Obsessive-Compulsive South American Trip Preparation

Discussion in 'Americas' started by porkandcorn, Sep 8, 2012.

  1. GastonUSAChile

    GastonUSAChile Been here awhile

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    Beautiful bike and gear. Love it!!! Proud to carry such equipment to my country, Chile

    Porkandcorn's container is full full, and complete with 1 SUV, 4 standards bikes & 1 bike with a side car. Newcomers are invited to a new container. (Nov. & Dec).
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  2. porkandcorn

    porkandcorn FortesFortunaAdiuvat

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    awesome gaston. good news on the SUV for a Full Container! thanks for all your help. getting very excited!!!
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  3. porkandcorn

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    i know that i don't really *need* a tent for my trip. but i would *like* to have one, for camping in patagonia, on random beaches, and other places i'll find along the way. i spoke with one rider who spent 5 months riding south america, and he said he only camped 4 nights - not because he had to, but because he wanted to.

    that said and known, i was fretting over the volume of extremely valuable duffle bag space that my mountain hardware skyledge 2.1 tent was taking up on my canada trip. the length of the poles are the issue. they are too long for the panniers, nor did i want to just strap them out in the open and have them in the way all the time.

    so i fixed the problem this week by creating a tent tube®. patent not pending. 20" of 4" ABS pipe, 4" of 2" ABS pipe, one 3" to 2" reducer, two fernco rubber caps and blammo!... you got yourself a rugged tent storage tube. the 4" pipe fits perfectly behind the pannier mounts, and i'll just strap it up there with some worm-drive metal straps. it also clears the rear wheel and the swing-arm at maximum shock compression.

    it takes some effort to get the tent in, but it fits nicely and now it's out of the way and i don't have to feel bad about taking it any more. this is one good thing about having a lot of time to plan your trip - you can really customize your setup nicely.

    and it helped me kill some more time and get in touch with my inner plumber. i'm getting very excited to go. bought my ticket to santiago, chile yesterday. the container-mates and i have started planning out our arrival and the pickup of the bikes.

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  4. GastonUSAChile

    GastonUSAChile Been here awhile

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    Ftz,

    It looks good the arrangement for the tent's pipes. Check the clearance between the tent pipe and the rear tire. It looks like a narrow gap between both to me.

    Sometimes you'll find at dirt roads and even paved ones mined with a series of pot holes, deep ones!, so, the vertical travel of the rear tire to be a few inches, and not including already the super impose weight on your bike due to the cargo , panniers, bags , etc...

    Gaston
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  5. porkandcorn

    porkandcorn FortesFortunaAdiuvat

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    yes, that is the first thing i considered. it clears the rear tire at maximum shock compression, even with the more aggressive tires mounted.
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  6. GastonUSAChile

    GastonUSAChile Been here awhile

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    Porkandcorn,

    It call my attention the quote given to you by the 'competition' . The first quote is for Air cargo, the second for Ocean Cargo". The Air quote is wrong, at least for the Kilos used for the quote.

    Air cargo is chargeable by KGS/VOL. Which means to every cubic inch is given a rate cost. If the cargo weight is more than the Volume/weight , then the weight prevail.

    In your case , your cargo is 92x56x58 (inches) = 298816 / 166 = 18000963/2.20548 = 816.19 KGS/VOL. This amount of kilos are the one to be calculated for the air cargo. Not 590 lbs = 268.18 Kgs (real weight).
    By the way, a Thriumph 800 should not be crated more than 580 kgs/vol, ussually a BMW 1200GS type of crating. Yours it is a huge crate.

