Heading South Until The Road Ends - Kawasaki Versys Forum
General Kawasaki Versys Discussions For discussions on anything and everything related to the Kawasaki Versys.

Reply
 
LinkBack Thread Tools Display Modes
post #1 of 613 (permalink) Old 09-11-2009, 09:48 AM Thread Starter
Member
 
DBD34's Avatar
 
Join Date: Apr 2008
Location: Oregon/Peru
Posts: 456
Heading South Until The Road Ends

I thought I'd let you know, I'm on my Versys and headed to Ushuala. I'm in San Pedro Pochutla, going to wait until Monday to cross into Guatemala. I'll post a lot of photos and my location along the way, more importantly, I'll update you guys on how my Versys handles the ride. As of today, my Versys has 24,454 miles, this ride 4003 miles, the Tourances have 7873 miles on them.

Today is 9/11, never forget

Gary

"The problem with quotes on the Internet is that you never know if they're real" - Abraham Lincoln

http://r1150rt.smugmug.com

Last edited by DBD34; 07-24-2010 at 08:30 PM.
DBD34 is offline  
Sponsored Links
Advertisement
 
post #2 of 613 (permalink) Old 09-11-2009, 10:23 AM
Member
 
Join Date: Dec 2008
Location: Plano, Texas
Posts: 93
Looking forward to your ride reports and pics. Hope you include a lot of info on how the V performs. Good Luck
rhrose is offline  
post #3 of 613 (permalink) Old 09-11-2009, 11:21 AM
Member
 
Join Date: Jul 2009
Location: Edmonton, Alberta
Posts: 212
Oh right!!! I almost forgot to return those library books!!


Have a good ride, take pictures.
hawkbox is offline  
post #4 of 613 (permalink) Old 09-11-2009, 11:53 AM
Super Moderator
 
Bear on a bicycle's Avatar
 
Join Date: Mar 2008
Location: Converse, Tx
Posts: 4,906
Bear on a bicycle is offline  
post #5 of 613 (permalink) Old 09-16-2009, 09:55 AM Thread Starter
Member
 
DBD34's Avatar
 
Join Date: Apr 2008
Location: Oregon/Peru
Posts: 456
Guatemala

I'm in Guatemala,here is an update on the Versys. Total miles, 25,399, this ride, 4829 miles. The Tourances have 8649 miles on them, the 130/80 front is awesome, very little wear, it is possible that I'll get 15000 miles out of it. The rear 150/70 is starting to go, I may get 10,000 out of it. I installed a Renthal R3 chain before I left, no adjustments yet.
I've had a couple of minor repairs due to accidents ( got knocked down by a bus in Mexico City), nothing major. I'm going to ride Guatemala for a few days before heading south.

Gary

"The problem with quotes on the Internet is that you never know if they're real" - Abraham Lincoln

http://r1150rt.smugmug.com
DBD34 is offline  
post #6 of 613 (permalink) Old 09-16-2009, 10:54 AM
Member
 
panamafrog's Avatar
 
Join Date: Mar 2009
Location: Pacific NorthWet
Posts: 202
Gary

I'm enjoying your posts on your trip. You are heading toward my old home land, Panama, in your travels. Enjoy it.

I must have seen your Versys just prior to leaving at the IOV. When I asked Mike if it was his m/c, he said no it was yours and you were off and riding south. Have fun.

Frog/Seattle
panamafrog is offline  
post #7 of 613 (permalink) Old 09-16-2009, 11:04 AM
Member
 
mchieffallo's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jun 2009
Location: Northeast PA
Posts: 209
I'm Jealous

Can I live vicariously through you DBD34? I'm able to take some short 2-3 day trips (not on the Versys yet). But with two young daughters, and all of their activities, even a one week trip would be difficult at best. Your trip sounds like quite an adventure. I'm happy for you. Enjoy!!!
mchieffallo is offline  
post #8 of 613 (permalink) Old 09-16-2009, 11:07 AM
Member
 
Join Date: Apr 2009
Location: Wilmington, Illinois
Posts: 61
I'm jealous, Be safe and thanks for the posts.
sstack is offline  
post #9 of 613 (permalink) Old 09-16-2009, 01:26 PM
Member
 
Bicyclebob's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jun 2008
Location: Bellingham, WA
Posts: 636
Hey Gary,

How's the Stitch holding up? Did you put the radiator guard back on? You have my info if there is anything that you need.

Cheers,
Bob

Japanese scientists have created a camera with such a fast shutter speed they now can photograph a woman with her mouth shut.
Bicyclebob is offline  
post #10 of 613 (permalink) Old 09-16-2009, 07:23 PM Thread Starter
Member
 
DBD34's Avatar
 
Join Date: Apr 2008
Location: Oregon/Peru
Posts: 456
Frog, yes I was at IOV, Mike is my long time riding buddy, I also met another Versys rider, Dan, there.
Bob, the radiator guard is back on, no problems after the fan was replaced.
My 'stiches have really saved my ass, this one has held up well, I'll email you if I run into a parts problem (thanks again). I'm going to stay in Xela for a least a couple of weeks, I plan to meet friends in both Bogota and Quito.

Gary

"The problem with quotes on the Internet is that you never know if they're real" - Abraham Lincoln

http://r1150rt.smugmug.com
DBD34 is offline  
post #11 of 613 (permalink) Old 09-16-2009, 11:59 PM
Member
 
Join Date: Mar 2009
Posts: 14
Versys Gary

Gary . . . we talked briefly at the IOV a couple of weeks ago. I'm Dan.
I recall you were planning to head south the next day and though I'm not
a least bit religious, I found myself saying a bit of a "prayer" that your
trip would go safely. Do keep us all posted.

