ADVrider

Go Back   ADVrider > Riding > Ride reports
User Name
Password
Register Inmates Photos Site Rules Search Today's Posts Mark Forums Read

Reply
 
Thread Tools Search this Thread Display Modes
Old 06-07-2010, 07:50 AM   #196
FlyingDutchman
Dirt Biker
 
FlyingDutchman's Avatar
 
Joined: Jun 2007
Location: Ontario. Canada.
Oddometer: 724
Quote:
Originally Posted by fastlane1
Hi Patrick, Great RR all round.

Some questions popped into my KLR riding mind....
When Dave's tire blew back on day 16 you inflated that thing to 35PSI? Any reason for that high pressure. Kawa manual recommends 28PSI max and I usually drop that to around 20PSI on rough roads when loaded up (and I'm 220 lbs alone!). Just wondering if you would get a smoother ride on lower pressures, and maybe reduce the risk of flats?
.... Beers on me.
Cheers,
Lane
[/color][/font][/color]

To get the tires bead to set on the rim, you often have to inflate the tire to a high pressure.

Patrick, I too have have been inspired by your report. Lots of people have done this trip, even on a KLR, but your reporting style has made me come back to read each post by you. The use of yellow text made it simple to find your posts and the pictures with short descriptrions and your feelings about them make your experiences come to life with out dragging on ...blah, blah blah.

So I started up my KLR this weekend and dusted off my Givi boxes...vacation in a month, who wants to go to Panama???
__________________
Twist your own throttle

FlyingDutchman screwed with this post 06-07-2010 at 07:56 AM
FlyingDutchman is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 06-07-2010, 08:57 AM   #197
perrogordo
Adventurer
 
perrogordo's Avatar
 
Joined: May 2010
Location: Las Vegas Nevada
Oddometer: 11
Patrick,
I have enjoyed your thread very much. Unbias reports are a much easier read.
What is the approx cost at each border crossing.
Which tires are you running?
Great pics..send more..
Is Tikal in your plans?



Las Vegas
perrogordo is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 06-07-2010, 09:18 AM   #198
SchizzMan
pronounced `skiz-man
 
SchizzMan's Avatar
 
Joined: Dec 2009
Location: Austin, Tx.
Oddometer: 7,073
Hi Patrick,

You have a PM.
__________________
'09 WR250R, '14 R1200GSA "Der WasserNoggin"

"As long as there's a horizon and I can see it, then I want to know what's there, mentally, physically and visually" - rtwpaul
SchizzMan is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 06-07-2010, 05:04 PM   #199
IslandSpark OP
Adventurer
 
Joined: May 2008
Location: Van Island, BC, CA
Oddometer: 112
Quote:
Originally Posted by perrogordo
Patrick,
I have enjoyed your thread very much. Unbias reports are a much easier read.
What is the approx cost at each border crossing.
Which tires are you running?
Great pics..send more..
Is Tikal in your plans?



Las Vegas
Thanks guys! Glad your all enjoying it... I have more to post tonight after i get some food in me! And yes, we had to inflate the tire to 40PSI to get the damn stuberon bead to seat... Then we dropped him down to about 30PSI.

Border crossings in general are fairly cheap, my most expensive sofar was Mexico... Generally your looking at a max of $30 USD mostly for paperwork and entry fee's. Guatemala, Honduras, El Savlador and Nicarauga are part of the CA-4 union where it doesnt cost anything to travel through these borders into another CA-4 Country. however you may still pay fee's for importing your motorcycle.

The tires im running are the MEFO Explorer series, have 10,000KM on them sefar and still have another 5000 or so in them forsure. Great tire, good ride and good bike in the gravel and muck! Will put another set on forsure!

Tikal is in the plans! not tomorow but perhaps thursday! I'm in Rio Dulce, Guatemla right now, planning on Semac Champay and then Flores tomorow!

