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Baja Day 7 - Shrinkage in Cabo!?!?

 

... Ever since crossing the border, I had kickstand issues. Pain in the ass... Now, did the kickstand shrink? Did it get bend? I don't know. But what I know is, the kickstand does not support the bike's weight with luggage. The bike is leaning way too far with the kickstand extended, and that is a major cause for concern. The bike could potentially fall over.

Without trying to sound too boring, here are some details. The bike still has the original kickstand. When I bought the bike, one of the previous owners had attached an aftermarket, larger size platform, called a "CamelToe". This part is supposed to prevent the stand from sinking in to soft surfaces. Now it was giving me a headache.

Upon arrival in Cabo today, I met with a super nice guy, Ed, who had previously operated a BMW dealership in Cabo San Lucas. He has a metal workshop with all the bells and whistles to fix my stand. I am excited!

We met at the local McDonaldDuck and off to his workshop we went. Lots of stuff in there. Tools, parts, a support vehicle of the Baja 1000, he had piloted, a Dakar bike, his son used to ride, a BMW 1200 GS, that Ed himself rode to Ushuaia 3 (!) times, amongst bikes on lifts Ed is currently working on. He also used to have a 2004 BMW 1150 GS.

 Ed in action....

Ed in action....

Anyways, the man had just come from a vacation in Spain yesterday and agreed to help me out! Needless to say, I was very grateful for his generosity.

Ok, here is the rundown of events this afternoon:

- pull one of the bikes of lift

- park and secure my bike on the lift

- assess the situation, come up with a plan of action

- take off camel toe

- cut and sand block off of a piece of polypropylene plastic

- drill 6 holes

I need to buy some longer bolts tomorrow, because the existing ones are too short for the extended CamelToe.

 Der Kamelfuss

Der Kamelfuss

 Screw 2 short

Screw 2 short

Since the stand was also interfering with the shifter, he welded a tap. Now the shifter does not come up as high and gives my foot more room to shift.

And to my surprise, he didn't even charge me. When I asked him "How much?", he answers "Nothing. I just wanted to help..." We spend about 3 hours on this project and it was Sunday. What can I say...I got a new buddyin Cabo. Thanks Ed, you saved my ass...eh, kickstand.

 Big Bertha back in business. Thanks Ed!

Big Bertha back in business. Thanks Ed!