Adv Riders in Guatemala

Discussion in 'Latin America' started by richsuz, Dec 5, 2012.

  1. moheybee

    moheybee bzzz

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    Are there any companies anyone can recommend for shipping/transporting a motorcycle from Guatemala back to the US for a US-plated motorcycle?

    I've shipped a couple motorcycles before, but not from a foreign country back to the US.

    I was on a motorcycle trip that was supposed to be from San Francisco, CA to Panama and back with a buddy, but...well, plans change and I'm going to be staying in Antigua, Guatemala for an extended period of time. It might have involved meeting someone. :wink:

    I've got a CA-plated KTM 640 Adventure and am contemplating either 1) selling it here (imported or the very unlikely chance of an American passing through) or 2) selling it back in the states.

    I realized it's not the size of bike I want anymore since I'm staying in Antigua after taking a ride up to Lake Atitlan this last weekend and hiking San Pedro with a buddy visiting from the US (we took the long way past the trailhead of Acatenango...great DS ride, especially after the rains hit in May).


    I don't have the time right now to ride it back up to the US now, but I know I can get a good price for the bike back in SF, sold by my brother or on consignment, to offset any shipping costs and avoid paying the Guatemala importation fee.

    If shipping/transporting a motorcycle from Guatemala to the US isn't really an option, then are there any shops in Guatemala (Antigua or city) that would sell the bike on consignment (other than Taz who just left for Spain)? I can list the bike online and locally, but figure locals might be able to make the sale happen faster.

    Thanks for any tips! Much appreciated!
  2. 175grams

    175grams All things moto

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    hey Andrew - sounds like things are working out well for you in Antigua, not a bad place to meet someone... I know from experience!

    Have you already listed the bike for sale in the flea market here and over at HUBB? Getting an American buyer would be ideal and those are the best places for that option. Locally you could list on OLX.com and also Moti7.com, Moti7 is probably more suited for higher end bikes like yours. And the local guys in the scene can have connections for the importing process, let them deal with that.

    Another guy in town that would be worth talking to is Fin Nunez, he used to have a cafe called Micho's but now he's opening (maybe its open by now) a gym on 1a Ave one door up from the gasolinera. Fin is a good friend of mine and he's been buying and selling bikes since I met him, just a hobby type of thing.

    I don't know any shipping companies but I did have an offer on the table a few years back to ride a Harley from FL to Antigua for a guy... we just worked out an expenses budget. He gets his bike delivered and I get an adventure... too bad he didn't win the ebay auction.

    Good luck, let us know how it turns out.
  3. moheybee

    moheybee bzzz

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    Hey Chris. Thanks so much for the resources and contacts. I appreciate it!

    Off the top of your head, do you know how strict Guatemala is about the 90 day temporary vehicle pass expiring (e.g. fine, impound, deportation, execution, etc. :wink:)? Mine expires sooner than I thought and I don't know if I'll be able to renew it before it expires. If you don't know off the top of your head, I'm going to be doing more research and I'll reach out to the resources and contacts you provided to find out.

    David actually had to bring his bike back into Guatemala illegally because he cancelled his pass when heading south and came back before the 90 days were up not knowing it meant he couldn't bring his bike back into the country until after those 90 days. I guess it's common, but some kid on a bicycle showed him a way to quickly bypass the border.

    One of my other friends came from Portland for a week and he rented a bike from MotoTours for a ride we took together up to Lake Atitlan last weekend. We took the route that passes by the trailhead for Acatenango and rode around San Pedro all the way to San Marcos La Laguna. The next day we hiked San Pedro and then rode back to Antigua. It was a long, but fun day! I love the 640, but am itching for a smaller bike.

    I hope you are adjusting to and enjoying New York City. :thumb

    Thanks again!
  4. OK Lucinda

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    Maybe very strict, depending on the border and how well/badly you survive their curiosity. I tried to extend a 90 day permit and didn't do so well! Plan to suffer the worst outcome if you want to roll the dice. But don't. Personally I think it's best to not take anything as an affront and to play by their rules, and know them in advance. Not a big deal, their country.
  5. GuateRider

    GuateRider Long timer

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    You can get an extension of your TVIP in Guatemala City , it is free and it takes only 10 minutes . But you have to get it BEFORE the original one is expired .
  6. El Explorador

    El Explorador Radical Explorer

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    Hey Guaterider, do you know if the TVIP extension count for just time in Guatemala or the whole c-4?
  7. GuateRider