Regards,

Patrick
__________________
http://www.Islandriders.ca - Vancouver Island, BC, Canada

Europe, Africa, The middle east & The Former USSR - 2011/2012 maybe?
BC, Canada to Panama on a clapped out KLR - 2010
Follow me via Spot: Click here!
IslandSpark is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 06-07-2010, 05:09 PM   #200
Ardyjay
Gnarly Adventurer
 
Joined: Nov 2007
Location: G.I. BC
Oddometer: 290
Hi from Gabriola, where it's raining like hell.
Great report, ride safe!
Ardyjay is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 06-07-2010, 06:00 PM   #201
dwj - Donnie
Beastly Adventurer
 
dwj - Donnie's Avatar
 
Joined: Apr 2006
Location: On the Road or Mexico
Oddometer: 12,015
[quote=IslandSpark]Day 31





Hi!

I have been following your RR from the beginning. Great Job!

The tube in your picture is dry rotten! Butyl used to manufacture tubes do not like sunlight! They will last for years if protected from sunlight and electric motors. The tube above will probably be leaking when aired up and will definitely fail after a short length of time. You can mount your spare tube in that location, but wrap it up. BTW, of my 32 years in tire and tube manufacturing, about 25 years was manufacturing inner tubes. Do yourself a favor and replace that tube with a good spare tube and wrap it up.

Donnie
dwj - Donnie is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 06-07-2010, 07:10 PM   #202
IslandSpark OP
Adventurer
 
Joined: May 2008
Location: Van Island, BC, CA
Oddometer: 112
Quote:
Originally Posted by dwj - Donnie
Quote:
Originally Posted by dwj - Donnie
I have been following your RR from the beginning. Great Job!

The tube in your picture is dry rotten! Do yourself a favor and replace that tube with a good spare tube and wrap it up.

Donnie


Good eye Donnie! I noticed that myself and have been meaning to grab a replacement when I find a moto shop... Fresh in my mind again!

Pat
__________________
http://www.Islandriders.ca - Vancouver Island, BC, Canada

Europe, Africa, The middle east & The Former USSR - 2011/2012 maybe?
BC, Canada to Panama on a clapped out KLR - 2010
Follow me via Spot: Click here!
IslandSpark is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 06-07-2010, 07:29 PM   #203
IslandSpark OP
Adventurer
 
Joined: May 2008
Location: Van Island, BC, CA
Oddometer: 112
Day 42

I start the morning out with some breakfast at the attached Denny's restaurant only because its included with the price of the room (damned well best get something for that kind of money). A couple cold pancakes and an inattentive waiter make for a great experience. I make sure not to leave a tip, In fact I should have found one on anther table and stolen it.

The familiar drive along CA-1 towards the border crossing to Nicaragua take about 3 hours. I stop in Liberia for a coffee and muffin at a local spot where I meet a couple texans with nothing good to say about there time here and chat with a very nice (and gorgeous) young woman from Washington, DC who had been down here teaching English for the last 6 months, today was her last day in country before heading home.



After some good conversation and tips on where to go and what to see in Nicaragua i carry on to the border. If you recall our last trip through this crossing was a zoo that took nearly 3 hours, today however there are almost no lineups at all. I ride right in to the customs office now that I knew where everything was and cancel my CR import permit before heading down the road to CR Immigration to get stamped out of the country.

The Nicaraguan side is more complex but not by much. I ride in past all the Semi-trucks and get in line at immigration, pay my entry fee, get my stamp and start the process of importing the bike. As with exiting the country you need the signatures of the on duty Auduana agent and police officer as well as receipts for the payments you've made before you'll be given the precious piece of paper and sent on your way.


Looking back on Costa-Rica Immigration


NIcaraguan Customs, as I sit waiting for my importation permission...

Back in Nicaragua I make a beeline for Grenada. We stopped in briefly on our way south and it was a city that I felt I could have spent more time in. I would work out well, Arriving in town around 4pm the search for a hotel goes well with a $15 room at a local hostel nice and close to the town square. I find secure parking for the moto grab my camera and head out on the town for some photo's as the light fades to a perfect golden glow.


