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Old 07-08-2013, 06:09 AM   #3091
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Hey Kwak, how's it going mate?

The mag's called Adventure Bike Rider. So I guess it's up my street really. Riding the new CCM 450 Adventure on Monday, which I'm excited about.

Do they have a four speed centrifugal clutch as well I wonder?
at the clutch. Yea I know about ABR, you on the site as well? Nice job which im sure you will enjoy........aka jealous
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Old 07-11-2013, 04:36 AM   #3092
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Hey Klous,

Yeah it was a dodgy rebuild alright. I tightened it all down then realised I'd not lubed the barrel and didn't want to cheat by squirting some up the spark plug end so had to dismantle again. But all good practice.

For clarity, I'm now back in England. The trip to Alaska was just a short lived one to complete the journey across America which I started last year. Initial plan was to drop south from there, maybe to Argentina, but a job came up here in England on one of the bike magazines and to be honest I'm that broke I didn't have much choice. And I kinda wanted to wait until I'm really psyched about doing another trip, rather than doing it for the sake of doing it.

Dot by the way is on a boat somewhere around Panama. She should be here end of July hopefully. Over the winter I'll rebuild the bottom end and make some new panniers for her, get her ready should the time come to get riding again.

Working on the second book about the America leg. Also got a chap making a documentary about the first trip, which should be interesting. It's just going to be free online and hopefully ready end of August.

So yeah, all good really.

Where are you in England anyway, I'm in Leamington Spa, in the midlands.

Hey Nathan,

Oh man, you really need to pop south in the Americas! Very excellent! Not sure how Dot would feel about the thin air though, my bike struggled quite a bit.

Nice one with the book, number two that is! And documentary, what madness! I hope it all goes really well!

I always think shipping is a bit stoopid (well, I didn't always, I shipped my first bike foolishly), but Dot does have a rather a lot of followers now! I'll have to come see her if she returns promptly!

I'm back, in Shropshire, to visit family and look for work. It probably means another stint teaching English in S.Korea, not my work of choice but it is fairly easy to get, pays well and means I can afford my own house...because it's free! After that, buy a bike in the UK and head out, prob north Africa and then Asia....at least that what I really want to do right now, but things might change.

Hey, there is British motocross on at Hawkstone Park Aug 11th, about an hour and a half from you....I'm vehicle-less but I'll get there by hook or by crook, if you fancy coming let me know and I'll buy you a cup of hot dishwater (tea) and a bag of oily - and yummy -doughnuts!

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Old 07-13-2013, 08:31 PM   #3093
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Where are you in England anyway, I'm in Leamington Spa, in the midlands.
That brings back memories! My family and I visited Lemmington Spa in the 90's and people there wondered what on earth I wanted to be there for. I told them, the Gaydon Historical Museum of course!
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Old 07-14-2013, 05:06 AM   #3094
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"Dot by the way is on a boat somewhere around Panama. She should be here end of July hopefully."

Nathan,

Assume this means you have shipped the bike from Seattle back to the UK in a container. Who did you go with and what did this cost?

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Old 07-14-2013, 02:11 PM   #3095
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Evening chaps,

Thanks for the messages. I still haven't registered for updates on this thread so don't get them straight away.

Trevor; I went with James Cargo, it costing £900 or thereabouts, on a boat!

I know, expensive, but needing to be back for this job I just had to abandon the bike with some very good friends in Seattle, with the cargo company's agency picking the bike up in a truck, driving it down to LA, crating it, then boating it back.

Had I ridden it down to LA and took care of all that myself it would have been ar cheaper. And to be fair, there are cheaper companies. But I trust James Cargo as they were the ones that flew the bike out to NY and they did a grand job. And I'm good friends with the guy there (Giles) so trusted them to get her back safe.

Vtwin... yeah Leamington's a funny old place. Lots of grand houses, like you get in London, but it's in the Midlands, with lots of students living here. A real mix of people. But I do like walking in to town and through the parks. It's got a good atmosphere.

Klous-1, mate it didn't click with your first message (I had brain fade) that you were the Klous, motorcycle adventurer extraordinaire. Would be a pleasure to catch up mate, and tea would be on me. If you need somewhere to crash head over. And if I can get to motocross then I will. How long do you think you're back for? And where's Shropshire? (just checked and it's just to the west of me, far side of Birmingham. We're not far away at all)

Forgot to say, I cheated on Dorothy last week...







