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Title: XLADV Viaje Por Agua
Post by: fudgypup on April 12, 2021, 01:15:59 am
I will continue this report here rather than where I started it in the Tiger forum.  My bad. 

Six months into my Central and South American journey and Iím in Costa Rica currently.

I call this a ride for water because I am with a charity called Motorrad Angels which does a lot of clean water projects around the world by riders like you and I.  I do projects where I can but this is mostly about the ride.  I do fundraising for them with some moto rallies in California too.

So Iím glad I took my time getting down here because Costa Ricaís land border finally opened April 5.  I was kind of stuck in Nicaragua for about 6 weeks but that might have been longer had I rushed my way down.

Colombiaís neighbors are still closed too but itís my hope things will open up more in the next few months.

Got into CR yesterday and have been staying with a good friend, Chris White with Elephant Tours.  CR has been open to flights this whole time and they still have plenty of tourists.

That steak was a5 Wagyu!

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Title: Re: XLADV Viaje Por Agua
Post by: Tom van Brits on April 12, 2021, 01:30:18 am
 :spitcoffee: This is gonna be a good one!
Title: Re: XLADV Viaje Por Agua
Post by: fudgypup on April 12, 2021, 04:17:46 pm
So the covid trends here are good but spiking further south in Colombia, Brazil, Ecuador, etc.  that makes me nervous about them closing and me having to turn around.


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Title: Re: XLADV Viaje Por Agua
Post by: Ian in Great Brak River on April 23, 2021, 02:04:56 pm
Sub!
Title: Re: XLADV Viaje Por Agua
Post by: fudgypup on April 23, 2021, 07:00:21 pm
So, I was supposed to be in Panama by now but my friend recovered from his covid, tested negative and then got a ticket to fly here last weekend.

But....  turns out his gf was told she needs a yellow fever vaccination to fly to Costa Rica.  They got one but they said she had to then wait a week or so.  So they get here Monday and we'll do a bit of touring for about a week and then I'll cross into Panama on the 4th.

Since my last post I stayed in Jaco for two nights in a hostel then rode south to Quepos to visit an immigration office to extend my visa past the 17th.  When I got there they said all I had to do was purchase more of their "health insurance" and then email that with a photo of my drivers license to an email address.  I had already booked an airbnb there for two nights so that's what I did for the next two days.

My friend had booked an airbnb for three nights in Jaco and he was unable to cancel it after he had to cancel his flight so he told me to just use the nights myself, which I did.

After that I came to check out San Jose and have been here three days now.  I got a cold back in Quepos which is gone now thankfully but everyone is so covid-panicked that I am very self conscious when I cough.

Regarding the rest of my trip, I really need to consider what my next move will be.  I met this other rider, Taran from Oregon, and he's down in Panama City now saying flying the bike is his best option because the covid test he needs to get into Colombia would otherwise expire if he took a boat.  Oh, and it's now $1800.  Two of my friends had paid $1100 a few years ago but that was before covid.

The reason I need to ponder my next move is that while I can get into Colombia, their neighbors' land borders are all closed and while I thought they'd open pretty soon, a third wave of covid is spiking there now and so it's likely those borders will stay closed for at least a few more months.  So the question becomes do I want to spend about $4,000 to go in an out of a country I've already seen seven times?

Obviously the plan was to see just about all of South America but given the current covid situation (very much worse than the USA right now), that doesn't seem as likely.  Tracy Charles (rider from Toronto) has been back in Colombia for awhile now and is essentially stuck there too.

I really like Colombia though and there's so much of it I haven't seen yet.  Doing that on my own bike would be nice.  And I have a lot of friends there too.

And then as far as returning the US, Mexico's southern border with Guatemala is now closed so I'm not even sure if they'd let me through if I were to come back.

This medical device project I've been working on for five years is heating up as well and there's a decent possibility I can do that work remotely and was even considering applying for residence in Colombia and working from there.  This investor is in Canada and doesn't need me or want me there and all work is now done via Zoom due to covid and all the medical conferences are also shuttered.  I don't really *have* to be in the US and living here vs there will save me a lot more money.

So there you go!

