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Discussion in 'Airheads' started by Byron1, Nov 2, 2012.
I'm glad you got that sorted!!!!
Just got word that they received the parts and all is well.
Nice going Chris!
This place rocks.
You are not wrong!! And we are now back on the road moving South once more!
Behind the scenes for the last couple of weeks there has been a logistics exercise going on that would make international rescue proud! Chris at Boxer Metal and Aaron from Miami deserve a special hand for making it all happen... true legends.
Our original plan was to have the parts shipped down and swallow () the $1000+ shipping fee we had been qouted and also put up with any delays and all the paperwork headaches required for clearing customs.
However... I was contacted by another inmate "TeeVee" (Aaron from Miami) who informed me that he was infact flying down to Managua, Nicaragua on the 17th and could bring the parts on the plane with him!
Knowing that we would now be riding to Managua, I straightened the rim as best I could, filled the remaining split with JB weld, let it cure then put it all back together. There wasnt any way of temporairly (or permanently) repairing the shocks so they just went back on.
So it transpired that Kurt (Seriousracer) from Missouri would send the suspension to Chris (BMWeuro) in California, who would then add the wheel he had and some other bits to the package before sending it on to Aaron in Miami who would then fly to meet us in Managua, Nicaragua!
Not content with massively helping us out of this situation, Aaron then offered to loan us the use of his garage, put us up for the night, cook up a fantastic BBQ and introduce us to the finer points of drinking Nicaraguan rum how could we refuse?!
After spending two weeks in Leon - the longet we have stayed in one place for over 6 months - we waved a fond farewell to our hostel yesterday morning and made our way slowly to meet Aaron in Managua.
Immediately upon meeting Aaron we were greeted with a gift of some essential English supplies: Early Grey Tea bags, Strawberry Jam and Heinz baked beans! What a star!
While we were there, Aaron needed one of his bikes (tricked up DR650) moving from his friends house where it was currently stored... Would I mind riding it back for him ? Having ridden nothing but my airhead for the last 6 months it was "refreshing" to ride something a little different
That afternoon we got the suspension fitted, transferred the discs and tyre to the new rim and this morning we got back on the road. Man I have missed riding.
Connie, Isabel, Aaron, me:
Those Koni shock absorbers are a massive improvement to the existing shocks (even pre accident)! Should have upgraded a long time ago!
Without the kind help and time offered to us by Aaron, Chris and all of the other people on the ADV rider forum we would undoubtedly be a few thousand USD lighter and probably still sat around waiting for the parts to clear customs.
Whilst I never want to have to start an SOS thread like this again, it gives me enormous pleasure to finally close it off by saying a MASSIVE thank you to everyone... you guys do indeed rock!
Thank you all.. Byron and Isabel
(those with a keen eye will pickout the Boxer Metal stickers on the panniers too )
Nice shirts Glad to help. Now it's time to get back to some travel pictures and stories.
What he said!!! Glad y'all are back where you belong!
Again, well done Chris and Aaron!!!
Wow. Fantastic. I just love seeing this happen in the world we live in today.
good to see em back on the road!
Wow! +1 for going the extra mile!
Love the JB weld patch, I use the eff out of that stuff for all kinds of "fixes."
Having bought various bits from Boxer Metal before, I can second he goes out of his way to be helpful.
Glad you're back on two wheels!
I too love it when a plan comes together. Boxer Metal rocked on getting the parts in house and packed like a champ. Once the parts got here, it was simply a matter of slapping my name on it for checking in at the airport.
customs bought the line of crap that i gave them about the parts being for a 1979 suzuki gs 750, and accepted the prices i made up. no taxes due.
Byron1 and his better half made it to my house in Managua without any mishaps and surprisingly, the google map i concocted for them actually worked (pats self on back)!
getting to work removing his custom panniers.
yes, that's a tire and iron, and yes, he used it in removing the panniers!
a bit later on, enjoying some chicken, beer and then rum
sorry about the red-eye!
all loaded and ready to be back on the road (with yet another concocted google map with directions to the border...which worked!)
Via con dios my new friends. See you in Blighty!
Mmmmmmmm. Chicken, beer, and rum.
.. Thanks for those photos Aaron ! Will use them in our next blog.
After leaving Nicaragua using Aarons excellent map, we crossed into Costa Rica no problems.
The next day, we set off for what was meant to be an easy day and then about 15 miles from our intended destination of Punteranes we got a puncture on the rear wheel.
No major problem in itself. Using the luggage straps, we lifted up the rear end of the bike and tied it to the roof of a nearby bus shelter so we could get the back wheel off easier..
This (getting the back wheel off) is always a pain for us as we never have quite enough ground clearance.. normally I just use the centre stand and get Isabel to sit on the front mudguard and tip the balance forward but still it is not that easy to manouvre the wheel out... does anyone know a better way?
Chris... can you guess what my new favourite T-shirt is?
After getting the wheel off, we improvised and made use of a stream to locate the puncture:
All was going so well, we were about to put the innertube back on when upon inspecting the rim I noticed a hairline fracture running for about 5 inches from the middle of the wheel to the outside edge of the rim . This obviously must have happened at the same time we did in the front wheel in Honduras but when I inspected the bike after that "miss-hap" I obviously didnt see it:
That isnt the clearest picture, but you can probably still see what I am talking about. When I looked closer at the outside I could now see it has cracked right the way through :eek1.
We put a couple of bits of gaffer tape over the crack to stop it pinching the inner tube and just put it all back together. It rides absolutely fine and if I hadnt had that puncture I probably wouldnt have found out about it until next time we changed tyres.... some things happen for a reason I guess.
The current plan is to get to Columbia (we have committed to meeting friends there next week) and find someone who can weld it.
My questions are:
1. Does anyone have any experience of welding these rims that they can advise me on?
2. Can anyone recommend a decent welder in Columbia?!
Thanks so much for all your help and encouragement. Knowing you guys are there to share the problems with makes it so much less stressful..
Whenever it is we get home I am going to rebuild and restore this bike to its former glory and then mount it on a plinth in our house (when we finally get one).. this bike is like a child to me now,despite being older than I am! It is never going to be sold.
Oh geez!!! So sorry you guys are having to deal with this, but glad you're able to roll along.
Glad you like the shirt. Have that welded up before it get any worse. It looks like we are going tohave to build you a set of spoke style wheels if you're going to travel for the next year+.
Regards looking for a decent welder in Columbia, here's trick I learned in another thread; just ask the taxi drivers, they know everybody!
It may seem like a lot more trouble, but it's actually pretty simple and quick.
Remove the front wheel!
To prevent the center stand collapsing when the bike tilts forward, tie the bottom rung to the header crossover.
With the front end resting on the sliders, the rear will easily be high enough to remove the rear.
The wheels aren't tempered, nothing special about the aluminum. Fairly soft actually. The only concern might be the powder coating - if they're powder coated, be sure to grind it all way back! Paint needs to be gone as well from the area. Aluminum welding doesn't go too well with contaminants.
Thanks for the words of encouragement Hardwaregrrl! Had another run of bad luck yesterday... more on that in a minute!