Riding the TAT to Costa Rica ...

Discussion in 'Ride Reports - Epic Rides' started by JRWooden, Sep 3, 2017.

  1. JRWooden

    JRWooden Long timer

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    I'm not going to be able to source the seals before I hop the border, but there's a slim chance that somewhere after the third or forth beer,
    but before stupor sets in I can get that guy in Puntarenas to lend a hand ... :drink:freaky
  2. Reaver

    Reaver How Did I Get Here?

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    You better bring beer.

    Lots.

    Jimmy, I have a wrecked set of forks back home that I kept the internals from. Good bearings etc. Maybe the seals, just in case. I'll arrange for transport here by the end of the month. I doubt you'll be here by then.

    I'm also looking for new seals to go with that. Hang in there.
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  3. Reaver

    Reaver How Did I Get Here?

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    Jim, this is what you need:

    http://www.innteck-usa.com/products/fork_seals/?ProductID=186

    SKF Seals KITB-41S

    Used on many bikes. See what you can do and let me know.


    SKF Black Fork Seal Kit.

    Fits: Models with Showa 41mm Forks Buell 00-12 XB12R Firebolt; 00-12 XB12S Lighting; 00-12 XB9R Firebolt; Ducati 90-93 Superbike 851; 90-95 Superbike 888; 91-97 Supersport 900 S; 90-94 Supersport 900 SS; Honda 12-16 CB1100; 13-14 CB400F/CB-1; 92-13 CB400SF; 13-16 CB400X; 13-16 CB500 F/X; 89-14 CB600F / Hornet; 14-16 CB650 / F; 91-08 CB750; 12-16 CBF1000; 04-12 CBF600 N/S; 89-99 CBR1000F; 13-16 CBR500R; 09-16 CBR600F; 05-16 CBR600RR; 14-16 CBR650F; 13-16 CBR400R; 90-93 CBR400RR; 91-98 CBR600 F2/F3; 14-16 CTX700; 08-16 Deauville 700 ABS; 08-10 DN-01; 11-13 Integra 700; 14-16 Integra 750; 14-16 NC750S; 12-14 NC700 S/X; 88-96 NSR 250; 94-99 RVF400; 90-97 VFR750F; 98-01 VFR800; 89-93 VFR400 R; 98-01 VFR800 FI; 10-14 VT750S; 97-05 VTR1000F; 98-13 VTR250; Kawasaki 07-16 KLE650 Versys 650; 11-16 Ninja 1000; 11-16 VN900; 06-16 Vulcan 900; 11-16 Z1000; 05-16 Ninja ZX-6R; 90-06 ZZ-R 600; Suzuki 98-05 GSX600F; 06-16 GSX-R 600; 06-16 GSX-R 750; 91-93 GSX-R 750; 92-96 RF400; 92-96 RF600R; 03-11 SV650 / SV650S with Showa 41mm Forks
  4. Ratman

    Ratman Lucky Rider

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    I've been cleaning seals for years, using various ho made tools. I've used plastic credit cars, Coke can Al, 1 lt soda bottle material and Sealmates. The plastic ones don't last too long and are kinda hard to work. Lately, I've been ShoeGoo ing a 4" piece of 1" steel carpenter tape measure into a 4" piece of pvc pipe. I cut the pipe longways twice to where I have a piece that will snap on the fork tube. That configuration makes it easy to run around inside of the seal for cleaning. Leave the steel stick out at least 1.24 inch.
    Example: https://goo.gl/photos/r3x2nRTnSm1evu496

    Oh, BTW, the best way to take high spots off a nicked fork tube is with a very fine sharpening stone. If you're using sandpaper, wrap it around summat like a paint stirrer, and use it like a file.
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  5. FredRydr

    FredRydr Danger: Keep Back 300 Ft.

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    WHAT CUSTOMERS ARE SAYING
    “The added performance gained by the reduction in friction is icing on the cake. The cake itself is doubling the fork-seal life.”
    - MXA Team, Motocross Action

    Whoa! Caaake.
  6. JRWooden

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    Thanks Darryl and all!

    I'll source a set of those SKF seals some how and make due till I get to my favorite BMW Master mechanic in Costa Rica :drink

    Now that I'm just on crappy roads and not the TAT, and have cleaned the seal out with the Seal-Mate tool it seems just mildly screwed up.

    I will likely have someone flying in to Costa Rica to meet me there when I eventually arrive, so they can act as parts mule as/if needed!
  7. JRWooden

    JRWooden Long timer

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    I'm not doing a good job of keeping up the blog here ... I apologize ...
    Yesterday I lost one of my credit cards so I'm trying to deal with that, and since this is a group-ride again ...
    It's still Kickstands Up at 9AM so ... i'm running short on time :doh
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  8. Reaver

    Reaver How Did I Get Here?

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    Jim, you know I love so please listen....close your mouth when doing important crap and pay attention. An ounce of prevention and all. :1drink

    I've got 2 used seal sets and other parts coming. The seals are very low mileage and in great shape so I kept them. It's likely all we need and changing seals is a breeze.