That being said, I'll still be back in August to take my boy to Hawaii (cancelled last year due to covid) as well as for a moto rally I plan each year.
Title: Re: XLADV Viaje Por Agua
Post by: Tom van Brits on April 24, 2021, 12:03:25 am
Seems you got it all worked out, Colombia makes sense yes!  :thumleft:
This Civid thing is madness  >:(
You got to post pictures sir, that's what we want to see all together with your story  :deal:
Title: Re: XLADV Viaje Por Agua
Post by: fudgypup on April 24, 2021, 02:00:37 am
Pics pics pics! 

Pics of chicks? Lol

This was me before I set out last September at a rally I host near Mammoth Lakes, California we call ďHigh Sierra.Ē  Great food, beer, riding, raffle prizes and we raise money for this clean water charity I work with, Motorrad Angels.

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My other ride: 2011 KTM 990R
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Started out in 1984 on a Vespa
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CaŮůn de Namurachi in Chihuahua, Mexico
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Church in Durango, Mexico
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Angel of Independence via my drone in Mexico City
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Alejandra from Queretaro.  Super nice lady.
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Title: Re: XLADV Viaje Por Agua
Post by: Tom van Brits on April 24, 2021, 02:24:05 am
Yes to that, all great pictures and will spark this thread alive!!  :laughing4:
Title: Re: XLADV Viaje Por Agua
Post by: fudgypup on April 24, 2021, 04:00:15 pm
Had a nice introduction to Manuel and Karina at Triumph Costa Rica yesterday.  He told me they have seven more 900ís arriving next week that are already sold!
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Title: Re: XLADV Viaje Por Agua
Post by: Wolzak on April 24, 2021, 04:20:19 pm
Following , that Pic of you on your Bike is a Winner.
Title: Re: XLADV Viaje Por Agua
Post by: Hingsding on April 24, 2021, 04:43:11 pm
Sipscraaaipd :ricky: :ricky:
Title: Re: XLADV Viaje Por Agua
Post by: Tom van Brits on April 24, 2021, 05:05:39 pm
Had a nice introduction to Manuel and Karina at Triumph Costa Rica yesterday.  He told me they have seven more 900ís arriving next week that are already sold!
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Beutiful, and the bike not bad also  :lol8:
Good to see Triumph on a roll in the America's, sadly not doing good in South Africa and mainly because of dealerships.
Title: Re: XLADV Viaje Por Agua
Post by: big oil on April 25, 2021, 10:25:00 am
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Title: Re: XLADV Viaje Por Agua
Post by: fudgypup on April 26, 2021, 04:58:28 pm
Had a great day riding with some locals to a volcano then chilling at a practice course and bbq. 3432 meters

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Title: Re: XLADV Viaje Por Agua
Post by: Tom van Brits on April 26, 2021, 11:06:22 pm
Great stuff. On Marion Island I've also been to these old volcano lakes as we called them, some of the brave expeditionists even swam in the 5degree Celsius waters!!
Title: Re: XLADV Viaje Por Agua
Post by: fudgypup on May 02, 2021, 05:57:11 pm
Riding around Costa Rica with a friend this week.

San Josť, Jaco, Tamarindo, Arenal, San Josť.

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Title: Re: XLADV Viaje Por Agua
Post by: Tom van Brits on May 03, 2021, 02:59:05 am
Looking good!!  :laughing4: :thumleft:
Title: Re: XLADV Viaje Por Agua
Post by: fudgypup on May 06, 2021, 02:43:10 pm
Shit show getting out of Costa Rica and into Panama.

Had to pay $8 exit tax.  Okay, hereís $8.

Nope!  It has to be paid ONLINE.

And the system was down.... for three hours.  Missed my ferry.

Then on Panama side they say I have to insure my moto.  Okay, let me buy it.  But thereís no one at the insurance window.  Wait all day.  Leave for hotel and return in the morning.  Finally find another guy at 9:30 to sell me insurance.

10 min down the road the police stop me and look at EVERYTHING.  Good thing I got it sorted earlier.

20 min down the road and some locals have blocked the road protesting the covid aid that was cut off.  Iíd had enough so I just jumped the small logs and made it to the ferry finally.  In Bocas del Toro now.

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Title: Re: XLADV Viaje Por Agua
Post by: fudgypup on May 06, 2021, 08:24:42 pm
That right side is much deeper than it looks
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Hanging the suit and gloves to dry
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Title: Re: XLADV Viaje Por Agua
Post by: fudgypup on May 11, 2021, 11:30:55 pm
In Panama City now.  Was in Bocas del Toro for four nights then Santiago one night.

