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Old 12-08-2013, 07:14 AM   #46
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Thanks for sharing, you have some amazing photos.
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Old 12-08-2013, 07:54 AM   #47
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Thanks. Great report. Great pix.

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Old 12-08-2013, 09:22 AM   #48
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Thanks so much for sharing...... The photos reminded me of my first ride down there in 1973,,,,,,, thanks!!!!!!
"I am in California, but my brain spends 90% of it's time in South America"

Over 27,000 miles in South America -- which is NOT enough!

Here is a link to the South American Ride Report...

Trip Index Page.... If you are interested in one spot in South America, you can click on this link and go directly to your point of interest.
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Old 12-08-2013, 09:31 AM   #49
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Old 12-08-2013, 11:08 AM   #50
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Thanks. Awesome pics. Love the old Vancouver m/c shop pic.
As an old air-head guy, did you ever cross paths with Lawrence Bird, from Brandon Manitoba?
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Old 12-09-2013, 10:36 AM   #51
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Thanks a million for taking the time to share. I'm blown away by the quality of the pics.
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you are safer in 99% of Northern Mexico than you are in 99% of Jacksonville, FL.
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Old 12-09-2013, 02:58 PM   #52
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outstanding !

simply outstanding ! .... thank you for posting this

some streets and buildings in Mazatlan and Puerto Vallarta are still the same, or close to it .... I rode a CJ360T back then - but only in BC !

really enjoyed this
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Old 12-09-2013, 04:02 PM   #53
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I didn’t really know Lawrence Bird but I met him briefly in his Brandon, Manitoba Yamaha-BMW shop at Phil Funnell’s suggestion (and no doubt with Phil’s hand-drawn directions, pre-GPS); that was during my first coast-to-coast ride in 1974. When Phil was Canada’s #1 BMW retailer in the mid-1970s, Phil would jokingly address letters, pre-email, to his friend Lawrence as “Dear #2 Dealer”.

More info on Lawrence here:

Of course Lawrence had the last laugh, continuing as a BMW dealer long after Phil left the business.

Since we are off-topic anyway, another shop that I passed by on that trip at Phil’s suggestion was David Hannigan’s shop Center Cycle on Circle Drive in Saskatoon. David was also kind and helpful to me, a kid just turned twenty, even giving me a bed for the night and taking some parts off his own bike to get me on my way. In the late 1970s David became a Toronto BMW dealer for many years. Then he moved to the USA where he manufactures fairings, sidecars, and trikes at:

All their stickers are still on my toolbox:

Off topic but fun.
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Old 12-09-2013, 04:08 PM   #54
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Simply wonderful. Thank you.
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Old 12-09-2013, 04:41 PM   #55
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Thanks for taking the time to create such a great historical document.

Just plain excellent....
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Old 12-10-2013, 02:27 AM   #56
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I was up in the Alps on a T140 with a tent and throw overs, back then
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Old 12-10-2013, 05:32 AM   #57
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This is awesome. Thanks for sharing these amazing photos and your story. It's like a time capsule.
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Old 12-10-2013, 06:19 AM   #58
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thanks for the Lawrence Bird memories.
i still have a Yamaha brochure from his Brandon store.
1967. Priced via Lawrence's handwriting.
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Old 12-10-2013, 05:42 PM   #59
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Great report with some great history brought back with your photos. Recognized a few places in your pics . . . not the least of which was the Hotel Hacienda de Cobos in Guanajuato. I stayed in the room at the bottom left corner of your pic below - hasn't changed much.

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Information on travelling in Latin America.
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Old 12-10-2013, 06:22 PM   #60
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This is a fantastically engaging photo set - I really enjoyed it. Thanks for writing it up!
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