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Old 03-23-2013, 09:29 AM   #46
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Hi Vic,
So the issues I had all told
1) EWS ring - Colombia
2) Battery Fail - Also Colombia
3) Front Shock @ approx 60k
4) Rear Shock @ 55K
5) Final Drive - Leaked and had to be fixed about once every 12K... note that was doing some hard road...eg Ruta 40, Mongolia, ROB etc
6) About 30 punctures / deflations, maybe 24 of them on the front tire during this trip
7) Fuel Pump Regulator (common fail item in Europe)
8) Clutch
9) Clutch cable connectoin - due to shock hitting it
10) Modulator - Blown when it was jump started
11) Fuel line oring fail - perished - started spraying fuel all over me

and thats about it! :-)
I suppose it seems like a lot but it was a long ride! and it covered the panam highway and the RTW

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Hi Oisin,

Thanks so much for replying, I really appreciate it.
I have a 2007 R1200GS with a bit over 84,000 miles on clock. Hyperpro shocks installed at around 15,000 and then rebuilt around 65,000. In the first 30,000 had front leaks on OEM and then with Hyperpro. The latter due to some bad batch of rubber seals I was told, and truthfully they sent me a replacement at no cost and it's been great ever since. Rear has been holding up rock solid. Night and day difference from stock. Final drive main bearing and seals replaced at 65,000 miles, lucky I caught it just before riding to Alaska. Now I check wheel play every time I check tire pressure and has been OK since. That's it.

But now am considering if when I take it round the world I should replace many of the parts you mention, and carry spares for the small stuff. As well as check all bearings and replace. And the shaft. And clutch. Heck, no am not buying another one, this one still has juice left in it I keep saying to myslef


Thanks for sharing the truly inspirational videos, it has become my evening addiction watching as soon as you release them, they look awesome on big screen.

Kindest regards,
Vic
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Old 03-23-2013, 09:40 AM   #47
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The books "Not Dead Yet" and "That I may die roaming" are available on Amazon.com

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Just bought the first one though am not sure which one came first. Now I have reading to keep me from wanting more while I wait for the videos.

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Old 03-23-2013, 01:08 PM   #48
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Ditto.....just bought both on Kindle........
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Old 03-23-2013, 02:25 PM   #49
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OK, you now owe me a keyboard!!!!

My ass was officially turning into a different life form, every time I sat on the saddle it felt like I was sitting down bare arse in a field of thistles. With the heat my motorbike boots smelt so bad I reckoned they might force an early migration of the Caribou herd. Mossies and black fly had by this point taken a penchant for my extremities and on average I had about twenty bite marks on the go at any one time. I even had a couple on my bum, that mossie was taking his life in his hands I don’t mind telling you.

Hughes, Oisin (2011-04-15). That I may die Roaming (Kindle Locations 443-446). . Kindle Edition.

I can relate from riding across Canada twice now!!!.....Laughed my ass off!!!!
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Old 03-23-2013, 10:43 PM   #50
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I'm enjoying the trip watching the video. Love the music that you're using, really puts me in a somber mood. Takes a great deal of courage to ride out in that country, so far away from help of any type, pushing on dirt roads days on end. I can understand totally why you do this. I've been in situations on bikes in bad weather yelling at the rain at the top of my lungs with not a soul in sight. Maybe we type are a little off our rockers. LOL!!!!!! Wish I was with you on this trip. I could be the sound/video guy or something. I could have fixed that freakin tire for you. I've had that happen, pop off the rim. I think that could be from too low a tire pressure and too many damn bumps hard hit. Shit happens.

Rick , Sacramento, Cal.
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Old 03-24-2013, 06:05 AM   #51
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Meeting friends this morning for breakfast..only 32 degrees F and was going to take the car...but watched a bit of episode 15 Mongolia ..and decided to take the GS...after all I have paved roads no snow and its now 33 degrees..I'm outa here.
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Old 03-24-2013, 06:20 PM   #52
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Oisin, Your videos are Fricken awesome. Watched all 21 Yesterday and today. I could not stop. You have an amazing talent and alot of courage. I would buy Your books even if I couldn't read, just to say I had Them. Stellar stories.
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Old 03-25-2013, 02:33 AM   #53
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Oisin, I to am hooked on your video's. Had to get up at 3:00 am to watch so my internet would work. Do you think if I bought the bag pipes on flea market I could be part of your trip. . Thanks for the report. And I to shall by your books. Ride safe as you can.
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Old 03-25-2013, 05:41 AM   #54
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Amazing, Oisin. Wonderfully amazing.

Thank you!

This is better than Long Way Round.

HF

Ps. Worth it....worth it....worth it. Every smile, every tear, every hour of editing. You've given me so much to contemplate.
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Old 03-28-2013, 05:22 AM   #55
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Just watched episode 13. Those Russian women are nifty!
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Old 03-28-2013, 02:32 PM   #56
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Just watched episode 13. Those Russian women are nifty!
Those Russian women are way hot. I want one or two or...... :)
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Old 03-28-2013, 11:32 PM   #57
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absolutely awesome.
taken me a few days to catch up, doing burst of 3-4 videos at a time.
cannot wait for the rest.
thanks for taking the time and effort.
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Old 03-29-2013, 05:59 AM   #58
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Oisin, mate. Just spent a couple of hours watching your travels through Russia, the Altai and Mongolia. Felt like I was there with you. Awesome!
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Old 03-29-2013, 06:26 AM   #59
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Oisin,

Thank you for posting the videos of your adventure. I followed your Ride Report with great interest and wondered what you'd been up to.

I'm slowly making my way through your videos and enjoying them very much.

Thank you so much for posting.
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Old 04-01-2013, 03:49 AM   #60
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Thanks for making a sharing these videos Oisin.

Inspirational!

The quality of them is superb, especially as you were filming yourself!

What camera(s) were you using?

Regards,

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