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Discussion in 'Ride Reports - Epic Rides' started by Two Moto Kiwis, May 8, 2012.
Hey, just found this gem. Obviously you hadn't considered ALL the options. http://soc.li/cqGyvwe
I agree and they dont exactly extend the life of the bike or the kit attached to it either!
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Actually a Ural side was next on the list an the Yamal was the one paddle and all.
If reliability was one of their stronger features we would be on one.
Instead we will have to put up with Maya
Damn man you are lucky, definately DON'T do that again!!
Hey guys - good to see you are getting your shit together, again! Hope you're feeling better Ellen and mentally preparing for your new role as navigator/photographer/back seat driver ;-)
That must have been a hard decision - Ural or loaded KTM? KTM or Ural/Ural or KTM? You must have lost many nanoseconds of sleep over that one!
I trust you had no trouble with "the authorities" getting back into the US?
I'm in Creel now and ran into an Aussie couple the other day, Carol and Ken on an R80/GS. They met you in Yellowstone? They were just leaving for Batopilas, I'd just arrived otherwise I might have gone with them. I emailed them last night to see if they made it, but no reply so I guess either they are still trying to get there, or don't have an internet connection!
Look forward to seeing the Kiwi Two Motos (KTM geddit?) on the road somewhere.
Yes but when you are up shit creek you won't have your paddle!
We were back to US not trouble yesterday. Thanks.
Ken and Carol has down to Batopilas and sent us email, they had a couple of small offs, but everything was fine. Are you going there tomorrow?
Hey Andi, we here in Wanaka Noo Zland know you really wanted to do the ride on a KTM, but surely there must have been better ways of going about it
Looking forward to following your travels through South America knowing Ellen is in safe hands although I'm sure there is a touch of disappointment for you both with the forced change in plans to one moto, two kiwis
Hi Trevor, Andi and Ellen;
Thinking it's time for lunch at the Ranch 99 Market again. Great memories.
Maybe I'll stop by the Sacramento Imigration Office and say hello to Andi's favorite US Government employee.
Caught your photo on the HUBB newsletter. Enjoy the new steed and I will continue to follow along.
BACK TRACK TWO WEEKS
So in order to let you guys know we are not dead I am posting up the report I wrote prior Ellens big off, needless to say this is slightly out of whack time wise but I have written it and it records our trip which is what it is all about.
Leaving Mazatlan we headed off down the Mex40 libre road (free road), it was a very nice ride and the weather was great although slightly chilly to start with.
The first part was flowing corners and straights so we maintained a nice even pace taking in the scenery and enjoying the ride.
About two thirds the way to Mazatlan the road tightens into a myriad of twisties better suited to a light weight motard than a big bike.
This is called the devils spine and I can see why, neat bit of road.
We came across a crash between a car and a truck, appears the car missed the corner and hit the left front wheel of the truck, the trucks axle was torn off the spring back onto the drivers step through the back of the front mudguard.
The car (a nissan pathfinder) was punted back across the road and was trying to finder path back up the bank which didnt work, neither vehicles were going anywhere without heavy towing equipment so we threaded our way through the wreckage and the 100 Mexican onlookers and were on our way.
Taking in the great road and extreme views from 2850 metres (9350 feet for you imperialists) was a treat, only a few points to stop and take take photos as there are no shoulders at all for 99% of the road, the Mexicans cut only the width that is almost required and no more... actually sometimes quite a bit less!!
Further down the road a truck (that was) loaded with reinforcing mesh threw its load on a tight corner with an off camber, I made it through but Ellen with her right foot injury lost it and threw the bike down the road, I was unaware of this until I got through and waited but she did not turn up.
I turned around (I was only 50 metres down the road waiting for a moment) then I saw the guys waving their arms and yelling, I looked further round to see two of them helping Ellen to the side of the road and two of them pushing her bike.
Ellen had buggered her already buggered foot again, the bike had sustained some damage with some twisted components and had gravel rash, I straightened out what I could so we could make it to Mazatlan then take the time to sort it out on flat ground without trucks roaring past.
Advice to any RTWers, if you are new at riding and want to enjoy your trip more school up on the basics and practice without house and contents on board the figure 8, stops, starts, U turns and quick S maneuvers as these will save your arse and your sanity on your trip.
Today we have stopped, Ellens foot is not good so we will probably bunk down for a few days to give it a sporting chance to start healing, I have had a look at the bike and done some more straightening and fixing, the two locks that took a hit were not in good shape but I managed to straighten and recover one, the other will be just for show.
Hobbit and Chiwi relaxing in the courtyard
The biek needs fixing again so I will glue the marker lights back on and straighten the Barbuster back out, these took a kingpin hit and stood up well but will still need repairing.
