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 maybe I am doing this backwards. Help me define a few factoids and I'll plan backwards based on ideal season

    Let's talk seasons south of the Mexico US border

    • What is the ideal time of year (month) to be travelling Mexico?
    • What is the ideal time of year (month) to be travelling Central America?
    • What is the ideal time of year (month) to be travelling South America?

    I understand S America's huge and there will be seasonal changes as I head towards the tip, but this is a place to start

    Thanks in advance for any feedback
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  2. The Breeze

    The Breeze Been here awhile

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  3. Ohio_Danimal

    Ohio_Danimal If I die trying, at least I tried

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    Wow...thanks for the link. I had looked at his RR several times in the past (out of DR650 curiosity)
    I never realized how much effort he put into seasonal alignment with his travels.
    answering these three questions really isn't that easy it seems
    • What is the ideal time of year (month) to be travelling Mexico?
    • What is the ideal time of year (month) to be travelling Central America?
    • What is the ideal time of year (month) to be travelling South America?
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  4. Ohio_Danimal

    Ohio_Danimal If I die trying, at least I tried

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    OK...no responses...so I'll break it down one at a time, and then route backwards

    • What is the ideal time of year (month) to be travelling into South America?
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  5. holckster

    holckster dougholck

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    Feburary and March have been good for us.

    Riding solo is not my cup of tea and having another rider to share the ups and downs is great IF you find the right person.

    Equipment WILL break and a second moto to tow you to next civilization is handy (don't ask me how I know).
    BUT, every additional moto and rider increases the odds that someone will ride too slow/fast, have an accident, not want to go where you want, doesn't like the hotel/campsite/restaurant you picked or will get sick and hold up everyone's progress.
    All of these have happened to me or I've been that Guy.
    Keep the group small, one's company, 2 is a crowd.

    Been riding around SA last few years and it's great fun.
    Headed back to Peru Jan 2 to pull my DR out of storage and continue riding north.

    I always do a lot of research and planning and every trip had some major event that turned things from a RIDE into an ADVENTURE.

    Such as:
    Lost Passport (found later that day at previous nights hotel)

    3rd gear detonated in middle of Patigonia (catastrophic, no parts available), paid $600 to have a local haul moto and me 600 miles to Punta Arenas where I rented a BMW
    GS for ($3000 USD) to finish my ride to Ushuaia and back to Santiago. Rental company hauled my DR back to Santiago for $100.

    Broken DR overstayed TVIP in Chile while I sourced a new engine here in the US which I took as luggage in Feb 2017 to reinstall in DR and could not leave Chile until I paid $130 TAX (took several days to sort out).

    My riding partner has needed a tow several times (might be contributing factor to 3rd gear issue) and he towed me twice also.
    SO------
    You'll discover there is no problem you can't solve with enough money $$$$

    Knowing what I know now I suggest you consider starting your adventure riding to Alaska (I've been 3 times and will be going back).
    Then ride Central America to Panama and back.

    Then start your South American adventure in Peru by buying a moto from Toby at Around the Block Tours.
    http://www.aroundtheblockmotoadventures.com/moto-purchase-buy-back/
    His buy back program sounds very interesting.
    Ride around South America and then sell him back moto and not have to deal with shipping around the Isthmus of Panama or paying to ship your moto back to USA and the money saved will buy the moto from Toby.

    Here is a great resource for riding in Latin America.
    http://advrider.com/index.php?threads/south-america-by-geezer.834008/#post-19822390

    Quit worrying and just GO.

    Sorry so long winded.
    Stop by and visit when in Nor-Cal.
    I'm on the Tent Space List.
    Safe Travels
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  6. Ohio_Danimal

    Ohio_Danimal If I die trying, at least I tried

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    Doug

    Thanks for the tip.

    I'm committed to going all the way to Tierra.

    Stahlratte both ways.

    And it does look like a friend will be joining me.

    How many miles on the DR when 3rd gear went? What year DR?
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  7. Ohio_Danimal

    Ohio_Danimal If I die trying, at least I tried

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    'Sup Capt' Ludwig!
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  8. holckster

    holckster dougholck

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    Google "DR650 3rd gear" and you'll find that this is one of the weak links for a DR650.
    Does not happen often but when it happens to you it SUCKS.
    Procycle sells an improved quality transmission gear set so someone is buying replacements or changing as preventative maintance ?

