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Old 07-12-2009, 08:08 AM   #106
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Old 07-13-2009, 01:28 AM   #107
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Awesome report mate. I'm thinking of a similar journey this fall, so I'm following with great interest. My experiences in Mexico on my bike, and CR in a rentacar were nowhere near your bad luck vis a vis cops and border crossings. Your stories of extortions of admittedly small amounts would have been true for me on other trips 14 years ago, but not from my more recent sojourns south of the border. Sometimes it's just the luck of the draw. Safe travels amigo.
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Old 07-13-2009, 03:57 PM   #108
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wipe down your bike with betadine and head for the rally.
it`s gonna take more than betadine to fix my bike. I have a definite notch in the steering bearing. I`m no mechanic and I didn`t know how to set the preload on the bearings. Maybe I tightened it too much? too little? I just got it tight to where it felt hard to turn then backed it off a little. It`s really twitchy in corners now since I`m riding on the edge of that notch.

oh, and I tried to adjust my valves the other day and ran in to some trouble. I got the right side adjust okay (intake was fine, exhaust had tightened up a thousandth like usual. that sound normal?) The problem was the left valve cover. It was, of course, caked in mud. When I tried to remove the nut it jammed and the stud started turning instead. I can double nut it and tighten it up but for the time being I just left it. One head´ll be out of whack for a few thousand miles is all.

the front end has developed a bit of a hop. I think I bent the rim. I underestimated how long my brake pads would last and they`re shot. It makes a nasty grinding feeling. I can feel my rotor peeling away. I may be able to find those pads somewhere though.

so yeah, the bike is falling apart beneath me. 3,000 miles to go baby, hold it together!
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Old 07-13-2009, 07:52 PM   #109
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Bury your head in the sand

My mechanical mantra has always been one of ignore the problems, they'll just go away. But I've never been without a cell phone, credit card and country full of people who speak the same language as me. Ride it like you stole it. (guess I'll never be able to sell a bike here now) Hope it holds together for you. Great RR, one of the few I've subscribed.
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Old 07-13-2009, 08:52 PM   #110
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You really rock man! I still can't figure out how that chair is used. And why is it covered in paper?
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Old 07-14-2009, 12:19 AM   #111
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it`s gonna take more than betadine to fix my bike. I have a definite notch in the steering bearing. I`m no mechanic and I didn`t know how to set the preload on the bearings. Maybe I tightened it too much? too little? I just got it tight to where it felt hard to turn then backed it off a little. It`s really twitchy in corners now since I`m riding on the edge of that notch.

oh, and I tried to adjust my valves the other day and ran in to some trouble. I got the right side adjust okay (intake was fine, exhaust had tightened up a thousandth like usual. that sound normal?) The problem was the left valve cover. It was, of course, caked in mud. When I tried to remove the nut it jammed and the stud started turning instead. I can double nut it and tighten it up but for the time being I just left it. One head´ll be out of whack for a few thousand miles is all.

the front end has developed a bit of a hop. I think I bent the rim. I underestimated how long my brake pads would last and they`re shot. It makes a nasty grinding feeling. I can feel my rotor peeling away. I may be able to find those pads somewhere though.

so yeah, the bike is falling apart beneath me. 3,000 miles to go baby, hold it together!
The bent rim could have an effect on the steering head bearings, you could just try to smack it straighter with a hammer. If your front disk is not worn now you should try to replace the pads before it gets really destroyed.
Great report so far, you have a way with words
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Old 07-14-2009, 07:47 AM   #112
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Some techy-thoughts

.... on your head bearings...try this: rolling straight ahead, slowly, with engine off, jam the front brake on. Do you feel any clicking, looseness etc? If you do, then your head bearings could simply be very loose. Otherwise, notchiness is notchiness and won't go away without replacing the bearings. You could try getting in there and smearing some heavy sticky grease on the rollers as a stop-gap.

The valve cover nut/stud issue should be no biggie... if you can screw the stud back in by double nutting, then do so. I have found that , in a pinch, Gorilla Glue (!) in very small amounts on the threads will do wonders in a non-critical app such as this.

And do try to get new brake pads if you can... far cheaper in the long run than scoring your discs.....



Keep the positive attitude, go for it, but don't be foolish. We's all proud of you for following the dream, and yes, there are many more lurkers than you would suspect... closet CA-riders, all of of us......
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Old 07-14-2009, 04:31 PM   #113
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I pulled the caliper off. The pads are GONE. I had a set of spares at home too and thought 'eh, it's just 10,000 miles'. stupid! Luckily I screwed up the rotor a bit when I first got the front fork by using caliper bolts that were too long. Hopefully I can find a caliper cheap on eBay.

I've been trying to use the rear brake and lay off the front. Of course, all the airhead owners will say 'what rear brake?'

I'm looong overdue for a post so this might take me a minute. Let's see, where did I leave off.... Nicaragua! Holy crap, that was 3 countries ago!

here's that waterfall in Costa Rica. Man, have I been slacking. that was over a week ago



The beach at San Juan del Sur was great. Everything was cheap, the beach was nice and sandy and the waves weren't bad since it's in a bay. I spent the whole day bouncing back and forth between the ocean and an umbrella on the beach. I've almost finished Moby Dick.



