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Discussion in 'Ride Reports - Epic Rides' started by nitrotain, Jul 5, 2006.
Jr. waiting for his turn .
Jr. getting some action on the 450 .
Hey, I have a dumb SM question. Been seeing more and more SMs at the track in recent years. Why is it that some take the turns with the inside foot out MX style (dob) and others hang off sport bike style? Does it depend on the persons background? Is there a right way to do it?
I guess you`re right, it depends on your backgroud. Like NITRO here, mostly his experience comes from dirt bikes but he is pretty fast on the track.
This past weekend we met Dan, Conchita and Bri, fellow ADV riders from Alberta and Cold Lake on their way to south america. Here we are at Mario`s house getting ready to escort them on their ride south.
Dan on his KTM.
Conchita and Bri on their BMW 1200 Adventure.
On the road.
Heading for the Salvo-Honduran border.
Vayan con Dios amigos.
We rode from San Salvador heading east on the panamerican highway and about 8 kms after the San Vicente detour we made a right on a trail to the Poza Azul (blue pond). After about 4 kms the trail began getting steeper, rockier and narrow so we had to leave our ride there and hiked to the pond (about half mile) here are some pics......
No skinny dipping???
A todo madre los photos! Y que bueno mujers tambien! Looks like you had a blast and if I spelled my spanish wrong, lo siento, soy es un gringo!
No but we did some "dust dipping".....
What happened??? That was the easy section.
Here are some pics of our trip this past Saturday, we went from San Salvador to Chalchuapa then to El Paste near El Chingo and then to Esmeralda and Jerez, Guatemala and coming back to San Lorenzo, El Salvador through "blind" border crossings
Here are the pics.........
Mario and Marito
Marito hanging out with the Pilsener girls..........
Dany testing the 950 SE
This is just my opinion as a rider and motorcycle enthusiast from another country this is not projected to/at anyone or group personally.
I want to start this by saying I love and respect all motorcycle riders here in <?xml:namespace prefix = st1 /><st1:country-region w:st="on"><st1lace w:st="on">El Salvador</st1lace></st1:country-region> but in all my years of being involved with motorcycles I have never been so mistreated as I was on the last night of this CLUB’s CONVENTION, this is my observation.
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<u1></u1>I am sad to say this will be the last event I will attend from the above listed Club. They would not let me enter the final dinner and treated me like a second class citizen and acted like I was not good enough, maybe because I had on a KTM shirt. I was just going to pay for my dinner like I did earlier at the lunch ride. This convention starts Thursday night and they start the ride on Friday morning, well I did not make it Thursday or Friday because I work here at the <st1:country-region u2:st="on"><st1lace u2:st="on">U.S.</st1lace></st1:country-region> Embassy and yes we do work. I was going to pay just for the Saturday part of the event, easy right, O.K. at last years convention they did it that way with no problems, people just made it in for Saturdays ride & event and paid, no problems. The treasurer lady of the club let me pay at lunch and gave me a ticket no problem well at the dinner part we got held to the side at the door like criminals or outsiders and then she finally came out and tried to explain and yes, I understand they need to plan for meals, drinks, etc, well if these are such big fish why not just pencil in at the planning stage a few extras for people that show up, hey maybe tourists or visitors from other countries might come. Then what put the final hurt on was the lady that is the clubs treasurer said in Spanish with an attitude “owe I forgot the tickets at my house” and let me tell you I understand the difference in snobbish Spanish talk, it was quite painful to get that treatment as others just walk on in to the big fish event, hey no problem she should of invited us in on the spot but no they had us stand at the door I guess expecting us to beg to come in, yes it was a hurtful experience. I honestly feel quite different about this Club and feel like I was kicked when I was down, another motorcycle rider never leaves another when he goes down, NEVER, because all real riders know that could have been them in that situation. I got the feeling at this event that a lot of the rider’s could give a shit about anyone else but themselves. This did not feel like a motorcycle event it was more like a higher social gathering of big fish in a little pond and motorcycles are used as a status symbol with no care of promoting motorcycle enthusiasm or tourism. When you have a closed door mentality you will never get tourism to grow no matter how much money you invest or throw at the program, it will always be the same closed door market. You will never get anyone from anywhere to come if the door is kept closed. I have had thoughts of working with fellow riders and friends from this beautiful Central American country (<st1:country-region u3:st="on"><st1lace u3:st="on">EL SALVADOR</st1lace></st1:country-region>) to help promote and expand motorcycle tourism but the truth is, this is not my place to get involve or to try to change the cultural status quoand personally I would not want to show that to other motorcycle riders. From a business perspective and with the current markets attitude about motorcycles it would be a failing venture unless you had the capital to just throw at it and then again by the book it still would be a failed venture. My question is why does the neighboring country of <st1:country-region u3:st="on">Guatemala</st1:country-region> have such large motorcycle industry (EVENTS, TOURISM, SALES, ETC), <st1:country-region u3:st="on"><st1lace u3:st="on">El Salvador</st1lace></st1:country-region> in my opinion has better roads and is just as beautiful or more beautiful than any of the other Central American countries. I practically was born on a motorcycle and my father has been in the business for 33 years running his dealership located in upper NY state and we have had our share of riding adventures but we both agree El Salvador ranks at the top of the list of great riding and my only hope is more great riding is to come and I would honor the opportunity show to other riders from around the world what motorcycle riding is all about here in the tropics of El Salvador. I want to ride and enjoy the true motorcycle adventure, an adventure that is not fake but real, the true love of riding a motorcycle not to ride because it show's everyone how great you are or how big of a fish you are (hell I can do that on a mini 50) and do you know why???????
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<u4></u4>BECAUSE I TRULY LOVE MOTORCYCLES AND THE WORLD A MOTORCYCLE CAN SHOW YOU, IT WILL NEVER STOP GETTING BETTER
if you show me the same enthusiasm well you must be my friend.
<u1></u1><u1></u1>Check this link out do you see anything mentioned about motorcycling adventures in EL SAOVADOR, no, hell National Geographic totally skipped this country when they filmed about motorcycling through <st1lace w:st="on">Latin America</st1lace> a year ago.
For a country that is trying to grow it's tourism programs this event burned a bridge with me, pass this info on.
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BMW SNOBBISH B.S. SAME SHIT HAPPENS ALL OVER THE WORLD.
I plan to keep riding with groups/clubs that have always excepted me in and have always been nice and helpful to me.
CLUB RENEGADOS, KTM EL SALVADOR, MOTO-ENDURO, MOTO-RALLY, MOTO-CROSS, TEAM SUPERMOTO.
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