Dan
dcasey is offline  
post #12 of 613 (permalink) Old 09-17-2009, 07:34 PM
Member
 
Join Date: Aug 2009
Location: Elk Grove,Ca
Posts: 382
Don't make any wrong turns in bogota or might end up on locked up abroad
southbark is offline  
post #13 of 613 (permalink) Old 09-17-2009, 08:21 PM
Member
 
Machog's Avatar
 
Join Date: Feb 2008
Location: Redmond WA USA
Posts: 1,002
Ride safe and have a great trip-looks like you are off to a great start.

Hope to ride with you again when you return-lots of pictures please.

Machog

PS, you doing a thread on ADV?

Machog is offline  
post #14 of 613 (permalink) Old 09-18-2009, 10:01 AM
Member
 
Pepe's Avatar
 
Join Date: May 2009
Posts: 84
Quote:
Originally Posted by DBD34 View Post
I'm in Guatemala,here is an update on the Versys. Total miles, 25,399, this ride, 4829 miles. The Tourances have 8649 miles on them, the 130/80 front is awesome, very little wear, it is possible that I'll get 15000 miles out of it. The rear 150/70 is starting to go, I may get 10,000 out of it. I installed a Renthal R3 chain before I left, no adjustments yet.
I've had a couple of minor repairs due to accidents ( got knocked down by a bus in Mexico City), nothing major. I'm going to ride Guatemala for a few days before heading south.

Gary

Haha I'm not surprised. The standard of driving is awful. When I still lived there I didn't dare to ride around the city, too dangerous.
Pepe is offline  
post #15 of 613 (permalink) Old 09-18-2009, 10:14 AM
FJS
Member
 
FJS's Avatar
 
Join Date: Mar 2008
Location: Land of Eternal Spring
Posts: 126
Post

There is a large bike group in Xela, they are BMW though, ask around if you need any help or assistance; you would be surprised. Many more bikers out of the city, they usually come out on the weekends.

Good luck to ya on your trip

Salut
FJS is offline  
post #16 of 613 (permalink) Old 09-19-2009, 05:49 AM
Member
 
Xo0oM's Avatar
 
Join Date: Mar 2009
Location: Florida
Posts: 117
Be safe and take LOTS of pics.
Xo0oM is offline  
post #17 of 613 (permalink) Old 09-20-2009, 09:12 AM Thread Starter
Member
 
DBD34's Avatar
 
Join Date: Apr 2008
Location: Oregon/Peru
Posts: 456
Quote:
Originally Posted by Machog View Post
Ride safe and have a great trip-looks like you are off to a great start.

Hope to ride with you again when you return-lots of pictures please.

Machog

PS, you doing a thread on ADV?
John,
No thread but I do post on ADV (oldgringo). I'm here in Xela until 2 October, hooked up with friends for the ride to Panama. I've booked on a 50' French sailboat, the "Gambade" for the ride over to Colombia, the Versys will be strapped to the deck, should make for some interesting photos.

Gary

"The problem with quotes on the Internet is that you never know if they're real" - Abraham Lincoln

http://r1150rt.smugmug.com
DBD34 is offline  
post #18 of 613 (permalink) Old 09-20-2009, 11:28 PM
Member
 
Join Date: Jun 2008
Location: Hillsburrito
Posts: 1,004
Quote:
Originally Posted by Pepe View Post
The standard of driving is awful. When I still lived there I didn't dare to ride around the city, too dangerous.
Oh, common... Yes, it's big, hectic, city traffic, but no different than most big cities (Shanghai is a little scary, most Chinese have little driving experience, most of them being relatively new drivers). You have to pay attention constantly, other than that, just look for gaps in traffic and off you go splitting lanes to make good time across the city like all the other bikes.

Gustavo

Gustavo is offline  
post #19 of 613 (permalink) Old 09-21-2009, 08:58 AM
Member
 
Join Date: Dec 2008
Location: Plano, Texas
Posts: 93
Maybe your more religious than you think - if not why the prayer??
rhrose is offline  
post #20 of 613 (permalink) Old 09-21-2009, 01:34 PM
Member
 
Machog's Avatar
 
Join Date: Feb 2008
Location: Redmond WA USA
Posts: 1,002
Gary, look forward to the photos. Make sure you hose the V down after you get off the boat to get that pesky salt water off it.

Machog

Machog is offline  
Sponsored Links
Advertisement
 
Reply

Quick Reply
Message:
Options

Register Now



In order to be able to post messages on the Kawasaki Versys Forum forums, you must first register.
Please enter your desired user name, your email address and other required details in the form below.

User Name:
Password
Please enter a password for your user account. Note that passwords are case-sensitive.

Password:


Confirm Password:
Email Address
Please enter a valid email address for yourself.

Email Address:
OR

Log-in









Human Verification

In order to verify that you are a human and not a spam bot, please enter the answer into the following box below based on the instructions contained in the graphic.



Thread Tools
Show Printable Version Show Printable Version
Email this Page Email this Page
Display Modes
Linear Mode Linear Mode



Posting Rules  
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off
Trackbacks are On
Pingbacks are On
Refbacks are On

 
For the best viewing experience please update your browser to Google Chrome