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Forum: Trip Planning 03-05-2013, 07:27 AM
Replies: 19
Views: 1,606
Posted By MountaineerWV
Why would you spend 12 hrs planning a route in...

Why would you spend 12 hrs planning a route in the US? Accurate mileage and fuel points...are you off road? Have a 1 gallon tank?

Typically I would use ADV, HUBB, Thorntree, or locals to find...
Forum: Americas 02-18-2013, 10:20 AM
Replies: 15
Views: 1,444
Posted By MountaineerWV
How uncoordinated and fat are ya? With...

How uncoordinated and fat are ya?

With damn near zero riding experience I bought a DR650 and rode the TAT summer of 2011, and the followed that with another 35,000 miles through Mexico, Central,...
Forum: Trip Planning 11-22-2012, 09:22 AM
Replies: 3
Views: 1,122
Posted By MountaineerWV
I met a fellow ADVRider, Sean, in Punta Arenas,...

I met a fellow ADVRider, Sean, in Punta Arenas, Chile that shipped his KTM 690 SM to LA (or maybe San Fran) back in March. He has a ride report up in the Ride Report section. Sorry, but can't...
Forum: Americas 11-16-2012, 07:37 AM
Replies: 15
Views: 1,633
Posted By MountaineerWV
If you are going to add the DR650 to the...

If you are going to add the DR650 to the mix....:)

I took a DR650 about 35k miles from the US to Ushuaia. Minimal problems and those were caused by me. The abuse the DR took was amazing - I...
Forum: Americas 11-14-2012, 11:34 AM
Replies: 5
Views: 1,170
Posted By MountaineerWV
Echoing everyone else, depends on your skill...

Echoing everyone else, depends on your skill level and the weather.

Off hand I can think of two places a large bike might be very difficult to handle.

1 in Utah and 1 in Oregon.

The black...
Forum: Trip Planning 11-13-2012, 05:33 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 1,551
Posted By MountaineerWV
I think that Argentina and Peru were like that. ...

I think that Argentina and Peru were like that. Even then, at some borders they will not ask for it. When I crossed into Argentina from Chile I went to a border that other travelers said did NOT...
Forum: Americas 11-13-2012, 01:04 PM
Replies: 21
Views: 3,245
Posted By MountaineerWV
Good on ya for putting this together. I'm in...

Good on ya for putting this together. I'm in Morgantown and I'll try to put something together for north central wv.

Please figure out a way to make the page view-able without scrolling from...
Forum: Americas 11-13-2012, 12:58 PM
Replies: 15
Views: 1,633
Posted By MountaineerWV
My initial question is pavement or off road? ...

My initial question is pavement or off road?

If you are sticking to pavement, probably the BMW if they are short or the Vstrom if they are tall. If you are spending time off road, well I wouldn't...
Forum: Trip Planning 11-09-2012, 07:25 AM
Replies: 57
Views: 6,176
Posted By MountaineerWV
Trip planning is fun! It's a way to live...

Trip planning is fun!

It's a way to live the trip before you leave.

Once on the trip, it's sort of like the old battle plan cliche about all plans are good until the first shot is fired. The...
Forum: Trip Planning 11-07-2012, 09:36 AM
Replies: 17
Views: 2,160
Posted By MountaineerWV
No nightly rituals. I prefer to do it in the...

No nightly rituals. I prefer to do it in the morning. Check tire pressure, ride for a bit to warm up chain/get gas, lub chain at gas station. Other than that...really, nothing. I don't like...
Forum: Trip Planning 11-07-2012, 09:30 AM
Replies: 8
Views: 1,551
Posted By MountaineerWV
Do some research on insurance. Lots of info...

Do some research on insurance. Lots of info here.

Some countries require insurance, some do not. Of the countries that require insurance, some will allow you to purchase it at borders and...
Forum: Americas 10-16-2012, 06:24 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 1,213
Posted By MountaineerWV
If you are going to Panama and returning, I don't...

If you are going to Panama and returning, I don't think that camping gear is worth carrying around. I used it maybe total of three times through Mexico, Central America, and South America until I...
Forum: Trip Planning 10-09-2012, 09:50 AM
Replies: 16
Views: 2,952
Posted By MountaineerWV
Check the power block on the cord to your laptop....

Check the power block on the cord to your laptop. Most, if not all, laptops run from 110 to 240V. As for the battery charger, I bought one from Radio Shack. Just ensure it can handle the full...
Forum: Trip Planning 10-08-2012, 03:05 PM
Replies: 16
Views: 2,952
Posted By MountaineerWV
I went through two powerlet charging harnesses. ...

