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Old 03-11-2013, 05:09 AM   #61
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What happens if you don't ride like that? The trucks aren't going to come up behind you if you're riding slightly slower?

I'd like to understand it since I am still skeptical you wouldn't be safer with less aggressive riding.
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Old 03-11-2013, 05:30 AM   #62
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What happens if you don't ride like that? The trucks aren't going to come up behind you if you're riding slightly slower?

I'd like to understand it since I am still skeptical you wouldn't be safer with less aggressive riding.
What happens is you end up breathing in all the fumes and wearing all the rocks and dust and crap. The cars and SUVs are always doing at least 10k over the posted limit

So then you now can't breathe and when you try and get around the truck you have the cars closing at 40kmh over your own speed very similar to my initial closing speed in the video

On top of all that the left hand safety lane usually has scooters in it, so the idea of pulling to the left is now also fraught with danger if you need a way out and the table drains are very deep

Honestly the safest way is to be in front, not of all the cars but the trucks and scooters. So the right hand lane would be the best spot but the vehicles stay in it so it matters not, if you are riding faster than the traffic flow then you will have to weave between everyone else

And that is exactly what the cars do and the trucks expect it

Now, just as an addition here, there is no road rage. Nil. There are accidents and I have seen quite a few and another today. But, if you get cut off by someone, curb your anger. It is normal for those behind to behave in response to those in front

So, in a nutshell they are all dangerous drivers over here, but very polite about it :)

You have to experience it to believe it. The best way is to hire a TukTuk and see if you can be a relaxed passenger
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Old 03-11-2013, 05:42 AM   #63
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Makes sense, I would rather be the one doing the closing than having cages close on me on a bike for certain.
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Old 03-11-2013, 06:42 AM   #64
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Sorry dude all I can say is , been there done that.

Since I started this in 08 I have clocked up over 180,000km and covered over 30 countries.

In that time I have had a few spills, Copper Canyon Mexico, Atacama desert Bolivia to name a couple. Top heavy bike, difficult terrain and short legs are the main cause for these to happen

Except for my crash in Albania where I Tboned a Uturning car, this is the only other traffic related crash in the whole journey, so in actual fact I am a safe rider. You can see the Albanian one on my YouTube channel too if you wish.

I am happy with that score, many other riders have come off a lot worse and returned home damaged or in boxes :(

I am not on a death wish nor in a race, this just happens to be the way I ride over here and I will always ride fast because I like it. That does not mean that I speed, and maybe earlier calling this defensive riding was remiss, what I meant was aggressive defensive, that means putting myself in a position where I can see ahead.

The point was made above that I should not have been playing with my GPS while riding, and that is a good point. Normally I don't, that particular street in Siem Reap for some reason always caused a route error and as you can see, there are not too many safe places to pull over on the side of the road. The other one near Kampot I was just totally wrong, no worries there,I can admit my mistakes.

Anyway, the crank is back in Phuket, I flew to Singapore to pick up the gaskets and other needed parts so I should be back on the road(maybe) midweek

That gives you a chance to book a flight and come for a ride with me, I'll show you the ropes ;)

Cheers from Phuket
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I can appreciate the open and frank discussion. I mean no disrespect at all.
Your world tour is admirable and I wish you all the best memories life has to offer. You certainly are grabbing the world by the balls!

We often discuss safety, safety gear and defensive riding in this forum and I am simply a proponent of thoughtful and careful riding, because personally, it has gotten me and my bikes far. If I can get help any person think "Safe" than I feel like I am a contributor to this site. Many, many posts in this forum have helped me make smarter decisions on the road.

I am glad you weren't hurt and glad to hear you are back on the road.

You are on an incredible trip of a lifetime. I wish you all the best with much respect. And, thank you for the invitation to join up with you. I am sure I could learn a lot from you too.
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Old 03-11-2013, 06:51 AM   #65
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Anyway, the crank is back in Phuket, I flew to Singapore to pick up the gaskets and other needed parts so I should be back on the road(maybe) midweek
The crank?? Pardon me, I mustīve missed something - you now fixing the damage from this oil spill incident, or something else?

(BTW, canīt understand how your engine didnīt cut off in that video, Iīve dumped my K7 and K9 many times, and it should stop right away..?)
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Old 03-11-2013, 10:45 AM   #66
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The crank?? Pardon me, I mustīve missed something - you now fixing the damage from this oil spill incident, or something else?

(BTW, canīt understand how your engine didnīt cut off in that video, Iīve dumped my K7 and K9 many times, and it should stop right away..?)
Hi Pecha72

OK, your few questions in reverse answer themselves

Basically I have as yet to work out why the bike did not shut down after we fell over. The Tip Over Sensor is supposed to shut the engine down after a tilt of more than 65 degrees. This did not happen this time!!! It has worked every other time we have come a cropper!

Consequently if you re-watch the video, I have done so quite a few times now, the engine is running at high revs WITHOUT oil, for 22 seconds!!!!! It then shuts down BEFORE I can get close enough and reach down to turn off the key!!!

