Go Back   Horizons Unlimited - The HUBB > Planning, Trip > Route Planning

Route Planning Where to go, when, what are the interesting places to see
Contact Overland Solutions for all your custom modifications and setup for overland travel.

LinkBack Thread Tools Display Modes
Old 1 Mar 2012
Registered Users
New on the HUBB
Join Date: Mar 2012
Location: Darwin, MN
Posts: 16
Washington to Argentina summer adventure!

Hey everyone! I'll be heading out on a lengthy motorcycle adventure come June 20th of this year. My route is yet to be decided, but if anyone would like to travel with me, meet up, or would like to ship their bike back with me from Ushuaia or Buenos Aires, or wherever let me know! I'll be going solo, I'm 22 years old, and really don't have much of a plan for my route yet. I need to be home before Oct. 1st. Other than that, I'm open to anyone elses plans!

This trip I'm doing will be in collaboration with a local non profit organization out of Vancouver BC. I have a website (Awayandfarremoved.com), but it's still under construction.

Bike: BMW F800 GS

Reply With Quote
Old 2 Mar 2012
Super Moderator
Veteran HUBBer
Join Date: Jul 2007
Location: bellingham, WA, USA
Posts: 2,012
First thing you'll want to do is distinguish between state and District of Columbia. Most people, especially non-US people, will assume D.C. I know that because I'm constantly explaining that I come from the state.

Second thing you want to take care of is your schedule. Specifically, you might not enjoy riding that far in just three months, depending on everything.

Hope that's helpful. Enjoy!

Reply With Quote
Old 2 Mar 2012
Registered Users
Veteran HUBBer
Join Date: Jan 2009
Location: Bassett, Nebraska
Posts: 277
Hi Ryan_8700,

You mention possibly shipping your bike back from Ushuaia. It is important to remember that the seasons are reversed in the southern hemisphere. A tad chilly in the southern Argentine pampas at that time of year. Probably no big deal for a Minnesotan, but it will be a winter vacation in Ushuaia.
You will have a great time no matter where you go

I wish you the best. This is your first post, so welcome. Three months with open road ahead is a great thing no matter where it takes you!

Kindest regards,
John Downs
South America and back on a 250 Super Sherpa Minimalist Adventure http://advrider.com/forums/showthread.php?t=831076
Reply With Quote
Old 14 Mar 2012
Registered Users
HUBB regular
Join Date: Oct 2010
Location: Antigua, Guatemala
Posts: 75

Hey Ryan,

If you make it to Antigua, Guatemala (you probably will), be sure to come by Moto Cafe and share some stories with fellow motorcyclists, join us for a ride, or just have a !

Moto Cafe
6a Calle Oriente #14
Antigua, Guatemala

Guatemala Motorcycle Adventures!

Marketing Guide, CATours
Reply With Quote
Old 17 Mar 2012
charapashanperu's Avatar
Registered Users
Veteran HUBBer
Join Date: Feb 2008
Location: Bristol, Maine, USA
Posts: 519
Good for Andean riding

Those are the best months for riding in the Andes (at least until you get into Chile and Argentina). Know that Route 40 is impossible until at least September. The winds and the cold!

Enjoy, Toby
Reply With Quote
Old 23 Mar 2012
Registered Users
HUBB regular
Join Date: Jun 2010
Location: melbourne
Posts: 22
I did same route last year and was in argentina in june/july and must say that I was hoping also to make ushuaia but the temperature on the road was not great for riding!! I gave up and headed from mendoza to buenos aires and was frozen and miserable for the whole ride!!! I had another friend who made it to ushuaia by may and was having to stop every half hour to scrape the mud from his wheel arches cos the roads were so bad. I'm not sure how it would be around august or september but I presume it wouldn't be ideal riding, best to check with other rider who've done it at that time, in july around mendoza I was having to defrost myself and the bike every morning before riding!! I think that further south especially closer to ushuaia it may be impossible..

good luck, hope that helps, and don't let it put you off, I'm an aussie and prefer the heat to frost...
Reply With Quote
Old 24 Mar 2012
Bush Pilot's Avatar
Registered Users
HUBB regular
Join Date: Apr 2008
Location: Thailand
Posts: 82
If you got some heated gear(which you should for a trip like that)running through the Andes and the cold bits in Patagonia shouldn't be a problem.
You will be pressed for time. You need to allow plenty of time for the really cool bits through Peru and down in southern Chile. You can legitimately sell your bike in Punta Arenas (free port) which might be more viable than shipping it back.
Reply With Quote
Old 27 Mar 2012
Registered Users
New on the HUBB
Join Date: Mar 2012
Location: Grand Forks, ND
Posts: 1
Hi Ryan

I am doing the same route but plan on leaving, May 22 from Montana down to Argentina. I also neeed to be back by Oct 1. for grad school at UND.

