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33 1/3 N C S + Cuba

Discussion in 'Ride Reports - Epic Rides' started by Throttlemeister, Aug 11, 2009.

  1. GSdiablo

    GSdiablo cubical farmer

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    "It's not that bad":lol3

    Good to see you are having a blast. Eliz/Diana and I are flying down to Costa Rica for 2 weeks to check things out. The plan is for me to ditch the girls(for a few days) and rent a bike from Wild-rider, can't wait to get out of this snotty weather. Take care Man
  2. Gregster

    Gregster Been here awhile

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    Holey moley, that's quite an adventure you're having there John :eek1
    Looking forward to the part where you're back on 2 wheels :clap
  3. Misery Goat

    Misery Goat Positating the negative Super Moderator

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    Cuba Libres all around!!

    Hey man, you ever going to leave the Caribbean? :lol3
  4. Throttlemeister

    Throttlemeister Long timer Super Supporter

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    You wil have fun I know this well:thumb


    Miss my ole late night drinking buddy:freakyGlad you are liking, much more crazy shit going to happen I promise:deal

    I just spinning my wheels going in circles. I plan to be back in Colombia around middle of Feb 2011 I think. Then it back on big time:wink:

    Me,you, and Crashy need to figure and rendez-vouz point and have a little blowout SA party, I've got one with your name on it too:deal


    Just for show and no tell, it is simply amazing place, I mean special place:
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    It tough to compete with Vinny you know:lol3
  5. Misery Goat

    Misery Goat Positating the negative Super Moderator

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    I dunno man, that's Vinnie material right there, I think. :getiton
  6. SmilinJoe

    SmilinJoe Been here awhile

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    Hey wait didnt Vinnie have 3?:cry Or perhaps he just told them about MG and TM!:lol3 You three getting getting together in SA would be a crazy ass story to hear.:freaky :photog
  7. Throttlemeister

    Throttlemeister Long timer Super Supporter

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    I do what I can:wink: I haven't pulled three out like he did thou!


    I know I was impressed with his work too! Might just have to have two seperate meetings...we'll see if it can happen, it would be a good time no doubt.

    Pics are loading up and update is coming. Renting a car for the next three days after giving up on the bike import:puke1
  8. Throttlemeister

    Throttlemeister Long timer Super Supporter

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    Dec 14

    Not much happening today as we would set sail tomorrow around noon and head North. I was still working on trying to get everything gathered up to import the bike the next go around when would be coming back in the next couple of weeks. I hiked my but down to the Customs house to work on some relations with the two guys. I gave them some stickers and offered up some extra incentive even if they could make it happen but working with these two unmotivated individuals left less than hopeful feelings for successful importation. Do as little as possible, and don't work harder than you have to might be a good motto for Jamaica I suppose. Here's the ole boys:
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    Points for sticker location. Whatever I tried a little to get my beloved bike off the boat best I could.

    Daniel and I went into town of Port Antonio and found some decent pizza at one of captian Lulu's buddy's places. Pricey like most everything else in Jamaica but it hit the spot for us both and we took the rest of the left overs back to a happy few of the crew on board.
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    Little of Hawaiian style for me and some pepperoni/pepper for good buddy Dan here:
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    Dan was giving out more free haircuts on the ship after doing some pro bono work on island ealier in the stop. Lulu getting his ears lowerd some and being a little baby about it:lol3
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    Dan, Josh, and myself homestead the balcony when I'm not working on the net at the bar or up top on deck since the town is blanketed with about the only fairly cheap thing you can buy: a decent wifi connection.
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    As the night came around once more a sticker was added to the Pub on the Pier, Marybelle's and a small party was had once more:
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    The SteelRat's cinema was working full strength in the eveings, just had to work to get the English showings, most used subtitles:
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    Lots of strange movies played that I'd never heard of and Being John Malcovich is damn wierd:huh

    Dec 15

    I loafed around and used the wifi and took some photos of the little marina we where parked at.

