Cost per day

Discussion in 'Americas' started by lexluther11, Aug 8, 2011.

  1. lexluther11

    lexluther11 Ride,Eat,Rest-Repeat

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    I'm planning a trip this fall from Vancouver BC to Belize. Maybe farther south but not sure yet? I'll be riding the West Coast through Washington, Oregon, California and then Baja to La Paz. Ferry over to Mazatlan then down the coast to Belize. I'm hoping to go for 2 months. I'll be camping, cheap motels, the odd nice hotel and maybe riding 2 tanks of gas per day. For those who have travelled that way how much should I expect roughly to spend per day including food?

    Thanks a lot..........
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  2. Shibby!

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    If you read ride reports, people can and are doing it for $50 or less a day.

    I'm still hoping of heading south this winter too riding a XR650R. I also hope to do it as cheap as possible but I'm sinking money left right and center into the bike :lol3
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  3. lexluther11

    lexluther11 Ride,Eat,Rest-Repeat

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    he he.......me too and I just ordered a 705cc piston kit, hot cams, oversizes valves and some other goodies for the bike. My budget is $75 per day so maybe if i can get it down to $50 the trip will last a lot longer. When you planning on leaving? You might have to leave a bit early before you get snowed in there in Alberta:D All I have to worry about is the rain puddles.
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    I'm headed to Panama this winter.
    I was budgeting 10 cents a mile for gas and $30-40/day for sleeping and eating.

    You can camp for free along the sea of cortez and I'm sure as you go south you will find more free camping.
    Food is cheap and one meal a day is plenty along with fruit and water.
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    Don't know if it will help, but someone made this happy trip planner. In Excel (can be converted by other things, too-NeoOffice for Mac)
    Trip Planner
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  6. lexluther11

    lexluther11 Ride,Eat,Rest-Repeat

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    Thanks for the info and being able to camp a few nights for free will be a bonus. Cheap = longer adventure:D
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    Do you really want to go to 3rd world countries with unique parts in your engine??? IMHO Stock Honda is the way to go to avoid issues.
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  8. lexluther11

    lexluther11 Ride,Eat,Rest-Repeat

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    That's what I have been debating.........should I do the upgrade before I go so I have the extra power for passing those b-trian trucks or do it when I get back after I have put on 15-20k? I ride a KLR650 and have never had a problem with it and it's always got me home.
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  9. Jamie Z

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    My ride four years ago through seven countries from Canada to Honduras cost me less than $25 per day, including everything.

    Gas was more than a dollar per gallon cheaper at that time, and since fuel is my biggest on-road expense, that will have a big effect.

    To wit, I did a three-week ride through the southwest US a couple months ago where gas averaged $3.84 and was 40% of my trip cost averaging 275 miles per day. For that trip, I spent $55 per day. With a little more care (I ate out and stayed in hotels more than I usually do) I could have probably cut $10 or $15 per day off that figure.

    That said, I'm pretty frugal and experienced in budget travel. For some people my daily budget for everything is their food or lodging budget alone.

    http://www.advrider.com/forums/showpost.php?p=16211663&postcount=90

    Jamie
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  10. Sjoerd Bakker

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    Whoa whoa ... Lex , if you are on a KLR you will NEVER need 2 tanks of gas per day.... unless there is something wrong with the bike or you are spending waaaaay too much time riding hard and fast.
    A KLR tankful is good for 500+km and you will have days where you buy nothing. Just for common sense you ought to top it up when in long unsettled areas but you will not be a habitue of Pemex stations.
    Gas though is the biggest single expense . Staying in small nice hotels and eating sensibly will be affordable and you should be good if you budget around $65per day. This is more than th tghe 50 idealized but you have to allow for major one-time costs like the ferry , the insurance you need and any possible glitch.
    If you are travelling with a friend $50 per person is easily done since the hotel cost will be halved , or thirded , or fourthed or... depending on how many of you share the room. I know this for a fact having done just that with a friend this past winter and post trip calculations show it was for me just under .... tadaaa ... $50 per person for the trip from Canada ,across the US and 11111km in Mexico then back to Canada .
    So if I were to recalculate only for Mexico it would be less again.
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  11. lexluther11

    lexluther11 Ride,Eat,Rest-Repeat

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    I was thinking it would cost more but now that I have got some info from here things are looking up. I'm going solo and had planned a budget of $100 per day for 1 month, but now I think I can do $75 per day for 2 months plus 2 grand for extra costs like ferry, insurance, parts. I think I'll need one more fund of money put a side for beer:1drink

