Portland, OR to Buenos Aires, Argentina Before Christmas-OOPS

Discussion in 'Ride Reports - Epic Rides' started by TanukiPDX, Sep 20, 2017.

  1. 06Klr650

    06Klr650 RidingCountry.com

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    Wow sorry it had to end that way but glad you are both ok. Thx for sharing that link with me today on fb, it was nice sharing the adv with you, even it’s only on here ;)
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  2. CanuckCharlie

    CanuckCharlie Been here awhile

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    Hey Brent,

    I'm so sorry to hear about your accident. It's been an exhausting trip for me and I haven't checked your blog. I just heard about this from another ADVrider and I recognized the bike immediately after they showed me the photos. I too had many close calls, especially from riding at night and not knowing what's around the corner.

    SHIT HAPPENS! I hope you have a speedy recovery both mentally and physically and realize your dream another day!
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  3. TanukiPDX

    TanukiPDX Been here awhile

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    Honestly, I guess it is what makes it an adventure. The most stressful part of all of it is how there is little to no communication in shipping the bike back. As far as I know, I am waiting for the customs office to release the bike so a shipping company can send it...

    I looked into the parts to fix the bike, and I am considering just getting them ordered and flying down there in 2 weeks, getting the bike running, and taking it to panama to ship. I only have a 30 day permission for the bike to be in nicaragua, so i need to get it moving sooner than later. I will give customs another day to respond, and if I dont hear back, I will just get it running and ride to Panama. It is literally like 15 hours of riding from Managua to Panama City, so I can handle it. My hands can almost make fists now, so I think I can handle the clutch and front brakes.

    I am staying as optimistic as I can. I am happy to be alive :)

    I started making some videos to document the trip so far. Here is the one that shows My descent to the US/ Mexico Border. The others should have more/ better content. I kind of didnt record much stateside.

  4. Apple Jam

    Apple Jam Forest Flyer

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    Whoa, I've got some catching up to do!!
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  5. granitehead

    granitehead innocent bystander

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    Glad you're ok.

    This is the first thread I've looked at on ADV since 2008...wow, picked a doozy.
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  6. TanukiPDX

    TanukiPDX Been here awhile

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    Luckily I am a pretty optimistic guy! This thread isnt done yet, I promise :)
  7. Comrade Art

    Comrade Art Working stiff

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    Crazy story. Hope your KTM makes it home ok.
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  8. Ciaj191630

    Ciaj191630 n00b

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    Update?
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  9. TanukiPDX

    TanukiPDX Been here awhile

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    Ok so I haven't updated for a while, because until TODAY, all I have known is the bike is sitting in the Triumph of Managua dealer. The owner (Frank) has been incredibly awesome in letting the bike stay there while the shipping guys were getting their act together. Luckily they were able to get everything worked out so the bike can board the ship tomorrow (the last day before my travel permit expires and I start being fined for having the bike in the country). It is funny how everything seems go come together at the very last second before a deadline. I actually thought that would go away after I finished high school, but I have found that adults can be even worse than kids about it.

    SO the bike is heading to the states tomorrow, and I will let you know if I get a bike back, or if it is a crate full of chickens and a bicycle :)

    ALSO, I am working on editing the video clips, but life has been super busy. I will get the baja video out by the end of the week.
  10. RainRider45

    RainRider45 Been here awhile

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    Yeah or they folded the bike to make it fit in the box!

    Hope you had a great turkey day all.
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  11. KShow

    KShow Been here awhile

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    Just caught up on your report, so sorry to hear about the accident. I'm guessing everything is headed back to the states by now, but if not, I'm laying in a hammock 30 minutes outside of Managua for another day or so if I can be of any assistance. Take care
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  12. TanukiPDX

    TanukiPDX Been here awhile

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    Thank you and I sure hope the bike comes back in the shape I left it there in. OR actually I hope it comes back looking even better lol.

    SOrry to get to this so late. I appreciate it though. I do need something if anyone is passing through Chinandega anytime soon though...
  13. TanukiPDX

    TanukiPDX Been here awhile

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    Ok guys, its been really hard for me to get around to these videos, but I managed to get the second one done today.

    I wish I had a lot more footage of interesting stuff, but hey, at least you get to enjoy my mono tone voice!

  14. Baroquenride

    Baroquenride Everyone dies, but not everyone truly lives.

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    I normally don't watch these videos as I find them boring, but this was nice to watch. I guess it's because I didn't have to listen to the mc engine or wind noise and you did a great job of explaining the area you'd ride in along with describing what you enjoyed and what you didn't enjoy. Your voice isn't as boring as you might think. The only thing I would suggest is that you equalize the music volume level to your voice. Otherwise, I'm looking forward to your next video!
    How long do you think before you get your bike back?
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  15. TanukiPDX

    TanukiPDX Been here awhile

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    Lol well thank you, you are too kind!

    The shipping company called me this morning to make sure I would be home Monday for an afternoon delivery. We will see what color bicycle has taken the place of my motorcycle in the crate lol.
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  16. outbacktm

    outbacktm Bullrun Bison

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    Plus one on matching the volumes
    Definitely enjoyed the video
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  17. TanukiPDX

    TanukiPDX Been here awhile

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    Thank you! Let me see what I can do to improve on part three!
  18. RainRider45

    RainRider45 Been here awhile

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    Video of the box opening and your face would be great... er not so, but entertaining.

    Just a idea.

    Good luck.
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  19. ONandOFF

    ONandOFF more off than on

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    Yeah, well it was more than i expected. I skimmed it the first time and saw pieces of slideshow, riding, and self-interviewing. It wasn't until later giving a more deliberate look and listen that i realized you were narrating the whole time telling the story. That made it way more interesting and worth watching all the way through cast to the big screen. Good job.

    I was listening through a dynamic range compressor (which evens out volume, or sound level, differences) and could still tell some of the music/voice level disparity. You can watch your output level meter and adjust your faders on each track (native, music, and overdub) to keep output up but out of the red. Maybe experiment with compressors - perhaps one on the output bus. Despite the constructive criticism, you did good stuff.

    It was entertaining watching that through. You had some great "footage", stills, and story. It was well organized and presented, making me feel like I'd experienced it myself. Not to mention, the grandkids got a kick out of watching the motorcycle! Looking forward to the continuation!


    May all go well with the bike delivery.
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  20. TanukiPDX

    TanukiPDX Been here awhile

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    Thank you guys for the input.

    I tried to play with the sound a bit more on this new one, so I hope it is easier on the ears.

    This video follows along the ride from Mazatlan to San Luis Potosi.

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