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Discussion in 'Americas' started by Arte, Feb 1, 2010.
I usually take a pic of the street signs where I park so I don't misplace my moto. Hope you find it!
Wiley, a blown shock is not a total declaration of non-ride status, as long as there is a connecrion between the top eye and the bottom eye of the shock. It may be messy if all the oil is pumped out but it still moves . In desperation you could just get a piece of steel tube bolted in place to create a rigid- frame custom cruiser .
Think about it, the early motorcycles had NO rear suspension at all (nor front suspension !) and folks rode them and had fun .You have bigger spongier tires to act as suspension too .
Okay so your ride may be a bit pogo- stick-ish but you can adapt your style and limit your speed for a number of days , but that is better than watching a blizzard bearing down on you in the Dakotas .
Now, to get it replaced with a new STOCK shock, or aftermarket if you must , it is a fairly simple task of locating a KAWASAKI dealership in USA or Mexico or specialist shop along your route and if they do not have it in stock have them order in for QUICK delivery a replacement unit .Overnight delivery isavailable at an extra cost . .Of course you need to make a credit card deposit , to ensure that the shop knows you are serious .Then arrange to show up at their door and get it installed . If you intend to go first to Baja then I would think someplace like Tucson or Yuma would be a good fit [ Edit : I was going by my erroneous idea that in your opening post the "SD" was meant for South Dakota which only became clear to me much later that it stood for San Diego !] .The internet can find you a location .
You might also consider getting the replacement in Mexico in one of the big cities you can easily fit into a
nice route to Mazatlan . Again the internet will get you names and locations .You should make connecting to a KAWASAKI store with service department ,check out www.kawasaki.com.mx and then select " concesionarios . "
There are Kawaski dealers in Chihuahua, Torreon(La Laguna),Durango and Guadalajara . None are in Baja , you would there have to deal with local repair shops . MotoMex is the official Kawasaki importer and they are based in Monterrey If You connect to them they can expedite a delivery anywhere in Mexico while you are heading that way .
This picture is an example of another way the rider of this small Yamaha used to get mobile again after over doing it on the backroad east of Jalcomulco , VER. BOTH shocks were ruined .
Excellent info, thank you sir. This is the conclusion I came to as well, I do have some friends in Guadalajara that are over due for a visit, and did previously enjoy Durango so now I have options. Thanks!
If Guadalajara is on your possible route then I will recommend mis amigos at
They are an independent motorcycle repair and deal in any and all brands.
You can google their email address . The “closed now” hours are a reminder that they take a break each afternoon for the “ siesta” . Their shop rate is less than at the glitzy modern brand dealerships , but they provided excellent service when I had tire problem last year April . When I showed up just before siesta they jumped to help me right away , cutting into their break time . I am sure that they will be willing to work with you.
Tell them the guy with the yellow BMW from Canada recommended REACMOBI. In picture the fellow on the right is the technician and on left is another customer who helped as translator . All around , great people
I have had to look for a part in Mexico before. My experience has been that the shop goes out of their way to help, calling other shops and even hopping on a bike to lead me to another shop that had the part. You might try one in TJ just for grins. If you get to Maz, there is a Triumph shop with English speakers who are really nice. That was pre-covid, of course. Now, who knows? If you come down the Mainland side, Hermosillo may have someone who can help.
I can recommend a shop in MAZ if you decide to do it there.
My son's KLR shock puked it's oil in the Copper Canyon area and was a pogo stick until it seized and the shaft broke. It took less than 50 miles on the rough roads in that area.
We made a solid strut in Batopilas and that was usable (barely) on the dirt but not too bad on the pavement.
When the shaft breaks the fender rubs on the tire.
I had a 2003 KLR and blew the rear shock. Some Canadians figured out how to rebuild that un-rebuildable shock and posted the how to. Which I used successfully - maybe you can rebuild yours? The hardest part was removing the spring and then finding a source of compressed nitrogen.
Thanks Guys, you rock, I have saved the posts offering help in various cities and will figure it out in the next few days while I head to mainland and deal with it there.
I have done the Baja Rt 1 several times and would have no problem with it in the current shape my bike is in, so leaning that way. Plus I don't think it makes much difference compared to heading straight to mainland, since the cities I most likely need are down where the ferry meets up anyway. I generally avoid toll roads and US highways in general, so if I skip Baja and take a more eastern Mexican route, looks like I can cross at Tecate and follow the border until I can take Rt 3 south and then follow the coast, but again, is there even a reason to do this over just cruising down Baja?
