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Old 01-05-2013, 07:29 AM   #46
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I, along with ride partner pax maac ( from Mexico) will be down your way in latter part of Jan.. My bikes ready and pointed toward the shop door. Presently I'm building credits on my kitchen pass with a fly & drive to Baja!
Now to get over my 2nd dose of the stomach virus...yukkk...
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Old 01-05-2013, 08:51 AM   #47
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Hello Everyone,

I'm relatively new to ADV and have been reading the threads the lat few months. Have a trip to SA planned for the spring and here is my schooling on ADV - the best university yet! I met with JDowns a few weeks ago and he put me in contact with richsuz online. Would be great to meet some in the GT community - though right now I'm still waiting for my bike to arrive ... Hopefully it will arrive towards the end of the month.

I'll be following the posts to see when and where it will take place.
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Let us know. I, for one can show you aroud. Heck, I' ll meet you at the border when you get to Guatemala and help you get climatized with our guatemalan ways.
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Old 01-05-2013, 08:54 AM   #48
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Even though we're in the middle of remodeling, everyone is welcome at Moto Cafe/CATours here in Antigua.

Moto Cafe
6a Calle Oriente #14
Antigua, Guatemala
14°33'19.50"N
90°43'52.43"W
Where is Moto Cafe located? I'm too lazy to punch up the coordinates on the GPS
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Old 01-05-2013, 09:24 AM   #49
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Hello Everyone,

I'm relatively new to ADV and have been reading the threads the lat few months. Have a trip to SA planned for the spring and here is my schooling on ADV - the best university yet! I met with JDowns a few weeks ago and he put me in contact with richsuz online. Would be great to meet some in the GT community - though right now I'm still waiting for my bike to arrive ... Hopefully it will arrive towards the end of the month.

I'll be following the posts to see when and where it will take place.
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So you're here in Guatemala already and waiting on your bike? You should come over to Antigua if you get a chance, nice place to relax while you're waiting. What will you be riding?
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Old 01-05-2013, 12:42 PM   #50
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Found Catours web site. Interesting! Wonder why I haven't heard of you guys before, you do look like a fun bunch. Will be joining you guys this year on at least a couple of the tours you offer. I'll drop by to chat in the next few days. Are you open on Sundays?

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Old 01-05-2013, 01:48 PM   #51
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Found Catours web site. Interesting! Wonder why I haven't heard of you guys before, you do look like a fun bunch. Will be joining you guys this year on at least a couple of the tours you offer. I'll drop by to chat in the next few days. Are you open on Sundays?

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We're at 6a Calle Oriente #14, right in front of the Tanque de la Union pila. Do you live here in Antigua?

We're usually open half-days on Sunday (9am - 1pm) but you should come this afternoon if possible, having a little reunion of sorts with some moto travelers... 3:30ish. I know its last minute. Tomorrow I've got some runs to the city so the shop will probably be closed.
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Old 01-05-2013, 07:46 PM   #52
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We're at 6a Calle Oriente #14, right in front of the Tanque de la Union pila. Do you live here in Antigua?

We're usually open half-days on Sunday (9am - 1pm) but you should come this afternoon if possible, having a little reunion of sorts with some moto travelers... 3:30ish. I know its last minute. Tomorrow I've got some runs to the city so the shop will probably be closed.
Couldn't make it today as my wife threw a little birthday party for me. I was planning on going to Antigua tomorrow but that has been scratched out too due to a friend's birthday lunch. I'll be at Antigua next saturday for sure.

Oh, and I don't live in Antigua. My folks own a weekend house over there so I do spend a lot of time around Antigua. I pretty much spend every holiday over there, if my folks decided to spend part of my inheritance in a house over there I might as well use it as much as I can!
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Old 01-06-2013, 07:23 AM   #53
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You can ask for free police escort for the short dirt part (3KM) between San Pedro and Santiago ; I know there have been some issues there, but we locals still ride there all the time . It's a beautiful road.
Just stop at the police station on your way out of San Pedro and tell the cops that you ar going to Santiago ; they will have a patrol car waiting for you at the "dangerous" part .[/QUOTE

They will even give free rides to wives who have had enough adventure riding when buckets of water are falling out of the sky and the road turns to shit!! ahhhh the memories!!!!
I want to go back!!!
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Old 01-06-2013, 09:03 AM   #54
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Hi, I'm from Chiapas Mexico and planning a little trip with wife to Antigua in a couple weeks. how safe is it? any hotel suggestion? thanks!
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Old 01-06-2013, 09:56 AM   #55
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Hi, I'm from Chiapas Mexico and planning a little trip with wife to Antigua in a couple weeks. how safe is it? any hotel suggestion? thanks!
Antigua is a great town, you will definitely enjoy it. As far as safety, Antigua is probably one of the safest towns here in Guatemala. It is a big tourist destination.

