Oregon to Ushuaia on an XR650L

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  1. MotoLifeChallenge

    MotoLifeChallenge Future Traveler

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    <!--[if gte mso 9]><xml> <o:OfficeDocumentSettings> <o:AllowPNG/> </o:OfficeDocumentSettings> </xml><![endif]--> Amazing RR, it has been more informative than any I have read. I’ve been glued to my computer for the last 2 days reading the entire thread. Your trip has convinced me that I don’t need to spend thousands of dollars on a brand new 1200GS and the latest gear. For a while I was very caught up in making sure I had the perfect gear. Now I see that weight is much more important than what I’m riding. I’ve dropped Touratech panniers in favor of a Giant Loop soft luggage. As for my bike, I really like BMWs, I’m thinking a F650GS or maybe a F800. I will take a look at the DR650 and the KLR. My mind is wide open now to all possibilities.



    At the moment I am waiting out winter with two broken ankles. Once I’m healed up I plan to start putting some miles on my Vstar 650. I’ll also start the search for the perfect dual sport.



    Thanks for all of the great info, the trip sounds amazing.
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  2. Ulyses

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    What?! You're not considering the best dual sport bike ever, the XR650L?! :rofl

    Thanks for reading! Enjoy the V-Star this summer and best of luck!
  3. MotoLifeChallenge

    MotoLifeChallenge Future Traveler

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    I would but you kept writing about how great a DR would be. LOL
  4. alvincullumyork

    alvincullumyork Ol Two Flags Supporter

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    The DR. Do not get a KLR. Life is to short to ride shitty bikes.


    I may ride a little fast and someday it may catch up and bite me in the ass but maybe not if I give it just a little more gas.
  5. Ulyses

    Ulyses Long timer

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    Haha! Go with the DR if you must, definitely don't get a KLR! However, I still like the XR. Even though it's harder to find parts for, it's still a great bike! And it's the best if you want to go offroad.:D
  6. Deftone1

    Deftone1 Been here awhile

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    I think that Jacket is a Toumaster Transition. I have one, it's a great jacket.
  7. MotoLifeChallenge

    MotoLifeChallenge Future Traveler

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  8. Ulyses

    Ulyses Long timer

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  9. MotoLifeChallenge

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    Ebay, I figured there had to be 1 Marine in the world who didn't want his tent. Turns out there is. The ebay auction had the brand and model. Then I just Googled it.
  10. MasterMarine

    MasterMarine Long timer

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    That is a cool tent. Exactly how big is it when it is packed? You mentioned the size of a dinner plate. I wonder if I could fit it in my GL Coyote?
  11. Ulyses

    Ulyses Long timer

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    I think it's 13 inches in diameter, and 4 inches deep. It's really great. It only has one pole, and you only need it if you are using the rain-fly. Without the rain fly it's a self-contained, self-erecting, free standing mosquito net.
  12. achesley

    achesley Old Motorcyclist

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    Well, Heck! Just stumbled on you report a week ago and already up to pg 41. Been amazing to say the least. If things like riding my bikes or out in my boat or absorbing alcohol didn't keep getting in my way, I'd be more along. LOOKS like you're having fun doing as I do reading it.
    Thanks for all the work and time to drag us along. :clap:clap:clap
  13. Lee R

    Lee R Man in a Box

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    I'm over in Afghanistan and just finished reading this ride report. Thanks for taking the time to document the trip for all of us who dream of doing the same while living vicariously through the ride reports. . I think you picked a great bike for the job (other than the bring-your-welder luggage rack!). I see you were looking at being a hotshot. I was a park ranger in Acadia Nat. Park while I was younger (36 now) and was qualified for firefighting but never used the training. That was probably the best job I’ve ever had, didn’t pay much in dollars but in quality of life it was hard to beat. Should you ever look at that option, your years in service count, you’ll also receive veterans preference. I’m also a Veteran and I’ve been out to 29 Palms as well as Helmand to train some of your fellow Marines ( I was Army), you guys pick the nicest places to live :lol3!
  14. junkyardroad

    junkyardroad Been here awhile

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    This is great. I couldn't find one of these last year, so a went with Big Agnes Fishhook ul2. It was fine, but in July I set up too close to an unnoticed hive of huge black ants in Mt. Lassen NP. The door clips closed, no zipper, I had and bites, everywhere, and then an some kind of allergic reaction to them all over my body. :doh

    Does this tent have a bathtub floor? If so, I'm buying it right now. Perfect color for stealth camping.
  15. Ulyses

    Ulyses Long timer

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    Actually, the summer I got back from South America I hired on with the Forest Service as a firefighter on a district hand crew....not a hotshot alas, they were already full.

    And you are right about Marine's choosing the nicest places to live! Hahaha!
  16. achesley

    achesley Old Motorcyclist

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    One of the most addictive reports I've read after the fact. Heck, even run across one of my post a year or so back. Forgot I had even read on this trip before. Age thing.
    Tuff on the drug deal. Bet after Nam all services really tighten up. Thank God. It sucked over there.
    I had sold my KLR a few years back and bought a DR650. After about 6 months, I sold the DR. And, a year later, bought my KLR back. Just more comfy on the roads for this old guy and just seems to lug better. Think I was about 68 at that time so I was not exactly barn storming. But , still do and love gravel and dirt roads at 71.
    Thanks for all the time and efforts to do your ride report and pictures. I've attempted it on a few trips and know the work. Gotta be even tuffer out of the Land Of Plenty and Waste. ;-)
    Hope the rest of your life is enjoyable as mine has been for the over all picture. Not all sweet but, like one of my fav songs, : I've rode so many roads I should not have; Done so many things I should not have, but. I'd ride all those roads again. I'm in peace with what I am. " ;-) Semper Fi.
  17. Ulyses

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    Thanks for reading, glad you enjoyed it, and keep on riding! Semper Fi!
  18. nuggets

    nuggets It's all my fault...

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    Bryce,

    I've enjoyed reading your report after following the link from your brother's signature. Hell of a trip you had there! Thank you for sharing. :thumb
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    Thanks for reading!
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    I'm still looking for spicy gravy.