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Old 08-06-2012, 11:53 AM   #1396
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Very nice to read about your respite in Nairobi, and it looks like you met some great people. I think I can speak for many when I say I'm definitely looking forward to your prep for phase 2 of the journey and your transition back to the road.

Continued safe travels!

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Old 08-06-2012, 12:24 PM   #1397
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Snapshot: sanDRina Rebuilt in Nairobi


Getting ready to hit the road again and big thanks to Milan Shah for helping me out with sanDRina's rebuild. We've been working on her for the past three weeks and she feels like a new bike now! Lots of major and minor things were done, such as: fitting new spark plug thread inserts on the engine, reconditioning the piston and rings, rebuilding the carburetor, replacing most of the bearings, installing a new rear wheel hub and spokes, installing a new air horn, fitting a new braking system, rebuilding the suspension, welding a crack in the frame, painting the fenders, fixing a loose exhaust, replacing rusted bolts, installing new highway pegs, mounting a new rear tire and giving her a thorough washing Big thanks also to my friends in Nairobi who acted as human couriers and brought me back tonnes of parts and gear from the US and the UK :) Countdown to departure has started. Right now the plan is to leave Nairobi next week but that's subject to change and pending my South African visa. Have to pack and close up my life in Nairobi this week...
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Old 08-06-2012, 12:48 PM   #1398
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She's quite the cook.
She's also stunning. What a beautiful woman.
Do I understand that you didn't install another Stebel? What did you choose this time?
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Old 08-06-2012, 08:53 PM   #1399
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Very nice to read about your respite in Nairobi, and it looks like you met some great people. I think I can speak for many when I say I'm definitely looking forward to your prep for phase 2 of the journey and your transition back to the road.
Continued safe travels!
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Hey Dan, thanks, trip prep is in full swing this week. I posted some pictures from the bike rebuild a few posts back and I'll post one of all my gear that I'm taking Working on a Turkana video now... Super excited to get moving again

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She's also stunning. What a beautiful woman.
Do I understand that you didn't install another Stebel? What did you choose this time?
Hehe, yup, she's definitely got the looks Egyptian parents with an American upbringing. Fun girl to party with

Yes, the compressor on my Stebel died and when I tried to diassemble the unit to preserve the horn, the plastic cracked, so I just bought a replacement air horn. Forgot the brand, but it's British and the compressor is almost the same size as the Nautilus Compact but it comes with these two huge trumpets that I've mounted on the front fender It's super loud, I think just like the Nautilus, so should be around 139 dB. Stock horn still working and switchable.
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Old 08-07-2012, 07:42 AM   #1400
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Cool2 SideStandUp.com Interview

Going to be interviewed tonight on SideStandUp.com. Show starts at 8pm EDT (NYC time) and I should be on after an hour. Tune in to find out what's been happening during my break in Kenya and upcoming plans for riding Southern Africa

Listen live at http://www.sidestandup.com
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Old 08-09-2012, 01:36 AM   #1401
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Hey Jay
Been following since the beginning, though this is the first time I'm writing. Love your posts and photographs, especially those of people and food. I'm a photographer myself and your neighbour BTW (Pondicherry) but right now in Kathmandu visiting friends. I tried your chicken curry the other day, must say it was a big hit with my friends. I'm leaving behind a copy of your recipe with my friends.

Ride safe and keep it coming. Hope to meet you when you hit the subcontinent.
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Old 08-10-2012, 09:35 PM   #1402
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Snapshot: Elephant Orphanage in Nairobi


Feeding time at the Elephant Orphanage in Nairobi. I feel so happy just like these guys today because I finally submitted by masters thesis! Yay, now I can leave Kenya

This was a fun moment at the orphanage with another baby trying to get some milk from this guy's mouth. They feed them a formula based on human milk, instead of cow's milk, cause it's too fatty for elephants to breakdown. These elephants are taken in by the orphanage when their moms become victims of poaching. They're taken care of and after reaching 3 years of age, they're slowly introduced back into the wild.

