Originally Posted by cruthas
Have you figured your plans for your trip yet? or are you just going to wing it and try to buy your bike when you get there? any luck on finding information on buying a bike down there?
Hmm I'm tossing up a few different ideas at the moment, even considering freighting my mini-bike over but I'm unsure on how legal it is over there. Chile bikes are expensive and thats OK if you're doing a round trip because you can sell it back in Chile but if you just plan to ride north then you lose lots of money.
Alexmc on this site is selling a KLR650 for $5500 with california plates, this is probably a bit too much for me especially with the current conversion rates though I'm definitely waiting to see what happens with it.
Here's my mini, what do you think? does about 100km per 5lt when city commuting (77.5miles per 1.3gallon, I think thats right? ), the subframe is very strong so I might make a steel frame to hold saddle bags or ammo boxes and 2x 5lt army jerries strapped in on the back giving 300km minimum range and 2 x 12" dirt tires hanging on somewhere.... I can pack this into a very small crate too by removing the front wheel, handlebars and releasing the rear shock and it has full registration. Cruise speed is about 65km/h (max speed 87km/h) but with altered gearing it could cruise at 80km/h no problems.