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Ride the Dream Alive. FS: 2000 KLR 650 (685) in Buenos Aires or Santiago...

I have been dreading this moment since I left 'Home'... but it's time to write an end to this chapter of my life, and get the ball rolling for the other adventures to come.

Here's the deal, up for sale, is my 2000 Kawasaki KLR 650 (685cc). I bought it 7 years ago specifically to ride from North to South America and take in as much as possible and give back just as much along the way. The mission was to ride my heart out, which meant doing volunteer work throughout Latin America. So the dream feeds itself.

In preparation for the massive undertaking, the KLR was outfitted with only the best aftermarket parts available and taken on several smaller 'test rides' to New York and Colorado from Michigan, where the bike is registered. Now, 25,000 miles (~40,000 km), 20 months and 17 countries later, the KLR hasn't missed a beat and is ready and willing to do it all over again.

On our journey from North to South, which began in October 2009, the KLR and I have been the best of companions. The KLR has been mi casa rodante (mobile home), and my faithful subject - completing all tasks from grocery shopping to taking Fé, my rescued stray dog, to the vets. But as an ally, the KLR has proven to be a stalwart companion: aside from the usual traversing from city to barrio, through rivers and deserts, we've summitted exploding volcanoes, crossed oceans, kissed glaciers, lived with indigenous tribes in the Darién, FARC guerrillas in Colombia, Zapatistas in Chiapas, and a shaman in the Sacred Valley of Peru. Then Patagonia, in winter, all with a dog in tow.

The bike has held up without any major problems or accidents and the KLR was always well received, barring being held up at gun point, jumped by gangs in Guatemala, and a high speed chase with the Federalis in Mexico. I was very cognizant of the innumerable shady mechanics dotting the roadside; if I couldn’t avoid their immediate assistance, I repatched their shoddiness later on. Despite these obstacles, I worked relentlessly to keep the KLR in peak condition. She will give you the drive of your life.

I’ve done extensive research prior to getting the KLR, and having gone through this far, I know that I wouldn't have taken this trip with any other vehicle; newer or more expensive that are prone to error and costly repairs. The bike has been meticulously maintained, cared for, adored (see modifications list below). Lots of time and energy went into making this dream trip into an amazing reality. I only want the BEST for the KLR and her rider. As a successor and next companion, I hope that you will continue to create mind-blowing experiences and build memories you can boast to your kids about.

That said, I am willing to negotiate a fair price for the bike and everything else that are needed: tools, spare parts, riding gear + MORE to enable the journey, and expedite the transfer and accommodate the future rider to the best of my ability. Please feel free to contact me with any questions about the bike or how to make a similar trip happen for you.

My goal is to sell the KLR by August either in Santiago, Chile or Buenos Aires, Argentina, or anywhere in between (Brazil?) - I’m flexible. I am currently in Bariloche, having come from Ushuaia and the Caretera Austral.

If you’re interested in visiting the volunteer organizations I worked with, I’m happy to help coordinate and that would really sweeten the deal. I remember being in your position years before, poised to buy a vehicle, with the same uncertainties, so I’m here to help. I’m available via the HUBB, email or Skype. Drop me a line.

It’s time for me to head back North.


Asking Price: $4000


Modifications:

685cc Schnitz Racing Piston Kit
465 Series Rear Progressive Suspension Shock
Progressive Fork Springs
Symtec Heated Grips with ProGrip gel grips
Clearview Windshield - 11" over stock
Sub-Frame Bold Upgrade
Dual-Star Cleanable Stainless Steel Oil Filter
Heavy Duty Skid Plate
Happy Trails Center Stand with guard
Doohickey (Balancer Idle Lever & Spring)
Acerbis Rally Pro Handguard with extra shield
Rear Master Cylinder Guard
Chain Adjuster Nut Kit
Heavy Duty Shifter
Bigfoot Side Stand Foot
AGM (Gel) Battery - Deka EXT15KL
Uni Air Filter and TwinAir Air Filter
Vista Cruise Control
Gel Seat Kit
Magnetic Drain Plug
3M Headlight Lens Liteguard
Low Vibration Mirror Assembly
Billet Aluminum Mirror Mount
Ultra-Heavy Duty 4mm Tubes
Wolfmann Explorer Tank Bag
Wolfmann Tank Panniers
Mastech customized rear luggage rack
Pelican 1500 Cases (Saddlebags) with customized low-profile rack


Mechanical History:

Actual Mileage - 33,XXX miles (52,XXX km)
Engine Rebuild with 685 Schnitz Kit (performed <8,000km)
Oil-change every 8,000km (last performed <100km)
Air filter cleaned every 3,000km (last performed <100km)
Rear tire changed 4 times (Pirelli MT 60 <1000km)
Front tire changed 3 times (Pirelli MT 90 <1000km)
Chain and sprockets changed 3 times (last performed <3000km with RK RX-chain)












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I am very interested in your bike and info about where you did some charity work. When are you looking at selling her, e.g before when?
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¡Hola Jessedyan!