    PS...Just checking, you know the visible seal is just a scraper? You can pull that up with your fingernails and see if there's crud inside, on top of the actual seal. I know you have Ricors but I forget who installed them.
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  9. FredRydr

    FredRydr Danger: Keep Back 300 Ft.

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    If you had a real motorcycle, this wouldn't happen.
  10. Reaver

    Reaver How Did I Get Here?

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    Don't blame the tool.

    Blame the TOOL. :jack
  11. FredRydr

    FredRydr Danger: Keep Back 300 Ft.

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    Geez! If it's not one thing, it's another. And then there's your embarrassment of being turned back at the border because they refuse to recognize your Conch Republic passport.
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    Reaver How Did I Get Here?

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    Is this going to be one of those RR's that the readers write?
  13. chudzikb

    chudzikb Been here awhile

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    I suspect at some point you will be able to fill in a few details? Spare no detail!
  14. Reaver

    Reaver How Did I Get Here?

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    Just realize that Jim is a modern day Mr. Magoo and that no amount of imagination can foretell what is to come.

    At least when I toured, Jimmy had my SPOT site so he could see I was moving and report that.
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  15. JRWooden

    JRWooden Long timer

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    today we have a shorter ride into Zacotekac (spelling is wrong....)
    We will be there till SUNDAY :clap
    for the bike rally...

    This should give me time to update the blog and ... get rid of some more surplus gear ...

    "Stay tuned ... Film at 11pm"
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  16. FredRydr

    FredRydr Danger: Keep Back 300 Ft.

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    If you are in Zacatecas, you're really movin'! Are you circling back north for touring, or continuing south? Is this a streets-only group, or are you riding off-pavement, too?

    "Surplus gear" sounds like a mini flea-market next to your bike at the rally.
  17. Hootman

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    Mr Magoo: KSU @ 9? I think that's when you are crawling out of bed after having fun half the night :rofl:rofl:rofl:photog. I'm guessing your mornings were busy solving problems, hitting the road later than you wanted. Then stopping at noon for a siesta, stopping at battery or motorcycle repair shops along the way to fix broken stuff, and riding until dark hauling ass trying to make up for lost time. Group riding can be that way. Glad to see you made it to Zacatecas and can get your gear and bike sorted out.

    So when do we get to hear about the lost riders, mechanical malfunctions, crappy hotel rooms, shady characters, near misses, and everything else that makes for a good road trip story?
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    yeah.... so I'm way behind on keeping this blog in any semblance of order ...................

    We are in Zacatecas for this event ...
    http://www.motorradfederacionmexico.com/index.php?lang=en

    Last night we went on a "walking tour" of the city.................... sponsored by the event.
    I figured we'd hear about the churches and the history of the town and etc...................
    Well ... what went down was that about 1,000 people and several bands showed up for a big party ....
    We wandered the city as "helpers" poured us shots of various liquor out of 2-gallon bottles.
    At the end of the walking tour they fed us (and anybody else from town that showed up) an amazing dinner in one of the town squares.

    I'll try to get some more "substantive" updates on this page in the morning.
    I'm downloading some updates to my phone that would take maybe 5 minutes in Charlotte ...
    It's been downloading since 5:30pm now and is about 2/3 done..............

    There are some folks that question the safety of traveling in Mexico.
    I need to say that, while I have tried to be careful and be very aware of my unfamiliar surroundings, I have NOT for even one second feared for my safety.
    To the contrary everyone I met has been simply amazing .... giving us their phone numbers if we should need anything or run into trouble (which we did ... and they helped)
    inviting us into their homes if we needed places to stay along the way ... which I might ... and coaching me on my Spanish with incredible warmth and patience,
    and just being the friendly kind of people enjoying life and friendships that ... frankly many of us "north of the border" could use a little help with ...
    It honestly feels to me like the good old US-of-A did about a generation-and-a-half-ago...
    Y'all have heard the stories ... myself and a bunch of you nut-jobs LIVED the stories :lol3:lol3
    pretty much most places were a REAL freaking "village" in America then ...
    and yeah Mexico has it's issues, but it has not forgotten the things that make life so awesome.

    I'm honestly envious of their lifestyle and am soaking it up!

    They are, as a lot, incredibly talented riders and ride very quickly.
    It does not appear that the Mexican authorities are much interested in writing speeding tickets outside of city-limits,
    and these guys and gals take full advantage of that fact.
  19. JRWooden

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    PS: I do have a Garmin/Delorme inReach SE ( SPOT competitor....)
    Private message me for the webpage if you'd like it.
    I rather not have it posted in "public" :drink

    PPS: Part of the "swag" from the convention is this really nice heavy vinyl motorcycle cover with the logo of the convention printed on it....
    I'd love to keep it but fills up about 1/2 of a pannier.
    I'm guessing it would cost an arm-and-leg to mail home .... so .... :(
    awww... crap ... maybe I'll keep it anyway and use it as my "emergency tent" since I sent home all of my TAT-camping-gear :rofl
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  20. chudzikb

    chudzikb Been here awhile

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    To hell with you, protect the bike with that cover!