Farewell from Nairobi party tomorrow and then I have to start packing the bike
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Old 08-11-2012, 12:43 AM   #1403
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Kenya, Part 10: sanDRina Rebuild in Nairobi for RTW Part 2
April - August 2012

During my break in Kenya, I acquired some sponsors to replace gear and parts that had worn out during the first part of my trip from Chicago to Nairobi. I also got some sponsors for a few new jazzy parts, like Pivot Pegz. But the major items for this rebuild on sanDRina were to replace bearings and the braking system and fix my spark plug thread issue. Milan, an Indian-Kenyan biker and mechanic helped me out with the rebuild at his family's workshop.

sanDRina's last rebuild was in Sao Paulo (October 2010) and now these are the stats for when this second rebuild happened:
Trip Mileage: 74,954 kms (46,555 mi) | 1998 Chassis Mileage: 116,814 kms (72,555 mi) | 2003 Engine Mileage: 86,080 kms (53,466 mi)

I had a big list of tasks for refreshing sanDRina and this is everything that was done:

Chassis:
-Bearings replaced: Front and Rear Wheel, Steering Stem, Swing Arm, Shock Lower Mount (sponsored by All Balls)
-Brakes: installed new Front and Rear Wave Rotors with Pads and SS Lines (sponsored by Galfer)
-Brakes: installed almost-new Front and Rear Calipers and Master Cylinders (bought from a DR teardown, 2006 with 6000 miles)
-Front Forks: replaced oil (10w), replaced oil and dust seals, made new polyurethane spacers, installed new SealSavers (sponsored)
-Rear Shock: could not rebuild here so just did an eyeball check on the spring and dampening and all looks good
-Shock Lower Mount and Dog Bones: replaced with almost-new parts (from 2006 DR)
-Rear Wheel: Installed new RAD hub and spokes (sponsored)
-Mounted new Rear Kenda K270 Tire (been carrying it since Bolivia!)
-Axles: replaced front and rear with almost-new parts (from 2006 DR)
-Installed Pivot Pegs Mk3 (sponsored)
-Fenders and headlight cowl repainted (Olive color matched, but only in glossy, not matte)
-Fabricated new Swing Arm Chain Guide
-Welded crack in chassis near subframe mount
-Fixed leaks in tool tubes with silicone
-Made rubber gaskets for Safari tank brace
-Seat Re-upholstered (to cover hole caused by sliding boot buckles)
-Repaired Right Pannier dent and installed new gaskets and pucks (sponsored)
-Bolts replaced for Happy Trails pannier frame and greased with Copper Slip
-Installed new Mega Tool Tube (sponsored - thanks Devin!)
-New Highway Pegs installed

Electrical:
-Installed new Vapor (bought used on ADV)
-Installed new Touratech GPS mount (sponsored) (gave the old one to a Dutch DR rider)
-Installed new Shorai Lithium-Iron battery (sponsored) (sold the old one to a local KTM 640 rider)
-Installed replacement Air Horn (Stebel Nautilus compressor died)
-Reconnected Solar Panel wiring (got cut in the Top Box)
-Checked wiring harness for chaffing and any other irregularities (all good) and sprayed connector terminals with rust inhibitor (no dielectric grease available)
-Rebuilt VoltMinder (battery voltage monitor) (grime was causing erroneous readings)
-Checked SwitchBox connections (all good) and resealed for weather-proofing
-Aligned Auxillary LED lights (right side mount bent down from Turkana crash)

Engine:
-Installed new NoToil Air Filter (sponsored)
-Replaced gasket for Air Box Cover and Oil Filler Plug
-Fixed exhaust mount to subframe (vibrating bolt chewed the mounting hole into an oval)
-Replaced header bolts with studs and copper nuts
-Fixed Spark Plug thread issue, brass inserts fitted
-New NGK CR-10E spark plugs
-Piston cleaned with wire brush, rings look good
-Conrod to Crank bearings look good (adequate side-to-side play and no up-down play)
-Cylinder Lining looks good
-Oil change and cleaning of Scotts SS Oil Filter
-Carb rebuilt with new internals: slide, float pin, air screw, springs, etc.
-New fuel lines and fuel filter
-Lubed Throttle and Clutch Cables (including mounted spare clutch cable)



Two touring DR650s in Nairobi. I met Mike and his lovely DR here, who've traveled down the west side of Africa and were coming up the east. It was nice for the girls to have some company while we talked about the differences and similarities of our bikes.


Replacing the front rotor with parts from Galfer.


