OK, so we're riding Colombia 2 up on a China Bike.

Discussion in 'Ride Reports - Epic Rides' started by calrider, Jan 11, 2008.

  1. calrider

    calrider I'm Lost Too!!

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    Glad you're enjoying it. I'm not sure what the state of the dam is. I tried googling it but there's really nothing current out there that I could find. Google earth's images are from 2010 and looks like nothing's happening yet.

    @offroadcruiser (carl) Not sure of the logistics of buying the bike in your name. We bought it under Amiga's name. I'm sure it would be no problem riding it across a border as long as it's in your name. The dealership we bought our bike from went out of their way to help us with all the paperwork. You'd probably be best served by finding a dealership that would do this for you. Navigating the paperwork yourself might be a bit of a hassle. Sorry I can't be much more help than that.

    @XoZe_TX glad you're enjoying it and that your Colombian wife is getting a kick out of it too. It truly is a beautiful country. She must miss it.

    @Thorne. Thanks!

    @barefootrider I'm glad I'm an anchor for your sanity:wink:. 1978... wow. It must be so different now. I was in Ecuador in '89 and from what I read and see in current reports, it's changed a lot since then. Colombia would be great on a KLR. You could do a lot of the dirt roads that make it really interesting. Thanks for checking in!
  2. Charrito

    Charrito Been here awhile

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    We're actually getting married again in Cartagena in a few months. We're planning on being there for a couple of weeks, unless I get laid off, then I'll stay for a month!
  3. barefootrider

    barefootrider BMW airheads

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    again? I thought inmates were smarter than that. :rofl
    What is the best season to travel? I prefer dust to mud and heat to cold. Is it like Central America that has a dry season Dec through Feb? I already found a shipping company that will ship the bikes from Miami to Cartegena. Unless something (like work) gets underway we will be off in November!
  4. Charrito

    Charrito Been here awhile

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    As far as I know from traveling there before, 'seasons' have more to with altitude rather than time of year. That's what you get for being close to the equator. :norton
  5. glock31ca

    glock31ca n00b

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    What a report! Having just found Adventure Rider last night I've been reading last night and this morning. I've lived in Costa Rica and Spain but never had the chance to do any touring on motorcycles in either. The brother of a friend in CR had a Honda (we're back in the late 60's here) but I was too young back then.
    I'm working toward the goal of some touring in far away places. I'm so glad to hear how well Colombia is recovering from all the problems that have plagued them for so long. It's great to see. Latinos are great people in general and I enjoy dealing with them up here. I'm also in Calgary so getting to things like Expo Latino and such is a treat. I hope you've been able to keep in touch with Amiga as she seems like a good friend to have.

    Great RR report. I wish it could have gone on longer.

  6. Colombian Rider

    Colombian Rider Adventurer

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    [FONT=&quot]calrider congratulations for such an excellent report I really enjoy it.[/FONT][FONT=&quot]I am Colombian and I feel very glad that you had a nice time here. We have our problems but they are magnified by the media. Thank you and thanks people like you that take its time to know more before a judgment.<o:p></o:p>[/FONT]
    [FONT=&quot]Thanks for sharing. <o:p></o:p>[/FONT]

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  7. Colombian Rider

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    We have no seasons in Colombia. It depends of the altitude.

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And definitely much faster and comfortable
  8. calrider

    calrider I'm Lost Too!!

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    @XoZe_TX
    Here's hoping you get laid off! :wink:

    @barefootrider
    Go for it. In Colombia you can choose your season. High elevation=winter. Mid elevation=spring. Low elevation=summer. North=dry. Middle=wet. South=don't know...haven't been there yet. Amazon=a mystery to me.

    @glock31ca
    Wow, your first post! I always feel so good when I can get someone to "come out" and say their piece. Glad you enjoyed it! Since you're in Calgary, check out the "Calgarians that dualsport" thread in regional forums under Canada. We've got a good little group forming here with some great folks and wonderful rides happening. It would be nice to see out you. You'd be welcomed with open arms!

