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Old 02-21-2013, 07:37 AM   #4636
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Here is the thread for those that missed it.

http://www.advrider.com/forums/showthread.php?t=370791
Radioman, this n00b says thanks for the link. Sometimes the best of ADVrider is buried. Thanks and safe travels.
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Old 02-21-2013, 01:02 PM   #4637
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Was that the year when the Spiral Fractures were in fashion?
Indeed it was!
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Old 02-21-2013, 01:05 PM   #4638
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Radioman, this n00b says thanks for the link. Sometimes the best of ADVrider is buried. Thanks and safe travels.
And there were three total.

Meet CJ from Dehli India

http://www.advrider.com/forums/showthread.php?t=267233

or his version

http://www.advrider.com/forums/showthread.php?t=271671

Meet Lu Fei from China!

http://advrider.com/forums/showthread.php?t=495330

Was such a great opportunity for so many to join in the fun !! I will say it again. I am going to get this started again when I return!
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Old 02-21-2013, 01:19 PM   #4639
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Was that the year when the Spiral Fractures were in fashion?
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Old 02-21-2013, 02:37 PM   #4640
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Late into the game, but have enjoyed the first 15 pages immensely.

Two years of fantastic reading/riding ahead of me. Thanks for sharing Radioman. I hope the trip was everything you wanted it to be. I will soon find out...

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Old 02-21-2013, 03:57 PM   #4641
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And there were three total.

Meet CJ from Dehli India

http://www.advrider.com/forums/showthread.php?t=267233

or his version

http://www.advrider.com/forums/showthread.php?t=271671

Meet Lu Fei from China!

http://advrider.com/forums/showthread.php?t=495330

Was such a great opportunity for so many to join in the fun !! I will say it again. I am going to get this started again when I return!
Nooooo! I've killed too much time (at work) reading the first 46 pages of "The Russians are Coming" already!! Now two others like it???

But seriously, Alex has just landed in SF (at the point I have reached) and it is amazing to see how it all came together. The generosity of all the ADV inmates, and you in particular Mark, is fantastic

I'm looking forward to reading his trip report and then starting in on the others. Like squiffynimrod said, thanks for posting these old links that I wouldn't normally find being new to the whole ADV thing.
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Old 02-21-2013, 06:36 PM   #4642
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And there were three total.

Meet CJ from Dehli India

http://www.advrider.com/forums/showthread.php?t=267233

or his version

http://www.advrider.com/forums/showthread.php?t=271671

Meet Lu Fei from China!

http://advrider.com/forums/showthread.php?t=495330

Was such a great opportunity for so many to join in the fun !! I will say it again. I am going to get this started again when I return!
Cool. You get it started and I would be honored to help in any way I can. The International Friendship program is one of the best things with ADV, that and Ride Reports, oh yeah and making some pretty great friends.
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Old 02-22-2013, 05:05 AM   #4643
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Thank you for posting up the links for CJ's ride! I've now lost an hour drinking coffee, looking at pictures and reading the report. I have like, 75 pages left.

A couple of things I noticed in this report, and it brought a smile to my face.

First:



That jacket was a LOT cleaner in 2007. Oh, the stories it could tell.

Also, there appears to be a LOT more Radioman back then... Could there be a new venture when you return? The "Mark Donham Radioman Diet Program"? Not for the faint of heart, but guaranteed results! Just look at Slowphil!



The last time I saw the inside of this Top Case, there were only two spots missing, which I understand have now been filled in. A Testament to you your Adventures, my friend.

Hoping that things are going great in NZ!

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Old 02-22-2013, 07:26 AM   #4644
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I suggest a keep Left sticker on the windshield !
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Old 02-22-2013, 12:52 PM   #4645
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Hi Alex
I'm glad the two of you were able to spend a little time together and that you are doing well in NZ.
Hi Ladybug )) I'm glad too. I think I'll manage to come for another ride in US in the future, so will see you guys again one day ))

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If you're still near Alex, tell him I said hello again!
Hi Mike, Radioman is quite busy by riding around, we'll find time for ride together a bit later. It seems he is popular his first days in NZ, everyone wants to meet him ))

Just not to be with off-top message in this thread, here is another picture of our guy :-)))

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Old 02-23-2013, 01:02 AM   #4646
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I suggest a keep Left sticker on the windshield !
Great mind think A like Not Arrow and then pink sticker along the left side of the windscreen

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Old 02-23-2013, 09:01 PM   #4647
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Riding North! in the North Island

Picked up my Bike on Friday afternoon from Experience BMW in Auckland. They were great in getting my Shock rebuilt and my service done. Sebastian Elter is the service Manager and was great! He even got my Steering head bearings and Front wheel bearing covered under warranty! The steering head bearings were shot ..... Yikes too many Topes, gravel roads in South America

Here is Sebastian



My bike in service getting sorted out. Riding like a new bike now. Amazing how you get used to things, then have then fixed and you remember... Yes that is much better!