    GuateRider Long timer

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    TVIP counts just for the country , your personal permit/visa counts for C4
  8. 175grams

    175grams All things moto

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    That's good to know, how long is the extension? Another 90 days?
  9. moheybee

    moheybee bzzz

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    Thanks for the information guys!
  10. GuateRider

    GuateRider Long timer

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    2 friends of mine got 5 more month , this was just 2 weeks ago .
  11. Adv Grifter

    Adv Grifter on the road o'dreams

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    thanks, useful info!
  12. moheybee

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    I was able to quickly renew my TVIP on the day of the expiration...less than ten minutes as was mentioned by GuateRider. Thanks to everyone for your help!

    Also, this article was helpful with detailed directions and photos for finding the SAT:
    http://unwireme.com/how-to-extend-your-cars-import-permit-while-in-guatemala/

    At this point, I´m going to keep it California plated and list it for sale. If it hasn`t sold when the second 90 day expiration is getting close , I´ll either import it, ship it or ride it up to the states.

    If anyone is interested in a California-plated 2007 KTM Adventure setup for long distance riding, drop me a PM. I`ll give you a deal :)

    Thanks again guys!
  13. Two Moto Kiwis

    Two Moto Kiwis Homeless Somewhere

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    As Julio said we got our extension very easily, we actually did it on a photocopy of our passports as our passports were stuck in immigration while it was closed for renovations.

    10 minutes, all smiles, no money and feliz viajar.

    Guatemala makes life easy as far as that goes :clap
  14. thelastknowngod

    thelastknowngod Adventurer

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    Yesterday was the most fun I have ever had riding a bike. There was everything you could think of.. some areas were beautiful smooth, winding roads, some had tons of potholes, some places had only dirt trails, some were ancient cobblestone roads. Lots of switchbacks. HELL of a lot of elevation changes. Country roads, congested cities, open highway. For the most part the traffic was extremely light too.. had the roads all to myself. And there was always beautiful scenery everywhere I turned.

    My steed: Indian made Bajaj Pulsar 200NS. Rented for $38/day. I kicked the shit out of this thing and it still works perfectly. Really liking it. Reminds me of a low powered Suzuki Gladius.
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    In front of Lake Atitlan in Guatemala
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    Just outside Santiago
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    Some small farming village I passed through.
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    Got lost. Found cow.
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    The route. Google says it takes 2 hours. They lie.
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  15. 175grams

    175grams All things moto

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    Riding around the lake is amazing, glad you enjoyed it!

    Curious, where did you rent the bike?
  16. thelastknowngod

    thelastknowngod Adventurer

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    I called my landlord and he talked to the owner of a repair shop. It was his personal bike. It's Taller Tzajan. The owner is Elias. The shop is on Calle Principal in Panajachel across from Banrural. It's as soon as you come in from Solola by the Bombero.

    I talked to another place in San Pedro before talking to my landlord. They wanted something like 180 GTQ per hour for a Honda Tornado. This guy charged 300 GTQ for an entire day on his Pulsar. Pretty good deal.
  17. gummikuh

    gummikuh Dirt tester

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    Hi guy's!

    Anyone in Antigua during the next few day's??? We're in Copan now and we'll ride to Antigua tomorrow. If anyone is around.. would be nice to catch up for a beer :freaky

    Btw... any suggestions for a good cheap place with safe parking in Antigua???


    Werner+Claudia from sunny Copan
  18. 175grams

    175grams All things moto

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    You guys should stop by Moto Cafe on 6a Calle Oriente for a beer, always some good 2 wheel conversation there. Say hello to Frenchy and Jose for me.

    here's a pic - I was about to lead a tour out of Moto Cafe:
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    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. Its also across the street from one of Antigua's best bars IMO, Cafe No Se.

    Enjoy,
    Chris
  19. GuateRider

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    Send me a PM when you get to Antigua.
    Claudia and Ingo are here as well .
    They are pretty happy with the Hotel Lolita and its parking :
    1 Calle poniente # 29 (Q.150 =$ 19 double room) , just a few blocks from the main square.
    Julio

    PS: If you are still in Copan, make sure to check out the hot springs, short ride out of town. They are great !!!!
  20. gummikuh

    gummikuh Dirt tester

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    Hola!

    We'll try to get to Antigua tomorrow.
    I'll let you know when we're in town and where!

    Looking forward for a :freaky


    Werner+Claudia