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Old 27 Feb 2017
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Flag Sticker Shop

For those who have not attained that "certain age" and satisfied within,
there is always the Flag Sticker Shop, I buy the 50 flags per sheet and *distribute flags of the 220 countries that they have visited to all those who park with us in Buenos Aires - when we are in town. www.xfiltrate.com see ad on the Hubb.

Flag stickers, flag decals, country decals, country stickers, international world flag oval decals

I have discovered that the "flags" on my bikes more than pay for themselves by facilitating communication with people who are from one or the other of the countries displayed, or those who are interested in Argentina or the United States, where we have businesses. For me, the flags and our Motorcycle parking Stickers and Airbnb stickers ... are a great marketing tool for our motorcycle parking business and our Airbnb ranch. The flags serve as "ice breakers." I am always interested in meeting new people and making new friends. With the flags flying, I feel I have a contact point with many foreigners representing the countries I have visited. I do not feel a stranger if I am flying their flag.

I feel especially proud to help advertise the Dakar and fly their sticker... - an overland rally I have helped sponsor.

As I said, I do get it that some folks might not. Sorry for being so cryptic.

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I put my stickers on the panniers and I hang onto the panniers. They fit on many different bikes and even if they did not, I would keep tem as momentos.
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Originally Posted by xfiltrate View Post
I feel especially proud to help advertise the Dakar and fly their sticker... - an overland rally I have helped sponsor.
I have to admit that's one which bugs me, you should only have a Dakar sticker if you (or you + bike, depending on the outcome of this thread) have competed in the rally. I do get that it's become a brand and that not everyone with a sticker is in any sense claiming to have done the rally, but it just bugs me.

A sticker means you've done a thing, been to a place, competed in a thing...
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Not everyone has the spare €50,000 needed to compete, so I'd like to think it's acceptable if you've ridden alongside the rally as an active spectator.

2006 rally with Si Pavey, Matt Hall and Charlie Boorman

Following the Dakar Rally used to be such good fun and I did it several years running. Getting accommodation was always a challenge with so many in town and I remember five of us guys sharing a double room in Er Rachidia... and the little one said, "Roll over! Roll over!" So they all rolled over and...

Later the next day Charlie retired due to severe injuries to both hands but Si got to the end of the rally.

Some photos of the 2006 Dakar Rally.
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No issue with that either Tim! You were there which is a damn sight more than can be said for probably 90% of those with a sticker.
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Am I the only one that always thought putting stickers or badges
(screwing up the waterproofing of some things!) on shit to show is more showing off than anything else. Always found it a bit of a poser thing. Never found my trips an achievement or anything. Not my bike trips anyway. But even some of the other ones...
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I think stickers on your vehicle or backpack is a bad idea, as it can make you a target.

Sure, if you breeze into a poor village on your touring rig resplendent with farkles, folks are going to spot you for a foreigner and a mark - but why go out of your way to bring on extra attention?
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