My girlfriend Ashley (@easyrider11) and I have wanted to visit Ethiopia for a while. It kept getting put off because we were having a hard time finding bikes, and also we don’t know anyone there who could help. We met our new buddy Chad two weeks ago - he’s a friend of a friend in Portland - who’s from Ethiopia and has family there. We bought a couple tickets to Addis Ababa with airline miles, and now we’re sitting in the Portland airport waiting for a flight. How bout that? Chad’s brother found us two of these 200cc ‘BMP’ brand bikes for our trip. They were $3,400 each including VAT, registration and everything else we need to ride them. I’m not sure how much of that was the bike cost versus the other stuff but I think the bikes were around $2,900. He’s going to help us sell them at the end so we should get a good chunk of that back. BMP is an Indian company, but I think the bikes must be coming from China. The engine cover looks exactly like the engine cover on the CSC 250 dual sport. I think the must come from the same Zongshen factory in China. Which would be great, since that’s one of the better known factories. I’m guessing that BMP buys the parts from China and assembles them inside Ethiopia. We tried unsuccessfully to find a couple Lifan 250 dual sports there but with no luck. The rest of the BMP product line sure looks like Zongshen, especially the police bike. http://www.bmpmotor.in It takes a little while to get a bike registered in Ethiopia so we sent the $$ over beforehand. We’re buying the bikes in his name. I think there might be some issue with foreigners buying bikes in their own name but I’m not 100% on that. Anyway, it’s easier for him to buy and sell the bikes if we put them in his name so that’s what we’re doing. Got our shots a couple days ago. This is Chad. He has an auto salvage and recycling business in Portland. Chad totally hooked us up. He looked at some maps with us and pointed out a few places to visit. Packed up and ready to go. We’re taking camping gear just in case. We don’t know a lot about Ethiopia. If anyone has ideas of where to go and what to do, we’re all ears. We have 4 weeks to travel. I’ll get a local SIM card and keep this RR updated as we go.