The clutch that I installed in Mendoza, Argentina, was finally starting to fade after lots of mud riding in Ethiopia. Nice shot of the clean internals in constrast with the dirty externals.


sanDRina stripped down in Milan's shop in Nairobi for a three-week rebuild.


We checked the axles and noticed some wear, so I contacted a guy who was parting out a clean DR in Arizona with low miles and acquired a lot of chassis parts at a low price.


RAD rear hub installed with new spokes and Galfer Wave Rear Rotor installed. Thanks for the parts donation! Kenda K270 Rear Tire installed. I've been carrying this tire all the way from Santa Cruz, Bolivia! Not my smartest decision but hey, I have a new rear tire now. It only needs to last till South Africa where I'll be picking up a new set of sponsored Heidenau K60 Scouts.


Brake calipers replaced with almost-new parts from a very clean 2006 DR that was being parted out.


New front and rear brake master cyclinders and SS lines from Galfer.


Milan pressing on the new steering stem bearings.


It was a good thing we were replacing the swingarm bearings because they were destroyed.


Uh oh, loose chain riding (in Brazil and Ethiopia) lead to the chain eating through the chain guide and a bit into the swingarm.


Fabricating a new chain guide from thick rubber sheets.


Milan cutting me some new polyurethane spacers for the springs in my front forks. The old ones were deformed.


We couldn't rebuild the rear shock, but Milan's experience allowed us to check the dampening ability of the shock and all looks good.


Lots of fun moments working with Milan. Here, we've just installed the almost-new shock lower mount and the dog bones are going in next.


My Stebel Nautilus Compact air horn stopped working a while back and with the help of Milan's brother, Dhruv, we figured out that the compressor was dead. I was lucky to find this replacement, which seemed very similar to the Nautilus, except that it wasn't packaged for a motorcycle. It got painted black.


The new air horn came with two huge trumpets that got mounted on the front fender. It changes the look of the bike a bit but I like it.


Bolt hole for the exhaust mount had become an oval with all the vibrations. A bigger hole and bigger bolt fixed that.


On the engine, I had Milan take a look at my spark plugs threads. In Switzerland, I discovered that the inner spark plug was cross-threaded and it broke when I tried to remove it. The quick fix then was to rethread the hole but it was too loose, so the threads were banged in and the spark plug held. That fix worked up to now but Milan recommended putting in brass inserts with new threads.


The cylinder head was removed and given to a specialist shop for fitting the brass inserts. Since we were in the engine now, might as well check up on the piston and all these deposits on the piston head revealed that sanDRina was not running properly for a long time. Milan wire-brushed all that off.


Milan heard a ticking noise and suspected play in the piston pin, so we removed the cylinder and did notice wear on the piston pin. He said thicker oil and more frequent oil changes should fix that. He checked the state of the conrod and all looks good with adequate side-to-side play and no up-down play in the bearings.


Cleaning out the threads for the cylinder head bolts.


We opened up the carb and noticed that the old slide had a crack in one corner. It was on the engine side, so it wasn't affecting the bike that much but it was probably a sign that this part was ageing. New slide got installed along with other parts for the carb, such as float pin, air speed screw, etc. Milan reseated my float needle and now the carb doesn't leak fuel if the petcock is left open for a bit.


The cylinder head installed on the engine with new brass inserts for the spark plug threads.


sanDRina got treated to some proper motorcycle engine oil. Milan did an excellent job on the engine rebuild. Previously engine compression was at 105 psi and now it's at 130 psi!


The bike doctor listening to the engine with a stethoscope during the first fire up to make sure that there were no unusual noises coming from the camshaft or the camchain. All sounded good.


A crack in the frame was noticed near the subframe joint. The crack probably happened from riding fast over the corrugations on the Lake Turkana route with my big Top Box on there.


Benefits of good ol' steel frames: just weld her back together.


A welding job nicely done.


Painting the fenders after lots of cracks and chips. The color was matched but only glossy was available, not matte.


Fixing a dent in my right pannier from a fall in the sand along the Lake Turkana route. I also replaced all the pannier gaskets and pucks and the bolts were regreased with copper slip.


New Pivot Pegz Mk3 were installed. Allan Smith, the CEO of Pivot Pegz contacted me and wanted to send me a set. I also installed some new highway pegs, which also act as frame sliders.


Touratech GPS mount being replaced. Thanks for the sponsored replacement, Touratech USA! I gave the old one to Mike, the Dutch DR rider.


