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Old 09-10-2012, 03:40 PM   #16
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What year is your DR650 and how many miles are on it? I will be curious to see how well the Shinko 244 and the 520 chain set up holds up. Several RTW riders on DR650's had big problems with the 520 chain set-up as the front sprockets played havoc with the sprocket shaft splines.

I really like your travel light mentality. Too many riders tend to overload their bikes.

Best of luck and enjoy the ride!

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It is a 2007 and I have put the last 20,000 miles on it. After my final shakedown ride today, it has 25,942 to start the trip.

And I am not worried about the 520 or Shinko244. I have been running those for a long time without problems. Like I said, I just replaced those again and am even carrying another 16 CS to swap out to try and lenghten the life of the chain. I am using a 16 because I went up to 46 on the rear and that puts it close to stock gearing for the roads. When I am offroad, I use the 14.

I am definitely excited about my light packing. I already test packed it and it all fits. Unfortunately, my light modo means I am not taking any camping gear, but it is the right choice. I like to camp and have done it on my other Mexico trips, but this time LIGHT makes RIGHT.
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Old 09-10-2012, 03:41 PM   #17
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Hopefully you're ahead of curve ball on maintenance,wish I knew what a dog bone bearing was!!!! I know what you mean by wanting to stick by the coast but some of those mountain towns will knock your socks off if you haven't been up there before.We'll be waiting patiently for your story/pics when you have time to report.Wishing you well.
yeah, hopefully. And, of course, to be more precise, I should say the Shock Linkage Bearings, but I just think of them as the where the "dog bones" are.
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Old 09-10-2012, 03:44 PM   #18
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Sayulita is along the pacific coast, about 1/2 hr north of puerto vallarta.
how are you heading down? mainland or baja/la paz/mazatlan ferry?
Yeah, I looked at your posts about it and found it out there. Looks like a ton of fun.

This time I am just heading straight down from the north. I did Baja last fall. It is more fun IMHO than Chihuahua, etc., but I am not planning on spending much time in norther MX anyway. That is easy enough to get to on shorter trips. I would rather spend more time further south. So I am just going to avoid that detour.
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Old 09-10-2012, 04:28 PM   #19
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I'm in. Definitely.

Sounds really great! You have a loving supportive family that supports your dreams. Give your wife and kids a big kiss. The ability to telecommute is gravy.

I'll be leaving on a DR set up similarly to yours about a month behind you. I've been dreaming about this for years. I'm trying to work out a similar telecommute arrangement as yours, but doubt they'll go for it. Doesn't matter ...

¡Buen viaje! Hope to see you on the road !
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Old 09-10-2012, 07:12 PM   #20
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Sounds Like you have things worked out.

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It is a 2007 and I have put the last 20,000 miles on it. After my final shakedown ride today, it has 25,942 to start the trip.

And I am not worried about the 520 or Shinko244. I have been running those for a long time without problems. Like I said, I just replaced those again and am even carrying another 16 CS to swap out to try and lenghten the life of the chain. I am using a 16 because I went up to 46 on the rear and that puts it close to stock gearing for the roads. When I am offroad, I use the 14.

I am definitely excited about my light packing. I already test packed it and it all fits. Unfortunately, my light modo means I am not taking any camping gear, but it is the right choice. I like to camp and have done it on my other Mexico trips, but this time LIGHT makes RIGHT.
I'm glad to hear that you like the Shinko 244. I am on my second DR650 and have put nearly 50,000 miles between the two. I have tried lots of different tires and was looking at the front Shinko 244 for it's reasonable price, but wondered about it's handling and durability. Looks like you are in for a great time.

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Old 09-10-2012, 07:56 PM   #21
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My wife and I will leave San Francisco in the 2nd week of Oct. Hope to see you on the way.

