and I am impressed by his drive; at his age not many people have their own place and a nice jeep. He’s deceptively mature, and that seems to be the only thing keeping him in place; he loves what I’m doing but the total irresponsibility of leaping before you look keeps him building a solid life step by step instead. I can respect that. Still, his eye gleams with adventure as I share stories and before long we’ve planned to cross the border together to party in Juarez after celebrating his sister’s birthday in El Paso next week. So much for just changing tires and heading to Mexico. It’s a chill time eating massive amounts of grilled chicken, going to sleep by his otherworldly <a href="http://images.nationalgeographic.com/wpf/media-live/photos/000/007/cache/mexican-axolotl_780_600x450.jpg">axolotls</a>, and saving the occasional damsel in distress.

    I purchase a big blocky TKC80 that should eat up any paths the road ahead can throw at me, and look for ways to kill time until it arrives. Phoenix is sprawling and uninspiring, low slung cookie cutter neighbourhoods and strip malls box inhabitants together and apart. I decide to take an alternative sightseeing trip, an Italian designed architectural oddity left fallow in the name of capitalism.

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    Stan Bergstein elaborates: “Phoenix Trotting Park ... was originally supposed to be built for $3 million, but [cost almost] $10 million, essentially bankrupting its builder, James Dunnigan... It was built of reinforced concrete, and could have withstood a direct hit by a hydrogen bomb... it went belly up and was bought by Sportservice, to make sure no reincarnation took place and its greyhound operation in Phoenix was protected. It is still standing, and some future travelers from space probably will regard it in the same way Stonehenge in Britain is regarded today……a monument built in the desert by sun worshipers.” Sounds worth checking out while I’m here.

    Normally the most fun part of urban exploration is devising stratagems and puzzling over points of entry. The building stands alone a straight shot from the highway across a good half mile of dried mud and low scrub in any direction; subtle entry isn’t an option at midday. I gun it from the nearest road and stash Lost out of view while I poke around.

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    The strangely angled structure looms over me as I slide under a twisted gate and inspect this oasis of solitude, alone in plain view. It is a strange contrast to at once feel so isolated and so exposed. My feet crunch past graffiti and up frozen escalators. Highway sounds wash in; the only indication of life on this planet. I finish reading The Tiger’s Wife by the stairwell windows, and then use it as a pillow for a nap. No denizens lurk here to bother me; too far removed from the necessities of life, too exposed to be a decent hobo nest. Satisfied I’ve poked at the mysteries whispering in all hidden corners, I make my escape under the bold sun, none to challenge my exit anymore than my entry.

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    Fellow adventure rider Julio invites me to work on my steering head column bearings in his garage. I’m eager to follow the advice of more experienced riders; in short order he has me changing the fork oil and stiffening the shocks, lubricating axles, cleaning the filter. He invites me to stay for a delicious home cooked dinner and crash the night – why not.

    I learn how he came from Puerto Rico to study architecture, living ten years in the Bronx for the cheap rent. A practical man after my own heart. Like Rogelio, I can see he’s excited for me, his own wanderlust ignited – but he’s got family. Lucky kid, between the bikes in the garage and the omnivorous library collection, he’s got the makings of a childhood to be envious of. Julio can’t ride with me, but he sends me off with a spare camelback that I immediately fall in love with.

    Lost gets her new shoe and Rogelio is flying to El Paso so it's time to go. An hour into the 700 km ride rain starts. I pull over to put on the rain gear.

    It isn’t anywhere. Somewhere far behind me, someone is opening a bag they found on the road and saying, "My, what a lovely set of rain gear!". This is going to suck.

    Riding through the rain I remind myself I’ve weathered worse. I come from the land of regular -40 degree winters. Still I try to race out of the storm. The new rear tire has brutal highway handling – pinning the throttle the tire screams bloody murder and the whole bike wobbles in the rain. I stop at a gas station to warm up at some point and some Johnny down-on-his-luck tells me how he’s stuck here because he ran out of gas and has no more money. Suspiciously convenient place to end up, but what the hell, I’ve gotta spread the love I’ve been receiving.

    I make it to Rogelio’s soaked to my bones, but after a hot shower I am happy to meet the family and they have beer and food at the ready. And most importantly, a bed – that was a long ride in the rain. Apart from the rainy arrival everything about El Paso turns out aces - I have the good fortune to find a rainsuit for twenty bucks on Kijiji, and Rog’s family are all great people, his dad even takes us out to see my first motocross show. I get a gleam in my eye during the races, but that’s a dream for another day.

    Two days and too many beers later, I awake in the gazebo to clean up the feathers and fish my keys out of the pool while Rog dries his cell phone and cleans up glass shards. Despite my prizewinning hangover I am gloriously happy with my life. A parting kiss from a delicately beautiful lady doesn’t hurt either. I’ve met a brother in arms, and I mean it when I tell him we must meet again down the road. I say goodbye to his family, a bit abashed that we probably kept them up with our adolescent revelry last night.

    Life has been good in the U.S.A. and I don’t regret extending my time, but the day has come.

    Mexico is calling. Let’s go see what kind of real trouble I can get into.

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  17. Sh4ft

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    This. :ear
  18. KipperMatic

    KipperMatic Adventurer

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    Lol... I poked around the horse track five years ago while in Goodyear... Still following in my tracks haha... Ride on.
  19. Mikey Boy

    Mikey Boy Been here awhile

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    Fucking subscribed. Amazing stuff man. I really need to do something about this damn job thing. 9-5 just doesn't sound as good as monkeying around old roller coasters and crashing Hotel buffets. :D Buena suerte en el sur de la frontera!
  20. Juice_Pope

    Juice_Pope Gauchito Yanqui

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    I happened to run in to everyone's favorite Canadian-Guatemalan motorcycling explorer in an undisclosed city in South America, but I will just say all is well and he is MUCH further along than this ride report lets on.

    Lost is sporting some serious battle scars but she's still galloping on!
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