Isla de Ometepe, formed by two volcanoes in the middle of Lago Nicaragua.


Currious cow, caught me watering the grass...


Windmills windmills everywhere...


Ahhh, the glory that is Granada... Loved it here!


Colorfull, Colonial and Fun - Great city!


Even the locals are enjoying themselves!


A local church...


Statue in the central square at sunset...


Gazebo in the sqaure, a favorite local hangout...


I'm told they only turn it on for "real tourist season"

Ever since leaving Mexico the food has been downhill, its been good, just bland, missing flavor, so tonight when I walked past a fairly authentic looking Mexican restaurant my fate was sealed. I ask for the house speciality and get a plate stacked full of food, Chicken enchiladas, a stuffed chilli, re-fried beans, guacamole and salsa... When I get a chance to enjoy my dinner between begging kids and people selling all manor of things, its delicious, a welcome change from the normal!



After dinner I find a $3 haircut a the “special lady” (no joke) salon before heading back to the hostel...


Hostel cat says " I's sleeping, go away"...
__________________
http://www.Islandriders.ca - Vancouver Island, BC, Canada

Europe, Africa, The middle east & The Former USSR - 2011/2012 maybe?
BC, Canada to Panama on a clapped out KLR - 2010
Follow me via Spot: Click here!
IslandSpark is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 06-07-2010, 08:32 PM   #204
Big Bad Ron
Gnarly Adventurer
 
Big Bad Ron's Avatar
 
Joined: Oct 2006
Location: BC, Canada
Oddometer: 171
keep it up

Hi I have so enjoyed your trip reports.
Nobody has said anything about your I SPOT. So I thought It was my turn.
I love that you can follow along.
I feel like I should know you, I have an uncle in your home town, And I live in Chilliwack.
Keep up the good work, I would think there are times you must be so tired you don't feel much like writing. But keep up the good work and rubber down.

Ron
Big Bad Ron is online now   Reply With Quote
Old 06-07-2010, 10:56 PM   #205
IslandSpark OP
Adventurer
 
Joined: May 2008
Location: Van Island, BC, CA
Oddometer: 112
Day 43

I'm awake early this morning and ready to hit the road by 8am after I retrieve the bike from the secure parking area down the street. The plan today is to head to Leon but when I ask how long it should take I'm told that there are a lot of issues with the road after last week's tropical storm and they advise against going that way.

I decide that riding alone into a bad situation while sounding like a good time wasn't that smartest idea. I decide to had inland and cross to Honduras instead... I stop for a coffee and a Chocolate chip banana muffin at Euro Cafe just off the main square before heading out.


Mmm


House on the hill..


Dramatic skys

I make good time on the familiar roads in the great weather and before noon I find myself in the town of Octal just outside the border. I stop at a little convenience shop at the side of the road and buy a nice cold bottle of coke for 2 Cordoba's or about 10 cents US. As I sit and drink I watch as a young boy, maybe ten or twelve years old walk up and rummage around in his pockets for some change with which he buys a cigarette and a piece of bread before running back across the street and into the bushes... Interesting...


the store in question...

I cross the border with a minimum of fuss, however was sent running back to the Nicaraguan side for photocopy's a few times since the copy shop on the Honduran side was out of order. With a couple new passport stamps and my wallet a little lighter I make my way towards the Honduran capital.


Border crossing might as well be a parking lot,,,


Stamps and paperwork... this way please...

The road is under heavy construction and riding a motorcycle is a definite plus as you can pass pretty well anywhere compared to a car or truck. I filter to the front of the lines when one lane sections appear and pass heavily loaded trucks on the steep uphill grades.



I roll into Tegucigalpa and find myself riding along a very familiar chunk of road dreading the idea of finding a hotel in this city (Remember Day 31?). I decide food was the first priority and I could deal with the hotel issue afterwards.