Thank you for your interest in the RIDE as well as wanting to do volunteer work on your journey. A lot of people will be thrilled to see the KLR on the road once more with its new rider. I assure you that they will enthusiastically support you throughout.

My goal is to sell the KLR before August. I had planned to work in Bariloche’s winter resorts for a few months but can no longer, no thanks to the volcano Puyehue in Chile. But if you are meant to take over, I can be in South America (SA) a couple weeks past my deadline, as we work something out together.

We will most likely have to meet in Buenos Aires. As you will probably notice, I look forward to this meeting for more than just the physical sale of my bike, but more for the “passing of the torch” of a meaningful adventure. I want to help as much as I can, just as the many others have helped me along the way to accomplish these goals.

What is the paperwork process for someone not from the US?

I can have all the necessary papers needed to cross the borders put in your name, so you shouldn't have a problem. If you prefer we do the exchange between borders that can also be arranged, however, it's not necessary, especially in SA. You will notice as you ride father north (Central, Mexico, and the USA) that things tend to become a little more tricky and time consuming; that goes for everyone, but by this point, you should have quite a handle of things. I would be more than happy to share my experiences and tips on how to navigate the different country requirements as well.

I also recommend that you have in your name a 'Mercosur' type moto insurance for the 'cone' of SA: Chile, Argentina, Brazil, and Uruguay. This can be purchased immediately on your arrival. Although it is not officially necessary to have insurance while riding in most of SA, it is the only documentation any official will really hassle you about. So play it safe. It’s always good to have another form of documentation in your favour.

¡Saludos!
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hola victor

Hola victor,
Sorry about the late reply, computer troubles. So I plan on getting to S.A mid September, which might be a bit late for you. The paper work side of things is a bit off putting, because I am not good with it all. When are you likely to leave?
Did you need experience for your charity work, and was there accomodation near by? What duties were you required to do and was there much flexability in when you arrived and left. I work with people everyday.
I hope something can be worked out, would deposit and storage be an option, it would mean there is no torch passing as such but perhaps a belated visit in the states could make up for it. Let me know what you think.
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¡Hola Jessedylan!

Mid to late September is still a possibility. My job opportunity in the Cordilleras has effectively been postponed to August onwards, pending the volcano's activity, which thankfully has been diminishing. So I am headed to the larger cities now to sell the KLR. Aside from using the funds I'd receive to pay for living expenses, etc., a motorbike in the Andes during winter doesn't really serve a purpose.

If you are truly committed to making this transaction a reality, I'd be willing to take a deposit for the KLR, store it for you in Buenos Aires (I’ll cover the fees), and even arrange to meet you there late-September to sort out all the logistics.

As I mentioned before, regarding the paperwork, you shouldn't have any problems as I am quite familiar with the process. I have purchased and sold two other motorbikes on this journey for companions who rode with me Latin America without a hitch.

I want this transaction to go as smoothly as possible for the both of us, and to ease any worries you may have, but I need a definite commitment from you first in form of a 25% deposit. With that the bike is effectively yours as I take down the other advertisements that I have up.

Aside from the medical organizations I've worked with, there is no experience needed to perform the charity work. All have accommodations close by and some even provide room and board in exchange for your contribution. Some of the organizations have a minimum time commitment of 2 weeks to a month, but most are flexible and even allow you to volunteer for the day. Your duties are really dependent on which organization you choose. For example if you are planting trees in Belize, or keeping patients company in a psychiatric home in Colombia, it's pretty straightforward and friendly people will orient you.

Something else to know early on is that things run at a different rhythm here in Latin America (e.g. siestas y feriados, when everything is closed at the most inopportune time). It is precisely this uniqueness that makes these countries interesting and more humane.

I’ve also learned something that keeps me going through some challenges I encountered: if there is a will there is a way. For example, I have crossed the border of Chile--the most difficult in my opinion in terms of searches and fines for contraband--eight times so far with a sick little stray dog I had adopted along the way without any altercations. I also assisted and trained a passionate 19 year old Norwegian girl on her solo journey from Colombia to Bolivia. The bike I helped her purchase was registered in Argentina, sold to her by another foreigner (Polish). Anything is possible with the proper preparation.