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Old 07-14-2013, 06:43 PM   #3096
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Forgot to say, I cheated on Dorothy last week...






Nate, yer gonna spoil yerself ridin a bike with real suspension and real acceleration.

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Old 07-15-2013, 02:56 AM   #3097
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Now looks dam fine, even smaller than other pics ive seen, me likey

Well if your passing through brum on the way to Shropshire ill see if I can get out and about
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Old 07-25-2013, 06:17 AM   #3098
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HOLY CRAP DUDE! Profound stuff there!

Like so many others, I have been following along and although this adventure was started some years ago now, I feel I must add my thanks for taking us along. There are MANY fantastic reads here in the ADV community and we enjoy them all for different reasons but the way you write some of this stuff sends my mind into a spin and I find myself really "feeling" your journey! THIS IS FREAKIN' EPIC dude! Right on!

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Planning, we skipped that part. Who needs it. If there’s something you want to do just do it. Hurdles and barriers. there’s always a way. And while you might scream shut the fuck up for going on a lecture I think it’s time I used this trip to deliver my little message. I am the Postman after all. And that is just go off and do whatever it is you want to do. Don’t let nothing stop you, not a thing. Wade on, find a way, wrestle with the reasons and excuses why you can’t and then bury them in the bin.

If me and Dorothy hadn’t have done that we’d have been left asking ‘what if’, what if we had have embarked on our global adventure. What would we have seen, what would we have done. And now, by kicking our excuses square in the bollocks, we have seen, we have done. And wherever the next stage of our journey takes us, be it England or some place other, we can stand pretty damn proud that we’ve given it the biggest bloody go we ever could.

And that my little Dorothy, is where we go west.

See you soon.
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Old 07-30-2013, 12:40 PM   #3099
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Klous-1, mate it didn't click with your first message (I had brain fade) that you were the Klous, motorcycle adventurer extraordinaire. Would be a pleasure to catch up mate, and tea would be on me. If you need somewhere to crash head over. And if I can get to motocross then I will. How long do you think you're back for? And where's Shropshire? (just checked and it's just to the west of me, far side of Birmingham. We're not far away at all)
Not sure....doesn't sound like me....Anyway, that's okay, we've only written once, maybe twice before, I think. Anyway, if I ever get a job, and hence a set of wheels I'll be over in a jiffy and take you up on the cuppa. Whilst we're at it, we can pull out a map of the UK and I'll show you where Shropshire is...blinkin heck, how did you find your way home from Australia?! Just kidding! Still, we do seem to be the county that Britain forgot...actually when you cross over into Shropshire it's a war zone, there's no fuel, no tv, internet, corruption is rife if you're lucky you might find some food, we still eat people.

I very sadly won't be at the moto-x, but if you can get there I really recommend it, the track is a beaut called "The Hill". However, it is in Shropshire, so pack some sandwiches and plenty of fuel....and a gun....and a gps!

Anyways, maybe see you down the road, all the best with all, I'll keep an eye on your progress.
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Old 07-30-2013, 04:52 PM   #3100
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After signing off the other day I said to myself I wouldn't post again. Get my head down instead. But I've just checked the forum and my personal account and feel I need to, because I'm a little fucked off.

People somehow feel I need to justify my actions, some feel I've done a runner with peoples cash and with a book deal in the bag I don't need you guys any more.

First things first, I don't have a book deal. There was only talk of one with a publisher and nothing has come of it. So you can forget that speculation.

Secondly, the money that's been donated is in the process of being handed back. And as you lose something in the transaction with paypal that's actually costing me money. But I didn't feel it right to take peoples money in the first place and this was a great opportunity to reclaim some ground. So to those comparing me to this fella above I hope your canoe sinks.

Thirdly, I don't need to sort my head out. My head is fine. I've just hit a point where the consequences of me telling my story online was really going beyond the point of what I was comfortable with. Not just the occassional dig but other things, things I won't divulge.

I've even suspended my Facebook account and won't be adding to the website for a while. So don't think it's just you guys. In front of my lies Pakistan and a whole bunch of places I know fuck all about. To be fighitng online battles with peope is not what I want or need. Nor am I glad I'm having to be writing this now, not when there's a million and one other things that still need to be done to make China happen.