Booked a flight for the bike Friday to Bogota and bike is in shop to fix a blown left fork seal and some brake pads.

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Title: Re: XLADV Viaje Por Agua
Post by: fudgypup on June 19, 2021, 06:59:39 pm
Sorry for the delay in posting.  I got to Colombia on May 13 I think.  Stayed in an Airbnb in Bogota then picked up my moto in the morning and rode six hours to MedellŪn where I have a lot of friends.

Also had a very unfortunate experience while on a basic Tinder dateÖ I was drugged and robbed.  Luckily I was fine but they got my bank card for $7,000 USD and waiting on police report so my bank will cover the fraud (they initially declined it).  Unfortunately no happy ending .

Itís a common problem here in Latin America and the best way to avoid it is simply donít go out anywhere.  But more importantly itís wise to always watch your drink, only go with people you know and make sure a friend knows where you are at all times like the share location feature on WhatsApp.

Did make a two day trip out to a small coffee town of Salamina and a lot of dirt and quite a bit of mud on the way back.  Lots of slippery mud with tight and steep switchbacks.  Combo of my Motoz GPS tires and traction control handled it very well though.  Surprising for a 50/50 tire.

Got to a road block and waited 40 minutes and then they told me it would be 4 more hours as a landslide took out the road.  So that meant I had to back track through all that mud again and take a different way back.

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Seeing a new girl here (one who didnít drug and rob me ).  Sheís good that way.
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She rides but only really small bikes
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She mounted this Himalayan but still too big for her
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Title: Re: XLADV Viaje Por Agua
Post by: fudgypup on June 25, 2021, 11:14:52 pm
Had a day trip out to Montebello last week then an overnighter to Santa Fe.

Managed to stay hydrated but just barely.

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Title: Re: XLADV Viaje Por Agua
Post by: petri oosthuizen on June 25, 2021, 11:36:17 pm
OK.

Klaar besluit.

Ek en Bettie se volgende trip is fokken STRAIGHT Costa Rica toe.

Straight, soos is ons stop net vir die 3 P's.............Petrol, Pizza en Punctures >:D
Title: Re: XLADV Viaje Por Agua
Post by: Leo on June 26, 2021, 08:27:26 am
Straight, soos is ons stop net vir die 3 P's.............Petrol, Pizza en Punctures >:D

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Title: Re: XLADV Viaje Por Agua
Post by: Tony the Boney on June 26, 2021, 08:37:12 am
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Title: Re: XLADV Viaje Por Agua
Post by: Fargo on June 26, 2021, 12:42:44 pm
Excellent rr, you are having great fun, keep it coming!
Title: Re: XLADV Viaje Por Agua
Post by: Noneking on June 26, 2021, 02:03:19 pm
OK.

Klaar besluit.

Ek en Bettie se volgende trip is fokken STRAIGHT Costa Rica toe.

Straight, soos is ons stop net vir die 3 P's.............Petrol, Pizza en Punctures >:D

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Title: Re: XLADV Viaje Por Agua
Post by: fudgypup on June 26, 2021, 02:50:16 pm
OK.

Klaar besluit.

Ek en Bettie se volgende trip is fokken STRAIGHT Costa Rica toe.

Straight, soos is ons stop net vir die 3 P's.............Petrol, Pizza en Punctures >:D
Iím sure you will love Costa Rica.  I liked many things about it but I have to say it was my least favorite country for a few reasons.

One is that itís very expensive.  It feels like California or Hawaii prices.

Another is they require this goofy proof of covid-19 health insurance that is hard for most to obtain in a form they will accept.  You can purchase it there for $11 USD per day.

Leaving Costa Rica was a pain in the butt too because they wanted me to pay them an $8 fee of some kind but wouldnít accept my money!  It has to be paid online but their site was down for two hours.  So I just had to sit in the heat for two hours waiting to pay them $8.  Not an issue if you fly of course.

I thought Iíd like Tamarindo but it was so crowded with tourists.

Here is my home office view now in MedellŪn
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Title: Re: XLADV Viaje Por Agua
Post by: Noneking on June 27, 2021, 08:25:06 pm
Nice view!
Title: Re: XLADV Viaje Por Agua
Post by: fudgypup on June 27, 2021, 10:38:17 pm
In case anyone's curious about equipment/gear...

