RTW on a thumper... Round the World ADVenturization

Discussion in 'Epic Rides' started by rtwpaul, Jul 18, 2012.

  1. rtwpaul

    rtwpaul out riding...

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    wow thats hell of a list, the only one i think that sailed with us was phil on a yellow v strom, didn't see any others on the road, at least we know what to look for...
  2. rtwpaul

    rtwpaul out riding...

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    leaving Carora in the morning the plan was for some back roads out of town, nice easy day riding and roll into Valencia or Maracay late afternoon...that idea kind of happened but not exactly as planned

    Still in Carora on a road leading to the outskirts we were stopped by the military, he picked me as the person to speak to, initially he seemed agressive and as soon as i showed on my tank bag where we were going he tone changed and perfect english started, "no you can't do that" i questioned why and showed him the roads were looking to take heading east on a map and also on the GPS. once he saw the GPS he moved it around like he had be trained on it at Garmins headquarters, switching screens, zooming in and out, then another soldier came over and he did the same.

    they pointed to multiple roads and and said very clearly "there are guerrillas here, here, here, here and here, avoid this area, don't take this road, this road, this road, this road, this road...for you gringos go back to town and exit from the west get on the auto pista and stay on it until Valencia, if you don't you will be in a lot of danger"

    ok so off we head, on a basically boring ride down a freeway for the day, not much to see as expected, minimal photo ops, one of the minute highlights was seeing who had the most kitchenware for sale at the side of the road!!!

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    in the afternoon we stopped to fill the bikes ups, all of them at once and used almost 51 liters that cost 4.93 bolivianos, or 33 cents US

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    heading thru VAlencia the traffic was absolutely nuts, no one gives and inch so we lane split for about 10 miles, a real good place to get side swiped and then crushed by another driver

    by the afternoon the mountians appeared but it was too late to head out there

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    smile moment of the day riding by a truck full of pigs, the truck hit a major pot hole and all the pigs bounced up about 2 or 3 feet in the air...glad i wasn't behind the truck :puke1

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    the going thru a tunnel there was this...hopefully not a VZ version of Mt Rushmore, if i was one of these guys i would be pissed at the likeness and i don't even know what they look like, if that makes sense

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    we ended the day in Maracay, a guy stopped called salvador who spoke English and wanted to tell us about his 1000cc Honda he has at home, Ryans eyes lit up hearing about a big bike, "so big bikes means big rear tires, right?" he said i'll show the shop with the best selection, get on...and off they went into rush hour traffic

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    we ended the day in the second best hotel in town for $11.75 a person and went for a Chinese dinner!!! Chinese speaking Spanish was just a little weird but a good way to end a basically boring day
  3. perrogordo

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    Gorillas ,are only native to equatorial Africa.
  4. Hewby

    Hewby Been here awhile

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    Thanks for all your advice on the road. Nice to meet you on the rat. Maybe we will cross paths again if I get my bike back and running soon! Enjoy the ride
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    Scootard Scraggle McSquarely

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    Hey Paul:
    A little late to the party, but raring to go nevertheless. Happy to be along for the ride, and looking forward to RTW through your eyes. Jumped in from JDowns. :ricky :ricky
  6. SS in Vzla.

    SS in Vzla. Totally Normal? I'm not!

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    Nice to see your posts again. :clap
    Great pics as always amigo.
    I have plenty of time now to check ride reports so please keep at it.
    Doctor ordered me 15 days rest, so I'll be looking forward to them.
    I'm disappointed we couldn't ride in Ecuador (or have some beers here as I'm on a ton of meds right now), but happy I'm alive and will have another chance.
    Ride safe,
    Buen viaje!
  7. Patrol

    Patrol VALE 46!

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    Thanks for the pic! Really excellent.

    I have some items on Ebay currently. Toyota parts, etc. Whatever they sell for is headed your way via the donate tab on your page. Please use at least $1 of it for beer.

