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Old 12-09-2010, 11:00 AM   #706
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I am just curious if you ever considered switching to a 520 chain for just these reasons? I did it on my DR650 mostly for sprocket options, but it would seem to be a nice benefit when traveling down there.
A 520 system does give you more sprocket options but won't last as long as a typical 525 chain/sprockets. A DID VM-2 X Ring Chain (or equivalent) will go over 20,000 miles on a DR650 ... even with lots of dirt, mud and constant 80 mph days in the mix. I just changed mine out at 22,000 miles.

Most 520's used with dirt and mud and hard riding will go maybe 10,000 to 12,000 miles. An off brand cheapo chain? Even less. DID make all kinds of chains. The stock DR650 chain is a DID "O" ring chain, a good mid grade chain. OK, but not great. Most DR650 riders get about 12,000 miles out of it, more or less. I got just 10,000 out of mine, but I ride in dirt and mud ... like Jay does. See a pattern here? I'm on my 3rd DR650.

An X ring chain is substantially better than any O ring chain. And, in my experience, DID make the best in the world X ring chains at the moment.

Seems to me a dealer for DiD should be able to order any chain they make. You may have to wait a while for it ... but with a 20,000 mile service life ... most riders can plan well ahead and have the new chain and sprockets waiting when the time comes.

My old chain (DID VM-2 X ring) even with 22,000 miles, is still usable. In India or Mexico or many other countries I'm sure riders would get another 10,000 out of it. The key to long life is changing out the countershaft sprocket early, at about 10,000 miles or so. Cleaning and oiling also help.

Cheap sprockets or Super miracle sprockets will both eat up your chain and shorten its life. Cheap sprockets will hook and sharpen badly ... and very quickly. This wears a chain out early. Super Hard Miracle sprockets are so hard they bash the rollers and ruin the chain in about 10,000 miles (on a DR650) I like Suzuki stock sprockets but other good ones are : AFAM, JT, Renthal, and Sunstar. (JT and Sunstar are from Thailand ... and getting better as Sunstar now provide sprockets for Triumph) Suzuki sprockets go about 15% further than JT but wear predictably and give plenty of warning as they reach the end.
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Old 12-09-2010, 03:53 PM   #707
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I am just curious if you ever considered switching to a 520 chain for just these reasons? I did it on my DR650 mostly for sprocket options, but it would seem to be a nice benefit when traveling down there.

Anway, keep the updates coming. Love the report.
I did consider it but a 525 is stronger than a 520 (rated for higher tensile strength) and for the weight I'm hauling, I didn't want the chain to be a weak link ( ) It's not so much a pain as it seems, just have to plan ahead. I have a friend from Chicago who's flying out to meet me in Morocco, so he's going to be hand carrying a chain and some sprockets

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An X ring chain is substantially better than any O ring chain. And, in my experience, DID make the best in the world X ring chains at the moment.

Seems to me a dealer for DiD should be able to order any chain they make. You may have to wait a while for it ... but with a 20,000 mile service life ... most riders can plan well ahead and have the new chain and sprockets waiting when the time comes.

I like Suzuki stock sprockets but other good ones are : AFAM, JT, Renthal, and Sunstar. (JT and Sunstar are from Thailand ... and getting better as Sunstar now provide sprockets for Triumph) Suzuki sprockets go about 15% further than JT but wear predictably and give plenty of warning as they reach the end.
The DIDs I found here were just plain old DID V8 O-ring chains, but the master clip had x-rings on it, so I'm hoping the rest of the chain does to.

I have 2 more spare front JT sprockets and will change it out when I get to 10k miles. Throttle is feeling responsive with the new chain, after the slack of the Iris, yuck.

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An update on some of things I made for the bike:
The chain lubrication system didn't work out so good. It oiled the chain all right, but the oil wouldn't stop dripping until the bottle was drained. This wasn't so much a problem when I had thicker chain lubricant, but once that ran out I began using engine oil and that just ran through the system until the reservoir was dry. Plus, I had dirty oil splattered over the panniers and tool tubes.

But, I wrote to Loobman and they've agreed to send me one of their chain lubrication systems, being honored that I copied them
In the meantime, I've bought some local Brazilian spray lubricant for $5.

