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Old 04-22-2012, 01:36 PM   #91
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Uh oh.



Discovered here,



by some friendly bikers.

Greetings from St. John's, Newfoundland! It's been an excellent week of riding through New England, Atlantic Canada, and finally, I've reached the eastern terminus of North America. It turns out St. John's, Newfoundland is also the terminus of the lifespan of my rear rim. I don't know when this happened, but I'm glad it happened here. More glad still that it was pointed out to me today before I embarked on a 900km trip back to Port aux Basques to catch the ferry to Nova Scotia.

More details to come, but tomorrow's gonna be spent calling bike shops to see what can be done.

For now, Hamon and redbike,



out.
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Old 04-22-2012, 08:20 PM   #92
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BUmmer Hamon, check out Ride the Rock, from what Ive seen they have done some amazing stuff for fellow rider/travelers before.

http://www.ridetherock.com/forums/cmps_index.php

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Old 04-23-2012, 07:37 AM   #93
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Alright, so this looks to be a larger challenge than originally anticipated.

If anybody has a rear wheel for a 1st gen KLR650, please let me know! Right now my only other option looks to be Buchanan's in California for an aftermarket rim/spokes, but if I can get something faster, I'd definitely appreciate it.

PM works great or email me at travisbgingerich@gmail.com

Thanks,

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Old 04-23-2012, 02:04 PM   #94
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Travis;
You may find it faster/easier to source a complete used wheel than trying to find someone that can re-lace your hub with new spokes and rim.

From Vancouver Craigslist

http://vancouver.en.craigslist.ca/va...951759668.html

http://vancouver.en.craigslist.ca/pm...960539719.html


Three sources that I've used in the past are;

In Halifax http://toadscycleworksltd.com/

In Kitchener Ontario http://www.zdenocycle.ca/en/parts/salvage.spy

Oshawa Ontario http://www.oshawacycle.com/custompage.asp?pg=salvage

Others FYI;

In Langley http://www.motorcycle-parts.ca/used-...parts-used.htm

http://www.ontariocyclesalvage.com/

http://www.peterborocyclesalvage.com/

A long shot in New Brunswick http://www.cyclesalvage.nb.ca/aboutus.htm

Good luck
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Old 04-23-2012, 02:26 PM   #95
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Some more ads in Quebec, how's your french!!

This looks like a good bet and cheap;
http://qc.kijiji.ca/c-autos-et-vehic...AdIdZ368026729

http://qc.kijiji.ca/c-autos-et-vehic...AdIdZ356264507

http://qc.kijiji.ca/c-autos-et-vehic...AdIdZ368721012

Maybe it's time to upgrade;

http://qc.kijiji.ca/c-autos-et-vehic...AdIdZ366853392

Cheers Garry
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Old 04-23-2012, 04:50 PM   #96
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Alright, so this looks to be a larger challenge than originally anticipated.

If anybody has a rear wheel for a 1st gen KLR650, please let me know! Right now my only other option looks to be Buchanan's in California for an aftermarket rim/spokes, but if I can get something faster, I'd definitely appreciate it.

PM works great or email me at travisbgingerich@gmail.com

Thanks,

Travis
Check your PM or email. There is already a solution in place for you.
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Old 04-23-2012, 04:51 PM   #97
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Travis;
You may find it faster/easier to source a complete used wheel than trying to find someone that can re-lace your hub with new spokes and rim.

From Vancouver Craigslist

http://vancouver.en.craigslist.ca/va...951759668.html

http://vancouver.en.craigslist.ca/pm...960539719.html


Three sources that I've used in the past are;

In Halifax http://toadscycleworksltd.com/

In Kitchener Ontario http://www.zdenocycle.ca/en/parts/salvage.spy

Oshawa Ontario http://www.oshawacycle.com/custompage.asp?pg=salvage

Others FYI;

In Langley http://www.motorcycle-parts.ca/used-...parts-used.htm

http://www.ontariocyclesalvage.com/

http://www.peterborocyclesalvage.com/

A long shot in New Brunswick http://www.cyclesalvage.nb.ca/aboutus.htm

Good luck
Garry Penticton BC

There are lots of options closer to where he is then several provinces away! There are several shops able to re-lace a wheel and a local motorcycle salvage shop @

Reid's Motorsports Parts And Accessories
263 Kenmount Rd, St. John's, NL A1B 3P9
(709) 726-2453 ‎
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Old 04-23-2012, 06:01 PM   #98
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Wow, where to begin..

