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Old 05-08-2012, 11:27 AM   #196
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Really digging this ride report man and the lack of itinerary is refreshing....
yeah i agree, i think the most appealing thing about Ryan's ride to me is the spontaneous way it evolves. it's a true adventure!
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Old 05-08-2012, 02:56 PM   #197
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Your posts showed what you were feeling at the time. If you think that's being a whiney bitch, so be it. It's where you were in your head and you shared it. I have been there, all of us that do this have been there, its part of the deal. And, that's what makes for great, real, no bullshit ride reports. We want to know where you were and what you felt, raw, unedited. Thats the good stuff. Its a learning experience for all of us doing what you are doing, and youre doing just fine, cabron. Keep it up. Its your trip. You are the producer, director, and star actor. Its your deal.

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You are on your Ride. Sharing the real ride is great for us following along. Might see you along the way as I return to Ecuador in August as I continue riding south to TDF.

So much to see in Columbia. Really liked riding north out of Bogota to Villa Del Layva, Barichara (near San Gil) toward Bucaramanga . All good! Viva Columbia.
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Old 05-09-2012, 10:34 AM   #198
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I am not sure what you are trying to say here, you have succesfully described a bill of landing. Even if I was able to get one on a second try, the container that I was supposed to share with the other vehicles left the next day.
I think what acejones was trying to express is that the document is called 'bill of lading' not 'bill of landing'. Next time you come across the document look at the spelling. In North America, at least, it is a Bill of Lading.

Hope you are reunited with your bike today.
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Old 05-09-2012, 11:32 AM   #199
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I think what acejones was trying to express is that the document is called 'bill of lading' not 'bill of landing'.
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Old 05-09-2012, 11:33 AM   #200
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interesting how you pretend to break with the turist circle (travel-go back home) and actually trying to settle down in Brasil. If i would do a journey south america, i'd stick to your plan Colombia-Venezuela-Brasil, north east of the south cone is jusst beautiful.

Wishing your trip come up with the best, will keep looking at your report.
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Old 05-09-2012, 07:28 PM   #201
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More Spontaneity (a little help)

Got the bike from Girag, holy crap what a mess, that is a story for another day, got some great photos of Bogotá as well, still uploading them but in the meantime...

Coming from the airport, after riding for about 15 minutes in heavy traffic the bike started to make a very wierd noise. Its a loud rattle or banging noise at the same rythm of the engine. Its most noticeable at idle and seems to dissipate when I accelerate. It seems to lessen and almost dissapear when the bike is cool. Bogota sits at over 8000 feet, shouldnt effect it too much though.

Also, the oil was very dirty, this may or may not be related but it was a thick brown poop color, the worst I have ever seen and after only 2500 miles since the last change. I changed it immediately but the noise continues. This will be worrying me and occupying all my time until I figure it out, any help is much appreciated.

Bike is 1997 BMW F650 42,500 miles.
Valves adjusted before trip by Rotax specialist.

Any ideas?


Heres a picture of Bogotá

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Old 05-09-2012, 08:09 PM   #202
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Its a loud rattle or banging noise at the same rythm of the engine. Its most noticeable at idle and seems to dissipate when I accelerate. It seems to lessen and almost dissapear when the bike is cool.

Any ideas?
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Symptoms of a Failed Chain Tensioner

Clacking in the valves area, especially when the bike is hot. Valve clearances are okay.
With the valve cover off (and engine off!), turn the engine over. If the cam chain makes a "swack" sound, the tensioner is bad or timing wrong.
The cam chain tensioner should come out in a single piece when you remove it. If it comes out in pieces, it needs replacing.
Loud knock, particularly noticable at engine tickover. It is a regular knock that does not go away as the revs increase. (There are other possible causes of such a noise).
Knocking noise originating from the upper left side of the engine.
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Old 05-09-2012, 08:50 PM   #203
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Geez, hate to even think it but did you have to leave the keys with the guys in Panama?
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Old 05-10-2012, 08:49 AM   #204
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Hey that sucks about your new engine sound. I'd make sure that nothing got sucked into your combustion chamber since the noise started so suddenly. I can't remember if the spark plug is located such that removing it gives you a view of your piston on the funduros, but if so, shine a light in there and see if you see any marks on the top of your piston from some sort loose debris that may have been sucked in. Congrats on making it to Colombia though. If you need expert bike help let me know. I have a couple of contacts in Bogota who can recommend a good shop if need be. Good luck.
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Old 05-10-2012, 09:47 AM   #205
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I would start with the timing chain tensioner too. A good friend on mine, SS in Vnzl will be in Bogota for a day or two and he is a pretty good expert on the bike as he's had one for a long time. I'll pm you his phone number and maybe he can help you out with the noise issue while he is in town.

