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

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

  1. Critic

    Critic More or less!

    Joined:
    Sep 12, 2005
    Oddometer:
    2,048
    Location:
    West of the Illinois, heart of the state!
    It has been a great ride and fun to follow! Keep us all in touch from time to time, please!
    Oznay and Tan101 like this.
  2. BergDonk

    BergDonk Old Enough to Know Better

    Joined:
    Nov 15, 2010
    Oddometer:
    11,313
    Location:
    Snowy Mountains Oz
    Actually TM40 Mikunis FWIW.
    JagLite, ONandOFF and Precis like this.
  3. Ohio_Danimal

    Ohio_Danimal If I die trying, at least I tried Supporter

    Joined:
    Dec 20, 2009
    Oddometer:
    3,570
    Location:
    Cuyahoga Falls, Ohio (The Crooked River)
    Precis being < precise? Heresy!
  4. Precis

    Precis Maladroit malcontent

    Joined:
    Oct 13, 2009
    Oddometer:
    6,078
    Location:
    Body's back home, but soul is in Central America
    Meh - details! I knew he'd moved away from the stock carbies - but there's not much that's standard on those bikes any more!
    JagLite likes this.
  5. Not the Messiah

    Not the Messiah Old enough to know better, but slow learnin'

    Joined:
    Jan 19, 2013
    Oddometer:
    1,116
    Location:
    Melb'n, 'Straya
    Good to hear from youse again!
    It must be boring riding in Aussie with no kids throwing rocks at you and not getting the shake down at border crossings!:-)
    Cheers
    Brian
  6. dwj - Donnie

    dwj - Donnie Long timer

    Joined:
    Apr 26, 2006
    Oddometer:
    19,099
    Location:
    North Carrollton, MS - Traveling on the Moto
    Thanks for your Ride Report! :clap
    Tan101 likes this.
  7. Phrog

    Phrog Terra Australis

    Joined:
    May 24, 2009
    Oddometer:
    569
    Location:
    34°03’16.37”S 150°41’44.74”E
    There's still a few suburbs here in south west Sydney where you can get that kind of reception. :eek7
    Tan101 likes this.
  8. Precis

    Precis Maladroit malcontent

    Joined:
    Oct 13, 2009
    Oddometer:
    6,078
    Location:
    Body's back home, but soul is in Central America
    But you still get the shakedown crossing into Victoria, yeah?
    Phrog likes this.
  9. riverman

    riverman Life is great !

    Joined:
    Jan 4, 2006
    Oddometer:
    277
    Location:
    New Brunswick, Canada
    Adding another voice of thanks from Canada. I have really enjoyed your trip and writing. Thanks for sharing. You are great!
    Tan101 likes this.
  10. TreasureState

    TreasureState A murse posing as a freelance dirt rider

    Joined:
    Jul 6, 2017
    Oddometer:
    633
    Location:
    Went from the minor groove to the lagging strand
    +1
    Tan101 likes this.
  11. Team Vegas

    Team Vegas ((̲̅ ̲̅(̲̅C̲̅r̲̅a̲̅y̲̅o̲̅l̲̲̅̅a̲̅( ̲̅̅((>

    Joined:
    Jan 23, 2011
    Oddometer:
    17,595
    Location:
    °
    Epic!

    Thanks.
    Tan101 and MrKiwi like this.
  12. c.peet

    c.peet Adventurer

    Joined:
    Jul 19, 2015
    Oddometer:
    75
    Location:
    Australia
    Mick and Tan,

    I so wish I knew you guys were travelling through Central Australia. I live and work in the APY Lands which is only like 500k's from the Simpson Desert... basically neighbours out here. It would have been my absolute excitement having you both visit and sharing my workshop with you. You have both been a total inspiration to me and I'm now building my own bike.

    Anyway, I'm glad your back on the island. Take care and don't forget to start some new adventures that we can follow along with.
  13. NeilW

    NeilW 2-up Adventure Touring

    Joined:
    Sep 3, 2007
    Oddometer:
    169
    Location:
    Las Vegas, NV
    Mick and Tan - Deepest thanks for chronicling your saga. Besides the great stories, humor, education, and thoughtful insights, you guys are distinct from so many "adventurers", regardless of conveyance. Something I've noticed in other travelers is that they are on the "fringe of society", that is to say that they are not responsible for holding any of the fabric of society together. You on the other hand took humanity with you and even more so, brought humanity back to us. You have indeed woven one of the most memorable threads in the fabric of society that I've had the pleasure to witness. Much respect.
    Vistar, Tan101, Old fool and 7 others like this.
  14. OldRnger

    OldRnger Adventurer

    Joined:
    Jun 19, 2012
    Oddometer:
    32
    Location:
    Western Montana
    Thanks for more of the vicarious adventure. Best wishes. J.
    Tan101 likes this.
  15. DiscRider

    DiscRider DiscRider

    Joined:
    Feb 3, 2013
    Oddometer:
    13
    Mick and Tan,

    Thanks so much for all the work you put into this report. Through you I have been able to experience places I will never see in person. You both blow me away with your skills and determination. I will miss reading about new adventures.