The side stand extension bolts have been working great. In the dirt, I just find a suitable stone in the ground to set the stand on and all is good.


Today, I got a new lexan windscreen made for the bike. Looks better than what I started the trip with. Total cost with parts and labor: $15
Didn't a chance to get a picture of it, but will post one soon. Seems fitting to get it done here in Bolivia, since I broke my original during my first ride thru here.

Some other tasks that I got taken care of here:
- spare key from an original Suzuki blank $7. Didn't realize that the original key is over 12 years old and nice and rounded everywhere. New key is sharp.
- Got some holes in my gloves stitched up at the cobbler for $5
- bought some coca leaves for $0.50 Altiplano, here I come!

Stocking up on food for the Salar trip and need to find a good sleeping bag in Sucre, then I'm all set for the Lagunas route. Woot


Thanks Ken in Montana for your gracious donation
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Old 12-10-2010, 07:52 AM   #708
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Hi Jay.
To avoid constant dripping of the oil, turn the bottle around on your DIY system, so that the side through which the oil comes out is facing up. When you want to lube your chain, simply squeeze the bottle so that enough oil goes into the hose (maybe do this every time you roll away from a fuel stop)... that quantity of oil will be enough to lube your chain every tank full or so... That's how the Loobman works, which I personally did not like... I had it installed on my F650 and ended up taking it off... It makes a BIG mess and since it is not constant lubing like the Scottoiler, I figured I'd just keep oiling the chain manually with some ATF every 500 kms or so which has worked great on my two bikes for thousands of kms now. Maybe you'll like it?

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Brazil, Part 8: Servicing sanDRina in Sao Paulo

October 3 - October 19, 2010

As you might know, I'm using this trip as a transition from my previous life as an engineer to a future life in the humanitarian field and to get me there, I'm studying for a Masters in Sustainable Development from the University of London while I'm traveling and every October, I need to give my yearly exams at a British consulate. I had to decide back in July (while I was in Quito, Ecuador) where I would take the exams and since then, the clock has sort of been ticking down to my arrival in São Paulo. I had hoped to arrive a few days earlier but with the bike issues I had, I got here the day before my first exam. I was well prepared and the exams went well. The next year of study starts in February 2011 and I'll be picking up the course materials (dealing with water issues) in Morocco and will probably take next year's exams in South Africa.

With that taken care of, I had lots of bike maintenance to attend to. I stayed with Fernando and Luciana thru CouchSurfing and they put me in touch with a good mechanic who treated sanDRina very well. There're lots of maintenance pictures below and if you're not interested in the oily bits, hold on for the beach shots from Rio next.


Having lunch at an Outback Steakhouse with Fernando and Luciana, my hosts thru CouchSurfing. They were very gracious to put me up for two weeks while I got everything with the bike sorted out. Fernando is a medical sales rep and Luciana is finishing up a biochemistry Ph.D. They traveled to Europe recently and would like to live in the US for a few years, so I shared some info on that with them.


That evening, we were invited by CouchSurfing friends of Fernando for dinner. The two guys are French ex-pat systems engineers, working on a new subway line here and they're both named Julian. To the right is Eliza, a Japanese-Brazilian and Julian's girl friend, who's a journalist. São Paulo has the largest population of Japanese outside of Japan. With the labor shortage in the coffee plantations at the beginning of the 20th century, many rural Japanese families emigrated to Brazil in search of a better life. Along with them, with Brazil's liberal immigration policies in the past, many others cultures emigrated over such as Italians and Lebanese, creating a cultural melting pot in São Paulo. Eliza grew up in a smaller city north of Rio and spoke of how it took a while before she was accepted as a Brazilian by the locals there. But in the mega city of São Paulo, the Japanese are well-established.


Julian and Eliza are both great cooks and before Brazil, he was posted in Thailand and learnt there how to make the good Thai food that we're having for dinner here.


In between my exams, Fernando took me for a tour at the Instituto Butantan, where Luciana is working on her Ph.D on developing pharmaceuticals from snake venom.


Yup, snakes. All kinds from all over the world. The Butantan Institute is renowned for the production of vaccines and antivenoms and is a leading research facility in venomous animals. It was started in 1901 to combat a bubonic plague outbreak in the nearby port city of Santos.