These Newfoundland riders know how to help a brother out! I've probably had enough offers of rear wheels to equip a transport truck, and yet 30 minutes before the thread popped up on RTR (http://www.ridetherock.com/forums/showthread.php?t=8947), I had one en route from an Ebay shop. That being said, I know that if anything goes wrong with this shipment, I have friends just a phone call away.

It'll take a few days to get here, so I stay in St. John's a little longer and enjoy all this city has to offer. Already I've been blessed with world-class scenery, great company, and an outpouring of support that I thought only existed in the Southern States. What an incredible experience here in Newfoundland.

Pics and updates to come, but for now, I just need a second or two to recover from the barrage of good will I've received.

From Newfoundland, Hamon,



out.
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Old 04-23-2012, 07:11 PM   #99
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Great ride report. Looks good on you to Ride the World, while all of us sit back and life through your experiences in the comforts of our homes....drooling over your ride reports...

You rock!!!

When you are passing throught the west coast of Newfoundland and need any help, drop me a PM , I live in Pasadena, between Deer Lake and Corner Brook.

The "by's" on the avalon have post on ridetherock.com of your rim, and as usual our group pulls through.

A few years back we had an rider from the USA bust a tube after completing the trans Lab highway in Hawks bay, a few RTR's got the word out and a friend of mine had a tube flown up to him in a helicopter.

We do our best to make all riders happy.

Enjoy St. John's! While you are there check out the "Gypsy Tea Room" on Water Street...food, service and scenery is awesome.

All the best, hope to hear from you later.

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Old 04-23-2012, 08:58 PM   #100
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I hope that rim gets to you quick!
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Old 04-24-2012, 09:08 AM   #101
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I'm basking in the luxury of time here while I wait for the replacement wheel to be shipped up, so here's an update!

... if I can only figure out where we left off..

Oh yes, parting ways with NYC.

New England

At the crack of 10:30am, I parted ways with Denver and Naomi.


What luxury it was to have a cart to bring all my junk out to redbike.

After dodging through traffic in Manhattan (just wait for the video), the Bronx (all the beat up, oil-burning rigs reminded me of Mexico), and upstate New York (they have several trees up there), I set course for New Brunswick, taking two days to do so.

This was another time when I got caught up in the destination, this time being Canada, and the journey became a second priority. This is evident in my lack of picture taking, but a reality of travel.

Somewhere in New Hampshire:



Freeport, Maine:



The dense forests, trickling creeks, and rugged coastline of New England were all lovely and I can see why so many folks use it as a summer getaway. For me, it was another one of those places that I'm sure I'd have enjoyed more with somebody else. These tourist places are like that, it seems. Anyway, my getaway was back to the Great White North!


I'm home... Well, sorta.

The sun was fading as I crossed through the border (which was a lot easier than the Guatemala one for some reason) and I found a place to stay pretty quick. Man, was I glad to be back. I'd been away for over 2 months, which in the grand scheme of things, ain't that long, but to me, it was enough to make an impact.

Actually, a lot has changed in the time spent away! I pulled up to an ATM to get some sweet sweet colorful dough back in the wallet and was taken aback by strange plastic notes being ejected.


While away, they've introduced the new $50 into circulation (image stolen from government website): For a second, I thought I was back in Guatemala.

From here, it's been a blazing journey, trying to see as much as I can in a limited time.



New Brunswick









Confederation Bridge









PEI



(So much love for Prince Edward Island)






Frosty morning in Charlottetown








Nova Scotia





In Halifax, I stayed at a friend's place. She strongly recommended I stay for a bit to get the full Halifax experience, and I took her suggestion to heart. For the morning, before shipping off to the Newfoundland ferry that night, I wandered the streets,





and the Citadel.







NL Ferry

From here, it was a mad dash to North Sydney to catch the overnight ferry to Port aux Basques, Newfoundland. The roads were free of traffic, bare, dry, and making time was as easy as it had been in Northern BC on the way up to the Yukon and parts further north.

Arriving at 8:30,



I chatted with some folks waiting for the 10:30 sailing, including the owner of this fine machine, just picked up from Montreal.



After strapping my bike down in the hold,


(4 straps! A new record.)

