Seattle to TDF and back on an airhead

Discussion in 'Ride Reports - Epic Rides' started by Airhead Wrangler, Dec 3, 2009.

  1. SteverinoB

    SteverinoB EstebanarinoB

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    The sump welds are a work of art...great stuff...PLEASE keep it up!
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  2. datchew

    datchew Don't buy from Brad

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    Don't ever replace that sump. Few badges of honor like that one amigo.

    Suddenly I hunger for JBweld... in my truck, my bike, my office desk, my underwear drawer... :huh
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  3. Airhead Wrangler

    Airhead Wrangler Long timer

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    That's a REAL weld... a TIG weld. Here's the big ugly JB wad that got me from bolivia to chile to argentina:

    [​IMG]
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  4. hardwaregrrl

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    Hey Spencer, did you get a sock for your shock?! Nice pics, looks like a brilliant trip!!
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  5. BlindPew

    BlindPew Adventurer

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    "amais 2 sans 3 as we say in France... This time was the right one....just between 2 borders on a gravel road, a car I was passing decided to change line at the last second...I had no time to avoid it, I remembered hitting the brake but not much effect on this road... bang I hit the rear and off the bike...this time not much luck... my right shoulder was very sore...the bike puking gas on her side..".

    Spencer
    The quote above was taken from Jeromes Travelnandriding site. He has just started north again after making it to TDF. Sounds like he is still having quite a time with his broken shoulder. I've been following you both and am really impressed with your trip:clap. I'm hoping to do this in '12. I've just started building up my '93 GS. The question that I have is IRT changing over to points from the electronic ignition. Was this a hard mod to undertake?
    I'm looking forward to your next post, I'm hooked. Thanks:freaky
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  6. Airhead Wrangler

    Airhead Wrangler Long timer

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    Yep, he's getting along alright. I met up with him in Buenos Aires for lunch just before I hit the road. Turns out he rode all the way from Ushuaia to Buenos Aires with only one hand due to his bum shoulder, sometimes using no hands and just shifting his weight around to turn. He had his throttle and steering rigged up with bungies. That guy is a nut. One hell of a rider though.
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  7. Airhead Wrangler

    Airhead Wrangler Long timer

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    Thanks for the reminder. Gotta do that. I'll have to pick out an especially ugly sock for this application.
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  8. brothermosley

    brothermosley Motorcycle Operator

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    Wrangler, thanks for the awesome pics!
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  9. Airhead Wrangler

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    Not at all. The only hard part is finding one of the points cannisters. You'll need to switch to a 3 ohm coil. Tear out your entire existing ignition: coil, beancan and ICU. Run the hot lead supplying power to your old coil to your new coil then run another wire off the coil to the single terminal on the condensor on the outside of the points can. That's it.
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  10. MadKIWI

    MadKIWI Hanging out

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    Great to here that you are back on the road.

    We are now in El Calafate. Here for a few days before going to Torres del Paine.

    Did the routa 40 yesterday from Perito Moerno to El Calatante. No wind just ankle deep MUD! :puke1 500ks of super hard slog. Came off twice. Hopefull it drys for ya.

    May see ya on the road. We are two up on KTM 950 :freaky

    MadKiwi
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  11. rtw02

    rtw02 Been here awhile

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    Quote "probably the most pathetic entrance of all time: blown fork seals with fork oil all over the place, blown rear shock, cracked oil pan patched with JB weld, leaking pushrod seals and to top it all off I got a flat tire a block from the shop and pushed it the rest of the way. :lol3

    Javier at Dakar Motos is getting used to this, as most Airhead BMW's arrive this way:lol3 :lol3 Oh yeah, and KLR's too...

    :clap Carry on... Suerte
    P.S. watch out for the Rea's on Ruta 40
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  12. Airhead Wrangler

    Airhead Wrangler Long timer

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    You're gonna need to tell me what a 'Rea' is before I can watch out for them. :huh :lol3
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  13. Flyingavanti

    Flyingavanti With the Redhead on Back!

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    A BIG bird! Very cool!
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  14. Airhead Wrangler

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    So that's what they call those little midget ostriches? I was wondering. We've seen (and almost run over) a few of those on Tierra del Fuego. Those little guys are FAST! We've also seen what appear to be GIANT quails. Can anyone tell me what those are called?

    Anyway, we made it to Ushuaia (photos coming soon) and plan to stay here for a few more days before turning north (!?!?) via ruta 40. My rear shock is leaking oil badly despite being "rebuilt" in buenos aires, one of my companions is direly in need of a rear tire, and another of our group is waiting for a replacement alternator rotor 500 miles north of here after his omega failed quite decisively (wires actually sticking out of the rotor!!). We'll probably backtrack to Rio Gallegos and see what can be had there before heading west (and then north again). It's going to feel weird actually heading TOWARD home again rather than farther away from it.
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  15. Adv Grifter

    Adv Grifter on the road o'dreams

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    Any comments on your bikes? Based on all the mods/upgrades you did to your R80, which ones worked well and which did not?

    How about the other bikes in your group? I have a DR650 now, how did it do?

    I'm surprised you guys ran out of tires ... in all your pics your bikes look like they are loaded down like a tire store! Wha' Happened? :ear

    Good luck, safe riding. Hope you get to go to Perito Moreno and swim out around an ice berg. Fun stuff and not something you get to do everyday either! :D

    Safe riding! What's the plan once you head North?
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  16. Chinalee

    Chinalee my photos

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    very nice the tour
    非常好的旅行
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  17. Trail Dumpster

    Trail Dumpster 4.5 Years to Freedom

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    Dude you got some big :freaky ... Take care of em'.
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  18. Airhead Wrangler

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    Everything on my bike has worked out pretty well, the rear shock is the only thing I'd change if I did it again. The YSS is just fine while it's working, but I managed to blow this thing in about 20,000 miles. Not so great. The other thing I would change that I did not originally: I want a longer swingarm. The short wheel base on this thing, shorter than both the DR and the XT I'm travelling with, makes handling a bit more squirly in the loose stuff than it should be. The bike could also benefit from being a little taller as evidenced by my sump.

    As for the DRs they've worked out fine. There've been a few problems with the aftermarket parts installed on them, but the bikes themselves have been pretty bomb proof. The only problems have been the happy trails rack breaking on a couple of occasions and the aluminum support for the safari tank snapping in half more than once. Nothing that a stop at a welder couldn't fix. Both items aren't very well designed in my opinion.
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  19. rtw02

    rtw02 Been here awhile

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    Sorry, spelling error.

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    I thought these were Extinct...saw a stuffed one in a museum in Buenos Aires, and just assumed so.
    Almost crashed the bike when they came running across the road:huh :lol3
    Apparently they taste like turkey:lol3 :lol3
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  20. hardwaregrrl

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    Just let us know you're ok after the great shake
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