Cycle South 2020 /part four (staple-free in Texas)

Discussion in 'Ride Reports - Epic Rides' started by Ohio_Danimal, Apr 24, 2018.

  1. RedDogAlberta

    RedDogAlberta High Plains Drifter

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    Excellent news on Sunny. Clear sailing ahead. :clap
  2. Ohio_Danimal

    Ohio_Danimal If I die trying, at least I tried Supporter

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    Thanks everyone. I will admit that getting that clearance from Brazilian Customs was considered the biggest hurdle.
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    Ohio_Danimal If I die trying, at least I tried Supporter

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    Have been reading my blog here, following along, but don’t post yourself? Now’s the time!
    Ultimate boredom. Lotta free time.
    Questions about my gear? Ask!
    About my bike? Ask!
    About my mental capacity? Ask!
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  4. r0ckrat

    r0ckrat Been here awhile

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    I'm curious about your local news (Brazilian) coverage of the last 4 days or so.
  5. Ohio_Danimal

    Ohio_Danimal If I die trying, at least I tried Supporter

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    Are you referring to news coverage of what’s going on at home?
    I’ve got strong internet at the Pousada. I watch plenty of newscasts.
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  6. Sunday Rider

    Sunday Rider Adventurer Wanabe

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    Travelling changes a person and you’ve been away from home a long long time. What has changed in you that surprised you? If you can share and it is not too private.
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    r0ckrat Been here awhile

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    Yes, but was curious of the Brazalian perspective (or if there is one.)
  8. Geezerguy

    Geezerguy In the shadows

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    Hi Dan, I am curious if you have thought about, or figured out, your route from Galveston to Denver? I ask because I have recently heard that NM is requiring 14 day isolation for folks entering from CO. Don’t know about those coming in from TX.
    If you are following the news here you have probably seen that CO is running higher than normal temps and dry as a bone. Bad for a lot of things, but great for riding into November.
    Great news about Sunny passing muster and being cleared to sail. :clap
  9. pceire32

    pceire32 Irish Supporter

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    Which has been your favorite Country during this journey & why ?
    Which was your favorite town & why:bandit
  10. DavidM1

    DavidM1 Unicorn hunting

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    Will you continue learning Portuguese? Or stick with your Spanish?
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    eakins Butler Maps

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    no one actually enforces that.
  12. Ohio_Danimal

    Ohio_Danimal If I die trying, at least I tried Supporter

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    I normally talk too much and before the trip thought I needed to talk less and listen more.
    The language difficulties has helped me towards that goal.
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    Ohio_Danimal If I die trying, at least I tried Supporter

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    There is. Right-wing Bolsanaro supporters and news tend to like Trump. But that’s to be expected.
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    Ohio_Danimal If I die trying, at least I tried Supporter

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    No. I haven’t thought through the plans for that part.
    Yet.
    I would respect their wishes.
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    Ohio_Danimal If I die trying, at least I tried Supporter

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    Peru.
    Craziest roads to ride. Wildest scenery. Best camping (for me). Small towns high in the Andes that are lost in time. Lima. Nazca. Machu Picchu.
    Favorite town was Chacas. It made me feel the most like I in another world. Scenery. People. Native dress. Stray dogs. Ancient buildings.
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    Ohio_Danimal If I die trying, at least I tried Supporter

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    Dunno yet. Slacking the last 4 days or so.
    Dunno.
    Gotta think about it.
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    Ohio_Danimal If I die trying, at least I tried Supporter

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    I’d respect whatever they decide.
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  18. KC10Chief

    KC10Chief Been here awhile Supporter

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    Our DR650s are set up much the same way. I don't have the big fairing or the luggage stuff. That's about it though. The Cogent suspension stuff is the best thing I've done for my DR. Anything you'd do different or wouldn't do again?
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    Do post up if you land back in Ohio. Make a nice flying day coming up to visit.
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  20. Ohio_Danimal

    Ohio_Danimal If I die trying, at least I tried Supporter

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    Hmmm
    I’d carry a couple of starter motor rebuild kits. Brushes. Brush plates. Maybe include a spare bearing or two for the Warp9 end cap. I didn’t have these parts and it took some time to make other brushes fit.
    I’d also carry a front caliper and master cylinder rebuild kits. I would’ve rebuilt both right around Ushuaia.
    I’d look at alternatives to the RAM X-grip. Lost the rubber feet. Rubber strap kept breaking. Still holding up but I’ve had to repair/modify it several times.
    I’d carry multiple Procycle LED flasher relays as spares. As well as a couple of indicators.
    The JNS Engineering aluminum chain guard broke twice. First time they replaced. Second time I was in South America. Hacked together and eventually threw away. It can’t handle vibes and cracks. Maybe the stock plastic one would hold up better.
    I’d take time and make an aluminum tool and storage box that fits behind the left pannier.
    I’d add a relay to the switch on my Yenkro dash for the 60w LED light bar. Currently I have a very HD straight switch and it has had to be disassembled and had carbon cleaned several times from the switch arcing
    I would look for a lighter top box. While rugged and secure, the Givi Trekker case is heavy.
    I’d not go with the DirtRacks lower crash cage. It broke numerous times (first time took out my oil cooler mounting tab as well) and had to be rewelded. I’d instead go with a larger skid plate that wraps around the motor sides.
    If you are running a Safari tank make sure you don’t have the old style aluminum brace. Mine broke. Replaced with a SS copy.
    I’d try alternate saddles before leaving. My Corbin is awesome, but heavy AF. Could save a few pounds there easy.

    those are minor things. Overall she’s been crazy dependable
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