Chile to Alaska on an S1000XR?

Discussion in 'Americas' started by biosed, Apr 30, 2020.

  1. biosed

    biosed n00b

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    Not sure of the best place to ask this, but as in title, is it feasible to use a BMW S1000XR to travel from Chile to Alaska. I would chose a route with as much paved or packed roads as possible but I am concerned that might not always be possible and the XR is a big heavy yoke that doesn't have the greatest clearance in the world.
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  2. 72 Yamaha RD350

    72 Yamaha RD350 Long timer Supporter

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    Of course it's feasible! There's nothing magical about that route assuming you don't attempt to ford the Darien Gap. Take the bike you have. Make wise decisions about the roads you choose versus those you pass by. If you arrive at a road you thought would be acceptable but isn't - change your plans. Adapt and conquer. Just be careful that you don't do the trip too quickly. That S1000XR is a fast machine and you might end up in Deadhorse before lunch.
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  3. texas123

    texas123 Been here awhile

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    That’s a nice bike to mess up. I’d get a cheap dual spot and sell it when you get back. The depreciation in a month or 2 could not be too bad. That BMW wasn’t designed for off road.
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  4. jimmex

    jimmex Guero con moto Supporter

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    Hell yes you can do it! The bike will get beaten up, but who gives a shit.
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  5. lifetravelled

    lifetravelled Been here awhile

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    100% u could do it and make it no worries, financially u might be better off keeping it home and getting something cheaper and selling as the hit to the value of your bike and damage u might do would cost u more.
    I would look for a US plated bike being sold down in Chile work thru the paperwork and bring it back.

    we lost $2,000 on the our bike from buying in the USA and selling in Argentina
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  6. holckster

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    Buy my Calif plated DR650 in Colombia.
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  7. shu

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    Sure you could do it. But the choice of bike (for me) always ends up determining the roads you take. With a street/pavement bike you are locked into riding up the highway and wondering where the side roads go. Maybe you would venture to cross the high Andes passes- dirt, mud and rocks- in northern Peru on your bike......I would not. I found this Honda 300 to be just about right for all the roads I could find.

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    I say buy Doug's DR and ride that. DR is a great choice for all the conditions you would normally find traveling. (I have 120,000 miles on DRs).

    ..........shu
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  8. lifetravelled

    lifetravelled Been here awhile

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    I second that just buy Dougs bike
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    Ride a bike that works while standing on the pegs. You’ ll do that far more than you ever imagine.
    It’s a pretty great ride, or it was in ‘08.
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