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Old 07-19-2013, 01:22 PM   #646
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My feelings exactly! Subscribed! As a fellow BMW STEP graduate (2006 Maryland) and current dealer inmate......I know the feeling. I'm 7 years and 3 dealers in, it's tough to give up on something that once sounded so promising. I would like to do the same, but I'm clinging to conventional life. Congrats on taking the plunge and safe travels!!
You're young, if not married just bug the hell out! I tell my nephews ALL THE TIME, you can only do stuff like this without kids. By the time mine are out I'll be in my mid 50's, not that that's old, or far off for that matter, 47 now.

My old lady already knows I want to downsize ASAFP, more money for toys and travel. She also knows I'm happiest on the road. I threaten to runaway with her all the time.

Another benefit of doing it while you're young is faster healing. Injury is a very real consideration. YOU CAN DEW IT!!

I'm a known bad influence BTW!!
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Old 07-19-2013, 01:33 PM   #647
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Great RR. Really enjoying it. Recently purchased a new 990r and haven't rode my street glide (aka: pirate ship i believe you call it, well one quick lap around town to make sure it still ran). Dirt is new to me but have been easing into it and loving every minute of it. Good luck and looking forward to your next update.
By"JaxObsessed", 'Photos from Michaux SF Pennsylvania', He's in your neck of the woods. Seems to know the A.O., and the people.

Check out the 'seat concepts' thread for the cure for your torture device, I feel they have a fair price too.

Does anyone know why some pix show and others don't? Is it because I'm using a tablet, wrong setting? I'm confuzzled. Thanks guys.

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Old 07-19-2013, 01:34 PM   #648
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You're young, if not married just bug the hell out! I tell my nephews ALL THE TIME, you can only do stuff like this without kids. By the time mine are out I'll be in my mid 50's, not that that's old, or far off for that matter, 47 now.

My old lady already knows I want to downsize ASAFP, more money for toys and travel. She also knows I'm happiest on the road. I threaten to runaway with her all the time.

Another benefit of doing it while you're young is faster healing. Injury is a very real consideration. YOU CAN DEW IT!!

I'm a known bad influence BTW!!
+1!!!

I am 38 years old and not married, no kid.. but fortunately enough to have my own place! (Inheritance). Last summer, I decided out of blue I would do TAT with just a week of preparing and left. I didn't have to ask for vacation time and mostly preparing dogsitter as well as property sitter (own 53 acres with home on it) Spent 5 weeks traveling on TAT.. when I got home, many friends ranted about how I am one lucky SOB who can leave anytime going anywhere without worrying about if I got to work or whatever. I am on disability (bad accident and now bad back beside being deaf) so I sorta have the luxury many riders on ADVrider don't have, a steady income. Of course, I am NOT rich by any mean!! I live my life frugally and am self-sustained hunting for foods and grow my own garden. I am currently preparing for RTW leaving in 2015 but maybe next summer if Worker's Man comp settle out of court by next summer.. then I have steady disability to carry me month to month and huge saving account in case I go over my monthly limit. I have the luxury you probably will not have for the rest of your life! So what Slowpoke69 is saying.. do it now while you are young and free from the rat race world and while you are young where the pain is still tolerable for you (Your tolerate for pain get less every birthday!)

So go and do whatever you desire before you get back into life.
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Old 07-19-2013, 09:21 PM   #649
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Ladies and Gentlemen, the moment you have been waiting for!

Okay, perhaps not. Rather, it is the moment I've been waiting for. After nearly a month, the XRR lives again!



When I last posted, I was headed to Nevada City to see my good friend, and old college roommate, Dan. We met in an odd way. I had just uprooted myself, and was just moving into my new apartment in Orlando, Florida to attend school.I had just pulled into the new abode with my 900$ Dodge Dakota loaded to the hilt, filled with everything I owned. This included a sportbike, a kingsize bed, toolbox, and everything else a 20-something owns. I was standing there, in sunny Orlando, just off the ever so famous Orange Blossom trail thinking two things. 1) what did I get myself into, and wtf is this 'OBT' everyone talks about, and 2) How am I going to get a kingsize bed to the second floor by myself. *ring ring* Meet Dan. He had also just moved to Orlando from California, had got my number from the school and was looking for a new place to live after his original live-in landlord turned out to be a glass-dildo making druggie freak show.

Fast forward to 2013. I had decided to do this crazy thing called the TAT. I had talked with Dan about it, most dreaming, and was pushing him to sell his R6 to get a bike to ride the TAT with me. Dan is a boat guy, and his busy season is naturally summer, so he was going to see if he could just ride Colorado west. Sadly, in March, Dan had a nasty run in with the R6 into a gaurdrail near the Forest Hill Bridge (The bridge from the movie XXX where they launch the corvette). In that canyon, he got wrapped up in the gaurd rail and was life flighted out in very grim condition. Touch and go for quite some time. As life would have it, among many other injuries, he shattered multiple vertebrae leaving him paralyzed from the waist down. This blew my mind. I've crashed so many times, and I too have wound myself around a pole and shattered a single vertebrae when I was 17, so it really hit close to home. Especially since I was about to ride further than I ever have.