I think I'm a pretty rational guy but I still can't get the societally-installed image (thru movies and our media) of snakes as evil and dangerous out of my mind. I've conquered a lot of my fears over the years, but haven't yet got around to this one.


A green tree snake. Fernando pointed out that the triangular-shaped head snakes are usually poisonous but not always.


The king of the hill here, the Indian Python. It's not poisonous but is known as a constrictor, meaning it crushes its prey to death, then swallows it. They didn't have an anaconda in the display cases; it would have been nice to compare the two. After seeing some deadly spiders and tarantulas, I was happy to leave before any of the inmates escaped.


Receiving a care package from my sister in Miami with a new clutch kit, a new tent from Catoma, some new tool tubes and various other items. This box traveled all over Brazil before I finally got my hands on it. It arrived into Rio (two weeks from Miami) and cleared customs there (surprisingly, I didn't have to pay any customs duties) then it was sent to Kavin in São Luís, but it was too late for me, so he sent it down here to São Paulo. I also got a fresh supply of spices from my mom.


This is Buma, Fernando and Luciana's Staffordshire Bull Terrier puppy. She was fun to play with and reminded me of Zoey, a pitbull I lived with in Chicago. One aspect I really enjoy of staying with people in their homes is meeting their pets and see what their lives are like.


Once my exams were over, it was time to focus on sanDRina. A cousin of Luciana's put me in touch with Rogerio here.


He's a Race Tech Suspension, KTM and Honda certified mechanic and perfected his skill in Phoenix, Arizona for many years before returning home to Brazil. He also raced in the Rally dos Sertões with the factory KTM team and had some good stories to tell. I wasn't having any issues with my suspension but after coming across such an experienced mechanic, I figured a rebuild would be good and I knew I could trust him with the prized bits of sanDRina.


It was a good call to rebuild the rear shock as I haven't done so since buying the bike and putting around 50,000 kms (31,000 mi) on it since then. It's a Larry Roeseler Signature Series 420 shock and Rogerio said there was very little oil left and the nitrogen from the bladder had all but leaked out. He put in some good quality Motorex shock oil and said the rest of the unit looked good. The shop we're at is called Street Fighters and they're new on the scene but are quickly creating a good name for themselves.


The clutch problems that started back in Bolivia were finally being put to rest with this new EBC Heavy Duty clutch kit from ProCycle. The fibre plates are soaking in engine oil before installation.


This was the little battery that the mechanic gave me in Cambui to get me here. It did really good and Rogerio joked that I should carry it as a spare. It was replaced with a new Yuasa battery.


The front forks being rebuilt. The seals looked good, so the oil was changed and the Race Tech Cartridge Emulators were also rebuilt. The valve springs in the emulators had busted through the housing after probably hitting a few pot holes on the TransAmazonica too hard. My WER steering stabilizer was also rebuilt with fresh oil. That's Andreas, Rogerio's right-hand man who worked with steady precision. His ride was a DR800, knows as the DR Big.


Rebuilding the fuel petcocks on the Aqualine Safari tank. The alignment of the holes with the path in the key determines if you're running on reserve or normal.


I had noticed a notch in the steering and Rogerio confirmed that the bearings were shot. Andreas is whacking out the old steering head bearings that were put in before my Continental Divide trip.


I wasn't so keen on All Balls bearings after the rear wheel ones failed on me in Peru, but that's all they had in São Paulo and I was happy they were able to find the specific bearings for my bike. The rest of the guys at Street Fighters were top notch as well and were running around town getting whatever I needed for the bike. It was a good place to be.


As we were working into the evening, a few guys from the next door univeristy (UNIP) came over and asked for Rogerio's help. Turned out they were part of the Formula SAE program, where college teams engineer and race a mini formula race car against other colleges in a performance and design competition. Formula SAE was my life during my undergrad at Purdue's Mechanical Engineering and that's where I learnt most of what I know about wrenching on cars and bikes. Before that I didn't know how suspensions or differentials worked. I was also introduced to machining there, spending entire weekends over a lathe, turning out bespoke parts for the car. The ultimate reward was getting to be the test driver over the summer; pulling g-forces is an awesome feeling.