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    A nice little sportfisher shared it's name with one of our crew here:
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    Another nice ADV machine, think it was an Amel by the way it looked:
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    My main hangout for the short time we where in country, had a decent wifi connection, lots of local free loaders seemed to drag the connection down at high times:
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    The marina named after the famous actor of this namesake:
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    Daniel doing the skype thing, I love it too:deal "johnmalgeria" if you need me:lol3
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    Local swimming hole at the pub:
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    The SR waiting to cast the lines and go back to her home in the sea once more:
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    Johan the Swed, one of our crew having to say goodbye to his good friend before sailing away.
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    The night before had a little noise that I didn't really hear in my little cave in the back but seems the big truck battery overkill for the generator decided to explod in the night and make a little ruckus:
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    Getting ready to take off once more:
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    But couldn't leave before another big search by the Jamaican coast guard due to a known local problem Bleachie Paul who'd spent some time on board before and who the coast guard was well aware of. I'd been gone when the search started and showed back up carrying a pre-departure Red Stripe with me and surprised when I come back to the boat and see the machine guns where back on board again. I had nothing to hide and patiently waited for them to get finished with their second sweep of the ship. I finished my beer and played a little:
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    The did a long search but finally we where ready to take off after they were satisfied enough:

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    Their bigger ship came into our port once more too as the others where working, I thought they might have called for backup:eek1
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    Then we went back out to choppy seas and start the leg Northwest
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    My little bike waiting patiently undercover for me for a little more. Christian who has educated me on the special'nest' of the special place since he has previous experience in country.
    Our course was plotted and we set out about our sail:
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    Some sails where set and the rest followed shortly after.
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    Good pasta and wine consumed celebrating the departure of Jamaica:
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    Dec 16:

    Got a pod of dolphins for an escort as we sailed along our way:
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    I was happy to be moving along again:
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    Some of the boats bits that help out, this one is for the autopilot that makes it simple watch @ night:
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    Gimbal mounted compass in the pilot house:
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    Little position help:
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    Lulu working in his element checking the trim:
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    Early before dinner rum cake and coffee is always a nice deal, little stout on the black bottle rum from Jamaica for my tastes but it worked out okay:
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    The sunsets where as good or better than any I've seen before:
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    And near it's finish and near finest point:
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    Just after sun set saw these two flying close together, I wondered what it could have been other than military aircraft:
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    Looked to be same speed and altitude and same aircraft:huh


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    Moon rises where cool too, my little bike all wrapped up on deck always waiting:
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    Night watches where a fun time, some didn't like but I enjoyed:
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    More dinner was caught and good food eaten:
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    We live like kings and fatten like pigs when compared to motobike living standards for me, it good to get to ride:wink:
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    Little toothy bastard:
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    My little cavern in the old captian's quarters near the rear of the ship where I get my rest:
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    We had a couple of cold night watches but it still was a good time:
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    Dec 18:

    During the night watch we closed in on our goal and slid through the cut into the safety of a good harbour:
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    We had arrived at the well marked cut and made our way into the harbour in the early morning hours to the Special Place and it was good:
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    We had arrived and I was ready to be back on two wheels again:clap:clap:clap

    More later on...
  9. SCExpat

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    Glad to see you back online so I can continue my online adventure.

    Looking forward to seeing the pics of the special place.


    Cheers :1drink
  10. SmilinJoe

    SmilinJoe Been here awhile

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    Hell Ya John John!:clap The RR is looking great so far. Loving the sticker placements!:thumb Cant wait to try the 33 1/3 Beer!:freakyThe night watch does look pretty awesome. Your moment to be Captain John, sailor of the seas, Master and Commander, Man the Torpedoes, FULL SPEED AHEAD! Oh shit you fell a sleep again!:lol3 So how is the bike running? Did she perform well in the special place? :ricky Keep up the RR Buddy! Gives me something to do at work.:wink: Take care my friend.
  11. Throttlemeister

    Throttlemeister Long timer Super Supporter

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    I will be looking forward to your special place in the future too:deal I look forard to learning more:ear


    :waveMark
    Josh and I have decided over much deliberations that the 1/3 of 33 1/3 is the "Special Place" it was freaking wild, maybe more so since my lack of Spanish skillset, I signed on for adventure and I have not be dissappointed, only a little scared crazy:deal
    The bike took a beating but did well for what all I put the poor girl through, I am happy and will refit her once I get back to mainland. Kaybeth is going to play the parts mule for me to Colombia it looks like for now:lol3
    Front tire is finally darn near shot since being trouble free since OK when I put on new, I swapped over to my new Colombian special rear tire after having one more flat on island and all has been good with the tires. The possum scraper in the back let go finally and I trimmed the left overs to fit nicely. The side stand has been beat to hell and will be replaced with new back in Colombia, other than that and some battle scars with rocks and such plus a couple of loose muffler bolts it has performed wonderfully on 83 octane motor oil:deal I really like my bike, it treats me too good:raabia:raabia

