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Old 09-07-2013, 08:19 PM   #91
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On the way back I stopped for a couple of cold ones. Sitting in the bar with a stupid grin on my face, I had to pinch myself. I actually rode a motorcycle to Cabo San Lucas and am sitting in a bar enjoying drinks. Wish you were here!

What a great feeling!,there will be many more I'm sure!!
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Old 09-07-2013, 08:28 PM   #92
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Skelly the Bike Update

Here is an overdue update on the machine.

Skeletor
Skelly (as I have named her) is a 2009 Suzuki DR650SE. She currently has about 20,000km on the odometer, 5,000km of that in the last two weeks. I would say that so far the machine has performed above expectations. There are a few minor negatives and a bunch of positives.
First thing Iíll mention is the kickstand. I installed a short side stand to compensate for the extra load. This was a mistake. Every time I stop on level ground and deploy the stand itís perfect as long as Iím on the bike. When I dismount the springs relax and the short stand slides out until the right angle is reached. This means a very steep position and a lot of weight being supported by the stand. At times Iím worried it will fall over but it hasnít yet. The result of this is the stand mounting bolt is under tremendous stress and there is now excessive play. I think the bolt hole is rounding out. I am being very careful to find parking on a slope that allows a better lean angle. Since I discovered what was happening and am taking measures to reduce it and the situation has not worsened.



Secondly the tires. Iím running Mitas E-07 and love the way they feel. I was hoping for 15000km wear but I am skeptical about that at the moment. The first 5000km have been fast straight and hot so this may contribute to the wear Iím experiencing. There are also some cracks forming on some of the lugs. Iíll be watching carefully and perhaps buy a new rear tire in Guadalajara just in case. The front tire is perfect.





Chain is a DID VX X-ring. A real purdy gold one. Adjusted it once so far but only because I had it somewhat loose to begin with.



Oil consumption: Skelly occasionally puffs oil on start up. Likely valve seals. I was concerned before the trip about this but now itís a non issue for me. The head gasket is leaking slightly. Itís a new leak but really minor. Today after almost 5,300km I added about 200ml of oil.



Fuel consumption: I have burned 237.5 liters of fuel in 5295.6km. In Canadian terms this is 4.49 liters per 100km or using U.S. gallons itís 52.39mpg. I budgeted for 6 liters/100km
I have the stock 15/42 gearing and on the highway in 5th gear the bike is not working very hard at all. My cruising speed in Mexico has been between 85 and 95km/h. The speed limit is 80kmh maximum all the way through Baja until south of La Paz where the highway is 4 lanes and speed is increased to 90-100.
I have added a number of accessories to the bike for this ride. In due time Iíll review each one of them.
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Old 09-07-2013, 10:20 PM   #93
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Yes!

Love it sofar, It's great to see someone break out and make a run for it
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Old 09-08-2013, 12:08 PM   #94
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Mitas tires

Hey Dave I have the same tires and did almost 22.000 km's on them and sent them back home when I put the new ones on because I think I will be able to get another 4.000 out of them, the edges will get hit by rocks and show some wear but they will last.

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Old 09-09-2013, 10:54 PM   #95
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Day 16 Meeting of the Minds

Day 16 Cabo San Lucas to the Mazatlan Star Ferry 240km

Sunday September 8th started as many of the others so far, hot and humid. The 3 hour ride north to La Paz was beautiful with the sun over my right shoulder for a change. Livestock was everywhere along the road so my pace was unhurried and I arrived in La Paz at noon.



I searched for and found Bandidos but was disappointed to find it was only open for dinner. I found an alternate for lunch on the marine drive.
While waiting for my food I saw a VStrom ride by and the two on board glanced back at my bike as they passed. In a few minutes they returned and sat down with me. It was Paul and Asli with whom I had exchanged emails about sharing a cabin on the ferry. They had not purchased their ticket yet so we agreed to share a room while on board.



I arrived at the ferry and once my paperwork was inspected moved on to the staging area for a hot 90 minute wait to board at 3:00pm A couple of Kawasaki KLR motorbikes pulled up and I met Troy and Martin. Ironically I had passed them a few days earlier as they were moving northbound and I south. I didnít think Iíd see them again but here they were.

We all entered the boat and down a steep ramp to the deepest deck. The belly of the ferry was like a sauna. We tied down the machines and unloaded gear we would need.



Rules dictate no return trips to the vehicle deck so I had to be sure I had everything I needed. In hindsight I brought way too much. Climbing step ladder-like steps up 5 decks to the reception was an exercise in will power. Thoughts of climbing to Crypt Lake in Waterton on a sweltering day came to mind.

After a quick shower all the gringos quickly found each other on deck. We met Frank (1979 CB700) from Montreal and Katie from Belgium. Soon we were joined by a fellow from Mexico City and Taka (DR200) from Japan. So we sat on the deck drinking beer and telling stories into the dark of the evening. The stars were spectacular and we witnessed a lightning show in the distance.







