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Old 02-05-2013, 04:57 PM   #181
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Freakin EXCELLENT!
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Old 02-05-2013, 09:58 PM   #182
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Holy fook dude! How are you alright? One of those Colombian Angels must have been looking out for you!

Please post more pics of the fix if you have them. Great RR.
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Old 02-06-2013, 03:33 AM   #183
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The repair job...

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Holy fook dude! How are you alright? One of those Colombian Angels must have been looking out for you!

Please post more pics of the fix if you have them. Great RR.
Yeah, I'm OK. I was a bit battered and bruised at the time but I'm back on form now. I was so thankful to have had all my riding gear on at the time. It took me a while to feel comfortable back on the bike again but a couple of hundred miles later it was business as usual.

The first thing to take the hit was the sump guard. It was ripped straight off the bike and we found it quite a few meters back. He cut the damaged side off and managed to bash the rest of it in to a suitable shape for it to be wedged back.



You can see the damage to the frame here:



There was a gaping hole in the crank case here and you can see where he cut the damaged part of the frame out:



This photo shows the repair job to this. You can also see the new piece of frame welded up. The maestro even fabricated an engine mount on the new part of the frame.



The housing was also damaged and incredibly botched up. Unfortunately I can't find a good picture of the damage to this:







The bike has since done thousands of miles since the fix and other than a minor oil leak it feels completely fine. Loads more pics here.

The Maestro... An absolute legend at work. Everything is possible.
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Old 02-06-2013, 04:39 AM   #184
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Epic Ride

Thanks for sharing !!!
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Old 02-06-2013, 10:11 AM   #185
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awesome update! glad you made it through that off! well done.

+1 to the maestro!
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Old 02-06-2013, 11:39 AM   #186
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Wow.

Thanks for the pics Pete. Its amazing the work some people can do.
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Old 02-06-2013, 12:30 PM   #187
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Great story, and awesome you're still here to tell it. If you were a cat, you'd have spent a few lives there and then.
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Old 02-07-2013, 12:03 PM   #188
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Great story, and awesome you're still here to tell it. If you were a cat, you'd have spent a few lives there and then.
haha, I guess I should start taking it easy as I left most of those lives on the BAM road in Siberia.
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Old 02-09-2013, 07:41 PM   #189
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Hi, what a journey, i have a question... There is no way to ship the bikes from vladivostok directly to Anchorade or at least Seatle?


And how much did it cost to send the Bikes from Corea?


I am so interested becouse next year o am going to travél from Medellín to vladivostok throuhg África And europe
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Old 02-10-2013, 08:54 AM   #190
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Talking Advice please

Hi I'm a 6 8" Swede who's going to go to Buenos Aires from Arizona or there abouts on a DRZ 400, will my knees die?
Good luck with the trip and may the force be with you.
Awesome repair by the way.
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Old 02-10-2013, 12:18 PM   #191
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I ride with a guy who is 6'8". He rides an XR600R. (old bike) He's ridden my DRZ400E ... not too bad for shorter rides but I'm sure painful riding all day.

You may be able to do a few things to raise the bike up some:
rear link
lowering tubes in triples
build up seat at least 2 inches
Foot peg lowering kit

All that said the LESS reliable KTM 640 (either dual sport or Adventurer) is the better BIG MAN bike. But bring tools, parts and expert knowledge to make to B.A.

My 6'8" buddy looked like a Clown riding my DR650, but not so bad on the DRZ.


Here is 6'8" Bob on my stock DRZ400E, just doing a Day Ride in Mitomi wash, Baja, Mexico. A heavier shock spring, rising link
and heavier fork springs certainly would have helped. Custom seat too!

He fits better on his raised XR600R. The KTM's are even taller!
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Old 02-10-2013, 02:07 PM   #192
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yeah, I would agree! I am barely 6' and my bike sits just about stock. 200 mile days are kinda hard on my knees, but then again, I'm gettin' old!
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Old 02-11-2013, 02:08 AM   #193
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Hi, what a journey, i have a question... There is no way to ship the bikes from vladivostok directly to Anchorade or at least Seatle?


And how much did it cost to send the Bikes from Corea?


I am so interested becouse next year o am going to travél from Medellín to vladivostok throuhg África And europe
Hi Pedro!

Firstly, you live in one of the greatest cities this planet has to offer! Why are you leaving? :-)
Your trip sounds excellent and I hope the planning stage isn't too stressful for you. We massively underestimated the cost of shipping on this trip. You may say this was down to a lack of forward planning but in all honesty, we found it hard to get accurate information until we actually arrived at the place.

Is it possible to ship from Vlad to Anchorage? Yes, it is possible however it was very expensive and very slow. We were told it would take around 1 month to arrive before any customs procedures on the Anchorage side. In addition to that it was necessary that we hired an entire container which was thousands and thousands of dollars. It's difficult to find any English speakers around that area so we ended up using an agent recommended by numerous other riders on here and the HUBB. His name is Yuri. He is a friendly guy, fluent English speaking and seems to be making a genuine living. Drop him a mail to see if he has any more up to date advice for you:

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Shipping the bikes from Korea ended up being an exciting part of the trip for us. Neither of us expected to be riding through Korea but it ended up being a real highlight. This was still very expensive and ended up costing $1350 USD per bike. We then needed to buy our own flights from Seoul to Seattle.

Again, we relied on the help of a well known agent called Wendy Chow. I can also dig her details out if you need them.


Feel free to fire any other questions over. I'm more than happy to help.

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Old 02-11-2013, 02:15 AM   #194
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Hi I'm a 6 8" Swede who's going to go to Buenos Aires from Arizona or there abouts on a DRZ 400, will my knees die?
Good luck with the trip and may the force be with you.
Awesome repair by the way.

I think I'm with Grifter and Woodly on this one. I'm around 6ft and the bike feels about right for me. If possible, try to get out and do a few hours on a DRZ to see how it feels but I think you may well have to apply some of the mods listed by Grifter to make it a more comfortable ride.

The DRz is not really built for the long, high-speed highway stretches and without a screen on can at times be quite uncomfortable when you encounter strong winds. BUT... it's ability to get you anywhere and everywhere makes it a great choice of bike for Latin America. If you give yourself enough time you can avoid the long straight stretches and really explore South America properly. In hindsight I don't think I would have chosen a different bike.


Good luck.

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Old 02-11-2013, 07:34 PM   #195
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Hi Pedro!

Your trip sounds excellent and I hope the planning stage isn't too stressful for you.
Not at all, your report has been so helpfull, and we are so exited with this project...
Actually we are considering buying the bikes at florida (USA) and start traveling from there, can you imaging that an F800GS cost $22.000 dollars at Colombia and at the USA it cost just $12.000

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