I found a reclining chair and slept restlessly across the Gulf of St. Lawrence. Tomorrow was going to be a big push: 900km from Port aux Basques to St. John's.
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Old 04-24-2012, 12:01 PM   #102
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Wow. Great Ride Report! All of it, but it sure brought back memories for me in Mexico and Guatemala. I pitched a tent right on that same beach at Lago Atitlan back in 1978 and remember well the doors of Antigua Guatemala and what lies behind them. And the occilated [sp?] turkey I recall seeing at the grass airstip in Tikal, which back then was approached via an unpaved jungle road as I recall all the way from Rio Dulce. And the run across to Belize and back to Mexico running straight across the Yucatan, where our aircraft tires' (only replacements we could find) sidewalls started melting, making for a wild ride. We must have been on many of the same roads. Memories.

Best of luck on the continuing and epic journey!

Cheers,

Mike

PS I almost forgot the other blast from the past--the '68 Datsun SPL311; been a long time since I've seen one of those. My first car was a white SPL311 roadster. I loved that car.
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Old 04-24-2012, 09:57 PM   #103
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Wow...Just Wow!

I've been from western Canada, through the western US, into multiple places in Mexico and part of Central America back to Canada in two nights. Fantastic!

I'm also loving your prose and courage to show your greatfulness for such a wonderful trip. Travel south of the border has also caused me to give a shout out to the One from whom all blessings and goodness flows...

Faith it 'till you make it my brother!

With warm appreciation for your work here...
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Old 04-25-2012, 09:36 AM   #104
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7am, Saturday morning: first course of action, set my watch to 7:30. I should've known things would be different where they decided a full time zone just wouldn't do daylight justice.

The ride out to St. John's started cold, got colder, then warmed up once the sun came out. At around 2-3 degrees Celsius, my gear was at the limit of its usefulness, especially after losing my warm gloves along the beach in Texas. But, I didn't freeze to death, only had a couple moments of sheer panic as the cold compressed my bladder to excruciating pressures, and my hands thawed out eventually.

I do, however, remember distinctly a time in a gas station bathroom in Deer Lake where my hands were so stiff I couldn't do up the button on my riding pants. I must've stood there for five minutes, staring in the mirror, wondering how long it would take for my dexterity to return so I could continue onward. As that one essay starts, "There's cold, and there's cold on a motorcycle."



Man was I lichen the scenery though.







In Gander, I was way ahead of schedule and it had been 5,000km since my last oil change in North Carolina. I pulled around to the back of a Canadian Tire, borrowed a drop tray, and bought my requisite Rotella 15w40 to keep the tractor running strong. In half an hour, I was on my way, onward and forward to St. John's, and to the home of a friend whom I'd actually met in Guatemala: Gina.



Back in Lanquin, I'd stayed in a hostel for the night and met a few folks along the way including a German named Tobias, an American turned vagabond named Tom, and a Newfie traveling with Tom named Gina. As the four of us hung out in a sauna made of mortar and beer bottles, Gina mentioned that I'd have a roof over my head if I made it to St. John's. Well, that sounded mighty dandy.

My original plan had been to set course West the next morning, taking two days to return to the ferry and see the sights along the way. I instead took Gina's advice (as I've similarly taken other locals' advice) to stay an extra day and see what St. John's had to offer. I'm glad I did:



Icebergs had snuck into the harbour by Quidi Vidi and the entire town seemingly was out on this Sunday afternoon to take in the spectacle.



It was an unforgettable experience to get this close to these ancient frozen megaliths.

Of course, since I was here, I also stopped by Cape Spear, the most eastern point in North America:





and at another lookout, met a true Newfoundland dog. This one's name be Schooner, which was incredibly fitting.



Finally, I parked my bike at a coffee shop in downtown St. John's and wandered the neighborhood for a while.





It was at this point that the bottom fell out of my schedule and I was notified of my wheel issue as mentioned previously. I immediately went into plan(ic) mode to see what I could source and get me back on the road. The next day was spent at the computer, hunting down options, which finally ended in finding a wheel in really good condition from an Ebay store called Oz Cycles in Arizona.

The guys there saw to it that the tire made it into the mail as soon as humanly possible and that's where I am now: watching a tracking number that hasn't made any progress since yesterday morning.

Tick.

Tock.

Tick.

Tock.
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It's supposed to get to you by tomorrow. I'll keep ony fingers crossed!
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