Paul and Asli







We slept well on a smoothly rocking sea and awoke to have breakfast at around 8:30. Troy, Martin and Frank are headed to Tecuela as soon as the ferry lands and I decided to tag along for the 3-4 hour ride. Although this is a deviation from my original plan, I like the idea of traveling with others for my first few days of Mainland Mexico.
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Old 09-10-2013, 06:25 AM   #96
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Day 17 Tequila in Tequila

Day 17 Mazatlan to Tequila 450km 7.0 hrs

I began to wake up as the sunlight made its way through the cabin window. Not knowing the time I made my way to the cafeteria and discovered some of my new found friends having breakfast. I sat down to join them and enjoyed scrambled eggs with sausage mixed in and tortilla chips fixed in a unique and interesting way. We still had three hours before docking in Mazatlan so I spent some time writing and getting ready to disembark. I turned in my room key and took my gear down to load the bike. It was 36 degrees on the lower deck and I was just soaked in perspiration. I didnít realize it but I was not exactly permitted to go down there until they gave the word so I came back up on to the 5th deck and waited with the rest of the gang. Frank and Taka left first because they were on a different deck than the rest of us. About 45 minutes later we got the call to get down to the bikes and get going. We all un-tethered our machines and rode out into the fresh air.



Martin, Troy and I headed for the toll roads to allow fast travel through the Mexican interior.





Each toll booth required a different amount of Pesos. By the time we finished the day we each had spent 382 pesos for the privilege of riding on the smooth wide expressway. We stopped for lunch in Escuinapa for some fantastic chicken roasted over wood charcoal.



Randomly, we encountered Frank and Taka briefly in the middle of town but lost them as they turned off for fuel. As the kilometers passed the rain began to come down so we geared up for wet weather and braced ourselves for a storm. It rained until we arrived at Tequila and then stopped just for our arrival. 15 minutes before sunset we found a 400 peso hotel which included free parking five blocks away but it was secure. After unloading and parking the bikes the first order of business was food and of course Tequila! The three of us ate dinner and enjoyed a wonderful glass of tequila for about $8US each.





Tomorrow maybe a Tequila tour and then...Iím not quite sure
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Old 09-10-2013, 04:28 PM   #97
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Be careful riding only the toll roads......by the time you get down to Belize you could easly spend $400.00 The way I look at it the 382 pesos is a hotel room.

Did you bring your own tie down straps?
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Old 09-10-2013, 09:26 PM   #98
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Be careful riding only the toll roads......by the time you get down to Belize you could easly spend $400.00 The way I look at it the 382 pesos is a hotel room.

Did you bring your own tie down straps?
We're done with toll roads. But the weather is so bad right now we wanted to make miles while we could. The cost of the toll roads does add up. I basically deleted two nights hotels in exchange for one day of tolls, so I'm ahead peso wise. From here on out I'm slowing down. Yes I had my own tie downs.
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Old 09-11-2013, 02:34 AM   #99
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DRRambler, hello from New Zealand. Back to Oklahoma soon.
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Old 09-11-2013, 03:48 AM   #100
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Old 09-11-2013, 06:03 AM   #101
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Hay, hello from Calgary. I just found your report last night. All the best.
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Old 09-11-2013, 07:41 AM   #102
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Great start to a ride report. I'll be following along.
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Great start to a ride report. I'll be following along.
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It's been fantastic so far. Loving Mexico.
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Old 09-11-2013, 11:58 AM   #104
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Day 18 Historic Queretaro

Day 18 September 10th Tequila Jalisco to Queretaro 450km 6 hours

We got a late start today and had a nice breakfast at the same cafe we at the evening before. Itís a little cafe in the main plaza of Tequila. There is a 400 year old church watching over the square as we ate Huevos Rancheros and drank wonderful coffee.



We then walked around the central area for an hour or so. This place is named Tequila for a reason.











We retrieved the motos from the distant parking area. After loading them and donning gear still wet from the downpour yesterday we hit the road at about 1pm. Actually my gear was fairly dry but my left boot had filled with water for some reason. The weather was perfect for riding and it looked like we may stay dry at least for awhile.









The plan was to get to historical Queretaro today 450km away. In our path was Mexicoís second largest city Guadalajara and we wanted to go around it if we could. GPS was only moderately helpful so paper map consults were frequent throughout the day.

Starting off on the free roads we made slow progress behind trucks and busses. Eventually it was apparent that if we were to make it to Queretaro it would be dark when we arrived. Finding a toll road helped us make time but did spend about 30 minutes on the dark freeway.
By this time food was the most important item on our minds. The tacos we found were the best yet in Mexico.



We rode up and down awesome stone streets looking for a hotel eventually finding St. Martinís Hostal in the historic district. The location and bike security was perfect so the decision was made to stay for two nights.







Tomorrow weíll see Queretaro in daylight.
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Old 09-11-2013, 12:38 PM   #105
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After all that I must admit some thoughts of ďwhat the hell am I doingĒ came to me. Maybe that is a normal thought process, after all I have never done anything like this before.

I hope it's normal, I went thru the same thing at the border. Just found your RR and am caught up. Have fun and remember... on a DS, topes are your friends
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