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Discussion in 'Ride Reports - Epic Rides' started by Ohio_Danimal, Apr 24, 2018.
You only live once
It’s not in the budget. Maybe in my next life
I figured it was too much dinero....I think you either have to fly which can’t be cheap and I think you have to sign up. They are trying to limit the number of visitors so humans don’t f it up, which we would do
Hey Dan, I just notice you have the Scorpion EXO AT-950. Just wonder how you are liking it? I bought one when I though I was getting a bike last year then had to change jobs. (grrr... life.)
It’s my second one. Love it. Fits well, is reasonably quiet (I wear plugs anyways) and has great features that work well and hold up well. I’ve never had a vent closure fail, never had a mechanical issue with the internal sun visor even after many months use.
One thing. Make sure your glasses fit well while wearing it. The channel in the foam for your glasses to fit is narrow. I widened mine a bit and it’s fine now. My new frames are thicker than my old ones and I didn’t have my helmet with me at the opticians when I choose the frames.
My first one was destroyed in a crash. Head first through a windshield. Don’t have any memory of it or most of that weekend, just what the police told me. But the helmet no doubt saved my life. The bike that was totaled was a 2006 DR650 I bought used to modify for this trip. It was the first weekend trip on it after doing some needed work (tires, chain, sprockets, valve adjustment. Oil and clean filters etc)
Shortly thereafter I bought this DR and began preparing it.
I would also love (no doubt as I loved it’s predecessor) a Shoei Neotec2
The AT950 fits me similarly.
Careful buying the Euro-versions of the AT950 online (the ADX-1) The Euro-marketed ones have different shell sizes. An XL for the US market is a larger shell/thicker pads than a Euro XL. I ended up taking a loss when I sold the Euro model here on the Fleamarket.
+1 on the Exo 950
Another leisurely day lounging on the Ecuador coastline.
My first weekend in Montanita so it’s now 8pm and I just had my favorite chicken schwarma. The street is already filling up. DJ music is blasting from a half dozen locations it sounds like. Now to find beer. And chocolate lol. And people watch
Parked at Hostal el Cielo in Montanita
Left to right
Daniel and daughter
From the ride from Montanita to Guayaquil
A week is more than enough time to devote to Montanita Ecuador.
Not being a surfer myself, but enjoying a toke here and there I could see some appeal but in the end, sleeping in till the crack of 11 and hanging out at the Hostal where it was quiet ended up being more enjoyable than being in town and dealing with the non-stop hustle and bustle. The weekend evenings were a blast, but mostly from a people watching perspective.
So this morning I said goodbye to my host Monika, her husband and 3 year old daughter, as well as a couple of Brits staying at Hostal el Cielo, Jimbo and his son Kye.
The ride to Guayaquil where I am staying tonight was short, only 3-1/2 hours, which allowed for multiple stops and a nice slow pace which was great for the ocean views. It felt good to be on the bike again.
I’ll only be here one night, as I’m heading to Cuenca in the morning. There I’ll stay a bit and explore.
Looks like amazing weather Dan. It’s turning to fall already in North Idaho. It’s gonna chase me south a ways, at least for a bit, but only to Panama. Kind of a consolation prize to putting off my ride south like yours. I’m re-reading this thread to help plan my trip.
Been loving your pics and story. Thank you for continuing to take the time.
What’s your basic itinerary?
Three weeks down to the Canal, then two back. Have some time constraints on either side.
I don’t really want to make it a sprint like this but it’s what I have available. Will skip Belize and probably El Salvador due to this (on this trip anyway).
Still trying to figure out some of the rules with the Guatemala VIP. Apparently the normal rule is once you leave, a vehicle can’t re-enter the country for 90 days.
I've heard this as well but have no experience. I'm interested in how you resolve this.
I'll get some pictures uploaded tomorrow. Kinda tired now, and am gonna stream the Indians game in a little bit as a nitecap.