A decent hamburger in my stomach (did I mention I was tired of typical Central American food?) I exit the restaurant only to find a Honduran police officer looming over my bike. Shit! What did I do? Am I gonna get shaken down for another bribe?!

It turns out that Auner (his name) is just a bike fanatic who happens to own a KLR just down the road from here. He loves my bike with all the different modifications and has all sorts of questions for me about how the trip has been and how much this or that costs.

We chat for a little bit, my Spanish is bad, his English is no better but we manage. I ask Auner about a budget hotel in the area, He knows just the one, Hotel Granada, cheap but nice he says in broken English. I ask for directions but he just tells me to follow him, awesome! With a quick stop to show me his pristine KLR we blast through traffic to the other side of town and Hotel Granada. Auner goes inside and negotiates me the cop special, $15 down from $30 and give me his phone number in case I have any troubles with police or border officials during my stay in his country.


Auner enjoying a KLR with goodies...

With a couple photo's, a handshake and the URL for this ride report written in his ticket book we part ways... Great guy!


__________________
http://www.Islandriders.ca - Vancouver Island, BC, Canada

Europe, Africa, The middle east & The Former USSR - 2011/2012 maybe?
BC, Canada to Panama on a clapped out KLR - 2010
Follow me via Spot: Click here!
IslandSpark is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 06-08-2010, 07:05 AM   #206
Zepfan
Gnarly Adventurer
 
Zepfan's Avatar
 
Joined: Apr 2010
Location: Poway
Oddometer: 120
Fun following your progress Pat. Nothing for me to do but this, TV and the like. Langushing here. No sighn of parts. How I long to be back on the road! Keep up the good riding. P.S. No ¨helpers¨ so far ??
Zepfan is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 06-08-2010, 07:13 AM   #207
gasandasphalt
Gnarly Adventurer
 
gasandasphalt's Avatar
 
Joined: May 2007
Location: S/W New Mexico
Oddometer: 469
OUTSTANDING RR......
__________________
bad CZECH
gasandasphalt is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 06-08-2010, 08:52 AM   #208
nofate
what blackflies?
 
nofate's Avatar
 
Joined: Nov 2005
Location: Chapleau, ON
Oddometer: 2,766
Great ride report. Thanks for taking the once in a lifetime trip and sharing it with those of us who will probably never take such a trip.
__________________
Rick, Chapleau, ON
Triumph Scrambler 900
Honda Trail CT90

Flying with Rick float plane video: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=g6my0FM9F_Q
nofate is online now   Reply With Quote
Old 06-08-2010, 12:58 PM   #209
kenbelt
n00b
 
kenbelt's Avatar
 
Joined: Jun 2010
Oddometer: 1
Great trip report...very enjoyable!
kenbelt is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 06-08-2010, 04:44 PM   #210
IslandSpark OP
Adventurer
 
Joined: May 2008
Location: Van Island, BC, CA
Oddometer: 112
Quote:
Originally Posted by Zepfan
Fun following your progress Pat. Nothing for me to do but this, TV and the like. Langushing here. No sighn of parts. How I long to be back on the road! Keep up the good riding. P.S. No ¨helpers¨ so far ??
No helpers at the borders, its been quite easy! just take your time, you have more spanish than I do, shouldnt be an issue for ya!
__________________
http://www.Islandriders.ca - Vancouver Island, BC, Canada

Europe, Africa, The middle east & The Former USSR - 2011/2012 maybe?
BC, Canada to Panama on a clapped out KLR - 2010
Follow me via Spot: Click here!
IslandSpark is offline   Reply With Quote
Reply

Share

Thread Tools Search this Thread
Search this Thread:

.
Display Modes

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is On

Forum Jump


Times are GMT -7.   It's 08:19 PM.


Powered by vBulletin® Version 3.8.5
Copyright ©2000 - 2014, Jelsoft Enterprises Ltd.
Copyright ADVrider 2011-2014