Panama City, Panama
Antonio Cabazas' bike shop. Is located in the financial district in Panama City. I have met a ton of mechanics on this trip of mine through South America. This guy is a superstar for sure. He is soft spoken, speaks English and could turn your bike into a dodge viper if you asked him to. He has a 20 year old son Antonio Jr who is studying to be a mechanical engineer. He also speaks English and can help you find parts throughout the city. Great kid. Both of these guys can talk about cars and bikes for days. Sr. is bordering on genius in my opinion.
Antonio was also the president of the APM (Association of Panamanian Motorcyclists) he took a step down because his lovely wife has breast cancer. If you get a chance to go to a meeting with him you will meet all kinds of amazing people. With these contacts you can find and or do anything in PC. All that I ask is that you be extremely respectful of these people. They were very kind to me.
N8 59.557 W79 31.292
email for Antonio: Cabatony **A-T** cableonda **D-O-T** net
I have Antonio Jr's phone number as well. PM me if you need it.
BMW Dealer in Panama. Luis the Chief mechanic is an awesome guy. The three times I was there he never charged me for labor. Don't count on it but he might do the same for you. After reading the moto guest book it looks like that is his MO. Plan on paying to be safe though. Please do not expect not to pay for labor and cause a scene or mention my name. Antonio is a far more accomplished mechanic. Unless you have a warranty I would take your bike to Antonio, he charges very little.
If you need help with English at the BMW dealer ask for Armando in car sales. All these guys love travelers and will be happy to help.
BMW Panama City - Bavarian Motors
Address: Edificio BMW Calle 50 y 65
N8 59.385 W79 30.715
Luis' work phone +507 301 5400
I have Luis' Cell PM me if you need it.
If you get into a bind while anywhere in Panama get in touch with me. I have numbers and names that might get you out of a bad situation. I am happy to help.
antonyos phone no
i would like to get antonyos phone no if u still have it
I can dig up his number for you, I guess it depends on what you need it for? You can just show up at his shop, he is there everyday except Sunday.
I'm thinking about buying a new K1300 GT in the US and riding it back to Panama.
Since you seem to have ridden a lot in the Panama area, do you have any comments on this?
Do you think I can find paved roads for the entire trip? I don't think this bike would do real well in gravel (or better to say, I don't think I'd do real well in gravel for extended distance).
Any thoughts would be appreciated.
Good General Mechanic in Panama City, Panama
Rolled in to town spilling oil like Sean Connerys DB5 in Goldfinger, rear wheel grinding like a banshee, and shaking like a Hula dancer. There was a big dent in the rear rim thanks to a Costa Rican pothole, and Suzuki couldn't take the job so they sent me over Turin. This shop specializes in truing car rims.
After the rear wheel came off, we saw that both bearings were shot, the right one reduced to 1 little ball and a pile of dust. $30 USD for labor to scrape out the bearing case which had fused to the hub, and install the replacements. $3.60 each at the parts shop for the bearings. You read that right. $3.60. Each. Suzuki charges $40 a piece in the states. Seems these are just standard bearings compatible with something off a car.
I was so grateful, I could have kissed the guy. Went to 4 shops and 6+ parts stores and was freaking out about not being able to get the rear fixed, and getting stranded somewhere in Central America.
Brought the bike back the next day to get the oil pan welded. Had a crack since the Mexican Topes that I patched with JB Weld, but another speedbump just outside of Panama City opened it up again. It was a big messy job, exhaust header had to come off first, and the oil pan was a mess. $50 and 2 hours later, the bike was reassembled and waiting for me.
Had to pay another $25 for the welding job, which is steep for down here. They showed me pictures, and it was a 6 inch crack.
Would strongly recommend Eddie at Turin. He's about 5'8, a little stocky, late 20's. Totally satisfied with the work.
Via Fernandez de Cordoba
Calle 7ma, frente a Parabrisas y Carrocerias
The place may be a little tricky to find, it's off Trasisimica highway, AKA Simon Bolivar Blvd., just across the street from the Raenco. That's a general retail store like a Sears, but without the clothes, tools or makeup.
Additionally, Avenida Doimingo Diaz, the street just up from Turin (away from Transisimica highway AKA Simon Bolivar Blvd.) is THE place to go for parts, easy and hard to find. There are at least 4 industrial supply shops on this street specializing sprockets and roller chains. Yup, Specializing in this! I needed 1 roller bearing for the chain (called a Rodillo en espanol), and while they had 'em in any flavors and styles that will suit you, nobody had a 530, which is what I needed. HOWEVER, shop Dimar SA sold me a 192 link 530 roller chain for $15.45. Yeah. $15.45. No, it doesn't have any of those new fanglese O rings or X rings or any of that crap, BUT, One Tenth the cost, Hell Yeah! Free trade countries, gotta love 'em.
Edificio La Balinera
Panama City, Panama, Panama
Google Maps is showing it on the corner of San Martin and San Miguel, just off Avenida Doimingo Diaz.
Best Mechanic in Panama!
I can confirm this 100%. Antonio and his son are incredibly intelligent and amazingly nice people. They both speak English perfectly and can help you with whatever you need. Go to them for anything you need FIRST. And the coordinates to their shop below are correct. It's one block off of Espana and one block off of Brasil street. Their house is blue.
I endorse these guys 100% (and I know motors really well).
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