New Shorai Lithium-Iron battery going in, weighing less than half of the old Yuasa lead-acid one.


Thanks to Milan for all the fantastic work he did on sanDRina. She's feeling like a new bike and should be good to go till India.

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Old 08-11-2012, 10:00 PM   #1404
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sanDRina got treated to some proper motorcycle engine oil. Milan did an excellent job on the engine rebuild. Previously engine compression was at 105 psi and now it's at 130 psi!


Hi Jay,

I've been reading your epic adventure for the last few months and I eventually caught up with the whole thread You really are an inspiration and would love to be doing what you're doing (Ii'm working on it though)


I curious how the PSI of went up from 105 psi to 130psi with out really touching the rings................you only cleaned up the piston and didn't replay the rings??

Anyway, its T minus ten and counting when you take off on this next stage of your journey. Thanks heaps for the great write up.............kept up the good work.

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Old 08-12-2012, 01:25 AM   #1405
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Hey Jay
Been following since the beginning, though this is the first time I'm writing. Love your posts and photographs, especially those of people and food. I'm a photographer myself and your neighbour BTW (Pondicherry) but right now in Kathmandu visiting friends. I tried your chicken curry the other day, must say it was a big hit with my friends. I'm leaving behind a copy of your recipe with my friends.
Ride safe and keep it coming. Hope to meet you when you hit the subcontinent.
Hey gops, thanks for writing in. I've been to Pondy many times, even once for a French language field trip during school
Glad you like my chicken curry recipe and thanks for sharing it with your friends
I'll see you when I get down south

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Hi Jay,
I've been reading your epic adventure for the last few months and I eventually caught up with the whole thread You really are an inspiration and would love to be doing what you're doing (Ii'm working on it though)
I curious how the PSI of went up from 105 psi to 130psi with out really touching the rings................you only cleaned up the piston and didn't replay the rings??
Anyway, its T minus ten and counting when you take off on this next stage of your journey. Thanks heaps for the great write up.............kept up the good work.
take care - Lyall
Hey Lyall, thanks for those kinds words. Yeah, I forgot to mention that the rings were reseated. When we took out the piston, we saw that the top two compression rings were lined up and I guess that's why my compression was low. Milan set the rings at 180 degrees apart from each other, instead of the usual 120 degrees and the compression shot up
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Old 08-13-2012, 12:13 AM   #1406
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Kenya, Part 11: Hells Gate, Lamu Island and Elephant Orphanage
July 7 - August 11, 2012

In the last few weeks of my time in Kenya, I went around and visited some of the country's attractions, namely Hells Gate National Park, Lamu and the Elephant Orphanage near Nairobi.



The beautiful cliffs of Hells Gate National Park, about two hours north of Nairobi.


The columnar basalt face of the cliffs.


Fischer's Tower, one of two volcanic plugs that protrude from the ground and provide an excellent peak for rock climbing.


Lots of zebra were around when I visited and...


...they showed disinterest in me by showing me their butts.


Hell's Gate is so named because of a narrow gorge that runs through the park.


The sculptor of water at work. This thin waterfalls was cutting its way back into the rock and creating this narrow gorge.


The hike down the gorge was exciting, narrow and slippery in places...


...but well worth the effort for spending some time in these natural rock cathedrals, all carved by water.


The other volcanic plug in Hells Gate, Central Tower. This is the core of an extinct volcano. Once the magma hardens, it can't be easily eroded unlike its surrounding rock and given enough time, nature produces these prominent rock sculptures.


Leaving the park and noticing a relative of Pumba crossing the road. The Lion King crew is said to have spent time in Hells Gate getting inspiration and appreciation for the land.


A few weeks later, I went down to the coast with a group of friends from Nairobi for a weekend in Lamu, an old island town on Kenya's north coast.


The central square in Lamu Old Town, which was established in the 15th century and is known as one of the original Swahili settlements on Africa's east coast. Many different peoples have come and left their mark on Lamu, starting with the Chinese in 1415 when survivors from a shipwreck settled on the island and mingled with the locals, followed by domination by Portuguese traders and then liberation by the Omanis who allowed Lamu's culture to flourish. The Chinese are back as they are helping Kenya build a huge port in Lamu to facilitate oil exports from South Sudan.


