Prairies To Penguins Alberta to Argentina

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  1. DRRambler

    DRRambler AKA Albertastrom

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    <strong>Day 74 November 5 Aguas Zarcas to Jaco</strong>

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    Upon collecting my fresh clean laundry I packed the bike and set out for Jaco at about 10 am. I was looking forward to what appeared to be very twisty roads today. The roads were indeed twisty but the going was slow all day. The first two hours was spent in heavy fog trundling behind trucks to help keep the road in sight.

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    After the fog cleared I allowed the GPS to take me high into the hills up steep a steep winding road. When the pavement ended the road turned into steep two track...I turned around to return to the perfectly good highway and was treated to a wonderful view.

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    At about 80km into the ride I stopped for gas. The attendant, who was very thrilled about the bike and all the gadgets, pointed out there was oil dripping from the engine. Just great! I thought I had this problem solved.

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    I checked the oil level and continued on my way to Jaco where I knew I would have access to a garage at a fellow Albertan’s home. It started raining really hard and I just barely got stopped in time to close all the vents on my gear. The rain here comes suddenly and heavily.

    I found a hostel and quickly did an inspection of the leak. I probably misdiagnosed the original leak because the oil spatter looks the same as before. It appears to be coming from the stator housing gasket.

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    I called my contact and made arrangements to follow him to his house where tomorrow I’ll take things apart and seal the leak if I can.

    It should be easy to fix if it’s just the gasket.
  2. Super Dave Hawaii

    Super Dave Hawaii Ain't Dead Yet!

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    Hey DR,
    Really enjoying your reports and photos. Spent two weeks in Jaco in 1982 with my wife. Then the two track was the only way there and Jaco Beach Hotel was the only place to stay. Not even a village. We drove from Panama to California, opposite your trip. Great fun.
    Keep up the good stuff!
    Super Dave Hawaii
  3. DRRambler

    DRRambler AKA Albertastrom

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    Wow, it is nothing like that now. Jaco is a busy tourist town with a multitude of hotels, hostels and restaurants. Plenty of girls in bikinis too :evil
  4. DRRambler

    DRRambler AKA Albertastrom

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    If you wondered what it is like to cross a Central America border, these videos will give you a taste.

    Nicaragua to Costa Rica border crossing October 28, 2013

    <strong>First Nicaragua</strong>

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    <strong>Next Costa Rica</strong>

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  5. KURT LAIN

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    Beautiful trip're doing, congratulations and anything when you are in Argentina and need anything let me know, I live in Lanus, Buenos Aires Argentina and I'm in a group of motorcycles. http://viajandoenmoto.superforo.net/

    Anything you need you let us know, a hug and good routes!
  6. DRRambler

    DRRambler AKA Albertastrom

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    I'll be in BA near the end of my trip.
    Thank you for the offer of help. If I need anything I'll be sure to send you a note.
  7. ElReyDelSofa

    ElReyDelSofa Desubicado

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    DR,

    Thanks, that was brilliant. I was there with you and really enjoyed the experience. Makes me absolutely, insanely, jealous of you being on the road. Can't wait for my turn.

    Saludos,

    Martín
  8. DRRambler

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    <strong>Day 75 & 76 November 6 &7 Jaco Costa Rica</strong>

    I spent the morning cleaning all the paper gasket form the stator housing.

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    We had it all back together just after lunch but I wanted to let the silicone cure before attempting to run the engine. I spent the afternoon relaxing and Wil showed me the marina near Jaco.

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    Later we went for tacos and watched Thor 2 at the local theatre.

    Early on Thursday morning I took the bike for a test ride only to find oil leaking.

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    It wasn’t from the new gasket however. The leak was from the countershaft seal that had just been installed 6 days ago. Frustrating as hell but the good news was that the seal Wil had ordered from Florida was waiting to be picked up. We had to wait for the importer to open but by 11am the new seal was in. The test ride was successful with no leaks.

    Diego on guard

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    It was late enough in the day that a decision was made to stay one more night and leave tomorrow. This gave me some time to walk the beach a bit and enjoy the pool at my host's house.

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    Thanks Wil & Elena.
  9. Super Dave Hawaii

    Super Dave Hawaii Ain't Dead Yet!

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    Damn, It's changed in thirty years! Don't know what to say. New is better?
    Dave
  10. dirty_sanchez

    dirty_sanchez Dirty_Sanchez

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    Awesome and ballsey story-sincere thanks for sharing. I've been following along since you left.

    If the RTV Silicone you used has a vinegar smell, it'll leak again. Acetoxy cure Silicones swell and break down in the presence of fuels, oils, coolants, etc.

    An anaerobic gasket maker is what you need to seal the stator cover once and for all.

    If you can't find it use an RTV Silicone that says somewhere on the package "Sensor Safe" or "Oxime" or "Odor Free" somewhere on the packaging. These types of RTV's are Oxime cure and are fully compatible with oil, fuel, greases, etc.

    Dirty
  11. DRRambler

    DRRambler AKA Albertastrom

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    I used the permatex high temp gasket maker. Says on the package sensor safe and a picture of a dude using it for an oil pan. I hope it will be okay. So far it is fine


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  12. Andrew UK

    Andrew UK over socialised

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    Used that stuff in Mexico to seal up my side cases after a water pump change on the F650. Two years later its still working fine.

    Andrew
  13. dirty_sanchez

    dirty_sanchez Dirty_Sanchez

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    Hope it's good.

    Ride Safe!! Keep those photos and stories rolling.

    Dirty
  14. Morleydon

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    I just found this report, and have spent the last several hours following your ride to Jaco. Wonderful. A friend of mine lives in Paraguay, and he and I are fantasizing about a trip from the US to Asuncion. I'll be following you the rest of the way. ¡Buena suerte!
  15. Ulyses

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    Wow, I remember that exact border crossing from last year. Weird. You went through at a good time. Seemed muy tranquilo. :D
  16. pne

    pne Been here awhile

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    keep up the good work, really enjoying your pics. I just got back from Argentina myself, the food was one of the best parts. Nothing like some asado washed down with a malbec.
  17. DRRambler

    DRRambler AKA Albertastrom

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    If you think that was tranquilo, I just went through the border at Rio Sereno (Costa Rica/Panama) and it was way mellow. Details in an upcoming post.
  18. DRRambler

    DRRambler AKA Albertastrom

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    There certainly are some great and interesting food choices. I'm kind of a picky eater so there has been plenty of pinto on my plates.
    Thanks for following along.
  19. Slickrick

    Slickrick Adventurer

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    Thanks for your efforts. Border crossing video was great.
    Hope to make the same trip on my trusty DR in 2016.
    Keep on riding & reporting!
  20. davey1212

    davey1212 Been here awhile

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    Hi Dave,
    I have been home for two weeks now and just about caught up on everything. Your reporting is, as I have said before, fantastic and the video of the border crossing from Nicaragua to Costa Rica was just like doing it all over again. And that was one of the better ones. You are lazy though !! I WALKED through the truck park twice and back.....I never thought of riding it !!
    My Klim jacket and pants also stank but I didn't trust anyone to wash it until I returned home. I just hoped no-one else noticed.
    Continue with the great work and I am sure you will enjoy the rest of the trip including the Stahlratte. Dave