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Old 02-17-2013, 12:43 PM   #121
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This is a short video of me jumping off a pier in La Paz. I filmed myself in the air and made some funny faces. The water was shallow but it all worked out.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=iacuf...e_gdata_player
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Old 02-21-2013, 06:56 PM   #122
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We are all moved in here in La Paz. Please have a look at the video below of us moving in, part getting stolen off the bike and Carnival in La Paz. Many more videos to come.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EnXbn...e_gdata_player
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Old 02-24-2013, 09:11 AM   #123
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Video 27 of our past week living in La Paz. Lots of snorkeling and finding a watch. I am now all up to date with the videos and pictures and for the first time on the trip everything is online.

Candice will be editing a much shorter best of video of the trip that should be much easier to watch.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hVhxu...e_gdata_player
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Old 02-26-2013, 10:31 AM   #124
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I am thinking of painting my black KLR650 desert camo. I want the bike to look shitty and scare people so it will not get stolen. I want to take off all the Kawasaki stickers because here in La Paz Mexico Kawasaki is the expensive brand. I also want to be seen on the road so I will put some orange tape on it.

Any suggestions? Is this a good idea. I am never going to sell the bike because I want to run it into the ground so painting shouldn't be an issue there.

This is the pattern i was to pain it (this is a different bike though)


This is my bike now
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Old 02-28-2013, 10:15 PM   #125
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I am building an improved version of my solar thermal device for third world countries here in La Paz Mexico. I am just waiting for the money to buy $50 of parts I need. This device can make water drinkable, turn salt water to fresh water, generate electricity, pump water to grow plants and more. It can be built very cheap out of mostly garbage. We will travel to poor villages and build and help them build this device. More testing here will improved the design. I am hoping to modify it so that it does not need to be adjusted to track the sun. I will test many different cheap ways of getting electricity from it and how much is generated. I will test the speed at which it can make fresh water from salt water.

Below is a link to the first test I did in July 2012

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The picture below is of my first design
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Old 03-07-2013, 03:25 PM   #126
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Video 28 of us living in La paz and our snorkel trip to Cabo Polmo.

We almost hit a cow on the road, ridng the sandy road was very difficult, sleeping in a lookout town, scary snorkeling in big waves, nice reef and lots of fish.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UbgMj...e_gdata_player
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Old 03-14-2013, 06:37 PM   #127
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Today is a great day for humanity. A few weeks ago someone stole my temperature gauge off my bike that was right in front of our house. Today I find this on my bike.



The temperature gauge just sitting on my bike wrapped in a note. I take the note off and this is what it looks like.



I am so sorry and welcome to la Soli. Really I am sorry.

Wow I was kinda pissed off that this guy stole my gauge but now he is a person to me with his own motivations. What a great guy to return it to me. I would really like to know the story of why he returned it. Was he a young kid and his mother made him give it back or did he meet me and feel bad. I will probably never know.

I have been on the bike so many times in the last few weeks and have looked at the spot were the temperature gauge was and wondered what temperature it was. Today for the first time I look down and know its 33 c.

Thank you temperature gauge thief I hope one day we meet so I can thank you for returning my gauge.
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Old 03-15-2013, 08:19 AM   #128
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I'm in!

Awesome journey so far. I like your simplicity of our travels not sure I could do that. There are always good people out there that happen to have a lapse in judgement.

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Old 03-15-2013, 08:55 AM   #129
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I'll bet his mother puffed up his ears for him and was forced to return it.......why else would you? It would be a neat thing to have or sell to someone else for chump change.
Sorry I have a very cinical way of thinking. I'm sure I would be better off perhaps thinking differently....?
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Old 03-15-2013, 12:36 PM   #130
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Sounds great, if you come to Paraguay, do not hesitate to contact. Cheers
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Old 03-15-2013, 04:44 PM   #131
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Thanks for the offer. We will let know when we get close.
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Old 03-15-2013, 04:50 PM   #132
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Dear Betty (our KLR motorcycle)

I picked you up and took you for your first ride exactly a year ago. We have traveled across Canada, Alaska, the continentail USA and Baja Mexico a total of 27,300km. You have been reliable over rough terrain overloaded like no KLR should be. You turn on everytime I push your buttons and you never let anyone one else ride you.

I protected you when the dinosaurs attacked (see picture below) so you owe me.



