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Old 10-10-2012, 07:35 AM   #11
JDowns OP
Sounds good, let's go!
Joined: Mar 2005
Location: Bassett, NE
Oddometer: 2,739
Originally Posted by lualca View Post
Reading and wishing
someday I will figure out how to take my DR350 or the KLR out of this island (hispaniola)
Thanks for your previous report John, this one will be eagerly expected .

Hi Lualca,

Maybe I'll get to the Dominican Republic one day. Was reading Cavebiker's ride report from down there and it looked like some nice riding in the mountains.

In the mean time, glad to have you along for the ride!

Well okay, I'm not doing much riding yet. Although I did ride up to the courthouse yesterday and traded in my expired Oregon plates and got a fresh Nebraska title and license plate for the Sherpa.

In Nebraska the first two digits of the plate are the county number. I live in Rock county number 81. Only 1600 people and two small towns in the county. Mine is the seventh moto registered this year. So 81-7 plate. Easy to remember for a simple minded fellow like me.

People often wonder how to keep their soft saddlebags from melting on the high exhaust of a dirt bike. My solution was to go down to the thrift store and pick up a silver relish tray and screw it through the back of the right saddlebag into a short piece of 1x2 pine. It's held up through thick and thin. Although when I flip up the bag you can see it has taken a beating:

Believe me, I learned about melted panniers the hard way. Here's hoping this will help someone out there avoid smelling burnt cordura while they're riding down the trail.

Kindest regards,
John Downs
South America and back on a 250 Super Sherpa Minimalist Adventure
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