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Old 2 Mar 2012
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My first of many-to-come posts!

I'm in need of a bike that'll last me from Toronto, Canada through all of South America. I'm uncomfortably new to dual-purpose bikes (and 4 strokes!) since my first and only bike is a '67 Suzuki TC250. My budget is under $3000 (and hopefully I can find one even cheaper!)

I won't go and list all the models of bikes I'm after since you guys will already know, but I can say that I'm 5'9" and I want to touch the ground!

If there's anyone out there in Toronto selling, please give me a shout!
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Craigslist? The nice weather hasn't quite reached Toronto yet (I think) so you might find some bargains there.

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Hey mate,

i'm currently ridding a 2009 KLR650 around South America (in Columbia now) and we're heading up to Alaska. I'm looking to sell the bike once we finish in late July/early August before i head home to Australia.

I'm looking to sell the bike for around the $5,000 mark at the end somewhere in Alaska or Canada, but that includes everything -mods (crashbars, travel windshield, etc), racks, topbox, panniers, tank bag, gps, tent, dry bags w camp roll, airseat, petrol container, pannier liners, etc, etc . If it's just the bike, it would be around the 3.5K mark. I won't go into the details unless that's a possible figure for you.

Regardless of if you're interested or not, this was my first bike (ever) and I couldn't recommend a bike better suited for someone who doesn't ride endros much... Best purchase I ever made - easiest thing to ride (I'm 5'8, so I know the feeling). Unless you're riding in the Dakar, it does everything you need, starts every time and is as simple as possible to fix.

If you want to go cheaply, you might get a early 90's model around the 3 grand mark - it's just the extras that will cost, but you never know...

I've got a list of details that i can run through if you want.... regardless, good luck with your adventure... Best thing i ever did...

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OP, you don't say anything about your mechanical abilities, nor about any intention of fitting out the bike you buy for less than $3000.

Used KLR's and DR's come up fairly often on my side of the border for $2500-3000. Smaller dual sports, e.g., 225, 250, 400cc, are far more rare. BMW's, KTM's and others are generally more expensive. All should be considered mechanically suspect at this price--that means you at least need to check them out thoroughly and have some sense what you're doing, even with the low-mileage ones. All these bikes have some predictable issues which people generally deal with before leaving on a big trip.

Seldom will you find a bike at this price which has been fitted with bash plates, crashbars, luggage racks and all the rest. If you want that stuff for your trip, it's going to take additional time and money. If you come across a reliable, low-mileage, well-maintained bike in your price range with panniers included, buy a lottery ticket--that's a once in a lifetime experience.

Don't know whether I need to point out that prices are generally cheaper in the USA. Also worth knowing: people do tend to travel to purchase the right bike--if you don't find one in Toronto, New York (or California) might be the key.

Hope that's helpful.

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When you get to Panama send me a PM. I am from Canada and spent Apr 2008 - Jan 2012 in TO.

I live in Portobelo, which is where you need to come in order to catch a boat around the Darien Gap to Colombia.

Also, keep asking me for updates, the ferry was supposed to start service a month ago and still isn't going. Also, new legislation does not allow bikes to travel into Colombia on Sailboats. Don't let this scare you off, there is always a solution and I can help you find one (no charge). Also, there is still a lot of time before you arrive and the sailboats are fighting this.

I work as a Dive Master and hang out with the guys that run the sailboats down Colombia - can give you info right from the source. I am trying to grab a bike myself and may be able to take you around the area as well.

Safe travels and let me know if you need anything.
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