They just rebuilt their engine (from a Yamaha R6) and were having some issues with the transmission. The formula dictates the engine size to 600 cc, which means most teams use a sportbike engine. On my team, I was responsible for the heat exchanger and fuel delivery systems. This team was having some issues with over heating and asked me a few questions on it. I had designed a water spray system for our car to take advantage of evaporative cooling, but the added weight wasn't justified. I still would like to design such a system for the DR - one of the things I didn't get around to before leaving on the trip.


sanDRina with the whole crew at Street Fighters. I was done with Round 1 and would soon be back for more.


Going for a test ride around the city. São Paulo is a modern city and parts of it feel like New York and other parts like San Francisco (lots of hills). It's the biggest city in the southern hemisphere with a metro population of around 20 million. It's considered an Alpha World City, being an important node in the global economic system. There's not too many touristic things to do, but it's a great place to get things done.


Fernando had to go away on a business trip for a few days, so I stayed with Julian in his well-secured apartment block. São Paulo is very progressive, but crime is still a big concern and most residences are secured like fortresses.


Julian, being French, moves around with a crepe-maker.


Reminding me of my life in Chicago - he likes to throw frequent get togethers centered on food.


He made all sorts of delicious crepes including the staple Nutella and banana but I requested a special kind here with this Thai chilly paste (which was kind of sweet) with rice. Strange, but it tasted yummy.


At the crepe party, I met Bianca (with the red scarf), one of Eliza's journalist friends and she asked if I could make my chicken curry for a party she was throwing the next night at her place here. You betcha. This is at Bianca's place and more of their journo friends.


I love coming into someone's house and going straight to their kitchen. Bianca asked what I needed the night before and had all the ingredients ready. Here, I'm slowing adding in the chopped tomatoes to get the sauce out of the curry.


I usually make my curry not very spicy due to the sensitive taste buds of South Americans but on request, I made a separate dish that was more spicy.


Fernando getting the hookah going, which is an Indian waterpipe for smoking tobacco (usually flavoured), which is gaining popularity around the world. I'm not a tobacco smoker, but if it's filtered through water and chilled in the same process with a bit of flavour thrown in, it's not bad at all.


A shot from the desert tray of baklava (a Turkish pastry) towards the waftings of the Indian curry. Bianca's traveled around and was pleased at the aromas in her place.


Seasoning the curries with freshly chopped cilantro. I was pleased to see more people went for the spicier of the two curries.


If you've been following the trip, you're probably aware that I'm making the same dish all the time. Many reasons for this: the ingredients are simple and easy to source anywhere, plus with a new audience every time, it's still new and novel to them. Also, I've read that success in anything comes with many, many hours of practice, so my curry keeps getting better all the time.


Stuffed with curry, the diners laze around the low table, taking puffs from the hookah.


Having a drink of Arak, an anise-based liqour, which acts like a digestive.


Sharing a wonderful evening with warm Paulistas over some Indian food.


After a long weekend, it was back to Street Fighters to take care of some long-term maintenance issues.


Giving the starter motor a good cleaning. Everything checked out all right. We also tested the whole charging system: the generator, the rectifier and inspected the wiring loom.


We had to remove the Cam Chain Tensioner to remove the starter motor and if you remember from way back in San Francisco, the mis-assembly of this part was the reason I destroyed my original engine. I expressed my reservations to Rogerio about messing with the tensioner and he assured me that he would show me exactly how to reinstall it the proper way. I released the tensioner with the correct tension on the cam chain and nothing broke this time. I liked Rogerio's philosophy as a mechanic. He said a motorcycle is simply a machine and if everything is working perfectly, you should be able to disassemble and reassemble every part of it with no issues. Of course, you must have the knowledge of how to do it and enough experience and wisdom to guide you through it.


Having lunch with the Street Fighters crew at the next door Japanese por kilo restaurant. Unique to Brazil are the normalcy of restaurants that charge you by the weight of the food you take from a buffet line. This definitely helps cut down on food waste as you will only take what you can finish. Cheaper restaurants charge around R$ 10/kilo ($2.50/lb) for the regular fare of rice and beans with some meat up to fancier restaurants like this one with sushi and tasty Japanese dishes for R$ 20/kilo.


