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Old 11-15-2010, 03:14 AM   #31
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Old 11-15-2010, 07:23 AM   #32
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All the small parts, were in a plastic bag from the dealer. The clutch is in a box and the plate is in a box, and they are all inside another box. That box is inside the tires, as pictured in the email i sent you guys. I wouldn't expect any problems. Sorry to take another day, I wish I could have gotten it out on thursday, I didn't know about today, I would have taken off early on thursday.
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All the small parts, were in a plastic bag from the dealer. The clutch is in a box and the plate is in a box, and they are all inside another box. That box is inside the tires, as pictured in the email i sent you guys. I wouldn't expect any problems. Sorry to take another day, I wish I could have gotten it out on thursday, I didn't know about today, I would have taken off early on thursday.

No worries Jeremy! The only faster option was for me to ride to SD and back with the parts which would have been 4 full days of riding, plus fuel, plus hotels, food etc. We appreciate your help more than you know! The extra days here are giving me time to plug away on my Rosetta Stone Spanish

I'm always shocked by the generosity of the biking community. We've had a half dozen ppl offer to bring parts down when they come, lend tools, offer shop space, offer to haul the bike to the nearest Motorrad dealer etc. While sourcing parts for the clutch I received an email from Matt @ Touratech USA saying he read on our web site that we were having issues with Tim's clutch. He wanted to let us know he had a ceramic 1200gs disc in stock and could ship it by the end of the day. Awesome service once again from TouraTech USA, specifically Matt!

Jeremy and Matt, we'll have some TerraNova T-shirts heading your way when we get back home! Thanks again!
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On Monday afternoon, armed with some real basic tools, a semi complete service manual and the drive to get this project completed asap, we tore into Tim's bike.





Neal and Troy shouting directions from the peanut gallery:



"And for my next trick I will cut a GSA in half..."







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Our parts were scheduled to delivered this afternoon. I'm not a person who generally likes to sit around and wait for things to happen so I decided to ride to the freight depot and pick up our parts rather than wait for delivery. I grabbed the companies address, a map and head into La Paz (we're just north of). I ride to roughly the location shown on the internet map but I don't see the terminal anywhere. I stop and ask a local, well not ask as my Spanish is less than minimal at this point but I show him the address and the map. He shakes his head no and point to a location on the map awfully close to where we are camped. I jump back on my bike and head to the location he indicated. I drive all over the area but find nothing. I stop at a rental car agency and find a girl who speaks english, She says she doesn't know where it is but offers to call and get some directions for me. After about 2 mins she hangs up the phone and points on the map to a spot completely on the opposite side of the city (past the first location I was at). "Really?" I inquired thinking that had to be wrong. She persisted that the terminal was on the far South side. I thanked her for her time and once again headed to the specified location. I ride to the industrial area, past rickety buildings, cars on blocks and arrive again at the X drawn on the map only to find nothing! Spotting a local policia officer, I wave him down and show him the address. He laughs and points back to the location 2 blocks from our camp, F%^K!!!

Slightly off topic... this cop was driving a brand new truck, had a perfectly pressed uniform, expertly shined shoes, a brand new baton, handcuffs and a gun that looked like it had been fished out of the Sea of Cortez. It was '50s era revolver with a cracked wooden handle held together with duct tape. I would have been surprised if it actually fired. If this is how the Mexican gov't arms their police it's no wonder they're losing the battle with the drug cartels. He'd have done better with a sling-shot.

Anyway... I drive back toward camp and the mythical freight terminal. I get about 3 blocks from camp and see a truck with logo of the company I'm looking for and follow it a block or 2 right into the fenced compound of the terminal. 88km and 3 hours searching for this place and once I'm standing on the loading dock I can see our camp
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Thrilled the terminal scavenger hunt was over, I ran up to the shipping office. 3 steps in the door and I spotted our package sitting in the middle of the floor. After being in La Paz for 9 days we were all going a bit batty so seeing it in person was great, it was like the clouds parted and a beam of heavenly light shone upon the package. After a quick signature I was out the door and on the way back to camp.

~Harp playing Angels added for effect. No mythical creatures were harmed during the shooting of this picture~



Once back at camp I eagerly tore in the boxes. Two K60s, check. One TKC 80 front, yup. Bag of misc seals, bits and pieces, uh-hu. Touratech ceramic clutch disc, here. Clutch cover, present. Pressure plate… ah, where's the pressure plate

Me: "Hey Tim, you ordered a pressure plate right, cuz this one is F%$ked up." ~frantically searching the boxes and plastic wrap hoping I missed it~
Tim: "I ordered exactly what the beemer tech told me we needed to do the clutch".
Me: "Ah, well we're missing a big part of the puzzle…" ~Looking at the heat scored original while making a frowny face~
Tim: "I'll call them on Skype and see what happened."

