A BC Buell goes South

Discussion in 'Ride Reports - Epic Rides' started by BC Brian, Nov 29, 2011.

  1. BC Brian

    BC Brian Been here awhile

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    Thanks SoSlow, and thanks to you and Mrs SoSlow for putting me up for a few days, introducing me to the ADV people in your area, and listening to me ramble on about my travels.(and all the other stuff we talked about)

    I DID have a great time, and even the times that weren't super great (cold,rainy maritimes) were still pretty darned great :)
  2. BC Brian

    BC Brian Been here awhile

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    Thanks Mrs SoSlow, for all you hospitality,and for not wrinkling your nose too much when I pulled off my boots :lol3

    As soon as I see my friend we were talking about, I will send you some autographed copies of her books (She will get a kick out of it when I ask her to sign it To "bride_of_so_slow") LOL

    Thanks again for everything.
  3. BC Brian

    BC Brian Been here awhile

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    Thanks ChevaDeFer

    I really enjoyed sharing my experiences, and on the days I didn't have much time for it, I didn't write much, knowing I would have the time at some point to catch up.

    I usually did find the time easily, as I wasn't on a "see as many sights as I can" type of trip, and updating the RR was sometimes better than watching another CSI repeat in spanish on TV :D
  4. BC Brian

    BC Brian Been here awhile

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    Thanks powderpig. I am glad you liked it.

    I am still not sure what the next adventure is going to look like. but I have got it narrowed down to one of 7 continents......... :D
  5. BC Brian

    BC Brian Been here awhile

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    Thanks Harley 1550

    And thanks for commenting here and there thoughout my journey.

    I looked forward to reading what people had to say, and appreciated you and all the others taking the time to chime in.
  6. BC Brian

    BC Brian Been here awhile

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    Thanks BOBaloo22 (Thats still fun to say outloud)

    I always enjoy following people Ride Reports, so I am glad I was able to provide some reading for you and anybody who followed along.
  7. BC Brian

    BC Brian Been here awhile

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    I am glad you enjoyed it twisted-hog

    It's always good to read about someone enjoying riding in the hot weather when its wet and dismal outside.

    Mind you..... if you found it a few weeks ago, there is a good chance I was braving the cold Atlantic winds and rain while you were in your nice warm house reading about me freezing my butt off.:D
  8. BC Brian

    BC Brian Been here awhile

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    Thanks Len

    I am assuming you are home now, you were almost there the last time I checked. Once I am done here, I am catching up on your RR.

    BluNozr has been on an epic, North America, South America, Caribean year long adventure.

    Anyone who hasn't seen it, its a great read.

    Click here for Lens Awesome adventure
  9. BC Brian

    BC Brian Been here awhile

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    I have daily detail and you are welcome to my spreadsheet if you want it. Its not fancy, and not super accurate, but it does give a half assed idea of what you can expect, especially for the Mexico portion of your trip.

    PM me if you wouild like a copy ( that goes for anyone who's interested)

    I am looking forward to reading about your adventure (Hint hint):D
  10. bride_of_so_slow

    bride_of_so_slow Along for the Ride

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    Heh. The guinea pig didn't pass out when you took your boots off and I was already congested - so no worries! :D

    The weekend was so much fun that it was hard to get back to work and regular life on Monday. You're welcome to come back if you happen to decide that you need to see the Prairies again.

    Thanks again for thinking of me with those books - I'm going to really enjoy them. Very, very cool. Such a strange small world sometimes!

    It was great to hear your stories (and share a few of ours). I like reading your RR's so you ever start a blog or anything, let me and SoSlow know.