My 2020 Triumph Tiger 900 Rally Pro is listed in the Triumph section.  No significant issues and I have about 15,000 miles on it now.  My 990 at home is better for the more enduro style riding I enjoy more but the Tiger was a better choice for adventure touring.  Disclosure:  Triumph USA gave me a deal on a used press bike that had about 800 miles on it and a broken right hand guard.

For tires I started with the Motoz Tractionator RallZ which I love for more enduro riding back home in California and elsewhere but for adventure touring I found a more 50/50 tire would perform better.   And I'd started with 2500 miles on them already so when I got to Mexico City I figured it was a good time to replace them even though they may have another 1,000 miles on them.  I didn't know if I could get Motoz in Guatemala or El Salvador.  However, the Motoz guy in Mexico City was out of the GPS tire (50/50) so I got the Dunlop TrailMax Mission tires.  Those were really very good for me on the pavement and not bad at all in the dirt.  I got to San Jose, Costa Rica and had about 5,000 miles on the Dunlops and they looked like they'd go another 5,000 but again, I got the opportunity to get the GPS from Motoz so I did so.  I could have waited until here in Medellin but it's like gas; you don't pass up an opportunity.  GPS have been great too and feel like they may have an edge on the Dunlops in the dirt but that's hard to tell.   They're in road orientation and they say when you reverse them they do better in the dirt.  I did finally get quite a thorough experience with slippery mud here in Colombia and was very surprised how well the GPS (and traction control) got me through some sketchy stuff.  The GPS is known as a "K-60 killer" because they last long but have better traction and longevity the K-60 riders want.
Disclosure: Motoz and Dunlop sponsor me and provided the tires at no cost.  Motoz has been a sponsor for maybe four years and I very much stand by their products and have used them probably harder than 98% of riders.  Dunlop is a recent add and I've only tried the TrailMax Mission and loved them.  I want to try their D908RR on the back of my 990 when I fly back in August.  They're on sale now for about $159 USD in the US and one thing that had always turned me off was hearing they cost $300 (but that's no longer the case).  Luckily no flats yet!  (knock on wood).  Lots of great tires out there too.  The only ones I really try to avoid are the K60 (plastic) and TKC-80 (weak sidewalls, limited mileage).  Mitas was a favorite before I discovered Motoz.

My jacket and pants, gloves and helmet are from Klim.  Klim was a sponsor a few years ago and no longer but they did help me out with my gear.  I bought Klim before that though and really like their stuff.  It's gotten much better over the years too.  My Carlsbad jacket/pants fit well, vent well, protect well but two things stand out.  One is that when riding with others they all have to stop and put on their rain gear when it rains then again to take it off when it stops.  I just zip up and keep going as I'm already wearing my "rain gear."  My first rain of any kind was heavy rain in Guatemala and the suit kept me dry.  The other stand-out is that I'm able to easily open or close all 11 vents easily and safely when riding and don't have to stop like other riders.  When I flew to Colombia and Peru last Nov/Dec to help a friend get a bike back from Cusco we were up and down these huge mountains that were nearly 5,000 meters high at 10C and then back down to valleys at 39C and stopping all the time when trying to cover a lot of miles got really annoying.  Gloves are the Baja S4 and vent/protect well but aren't waterproof.  I have waterproof liners i can put on if I need them.  Helmet is the Krios Karbon Pro and works very well for me in fit, weight, noise.  The face shield has a Transitions lens that darkens in the sun and lightens at night as well as a Pinlock layer that's suppose to eliminate fog when it's raining.  My buddy has the same helmet and when he pointed out the lighter weight saves a ton of fatigue on his neck at the end of a long day I realized he's right and I'd not noticed that.  I had the earlier Krios Karbon so it's been a while since I've used a heavier helmet.  I think there are many other good gear companies out there like RevIt, Alpinestars, Rukka, etc... but I've never used them.

My panniers, tail bag/back pack and tank bag are all from Rigg Gear.  Very inexpensive and durable stuff.  I looked up pricing online and found my whole set can be purchased for just over $500 while similar pieces from a better known premium brand will be triple that.  Sometimes less is more.  They are also a sponsor and provided me the luggage at no cost.  I've used Wolfman and AltRider luggage too and liked them both.  Again, there are many good luggage mfg's out there and each one has their advantages/disadvantages.  The buckles work but I prefer the more traditional plastic squeeze clips more because they only require one hand, they're quicker to get in and out of when your friends or waiting, it's hot, it's raining or in the dark.  My first tank bag on my old GSA was $30 from Nelson Rigg (same company) and I didn't like it all all but they've evolved quite a bit since then and have great gear.  Their backpack/tailbag I've had for nearly 4 years and it goes everywhere with me.  I'd have used Michnus' Turkana Gear but they weren't ready last September when I left.

