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Old 08-03-2011, 02:39 AM   #1291
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But in actuality, the only spare ignition part I had with me was the module, so I tried that.
No need to be Einstein, if it does the job!

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Old 08-03-2011, 02:49 AM   #1292
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Doug want me to see if Scott's got a spare ign.laying around?....

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Old 08-03-2011, 07:28 AM   #1293
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Hey Doug,

Great report, as always. Road up through your neck of the woods Saturday... Think everything is still there. I-59 is still down to 2 lanes and sucks...

Ride on!
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Old 08-03-2011, 07:45 AM   #1294
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I wonder how far away they could hear that hog as you rolled through the canyon along the Afgan border? Don't magin' they see/hear too many Harleys in them parts.

I also wish you had a pic of the French guys face when you let him know he shouldn't be so proud.

Espectacular RR! Adelante baquero.
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Old 08-03-2011, 07:54 AM   #1295
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I have a spare motor at eldomike's in Illinois. He found it, & I bought it sight unseen (knowin mike, it may turn out to be a sprint motor or something) but he claims its an 03 883. He is gonna see if the ign is still in it, if so, he'll send it to my friends in Vladivostok.
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Old 08-03-2011, 08:00 AM   #1296
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Actually turns out to be a Guzzi engine....you know, "The way the V was meant to be"...

Heading out to check for the module now...
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Old 08-03-2011, 02:14 PM   #1297
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this morning, in Tulun, Russia, middle of nowhere, & the bike wont start. I dicked around with it for awhile, then I swapped ignition modules, & it fired right up.
I'd like to claim its because of my excellent skills of deduction & troubleshooting.
But in actuality, the only spare ignition part I had with me was the module, so I tried that.

But it fuckin worked!

Had a similar experience. Had been carrying a diode board with me for a year and a half and when the charging light on my GS went on, I was smack dab in the middle of the desert in Sudan. Coulda been a number of things, but it turned out to be the diode board. If it woulda been something else, I'd still be there!

Keep up the good work.
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Old 08-03-2011, 03:59 PM   #1298
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I have a spare motor at eldomike's in Illinois. He found it, & I bought it sight unseen (knowin mike, it may turn out to be a sprint motor or something) but he claims its an 03 883. He is gonna see if the ign is still in it, if so, he'll send it to my friends in Vladivostok.

By the way things are looking I'll see that engine here soon....
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Old 08-03-2011, 04:16 PM   #1299
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Your bike still not in Valdivostok? Boat not docked yet? or another problem?



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By the way things are looking I'll see that engine here soon....
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Old 08-03-2011, 10:55 PM   #1300
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Ive been catching up and lurking on your journey.
I saw this today at a museum in New England and thought of you.
Figured you could use it in your foray into the Ghan.



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Old 08-04-2011, 01:33 AM   #1301
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Doug, who is depcited here? Shirley not Don Quixote? Not fat enough for Sancho Panza . . . who?
That statue depicts Nasreddin (wiki), character of central Asia folklore.

update:
Oops, just found mmx74's post

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Old 08-04-2011, 06:10 AM   #1302
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Shit.... you could substitute various parts of Mexico in the above and would not really tell the difference.
As South African, I can say the same about my own country!
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Old 08-04-2011, 06:22 AM   #1303
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The man that was ahorse upon the jackass, called Nasreddin, he was very wise, and he was just a personage of the famous book called "Nasreddin in Buhara". The book is as famous as the book "1000 and 1 night". Fairytales of orient you know...
But, some people belive, that William S. Harley had invented his HD while he had been riding upon a jackass somewhere in the east...
Modern fairytales of west, it is old, forgotten fairytales of east.
Thanks for the note. According to wikipedia, Nasreddin related this tale that seems as relevant today as when first told:

Nasreddin was walking in the bazaar with a large group of followers. Whatever Nasreddin did, his followers immediately copied. Every few steps Nasreddin would stop and shake his hands in the air, touch his feet and jump up yelling "Hu Hu Hu!". So his followers would also stop and do exactly the same thing.
One of the merchants, who knew Nasreddin, quietly asked him: "What are you doing my old friend? Why are these people imitating you?"
"I have become a Sufi Sheikh," replied Nasreddin. "These are my Murids (spiritual seekers); I am helping them reach enlightenment!"
"How do you know when they reach enlightenment?"
"That’s the easy part! Every morning I count them. The ones who have left – have reached enlightenment!"
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Old 08-04-2011, 07:08 AM   #1304
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"That’s the easy part! Every morning I count them. The ones who have left – have reached enlightenment!"

LOL!
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Old 08-04-2011, 08:10 AM   #1305
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"That’s the easy part! Every morning I count them. The ones who have left – have reached enlightenment!"

LOL!

thats my plan also. by the end of this trip, we'll see how many of you are left reading it.

Not that I help people reach enlightenment, I just tend to piss em off.

'oh look! a nipple!'

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