Instagram     

Go Back   PNW Moto > PNW Moto > Adventure Riding

Adventure Riding Adventure riding, dual sports, and dirt bikes

Like Tree42Likes
Reply
 
Thread Tools
Jan 27th 2016, 03:26 PM   #1
 Blackdog's Avatar
 
  Jan 2016
  The Dalles

Portland to Tierra Del Fuego on a KTM 690

I started posting a trip report on pnwriders and was advised to post here instead. I started this trip two weeks ago. We took the Baja route and took the ferry from La Paz to the mainland. I'm in southern Mexico now. I'm spending the night in Tapachula and will cross the border to Guatemala, 15 miles away.

I'll try posting once or twice a week with pictures and an occasional video.
Jan 27th 2016, 04:52 PM   #2
 Flyboymedic's Avatar
 
  Jan 2016
  Hazel Dell, Wa

  Honda VFR800, Husqvarna TE 610, Ducati M600, Ducati Hypermotard 1100S
Thumbs up

Glad to see you here Ron! Be safe on your journey.
Jan 27th 2016, 04:53 PM   #3
 Willow's Avatar
 
  Jan 2016
  Silverdale, WA

  848evo, DRZ400SM, XR100
Yea, I was following you on that "other" site, but now it's better to follow you on "the" motorcycle forum of the Pacific Northwest
Davidk and Neverseenrain like this.
Jan 27th 2016, 10:28 PM   #4
 Davidk's Avatar
 
  Jan 2016
  Bainbridge Island

  Ducati ST4
What BRAD said...
Jan 27th 2016, 11:20 PM   #5
 Thumperpilot's Avatar
 
  Jan 2016
  Rome

  SV650S, CRF450R, and others
I'm gonna follow this.

This is a bucket list item for me. I so want to do it! Stay safe.
Jan 28th 2016, 06:47 PM   #6
 Blackdog's Avatar
 
  Jan 2016
  The Dalles

We crossed the border this morning. It took about 4 hours. It's hot, traffic is horrible, roads are bad. Shipping the bikes to Columbia and starting there would be a better option for most.

We're 60 miles south of the Guatemala border now in a highly secured motel with armed guards. Things won't improve until South America.
Jan 28th 2016, 07:20 PM   #7
 Thumperpilot's Avatar
 
  Jan 2016
  Rome

  SV650S, CRF450R, and others
Ruinas de Zaculeu, Huehuetenango are worth the stop when you go by HueHue. It's about like going up to Tikal, with the tall tower ruins only on a smaller scale...
Lake Atitlan is gorgeous; a boat ride across is worth the leisurely trip.
I'd suggest Antigua (Gringo-landia to the locals) as well, as it is beautiful with excellent shopping and dining, though expensive.

I have a friend with relatives down there but it's been years since I've been down.
Neverseenrain likes this.
Jan 28th 2016, 09:09 PM   #8
 Flyboymedic's Avatar
 
  Jan 2016
  Hazel Dell, Wa

  Honda VFR800, Husqvarna TE 610, Ducati M600, Ducati Hypermotard 1100S
Was in Guatemala back in the late 80's and went to Lake Atitlan and Guatemala City and other places up in the highlands. It's a beautiful country!
Jan 30th 2016, 07:58 PM   #9
 Blackdog's Avatar
 
  Jan 2016
  The Dalles

We're in Antigua Guatemala now. After traveling across the border and seeing miles of crowded streets, taco stands, stray dogs and shacks this was a welcome change. Antigua is very nice. Roads are clean and the food is great.

Our guard


We just took on two new ADVriders, a married couple from Newport Oregon. Plan is to cross the Darian gap together.
Jan 31st 2016, 01:56 AM   #10
 Dr_E's Avatar
Theoretical Propagandist
 
  Jan 2016
  Washington

  Peoples nerves at times.
Wishing you only the best Ron. Glad to see the updates and pictures...have fun!
Feb 2nd 2016, 07:35 PM   #11
 Blackdog's Avatar
 
  Jan 2016
  The Dalles

After a 6 hours at the boarder crossing we finally made it to Honduras. At the Copan Ruins at this time. Pictures to come.
Thumperpilot likes this.
Feb 5th 2016, 01:45 PM   #12
 Blackdog's Avatar
 
  Jan 2016
  The Dalles

We spent some time at Copan Ruins. We'll be in Nicaragua tomorrow. No issues with the BMW or KTM. The Suzuki has had carb issues from the start but seems ok right now. I was thinking about what might be the perfect bike for the trip. The fact is most any bike can make it so just take something you like. No bikes are supported from Mexico to South America as far as parts unless your extremely lucky. Itelika's are the major bikes here with a few 125-150 Japanese bikes. BMW, KTM Honda, Yamaha, etc parts will need to be shipped in from the states. No bike has an advantage here. Bottom line, take your favorite bike that's in excellent repair and go for it.

Copan


Tom fixing his carb again.
beansbaxter, uhoh and Thumperpilot like this.
Feb 5th 2016, 02:02 PM   #13
 Scribbles's Avatar
 
  Jan 2016
  NW

Don't worry.. South American mechanics can fix anything...
Superglue, JBweld and sandpaper..


Edited by Scribbles on Feb 5th 2016 at 02:06 PM
Feb 5th 2016, 03:50 PM   #14
 buffalo375's Avatar
 
  Feb 2016
  Columbia River Gorge

  Two cylinders or less.
Hi Ron,
Very glad to hear you started your trip. Stay safe and looking forward to hearing about your adventure!
E
Feb 6th 2016, 05:51 PM   #15
 Rock Dodger's Avatar
 
  Feb 2016
  Washington

Wow Ron, you're a celebrity! Be careful and have a groovy time!
Reply

  PNW Moto > PNW Moto > Adventure Riding

Tags
690, del, fuego, ktm, portland, tierra



Thread Tools
Display Modes


Similar Threads
Thread Thread Starter Forum Replies Last Post
Motorcycle Ride: Portland to Astoria 7/24 Greg Portland 12 Jul 25th 2016 06:35 PM
Goodbye Portland, Hello Seattle JEEM New Users 11 Jun 11th 2016 12:56 PM
Hello Portland and Vancouver Riders MARBLES New Users 12 Apr 18th 2016 09:35 AM
Portland area is off to a bad start... JohnK Portland 8 Apr 14th 2016 03:23 PM
Motorcycle Ride: Sunday ride around portland Pigs Portland 4 Jan 31st 2016 10:27 AM




Copyright © 2017 PNW Moto. All rights reserved.