Top 10 things you learned or wish you would have known about riding in South America.

Discussion in 'Latin America' started by gordojordo, Oct 6, 2011.

  1. gordojordo

    gordojordo Adventurer

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  2. Throttlemeister

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    1.That I should've banked more money:freaky

    2. Mainly just reinforcing the idea: There are a hell of a lot more good people down there than bad people.

    3. Slower is nearly always better.

    4. You can always get a better exchange rate if you try harder.

    5. Stay off the Pan Am at all costs.

    6. Keep good tires on the bike.

    7. A heat patched tube is as good as new if done right.

    8. Always negotiate the price if you think it's too high.

    9. Use the smile often and wave more.

    10. Don't plan much of anything.


    Remember it could always be worse:lol3
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  3. Wolfgang55

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    Open your visor when talking to cops.

    Keep your real wallet hidden somewhere.

    Have a throw away wallet handy & throw is on the ground & run, when beeing robbed.

    Take a couple of water filters.

    Make sure your bike or car has the same days on the visa as you have.

    Not all gringos are your friends.

    Sleep in a hammock near an ocean breeze.

    Carry extra tail & head light bulbs.

    Try hard not to leave your bike on the street at night.

    Take wet ones.
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  4. Hache_arg

    Hache_arg End of the world rider

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    - Think about the gas.. the next gas station may be dry

    - Be respectfull and smile a lot.

    - look dumber than you are

    - act less dumb than you´re

    - don´t try to bribe avery cop, but listen to them.

    - learn spanish

    - drink Mate

    - realise you´re not on a tour.

    - ask people what to see. even if you dont know spanish, people will help

    - read all you want, but be aware you know almost nothing. you´ll lern by experience

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  5. Eduardo

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    :lurk Good ones!
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  6. Motylek

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    always carry spare berings (easy to replace somtimes hard to find)

    Stop at every gas station as you never realy know how far to the next one (i did and ran out a few times)

    Go from Uyuni to San Pedro de Atacama where the 4x4 tours go, (hard road but worth it)

    Take as many dirt roads as possible

    Bring spare riding gloves (there expencive here ... im on my 4th pair)

    Learn how to fix the bike your self

    Dont go to San Paulo

    Oil, filters, tyres etc are cheap in Bolivia

    Empanades are great snack food

    Learn some spanish before u come but dont let that stop you (i new 3 words when i came )
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  7. crashmaster

    crashmaster ow, my balls!

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    :huh I had a great time in Sao Paulo and would go again.

    Anyway, I'll kick in a few.

    1. Learn as much Spanish as you can before you go and take classes along the way.

    2. Dont hang out too much with tourists that speak your native language. You can hang out with them at home.

    3. Ride fast, travel slow.

    4. Entering a roundabout in a country where they drive on the left side will tumble your gyros.

    5. A bike with a good suspension can take topes at 80 mph.

    6. A bike with a competent rider riding Latin style can travel from A to B over twice as fast as a bus.

    7. The Latin women will steal your heart.

    8. Its difficult to pick up a 500+ lb bike in sand at 16,000 feet.

    9. You dont really ride in Patagonia, you simply get blown to your destination by the wind.

    10. You will have the time of your life.
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  8. damasovi

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    and still my wife want me to have eyes just for her... it so impo..difficult

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  9. dragoon

    dragoon I'm the REAL Dingo Joe

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    :lol3 Tumbled mine just thinking about it
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  10. Dan Man

    Dan Man ex-adventurer

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    1. Dont take the Pan America

    2. Learn Spanish before (easier said than done), you cant get by on english. I am only functional, wish I was fluent.

    3. Get off the bike from time to time, you relate to people differently when they arent in awe of your motorcycle.

    4. 99% of the folks Ive come across mean well. Give them a chance. Alot warmer than North Americans. This was my biggest surprise.

    5. Dont treat the twisties like the racetrack. Colombia is a long way from home.

    6. Too much agruadiente with the locals is a fantastic time.

    7. Always greet everyone BD, BT, BN before asking for anything.

    8. My motorcycle is a disposable item, wish I had bought a DR650 to blend in more. The twin will turn heads before you are even in their sight. Would never even consider a BMW for this trip when most of these people would never earn that kind of money in a lifetime.

    9. long days lead to hitting speed bumps full speed, that seem come out of no where.

    10. rainy season f-ing sucks. do your research before.
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  11. Misery Goat

    Misery Goat Positating the negative Super Moderator

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    that's the best one right there. :ricky :bubba
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  12. bananaman

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    Learn the meaning of The Left Blinker.

    Understand the use of the center lane.

    SPOT sucks.

    Machu Picchu is kinda cool, but after everything else you see, you're kinda, like, "whatever."

    Avoid backpacker-trail hostels whenever possible.

    Those bus-timetables are pretty accurate for moto travel. You'll think you can ride faster, but at the end of the day, you don't.
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  13. crashmaster

    crashmaster ow, my balls!

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    That's for sure. The best thing to learn is that it can mean anything. Just when you think someone is signaling you that its safe to pass, he is actually making a left turn. :eek1



    :lol3 I'm glad I wasnt waiting around for you all day while you were following those buses. :1drink


    :hide :D
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  14. Throttlemeister

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    I always make a point of beating the buses but then again there are not too many out where I've been trying to ride, maybe some collectivos is all. I always think at least I'll be able to travel faster than the bus by min 2 hrs.
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  15. bananaman

    bananaman transcontimental

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    Let's say you're in Northern Peru. You saddle up at 7 AM. You see a bus leaving at the same time. The bus goes slow. You go fast.

    Then you stop to photograph men plowing an asparagus field with a team of horses. They offer you some of their breakfast. The bus passes you. The men tell you about Spanish ruins here, Inca ruins there.

    You hop back on and quickly overtake the bus.

    You see some very cool sand dunes so you stop to photograph them.

    The bus overtakes you.

    You pass the bus.

    All day.

    If you didn't stop at least twice per hour, then you would kick that bus's ass.
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  16. Throttlemeister

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    I can see that easily happening on the PanAm.
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  17. bananaman

    bananaman transcontimental

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    This happened in the south of Argentina, too. There, I'd ride an hour or two, then find somewhere to get warm. It was the only time in my life I envied the people on the buses.
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  18. ChangoGS

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    Two very important to me. works for me but hey its my style.


    Familiar with Spanish language & Use of HORN !!!! Bigtime use of HORN !!!!!!!!! Not scared to tap the horn all the time . near ,before,around, traffic round abouts, intersections,ramps,uphill,downhill,buses, etc.
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  19. Airhead Wrangler

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    Get the loudest horn you can find... and then another one.

    Get over your north american stigma of horn usage. 99% of the time in the US a horn is used in anger. South of the border a horn is used in anger, in greeting, in advising another of your presence, in scaring animals out of your path, telling your riding partner he/she took a wrong turn, etc. Use it often. Don't be shy with it.
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  20. Throttlemeister

    Throttlemeister Long timer Super Supporter

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    My blown out supertrapp running more less straight out a diffuser and bare inner core works pretty well in heavy traffic, kinda like a harley boy:lol3 I can let em know I coming in between or around pretty nicely, loudly when I need to.
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