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Old 08-13-2011, 09:30 PM   #16
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I'm planning a trip this fall from Vancouver BC to Belize. Maybe farther south but not sure yet? I'll be riding the West Coast through Washington, Oregon, California and then Baja to La Paz. Ferry over to Mazatlan then down the coast to Belize. I'm hoping to go for 2 months. I'll be camping, cheap motels, the odd nice hotel and maybe riding 2 tanks of gas per day. For those who have travelled that way how much should I expect roughly to spend per day including food?

Thanks a lot..........
and yeah no way you'll 2 tanks a day. the reality is everything moves at 1/2 the speed. unless you're on the ultra expensive toll roads, cruising at 40-50 mph is the norm & 200 miles is a long day.

meals are $10 per day.
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Old 08-13-2011, 09:33 PM   #17
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I was thinking it would cost more but now that I have got some info from here things are looking up. I'm going solo and had planned a budget of $100 per day for 1 month, but now I think I can do $75 per day for 2 months plus 2 grand for extra costs like ferry, insurance, parts. I think I'll need one more fund of money put a side for beer

Thanks for the help.
$100 per day and your living like a king in real nice hotel rooms and eating expensive meals & drinking.
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Old 08-22-2011, 01:57 PM   #18
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This is great thanks for posting it up.

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Don't know if it will help, but someone made this happy trip planner. In Excel (can be converted by other things, too-NeoOffice for Mac)
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Old 08-22-2011, 07:17 PM   #19
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$100 per day and your living like a king in real nice hotel rooms and eating expensive meals & drinking.
The high life got taken down to $50 a day.......so no fancy drinks, steak or nice Hotel.......I can count on Beer, canned Spam and the No-Tell-Motel;-}
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Old 08-22-2011, 07:43 PM   #20
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I've been riding bikes for 50 years and have done some less that cautious things.

But I would not even consider riding into Latin America at this time. Our own political system is unsettled, and Mexico and Latin America could become even more volatile as we become myopic about our own problems.

Courage is one thing...ignoring real danger another.

Unless you have exhausted all the great rides in the U.S. and Canada, I'd give this a second thought. Jus sayin'.

I applaud your choice in riding a "smaller" bike. The KLR 650 is fast becoming a classic that will be remembered for all the right reasons. Having never ridden one, I have only "academic" knowledge but everyone I talk with who rides one has great respect for it. And may I suggest you forget the 7xx conversion? We have all been seduced by power, and it's getting out of hand. For those of us who don't ride Two Up, we simply don't need that much power.

About eating: When on the road I like to start my day with an inexpensive breakfast, and almost always eat lunch from a market: Fruit, nuts, raisins, and a drink and I'm good to go. Dinner is often what ever is close to the motel (my camping days long over at age 74). But, even when younger, I found that low cal dinners were best unless I was riding in cold weather.

You already know this but I am obligated to mention it: It's the journey, not the destination, and younger guys very often push things especially at near the end of the day when tired. Don't do it. Be safe, stay happy.

And what every your choice, get some wind in your face and ride to live. We are blessed. Give thanks.
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Old 08-23-2011, 01:12 PM   #21
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Hey,

Didn't see all the commotion above when I made one of the origional posts...

I am planning for 50$/day or less and think it's quite viable. The truth? Like you, my expenses are limited and the more I save the longer I go. I do have money in reserve for whatever, but I hope to keep that provided no unseen expenses arrise. I understand the above may not cover tires and wear items.

I'd also suggest keeping the bike near stock. The money I'm putting into my bike is for comfort, reliablity, and durability. And a little extra for fun, like a new carb. The rest is comfy seat, luggage rack and bags, and steel subframe. Then again a XR650R isn't really in need of more power....

I plan on bringing all the stuff I brough to Baja with exception of more clothes, a few more tools, and some electronics. I've narrowed my dual sport pack down to include most of the stuff I need so just need to pack up and see where I'm at now. I'll be staying as light and compact as possible since 50% of the trips fun is the riding, in my opinion. Hence why I'm starting with Baja again and then searching for the roads less traveled.

Here's where camping will save me /day money, but still leave me with extra to crash at Hostels from time to time. I'm not really looking for the party atmosphere so that can really tire me. Getting away from people and meeting locals and interacting is more interesting then the get drunk every night and town-town travel aspect.

I do need to iron out some major items yet but as soon as those are done and my bike is reassembled I'd be willing to pull the trigger whenever. I think it might have to wait till October, but if I ride out here it's gotta be sooner. I'd be wanting to ride the divide down if that's the case and do it on a shoe string budget.
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