I could go on and try to explain Dan's personality with large, descriptive words, but I think this one story sums it up. The very first time we talked after his accident, he asked about my trip. I was having a hard time with work, and getting things organized. It was up in the air if anything was even going to happen. Dan said "Man, you've got to make it happen. Everything you've been through....you've been dealt a shittier hand than I have. You've got to do this ride".

So anyway, here I am in Nevada City. Graciously offered the space to work on the bike, I chose to replace the connecting rod as preventative maintenance. It was the stock rod, its a 2001 bike and I just ran the heck out of it for over 5500 miles. Not to mention, I bought it as a supermoto and abused it for many rides in this form. I figured it was in my best interest to replace the rod and big end bearing before Baja.

I dropped the rod off at one shop. They wasted some time and decided they couldn't do it. Ran around and found another shop to do it. Over the next three-ish weeks they get the rod on and break the balance gear in the process. They attempt to make their own, and do a fine job. It looks spot on. However once pressed into the cases, it's clear that the tooth pitch is slightly off. Turns out Honda uses a non-standard pitch, on an apparently non-standard 42tooth gear. This resulted in my wasted time, and many nights wandering around many-a-Bridgeport ooing and aahhing while they worked away.

Dan also insisted we go to Lake Tahoe. It was great to see, but the Casino's are certainly not good to me. I felt I needed to make up for it by ingesting as many free beverages as humanly possible. I feel I at least broke even.

I had run out of time, and opted to buy an entire new crankshaft. This really hurt the budget. I had been sitting around idle, wasting money. I had already invested money into the other crankshaft for the rod kit, and now I have to buy another crank. Unfortunately, this easily cut my travels in half.

Anyway, in this time, I got to enjoy the best of NorCal. Dan's family owns a marina on Bullards Bar. Now I'm not a boat person at all, and have never spent much time on the water. They have completely converted me. I've spent some time helping out around the marina, and got to enjoy the true lake lifestyle.


Watched the last UFC fight on a houseboat that had nicer granite work and floors than any place I have ever lived! Even though the insides are gorgeous, there is nothing like camping on the top of a houseboat under the stars. The slow, rythmic oscillations of 3/4 million dollars beneath as I started endlessly at the Milky Way was truly surreal.



Can't imagine why this picture ended up blurrry...


When you party a little too hard...










We spent many-a-day enjoying the pontoon boats.



The biggest little daredevil I know...


Like I said...



TOOBIN!





Half a second away from disaster. I think we may have been having a conversation about leaning...


Solo Tubing. The tube had started to go flat, so it took alot of leaning to keep it from submarining and flipping. I got pretty good at this...


Until....




"Raise your hands if you have any questions"


They were silly enough to let me play on a supercharged, and an R1 powered jetski.







And probably the cream of the crop, I got to feel the full wrath of a ZR6 powered WakeCraft as Dan taught me how to wakesurf and wakeboard. My ankle is still jacked up from that. Although I did feel quite accomplished to get up on my 2nd attempt. Jumps however didn't go as splendid.






Boats are Dan's true passion. In this realm, everything is hand-controlled anyway, and he's truly at home. He can still whoop me on a jetski, and truly knows the key to making good wake for a wakeboard.




Dan's mom flies on the singleski!



So anyway, after being thoroughly abused at the lake, and doing my best to ingest every bit of it, the new crank finally showed up. It all went together pretty smoothly (did you know if you don't have access to a press, you can, infact, beat a crankshaft into the cases and it'll turn out just fine? ) I had some trouble with the decompressors, but anyway it's up and running!

So there you have it, my last couple weeks. Lots of fun times on the water, but truly it's been a huge ball of stress trying to get the bike together. Sorry that this isn't much of a bike-related update. It's not very exciting to take pictures of dirty tools and a half-apart bike.

So I will be putting a couple hundred miles of break-in time on the motor, and then off to SF. I had found a KLR motor while browsing craigslist the other day, and it sounds like Austin is going to pick it up for me to swap into his bike.I will work on trying to fund the photobucket account so they will put my pictures back up. I switched to smugmug partway through so at least those pictures are still working. The next few days will include putting on some test-miles, finishing up here, and truly deciding what the budget can realistically support.

Take care guys, you all are great.

"You only live once, but if you do it right, once is enough"


-Chris

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Old 07-19-2013, 09:37 PM   #650
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When you party a little too hard...
ROTFLMAO! Reminds me of the time I woke up on the front lawn of my apartment building after finding a bottle of Polar Ice vodka in my freezer.
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Old 07-19-2013, 11:03 PM   #651
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Wow! Sounds like you stumbled upon some really skilled mechanics!
YIKES!

