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Discussion in 'Ride Reports - Epic Rides' started by Ohio_Danimal, Apr 24, 2018.
at budget, I currently have around 340 days of travel left. And that is at my aforementioned $50/day
I’ve always though your bike was very unique and cool, but DANG. That’s beautiful. Your RR is already a daily thing for me, but the walk around added a ton. Thanks.
I’ve mainly ridden a ‘15 KLR for the last 2-3 years. For Many reasons , it was a great bike for me. But I’m about to make a switch ...and Sunny now has me seriously thinning about a DR...... could I ask a quick DR question ?..... your most excellent bike looks like it can certainly load up and tote all your kit with no problem. But when you strip it down to the relatively bare “walk-around-video” config, is it really like a whole different beast....maybe even still nimble and quick enough for some romping ? Sort of a “beefy rally bike “ if you willl......? Thanks man.
And thanks again for keeping the RR fresh.
Thank you for the kind words.
When she’s unloaded she is a beast off-road. Especially when the tank is only half full she feels very nimble.
There are two changes I’d make if I rode her unloaded more often.
Manual preload adjusters on the forks, to allow quick adjustment to make them a bit softer.
Manual and remote preload adjuster on the rear shock for the same reason.
As-is, she’s pretty stiff off-road unloaded. Not unmanageable, just stiff.
Loaded though she’s a Cadillac!
Tonight I went with my Airbnb host Clau and her husband and uncles to Circuito Magico de Agua, a large park in Lima known for its water fountains and light shows.
Afterwards we went for dinner. I posted videos on my FB page of the light/water shows if you’re interested!
Here are some pictures of the afternoon/evening and a few of the fountains too
Here are a few videos I uploaded to Youtube of the fountain shows at Circuito Magico de Agua
Sitting here in my apartment in Lima tonight I had a few of those part-excited, part-apprehension feelings as I started to focus on the inevitable end of my relaxing stay here in Lima this coming Wednesday and the route and stops I’ll be riding as I move towards the Sacred Valley area.
I’m excited to ride the part-paved, part-dirt roads from Ollantaytambo south to Santa Teresa. I’m even looking forward to the hike along the railroad tracks to Aguas Caliente. Hoping for good weather!
The apprehension is you know...seeing the heretofore unseen. Riding the heretofore unridden. Maybe it’s been exacerbated by just how damn safe and quiet and cheap and awesome this place in Lima is, as well as the people who own it. And exacerbated maybe a little by the unrest in every direction I’m headed. I was hoping in this two week kickback I’d find another rider to cross into Chile with but it was not to be lol. I’m sure it’ll be fine. I have no plans to make aggressive moves on Sunny to penetrate road blocks as I did months ago in Mexico. Time to chill. And be patient. And chat. And move on.
I don’t recall whether I discussed this here, but a while back in Lima (Calle de Pizza, off of Parque Kennedy) I was involved in an attempted robbery.
Scrubby local asked me if I wanted weed (in English)
I said no gracias
Asked me if I wanted coke
I said no gracias
Asked me if I wanted a woman
I said no gracias
Then he leaned in close and said “friend, “I” need a woman tonight”
I mulled over what I thought was a terrible sales pitch and said sarcastically “Doesn’t everyone?”
He then leaned in again and told me he had a gun and to give him my wallet and phone.
I acted like I didn’t hear (it was a street crowded with people and tourists) and said “what?”
He said it again, this time saying pistola rather than gun. He also motioned towards a man walking towards us and said it was his friend and that he had a gun too.
I looked right at him and said “I don’t have any money” and then spun around and walked briskly right into the stream of people and walked quickly away.
And that was it. Twice now I’ve gone back to the area and cased it while drinking coffee at a cafe visible to the spot. Several Policia told me that if I spotted him to point him out. Haven’t seen him since. I doubt he had a gun. Never showed one. Anyways the way it unfolded didn’t rattle me too bad. To be honest, I broke a few “rules” right before it happened.
I was in the entrance of a closed business in a dead end.
In the dark
I was standing there staring into a lit cellphone. Not checking my six or being aware at all.
live and learn.
So two more nights here and then back at it.
Oh yeah...one of the two welds I had done in Honduras to my lower crash cage has cracked.
