Monday, December 17, 2012

Blondy Gets Wrenched in Lima

Surprise Surprise and thanks to Mr. Garmin we have managed to navigate through Lima traffic and found a very nice hostal, with bike parking in the garden.  The Flying Dog hostel is worth checking out....

The respective bikes have gone to the shops for work and repair.  Blondy has spent the whole day at the BMW dealer in Lima, and I understand that Uli's TIGER is getting the thrice over at the new Triumph dealer in Lima.  From what I understand, the customer service and focus on repairs is much better at the latter shop....


When the chain came off, it left its mark on the swing arm..if you can see it through the dirt and dust...
At the clean and sparkly dealer in Lima...


 It was a lot easier to navigate through Lima traffic without panniers, and a functioning GPS system with up to date Lima maps, thanks to Uli...

New chain time...from Vancouver to Lima...


This shop reminds me of Panama: all about selling cars, and the bikes are incidental.. In this case, the car de jour is the Mini Cooper.


 I had two Minis in the day, but nothing like the current versions.  They look like they could go in the Dakar...




Oh well, I did end up with my sprocket and chain getting replaced after the first day....
 (Can't imagine why...but glad that I had the foresight to pack extra sprockets and a chain..)

A friend from Argentina and I spent most of the day staring down the shop manager and mechanic, and also met some interesting people while we dallied...


We helped this poor fellow from down south load 6 brand new F800GS and 2 650's onto his truck and trailer.  Apparently he has a touring company 1000 km. south...  A few bucks tied up in this load..









Uli and I had been passed by three bikes a few days ago.  These three Kuwaiti's doing a RTW in sections showed up while we were waiting, and we had a good gab.  They are heading south as well, and they seem well organized, and are travelling light.  They have ridden all over the planet, and simply head home to work? to make more money to travel...Nice bunch of guys who are enjoying the world, and documenting their travels..





Their website is www.ospkw.com








I think we will run into them again..

There was also a young guy from Houston Texas who showed up, looking for tires: