South American Encore And RTW

Discussion in 'Ride Reports - Epic Rides' started by PKaye, Apr 15, 2018.

  1. PKaye

    PKaye Been here awhile

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    Eef and I decided to meet in Lima as she was flying home from there. As I’ve written before, I am not a fan of big cities by moto (or any vehicle u are driving) and just don’t do them if at all possible so I booked a bus as it’s a short 8 hrs and a much better way to get in and out in my opinion. It was the first time I’ve taken a bus since 2014 and I do have a new respect for World travelers taking buses. It may be easier in traffic to just sit in the bus and read or look around at the sights but damn the air is stagnant and not having the freedom to stop anywhere you want is something I have been spoiled by with moto travel and thus is why I feel it’s the only way to travel for me currently.


    Lima really surprised me by the opulence, you can really see how rich a city it was in its heyday. There are mansions everywhere and even in the rougher parts of town there are still old dilapidated mansions that look like crumbling haunted houses. It may be the richest city I’ve seen in terms of the evidence of heydays gone by and the large area covered by these old mansions, as you can walk for hours from Chorillos thru Barranco to Miraflores. Another surprise was the surf, I didn’t know there was such a spectacular bay to surf lefts and rights. I didn’t surf but if I had my SUP surf board I definitely would have went out as the waves were perfectly spaced that weekend.

    The food and accommodations are much more expensive then Huaraz and other inland towns we found. One day in the center they had the Denmark/Croatia game on the big screen which was fun to watch as the locals were cheering for Croatia since Denmark had beaten Peru.
    Eef flew home to Holland July 4 and I headed back to Huaraz and fellow ADV riders Thomas and Sandra were here at Jo’s Place riding there KTM 640s RTW (from Switzerland). My is plan to ride slowly south tomorrow on as much dirt as possible to Cusco.....


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    Long time Kiwi mountaineer teaching a Swedes the ropes at the hostal
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    Ciao Eef, it was a blast! Hasta Proximo....
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  2. PKaye

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    My luck ran out today as a Peruvian truck hit me throwing me down a 10m ravine. Luckily Im OK and moto relatively survived. Just in need of a front caliper that attaches to the fork if anyone knows of spare parts down here? pic below 3A442473-9040-4E24-9EAC-9F1075D71DDE.jpeg 0AA05190-56AA-4F46-9E30-175A1977C227.jpeg
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    Yep. Peru. My tactic was if I saw a vehicle coming along the side of the mountain, I would look for a place to stop and wait for it to come rather than have to avaoid it while moving. Guess that doesn't always work.
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  4. Thomas B.

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    Hey Paul, what are you doing? Glad your ok man. So sorry for your bike. Where are you at the Moment?
    Thomas
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    OK, Forget this. Sandra texted you allready.
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    roadcapDen Ass, Grass or Gas, no free rides.

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    Woah, glad you're OK'ish.
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  7. PKaye

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    Thank you!

    Well the past 24 hours have been spent trying to source a front brake caliper and slowly putting the moto back together with the help of a local mechanic. At yesterday’s accident scene, a local miner had a Nissan truck and we loaded my bike in the back and he drove me to this mechanics shop in Huanuco and took me to a hostal! Again, the amazing people out there, he didn’t ask for a dime.
    So here I am on the penthouse floor for 20soles (8CAD!), not the cheapest but definitely one of the nicer rooms Ive had and relatively cheap for a private room.

    My instrument panel was pretty beat up so this morning I went with Lucho the mechanic to another shop and there the mechanic fiberglassed my instrument panel to hopefully keep it together and waterproof. My headlight aslo came off in the crash and is cracked but still ok as I have a protective pastic film on it, just need to find out if the LED lights still work once it’s re connected. Luckily my windscreen was ok as it broke loose as all the attachments to the fairing broke and Im glad as my windscreen has many hand written notes from some special people I’ve met during my travels. F78DC983-CE7C-4452-996C-ED6CBA0951DB.jpeg 7BA45CFA-FDCF-426F-BB74-09CDABABD172.jpeg E9D1D329-CAEE-4F97-A8ED-F59B95893DC8.jpeg D2FD8B3A-E54B-43B0-B39C-E5ED38E47A09.jpeg
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  8. John2

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    Glad to hear you are okay. There is a BMW service center in Lima, as well as a moto rental place in Arequipa that can also direct you how to source parts. I think their name is Peru motors.
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    Thank you John! I’ve tried sourcing used through friends in Canada and the US but quite expensive so I’m hoping this local Peru moto whatsapp group can help me. One guy on it said he has a caliper he was going to give me for free but it’s the right front, damn!

    I’ve ridden 700km the past 2 days using just the rear brake 99% of the time and of course it’s not the best but it’s getting me to Cusco where I don’t mind waiting a few weeks for a part. But damn this part of Peru has some bad roads, worse drivers and is accentuated by the brake issue and what transpired thursday, makes one a bit “gun shy”!


    No fall zones like this on much of my 700km of riding the past 2 days and just wider then one car
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    The bike fiberglassed and glued and screwed back together, hope it lasts 11947E95-79B2-4411-90C5-7E1D9B2DF09C.jpeg
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  10. Throttlemeister

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    I would imagine with a good torno aka lathe and a mill at machine shop could make that caliper work again with an added plate that hold the caliper pin or weld job if that is all that it is wrong with the caliper.

    There is a member on here named @charapa Toby an US expat who lives in Peru and runs Around the Block tours/ adventures or something of the like, he should be able to help you out or know of somebody in Peru who can. I’ll dig around for his info.

    Sorry to hear about your off but at least your not broken, could have been much worse.

    Edit: What luck it even looks like you are in the same town as him!
    “We are located in Huanuco, central Peru”
    http://www.aroundtheblockmotoadventures.com/contact-us/

    Edit : sounds like you left that town and headed South already, oops
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    Thx ThrottleM!

    I originally thought it was “just” the bracket that was wrecked but once we put the caliper back together (after a weld) the sliders are bent also. And since I’m planning a RTW trip and want to keep this bike awhile (also a few thousand dollars in damges cuts the resale value in half I bet ) I’m going to try and wait for a used caliper here in Cusco?

    still shocked me and the moto in working order when I view the vids




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  12. Thomas B.

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    Hey Paul, where are you staying in Cusco. We will be there in around 3 weeks and if you are still there we could meet up for a beer.
    We´ll stay in touch.
    Cheers Thomas
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    Huanuco is a great place to break down , try to get in touch with Toby, who sells bikes to travelers there, he has a shop and lots of connections. He is on here, but not sure what his user name is. Edit. Maybe I should read all of the other responses before posting.
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    Hola Thomas!

    I will stay at Chelitos Backpackers (great local family run place) as it was a favorite spot in 2016 and likely to go the Campground that Sandra mentioned too. Hopefully we can finally have that beer, hopefully I have the replacement caliper by then.
    salud
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    Leaving Ollantaytambo this am for Cusco
    EABB5178-EFE1-4FEB-9971-9A1CA1286F68.jpeg Safe and sound in Cusco, at what feels
    like home here in Chelitos Hostel. Was a favorite in 2016 and this welcome reminds me why!
    And three other moto travelers,Chile, Brazil and France... C75B0A15-A39D-434E-A54C-43792BCB1712.jpeg DE07A8AB-2304-4407-8631-7E15E0600E72.jpeg 678A0109-0FB6-4246-B41B-B0398A57216A.jpeg
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