Get it fixed in the States before you enter, (inmate LoneStar comes to mind). If you need parts from the states it will be expensive, timely, and a PIA. I had to get some paperwork sent from San Francisco to Acapulco last December. It was almost $100 for FedEx, DHL was more. It used to be reasonable.
On another note, I was speaking with my friend Tony today. He said last time he flew into Mexico City, a lady was turned back to the states, because she said she was there for vacation. He said it was a big scene at the Mexico City Airport. If you do not have Mexican residency it could be a problem.
On the other hand, another friend of mine drove to Cabo a few months ago. When they stopped him he told them that he owns property there. The authority's let him pass , his opinion was that the locals desperately need tourist dollars.
Foreigners are only allowed for "essential travel".
What ever story you have to make up, make it good one, cause' they might want proof.
Proceed with caution.
Appreciate the alt perspective, but it will be 100 dollars for 1 night in a SD hotel and it would probably have been 1 week here total...but again my bigger issue is the TIME. There is nothing forcing me across of course, but mentally I am well past departure.
I do know it will be easier here, but a weeks wait is too long, I might have lucked out and got it on Sat, but if not I would have waited until Monday since moto shops all close on Sunday, and then I would have had to install it, so a Tues crossing at the earliest. It wont be as easy, but it is just a KLR shock, I will get it taken care of eventually.
The other stuff is on my radar. From what I have seen I think the only people really having problems are the ones flying and that seems rare, but I agree it's best to have a plan. I am a little worried that by the time I get to the ferry they stop transporting foreigners, but its an irrational fear as I do not see it happening.
That said worst they do is send me back, no harm there, let the adventure begin.
I would try Tijuana for the shock.
....and Tijuana is within spitting distance of San Diego, USA
You have a neat commuter train running between TJ right at the US border & SD so you could stay cheaply in TJ and walk across the border and catch the train to SD.
The train is sweet, but 2 hrs round trip from my spot in SD, then I would need to roam around TJ randomly so again, at least a day lost. Driving into TJ would work better, but I would still lose the day by the time I got border and shock stuff taken care of..., decisions made thanks guys, I do appreciate it, now let's move on so you don't get sick of me....there will be some shit I can't find a shock on mainland posts coming soon. If anyone has a specific shop in TJ I may go down via foot today but it would probably be a waste of my time.
That said I am stuck here another day until I can grab some wheel bearings, so will call some Kawaii dealers between SD and riverside, would rather backtrack to a garentee d shock than wander TJ with no luck, in which case I could skip baja and go directly to mainland.
There is also a slim chance my shock is fine, I need to get in there and take a look, it was pretty dark, and when I purchased the bike 2 weeks ago I suspected the bike was lowered (but didn't know about shocks to know if it was the rear going), so hoping the oil is excess air filter oil, and the weight of the bags/lowered/long kick stand are atheissue since it handles ok, it's just crazy low and also falls over when parked. When I get the front wheel back on I will figure this out once and for all. Will crank up the shock settings, fingers crossed I over reacted.
The TJ phone book is from 2001,
Oh my god, I want to go to each one just to see what happens! That is awesome, thanks man I appreciate it, but.....
Estoy Listo!!!! Turns out the shock is in fact fine, and I am an idiot. Once I saw what I am now sure is air filter the oil (give me a break it was dark haha) I assumed the shock was bad and that my original assumption of it being lowered was incorrect. Turns out none of that was right, it is in fact lowered, and all my diva shit is weighing me down and tipping the bike over. Cranked up the preload and it handled my small frame, so will verify tomorrow when I load the bags, but I believe I am good to go. And to think, I actually left the surfboard at home!
Thank you all for your assistance, suggestions, and offers for personal help, you guys rock, 1st round is on me.
Appears to be a growing security issue for travelers with Guerrero cartels organizing toll plaza highjackings in Morelos.
^^ Sounds like the authorities mopped up the delinceuntes and are committed to stopping this nonsense, at least in Morelos.
Just the CIAs employees stirring up the pot to Keep Americans North of the border, hmm, maybe I should...nah