Picking up my bike. Sebastian was really thorough and appreciated his attention to all the details so I could be ready to ride!



For the couple days awaiting my bike, I had the pleasure of enjoying Dick and Diana's Hospitality! Including watching the sail boat races happening Wednesday Night



Sunset as Dick and I solved all the worlds problems over a couple beers. Amazing how easy it is



Joy!



One evening Dick says to me; "you will like this book of riding in India".....



Hey.... I know CJ, and I have been on that bike CJ fans all over the world!



And Dick took me out to the beaches West of Auckland... Pointing out some of the finer points of beach life in NZ



All is all. Lots of time to smell the roses here in NZ.





After the repairs on my bike, I was able to pass inspection at VTNZ



Then it was time to ride. Dick rented a Tenere 1200 so that he could ride with me up the north Island!! off we go. Note that I drew and Arrow on my windshield to remind me "stay Left"

First gas stop . $2.29 NZD per Liter = $ 7.60 per Gallon . And we are complaining in the states it is approaching $4.00



Riding North. Dick had placed a "motorcycle Diaries" in one of his cereal boxes and another WIKI read it, and made contact with him. Mike and His wife now live in California and own http://www.kiwiindian.com We met them for coffee on our way north. They have been building Indian Motorcycles in California since 1988 and he has quite a name for his bikes in the US. Was great to meet Mike and Caroline. He helped RTWDoug with his Indian while Doug road around the world





Heading up the west coast of the north Island.... Nice white Sand beaches!



Added a pink inspection label to the left side of my windscreen to help remind me to stay left. Has actually been fairly easy ..... the only place I really have to concentrate is pulling out onto the road.. Look both ways twice helps



Beautiful roads riding north. Light traffic, nice surfaces and beautiful twists!



Stopped for a bit of lunch!



Ah... 75 degrees F, Sunshine and beautiful views. Perfect riding conditions!





Arrived to Russell. Nice little harbor town.



Liked this sign.



Short Ferry ride.



Then to see where New Zealand started as New Zealand





The Maori People signed agreements with the British Empire in 1840 establishing New Zealand. The Maoris were given full british protections....




One of the Maori War canoes.



We arrived late afternoon to some Friends house which is in Mangonui . Had a great dinner and evening talking about life, motorcycling, etc.



So I am on the road again! Exploring NZ. really has been great! Looking forward to the next two months riding here....


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Old 02-24-2013, 01:23 AM   #4648
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One evening Dick says to me; "you will like this book of riding in India".....



Hey.... I know CJ, and I have been on that bike CJ fans all over the world!




.[/QUOTE]


I might have some insight on that book as well... since I was on that trip . Really cool to see that again .

NZ is quickly being added to my ride list! Keeping up, keep sharing!
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Old 02-24-2013, 05:55 AM   #4649
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I see you have your flex-mount....

I see you have your flex-mount for your camera back on the bike. I remember seeing that in one of your earlier RRs, before this RTW epic began. I thought it was a great idea and wondered why you didn't bring it along on the South American trek.

The BMW dealer should have covered your steering head bearings and other major items on your warranty.....you have a 3-year warranty on that bike, yes?

Thanks for taking the time to post all of these ride reports, Mark. It's great to read your perspective on the places, people, and your experiences along the way.

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Old 02-24-2013, 12:53 PM   #4650
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I see you have your flex-mount for your camera back on the bike. wondered why you didn't bring it along on the South American trek.
It has been on the bike the whole time.

Yes the warranty is 3 years, but was told in south America that it was only 2 years...... Bike was used when I purchased so some time had also ticked out .... Was glad they covered what they did. The rough roads of Central and South america certainly took a toll.

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