Tim to sales/tech: "So we've got my bike torn apart and have all the parts but there's no PP here, I thought you were going to send ALL the parts we needed to to this?"
Sales/Tech: "Ah, yeah, well BMW doesn't specify replacement of the PP for a clutch change. We never change them out. There's no stock in the US and we haven't sold one in years, just run the old one."

Tim calls another random BMW dealer and gets the same response. He decides to call our local dealer's master tech. He snaps and forwards a pic of the used PP to the dealer and follows up with a call. The response is "Yeah, that PP is screwed and absolutely needs to be replaced." Great. Here for 10days waiting on parts now we're short bits and have no desire to stay any longer than we have to.



After much deliberation and phone calls to mechanics we know, the decision was made to reassemble the bike with the scabby PP and get going. Certainly the longevity of the clutch (and clamping force) will be diminished but we're half hoping and 1/2 expecting it to at least last the duration of the trip.

The reassembly went well only a few snags along the way. Getting the transmission input shaft seal out was a nightmare! I have never had so much grief getting a seal out. Of course having limited tools available created some delays but by early evening had everything wrapped up. Unfortunately we had just missed the cut off to make the 8pm ferry to the mainland so 2 more days here. To make myself better I logged on to the traffic cams at home and took pleasure in seeing it was -16C and snowy. Hanging in La Paz isn't so bad!
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As mentioned before we ordered 3 tires at the same time as the clutch parts. Shipping from Tijuana to La Paz, 400 Pesos of about $33 US...pretty reasonable!

I had tried to source the 140/80-17, K60 Heidenau Scout before we left. It has become a very popular ADV tire and everyone I talked to raved about them but I had no luck finding one. As luck would have it the US distributor got a huge shipment in about the same time we were rounding up the clutch parts.

When the box arrived I was excited to have the clutch parts but also to see the K60 up close. I was quite impressed with it on initial inspection. The tread is very deep and the sidewalls are quite stiff so it should be quite a durable tire.

I ordered 2 as Tim's rear TKC 80 was all but completely worn out. Both tires went on well. The only issue is getting the bead to seat on the GSA's tubeless rim. The narrower 140 tire doesn't like to seal on the 4.25" wide rim (150 spec). After much grunting and failed ratchet strapping I loaded it on my bike and ran it to a local tire shop. The tire guy didn't have much luck until he pulled out a 20litre pail of tire mounting compound (not to be confused with bead lube). I'd never seen it before but it looks a lot like wax and grease but isn't petroleum based (or greasy). Basically you just goop it between the rim and tire and it seal them together enough to keep the air from escaping before the tire inflates and tire pops over the safety bead. I'm not really sure how we'll get that stupid thing mounted on the side of the road if and when we need to fix a flat.



Remanence of the goop visible on the sidewall.

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Our camp was only minutes from the Baja 1000 finish line. The ferry was scheduled to leave at 8pm and we needed to be at the terminal by 6pm. The first bikes were expected to complete the race around midnight. Decisions, decisions! We debated and decided to press on to the ferry as we had already spent 2 weeks in La Paz and missing the Thursday ferry meant we'd have to wait until Sunday to catch the next one.



We arrived at the ferry terminal right at 6pm. There is a quick check of documents to ensure you have you have an import permit for the bike (if traveling just in Baja you don't need the import permit). We run over to the ticket window and get in line. At this point there were only 2 people ahead of us but it still took about 45mins to get our passes. Everything went well, just REALLY slowly. I have no idea what this place does when it gets busy

2 adults, 2 bikes and a Jr suite plus taxes= 6000 pesos.

We hung out in queue and waited for the pilot truck to take us to the boat. In the 1/2 kilometer from the ticket booth to the boat our tickets and documents were checked no less than 5 times!

This is a big ferry. There were about 50 tractor trailer units and about 100 cars on board. Considerably larger than the New Dong Chung that took us from South Korea to Russia.





We settled in to our cabin and had dinner which was served to us from ladle wielding people in hair nets. Although it was pretty tasty, it looked like what I would expect to eat in prison.

After a 10hr nap we woke up at 8am thinking that we'd be landing shortly and could get on the road shortly...nope! The chronically late Baja Ferry had stuck again! We were scheduled to a arrive at 8am but it was 12:30pm before we actually rode down the ramp and on to the dock.







