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Thanks for checking out our site!

Thanks to Dan for getting this thing up and running. Keep checking back folks as we'll be adding things all the time. We will have a SPOT device, It will allow you to follow along on our trip with a track overlay on Googe Earth. We also have onboard camera's for video and still shots. We will be uploading them during the trip for you to enjoy.

Work continues on the bikes and we are getting close to calling them "ready" I will be uploading some pictures soon.

We were changing the fork springs in Dans V-strom and we found out the forks were bent... They are over at Les Barkers shop and hopefully he'll get them true again. At the moment he'll have to wheelie all the way to South America.

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It It seems the list of crap to do just gets longer instead of shorter..With only a month left till we leave, I don't mind telling you I am a little stessed out at the moment.

I like to send out a BIG thank you to Matt, Sam and Kim at Cycle Gear in Portland  As well as Brain at Cycle Gear in Vancouver. They helped us get alot of the kit we're using. THANKS!!! If you need some kit... Cycle gear is the best. 

30 Days to Feet up and in the wind!!!

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Wow only 30 days.

 I got all my Meds and shots today. $200 bucks later and I've got half a dozen strange juices flowing in my veins....but I'm a germ killin' machine.

The bikes are coming along. Last night I painted all the storage tubes we made. After getting light headed I relized the door I opened to vent off the paint was blowing all the paint dust INTO the garage. Covering all the bikes and stuff in a fine black dust. I was in a nice mood though...

 I worked on mine tonight alittle and its pretty much done!!! We're waiting on the forks for Dan's rig and then we'll finish his up.

We'll be taking the weekend off as Dan is having his 50th Birthday this weekend. Big party!! So the next updates will be next week. I promise to give more pictures and info on the bike mods we made so look for them next week. See ya.

    

 

 

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MOTOBROTHERS Joins RIDERS for Health!!!

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http://www.firstgiving.com/motobrothers

Thats right we have joined up with Riders for Health chairty!

We are super pumped to help raise money for such a great cause!

If your not familiar with them, Riders for Health  was founded by Randy Mamola , Ex Grand Prix motorcycle racer.  Riders for Heath provide medical services to remote village's in Africa, And they do it by motorcycle!! So check out thier website and you'll see they do great things.

www.riders.org

To contribute click here http://www.firstgiving.com/motobrothers

The First Giving site is approved by Riders for Heath.

All money raised goes to Riders for Health.

 

John got a call from Les Baker today – my forks are toast and can’t be straightened. Bummer. Spent some time this afternoon calling the bike shops around Seattle – looks like about $230 for each tube and 7 to 10 working days to get here. That’s a chunk of change and a delay we didn’t need.

Did a little research online as well – hard to find used forks from salvage yards because they are usually the first (or second) thing to get hammered when a bike gets in a wreck.

So… we’re on the hunt for some fork tubes and hopefully we’ll source some in time to maintain our schedule.

Had to cancel a trip down to Johns this weekend due to the weather. We’ve got a ton of snow here in Seattle along with frosty cold and some wind. Tough sledding out there and most of the people on the roads shouldn’t be and they don’t know it.

 

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Well were getting down to a week left and we're missing two pieces of the puzzle.

Bike bandit has been very evasive about when the forks will get here. Dan has gotten to know most of the staff there and has some pretty strong feelings about Bike Bandit now.

(Note from Dan: Frustrating situation with BikeBandit - while they claim to have all the parts in stock - they don't really. I called these guys on December 22nd to ask if they had the fork tubes in stock - "oh, yes we do and they can ship tomorrow if you expedite" - well... today is Jan 3 and they are now claiming they will ship on the 9th.... So we may or may not have them sometime this year....)

The other piece to the Puzzle is tires. The fronts are in, but the back tires have been on back order for about 5 weeks... Then with all the weather problems and holidays they've been delayed in shipping. 

 

 

 

 

Well - just when you think it's not safe to go in the water again - we got notice from BikeBandit the forks are on the way to John's place - to arrive on Wednesday evening. John tells me the last tire we're waiting for is to arrive today to Cycle Gear in Portland.

So.... maybe, just maybe - we will get the bikes back together by Saturday and be ready to head out on Sunday or Monday.

Thanks to the hard work of Matt and Kim at Cycle Gear we have finally got the tires.

I will be getting them mounted and reassembling Dans forks tomorrow evening. Pending a visit from Murphy, the Bikes should be good to go tomorrow evening. We should be feet up and in the wind (and rain) on Sunday.

Watch The Oregonian Thursday or Friday. Rumor has it the Motobrothers are getting some press....

 

Big thanks to Emery for our logo and printing the trick motobrothers cards!!!!!

 

 

 

 

The weather this winter has been amazing - amazingly bad. Record snowfall in December and now record rain. So much rain that the major arterial roads out of Seattle are closed - I-5 is closed with 3+ feet of water over it - all the mountain passes are closed due to snow and avalanche conditions.
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The department of transportation is not promising anything about getting the roads open - last year I-5 flooded and it was 4 or 5 days before it was reopened.... Who knows if I can get down to Portland this weekend... First it's the forks, then its the tires, now it's the weather...  Here is a shot of I-5 down south - they are expecting the water to crest tonight about 10pm and now the DOT is saying they will probably not have it open before Monday (4 days!) - because it takes so long to clear all the mud and goo up and check the road for damages.


I updated the site with more info/pictures - check out the "About" page, Bikes and Gear page and the "FAQ" page.