    Say hi to your family for us and have a great summer!
  11. BC Brian

    BC Brian Been here awhile

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    Thanks Mrs SoSlow

    Books are picked up and signed. I will send them out tomorrow, or the next day.....or the next :)

    I dunno about a blog, but stay tuned for more of the RR. Still not sure what is happening, or what continent it will be on.......there are so many options, but only so much money *sigh*

    My understanding yet somewhat frustrated wife and kids say Hi back atcha. We have the spare room cleaned out just in case you and SoSlow make it out this way sometime :D (Ok, its not cleaned out yet, but it will be........ really it will)
  12. BC Brian

    BC Brian Been here awhile

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    I had a great summer home with the family. We spent a lot of time dirtbiking, and the kid’s skill level went up dramatically over the summer.
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    I hosted inmate Dazzer and his better half for a few days. They are from <?xml:namespace prefix = st1 ns = "urn:schemas-microsoft-com:eek:ffice:smarttags" /><st1:country-region w:st="on">England</st1:country-region>, on a RTW and stopped by on their way to <st1:State w:st="on"><st1:place w:st="on">Alaska</st1:place></st1:State>. (They made it to <st1:place w:st="on">Prudhoe Bay</st1:place>&#8230;.in September. I understand it was less than balmy.)
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    We got a chance to swap lots of stories. They have been on the road since May, and have done Europe, <st1:country-region w:st="on">Mongolia</st1:country-region>, <st1:country-region w:st="on">Russia</st1:country-region>, <st1:country-region w:st="on">Korea</st1:country-region>, <st1:place w:st="on"><st1:country-region w:st="on">Cambodia</st1:country-region></st1:place>, Thailand etc and had great stories from everywhere they have been.
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    Dazzer took the opportunity to do some Maintenance on his 660 Tenere (They should really bring these to <st1:country-region w:st="on"><st1:place w:st="on">Canada</st1:place></st1:country-region>)
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    I really enjoyed having them here and hope to see them again on the road, or at their place in <st1:country-region w:st="on"><st1:place w:st="on">England</st1:place></st1:country-region>.
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    My wife and I talked about many different options for my fall ride. We talked seriously about <st1:country-region w:st="on">Australia</st1:country-region>, <st1:country-region w:st="on">South Africa</st1:country-region>, back to <st1:place w:st="on">Latin America</st1:place>, or maybe I would tour the States.
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    For <st1:place w:st="on"><st1:country-region w:st="on">Australia</st1:country-region></st1:place>, I would have flown over there, bought a bike ( cheaper than renting) maybe do a lap of the country and be home by Christmas.
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    For <st1:country-region w:st="on">South Africa</st1:country-region>, I was looking at flying there, renting a bike and touring around a bit, maybe visiting <st1:country-region w:st="on">Namibia</st1:country-region> and <st1:country-region w:st="on"><st1:place w:st="on">Mozambique</st1:place></st1:country-region>.
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    I have been to about 18 states in my life, including <st1:State w:st="on">Hawaii</st1:State> and <st1:place w:st="on"><st1:State w:st="on">Alaska</st1:State></st1:place>, so I thought I might ride the buell through the rest of the states, getting home late November.
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    I didn&#8217;t think there was money in the budget to ride to <st1:country-region w:st="on">Chile</st1:country-region> or <st1:place w:st="on"><st1:country-region w:st="on">Argentina</st1:country-region></st1:place> and still fly the Buell home, so I thought maybe I would ride my KLR, or buy a cheap bike, and ride as far as I could before Christmas, give the bike to some random stranger, and fly home. The KLR needed some work, and I didn&#8217;t really want to abandon it, so I went onto craigs list to start looking for cheap bikes that might make the trip.
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    Well, I, as I am sure most of you do when looking on Craigslist, also look around for the cool bikes I would like to have one day. While doing this, I came across this.
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    And, as I have done so many times before, I showed the computer to my understanding yet somewhat frustrated wife, and she said &#8220;Nice, but can we afford it?&#8221; I told her &#8220;sure, I could use some of my travel money to buy it.&#8221;
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    And she says &#8220; You mean you would be home in 3 weeks?&#8221; and I say &#8220;Yeah&#8221;
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    Now, those of you who know my wife know that when she wants something, she is usually neither shy nor quiet about saying what she wants, and she says, in a very quiet voice &#8220;I would like that&#8221;
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    I contacted the guy, and the bike was still available, but was about 1200 kms from my house. We talked back and forth for a few days, and I asked him if he, knowing the bike, would ride the bike to <st1:State w:st="on"><st1:place w:st="on">Texas</st1:place></st1:State> tomorrow. He said &#8220;No&#8221;, and I said &#8220;No?&#8221; and he said he would need to go over the bike and do some maintenance and check everything over, but there really wasn&#8217;t much wrong with it&#8230;.. and, he would drop the price considerably if I wanted it.
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    So, last week, away I went to see this bike, looked it over, got the low down on what he figured it needed, loaded it in a trailer and drove home.
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    So on Monday(ish), I am going to hop on a 36 year old bike that I don&#8217;t know very well, and head of in a Texasly direction (as we know I don&#8217;t always end up where I think I am going )
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    What could possibly go wrong ? J
  13. BOBaloo22

