After years of waiting to do this trip, I have finally got into the position where my dream is becoming reality. After quitting my corporate job, I have spent the past two weeks packing and prepping the bike for an 8-10 month journey where I will ride from San Diego to the southern tip of Argentina, Tierra Del Fuego. Through my journey, I will attempt to share some of my experiences through this ride report. Below is what I will be bringing for my adventure. The Bike: A "Totaled" 2014.5 Kawaski KLR 650 (See below for explanation) Farkles: FMF Exhaust Bigger jet kit PD Nerf Bars (Crash bars) Highway pegs Happy Trails skid plate Generic off road pegs Extender gear shifter Rear Master Cylinder Guard Zero Gravity Wind Screen Ram Mount for iPhone Ram Mount for Delorme InReach Generic Heated Grips Ascorbis supermoto front fender KLR lift Handle Happy Trails Adjustable center stand Rigid Industries Dully LED lights USB and Cigarette port Volt meter Shorai Lithium ion battery Scott's reusable oil filter Larger Mirrors Tusk D-flex handgaurds Storage: Happy Trail 47 liter top box Giant Loop Around The World soft panniers KLR tank bag Small Wolfman inner tube bag 2 Agri tool tubes Small Camelbak backpack Riding Gear: Shoei Qwest helmet with Uclear Dainese Rainsun pants Dainese Superleggera Mesh Jacket Dainese Bruce Gortex Jacket Dainese Stradon D1 Gortex Gloves AlpineStar mesh gloves Gaerne All Terrain GTX Boots Tools and Spares: KLR stock tool kit All sockets and wrenches Brake and clutch lever Clutch cable Front brake pads Chain Front and rear sprocket Tire irons Slime air pump Chain breaker Kawaski track pack Spark plug Chain lube Gorilla tape Electrical tape JB Weld Zip ties Electrical wire Fuses Spare tubes Leather man Camping Gear: REI Half Dome tent REI Flash Pad REI Down Sleeping bag Diamond head lamp LED Flashlight MSR Stove Mess kit REI Steel cup Quick dry towel Small water filter Glow sticks Clothes: Kuhl jean pants 3 pairs of wool socks 3 pairs of Exxoficio travel underwear 2 pairs of shorts 3 pairs of shirts 1 button down shirt 1 fleece sweater Mammut rain shell 1 pair of sandals 1 pair of sneakers 1 Buff bandanna 1 pair of casual shoes Electronics iPhone Delorme inReach Laptop 1 GB hard drive Gopro 4 with accessories 2 64 GB micro sd cards Paperwork Passport and copies 2 AAA international driver’s license Vehicle title and copies Vehicle registration and copies Health Certificate and copies Yellow Fever card Maps Notebook and pen Spanish 101 flash cards Medical/Personal Emergency blanket First aid kit Anti-biotics Claritin Imodium Ibuprofen Sunscreen Toothbrush Toothpaste Beard trimmer Razor Nail clippers Wet wipes Soap Security Pepper spray Disk lock with alarm New York Kryptonite Cable lock Motorcycle cover The "Totaled" Bike A couple months back after getting home from work and parking the motorcycle, I went into my apartment to change. As I was changing, I heard a loud explosion right outside my window where everyone and I parked. The explosion was followed by someone peeling out and speeding off. The first thought that jumped to me was that someone just hit another car. As I looked through the window, I noticed that my motorcycle was no longer in the spot I parked it. I was in disbelief, there was no way that someone could steal a motorcycle in the three minute from the time I parked it and went into my apartment to change without me hearing it through my open window. As I looked out further through the window, I saw my bike laying on the sidewalk, five yards from where I parked it on the street. As I ran out to assess the damage, I was pumped to see the license plate and the Honda sign of the vehicle that hit my bike right next to the bike. The upstairs neighbor heard and saw the vehicle and was able to corroborate my story to the cops. I was not too concerned with the accident as I knew I had collision coverage with my insurance company and it would all get resolved. A couple days later, Progressive Insurance advised me that the bike was totaled due to the damage to the crashbars, handlebars, and panniers. The insurance company ended up giving me a check for what the bike was worth plus all the cost of farkles. This was all done in four days. I gotta say, I was very impressed with their fast service and resolution of the claim and would recommend them for motorcycle insurance. Knowing that I could repair/replace most of the damaged parts, I decided to buy back the motorcycle and repair it myself. After replacing the handlebars, few crashbar pieces, and the bent radiator, I was back on the road. It ended up working out well for me as the repair cost was minimal and within my own skill set to repair. The bike, fully repaired and ready for my 8 month adventure to Argentina. Tomorrow, Baja California here I come.