For the last few years I have been thinking of moving someplace warmer than New Hampshire, where I live now. Also, I have been working pretty hard most of my life and would like to retire before I get too old to enjoy it. So I went to Mexico a couple of times and also to Costa Rica, to see if I liked it that far south. One of the trips to Mexico was by motorcycle - a BMW R1100GS with Jesse bags. I really liked the freedom that a bike provides. Go anywhere you like whenever you like. And I also liked the Latin culture - friendly, fun-loving and a little hot blooded. Only thing was I spoke almost no Spanish. So I have been studying Spanish little by little and trying to decide where to go next. I have been hearing about Colombia being much safer now that they killed Pablo and made a deal with FARC. My entreprenurial friends say that is the place to go now. Also, I had some dental problems that I knew would be much more reasonable to solve there. I have been reading here about people shipping bikes to Colombia and back home at great expense. Seemed to me a better idea to buy one there and sell it when done. There would be no issue with leaving it there as long as you like and you can sell it anytime ( can't do either with a US plated bike). The bikes there are generally very small - so one that is common there would not be expensive. So I bought me a Honda CRF250L here in NH to try out, and get some luggage fitted. It was actually pretty nice as a do-all machine, but I missed the power that big bikes have. Seemed to me that passing ability on the open road was lacking. So I moved my sights up to a KTM390 Duke and started shopping on Mercado Libre, sort of a Craigslist for the Latin countries. That bike is one of the biggest seen in Colombia, but still about the same weight as a 250 Honda. I wanted light weight to maneuver into hotel rooms and lobbys , as well as something that can be serviced locally. KTMs sold there are built in India and assembled in Brazil so they are relatively cheap. I say relatively because they are very expensive by Colombian standards and about $1000 more than what they go for in the US. (Mine was $6400). I will jump ahead briefly and show you a photo of it : This report will run roughly chronologically. It will probably take me a couple of weeks. I will be going back in a few months ( I survived ). But I would appreciate any comments, tips, suggestions, or offers of help along the way.