Since my sign off post I've had some awesome comments withing me well and looking forward to my return and I'm completely and utterly grateful to those with that understanding. But to those subsequently judging my actions and speculating the worse - and perhaps now calling me ungrateful -then you're the main reason I'm signing off in the bloody first place.

Some people think that because they've invested so much time into reading this thread that they own part of me, own part of the trip - it's why I was never comfortably accepting donations as I saw them as shares - and they don't. This is my ADVRider thread that until now I'd like to think we've both been getting something out of - you got to read about my trip, I got a wealth support and best wishes from new friends - But when I started getting the hassle and aggro and distraction from a trip that finally does need some planning, being active on here was no longer in our best interests. So I pulled the plug.

Some people have respected that and wished me well, others not so much.

So let the arseholes fire away with any further speculation, coomparissons or venom because i won't be logging on or checking the forum until Turkey. From there I'll post with the hope that those I consider friends will still want to read. Sadly after this rant you probably won't...

Safe riding to all.

Nate and Dotorthy
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Old 07-30-2013, 07:18 PM   #3101
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Thumb The Road Awaits !

And I know you'll ignore the tossers in their armchairs throwing stones because they haven't got the balls you do Nathan .

Go , ride like the wind and hopefully share more stories with us .
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Old 07-31-2013, 12:40 AM   #3102
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Geez, they're blasts from the past, those quotes.

I wrote those at the time, a few years ago, and to read them back is a little disturbing in a way, just to see what place I was in back then. I did take a few nose dives during the trip, especially after it, a big nose dive. I'm quite relieved to say that after this Alaska trip - when I really feel I'd reached a natural conclusion to the trip - things started to relax and I finally have some perspective on it all. Feels good. I was thinking only last night that the challenge of getting on the road is at some point along the way replaced by the challenge of trying to find a way off it. Knowing how to stop. When to stop. How to stop. Otherwise you could end up chasing your tail around the world forever. I guess it takes a while to reach a point where you're not afraid of stopping. Maybe that happens when you're a little more comfortable about who you are, you know, happier with yourself.

Alas, I've turned to the darkside. Mods, I hope you don't mind me putting the next few pics up. I thought you might find them interesting. To go from one extreme to the other. I had it just for the weekend. I thought it was a good bike. Very quick on the road, and agile, but it did hint at just how much marketing bollockery is going on right now; branding a bike like this as 'Adventure', and necessary for 'Adventure', when, as I discovered, you have to be careful how you park it, so it's not off-camber, it's not downhill because you can't pull the thing back out, how the panniers are wider than your shoulders and the general intimidation of a bike as big as this. Great touring bike. But I wouldn't like to get lost in the wild on one. It would eat you alive...















... photos from Scotland. Lovely place.

Business will resume next week when old Dorothy finally returns back from the States having travelled across the Atlantic by boat. The plan is to retire her for a while. Work on the bottom end in my own good time. Continue to work. Continue to settle some debt. Continue to do other things, while at the same time, perhaps subconsciously, laying plans for when the time comes to take off again and see something new. I look at the map and see Sydney to Alaska. But there's a lot I haven't seen. And somehow I don't think I'll be taking the GS.
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Old 07-31-2013, 02:16 AM   #3103
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Geez Nathan, you really could do with a haircut...
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Old 07-31-2013, 09:37 PM   #3104
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Thanx for the write up and terrific pictures ~! .

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Old 07-31-2013, 10:28 PM   #3105
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Hi Nathan and Dot,

Right about those panniers - they wouldn't last long in Bankok traffic (or any tight spot) and must really restrict agility.

Regarding rebuilding Dot's bottom - best left to an experienced mechanical engineer. The crank has to be separated
to fit the new big-end bearing and then pressed together with great accuracy. Been there : next time I'll just try to get a
whole new crank / rod assembly, though this may not be an option for you in light of keeping Dot's vital organs original.

Whoever does it, you'll need to separate the cases - the best advice I have is .... get a manual with exploded diagrams,
and take photographs of everything as you go. Everything.


" ...laying plans for when the time comes to take off again and see something new." .......... GREAT !


Cheers,
Bernard.

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