Tim and I had a friend from Calgary that was at a resort in Puerto Vallarta but leaving Saturday morning. Christine was bringing a few things I needed but have been unable to get here. Apparently, based on the shoe selection so far, shoes in size 13 are not real popular even in the tourist areas. We had to ride 435km to meet up with her. At home when you see a rode sign that says "Whatever town, 400km" you can simply divide by a 100 and you know that you should arrive in roughly 4 hours. Not the case in Mexico! At 4pm we still had 200km to go. Riding through tiny towns riddled with "topes" (speed bumps), stray roosters, random cows and hundreds of roadside vendors and getting stuck behind a grossly over-loaded, black smoke bleaching, 4 cylinder pick-up tend to make the miles crawl by.

With the sun setting fast, we thought we were beat (we don't ride at night here). There was a small town coming up and just as we were thinking hotel for the night we noticed a 4 vehicle police procession with there lights on just cruising down the highway. There were 3 pick-up trucks with 2 guys in each cab and 2 guys standing in the back and Toyota FJ Cruiser (Turistica Police) with 3 guys. All the cops had their regular side arm but also had either a shot gun or an AR15 with a M203 grenade launcher under the muzzle. The lead pick up had a .50 Cal machine gun on a turret. All the guys were dressed in black and the ones in the truck beds were wearing balaclavas. It was clear that these guys are not messing around!

It really appears that gov't here is trying to get some of the tourist dollars back. There are billboard sized road signs with a toll free number you can call if you experience police misconduct or if you have an issue on the road. There are turistica ploice vehicles that just cruise the roads and help gringos with car troubles or whatever you need. Pretty cool.

We lost our armed escort about 20km north of PV as they turned in for fuel. We rolled in town, having no idea what resort Christine was staying at. I needed to find internet to check my email again. The Royal Decameron Resort was across the street so I figured we'd ride up, pretend she was saying there and when the clerk said they had no one by that name at the hotel we'd play dumb and ask if we could us their internet so we could figure it all out. While we're standing at the desk giving our friends name to the lady behind the counter, up walks Christine. What are the odds?!

After 10days of bike drama in La Paz Tim and I decided it was time to unwind. We grabbed a room at the all inclusive resort and promptly got our moneys worth
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After our night in the resort Tim and I headed 20km north to Sayulita to meet up with Neal and Troy again. They had left on Tuesday to grab the ferry while we wrapped up the the clutch replace on Tim's bike. It was apparent that we wouldn't get the bike done and make the ferry in time so Troy and Neal went ahead.

We arrived in Sayulita about 1pm. A torrential down pour in Sept had turned the creek that winds through the town into an infrastructure eating monster. Many of the town's roads, bridges and a couple buildings near the coast were washed away. They have been working on repairing the damage but things seem to take longer in Mexico. The river crossings in the middle of town are pretty cool for us on adv bikes but I'm sure after 9 weeks the novelty has worn off for the locals in minivans.

We had no way to contact the guys real time but their last email said they'd be in Sayulita on thursday or Friday (it was now Saturday) so we thought we'd go hang out and see if we came across them. Even in a tourist haven like this one, 2 fully loaded, lime green KLRs tend to stand out. We spent a few hours on the beach before hearing the distinct popping of Neal's bike with way too loud Jardine muffler. Tim ran down the street bare foot to intercept.

They had just rolled into town, delayed a few days because of some issues with Neal's KLR. He and Troy had watched "Dust to Glory" on the ferry ride over from La Paz and Neal wanted video of himself blasting down the beach with the surf crashing beside him. Apparently all was going well until an unexpectedly large wave swallowed him and his bike. He managed to say on and ride out of it but the damage was done, his bike is a mess. After the salt water cleansing, his bike started acting up and still is 6 days later.

If you can get the bike started, it runs like a champ, IF you get it started. Even after going through the usual trouble shooting check list, the bike generally takes 3-4 hours of trying before it can be coaxed to life.

Spark, check
Fuel, check
air, check
Compression, check

Start, no.

Check for spark again, yup, nice strong looking arc. Exhaust smells very gassy, pull the plug air the cylinder out to ensure it's not flooded. Still no start. Think maybe the choke circuit is bad so we spray some ether in the air box, still not start. No start, no stutter, no pop, not even a back fire....

We sat 10days in La Paz with a fried clutch on the BMW, rode one day and now we've been here for 4 days with a dead KLR and haven't really figured out whats wrong with it yet.





Troy's aunt has a friend (Luisa) in Sayulita that manages vacation property and offered to put us up in one of her properties for the duration of our stay. Unfortunately with our delay in La Paz we didn't arrive here until Thanksgiving weekend (US) and being that Sayulita has a large gringo population, it is quite busy. Luisa offered up some floor space for us 4 smelly bikers.

