the best laid plans of mice and Men, Mexico and onwards Summer 2018

Discussion in 'Americas' started by Ohio_Danimal, Oct 18, 2017.

  1. Ohio_Danimal

    Ohio_Danimal If I die trying, at least I tried

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    OK...so the best laid plans get turned askew some times right?
    Recently totalled my (new to me) 2006 DR650
    This happened on my (literally) first weekend ride/camping trip. Have no memory of the accident nor the 1-2 days surrounding the event.
    Am still rehabbing torn tissues and ligaments. Went through the windshield of a car head first I was told.
    The DR was to be my steed on my exit from the USA next June. Have been planning a year-long ride to Argentina and back for a while now. Originally was going to be on my Zongshen RX3, but that bike has too many miles on it and didn't feel like spending $$ on a refresh when that $$ could be better spent prepping a DR for the trip.
    Now, with the RX3 sold, and the DR totalled, I am bike less for the first time in many years.
    Having problems even looking at what's left of the DR and not getting emotional. Crazy thing....outside of a cracked rib, no broken bones. Just lots of tissue and joint damage.
    I will heal.
    I should be fine eventually

    So...why am I posting this...and why here?
    Because it's a call-out
    to see if there is anyone already planning a June/July departure for a similar trip.
    While I was all gung-ho and ready for the ride solo, am now thinking it'd be better to not be solo...at least for a while.
    Ideally would be to travel with someone who has done it before, to ease the worries for a while.....because if there is ANYTHING I have abundance of right now it's worries.

    I have to believe that deep down that kernel of "gotta go" on this trip is still there percolating, but being masked by other mental shit as I recover from the concussion and the constant pain of moving around.,

    Oh.,..BTW, I really truly have little memory of riding my DR, but am pretty sure that it's the right bike for the task. Will be getting new bike in the Spring to farkle.

    So...any of you:
    a) thinking of a trip South?
    b) willing to consider a companion?

    Some additional details
    • Am 57 years old
    • Divorced, one Son out of College doing great
    • Hundreds of thousands of road miles, but fairly new to DS/ADV riding (two full seasons now, about 45K miles on a ADV bike learning to camp, cook, survive)
    • Learning Spanish using Duolingo. Doing ok.
    • Will have enough $$ at start of the year to not have to scrape by at every turn, but willing to go super-economy if that's the goal
    • Am an old hippy with long hair. Want to spread peace and love wherever I go
    So let's see what happens now

    Me on the DR the weekend before it met it's maker
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  2. HeidiHo

    HeidiHo Old, Bold, Still Riding

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    First...good post !

    Second, I hope you fully recover for the attack that car laid upon you.

    Third, the DR650 was a very good choice for the ride you planned for next year. A similar DR650 would be a good replacement, or rebuild the one that was attacked by the car.

    In 2018 I already have plans for 2 rides up to and around Alaska, and the Yukon and Northwest Territories. So, riding down to Argentina in 2018 is only doable for me if we leave the USA in late 2018, like in November or December, or possibly January of 2019.

    Question: Have you been up to and around Alaska/Yukon yet?
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  3. Ohio_Danimal

    Ohio_Danimal If I die trying, at least I tried

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    OM fucking God
    I am respite from being to open or candid but the actual literral dream (my dream...of riding RTW, etc) was to, in essence, begin the trip by wrapping up the 8 states I haven't touched. To do so by starting with a weired sweeping tpur ending in Alaska.
    Reason why I went tangental and dropped the Alaska route to start was because, from arduous study of ADV and HU et el, I decided that the Alaska trip alone could, potentially, ruin by bike or at least have it to where it needed more than consumbles replaced to continue Southward.
    The bike was to be my RX3, which I prepped and rode the shit out of, but that sucker had so many miles stacked on in 2 years I feared it's overall dependability sans a new motor or total refresh.
    So....thinking now...in the present...and thinking leaving on a newly farkled DR, starting a bit later in the year and beginning by tackeling the Yukon state may be just the ticket.
    Let me get my head straight and ponder a bit. I certainly appreciate the offer. If you look around the 'Net for my posts (elsewhere am just Danimal) you'll see ample shit from my years sport touring all over including a long-running thread here in Road Warriors titled "Touring on the SV650" (before I sold her...with 237K miles)
    I'll post up here again or on PM after I have given it some thought.
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  4. Ohio_Danimal