Heres to many more counties and a lifetime of more adventures.
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Old 03-15-2013, 06:03 PM   #133
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Alex, Check this site for the rear shock spring you NEED. Not sure if they'll ship to mexico. But if you need i can try and help you since i have connections with fedex. just shoot me a pm.

http://www.topgunmotorcycles.com/KLR...lrsprings.html

I went with the 8kgs one and suggest you go with the same since you're two up and heavily loaded. Trust me you need this spring! I left miami on my trip last year with my KLR with the rear squatting and not being able to stay on the stand just like yours not to mention it handled like crap. My rear tire also wore out very fast. All i used to install the spring was some ingenuity and a manual hydraulic press which i'm sure won't be hard to find down south. It was the best mod i made to my KLR. second best mod were the Race tech 52kgs fork springs i just put on along with new 15W fork oil which made the rear and front suspension match and work together. the bike went from night to day. it transformed my klr!!!! by the way race tech is in L.A. make sure to adjust that doo hickey every oil change, change the oil every 2k miles, i use the same stainless mesh oil filter you were looking at and have had 10k miles of trouble free oil changes with it. WD40 gets it nice and clean. i also run the same oil Mike recommended Rotella 15W40 and it works great for me. Look for diesel oil down there and make sure they have no friction modifiers. Def. get yourself a spare clutch cable and leave it routed and zip tied next to the current one, mine popped and i was back on the road in 15min for having a spare ready. Carry a extra set of front and rear brake pads as they like to go without warning, since i had a cheaper set go with under 3k miles. the friction material just feel off the steel plate. I've been using EBC since and at only $25 bucks a set they're well worth it. Keep your wheel bearings and stem bearings well greased with water proof grease, if you havent checked them DO IT! changing wheel bearings on the side of the road is not fun. As for tires i've found shinko 244's to handle great on and off road not to mention they are CHEAP! I got 9k miles out of my last rear and front still going. cheapest link i've found for them.

http://www.americanmototire.com/cata...th=200_921_925

Keep tabs on that UNI air filter specially if you're riding alot of dirt, i check mmine every oil change. you can use pantyhose as a pre-filter to help keep it cleaner. pine sol and water gets them really clean fast and in a pinch you can use motor oil to oil it. If you're running into low quality gas down there i suggest using some kind of injector/carb cleaner you mix with the gas. i like to use gumout but use what ever you can find and run it often, i usually run 3 full tanks back to back with cleaner mixed in at every oil change. it will keep you from having to tear your carb apart all the time to clean it. oil that chain DAILY!!!! and keep it adjusted correctly (a loose chain is more forgiving than a tight one) and you should be able to squeeze at least 10k+ out of it and the sprockets. By the way instead of buying a thick heavy clymers manual look around ebay i bought a PDF manual for my gen 1 KLR and had it emailed to me for $5 bucks

as for spares i like to carry a full carb rebuild kit, petcock rebuilt kit (i run a manual yamaha 660 atv petcock which is less troublesome than the vacuum kawasaki one), spare NGK iridium spark plug, spare front and rear wheel bearings, spare chain master links, spare headlight and tail light bulb, front and rear tubes, front and rear brake pads, clutch cable, front sprocket. this is off the top of my head but i'm sure there is more. I know it seems a bit much, but trust me i rather have all this and not need it than need it and not have it or have to pay a bunch of cash and wait weeks for it somewhere remote.

I really admire the spirit of your trip and what you and your girl are doing. I left miami 6 months ago with a similar idea of going all the way to patagonia to volunteer at a park but after i got to california i basically ran out of money and have been here trying to find work since. I have received tremendous help from the adv guys along the way and wouldn't have made it this far without this site. though i really wish people here were more understanding about people like us who do not agree with society and choose to leave everything behind to wonder around and live off our bikes. We're not on a vacation we're changing our lifes! To me selling all my crap, quitting my job and hitting the road was the best decision i ever made and i'm sure you feel same. I saw some of your videos and got good laughs and enjoyed them very much. Into the wild and the motorcycle diaries were a big influence on me as well. Not to mention the documentary "180 degrees south" not sure if you've seen it? I'll be following along your trip and like i said if i can help with anything shoot me a pm. I'll be in L.A for probably another week than i'm heading north to northern cali/oregon to look for work and escape this huge scary city.

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Old 03-19-2013, 12:03 PM   #134
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Hessian thanks for all that advice. I will be getting lots of parts and getting the KLR ready before we leave in the summer. I will see how much I can afford.
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Old 03-19-2013, 12:30 PM   #135
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My KLR can carry anything



I went to home depot on my bike to get supplies for my solar thermal device for third world countries. I bought some wood and a big pipe the hold time thinking I would have to get a cab to take it home. They cut it all and my longest piece was a 5 food piece of pipe. I though I will just TRY to fit this on the bike.



A nice guy from the store that spoke some english helped me with tape and string and 20 minutes laters the master piece was complete.



2 4ft 2 by 10
2 14 inch 2 by 6
3 3ft 2 by 6
1 4ft by 2ft 1/4 inch plywood sheet
1 5ft 2.3 inch diameter aluminum pipe
1 2.5ft 2.3 inch diameter aluminum pipe

First thing I do is pull out of my parking space wondering why a shopping cart is following me. The 5ft pipe hit it. I think wow I am wide now. The whole way home I tell myself I am as wide as a car. I get the short distance home (3km) with no problem and staying under 50km/h the whole time.
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