I went through two powerlet charging harnesses. They replaced them, but it doesn't do a lot of good when they break and you need them...

I was on the road about a year and by the end I had a...
Forum: The perfect line and other riding myths 09-13-2012, 12:59 PM
Replies: 25
Views: 5,675
Posted By MountaineerWV
I took a DR650 on the TAT last summer. If I...

I took a DR650 on the TAT last summer.

If I had to do it again, I would take a lighter bike. WR250 sounds about right. and I wouldn't bring camping shit or cooking shit. I would hotel it and...
Forum: Americas 07-28-2012, 09:48 AM
Replies: 21
Views: 2,532
Posted By MountaineerWV
I rode it last July from TN to OR and caught up...

I rode it last July from TN to OR and caught up to (or was passed haha) by three groups, maybe 9 people in total. 2 guys in TN. 3 Swiss riders in AR. and 4 guys at the top of California Pass in CO. ...
Forum: Trip Planning 07-23-2012, 09:17 AM
Replies: 61
Views: 7,147
Posted By MountaineerWV
This thread has to be an inmate trolling under an...

This thread has to be an inmate trolling under an assumed name. No freakin way this is serious.
Forum: Crazy-Awesome almost Dakar racers (950/990cc) 07-20-2012, 03:47 PM
Replies: 27
Views: 3,608
Posted By MountaineerWV
Well, I found a 2010 with 19,000 miles for just...

Well, I found a 2010 with 19,000 miles for just under $10K. Not sure if that's a good price or not....
Forum: Crazy-Awesome almost Dakar racers (950/990cc) 07-20-2012, 01:56 PM
Replies: 27
Views: 3,608
Posted By MountaineerWV
The 990 SMR is proving to be illusive!

The 990 SMR is proving to be illusive!
Forum: Crazy-Awesome almost Dakar racers (950/990cc) 07-19-2012, 08:09 AM
Replies: 27
Views: 3,608
Posted By MountaineerWV
I'm sold on the SMR. Just need to dig up the...

I'm sold on the SMR. Just need to dig up the funds and find one now. :)
Forum: Crazy-Awesome almost Dakar racers (950/990cc) 07-13-2012, 08:55 PM
Replies: 27
Views: 3,608
Posted By MountaineerWV
Anyone know of any KTM dealers with an SMR on the...

Anyone know of any KTM dealers with an SMR on the east coast. ;)
Forum: Crazy-Awesome almost Dakar racers (950/990cc) 07-13-2012, 02:31 PM
Replies: 27
Views: 3,608
Posted By MountaineerWV
Excellent, thank you guys for the input. I...

Excellent, thank you guys for the input.

I had fun on the 650, but found myself wishing it had more get up and go.

The DR was a great dual sport. Now I want to get away from the dual sport and...
Forum: Crazy-Awesome almost Dakar racers (950/990cc) 07-13-2012, 01:56 PM
Replies: 27
Views: 3,608
Posted By MountaineerWV
I drive at the speed and in such a way as I feel...

I drive at the speed and in such a way as I feel comfortable. Sure, I let loose once in awhile, but I never really feel out of control or that I'm putting myself in danger.
Forum: Crazy-Awesome almost Dakar racers (950/990cc) 07-13-2012, 11:39 AM
Replies: 27
Views: 3,608
Posted By MountaineerWV
KTM 990 Supermoto R - too much?

Looking for some input from folks that have the Supermoto R...

I have drooled over the 990 R since I first saw one, but I feel a little intimidated by it. The bulk of my experience (~40k miles)...
Forum: Trip Planning 07-05-2012, 08:55 PM
Replies: 61
Views: 7,147
Posted By MountaineerWV
Slow down there cowboy. Miles per day? ...

Slow down there cowboy.

Miles per day? Water requirements? Load prep? Rest hours? It's a trip within the US and he will probably ride mostly highway....There's going to be gas stations, cafes,...
Forum: Ride reports 06-15-2012, 05:54 PM
Replies: 408
Views: 112,477
Posted By MountaineerWV
Good luck man! Enjoy yourself, I thought about...

Good luck man! Enjoy yourself, I thought about doing it again this summer also.

Last year I camped most of the way...this time, I would plan to hotel/motel it. I would cut my gear in half if I...
Forum: The perfect line and other riding myths 05-25-2012, 02:50 PM
Replies: 184
Views: 44,047
Posted By MountaineerWV
Does anyone have any strong feelings on...

Does anyone have any strong feelings on Alpinestars Logic Kevlar Denim Pants?

