"I've Been Everywhere, Man" Living the song on two wheels.

Discussion in 'Ride Reports - Epic Rides' started by swedstal, Jun 5, 2017.

  1. swedstal

    swedstal Been here awhile

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    Well, if I learned anything from playing the Oregon Trail game on an Apple IIE, it's that anything floats with enough caulk. :thumb
  2. swedstal

    swedstal Been here awhile

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    UGHHH....OK time for a frustration post. Yay!

    Do you ever feel like you are the only person in the world who cannot do something? That's how I feel about changing motorcycle tires. I've never had one go well, or take less than three hours. I have a whole assortment of the finest tire irons, I've watched nearly every youtube video on the subject, I use heat lubrication....for some reason I just don't get it. Maybe my rim/tire combination is just a tough one.

    Yesterday, this ignorance culminated in the greatest mechanic expense of my whole trip. It was not in the Yukon, not in Labrador, no....it was in my hometown. I wrestled endlessly getting my old tire off and new one on. After about three hours, I had my victory. However, it was not without attrition.

    Not only was I able to bend a tire iron (not the first time), but I damaged the bead so that it would not seat. I had no choice but to take it into a shop. The guys there said that putting a tube in was the only way to use the tire. He also noticed that I had bent my rim and didn't know if I'd be able to use a tubeless tire on it again.

    The financial damage was $76, but I fear that will be the least of my concerns. I will be riding on the Central American roads with an unpluggable, unpatchable tire. This worries me quite a bit. I'm a little unsure of how to proceed at this point. Perhaps the most frustrating thing is that this problem arose because of my stubbornness, not wanting to pay to have a tire changed ($42 is the cheapest price in Lincoln...crazy).

    I guess I should be thankful that I have only paid mechanics $142 over the course of 27,000 miles (this number does not include the times I've paid for a tire change). With some models and some dealers you can't even get an oil change for that. But yesterday was a very frustrating day.

    Sorry for the negativity!
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  3. tag3

    tag3 Doofus

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    Well if it is any consolation, you can now pack a spare tube and if you get a flat, swap out tubes and patch the flat one in camp that night. Smilie thingy
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  4. WYO George

    WYO George It's not you, it's me.

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    Dangit man, that sucks to hear. I know it doesn't help when you're up against a deadline of time and money, but that's a bad place to be in. I looked for used wheels and a rear is $250 on ebay! The alternative is to learn the technique so you can change a tube yourself on the road. I really wish you were closer, I'd love to help out.

    For future reference, just ride on over to Wyoming for your tire changes. I would even drop my standard rate of $21 with tax and do it free, but my roadside assistance doesn't extend south of the Platte River.

    It wouldn't hurt to use some Ride-on sealant, it's not a 100% solution, but it works with small punctures like cactus thorns, small nails, etc. I can ship you a couple bottles if you want, I could have them there by mid week.

    It's this stuff: http://www.ride-on.com/motorcycle-formula-mot.html
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  5. jettech01

    jettech01 Why be cleaning when you should be leaning.

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    Did you not look at this you tube????


    Easy as Pie and no tire iron needed.....

    and one for removal....
  6. jettech01

    jettech01 Why be cleaning when you should be leaning.

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    Or if you wish, I have a tire changer in my Garage.....(a No-mar changer) and can do a tire for you.....:-)

    At many ACE Hardware stores, they have "reusable" tie wraps that you can bring along on a trip for tire changes....
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  7. swedstal

    swedstal Been here awhile

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    Thanks for all of the helpful replies, guys. I really appreciate it. Also, thanks for not making fun of me. :-)



    This is the logical solution, but my problem with this is that I still can't get the tire on and off without doing damage. I wasn't even planning on bringing tire irons along.

    Thanks, George. I was planning to get some ride-on, but I won't have time to ship it here before departure. I'm hoping to find a bottle on my way down. That's a very generous offer. :-) I guess I will be making regular road trips to WY once I return from my trip!

    Yeah...I really thought this would work. I tried it a couple of years ago, but could not even get close to clearing the rim. Whether the tire is too stiff or whether I am too dumb is yet to be determined. Thanks for sharing that though.

    I'm sincerely hoping my next tire change will happen in the Equador/Colombia area. I may take you up on the offer on my way back through though. My plan is to do Houston after all of the intercontinental tomfoolery.
  8. swedstal

    swedstal Been here awhile

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    OK. Time for some really good news.


    First off, I had a very productive day yesterday: Finished wheel bearings, changed chain and sprockets, valve adjustment, radiator/coolant maintenance, and a bunch of other little things. But there is even better news.

