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Old 03-31-2009, 11:29 AM   #1
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I'm leaving today for Baja via a SoCal mini-tour taking in Santa Barbara, LA, Joshua Tree and Salton Sea. Riding my adventurized XR650L and going to meet up with my partner in crime for this escapade, xymotic who's riding an F650GS Dakar.

Wish me luck...
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Old 03-31-2009, 11:50 AM   #2
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I'm leaving today for Baja via a SoCal mini-tour taking in Santa Barbara, LA, Joshua Tree and Salton Sea. Riding my adventurized XR650L and going to meet up with my partner in crime for this escapade, xymotic who's riding an F650GS Dakar.

Wish me luck...
Maybe we'll cross paths - I'm on my way north!

Have fun, it'll be hard not to.
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Old 03-31-2009, 05:28 PM   #3
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I'm leaving today for Baja via a SoCal mini-tour taking in Santa Barbara, LA, Joshua Tree and Salton Sea. Riding my adventurized XR650L and going to meet up with my partner in crime for this escapade, xymotic who's riding an F650GS Dakar.

Wish me luck...
good luck sp and xymotic.....take your time, enjoy, and come home safely.....

and don't forget to post those damn pics.....
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Old 03-31-2009, 06:10 PM   #4
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Have fun guys. So sorry I'm not going this time.
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Old 03-31-2009, 09:39 PM   #5
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Day One: Fremont - Fremont

Some drama. 71 miles travelled.

(or Plans A, B and C already?)

I left Fremont this morning, aimed for work at Redwood City to finish some work for a next release, before heading down to Monterey so I could get a head-start on tomorrow's long day, destination Santa Barbara.

I was really happy with how the bike was loaded and was handling. I've learned a little about packing by now.

Gassed up in RWC (clue: this bit is important) then took the plunge on 101 South to escape the grinding traffic of the Bay Area rush hour(s). 5 miles later my XR started to loose power a few times before stalling. I pulled over onto the "shoulder" just at an on-ramp before pushing the bike across the ramp in between speeding commuters. After some messing around, it started up as if nothing happened... less than a thousand miles... too early for the CDI to give up right?

In denial, I took-off for 85 hoping that maybe it would just get better by itself...

Then at Stevens Creek it died on me again and I pulled up the exit ramp, toggling the starter button to keep it rolling. Deciding not to mess with it too much in the precarious position I found myself, instead I rolled the bike between the mass of cars to get to the safety of the sidewalk. A friendly biker spotted my predicament and asked I needed any help. I explained my mess and he escorted me along the street with hazards blinking while I got out on the sea of hungry cars. I took refuge in a nearby gas station while I pondered my next move.

Plan B: Fortunately my Crackberry was able to supply a list of nearby Honda Dealerships and I wasn't far from Los Gatos. Once again, after a pause the bike started up again. Off we go!

Somehow nothing bad happened on the way to Los Gatos. I pulled off at the first exit and pulled into a Starbucks lot to get more detailed directions. At this point I noticed that my Shangri-La was in fact a car dealership



Plan C. Call some dealers. The service guy at Mountain View was a total tool (him: what do you expect me to do about it?.... me: uh thanks ) so I called my local shop in Fremont who where totally amenable. I decided to make my way back, at least I'd be close to home at this point. On the way, it died three more times. The third time, some dude pulled up in a pick-up just behind me and stopped to see if I was okay. Nice guy. This was getting old.

After firing it back up I was rolling again and had the forethought to check underneath my handy dandy Cycoactive barpack (best invention ever) and noticed that the line from my vented fuel tank to the California evap junk was all twisted up and kinked. I did a little emergency repair at 65mph (ish :wink) and everything was good in the hood.

I stopped by my local honda place in Fremont and smooth talked my way into talking a tech for a couple minutes just as they were shutting up. I explained my problem and what I thought I had done to fix it and the wise-man nodded sagely. He suggested a few other things to check as well but I think I fixed the problem "on-the-road". They'll be getting more of my business in the future.

I contemplated making a dash for Monterey though the waning rush hour traffic but decided against it simply because it's less fun being stopped at the side of the road in the dark.

Sorry, no photos. Use your imagination.

Tomorrow is a seven hour sprint to Santa Barbara.

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Old 03-31-2009, 09:50 PM   #6
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Yeeks! Glad it was an easy fix, though! Ah well, what's an adventure without adventure, right?
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Old 03-31-2009, 09:52 PM   #7
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Yeeks! Glad it was an easy fix, though! Ah well, what's an adventure without adventure, right?
At least it wasn't dark, cold or raining.

I'll try again tomorrow.
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Old 03-31-2009, 09:54 PM   #8
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Don't let the bad start phase you...

With tons of preparation, something silly is bound to happen at the start. Don't let it deter you from your plans; soldier on like a good little ADVenturer.

Don't forget lots of pictures so we can live vicariously through you!
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Old 04-01-2009, 03:44 AM   #9
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Old 04-20-2009, 08:50 PM   #10
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Originally Posted by SenorPeligro
Some drama. 71 miles travelled.

(or Plans A, B and C already?)