One of the issues I couldn't solve at Street Fighters was my jet needle problem. We couldn't find a spare that matched my needle exactly after scouring most of the moto shops in town. Rogerio sent me to Roberto's shop here. He's a specialist mechanic doing custom jobs on older motorcycles.


Roberto's engine expertise has been called on by the state oil company, Petrobras for designing and machining some parts for oil rig pumps. I explained my problem to him and he went about devising a solution.


The problem with my jet needle was that it was too short, therefore the carburetor was running rich. We couldn't find a spare at his shop, which had engine parts lying all around, so he figured it would be best to mate on the additional piece that was broken off.


The jet needle with a new head, secured on with a collar, which was soldered on, but being brass and aluminum, it was hard to get a good mate. I installed it in the carburetor and the engine was sounding good again, but this issue wasn't closed yet. The next day, while riding around town, the collar came loose and the needle fell into the carburetor, making the bike run terribly.


I limped the bike across town to Rogerio's next contact, Paulo, another motorcycle machinist who's worked on setting up race bikes, along with vintage ones like this hard tail Harley here.


He machined me a new jet needle out of brass to match the profile of my original jet needle as close as possible. The tapered profile of the jet needle is crucial to smooth running of the throttle. But alas, this solution too did not work. I couldn't get the bike to run properly with this new needle. The exact characteristics of the profile could not be matched and these small discrepancies meant my only solution was to put back the shortened original jet needle in the carburetor and order the exact parts from the US. Time to fire up my support network: I called up my mechanic, Gus in Chicago and he ordered the parts right away and sent them to my sister, who FedEx-ed them down to me. The logistics of the situation, with my 90 day Brazilian visa expiring (I spent a whole 3 months in Brazil) and visa extension being a complicated process for me meant that the needle would be best sent to Buenos Aires, where I would meet it in a few weeks time.


At least I made a new throttle cable and a spare while I was at it.


I got some new tool tubes in my care package and went over to friends of Rogerio: Julio and Felipe's hardware shop to source some good hose clamps. When I was ready to pay, the owner Julio said it was on him as he was glad to help a world traveler. He too rides bikes and said he wished he could be doing a trip like mine. The backend of the bike was looking clean now and I thanked Julio for his contribution.


Every Thursday night is a bike night at Street Fighters and the cool thing about the place is that at day it's a motorcycle shop and at night it turns into a happening bar. I think the place is better referred to as a motorcycle boutique. As you might expect, I was standing around answering lots of questions.


One more day at the shop. In the days leading up to my arrival in São Paulo, on cold starts in the mornings, heavy smoke would billow out of the exhaust for the first few seconds. While not affecting the performance of the bike, I wanted to get it checked out and Rogerio said it was probably my valve stem oil seals seeping oil onto the piston that was being burnt when the engine was cold-started. And since we were removing the cylinder head to service that, might as well go one step further and service the piston. That's carbon buildup on the piston head from over 46,900 kms (29,100 mi) on this engine. However, I think most of that was from the recent very rich running of the carburetor.


There was a bit of oil blow back past the piston rings (which are tasked with separating the engine oil from the combustion chamber) and since we found an original set of piston rings for my bike at the local Suzuki dealer, might as well change them out now as I don't think I'll be going back into the engine anytime soon (hopefully). Rogerio's running a wire brush here to polish up the surface.


He worked diligently on servicing all the parts. Aware that my previous engine rebuild of my original engine before the trip began lead to its demise (due to my own fault with the cam chain tensioner), I was not deterred of going back into an engine under the expert guidance of Rogerio.


The cross-hatches on the Nikasil coated cylinder walls looking good. This is where the piston slides up and down and the hatches retain oil in them creating a film for smooth piston action.


New valve stem oil seals installed (the green parts), which were also conveniently found at the local Suzuki dealer.


Upon inspecting the valves, Rogerio pointed out the curve that had set in on the valve face. This is an intake valve and the curve meant that when the valve was closed against the cylinder head the seal wasn't perfect and prolonged use would perpetuate the curve and lead to reduced combustion chamber compression pressure (loss of power).


