Hi everybody... I thought that maybe I can share this trip with you, ADVriders. Im Roberto, 31, from Chile. Sorry if my english isn't perfect. Im into the motorcycle travel thing from 5 years now. Here in Chile it's weard to travel by motorcycle, more if you are young, even more if you are poor, like me. So it's have been very hard to make all this posible. I always liked KLR's... I had a 250, travel a lot on it, and always dreamed with a 650... I know that in the US KLR650 it's the more comun bike in the world, but in Chile isn't. So when I saw the oportunity of buy one from a guy who travelled from the US to Chile (very cheap for Chilean prices), I just take it and ask for a loan to pay it... In Chile it's ilegal to drive a used imported motorcycle... but I spent the next 2 years trying to make it legal... and I did it finally, in the end of 2011. Im a physical therapist... a real bad payed work in Chile, so when the trip came into my mind I started a small business to save money, and I saved for 2 and a half years. My girlfriend Daniella finished her architecture studys one week before we started the trip In that 2 and a half years, I worked in the bike too and buy all kind of stuff to prepare the bike, and us: clothes, tent, sleeping bags, etc etc. And the right time came, so in January 22nd we started the trip of our lives... we didn't save the amount we spected but we started anyways, it was "now or never". As you can spect, this is a really low budget trip, and that's way I wrote in the title "Alaska?" because we don't know if the money lasts to get there... that and the fact that the Canadian goverment didn't aprove my visa, so I can't enter Canada... I will aply again when we will be in the US. Well, the bike is a 2005 KLR650, with a 1993 chassis (to make it legal in Chile). You can see a thread with my fairing project here: http://advrider.com/forums/showthread.php?t=427170 the mods was, other than the fairing stuff: Corbin dual platform seat Laser exhaust Carb Jets Metallic brake lines Oversized front rotor Rear rotor Progressive rear shock with super hard spring Progressive front Springs Sub-Chassis mod Super big and strong rear rack Custom size panniers Aluminum Skidplate Centerstand Toolbox of course we started the trip with many new parts: fork bushings and seals, brake pads, final drive, tires, stearing bearings, etc. We are currently in Colombia, Santa Marta, we just reach 20.000 kms and 4 and a half months, and visited from Santiago de Chile to Punta Arenas, Ushuaia, Ruta 40, Buenos Aires, Uruguay, Brazil from the southern tip to Rio de Janeiro, to Brasilia, to Porto Velho, Manaus, Venezuela... we met the most amazing, king, fun, friendly, helpfull and disinterested people in all kind of places... and now here in Colombia, thinking on how we can jump the Darien gap... all indicates that we will take the plane from Bogota, because I have many miles in my credit card, so I have to pay just for the bike. I will try to post regularlly from now, sometimes internet is not easy to find and some times I'm just too lazy to write, but I will try, I promess!!! see ya!