    Thanks,

    Dave
    Tan101 likes this.
  16. rockydrxrvr

    rockydrxrvr Multi Meter Meathead

    Joined:
    May 9, 2006
    Oddometer:
    197
    Location:
    Oregon Mountains, Great Riding,Not too cold.
    I felt the same pulse rise and upset.
    After an approximate month traveling Mexico off/on road, sleeping poorly in noisy dog barking all night towns, sick a time or two eating local, Backed into at a Pemex as I sat on my DR, followed out of town by shadys, the prostitute trying to get on my bike in Topo, ha, an in general immersing into the culture etc.
    I can relate to 10% of your adv travails. But all worth the adventure .
    Couldn't and Can't put a price on the Wind in your Face riding the Copper Canyon or Baja Beaches, as the surf line chasers we were rode down the coast. Or sleeping soundly in the Mexican Outback, and waking up to another day of new sights and adv.

    Our group of 4, at meals talked of the 4 of us putting the logistics together of Us riding the Whole African Continent North to South. One of our riders did a Peace Corp Stint in Africa, as him being the guide. But,---we talked of the Border Crossing Bribes, Parasites, both human and enteric, looked upon as rolling lottery tickets for kidnapping and/or extortion Just so much negative heaped on the scales of decision. We let Africa die.
    ''Le Blancs, Le Blancs'' ---as your report stated, sounded like a bugle call to a fox hunt of graft. Sorry, but I read between the lines, it might just be me, but if you stayed in one place too long, I feared you would have been that rolling lottery ticket for kidnapping.

    Hope you write a book, with the pictures, a big 'coffee table' book.

    BTW, I rode a stock DR for a Month down in the Mex/Baja outback. No better choice.

    rocky r.
    Tan101 and TreasureState like this.
  17. Precis

    Precis Maladroit malcontent

    Joined:
    Oct 13, 2009
    Oddometer:
    6,078
    Location:
    Body's back home, but soul is in Central America
    Rocky, there's a lot of authentic Africa to be seen without anything like the risk you describe - and a lot of it can be traced to which bunch of European bastards did the colonising. Clearly, from Tan's narrative, the Belgians did the worst, followed by the French - and while 20/20 hindsight will say that no colonisation was good for the colonisees (just ask the average native American) I think former Brit colonies have matured into the most stable African countries.
    Before we hit South America, we spent a few weeks in southern Africa and the place was a revelation: it is clean, cheap, safe, scenic, friendly, challenging and efficient. They do stuff like Tourism way better than anywhere else - including the USA. The borders we crossed (10) were ALL more efficient than the chaos of Arizona and LA we experienced, and South African drivers are aware of bikes, and courteous, moving over to let us pass, for eg.
    Trust me, you will find great Adv riding (we came to within 20ft of a bull elephant), fantastic scenery and friendly people everywhere. Include Lesotho, Swaziland, South Africa, Botswana, Namibia, Zimbabwe, Malawi and Kenya and you'll have spent most of a year and not seen all Africa has to offer and all without getting into strife.
    You'd have to learn to speak English though...!
    rockydrxrvr, Tan101, JagLite and 2 others like this.
  18. OHjim

    OHjim Been here awhile

    Joined:
    Aug 12, 2009
    Oddometer:
    959
    Location:
    KC
    Huh, I didn't know I crossed through a border crossing when I went from KC to LA via NM and AZ. I'll have to check my passport again . . . .



    :jack
  19. Precis

    Precis Maladroit malcontent

    Joined:
    Oct 13, 2009
    Oddometer:
    6,078
    Location:
    Body's back home, but soul is in Central America
    We entered USA from Mexico at Douglas Arizona. Border Patrol failed to register our bikes as arriving - so when we tried to ship them to Australia from Los Angeles they could not leave, because technically, they never arrived... there were other issues too, but whatever, we have them back home and they will not be returning to the US.
    JagLite, OHjim and joenuclear like this.
  20. rockydrxrvr

    rockydrxrvr Multi Meter Meathead

    Joined:
    May 9, 2006
    Oddometer:
    197
    Location:
    Oregon Mountains, Great Riding,Not too cold.
    Yes, It would be like you not visiting the US because of Detroit. I would be delighted to visit SA, but looking at this map, the center of the continent is the sore point of Tan and Micks Travels. That's alot of miles of apprehension, for the trip 4 of us were contemplating, Top to Bottom.

    What's with this every town shakedown of travelers in DRC. ( I get it). Instead of encouraging tourism, they spiral downward, for prospects like my riding partners and me to spend serious tourist dollars and give them a boost.

    Ok, South Africa, oh say, that bottom 3rd on the East. Is back in favor with me. 20160311_fcvregional_afrique_cle893c4b-073c8-1024x966.jpg [/QUOTE]
    Tan101, JagLite and Precis like this.