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Old 11-02-2012, 09:42 PM   #1
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Bike hunting in Costa Rica

I'm taking a group of students to Pérez Zeledón, Costa Rica for six weeks during Jan-Mar of 2013. Will likely be an annual deal. While I would love to have my KLR650 there, I wouldn't have the time to ride it there and back. I thought of shipping it there and leaving it, but cost and the fact I still want the bike here means no. Besides I have to travel with the group of students.

Would rather just buy a small cc bike. Maybe a Chinese 125, or a Honda something. I've been checking Craigslist. I have lots of family in CR (PZ, Alajuela, Ciudad Quesada) that can help me with the purchase. I don't mind buying, as opposed to renting, because I visit enough that I'm thinking I'll just leave it with family and use it when I visit CR, about once a year or year and a half, and let family use it when I'm not there.

My main riding will be within Pérez Z and to the coast, Dominical. Also to Parque Nacional Chirripó base area--decent gravel roads. If I read the Google maps elevations correctly, the coast rises to about a 1000 meters before dropping to 700 meters, the elevation of PZ. So I'm leery of something too small, yet I'm not concerned about perfect ergonomics, rather I'm more into cost range: $1500-3000 and will it get me to some interesting places. I'm 6'3" and 185 lbs. It's been a long time since I've been on a 125cc bike. Will it pull me up a hills going through 3000 ft elevation climb? Will I be able to pass a slow moving truck? Will I be the slow moving bike going uphill on a 125? . Most often vehicles are limited on the PZ to Dominical highway to about 40-50mph because of curves.

Here's a few I've seen on CraigsList, CR:

1. A KLX 250 2007 - $3700 (looks to be in great shape from fotos, but I don't have other details, a bit pricey)
2. A 2012 Honda CGL 125 - 600km - $1650 (bought new for $2200). Cute with knobby tires...but a 125?
3. A new FYM (Chinese) 200cc for $2100
4. A 1999 Yamaha DT 125 for $800, 2 stroke. Shows its age.
5. Honda XL200 2004, 39,000km, $2,900

Just looking for input, or maybe you know someone who's selling bike in the Perez Zeledon or Alajuela area.

I've been to PZ and Dominical lots of times, but with family when we go to the beach. Would also love to hear about interesting places to visit in the area on a bike.

Thanks.
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Old 11-03-2012, 05:57 AM   #2
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Check out these 2 links:

http://www.crmotos.com/classifieds/c...t=motocicletas
http://www.encuentra24.com/costa-rica-es/autos-motos

Good luck!
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Old 11-03-2012, 08:56 PM   #3
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Thanks for these links, very easy to compare bike models and prices.
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Old 11-05-2012, 12:25 PM   #4
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The road from PZ to Dom begs for a supermoto......
Yes, you'll be the slow guy on a cheap 125 going up hills but if you're not in a hurry.....
I'll try to find some contact info for an amigo (moto taller) in PZ who may be able to help find a bike there, much more for sale locally than you'll find on the 'net.
My next trip down is late January?
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Old 11-05-2012, 08:49 PM   #5
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Yes, I know that road well, and believe me I'd like to have a different moto than this to head out to the beach:

http://costarica.es.craigslist.org/mcy/3361784500.html

But I'm only going to be in the area 6 weeks this time and don't want to spend more than 2, maybe 2.5 grand. However, if you can drum up info on a bike in PZ, that would help substantially. The above Honda CGL 125 is very new and low milage (600kilometers), and the seller is asking $1650. But he's in playa Nosara. I have family in the Ciudad Quesada area and they can help me with the purchase, but I'd rather buy in PZ if I can.


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The road from PZ to Dom begs for a supermoto......
Yes, you'll be the slow guy on a cheap 125 going up hills but if you're not in a hurry.....
I'll try to find some contact info for an amigo (moto taller) in PZ who may be able to help find a bike there, much more for sale locally than you'll find on the 'net.
My next trip down is late January?
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Old 11-08-2012, 09:50 AM   #6
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email mi amigo Adrian; dominicalpzp@gmail.com
he is on the red bike;
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=oLhqfuJGncI
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Old 11-08-2012, 11:53 PM   #7
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email mi amigo Adrian; dominicalpzp@gmail.com
he is on the red bike;
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=oLhqfuJGncI
I emailed him, so we'll see what he says. Looks like my visit to CR is a fairly sure thing, so I'm ready to buy. I have one lined up if I want to pull the trigger, but it's out in playa Nosara in Guanacaste and I would have to have brother in law help me get it from there to Perez Zeledon. Would like to see what's available first in PZ.

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Old 11-27-2012, 09:59 AM   #8
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You leave pretty soon? Any luck?

The roads are almost as fun as the trails;
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rh3-nb0Ha5c
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Old 12-02-2012, 07:16 AM   #9
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I had a DT 175 during my stay in Playa del Coco and just the ride from there to Playa Hermosa really put a strain on the bike ESP if I picked up a chica along the way. When I was there it seemed there were a lot of Enduro bikes that had been converted to street use with something like a Baja Designs kit. With that being said dont skip over a bike that you think is just for off road while you are looking
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Old 12-08-2012, 02:49 PM   #10
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You leave pretty soon? Any luck?

