Canada to Panama.

Discussion in 'Ride Reports - Epic Rides' started by r6-lover, Dec 8, 2012.

  1. r6-lover

    r6-lover n00b

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    Hey Ya all. My Name is Randy. 34 yrs old and gonna be living my dream! have been thinking about doing this ride for a few years now. It has finally come to pass. I Trucked My 2008 KLR 650 from Calgary, Alberta where I live to Vancouver, B.C. where the weather is a bit more rider friendly this time of year. I left Vancouver today Dec the 8th.

    I have very few plans, and no schedule. I just wanna ride. I Just have to be back to Work my the end of March. So that should get me enought time to get down to Panama. My plan is to sell the bike down there and fly home. If anyone has had any experiece with that or know of anyone that wants to take over from there, feels free to send me a message.

    Looking forward to meeting other riders along the way, share some plans and hopefully ride together for extra safety.

    I will be riding down the coast then cut accross to Arizone and cross the border from there. I did the Baja A few years ago on my Sport Bike (Yamaha R1) and looking to take a different route this time.

    Will post pics as I go.
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  2. Doghouse

    Doghouse I'll be in the shop!

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    Good for ya mate and looking forward to your ride. Also smart taking the coast in our weather up north here in WA, the temps will be a little warming on those mornings closer to the water and so the ice shouldn't be a problem yet like it is already here in Wenatchee. Dial 511 in WA and it gives you Department of Transportation info on your roadways and alerts. I'm in!:kumbaya
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  3. beemer67

    beemer67 Really Old airhead

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    Hey Randy,
    Hope you are familiar with Horizons Unlimited site. You should be able to find out what's involved in selling your bike in Panama and where other travellers are on the road in relation to you.

    Enjoy your trip.
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  4. Kedgi

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    Hi Randy


    I'm in Panama City this morning. I rode my KLR down from Atlantic Canada. The bike is on it's way today to Bogata and I am too.

    Here is a link to my ride report. Feel free to PM me anytime.

    Have a great trip!

    http://advrider.com/forums/showthread.php?t=832336

    Kedgi
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  5. 0theories

    0theories Enthusiastically Skeptical

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    Hey man,

    I'm riding a KLR from Portland to Panama. In Phoenix now, but leaving tomorrow and crossing the border at Nogales on Tuesday morning. Sounds like you're not far behind. My RR is in my sig. Maybe we can meetup sometime and ride south together. lev
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  6. r6-lover

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    ya 0theories I am following your ride already. Hope to run into you somewhere along the way.
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  7. sibyib

    sibyib Bumbles bounce

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    subscibed, ontario freezing rain today, take us some place warm and be safe.
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  8. QueenLee

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    Don't forget pics...have fun and be safe..
    And just ride!!!


    Sent from YoMama
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  9. Cmnthead

    Cmnthead Adventurer

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    Hey there. I look forward to following your rr. I will be about 11 months behind you. I hope to leave the middle of next November. I am going alone but look forward to meeting other riders along the way.

    When you get to Panama I can help you out with storage, paperwork and selling the bike. I have imported several different vehicles into Panama for myself and helped others with the same. I also imported most of my house that i started building in 2000 (ICF). I have a very trustworthy lawyer that can handle all the paperwork. My next trip is on December 31st and it will be my 30th trip to the country since 2006.

    If nothing else I can offer you storage for the bike and if you like, a place to hang your hat for a few days in the apartment at my house. I am off the beaten path about 10 minutes East of Las Tablas in the Provence of Los Santos. The beach is called Playa Uverito.

    Lots of local places to eat within a 10 minute walk of my shack on the beach. You are out in the open with all the locals. It is not a gated community or a tourist trap.

    PM me if you have any other questions or if I can help you out.

    All I ask for in return is that you allow me to pick your brain for info on your ride down to help me out with my trip. Ohh.........and one other thing, the rent for the apartment is very steep. We would like any of our guests to purchase any type of home decor or any little accent to leave at our house so that every decoration in it will eventually have a unique story to tell. Hope that is not to steep!

    Hope I can help
    Thanks and safe travels
    Phil
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  10. moe.ron

    moe.ron Pig. Can. Fly.

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    Hey there Randy! I met you at The Rock Store this afternoon with UpST8.

    It was great talking to you, wish I had the time to make that kind of trip! I am going to begin planning a dream journey for a couple years down the road soon, where to I have no idea!

    If you need anything at all do not hesitate to contact me, it takes a lot of courage to do a trip like that on your own. I will be following your trip from here. Have a terrific time, safe travels, and a great holiday!
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  11. UpST8

    UpST8 turnin gas to noise

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    Hey Randy :wave

    Very cool to run into you today!! Best of luck in your adventure!!

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    Rock Store on Mulholland Highway
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  12. GoinPostal

    GoinPostal Been here awhile

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    My riding buddy ADV Fool and I will be heading down to Panama a couple of months after you. Possibly meet up with you before you head back home. Have a great adventure and be safe
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  13. r6-lover

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    THANKS GUYS. It was great running into you guys at the Rock Store.
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  14. Hevy Kevy

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    IN!!!!:clap:clap:clap
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  15. moe.ron

    moe.ron Pig. Can. Fly.

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    Let us know when rolling through SoCal!
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  16. r6-lover

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    Well I guess it's time for an update. I made it into Mexico Dec 17. I spent the night in Yuma, AZ. In the morning I found an insurance agent, bought my insurance and headed for the Border. (San Luis). Didn't have too many problems other than running back and forth between the Various offices to get passport stamped and temp vehicle import permit. Thankfully they were right beside each other and I was able to pay the $400 (my Bike is 2008) right there as well. Finally got her all done, (about an hour or so) by that time I was hot and sweaty and walking back to my bike which was about a block away, I was thinking my stuff will all be gone. But no, all was good. Great I'm off to a good start. A minute later as I saddle up my boot must have caught on my pack strapped to the back and down we went on the right side. :( my dirt bags did their job and prevented a total flop. A couple guys came running and in no time I was up and going. Nothing broken except a broken ego. Was Glad to get out of there and get on the road again.

    I made it to Puerto PeƱasco that day and found a nice old hotel close to the water front. I guess this is a touristy / fishing town. Never heard of it before. Lots of big swanky hotels.

    So my plan was to just head down the coast line to Mazatlan and decide from there what to do. But I met a Couple from Germany on KTM's and they gave me a few pointers of places to go see. So off I went in search of the few recommendations that I got. The first was Cascada de Basaseachic, the second largest waterfall in Mexico. Well worth it.

    Next day I went to Copper Canyon. WOW! Amazing. The state of Chihuahua has some spectacular views, mountains, canyons and awesome roads. If you love twisties this is the place to come. Awesome roads between Creel and Guachochi.

    Now once I figure how to post pics I will post a couple of pics. Here a clip from one of my youTube videos that I posted on youtube. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=e_Z070aLpdo
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  17. r6-lover

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    so how do I post pics here? Do I have to be a site supporter?
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  18. GoinPostal

    GoinPostal Been here awhile

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  19. Unstable Rider

    Unstable Rider Moto Fartografist

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    Great endeavor.

    You picked the right motorcycle for it as well. :evil

    Ride safe.
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  20. 0theories

    0theories Enthusiastically Skeptical

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    Wish you would have updated earlier... Would have lived to hear about that waterfall and maybe make a side trip... I'm in Mazatlan now for a couple of days. Not sure when you are planning on getting in. I met a brother/sister couple that are traveling down to south America on KLRs as well here (via Alaska). Will be spending Christmas with them. Then continuing south. It's hot here. Update when you can and post those pics! :)
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