Tomorrow I’ll go to Big Trail Center and Renzo will take me to his buddy that welds to get it done right.
Anything else?....oh yeah. Streamed the Cleveland Browns game today and they actually somehow won, after bumbling around the whole game, making great plays and efforts and then not being able to score. Maddening. And I’m no huge football fan, it just feels like a dose of normalcy to do a few things that I’d be doing if I was sitting in Ohio right now, preparing for another shitty Winter rather than riding my motorcycle into the Summer of South America!
"after bumbling around ..., making great plays and efforts and then not being able to score."
Sounds more like you were on a date!!!
Amazing how quickly shit can go sideways. Yesterday the Military forced Evo Morales out of power in Bolivia. Probably safest to wait until your return trip and enter from the SW at Olleague if you want to see the salar. It’s very remote and less prone to protests. Maybe things will settle down in the interim. Maybe.
You can add Colombia to that pic and upgrade Bolivia to Coup d’Etat. Chile will settle down. Folks there are pretty pragmatic.
Not 100% on this but most of the protests / riots were / are in the Santiago region which is easily skirted by zipping into northern Argentina via Paso de Jama. Gives you the opportunity to check out some amazing scenery near San Pedro de Atacama. Plus riding the northern bit of Rt 40 is sweet (through Cachi and Cafayate and beyond). Just a thought.
Today I had the goal of repairing the lower crash cage on Sunny. It first broke in Honduras, and when it broke then, it also snapped off the lower mounting tab on the oil cooler itself, as the crash cage’s bracket was mounted to the oil cooler tab! (Stupid)
When they went to repair it in Honduras I insisted that they move the bracket over and mount it to a hard part on the frame, which they did....kinda. It was then interfering with the lower oil line attached to the cooler.
While in Quito Ecuador at MotoHell, I took the cage off and tried to reshape the bracket to make it fit better. It kinda worked....until a few days ago when I saw the weld had again cracked, leaving only one side of the cage supported. So.....
Found a nice dealership/repair place that does welding called MotoCenter and took her there. Nice guys. No ingles! I practiced. Things were explained and understood.
They first removed the side covers and seat and disconnected my battery.
Then with the cage still in place, tack welded the bracket to ensure it would fit later.
Then removed the cage completely and did a nice weld and reinforcement to the bracket. Then powder coat painted it black and then reassembled Sunny. All for $45 US. Not terrible and offers peace of mind.
Hope this is the last fix you need on that.
About the cooler mount point, reminded me of the bike that came in (Honda 500 Four, I think) where the DIY rider mounted universal highway peg bar to the exhaust head pipes.
The interactive fountain is too cool!!
the ride from Lima up into the mountains was tiring. Going well above 10,000 ft yet again wore me right out.
Found an incredible camping spot on iOverlander and had it all to myself. Best spot of the trip so far, at 15,300 ft. no one around but some cattle.
I heard weird noises last night after midnight and unzipped the tent to find a half dozen wild horses mulling about in the bright moonlight, munching the grass. They left when they saw my cap light come on.
Fresh omelette sandwich and coffee for breakfast and I was off again, for Huancayo where I’m at now.
here is the camp spot
church by square in Huancayo
Not sure of the imagery here. Need to look into it
made more friends eating dinner. These girls were very friendly
"While in Quito Ecuador at MotoHell"
Moto Hell, my favorite shop in South America, owned by none other than, Angel, great shop, they love the dirt!
Camping at 15,400 ft That will tire you out! That was a beautiful campsite. When hiking the Inca trail I was at 14,000 ft and could only walk 20yds and then had to rest for a minute.
The shop owner’s name is Sata.
His nickname growing up was Satan. Hence MotoHell!
I agree. Great shop. Good people.
Thank you for the update. What a beautiful place to camp and have your morning coffee.
Just wow! Camping at at 15,300 ft., surrounded by crags that are at least another several hundred feet higher...amazing!! Any idea how high those peaks actually are?
I bet those wild horses don't have much human interaction way up there at that altitude...they probably thought you smelled good and came to investigate!
I know the road right there is 15,300 ft. So add another 1000 ft or so.
The horses looked bizarre under the moonlight with their eyes all illuminated by my headlamp. The whole area is covered in grass. Lots to eat.