No Jobs, No Responsibilities, No Better Time then Now

Discussion in 'Epic Rides' started by bigalsmith101, Apr 1, 2011.

  1. BikerzL8E

    BikerzL8E Al's Women

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    Thanks Truckguy. I had nuked my message (before I realized people saw it) because when I glanced back at the pictures I thought I was wrong and didn't want to confuse him.
  2. indianscout

    indianscout Dexter

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    "I'm a man and I can change......if I have to....I guess" Red Green


    :lol3
  3. Footprint

    Footprint Rat race Dreamer

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    That will buff right out.... :evil:freaky
  4. Foot dragger

    Foot dragger singletracker

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    Holy Yipes!!!!!!!!!! Maybe a even more casual pace once your back on the road! When I was riding around in Baja we ran into more then a few riders who had just*went off the road* A lot of the hiway there goes real straight for a long time,then all at once theres a corner,sometimes the concentration wanders and off you go.............

    I think the cows,donkeys,bulls,dogs,horses caught my attention more then most road hazards,for the most part theres no fences in Baja to keep livestock in so they tend to wander.

    Night riding is of course about the worst idea down that way.

    I hope your back on the road as quick as possible,the mechanic is building wheels from bits and pieces? Swingarm/frame is straight?
  5. GoMotor

    GoMotor Adventurer

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    How come an injured man riding in an ambulance with medics cost $200 and a bent up motorcycle in an old pickup cost $250? That is not right.
  6. bigalsmith101

    bigalsmith101 Been here awhile

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    BikerzL8E, aka, Kristi, if you think hard, you will remember that that giant tattoo of a sun and a moon is on my RIGHT side. And that Foot Dragger is indeed correct :D

    The bike mechanic is selling me a used 21in and 17in wheel, and using it´s spokes to lace in my hub. He´s already straightened my forks, and has fixed the front axle as well. Only my rear subframe is tweaked, everything else is ok. It will be un-re-tweaked and be put right. My motor runs very well still. Started right up today when I gave it a go. I´ll be on the road sooner than later it would seem.

    Gomotor: The ambulance charged a flat rate. The bike hauler took advantage of me, and my overworked (at this point) friends didn´t care much to barter with money that wasn´t theirs. I don´t blame them.

    Well, I´m off to find some fish or meat tacos. Whichever I see first. I´m hungry! :deal

    --Alex
  7. UpST8

    UpST8 turnin gas to noise

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    WOW!! Heal quick, body and bike :D
  8. xymotic

    xymotic Long timer

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    You guys really need to do some math and figure out how long it will take for you to be flown back to a major city for a hospital. You might be 60 or 100 miles from the US border, but you are 6-8 HOURS from trauma care, IF someone can get a plane in the air rapido.

    Last year I had a really hard get off @ Bahia de LA, and it hit me like a ton of bricks not only how lucky I was, but how badly I would have felt if I'd ruined everyone else's trip.

    Sorry to be debbie downer over here:deal And I feel like a total hypocrite because the only way I learned was a LOT of crashes. But I do hope you'll slow it down and soak in the Baja 'sperience a little bit:freaky
  9. jesusgatos

    jesusgatos fishing with dynamite

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    However it adds up, he got off cheap/easy and it doesn't sound like he's complaining.

    How does that help anyone? Are you suggesting that we all stay within __ hours of a major city/hospital? Not trying to be an ass, am just not sure I understand what you're getting at.
  10. Boarder06

    Boarder06 Been here awhile

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    Same here. Don't understand that statement.

    You seem to have taken it well. Get well soon!
  11. Irishdude

    Irishdude Adventurer

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    Great report, but take it easy so ye can finish it :D great fotos and story man.
  12. Operator7G

    Operator7G Adventurer

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    Perhaps what xymotic is getting at is that by understanding just how far away help is from you, you can better manage your risks. In other words, if you know help is several hours away in a best case scenario, then you'll be a bit more conservative in your risk-taking and stick to the tarmac and resist the call of that tasty dirt track beckoning you to come play. On the other hand, if support is very close and able to get to you quickly, you might heed that call and romp through the dirt. It never hurts to understand your risk scenarios as best as you can, especially when you're on an epic ride such as this.

