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Old 01-29-2014, 06:12 PM   #136
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Here are a few things the guide books did not tell me about Latin America. ...


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Old 01-30-2014, 03:39 PM   #137
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Tank clean?

Any Advice on cleaning a tank?

Do I just take it off, and hose the dirt out. Let the water dry and fill her back up?

Looks like half of Baja is sitting in the bottom.
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Old 01-30-2014, 10:27 PM   #138
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Any Advice on cleaning a tank?

Do I just take it off, and hose the dirt out. Let the water dry and fill her back up?

Looks like half of Baja is sitting in the bottom.
That'll work but pull the petcock first so you don't screw up the filter screens or knock them off, in which case you'd have to pull the petcock to put them back anyway. After washing the tank, rinse it a couple of times with gas to get rid of the last of the water.
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Old 01-30-2014, 10:47 PM   #139
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As Garfey says, remove the tank and dump it, pull the petcock and tank cap, swish around some gas and re-install the tap and cap. Install gas tank. Fill with gas and you are good to go.

I remember telling a Brit this many years ago on an email forum when the internet was young back in the 90's. He mentioned using his torch to see if the gas had cleaned his tank.

NOOOOOOOOOOO!!!!!! Okay, my bad. I didn't realise a torch is a flashlight in the UK.

Heading south tomorrow. Maybe see you down the road.

Saludos,
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Old 01-31-2014, 09:10 AM   #140
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After flushing with water, rinse it with some form of drinking alcohol
approaching 190proof before the gasoline rinse. The alcohol will absorb
the water much better than gas.
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Old 01-31-2014, 03:04 PM   #141
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Thanks for the advice team.

I think that our paths won't cross this time around John. I am north.
But I am sure we will catch up sooner or latter.

Beware Montanita is a mad house!
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Old 01-31-2014, 05:27 PM   #142
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patience!

Quite the ambitious distance with such small engined bikes!
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Old 02-03-2014, 08:13 AM   #143
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I did not even realize fully the freedom I had while cruising around on my bike. Well I guess I did, but maybe it was not appreciated to the fullest joy. What I am trying to say is it became the norm, my dream had become a reality and in doing so, the romance of the road was replaced with a feeling of normality and dare I say it, even routine. We all know that not a single moment of this wonderful ride we call life should be taken for granted, but somehow, for most of us, that is exactly what it becomes. Our loved ones become familiar and we forget to tell them how much they mean to us, a hot shower becomes just that. A hot shower. Nothing more, nothing less. But lets be honest, if only for a moment. A hot shower is fucking amazing! Flicking the bathroom light switch, to somehow, as if magically light the room, is so far beyond my realm of understanding that I just take it as common place. Yet if such a thing happened a mere 200 odd years ago you would have been burned to death for sorcey.. Which I guess would light the room anyhow. But would be a huge bummer.
This thought crossed my mind as I sat in a bus, with limited vision of the surroundings and not even the freedom or spontaneity to stop and take a wiz.
Let me feel you in on why I am on a bus. Money, or lack of it, could be a more accurate description. So I am heading to New Jersey to help a friend paint a house.
But don’t panic friends out there in ADV land, I will be south and continuing on before you know it.
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Old 02-03-2014, 01:07 PM   #144
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Keep this thread going and let us know how things are going and where
you are.

Luck on 'ya.
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Old 02-03-2014, 01:16 PM   #145
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How did I miss this thread?! Subscribed so I can find it again.
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Old 02-03-2014, 02:15 PM   #146
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Do you still have your bike?
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Old 02-03-2014, 09:49 PM   #147
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Do you still have your bike?
Yeah still have my bike. stored it at a friends place in Ecuador. I will be back there mid march and continuing on the southbound march.
Missing the mighty Xt already.
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Old 02-03-2014, 09:50 PM   #148
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Keep this thread going and let us know how things are going and where
you are.

Luck on 'ya.
Will do. Just got back from my first night shoveling snow. Oh the glamor of motorcycle touring.
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Old 02-03-2014, 09:51 PM   #149
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How did I miss this thread?! Subscribed so I can find it again.
Not sure how you missed, but I bet you wish you never found it. hahaha
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Old 02-05-2014, 07:02 AM   #150
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I did not even realize fully the freedom I had while cruising around on my bike. Well I guess I did, but maybe it was not appreciated to the fullest joy. What I am trying to say is it became the norm, my dream had become a reality and in doing so, the romance of the road was replaced with a feeling of normality and dare I say it, even routine. We all know that not a single moment of this wonderful ride we call life should be taken for granted, but somehow, for most of us, that is exactly what it becomes. Our loved ones become familiar and we forget to tell them how much they mean to us, a hot shower becomes just that. A hot shower. Nothing more, nothing less. But lets be honest, if only for a moment. A hot shower is fucking amazing! Flicking the bathroom light switch, to somehow, as if magically light the room, is so far beyond my realm of understanding that I just take it as common place. Yet if such a thing happened a mere 200 odd years ago you would have been burned to death for sorcey.. Which I guess would light the room anyhow. But would be a huge bummer.
Can't tell you how much this sentiment resonates with me right now. Hope for a speedy return to your bike and the journey! I can't motosurf the whole world by myself man!
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