Rainbow Farm rides to Argentina

Discussion in 'Ride Reports - Epic Rides' started by PJ Bren, Oct 5, 2017.

  1. Fat Chance

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    Just binge watched all the videos, fantastic.
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  2. PJ Bren

    PJ Bren Been here awhile

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    We are recovering our strength and putting the bikes back together after limping into Lima 2 nights ago. We have friends of friends here who are great hosts! I've been push starting my wife's bike for 4 days to get here. A trick for other KLR owners - the only way we were able to get her dead battery bike to run was to push start the bike and keep the high beams on. The tachometer was still going crazy, but somehow enough wattage was being produced with the high beams on that the ignition coil could scrub some of that power off from the lights and run more or less correctly. Strange tip and I'm not sure I fully understand it, but it worked. Without the highbeams, the bike would stumble and die.

    In Lima we've bought an AGM Yuasa battery for 430 soles (135 dollars) from Battery Casa. We found 2 Mitas E-07 90/90-21 front tires for 210 soles a piece (65 dollars) from Socopur (KTM dealer). This is an almost unbelievable price for such a good tire (it is the tire we have been running) and far cheaper than the states. They also had TKC 80 fronts for 340 soles which is also a good price, but the Mitas have longer life and perform very well in our experience. I would suggest visiting these guys for tires in Lima; I expected high prices because of the KTM dealer status, but these prices were almost half of other stores in the same zone.

    Anything you need is available in Lima; we've been buying little things to tidy loose ends on the bikes and it takes some searching, but everything is available and usually for a good price.

    As a side note, when we put the new battery in my wife's bike we still didn't have power. We checked the main fuse and rather than being blown it was melted. First time I've seen that. New fuse and the bike runs like new. Strange happenings and I'm chocking it up to the electrical shinanigins of the previous battery.
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  3. PJ Bren

    PJ Bren Been here awhile

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    Glad you guys are enjoying the videos. I'm trying to catch up today with a second video for Peru; there is so much to put in and so little time in a YouTube video!
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  4. PJ Bren

    PJ Bren Been here awhile

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    Some photos and motorcycle selfies

    Huaraz Zone
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    Huaraz Zone 2
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    Marcahumachuco Ruins
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    There are more photos but I don't want to bore you guys!
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  5. PJ Bren

    PJ Bren Been here awhile

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    I know the La Balza (close to Nambale) border crossing from Ecuador to Peru doesn't get a lot of love, but for us it was a great experience because it put us in the heart of the sierra that seems less touristy. Seems like a lot of folks gloss over the northern part of Peru in favor of Lima, Cusco, Pisco, etc but there is so much to see and experience in the North; I'd say that this area on south is great for the adventurous souls!
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  6. PJ Bren

    PJ Bren Been here awhile

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  7. inhousebob

    inhousebob mostly vertical

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    I can't tell you how exciting it is to see my old bike having such a fine adventure. I pray that it keeps on keeping on!
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