Another spectacular ride today. As I headed out of Guayaquil towards Cuenca, I knew that I was going to gain major altitude. I just had no visual feedback as to when, as the foothills of the Western Andes were completely shrouded in clouds and fog.
Finally the mountains literally just jumped out of the clouds and moments later I began climbing in dense fog. The temperature (quite warm in Guayaquil, even warmer than the coastal areas) began dropping rapidly. I found a safe spot to pull off and stopped and closed all the vents on my jacket and put on my heated jacket liner.
That, with the heated grips running, made the climb to 13,490 feet enjoyable. I had to keep the helmet's visor closed at times to try to keep my glasses from fogging up, but the road condition made up for any discomfort. Nearly perfect pavement on E25, and I rode right through Reserva Ecologica Manglar Churute nature reserve. Stunning scenery and more than a few VERY large iguanas on the roadside (one bright green one with a black and white striped tail was beautiful!) who don't stay put long enough to stop and get a picture.
Then turned onto Route E582 and it got even better, riding through another National Park, Parque Macional Cajas,
I stopped numerous times and took pictures. Even at the high altitude, Sunny is running well.....just smoother and less powerful above 12,000 ft.
Finally as you approach Cuenca, you descend a bit and it's not quite as cold here. Still, blankets required on the bed.
I easily found my Airbnb room in Cuenca. It's in the old part of the city and Sunny is parked securely inside (I had to remove the luggage to get her in the doorway and down the hall)
I walked around town a bit, I'd say 10 blocks. I can tell already that I'm going to like Cuenca. Lots of culture, old churches and such, mixed with a modern city.
First task was stopping at a Claro store and recharging my new SIM card, which was already out of data after 3 weeks. $5 got me another GB of data and unlimited WhatsApp.
Then got some food and walked back to the apartment.
I'm thinking of maybe staying here a week as well. Then start to head south into Peru.
There are a LOT of bucket list items in Peru, including Machu Pichu.
I've seen and ridden through a lot of spectacular mountain ranges, including most in the United States. I have to pinch myself at times lately when I'm seeing a wonderous view and cannot find a safe place to park and take pictures, and I realize that I am in Ecuador......riding my motorcycle!
It still hasn't sunk in yet, as strange as that might sound, as I've been on the road now (on part two of this journey) nearly five months already! Add in the time spent on part one past year and it's been 10 months riding.
Almost game time. Till tomorrow.
Great reports of your adventures....
Pictures from yesterday’s ride from Guayaquil to Cuenca Ecuador.
Been following along for sometime....great report!!
Glad to hear your DR is running well at altitude. Sounds like it runs great between sea level and 12k feet and runs decently up to 14k. So your carb/jetting/fuel screw setting is dialed.
For what it's worth....when you get to the High Andes, you may may have problems, or may be way down on power, riding over the 16k feet passes. My DR wouldn't even pull over 13k. Instead of re-jetting or messing with your fuel screw.....simply take off your airbox door when you get too low on power at altitude (make sure not to lose the nuts/bolts....don't ask me how I know!). This will get more air into your carb and your bike will roar back to life and run like a champ over the high 16k foot passes. Then, when you drop back down in altitude, put your airbox door back on (you'll know it's time to do this when you notice your altitude dropping below 12k, via your gps, or your bike starts to backfire....signally you're getting too much air into the carb). I found this far easier to do, rather than messing with the carb/fuel settings, as I was regularly riding from sea level to high altitude throughout my days riding in the High Andes region....and was quicker than trying to re-adjust the jetting/fuel screw all the time.
If you're lucky, your bike may pull at an acceptable level at 16k and you won't have to deal with anything....but if not, the airbox door will give you another option to deal with the issue.
Currently living vicariously through you and your RR! Enjoy
Thanks for the tip. One I’ve heard before, and easier than pulling the snorkel off.
And thanks for taking your time to follow along. Many more countries and miles to go!
From my visit to Museo de las Culturas Aborigines today in Cuenca Ecuador, as well as a few street scenes