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Old 02-23-2010, 06:55 PM   #76
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For those kind of prices, leave the thing and fly home. Or burn it, or ghost ride it.
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Old 02-24-2010, 01:20 AM   #77
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i'd try and sell it to a dealer or someone for cheap. you could buy another one for those shipping prices. take the good bits off and post them back.
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Old 02-24-2010, 05:19 PM   #78
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i'm going to miami tomorrow

I got a company that's giving me like $2.80/kg and much lower fees than the others. I finally stopped waiting for email replies from forwarding agents and went to the airport. there I found a company that deals with, to my knowledge, the only Brazilian freighter going to the US- TAM. The company is called five stars, and they said i could bring my bike back today and they'll pack it up for tomorrow's shipment. So right now, my bike's packed up and ready to go, I just need to walk it through customs tomorrow morning and we're on our way to civilization! They did a much better job packing than panama also, the bottom was sized to the bike instead of just being two pallets together, so I'm only paying the dimensions of my bike plus 5 inches of wood underneath. I took the wheel off too (fuck me though, my buddy hit the front brake while the caliper was loose!) That's going to be fun to deal with in Miami, good thing it's not summer there anyway. They quoted me for $1700 and i think it's going to be less than that after removing the front wheel. Oh, and they didn't ask me to deflate the tires, which is one less problem to deal with when I'm back in the promised land.

Overall, I'm pretty happy. I definitely recommend going straight to the airport. Another note for the record, when Brazilians say "box" or "crate" they're only talking about the bottom. Or maybe they say that to justify the huge expense, either way, it's not necessary to ship. It's actually no good, because the inspector needs to be able to see the vin number, battery, and fuel tank.

The journey is finally over, and not a moment too soon... That's assuming everything goes well tomorrow and the price of flights to Miami don't skyrocket between now and then.
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Old 02-24-2010, 05:53 PM   #79
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Great to hear.
Glad you found a way.

What is the plan once you are both in FL?
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Old 02-25-2010, 01:59 AM   #80
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Well Matt's been in Vegas for a week already, he just gave his bike away. I'm going to try to ship my bike and fly to LA (still cheaper than shipping it there from here I'm betting).
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Old 02-25-2010, 09:46 AM   #81
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Isn't Matt gonna get it back when it rides up to the states later?

Another thought,
You might look into having a ADV member in FL ride it to Vegas for you later this spring or summer.

This was done for Cack to get it back from AK last summer.

Just need a member to store it until the ride is arranged.
(Of take a trip back to get it later this year yourself.)

If I had the money for gas and a flight, I would volunteer to get to back to LV for you. But I also won't be recovered enough for a ride of that distance until mid march anyway.

best of luck!
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Old 03-03-2010, 03:20 PM   #82
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i'm back in Vegas

I got real tired of dealing with the agents on the phone, and finally went to the airport and quickly found a reasonably priced solution at Cargo Clan/Five Stars. I packed the bike that day and the next day came to do the customs work and found TAM airlines had decided not to take my bike at all. They're all pussed out about the danger factor. Anyhow, my main man Iedo from Continental, who'd given me information earlier in the week and with whom I'd been correspoding with, but could not do business with since I'm not a company, hooked it up at Continental with Five Stars/Cargo Clan. I shipped my bike to LAX for exactly $1700. The bike flew to Houston, then took a truck to LAX where I picked it up without too much trouble.

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Old 03-03-2010, 03:49 PM   #83
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Sweet!

Glad you made it back safely.

When is the party?
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Old 03-03-2010, 06:17 PM   #84
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I like the idea. Let's do it next weekend. Same house. We'll bust out the hard drives and tell stories and have video to back them up.
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Old 03-03-2010, 07:05 PM   #85
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I like the idea. Let's do it next weekend. Same house. We'll bust out the hard drives and tell stories and have video to back them up.
Next weekend?

I am going to be in Phoenix the 12th through the 14th.

So if This Sunday is out, what about Sunday the 21st?
(I am busy most sat from 1pm to 9pm. fyi)

Also, Will and Amanda should be here using my tent space this weekend.
So if this Sunday the 7th is available they could come check it out too.
http://www.advrider.com/forums/showthread.php?t=507203
http://www.advrider.com/forums/showthread.php?t=515712

Let me know.
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Old 03-23-2010, 01:31 PM   #86
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Brazil Blog part 1

BRAZIL REALLY LIKES ME, AND SHES FUN, BUT IF I STAY ANY LONGER AMERICA MIGHT FIND OUT AND NOT WANT ME BACK AND THE TRUTH IS I LOVE AMERICA


Entering Brazil was a little exiting, considering it was the last country of this journey. Finding the border was easy from Puerto Iguazu, and people understand Spanish in Foz de Iguacu. Plus, the border police had really awesome uniforms.

The first problem we have is at the first toll, where we wind up spending an hour to change some Reals.


Finally we stop in the first city we find, Cascavel. We find a roach motel, and a 65 year old woman in a mini skirt jumps on my bike to guide us to park the bikes.

We go out for dinner to a place where a guy who speaks Spanish asked us to return to and promised chicas would be present.

The scene was a little scary, you know, all these blood sucking dangerous Brazilian theives around

It sure is dangerous for us little white guys in Brazil

There we meet some ambiguously gay guys, and one of them returns to take us out for the night. On the way our host hits the car in front of us while staring into Mateos eyes. We wind up at a very cool bar, and our friend walks us around, stopping each girl saying in Portugese: These guys are from Las Vegas. Eh?, until a group of about six young girls attach themselves to our company.