    Ohio_Danimal If I die trying, at least I tried

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    thanks Miles...sent you another PM
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  5. Ohio_Danimal

    Ohio_Danimal If I die trying, at least I tried

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    So am working through ideas and timelines with HeidiHo.
    Learning along the way.
    Am not against doing Alaska and then leaving for S America. Not at all.
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  6. kantuckid

    kantuckid Long timer

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    Why go to Mexico in the heat? It's a great winter destination IMO.
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  7. Ohio_Danimal

    Ohio_Danimal If I die trying, at least I tried

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    So I need to work on a schedule that has both destinations and at the correct season
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  8. HeidiHo

    HeidiHo Old, Bold, Still Riding

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    Dan, while I still suggest that you go NORTH first, to get used to the road, to work out all kinks in the bike and you, while still in North America......going North during our Summer time is the best use of time, then "slowly" progress southward along the West Coast, down thru the Baja Peninsula, taking your time, correcting anything and everything that needs attention given to it on the bike, in your gear, and in you...before crossing in Mexico. By then, it should be late September, go into Mexico on the ferry crossing from the Baja into the Mexico mainland, and continue south. By this time the weather will be changing along with your riding timeline, and you should be good to coninue south, down into South America...which will be Winter for us up north, but warmer weather for those down south.
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  9. Ohio_Danimal

    Ohio_Danimal If I die trying, at least I tried

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    Ok...finally a timeline I can chew on for a bit
    And how would you fit into that scenario Miles?
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  10. JoeFab

    JoeFab Been here awhile

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    Excellent thread !!!...j.f.:clap
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  11. Ohio_Danimal

    Ohio_Danimal If I die trying, at least I tried

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    You thinking of something similar Joe?
    Still haven't replaced the DR yet. Still learning how to walk again and shit .
    Thinking of perhaps buying new.
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  12. Ohio_Danimal

    Ohio_Danimal If I die trying, at least I tried

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    Great progress over the weekend on my physical recovery. Left foot's now able to hold weight pretty well.
    May be time to re-start the selling of worldly items
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  13. fjmartin

    fjmartin Been here awhile

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    Dan, first, I’ll copy my reply from the RX3 thread for the folks here and then add a bit.

    “That would be cool. My start date is not set yet as I am waiting for a few more schedule dates for race series to be released next year to know when I am done for the season and then I’ll lock it in. My plan is to ride from my place in Redmond, WA to the Alaska ferry terminal in Bellingham, WA. Just a couple hour ride. Then take the ferry for 4 days up to Haines, AK. I’ll then head up to Fairbanks, and continue north to Deadhorse. On the way I am taking a side trip to the Manley hot springs. On the way down from Deadhorse I’ll turn at Tok and ride the top of the world highway and stop in Whitehorse. There are two moto shops there and it’s about halfway mileage wise so I’ll do some maintenance for a day. Then I want to ride to Telegraph Creek and also stop in Hyder and the Salmon glacier. From there I will continue south back home. Being retired I am not pushing for a specific timeline as I want to enjoy the sights and even take more side trips based on local knowledge. Plan is around 30 days for the trip. I have a GPX with the route and all gas stops completed and I’ll validate it this coming spring when the 2018 Milepost is available for purchase. I’ll look over the thread you posted also. Talk to ya soon!”

    I also wanted to comment that when I was riding Baja last March that Willie from our group split off and took the ferry in La Paz in Baja down to Mazatlan. That would be a great way to continue south!

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  14. buckthedog

    buckthedog Eastbound and down

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    Glad you're doing better Dan. I could see a lighter bike may be in order for you, but maybe something comfortable as well? Maybe the new Versys 300? What else are you considering? DR is a great bike, but you can literally farkle it to no end. With my leg/ankle not as strong after my surgery, a tall, top heavy bike isn't in my plans any longer, hence the rx3. I'd be sure hesitant to take it that far, but you put more miles on yours than anyone else I've heard about.
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  15. Ohio_Danimal

    Ohio_Danimal If I die trying, at least I tried

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    Thanks Buck
    Really don't like the X-300 much. Wanted something more dirt-oriented and have owned other big singles in the past. Sat on one at the Dealer (and...toured the USA years ago on a Ninja 250) and...too many things I don't like/