    @Colombian Rider
    It is especially good to hear from someone in Colombia! I am glad I was able to give at least a little hint of what an amazing treasure your country is. Of course, my photos and writing can't even begin to scratch the surface of the true Colombian experience. I hope I can come back someday soon. Maybe even to join you on some riding. Que chevere, su linda pais! Now turn your TV to the Olympics in Vancouver. There is one Colombian athlete competing for your country!
  9. calrider

    calrider I'm Lost Too!!

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    If you're interested in Colombia, a couple of friends of mine, Taz and Joel, are there right now and are posting some beautiful pics on flickr. They've ridden down from Canada on a couple of Kawasaki Sherpas. I think they've fallen in love with Colombia!

    Here's the link to their flickr photostream
    http://www.flickr.com/photos/taz_joel/

    Well worth a look.
  10. 2uprtw

    2uprtw Been here awhile

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    Hi Calrider,

    Excellent ride report! We had the pleasure of having supper with Taz and Joel about 5 or 6 days ago. A very nice couple and very cool bikes...

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    Thanks for the RR,
  11. calrider

    calrider I'm Lost Too!!

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    That is amazing. They just crossed into Ecuador today.

    I followed the link to your site. What a ride!!
    And yes, they've got a cool pair of bikes. Those little Sherpa tractors will get them anywhere!
  12. fredsuleman

    fredsuleman Taz and Joel

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    Hi Trent, Brian and Marie.

    We are in Quito and planning to stay for a while for some R&R from the grueling everyday life of the adventure riders (ok its not all that tough, but it sounded good). Imagine our surprise when we saw our smiling mugs posted here. What a great time we had in Colombia.

    Joel and Taz
  13. Charrito

    Charrito Been here awhile

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    You jinxed me! Just got notice that next Friday my contract will be canceled. A friend and I are taking off from Dallas to Big Bend for a riding/camping trip. Time to start scheduling other trips I guess!!
  14. calrider

    calrider I'm Lost Too!!

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    I had a voodoo doll of you and kept shoving a pink slip into it's hands. :ricky
    Have Fun!!

    Your first post! It's always nice to draw someone out of the ADV closet. :wink:

    Just saw your pics of Quito on Flickr. Brings back so many memories from when I was there with friends back in 1989. Young, naive, grubby backpackers.
  15. OcoeeG

    OcoeeG Adventurer

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    Calrider,
    What an amazing adventure and trip report!!!! I loved reading about it.

    I will be moving to Medellin in July for a 2 year stint teaching Chemistry at a private school there. I was hoping to bring my 2000 xr650r with me but Colombia is SUPER strict about importing used motos into the country. So I will be in the market for something when I get there. It is good to hear about a "bargin" bike making such an epic trip with little worries. Used bikes are crazy expensive there so I am weighing my options about what to get. Depends on what I can afford and what I can find.

    Anyway, thanks for stoking me up even more than I am already about this freakin' amazing country. Lets hear that bike review now.

    Take care
  16. calrider

    calrider I'm Lost Too!!

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    2 years in Medellin. That sounds wonderful. Right in the middle of some of the most amazing motorbiking country.

    Larger CC bikes have a large import tax on them, so prices above the 200cc range are nuts. XR650R would be a wonderful bike there though.

    Have fun! (I'll get around to the bike review someday :-/
  17. ramblin66

    ramblin66 HappyHappyJoyJoy

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    EXCELLENT RR.! :clap
    I really enjoy reading reports from travelers who embrace serendipity...
    Have a plan, but be flexible enough to take on changes that better expose you to the culture of the place in which you're traveling...

    I've again learned more about another culture from reading a motorcycle web site, than from a schoolbook.

    Thanks very much for the time you spent telling your story, it was greatly appreciated.

    Tengas suerte en tus viajes!
  18. calrider

    calrider I'm Lost Too!!

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    You're very welcome. On an adventure, the best thing to pack is a healthy dose of flexibility. Weighs nothing, reduces the amount of crap you need to carry, and it is your backstage pass to untold opportunities. Don't leave home without it.
  19. ShiftHead

    ShiftHead the f is silent.

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    Are you kidding me? That is just *stunning*! Ah...just sitting here on my arse is now a WHOLE LOT WORSE than it was before reading this....I have got to go freaking somewhere man....

    Stellar RR dude, and now, I am adding Columbia to my bucket list.
  20. calrider

    calrider I'm Lost Too!!

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    Do it. You won't regret it.