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Forum: Asia 03-28-2014, 02:09 AM
Replies: 20
Views: 3,247
Posted By Mekongfrank
Got the Sygic India installed on my mid-range Samsung ACE with Jelly Bean.

On first try it seems to do just fine. I only played around with it for a few minutes but the maps seem detailed enough in the mountains and routing works. It will still be a couple of months until...
Forum: Asia 03-22-2014, 10:20 AM
Replies: 20
Views: 3,247
Posted By Mekongfrank
Any news on offline maps for India?

I'm trekking in Nepal till late May, then I plan to buy a bike in Delhi and ride the Indian Himalayas for a couple of months.

Panny, what map did you use in the end and how happy were you with it?...
Forum: Ride reports 12-12-2013, 03:26 AM
Replies: 362
Views: 145,005
Posted By Mekongfrank
This excellent RR...

... helped me a lot getting a feel for what to expect next year. Luckily I have a few months as opposed to your few weeks to do more or less the same trip. So I'll rather buy than rent a bike, and...
Forum: Alaska 06-03-2012, 04:38 PM
Replies: 61
Views: 6,498
Posted By Mekongfrank
Sounds good - I should be in Anchorage around...

Sounds good - I should be in Anchorage around July 1st, after Prudhoe Bay. Btw, I'm from Stuttgart, about 100km south of Heidelberg. See you at D2D or in Fairbanks.
Forum: Ride reports 05-10-2012, 07:00 PM
Replies: 164
Views: 29,752
Posted By Mekongfrank
Jack Theatre

Right, you guys should check out the Fiesta de San Marcos in Aguascalientes one of these years. Biggest 3-week party in Mexico! I had the good fortune to meet the owner of Jack Theater who introduced...
Forum: Alaska 05-04-2012, 11:13 PM
Replies: 310
Views: 34,355
Posted By Mekongfrank
Dust to Dawson 2012 1. Copy these instructions...

Dust to Dawson 2012
1. Copy these instructions along with the most current list of names.
2. Hit "New Reply" button (no, not the "quote" button).
3. Paste your copy.
4. Add the next number and...
Forum: Ride reports 05-02-2012, 12:13 AM
Replies: 164
Views: 29,752
Posted By Mekongfrank
Just back from CC too - your report helped al lot!

I don't want to hijack the thread but I think it will add some info to this great RR if I say something about my 2 days in the Canyon a week ago.

My route was a bit different and I did it solo...
Forum: Ride reports 04-18-2012, 11:35 PM
Replies: 164
Views: 29,752
Posted By Mekongfrank
Barranca de Cobre Map

Hey Johnny,

looks like you had a great time there. I hope you post more soon!
I'm on my way north from TdF to Alaska, right now in Aguascalientes. I'll be in the Copper Canyon area in a few days....
Forum: Latin America 03-31-2012, 12:49 AM
Replies: 210
Views: 16,190
Posted By Mekongfrank
Left Guatemala today, now in Belize

Thanks again folks for the helpful info.
I stayed in Guatemala longer than planned. Here's why, and some general observations:
I got a tourist visa for the US - application process sucks big time,...
Forum: Alaska 03-31-2012, 12:04 AM
Replies: 61
Views: 6,498
Posted By Mekongfrank
D2D and Faibanks? Sounds good to me!

Justin, I guess it's well over a year since we met down south in El Calafate, Argentina. I'm still on my slow way north, right now in Belize City. Alas, I'll have to speed up a bit now, but I hope to...
Forum: Latin America 02-21-2012, 07:38 PM
Replies: 210
Views: 16,190
Posted By Mekongfrank
Next week in Guatemala

Thanks for the advice guys!

For what it's worth: I crossed the border from Honduras to El Salvador yesterday at El Poy. No hassle, no helpers, no demand for money, not even copies needed. The...
Forum: Latin America 02-15-2012, 08:20 PM
Replies: 210
Views: 16,190
Posted By Mekongfrank
3 weeks this March in Guatemala

Right now I'm in Nicaragua and will be about 2 weeks in Honduras and El Salvador, so I should arrive late Feb in Guatemala.
On the list are Altitlan and Tikal, and I will head to Belize on my way...
Forum: Latin America 02-04-2012, 10:50 PM
Replies: 211
Views: 35,626
Posted By Mekongfrank
Hey Mike, just saw your post. Right, my first...

Hey Mike, just saw your post. Right, my first (and only) accident in SA was a bit of a bummer. Here is the pic of my unlucky entry to Cali:...
Forum: Latin America 02-04-2012, 09:12 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 1,522
Posted By Mekongfrank
use proyectomapear!