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Old 09-10-2012, 10:56 PM   #22
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WR I departed northern Colorado 19 Aug. Straight down the center of Mex, through Juarez. I would suggest not missing Zacatecas or Guanajuato. The roads leading south into Oaxaca and further south into Chiapas affords some really awesome riding. Tuxtla Gutierrez to SC de Las Casas is also really fun riding; beautiful mountains. Not quite like the mountains we're used to, but beautiful green landscapes for sure. I am currently in Quezaltenango, Guatemala. Guatemala is another wonderful place to ride (4th time down here). I came through the border at La Mesilla and the mountains are, in a word f~ing incredible!!! Happy riding and be safe (I say that because of the beautiful scenery takes your eyes from the road sometimes)!

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Old 09-12-2012, 08:45 AM   #23
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I read all your other ride reports

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It is a 2007 and I have put the last 20,000 miles on it. After my final shakedown ride today, it has 25,942 to start the trip.

And I am not worried about the 520 or Shinko244. I have been running those for a long time without problems. Like I said, I just replaced those again and am even carrying another 16 CS to swap out to try and lenghten the life of the chain. I am using a 16 because I went up to 46 on the rear and that puts it close to stock gearing for the roads. When I am offroad, I use the 14.

I am definitely excited about my light packing. I already test packed it and it all fits. Unfortunately, my light modo means I am not taking any camping gear, but it is the right choice. I like to camp and have done it on my other Mexico trips, but this time LIGHT makes RIGHT.
I read all of your other ride reports and can see that you have been working up to this 3 month adventure for a long time. I'm sure this trip will be one where you can put all those past experiences and learned skills to good use.
I will be following your report with great interest.

Ride Safe,

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Old 09-19-2012, 10:54 AM   #24
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Friday Departure

Plans for leaving on Friday continue. Bike is packed and ready to go.

Here it is ready to go.





I am using the Pelican Storm case on the rear. The only things on the outside are a bike cover and my walking shoes for when I am off the bike.



On the front is a Wolfman tank bag (I forget the exact model) and my tank panniers from Aerostitch.

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In the tank bag are a the more accesible items including an MP3 player, spanish dictionary (although my Spanish is really coming along), leatherman tool, etc.

The left pannier is mostly empty for use when I want to pick up something (lunch, drinks, a gift, etc.) while out riding. At the moment it has a book and toilet paper, and some empty plastic bags for trash that may accumulate.

In the right pannier are my riding gloves (when I am not riding), a packable backpack (in case I need to get groceries or for walking around town), sunscreen, and a spare oil filter.

I also have (but it is difficult to see) a dirt bagz headlight bag with just some basic tools and holding some chain lube. The front fender bag has tire repair items (such as irons, puncture kit, etc.) along with a spare 16t front sprocket to change in another few thousand miles and spare front brake pads as those might need to be changed on this trip as well.

I will also not (in case anyone notices) that I have the Keintech simple stand on the bike. The "bars" for this are held on next to my tank panniers with some old innertube rubber through them to hold them in place. I have put about 800 miles with them in this position and they stay just fine.

I decided to use that instead of adding a centerstand. That was based on weight and cost considerations. I do abuse the DR650 in the mountains of Colorado and would rather not have the added weight or lack of clearance of a centerstand. The simple stand does make lubing the chain a lot easier, though than nothing.
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Old 09-19-2012, 11:37 AM   #25
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Old 09-19-2012, 11:52 AM   #26
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You Meant it!

When you said you were travelling light, you really meant it! Looks like a great set up.
I will be following your report. Only 2 days and a wake up...

Ride Safe!!

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Old 09-19-2012, 02:50 PM   #27
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Good looking light and simple setup. Looks like you are ready to find some dirt!
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Old 09-20-2012, 09:20 AM   #28
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Have fun and be safe, I will be follow you along on your journey.
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When you said you were travelling light, you really meant it! Looks like a great set up.
I will be following your report. Only 2 days and a wake up...

Ride Safe!!

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Good looking light and simple setup. Looks like you are ready to find some dirt!

Thanks. I am excited about the light load. It will make it that much better for me.

Well, tomorrow I leave. The next updates should be from the road.
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Old 09-20-2012, 02:53 PM   #29
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Old 09-20-2012, 04:41 PM   #30
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Laugh Awesome!

Im in , good luck and live the dream for the rest of us.
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