Lamu is characterized by its narrow streets and lack of vehicles. Walking, donkeys and boats are the modes of transport here.


Riding a dhow across the waters in the Lamu Archipelago.


Our group came to Lamu to celebrate the 30th birthday of Davide, a close friend from Nairobi. He's quite an eccentric character as besides being a motorcycle rider, he's an archer and sailor and what better way to ring in his third decade than sailing on traditional dhows in the beautiful locale of Lamu.


Relaxing in dhows, sailing by mangroves and...


...enjoying an epic sunset in Lamu. (Photo credit: Davide Piga)


The days were spent relaxing on the many beautiful white sand beaches in the Lamu Archipelago. Dennis and Musini, our local fixer, bringing a cooler of Tuskers ashore.


A great weekend spent with a lovely group of friends. Welcome to your thirties, Davide.


The streets of Lamu are filled with donkeys and... cats. Lots and lots of cats. There are actually established cat corners, where groups of cats will congregate and wait to be fed by generous shop keepers. Sarah loves cats and we lost her for a while here.


Enjoying a chai (tea) in the evening near the square of Lamu Old Town.


Walking thru the narrow streets of Lamu and wondering how much or how little has changed since centuries past.
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Back to Nairobi and visiting the Sheldrick Elephant Orphanage, where they take in orphaned baby elephants and work on reintroducing them back in to the wild when they're ready. They are usually orphaned when their mothers are killed for their tusks. It's sad that poaching still continues today and it's only because there's still a demand for it.


They had babies there from 3 months to 3 years, after which it's time to get back to the wild. But before that, it's all play. They bring out the elephants into a corral and allow visitors to get up close. This guy was looking super cute in the way he drank water. He would snort some up his trunk, get it to his mouth and...


...then spray most of it out. It must take forever to get a good drink at that rate, but...


...so much fun!


The caretakers at the orphanage really loved their babies and it showed through when they fed them these huge bottles of milk, which is the main component of their diet. I found out there that the milk is based on human milk formula, instead of cow's milk, which is too fatty and difficult for the elephants to breakdown.


A fun moment when one elephant is trying to suck up milk from another elephant's mouth.


A contrast in brown skins. The elephants are pretty accustomed to the daily visiting humans and it was amazing when they would just stand there, next to the rope drinking water and allow us to touch them. I discovered that their skin is really oily, which must protect them from the sun and the elements.


The hairy back of an elephant or... an alien landscape...


The wrinkly, muddy butt of a baby elephant.


The orphanage also takes care of rhinos and this big guy was...


...blind and couldn't be reintroduced to the wild because he would be killed by other dominant male rhinos.


My last weekend in Nairobi and I brought friends from different circles together for a barbeque at Davide's house.


Saying goodbye to the many great friends that I made in Nairobi. I'll miss you all and who knows, maybe I'll be back...


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Old 08-13-2012, 09:21 AM   #1408
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Cool2 Press: Article in Mint Lounge Newspaper

Here's an article that Mint Lounge did on my journey. They interviewed me when I swung by Delhi on my quick visit to India in June. Mint is a business newspaper, affiliated with WSJ and this was for their weekend lifestyle magazine.

http://www.livemint.com/2012/07/2720...drive.html?h=B

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Video: Jammin thru Kenya | Lake Turkana Route
August 15, 2012

As I get ready to leave Kenya, I remember back to the epic journey that I had when I entered the country from Ethiopia, riding the rugged route along Lake Turkana. Here's the video from that journey. It's a bit long at 17 mins, but I think it captures what it feels like to ride a Suzuki DR650 over hundreds of miles of sand, rocks and corrugations through vast, changing landscapes.

The video features music from my good friend, David Abraham's band, The Koniac Net and his debut album One Last Monsoon. Music by The Killers and The Temper Trap also mixed in.

There are exciting moments of fast riding,
where sanDRina and I are dancing on the gravel,
feeling the rhythm of the terrain.
And there are moments of slow riding,
where we struggle in deep sand and over huge rocks,
where the terrain challenges our momentum.
Those moments remind me that we are at the mercy of nature,
playing in her deserts and forests,
tapping into the energy of life.



http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GWR-sVjfN7E

(if the youtube copyright police block the video in your country, like in Germany, click here to see it on vimeo.)


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