The roads are almost as fun as the trails;
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rh3-nb0Ha5c
I don't leave until the 26th of Jan, 2013 and I'll be there this time till March 9. I thought about renting a bike, but there's a good chance I'll be going to CR three times over the next 14 months, one 3 week and two 6 week stays. So I think buying one makes sense...but can't break the budget.

I'm about ready to buy a new Honda CGL 125. Dealer wants $1900 which includes six month guarantee and all taxes and insurance for 2013. I'm going to offer $1800 and see what they say. There are a couple of used 2012 ones going for $1500, but taxes and insurance can be around $150, so that's not much different. My brother in law will purchase it for me, put it in his name, then use it when I'm not there. A few shots of the color I think is available. We'll see how it goes!






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You leave pretty soon? Any luck?

The roads are almost as fun as the trails;
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rh3-nb0Ha5c

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Old 12-09-2012, 06:54 AM   #11
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I'm currently in Mexico on my KLR. My plan is to be in Panama City by early February, store the bike, and then next November, continue my trip south into South America (work interferes). Costa Rica would work as a stopping point as well. If I could work out any issues with customs, perhaps we could work something out, and I'd have a place to leave my bike, and you would have a bike to ride.
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Old 12-09-2012, 05:11 PM   #12
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I'm currently in Mexico on my KLR. My plan is to be in Panama City by early February, store the bike, and then next November, continue my trip south into South America (work interferes). Costa Rica would work as a stopping point as well. If I could work out any issues with customs, perhaps we could work something out, and I'd have a place to leave my bike, and you would have a bike to ride.
Maestro, sounds interesting. If you look at my sig lines, you'll see a number of trips I've done on KLR650s, still have my 07, so I'm very familiar with them. In Mexico, I rented a KLR650 from a private party for a couple of weekends and it worked well. My sister-in-law lives in Pérez-Zeledón (San Isidro del General) and has quite a bit of room if you're looking for bike storage. Ping me off line if you'd like.
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Old 12-14-2012, 10:52 AM   #13
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I'm currently in Mexico on my KLR. My plan is to be in Panama City by early February, store the bike, and then next November, continue my trip south into South America (work interferes). Costa Rica would work as a stopping point as well. If I could work out any issues with customs, perhaps we could work something out, and I'd have a place to leave my bike, and you would have a bike to ride.
CR is pretty strict on bike imports/permits. I believe you have 90 days to ride through, or pay the import duties with a possible 90 day extension, so within 6 months you have to pay taxes or split....
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Old 12-21-2012, 03:13 PM   #14
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Still hunting for a bike in CR. I'll be arriving the 26th of January, so I still have some time. My brother in law in CR is willing to buy the bike for me, I have the funds there, now it's just a question of pulling the trigger. I was all set to buy a 2012 Honda CGL - 125 for around $1,900 US which includes all taxes and insurance for 2013. Would do what I want, get around the town of Pérez-Zeledón, to the beach and back (less than an hour away), do some exploring on tame-ish roads...but a CGL - 125 is what it is.

Then I saw this:
Pitster Pro LXT 400 at a Costa Rican bike site:



and a search led me right back to ADVRIDER:

http://www.advrider.com/forums/showthread.php?t=531262

and here:

http://www.mychinamoto.com/forums/sh...rprise-LXT-400

How cool is that? A site named "my china moto.com"

This bike sells for $3,500 new in CR. My budget for a bike in CR was 1500-3000...my plan was to use it there several times over the next year and a half. But this bike has me thinking of another plan: after my six week stay in CR, I could ride this one back to the States. After my time in CR, I still have from about 20 days before I have to start work again. That's probably just enough time to get back to OR...way too fast of a trip of course, but it's what I would have. More money for a bike, but it would allow me to do a north-south trip through CA. Hmmmm....what to do......



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Old 01-03-2013, 04:28 PM   #15
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Well...I'm getting close, decided against the Pitster Pro LXT 400. Just a bit more money than what I want to spend and won't have time to ride it back to U.S. Back to "low-key" bike. Here are my two choices:

Honda CGL 125 (2013) for $1980 (was trying to get the 2012 model for $100 less, but they sold out)
5 speed
13 liter tank
29.75" seat height
both kick and electric start
dealership will put on a 50/50 tire
can choose black, dark blue or this grey:





Or this:

Honda CB1-TUF (2013) for $2,160
4 speed
10 liter tank
kick start only
the red one below



My sis-in-law has funds in hand, power of attorney, and will make the purchase on Saturday, Jan. 3. I just have to decide which one! The nice thing is that by purchasing this weekend, they can put the bike on a truck already delivering another moto to Perez-Zeledon, where I'll be staying for 6 weeks. If not, I'd have to bus 3 hours to San Jose, then ride the bike back to PZ, so it saves me a full day when I'd rather be exploring other areas.

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