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  2. Looking forward to it... though I think I'm going to opt out of the raffle this year given how much stuff I won last year 😆
  3. Yesterday
  4. Last week
  5. In Panama City now. Booked a flight for the bike to go to Bogota in three days. Blew a fork seal and getting some new brake pads now.
  6. First problem... blown left fork seal. Going to try cleaning it with one of those seal saver tools and see if that works. Worked for the 990 the first time that happened. But just a common wear issue
  7. Earlier
  8. Got settled in here on Bocas del Toro at a great hostel and enjoying it finally
  9. Hey don't knock the ol Strom! I've owned both a 650 & 1000 and they were fantastic maintenance free bikes. They would never stand up to the abuse I put the 950 through, but fantastic bikes none the less. But back to the Harley, I'm quite anxious to throw a leg over one.
  10. I don’t think of the V-Strom as an exciting adv bike but can Suzuki bring that many new riders to the adv world? That is what interests me the most about HD getting into the game.
  11. Seems like a reasonable starting price in the world of high end large bore ADV bikes. I of course would need the PanAm Special which bumps that up a good bit... 😉
  12. Glad someone is pointing out the niggles, as most of the reviews I've seen or read are glowing positive.
  13. Kyle has a good video on some things he doesn’t like about the Pan America. They seem like fair things to point out and he does have good things to say as well.
  14. Then got to Panama late, missed ferry. Have to insure the bike but the insurance office was closed. Waited for hours then found a hotel. Came back this morning and still no one but found a solo guy at 9:30 and got it done. 10 min down the road and was stopped by police and they wanted to see everything! Glad I had it covered. But... few more minutes see some locals have barricaded the road to protest an end to some covid unemployment benefits. So I jumped it! [emoji23]
  15. Part of travel bullsh*t: Stuck at border and missed my ferry because Costa Rica’s exit tax payment system is down. One would think I could just pay cash and go but no. That would be too easy.
  16. Finally got a set of GPS to try! 50/50 is perfect for adventure touring and I’ve been waiting for a long time. Was going to try in Mexico City but they were out of stock. For the record, I’m at 14k miles right now. Have to record that because I always forget [emoji23]
  17. Welp... 5k miles with zero complaints but picked up a nail in the rear right after I met the local Motoz dealer (hmmmmm [emoji2955]) so I retired them early. I will do a complete review soon but suffice it to say I’m glad I had the chance to try these tires. I’d worked with Dunlop a bit ahead of their launch and I’d heard good things about them. I saw Justin Mackie completely rail his Africa Twin last year in Montana and Idaho so I saw them put through the paces. For me, I’d never really wanted a 50/50 tire but this type of adventure touring is better suited for it. They’re a dream on the pavement and not bad at all in the dirt. Most of the dirt I’ve done here though is pretty tame but that’s a perfect task for a 50/50 tire. I’m probably not going to ride these at a High Sierra or Mojave but this type of riding they’re perfect. Seems a shame to retire them huh? I’m stunned they look so good with 5,000 miles on them. My guess is they could have gone 9-10k.
  18. Tom and I are riding around Costa Rica this week. San José, Jaco, Tamarindo, Arenal.
  19. I just hope we can put some Motoz RallZ on it
  20. Do I get unsupervised alone time with a new PanAm? 😈
  21. So long as it doesn't lead us into the fiery pits of hell again...
  22. Can you believe this will be our 10th annual High Sierra?! We have a pretty cool title sponsor this year too; Harley Davidson. They'll be in attendance and you'll get to see their new Pan America. To make it extra special, we're adding a dinner Thursday and breakfast Friday as well as a single prize drawing both Thursday and Friday nights. I'm still finalizing costs so don't have a price or ticket link up yet. Keep in mind last year's price ($178) was lowered due to covid and before I knew the food costs. So this year will back to "normal" but also reflect 2 additional meals and two years of their price increases. I do promise to offset that with what Harley Davidson is contributing though.
  23. I tried wiring the tach sensor the way they said by wrapping it around the plug but it never worked. Didn’t really matter since I already have a tachometer. 990 is what I’ll ride for High Sierra. That is, if it still runs when I get back [emoji23] Tom Palmer from Motorrad Angels got here last night and we will do a week of riding around Costa Rica and then I will move onto Panama. I may hit an island on the Caribbean side called Bocas del Toro but not sure yet. I’m not that into the island resort feel. A guy I met on Instagram has a vacation place in Coronado on the Pacific side he offered me so I may be there a day or two while I figure out the shipping of my bike to Panama.
  24. Thanks for the updates buddy! Good to hear you are healthy and living it up!!! Good to see the Voyager pro in good use too! I removed the tach gauge sensor. It worked for a bit. But does not now. Perhaps an update will fix that. I’m still riding the 990 and lovin it. If you need us to take your 990 for a rip I’m sure @jasonraster and I can do that for you while you extend your trip due to the COVID circumstances! Be safe, eat well and look forward to the next adventure!
  25. Ride to Irazu volcano yesterday with some locals and then a bbq at a practice facility with a lot of nice riders. Volcano is 11,300’.
  26. Had a blast today riding with some locals. Juan Carlos from Elephant Moto invited me to ride with four others up to Irazu volcano at about 11,260 feet. Sadly clouds obscured the view but we went to a friend’s place where they were practicing riding drills in a large area and having a bbq. Super nice people.
  27. I get to meet such nice people! I met Manuel and Karina at Triumph Costa Rica today. He said they have 7 900’s coming next week that are already pre sold!
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