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post #1 of 37 Old 07-13-2017, 09:28 PM Thread Starter
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New to the vstrom family looking for advice for a long haul pan am trip from canada

Hey all I've been trawling this site and I'm impressed with the amount of info here.

However I am looking for a few answers and feedback with regards to the trip that me and my girl have in the plans.

my Ride - 2014 wee adv model , which is standard equipped with crash bars , luggage etc. I have a centre stand not yet installed, which i believe is OEM not certain as previous owner purchased.
The Plan-
Alaska to Tierra Del Fuego
Most likely in the fall or next summer is to take a trip from Nelson BC Canada to Alaska to complete part of the journey. This trip will be about fine tuning the bike and camping set up and getting acquainted with how it will be along the way.

After I have completed the Alaska trip ill begin plans to complete the rest of the journey down through central/south america. The plan isn't to do too much crazy off road stuff maybe occasionally if and when required.

First thing I'm curious about concerns the centre stand. I'm looking into getting a skid plate as i think it would be smart to protect the filter etc but I'm not sure if there is any conflict with having the centre stand on. If anyone could shed some light on this id appreciate it i.e. which skid plate to buy that doesn't have any mounting issues relating to the centre stand etc.

Im also looking for recommendations on recommended farkles that i would most likely benefit from such as Chain oiler, throttle lock, 12 v accessory plug, upgrade to tires . Im considering the fork brace based on feedback here. This is my first road bike so I'm very green as to what should be on the bike for anyone considering a trip like this.

If anyone has places, tips and dos and don'ts they recommend to visit on any part of this journey , feel free to post here.

Ive also got an issue with the crash bar vibration at 46-4700 rpm which i have found on here as well which I'm intending to try and resolve with some home made rubber washers made form vulcanised rubber. if anyone has any suggestions on better way to resolve this, feel free to add opinions.

Last but not least I'm intending to do the south and central portion with a surf board attached to the bike. Im a keen surfer and looking to try and surf at as many places on the journey as i can. I have ridden smaller bikes with a board and see it as feasible but if anyone has ideas on suitable racks and such or better still a surf break they recommend along the way . Holler at me !

Sorry for the long winded post . cheers for any help
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I ran into a young feller that had been teaching English in China. Flew to Alaska and bought a Triumph Tiger and was headed to Terra del way far away. He was spending his time having fun.
Bash plate, you want light weight go Weld 86 and heavy try one of the others. I had no issues with a big steel plate or the alunimum Weld with the center stand. Mine is a SW Motech stand. Throttle control on the cheap a Go Cruise and a Cramp buster.
As far as tires go you will piss those away One set for every country you go through so plan accordingly. Companies will send tires wherever you want and there are motorcycle dealers aslong the way.
Check the stories of prior adventurers. There are gobs of books and videos of those who have gone before.,
Check the ADV site for more stories.
I'm a wuss and have only gone as far South as Mulege' Baja Ca. That was piece of pie even 20-30 years ago.
Oh, do have fun and post. You may find inviting doors as you travel on your way.
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Thanks for the feedback notacop, appreciate it !
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gotta disagree with notacop on the tire issue. you will not burn through a set in every country. some countries are only a few hundred miles through, especially central america. go with something like tourance and expect 7-10,000 miles on the rear and more on the front.

finding good tires in all places is not that easy for the vstrom family. they are available but in very limited places and not much selection as far as brands go. leave the US with new rubber and you will be good until colombia and then some, especially if you are not super loaded and avoid off-road.
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Great plan!!
Among other things, I would pack a set if wheel front and rear bearings, head bearings, stuff to fix flat tires and a battery pack to boost the bike or charge your phone, etc. Other things as well but those are often forgotten and they seem to go once in a while. They should pack small.
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My suggestion is to browse to the Ride Reports section here at this forum, or if you prefer, the Trip Planning and Ride Reports sections over on AdvRider.com and read up on what others have already done to prepare for and complete a trip.

The advantage of reading the published reports is that the people who have already done these trips have also sorted through the speculation and fog of inexperienced opinion to determine what is really needed.

Best of luck on your adventure!

