Oregon to Ushuaia on an XR650L

Discussion in 'Epic Rides' started by Ulyses, Oct 29, 2012.

  1. Spud Rider

    Spud Rider Long timer

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    Bryce,

    I just posted this video on the XRL Owners Sign In thread. This video gives a nice demonstration on how to adjust the valve lash on an XL600R, which is very similar to your XR650L. Just substitute the different specifications for the valve lash.

    Intake: 0.10mm
    Exhaust: 0.12mm

    <iframe width="640" height="360" src="http://www.youtube.com/embed/fJHdyxLjwxY?feature=player_embedded" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen></iframe>

    Spud :beer
  2. Manolito

    Manolito Patagonia guide

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    Hey, if you need anything in Rio Gallegos, just let me know :freaky
  3. Clem Kevin

    Clem Kevin Nude With Boots

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    What is stopping you from putting the photos on your computer? Can't you just pull the card out or connect the camera to the computer and pull the photos off from the card through the camera?
  4. purpledrake

    purpledrake No Pretensions

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    Hey, Ulyses, what kind of camera do you have? I purchased a digital camera in Japan, and the Japanese language interface is turned on (or off) on the first menu screen (then change to another language). Shoot me a screen shot with your iPhone--maybe I can help.
  5. diegoteck

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    As all history it could be long and boring but el Bolson has a couple of very interesting facts, it was first settle around 1620 but things get interesting by the beginning of the 1900's when Europeans were hired as skilled labor to build the infrastructure of the city, around the same time Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid were buying 15,000 acres at el Bolson after their scape form the States.
    In the 60' a huge hippie movement settle there looking for whatever hippies look for, and it seems they found it, El Bolson was the first city economically self sustainable in the country. As you see, the hippies never left.
    About the "Mate" it was originally a drink from the native tribes in the area,the gauchos and the Spanish conquistadores like it too and it survived as a staple of the culture.
    There are many variations, some people like it with sugar, lemon, orange, coffee, milk, you name it.
    You can find "mate" in Argentina, Paraguay, south Brasil and Uruguay, if you think Argentinos are crazy about "mate" Uruguayos are totally nuts!! I've seen them drinking "mate" while riding on a bicycle.
    There is no reason, you just drink it as a kid when your parents "ceban" and you grow to love it.
    In my case, I'm not crazy about it, I'm married to a Peruvian and I'm too lazy to prepare the "mate", but my brother and sister, also living in UT, married to Argentinians drink "mate" everyday.
  6. ONandOFF

    ONandOFF ┬┐to post or to ride?

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    Mate is interesting, dude. If you don't grow up with it, it tastes so weird to begin with, but it grows on you, and the next thing you know, it's addictive, and you've got to have it especially before every meal. I still have the bowl, filter straw, and thermos I brought back from Uruguay some 35 years ago. Brought back a yellow bag of yerba mate (canarias?) but when that ran out I was s.o.l. (jodido) as it wasn't around here anywhere I looked. It's been available here since the last few years and they still make the yellow bag - it looks almost the same. I don't drink it much now, y a mi esposa Ecuatoriana no le gusta, plus we have good coffee. Bryce, I guess you haven't tried it yet but be careful about getting your own rig, it can be addictive! It is nice to relax with... :D
  7. Ulyses

    Ulyses Long timer

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    Awesome! Want to grab a beer?
  8. Manolito

    Manolito Patagonia guide

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    Sure! No one can't refuse a beer :rofl
  9. Super Dave Hawaii

    Super Dave Hawaii Ain't Dead Yet!

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    Bryce, Wow! Layin' th rubber down today. Not much farther now. Keep on and be safe.
    Dave
  10. CleanWatt

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    Hey Manolito,

    Gonna be rolling into Rio Gallegos tomorrow as well, would you happen to have any recommendations for hostels in town?
  11. Manolito

    Manolito Patagonia guide

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    If both of you agree (CleanWatt and Ulyses) we can do a little "asado" and simple, so you don't miss the ferry on sunday.
  12. Ulyses

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    That would be great! Where should we meet? I'm in Tres Cerros; about 500 km away. Should be there this evening.
  13. CleanWatt

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    I stumbled upon a really nice moto tour operator in town who's let me throw my tent up in his garden. :clap

    Did you have a place in mind to meet up later? I only have internet access as long as I'm in a cafe or restaurant (currently sitting in 'pizza express'), so let us know what you're thinking and I'll try and hoof it there.

    Also, is it advisable to try and make it to Rio Grande in one day?
  14. Uncle Mike

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    Awesome report. Thanks for including map tracks of the route! :clap
  15. Manolito

    Manolito Patagonia guide

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    Moto tour operator here in Rio Gallegos? :huh

    I'm waiting for Bryce, so we go to buy some oil for his bike. Do you want to come home and we discuss the 3 of us?
    It's late for an "asado" (I have to go and buy the meat and everything) but I can invite you some pizzas.

    I'll send you a PM.
  16. strsout

    strsout Banned Camp

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    I had one of this years ago. I was living in brazil and had lots of fun on this bike.
  17. strsout

    strsout Banned Camp

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    I'm back living in brazil for a couple years now. So are you planning to ride here?
    So, if you are, I'm in Sao Paulo. pM for contact.
    I belong to the group named "Fazedores de Chuva", riders that cross the 3 America's from Prudhoe Bay to Usuahua, and we will be happy to help and met you.
    Www.fazedoresdechuva.com

    Elton
  18. 805gregg

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    You can see where BMW got the idea for a beak, from Suzuki
  19. Ulyses

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    Rode nearly 400 Miles today; it was freezing cold, there were intermitent rain showers, and a steady 40 mile an hour crosswind. The end of the world is a cold and windy place, even in the summer. Just made it into Rio Gallegos a few hours ago. I'm totally spent. To make matters worse, my chain guard on my swing arm is totally shot; the chain has been eating into the metal all day and I didn't realize it until I stopped. Tomorrow I'm going to try and make a replacement out of a mudflap or a rubber mat, whatever I can find.

    Manolito is the man! He bought me pizza, let me stash my bike at his house, and even drove me to a hotel. Once again the generosity of a total stranger has saved the day! Thanks Manolito, you're the best!
  20. Manolito

    Manolito Patagonia guide

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    Found a solution, i'll show it to you tomorrow :D

    Just went to lock the doors and found an orange light coming from the left side of your tank bag. Is it OK or you forgot to take it and it's going to drain the battery ?