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Ride Far 29 Nov 2003 03:23

Partner for U.S. to South America/Ushuaia Sept. 2004
I’m looking for a partner for a ride to Ushuaia (and back). Plan to leave San Francisco in September 2004 to arrive in Ushuaia for the December summer.

I’m modifying a 2002 KLR650 for the journey. It will be my first ride thru Central and South America, though I’ve been thru 47 states including Alaska. Male, 42. Began my planning about a month ago. Thanks to Horizons Unlimited and the rest of the Web for all the terrific info!

Have in mind the conventional route -- Mexico, Guatemala, Honduras, Nicaragua, Costa Rica, Panama, Ecuador, Peru, Bolivia, Chile, Argentina. Debating the return trip, maybe thru Brazil to Venezuela and air cargo the bikes to Miami or Houston.

BigJoe had a similar post on Nov. 4, but not a lot happening on that thread. BigJoe, need your email! Anyone interested? Hit me up...

Good luck to ColoSabreRider with the January 2004 departure, too bad our schedules don’t coincide.

oleearnold 30 Nov 2003 08:09

howdy, I'm planning on leaving AK in Aug. headed at a southerly direction. male, 28 have a KTM adve. but am driving to midwest US in Dec. to purchase another machine. either GS BMW or KLR650, leaning heavy towards the KLR.
no real itenary yet, only would like to be in Ushuaia by new year. your schedule sounds like we could do a lot of travelling together. should be coming through your neck of the woods right around your departure time. are you planning on getting a carnet?
thanks olee

Grant Johnson 30 Nov 2003 08:44

Olee, you do NOT need a carnet for North/South/Central America.

Just reply to BigJoe's thread, he'll get the notice assuming he's smart enough to tick the box that says send email when there's a post! And I'm sure he is... http://www.horizonsunlimited.com/ubb/smile.gif

Grant Johnson

Seek, and ye shall find.


One world, Two wheels.

Ride Far 30 Nov 2003 08:46

Olee --

Sounds great. I’m pretty flexible on route, like you the objective is to make Ushuaia for the new year. I debated between the GS and KLR as well. Went with the KLR because at 331 lbs. it’s a lot lighter, less expensive, and a lot more wrenchable -- easier to repair. Found a 2002 KLR with 3k miles for $3750 and give it big time thumbs up.

Dunno about the carnet business. Is it required? One more thing to figure out.

Also, anyone have suggestions on the best C. & S. America country maps? Berndtson & Berndtson looks good ... they’re laminated but still seem to fold well for tankbag. Thanks ~~

Grant Johnson 30 Nov 2003 09:37

Ride Far - read my post.

Grant Johnson

Seek, and ye shall find.


One world, Two wheels.

oleearnold 1 Dec 2003 01:46

grant thanks for the reasurrance I do not need a carnet. what kind of insurance provider would you recommend?
ride far-have you bought bags for your KLR yet? you can prob. still ride in san fran can't you. we got pounded with some good snow up here finally, not that I'm complaining as it's a good time to start planning a nice long ride and having a sno-go {almost} makes up the lack of motorcycling.
I think I'll be looking for a 2000 or newer KLR with low miles, sounds like you did good on yours.

Ride Far 1 Dec 2003 04:23

Grant, thanks for the carnet info, I'd posted before I’d seen it.

Researching the bags. Anyone know of a U.S. distributor for Hepco & Becker? Olee, I’ll folo up with an email ...

Ride Far 1 Dec 2003 23:29

Olee, emails to you at the address under your profile are bouncing back as undeliverable...

oleearnold 2 Dec 2003 14:00

yeah I've tried to fix it but I'm not too web savvy, so my fixes are to no avail.

thanks and sorry olee

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Bill Shockley 5 Dec 2003 15:38

Ole, Ridefar,
I am leaving for SA in the fall of 2004. I have no plan. My Spanish is shit so I need a language school in ????. I am 58, an old dirt biker. I am an RN. I ride an '83 BMW R80G/S-ST. I plan to fish trout so eventually the streams in Chile and Argentina will claim me. I sure would like to get to the end of the road. Want an old guy along?? Bill bb@klinktech.net

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somasized 26 Jan 2004 00:12

I'm leaving in August '04 to do a similiar trip. I am planning on taking a little more time throughout Central America and also want to go to the Galapogos. So I will not make it to Ushuaia until the beginning of February. But I would like to keep in touch so we could maybe hook up at some time. Take care, Jake

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