Hepco Becker pannier racks work great.  Have them on my 990 as well.  Sturdy and actually less expensive than Triumph OEM!  Got the H&B side stand footprint but it didn't fit.  Turns out there are two different footprints among the new Tiger 900 line.

GPS is the Voyager Pro from TrailTech.  It's better suited to enduro riding where you're following a track or exploring where roads go in remote areas but lacks a database of points of interest (gas stations, etc...) as well as turn by turn directions (but that's what cellphones are good at).  The display is better than anything I've seen with the exception of maybe the new Garmin Zumo XT.  You can also update the firmware with new features so no need to buy the latest model.

Aftermarket mirrors from DoubleTake.  Sturdy and the best for adv in my opinion.

Battery from Yuasa (sponsor too) but it came stock!  I've used lithium ion on the 990 but a few pounds on a 500 lb adventure bike isn't a huge selling point and can be harder to start in the cold.  Yuasa I think is best suited for adv because they build them so durable.  They're designed to withstand the heat/cold changes and vibration better than other brands.  I never knew any of that before.

QuadLock wireless charging mount for my phone has been great but I tend to go through a lot of USB C cords which is really common with the cords.  I got the vibration isolation mount with it but my iPhone is a bit older and doesn't have the image stabilization that other phones have seen as a point of failure.

Auxiliary lights from Cyclops ADV which were given to me but it was six years ago and moved over from the 990.  They are extremely well designed and built.  Very durable too.  The stock aux lights from Triumph aren't nearly as good.  Apparently they're illegal in Nicaragua though!  I was told just to say "they came stock with the bike" if stopped and to generally not use them.  Many have the Clearwater lights and those are fantastic too (used them in Puerto Rico and Colombia) but $300 vs $969 is a no-brainer for me given performance.  Plus I've had two friends recently have issues with their Clearwater lights and were not happy with how it was handled.  They had water intrusion they both claim didn't occur after a drop and were told they'd have to pay a significant amount to get it fixed.  Cyclops ADV has a lifetime guarantee.  Clearwater I heard was recently purchased by a much larger moto parts company so I'm not sure if that's the reason but I'm not paying 3x the price and getting less protection.

I'm using the Zoleo Satellite communicator which is a new company out of Canada.  They are less expensive both up front as well as monthly and their mid-tier plan is a much better value than Garmin's InReach.  Like InReach, there's an app for your phone you can use to send messages to friends/family.  My only complaint is they don't yet have a link you can share that shows your location.  When you send a message or push the emergency button it does show your location but not an active link that shows where you are as you move.  They say they'll have it this year but haven't seen it yet.  It's simply a programming issue.  If you are indeed lost or missing and your family/friends contact Zoleo, they can see where you are if it's on but it's nice to just share a simple link.  Zoleo and InReach both use the Iridium satellite network which is supposed to be better coverage than SPOT's satellite network.  I used SPOT for years with no complaints. A buddy of mine had an issue with InReach's customer service only being M-F 9-5 and switched to SPOT because theirs is 24/7/365 as is Zoleo's.  A friend of mine is a Zoleo retailer and he gave me one but I pay the monthly on it.

I brought camping gear but embarrassed to say I've barely used it.  You can camp if you really want to but Central America is more dense and with a lot of private property.  Plus, rooms are super cheap.  I have typically paid $5-20 per night so I haven't seen the need to camp yet.  But South America is much larger, spread out and not as dense and I very much like camping.  My pad and bag are rated to 15 F and are from a small direct to consumer company out of Utah called Outdoor Vitals.

Many of these big gear companies in trying to be better corporate citizens and protect the environment have donated a lot of money to groups who are shutting down responsible access to our public lands.  This company doesn't which is why I chose them.  I think companies mean well (North Face, REI, Nemo, Kelty, etc...) but I think there's room also to support education and trail advocacy groups who want the same things and are a public service.  Some like Patagonia have become super radical, in my opinion and I want nothing to do with it.  I have a lot of gear from these companies that I'm not going to throw away but new purchases I try to research a bit first.  My two cents at least.

