Don't miss it
My daughter and I rode from Bogota south through Cali and down into Ecuador about 6 weeks ago. Lots of police and military presence, and all we met were friendly. One group of police gents we met on the road couldn't believe we had just ridden through Central America, which THEY considered to be dangerous -- go figger.
There was an incident the night after we left Cali on the road near Santander. Key word is "night". Stick to the main roads and ride during the day -- very likely never have a problem.
We both agree, it was some of the best riding and friendliest people of our entire trip. Would not hesitate to go back, not for a minute.