Her home is out of town a few minutes and the road was hit pretty hard but the Sept flooding. It is a fun ride on a bike but I can't imagine a car's suspension and under carriage would be to happy after a few weeks of this trek. After about a km, we reach the house.

I didn't know what to think when I saw the place. The design makes sense here but it took me a few minutes to wrap my head around. The kitchen, dining room and bathroom are on one end and the bedrooms are on the other end. In the middle is a large covered open air living room. If seems that you'd (I would anyway) want to have a barrier between you and the creepy crawly things that are normally outside. As I have discovered on the few days we've been here, the things that should be outside don't generally stay out anyway, even with doors, windows and screens but for the most part, they seem to stay in the grass outside and off the tile floor. We have had a scorpion, several large spiders, bats and an entire colony of ants (this morning) stroll through but they seem to leave as soon as they appear.













We were waiting for a multimeter and timing light yesterday so we decided to go hangout at the beach. There was a great spot for cliff jumping that Sunny (our local host) showed us. I'd never gone cliff jumping. I don't have a fear of heights at all but I do have a fear of jumping from them. I promised myself that I'd jump once, get it on video then I'd never have to do it again.

We walked the rocky trail then scrambled up the extra 15ft or so to the top of the rocky cliff. Looking down to the water is a bit freaky as the landing spot looks to be about 15x15ft and is surrounded by huge rocks, some poking out of the water and some of them just under the surface. Of course 15x15 is a huge spot to land when you're only up 20-25 ft to begin with but when it's you first time it still makes you a bit nervous. Did I mention the rocks are COVERED with sea urchins?

Sunny jumps, great form. Troy jumps, again, great form. Neal tells me not to try anything fancy, just give a medium push off and stay feet first. After 10 seconds of hesitation, I jump off in good form but no quite far enough and manage to smash my ass on a large flat rock a few feet under water. It wasn't overly painful but did get my attention... and destroy my confidence for another jump. At least we got video, oh wait, no we didn't, camera issue

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oh man i cant wait to find outy what is up wit hthe klr

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We got our hands on a multimeter today and did all the checks we could. The CDI has several circuits that are out of spec and the diode pack is shot too. I'm not sure how the was running with the electronics in the shape they are but it was.

New CDI on eBay- $200 or so. Price at Kawasaki in Mexico City- $250. Price at Kawasaki in Puerto Vallarta $800?! WTF? So it appears we're stalled, again, waiting on parts. We'll try calling a few places in Guadalajara tomorrow.

There HAS to be some crashed KLRs here. The parts we need are sitting on a shelf or junk yard somewhere, we just need to find them.
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Jeebus, you guys cant get a break. Someone should tell Neal nothing good happens after someone says, "here, hold my beer, I got an idea."
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Yeah, not having the best luck. I should change the title to "The broken bike tour".

Getting stuck in places like La Paz and Sayulita isn't so bad but it's definitely destroying our schedule. As the days roll on I'm thinking more and more that this will be an in depth Mexico and Central America trip rather than a high speed trip to TDF. South America next year perhaps?
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The UPS tracking site shows that Neal's KLR parts are in Guadalajara awaiting customs clearance. With a little luck we'll be up and running by the end of the day tomorrow.

Our days in Sayulita have been great largely due to our excellent hosts Luisa and Sunny. Having a local to show you the best spots, pub and beaches is always better than relying in Lonely Planet.

Yesterday, Luisa offered to take us to the local swimming hole which seemed a little odd as the beaches here are great. They are surrounded by great restaurants, pubs, shops and bikini clad honeys everywhere you look. When she said "swimming hole" I envisioned a slough in the middle of some farmers field but I was pretty thrilled to get back on the bike after 3 or 4 days of sitting around even if it is on a beach with sexy girls everywhere.

Tim, Troy and I left Sayulita following Luisa and Neal (who seemed a bit depressed to be in the truck rather than on his bike). We headed down the highway for 50 km or so before turning down a dusty rock embedded road. Tim, Troy and I didn't want to get dusted out behind the truck so we got some basic directions and went ahead. The road forks and splits a few times before becoming very rocky and rutted to the point that even a small, light weight 4x4 like Luisa's would likely get high centered. The ruts got deeper, the rocks got bigger and so did the grin on my face. The rough section of road lasts about a kilometre before turning in to a cobblestone road, which really seemed out of place given the previous section of road.