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Hey all I've been trawling this site and I'm impressed with the amount of info here.

However I am looking for a few answers and feedback with regards to the trip that me and my girl have in the plans.

my Ride - 2014 wee adv model , which is standard equipped with crash bars , luggage etc. I have a centre stand not yet installed, which i believe is OEM not certain as previous owner purchased.
The Plan-
Alaska to Tierra Del Fuego
Most likely in the fall or next summer is to take a trip from Nelson BC Canada to Alaska to complete part of the journey. This trip will be about fine tuning the bike and camping set up and getting acquainted with how it will be along the way.

After I have completed the Alaska trip ill begin plans to complete the rest of the journey down through central/south america. The plan isn't to do too much crazy off road stuff maybe occasionally if and when required.

First thing I'm curious about concerns the centre stand. I'm looking into getting a skid plate as i think it would be smart to protect the filter etc but I'm not sure if there is any conflict with having the centre stand on. If anyone could shed some light on this id appreciate it i.e. which skid plate to buy that doesn't have any mounting issues relating to the centre stand etc.

Im also looking for recommendations on recommended farkles that i would most likely benefit from such as Chain oiler, throttle lock, 12 v accessory plug, upgrade to tires . Im considering the fork brace based on feedback here. This is my first road bike so I'm very green as to what should be on the bike for anyone considering a trip like this.

If anyone has places, tips and dos and don'ts they recommend to visit on any part of this journey , feel free to post here.

Ive also got an issue with the crash bar vibration at 46-4700 rpm which i have found on here as well which I'm intending to try and resolve with some home made rubber washers made form vulcanised rubber. if anyone has any suggestions on better way to resolve this, feel free to add opinions.

Last but not least I'm intending to do the south and central portion with a surf board attached to the bike. Im a keen surfer and looking to try and surf at as many places on the journey as i can. I have ridden smaller bikes with a board and see it as feasible but if anyone has ideas on suitable racks and such or better still a surf break they recommend along the way . Holler at me !

Sorry for the long winded post . cheers for any help
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I ran into a young feller that had been teaching English in China. Flew to Alaska and bought a Triumph Tiger and was headed to Terra del way far away. He was spending his time having fun.
Bash plate, you want light weight go Weld 86 and heavy try one of the others. I had no issues with a big steel plate or the alunimum Weld with the center stand. Mine is a SW Motech stand. Throttle control on the cheap a Go Cruise and a Cramp buster.
As far as tires go you will piss those away One set for every country you go through so plan accordingly. Companies will send tires wherever you want and there are motorcycle dealers aslong the way.
Check the stories of prior adventurers. There are gobs of books and videos of those who have gone before.,
Check the ADV site for more stories.
I'm a wuss and have only gone as far South as Mulege' Baja Ca. That was piece of pie even 20-30 years ago.
Oh, do have fun and post. You may find inviting doors as you travel on your way.
[QUOTE=;4754009]Great plan!!
Among other things, I would pack a set if wheel front and rear bearings, head bearings, stuff to fix flat tires and a battery pack to boost the bike or charge your phone, etc. Other things as well but those are often forgotten and they seem to go once in a while. They should pack small.
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I guess I failed to mention as well. Being that i don't know the bike that well or any for that matter. What parts of the vstrom are prone to failure that i should see to before I leave or at least plan to carry. Polarbear99 are the mentioned prone to failure or more due to the mileage is why you listed ?

Thanks
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is there a way to edit my original post to include the above query about parts prone to failure
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There is an edit button. On my phone at the moment and can't recall where it is on a computer monitor display.


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For South America. Spare gear lever, spare clutch and front brake levers. a "good" seat. Tires that will suit gravel roads. I took five sets of clothes. Next time I would only take 3. A good hat that covers your ears.
Goes without saying that you need good !!! riding gear for temps from 49 degrees Celsius to freezing and wet.
It is very windy in Argentina and Chile so a fork brace would make a huge difference.
One of the biggest challenges is finding a place to stay where your bike is secured.
I have a list of the hotels I stayed at. Not the cheapest way but I am too old to sleep in a tent.
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