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The Rootbeer Run, Chasing the Sun, and other misadventures

Discussion in 'Ride Reports - Epic Rides' started by Parepin, Feb 13, 2011.

  1. Parepin

    Parepin The Filthy Nomad

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    Heya guys. Been having a blast here in Baja over the last couple of weeks. A few of you may have noticed that my GPS locator hasn't moved in the better part of two weeks and to be honest neither have I too much. The beach camp here just south of Loreto is the shit. Lots of snorkeling and fishing and hiking and all that jazz. Just livin the life, you know.


    Well... it hasn't all been peachy keen. I've a question I would like to throw out there to you guys.


    How
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    So I'm riding down the road one night, returning from town. There is nothing special or particularly hardcore about this road. No wheelies, no jumps, no hard hits. Just about 20 miles of washboard. I'm putzin along in fourth gear when the front falls off.

    The front just fell off.

    I hit the deck and slide to a stop. I may have cussed a few times before I strapped my tank bag to my back and walked some ten to fifteen miles back to camp. I don't think I made it back until well after 2AM.

    Needless to say I was pretty pissed off.
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    And my mind still has trouble wrapping around HOW exactly this happened.
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    Before I left home i even sandblasted my frame and checked everything for any stress cracks before having it all powdercoated. I was lucky, though. I walked away from it with little more than a stiff knee after eating shit in fourth gear, which I estimate puts me somewhere between 45-50MPH. Had it been daylight hours I no doubt would have been going quite a bit quicker and could have really been in trouble. And now with the frame out of the way checking valves will be nice and easy.

    So, anyway, I managed to work out a deal with a local farmer and hauled my bike over to his place for storage.

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    Now I haven't told anyone back home about any of this and probably won't until I get myself situated a little better. I was able to borrow Ian's bike to run into town and get the word out. As far as a game plan goes, I'm going to throw the rest of my camp gear into storage down at the beach camp for the time being and try to catch a ride back into town with just a backpack to haul around. I'll grab a hotel and try to figure out the logistics of it all. By the sounds of it I'll have to catch a bus down to La Paz and then catch a flight to Tijuana where I should be able to walk across the border back into San Diego. Either that or maybe catch a ride with some folks going north.

    Once I'm across the border I'll be shopping around for a truck to both haul my bike north and live out of for the next several week-months while I try to establish myself on the west coast. A small diesel pickup with a cap would be nice, 4X4 would be superb, but beggars can't be choosers. When it all comes down to it, my main priority needs to be just go get north of the border and from there I can just wing it.

    Now the reason I am posting all of this is that, simply put, I don't know anyone on the west coast short of Motomedic and he's a bit out of range. I'm open to any and all suggestions. I don't think I'll have a problem getting into San Diego and finding a place, motel or otherwise, to crash for a few. Everything else is kind of in the air.

    And so if anyone has and ideas, lets hear them. I'll be posting in the regionals as well, but I'm limited with my communication around here. I've no cell phone and won't have WIFI again for another week after I get dropped off back in town again.

    For what it's worth, I've about $6K to my name with which I'll be "Starting my new life". I'm willing to put about half of that into a (hopefully) reliable vehicle.
  2. NoVa Rider

    NoVa Rider Long timer Supporter

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  3. kwakbiker

    kwakbiker Been here awhile

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    Man that ssome shit luck, could the powder coating have weakened it with the heat process? Looks to be right in line with the fuel tank and obviously your running a larrrrrrrggggggggggeeeeeeeee tank so extra weight, just wondering if that had somehow stressed the frame and the powder coating process made it worse, add in loadsa off road and washboard...stress fracture

    Cant help with accomodation as other side of the pond but good luck.

    Could you not get a slightly bigger diameter tube and weld it in place over the crack to get you back mobile????
  4. Parepin

    Parepin The Filthy Nomad

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    That's... a tough one to answer
    There are, no doubt, plenty of ways I could put the frame back together. The thing is, I doubt it would ever be straight again, and I KNOW I wouldn't feel safe at all riding it. Not to mention when the front end went AWOL it shredded my radiator as well as a few other odds and ends.
  5. fadingfastsd

    fadingfastsd Been here awhile

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    Hey man, I've been following this RR for months, never posted, but really enjoyed watching all the fun you're having.
    I'd like to offer my help. I live in San Diego, about 30 minutes north of the border (Tijuana). I run RaceTech Electric we manufacture stators, voltage regulators and other electrical components) out of Ocean Beach (small suburb northwest of downtown SD). I run my biz out of a small but friendly full service repair motorcycle repair/parts/service shop, Ocean Beach Motorcycle. I've got a good welder, and I'm decent with it. I've got a Nissan Titan, I can help with rides and/or moving the bike from the border. We could move it over to the shop and weld up that frame pretty easily.

