Around the world on a Vespa

Discussion in 'Ride Reports - Epic Rides' started by s_gogos, Mar 15, 2015.

  1. NKOrange

    NKOrange Puny homer

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    Στέργιο, καταπλητικό ταξίδι, υπέροχες φωτογραφίες. Θα φτάσεις μέχρι βόρεια Αμερική;

    (translation: Awesome trip, amazing photos. Coming to north America?)
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  2. s_gogos

    s_gogos Been here awhile

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    Thanks!

    Thanks!
    Yes, that's the original plan, but I have no idea yet when I'm gonna be there.
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  3. jckid

    jckid Been here awhile

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    Great report and pics so far. I'll definitely be keeping an eye out for updates. Safe travels to you...
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  4. Hewzie

    Hewzie KTM 790 Duke

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    This is an amazing adventure and I am so envious.
    I have had smallish bikes and then large ones and now working my way down again. I appreciate doing long rides the hard way and not the easiest way. Small bikes mean less luggage, means make do!!!!
    Enjoy Sth America and if/when you make it to Australia, you will be amongst friends. There is accommodation awaiting your arrival in Perth.
    Stay safe, Vespa Man.
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  5. michnus

    michnus Lucky bastard Supporter

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    Really cool! :clap:thumb
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  6. s_gogos

    s_gogos Been here awhile

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    Thanks for the comment and for the invitation Hewzie!
    I hope I'll make it to Australia!
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  7. s_gogos

    s_gogos Been here awhile

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    Thanks!
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  8. pnoman

    pnoman Just Average

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    Great Ride Report and photos!

    If you find yourself in the eastern United States (state of West Virginia) later this year, PM me. You have a place to stay and eat.


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  9. NKOrange

    NKOrange Puny homer

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    Όταν πλησιάζεις προς τα σύνορα των ΗΠΑ στείλε μύνημα. Θα σου φτιάξουμε και ένα ταψί γεμιστά, θα σου έχει λείψει :evil

    Καλό δρόμο!
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  10. takis600

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    Καλούς δρόμους και πάντα όρθιος Στέργιε. Σε παρακολουθώ και σε θαυμάζω αδελφέ. Σε είχα γνωρίσει από το moto.gr.
    Παναγιώτης
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    Αττική
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  11. Wasserhund

    Wasserhund Adventurer

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    Great job on the financial breakdown. I enjoyed seeing exactly were every penny went. It all adds up and too often I spend a little here and a little there. Which leads to a lot being spent. Great photos as well, nice work.
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  12. Z1ppy

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    Awesome. :D
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  13. s_gogos

    s_gogos Been here awhile

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    Thank you! I'll let you know, I appreciate that!

    ΧΑΧΑΧΑΧΑ!!! Έκλεισε τότε. Ξεκινάμε ντουγρού για ΗΠΑ! :rofl

    Να 'σαι καλά Παναγιώτη! Καλά χιλιόμετρα και σ' εσένα!
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  14. s_gogos

    s_gogos Been here awhile

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    Thanks, I'm really glad that you like it!

    :)
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  15. srad600

    srad600 Been here awhile

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    Amazing photo's and what a wonderful adventure, thank-you for sharing! I'm in for S.America, good luck.
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  16. yair1956

    yair1956 Been here awhile

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    This guy is amazing guy with tons of guts, but totally nuts .. I'll have hard time to think of such a trip on my R12GSA .... he definitely earn my respect :clap
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  17. s_gogos

    s_gogos Been here awhile

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    A short ride to Uruguay

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    My 3 months tourist visa expires in some days but its renewal is really easy as I’ve been told and it can be done in many ways. In our opinion, the best way to renew it was to go to to a neighboring country for at least 1 day and back to Argentina. The new visa lasts 3 more months and for the vehicle it’s 8 months temporary import permit. So, let’s go to Uruguay!

    There are 2 options for a trip to Uruguay: either driving to the small town of Fray Bentos (Uruguay) – 300kms from Buenos Aires, or taking a boat from Buenos Aires and going to the opposite bank of Rio de la Plata, at the city of Colonia del Sacramento. At first, we chose the easy way and went for a boat ticket but due to the fact that we wanted to travel during the Holy Week, we were disappointed by the prices (about 300EUR for two persons and the Vespa). So, we quickly changed our minds and for once more, we took the necessary equipment, put it on the Vespa and started our small trip to Las Cañas (a small village on the bank of Uruguay River, 8kms from Fray Bentos).


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    For the first 200kms from Buenos Aires we were traveling with Jose Luis (an Argentinian friend we met in BsAs) and his 250cc Honda. For the last 100kms we were alone on the Vespa…Crossing the borders was really easy and the only “difficult” part was that we had to wait in a long queue because everyone was leaving the big cities for the Easter holiday. We have to mention that the temporary import permit for a vehicle in Uruguay is 365 days and the tourist visa is for 90 days – important for someone who wants to leave a vehicle in South America for a long period. The only money we had to pay was 0.78EUR (11ARS) at the tolls around BsAs (we’ve been told that in the rest of the country, the tolls are free for the motorcycles) and 1.42EUR (20ARS) to cross the bridge of Uruguay River. When I first got to Argentina, I also bought an insurance in BsAs for the motorcycle (33EUR for 6 months) which is valid in all the countries of Mercosur (an alliance between some countries of South America) and it would be necessary to have it with me at the border customs control. The company hadn’t sent me that “green card” yet, and I only had the rest of the papers with me, but no one asked me for it on the borders.

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    A few kilometers after the borders with Argentina, there is the small town of Fray Bentos and after 8 kms, you will find a tiny village on the bank of Uruguay River, called Las Cañas. Most of the houses in Las Cañas are holiday houses and the place is full of people during holidays. The river bank forms a beach where you can swim and the area around has many trees and is ideal for picnic and camping. We definitely recommend it!


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    While we were searching for a nice spot to pitch our tent and spend the night for free, we came across this magnificent “wallpaper” – look at the picture!


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    We were so lucky and around the corner, there was the municipal campsite where we finally spent the night! Not bad at all… :p


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    PS One more useful information for Argentina and Uruguay is that you should never use an ATM or a credit card in Argentina! The official rate for USD or EUR is different from the rate you can find at an unofficial exchange office (blue dollar) and it is way better to carry enough USD or EUR with you when you travel in Argentina. If you spend all your dollars and you need more money, you can go to Uruguay and take USD from an ATM there. There is the option between USD and the local currency in every ATM.

    Cheers
    Stergios & Alexandra
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  18. Flathead62

    Flathead62 n00b

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    What happened to your friend on the "new" 4-stroke Vespa, how did that Vespa hold out? Was it reliable or is the old simple 2-stroke better?
    I had a few PX200 and they were very reliable if you took good care of them, but I was wondering if these new "plastic" Vespa's are any good outside the city traffic.
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  19. s_gogos

    s_gogos Been here awhile

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    After 2 months of traveling with me and when we were in Senegal, he decided to go back to Greece for some reason.
    Until that point his Vespa was working properly and with no problems at all.
    He had also travel all around Europe, in some parts of Russia, in Balkans and Turkey and his Vespa never broke down or had any issues.
    Also I've seen some "plastic" Vespas crossing Africa, Asia and South America with no problems, and I 'd like to try it one day.
    They are far more comfortable than the old "metal" Vespas.
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  20. conchscooter

    conchscooter Long timer

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    Lovely report. Watching your ride and love the 150,000 kilometer repair. I just restored my 1979 P200E so it looks like I might a have a few years riding ahead! The old Vespas are really indestructible with minimum maintenance.
    Congratulations to all three.
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