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Old 10-25-2013, 10:52 AM   #436
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Well you asked for it...





Here's Amy on her new wheels! We've gone out a few times now and she keeps coming back with an ear to ear grin, so I guess she likes it

It's an '82 Yamaha Virago 750

Heading to the mecca that is Revzilla in Philadelphia this coming Wednesday to get her the rest of her gear. Should be fun if my wallet doesn't spontaneously combust.

I'm actually looking forward to the future cafe racer that her bike will become once she finds her adventure bike next spring It's totally different and kinda fun to ride, in its own way.... It feels like you're going fast when you hit 45mph.....the speedo only goes to 80mph

Cheers,

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Old 10-25-2013, 12:06 PM   #437
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Permanent Instrument fix?

Hey Guys...this is waaaaaay to late and a bit off topic at this point but thought I'd send it your way regardless.
I was browsing some Spiegler Speedo's for a build Im planning and came across this:

http://www.spieglerusa.com/gauges-in...ets/m-tri.html

Not sure if Im reading the description right, but it sounds as though this handy little gadget would enable you to do away with that proprietary Instrument panel on the XC800.

Anyways....Travel safe...Stutgart looked awesome! Have a blast in Thailand...hit up the gulf instead of the westcoast if you've not been before....way less built up and somewhat less seedy....relatively speaking LOL! ;)
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Old 11-27-2013, 02:55 PM   #438
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I've only just discovered your ride report so you've probably been and gone again, but if not and there is anything we can do for you whilst in Melbourne (airport pick up, accommodation, garage space, whatever) let me know.
I've had a blast riding along with you both so it's the least I can do
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Old 11-28-2013, 12:34 AM   #439
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Bump, so it is easier to update then scanning the past on ?# pages.
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Old 11-28-2013, 07:53 PM   #440
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What an adventure!!

Wow, an amazing adventure. Thank you for taking the time to share with us.
From me, thank you for choosing a Wolfman Explorer Lite for your journey.
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Old 12-11-2013, 09:34 PM   #441
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G'day Craig and Patti,
Where the hell are you? Where is the bike? When are you coming up this way for a beer?

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Old 12-11-2013, 11:43 PM   #442
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Adventure trip! Report is very interesting.
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Old 12-15-2013, 02:27 AM   #443
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Discovering spirituality in SE Asia

It's been quite some time since we last checked in to ADV because we put the computer to the side while we lapped up some sunshine in Asia.

From the UK we flew to Phuket, Thailand for one last jaunt of unrestrained fun before the final leg home - but this is a ride report after all so I'm sure you don't want to see all our photos of mouth watering food, stiff cocktails and boat cruises. But what about lady boys?



We picked up a scooter for 4 a day and after a short stop-off for fuel...



We were on our way.



We dipped our feet in a nature park around Kathu waterfall in the heart of Phuket.





The Smile Club. The couple sleeping probably wouldn't be smiling if they caught us taking a photo of them sleeping









With the wind in our hair and the sun on our back we were very content just cruising around the island on the scooter. It lacked the top-end speed and grunt of the Liger but it did the job...well, most of the time. Half-way up this hill despite some encouragement with the crack of our imaginary whip the bike conked out and Patty had to walk it.



But once we were at the top Patty was able to take the scooter for a spin and get some confidence using the brakes on a bike without the added complication of using a clutch.



Careful of the monkeys with the elvis haircut



It doesn't take a genius to figure out why Thailand is also known as the Land of Smiles, but we wondered if there was more to it than just sunshine, good food and lady boys so we paid a visit to Wat Chalong Buddhist temple.







The guides highly recommended checking out the sunset at Cape Phromthep but the place was crawling with tourists so we got a quick snap and legged it.



It's the wet season in Thailand at the moment and the rain is so regular you can set your time to it. Overnight it was torrential and in the morning when we went to jump on the bike again we noticed some mud in the headlight.



The lady who hired us the bike was quick to jump in and tell us the bike had been knocked over in the storms and we would need to replace the air filter and oil. When she said that with such specificity we assumed the worst in a person and thought it was a scam to try and get more money out of us and we thought 'so that's how they can charge us 4 a day, by ripping us off for bogus damages'. We tried starting the bike and even though it came close to firing it wouldn't quite kick over. The lady had already called someone to come collect the bike so when she wasn't looking we wheeled it back to our hostel and I took the spark plugs out with my leatherman. After our bike drowning in Kazakhstan I knew a thing or two about flooded bikes

After taking the plugs out I could see they were wet so I dried them and put them back in but it wouldn't fire. I needed more tools than the leatherman to take it apart so I wheeled it up the road to a Honda shop.



They couldn't help me replace the wet paper filter because it was a Suzuki so I put it back together and tried somewhere else. 500 metres up the road we found someone who could do the job.





While we watched and waited a steady trickle of people with wet scooters came streaming in. We started to think maybe the lady who hired us the bike was right and maybe it did fall over during the night and it's not bogus.

