New Zealand RTW and back on a KTM500exc.

Discussion in 'Ride Reports - Epic Rides' started by Aaron.S, Oct 21, 2016.

  1. Aaron.S

    Aaron.S Long timer

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    After nearly 16000k and 6 countries I have made it to Cartagena Colombia. As most of you probably know there isn't a road between South and Central America. I have 2 choices either fly from Bogota or take the Stahlratte a 120ft schooner that will take a few days to get to Panama so I got on the last sailing for the year.

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  2. joenuclear

    joenuclear Still here....

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    Thanks for the great updates. Keep them coming please.
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    Ya better take it 'easy' south of the border.
    Looks like it's probably gonna be raining in Orygun... till April.
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  4. Aaron.S

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    Well fingers crossed it is cold as well because that will make for a good season on the mountain and that's what I'm riding for.
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  5. Aaron.S

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    Thanks and I'll try to.
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  6. KLRalph

    KLRalph Because KTMalph sounds funny

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    Jealous of your trip Aaron.S! What did you do in Columbia for lodging? Camp, hotels, etc?
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  7. Aaron.S

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    Thanks. I lost my sleeping bag and my tent got burnt early on in the trip so I am staying at hostals.
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    Pictures heading to Panama on the Stahlratte. It was a 3 day 2 night sailing which costs 850 us. I think normally it is 4 days 3 nights but it worked out great for me. Very cool experience.

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    One more

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    tundradirtbiker Been here awhile

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  11. Aaron.S

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    I was going from San Pedro de atacama (Chile)to Uyuni (Bolivia)via the ruta de las Lagunas. The aduana (where you get the paperwork for your bike entering a country also I believe the highest in the world at 5000m) is about 40 odd k from the boarder and is a gravel road so I was standing most of the way and didn't realize till I got there the clip had broken on my roll bag and I had lost nearly everything in it. The tent shifted onto the exhaust because of that and burnt big holes in it. I back tracked and found 1 shoe which I was stoked about only having one pair. So my 2 night 3 day trip all of a sudden turned into a long Dakar style day to make it to Uyuni. Not the best way to see the Lagunas. Flying by looking at a awesome view of pink Flamingos or something where you would normally stop to take photos and hang out for a bit but instead take a glimpse think yup flamingos good then head down arse up.
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  12. Aaron.S

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    Made it to Panama just before tropical storm Otto hit that is possibly getting upgraded to a hurricane. I went and checked out the Panama Canal today. Tomorrow I will start heading up the coast as the system looks like it is tracking towards Costa Rica and Nicaragua. I met a aussie guy on the boat who I will travel with for a little while. He has been on the road for 11 months done 30000k on a Honda XR150 he brought new in Chile. I'm thinking I'll be unpacked and on my 2nd beer by the time he rolls in at the end of the day. ha.

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    Today I rode up the Panama coast about 360k to Playa Venoa. Had a couple showers but the storm has gone north. I got a room with a view and the bike gets the view as well. Thanksgiving dinner for my American friends was some pineapple on the side of the road. [​IMG][​IMG][​IMG]

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    +1 on all this,a KTM 500 is a brilliant bike,for that 10% of a trip where you want one,but most trips involve a lot of just plain old getting there,droning if you please. And if a back woods guy wants a dirtbike,and sees a KTM500 sitting there.....its the one to steal.
    As noted a DR650 can also be loaded lightly and get through most anywhere. Its been done. But Ive had KTM's since the late 70's and still have a 525 and new 300,great bikes! For long trips through all sorts of terrain,Ive got 8 years and counting on the current DR650 and it hasnt broken a single thing,despite beating it like a rented mule at times. No fixing is good.

    There is no drama in taking a plain old DR650 RTW,its been done and done,but a KTM 13" travel dirtbike with a plate? Now that's got style and panache!
    More power to you ! Great Pics.
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    Most excellent ride and bike choice. Dropping a :topesin your 'planning' thread. Leave this one for the :dllama:; keep business and pleasure separated.

    Ride on! :super

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  16. Aaron.S

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    Yesterday I rode up the Panama coast to Las Lajas. It is a little run down beach that may of been nice in its day but that wasn't yesterday. The beach is ok. Found a place where i am thinking the mosquito net was keeping them in more than out. It has been a couple days since I have had a shower and possibly 2 weeks or more since a hot one and i werent expecting it there. Today I rode from one coast to the other by 12 then got a water taxi to Bocas Del Toro some Islands in the Caribbean it's hot and nice and the ocean should get some of the stink off me :)

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    I caught the first water taxi from Bocas Del Toro islands this morning and got to the Costa Rican Boarder about 9.30ish . It took about a hour and a half to get through which was pretty good. Then the rain started and didn't stop all the way to San Jose which made for a long day trying to pass trucks with shit visability. Tomorrow's mission is finding a rear tyre. I don't think it will last to Mexico city.[​IMG]

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  18. clintnz

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    Good stuff mate! You are a lucky bastard! We spent 5 weeks in Chile & Argentina last year on rented Honda 400's. I only wished I was on my KTM, er, all the time :D

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  19. Aaron.S

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    If you can avoid getting a tyre in Costa Rica do so as I went to 4 places in San Jose with no luck then to Touratech where they had a tkc 80 for 345 US dollars or a Metzler Sahara for the same but they gave me "a deal" at 300. OUCH. I wouldn't of made it to Mexico city on the mitas which I got about 10k out of. Sometimes it's just about timing. They also said Noone brings in the K60 if that's your tyre of choice. I may of been able to get a Dunlop but that would of taken some time an I am not a huge fan also I wanted to be on the road north tomorrow. [​IMG]

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    Just after posting this I got a email back from another source that could of got me a tkc 80 for around 260.

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