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Discussion in 'Ride Reports - Epic Rides' started by michnus, Jun 11, 2011.
Not bad, I also weighed our bikes with a bathroom scale :)
The nice thing is you can still get those bikes with low miles and in good condition these days :)
The 640 is a little bit more perky than the X but I think the BMW engine was more an allrounder intended than a racer :)
Every year in Salta around 3000 gauchos (skilled brave horseman) gathered in Salta, Argentina every year in June to celebrate General Martin Miguel de Güemes.
He fought off the Spanish 1813 with a modest group of gauchos in a bloody war and have been celebrated for his bravery since then. It is a massive parade and gathering with people sitting around fires the evenings singing, playing their guitars.
This is one hellova party. The night before the parade the horseman and women get together at the statue, bbq, chillin', checking and kicking horse tyres and engine talk, you know that kinda manly stuff. It goes on through the night.
People are in a good mood, jovial, chatting drinking and easy to share stories. The typical gaucho outfit includes a poncho that doubles up as a saddle blanket and sleeping gear.
Full-on cowboy type stuff, everything is locally made and forged. No China made stuff here. Gaucho pants are wide-legged trousers called bombachas belted with a tirador or chiripá (loincloth).
The crowd and participants dress in the most beautiful and detailed traditional clothing. Here you can see them with the "facón" (large knives) tucked into the leather belts.
Saturday and the streets are covered with the shit of 3000 horses. Strangely weird the smell reminds of farm life and add to the nostalgic feel of the parade.
The leather shields protect the legs against cold and elements.
Bike, sorry horse, preparation before the parade. Horses get their treats and the owner gets beer. Halfway through the day it turned into a proper party festival mood and many happy people
female Gaucha is also called China or Chinita.
And they are not scared to ride these ladies. Horse wheelies are pulled off with grace and skills
Noble, noble men and women.
Chaps also protect legs against brush and thorns. Dunno about the horse.
Fond memory: Riding along in Patagonia thinking there is not another soul around for miles, maybe hundreds of miles. Looking over and seeing a gaucho riding alone across the distant landscape, not on the road.
Good to see the chinitas are a solid part of this culture.
chinas muy bonita
The heritage is as big a family affair and has been passed on and kept alive for all these years.
The life of a gaucho was known in the past as solitary and simple but through the ages transcended to the finer things in life. But make no mistake they are still bad-ass hardcore outdoor people.
The stories these gauchos could tell around the camp fires ....
The Criollo is the native horse breed of Argentina.
People love participating in these events with massive amounts of money being spend on clothing and the weekend as most come from outside of the city.
The parade on Saturday is an elaborate affair with people participating from all around Argentina. They just love their country.
Even the dogs are part of the weekend's festivities.
Handcrafted messenger/saddlebags are part of the horse's gear. The whip is called a rebenque.
I love their country too and very much want to go back there ! Some of the, if not the friendliest of people I've ever met !
When I was there in 2009/2010 we were at the perimeter of the Dakar staging area next to some mounted policemen, One of them asked if he could come over to take a look at my truck so I let him sit in the cab as well. He then invited me and a another over to their little camp and served us steak from the grill. Very nice guys so I made the best of what little Spanish I could remember.
The Good, The Bad , The Ugly and then..... The Chinitas... They can bola me anytime.
I too want to go back to Argentina.
Those are the type of memories that never fade
They go full out
That is the crazy part, they are such inviting friendly folk, we only had good times in Argentina with people. And especially the country folks.
Awesome images, and very informative words as usual! Thanks M&E!!! Your thread is always so refreshing.
Well if you guys have absolutely buggar all to do in a few hours, the cool folks at Advmoto invited us for a live chat later today.
This kinda stuff is nerve-wracking, riding difficult terrain having to dodge a border official is easy.
It will be with the one and only Carl.
Don't be afraid to join, don't want to sit there just chatting to ourselves.
Just a heads-up we don't always believe our own advice.
Hit the button Apr 8, 07:30PM Eastern Time (US and Canada)
If I stay up past my bed time...and you got the time wrong, it's 20:00 EST.
yes, that is the time I am hooking up with Carl to see if comms are working... I am not good with this shit