Introduction: noob moving to Costa Rica

Discussion in 'Latin America' started by CRisthmus, May 29, 2014.

  1. CRisthmus

    CRisthmus Adventurer

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    After 8 years of planning and many delays the wife and I should be in Costa Rica in October. I've spent many hours on these forums in anticipation of the great rides ahead of me. If anyone would like to show me some good rides, I should have a bike by December. (probably a Tornado 250). If your passing through CR on a long trip let me know and I'll meet you for a ridealong and a beer. I'll be in the Southern Pacific zone and hopefully stay in that area.
    I'm just gonna keep blabbing now just cuz I'm pumped about it. Never really done any ADV riding. I love dirt biking but have lost so many riding areas, got tired of street riding in Alberta on straight roads with cops and speed traps everywhere. I go to B.C. every year just to hit some corners. Looking forward to some longer trips into Nicaragua and Panama.
    Before long I should have some good rides and amazing destinations of my own I can share.
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  2. Golden Chapati

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    There are some real gems in central America and having your own wheels will help you to get off the beaten track; hope your Spanish is ok or your willing to learn as many folks don't speak English. As for the Tornado, it's a great machine and I highly recommend it. Makes for a reasonable lightweight tourer but really shines off road in the dirt.

    ¡Suerte!
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  3. CRisthmus

    CRisthmus Adventurer

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    Oh ya, I've been working on the Spanish, but have a long way to go. That was my thinking with the Tornado. With the low speed limits in CR I won't need a big bike, and for off road lighter is better. 4 months to go!
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  4. Driftin

    Driftin Been here awhile

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    Check your pm's. Right choice on the Tornado, it helps immensly to have a machine you can fix with a hammer and vice grips. Welcome to the Central America chapter of the asylum.
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  5. alejandro_gp200

    alejandro_gp200 Two wheeled rocket

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    hi! exactly where in CR are you? I live in San Jose but travel very often to Paso Canoas.

    I can show you many routes/rides in CR.
    Regards!
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  6. CRisthmus

    CRisthmus Adventurer

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    Alejandro that sounds great! I will contact you when I get my bike. We are starting out in Ojochal. We may move around a bit but hope to stay in that area so Paso Canoas will work out good. I wouldn't have a problem heading north for a good ride either. cheers!
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  7. poolman

    poolman Gnarly Poolside Adv.

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    I agree the Tornado is a great choice for Costa Rica. I have also ridden the Honda NX400 Falcon extensively in Latin America and found it to be a fantastic choice as well. :ricky

    The Nicoya Peninsula offers some spectacular riding, see link in my signature line for the tracks I followed.

    Enjoy Costa Rica!


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  8. alejandro_gp200

    alejandro_gp200 Two wheeled rocket

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    Well CRisthmus, Ojochal is a very nice "green" place, very rainy also!

    I have a GS1200, and its my daily ride, sadly at this part of the year rains every afternoon.... and riding wet on a weekend tour after riding wet every day of the week at work, doesn´t sound pleasant at all...

    Any way, let me know when you have the bike, and I´ll show yousome nice rides!
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  9. CRisthmus

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    Tx poolman, I've already enjoyed your CR solo ride report. I like the "green" Alejandro, we'll see how much rain I can take! I will save most touring for the dry season as well!
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  10. Dr. Benny

    Dr. Benny Enjoying the Journey

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    :clap Congrats on your new journey! You're sure to have many wild and wonderful adventures!
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  11. fishdawgz

    fishdawgz living the dream

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    Great choice of bike for CR. Parts readily available. Pm me and I'll set u up with some nice gps tracks.
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  12. junglemototours

    junglemototours trailplug

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    In Zona Sur and Ojochal it is always the rainy season...well, there is Octubre :deal
    The local enduro season is in winter, not as hot. If you wait for no rain you'll never ride.
    I'll be back down in November, or sooner? Let's have a beer :freaky
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  13. CRisthmus

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    Thanks guys. Should have our airfare booked this week. I see a couple nice low mile Tornados on encuentra24 I've been eyeballing. Just sold my crf450 for half of what I will pay for the Tornado!! but that's ok.
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  14. jimmy2020

    jimmy2020 limpiador de ventanas

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    I live down there for almost 4 months per year. The 250cc will be adequate wherever you go. It is super reliable and very economical. Used bikes are pretty expensive down there. I found it better to buy a new one as most of the used Tornados had lots of kilometers on them. I purchased a new 2013 Tornado for $5250, which covered everything including the taxes, plate and Marchama.
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  15. CRisthmus

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    I'll give you a shout in November junglemototours (if I found a bike). Jimmy2020, where do you stay in CR? I was looking for the new price of the Tornado, thanks. That's about the same price as a used low mile one. Hope I can get one for $5250. Do you need a lawyer for a brand new purchase? Booked our flights yesterday, leaving Canada sept. 30:clap
    Any info on riding gear availability, and prices would be helpful. Plan on bringing most of my gear if I have room for it but the wifey will need a helmet. Is it hard to find a dual sport helmet? (mx style with a visor)
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  16. Chiriqui Charlie

    Chiriqui Charlie Been here awhile

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    Folks who live here and want good gear generally have to order it from the States, and pay shipping and customs duty! Bring what you can with you! Chinese helmets are available, the better ones are in the 100-150 bracket.

    P.S. I bought a new Yamaha XT250 for $4100 OTD in Panama.
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  17. jimmy2020

    jimmy2020 limpiador de ventanas

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    which is near the southern tip onf the Nicoya Peninsula. I do not remember needing a lawyer for the purchase....just the cash and my passport.
    I looked online at several used Tornados but felt it was better buying new. Also with a new purchase, you are only required to get the RTV (inspection certification) every 2 years instead of annually.
    The Honda dealership where I made the purchase was in a nearby town called COBANO, I think they also have a sister dealership in San Jose.
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  18. CRisthmus

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    good info, I'll bring all my gear and buy the wife a helmet there unless we have extra space. I like the RTV every 2 years! I've heard of Cobano, on Nicoya peninsula as well I think, I'll google it. San Jose would work. Did they speak English in the dealership? Working on Spanish but I'm not ready for that!
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  19. Pedro Navaja

    Pedro Navaja Long timer

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    Gringo stay home.
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  20. CRisthmus

    CRisthmus Adventurer

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    that's not happening Pedro, sorry
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