    BOBaloo22 Tony & Catnis

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    Hi Brian, looks like you had a very nice summer with the family. That Shovelhead looks really good, looking forward to another of your RRs.

    Be Safe,
    Bob
  14. bride_of_so_slow

    bride_of_so_slow Along for the Ride

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    "What could possibly go wrong?"

    That's how some of the best adventures (and country songs) start.

    I've said it before and I'll say it again, your "understanding yet somewhat frustrated" wife is pretty cool. Glad you found a way to do a bit more adventuring too.

    Enjoy the ride!
  15. yamalama

    yamalama wet coaster

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    I wanted to see you give the KLR to a random stranger!!
    Next time, maybe?
    Looking forward to your report, nevertheless.
  16. BC Brian

    BC Brian Been here awhile

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    I had planned on continuing this thread with my latest adventures, but now I am thinking that a new thread may be in order, being a whole new trip on a different bike and all that.<?xml:namespace prefix = o ns = "urn:schemas-microsoft-com:eek:ffice:eek:ffice" /><o:p></o:p>
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    So, click if you want to follow my latest adventure.<o:p></o:p>
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    The Wanderings of a 36 year old Electrglide I will dual post for a few days, then, at some point, or when the mods give me crap for dual posting, I will post just on the new thread.<o:p></o:p>
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  17. BC Brian

    BC Brian Been here awhile

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    This morning I waited with the kids for the school bus, checked the bike over one more time, kissed my wife, twice, and headed out on the road. I had to run into town first to pick up yet another prescription that should help with the medical issue I have been dealing with. <?xml:namespace prefix = o ns = "urn:schemas-microsoft-com:eek:ffice:eek:ffice" /><o:p></o:p>
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    I said goodbye again, kissed my wife again, and I was on the road.<o:p></o:p>
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    I have only had the bike a short time, and had gone over it carefully, replacing and fixing what was needed, but it was still an old bike unknown to me, so I took it easy, stopping occasionally to check things out on the way. I have had old Harleys before, and am quite accustomed to daily and even hourly maintenance. I am sure this bike will be no different. Locktite is my friend J <o:p></o:p>
    Except for bit of pinging, which I straightened out by tweaking the timing, the old girl ran like a clock. After the first 2 or 3 hundred kilometers, I was feeling a bit more confident with it.<o:p></o:p>
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    The weather was warm, bordering on hot. I didn`t stop much, except for gas and to look the bike over until I got to McLeese Lake, where I found some shade to stop for a break.<o:p></o:p>
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    I rode as far as Williams Lake, to my good friends` house.<o:p></o:p>
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  18. BC Brian

    BC Brian Been here awhile

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    Thanks Bob

    The summer was great. We had all kinds of fun and did lots of cool stuff.

    I had a couple of Shovels back in the day and have been kind of half way looking for another one for quite a while. Lots available, but none of them really "spoke" to me like this one did.

    I hope you enjoy my latest RR
  19. BC Brian

    BC Brian Been here awhile

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    Hello B_o_S_S (hey, I just got that LOL)

    Yes, my beautiful bride is definately a keeper. Even though she doesn't always "Get" me, she does real well at accepting me and my ways :)

    I hope you enjoy my next trip and I will keep my eye out for a lavatory with a spectacular vista
  20. BC Brian

    BC Brian Been here awhile

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    I know, right?

    That would have been great, see some young guy on the street, and ask him "muchacho, te gusta motos?" If he said, Si, I could say, "un regalo para ti" and hand him the keys and walk away.

    One day, I would like to do that. :)