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MagneticSouth 11-06-2012 09:14 AM

Magnetic South
 
2009 - 11months backpacking from Argentina to Colombia can change you.

Living the beach life in the Eastern Suburbs of Sydney Australia was never gonna be the same.

This is the start of my trip 3years later.

Im finally back in Latin America.

MagneticSouth 11-07-2012 09:02 AM

Rule number 1 ... avoid riding at night.
 
http://i1053.photobucket.com/albums/...h/IMG_0713.jpg

This is a photo of my headlight... it happened the very first night we arrived when i hit a ditch riding in the dark up a dusty dirt road.

We ended up crossing the border a bit late after it took a few hours trying to find out information to where i could get an exit stamp for the USA - (you can't)
We spotted a coupla other riders with bikes at a taco stand as we stopped in Ensenada 2hrs south of the border.
They had ridden from Alaska and were also running late after being sent on a wild goose chase to find the immigration office in TJ.
Our original plan was to stay in Ensenada for a night and head for the coastal beaches further south the following day,
they were going to the same place and seem to know where they were going how to get there, so we ended up following them..

Me and and my buddy Daniel had no idea how far it was we just followed and i think we all over estimated how long it would take to get there, and what time the sun would stop shining so we ended up riding in the dark through the windy valley from the hwy down to the dirt roads of the small fishing village of Erendira.


As we started to climb the steep hill in the black of the night i recall seeing the imperfection in the road in my headlights but it was already too late to slow down or try to avoid it.
The front tyre hit and swerved to the left and right before coming down hard with my knee and right shoulder impacting first, i saw the dust in the headlights and felt the side of my head slap into the rocky dirt track as the engine cut out and i lay for a moment in the still of the night..

I remember thinking , woahh .... thats how it feels, my first 'proper' fall at last...
I lift myself up from under the bike and brush off the dust.
It was like in the movies where your favourite super hero will get up out of the rubble after crashing through a brick walll ...
I felt fine. It was kinda cool.


Welcome to Mexico.

going south 11-07-2012 09:09 AM

Ok, I'm in, waiting for more...:lurk

Glad your ok from the super hero brick wall thing... :freaky

Parcero 11-07-2012 12:44 PM

Helluva start!

EmilianoXR650L 11-07-2012 01:14 PM

[QUOTE
It was like in the movies where your favourite super hero will get up out of the rubble after crashing through a brick walll ...
i felt fine . it was kinda cool.

[/QUOTE]

:clap:freaky:clap

GISdood 11-07-2012 04:58 PM

Noooooo! Not that gorgeous headlight!!! :2cry

GSequoia 11-08-2012 11:10 AM

Did you break the lamp itself or just add character to the housing and mess up the custom speedo?

MagneticSouth 11-09-2012 09:19 AM

Quote:

Originally Posted by GISdood (Post 19994975)
Noooooo! Not that gorgeous headlight!!! :2cry

Quote:

Originally Posted by GSequoia (Post 20000282)
Did you break the lamp itself or just add character to the housing and mess up the custom speedo?

The the lamp is fine, now its just like tecate (headlight con carácter) i just cracked the the speedo glass and broke the dial off.

GSequoia 11-09-2012 11:32 AM

Quote:

Originally Posted by MagneticSouth (Post 20007134)
The the lamp is fine, now its just like tecate (headlight con carácter) i just cracked the the speedo glass and broke the dial off.

No worries then, you needed one in kilos anyway!

EmilianoXR650L 11-09-2012 05:33 PM

Update !!!!
 
Ready for the next update !!!!!!!!!! :*sip*

MagneticSouth 11-10-2012 01:27 AM

Quote:

Originally Posted by EmilianoXR650L (Post 20010461)
Ready for the next update !!!!!!!!!! :*sip*

Sorry I'm preety hopless at keeping up...

If your interested in reading the background info and Prep for this trip its on this thread..

http://advrider.com/forums/showthread.php?t=791120

The next day i awoke feeling a little sore, but i was more anxious to find out what damage i had done to the bike..

It wasn't too bad, i got away with a cracked speedo glass, crooked handlebars, broken brake lever, and a bent stand.
I was just happy we were able to sort everything out with a hammer and a bit of tape.

We headed out for a ride later that afternoon..

http://i1053.photobucket.com/albums/...a/GOPR7127.jpg
http://i1053.photobucket.com/albums/...a/GOPR7149.jpg
http://i1053.photobucket.com/albums/...a/GOPR7187.jpg

coyote tracks
http://i1053.photobucket.com/albums/...a/GOPR7377.jpg

http://i1053.photobucket.com/albums/...a/GOPR7325.jpg
http://i1053.photobucket.com/albums/...a/GOPR7391.jpg
http://i1053.photobucket.com/albums/...a/GOPR7412.jpg

Watercat 11-10-2012 04:50 AM

:lurk

Off to a gnarly start . . . . . . :eek1 can only get . . . . . . better ?:wink:


:lurk

MagneticSouth 11-10-2012 07:05 AM

Quote:

Originally Posted by Watercat (Post 20012592)
:lurk

Off to a gnarly start . . . . . . :eek1 can only get . . . . . . better ?:wink:


:lurk

More sand makes things better right ?

http://i1053.photobucket.com/albums/...a/GOPR7470.jpg
http://i1053.photobucket.com/albums/...a/GOPR7459.jpg

tell that to Daniel
http://i1053.photobucket.com/albums/...a/GOPR7493.jpg

http://i1053.photobucket.com/albums/...a/GOPR7629.jpg
http://i1053.photobucket.com/albums/...a/GOPR7672.jpg
http://i1053.photobucket.com/albums/...a/GOPR7657.jpg

learning to kickstart with my left leg.
http://i1053.photobucket.com/albums/...a/GOPR7693.jpg

The beach seemed so close but thats a steep cliff separating us.
http://i1053.photobucket.com/albums/...a/GOPR7704.jpg

thats me dropping it.. not as painful but sure is hard work.
http://i1053.photobucket.com/albums/...a/GOPR7707.jpg

http://i1053.photobucket.com/albums/...a/GOPR7760.jpg
http://i1053.photobucket.com/albums/...a/GOPR7770.jpg
http://i1053.photobucket.com/albums/...a/GOPR7775.jpg

Daniel's rear didn't have as much tread so it was pretty hard on him.
I was lucky i had my new shinko's on otherwise i think i would still be out there.
This was really only the 4th day i had ever been off road.

http://i1053.photobucket.com/albums/...a/GOPR7922.jpg
http://i1053.photobucket.com/albums/...a/GOPR7920.jpg
http://i1053.photobucket.com/albums/...a/GOPR7964.jpg
http://i1053.photobucket.com/albums/...a/GOPR8090.jpg

Feeling contento i made it back in one piece.

GSequoia 11-10-2012 10:29 AM

Quote:

Originally Posted by MagneticSouth (Post 20013208)
More sand makes things better right ?

So the racks held up to the first get off, right?

MagneticSouth 11-13-2012 06:50 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by GSequoia (Post 20014226)
So the racks held up to the first get off, right?

They survived but actually the racks are gonna need some work. I only really realised when i left LA that with my load and an extra gallon of water and a gallon of extra fuel, It made the bike preety unbalanced and rear heavy, i dont think it did me any favours when i hit the ditch in the middle of the night. I think it needs to move a little forward on top of the wheel axle.

Thank you again for your help with them, it got me past the border at the least :norton


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