The rest of the damage is rashing so wont effect the function, the key thing is to get Ellen back up and sorted at this point.
Mazatlan day 2, Jim (going south on ADV) arrived in Mazatlan which our chains and sprockets, and our seal head for my rear shock which has all but stopped leaking after Batoplias!!!
We were invited to stay and with working space and a access to tools etc turned out to be a real plus, we shifted our gear over then went back to Abels for tea, Abel and his bro cooked up a beautiful feed, laughter, food, drinks good times.
Our host Abel
Abels bro and Abel with the food .... YUM
The following morning was straight into bike work, new chains and sprocket the order of the day, I got out my new Motion pro chain breaker with my task on hand, one turn and my chain breaker broke!!! WTF it is brand new!!, it had a dark patch on one side so it appears it had a floor in the metal and just gave way .... I am stuffed.
I used the disc grinder to then grind right through the link to essentially cut the chain in half, we had to do this on both Ellens and my bike which made the task a lot harder.
Mmmmmm new Ti chains and sprockets
My front sprocket was seriously on its last legs after having 32500 km on it, now the bike is nice and smooth again.
I glued Ellen LED light back on and straightened everything out, tweaked the steering back into line so it is ok now.
That afternoon we visited Abel at his work and had a coffee, was very nice coldie in the heat, on return to the unit we had a swim and relaxed a bit again to help Ellens foot.
SR and his good lady were in Mazatlan that evening so we all organised to meet down and a local taco stand, beers, wines, food and chat, it was a great night out and great meeting the guys who have helped us, Stephen (SR) gave us pointer on good riding roads, places to stay and buy food, information you cannot get of a GPS or maps!
Jim and I chattin
The one thing we did find out though was the Mayor and the Police and a shootout and hostage taking session the day we went through Santa Maria del Oro, be fair to say we were unaware of this until Stephen told us.
For us that would seem to be a bloody good idea too!!
Yeah just a ploy, took a few months to find a bus driver with a broom handle to shove through the spokes but I got there
yeah I would love to catch up with that guy again ... captain powerful dollar bag dork
Got some time before Maya arrives thanks to Wells Fugwits stuffing things up, pissed off but nothing I can do however we have lost a week to that
Ellen going to see her sister, might go for a ride....
Cheers mate, yeah hopefully a good bike ... time will tell eh.
Give a ring if you go riding......
Being new to the site this was the first long ride report i have read. I lived in NZ for a year so when i saw Kiwi i figure it would be fun to read. I have enjoyed your trip a lot. I am Glade all is turning out well after the crash. Was glade to hear she is up walking around. I think most wifes would have gotten better then gotten on a plane home. You guys are on a Awsome trip. I look forward to reading more about it.
Will do for sure
Heya Stuck, heart spoken words mate that means a lot to us, to be fair it has led to stress levels exceeding safe limits so been more than I ever bargained for, very very fine line between adventure and antagonism.
It has been three steps back for every one step forward ..... that is now starting to change
Three steps back for every one forward is more then most get a chance to do.
If you happen to get up in Arkansas let us know. Got to half Maori boys running around.
Probably not getting over your way unfortunately unless someone wants a DR650 delivered over there
Upon leaving Mazatlan we said goodbyes, it was already 30 something degrees c when we mounted up and put our riot gear on at about 9.30 am and very very sticky, I was wet with sweat before we even left.
Again we took the libre (free) road as it was quieter than the cuota (Toll) road and LOT less expensive, the speeds that we are doing we make no ground on the cuota roads and the libre roads always go through villages and town which is why we are here is to look at the place.
The trip was uneventful apart from one wrong turn thankfully as Ellen is riding with only half the footing capacity.
Arriving at San Blas it was 38 degrees c and REALLY sticky, we found a hotel and decided to stay, they had a secure yard and a pool (as we later found out) so game on, I took the bikes in and there was a BMW 650 already parked there.
In through reception
The owner Marco turned up shortly after and we got chatting, the were too others there as well Andy and Andrew .... cool easy to remember.
So we had 3 DR650s, 1 BMW650GS, 1 KLR650 so we were comparing notes and chatting about our mods, setups, hiccups etc which was great fun.
Nothin but front row seats for Hobbit to watch TV
Looks like Hobbit picked up some freeloaders too
Tea time was knocking so we all headed off to a local taco place (patten forming here) and had a feed, 36peso each which is about $2.70 we had a huge feed, very very nice indeed.
After tea we sat in the town square and chatted some more about Burt Munro, John Britten, and bikes in general, great to talk with Andrew how is an enthusiast like me, by this time the temperature had plummeted to 29 degrees C .... time to bust out the puffy jacket.
Ellen headed of to bed early being tired so I took the time to get this ride report up to date for you lot!!! 8-D