As for hotels, there are tons of options depending on budget. El Hostal (http://www.elhostal.hostel.com/) is a great budget option w/ free breakfast included. On the other end of the spectrum is El Marques (http://www.elmarquesdeantigua.com/), higher end but very nice with plenty of secure parking. A lot of other options.

Let us know when you decide to come, always welcome in Moto Cafe!
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Old 01-07-2013, 10:14 PM   #56
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Que tal paisanos!

Hola everyone, displaced Guatemalan finally back in mi tierra here and loving it!

Looking to replace the rear on my KLR650, I got a quote for about 160 US for a rear Heidenau. I understand chinese tires are pretty popular and cheap here... I've gotten pretty handy replacing tires (and you can imagine how fun that is on tubeless heide's...) so I don't need longevity as much as value.

Any suggestions? At the moment it still seems like the heide is my best bet, I'll be doing more road than off on the way down to Panama I reckon.

I'm hanging out in Guatemala city for a while getting everything together, and then will spend some time cruising around the country - I want to get to Semuc, Mirador, Candelaria, Coban, and all the fun stuff in between. Anything I'm missing on the way in that loop?

If I've got the bike in one piece next time y'all head out I'd love to join in, I'll be watching the thread!
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Old 01-07-2013, 10:23 PM   #57
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Old 01-08-2013, 05:27 AM   #58
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Where is Moto Cafe located? I'm too lazy to punch up the coordinates on the GPS
In front of the park with the Pilas next to Santa Clara.
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Old 01-08-2013, 06:17 AM   #59
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Leigh and I will be riding through Guatemala on our Yamaha very soon on the central American leg of our round the world trip. Any tips of roads that should or should not be ridden and sights that should be seen would be of great help.

Also If any ADV riders would like to meet up for a beer that would also be

Dazzer and Leigh


Ride write up so far

http://www.bmwgs.co.uk/viewforum.php?f=10

Sorry I have been off the grid for a while...no internet here...



I was away for a short vacation with my wife and kids in the mountains of Huehuetenango. A MUST NOT MISS while in Guatemala, if you want to stay away from the typical tourist traps. One can easily spend weeks lost in this part of the country.



These two shots were taken on one of the many dirt roads to San Mateo Ixtatán. Five people (Me, and my three boys on three HONDA XR125Ls, the wife on a Yamaha YS250 (YBR 250 for some of you). Her bike not IDEAL, but got the job done..



Between San Nicolas and Las Majadas.



@ Posada Rural Finca Chaculá



Two of my sons on a 125cc heading to 3400m mountains! Just enough power...






Quick stop to refresh ourselves at Nacimiento Rio Lagartero.



Hanging out on New Years Eve.



Some of the fun roads, specially for the road oriented Yamaha



More of the same road...



And...down she went...



Then again...so did he!



Looking at some Pinturas rupestres (cave paintings)



A shot of my family on the hike. My daughter is in this shot, rode part of the way and traveled by car on another part.

SO, regarding the question, roads to AVOID, none. Guatemala is not more dangerous than any other country, I wouldn't go out with my children if it were. In fact, the only place that I would avoid in this country would be the city, ironically that is were I live...

BTW, I took a couple of riders around lake Atitlan about a month ago. There was plenty of police around the area, no need to request escort. Different patrol cars followed us from Santa Lucia Utatlán to Santiago La laguna, without asking...
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Old 01-08-2013, 06:32 AM   #60
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Great pictures!

Those pictures make me wish I was in Guatemala right now, oh wait! I am!

Looks like you had a lot of fun. I hope I can ride to Huehue in around a month.
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