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Old 14 Sep 2008
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Central American 1st bike trip Needs Bike and advice

Hey my name is Brian i have been traveling for a while now and my new trip is to central america. Our plan is to travel overland from San Diego to Ecuador. There are 3 of us and we need some bikes and some advice. Usually we hitchhike but we thought it would be nice to change it up a bit.

As far as a bike im looking for somthing:
around $1,000 or so
it dosn't need to be flashy just somthing to get the job done
the main thing is reliability or easy maintence
what should i look for in a bike
are there any good sites for used travel bikes besides this one

As far as advice:
how is it to cruise through central america
is it safe? as far as people messing with you
how long should it take?
how much do you think it will cost? with gas and all?
we have 3 people should we just get 2 bikes?
also any other advice i would really appreciate it

thanks alot
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Your message would be better in another forum I think. Thus the lack of response.

For that money you don't get a lot. My advice: buy three small bikes of around 250cc where you are in south CA. This size is plenty big enough for C.Am. Get road-trail style bikes. Plenty around. If you are new to bikes then maybe use the communities page here to find willing helpers for the purchase.

As they don't use much fuel, running costs will be small. Give them all a change of filters, oil, and new tyres, and you should be okay. No guarantees though. Local mechanics will be able to get them going in case of breakdown (which can't be said of big high end motorcycles). Remember you will need helmets, jackets, boots and gloves too. Extra border payments for the machines will be required. It all adds up - not as cheap as hitching.

As for hassle, it is amazing just how pleasant people in Mexico are. Elsewhere too. Don't give it another thought.

Timescale is up to you.

One last word of warning - you'll love it so much, you'll not want to travel in any other way. So beware.

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Around the world 2000-2004, on a 1993 Honda Transalp
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I have a klr 650 for sale in mexico city on november

if u are interested
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