I have some GSI cookware and a tiny no-name butane burner with foldable wind shield.

I also carry tools, water filters (I do water projects for a charity called Motorrad Angels) and some small tools for that too.

My main issue now is hydration.  I don't want to carry anything on my back and I had a nice bladder type hydration pack in my tank bag but it broke.  Those are harder to find here.  I bring a big water bottle but I really need a new water bladder.
Title: Re: XLADV Viaje Por Agua
Post by: Tom van Brits on June 27, 2021, 11:37:13 pm
Thanks for the update, but keep them pictures coming sir  >:D
Title: Re: XLADV Viaje Por Agua
Post by: fudgypup on July 11, 2021, 04:34:15 pm
Did a five day tour with another couple last week and had a lot of fun.  Probably 70% pavement/30% dirt/mud.  Had my first drop making a u turn on a narrow two lane road in the rain.  Front tire slipped out in the gutter.  No damage or injury luckily.

Day 1 MedellŪn to Salamina.  Small coffee town in the mountains.

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Tiny fire hydrants
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Next day we went to this Bio Habitat hotel in Circasia overlooking Armenia.  Really nice place.  Stayed 2 nights.
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Next was a hot springs in Manizales but donít have pictures from there (yet).

We were going to see Jardin next but we got a late start.  I prefer arriving around 4 to have time to shower, change, have a beer, walk around the town square and scout out dinner, etcÖ. We would have gotten there around 7:00 so we decided to just go back to MedellŪn.

Ive been having an issue with my front wheel for a while.  I got new tires in San Josť, Costa Rica and after that noticed a swish swish sound from the front wheel.  Had a dirty fork seal cleaned in Panama City and the mechanic said ďthatís just the tire.  Um, no.

I suspected the front wheel wasnít on straight so I loosened it myself then re-tightened it but that didnít help.

I finally took it to a shop in Manizales and we had the right caliper assembly off and when he spun the wheel it freely spun this time and thatís when I saw the right disc was warped.  He used a crescent wrench to gently bend it back straight and that helped a lot but I still hear a bit of rubbing so I will get a new disc when I fly home next month.

Itís been just a light rubbing the whole time and thereís no impedance or heat damage.

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Title: Re: XLADV Viaje Por Agua
Post by: fudgypup on July 21, 2021, 03:26:36 am
Stuck on the boring island of San Andres for a few daysÖ
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Just terrible

You see the new Heidenau K60 Rangerís?
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Title: Re: XLADV Viaje Por Agua
Post by: Tom van Brits on July 21, 2021, 04:22:19 am
Stuck on the Ďboring islandí Ö.. yeah right  :imaposer:
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Post by: fudgypup on July 24, 2021, 04:14:13 am
San Andres was fun despite a lot of the things in Latin America that typically annoys gringos .  Stuff like we showed up at hotel and the pool was dirty and there was a dead dog lying in the grass . Other issues with water, power and over priced cabs.  Witnessed a fatal accident Iíd prefer to forget.

But we made the most of it mostly choosing a different beach each day, renting a palapa and drinking various island beverages: beer, Cuba Libres, Coco Locos.  We brought my gfís 14 year old daughter and she had a blast too and managed not to be too embarrassed  by us

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Title: Re: XLADV Viaje Por Agua
Post by: Noneking on July 24, 2021, 08:14:17 am
Doubt anyone's paying much attention to your Heidenhau pics...... :peepwall:  >:D >:D
Title: Re: XLADV Viaje Por Agua
Post by: fudgypup on July 24, 2021, 02:54:08 pm
People who ride adventure motorcycles are a different breed.  Itís one of the things that has drawn me to it.  I meet people Iíd never meet in my own neighborhood, at work, etcÖ. They tend to be different in many exciting and unexpected ways.  I now know doctors, lawyers, rocket scientists, Dakar rally legends and even a humble cement worker and war veteran who is probably the best wing man youíd ever want with you on a difficult adventure.