    Teaser photos, working on a big update but may have to wait until I come home to give the special place its full worth for a report. I will try, more coming up in a bit...
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    And then the real adventure began...
  12. SCExpat

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  13. theturtleshead

    theturtleshead Tits on a fish

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    Anything you need in Colombia buddy,just shout!!!:evil
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  14. skibum69

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    make sure you post your lighthouse pics on Geoff's lighthouse thread
  15. Throttlemeister

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    If taking a bike into a new country a Saturday or Sunday is not ideal but I have nothing but time so I would just wait and see what happens as far as trying to get the bike on the hard once again. I was on watch with Captain Lulu as we motored the straight into the nice bay of Cienfuegos to a nice anchorage. We seem to always come up with a nice breakfast the day, or I mean night we arrive and today was no difference:
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    Plus some old fashioned ceral to boot:
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    After breakfast it was time to immagrate once again into another new country, this one was very relaxed and easy. Had to purchase 50 or 70 euros and I was fully insured for my next adventure even if I had a misshap:lol3

    To shore for the first time:
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    Had a very easy checkin and then a couple of the crew along with myself go and have a nice early celebration drink in the special place and a nice trip up from Jamaica. The first one is always one of the best ones. Me and Josh started it of right here:freaky
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    Cheap and cold, just the way we like it. Some of the other crew joined us shortly and we had a nice little party with some of the money the Captain loaned us to keep us going. While we where just getting cranked up with the party one of the marina guys comes over and tells us our dingy is loose:huh Not really thinking it could have been ours since we where dropped out at shore and the dingy should have been tied up at the SR we thought best to go take a look and sure enough in the small little storm that blew up had been bad enough to cause the dingy to bust free from its mooring.




    ***Have to edit Got to go sail had too much fun with a party in Jamaica. More when we get to some nice little Colombia islands in the North.

    Edited from Isla Elefante in the San Blas*Edited once again from Cartagena with a better net connection finally:
    Dec 18:
    Sure enough it was our ship's dingy drifting down the bay in the rough waves headed away with no skipper. Daniel and myself bolted in the rain for the loose dingy with Josh following behind. We emptied our pockets of most valuables handing them to Josh before jumping in the water just catching the dingy before it got to shore and started bashing the prop and motor against the rocky bottom. We caught up the craft and got its bow pointed into the waves and I jumped in and fired the motor. As I attempted to put the little motor in forward gear it quickly stalled and died. I shifted it back to neutral position to try agian and with the same result as before. Dan noticed the rope off the front of the dingy that was used to dally the little boat to its mother ship had gone underneath the boat and sure enough the extra length of rope had fouled the prop and was the reason for the stalling. I had trouble trying to tilt the engine up from the water while struggling with the rough water near the beach trying to keep the engine from bashing the rocks. I ened up pulling the wrong pin and after having no luck decided to just work from the water. Daniel held the boat off the rock while I working in the water trying to unfoul the prop from the numerous twists and knots of the wrapped up rope. After wrestling with the loose end for a time I finally found the broken off steel tie down point still attached to the end of the line that was just pulled free from the SteelRat. We jumped into the now free dingy, started it quickly and headed to the SR to alert the captain and show him what we'd found floating off the shore.

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    We then headed back to the marina bar as heroes to rejoin the others and drink more beer to celebrate the rescued dingy and the fun we had saving the little boat all while soaking wet.
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    I'd forgotten to removed my little USB flash drive and my favorite headlamp that both succumbed to the saltwater death. We shared more beers and even got the beer's perspective with my new little SAMSUNG water proof camera as I dunked it in a glass of beer to prove its waterproofness. My beer's last view of the world for at least a little while:lol3
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    Before we all loaded up and left for the mother ship anchored in the harbour I wanted to reinstall the pin to keep the motor from jumping from position when in forward gear in the rough water. Back into the water once more:
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    We then loaded everyone up and headed back to the SR for a rest and a nice evening dinner on board below decks in the cruddy weather on the first day of our arrivial in the Special Place. Before dinner in the early evening I did some more testing of the little dingy with Josh doing a little documentation. Today I earned my dingy drivers license. DDD-Driving Dingy Drinking:lol3
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    The evening's dinner was one of the best on board of this recent tour. Lulu's gf made up some little fried plantain paddies and we had some nice grilled fish to compliment the tasty little creations.
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    Maria knows how to cook too:
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    Some of the crew had a little evening dancing on the decks to celebrate the nice evening sunset.
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    The following are from Nadine's, a nice German girl living in Majorca, Spain-

    Me, Daniel from England, and Nadine here:
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    We'd arrived on a Saturday so tomorrow would just be a day to stage and get the bike unwrapped and change a few things to get it ready for its next trip.