    Anyways, I'm in San Diego, and available, and would be happy to help you out.
    Shoot me a PM.
    Evan
  6. fadingfastsd

    fadingfastsd Been here awhile

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    Just thinking....theres a great motorcycle salvage place down towards the border in Chula Vista area, called Stockers. I use them for parts pretty often. Great chance they'd have a full KLR frame there. Maybe get a good used frame and swap everything over? Just a thought.
  7. Parepin

    Parepin The Filthy Nomad

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    That's... a tough one to answer

    Done
  8. NoVa Rider

    NoVa Rider Long timer Supporter

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    +1 for RaceTech! :clap:clap:clap
  9. Treadless

    Treadless avoiding gravity storms if at all possible Supporter

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    Putting the word out in The West forum may also generate a frame to use. JAT



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    *edit* I see the word is already out. :thumb
  10. prsdrat

    prsdrat Been here awhile

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    Unless things have drastically changed, you should be able to fly direct
    from Loreto to San Diego. Short of that, the express bus is a comfy
    ride from Loreto and a lot cheaper. If you find a frame, you can ship it
    to Loreto on the bus.

    Luck on ya.
  11. ShadyRascal

    ShadyRascal Master of None

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    Alex, the book you publish in the next couple of years about this whole thing should be a best seller.

    For now, keep the ADVenture going. :freaky
  12. Jettn Jim

    Jettn Jim This is Liv'n!!!

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    Hey Alex my brotha.. and Hey Evan from Racetech nice to see you coming through for Alex!!! I was just studying up on your 280w Stator last night and now I end up meeting you so to speak Cooool :1drink
    Anyway hey Alex let's put a new frame in that beast! The heck with welding the frame up.... I'll cover the new/used frame and radiator all the stuff you need to get the ol' boy up and running again! With Evans help of a truck and a nice shop you can bolt everything up to a new frame and off ya go again....:deal
    I just checked the PM ya sent and repied there and here... let's keep ya riding bro!:freaky
    I'll go searching for frames now. JJ

    EDIT: prices are all over the map but I just found one at Pinwall for only $29.99 and one in Chandler AZ for $49.99 others range from 299- to 600-?????
    Don't ask me what that's all about but the main thing is a couple are CHEAP! Sooo let me know and I'lll get with Evan and start making arrangements.
    Peace Jim
  13. FloorPoor

    FloorPoor Been here awhile

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    Bummer about the frame!:eek1 That makes me a little worried about mine. Kudos to everyone who is helping you out! Good luck!


    JJ, the more expensive frames probably have clear titles, the prices go up dramatically if it has a title, which will be needed for registration and international travel.
  14. Jettn Jim

    Jettn Jim This is Liv'n!!!

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    Thanx Bro I'll make sure and look into that.
  15. CA Stu

    CA Stu Peace and love

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    They all do that...

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    Mine was held together by the gas tank, highway pegs and skid plate enough to ride back to home base, however. :1drink
  16. woodly1069

    woodly1069 Long timer

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    HOLY CRAP! Glad to see you are OK! Sounds like you have things under control at the moment but if you need any help from the midwest let me know! Hope to see you back at it soon...
  17. Motomedic

    Motomedic Over-caffeinated Raconteur Supporter

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    I am a bit north of the border, but as always, you are more than welcome here, and if there's anything I can do, you have but to ask, my friend. A trip to SoCal is not out of the question to help a buddy.

    Glad to see you didn't get hurt. The bike can be fixed (or replaced...).
  18. CA Stu

    CA Stu Peace and love

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    I replaced mine with one off ebay, after shipping it was around $190 after freight and shipping...

    I have one I could stand to sell, PM me for details....
  19. Treadless

    Treadless avoiding gravity storms if at all possible Supporter

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    Here's a link to the rescue thread.
    Help
  20. GenerallySouth

    GenerallySouth Adventurer

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    Wow. Crazy you where able to fix it for so cheep. My buddy just had a crash in Belize. It flipped a few times but not near as much damage. Its our latest post at Generallysouth.com