Brooklyn to Argentina on a Salvaged Victory

Discussion in 'Ride Reports - Epic Rides' started by vicmitch, Oct 4, 2015.

  1. Trip Hammer

    Trip Hammer It's not the years, it's the mileage Supporter

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    Ah, I did read that the bike was running and that you were raped on the repair cost but didn't glean from the post that you had confidence that the ol steed would take you back up all the way north. Glad to hear the opposite! :clap Guess we'll see! Evidently the shock repair will at least hold up. Loving this report, vicmitch!!
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  2. Len

    Len Long timer Supporter

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    Do you think the shock failure caused the harness to chafe? Great job to get it fixed and running again, but I hate that you had to pay three prices to get the shock done so close to the end of your ride.:dirtdog
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  3. poppawheelie

    poppawheelie Long timer

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    Are you kidding me!!! :eekers Rats nest wiring harness! :permazot Bike that runs away by itself! :p3rry
    This is good. :lurk
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  4. stilcrazee

    stilcrazee Been here awhile

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    I had an issue with wiring under the rear fender of my 08 Kingpin, hit a pot hole and ripped the wiring off the inside of the fender.
  5. vicmitch

    vicmitch Been here awhile

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    It's hard to say what caused it, however there was a totally burnt wire in the harness that goes under the shock. The plate that holds the spring was completely gone, maybe on its way out it hit the wires. there were also burnt and melted wires from the tail light to the ignition switch.
  6. orsurf76

    orsurf76 engine braker

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    Mazel Tov, Mitch!
    Now to see how you get home . . .
  7. RedRocket

    RedRocket Yeah! I want Cheesy Poofs

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    Great job!
  8. RedDogAlberta

    RedDogAlberta High Plains Drifter

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    That whole area surrounding that shock mount continues to torment you.
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  9. Chip Seal

    Chip Seal Long timer Supporter

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    I admire your determination!
  10. MoToad

    MoToad Been here awhile

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    This is still the best moto story I've read since the Motorcycle Diaries. If I recall they did a lot of fixin too. And if they could do it, so can you Mitch. All the way to Ontario. I want to see it!. :clap
  11. vicmitch

    vicmitch Been here awhile

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    MoToad, I'm not worthy, I'm not worthy
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  12. kawafunky

    kawafunky on another trip around the sun

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    You are officially on my hero list!
    Tuned in and cheering for you! :beer
  13. vicmitch

    vicmitch Been here awhile

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    Left Puerto Medryn and the wonderful La Tosca Hostel and took the boring straight road to Bahia Blanc where I arrived at dusc to a hostel recommended by the South American Handbook. It was the worst place I've seen on my travels. Drunk idiots hanging by the entrance, filthy bathrooms and dorms. Luckily, I had no room mates from among the destitute hoards but did have bed bugs. It was pouring rain when I got the hell out of there the next day and it stayed that way for 500 miles of straight road. Passing was a game of following a car as it passed a truck, since I could see nothing once I was alongside one with the spray off the tires.

    At a gas stop I did get a picture of what may be the last car quiz of the ride report.

    more ol cars 004.JPG
    This is what was on the trailer
    more ol cars 005.JPG

    Then I pressed on in the rain, then in the rain and the dark, then in the rain and the dark and with fierce side winds till 9:00pm when I got to Buenos Aries and the hostel that Bram had booked me a bed at. Will see about shipping Monday and then look for a flight home.

    Attached Files:

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  14. WhicheverAnyWayCan

    WhicheverAnyWayCan Deaf Biker

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    So you decided to maybe keep your salvaged Victory?
  15. Len

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    That looks like what would be our first generation Chevelle?

    Sorry to hear about your hostel experience, hope you have a much smoother path to your touchdown.
  16. sparkingdogg

    sparkingdogg Prisoner In Disguise

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    Wow... just wow. Amazing, Mitch!
  17. Fordfixer

    Fordfixer Semi Old Fart

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    !966-67 Pontiac Beaumont. Thought the Beaumont was a Canada only model. Buddy had a 68 Beaumont SD 396 with a 427 block..Hold on tight
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  18. WeazyBuddha

    WeazyBuddha Carbon-Based Humanoid

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    Valiant?
  19. vicmitch

    vicmitch Been here awhile

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    Fordfixer is today's winner. It is a '67 Beaumont. it was sold at Pontiac dealers but was not an official Pontiac, just like the Acadian wasn't (well, the later Chevette base one was, but that's another story)

    Many Canadian GM cars were exported rather than their American counterparts. Not sure why. This car came 3000km from Punta Arenas, Chile for a rat rod meet. I find the tow car more interesting that the rat rod.

    So Johnny, what does Fordfixer win? Johnny?.....Jonhny?
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  20. vicmitch

    vicmitch Been here awhile

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    Yeah, should have gone to Punta Arenas free zone and sold it, but i'm kinda attached to big lug, so I'll keep it.