    My 2 cents
    Gaston E.
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  7. porkandcorn

    porkandcorn FortesFortunaAdiuvat

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    thanks gaston,

    that will help people who are getting info from my ride report to research their own trips. thanks for all your help and your attention to detail. it's appreciated.
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  8. porkandcorn

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    getting very close to starting this trip now - just 7 weeks to go! purchased my tickets to santiago, chile - i'll fly out on the 5th from portland - atlanta - santiago. the group of us sharing the container are meeting at a hotel in santiago the night before so we are all in one spot for our shipping coordinator, gaston from SamaricaXplorer, to contact us.

    i'm still thinking about my general route for the trip. now i'm considering just doing the patagonia/southern chile leg of the trip 1st - to get right into some impressive scenery. then on down to tierra del fuego and ushuaia while it's still plenty warm. then head north to buenos aires, the beaches of uruguay, and to visit friends in southern brasil. hopefully, by february, the uruguayan and brazilian coast will have cooled down a bit. i know from living in southern brazil during their summer that it can be oppressively hot and humid, hence my thought to delay that part of the trip a bit. (i'll likely still be sweating my ass off.) after that i'll cut across argentina through cordoba, routa 40, and back to the andes/coast to start the northerly trek up to the caribbean beaches of columbia, my final destination.

    i'm getting the bike serviced and looked over by the good people at cascade moto classics here in portland next week, and picking up a few more spare parts that i ordered to take with me on the trip.

    a couple last minutes mods before the bike makes the trip down the the Port of Los Angeles on november 24th to be put on the container bound for chile - with these changes, she is officially ready to go:

    IT designs Mix-It2 compact audio mixer - a great little audio mixer that was recommended to me by someone on ADVrider. will allow me to listen to music from my iphone, chatter from my scala g4 comm set, and has a priority input channel for my garmin zumo 660 (fades the other sources when a signal from the garmin is detected.)

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    IT designs Mix-It2 compact audio mixer by porkandcorn, on Flickr

    i didn't *need* a new silencer, but my only criticism of the tiger 800 is that she sounds awefully whimpy out of the box. this italian made MIVV suono carbon fiber/stainless silencer uses the stock mapping for the original pipes, but gives a HP boost and sounds about a million times cooler. it's quite a bit lighter as well, which is always a nice feature. i got it from PJ at PJ's Parts in Maryville, TN. i wasn't sure if it would configure with my touratech zega pro pannier mounts, so PJ said if it didn't fit, he'd refund the purchase (as long as i didn't fire up the bike with the silencer installed). it fit great with the mounts, thankfully. thanks PJ!

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    MIVV suono silencer for tiger 800xc by porkandcorn, on Flickr
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  9. GISdood

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    What the...? No video clip of before/after sound comparisons? I thought you said you were OCD? :rofl

    I may have to look into that MixIt gadget... Brandi is a little fussy about the quality of her tunes and complained several times during our trip about how 'hissy' the audio was when being pushed through the G4's.

    That's a seriously nice looking exhaust upgrade, Fritz. Enjoy the next few weeks of butterflies leading up to launch day! Good luck, we'll be watching!
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  10. alainmax

    alainmax ca vaut le detour !!

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    My hat to you, Fritz, you've done a freaking load of research !! :huh and we all benefit !! you contacted us in Pdx for cargo shipping a couple months ago...
    We decided not to send the Africa twins from PDX to san tiago but rent , considering we have only 4 weeks ! we'are leaving the 2nd of January. looks like you 'll be heading south first so may be we can hook up somewhere. We are currently starting to build up a route towards Ushuaia ( My son's already in SA volunteering in Bolivia, then Perou and we'' ll meet in Chile somewhere).
    i will try to DL some GPS maps from mototreks ( great site) or ask my other son to do it (i m not that smart !!).
    Ride your tiger to the bakery so we can talk about it ( La Provence , 13650 Boones ferry rd, Lake oswego) :freaky


    Alain
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  11. moto-treks

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    alainmax ca vaut le detour !!

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    :bow i see a lot of work on your website


    much appreciated. :nod
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  13. porkandcorn

    porkandcorn FortesFortunaAdiuvat

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    this past friday, i rode the tiger over to cascade moto classics for her final wet service and check-over, as she is getting loaded onto a shipping container next week. one of my container-mates, "coach", is going to put my bike in his trailer and take it down to the Port of LA with his bike and sidecar, then supervise their loading and strapping down. coach lives about an hour or so south of me, and is doing me a huge favor by transporting my bike to the container.

    jim tomsic, my bike's tech, giving the go-ahead on the bike.

