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Old 03-18-2010, 10:05 PM   #121
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Eek

Ouch! Hang in there Jay.
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Old 03-18-2010, 11:59 PM   #122
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Jay,
That news about your engine sucks. If I can help, let me know.
Might be best to put it out to the universe like you are doing and see what happens over the next few days. I see that Procycle already answered with a good offer over in the DR650 thread.
Jammit, lashit, bashit...okay maybe not.
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Old 03-19-2010, 01:10 AM   #123
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I have a cylinder head, cam (no sprocket), piston and pin if you need them. Some other parts laying around as well - no cam chain tho. I'm in SF proper - PM me if you think any of this stuff may be of use to you.

EDIT: Just saw you phone # in another post. Too late to call you right now, but I PM'd you my #.

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Old 03-19-2010, 01:55 AM   #124
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Hi Jay,

The glass half full says its all good, you are doing this with chronological sense, breakdowns and spending money on mechanical snafu now instead of later.

You'll be on your way soon. Good luck on your journey, I will be following it closely, Africa will be amazing.

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Old 03-19-2010, 03:19 AM   #125
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Originally Posted by WOXOF
Hopefully you can find a good used engine with knowledge of its history.
Well good news is that I've found a known donor motor to put in my bike The friend I've been staying with, Shridhar, has an 03 DR that he's not riding much, uses his V-Strom more and ask agreed to let me take the motor for a moderate price. Either I find another engine for him down the line or he's ready to sell his bike minus the motor.

And I'm in good hands, staying with rider friend of his who's helping me out by driving me around and letting me use his fully equipped garage to do the transplant. He's also throwing a party in my honor this weekend as a trip send off / break-down mourning Very interesting couple: intellectuals, veteran, artist. As they say, when one door closes, another opens.

And I guess this is what I really envisioned this trip to be about: meeting interesting people and sharing stories. I hoped it would already be happening south of the border, but hey, what's a week or two in the span of 2 years and I knew I really wouldn't have any control of how this trip pans out. Am glad my plans are pretty flexible to absorb situations like this.

This is just a hiccup, one of many in the next few years ahead but looks like I'm eating into my maintenance budget rather quickly

I'm still going to make it to Africa one way or the other
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Old 03-19-2010, 03:30 AM   #126
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Originally Posted by F.P.
I recommend a visit to the nearest BMW dealer....ha.
Sorry for the bad news....maybe hit Craigslist and get a whole different bike? I frequently see DRs and KLRs with low mileage for not much more than you will spend fixing the un-Jammin Jay proof DR boat anchor you now own.
Bummer...
Keep fighting on brother.
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Haha, I knew you'd chime in with that comment I'm not ready to throw in the towel on the DR and never will be if the issues are something of my doing. If the design was inherently poor I wouldn't have chosen the DR in the first place, but the design is robust and if treated properly, very reliable. This is still a great bike for a trip like this and I hope to show the DR in a good light once I get rolling again.

I did consider buying another bike, but I've spent way too many hours setting up the electrics just the way I wanted on this chassis plus the suspension that's on there now and it would take much longer to do than to swap in a different motor. I've taken my DR motor out of and put it back in the frame. Shouldn't be much work once I get my hands on the donor motor - wont happen till Monday. And I'll do a shake down ride to make sure everything is set right and have the mechanics at Werkstatt look it over before setting off again.

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I have a cylinder head, cam (no sprocket), piston and pin if you need them. Some other parts laying around as well - no cam chain tho. I'm in SF proper - PM me if you think any of this stuff may be of use to you.

EDIT: Just saw you phone # in another post. Too late to call you right now, but I PM'd you my #.
Thanks for the offer, but yeah, Ive got access to a used known motor to swap in.
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Old 03-19-2010, 09:49 AM   #127
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Well good news is that I've found a known donor motor to put in my bike The friend I've been staying with, Shridhar, has an 03 DR that he's not riding much, uses his V-Strom more and ask agreed to let me take the motor for a moderate price. Either I find another engine for him down the line or he's ready to sell his bike minus the motor.

. . .
That is fantastic. Here's to your friend Shridhar
At least leave him with your old engine, so if he ends up selling his bike without a motor, he can offer that one to the buyer.

Enjoy your weekend.
You should easily be across the border by this time next week.
Looking forward to more stories of your journey.

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Old 03-19-2010, 01:21 PM   #128
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And I guess this is what I really envisioned this trip to be about: meeting interesting people and sharing stories.
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Old 03-19-2010, 02:04 PM   #129
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Well good news is that I've found a known donor motor to put in my bike.

I'm still going to make it to Africa one way or the other
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Old 03-19-2010, 05:02 PM   #130
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Keep going, you're on a roll.

Gotta love friends with spare motors laying around.

Morinite out
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Old 03-19-2010, 05:55 PM   #131
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Sweet, Jeff from ProCycle made an offer to buy my lunched motor, which should help offset some of my costs Thanks Jeff!

New motor should be going in Monday or Tuesday.

Thanks for all the support guys.
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Old 03-19-2010, 06:57 PM   #132
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glad to read you've managed to recover so fast.
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Old 03-19-2010, 09:27 PM   #133
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Great Attitude Jay! I will enjoy following you from the computer.
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Old 03-19-2010, 09:33 PM   #134
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Jay,
Suzuki called and they want you to stop destroying their engines.
With love,
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Old 03-20-2010, 09:13 AM   #135
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Looks good, man. Maintaining a positive attitude will certainly help when bigger challenges pop up later. Looks like you've got that covered.

Have a great ride.
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