Earth's Ends: Riding DR650's from End to End

Discussion in 'Ride Reports - Epic Rides' started by micko01, Jan 18, 2015.

  1. roadcapDen

    roadcapDen Ass, Grass or Gas, no free rides.

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  2. just jeff

    just jeff Long timer

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    Great update! In pic 3 I thought "OH! Mick got rid of that ratty old red shirt!" Then there it was again! Bhahahaha!:lol3
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  3. Mr. Canoehead

    Mr. Canoehead Taste Gunnels!

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  4. ONandOFF

    ONandOFF more off than on

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    Great update, Tanya! Thorough and captivating, as always. Couple comments...
    That thing Mick is cleaning the aluminum out of we call an oil cooler, as opposed to a radiator which cools water. Although maybe you Aussies call them both radiators? They are the same in that they transfer heat from liquid to air, the difference being the actual implementation on the machinery. Pretty damn scary finding aluminum in the oil!!

    Pretty sad about laying bare the whole land for tree harvests. And the EWs would have us all shut down our bikes and cars because of the CO2 production... If they were truly concerned about greenhouse gasses they'd be actively fighting against the heartless killing of the CO2->O2 converters. Since this isn't addressed much if at all anymore then we know it's an ulterior motive scheme.

    Great pics of you with those massive trees. I just wish they'd thin them for harvesting instead of raping the entire surface.

    Sidetracked? :hmmmmm

    My father told me of a story where he was in an office where a guy named Mr. Wong worked. Someone had come by or called (I forget) looking for a Mr. Wong. In short order it appeared the guy was looking for a different individual as Mr. Wong exclaimed "you got the wong Wong". :fpalm
  5. Foot dragger

    Foot dragger singletracker

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    Its a tough/lucky engine to be running this long with that much metal being cleaned out of the oil supply.
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  6. elron

    elron Still Standing Supporter

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  7. mriderking

    mriderking Adventurer

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    Every update i love... more more more!
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  8. Phrog

    Phrog Terra Australis

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  9. BergDonk

    BergDonk Old Enough to Know Better

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    They're simply a heat exchanger, typically from a fluid to air. Tan's use of the term is fine :wave
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  10. ONandOFF

    ONandOFF more off than on

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    It's a regional thing then, thanks. All good.

    FYI whoever's interested, "Radiator" anywhere in the US will be taken to mean the heat exchanger for the cooling water. The heat exchanger for oil is distinguished here by the term "oil cooler". FWIW.
  11. DiscRider

    DiscRider DiscRider

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    Tan,
    It is great reading another installment of your adventures.
    I see things through your eyes that I will never see through mine.
    Thanks for taking the time to document your travels.

    Safe travels.
    Disc Rider
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  12. Grynch

    Grynch Long timer

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    I was on a high end residential construction job the other day in Palo Alto CA. USA. The carpenter mentioned that they had to rip out all the brand new freshly stained Walnut ceiling, because the owner did not like the scone lighting. I was there to take out large drain rock that was meant for impervious pavers, the owner did not like the large gap in between the pavers, so we had to remove and replace with class 2 base rock. Even though we were getting paid, we do not like doing this.

    Your photos of the plantation really hit home!
  13. gperkins

    gperkins graeme

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    A fantastic update, thanks for the effort and time taken Tan. It focuses my mind back to our time in Borneo and the Malay peninsula and the following picture. Until you see solid Palm oil to the horizon it's difficult to comprehend, the devastation.

    A sad sentinel to a majestic, vibrant past, Borneo December 2016.
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  14. TreasureState

    TreasureState A murse posing as a freelance dirt rider

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    I am not so much a Yamaha guy, certainly do not have anything against them, but you have to give props to a RTW bike that won the Dakar:

    @ ~ 20 min

    I would have loved to sit and heard Sergio talk about his adventures. That is quite the pace he kept on his trip.

    Another great yarn spun from you both. Hope that we get proper closure on the Africa tour - as always, it is worth the wait!

    Please stay safe in South America
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  15. micko01

    micko01 another DR650 rider

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    Yep, I'm with you grynch.
  16. Precis

    Precis Maladroit malcontent

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    South America is plenty safe.
    It's staying safe in NORTH America that's not so guaranteed...
    (Just back from Vegas...)
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  17. RideN

    RideN Been here awhile

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    The DRC sure put a bruisin on your bikes. The DR650 seems to be up for the task, especially with someone like Mick to stay on top of things.

    These sprockets are from "The Mobius Trip" p. 169.

    A couple on an extended ride out west. They were riding dr400's, but said when they upgrade, they're going with dr650s. They were surprised at how fast their sprockets were eaten up too (with nowhere near the terrain of the DRC).

    If I went on a trip like that, I would need someone mechanical like Mick to watch out for me.

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  18. JagLite

    JagLite Long timer Supporter

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    Wow, that is quite unusual wear.
    Did they put new chains on with new sprockets?
    And SuperSprox are expensive too.
    Maybe riding a lot of sand?
    Interesting though
  19. Franque

    Franque Been here awhile

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    I'm bumping this to the top (in the hopes that we can get an update? :D)... I read what you guys posted on Facebook, does that mean that we'll still be getting updates? Just wondering, I've been really enjoying reading this RR!
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  20. strom thingie

    strom thingie Lost and Proud! Supporter

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    this is a great read! I was chuckling when I ran across "Pilipino". I know that if you asked a Filipino what his/her nationality is, you would get, "I am Pilipino/Pilina". Them "F" sounds are tough on our people.
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