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Old 04-15-2014, 07:10 PM   #1
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Eek Riding through the Americas

Two years ago a vague plan for an adventure of significance began to form. Slowly at first but with increasing momentum as I trolled through hours and hours of ADVRider and other motorcycle threads. GOT TO DO THIS before its too late, too old or just run out of steam. CARPE DIEM (the only latin that ever made any sense to me).

So to those who went before, motivated and informed me and for those who will follow, are still thinking about it, or for many who will spend their time following by computer......ENJOY my ride through the Americas (Top to Bottom) on my tried and trusty Kawasaki KLR 650 for as long as it takes (or the money holds out), but I guesstimate about 18 to 24 months.

Doing it as cheaply as I can, cause essentially are'nt all KLR riders cheap. LOL. I'm trying for real time reporting but won't always have the connection so please bare with me and send out the rescue party if you havent heard in a month.

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Old 04-15-2014, 08:25 PM   #2
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Ok, sounds great! Most of all have fun and ride safe. Looking forward to your ride.
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Old 04-15-2014, 08:39 PM   #3
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Thanks Mcgee

Hope you find the trip interesting
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Old 04-15-2014, 09:10 PM   #4
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Laugh Leaving town

So here I am saying goodbye to my family and girlfriend and as I pass through the airport check in my head keeps playing that oldies song...."Well I'm leaving on a jet plane, don't know when I'll be back again...." , yes I do know that it dates me.

Suddenly I am been told by a bored looking customs official to take off my shoes and I find myself smiling, as if I would smuggle something in my shoes. They gave me a wave and I was headed for the USA via Dakar...kinda appropriate don't you think?

16 hrs later I land at Dulles airport, Washington DC. Gritty eye and tousled headed I mumble the answers to a young customs guy, the first of at least three checks. I pick up my bag and walk out to meet Inhousebob. There is snow on the ground and its about 4 degrees celcius.

Bobs welcome is warm. The "Nigerian Prince" has arrived.

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Old 04-16-2014, 06:22 AM   #5
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About time!

We are all looking forward to following along. Travel safe and have awesome adventures, my friend!
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Old 04-16-2014, 07:00 AM   #6
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Welkom heet!

No, it is not that KLR riders are cheap, it is just that we are economical and make proper use of the resources available, without being pretentious!

Safe travels and enjoy the hospitality of the USA!
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Old 04-16-2014, 08:54 AM   #7
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Hi Bob
Yes it took a little time, but we're up and running. Now its about learning to type faster. LOL. Your and the families support meant a great start to the trip. MANY THANKS. I hope in can reciprocate some day.
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Old 04-16-2014, 08:57 AM   #8
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Ag baie dankie man.

You must be Houston friend of Xdragracer. Welcome aboard.
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Old 04-16-2014, 09:16 AM   #9
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Good Luck and ride safe!
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Old 04-16-2014, 09:47 AM   #10
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Some background

It was more economical to buy a KLR in the USA than to ship mine over. For some months I had been searching the internet for a likely "stead" but invariably lost the good ones to local buyers. One such buyer was Inhousebob who beat me to a reasonably well farkled bike in Virginia. Cutting a long story short I bought his "old" 2011 KLR with all the essential mods already done (torsion doohickey, drill through subframe upgrade, thermabob) plus a few more smaller items like EM sprocket nut and magnetic drain plug. The bike had no name and 5300 miles on the clock.

The KLR riders in Virginia have a great group if they can be judged by the people I met. Really nice helpful guys each one of them. Alpheus undertook to bring the bike up to standard for a long trip. CHECK OUT his work on the KLR 650.net forum under "Prepping for a long ride" .... please someone insert a link as I am still too inefficient with this tablet to get it done myself. THANKS

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Old 04-16-2014, 09:49 AM   #11
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Thanks for your kind wishes. Hope you follow along with me.
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Old 04-16-2014, 10:13 AM   #12
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Thanks and hope you enjoy the ride with me
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Old 04-16-2014, 12:42 PM   #13
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Alpheus undertook to bring the bike up to standard for a long trip. CHECK OUT his work on the KLR 650.net forum under "Prepping for a long ride" .... please someone insert a link as I am still to inefficient with this tablet to get it done myself. THANKS
Here's the link to the "build" of Peter's KLR650:

http://www.klr650.net/forums/showthread.php?t=118481

Bon Voyage and Godspeed, Peter!
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Old 04-16-2014, 04:12 PM   #14
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Thanks Mcgee

Welcome. Not sure why I am screwing up this reply, but welcome anyway
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Old 04-16-2014, 07:01 PM   #15
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All you guys get to have your usernames? I am a member of so many forums I can't count and I am always able to use my name. O well 1st time for everything.

Oh yea Pete good luck on your trip. Keep ur eye on the fuel level...
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