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Old 06-12-2013, 01:00 PM   #721
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Dumb fuckers! I wish all these people would need your help some day...then maybe they would see what pricks they are being
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Old 06-12-2013, 01:20 PM   #722
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If I had gone through that scenario you described I think my head may have popped, lol
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Old 06-12-2013, 01:48 PM   #723
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Bummer you had to experience 'South of the Border' border crossing in your home country!
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Old 06-12-2013, 02:32 PM   #724
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Bummer you had to experience 'South of the Border' border crossing in your home country!

'South of the Border' would have involved at least a modicum of charm.
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Old 06-12-2013, 02:59 PM   #725
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You can read the description. i suppose I could have just walked in with a gun and taken the bike.....other than that, not sure that i or Dakar could do anything to help.


Wow
That is quite a story
And completely opposite of my experience here in Madrid.
Everyone was friendly and helpful
I got three rides and help from strangers
And one stamp was Al I needed and the Flying Dutchman and I were reunited again.
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Old 06-12-2013, 02:59 PM   #726
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Wow, that whole mess you described with the a holes workers and all sounds just like my local Home Depot

Glad you got the bike and are safe back home, very nice report, how many miles were put on the bike, and whats the milage on it now?
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Old 06-12-2013, 03:11 PM   #727
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Been following from the beginning. Very cool ride and report. Seems like Oregon has been quite well represented in Central and South America lately.

Thought came to mind: Given the value of a DRZ with all the miles you racked up, and the shipping cost to get it back home, did you ever consider 'selling' it or parting it out down there? I know you couldn't have legally sold it, but could you have gotten some cash for it somehow--enough to make it a wash?
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Old 06-12-2013, 03:43 PM   #728
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The process of dealing with dics to get your bike back sounds like my normal weekday dealing with local building departments...hurry up and look busy so you don't have to help the only person in front of you. Oh well, welcome back





Hate to be that guy, but do you think when you have time you could go over some of your gear? what worked, what didn't, etc... I have a two month ride coming up and some first hand knowledge would be great
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Old 06-12-2013, 05:57 PM   #729
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Welcome back, great RR and no real problems with the DRZ, Suzukis rock.
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Old 06-12-2013, 08:36 PM   #730
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Welcome back, great RR and no real problems with the DRZ, Suzukis rock.
I noticed that too, which is why I'm now the happy owner of an '06 DRZ-SM.

All blame is firmly placed on this RR for convincing me to go that route. Great little bikes!!!
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Old 06-12-2013, 11:04 PM   #731
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I got so worked up by this and some other reports that I traded my Bonneville for a mint 09 DRZ. Now i got to learn dirt ridin'!
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Old 06-12-2013, 11:34 PM   #732
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I got so worked up by this and some other reports that I traded my Bonneville for a mint 09 DRZ. Now i got to learn dirt ridin'!
STOP! (puts fingers in ears...er...covers eyes). I've been staring at my R strangely, lately, too...
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Old 06-13-2013, 07:22 AM   #733
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STOP! (puts fingers in ears...er...covers eyes). I've been staring at my R strangely, lately, too...
I think all our bikes are a little edgy about us reading about such trouble free thrashing of a well built motorcycle that only needs sprockets after all that.
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Old 06-13-2013, 08:04 AM   #734
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2003 KLX 400 is the same bike for all who will now be looking for a drz they only made them one year. Lol
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Old 06-13-2013, 11:40 AM   #735
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I agree with all your comments guys. It is really too bad that my own country (that I am a citizen of) was one of the worst border crossings to date.

Alas, I must admit there are a lot of niceties that I am experiencing right now and loving every minute.
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