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Old 09-25-2012, 09:59 AM   #1
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Stuck in La Paz, Baja

My brother and I left the UP of Michigan about 3 weeks ago on a KLR650 and a DR650 with plans of making it to Tierra del Fuego. We've made it down to Todos Santos, Baja Mexico, but my oil guzzling KLR seized up just short of La Paz. I hitched a ride the rest of the way in and went to the mechanic. The camshaft is done (there are a few other things that are needed on the list as well).

All the parts ordered through the mechanic would cost me $1,500 (so that doesn't include labor). At that price, I count it as totaled.

So now I'm stuck in La Paz looking for help. I could use a donor KLR650. Mine is a 2000, so I think the years that are compatible for my most expensive broken part (11008-1297 HEAD-COMP-CYLINDER) are 1997-2007. If anyone knows KLR650s and if I can use other years or anything, I'm kind of desperate here.

Or, I guess I'm looking for a new enduro. So if anyone is around La Paz or Mazatlan or not too far from there that can sell me something cheap to get me to Argentina, that'd also be good.

This is my first long motorcycle journey, so I'm new to this, but it'd be a shame to end it so soon.
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Old 09-25-2012, 10:19 AM   #2
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Give Chris Haines a call( see contact information below). One of his guides, Pepe, is a resident of La Paz and might be able to help. Pepe is a great guy!

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Old 09-25-2012, 10:25 AM   #3
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Kawasaki parts are not cheap in Mexico i think there is only one importer, my recommendation, buy the parts online, ebay or something. send them to San Diego, get on a bus to pick them up, that way you'll save some dollars. plan B, get to main land get the ferry to mazatlan i think it will be easier to find anything in main land, to be in la paz is like to be on an island. once in mazatlan contact some one in Guadalajara is on of the 3 biggest citys in mexico. there are a lot of klrs in mexico may be buy one used. this is like mexican ebay http://mercadolibre.com

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Old 09-25-2012, 10:57 AM   #4
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....you might post here on this thread, if you have a Paypal account and solicit donations.
No promises but can't hurt to try...
Best to post a pic or two to show you're the real deal as well.
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Old 09-25-2012, 11:01 AM   #5
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Old 09-25-2012, 01:34 PM   #6
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buy the parts online, ebay or something. send them to San Diego, get on a bus to pick them up, that way you'll save some dollars.
This is the best idea. You are still close to San Diego, only a long bus ride or short flight away.

Or you could even sell the bike, bus it up to SD and pick up another bike. Plenty of DRZ's, DR650's and KLR's for sale in SoCal.
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Old 09-25-2012, 01:44 PM   #7
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hello

I am Nathans big brother. We actually have a site set up http://endurobros.com
and a fundsite
http://http://www.indiegogo.com/proj...2197?a=1090001
any help (even just visiting the indiegogo ) is huge.
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Old 09-25-2012, 01:45 PM   #8
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another try

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Old 09-25-2012, 01:56 PM   #9
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I am Nathans big brother. We actually have a site set up http://endurobros.com
and a fundsite
http://http://www.indiegogo.com/proj...2197?a=1090001
any help (even just visiting the indiegogo ) is huge.
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hello, ..... so did you get all the pieces of the broken doohickey removed when you were in Colorado? ...or is there more time bombs waiting in that engine?....you get what I am saying....

from your blog...
"He was even able to help me through a doohickey replacement, which is arguably necessary with all KLRs. Turns out mine was broken and probably had been for a while. Without the change, my bike was just waiting to self destruct.""


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Old 09-25-2012, 03:25 PM   #10
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Thanks for the responses, guys. I'll try posting things in their proper place from now on. I'm still figuring things out.

The website I've posted most of the trip on so far is www.endurobros.com

If you can help with a couple of dollars http://igg.me/p/212197?a=1090001 anything is appreciated. I expected upkeep costs, but this is a bit beyond that.

Heading back up to San Diego to get the replacement parts doesn't seem to be in the cards just because it'd take too long. Waiting for the parts to ship wouldn't work for the same reason... people down here, local and expat, say that even "overnight" is far from.

