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Old 09-09-2013, 04:18 PM   #1696
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I just want to tell you how inspiring you guys are. I've been following your trip for months now, and have just been amazed with your perseverance and overall ability to live in the moment.

I have always wanted to do something like this (although with less challenges than you guys have had I hope! ) but life as they say, gets in the way.... It's inspiring and uplifting to read your report and "ride along with you" and look forward to someday doing something like this myself. It's "chicken soup for the soul" as it were.

Keep up the great reporting, and I hope you're able to continue living the dream forever.
Thanks man really appreciate it, yeah some things we coulda done without but apparently it makes you stronger, having said that if I find the bastid that said "what doesn't kill you makes you stronger" ... I will kill em

We are just normal working class people who saved hard cos we really wanted it so it is easy enough to do
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Old 09-09-2013, 04:57 PM   #1697
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R2R (Ready 2 Race) KTM of Medellin - Legends!!

A plug for R2R KTM, so often you only hear of people who are unhappy about something and we have been in that boat too, so credit where it is due to R2R, KTM dealerships in New Zealand take note!!!

R2R welcomed us in which was very nice.

We were trying to organise ourselves and get shit together as far as a hotel that we can take our gear to then store the moto when Maya was done, this was proving difficult for moto storage.

Andres the shop manager helped us pointing us in the right direction and also said no problem with storing our panniers and riding gear, also when Maya was finished we could leave her in the shop at night and take her out during the day .... perfect we only needed to get us sorted which we did, we grabbed some shorts, tees and toilet gear and sorted.

R2R set to and gave Maya the wash of her life, when we returned she was so clean I looked straight past her to see where she was!! ... oooops

Their tech then opened her up and measured all the clearances, the 4 inlets were in spec and the 4 exhausts were all out of spec with to bigger gap so we got 4 new shims.

While the open heart surgery was being done they fitted the flexijets which means we can adjust the primary mixture circuit to help compensate for altitude changes from sea level to 5600 metres or about 18000 ft.

The rear shock had been knocking as well so we had this re oiled and re gased so now it works better and does not knock anymore so that is one more thing off my mind.

They have gear and accessories and a good selection of it



Maya shiny and new at the edge of the workshop



A showroom full of bikes, many V twins including the new 1190 and 1190 R



On top of all of that Andres noted I was wearing a smelly shirt and we were discussing what to wash, he appeared shortly afterward with a R2R KTM tee shirt with a 950 Super Enduro on the front, gratis, my first official piece of KTM bling which I had to travel to South America to get ... it has now become my best going out shirt.

I also needed some new summer gloves having tortured my Klim gloves to near death, I have already repaired them in Nicaragua but the palm has split open, I looked and looked in town and through the other big moto shops to find the KTM gloves were the strongest through the palm of the hand and the pricing the same or less than other good name brands so I bought the KTM gloves from them too .... second official piece of KTM bling for when the Klims get too stuffed to wear.

To sum up, R2R (Ready 2 Race) KTM in Medellin did a superb job and looked after us very well and certainly going the extra mile service wise looking after our gear etc cos lets face it the local punter doesn’t rock in with a bike covered in Colombia and needing to store house and contents so we can appreciate we are a bigger pain in the arse to start with, also Andres and David both speak English so discussing moto stuff was as simple as it could get with a lack of communication being a non event.

A huge thanks to Andres and David and their team who made us feel very welcomed and sorted Maya out for everything we needed to get done.

When you need to get something done in Medellin, here are the details.



No excuse not to find them



Maya finished and ready to ride, down the access ramp and out



The R2R Team with us



The two guys who made the the whole R2R experience great, from left to right Andres, me (but ya knew that) and David, all in all the service was simply outstanding, Andres is the top dog shop manager and David is the service manager, I can only dream of service like this for New Zealand.



Thanks guys you rock

Finally the drongo that causes all the trouble with his flash as new shirt and gloves ...flash as Michael Jackson (was)

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Old 09-09-2013, 06:42 PM   #1698
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thanks again andi for the updates.

ok, i am almost convinced to add colombia to my bucket list......

btw...forget the ktm shirt. i haven't seen pics of the colombian senoritas....

that will seal the deal......




