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Arrow Road To Nicaragua on a 919

This is my first formal introduction. My name is James from Oklahoma. New to wrist twisters and have fallen in love with my 919. I wanted to share some pictures and videos of my recent ride.

I left Tulsa December 28th 2012. From there I went to San Antonio TX, then Nogales AZ, and crossed the border to ride the west coast of Mexico. After Mexico is was pretty much a shot in the dark as I only had a map for Mexico, no GPS, and no phone. From Mexico my rout took me through Guatemala City, San Salvador, shortest land crossing of Honduras, and Managua to get to Diriamba, Nicaragua. The distance was just over 4500 miles to get here. I have been living here working with a medical clinic and helping to build homes in the barrios.

With each passing mile the 919 continues to impress me! This bike really can do it all and will be getting a much deserved makeover when I get back in May.

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I had to go to Costa Rica two weeks ago to reset my vehicle permit. I met four girls in Tamarindo and was invited to ride 4 hours inland to La Fortuna (A Volcano National Park). We hiked to the top crater of a volcano, swam in waterfalls, zip lined through the rainforest canopy, rappelled down cliffs, and rode horses together. All in all a nice surprise!

Here's the Video: Costa Rica ADV Pt 4 - YouTube

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Welcome. Sounds like you're having an awesome time! More videos of girls in bikinis please.

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Very cool man, wen to Tamarindo for my honeymoon. Very cool place. Looks like your living the good life. What tires are you running looks like alot of your riding is on dirt roads? Thats alot riding in some dangerous areas. Be careful and ride safe. Stop by Austin on the way back in to Tulsa whenever you decide to come back.

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Impressive, what a great life experience!

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Stay safe. See you back here in May.

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Welcome. Quite the introduction you have there. Looks like a great trip. Wtf kind of animal was that that jumped at the camera? Any pictures if the girls?

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Welcome. Quite the introduction you have there. Looks like a great trip. Wtf kind of animal was that that jumped at the camera? Any pictures if the girls?
Thanks, and we couldn't figure it out. At first we thought aardvark but it looks possum'esk as well. If you find out let me know. Here's the full animal vid: Animal Attacks GoPro - YouTube

Over looking a foggy lake in this picture:

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Very cool man, wen to Tamarindo for my honeymoon. Very cool place. Looks like your living the good life. What tires are you running looks like alot of your riding is on dirt roads? Thats alot riding in some dangerous areas. Be careful and ride safe. Stop by Austin on the way back in to Tulsa whenever you decide to come back.
Thanks! They are continental trail attacks. I absolutely love them. It has been about 90% solid roads. Mexico has some of the best roads I've been on. There was a 50 mile stretch of dirt roads in Costa Rica that made them worth every penny. I paid $302 front and rear at DennisKirk.com.


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AH I love and miss Costa Rica! Beautiful country! Looks like you're having a blast. Be safe and keep us posted!

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Welcome Wolf. Great pics and hell of an adventure!

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Welcome. Quite the introduction you have there. Looks like a great trip. Wtf kind of animal was that that jumped at the camera? Any pictures if the girls?
That critter looks like it is a Coatimundi

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That critter looks like it is a Coatimundi
I think you may be right. Never heard of I before. Nice job. Any more pictures of the girls wolf? Don't hold out on us, lets see some bikini pictures!

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Thanks for sharing! We love stories like that over on the ADVrider forum(if you're not already there). So jealous - wish I could take off on a journey like that!

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I think you may be right. Never heard of I before. Nice job. Any more pictures of the girls wolf? Don't hold out on us, lets see some bikini pictures!
She made me promise haha
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Have been back since mid April and have finally sat down to edit the rest of my footage. It was very therapeutic to remember what I have already started forgetting. I can see now how easy it is to get caught up in all of the hustle for material things here in America. Anyways here is the video (can only be seen on a computer, can't change it)
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Absolutely awesome. Any problems navigating (permits, visa's etc) through each area of Mexico and or into South America???

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Great videos.

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How'd I miss this thread?! Awesome stuff Wolf, very inspirational. Type of thing you'll remember for the rest of your life. Great vids, edits! Thanks for sharing.

What was up with the guys chasing you in the SUV? How'd that all start? Just some random people pulling next to you and signalling to pull over? Riding through oncoming traffic, there's a crazy thought.