    The DR can be made plenty comfy. Plus I already have spent over $2K on DR shit that I have yet to install or enjoy. For instance, for the comfort aspect, I have the following to choose from
    Bill Mayer seat
    Procycle Saddleman Seat
    Corbin seat
    Seat Concepts low seat
    But the crash destroyed my brand-new racks, so am looking at other options for luggage other than the soft bags I have been running. Would be nice to have lockable stuff on this long of a journey(am REALLY liking the Mule-Pack panniers from Acme-Zoom)

    IMO the time to take a RX3 on an intercontinental ride would not be to wait until it's been beat on for 30K miles. Right after break in and farkling? Not a bad choice
    And...there are the handful of times that 24hp just does not cut it. Like when loaded...and going up long climbs....with a headwind. Absolutely nuthin left. And God forbid there's traffic stacked up behind you. The DR feels like a locomotive by comparison, and...get this....gets pretty much similar MPG as the RX3 (and have a 30L Safari tank ready to install, with brand-new petcocks)

    My RX3 was uber comfy and all-day happy though. And even with the high-output stator going in and a Mosfet RR, the DR will still fall short of the 300W the RX3 put out.
    But from what I remember of my DR I just crashed (seriously having memory loss issues as a results of the accident) I really really liked it.
    I'm 6'1" 210lbs, so the DR really didn't feel much heavier than my RX3

    what I was hoping for all along was to leave on a brand spanking new RX4, but as we know from the metered info Berk is feeding, that's not gonna happen before I leave now.

    So what's your story Buck?
    Married?
    kids?
    age?
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  16. buckthedog

    buckthedog Eastbound and down

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    Lol. I do miss my DR, and the torque. My sole reason for selling it was I like to take my wife for short and long rides. Even being less than average size ‘Muricans, it wasn’t cutting it, enter the Rx3. We took a long ride this weekend,and while comfy, and agile, had to pull over twice for traffic on a small county hwy. I’m not big enough for a klr, despite really liking them. I dropped my vstrom twice in parking lots with her on it. Wasn’t cool of me at all. I’m 47 and with 5 kids and 4 grandkids between us, and 4 Jobs, there ain’t no way on Gods green earth I could do a trip like yours now. I can (and often) dream of it though. I’d love to get her on the rx3 and me on maybe the versys...or something.

    I hate you had a bad wreck. After 13 years in law enforcement and 15 in acute care nursing, there is nothing I haven’t seen. Just rest, and push until your body tells you to rest. Then push just a little harder the next day. You’ll get stronger. Rome wasn’t built in a day. You ever pass near New Orleans, or the MS gulf coast give me a shout.!
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  17. MotoMigrant

    MotoMigrant Been here awhile

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    Find another DR and put all your stuff on, go for a week long test ride in the spring and make sure your good. Buy some spares cause they're cheap for that bike. Go to Alaska,be there in July or earlier, spend some time (month+), its amazing. Work your way down west coast come end of August. Find a friend back in the states in SoCal, order parts you think you'll need to replace, new tires (Alaska ate my Heidenau's, put them on in Fairbanks, dead by LA), chain/sprockets, and whatever else you wish you had in Alaska. Spend a few days going over the DR. Hit up Mexico, it will be hot, suck it up. Going to be rainy season in Central America come Oct/Nov, I don't know what to tell you, hit or miss. I'd be sure to be heading into Patagonia by Feb, going to start to get chilly there again. Heading to Chile in 2 weeks, I'll get back to you :photog
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    MotoMigrant Been here awhile

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    Also, I should note that my wife's DR has 42,xxx miles on it (she put 38,xxx of those on herself) and I just finished replacing both wheel bearings, new fork seals/oil/bushings, steering bearings, shock rebuild, greased the suspension, & new clutch/throttle cables. Nothing was worn out but I think she got her moneys worth and we are heading on a long adventure so for $250, why not do a refresh, my bike is getting the same. I'm also replacing the cush rubbers on both bikes and carb o-rings, new tires, brake fluid, oil and chain/sprockets. The only problem I ever had with my bike in 42,xxx miles was a rear wheel bearing went out in AK (had spare, fixed in 30min) and fork seals blew (prob from the mud on Top of the World Highway). Oh, and my fuel filter in the carb got some crud in it in Mexico leaving me to take that apart on the road, take that stupid thing out and put an in-line fuel filter in place! So, depending on how many miles your bike has, think about replacing some stuff before South America, I'm still going to take a spare set of wheel bearings, brake pads, fork seals, etc.
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    Ohio_Danimal If I die trying, at least I tried

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