I used a pair of Rev'it Cayenne Pro pants through North, Central, and South America and while I'm happy with...
Forum: Trip Planning 05-21-2012, 07:34 AM
Replies: 35
Views: 4,651
Posted By MountaineerWV
Baby Wipes. Never leave home without them.

Baby Wipes. Never leave home without them.
Forum: Trip Planning 05-21-2012, 07:31 AM
Replies: 39
Views: 7,314
Posted By MountaineerWV
Sounds quite heavy. I went covered Death...

Sounds quite heavy.

I went covered Death Valley to Antarctica and carried less than 50 lbs including panniers and rack. My back hurts just thinking about picking your bike up after the first...
Forum: Trip Planning 04-22-2012, 04:43 PM
Replies: 17
Views: 2,388
Posted By MountaineerWV
No real need for a GPS. Maps are nice, but you...

No real need for a GPS. Maps are nice, but you can always get info on the ground from locals.

The only thing I look at when I planned my route was entrance requirements and transporting the bike....
Forum: Africa & Mid East 04-22-2012, 11:44 AM
Replies: 2,729
Views: 264,002
Posted By MountaineerWV
Bike Market

I would like to purchase a bike in South Africa and was curious where the best market is for used bikes. I have not bought a plane ticket yet and would rather fly directly to the a city to buy a...
Forum: Ride reports 04-15-2012, 12:54 PM
Replies: 99
Views: 24,181
Posted By MountaineerWV
Ha, yes that was me. Hung out and smoke ciggies...

Ha, yes that was me. Hung out and smoke ciggies with Shaun a few days. Great guy! The brushes on my starter motor were corroded and the spring that pushes the brushes inward against the commuter...
Forum: Trip Planning 04-15-2012, 12:32 PM
Replies: 12
Views: 1,662
Posted By MountaineerWV
Just use facebook man. Pick out the best 2 or 3...

Just use facebook man. Pick out the best 2 or 3 photos of the day, tag the location, and write something witty in the description box.

As for data mining...do you have a credit card? a store...
Forum: Americas 04-05-2012, 06:12 AM
Replies: 7
Views: 1,270
Posted By MountaineerWV
I rode the TAT as a brand new motorcyclist last...

I rode the TAT as a brand new motorcyclist last summer on a DR650. One Less Harley nailed it. Keep in mind that the 15% challenging sections are usually about as far away from an escape route as...
Forum: Thumpers 04-03-2012, 05:15 PM
Replies: 102,194
Views: 19,982,882
Posted By MountaineerWV
Just wanted to say thanks again for the advice on...

Just wanted to say thanks again for the advice on the starter motor.

I was thinking 'worst case' and got stressed/not thinking clearly. The brushes were short and the metal bracket they are...
Forum: Thumpers 03-29-2012, 09:14 PM
Replies: 102,194
Views: 19,982,882
Posted By MountaineerWV
Thank you for the suggestion. I'll look around...

Thank you for the suggestion. I'll look around tomorrow. There may be a decent electric guy 'down' the street. Worst case I'll spend time cleaning things up and trying to find some brushes myself...
Forum: Thumpers 03-29-2012, 03:04 PM
Replies: 102,194
Views: 19,982,882
Posted By MountaineerWV
Just thinking... Are there any other...

Just thinking...

Are there any other motorcycles that may have a similar sized starter motor or use this same part? Perhaps a smaller cc Suzuki DR, one that is common in Chile.
Forum: Thumpers 03-29-2012, 01:56 PM
Replies: 102,194
Views: 19,982,882
Posted By MountaineerWV
Battery is good. Should have checked that before...

Battery is good. Should have checked that before I bought a new one. Oh well...

Relay is good.

Starter, not so much. Pulled it apart. The Holder Set, BRU is toast. Easy enough fix...except...
Forum: Thumpers 03-29-2012, 11:48 AM
Replies: 102,194
Views: 19,982,882
Posted By MountaineerWV
Thanks. Yeah, battery is easy to test - just...

Thanks. Yeah, battery is easy to test - just need to wait until after siesta time and test it. Mostly concerned about the starter motor.

The clicking signifies the relay is good, yes?

That...
Forum: Thumpers 03-29-2012, 11:28 AM
Replies: 102,194
Views: 19,982,882
Posted By MountaineerWV
Field Expedient Starter Check?

I am in Punta Arenas, Chile and the DR won't start. I thought the problem was the battery (and still have suspicions), but a local mechanic said it could be the starter motor. The mechanic has an...
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