Not finding new valves, we went over to the machine shop at the university with the Formula SAE team and they were happy to help.


The valve face was slowly grinded flat in a lathe.


Now that's what a proper valve face is supposed to look like. With the new face, a considerable amount of time was spent re-seating the valves in the cylinder head with a specific grinding paste that ensured the two surfaces mated properly.


A clean-looking piston back in its home of the engine cylinder. The reassembly of the engine went smoothly and the bike fired up nicely with no smoke on subsequent restarts. sanDRina was feeling fresh all over (rebuilt suspension, top end engine, new bearings, cleaned starter motor, etc), except she was still running the shortened jet needle.


We cranked up the rear spring some more when the shock was rebuilt and this raised the height of the bike and rendered my shortened side stand too short now, so I devised this extension system with three bolts. It would work nicely on hard surfaces but would obviously sink in on loose ground like mud, but placing it on a stone would take care of that.


People warned me of the crazy traffic in São Paulo, but it wasn't bad at all. I guess by now I've gotten enough experience of driving through Latin American cities that it comes naturally, that is being aggressive defensive through traffic. But a nice feature of some main routes in São Paulo are these exclusive lanes for motorcycles. Cars are not allowed to stray into this lane and none of them did, making it a breeze during rush hours. This also cuts down on the amount of motorcycles lane-splitting around cars and inadvertently hitting mirrors and scratching doors. I heard the local bikers here, especially the messenger boys, are quite aggressive and will kick mirrors if cars are blocking a path between lanes.


A sign warning bikers to be careful as they cut across lanes near an intersection. Traffic was well-behaved around São Paulo and when there were no exclusive motorcycle lanes, I notched up my lane-splitting experience.


Back at Street Fighters, every Saturday, after closing down the shop at noon, the churrasco (bbq) is fired up and staff and customers enjoy some skewers of beef and chicken with beers and caipirinhas. A big thanks to Rogerio for all the excellent work he did on sanDRina and for teaching me a lot of things along the way.


With the crew at Street Fighters. They accepted me as part of the family over the ten days that I kept coming back here. And I thanked them for the heavy discounts they gave me on the work that was done there.


Things got a little crazy. This beer can was inverted and holes were punched in the bottom with rock salt placed on top with another hole for drinking. They do crazy things with beer in each country down here.


The sun setting over my two weeks in São Paulo. I met many nice Paulistas and got a lot of things taken care of and now it was time to head to the beach and Rio for a bit of R&R.
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Old 12-11-2010, 06:16 AM   #710
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I'm marveling at the re-build work you are able to get done down there. In the US, it would probably be cheaper to get another bike (engine or other part). I'm sure there are people here with the skills to rebuild engines (or other parts) like that, but with the economics of the situation being what they are, I doubt they get much practice. As you noted, practice is essential. That simply reinforces the replacement paradigm.

My inclination on the carb issue would be to return to stock.

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Old 12-12-2010, 11:17 AM   #712
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WOW, I just found you RR yesterday. I have spent most of Saturday and this morning (Sunday) following your trip. Can't seem to get away from the computer. I would love to do somthing like your doing but i don't think I will ever be able too.
So let me thank you for allowing me to ride along with you from the comfort of my computer chair. Although some of those high, narrow mountain passes, truck passing were a little nerve racking. I have subscribed to your RR and plan to follow you to India.

I wish you good luck.

Keep it coming!!!!

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Hello Jay, you have talked alot about your chicken curry. I was wondering if you could post a recipe of the curry (if not exactly maybe ingredients)?

Oh, also have subscribed and have loved the ride! Safe travels!

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One more day at the shop. In the days leading up to my arrival in São Paulo, on cold starts in the mornings, heavy smoke would billow out of the exhaust for the first few seconds. While not affecting the performance of the bike, I wanted to get it checked out and Rogerio said it was probably my valve stem oil seals seeping oil onto the piston that was being burnt when the engine was cold-started.
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Hey Jay!

