Stuck in La Paz, Baja

Discussion in 'Latin America' started by NathanCooper, Sep 25, 2012.

  1. NathanCooper

    NathanCooper n00b

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    So I rode to Guadalajara bouncing around on the rear spring. We walked into a BMW heavy moto shop and they connected me to a guy named Saul who has a garage and works on suspension systems. He had the pieces that were broken on hand and we took apart the rear shock absorber and rebuilt it. I got there late, but he stayed open and worked on it until it was finish (about 4 hours) and gave me a really good deal on it. He even made it a bit beefier.

    With that problem fixed, We rode to Mexico City (technically Jilotepec). Everything's fine now, except that KLR has again started pushing through oil.

    Saul told me that an Italian woman riding from Argentina to Alaska stopped by his shop a few years ago. Her rear shock abosorber broke in Venezuela and she made it all the way to Guadalajara just like that...
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  2. Adv Grifter

    Adv Grifter on the road o'dreams

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    That's great news Nate. Maybe post up Saul's (shock mechanic) Tel. and address or web site in Guadalajara? I'm sure others could use his services in future. Glad to hear the BMW guys stepped up to help. :thumb

    KLR's are infamous oil users. Seems the newer ones (post '07) are the worst offenders. As long as valves are in spec and plugs are swapped out once in a while ... and of course you keep it FULL of oil, I'd bet it will keep running for the duration.

    Suerte!
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  3. Redhed

    Redhed Lost on the Island

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    Nathan I am glad to see you and your brother are finally on the road again. You met me and the ToughMiles.com crew in the restaurant just before we were off to the ferry. It is just as well you missed that crossing, as we ran into big winds, and the ferry could not dock for a dozen hours past arrival.
    The Btits are in Costa Rica last I heard, and I am spending some time in Antigua trying to pick up some Spanish. Perhaps we will see you two on the road, and hopefully all of your bad bike happenings are behind you. Good Luck..
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  4. NathanCooper

    NathanCooper n00b

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    So Aaron and I made it across the gap and rode into southern Colombia. Just north of Pasto I crashed a bit and slid for a while with the KLR on my leg. I broke two bones and tore a tendon and had to have surgery in Pasto.

    We've returned to the US to recuperate and have got the bikes in storage down there waiting for our return. I'm working on writing the trip down and am editing video.

    The website is http://www.endurobros.com/ and our facebook is http://www.facebook.com/theendurobros?ref=hl

    I've got a lot more time on my hands now that I'm sitting at home with a broken leg, so if anyone has questions about the trip or how we got through the gap, I'll do my best.
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  5. ADV Fool

    ADV Fool Been here awhile

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    Sorry to hear of your crash, glad your home safe and on the mend.

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