Impecunious and Indigent European Edventure - gonna make this a rich summer on a tiny budget

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  1. flyingdutchman177

    flyingdutchman177 Adventurer

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    Others told me the same thing about my choice of bike for India. I absolutely loved my KTM 390 Duke.
    AntiHero once told me to pick the bike you love and can't go wrong.
    But I agree with you, the other bikes are much more practical, but also so boring too.
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  2. GiorgioXT

    GiorgioXT Long timer

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    Sorry for your losses .
    If you need something translated to/from Italian tell me .
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  3. flyingdutchman177

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    I am down to my last 5 dollars in cash. I went to the atm today to withdraw some cash from my new card. I find out a PIN needs to be set up.
    I am feeling like such a rookie.
    I have no back up
    Trying to get it all sorted.
    Should have done all this months ago
    If I get my card going, i will be leaving for Italy Thursday morning.
    I have my VFR serviced and ready.
    Hoping the rectifier holds out on my for another 4 months.
    Hopefully everything will go smoothly from here on out.
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  4. SmilinJoe

    SmilinJoe Been here awhile

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    Where is Rad?
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  5. overlandr

    overlandr Dystopist

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    Now you're "down and out" after some very bad misfortune, you absolutely have every right drowning your sorrows and getting free (Czech...whoa!) beer any way you can, good on you. You've given so much time and energy to all of us voyeurs over the many years, Ed that you've become a real asset. Something seems so advwrong that we are all utterly barrd from helping you pick yourself up again from this big FUp, the first in 7 years. I know I'd "buy you a beer" if I just could.....

    Safe travels, man.


    PS Rebuke me not Ed for this infarction...!
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  6. GiorgioXT

    GiorgioXT Long timer

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    western union or similar money transfer service ?
    PayPal could also be used for receiving money
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  7. flyingdutchman177

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    Working man in Texas and paying his taxes
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  8. flyingdutchman177

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    I still have 5 dollars left. In the Czech republic, that will buy me 2 or 3 beers in a bar or about a 12 pack of pint cans in the supermarket. And I am talking some good beer too.
    I am not down and out just yet.
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  9. jays100

    jays100 Been here awhile

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    Re “hope the rectifier holds...” recommend removal, cleaning of contacts and grounding point, reinstall.
    No hope if dielectric is toast but you’ll extend life in any case.
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  10. Romero

    Romero At Cinépolis or OXXO

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    Ed..... Pm sent.
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  11. HandCanonShootr

    HandCanonShootr Been here awhile

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    Lalo.... PM sent.
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  12. flyingdutchman177

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    Sadly Rad is not coming to Europe this year. He is working and saving up for his next RadVenture.
    But I did meet up with a couple of his buddies last night for beers.
    Great guys.
    I am really enjoying the Czech Republic

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  13. flyingdutchman177

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    It looks like I am stuck. My ATM card needs its PIN reset. The bank cant do it over the phone or internet. The only way to get it done is by snail mail. And that takes 7 to 10 days they say.
    I was down to my last 124 crown (that's about $6 US) and I spent it on a chicken.
    Not the kind you eat. The kind that will take care of you if you take of it (giving eggs).
    The people I am staying with live on a farm. They have chickens, turkeys and ducks. So I bought them a hen and named it Edward. It was my way of saying thanks to them for hosting me. I thought it would be a nice gesture considering the situation.
    But all my cash is now gone.
    I was planning to leave tomorrow for the Alps but without having a sufficient amount of cash in my pocket, I am fearful of leaving this home. I dont want to get stuck somewhere without at least some cash on hand. My house i rented for the month in Italy starts on Friday so it will be a shame if I can get there on time.
    Things could be worse but it's not the Edventure I had planned.

    This is Sasha meeting Edward the chicken

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  14. flyingdutchman177

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    Advrider has a new membership concept which is a way of supporting this web site and forum. But i wish they also had a way that some of the money trickled down to its contributors or there was a way inmates could also support individual members that they follow.
    After all, they are providing much of the content.
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  15. flyingdutchman177

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    Staying in Pardubice CZ a bit longer than I had planned is not such a bad thing. I really like it here. It is not such a big city and small enough to be charming.

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    But I wish I was traveling to Italy today. My rental starts tomorrow. My place in the Alps is waiting for me.
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    Spoon can stay there!!-- thanks Ed!
    Kidding
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  17. SDR82

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    maybe an option to transfer money via the internet to your hosts bank account and kindly ask them to get it in cash for you. just thinking out loud here.
    I wish i could be of any further assistance to get you going. I will be riding the alps/dolomites myself June 15-26, i'll be on the lookout for a blue vfr!
    Safe travels Ed. Hope luck gets on your side soon again.
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    On the buell forums it was fou d the common vr failure was grounds, added another besides the loom wire, of course after the vr n battery change. Ac is hard on them.
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  19. davide

    davide Been here awhile

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    I have been in similar situations on my travels and this is how I would personally handle it:
    Go online and transfer $ from US bank account to current location in Europe via Western Union selecting the "Pick-up in person" option. Ride to the WU location, pick up your money and keep on traveling.
    Hope this helps.
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  20. flyingdutchman177

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    Here's what the bike looks like loaded up.
    It is actually well over loaded. Besides what I need for the VFR, I am carrying stuff for the other enduro that I was hoping to buy.
    I have the Cortech saddle bags. Sadly missing is the Cortech tankbag. I tried to find a replacement one in Czech but it was impossible.
    Outback, I have my Givi box which gives me the security of being able to lock stuff up inside. The rack I modified seems sturdy enough.
    In the middle, I have a Mosko Moto 30L duffle bag that doubles as a backpack. It's pretty clever design as it allows you to access stuff from both ends. Plus it has a flap that can be used for excess or wet stuff.
    I have two Rev'it suits - one waterproof Goretex Defender GTX and and a ventilated Cayanne Pro. Both these suits I've had a while and I keep in Europe.
    Since eventually I will be heading to the Italien Alps for a month, I figured I would bring everything I might need - including the stuff just in case I find a way to buy or borrow an enduro or Adventure style bike.
    Just waiting for the countdown to begin

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