    Be safe. Thanks for the awesome RR!
  8. catweasel67

    catweasel67 Honda XRV 750 RD04

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    sweet ride, i kinda skimmed through, will go back and absorb later so if my question is already answered please forgive me :)

    was wondering if you're planning on coming through Europe, Africa or Asia?
  9. rtwpaul

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    perrogordo, reread the comment i made (look at the spelling) - i am in Venezuela and certain areas here are very dangerous, and these are the GUERILLAS i am talking about

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  10. rtwpaul

    rtwpaul out riding...

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    yes, yes and yes...but not sure on the order or timing as of yet...stay tuned for that
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    Gorilla-Guerilla BIG DIFFERENCE!!
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    rtwpaul out riding...

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    Gee, those are my kind of guerrillas. :rofl
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    rtwpaul out riding...

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    great meeting you too, have a great christmas and hopefully you get your bike issues resolved so you can continue riding south
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    C-Stain Accredited Nincompoop

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    Good to see you're still having fun...great pics. If only the World would allow me to ride along beside you instead of from behind a keyboard! Keep the shiny side up!

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    rtwpaul out riding...

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    good to have you along, the more the merrier :clap
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    TripleThreat719 Track Addict ADV Wannabe

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    Been reading this a little at a time for the last few days. Finally caught up to present day... Looks like an absolute blast!

    How difficult would it be to get one of the little Tenere's into the states?
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    your timing might be perfect....

    you know there are three different tenere bikes?

    250 (baby tenere) sold in europe and brazil i believe
    xt660z - my bike
    1200 super tenere

    so figuring you are talking about mine then, kind of difficult getting one new, it would have to be a gray import, and could be bought in Mexico as the closest location that sells them, but i never saw one when i was there, even the Yamaha dealers i met have yet to see one

    i would do a search on ebay, the UK site and look at prices and then getting in touch with an importer to see what your fees would be, also you local DMV will want a slice of the pie too, i used to import and export bikes years ago and its not that difficult

    ...but i am considering selling mine, not 100% just yet, but it is a possibility as i am thinking of changing to a WR250R for the rest of the world as my next destinations are either Africa or the Far East and then mongolia and the stans where a lighter bike would be so much better and of course it would save me huge on shipping
  19. wellsit

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    Hey Paul, Great report! Your pictures are excellent and your descriptions are very intriguing. I've been reading from start to present. You're very motivating. Thank you and keep it coming.
  20. Adv Grifter

    Adv Grifter on the road o'dreams

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    Here is a brief rundown of the Tenere. Goes back to 1983.
    http://www.motorcyclenews.com/MCN/N...0/March/mar0310-history-of-the-yamaha-tenere/

    Did not know there was a 250. Makes perfect sense of course.

    Sadly, in the US it's now pretty hard to import or register anything that did not originate in the USA with a USA VIN #. This has really tightened up in the last 5 to 7 years. You can't even register a bike from Canada. There are a few states where you might slip by ... not many.

    The good news is a "tourist" on a foreign registered/plated bike and NON US passport can ride around in the US for years (Visa permitting) ... but you can't be a US citizen or US resident on a foreign plated bike. If you're stopped, cops we'll write a ticket requiring you to register the bike. This may be a problem! :lol3:eek1 DMV computer will RED FLAG any non US VIN number ... no go.

    There are a few circumstances where you can get round this: Diplomat, Military, US Govt., Dealer ... but not so easy now. A good friend used to import limited edition Porches ... no longer. Too much expense and hassle. Basically not practical.

    Cool, good little bike! I'm trying to put together an Asia trip. I plan to buy something in Vietnam and re-sell after trip. For Africa? No idea, I've only done Morocco ... and only a tiny bit of it. Big place.

    Since your 660 Tenere' is not imported to the USA ... I thought for an Africa trip I'd start the trip in the UK. Buy a nice used Tenere' there, ride down to Spain, cross over and head into Africa. Re-sell the Tenere' once back in UK ... or maybe in S. Africa? I bought a used bike in the UK some years ago. No problem at all. Re-sold 4 years later.

    I also like some of plain XT 660's sold in the EU. A bit lighter, cheaper.

    Shipping motorcycles has got to be SO out of hand $$$$... my inclination is to buy locally and avoid the major hassle and expense of shipping/air freight.

    Looking forward to more great reporting! :beer