Did you know that Scott Dunleavy was right in the neighborhood? About 15 minutes from San Francisco. Ring a bell? Team Honda Racing, Baja team boss, XR650R expert. I have three friends who bought there XR-R's from Scott and followed his guidance on ALL MODS. They were ALL awesome bikes ... but none of them ever needed a rod.

Scott's shop is just off the freeway in Berkeley. (Berkeley Honda/Yamaha)
If you'd only piped up ... I would have sent you his way. If Scott could not do the work himself I'm quite sure he'd know the right shop to do it RIGHT,
the first time.

Hope the motor holds up! All the best!
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Old 07-20-2013, 12:17 AM   #652
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I had asked for advice... but rather in the Xr650R thread.

I forgot about this... if one were to mount a Teraflex tire on an XRR in Colorado and use it to dig a single, continuous trench all the way to the Pacific Ocean, this is what you are left with.



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Old 07-20-2013, 03:45 AM   #653
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I forgot about this... if one were to mount a Teraflex tire on an XRR in Colorado and use it to dig a single, continuous trench all the way to the Pacific Ocean, this is what you are left with.



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On a street tire, you'd call that stuff on the side "chicken strips". On that beast of yours, "Chicken McNuggets".
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Old 07-20-2013, 04:18 PM   #654
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Pissed Problem?

[QUOTE=Creeker747;21669032]I have to agree with you. Nevada has got to have the most surreal / bizarre areas in the U.S. When I rode through the state, I came to conclusion there's just three things you need to have a town: a bar, a gas station, and a grocery.

What more do you need? Oh yeah.....

HOOKERS!!

Don't know how the angry face got up there, I wasn't THAT offended.
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Old 07-21-2013, 05:58 AM   #655
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Great pix!

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I was out on a little SPORT-tour of California and Oregon when I stopped for the night at the Cape Blanca campground. I knew Port Orford was not far away, but didn't know Cape Blanca was actually the official end of the TAT.

I was trying to shoot the sunset on the beach when a light rain chased me away. While climbing the bluff I heard a couple bike motors.




At the top of the bluff I met these two. They agreed to pose for a complete stranger who claimed to also be an ADVer.





While talking with them the sun peeked out to compete with the lighthouse.




They seemed friendly enough, but were obviously awestruck. I left them alone to soak in the feelings of their accomplishment together.
As I was walking away I looked back to see stuntheavy bounding down the steep bluff at breakneck speed towards the beach.
Swifter was following at a more sane pace.









Congratulations guys!




Thanks for the awesome report. You may use these photos of you anyway you see fit.
You guys should frame that b&w, awesome shot to mark the end of this leg!

CONGRATULATIONS on getting back on the road. Good luck going forward.

Thanks again for taking all the time it takes to do the RR, especially pretty much realtime.

What are the differences between the 650R and 650L? If too many don't sweat it, I'll look it up. I've been considering a 650L, the R sounds like more fun though!

STAY SAFE, ROLL ON!!

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The R is entirely a different bike. Liquid cooled powerplant in an aluminum chassis, kick start only. It wasn't called "the king of Baja" for nothing. Essentially, in my opinion the R is an off-the-showroom-floor long distance racebike that was sold to the public.

The L is a great trailbike, steelframe, electric start.... just a good solid putt-putt bike that will get you there.

For me, the R was the clear choice. It's a fantastic platform.

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Old 07-21-2013, 11:19 AM   #657
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Cool, thanks.

Maybe I'll find a donor L and put my cb750f/ss drivetrain in it, gotta be easier than swapping frontend, swingarm, etc.

Thanks for the answer, must be a blast to ride!
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Old 07-21-2013, 11:45 AM   #658
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Build thread build thread! Frankenbikes rule!
Congrats on getting that great bike and yourself back on the road! That has to feel good. As far as your budget goes; aren't there a multitude of uhhh "transport" jobs in Mexico, or did I just watch too much Miami Vice as a kid? :what::

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Old 07-21-2013, 02:40 PM   #659
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Maybe I'll find a donor L and put my cb750f/ss drivetrain in it, gotta be easier than swapping frontend, swingarm, etc.

Thanks for the answer, must be a blast to ride!

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For those that didn't already realize it. This bike towed my Te630 and me all the way from Dug Bar back to Imnaha after I broke down. Thanks Luke! Thanks Al and Sherry for picking me up from Imnaha. Joe and Neil for hanging around and beating off the vultures that were circling and Neil again for the trailer ride all the way back to Banks. Thanks to Brian and Margret, Jeff and Shelly and everyone else who made it such a great gathering again. I didn't capture a lot at the rally this year on the Camara, but I have a few good shots of the journey there that I will post up in due course.

Cheers Mark

stolen from the Hells Canyon thread
http://advrider.com/forums/showpost....7&postcount=68

and the build
http://www.advrider.com/forums/showthread.php?t=823952
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Old 07-29-2013, 02:13 PM   #660
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Hey guys. I finally got around to posting about meeting you in my (far less adventurous) ride report.

BTW, I played around with a couple of the photos of you. I can't wait to hear what happens next.







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