The Japanese Tap

Okay, so I can{t spell so good, but I can make your motorcycle from scratch.....

We left Copacabana Dec. 10 and couldnt find any gas! 20 km into reserve, and just as I was thinking I would have to knock out Martin (our f650 buddy) and steal some from his 40 L tank, we final hit a gas station. Yea great, but we are out of Bolivars and the lady serving up the "combustible" doesnt take US$! Dosent take US$!! "What kind of goll dang coutry is this"! Lucky for us, banking is in the blood of our Swiss friend and he whips out a 100 Bol note.
Tanks topped and we head for Oruro, 400 KM south. Mostly uneventful droning with the occasional herd of sheep on the highway! One thing that was somewhat amusing happened near the end of the day. Pam was out front about 1/2 a klick and this herding dog started after her flat out from about 200m off in the field. Now you wouldnt think that a dog could catch a bike going 110 km/h but the little bugger timed it perfectly and almost got her! I wanted to pull over and buy him of the Quechuan lady herding the sheep.
Next day we tryed for Uyuni, a small town neer tha Solar de Uyuni, a big salt flat in southern Bolivia. Not too far along and we hit dirt! They said it was paved, but then they say lot of things down here!
A little ways in I come over a crest and theres Martin in the midle of the road shakeing his fist and thumbs downing his BMW. It turns out that with all the extra weight and the severly washbord dirt road, he had blown the end cap right off the remote reservoir of his rear shock!!
Holly sheit Batman! What do you do in the middle of the Bolivian Desert with with all of your shock oil all over the ground!?
Luckily I just happend to have a 5 mm tap in my tool kit so we unscrewed the remainder of the reservoir, tapped the inside of the fitting on the end of the hose and screwed in a 5mm button head that was holding the BMW confusor in place! This held the remainder of the oil in till we could retreat back pavement and get a place to stay.
So we found a Casa for the night and removed all the luggage from Martins bike. I then thought "a shock is kind of like a syringe so...". We removed the 5mm screw from the end of the hose and attached the breather tube from my bike and a funnel and added some 10-40 motor oil to the funnel. Pam and Martin then statted to pump up and down on the back of the bike and lo and behold the shock started sucking in the oil!
We tried different styles like short bursts and long strokes till no air would come out of the funnel then I pulled off the breather tube and replaced the 5mm screw with a little locktite.
After a short test ride Martin said that it was 80-90 percent as it was before. Of course it would never be perfect but it would get him to Chile were he could get a new shock.
Why did I have locktite and a 5mm tap on this trip? It must have been that survival training I had as a kid.

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