How do you get your bike back from Colombia to Panama?

Discussion in 'Americas' started by Yura_Y2K, Sep 27, 2017.

  1. Yura_Y2K

    Yura_Y2K Adventurer

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    So i was just told that i'm limited to air freight or shared container when it comes to getting my bike back from Colombia and into Panama do to a huge hassle and fees? Does anyone have any experience with this?
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  2. TUCKERS

    TUCKERS the famous james

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    Most everyone we know including us used the Stahlratte...........google...........
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  3. Yura_Y2K

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    I'm in touch with them already, thank you:) i'm waiting for their schedule =)
    i'm just trying to explore other options
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  4. BlackdogADV

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    I flew my bike and myself from Panama to Bogata Colombia. My time was more important than saving a little money.
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  5. Gargantuan

    Gargantuan Been here awhile

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    Didn't someone ride through the Darien Gap not too long ago?
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  6. Yura_Y2K

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    how much was it, if you dont mind me asking? and who did you use? POC?
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  7. Yura_Y2K

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    LOL, not with my bike or skill level.
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  8. Sjoerd Bakker

    Sjoerd Bakker Long timer

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    """"Didn't someone ride through the Darien Gap not too long ago?"""""

    No they did not RIDE through the Darien Gap . There is no continuous road , and every story about someone who supposedly " rode " it will reveal that they had to put their vehicle on some form of watercraft
    to move up or across rivers and swamp portions .

    POOF goes the claim of a " ride" .

    The easiest ones to take vehicles were a small group of all terrain bicycle riders. Or so it seemed in their video report . You don't see any adv- motorcycle riders picking up their machine and lifting it into a canoe with one hand.
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  9. Yura_Y2K

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    i've seen something about a team of military members crossing the DG on light bikes(didn't have time to read the full article). and yeah... something about tying ropes between trees on different banks of the river to get your bike across just doesn't sound appealing to me.
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    $1,000 I think.
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  11. Yura_Y2K

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    that actually sounds reasonable. about the same as the sail boats, except you don't lose a week. You couldnt posibly find the company you used or some info that will alow me to contact them?
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  12. BlackdogADV

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    I'll look it up and get back with you.
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    Here:

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  14. Yura_Y2K

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    thank you sir:)
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    Amen! Time is always more valuable than money—there is no way to make any more of it.
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  18. El Body

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    Hi Friends, I am From panama. Let me know if any help needed.
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  19. Yura_Y2K

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    thank you. I'm taking Stahlratte from Panama to Colombia, and will probably have the bike shipped back to San Francisco. So if anyone got a suggestion for a company that is willing to ship me back, that would be awesome.
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  20. HeidiHo

    HeidiHo Old, Bold, Still Riding

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    I get that you mean well, and for the most part...you are correct. However.......a motorcycle can be taken across the rivers without the use of a boat/canoe.

    I have ridden 4 roundtrips from Alaska to Argentina, on 4 different bikes. Two times myself and my bikes were shipped around, which was one time on the Stahlratte, and one time on another boat. One of the times I had myself and my bike flown from Panama to Cartegena, Colombia. And the 4th time, using a 2003 Honda Africa twin 750, I did go through the Darien Gap, and never needed to place my bike in a boat or canoe.

    As @Yura_Y2K has already alluded to, there are river tribes that will get you, and your bikes across the rivers using ropes and pulleys, from one side of the river to the other side. Only scary part was when the ropes get a little too much weight, or get old, they stretch/sag, and you can end up with your boots dragging across the top of the water.....or maybe they did that to me just so they could have a good laugh. My bike weighed more than me, yet the bikes' tires never touched the water. :-)

    There are several ways to get through the Darien Gap.....just have to investigate, and be willing to take a chance.
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