We've asked a couple local shops and one said he might have a donor not too far away, but that still seems a long shot. I think we're to the point where we're looking for different bike to finish the job.

I'm waiting on a response from Pepe, but it looks likely at this point that we're going to head to Mazatlan and look for a bike in mainland Mexico.

Thanks again for all the advice!
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Old 09-26-2012, 05:22 PM   #11
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How is $1,500 totaled? A KLR capable of getting to South America will cost you $2.5 to $3k in the US and $4K in Mexico if you can find one, and it has straight paperwork. Labor shouldnt be that bad. You can have the entire engine rebuilt for $100-200 labor in Mexico. Also, if you abandon the bike, what are you going to do about the TVIP and how are you going to register and plate the new Mexican bike? Better to fix what you got.
This is good advice. Finding another KLR in Mexico is easy. Finding one with straight papers that you can register in your name AND that isn't completely thrashed for anything less than a fortune is NOT EASY. Bikes cost a lot more down here than they do in the states... especially if they're legal and in good condition. With the number of border crossings you have ahead of yourself, you want your papers to be straight. Labor to fix stuff here is cheap. Just make sure your wrench knows what he's doing. A lot of them down here DON'T. I vote to fix what you got. If you're that close to the states don't ship anything. It'll take 1+ weeks even if it's overnighted and stands a decent chance of not showing up. You'll get dinged for duty on whatever you ship too. Once you factor in food and lodging it's cheaper to just fly or bus up to SD, buy what you need and fly or bus back. Not cheap, just cheaper.

Inspiration:
http://sandiego.craigslist.org/ssd/mcy/3277520982.html

Here's what KLRs cost in Guad:
http://www.anumex.com/result.jsp?reg...0&keywords=klr

...a lot.
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Old 09-26-2012, 07:47 PM   #12
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I agree with what was said. Go to the States by bus (Bus are cheap) after ordering the parts pick them up and come back. There are very few parts for a KLR in Mexico. I tried getting sprokets and it would take 3-4 weeks (Mexican weeks which can be much longer) You have no idea if a donor bike will have useable parts and will waste more time finding out. Things don't move fast here in Mexico and people work on a different time frame.
I feel sorry you had the problem but the best solution has been given in various posts just do it.
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Old 09-26-2012, 09:20 PM   #13
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This is the best idea. You are still close to San Diego, only a long bus ride or short flight away.

Or you could even sell the bike, bus it up to SD and pick up another bike. Plenty of DRZ's, DR650's and KLR's for sale in SoCal.
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Exactly the right thing to do. ... or find a friendly Canadian headed North with room in his Toy Hauler. Get it to the US side, trade or sell cheap and buy another bike. Plenty around. SoCal ain't the UP. You can have another bike in a day or two.

Good luck! Nothing in Mexico will be cheap in terms of buying a bike. But LABOR is very cheap ... except not so much in La Paz ... Gringo prices for Gringos.
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Old 09-26-2012, 10:22 PM   #14
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OP, you're not thinking clearly. First, your bike is not totaled at all based on what you're saying. Others have made that point clearly.

Second, if you want to keep riding south your options are limited: you can fix the bike you've got, or you can buy another. If buying another, you'll save a thousand bucks easily and have a much better chance of getting a reasonable bike in California. If you think that's too much trouble, you haven't thought about how much trouble (in addition to money) buying locally will be. It sounds like you think you're a long way from home. You're not. Home is right next door. If this happened in Patagonia, THAT"S a long way from home.

Lastly, you had a bike burning or blowing a lot of oil.....you knew this, yet ran it dry? Or did I misunderstand this part? Whatever: you will want to get a grip on this part of traveling by motorcycle: you can't just ignore serious maintenance issues without paying the price. I'm not clear why anyone would donate cash to your cause if you can't describe convincingly what you're doing differently to prevent the same thing from happening again. There are a lot of ways to trash a motorcycle, and only a few ways to treat them right (IMHO). If you want a bike which won't let you down in ways you can't even imagine, you've got to treat it right.

Hope that's helpful. If not, please feel free to ignore.

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Old 09-27-2012, 12:21 PM   #15
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Buy a good, used DR650 in SoCal for $3k and share spares with your friend.
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