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Feb 15th 2016, 12:37 PM   #31
 rodeo's Avatar
 
  Jan 2016
  Olympia

how is the bike holding up? I have a 690 that I'm equipping for a tour around Utah. I'd be interested in hearing your thoughts on the bike and gear that you've taken. =)
Feb 15th 2016, 06:51 PM   #32
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  Jan 2016
  The Dalles

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how is the bike holding up? I have a 690 that I'm equipping for a tour around Utah. I'd be interested in hearing your thoughts on the bike and gear that you've taken. =)
The bike has performed perfectly. This is a little vid I made on bike prep:

Feb 22nd 2016, 05:24 PM   #33
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  Feb 2016
  Washington

Hello Blackdog... come in Blackdog.... earth to Blackdog, come in please....


I'm a little concerned about Blackdog. Haven't heard from him in a week.
Feb 22nd 2016, 06:40 PM   #34
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  Jan 2016
  The Dalles

I'm here in Riobamba Ecuador now. Sorry about not posting but we had to break up the team, there are only two of us now. To get you up to date we did a Columbian "Death Road" Saturday. It was between Mocoa and San Francisco on Carrera 10. 45 miles of narrow, twisty dirt roads carved out of a cliff. 700' drop offs and water crossings. Diffently one of the better days. I have it all on video but I won't to be able to edit it until I get home.






Then today we crossed the equator and soon climbed to 14,500'. We crossed the Chimborazo pass only 7 miles from the 20,500' Chimborazo mountain. It was 90 degrees this morning but on the pass it was snowing and 34degrees. I seen my first lama.



Bikes are running fine. The Suzuki blew it's baffle out on the highway someplace and is to loud for Tom so he's got to work that out. I needed a tire and had to search at least 10 shops before I could find my odd ball size 140-80/18. I mounted it yesterday at a hostel.




More to come.
Feb 22nd 2016, 06:53 PM   #35
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  Feb 2016
  Washington

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More to come.
Bet you missed your No-Mar tire machine!! Cool high-tech rear stand you got there! You're getting that third world minimalist stuff down pretty good.

Glad to hear the update. I feel better knowing that something weird hasn't happened to you.
Feb 26th 2016, 04:09 AM   #36
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  Jan 2016
  The Dalles

We passed the border to Peru at Zumba yesterday. Zumba is very remote. We rode through 40 miles of deep mud and rocks to get there. We stayed in the shit hole of a town Jaen last night. Security wouldn't let me out for my evening walk because it was too dangerous.
Feb 26th 2016, 04:18 AM   #37
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  Jan 2016
  The Dalles

The KTM has been wonderful on this trip however other bikes would be fine too. We met a young guy from New York that was doing the same trip on a SV650. Chinese bikes rule here.
Feb 26th 2016, 07:32 AM   #38
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  Jan 2016
  Bremerton

  BMW F800R, Honda CBR250R
Thanks for keeping us updated! It sounds like an amazing adventure. Can't wait to see your video.
Mar 4th 2016, 07:10 PM   #39
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  Feb 2016
  Washington

I wonder what ever happened to old what's his name......................
Mar 5th 2016, 02:37 AM   #40
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  Jan 2016
  The Dalles

I'm in still in Peru near Cusco. We've been putting on 150-200 miles a day. That doesn't sound like much until you see the roads we're traveling. Ever see videos of people driving narrow gravel roads next to a 700' drop off with no guard rail? It's common to have a full day of that here. Yesterday we had a few miles of good road with light traffic so I picked up the speed. I hit a curve a curve with a little too much speed (50?) and went down. I would have been ok but I hit a tiny bit of water mid way.




I've gone 9,000 miles so far.
Mar 5th 2016, 08:10 AM   #41
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  Jan 2016
  Adjacent to the Hobbit Garage

What a great adventure. Thanks for sharing.
Mar 5th 2016, 09:47 AM   #42
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  Jan 2016
  Bremerton

  BMW F800R, Honda CBR250R
Eeek! Are you okay, Blackdog?
Mar 5th 2016, 10:15 AM   #43
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  Feb 2016
  Washington

It's too bad that you had a crash, but I'm glad you're ok. Appreciate the update.

Do you have any idea when you might make it back home? The Dalles bike night crew would probably let you buy them a beer or two.

Seriously, we'd love to hear some of the many tales you will have by the time you get home.
Mar 5th 2016, 01:21 PM   #44
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  Jan 2016
  The Dalles

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It's too bad that you had a crash, but I'm glad you're ok. Appreciate the update.

Do you have any idea when you might make it back home? The Dalles bike night crew would probably let you buy them a beer or two.

Seriously, we'd love to hear some of the many tales you will have by the time you get home.
I'll be back in May sometime. doubtful I'll make a bike night again. I've been wearing a helmet cam the entire trip and plan to make a 3 part YouTube video of the trip. I've transferred all the vid to a wireless hard drive, I'll edit and publish it when I get home to a real computer. PM me any time I'm home and I'll give you the inside story.
Mar 5th 2016, 01:24 PM   #45
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  Jan 2016
  The Dalles

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Eeek! Are you okay, Blackdog?
Yes Cindy, I'm ok, thanks for asking. Dress for the slide and not the ride right? I slid for maybe 40'. The gear held up nicely.
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