This in the end meant that one conrod was running at high speed without oil.

I still do not know why it stopped by itself, did the TOS suddenly kick in, did the oil pressure sensor detect the lack of oil? My guess is the oil pressure sensor, but that is only a guess.

Note: The right hand hand guard had broken off and jammed the throttle tube into position, so it was always going to be in a "throttle on" position, I still think the TOS should have accounted for this.

So, read this page of my blog for the full story of the accident

http://travellingstrom.com/2013/03/01/

And this page for the continuing saga of the aftermath

http://travellingstrom.com/2013/03/06/


So, in answer to your question, yes, the accident did cause a bigger issue and ended up being expensive and is ongoing.

Cheers as I am stuck in Phuket Thailand
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Old 03-11-2013, 06:56 PM   #67
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Here's hoping......

for better days ahead. Hats off to ya for getting that far and riding the world.
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Old 03-11-2013, 08:32 PM   #68
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Cheers as I am stuck in Phuket Thailand
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Not exactly the worse place in the world to be stuck...
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Old 03-13-2013, 12:47 AM   #69
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Not exactly the worse place in the world to be stuck...
I'll agree with that - hell, he could be stuck in Mongolia in midwinter, now that'd probably be fun, eh!??

Certainly had more than your fair share of technical worries lately TS! But you're alive, that's what really matters, and almost finished the trip, too, so keep up the good spirits.

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Old 03-13-2013, 06:00 AM   #70
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Thanks, yep could be worse places for sure

Bike is running but has an introduced problem and is running rough so it is ongoing

I am only a few weeks from home and want to get some Malaysian riding in before I fly out. I hope it is soon
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Old 03-13-2013, 10:10 PM   #71
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I was wearing full gear at the time and although I have a couple of small sore spots on my bum and hip, I lived to ride another day.
What brand gear (jacket/armor) were you wearing?

I'm shopping for something that provides good protection. Your experience is a pretty good endorsement for whatever you were wearing.
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Old 03-13-2013, 11:23 PM   #72
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What brand gear (jacket/armor) were you wearing?

I'm shopping for something that provides good protection. Your experience is a pretty good endorsement for whatever you were wearing.
Hi, I bought this gear while in Switzerland, not bloody cheap, but worth it as it was very waterproof and has done its crash test and with a flying(sliding) pass mark :) Note, this was a low side crash, but I am sure the armour would help with the high side protection as well.

The small hole you can see here is on the lower side of my bum on the outer edge(reach down for them six guns, that is where it is)





This small hole is at the lower outer edge of the same side pants leg, it was on the outside of my boot of course.







The brand is IXS and the model? I think is called the ventilation system







I wanted a system that was waterproof(it has internal removable thermal and goretex liners), these work well, but I had electric gear and thermals anyway :)

I also wanted to use this for desert riding and the heat of Asia. This system has numerous zips, and foldaway pockets and flaps, that do help in the hotter parts of the world. It is still bloody hot to wear down here in South East Asia and so one of the reasons for riding a bit faster, to help the cooling effect.

If I was planning on riding only hot countries, I may try for a different system, maybe a motoX style outer armour with cooler cloth covering, but for an all over system, I can highly recommend it.


It cost me 750 Swiss Francs, but that included a Held tankbag and a very nice 35% discount for being a world traveller. I bought from this shop

http://www.silverstone.ch/

Hauptstrasse 11-13
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N47 03.541 E008 17.163


Well worth the price and a very experienced owner(I forget his name) but he knew his products inside out, that is always a bonus :)

Cheers from Phuket
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Old 03-13-2013, 11:29 PM   #73
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Thanks, yep could be worse places for sure

Bike is running but has an introduced problem and is running rough so it is ongoing

I am only a few weeks from home and want to get some Malaysian riding in before I fly out. I hope it is soon
The issue has been resolved I am happy to say

The front camshaft is the first to be timed on install, then when doing the rear one, the crankshaft must be turned 360 degrees prior to installing and timing the rear camshafts. The mechanic never turned the crank after doing the front.

No big deal, he is used to HD motors and this is the first Hiroshima Screamer ha has worked on

No damage done, the bike should be ready for pick up soon and I get to go riding again, on a bike as compared to my 100cc scooter

Cheers
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Old 03-15-2013, 04:39 AM   #74
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Great, and here's hoping all surprises will be positive ones from now on!

(The local mechanics are very good fixing anything that they know, and have worked on.. but the inside of a DL650 engine does not fall into that category, so having them do any work to it should be a last resort, they often manage to screw up something even if they succesfully fix something else.)
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Great, and here's hoping all surprises will be positive ones from now on!

(The local mechanics are very good fixing anything that they know, and have worked on.. but the inside of a DL650 engine does not fall into that category, so having them do any work to it should be a last resort, they often manage to screw up something even if they succesfully fix something else.)
Picked up the bike today, got as far as my hotel before the FI light came on. Hot day slow traffic, overheating engine and the fan is not working causing a lot of coolant loss from boiling.

They came and picked it up and ended up riding it away. It looks like my departure date is open ended

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