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Very nice! Makes me want to learn spanish and start traveling down there.

It's kind of weird, the same song playing in your video is playing on my satellite radio as I'm typing this. It's a sign...

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Absolutely awesome. Any problems navigating (permits, visa's etc) through each area of Mexico and or into South America???
Thanks! And Yes I had several problems navigating visas and permits.

Costa Rica only allows one tourist motorcycle permit per year which is why I had to come back earlier than I wanted.... That and my tooth fell into the ocean. Had a chiclet bubble gum stuck up there to fill the gap.

I only had a photocopy of my vehicle title (you need the actual title) some called me out on it. Had to bribe one persistent official with a broken iPhone.

Also had a problem of getting back through Guatemala. Because I didn't opt for a 3 day vehicle permit and got a 90 day permit instead I couldn't take my bike back in. (I closed out my 90 day permit but came back before it expired) I didn't realize I did this on the way down because my Spanish was close to nil. I had to pay a lawyer to get me a 24 hour transit pass.
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What was up with the guys chasing you in the SUV? How'd that all start? Just some random people pulling next to you and signalling to pull over? Riding through oncoming traffic, there's a crazy thought.
Thanks! Yeah it was crazy, don't ever want to experience that much adrenaline again.

I was staying with family in that town. Later when I was in the car (with my bike safely hidden at my uncle's house) we saw them in a convoy patrolling. I pointed out the red SUV and the car that hit me. My cousin said "that's the cartel del gulfo. You reacted badly. If you had just pulled over all they wanted was to know who you were and what you were doing in their town".

I thought I reacted like any sensible person would with thinking they were about to be robbed or held for ransom.

They run that town like SOA, Mexico style. They know who my uncle and cousin are, what they do, and where they live. When I refused to stop they assumed I was zetas, their rival cartel. The us border officials said I was lucky because the only reason they didn't shoot was due to me being in between two military checkpoints.
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That was absolutely awesome! Thanks for taking us along.
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Neat experience well except for the drug cartels chasing you and you almost getting wacked. Glad you made back in one piece and sure looks like those dogs are happy to have you back as well.

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Still want to see the bikini pictures.

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Wow your story about the cartels is pretty scary. I guess that makes a lot of sense about how they wanna know who you are and what not. Looks like you're living the dream though...

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More pictures of the ride:
Made some new friends who invited me back for dinner in Guatemala. (Was able to meet back up with them on the way back)

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Because you don't need a kickstand in the sand


Mountain tunnels in Mexico

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In a crater of a volcano

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Great write up wolf. Not many people get these epic expericences. How the heck did you get the 9'er outta the sand?

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Great write up wolf. Not many people get these epic expericences. How the heck did you get the 9'er outta the sand?

He slowly coaxed it out by dangling a TK's Ram-Air scoop in front of it

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Thanks! Yeah riding on the beach, no bueno por caca. While I was fresh out of TK's ram air intakes for lures, I tried spraying a seashell black to trick her out. No go, so a local man helped me out of the sand. I immediately went back in taking a different route. It was like riding a very unstable sinking jet ski.


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Thanks! Yeah riding on the beach, no bueno por caca. While I was fresh out of TK's ram air intakes for lures, I tried spraying a seashell black to trick her out. No go, so a local man helped me out of the sand. I immediately went back in taking a different route. It was like riding a very unstable sinking jet ski.


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Holy Shit. I was amazed at how fast you got stuck. At least your tire got scrubbed in good.

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Looks like you has a blast. If you ever go again let me know, I might be up for this...

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Dude that is awesome! Quick question: what kind of hand guards do you have? Oh and are those aftermarket handlebars?
Thanks for posting this up.

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Dude that is awesome! Quick question: what kind of hand guards do you have? Oh and are those aftermarket handlebars?
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Thanks! The handlebars are MX moose racing ultra lows. The hand guards are trackside from cycle gear. Saved my levers in the rainy mountains of southern Mexico.
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Thanks! The handlebars are MX moose racing ultra lows. The hand guards are trackside from cycle gear. Saved my levers in the rainy mountains of southern Mexico.
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Hey can you make the "way home" available for mobile
Would if I could, the song I chose will not allow it to be played via mobile
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That sucks was trying to show my girl the video last night thought it was pretty neat

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