Bike has been treating me great so far. I've been trying to do the same for her. Haven't had any serious issue so far. Really, the only big issue was carburetor which was in California at the very beginning of this trip. Ever since than, it's been just maintenance stuff which I've been trying to do as scheduled. I did this service back in Nicaragua; oil and filter change, new chain and sprockets, cleaning air filter, new front and rear breaks and new speedometer. There's a little over 19700 miles on odometer, which means little over 10000 miles on this trip.
I would like to thank my friend Bob from California for bringing all these parts with him down to Nicaragua. Some of these are impossible to find in Central America, like speedometer and clutch cable. I got here; clutch cable, speedometer cable, front and rear break pads, new chain and sprockets kit, new helmet visor and couple of oil filters. All of these I replaced as soon as I got new parts, except clutch cable. I got this as spare, since I've used my initial spare one in Mexico.
Replacing speedometer cable. Original one died back in El Salvador. I installed new one in Nicaragua, so there was a short period when I didn't have my clock and odometer working. I've kept track of my miles with little help from google maps.
Cleaning air filter and lubing it with some engine oil. Thing was dirty!
This old chain has been giving me weird noise for a while due to a tight spot. I'm sure it would snap right on that spot in next 1000 miles. Sprockets also looked bit worn-out. It was time to change.
I got her new shoes in Costa Rica. She loves them! Old Kenda tires definitely had some more life in them, especially front one, but the rear one has been performing poorly for a long time. Especially in wet conditions. I was really looking forward to replace it. Was gonna do it much earlier but I couldn't find the size for my bike anywhere through Central America. I found one in Guatemala and one in Nicaragua, but the quality of those was worse than the one I had. Finally found these great Pirelli Scorpions in Costa Rica. They were pricey, but well worth it. Very pleased with their performance.
So, this is the deal in most shops throughout Central America. If you buy some parts from them, installation is usually free or they charge you very little. I wasn't gonna change tires myself anyway as it would take me good chuck of day with just hand tools that I have. These guys not only that they changed my tires, but they also cleaned the bike to the last detail free of charge. Look at this thing! It's shining! Looks brand new. I've had this bike for 4 years now and never seen it this clean. Quite honestly, it was a little too clean. I've been purposely trying to keep it as dirty as possible, so it looks like old, beat up bike. Kind of bike you wouldn't want to steal if you like stealing bikes. When it's shining like this, people see quick profit there. And there's a lot of poor people throughout Central and South America. Got to admit, I was still stoked to see her this clean. She deserved it. Though, she was back to her, like pig in the mud, style within days.