I left Fremont this morning, aimed for work at Redwood City to finish some work for a next release, before heading down to Monterey so I could get a head-start on tomorrow's long day, destination Santa Barbara.

I was really happy with how the bike was loaded and was handling. I've learned a little about packing by now.

Gassed up in RWC (clue: this bit is important) then took the plunge on 101 South to escape the grinding traffic of the Bay Area rush hour(s). 5 miles later my XR started to loose power a few times before stalling. I pulled over onto the "shoulder" just at an on-ramp before pushing the bike across the ramp in between speeding commuters. After some messing around, it started up as if nothing happened... less than a thousand miles... too early for the CDI to give up right?

In denial, I took-off for 85 hoping that maybe it would just get better by itself...

Then at Stevens Creek it died on me again and I pulled up the exit ramp, toggling the starter button to keep it rolling. Deciding not to mess with it too much in the precarious position I found myself, instead I rolled the bike between the mass of cars to get to the safety of the sidewalk. A friendly biker spotted my predicament and asked I needed any help. I explained my mess and he escorted me along the street with hazards blinking while I got out on the sea of hungry cars. I took refuge in a nearby gas station while I pondered my next move.

Plan B: Fortunately my Crackberry was able to supply a list of nearby Honda Dealerships and I wasn't far from Los Gatos. Once again, after a pause the bike started up again. Off we go!

Somehow nothing bad happened on the way to Los Gatos. I pulled off at the first exit and pulled into a Starbucks lot to get more detailed directions. At this point I noticed that my Shangri-La was in fact a car dealership



Plan C. Call some dealers. The service guy at Mountain View was a total tool (him: what do you expect me to do about it?.... me: uh thanks ) so I called my local shop in Fremont who where totally amenable. I decided to make my way back, at least I'd be close to home at this point. On the way, it died three more times. The third time, some dude pulled up in a pick-up just behind me and stopped to see if I was okay. Nice guy. This was getting old.

After firing it back up I was rolling again and had the forethought to check underneath my handy dandy Cycoactive barpack (best invention ever) and noticed that the line from my vented fuel tank to the California evap junk was all twisted up and kinked. I did a little emergency repair at 65mph (ish :wink) and everything was good in the hood.

I stopped by my local honda place in Fremont and smooth talked my way into talking a tech for a couple minutes just as they were shutting up. I explained my problem and what I thought I had done to fix it and the wise-man nodded sagely. He suggested a few other things to check as well but I think I fixed the problem "on-the-road". They'll be getting more of my business in the future.

I contemplated making a dash for Monterey though the waning rush hour traffic but decided against it simply because it's less fun being stopped at the side of the road in the dark.

Sorry, no photos. Use your imagination.

Tomorrow is a seven hour sprint to Santa Barbara.

I remember at Bodi, you whipped out your tool kit and fixed that f650 in a flash too. You figured out the problem in no time. You that good on the computer too? You're hired!
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Old 04-20-2009, 08:55 PM   #11
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I remember at Bodi, you whipped out your tool kit and fixed that f650 in a flash too. You figured out the problem in no time. You that good on the computer too? You're hired!
I also fixed Crashy's radiator boil-over problem. I have experience with user mangled radiator caps... DAMHIK...

Bodi... White Mountain... that was good times
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Old 05-14-2009, 10:57 PM   #12
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Fuel tank not venting?

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I remember at Bodi, you whipped out your tool kit and fixed that f650 in a flash too. You figured out the problem in no time. You that good on the computer too? You're hired!
Try one of these. Fixed my problem on my older Honda.

http://www.motorcycle-superstore.com...Vent-Caps.aspx
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Old 06-11-2009, 06:40 AM   #13
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Bring on the TT races pics! Come on already!
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Old 01-17-2010, 04:28 PM   #14
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I made some changes to my website, and i guess I broke a lot of the links here. If anyone wants to see the pix from this ride they are located here:
http://ontheboat.net/gallery2/v/moto...aja+april+_09/
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Old 06-22-2010, 09:52 PM   #15
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I finally updated the photos after Xymotic's server move and fixed a few typos and spelling errors.

Spent the last two evenings lost in the desert again. It seems like more than a lifetime ago even though some of the memories are indelibly burned into my mind.

The XR ended up spending nearly 80 days in the shop while Honda refused a warranty claim around oil consumption followed by the dealership taking forever to get the cylinder rebored. There's probably more to this story but I'm over it. I almost sold the bike over the winter but couldn't bear to part with it. We've been exploring Mendocino, and I completed the Sheetiron 300 on it this year. Way too much fun.

I sold my F650GS earlier this year and replaced it with an F800GS that I'm farkling up for some off-road adventures including the White Mountain Research Station open-day and a trip to Panguitch, Utah.

Crashy rode to Baja with some Cafe Husky pals last winter. He's developed mad-ninja off-road skillz.

Right now I'm doing the technology start-up thing, so I'm a regular employee for the first time in ten years, without the luxury of as much vacation as I can afford. I'm contemplating riding to Austin, Texas in January to see some friends... winter in the desert southwest could be interesting, right?
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