Around South America accidentally on a blue 150cc

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  1. EvergreenE

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    So a couple of years back, I kind of accidentally ended up riding across South America for about 19 months, and I’ve decided to write it up purely because of Steve and Chris (you know who you are!). I met Steve and Chris at the Horizons Unlimited meet in Wales, UK in June. They’re good people.

    Anyway, here’s how it happened.

    I was in Peru in spring of 2013, backpacking and volunteering, when I suddenly decided to get a motorcycle. I’m not entirely sure why; I had never ridden before, but somehow, I thought learning to ride wouldn’t be very difficult, and it seemed like an awesome way to travel. A Sudden Motorcycle Syndrome. Yeah, why not.

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    At the time, I was staying in Nazca where I met a fellow traveler, Ryan from California. He was riding Peru on his 250cc bike, and he agreed to teach me how to ride. We went to a washing machine shop (the proper bike shop was closed that day) where they had a few bikes for sale; Ryan advised me to get a 250cc one, but because CC’s were a complete mystery to me back then, I got the blue one instead. The blue one was 150cc. Ryan said it would be ok – and it was, in fact, it was absolutely brilliant! Here’s how that wondrous machine looked like:

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    So the next day, Ryan taught me how to ride. I managed to start, more or less stop, do a wobbly figure of eight, and we’d decided that was good enough. I strapped my backpack on the bike’s tail and left the next day.

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    I only planned to ride around Peru for a few months, but ended up doing this:

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    Which, I guess, is pretty standard for most riders doing South America; still, doing it on a small Chinese bike with zero previous experience, being a bit geographically and chronologically challenged, and running out of money in Argentina is somewhat amusing, so I’ll just write the stories up. Because if I could do it, then surely anybody can, right?:)

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    Hells yeah!!! Go big or go home! This will be a great read. Thanks for taking the time to post.
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    Great intro! You do look familiar.. I've seen you in another ride report :lol3

    Thanks for sharing your story with us :thumb
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    Very cool...

    Looking forward to this.

    Stories from new moto travelers thrown into the deep end are my favorite!!

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    In. Love to read about adventures in SA; it's my favorite place to travel and I hope to explore it on a motorcycle some day.
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    Hey there,

    It's nice to see a fellow Lithuanian :) I've seen your ride report on Motomanai forum a while ago :)
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