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Old 02-16-2014, 08:55 AM   #3706
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Hey Eagletalon,

It keeps on going. Here's another one from today.



I can't believe the Sherpa keeps humming down these long lonely highways as I explore the lunar landscape. One cylinder, 50,000 miles. I bow to the Kawasaki goddess. This bike is unstoppable. I have thrown every obstacle in its path (smashed forks from bad unloading procedure in the Darien, smacked and grabbed by the Colombian police and thrown in prison for three weeks, tossed in the ditch last week by a wide swinging Peruvian bus. The list goes on.)

Anyone who poo poos Kawasaki in favour of BMW, KTM, or Suzuki be my guest. I know what my next bike's gonna be.

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Juan Kawasaki

PS. well okay, maybe a Yamaha WR250R or Honda CRF250L
Nice , I like the second one better due to the lack of powerlines . A question for you , on those long empty stretches ,how fast are you running ? If you got your Speedo fixed that is . I just ask out of how hard the sherpa is being turned day after day , on open highway I run mine about 63 on open highway which I avoid but sometimes you just have to take .After this trip , Kansas is going to look claustrophobic .
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Old 02-16-2014, 09:05 AM   #3707
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So......

You are saying that if somebody tried to give you a WR250R you wouldn't take it?
John glad you are having a good time. Do you plan on spending any time at your home in Nebraska this Summer? I am going to make a concerted effort to ride up and see you this year.
That terrain you are at now is flat and dry. I bet they have some horrible wind storms there. Be careful!

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Old 02-16-2014, 09:07 AM   #3708
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Oh yeah,

I always thought they faked the moon landing in Quatar. Looking at these pictures though.....
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Old 02-16-2014, 02:22 PM   #3709
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Nice , I like the second one better due to the lack of powerlines . A question for you , on those long empty stretches ,how fast are you running ? If you got your Speedo fixed that is . I just ask out of how hard the sherpa is being turned day after day , on open highway I run mine about 63 on open highway which I avoid but sometimes you just have to take .After this trip , Kansas is going to look claustrophobic .
Hi Hawk62cj5,

I don't have a speedo. It registers 0 since it's not hooked up to anything. I run the Sherpa flat out for long periods of time out here in the desert. Probably 65ish.

It still isn't using oil after 50,000 miles give or take. I am the guinea pig doing research and development. I wouldn't worry too much about wringing the sherpa's neck. It seems to be able to take it.

Saludos,
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Old 02-16-2014, 02:26 PM   #3710
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You are saying that if somebody tried to give you a WR250R you wouldn't take it?
John glad you are having a good time. Do you plan on spending any time at your home in Nebraska this Summer? I am going to make a concerted effort to ride up and see you this year.
That terrain you are at now is flat and dry. I bet they have some horrible wind storms there. Be careful!

Doug
Hi Doug,

I doubt if I'll be home much this summer. I found a guy to mow the lawn in exchange for building a patio cover on his back deck.

The wind down here reminds me of home. And yes, I'll take your WR since you're feeling generous.

Just kidding.

Saludos,
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Old 02-16-2014, 03:02 PM   #3711
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Followed Ruta 1 down the coastline in Northern Chile. Really beautiful day:



The wind was really howling off the Pacific, so when I saw a sign pointing east to a desert oasis named Pica, I headed that way. Missed a turn and ended up at a salt mine out in a huge dry lake bed:



the guard at the shack told me to head back a ways and take the funky road over the mountains. So that’s what I did. Really desolate out here:



I stopped to take a break and listen to the silence. Nothing lives out here. No plants, no animals, no people, no insects. Really peaceful. So much so that I laid down in the shade of the bike and took a nap. Got up after an hour or so and continued on. I had no real idea where I was or if I would find a gas station any time soon. Eventually this road ran into the Pan-Am highway 5 and there was a gas station at the little pueblo of Victoria, thank goodness. You could see the green oasis 20 miles away on the side of the mountain.

Stopped for the night at a nice place called O’higgins Hostal across the street from the Catholic church:



and near the shady town center:



Pica is a quaint little place. There are hot springs around somewhere, so might have to go have a soak.

Hasta Mañana,
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Old 02-16-2014, 04:16 PM   #3712
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John,is checked(rechecked) the crf250l weighs in at 320 at the curb vs the super sherpa at 282 ,so the crf maybe minmalist but not light in weight.
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Old 02-16-2014, 04:23 PM   #3713
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Hey JD, we are in the same country again. In Santiago then heading south on tuesday morning.


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Old 02-16-2014, 04:55 PM   #3714
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Hey JD, we are in the same country again. In Santiago then heading south on tuesday morning.


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Hi René,

Nice to hear from you! You're just down the road. I've been reading your excellent ride report.

Keep up the good work.

Saludos,
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Old 02-17-2014, 03:51 AM   #3715
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That photo of your bike in the desert looked a lot like the images from the Mars rover that nasa is posting. :-)

Can't wait for more. Be safe.
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Old 02-18-2014, 09:21 PM   #3716
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I was worried that your bike was caput today because on the super sherpa thread they were asking about a cylinder for a sherpa that was broke down in SA . I think its Hektoglider but havnt had it comfirmed yet , hope he gets it back going on the cheap .
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Old 02-18-2014, 09:50 PM   #3717
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I was worried that your bike was caput today because on the super sherpa thread they were asking about a cylinder for a sherpa that was broke down in SA . I think its Hektoglider but havnt had it comfirmed yet , hope he gets it back going on the cheap .
Hi Hawk62cj5,

Yeah, that is Hekto down the way in Puerto Montt. His Sherpa was using oil and he tore it down and found a scored barrel. I think I'll head down and see if I can be of service. It's just down the road. He thinks it happened when the vacuum port on his intake lost a screw blocking it and the motor ran lean or sucked something in. The crank, bottom end and top end are fine, so just a matter of replacing the barrel and rings and some gaskets.

I woke up yesterday with an intestinal bug and have been laying low for the last couple days. I have found when you're alone in a foreign country feeling queasy, it is best to hang out in a comfortable bed, with HBO, fast internet and a hot shower rather than torturing yourself trying to ride.

Saludos,
Juan de la Mala Salud
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Old 02-19-2014, 01:01 AM   #3718
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Hope you get to feeling better. I'm still following along enjoying your photos and insight.
It's was a good decision staying out of Venezuela seems to be in even more turmoil at the moment.
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Old 02-19-2014, 01:21 AM   #3719
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Hope you get to feeling better real soon. Stay hydrated
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Old 02-19-2014, 02:36 AM   #3720
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Hope you get to feeling better real soon. Stay hydrated
Thanks. I feel much better this morning, but think I'll stay in this desert oasis one more day before heading south. It's a nice place with friendly people and perfect weather. It's not like torture or anything recuperating in a place like this.

more later.....
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