Looking At The Options At A 250 Dual Sport In Colombia?

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  1. Two Moto Kiwis

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    Good afternoon all

    Given our current circumstance of our binning here in Guatemala we are reassessing where we are at.

    Me not being Mr.Muscle muck I am struggling to hold Maya up with house and contents and Ellen on board when things get off plumb. :eek1

    So we are considering looking at Ellen riding again but on a 200 or 250, maybe a Sherpa or similar.

    So on to Colombia, if we go this route wear would we buy a bike suitable, it would make sense to buy there or somewhere close in SA so we don't have the cost of shipping over the gap?

    Looking to put our two small wolfman clothing bags and our rolly lunch bag on the bike and that would be it so looking at simple side racks to latch the wolfmans onto and a top plate only to tie the lunch onto.

    Any info or help appreciated.
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    http://www.motolombia.com/about.html I've read nothing but good things about this company.

    This is what I plan on doing in the future, buying a DR200 or something similar, great idea!
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    Giant loop bags mount nice with no rack or other hardware. Small bikes are a good option. Loving the 250's.
    If you do buy a common local bike, parts & stuff will be in every small town.
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    Jdowns just got back from S America on a 250 Sherpa and Throttlemister have spent a lot of time down south. both are great resources.

    both are at SLAP this weekend ...
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    250-400cc would be ideal for Columbia through Peru or Bolivia, but once you get to Chile and Argentina and the roads get longer, smoother and straighter, it'll get a bit wound out, but still very doable. As mentioned previously, motolombia in Cali would be a great resource. Mike is a very good guy who helped us out big time in many ways. He sells a lot of travellers' bikes on consignment, so you might be able to pick up something from him. If not, he can definitely point you to all the best options. Aside from that, he leads tours all over South America guiding for other tour operators so he can point to some cool roads.
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    Thanks mate will contact him.
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    Thanks Hektoglider

    We have luggage so no worries there, two Wolfman tank panniers but would need something to keep em off the muffler and something to tie em to.

    Not sure on the Chinese bikes but any of the big four japs would be a good option.

    Ellen had a 250 Sherpa in New Zealand, bloody good bike to esp 6 speed as you well know.
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    Heya _cy_ yeap been following that to, good of him to lend the KLR :clap

    Given Ellen had the Sherpa in NZ we would like to go that route if we can, lets see what is on the table in Colombia anyway.
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    Yeah if I had known we were going to look at this option I would already be on a DRZ400 or more likely kept my DR650 and set Ellen up on a 250 but I wasn't keen on her riding anymore .... however, things change.

    Will email Mike and see what he has available or knows of.

    Thanks for all you help gents and if you hear of anything please sing out, we have time up our sleeve so no stress.
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    Hi man. I've been following right along since we last saw you in Mazatlan. For a used bike, check out Mercadolibre Colombia. I've never used Mercado, Colombia. Never even been to Colombia, but it's very popular in Mexico. The Colombia site has a lots and lots of bikes for sale.


    http://motos.mercadolibre.com.co/#D[H:true]

    Suerte Amigo!!
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    Contacted Mike and he has nothing, siad he only deals in bigger bikes.

    Looked at the prices of 250s .... fark :eek1 they are spendy there, seems to be the most expensive place on earth to buy a small bike!!!

    Will have to spread our wings a bit.
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    Name brand Japanese or European bikes are exceptionally spendy in Colombia, really everywhere in South America in general. There are plenty of chinese and indian imports that are getting more and more reliable and they're the only option for a bike at a semi-sane price.
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    Yeah that is pretty much what we have come up with, looked on ebay US this am, XT250 in Arkansas, maybe shipp direct to Colombia with US plates so smae thing as Maya.

    Might see about shipping depending on if it is a raping or not.
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    Doesn't this ring a bell somewhere ??? Buying a used bike online and having it shipped somewhere :confused:confused:confused


    Hope your ribs are getting better !
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    Yeah, I'd try finding something along the way that you can see in person and try before buying. I'd bet that shipping it down from the US would erase any cost savings. Keep your eyes open in central america.
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    Yeah but this time I was going to enlist an inmate close by to look on behalf and see in person .... not talking anyones "word" this time.
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    You are probably right abouit the savings but we are looking at every ave prior to making a descision, a lot of the second hand bikes are big $$$$$ and big milage so we don't wonna buy something that is 3/4 spent either.

    Hmmm budget is taking a pounding. :eek1
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    Chris Scott has a 250 for sale in Arizona at the moment, if that's of interest. See HU.
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