My DR was having the same cold start smoke problem. Thanks for diagnosing it for me ;)

It's a bummer I missed you, I am back in San Francisco after having sold my DR650 in Bariloche. I wish you good luck with your continued journey and I will keep following it :)

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Hola amigos, I am back in the thick of Bolivia and loving it. Spent the last 4 days on the Ruta del Che, a route from Santa Cruz to Sucre going through the towns following the last few days of Che Guevara. The sights were interesting, but the roads were the highlight. Nice dirt, rocks, gullies, water crossings, cliffs and goats = a recipe for great riding

Am in Sucre now and feels good to be back in a proper Andean city. It's 2,800 m (9,200 ft) here and will spend a few days getting acclimatized here before heading for the salar. Also need to find a good sleeping bag and fix a few things.

Thanks for the comments, will reply shortly.
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Old 12-15-2010, 04:12 PM   #717
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I'm marveling at the re-build work you are able to get done down there. In the US, it would probably be cheaper to get another bike (engine or other part). I'm sure there are people here with the skills to rebuild engines (or other parts) like that, but with the economics of the situation being what they are, I doubt they get much practice. As you noted, practice is essential. That simply reinforces the replacement paradigm.
My inclination on the carb issue would be to return to stock.
LOVING the report.
Yes, for sure, down here the mentality is still to repair it if you can but in the bigger cities, the American mentality of chuck it as soon it breaks is catching on quickly. I'm all about the replacement paradigm and that's a reason I chose the DR650. It's simple enough of a big bike that it can be constantly repaired as I go along and it'll get me to India. There's going to be more maintenance ahead, but that's part of the trip. And since I enjoy wrenching, it's a good time for me to get oily.

Yeah, I thought a lot about having a stock carb shipped to me, but now with all the proper parts in the carb, she's running like a top again. I've been up past 14,000 ft and no issues. I'll keep the flat slide for now.

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Holy Cow! It's like a brand new bike.
Haha, yup. I joke that now only the chassis is from 1998 and who knows, even that might be replaced at some point in the future.

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WOW, I just found you RR yesterday. I have spent most of Saturday and this morning (Sunday) following your trip. Can't seem to get away from the computer. I would love to do somthing like your doing but i don't think I will ever be able too.
So let me thank you for allowing me to ride along with you from the comfort of my computer chair. Although some of those high, narrow mountain passes, truck passing were a little nerve racking. I have subscribed to your RR and plan to follow you to India.
I wish you good luck.
Keep it coming!!!!
LaPorte
Glad to provide some riveting reading for you armchair travelers. I too drooled over ride reports until it was finally my time to go.

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Hello Jay, you have talked alot about your chicken curry. I was wondering if you could post a recipe of the curry (if not exactly maybe ingredients)?
Oh, also have subscribed and have loved the ride! Safe travels!
-Vincent
Hey Vincent, yes, many other people are also asking for the recipe, so I guess I need to sit down and hash it out. I'll post it soon. Thanks for the interest.

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Hey Jay!
My DR was having the same cold start smoke problem. Thanks for diagnosing it for me ;)
It's a bummer I missed you, I am back in San Francisco after having sold my DR650 in Bariloche. I wish you good luck with your continued journey and I will keep following it :)
Michael
Hey Michael, so you're back home now. Hope you enjoyed your whirlwind tour. Yeah, I'm going at a much slower pace (like Vinny). But would've been nice to meet up, especially another DR rider.

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"Ain't nottin butta party"
Haha, thanks Aaron. Hope all is well in Quito.
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Quite a productive day today here in Sucre. I found a down sleeping bag for $32, repaired my air mattress (sprung a leak). Welded up my pannier frame after the weight of the tool tubes and the washboard didn't get along. And also welded an additional inch to my side stand, so wont be needing the screws anymore. Mounted the knobby front tire. Bring on the sand.
Bought some supplies for the Uyuni trip (oatmeal). Need to bleed the brakes tomorrow and then I'm all set. She's going to be perfect by the time I get to Uyuni.
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Greetings friend! Very proud to see another Madrasi on a RTW. Been following your thread for quite some time and enjoyed reading. Didn't wanna post until I completed reading it. One of the best RRs I have read.

I hope to meet you if my vacation (to India) coincides with your arrival in Chennai later in life.. 2012 or 2013?

I may never be able to do a trip like yours, so thanks for taking us along. Good luck & be safe.
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