The cobblestone road ends at a parking lot which again, is really out of place. I'm guessing the current road condition is abnormal if there's a parking lot at the end. Along with the car park is a lot attendant. This guy has been working there for years. He takes the bus from a local town and hikes through a few farmer's fields and then sits at the gate to the swimming hole. Something wasn't right here...why was there a hand laid cobblestone road, a parking lot and an attendant here if it was just a swimming spot. The answer is that this is an ancient swimming hole, in solid rock, in the middle of the jungle, surrounded by 2000 petroglyphs. Ummm ok, I guess it's not just a slough after all!

As we walk the winding half washed out trail there are signs explaining the history of the area. 15 signs in total. The gist of it is that the area was used by the Tecoxquine people until the 1600s when they were wiped out by the Spaniards and disease. There are petroglyphs everywhere you look. After about a kilometre of walking down the trail with jungle and rocks climbing hundreds of feet on either side, the swimming hole becomes visible. It was incredible! There is a stream that had eroded the rock and made a near perfect...what am I taking about, it was perfect...pool. The rocks look like they were carved and placed by hand.

We all stood in awe. The location could have, should have been used in the filming of an Indiana Jones movie. If Dr. Jones himself had swung past on the end of his whip, it wouldn't have surprised any of us in the least.




















After an hour of pics, video and humming the Raiders of the Lost Arc theme we headed out. The following hour of riding was entertaining to say the least. A few drops, a crash or 2 resulting in a broken mirror, snapped off tail light and a bruised ego. Having the least amount of offroad experience, Troy was struggling through the rough sections but doing it with a smile on his face and a great attitude
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We left our hotel about noon after a rough night on the bar strip in Puerto Vallarta. The night before, Senor Frog's 64oz "Big Ass" whatever it was named drink had me calling it quits by 1am. Tim showed up at the hotel about 2hrs later. Neal and Troy rolled in about 6am. The 12pm check had snuck up on us and we slowly gathered our junk and got back on the bikes and headed to the courier depot that was supposed to have Neal's KLR parts. Success, the package was there, a day late but there.

Neal's bike had been running ok other than the odd hiccup here and there. As we were getting ready to hit the road Troy said he was going to hang out in PV another day or 2 and catch up with us later. It's always tough hanging out with a group of ppl 24/7. There are so many different personality that there's going to be some friction from time to time and sometimes you just need some space and time to yourself. We all understood.

Neal, Tim and headed out and decided to avoid the toll express way to Guadalajara and take the back route on the free roads. The road twist and winds it way through the "real Mexico" avoiding the touristy spots we have been in more other that not. The road has a ton of tight corners and winds through valleys and over a mountain pass. In about 10km we had climbed from 1200metres to 1875 then back down to 1250. We got caught behind a bus carrying soldiers there escort trucks earlier in the day. Their 40km speed in the twists had us pulling our hair out. We attempted a pass a few times only to be denied by the bus's police escort. When we stopped for lunch they had kept going and thankfully we didn't catch up to until the down hill section of the mountain pass. We just caught a glimpse of them on the down hill section, then they were gone. I don't really know how fast the bus was going, despite our rapid decent, we couldn't keep up.

Being that we hadn't left PV until 2pm, we didn't get too far before the sun started disappearing. We have no desire to ride in the dark on this trip so we were keeping an eye out for a hotel. There was no way we'd make Guadalajara in the light. After riding through a few small towns with some really crusty looking hotels that looked like horror movie sets, we decided it was safer to push through the darkness than to say there and wake up with missing organs (I've been hearing lots of stories about organ harvesting lately and it was creeping into our imaginations). We opted to ride the 60km in the dark to Ameca.

We arrived about 30mins after dark and toured the downtown district looking for a reasonable place to stay. We stopped in the town's centre square and Neal went walking looking for a hotel. He returned with 2 local cops in tow. My first thought was, "This can't be good". Neal says, "These 2 fine gentlemen are going to lead us to a good hotel." The cops then jumped on their rickety $12 SuperCycle mountain bikes and we were again riding with a police escort. After about 5 mins we stopped outside the hotel. It looked good and there was a large fenced lot on the other side of the road for the bikes. I would have preferred to have the bikes in sight rather than 100yds away, around a corner in a dark empty lot. I was eyeing up the centre court yard in the hotel but the shiny tile floor, tight hallway corners and stairs would have made it tough. Even so, I was game to try but the hotel owner was much less interested. This is something that has eluded us so far. 21 countries, 40,000km and a hundred or so hotels and we have never been able to park the bikes in a hallway, lobby or hotel room. I feel like we missing a key part of they adventure travel experience!
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