Send me message if your interested in linking up for the trip.
Reply With Quote
Old 10 Apr 2012
Contributing Member
Veteran HUBBer
Join Date: May 2008
Location: Onalaska, Washington, USA
Posts: 238
Not sure how set your time frame is but as mentioned above your time frame may present some chalanges. If there is a norm for the trip it is to cross into Mexico in September and have Christmas at fin del mundo. Four months is a good trip but you will be moving most days, six month would be much better.
have a great trip
Reply With Quote

Currently Active Users Viewing This Thread: 1 (0 Registered Users and/or Members and 1 guests)
Thread Tools
Display Modes

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off
Trackbacks are On
Pingbacks are On
Refbacks are On

Similar Threads
Thread Thread Starter Forum Replies Last Post
Buenos Aries, ARGENTINA / or Punta Arenas Chile – 2005 KTM 640 adventure Alaska re max.t.jewell TRAVEL Bikes for Sale / Wanted 1 26 Nov 2012 19:17
Pillion seeking adventure in Argentina! Colette South America 4 4 Mar 2012 19:34
Honda XR650L 2008 ADVENTURE READY, Argentina, February 2012 Ruthrad TRAVEL Bikes for Sale / Wanted 1 25 Nov 2011 03:29
Wanted : Travel bike in Argentina/Chile Dec'09 flashG TRAVEL Bikes for Sale / Wanted 7 27 Oct 2009 01:33
Buying and registering a motorcycle in Chile timyarb Trip Paperwork 12 23 Oct 2009 16:42


NEW! HU 2015 Motorcycle Adventure Travel Calendar is now available! Get your copy now for some terrific travel inspiration!

HUGE, 11.5 x 16.5 inches, beautifully printed in Germany on top quality stock! Photos are the winning images from over 600 entries in the 9th Annual HU Photo Contest!

Horizons Unlimited 2015 Motorcycle Adventure Travel Calendar.

"The calendar is magnificent!"

"I just wanted to say how much I'm loving the new, larger calendar!"

We share the profit with the winning photographers. YOU could be in the HU Calendar too - enter here!

Next HU Eventscalendar

See all events


HU DVD Autumn Special!

Take 40% off Road Heroes Part 1 until October 31 only!

Road Heroes features tales of adventure, joy and sheer terror by veteran travellers Peter and Kay Forwood (193 countries two-up on a Harley); Dr. Greg Frazier (5 times RTW); Tiffany Coates (RTW solo female); and Rene Cormier (University of Gravel Roads).

The first in an exciting new series, Road Heroes features tales of adventure, joy and sheer terror by veteran travellers."Inspiring and hilarious!"

"I loved watching this DVD!"

"Lots of amazing stories and even more amazing photographs, it's great fun and very inspirational."

"Wonderful entertainment!"

Check it out at the HU Store! Remember to use Coupon Code 'HEROES' on your order when you checkout.

Scottoiler automatic chain oilers. The most important accessory for your next motorcycle adventure!

Renedian Adventures

Renedian Adventures

What others say about HU...

"I just wanted to say thanks for doing this and sharing so much with the rest of us." Dave, USA

"Your website is a mecca of valuable information and the DVD series is informative, entertaining, and inspiring! The new look of the website is very impressive, updated and catchy. Thank you so very much!" Jennifer, Canada

"...Great site. Keep up the good work." Murray and Carmen, Australia

"We just finished a 7 month 22,000+ mile scouting trip from Alaska to the bottom of Chile and I can't tell you how many times we referred to your site for help. From how to adjust your valves, to where to stay in the back country of Peru. Horizons Unlimited was a key player in our success. Motorcycle enthusiasts from around the world are in debt to your services." Alaska Riders

contest pic

10th Annual HU Travellers Photo Contest is on now! This is an opportunity for YOU to show us your best photos and win prizes!

NEW! HU 2014 Adventure Travel T-shirts! are now available in several colors! Be the first kid on your block to have them! New lower prices on synths!

HU 2014 T-shirts now in!

Check out the new Gildan Performance cotton-feel t-shirt - 100% poly, feels like soft cotton!

What turns you on to motorcycle travel?

Global Rescue, WORLDwide evacuation services for EVERYONE

Global Rescue is the premier provider of medical, security and evacuation services worldwide and is the only company that will come to you, wherever you are, and evacuate you to your home hospital of choice. Additionally, Global Rescue places no restrictions on country of citizenship - all nationalities are eligible to sign-up!

New to Horizons Unlimited?

New to motorcycle travelling? New to the HU site? Confused? Too many options? It's really very simple - just 4 easy steps!

Horizons Unlimited was founded in 1997 by Grant and Susan Johnson following their journey around the world on a BMW R80 G/S motorcycle.

Susan and Grant Johnson Read more about Grant & Susan's story

Membership - help keep us going!

Horizons Unlimited is not a big multi-national company, just two people who love motorcycle travel and have grown what started as a hobby in 1997 into a full time job (usually 8-10 hours per day and 7 days a week) and a labour of love. To keep it going and a roof over our heads, we run events (22 this year!); we sell inspirational and informative DVDs; we have a few selected advertisers; and we make a small amount from memberships.

You don't have to be a Member to come to an HU meeting, access the website, the HUBB or to receive the e-zine. What you get for your membership contribution is our sincere gratitude, good karma and knowing that you're helping to keep the motorcycle travel dream alive. Contributing Members and Gold Members do get additional features on the HUBB. Here's a list of all the Member benefits on the HUBB.

Books & DVDs


All the best travel books and videos listed and often reviewed on HU's famous Books page. Check it out and get great travel books from all over the world.

Motorcycle Express for shipping and insurance!

Motorcycle Express

MC Air Shipping, (uncrated) USA / Canada / Europe and other areas. Be sure to say "Horizons Unlimited" to get your $25 discount on Shipping!
Insurance - see: For foreigners traveling in US and Canada and for Americans and Canadians traveling in other countries, then mail it to MC Express and get your HU $15 discount!

All times are GMT +1. The time now is 10:57.