I left San Juan del Sur and went to Granada.



it's okay. ain't got nothin' on Antigua.



I stayed at a hostel called the Bearded Monkey. It's another one of those hippy hostels where everybody wears Bob Marley t-shirts, Dave Matthews plays 'round the clock and the walls are covered with paintings of.....well, nobody knows what they`re of but they sure are colorful.

Like the other hippy commune hostel in Panama City, they have a big glass case full of books that they won't sell--you have to trade for them. Anti-capitalist socialist scum! I don't have a book! that's the problem! All those books and nobody's allowed to read them except an elite class of the book-wealthy. No wonder these countries have so many revolutions.

I asked for a safe place to park the bike and they told me I could park it at the fire department.



I met the mechanic that kept that truck running. If that's not proof of mechanical prowess I don't know what is. He was working on his bike when I got there. He had a ´74 Honda cb100 that he's had for longer than he can remember.



We hung out and talked bikes for over an hour. Nat gave me the original manual for the G/S when I was in Belize. And when I say original, I mean in German. So, I pulled it out and found some nice pictures and he told me all the parts of the bike in spanish and I wrote them down under the german words....then english under that. I I can't think of a better way to learn a language.



yeah, it took me a few tries to get it right.
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Old 07-14-2009, 04:57 PM   #114
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I left there and headed north for the Honduran border. They had a military coup a few weeks back and I was a little concerned about the border.



I got to the border and everything seemed like usual. A guy came up and said he'd help me through the border. Some other guy tried to help too and they started yelling at each other in the street. To show me that he was honest one of the guys gave me his driver's license. I went with him.



I rode off with it after we got through the border. Luckily I realized it a halfa mile down the road and brought it back.

The border went okay. The guy told me I owed him $20 because he had paid for something when I wasn't looking. I just stared at him with the most serious face I could and said ´no´. Some other guy told me it was 2 dollars to park my bike on the side of the road. How stupid do these people think we are? Yeah, I don't speak spanish that doesn't mean I'm an idiot.

The countryside of Honduras is beautiful. Honduras is easily the best looking country in Central America. Pictures don't do the mountains justice.









I don't care how many military coups they have--I like Honduras.
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Just like last time, a Honduran cop hassled me. This time is wasn't because I didn't have the mysterious triangle though. He didn't seem to care about the triangle. He said I was supposed to have reflective stuff all over the bike. I do have black retro tape on the boxes and it shines bright white at night. oh but it's not RED tape. I need red tape. what was I thinking?

He said he'd keep my driver's license until I got the tape. sure, okay, where do I get the tape? 50 miles away in the next town. oh, and I can't get the license back until next week for some reason. 'yes sir! I'll be here bright and early next monday for my license!' I had of course given him a fake. He just gave it back to me in disgust and walked off. I'm getting good at this.

I crossed over into El Salvador and rode up the coast. Nice roads and lotsa loooong tunnels cut through the mountains.


I spent a day at a beach near La Libertad. The beach was all rocks and the waves hit so hard I broke my sunglass when I fell over trying to walk in. I sat on the beach that night and some guy threw rocks at me. I'm not kidding. There were 3 guys, probably in their 20s, sitting about 50 feet away from me and one started lobbing stones at me until I left. I wasn't about to get in a fight with 3 guys in El Salvador. I left his tiny, dirty country the next morning and I won't be going back.
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I crossed over into Guatemala this morning. It was the easiest border crossing I've run into yet. Didn't cost me a dime. Well, it cost exactly a dime--for a copy of some permission thing, I don't know what it was. The paperwork for my bike is still valid from last time so I was in the country in less than 10 minutes.



Lotsa volcanos in Guatemala. I went straight to Antigua and dodged two, count 'em 2! congested latin american cities. Heck yeah!



Antigua is beautiful.
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I rode through miles of fields like this and little mountain towns. It was nice and cool too. A great ride this morning.

More shots of Antigua



people use the volcanoes like a compass. 3 of 'em ring the town and you can always see them.



lots of old churches here

I was standing in the hostel talking to the guy here and these two little kids came in with something wrapped in a blanket. They were trying to sell something but I couldn't make out what they were saying it was. I waited in anticipation while they unrolled their treasure...



they had a bottle of Johnnie Walker black label. I'm not much of a drinker so I had to turn them down but I'm guessing they won't have to walk far to sell off that one.
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They've got some of the coolest looking buses down here.



I wish I had gotten pictures of the ones in Panama. They had wizards and guys with axes painted on all of 'em. It was like Airhead Wrangler went down there and went D&D crazy with can of spray paint.

I went into a big market and found a book stall...filled with books in glorious english. Jackpot!



I got the first Dune book. I expect I'll get some comment from AW about that one.
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Dune ought to keep you busy for a night or two.

Are you keeping any other sort of written journal?
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Great trip

Glad to see you crused through Honduras and that your getting the hang of dealing with the shysters!
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