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Old 4 Sep 2006
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2 bikes in santiago wanted for 15th (ish) september...

hey everyone,

my mate and i are gearing up in the UK for our adventure down in the 'wilds' of south america, and are still looking for two bikes.

we'd love to hear from any hubb'ers who may have some, or know of a couple of suitable bikes in santiago, or nearby that we may be able to purchase and kit out. i'd love to be able to buy some bikes off a fellow HUBB'er, but if anyone knows of a place in Santiago where there are some bikes, then please let us know...

We are looking for two 600's preferably yamaha's or suzuki's, but at this stage, we'd like to get the ball rolling with some possibilites. budget is as always limited, but is around $3500 to $4000 USD

cheers and thanks in advance,

nick and luke

www.estanlocos.com (still under construction)
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hi mate! Ill be flying to santiago in the next couple of weeks and buy a bike there. I dont know of any specific bikes for you guys but I suggest you look at a forum posted on the 19th march 2006 by a member called wicksy1979, in it he explains the buying process and gives places to source bikes from. hope you find it as usefull as I did.
can I tap you for a bit of information! can you tell me what airline your using and and how much your ticket is from the uk, also from my understanding you need to have an onward ticket to gain access to chile (at least thats my understanding from the footprint guide (its not very clear)) is this also your understanding and if so, any way round it? If anyone else can clear this matter up please jump in!
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hi David_R

sorry for the delay in getting back to you, it has been sheer madness trying to wrap everything up in the UK, and get ourselves down to Santiago.

as far as your questions go, no one asked us about our onward journey, and being australian we had to pay $56 USd to get our 3 month visa, but no dramas there, i wouldnn't be concerned about that one, secondly, we flew with BA all the way, and it set us back approx £1190, but that is a round the world ticket, taking us back to Oz for a break before heading back to the UK. i do remember seeing lots of flights on last minute for around the £700 mark, as long as you didn't mind chilling out in Madrid airport for around 15 hours...

not for some, but cheap definitely. well, my mate and i have been here since friday, and due to the national Chilean celebrations, absolutely nothing is open, and we cannot gain an RUT number, nor look at bikes as everything is closed... very frustrating... fingers crossed for a fruitful few days come Wednesday when everything re-opens.

good luck mate, and keep us posted with how everythin is going for you, and if you are in Santiago anytime soon, Luke and i will be here no doubt trying to get bikes, if you fancy a cheeky 1000ml's of Escudo for $1000 CLP


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good luck

1000cps you say flip me you must be on the expensive side of town
good luck with the bike hunting on wednsday i should be back in Santiago on wed night you shouldnt have any druma getting your RUT no: just go early thers a super nice older dude that works there(speaks english)
good bikes on the outher hand "shit bags" i gave up and are inporting 1 from nz
but iam a fussy bastard
let us know how you get on. maybe go out for a on wed night.dave
my cell no:95915184 giv us a bell
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nice one sinkingtrip,

well fingers crossed tomorrow is a fruitful day, first stop the RUT office, and then straight to Calle lira to look for some bikes.

my mobile is +447748872546 if you want to drop me a text, but other wise i will try and call you later in the afternoon, and we can grab a or tres...

cheers, and see you soon!?

nick and luke

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Yamaha XT600e

How's the bike hunting and Escudo going lads?

If you're still interested, I'm at the end of my trip on my blue XT600e and heading back to Santiago where I bought it in February this year.
A few quick details because I'm in a dodgy cyber cafe near Salta!
It`s a ´93 with 74,000km on the clock. Not exactly spanking new I know but still in very good nick with good fairings and very well prepared, with an excellent custom built painted steel rack I had made by a professional in Santiago.
The engine is very sound, never had any major problem other than cleaning the carb after it started sticking, no problems since.
It comes with a good toolkit including spanners, allen keys, spark plug tool, pliers, screwdrivers, tyre levers, tyre pump, puncture kit, spare innertubes etc. that fit into a metal artillery shell that's fitted in front of the bashplate.
It's got a new plastic windscreen.
I had the carb cleaned by a mechanic in Rio (about 2000km's ago), new brake pads, brake fluid, oil change. The sprockets and O-ring chain are in good condition after being replaced in Buenos Aires (Dakar motos). The tyres are in good condition (the rear is worn but still a good few K's to go). Had the speedo and clutch cables replaced at Dakar too. A full list of work done if you're interested.
Plenty of spares like bulbs, spark plugs and other odds n sods.
I'll throw in bungees and cargo straps as well!

Bought it from a guy in Vina del Mar with all legal documents, insurance etc. so transfer of ownership will be easy.

I'm looking for around $2800 USD but open to negociation. Considering it's trip prepared with no work required and all the extras I think it's fair. Let me know if you're interested in seeing photos, got some lovely shots!

All the best,

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Hi lads,

tried sending you more details and photos to the email address on your site a few days ago, not sure if you got it so send me an email at huwtaffy@hotmail.com if not.

Good luck with the trek,
All the best
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