Central and South America on a Road King

Discussion in 'Ride Reports - Epic Rides' started by RoadHD, Jul 26, 2010.

  1. Humbucker

    Humbucker n00b

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    I just stumbled onto this thread, my eyes just about bugged out of my head when I saw what that Road King was being put through. If I owned a nice Road King, I would be like every other geezer out there, pampering it and going nuts with the polish, etc... but to do this with a brand new RK just blows my mind! :lol3

    This guy is my new hero!:D

    I haven't had a chance to read through all of the posts but I'm going to dive right in. This looks good!
  2. panzerrocket

    panzerrocket Been here awhile

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    What a fantastic ride, excellent mate.
    Thank you for the entertainment - loved it.
    By the way, the danish guy on the VFR you met, he's now settled down in Chile I think it was, renting out bikes.
  3. Jamie Z

    Jamie Z I'm serious. Supporter

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    I started watching this back a couple years ago, and only now got around to finish reading the whole thing. Quite a trip. Great pictures, and great observations. I do wish some of the pictures were bigger.

    I'd like to read about your experiences in Central America, as I took a Central American ride a few years back and was looking forward to where you went and what you did...

    Jamie
  4. turnitonagain

    turnitonagain Been here awhile

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    wow! absolutely incredible! I plan on doing it on a Sportster!
  5. sraff

    sraff Been here awhile

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    Back on pg.3, I made my 1st post an ADV because I was interested in seeing somebody do this on something other than a dualsport. And seeing that you had only been riding for a couple years topped it off. I really thought you just don't have the experience to know that a road king is NOT the right bike for this. BUT you made it all the way to TDF and I was inspired.
    I was planning a panama trip at the time but life interfered, a job offer came along i couldn't pass up and 2 more years got away from me. While its nowhere near what you accomplished, I just finished 2 months on the road, with a month in Mexico, on a v star. I rode what I had until the money ran out. I don't think I would have considered taking my v star until i read yor RR. But, If I would have gone and bought a 2-3 year old KLR, the trip would have been on hold for another year.
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  6. RoadHD

    RoadHD Been here awhile

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    Dude. I loved reading your post - that is awesome! Thank you!
    What you wrote really means a lot to me and I'm stoked that you rode the bike you had, rather than buying a KLR that would have caused you to put off the trip. Your bike looks great in the twisties. We only have so much time on this Earth and I think it's important to see a bunch of cool shit before we leave it.

    It's that skewed mindset that has me gearing up for another big trip on my bike... But this one's gonna be ridiculous.
    Charley (my bike) is at the Port of Newark ready to be shipped.
    More to follow,
    - Rob


  7. hardwaregrrl

    hardwaregrrl Can't shoot straight Supporter

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  8. WhicheverAnyWayCan

    WhicheverAnyWayCan Deaf Biker

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    WHAT!? No update on Prudhoe Bay and you are planning a trip maybe in Europe??? :clap :lurk Any luck doing the Death Valley?? I rode past it few weeks ago but my bike was having overheating issue so I couldn't risk it as I was keeping my together getting back to home in NC.
  9. vtwin

    vtwin Air cooled runnin' mon

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    I'm glad someone posted the link to this RR or I would have never seen it. Good job on riding a HD all over. I actually sold my RK after I bought a DL650 to go to Alaska. Guess I didn't really need a Vstrom after all. Waiting for the next installment.
  10. SparkyL

    SparkyL Been here awhile

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  11. gueroaero

    gueroaero Adventurer

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    More to follow....I like the way you think sir. :lurk
  12. Vamartha

    Vamartha Lost in ADVRider

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    So I'm just tooling around in this fantastic overland travelogue by a Canadian in a Jeep and who do I stumble upon? A mention of a guy named Rob and mention of a big Harley. I know immediately who Rob is!

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    Here is the link to the overland report right into Bolivia where you might recognize more photos of Rob.

    http://theroadchoseme.com/category/bolivia

    The advrider world is really small!
  13. crashmaster

    crashmaster ow, my balls!

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    yup, small world indeed. :D Rob is off on another adventure at the moment in Europe and Africa, still riding Charley the Harley. I never did convince him to buy a Super Enduro. :lol3
  14. RevyRider

    RevyRider FXD Traveler

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    Definately an awesome ride report Rob!! I really enjoyed your pictures and writing, what an adventure.

    I thought that I had over loaded my FXDWG for my recent West Coast trip to California, ..but not compared to you. haha.

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    Safe Travels

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  15. cyclone67

    cyclone67 Been here awhile

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    I'd love to read about the Europe and Africa trips!
  16. RoadHD

    RoadHD Been here awhile

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    Thanks Cyclone -
    My ride from London to Cape Town is the Cover Story for this Summer's HOG magazine - UK/Europe/Africa&Mid-East Editions. Not sure if the US edition is as excited - which seams weird to me.

    <a href="http://s784.photobucket.com/user/roadhd/media/HOG_zps5789615a.jpg.html" target="_blank"><img src="https://s3.amazonaws.com/advrider-photobucket-images/images/r/roadhd_HOG_zps5789615a.jpg" border="0" alt="HOG Cover photo HOG_zps5789615a.jpg"/></a>

    **** Here is a link to the article: "Before the World is Paved"
    https://www.dropbox.com/s/8q0qm764ihb6liv/HOG Article Published.pdf

    Please, let me know your thoughts. :wink:
    - Rob
  17. WhicheverAnyWayCan

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    Rob,

    Good reading! Thanks for sharing the article! But as you know, we probably want to know more!! It seems that you probably had more beating up down in Africa than in South America? Just wondering..
  18. cyclone67

    cyclone67 Been here awhile

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    Great article! I'm glad to see that you still do the Jed Clampett packing style, and I love the knobbies on your bike. And congrats on your engagement. I look forward to your future adventures.
  19. RoadHD

    RoadHD Been here awhile

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    Thanks guys, I'm glad you enjoyed the article. I expected to go back and forth with the editor, but they published a first draft - it was hard to keep a half-year ride through Africa under a specific word count, hopefully it makes some sense.

    I haven't really changed any of my packing / riding style - no matter the continent - Jed is in full affect.

    Some great photos came from this trip, maybe a ride report to come... one day.
  20. Jim K in PA

    Jim K in PA Long timer Supporter

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    Great read, Rob. And congratulations on your engagement.

    Making plans for the honeymoon adventure?