Around South America accidentally on a blue 150cc

Discussion in 'Ride Reports - Epic Rides' started by EvergreenE, Jul 21, 2016.

  1. brnsrgn

    brnsrgn Been here awhile

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    Pics show a great eye for color and composition, really like them.
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  2. Kiwiplum

    Kiwiplum Adventurer

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    You write very well and your pics excellent. Will be following your reports with interest as I am travelling in Peru and Ecuador in a couple of months on a Sumo Tekker.
    Thanks for your report.

    Peter
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  3. dano619

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    Nice start, thank you!! IN
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  4. CommanderDave

    CommanderDave Kick Ass Adventure Rider

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    1) Buy the bike....check. 2) Buy a crap load of bungee cord....check. 3) Strap wrist watch onto handle bar.....check. 4) dump bike twice first day breaking the mirror....check!! I love these minimalist adventures. I'm thinking about buying 250cc Chinese bike in Peru and forget about shipping my BMW. I'm in....dave
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  5. knight

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    EPIC :clap
    Nice job ........and a real haircut
    I'm looking forward to seeing and hearing more about your awesome adventures
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  6. Jimmy the Heater

    Jimmy the Heater Dirt Farmer

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    Ya know, that idea has a lot of merit I think. For the cost and hassle of shipping you can almost buy the bike outright. And when you are done and want to sell, anything you get is pretty much gravy.
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  7. Kiwiplum

    Kiwiplum Adventurer

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    Hi Jimmy

    That is what I have done - used 250cc bike fettled with new tyres, brakes, drive, motor by aroundtheblock.com and they buy back . Wil lose about half but amortised over 2.5 months works out to under $10 a day and if I don't use buy back then it works out to under $20 a day.
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  8. monsterRS

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    Brilliant report!
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  9. Goldie05

    Goldie05 Fast George

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    Very nice start, loving the photos already.

    Did Paul work on the photos? I see his touch

    Sent from my LGMS631 using Tapatalk
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  10. rtwpaul

    rtwpaul out riding... Supporter

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    I have zero involvement in this RR or photos, this is 100% El, HER PHOTOS AND EDITING, and obviously her writing.

    I'm reading this in real time just like the rest of you

    Remember this was a two year SOLO trip, at the same time I was looking for gas in Mongolia

    Back to your normally scheduled RR :clap:clap
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  11. RokLobster

    RokLobster Far from sanity Supporter

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    In and labas. :-)
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  12. okiegtrider

    okiegtrider Long timer

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    Looking forward to next installment! Got to be a little hard to do, update a ride report while in the midst of another adventure. :*sip*
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  13. Topcop45

    Topcop45 Been here awhile

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    I don't think I could ride a Chinese 150cc bike to the gas station, and she rides it all over South America...awesome!
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  14. PittsDriver

    PittsDriver Fuse lit.... Supporter

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    I love reading about stuff like that. We all tend to obsess over every little thing on our bikes and she's showing us all that you can just jump on anything and ride. Kudos!
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  15. roadcapDen

    roadcapDen Ass, Grass or Gas, no free rides.

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    IN...and Thanks!
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  16. AirDrive

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    ....but...but...it was bluuue.........
    Funniest damn thing I've seen in a long time. If that bike makes even HALF this trip, my next ride is gonna be BLUE!
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    TM1(SS) Matthew 24:36, Ride today, ride now :-) Supporter

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    Check out Stergios Gogos, worldvespa.net. Stergios is going RTW two-up with his lovely lady on a 200 Vespa !!
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  18. juno

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    Great start to the report!!!
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  19. jim99900

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    Zongshen should hire you in some promotional role! Love this! (and wish I had purchased my KLR in blue... )
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  20. EvergreenE

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    Thanks everyone!:)

    Buying the bike in Peru isn't the greatest idea because they get a bit funny when you want to leave the country - especially if you're going to Bolivia. It's possible, but it takes way too long, is way too complicated, too expensive, and the madness of local bureaucracy is absolutely astonishing. I would say, buy in Chile as it only takes a few hours for all the paperwork and then you're free to ride anywhere and sell the bike anywhere as well.

    If you only plan to ride in Peru though, then buying locally is ok - only be prepared to wait for your papers and licence plate for 2-4 weeks:)

    I'll go into more details on this when I get to my Peru-Bolivia border crossing post.

    Only if you buy the bike in Chile. If the bike is registered anywhere else, e.g. Peru, Colombia, Bolivia, Argentina etc you cannot legally sell it in another South American country (even though most of them are part of the Comunidad Andina, which is sort of like the EU). You can sell it in the black market or for parts, but that is of slightly questionable legality:) And again you can sell/buy locally of course.

    Paul did not work on my photos or anything else. My South American trip is an Era Before Paul:)

    It's surprising how much you can do while sitting on a bike's tail - like taking photos, listening to music, and writing :D My office is now on the road, behind Paul's back:)

    I kind of miss that bare simplicity now, to be honest. My last bike (a Yamaha TDM850) probably cost me more in maintenance/service/fixing and replacing stuff on it than the whole Blinkin, and yet the little Chinese pony did more than any of my 'big bikes' combined.

    Haha I actually tried contacting them, but never got a reply back:)
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