¡Saludos!
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Well victor it sounds pretty workable. I work with patients and plan on planting tree for some cash in Canada so some free practice would be great. Any info on accomodation at near the work sites, a free place to pitch a tent would suit well.I would be comfortable with a deposit of 25%, ( and the 75% on transfer, provided all goes well) how would that work e.g bank transfers, and so on. Would the deposit be refunable e.g if you got a larger offer or one that is more suitable? Also what paperwork will I need to complete the bike transfer, no r.u.t type requirements like Chile? Would mid Sept be too late for you? And what type of storage would you get? It that the puppy in the photo? Little cutie, what happened to him? I will keep checking HU and see if we can't get this started.
I am sure you can understand why I ask so many questions, this will be my first big one.
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¡Hola Jesse!

Thanks for your quick reply. It’s good that we are both motivated to see this through.

About the payment, since I will actively stop looking for buyers once I get the 25% deposit, may I request that we do a 25%-25%-50% schedule? This would mean that the second 25% you send would be when I put the bike in storage, and the final 50% upon completion of the transaction. I also suggest that we use Paypal for the first two payments and the final payment made by wire transfer or preferably in cash.

Also we could make the initial 25% refundable until August 17th, but this will only happen if I get a larger offer.

Meeting you by mid September is fine. So as not to confuse dates, let’s set the date on September 21st in Buenos Aires.

Re storage, Dakar Motors in the suburbs of Buenos Aires has good storage, but it is expensive. I know reliable mechanics in the same area where we can store the bike for less with the same security, etc.

I'd prefer to continue the conversation about paperwork over the phone or via Skype, so I can explain to you in detail the process. So let's set up a time to chat.

Just to let you know, I am back on the road so my internet connectivity will be sporadic. Re tree planting in Latin America, please check out: sustainableharvest.org for more details. Afterwards, I can put you in touch with the wonderful group that head the movement in Sarteneja, Belize (bluegreenbelize.org) - one of my favourite spots on my entire journey! Also a wonderful place to pitch a tent, relax for awhile and learn how to build wooden traditional sailboats .

Here’s the clincher: I am originally from Canada and have contacts in BC.

¡Saludos!

(It's good to have questions... to be certain that this type of thing is for YOU.)

Time frame and distance covered?

Take your time, especially at the beginning, to figure out your own pace. I originally planned to do my trip in 6 months time and budgeted accordingly. Two weeks later that plan changed and I was fortunate enough to be able to extend to almost 2 years. I still wasn't able to see everything. I was happy enough to be able to stay longer in the places I loved and sped through those I didn't care so much for. It is all up to you. You don't have to catch any buses, unlike most backpackers. You decide when and where.

Riding in SA is a completely different BEAST from Central, Mexico and North America. This struck me immediately after I got off the boat in Cartagena. The trajectories are much longer and the terrain... out of this world =) There won't be any day rides across countries, unless you're in Uruguay or along the Caribbean. An 8 hour ride in the Altiplano is completely different, for you and the motorbike, from a similarly timed one in ferociously windy Patagonia or a mercilessly wet one in the Amazon or an even shorter ride through the unavoidable congested streets of Bogota and Lima.

Budget?

To me $1500 USD is more than enough to spend per month even when on the move. It'll take some time to adjust at first, but here are few things to remember:

1) I have been more frugal in the more 'expensive' countries e.g. Brazil, Chile, Uruguay, Argentina... to enjoy and splurge a little more on the cheaper countries like Bolivia, Ecuador, and most of Central. I cautiously camped when I could, and tried my best to save for the rainy days. I did a lot of couch surfing and did 'posada'.

2) Since I spent most of my funds on fuel, I planned my route around gas prices that vary greatly from country to country. For example, although the Caretera Austral is much more appealing to ride than most of la Ruta 40, NAFTA (gas) is much cheaper on the Argentinian side... so don't forget to fill up and bring extra fuel before leaving Argentina. Same goes for when in and leaving Bolivia going to Peru or entering Uruguay and Brazil. Recent gas prices in SA are approximately as follows: Chile, Brazil, Uruguay 2x > Argentina, Colombia, Peru 2x > Bolivia and Ecuador 10x > Venezuela.

3) For food: I cooked when I could or ate in groups when possible, especially asados in Argentina. If you're the adventurous type, the central mercados (markets) always have the freshest and cheapest meals in town!
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Has the bike been sold.
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Has the bike been sold.
The bike hasn't been sold yet and is still available.

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Got the PM. Thank you for your interest. I will reply via PM. Keep up the good work!
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...I have a beautiful and rare Fender Stratocaster here in Buenos Aires, any interest in a trade of some kind??
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Smile Im interested, just a question...