    I replaced engine/trans with a 2005 since original engine case was damaged and I did NOT change the 2005's gear set, hoping for better luck with this motor.
    2000 miles from Santiago to Lima so far and all good.

    Another tip is to install Procycles pumper carborator.
    The stock CV carb sucks at altitude and SA has some crazy high roads.
    I put the pumper on the 2005 and it's a completely different motorcycle.
    Much discussion here on ADVrider about improving stock CV carb and how much better the pumper makes moto preform.
    Pricy but well worth it IMO.

    I attached a pelican briefcase sized top box to my rear rack and it carries nothing but moto spare parts;
    Engine sidecase (bothsides),valve rocker covers and cam tensioner gaskets.
    Spare wheel bearings.
    Clutch, brake and shifter levers.
    Add a spare clutch cable (zip tie along side your stock one so change over is quick at both ends).
    Chain and sprockets (14-15-16 tooth front and stock rear).
    Rear wheel hub rubber inserts.
    Brake pads
    Headlight and other misc bulbs and fuses.
    Spare rectifier (cheap and catastrophic if it fails)
    I added 2 small LED running lights for increased front on visibility (NOT for night lighting as you should NEVER ride a night in Central or South America).
    Changed stator to Procycles increased wattage unit (carry stock as spare).
    I added a CycleNutz fuse panel to run added lights, heated grips, GPS, heated clothing, etc.
    Beefed up springs front and rear with Procycles Progressive springs (still running stock rear shock).
    I use Wolfman soft Panniers and tank bag (I find they hold up better than hard bags WHEN I fall over).
    Added IMS 5 gallon fuel tank with in line filter (carry extra filters)
    I have tank panniers over the IMS tank to store moto cover on one side and gloves/misc opposite (they also protect tank WHEN I fall over)
    Carry Rotopax 1 gallon spare fuel container on left side behind Wolfman pannier.

    There a other things I carry (tools, duct tape, First Aid kit, etc) but think it through for yourself and only carry what you think you need being aware parts are hard to find down south but there are Suzuki dealers around but have limited parts in stock.

    For comfort;
    Had a custom seat made.
    Added a windshield.
    Added Procycle center stand and lowered footpegs.
    Added Procycle PowerAid bar risers and ProTaper CR high bend handle bars.
    I'm 6-1 and 225lbs

    For security:
    Carry a 6 ft vinyl cable and heavy duty combination lock (Lowes)
    Carry moto cover and use it (when out of sight folks are not tempted to check out/steal your stuff).
    Start early and Stop early, don't be out and about after dark.
    Don't drink the water or use Ice (unless both are bottled)
    Carry Imodium (only needed it this Feb when I screwed up and got a Pepsi with ice)

    17 weeks over 3 yearly trips so far traveling in Chile, Uruguay, Argentina and Peru and never paid a bribe, got mugged or murdered.
    Have meet and made some amazing friends who have helped me when I was in dire need of assistance (at least once each trip).

    Doug
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  9. Ohio_Danimal

    Ohio_Danimal If I die trying, at least I tried

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    Thanks for the detailed response. Great advise on spares to carry
    Just so that you are aware (as I was aware of the 3rd gear issue already) I just purchased my second DR650, a 2011 with only 62 miles on it in pristine condition. Prep work will begin soon
    • I already have the complete TM-40 intake kit...ready to install
    • My top box is my kitchen, already to go.
    • Will be running Mule Pack panniers
    • Will be taking a trail stand rather than a centerstand (lighter, versatile)
    • Will be running 30L Safari tank and Yenkro Rally fairing
    • Already have high-output stator and Mosfet RR ready to install
    • All lights going to LED (front headlight on Yenkro vastly better than stock)
    • Will be running full Cogent suspension package
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  10. Ohio_Danimal

    Ohio_Danimal If I die trying, at least I tried

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    If I pickup the TAT somewhere in the Smoky Mountains, about how long to traverse the entire length West to California?

    I tried to research, but things vary based upon type of bike ridden etc
    \Would three weeks be enough at a slowish pace?
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