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Old 09-09-2013, 07:31 PM   #1699
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Booked our flights

Hey you two we booked our flights to Panama City finally! We leave Vancouver Sept 23 and fly to Bogota Sept 24. Your pics of Colombia look amazing. We can not wait to get the bikes there. We will back track to Cartegena then head west and south. We just watched the Anthony Bordain show on eating in Medallin looks yum! We might catch you up by ? Peru. We have to be in Santiago by Dec 13. Look out for Trevor Angel super Tenere and Clive Rayman 650 GS for us and say hi.





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Old 09-09-2013, 07:42 PM   #1700
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That would have to be one of, if not THE, most amazing pic I've ever seen.

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Old 09-09-2013, 07:54 PM   #1701
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thanks again andi for the updates.

ok, i am almost convinced to add colombia to my bucket list......

btw...forget the ktm shirt. i haven't seen pics of the colombian senoritas....

that will seal the deal......





..... message received and understood ... will take that broken camera out again
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Old 09-09-2013, 07:58 PM   #1702
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Hey you two we booked our flights to Panama City finally! We leave Vancouver Sept 23 and fly to Bogota Sept 24. Your pics of Colombia look amazing. We can not wait to get the bikes there. We will back track to Cartegena then head west and south. We just watched the Anthony Bordain show on eating in Medallin looks yum! We might catch you up by ? Peru. We have to be in Santiago by Dec 13. Look out for Trevor Angel super Tenere and Clive Rayman 650 GS for us and say hi.





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Great news, you will hate Colombia, great people, nice food, motorcycle heaven, this now being the best so far

We may be in Bogota around this date to get a new shoe for the back wheel, also my birthday on the 25th Sept so looking for somewhere to celebrate my 2 birthday on the run

Just depend on what happens next few days

(edit), Cartagena is seriously overated, stinking hot, muggy and expensive compared to the rest of the place, unless you HAVE to or REALLY want to there is far more to do and see away from there that is superior...just our take .. actually a few others as well but only speaking for ourselves here.
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Old 09-09-2013, 08:02 PM   #1703
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That would have to be one of, if not THE, most amazing pic I've ever seen.

Thanks man, I did my hair especially so it is nice to be noticed

I have to say I love it too.
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Old 09-09-2013, 09:26 PM   #1704
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Thanks man, I did my hair especially so it is nice to be noticed

I have to say I love it too.
Did your HAIR!! Bahahhahh!!....Which ONE?!!
Sorry Mate, couldn't resist!
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Old 09-10-2013, 06:34 AM   #1705
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Did your HAIR!! Bahahhahh!!....Which ONE?!!
Sorry Mate, couldn't resist!
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yeah one has to be happy about having a solar panel and rain detector built in .....love short hair ...no such thing as a good hair day in a helmet
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A birthday celebration in Bogota sounds great! Plus we can add Daniel's for oct 26 too. How weird is it that we are driving to Kamloops next week and you need your air filter for Maya picked up there! Spooky!

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A birthday celebration in Bogota sounds great! Plus we can add Daniel's for oct 26 too. How weird is it that we are driving to Kamloops next week and you need your air filter for Maya picked up there! Spooky!

Cheers Sara
... I am liking spooky now having all the stars align just when we needed them too

Yeah second birthday on the run, can't believe I will be 22

We have a contact for Heidenau if you want rubber too, right there in Bogota.

Looking forward to catching up
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Yeah second birthday on the run, can't believe I will be 22
So what you're saying is it's not the years as much as the mileage that makes you look that way....


Love following your adventure and superior photography skills there, keep it up.
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Old 09-11-2013, 08:30 PM   #1709
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So what you're saying is it's not the years as much as the mileage that makes you look that way....


Love following your adventure and superior photography skills there, keep it up.
Busted ... yeah been riding for 34 years and and I am 22

I just had a nutha haircut tonight so most greys went to the tin, the famous saying of "you are only as old as the woman you feel" isn't working anymore either cos she is 45 now .... might chase some of these hot young Colombian lusties

Ouwh and the camera has been playing up again ....more to come
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Busted ... yeah been riding for 34 years and and I am 22

I just had a nutha haircut tonight so most greys went to the tin, the famous saying of "you are only as old as the woman you feel" isn't working anymore either cos she is 45 now .... might chase some of these hot young Colombian lusties

Ouwh and the camera has been playing up again ....more to come
Chase them all you want and take more photo's while you are at it.
Suggest not catching one though, I have heard the experience is a little like a cross between catching a tiger by the tail and a jogging in a hurricane.
You end up very bruised, bloodied, and homeless!
And that's before your wife gets hold of you!
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