Ten minutes later we realize two of the girls are 15 and were feeding them beer (well our friend is we dont pay). One girl starts licking my ear and grabbing at me until she finally leans in for the kiss while I practice my limbo skills, or impersonate the Matrix bullet-dodge.

We call it a night, and on the way home see one guy in a Volkswagen Golf carrying all six of the girls, who are sticking out of every orofus of the car screaming at the top of their lungs with the electronic music turned all the way up.

Fun night.
The next day we plan on making it half the distance to Sao Paulo so we can meet our internet friend Paulo for a Sunday supermoto ride. The farmland is an array of colors that appear more vibrant than anywhere else Ive seen.

My bike makes a loud POP noise, and isnt running.

Mateo doubles back within a half hour, and Im taking off my carburetor when a guy with a pickup rolls up and offers us a ride to Londrina. What the hell, Im kidding myself if I think I can fix this one. Or even troubleshoot.
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Old 03-23-2010, 02:23 PM   #87
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Brazil Blog part 2 - Londrina


The ride lasts over an hour, and I speak Spanish and Marcos speaks Portugese. Its very difficult since its my second day exposed to the language, but not impossible. This reinforces the idea that even with a language barrier two people can communicate, but only if each person genuinely wants to. Also, it was a great way to learn Portugese. I started figuring out some of the consistent differences with Spanish, of which there are several.
By the time we get to Londrinas, Suzuki is closed so Marcos takes us out to dinner with his family at a nice restaurant, buys us a couple of beer missiles, then wont let us pay!


At the end of the night his six year old daughter holds my hand on the way to the car and now I want one. Marcos keeps my bike at his house for the night and drops Matt and I at a hotel.
Marcos is at our hotel with my motorcycle at 8:30am and were at Suzuki speaking Spanish to Brazilians by 9.

Julio shows up around 10, and he speaks some English.

Apparently a friend of his, Louis from Sao Paulo, called and told him theres two Americans hes been following on the internet who are stranded in Londrina, would he please find and help us out? Fuck yeah Louis!

I still dont know who Louis is, or which website he found us on, so please comment so I know who you are!
Anyway, Julio takes Myself, Marcos, and Mateo to his place for a nice BBQ.

Julio has a 20 year old son, Murillo, who says hell take us out for some Londrina nightlife (its Friday).

We go out with him, and find all of his friends are 19 year old hot women.

Were introduced to Bife do Parmeasana, and Caipivodka. Needless to say, I get wasted and hit on girls.



I even smoke, just in case

The next day were awakened by Julio, who takes us to a community BBQ, where we put away some serious quantities of meat.


Julio writes us up some amazing directions to Murillos place in Sao Paulo. We get back to the hotel, and soon after are picked up by Marcos, who takes us to an afternoon BBQ at a farm.


There we meet Ivan, who lived in America and has a hot 23 year old sister. We also meet a Brazilian Policia Militar who speaks some English and is very cool. That night we all go out.

We catch the end of a Salsa act, which is really cool. Mateo has been taken over by Ivans sister within ten minutes of arriving, and the Policia hooks me up with a hot Morena, whose mere silhouette would keep me happy to look at for some time.

The next day Marcos takes some time from work to pick me up for lunch, then later in the day Matt and I for a pool party/barbecue.

Were still not tired of this business.

Finally, my bike is finished. Apparently when I changed the spark plug way back in La Paz, Mexico, I hadnt tightened it quite enough. The result was it backed out slowly, over 8 thousand miles, until finally some gas must have exploded where it shouldnt have, and stripped the threads of the spark plug in the cylinder head. Now Ive got some new threads and Im on the road.
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Old 03-23-2010, 03:36 PM   #88
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Brazil Blog part 3 - Sao Paulo

Wed planned on making it to Sao Paulo in two days, since we heard how it is to navigate. The problem is we couldnt find any roadside hotels on the way, and the town we pulled off at didnt have any either. We took our chances, and followed Julios directions, and without one wrong turn wound up at Murillos place.
Murillo, of course, had a hot 19 year old hanging when we got there. An hour later were outside a club, and an hour after that were hanging at a rich guys house with a bunch of hotties. Pure playboy in Sao Paulo.

The next morning a hot friend of his turns us on to a brown hash breakfast, and that night we meet more hotties to escort to one of the most exclusive nightclubs in town.


They use this system in Brazil where you get a hard plastic card at the door, to which you charge purchases. I guess it cuts down on theft from employees youd find in a cash system, but the problem is you dont really know how much youre spending. I guess I should have known when theres no price listed, that usually means those items are for people to whom money is no object. Long story short the tab was R$387 for Matt and I for three each Vodka Energetics. Oh well, you can only be a Sao Paulo playboy once I guess.
We stayed in Sao Paulo for a few days, during which time Murillo introduced us to his lady friends, who were plentiful.

We also got to see how they haze the freshmen there. First they cover them in crap, much like in the film Dazed and Confused, only they also shave mens head (but only random parts, like they were hit by Steve-O or something). Then, they take them to the streets and have the freshmen beg for money in traffic, so that later that day they can spend the cash on a big street party.



We finally get to meet Paulo, whos been following us on Supermotojunkie.com.

Murillo really went out of his way to show us a good time in Sao Paulo.

Finally, its time for Carnaval.
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Old 03-24-2010, 09:57 AM   #89
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This RR just gets better, and better, and better. Rock on guys.
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Tiernan is a chick magnet.
Boy, do I feel old.

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