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    jim tomsic, triumph tech by porkandcorn, on Flickr

    thank you kelly and janice for all your help and patience as i prep for my trip. liz in parts, brant in service, and randy in sales - thank you everyone for everything.

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    since i'm riding the bike down to coach's on saturday or sunday, i'm spending the rest of this week going over my lists, doing a bit of last minute shopping to fill in the holes, and making important final modifications. by mid-week, the panniers and tank bag will be packed and mounted. once i get to coach's, my riding gear will be bagged and straped to the bike, and all i will have to do is show up in san antonio, chile in 7 weeks with my duffle bag (clothes, toiletries, computer/office, paperwork) on my back.

    i made one last critical modification tonight - i added my travel partner and protector. this guy has been on many other journeys with me, and he always gets me back in one piece. i zip-tied his butt to the windshield mount so he doesn't fly off upon hitting my first south american pot-hole.

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  14. GastonUSAChile

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    Ftz,

    My daughter just sculpted on soap the same duck. Do you want it?, good for your regular shower in Patagonia.
    Chilean Customs is gonna laugh on you. Most probably they are going to ask you for proper docs for importing exotic birds.

    Don't forget the teddy bear for those lone camping nights.!!! hahahha!
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  16. GastonUSAChile

    GastonUSAChile Been here awhile

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    By the way, buy at any COPEC gas station in Chile, a set of maps that come by region . The south and the national parks are the best . Also you can check in the internet the maps and camping parks , etc.

    Www.chileturcopec.cl

    Maps on the top section . Full pack $13900 Chilean pesos

    Easy to carry in the tank bag
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  17. porkandcorn

    porkandcorn FortesFortunaAdiuvat

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    this trip just got very real on sunday when i left my bike strapped into coach's trailer, in lyons, oregon about 90 SE of portland. coach is putting the finishing touches on his bike and sidecar, then pulling in behind the tiger and trailering them both down to the port in LA to load onto the container.

    it was odd to drive home, pull into my garage and not see the bike there anymore. i'm excited for our reunion in chile.

    also looking forward to getting to know coach - we are both coincidentally also on the same flight from atlanta - santiago. fascinating man and life. glad to know people like him exist out there in the odd corners of the world.

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    strapped down and ready to go to the port by porkandcorn, on Flickr

    also, i know that i am going to miss my idiotic cat, who takes her real name, "mike rice", from the NBA/Portland Trailblazer's color commentary TV announcer of the same name. but she's put on some weight recently. so now she is called 'fatty' sometimes. i wanted to take her along on the ride, so i made this sticker to put on my panniers.

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    fatty: she compulsively eats by porkandcorn, on Flickr
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  18. Rockaway

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    I just recently purchased a tiger 800 xc from classic moto. Great group of people!!! I am anxious to hear of your travels and how well your bike does....Gods speed!

    Greg
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  19. porkandcorn

    porkandcorn FortesFortunaAdiuvat

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    rockaway: thanks. glad to have you following along. one month to go! i expect the tiger to perform flawlessly.

    it was nice to get together with you and the other folks at the triumph riders association of portland monthly breakfast saturday (i assume you were there somewhere). seems like a great bunch of people. i happened to jump into the buffet line behind marty, the association president. marty gave me the low-down on the group.

    looking forward to getting to know some of your after i get back from my trip - at the june breakfast.

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  20. porkandcorn

    porkandcorn FortesFortunaAdiuvat

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    good article from the BBC summarizing recent changes to fees for entry to various countries in south america. this is in line with other research i've done. in fact, i didn't realize that i needed to pay the argentinian reciprocity fee of $160.00 USD PRIOR to arriving, which can be done at the argentine government's provincias pagos. not a big deal, but doing in advance just means one less hoop to jump through in a foreign environment. much easier to do right now while i'm having brunch and sipping on a spanish coffee at a bar! (non-foreign environment)
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