Goodluck amigo

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Old 05-10-2012, 10:50 PM   #206
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Coming from the airport, after riding for about 15 minutes in heavy traffic the bike started to make a very wierd noise. Its a loud rattle or banging noise at the same rythm of the engine. Its most noticeable at idle and seems to dissipate when I accelerate. It seems to lessen and almost dissapear when the bike is cool. Bogota sits at over 8000 feet, shouldnt effect it too much though.

Also, the oil was very dirty, this may or may not be related but it was a thick brown poop color, the worst I have ever seen and after only 2500 miles since the last change. I changed it immediately but the noise continues. This will be worrying me and occupying all my time until I figure it out, any help is much appreciated.

Bike is 1997 BMW F650 42,500 miles.
Valves adjusted before trip by Rotax specialist.

Any ideas?
"Poop Brown" oil usually means water in your oil. Or someone dumped something "bad" in there? From what I know about your F650 ... failed water pumps are pretty common. Check rad water level. Is it low? Could also be Cam Chain tensioner (another common failure) but that would not cause Poop brown oil. I'm sorry to say, I don't think a valve adjustment is going to fix it! Once the water pump goes ... usually next up is the head gasket blows. (overheating)

The problem with riding a bike with water in your oil is ... the bearings will NOT be lubricated properly and may self destruct. This could cause some bad noises. I would park it and look into this ASAP.
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Old 05-11-2012, 01:41 AM   #207
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Chocalate colored oil

Yep, water pump must have blown. Its only been a few hundred miles since I checked the oil so the water pump must have failed recently.

Luckily, before I had the chance to mess with the engine myself, SS in Vzla from ADV showed up in Bogotá to help. Silviu, who also has an F650 just so happened to be in Bogotá for a few days and dropped by the hostel to lend me a hand. What a cool effin guy. We yanked out the cam chain tensioner and sure enough, it had seized up. Of course the "Chocolate" not poop I decided, color of the oil is a seperate issue, due to the coolant mixing with the oil.

Not only did the bike show up at the airport with a flat tire, but now I have 2 seperate unrelated problems to deal with. Atleast Bogotá is an interesting city! The oil was sparkly clean, every day, until now. I check the oil every day and it always looks good. The bike did not use a drop of oil from Bellingham to Panama, which is good, but I hope I caught the water pump failure in time. Should be fine, Silviu even offered to help me fix it tomorrow.

I have it in a parking garage, not a whole lot of room, wedged between cars and bikes (they move it everyday) but at least its safe.

Here is a pic of me and Silviu hard at work, yes his beer is bigger than mine. We are at the BBC which stands for Bogotá Beer Company (not B****** Be Crazy)




I would like to leave the city but instead I am dando vueltas por la ciudad, like this young man:







Bogotá is big but Bogotá aint bad.
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Old 05-11-2012, 10:24 AM   #208
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Hola Silviu! If you need a place to work on your bike in Bogota ask Silviu about the shop he sent me to, damn, I forget the name. They set me up with shop space to do a little routine maintenance. I have to look at my notes, but Silviu should remember.
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Old 05-11-2012, 12:12 PM   #209
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Is it paranoia to link the broken cam-chain tensionerr, failed water pump and flat tyre with the only period of the trip when the bike has been outwith the control of PLT?

A real adventure, memories for life and a great read, thankyou.
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Old 05-11-2012, 12:18 PM   #210
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My thoughts exactly! But, just because I am paranoid doesn't mean that they are NOT out to get me!
Sure hope you get her fixed soon man!
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