Tuesday, April 18, 2017

2017 Africa Twin

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Slowly but surely getting the bike outfitted for a long ride.  Skid plate, lower engine guards, foot pegs, and brake reservoir cover from Black Dog Cycle Works,  Hepco and Becker tank guards, Givi Outback Trecker Panniers and USB outlet installed.  I have spent more time adding accessories than I have riding it.

Sunday, January 15, 2017

Dreaming / Planning a Trip!

For at least the last ten years I have been dreaming of retiring and taking a motorcycle ride down to Central America, or even South America.  I am still NOT SURE if I am going to make this trip or not.  I have ridden from Spokane, Washington to Baja, Mexico by myself, and I have flown to Ecuador and taken a four day off road trip with an old Army buddy, but I have never taken a trip quite as extensive as this.

Last year I sold my Harley Ultra Classic and my Kawasaki KLR in anticipation of buying my "Retirement Bike".  After much research I have ordered a 2017 Africa Twin.  It should arrive here in April.  I have never ridden one and the dealer has agreed to give me my down payment back if I do not like it.

Right now I have a lot of things going through my mind.  Do I retire this summer or wait until December so I can cash in all of my unused leave?  When do I leave to avoid bad weather?  Should I head south immediately from Spokane or should I head to Alaska first and work my way south? Should I stop in Central America or should I try to make it to South America?  How much will it cost?  How long will it take?  Can I do this blog on the road?  Can I finally learn to use my gopro? Should I skip the Africa Twin and just buy a new KLR, that will save me $7,000.  I have never been so undecided about anything in my life!

I guess I will take it one day at a time and see what happens. I would welcome any and all suggestions or comments that anyone may have.

Buying gas out of someone's house in Sigchos, Ecuador.

Wednesday, June 29, 2016

Safe at the hotel.

We got the bikes back to the hotel, however my bike was not supposed to be ridden today in Quito due to it's plate number.  Apparently every vehicle can only be driven in Quito six days a week.  This day is based on your plate number.