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Old 01-08-2013, 08:49 AM   #6436
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It is serious, but they're troubleshooting process is terrible.

See if you can get sent to Southern Ontario Ron, better process down there. I wish you well Ron!
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Old 01-08-2013, 08:52 AM   #6437
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Spent two weeks over Christmas in Puerto Plata.
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And you didn't even invite us Mike...Geez Hope you had a fun trip!
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Old 01-08-2013, 12:18 PM   #6438
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They found something!

Hopefully, the fix is on the way..
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Old 01-08-2013, 12:44 PM   #6439
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Sounds good Ron. Keep us updated.

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Old 01-08-2013, 01:15 PM   #6440
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And you didn't even invite us Mike...Geez Hope you had a fun trip!
It was great. Overall, much better and cheaper (over 2 weeks) than Cuba (though we loved Cuba too). Many thought the beach was beautiful (see below). It was really nice. But compared our resort last year in Varadero - not even close. Of course - tons of bikes. They drive crazy there though. Three to a bike is common. Weaving in and out of dense traffic. Lots of blue smoke too. No helmets or gear. Just shorts, T-shirt, and sandals. One amigo was carrying a full-sized boxed microwave oven in his left arm - and riding with only his right hand on the bar. Didn't seem to slow him down at all.

Here is the beach from our (free upgrade) room!



And here are some bikes! :)



The tourist police bike below looked to be a 125cc.



Tons of young women ripping around on the bikes - just as crazy as the guys - and just as skilled. Sorry - none here though.



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Old 01-08-2013, 02:14 PM   #6441
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Did you steal...oops, I meant rent any of those bikes for a ride Doesn't look like they require plates down there...or at least don't care if they are plated?
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Old 01-08-2013, 02:39 PM   #6442
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It was great...

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Mike, thanks for the pics. A little different from the cruiser crowd here.

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Old 01-08-2013, 03:50 PM   #6443
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Thanks for the pics Mike!

Entertainment is good.
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Old 01-08-2013, 04:02 PM   #6444
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Did you steal...oops, I meant rent any of those bikes for a ride Doesn't look like they require plates down there...or at least don't care if they are plated?
There were some opportunities to rent bikes and do a tour with a guide. There was a motorcycle rental right next to our resort. If they had something like a KTM Duke 200, I might have been persuaded. A group we met from Thunder Bay were going to do it (they were riders). I wondered if they had been off the resort and seen first hand the "battle conditions" that exist for riders there. I tried to fill them in. It didn't seem to matter. Granted, if they stayed away from the cities - they'd probably be O.K. Ultimately, they didn't go - after being warned by another tourist that it was a crazy idea. Ha...ha..

I spoke to a couple of local riders at a jewelry store. They said that a 125cc was considered a big bike there. And many of the locals liked the 2-strokes better, because they could use a greater amount of 2-stroke premix when filling up, because it was cheaper than gasoline there. The cheapest guys looked like they were fumigating the streets - there was so much blue smoke. They said that helmets were required by law - but it wasn't strictly enforced. For the entire 2 weeks, I noticed maybe 5 riders with helmets. Lots of honking too by motorcycles - to alert traffic and effectively say "Hey - look I'm here behind you about to pass, even with traffic coming the other direction". It seemed many would honk as soon as they were next to a car to signal "I'm on your left side". But I must admit - the cagers are all very considerate toward motorcyclists there and would give them the right of way - in almost all instances. According to our tour guide, there are very few motorcycle fatalities in Puerto Plata. Many more car fatalities even though there are more bikes on the road.

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Old 01-08-2013, 04:04 PM   #6445
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http://www.advrider.com/forums/showthread.php?t=809076

here's a big load of sludge for ya......

get well soon Ron. Live to Ride !
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Old 01-08-2013, 04:48 PM   #6446
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here's a big load of sludge for ya......

get well soon Ron. Live to Ride !

Great reports Hekto! Some awesome rides you've been on!
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Old 01-08-2013, 05:24 PM   #6447
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here's a big load of sludge for ya......

get well soon Ron. Live to Ride !
Just finished reading through it now. Yep. Excellent report. Love the free camping too. Might need to add some vicegrips to my toolkit just in case my clutch cable snaps.

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Old 01-08-2013, 05:50 PM   #6448
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Great photographs and report Hekto!

Get well soon Ron.
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Old 01-10-2013, 08:39 AM   #6449
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Thought I would share a few photo's of my latest project bike.

Pulled the chain cover, clean the all the grease and sand out. The previous owner lived 2 miles from the nearest slab. The dust
suppressant used on gravel roads contains calcium, which eats paint and causes rusting.







New chain and sprokets







Removed the old chain... 26000 kms, it had a good life.



Cleaned up the rim



Chain on... good to close er up.






The pipes were a bitch to clean....



Used Brake Clean, Sea Foam Deep Creep and Dry Wash Premium Metal Polish to cut through about 95%... looks like there will be a little scarring from 30 years of use.





Waiting for some parts to complete the project...

The fender was toast.... Got one in the paint shop... it should be ready next week.



It maybe the first 1983 registered as vintage in Manitoba. I was at Auto Pac pretty early in the morning

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Old 01-10-2013, 09:10 AM   #6450
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Great job Greg!
Looks fast with that red paint. :-)

It may be me, but that new chain looks kind 'a tight.
But, this thing's an ornament now, so I guess it doesn't really matter.
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