I arrived with osm on my garmin http://garmin.openstreetmap.nl/ more than a year ago in Buenos Aires. Works good. But then I came across http://www.proyectomapear.com.ar/ ...
Forum: Latin America 12-22-2011, 07:35 AM
Replies: 34
Views: 3,316
Posted By Mekongfrank
Medellin/Guatape for X-mas

I'm leaving Cali now for Medellin. I'll be at the Pitstop Hostal. Some guys I met months ago in Bolivia are staying there too. I'll certainly have a few beers at the Shamrock Pub.
After X-mas in...
Forum: Latin America 12-12-2011, 08:46 PM
Replies: 302
Views: 20,476
Posted By Mekongfrank
in Cali this week

Oooops. Got rear-ended last night when I rolled into Cali. Bike still runs but lots of parts damages. Spend all day at BMW in Cali to find out that 24 parts (from headlight - which cracked when I hit...
Forum: Latin America 12-09-2011, 11:19 PM
Replies: 2
Views: 693
Posted By Mekongfrank
That's a Honda shop but I'm sure they can sort...

That's a Honda shop but I'm sure they can sort you out:
http://www.motoperformanceperu.com/contacto.php
Surquillo is across the highway from Miraflores in southern Lima
Forum: Latin America 12-09-2011, 11:04 PM
Replies: 12
Views: 2,365
Posted By Mekongfrank
No lock

I second that. A cover is a good idea, although I don't even use one. I started my South America trip 15 months ago. I have a disc lock with alarm an I used it occasionally early in the trip. I...
Forum: Latin America 12-02-2011, 04:35 PM
Replies: 45
Views: 6,073
Posted By Mekongfrank
Met guido in Quito

Checked out his "Los Choris" Restaurant. Beer is cold and steak excellent. French fries imported from Belgium, no less! Very helpful, got my stuff sorted out much quicker than I'd have thought thanks...
Forum: Latin America 12-01-2011, 07:59 AM
Replies: 45
Views: 6,073
Posted By Mekongfrank
I'll sample your seak an beer today!

Hi Guido,
I'll leave Mindo in an hour or so. Put the beer in a cold spot and fire up the parilla for the steak! :freaky
Cheers, Frank
Forum: GS Boxers 11-29-2011, 03:38 PM
Replies: 3
Views: 773
Posted By Mekongfrank
Thanks!

Ah, that would explain why the bike still runs normally, although I can only get 90 octane fuel here in Ecuador. I'm glad it didn't break when I was in Bolivia and only 85 octane was available. Did...
Forum: GS Boxers 11-28-2011, 08:25 PM
Replies: 3
Views: 773
Posted By Mekongfrank
Broken wire - please help identify what it's supposed to be doing

I just noticed a broken wire behind the right side cylinder of my 2009 R1200GSA. Looks like it ripped apart some time ago, although I can't imagine how that happened. Even when I did a lot of dirt...
Forum: Americas 11-28-2011, 01:11 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 716
Posted By Mekongfrank
put this place on your list!

Montanita, good beach 40 km south of Puerto Lopez.
One hostel with parking is Sol Bravo, about 3 blocks south of the church, one block from the beach. I bargained the room price down from $20 to...
Forum: Americas 11-24-2011, 05:06 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 716
Posted By Mekongfrank
Just arrived in Ecuador

Can't tell you too much just now. I've only arrived in Vilcabamba from Chachapoyas Peru. Good riding, 200km unpaved on these 500km of that stretch, half dirt, half gravel. Border was easy, alas it...
Forum: Latin America 11-22-2011, 07:07 PM
Replies: 18
Views: 3,151
Posted By Mekongfrank
yes, there are some fuel problems!

I've been 3 months in Bolivia this year. There is a new law that foreigners are charged more than double. i.e. local price about 4.00 BOB/litre, foreign plates about 8.20 BOB/litre. That said, I only...
Forum: Pics, pics, pics... 11-15-2011, 09:12 PM
Replies: 4,463
Views: 1,655,158
Posted By Mekongfrank
Hallo Alpenkrieger! Sorry, I won't write an...

Hallo Alpenkrieger!

Sorry, I won't write an RR. I just post on Facebook. Find me here: www.facebook.com/frankinasia (http://advrider.com/forums/www.facebook.com/frankinasia)
(anyone welcome,...
Forum: Latin America 11-15-2011, 08:27 PM
Replies: 4
Views: 1,072
Posted By Mekongfrank
A friend of mind just posted on Facebook that he...