One common thread is that you all get it.  You understand the challenges, setbacks, injuries are ďall part of the adventure.Ē

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Title: Re: XLADV Viaje Por Agua
Post by: petri oosthuizen on July 24, 2021, 08:58:26 pm
Nee kak met dit - ek koop volgende week vir my OOK 'n Tiger :drif: :drif: :drif:

Sal vir die Bank Manager elke week pics stuur. >:D
Title: Re: XLADV Viaje Por Agua
Post by: Karoo Rider on July 25, 2021, 08:24:48 am
Great RR so far!  Always wanted to visit South America. Had advanced plans in 2010 to go climb Aconcagua but in the end couldn't get the 6 weeks' leave due to a promotion at the time. Should've gone anyway me thinks now.
Title: Re: XLADV Viaje Por Agua
Post by: fudgypup on July 25, 2021, 04:44:45 pm
Great RR so far!  Always wanted to visit South America. Had advanced plans in 2010 to go climb Aconcagua but in the end couldn't get the 6 weeks' leave due to a promotion at the time. Should've gone anyway me thinks now.
  Sounds like an amazing climb!  I'm more a hiker than a climber.  I've hiked to about 3,000 meters and ridden to 5,000 but I'll leave the 7,000 meter hiking/climbing for others
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Post by: fudgypup on July 30, 2021, 04:45:36 am
Rained today but still wanted to clean the bike from my last ride
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Title: Re: XLADV Viaje Por Agua
Post by: fudgypup on August 31, 2021, 01:54:10 am
Jetted back to Cali and took my boy to Hawaii
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Started a new remote gig here that I can do anywhere so I fly back to MedellŪn Sep 9 to resume the trip

Now getting ready for my 10th annual High Sierra rally this week
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Title: Re: XLADV Viaje Por Agua
Post by: Wolzak on August 31, 2021, 09:32:17 am
Nice Sun Loungers :biggrin:
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Post by: fudgypup on September 05, 2021, 12:02:41 am
Great rally here this weekend.  Our tenth year and we raise money for a charity I work with called Motorrad Angels.  About 60 riders.  Harley brought their Pan America and got to try that.  Did a dirt loop at 1:16 and 73 mph average speed.  130 on the pavement and 108 in the dirt was my too speed .  Not a bad bike at all.

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Title: Re: XLADV Viaje Por Agua
Post by: Tom van Brits on September 05, 2021, 06:35:08 am
People who ride adventure motorcycles are a different breed.  Itís one of the things that has drawn me to it.  I meet people Iíd never meet in my own neighborhood, at work, etcÖ. They tend to be different in many exciting and unexpected ways.  I now know doctors, lawyers, rocket scientists, Dakar rally legends and even a humble cement worker and war veteran who is probably the best wing man youíd ever want with you on a difficult adventure.

One common thread is that you all get it.  You understand the challenges, setbacks, injuries are ďall part of the adventure.Ē

My latestÖ

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Yes to all sir  :3some:
Title: Re: XLADV Viaje Por Agua
Post by: Tom van Brits on September 05, 2021, 06:37:25 am
Your video was however not working, said it was removed?
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Post by: fudgypup on September 05, 2021, 04:36:34 pm
I took it down.  I had some thumbs down and itís hard to put myself out there with a personal story just trying to help people avoid the same thing happening to them.

I did an article on it for an adventure magazine and then talking about it with the editor she asks if they can get more pics from Mexico.  Iím like why Mexico?  Well isnít that where you were robbed?  Did you even read what I wrote?  So I just kind of dropped the whole thing.


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Title: Re: XLADV Viaje Por Agua
Post by: Tom van Brits on September 05, 2021, 05:15:05 pm
I took it down.  I had some thumbs down and itís hard to put myself out there with a personal story just trying to help people avoid the same thing happening to them.

I did an article on it for an adventure magazine and then talking about it with the editor she asks if they can get more pics from Mexico.  Iím like why Mexico?  Well isnít that where you were robbed?  Did you even read what I wrote?  So I just kind of dropped the whole thing.


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I understand. Sadly the reporters or some are sensation driven and could not care less.
Anyhow, still enjoying your RR  :thumleft:
Title: Re: XLADV Viaje Por Agua
Post by: fudgypup on September 07, 2021, 12:59:24 am
That HD Pan America sure can move!
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Title: Re: XLADV Viaje Por Agua
Post by: fudgypup on September 25, 2021, 10:10:40 pm
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Good girls get Klim!

Back in Medellin again and working a remote gig.  Borders still closed but opening soon.  Chile wants a negative pcr test, 5 day quarantine, vaccination and special covid health insurance.  No thanks, I already had covid

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She got to try a little crf50 at a local track

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Did a help tour of Guatape last week
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Title: Re: XLADV Viaje Por Agua
Post by: fudgypup on October 03, 2021, 04:36:14 pm
Did a nice little two day adventure two up to JardŪn and Jericů this week.

