Radioman Rides the World.......

Discussion in 'Epic Rides' started by Radioman, May 19, 2011.

  1. WU7X

    WU7X The Old Fart

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    Mark, glad to see good things coming your way. I have always been impressed with your positive attitude, and your genuine caring for others. So continue to have fun and keep the Walter Mittys amongst us (me included) enthralled with your adventures. Ride safe, and see you at another Wet Fest sometime down the road.

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  2. MortimerSickle

    MortimerSickle Semi-Adventurer

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    (3:30) "Ask anybody that knows me, I have lots of gadgets on my bike...."

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  3. Radioman

    Radioman Moto rider

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    :lol3 understatement :)
  4. Ladybug0048

    Ladybug0048 Bug Sister

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    Love the jumping with joy pictures. :clap
  5. WU7X

    WU7X The Old Fart

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    So tell us more about the new ear plugs. Do they include audio?
  6. Dracula

    Dracula Deus ex machina

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    I read in a magazine that Klim is now part of Polaris. Hope their stuff will become more readily available in stores to try on, as so far only Aerostich and few others are customizing riding gear for perfect fit.
  7. paulotex

    paulotex Adventurer

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    Hi Radioman.
    Thank you so much for taking us along this wonderful trip. I have been following it for quite some time now :)

    I just noticed you are getting the new GoPro Hero3. This morning I was reading some Amazon reviews, and it seems people are not very happy with the camera. It might freeze, drain the battery, and not behave as expected. Please check the camera before you leave to NZ, we don't want to miss films of this other leg of the adventure!

    All the best.
  8. gs211

    gs211 Adventurer wannabe!!

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    Just saw your interview with Klim. Black Dog Cycle Works posted it on FB. Can't wait for more of your ride!!!
  9. Parcero

    Parcero Mundial

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    I bought a new GoPro Hero3 Black Edition to use on a recent moto trip in Colombia, since I left my older GoPro with my bike in Chile. The new Hero3 performed flawlessly, although the battery life could use improvement. Battery life was not great in the previous version either. I brought along an extra battery to solve this issue. The only thing that gave be problems was I began shooting video in 1440p at 48fps. The results were spectacularly clear, but my MacBook AIr didn't have enough processing power to view the flies smoothly. I switched the camera to 1080p 30fps and it worked well.



  10. Radioman

    Radioman Moto rider

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    I had lost one of the custom fit ear plugs long ago, and was missing them. I did get a set made with the noise reduction filters, and then one set that will have the audio which I will try. I like to listen to music somedays! Really like the fit of the custom ear plugs vs the foam plugs.

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    Here is the link in Portland, but I am sure there is someone doing these in most big cities!

    http://allearsinfo.com/Motorcyclists_Ear_Gear.html
  11. alainmax

    alainmax ca vaut le detour !!

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    Hello Mark

    Great to see you at La Provence yesterday.....i m still so excited about last month running into you in southern Chile !!!
    We had a fabulous trip....

    Tell Ollie ze Brit , that we ll be happy to feed him on his way up north !!!! We saw the spot where he crashed, there was a near tragic accident in the same place the day after....

    Happy riding friend, be safe.....

    alain
  12. Radioman

    Radioman Moto rider

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    :wave Had a great meal at the restaurant !! Thanks!
  13. Pork Butt

    Pork Butt Save the USA

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    just checking in ..... keep on going Mark :clap


    PB
  14. Radioman

    Radioman Moto rider

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    :wave to you and your brother!
  15. steveloomis

    steveloomis Been here awhile

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    I have enjoyed your adventure greatly. I have contacted a friend in Auckland NZ. Hopefully, Don will be in touch with you. I will be following you all the way. :clap:clap:clap:clap
  16. Drif10

    Drif10 Accredited Jackass

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    Are you there yet? :lol3
  17. C-Stain

    C-Stain Accredited Nincompoop

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    Pic on Facebook had him riding out from the Airport this morning....
  18. Shustrik

    Shustrik Been here awhile

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  19. Drif10

    Drif10 Accredited Jackass

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    Saw that. Funny that he had to fly to Australia then back to NZ. :D
  20. Radioman

    Radioman Moto rider

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    Finally getting a chance to update my Ride report!

    Chris from the UK sent me this photo of riding in Downtown Buenos Aires for the last time on the way to the Airport and shipping. Was an interesting and slightly emotional ride, as I realized that my ride for most of the past year was ending.

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    My time at home was very busy but very productive in that I was able to visit Klim HQ, Visit my Step son and his Fiancee in Arizona, and then back to Portland to pack up my gear and head to NZ. All good.

    But it has been interesting as I have been in the USA 3 times in the 19 months I have been on this journey (going to and from India and this stop). Since I leased my house out while I am gone. I am “homeless” so it is always a bit strange being home but not home. It is all familiar and with a mix of emotions that I feel sadness of the loss of my previous life, but comforting as I visit friends and share my journey with them.

    How does it feel to be in a place that I spend 19 years with my wife, and had a great life, but now it is a place that I do not feel connected to as I pass through? hard to describe completely that is for sure!

    But then I said goodbye to my good friends and of to the airport again. Flying Virgin Airlines (insert Jokes here :lol3)

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    Arrived early with my new Klim Moto gear and other motorcycle gear like new Helen two wheel bags as they old ones had holes worn in them, and these new bags load from the top.

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    Once again changing currency to NZ dollars

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    Nice Rainbow sending me off.

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    Had three flights to get to Auckland. Portland to LA, La to Brisbane, Australia, to Auckland. Just over 24 hours of travel time including all layover etc. The 14 hours in the air from LA to Brisbane actually went by fairly quickly.

    But was glad to land in New Zealand !!! OK will need to start learning Maori :D

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    I arrived at the airport and made it through immigration and customs with a minimum of time. What was great it that Dick Hubbard met me at the airport!! It was great to see a familiar and friendly face in the crowds!. I had such a great time meeting Dick & Diana and Ken while riding in Southern Chile and Argentina !!

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    And now they have offer up wonderful KIWI hospitality as well! Again. They people I have met and interacted with on my entire ride have been amazing!!

    Dick took me over to TNL importers who had picked up my bike at the airport, gotten all the customs work done, inspection etc, and had my bike waiting for me! Dick and Deanne helped hold the bike while I reinstalled the front wheel, battery etc. And then I was ready to go!! Here is a photo of me and Deanne and my bike!! Fantastic experience on shipping of my bike. The costs on arrival to NZ were about $750 KIWI dollars fro Customs, inspection, etc. Will post all the cost points soon. :wave thanks Deanne for all the help!!

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    as I pulled out of the importer lot, someone was gracious enough to give me the arrows on the road ...... Yup driving on the left side now!!

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    Wahoo! I am here!!

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    Had a bedroom all set up for me when I arrived, had a great meal roasted Lamb upon arrival! Amazing hospitality and since we had bonded spending two weeks riding in South America, just felt like home!!

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    Dick and Diana are just lovely people. They have had a cereal company here in NZ that is well know. Looking forward to tasting some of there products!!

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    Got a great nights rest ..... and woke up to their incredible view overlooking Auckland and the harbor! can it get any better?

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    Have to go get my bike registered this morning, then to BMW in Auckland for a repair on my rear shock, and service. Then to get a Sim card for my phone since I can speak the language having a phone will be handy here!


    Just have enjoyed sitting on the deck in the warm summer morning reflecting about the nature of my Adventure, the new part of my trip here in NZ, and how fortunate I am ! :D :norton Felling like the dock on the center of the large body of water. so much more all around me!! Life is good for sure!! Ready for more adventures!

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