ADV in South America

Discussion in 'Ride Reports - Epic Rides' started by lexluther11, Dec 27, 2015.

  1. lexluther11

    lexluther11 Ride,Eat,Rest-Repeat

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    Well after a long wait and lots of dreaming in a few days my adventure to South America begins. My DL 1000 left Vancouver November 26th and should arrive in Buenaventura, Colombia today. I leave Vancouver December 31st and arrive in Cali, Colombia January 01. Like most of my trips I don't really have a plan on where I'm going? Once I run out of money I'll be leaving my motorcycle in South America and return home. So this will be a ongoing Ride Report.

    My favorite hobby is travel photography so I'll try and capture as many pictures as I can to share with you all along the way.

    My DL1000
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    Last position of my bike being shipped.
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  2. Sleddog

    Sleddog Ridin, again:)

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    :nodThis is gonna be a good un!:lurk
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  3. CanuckCharlie

    CanuckCharlie Been here awhile

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    Sub'd! No plan is the best plan :clap
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  4. oldadvtraveler

    oldadvtraveler Been here awhile

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    :jkamI'm in! if you go to Venezuela (one of my favorite countries) and/or Trinidad I might be able to help a little. I spent about 2 years along the coast of both. well, side trip to Merida, Venezuela way up in the andes.
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  5. WhicheverAnyWayCan

    WhicheverAnyWayCan Deaf Biker

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    Buen Viaje! :lurk
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  6. lexluther11

    lexluther11 Ride,Eat,Rest-Repeat

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    Thank you, I'm liking the price of gas there and I hope to see Venezuela.
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  7. borscht zanetti

    borscht zanetti Pura Vida ! ... eh?

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    In ... again. Your photos have become an essential element of my winter survival plan.

    :dj

    I see you are running e-07 Mitas. I will be interested in how they do.

    Travel well !
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  8. Throttlemeister

    Throttlemeister Long timer Super Supporter

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    if you want a great ride out of Buenaventura you should take the old road to Cali, will be a great intro for SA if you are looking for the smaller less traveled roads. Colombia is one of my favorites, pure moto heaven and wonderful people!

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  9. lexluther11

    lexluther11 Ride,Eat,Rest-Repeat

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    They are by far the best tires I have used on a motorcycle. I just put a new set on for this trip and my last pair had around 18,000 kms with hardly any wear on them. They are in the shed waiting to be used again.
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  10. lexluther11

    lexluther11 Ride,Eat,Rest-Repeat

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    I'm taking notes and that road will be the one I'll take.
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  11. CommanderDave

    CommanderDave Kick Ass Adventure Rider

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    Could you give us a little information on the shipping process? Who you used, contact information, prep, cost? Looking forward to your report. Taking off a year from now. Have fun....dave
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  12. borscht zanetti

    borscht zanetti Pura Vida ! ... eh?

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    Yes, I was just going to ask about those details.
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  13. lexluther11

    lexluther11 Ride,Eat,Rest-Repeat

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    I used ITN Logistics Group for shipping my motorcycle. http://www.itn-logistics.com/ The Logistics company in Colombia who will do the paper work when my bike arrives is Meridian Logistics SA. http://www.meridian-log.com/
    $1500us for shipping from Vancouver.

    I bought a used Harley crate from the dealer for $100 and it came with everything I needed to ship, hardware, straps and cardboard cover. I rented a U-haul and put the crate in the back and rode my bike on it. All I had to do was drop the crate off at the terminal. All the paper work I have been able to do online. Easy so far and I hope picking it up in Colombia will be just as easy. ITN have been very helpful with everything.
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  14. AK Smitty

    AK Smitty Self life coach

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    I can give a good overview of where its easy, not so easy and not doable places to leave the moto for extended periods of time. I should be in Argentina tomorrow or the next day. Enjoy the ride its sure has been an experience for me!
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  15. Rob.G

    Rob.G Mostly Harmless

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    In!
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  16. Boret

    Boret Been here awhile

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    Have you thought about bringing some type of communication device? Handheld radio?

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  17. lexluther11

    lexluther11 Ride,Eat,Rest-Repeat

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    Hi Boret,

    No radio but I will bring a unlocked cell and buy a sim card once I'm there.
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  18. Boret

    Boret Been here awhile

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    Might not be a bad idea to get an inexpensive Chinese VHF-UHF handheld. Gives you 5w, you can work repeaters, listen to weather repoerts, local FM and even local police. You can get one for about $25. http://www.amazon.com/BaoFeng-UV-5R-Dual-Radio-Black/dp/B007H4VT7A
    Battery will last several days, gives you a mini flashlight and can be charged with 12v.

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  19. lexluther11

    lexluther11 Ride,Eat,Rest-Repeat

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    I filler of one of my first videos I made riding with Joel in Baja.

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  20. lexluther11

    lexluther11 Ride,Eat,Rest-Repeat

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    I do have a all weather Icom handheld radio but really the less contact I have while I'm riding the better. I have had my fair share of break downs and being held at gun point and lost but always seem to find a way out. That's part of the adventure of being on your own for me. I have been following Janyah and Jdowns RR in South America and those two amaze me how handy they are in any situation.
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