    It was a good first day in a Special Place:freaky


    Not enough bandwidth to mess with the photos. This will have to wait to paste in the photos until Cartagena when I get back to my hideout:cry

    7 more days and counting on this little island, I think me and my pal are going to Colon just to see what kind of fun we can have:wink:

    The road to Carti from El Lano got mostly wiped out a month or so ago and is still not repaired so it looks like we have to go to Miramar if we want to go to the mainland this go around meanwhile my bike is stuck in Coco Bandero where I chased the SteelRat to back in the end of Nov last year. We'll see...
  16. SmilinJoe

    SmilinJoe Been here awhile

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    Hey John. Sounds like the ole Girl is performing very well!:thumb She needs a bath after all the mud and ruts she laid over in.:D The pics are looking pretty awesome. The pics of the babes are good! The second one was not too stealth!:brow
    The cigar is looking good!:bmwrider Nothing like a cigar from a "Special place".:wink: Shit, that sounded like Bill Clinton!:roflKeep the Adventures going Buddy!
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    I knew you'd show up somewhere. I think I must have been up in Alaska on the KTM when you left and didn't make a Club meeting until January so I had no idea you'd left the country. If your ears were burning a little on the 2nd Tuesday in January it's probably because your trip was discussed at the Club meeting. When I got home I jumped on the computer and looked you up. You've done a great job sharing your trip with everyone.
    Glad to see that you finally got the Dakar finished and pressed into service. She's no doubt easier to handle than the mule. I think by now we've all pretty sure that you push the old girl over once in awhile just for dramatic effect.
    We'll keep prayin for you here at home.:1drink
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  18. SmilinJoe

    SmilinJoe Been here awhile

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    Hey John John! Looks like your having a hell of a time!:jkam Couple more weeks and will you will be on the road again!:ricky Your adventures never cease to stop.:clap Here is a pic of my new ride!:D 2008 HD CrossBones!:wave Keep the RR coming Buddy! Can't wait to hear and see more! The camo job on the tent and bike is classic!

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  19. Throttlemeister

    Throttlemeister Long timer Super Supporter

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    Thanks Amigo!
    I´ve heard enough stories about you and your place that I will have to stay as long as you will have me. I know how to clean dishes like a mofo:deal

    Look forward to all the beers and bullshit and the oh so hot Colombian chicas:clap:freaky


    That may take me some time but I will see what I can do. I´m in need of a linky:ear and a good wifi connection that I will have to wait for until Panama City the second time around. Hope your winter season is going well Mike:1drink

    Its been a wild ride, I don´t know if they will ever let me go back again after all the hell I gave them; I may have made the ¨Special Place Black List¨:lol3
    They all gave me hell about not washing my bike, its like a temporary tatoo for my bike, it comes off when it rains.

    You got a mean looking HD there Mark, we will have to go for a ride if I ever make it back:deal

    Glad you are liking Bob, there is going to be a lot more coming once I get me a good connection back in Panama:deal Hold on, the special place write up is the wildest part yet:wink:

    The Dakar, also known to me as Stong Ox, has saved more than 9 of my lives by now, it is a beautiful bike to ride:raabia although I still have more changes in mind...


    Update:

    On the Colombian island of Providencia near Nicaragua´s coast. Didn´t import the bike here and decided to take a rental moto instead and tear up the 17km loop around the island today and have some fun. I can´t seem to find a decent wifi internet connection yet on island so my big update will probably have to wait until I get back to Panama City and hole up at my hangout again after the first of Feb. Really sucks having to use an internet cafe and we are anchored so far away from the wharf that it´s a mini boat expedition in the dingy to get to the land each time.
    Island life is not bad but I´m jonesing to get back in the saddle and do some serious riding again back down South:deal
  20. SmilinJoe

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    Hey John! Good to hear from you! Sounding like a hell of a adventure so far but you need to get your ass of the boat and let the real adventure begin on the back roads of SA!:ricky We are all waiting to see what kind of crazy shit you get into next!:lurk Sounds like the old girl in hanging in there really well! She is one custom ride for sure! You will have to market her when you get back state side. One hell of a adventure bike!:bow Take care my friend!:freaky