Yo Viktar

Im looking for an +600 enduro style bike, just for travel Bs As - Paraná (Entre Rios) on weekends.
Your details on your bike history seems to be ok, i just have some questions:

* The 685cc Schnitz Racing Piston Kit that you have installed; means ill need to find the same/similar kit when the time to replace piston & rings came? Or a standard one can be fit back in? ( those kits prices are forbidden for an average argentinian )

* In case that all planets align, lets say i decide to purchase your bike ( first of all ill need to find out if the rates to transfer your bike papers to Argentina arent gonna be too much for me ) theres a little matter that we also need to resolve: Please dont misunderstood me, you seems to be a really good person but i dont feel comfortable making a deposit in advance....so:
If you still aint got any real deal on your sell, maybe we can arrange a meeting when you get back in Buenos Aires...share an "asado" and see that KLR. Let me know what you think, so i dont keep looking in case you re agree.

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Hey Viktor,

I'm an American in Rio De Janeiro right now and am very interested in your bike. Anyway you could ride it to Rio? Send me an email at StewartalsopIII@gmail.com if you are interested.

Looking forward to hearing from you.

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A deposit has been received and the sale is pending. Thank you everyone for interest in the KLR and your kind support.


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Thank you for the offer Jimmy, if for some reason the sale doesn't go through, I'll keep you in mind.


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Yo Viktar

Im looking for an +600 enduro style bike, just for travel Bs As - Paraná (Entre Rios) on weekends.
Your details on your bike history seems to be ok, i just have some questions:

* The 685cc Schnitz Racing Piston Kit that you have installed; means ill need to find the same/similar kit when the time to replace piston & rings came? Or a standard one can be fit back in? ( those kits prices are forbidden for an average argentinian )

* In case that all planets align, lets say i decide to purchase your bike ( first of all ill need to find out if the rates to transfer your bike papers to Argentina arent gonna be too much for me ) theres a little matter that we also need to resolve: Please dont misunderstood me, you seems to be a really good person but i dont feel comfortable making a deposit in advance....so:
If you still aint got any real deal on your sell, maybe we can arrange a meeting when you get back in Buenos Aires...share an "asado" and see that KLR. Let me know what you think, so i dont keep looking in case you re agree.

Best regards:

Bocacha

Hola Boaccha,

• I would recommend any future engine work that is needed on the KLR to be done with similar parts to that of the Schnitz kit, however, this won't be for some time as the correct rebuilt was recently done within <10,000 km. In my opinion, you wouldn't want to use anything but a Schnitz kit on the KLR as the original Kawasaki OEM parts are unreliable and do not address the oil consumption issues. I know this from experience.. and although, the Schnitz kit itself may be expensive here in Argentina, like everything else, it is not the only solution. The most wonderful part about Argentinian mechanics is its ingenuity, so that if a Schnitz kits cannot be ordered from the USA with minimum customs fees as I did when I was in Bolivia; I am certain there are very capable shops that can machine and fabricate/modify any necessary parts that will be even better than that of Kawasaki.

• The rates to nationalize the KLR into Argentina are not much and depend more on the declared valued of the bike when imported through customs. Especially for bikes that are +10 years old, their value is a lot less than that of a bike with 0 km and there is less of a hassle to nationalize them. However, that still doesn't mean there is a lot of work and time involved just like anything that's done here. Hence why the majority of people just end up selling. Please note there is also a separate process for foreign and Argentinian residents to nationalize bikes into Argentina.

I spent many hours on several occasions at the AFIP y el Registro, waiting in line and talking to people to figure all of this information out and do things correctly. I am in Buenos Aires until Sunday at which point I plan to head back to Bariloche to complete the work that I started. If you have time before than, 'podemos tomar algunos mates...' and discuss the process further and I can share with you the information I learned. Alas, I am running low on time, as my motorcycle adventure are soon coming to an end.

Thank you for your interest.

Saludos,


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I'm an American in Rio De Janeiro right now and am very interested in your bike. Anyway you could ride it to Rio? Send me an email at StewartalsopIII@gmail.com if you are interested.

Looking forward to hearing from you.

Regards,

Stewart
Hola Stewart,

As much as I would have liked to visit Brazil and ride to Rio, unfortunately, it is just not in the cards for this particular trip. Good luck with your search for a ride!!!

Cheers!
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Hi Victor
did you sell the bike?
some great pictures you have must be wonderful memories...
I'll arrive in BA on oct 3rd, looking for maybe your bike to ride SAmerica for a year...
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