    Thanks for the help.
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  12. Lone Rider

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    If you have 100 per day available, you're in like flint.
    Where you stay during your downtime - the rent cost - is key. Where can also affects your food costs.
    Your actual cost per mile on your bike, will be aruond $.20 or so. This includes chains, sprockets, tires, oil changes, fuel (at $4gal). Stick this into your budget planning, if you're going for a long trip.

    You can get under the $50....if you plan ahead. Planning is key.
    SB's estimate is a good one, and one given from his great experience.

    You will have a much better expeience staying in hostels or cheap hotels, and being around the poeple, than you would by camping in the bush. The culture and the poeple are so much of your ride - not just the miles you've rode. OK, throw in some killer landscape, too. :)

    Get some guide books and maps.
    Tickle your dreams.
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  13. Daandus

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    cost per day, isn't that the most difficult subject? Even worse than tyres ;-)

    My wife and I, two Africa Twins: (figures include health insurance, bike insurance, visa's, maintenance (tyres, chains oil etc.) exlcude: flight tickets, bike shipments overseas)

    USA: 3 months, 13.000 km's, 9 nights motel and mainly cooking ourselves:
    1750 euro/month = 2500 USD per month in total.
    rougly 41 USD per person per day

    MEX: 2 months, 5.000 km's, mostly hotels but also some free weeks @ voluntairy work. mainly eating on the street.
    850 euro/month - 1200USD per month in total.
    rougly 20 USD per person per day
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  14. Lone Rider

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    It's on the extreme edge of subjective. :D
    This type of thread comes up often.
    Usually, the person posting has made few plans, and is just curious. Fine.
    Much of this - OK, maybe 90% of this - is learned while traveling, and not only by motorbike. Experience.

    The larger the budget, the less time spent researching.
    The smaller the budget, the more planning and creativity involved.
    This is natural.
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  15. eakins

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    a quick downshift and i can pass anything in a flash. trucks move much slower and car are alot less powerfull SOB. keep it stock.
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  16. eakins

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    and yeah no way you'll 2 tanks a day. the reality is everything moves at 1/2 the speed. unless you're on the ultra expensive toll roads, cruising at 40-50 mph is the norm & 200 miles is a long day.

    meals are $10 per day.
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  17. eakins

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    $100 per day and your living like a king in real nice hotel rooms and eating expensive meals & drinking.
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    This is great thanks for posting it up.

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  19. lexluther11

    lexluther11 Ride,Eat,Rest-Repeat

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    The high life got taken down to $50 a day.......so no fancy drinks, steak or nice Hotel.......I can count on Beer, canned Spam and the No-Tell-Motel;-}
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    Do as you will, because you will.
    I've been riding bikes for 50 years and have done some less that cautious things.

    But I would not even consider riding into Latin America at this time. Our own political system is unsettled, and Mexico and Latin America could become even more volatile as we become myopic about our own problems.

    Courage is one thing...ignoring real danger another.

    Unless you have exhausted all the great rides in the U.S. and Canada, I'd give this a second thought. Jus sayin'.

    I applaud your choice in riding a "smaller" bike. The KLR 650 is fast becoming a classic that will be remembered for all the right reasons. Having never ridden one, I have only "academic" knowledge but everyone I talk with who rides one has great respect for it. And may I suggest you forget the 7xx conversion? We have all been seduced by power, and it's getting out of hand. For those of us who don't ride Two Up, we simply don't need that much power.

    About eating: When on the road I like to start my day with an inexpensive breakfast, and almost always eat lunch from a market: Fruit, nuts, raisins, and a drink and I'm good to go. Dinner is often what ever is close to the motel (my camping days long over at age 74). But, even when younger, I found that low cal dinners were best unless I was riding in cold weather.

    You already know this but I am obligated to mention it: It's the journey, not the destination, and younger guys very often push things especially at near the end of the day when tired. Don't do it. Be safe, stay happy.

    And what every your choice, get some wind in your face and ride to live. We are blessed. Give thanks.
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