One man, one moto, the True Adventure!

Discussion in 'Ride Reports - Epic Rides' started by XR Valdeez, Jan 8, 2018.

  1. XR Valdeez

    XR Valdeez Been here awhile

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    Well it's time get things rolling! Here's the plan;

    Spend about a year on the road exploring Mexico, Central and South America. In 2010 I rode home from Peru (laperula) with my friend Bruce, but having to get back to work work made the ride a bit of a grind. This time, no time constraints so I am free to explore and take my time.

    Departure time is planned for the end of February!
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  2. XR Valdeez

    XR Valdeez Been here awhile

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    I have been planning this particular ride since we got back from Peru in 2010. For that ride, I rode a 2005 KTM 950 Adventure S. That bike was flawless and neither of us touched a wrench to our bikes for the entire trip.

    For this ride, and being a DIE-HARD HONDA guy, I chose the new CRF1000L, Africa Twin! I bought the bike back in May and have been busy getting things done to it. Here's what I can think of off the top of my graying head!

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    Re-laced stock rims
    Suspension by Precision Concepts
    Cycra handguards
    Stock heated grips
    Double Take mirrors
    Kaoko throttle lock
    Motorcycle Adventure Gear Scott's stabilizer mount
    Scott's Steering Stabilizer
    Dual USB charging port in fairing
    S-W Motech engine guards
    Plastic Bike carbon fiber skid plate
    S-W Motech foot pegs
    Camel ADV Aux fuel tank
    Mosko Moto Back Country 35l bags on Bumot racks
    Custom rear luggage rack mounted on the ATO rear rack
    A VERY custom side stand (check out the AT problem thread)

    Some things still in the works,
    Tires-going with the TKC 80 rear and the Michelin Anakee Wild front
    New H.D. 525 chain and new sprockets
    Wanted to get a Noguchi seat, but that process seems to be a bit difficult

    As far as the bike goes, that's about it..........................
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  3. plumer1kt

    plumer1kt Adventurer

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  4. ONandOFF

    ONandOFF more off than on

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  5. XR Valdeez

    XR Valdeez Been here awhile

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    I saw...... devastating! A very painful reminder of how fragile life can be.
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  6. XR Valdeez

    XR Valdeez Been here awhile

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    Here's the custom rear luggage rack. Just a piece of 1/8" 6061-T6 bent with 6 oval holes for the rock-straps I'll use to tie my Mosko 40l duffle down.

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  7. Tewster2

    Tewster2 Long timer

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    My buddy Taff1 here on ADV rode his AT with me to Prudhoe last summer ....absolutely perfect he said.
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  8. XR Valdeez

    XR Valdeez Been here awhile

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    That's good news! I'm confident of the reliability of the bike, but it's always good to hear others' experiences!
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  9. Tewster2

    Tewster2 Long timer

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    He said the BEST addition to the bike was the Russell Day Long seat.
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  10. XR Valdeez

    XR Valdeez Been here awhile

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    I tried to get a Noguchi seat but never heard back. I figure the stocker cannot be less comfortable than the seat on my KTM! We will see......
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  11. ONandOFF

    ONandOFF more off than on

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    That's for sure! Although the seats which seem hard on shorter rides tend to end up being more comfortable on long rides for some reason. The width is a factor also. I haven't ridden an Africa Twin but all the stock Honda seats I've ridden on have been comfortable.
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  12. High Country Herb

    High Country Herb Adventure Connoiseur

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    I test rode the AT last year, and seem to remember the seat being OK. Certainly better than my Aprilia.

    You could get one of those seat covers from Tractor Supply/Walmart. If it doesn't prove useful, give it to some poor sap with a sore rear along the way.

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  13. XR Valdeez

    XR Valdeez Been here awhile

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    That's a pretty cool seat cover! I may have to look into that!
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  14. CaptUglyDan

    CaptUglyDan Been here awhile

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    Very comfortable, Just beware its a sponge.
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    nk14zp Long timer

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  16. DEPCHIN

    DEPCHIN DEPCHIN

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    So for all you Booger fans, now is the time to put a smile on his face as he prepares to ride off into the sunset (Oh wait the sunset is west and he is going south).

    He has a new nickname......(DRUM ROLL) to assimilate better with the Central and South American countries he will be visiting...His new name is "Sin Queso" in English..."No Cheese"!

    There will be much more funning over the next year or so....

    G
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  17. XR Valdeez

    XR Valdeez Been here awhile

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    Ah, the peanut gallery has arrived! And so the fun begins..................................
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  18. XR Valdeez

    XR Valdeez Been here awhile

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    So, over the past couple weeks I've been busy finishing off the bike.

    New shoes, front and back! Michelin Anakee Wild front, Conti TKC-80 rear.

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    The cockpit.......

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    Camel ADV auxiliary tank...............

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    New chain and sprockets...............

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    Custom kickstand!

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    Next up, the luggage!
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  19. High Country Herb

    High Country Herb Adventure Connoiseur

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    Less than a month, eh?

    February is great weather in Mexico. Will you be going into wet weather in South America, or do they get their rainfall as summer monsoons?

    I remember reading about some people that got trapped up at Machu Picchu when the train tracks got washed out and they had no ride down. What an adventure that would be!

    I hear Hondas are waterproof though, so I'm sure you'll be fine.

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  20. XR Valdeez

    XR Valdeez Been here awhile

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    My plans are very loose. I'm going to get some Spanish lessons in Mexico and Guatemala. I'm thinking about taking the Stahlratte on their June 1st sailing. Once in S.A. I'm going to go to next years Dakar race so i can root the Honda team on! After that, I will start a slow roll north.

    The plans is to stop and smell the roses! :photog
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