South America on a DR200

Discussion in 'Ride Reports - Epic Rides' started by MatBurn, Jan 12, 2012.

  1. MatBurn

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    I left Colombia at the end of November and spent December riding to Ushuaia. about 12,500km in a month. I put pictures and smart-ass captions on my blog: spokecount.com . The post that pops up covers Ecuador to Ushuaia, so there is a little moto stuff in the archives, and lots more to come over the next months!

    Now I am heading back north to Colombia, but a bit slower. Lots more exploratory riding in the works.

    Hopefully this will be encouragement for those considering smaller bikes for latin america. The DR was really nice on the little mountain roads and miserable on the open highway. But I didn't come down here to see the open highways. So back into the mountains I go!

    Enjoy.
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  2. Cal

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    Matburn
    great blog! I am interested in the bike details as this is the bike I am considering for a South american ride.
    How long did it take to purchase in Colombia and how much? What year is your bike?
    I have researched buying new in Lima and there are a few dealers there who are willing to help but have done no research on buying in Colombia.
    Cal
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  3. Klay

    Klay dreaming adventurer

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    Thanks for the blog. Great viewing.
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  4. Lornce

    Lornce Lost In Place

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    Good stuff.
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  5. MatBurn

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    Cal,

    Bike does about 50mph comfortably, with up to about 65 if you need it at present gearing.
    Fuel economy is between 60 and 100 mpg depending on conditions. 80 is normal for me.
    Parts are scarce in Argentina and southern Chile, but available northwards, as the Chinese make a clone.
    Bring down any aftermarket parts from the USA as there are none down here.
    Rear is an 18, so a bit uncommon.

    Searching can take a while as most Colombians do not have their bikes in their own name. Overdue taxes and no insurance as well(kinda like the USA, LOL). So, you make sure all those are in order, then it takes an afternoon at Transito (AKA Colombian DMV) to put the paperwork through, and you pick your papers up the next day. Insurance transfers with the bike, so you might not even need to buy that. For more info on buying a bike in Colombia, check here. You can check tumoto.com.co or mercadolibre.com.co to get an idea on prices. Most bikes can be knocked down between 250 and 500 bucks. Fluent spanish, or having a friend with fluent spanish is necessary here, as there are some sly Colombianos out there. Don't pay until you have the papers! The bike cost me 2000 US and is a 2003. Bikes are really expensive down here, by the way. A DRZ400 (The bike I had back home, and wanted for this trip) was $6500. That was too much liability for me.

    Matt
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  6. achesley

    achesley Old Motorcyclist

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    Great story and pictures. Thanks for sharing. :clap:clap:clap
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  7. EmilianoXR650L

    EmilianoXR650L Been here awhile

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    Saludos, que buen viaje !!!!
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  8. Tio Frei

    Tio Frei n00b

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    Great trip.

    Greetings from Brazil.

    Sent from my MB525 using Tapatalk
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  9. O'B

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    Pretty damn good! :1drink
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  10. larryboy

    larryboy Chopper Rider

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    Man, what a great story!!
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  11. Skowinski

    Skowinski Bipedal Tetrapod

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    Cool, the little bike that could, thanks for the story and pics! :beer
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  12. aDave

    aDave Lovin' Life!

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    I really enjoyed your blog. The pastry shot with the mountains in the background is very nice. Thanks for posting up...:clap

    Dave
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  13. MatBurn

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    thanks guys!

    new ride update is on the site. Tierra del Fuego backroads, trekking in Torres del Paine, and a handful of pics from shipwrecks. i'll work on some more pastry shots:wink:

    spokecount.com
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  14. MatBurn

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    got another update on the site. Ruta 40 in Argentina, Carretera Austral in Chile, and walking the last 75km of the road just for kicks. here are some pics:

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    evening riding on the Ruta 40

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    sleeping in culverts to get out of the wind

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    shattered brakes after a nut came loose on the brake plate

    here is my site: spokecount.com

    enjoy
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  15. Salsa

    Salsa Been here awhile

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    Not a problem. just do what the locals do.

    Pull out the shoes and ride without a rear brake.

    Don
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  16. MatBurn

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    yeah, i did that. not a big performance difference compared to new brake shoes on a loaded dr-200 :lol3

    matt
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  17. MatBurn

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  18. chelo5sur

    chelo5sur Been here awhile

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    Nice RR.
    Now i can see DR200 is a good option for my wife ´s first motorbike.
    Thanks for pics.
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  19. Nomomo

    Nomomo Adventurer

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    That was one hell of a trip. Good on you. Shit breaks, you fix it, you continue on. Thanks for sharing your adventure.
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  20. spress

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    Hello Matt,

    What a fantastic adventure. An inspirational ride and a story well told. Thanks for the great report and best of luck in your travels.:clap

    Regards,

    Stuart
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