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Old 06-25-2007, 09:49 AM   #1
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South/Central America Bike Trip Advice Wanted

Me and a couple friends are discussing taking a bike trip through part of South America and up through Central America & Mexico next year and I'm wondering if anyone has any advice.

Right now, we're looking at shipping the bikes to Ecuador and starting from there. We'd probably buy some dual purpose bikes for the trip cause I'm the only one with a bike now (Shadow) and one of the other guys will probably have a Harley then but we'll probably need something that's better on crappy roads.
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Old 06-25-2007, 09:53 AM   #2
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You'll want a Honda XR 650 or something of the like. Just had a couple buddies make the TX-Cabo run, one ran a BMW dual sport, the other two did the XR's. Parts and service will be easier to get for the Honda's in that part of the world. Your Shadow and the Harley are definate no's..........
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Old 06-26-2007, 06:43 AM   #3
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Sounds like an awesome trip, from what I have seen in mexico, crappy roads and even worse drivers, becareful, let me know how it goes, as I would like to mimic that trip one day.


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Old 06-26-2007, 07:22 AM   #4
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there's a movie out there called "long way round" and now "long way down". both about motorcycle traveling.

round is around the world, and down is about africa.

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A sort of The Motorcycle Diaries for the Hollywood set, this documentary miniseries chronicles the cross-continental adventures of actors Ewan McGregor and Charley Boorman as they set out on their BMW bikes to travel round the world. Embarking from London and arriving 115 exhausting days later in New York, the duo tackles 20,000 miles of tough terrain, explores offbeat destinations and takes in colorful local culture"


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Old 06-26-2007, 07:33 AM   #5
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Me and a couple friends are discussing taking a bike trip through part of South America and up through Central America & Mexico next year and I'm wondering if anyone has any advice.

Right now, we're looking at shipping the bikes to Ecuador and starting from there. We'd probably buy some dual purpose bikes for the trip cause I'm the only one with a bike now (Shadow) and one of the other guys will probably have a Harley then but we'll probably need something that's better on crappy roads.
, I'm envious, I would love to get an old DR and make a run like that, would be awesome to take a few weeks. I just would be scared of the bandits etc.
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Old 06-26-2007, 07:54 AM   #6
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I did a trip down that way 8-9 years ago. I took a KLR650.

Bring lots of spares; plugs, air filter, tubes, tires. I also UPS'd several caches of spares / supplies out just before I left.

I've had survival training courtesy of the U.S. Army, but if you have no experience, I'd recommend at least picking up a basic survival manual.

On that note, bring some medical supplies; the basic stuff, and, if you can get a Dr. to write you a script; Vicodin or some type of pain killer, medicine for dysentery, malaria tablets, and a high powered antibiotic.

You may not use them, but I'd rather have them and not need them.

You'll need basic camping gear, but don't pack too heavy or you'll never make it.

As far as staying away from "hot spots", the State Department can help with advice. I'd also check with some of the more global dual sport forums for additional advice.

When I did my trip back in '98, there weren't really any internet forums to consult and the world was a little different politically. ( Although many of the same dangers existed then) I'd typically ask the locals where to stay away from and then use my best judgement.

Make sure you and your friends are compatible with each other.
Discuss among yourselves what might happen and what to do in a worst case scenario.
Having a back up plan already in place can make the difference between life and death.

I travelled solo aside from a couple of people I just met along the way.

Good luck on your trip, mine was an unforgettable experience!
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Patrick.. got any pics of your trip??
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I know a guy that does a lot of road trips like this. Check out the web sites for adventure riders and the chain gang. You'll find people doing that quite a bit there.

He just did a run down into Mexico for about 3 weeks and interestingly enough he said I could have taken my Magna for their route... well most of it. I don't think they camped but stayed in hotels/motels because they were taking so much gear on their bikes.
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We're planning on either getting KLR's or XR's. I'd prefer XR's just because I had several XR's growing up and prefer honda dirtbikes, but we do want to get the same kind of bike so parts will be interchangeable. Of course we'd like 650's, but we read that 450 is the largest that they come in in Central America so it might be easier to get fixed if something goes wrong. I only weigh 165 so I'd be find but my buddy is more like 250 so he might look like a bear riding a tricycle in the circus on a 450.

Now we are planning on driving to Costa Rica and shipping our bikes back since we won't have much more than 2 weeks to spend there. There might be up to 4 people going and we've all been friends for 10-15 years so we get along pretty well. The other one that is for sure going went with me to Europe for 3 weeks last summer, so I think if we can stand each other for that long on cramped trains and in tiny hostel rooms that I can stand him on the road next to me on his own bike. One of the "maybes" is fluent in Spanish so that would help, especially if we need to take care of the policia....as is usually the case in Mexico.
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