Replacement filter, fuel, spark plugs and drying the carby cost 8 So much for all those pains we went to fix the bike ourselves! We had plans to hire a scooter and do ALL of Thailand so we asked this guy, knowing we'd be getting a well serviced bike but unfortunately he said the police would stop us as we tried to leave the island if we had a hire bike.

We went back to the lady in a different frame of mind and we felt totally dreadful for misjudging her and assuming the worst of her character. After that we got along fine and we met her husband and we struck up our idea of hiring a bike and they could write a letter saying we hired it off them to get us passed the police. That idea fell flat on it's face so we scrapped it and decided we would leave Asia for our next trip and do it all properly. This time we would just enjoy our time without the complication of looking after a bike all the time.

So for the next four days while I got my Open Water scuba certificate Patty visited Phi Phi Island by speedboat.



And why not get a tat while I'm at it. Thailand has that effect The original plan was to have six hours in the chair and another four the next day but after six hours the tattooist and I just looked at each other and went 'yep, lets do it' and we finished it that night at 2am after nine hours in the chair. I'm extremely happy with the result.





Now that we had resigned to the fact we were actually going home we found a flight online from Kuala Lumpur to Sydney for 90...so of course Malaysia became our next stop.

We didn't do any riding while in Penang but we spotted some bikes...well, sort of.





We visited Kek Lok Si monastery.





It was Diwali (Hindu festival) while we were in KL so we paid a visit to Batu Caves to join in the celebrations.



I really didn't want to leave Asia but alas the time had come

Back on home soil reality has kicked in a lot quicker than expected. While we were in Kyrgyzstan fixing the bike I got a call about a job and at the time it was a 'wait and see' discussion with no fixed commitments. Within a week of being back in Oz we caught up and they wanted me to start immediately so my big plan to ride from Melbourne went out the window. The good news is my detailing of the bike with a toothbrush paid off as it cleared quarantine without a steam clean.

The bike hasn't arrived yet but plans are underway for the full restoration/pimping to begin ad I'll post the results when it's all done
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Old 12-15-2013, 10:35 AM   #444
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Looks like an awesome time you two...

Thanks for the updates.

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Old 12-15-2013, 05:59 PM   #445
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Old 12-16-2013, 04:29 AM   #446
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Very nice! Pity that you have to finish earlier but on the other hand you probably know what are you up to, right? Congrats on the new job!



This reminds me the joke: "My Thai girlfriend says that a small penis is not an issue. I say that I would be happier if she didn't have one!"
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Old 12-17-2013, 04:57 AM   #447
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Amazing RR, makes me want to head out on my Tiger ASAP.

If you guys ever make it to the US, and find yourselves in Maine, let me know. I'd love to swap stories over some adult beverages.
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Old 01-09-2014, 10:51 PM   #448
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It's taken me hours to read this thread, all 30 pages of it and every minute has been well spent

The never say die spirit can achieve amazing things, and the rebirthed Liger is testament to that
I've done some crazy rides but I take my hat off to you both for this trip

I'm about to pickup a near new Tiger in the States and ride the wheels off it for a couple of years. If I have half the determination you have both shown then I'll cope just fine

Thanks for taking the time to share and remember the only reason you are back at work is to raise enough funds for the next trip

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Old 01-11-2014, 11:09 PM   #449
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It's taken me hours to read this thread, all 30 pages of it and every minute has been well spent

The never say die spirit can achieve amazing things, and the rebirthed Liger is testament to that
I've done some crazy rides but I take my hat off to you both for this trip

I'm about to pickup a near new Tiger in the States and ride the wheels off it for a couple of years. If I have half the determination you have both shown then I'll cope just fine

Thanks for taking the time to share and remember the only reason you are back at work is to raise enough funds for the next trip

Glen
Hi Glen, glad you liked the report and I hope there was something in it that you might find useful in your trip.

Dead right! We're working to save for the next trip....and rebuild the liger

Best of luck on the road mate.
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Old 01-11-2014, 11:38 PM   #450
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Rebuilding the Liger Part 1

The bike arrived shortly before Christmas and the guy who dropped it off said he's delivered a lot of bikes in his time but none quite like this. He joked and said we should keep it the way it is but I doubt the road authorities would see it that way.

In Mongolia a stress fracture developed in the frame opposite where it was cracked from the accident. I'd say a combination of bumps, pillion, luggage and the weld on the other side took out some flex to cause it. It's hard to make out in this pic but it's about 5mm long.



I called a frame specialist in Sydney and he said he needs everything off it except the engine, swing arm and front forks. So I did just that. All the parts laid out on Patty's step dads garage floor, and I'm proud to say every part came off with the tools from my standard kit.



As bits came off I thought 'I can upgrade this', 'I can paint that' and 'that can stay off'



I had to put rags in every conceivable hole because wasps kept building mud nests in them. I can't let a mud nest in a radiator hose bring me undone once it's all back together again







The hardest part about taking it all apart was pulling the electrical plugs apart. Fine grit got into them and made it very, very difficult to pull apart.

Locked and loaded for delivery.

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