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Old 05-21-2013, 12:40 PM   #1156
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shipping two Symba's ended being a major chunk of costs ($7,322)... at $2k each ... would it have been more cost effective to sell, instead of paying for shipping charges? then buy brand new Symba's at destination?
The shipping charges did add up, but we wanted to do the trip on the same bikes and have them as a souvenir at the end.

That said, buying and selling wouldn't have been very easy for our trip. Many (or most) countries won't let you register a vehicle if you aren't a citizen or don't have a permanent address in the country. There are workarounds in many countries, but they can be expensive, time consuming, and of questionable legality. And if you are going to travel through any countries that require Carnet, then things get exponentially harder.

We considered flying and renting, but that means you have to always return to the city you began in. Not a very efficient way to get around the world, in my opinion.

If we were only doing a section of the world then buying or renting would be a much better option. For instance, you can fly into Malaysia, buy an underbone, ride out through Thailand, Cambodia, and Laos and then return to Malaysia to sell the bike on. Alternately, you can buy a well used bike in Viet Nam and ride out to the other countries listed above. Since most bikes from Viet Nam aren't worth much (and don't cost much) you can just abandon it at the airport when you leave or donate it to a worthy cause. We saw abandoned Vietnamese plated bikes several places on our trip.
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Old 05-21-2013, 12:45 PM   #1157
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I'm glad you guys enjoyed it, we had fun, too! Hope we didn't run too long, we were only supposed to be on for 30 minutes and I guess we ran over by quite a bit.

Re was a little more than a little nervous about talking to such a large group. At one point she said that she'd rather ride India again! But she said that she actually enjoyed it once she got started.
I don't think anybody minded the extra time. This was the third time I've been at one of these and I've seen the audience reaction which is always polite. With you guys, it was beyond just polite. They were very engaged in everything you had to say. The Q&A might have gone a little long but not by much and I don't think anybody complained. During your actual presentation, you had them hanging on your every word.

Just a note as well, I don't think anybody suspected that this was the first time you gave a public speech on the trip. The comedic timing between you and Re was perfect.
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Old 05-21-2013, 06:15 PM   #1158
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Re was a little more than a little nervous about talking to such a large group. At one point she said that she'd rather ride India again! But she said that she actually enjoyed it once she got started.
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Old 05-21-2013, 06:17 PM   #1159
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I don't suppose anybody videotaped this talk. If so post it up for us to see.
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Old 05-22-2013, 10:17 AM   #1160
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"...the first time I rolled onto I-95 I was shocked at the acceleration. After a year on a Symba, it was a surprise!
Just drove back from NC this past weekend and as I passed the sign for Micro I just had to laugh remembering the "Micro Adjacent" ADVriders.
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Old 07-28-2013, 01:04 PM   #1161
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After finding this a few weeks ago on the sym website under reviews I am done reading the whole thing. I also want to say thank you for the time involved in the making of this. I bought a tu250 last September and this report has inspired me to get some luggage and at least do a couple day camping trips. I know it's not nearly as awsome but its a start. Thanks again and good luck :-)
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Old 03-11-2014, 12:35 AM   #1162
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Hey Underboner,

You guys back in PDX for a while or...? I'm gonna be doing the Scootercannonball this summer and if you are still in PDX I'd love to visit for a day on my way up to AK.
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Old 05-31-2014, 11:18 PM   #1163
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Your original (non o-ring) chains require oil for lubrication. It must work inside the links to the pins to be of help it also helps the sprockets last.

Teflon chain lube is ok for an o-ring chain but if it does not have oil it will do nothing for a non o-ring chain. O-ring chains keep their own oil trapped in the link between the o-rings. O-ring chain lubricant exists to lubricate the o-rings.

Your chain cases will keep dirt off of your chain but have a function you were unaware of, chain cases keep chain oil off of you, only needed if the chain was oily. If a non-o-ring chain is kept thoroughly oiled, it will last very well, perhaps as well as an o-ring chain. For the distances you covered it would require oiling the chains thoroughly twice daily.

If you have a chain case, the best option is a chain oiler. A 4 oz can of motor oil with a needle valve and tube to let the oil drip slowly on the chain . That much oil is enough for several days riding. But don't forget to shut it off at night. My chains would go 10,000 miles and show no wear whatsoever.
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Old 06-01-2014, 05:04 AM   #1164
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Over 326 days on the road, we spent 17,792 USD, or 54.58 USD per day in living expenses, excluding freight and flights. With freight and flights included, we spent a total of 29,523 USD, which works out to 90.56 USD per day. It was worth every penny!


it's mind blowing what you experienced for that amount of money. that is really an awesome accomplishment. how many people do we all know who spend that kind of $$ on a RV/camper or boat before they get out of the driveway. i have enormous respect for the two of you, for wanting to experience things, and thinking outside of the box.
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Old 06-02-2014, 08:50 AM   #1165
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Ah, nice to see someone discover this report. An excellent account, it was one of the stories that got me hooked on this site!
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Old 06-02-2014, 05:17 PM   #1166
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Glad to see some folks are still enjoying our Ride Report! I just re-read the whole thing last week. It's amazing how much I had forgotten

Me and my Symba recently made the local news here in Portland - We appear around the 1:40 mark. Re was smart enough to stay home for this ride.

Also, Binh (Dabinche) stopped by last weekend for a couple of nights on his way to Alaska for the Scooter Cannonball. You may remember that his trip to Alaska on a Symba was our original inspiration for taking the SYMs. He commented that he forgot how small a Symba was. I have to admit that his SH110 looked pretty spacious in comparison.
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Old 06-03-2014, 06:18 PM   #1167
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Nice video!
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Old 06-03-2014, 11:58 PM   #1168
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Glad to see some folks are still enjoying our Ride Report! I just re-read the whole thing last week. It's amazing how much I had forgotten

Me and my Symba recently made the local news here in Portland - We appear around the 1:40 mark. Re was smart enough to stay home for this ride.

Also, Binh (Dabinche) stopped by last weekend for a couple of nights on his way to Alaska for the Scooter Cannonball. You may remember that his trip to Alaska on a Symba was our original inspiration for taking the SYMs. He commented that he forgot how small a Symba was. I have to admit that his SH110 looked pretty spacious in comparison.
Hey Colin - good to see you're still causing problems where ever you go . I can't believe (well, actually I can) that some dolt is going to try to get the city council to cancel the event.

Shame we don't do something like that around here.

Take care and love to both.

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Old 06-04-2014, 07:21 AM   #1169
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Ah, nice to see someone discover this report. An excellent account, it was one of the stories that got me hooked on this site!
Same here. Great report. Kinda sad that they all have to end.
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Old 06-04-2014, 12:29 PM   #1170
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This was probably the single best trip report I've ever read. An inspiration.
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