    I know these guys are running on a budget, but if I were to set off on a journey like this, I would seriously consider getting a SPOT GPS tracker and signing up for MedjetAssist for emergency evac from anywhere in the world. I don't work for either of these services, nor do I have an interest in their businesses. I do, however, know someone who is alive today probably because he had those two things when he was riding across Canada and had an accident.

    In all ventures, preparation is key.
  13. xymotic

    xymotic Long timer

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    Eggsactly. Like I said it's a bit hypocritical for me to even mention it, because I've been-there/done that.

    When I wrecked in Baja, it was a 'nothing' flat & smooth dirt road. SO I was going as fast as I would in Los Angeles. But it's not Los Angeles. So when I exited the bike at 60 and hit a rock with my head, I had an epiphany that even though I was right next to the airfield @ Alphonsina's, and even though our group had a private plane just a cell call away...

    I was still 4-5 hours away from help. So why the hell had I been going 60 on a dirt road in BFE Mexico? I'm not saying stick to asphalt, but the only reason to go fast is for the adrenaline, or to meet a schedule, and neither of those is really worth dying for.
  14. markbvt

    markbvt Long timer

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    Great story so far -- and this accident could have ended a lot worse. I'm glad it didn't turn out like some of the other young guys in/headed to Mexico ride reports on this site!

    --mark
  15. Motojournalism

    Motojournalism motojournalism.com

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    Ah, yer banged-up, but you'll get it sorted :thumb
    Hope to see you guys back on the road soon!
  16. Lunatic

    Lunatic Dan Keyhoety

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    Keep the shiny side up Grasshopper !

    Best Wishes , Dan :norton
  17. Foot dragger

    Foot dragger singletracker

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    Shit Happens,get it glued back together and charge off like you mean business. Lifes too short to worry over every possible scenario.
  18. bigalsmith101

    bigalsmith101 Been here awhile

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    Work done by Tato the Motorcycle Mechanic

    1) Straighten front forks

    2) Straighten front axle

    3) Straighten rear subframe

    4) Lace my hubs into new/used 21" and 17" rims with existing used spokes (many of mine were broken)

    5) Labor for the above mentioned.

    Total cost, $10.500 pesos. Or, at the current exchange rate. Just under $900USD.

    He did the work in less then 3 days. My bike will be finished by today, and I will be on the road by tomorrow afternoon if all goes as planned. Tom, Charlie, and Sarah left San Ignacio this afternoon headed south. If I leave tomorrow, and ride long slow days, I'll reach them by Sunday afternoon, or monday. No rush.

    What exactly I am paying for, I'm not sure. But by US standards, it is cheap. New rims and spokes for the front and rear would have cost me over $900 in the states. Labor costs would have been prohibitive. I received competent work for a good price. I'll take it.

    More photos to come.

    My luggage carrying will change, as my right side pelican case exploded into many pieces. However, my 1000D Cordura bag liner, custom made for a great price by Brady the cordura sewing guy over in the vendors sections, held up well, and kept my stuff in one place. My top pelican case will likely become a side case to replace my busted one, and a large canvas duffle bag will likely go across the top of my bike. We'll see if I can find one.

    Onward!!!

    Thanks for all the positive posts everyone! Don't worry. I intend to finish the trip, and update it for the next many months. Continue enjoying! Ciao for now!

    --Alex
  19. RAZR

    RAZR I'll cut ya

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  20. jesusgatos

    jesusgatos fishing with dynamite

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    Thanks, I get what you meant now. Just kind of took that for granted, as help is often at least that far away when we're riding in remote parts of the PNW. Gotta adjust your mindset to reflect the fact that you're on your own if anything goes wrong. Changes my riding style for sure.