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  1. TUCKERS

    TUCKERS the famous james

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    I meant we could walk up and down YOUR street on stilts. Ann Marie can see how easy it really is........:lol3
    Yes, I used to walk up and down our front stairs on those sturdy, huge to me at the time, stilts my dad made for me. Ahhhh.... those were the days my friend, we thought they'd never end!

    James and I are taking a motorbike ride to Lake Havasu, Arizona on Monday and returning to Claremont on Thursday.:clap:clap Not huge, but, hey, it's a ride!!!:clap

    xox
  2. mikehec

    mikehec Been here awhile

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    I remember my dad making stilts for us kids too and having a ball. Sure we can make a pair or 2 and recall those good old days ....the days that we thought would never end!!! Yeah!!!! Somebody ought to write a song about them....:rofl

    I hope you have a safe and fun ride. Do you miss the DR's or are you glad to be back on the GS's? :evil

    xox
  3. TUCKERS

    TUCKERS the famous james

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    Do you remember the swimming pool problem on page 4?
    When we returned to Claremont, we found were happy to find the pool still in the ground. It did have an abundance of hairline cracks all over the surface.

    James did a great job on narrowing down the inlets and outlets to determine where the leak was. He capped off the return lines and pressurized each one with compressed air. All of the lines held except one. The line that was causing the leak was a decorative fountain. He did away with it completely.

    We are going to re-plaster the pool with pebble tech. First the existing plaster has to be hammered out

    In came the trucks today..... four guys on jack hammers and one hauling the five gallon buckets of concrete back to the truck.


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    The concrete dust spread far and wide and we were left with hours and hours and hours of outdoor cleanup .....:huh
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    TUCKERS the famous james

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    I will be happy to see the DR's back home. Osvaldo emailed me today and said that there will be more bikes in April..... I don't know how he knows this....
    But, great for us if it is true!....... I've asked him several times how these riders find him but he never answers that question.

    James and I found him in a rather circuitous manner. First we went to the tourist information building. There we obtained a list of shipping companies in Usuhaia. We walked to some of the offices on the list. Most were of no help.
    One place we stopped at two wonderful female employees that helped us. While their company could not do the job for us, they made telephone calls to people who knew people and eventually we were put in contact with Osvaldo.

    I suggested to Osvaldo that he go to the tourist information building and give them all of his information and services that he provides. I told him that that was the first place James and I went to look for help. I don't imagine we are the only ones who have asked or who will ask for shipping help.

    Osvaldo's reply to me was: "Colleen, stay calm." There will be more motorcycles in April. :poser

    I thought that funny!!!:lol3 I was just trying to help him out with some marketing tips! :lol3 Oh well, what do I know?:dunno

    But heyyy, Mike! I'm rambling!!! :rofl

    Yes, I will welcome our DR's home!!! Can't wait to ride them up from Long Beach. I'll use mine to run errands and shop around town.... it's easier to take out than the GS's for short runs.

    We will ride down to Cabo San Lucas in April..... If the DR's would have been home by then, maybe James would have wanted to ride them down to Cabo..... I'm perfectly happy on our GS's for that run.

    I'll post some pictures of our ride over to Lake Havasu next week Monday.

    Colleen
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    adventurebound9517 Long timer

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    Drop me a pm, I would enjoy meeting you two.
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    TUCKERS the famous james

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    OK. We will be staying with our friend in one of the condo's near the bridge.
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    mikehec Been here awhile

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    The ride to Cabo San Lucas sounds like another adventure. Good for you.
    :clap What is the big difference between riding the DR and the GS's. Why would James prefer to take the DR's? :deal
    Not much else going on. Pool job seems like a big project. I hope that it
    goes well.
    Will be waiting for the pictures from next next weeks ride. :cob

    xox
  8. TUCKERS

    TUCKERS the famous james

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    The difference between the DR's and the 1200's is weight in this instance.

    We know some dirt roads that we would like to explore around San Quentin and it is just so much more comfortable on a lighter bike. You don't need all the HP, just low down torque and light weight are nice.

    The DR's are of course slimmer, this helps.

    The 1200's are nice on the highway though, and there are long stretches of fabulous highway.

    'Run what ya brung' though....we've made the trip on our BMW R1100RSL's so whatever.
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    mikehec Been here awhile

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    Well I hope you have a good time and a little luck getting your DR's in time.
    :evil.
    Sounds like you are not letting the grass grow under your feet. Will be looking for your next report.
    Mike
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    Eddywoodgo two wheeled nomad

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    I too own a 1200 (GSA) but left my big pig back in OZ. Like the Tuckers, the DR is my weapon of choice for a run to the tip.
    Cant beat that air cooled, carby infused simplicity.
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    mikehec Been here awhile

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    Hi James and Colleen,
    Did you make it to Lake Havasu last weekend? I didn't see anything posted and was just wondering if you made it or not or whether you posted the report on another thread. :clap.
    Mike
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    TUCKERS the famous james

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    We spent two nights in Lake Havasu. Actually, we didn't take the camera. We decided to ride without snapping photos..... I guess we got a bit lazy.... tsk-tsk....

    We came home a day early as we didn't want to get caught in the storms that were headed our way.

    You must be ready to fly out soon?
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    I just started following a few days ago. Everytime I turn to a new page you have food or gear or accesories - how did you ever get it all into this tight of a package? I've got to see your packing list.
    Enjoying the ride along.:cromag
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    TUCKERS the famous james

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    Well, with two bikes you can carry a lot of stuff.

    We shared out the load.

    Colleen basically carried the food.

    I carried the kitchen.

    We took camping gear but never used it, so we would have had even more room.

    We pretty much have our packing down to a fine art, we've been doing it together for 13 years.

    Light clothes, nylon, no denim.

    Kitchen and camping, things that fit inside of each other. Like a stove that fits in a pan. A light that fits in a cup. The big empty spaces are wasteful, so find things that fit.

    I also installed a tool tube on each bike.

    The extra bag on the top box is useful too.
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    So when will be a big party Mr. and Mrs. Tucker:freaky:lol3
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    TUCKERS the famous james

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    H'mm?

    Well JUST got the pool resurfaced, now working on some concrete and garage doors.

    I'd say April................we'll post in here and 'west' regionals

    It's been crazy........we've barely had a minute to spare since we got home.
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    advrockrider Long timer

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    Awesome ride report, read every page! I know it was posted somewhere in here but I cant find it, what was your total mileage for this trip? Thanks for taking the time ti entertain us....
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    TUCKERS the famous james

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    Miles about 13,000.

    77 days total.

    Thanks for reading it all!
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    Some people love their Zumi's, but a hundred dollar Nuvi has done me well for tens of thousands of miles. And if it's stolen, lost, broken I carry my old one as a spare.

    Enjoying the thread. Isn't it nice to know that even though you're back home, your ride lives on?!
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    One hell of an ADA access ramp!
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