A friend of mind just posted on Facebook that he made it into La Paz trough the roadblocks south of the capital and the demonstrations in town. He came in from Potosi/Oruro. Heed the advice of the...
Forum: Latin America 11-15-2011, 08:10 PM
Replies: 18
Views: 2,913
Posted By Mekongfrank
Indeed, I consider myself lucky that I discovered...

Indeed, I consider myself lucky that I discovered the leaking rear shock in the Peruvian capital an not in the middle of nowhere. That's one of the things I did while in Lima:...
Forum: Latin America 11-15-2011, 07:54 PM
Replies: 302
Views: 20,476
Posted By Mekongfrank
Dec/Jan 2011/12 in Colombia

I'm in Trujillo, Peru, now, will be in Ecuador from about 20 to 30 Nov, then Colombia and maybe Venezuela for 6 weeks until I take the Stahlratte to Panama on Jan 17. I'll certainly stop by in Cali...
Forum: Latin America 11-15-2011, 07:46 PM
Replies: 4
Views: 1,395
Posted By Mekongfrank
Details???

I might come through in Feb. What's the date and location?
Forum: Latin America 11-15-2011, 07:39 PM
Replies: 18
Views: 2,913
Posted By Mekongfrank
Rear shock to Lima, Peru with DHL

Very similar experience in Lima.
I didn't choose DHL Express (which could have been mistake) but DHL Business Parcel to have a new rear shock shipped from Germany to Peru. Price difference was...
Forum: Latin America 11-07-2011, 04:59 PM
Replies: 34
Views: 3,316
Posted By Mekongfrank
in Lima now, leaving Colombia 17 Jan 2012

I'm still waiting for my new rear shock in Lima, Peru. Hope to be ready to head north later this week.

Plan is to make it to Equador about Nov 25, then 2 weeks in Equador. That would leave about 5...
Forum: Pics, pics, pics... 11-01-2011, 10:15 PM
Replies: 4,463
Views: 1,655,158
Posted By Mekongfrank
Recently in Bolivia...

http://i215.photobucket.com/albums/cc254/frankinasia/2011d_Bolivia_2/3368_2011_08_25_17_36_20_Filadelfia.jpg
Heading straight west, soon running out of light in the Chaco, a few miles after the...
Forum: Latin America 10-27-2011, 11:12 PM
Replies: 21
Views: 2,296
Posted By Mekongfrank
BsAs/Barcelona

I'd rate both places as not especially dangerous.

That said, I had my car broken into in downtown Barcelona, but that's 20 years ago.

And a photographer friend of mine who had travelled from...
Forum: Latin America 10-27-2011, 10:48 PM
Replies: 16
Views: 1,822
Posted By Mekongfrank
Try Pirelli MT60

When in Punta Arenas, Chile last Christmas I couldn't find anything but Pirelli MT60. Not permitted by BMW for the 1200GSA, but they work well. I'm using them since and just put on a new set here in...
Forum: Latin America 10-27-2011, 10:27 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 2,538
Posted By Mekongfrank
I haven't come across any local tour operators or...

I haven't come across any local tour operators or rental places with decent bikes.

These companies offer tours to Bolivia:
http://www.perumotoaventura.com/ (Lima, Peru)...
Forum: Latin America 10-27-2011, 10:20 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 1,169
Posted By Mekongfrank
There are many roads like this one in the Andes....

There are many roads like this one in the Andes. Still, I liked it a lot. Down the old road up the new one. The turnoff is easily overlooked: coming down from the pass on pavement, then you get to...
Forum: Latin America 10-27-2011, 10:01 PM
Replies: 2
Views: 829
Posted By Mekongfrank
You can try http://www.dakarmotos.com/ Javier and...

You can try http://www.dakarmotos.com/ Javier and Sandra in BsAs organize shipping for bikes.
Forum: Latin America 10-27-2011, 09:13 PM
Replies: 13
Views: 1,518
Posted By Mekongfrank
I'm in Lima for a few more days...

...waiting for a new rear shock for my 1200 to arrive. I know a few local riders, maybe they can figure something out that works for you. I'm in Anthony's Hostal 2nd circle on Jose Pardo, Miraflores....
Forum: GS Boxers 10-27-2011, 08:08 PM
Replies: 60
Views: 4,640
Posted By Mekongfrank
I'm over a year in South America now. Currently...

I'm over a year in South America now. Currently in Lima, Peru. I split lanes all the time on my fully loaded 1200GSA. Fits in nicely with the suicidal driving style of the locals :D
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