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Discussion in 'Ride Reports - Epic Rides' started by dwj - Donnie, Jun 24, 2012.

  1. dwj - Donnie

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    Hi! :clap

    Glad to have you along again! :D
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    Very nice scenery! :deal

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    The trip got a little more interesting as we passed through Ciudad Valles! A car stopped in front of me to take a left turn, I stopped, but the young man behind me did not quite get stopped. He hit me in the rear!:eek1 I bumped into the rear of the car in front of me, but I did not fall down and I was injured in any way. :D The moto had some minor problems. It broke the mount for the left saddlebag, the same mount that holds the passenger peg; the lock on the right saddlebag; the screws on the brake light lens; and it put a small dent in the muffler and broke four rivets! :eek1 The young man hung around for about 90 seconds and took off! :eek1

    No problema! :D I took the part of the bracket off that was still attached to the moto and JD went to find a welder. While he was gone, I "jerry" rigged the brake light lens, put a pipe clamp on the muffler and found a way to attach the right saddlebag to the moto. Then I got a call from JD. He was only a couple hundred yards up the street and a man was taking him to a place to get the bracket welded. I loaded up and went down to the bus shop where JD had been. JD and Alejandro returned a few minuted after I got there and the left saddlebag was mounted. The welding was excellent! When I showed them the rivets on the muffler, it was deemed best to take the moto to the same shop that did the welding and get the rivets replaced. So JD and I followed Alejandro to the shop. Johnathan, the young man that had done the excellent job of welding the aluminum bracket replaced the rivets and we were ready to roll. Three and a half hours and $20 and we were good to go!

    Alejandro would accept no payment for his substantial assistance, but he did allow us to take him out for a seafood lunch. Alejandro is a diesel mechanic at the bus shop that his father has owned for 40 years! :eek1 Good people! :deal
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    Working on mi moto! :D

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    The broken bracket.

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    Alejandro and a couple of ugly moto bums! :evil

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    This is Johnathan. He is not very old, but I can tell you, the welding job he did on the aluminum bracket was expert level work! :deal

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    Then it was time to make time! Other than taking this picture, we were running 75 to 85 on pot hole infested roads for several hours.

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    Then I had to stop and reattach the right saddlebag that was dangling by the rope I used to connect it. That was no surprise, but this was!

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    Look at that back trunk! :eek1 I had lost this trunk in the Northwest Territories of Canada last year and my solution was to solid mount it to the rack with two bolts in the rear of the box. It would have been more difficult to install bolts in the front and since I didn't think it was really needed, I didn't. I will when I get home! :deal
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    This is where we stayed last night.

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    Looking out the balcony.

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    And then we headed toward vera cruz.

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    And then it was on to Vera Cruz.

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    We will be here three nights and will be doing day trips with MikeMike. I look forward to that, as he is an expert on local small road riding! :D
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    I am glad to hear no one was hurt, and that you were able to find some expert help for the bike! I would probably still be on the side of the road wondering what to do!