My gf got a Klim Artemis suit which she really likes and this was her first chance to wear it outside of short city rides.  We saw a lot of rain and mud but I was the one who got the most dirty .  Must have been all the mud.

The dirt roads arenít that bad but we came upon a truck carrying construction materials for road maintenance further up that got stuck.  I tried going around but it was a wet muddy trench and the pegs and shifter we digging into the sides of the trench so we decided to back it out.  Didnít take too long but the video is pretty funny.

Sadly no pool this time hence no bikini shots

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Title: Re: XLADV Viaje Por Agua
Post by: fudgypup on October 05, 2021, 06:58:45 pm
Photos of rally when I flew home last month.  Harley sponsored it and had their new Pan America there for us to play with.  We raised $3000 usd for Motorrad Angels, a clean water charity I help out with.

The Pan America is a decent first entrant for HD.  Great power, braking, stability.  Like most bikes this size, is best for light off road and great for pavement.  Display is a bit hard to read and Iíd expect a hydraulic clutch.

Had it going pretty quickly on this dirt loop
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Title: Re: XLADV Viaje Por Agua
Post by: fudgypup on November 10, 2021, 02:33:50 am
Did a fun tour with some friends recently.  First stop was a hot springs hotel about 4.5 hours ride south to Manizales called Hotel del OtoŮo.  Ride notes for the group said ď11 hoursĒ and since the group was already nearly two hours behind and I had a friend on a rented Kawasaki 300X I decided to just take the highway, arrive early and enjoy the hotel and hot springs.
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Group showed up at 8:30 but after they showered, changed clothes and had dinner, none of them had energy to soak in the pools.

Next day we headed up Nevado del Ruiz, a volcano up to about 4,300 meters.  Cold, wet, muddy but beautiful.  Got some great video of some water crossings.

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Made it down to lower altitude and a hotel that was without heat but we made it work.

Next day out a BMW had a throttle issue but we eventually made it to an eco-hotel on Rio la Miel.  They said they hadnít had power in 3 days so there was no cold beer which didnít make me happy but thatís how it is some days.  They had a choice of fish or fish and I chose neither.  Good thing as half the group got sick the next day.  But the river tour was truly amazing!

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Like nothing Iíd ever seen.  Really amazing group of people too.

Got back in time to go to a friendís birthday party too

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Title: Re: XLADV Viaje Por Agua
Post by: windswept on November 10, 2021, 11:52:30 am
Looks like good fun.  >:D
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Post by: fudgypup on November 10, 2021, 05:07:32 pm
We were all supposed to do an island trip together but the gf vetoed that

Also got a leaky seal now.  Iíll have to clean it carefully and hope I donít need a new seal.  Seal savers would be a good idea too as this isnít the first time

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Title: Re: XLADV Viaje Por Agua
Post by: Clockwork Orange on November 17, 2021, 06:53:39 pm
So glad I stumbled upon this thread. Thanks for taking the time to share with us.
Title: Re: XLADV Viaje Por Agua
Post by: Noneking on November 17, 2021, 09:31:52 pm
Did a fun tour with some friends recently.  First stop was a hot springs hotel about 4.5 hours ride south to Manizales called Hotel del OtoŮo.  Ride notes for the group said ď11 hoursĒ and since the group was already nearly two hours behind and I had a friend on a rented Kawasaki 300X I decided to just take the highway, arrive early and enjoy the hotel and hot springs.
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Group showed up at 8:30 but after they showered, changed clothes and had dinner, none of them had energy to soak in the pools.

Next day we headed up Nevado del Ruiz, a volcano up to about 4,300 meters.  Cold, wet, muddy but beautiful.  Got some great video of some water crossings.

https://www.instagram.com/p/CVsWlY0rysv/?utm_medium=copy_link

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Made it down to lower altitude and a hotel that was without heat but we made it work.

Next day out a BMW had a throttle issue but we eventually made it to an eco-hotel on Rio la Miel.  They said they hadnít had power in 3 days so there was no cold beer which didnít make me happy but thatís how it is some days.  They had a choice of fish or fish and I chose neither.  Good thing as half the group got sick the next day.  But the river tour was truly amazing!

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Like nothing Iíd ever seen.  Really amazing group of people too.

Got back in time to go to a friendís birthday party too

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Nice pics!