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Mar 31st 2016, 10:32 AM   #61
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  Jan 2016
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I hope once safely home you will post some more stories and photos. I enjoyed reading those you have posted so far and would like to hear more about the trip and see more photos.
Mar 31st 2016, 10:57 AM   #62
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  Jan 2016
  The Dalles

I'm at the motel now waiting for my flight tomorrow. I thought I'd answer the most common question I get. Whats the best bike for a trip like this? The best answer I can give is most any bike above a 250. Even a 250 could do it but your cruising speed would be limeted of course. On this trip we met many riders on a wide variety of bikes. From a fully loaded 2 up Columbian couple on a Chinese 250 (don't recommend), Victory, SV650, and a large assortment of off brand Chinese small displacement bikes. By far the most popular bike was the BMW 1200GS and the 800GS was a close second. I seen no other KTM's like mine. Depending of your focus (off road, highway or both) I think something around a 650-800 bike would be about as perfect as one could get. Something like the Triumph Tiger, BMW 650-800GS, VStrom, etc. The guy I was with had a DR650 and it worked fine. The KLR will do it of course too. Whatever you take it should be capable to hold lots of stuff but than the guy on the SV still made it work. Looking back I should have taken my BMW but that's story.
Mar 31st 2016, 11:10 AM   #63
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  Jan 2016
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Here's a guy on basicly the same trip on a worn out Victory. It was a salvage bike he got for $1,500. All his gear he bought used. The nice thing about traveling like this is at the end of the trip you can leave the bike and fly back as shipping cost are twice as much as what the bike is worth.



I'll post more pictures of the riders we met on the road.
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Mar 31st 2016, 01:07 PM   #64
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  Jan 2016
  Hazel Dell, Wa

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Ron will you be up here well before May? I'll be heading down past Phoenix mid May but regardless, lets get together.
Mar 31st 2016, 04:57 PM   #65
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Ron will you be up here well before May? I'll be heading down past Phoenix mid May but regardless, lets get together.
I'll be back around rage 10th of April. Let's get together.
Mar 31st 2016, 05:10 PM   #66
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  Jan 2016
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I'm going to post a few pictures of the bikes I seen on this trip. Most of these were on a similar trip to Ushuaia but from different parts of the globe. While in Argintina I pulled into a hotel and found these two. A KTM 640 and a KTM 990. They were owned by a young couple out of Italy. The girl was maybe 95 pounds. Both were accomplished riders and their bikes were well sorted. The wet spot under my bike was gas because it was over filled at the last station.



Apr 1st 2016, 03:42 AM   #67
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  Jan 2016
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In a few hours I'll be on a plane headed home! I found that on my trip I never had time for my trip report so now I'll post what I think is important while on the jet.

A few more thoughts. If you do a trip like this you need to know how to fix flats along side of the road. You need to know your bike in and out. You need to know how to adjust the valves, change the oil, clean the carb etc.

I ended up replacing a rocker in my KTM at my motel parking lot in Peru. All part of the adventure. Being prepared is paramount. Find your bikes weaknesses, have spares and the knowledge to fix anything that could go wrong. Just remember that once your south of the boarder your on your own! Regardless of what you ride parts will be unavailable, good mechanics will be non existent. Even a simple breakdown will end the trip.

If your too lame to work on and learn your bike than go with someone that can.. My trip started with a lady with a BMW 800GS. She knew very little about her bike. I would check her tires, change her oil and adjust her chain. This actually worked out good because she spoke Spanish and got me through the boarder crossings and ordered my food at restaurants. I was sad to see her leave in Panama but our team was plagued with internal issues and we reached a breaking point. This brings up another subject to discuss "team selection". I have much to say about that but it will have to come later.
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Apr 1st 2016, 11:41 PM   #68
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  Jan 2016
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Are you going to do a ride report when you get back? I'd probably make a trip just to see pics and hear some tips on doing the trip. Thanks for the ride updates!

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Apr 3rd 2016, 02:17 PM   #69
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Are you going to do a ride report when you get back? I'd probably make a trip just to see pics and hear some tips on doing the trip. Thanks for the ride reports!
The only report I plan on doing is this one here. I'll put my time and energy into a 3-4 part YouTube video (this will take me a month). Also I did a bike prep vid and now will make another after the 17,000 mile trip. This way I can cover the "what worked, what I should have done, what failed" aspect of preparation. I'll even cover tire, chain, sprocket, electronic selection. I'll have that one finished in a week.

Also, I have a small group that is really interested on the entire process from planning to completion. Most of these guys are already committed to a trip. I'll meet with them in 2 weeks. If you would like to be included pm me. Learn from my mistakes.
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