    My crazy parents, last seen on page 3, have decided to follow me down to Monterrey, Mexico for a Feliz Navidad! They escorted me across the Canadian border at the very beginning of this trip and it will be awesome to have them along for the beginning of the next chapter. Plus...they might pay for a couple hotels. :thumb.

    We are hoping to leave on Tuesday morning. I still have lots to do before then, but I should be close to ready.
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  9. WYO George

    WYO George It's not you, it's me.

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    That's awesome to hear that your parents are able to go with you a ways down south, it's nice to be with family as we celebrate the Savior's birth.

    If free tire changes are enough to get you to Wyoming for a visit then that's easy. I was fully prepared to up the ante and offer free coffee and a cot. :) I'll also be happy to help you with the technique for changing tires, I have plenty of spare wheels and tires in the shop to practice on. That or I'll put you to work on customer's bikes for a while ;)

    Ride safe and continue to do what you do so well.
  10. MtyRider

    MtyRider Adventurer

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    Swedstal, I live in Monterrey, if there is anything I can help you with just let me know.
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    vicmitch Been here awhile

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    Brett, a whole bunch of luddites om KLRs manage to ride around with tubes in their rear tires. Once you get out of the US, it will cost about $5 for a shop to dismount your tire, get out the tube, patch it and replace the tire. Even if you get 4 punctures on your trip, it doesn't amount to much.
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  12. johnnybgood8

    johnnybgood8 Been here awhile

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    Just started following. Seems fun
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  13. IdahoGaucho

    IdahoGaucho Adventurer

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    Buena suerte with the next chapter. I’ve enjoyed following along
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  14. swedstal

    swedstal Been here awhile

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    Maybe I'll come be your apprentice once this is all over. That actually sounds kind of fun. :-)

    Thank you so much! Any recommendations for "off of the beaten path" type of things in the area? I think we'll do some of the touristy things, like the canal area and the history museum, but it I'd love to know if there are some hidden gems in the area. We'll probably go do Cascada Cola de Caballo too.

    The guy on the salvaged Victory throwing around the term "luddite." If only there was a phrase for this...something about glass houses and stones....or black pots and kettles.... :-)

    I guess the big thing I worry about is getting a puncture a long way from civilization. I'm not quite in marathon running shape at the moment.

    Do you think you could convince any of your Haitian friends at the tire shop to open a Lincoln location?

    It's mostly weeping and gnashing of teeth. But we have some good days too. :-)

    Thank you, IG. You've been here since the early days! Thanks for all of your encouragement!
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  15. swedstal

    swedstal Been here awhile

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    Quick update: My departure date will now be Wednesday the 20th. It looks like it is going to snow here on Thursday, so I don't have much choice. We'll probably take 3 days to get to Laredo, then cross the border and head to Monterrey on the 24th.
  16. powderzone

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    Awesome! Great to hear that the plan is coming together.
    I’ll be making my way south in 2018...albeit several months behind you. I’ll be following your RR. It’s been great so far. Keep on keepin on!
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  17. MizzouRider

    MizzouRider Long timer

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    For some reason I was thinking you'd be taking a month or two off, but now I see you're headed out before Christmas! We've got some crazy cold weather coming in after the 21st. I definitely hope you get south before it arrives. Good news about your folks being with you at Christmas also. Hope you find a good place to spend the day.
    So, the adventure continues!
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    B10Dave Long timer

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    Have a great Christmas with your parents in Mexico Brett and then take the rest of us on your South American odyssey..Hope you enjoy the change in cultures and meet a bunch of nice folks....Travel safe and enjoy.....Dave
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    DCrider Live from THE Hill

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    Like the parental ADV chase car:thumb And if it makes you feel any better to know, I pinched the new tube I was putting in yesterday trailside to fix the rear flat I had just gotten, after that my riding day was over.
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  20. swedstal

    swedstal Been here awhile

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    That's great! What's the destination for you? I wonder if our paths might cross when you're heading down and I'm coming up. If so, that would be a lot of fun! Best of luck with your planning phase...I don't like that part too much. :-)

    I think I am beating it by one day. I'm in Oklahoma now and should reach San Antonio tomorrow. I was really rolling the dice by waiting as long as I did though.

    If nothing else, I know I will learn a lot through this experience. That's worth the price of admission alone!

    Ouch! No, that does not make me feel better....just worse for you. Soon we will have hover bikes and be able to dispense with traditional tires, right? :-)