Riding RTW and back - on as much dirt as possible!

Discussion in 'Ride Reports - Epic Rides' started by rtwpaul, Dec 12, 2015.

  1. rtwpaul

    rtwpaul out riding...

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    yeah i'll get there eventually been trying for years but keep getting distracted!
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  2. rtwpaul

    rtwpaul out riding...

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    I'll be running the TET from 2020 on, so looks like I will be riding by
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  3. rtwpaul

    rtwpaul out riding...

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    Overland Expo in Flagstaff first mid-May then heading in your direction, the new thread will be up soon, but first, there needs to be build thread otherwise @benjamin1031 is going to lose his mind :kboom
  4. benjamin1031

    benjamin1031 Been here awhile

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    I’m being sooooooOOOOOooooo patient!!
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  5. Dracula

    Dracula afficionado Supporter

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  6. Pressingonward

    Pressingonward Looking forward to what is ahead

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    From your map it looks like you're planning on tackling the Darien Gap?

    Looking forward to the bike build and subsequent adventures!
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    benjamin1031 Been here awhile

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    In all seriousness @rtwpaul besides taking great pics and keeping up a great rr you make the best Moto porn ever!! I’m currently bikeless so I’m jonesing for a good fix... haha
  8. SlowMovinDream

    SlowMovinDream Not All Who Wander Are Lost

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    Hey Paul. Have you ever considered pulling a single wheel trailer like the KipMoto Sherpa x ?
    They appear to track very well off road and it seems it would be convenient to drop in a safe place and tackle some
    local tracks then hook it back to the bike for the next destination. Also you could carry extra fuel and not need such a large tank. Easy on the suspension as well. I’ve been thinking of buying one for my old but durable LC4 but I’ve never traveled long distance so I’m curious what you think the advantages / disadvantages might be. Thanks again for such a great RR . I’ve been following for a long time and have learned a lot. I like the articles as well. Safe travels.
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  9. SlowMovinDream

    SlowMovinDream Not All Who Wander Are Lost

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    Also - great choice with the KTM. That should be a lot of fun.
  10. BelgardaBuddy

    BelgardaBuddy Adventurer

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    I live in the very south of Sweden, the TET is only a few km away. It would be nice to meet you. You can stay and there are also possibilities for servicing the bike. I guess there will be frequent oil changes from now on.....I have gotten a WR250R as a ”do it all” bike.
    Cheers
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  11. Normlas

    Normlas Been here awhile

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    I wouldn't bother mate, it's basically the same as Patagonia on the Chilean side except more sheep and you can actually understand what the hell people are saying :jack:bert

    Wishing you safe travels from Southern Brasil!
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  12. rtwpaul

    rtwpaul out riding...

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    rtwpaul out riding...

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    That would be right at the very end of the ride nearly, by the time i get there, there might be a freeway thru there, or a big wall!
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    Not a chance from me, I have met a few riders that have used them, they like them, I've seen them break very easily as well.

    It just adds a large mass that needs to be moved so as an international traveler besides the bike now I would be shipping two things. I honestly don't see the advantage.

    Weren't they designed initially for the TW200 cause it has very minimal luggage carry capabilities

    I am constantly trying to go lighter now, a trailer just opens up the opportunity to take more unnecessary crap. Fuel is not an issue, a decent size tank is ok to ride with once you get used to the weight and size.
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    rtwpaul out riding...

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  16. SlowMovinDream

    SlowMovinDream Not All Who Wander Are Lost

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    Thanks for the response . I’ll take your advise and yes those big tanks do intimidate me though I’ve never ridden with one . Looking forward to the new build.
  17. Two Moto Kiwis

    Two Moto Kiwis Homeless Somewhere

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    Heya Paul

    It was great to see it treated you well however after full engine casing replacement you would have hoped it was right, we didn't have any issues once the cases had been replaced and Suzukis idea of fixing the affected units with oversize countershaft seal holes was to put a tin place retainer on the outside to stop the seal bailing out....awesome....sticky plaster on a gaping wound!!

    I have to say my new WR250R is ten times the bike for quality, fit finish and so far reliability and it leaves for Japan the Russia Stans etc in 4 weeks....can't wait.

    Cheers Andi
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    yokesman Long timer

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    there are vids of the gap being crossed, one by Leading the horses , the other with some dozen porters to Carry the KLRs, ending up on the wrong side of the country where no customs exists, mostly by boat. the cargo boat trips are for the smaller bikes take about a week n still no customs.
    We were hoping in the early 70s for the pan am to go thru but the age of rebels was going full speed and the idea faded out.
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    rtwpaul out riding...

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    and its still rolling, the buyers of it (from Colombia) just messaged me, he is now in Chile, that bike just keeps rolling along. Drop me a PM about Russia
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    rtwpaul out riding...

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    The Gap is one of those fantasy type crossing only a very select few will do, for whatever reason it seems a south to north crossing is easier to achieve nowadays cause the Panamanian Gov. is trying to put a stop to it by making it difficult to exit legally, but will welcome you with open arms if you come from the south
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