Go Back   Horizons Unlimited - The HUBB > Regional Forums > SOUTH AMERICA > Repair Shops, South America
Repair Shops, South America RECOMMENDED Repair shops. List COUNTRY first in the subject to make it easier to find. Threads are sorted Alphabetically, NOT by date.
Be sure to check out the over 800 HU Communities for help anywhere in the world from travellers just like you. They WANT to help, so let them know you're coming.
Photo by Josephine Flohr, Elephant at Camp, Namibia

I haven't been everywhere...
but it's on my list!

Photo by Josephine Flohr,
Elephant at Camp, Namibia

Bike Parking up to one year, and Repairs in Montevideo Uruguay

LinkBack Thread Tools Display Modes
Old 21 Aug 2004
Registered Users
Veteran HUBBer
Join Date: Jul 2001
Location: Hulme or India, this year
Posts: 285
Lima, Peru

Great mechanics at Tatu's gaff, av Las Colinas, Miraflores, next to the Honda dealer. La Colinas is a couple of blocks off Parque Central, between av Arequipa and Ricardo Palmer, square side of the expressway.

Enthusiastically recommended, though not especially cheap. And happily works on all models of bikes - there were even a couple of Husabergs in the workshop, along with loads of tricky motocross strokers.

Suerte, Dan Walsh
Que el cielo exista, aunque mi lugar sea el infierno...
Reply With Quote
Old 8 Sep 2004
Contributing Member
Veteran HUBBer
Join Date: Nov 2001
Location: san francisco
Posts: 144
I confirm what Dan says, the guy is great. He fixed the rear shock of our BMW F650 Dakar (oil reservoir exploded) while I´m sure any mechanic in Europe or the US would have asked us to replace it. Result: we paid $50 instead of $800 for a new shock.

The other maintenance things we had done were billed at an ok price. They have a small selection of tires and plenty of parts. They work mostly on Honda and Yamaha but you also find some KTMs and BMWs.

The exact name and address are:
Tator Racing
Colina 460
Miraflores, Lima
Tel: 447-9718

Pierre Saslawsky
Pierre Saslawsky
Reply With Quote
Old 20 Jul 2005
Contributing Member
Veteran HUBBer
Join Date: Mar 2004
Location: After almost 2 years on the road back in Germany
Posts: 106
Yes, confirm. They are great, also the guys from the Honda Shop itself.

COLINA 480 - MIRAFLORES. LIMA. 4450462 / 2410484


check under Lima

Martin and Katja Wickert
Reply With Quote
Old 18 Aug 2005
Registered Users
HUBB regular
Join Date: Jan 2005
Location: NYC
Posts: 21
how about a place for me and the bike just to sleep? any ideas?
thanks, Jason
Reply With Quote
Old 28 Aug 2005
Registered Users
New on the HUBB
Join Date: Mar 2005
Location: Germany
Posts: 15
¿How about that?


CU out there

Greets Heiko
Reply With Quote
Old 2 Jan 2007
Registered Users
New on the HUBB
Join Date: Oct 2006
Location: oakland, california
Posts: 14
Highly Recommend These Guys

They did wonders for me. parts were pricey, but i was in no position to complain. they saved the day.
Reply With Quote
Old 21 Oct 2012
Registered Users
HUBB regular
Join Date: Sep 2012
Posts: 55
Good Mechanic in Miraflores Lima Peru

Just to let you know, Tator Racing does no longer exist at the address stated above. 460 and 480 Narcisso Colina now both belong to Desert Sport Racing, Honda.

I had some work done there a few days ago. My impression is that the mechanic (Jose) is sound. His original opinion on what the problem was with my bike was inaccurate but nevertheless the work that was done was satisfactory and not badly priced in my opinion.

2 hours work, replacing the timing chain tensioner, opening the side panel and checking the state of the chain and primary oil filter, then closing it up again, replacing the paper oil filter and changing the oil and checking and regulating the valve timing, cost 70 Soles in labour.
Another hour of work for changing the rear tyre and tube cost 20 Soles.

The thing I liked here was that I could deal with the mechanic (Jose) directly and he could quote me prices for the work and there was no salesman involved, although part purchases and all payments are done in the adjacent shop.

I was able to discuss the problems I was having and follow a plan of action with the mechanic, and he was helpful and not impatient or loathe to do this. (Where some others might give you the feeling you're interfering with their business...)

Aside from that I think the work he did was of good quality. He did not use torque a wrench for tightening any of the bolts, which would have made me feel a bit better, but maybe that's just me and my paranoia.

The shop has a wide selection of spares and accessories too, including heavy duty tubes and Slime puncture prevention. One thing that is a bit annoying is that they sell some of the items in the shop in USD as opposed to local currency, which is A confusing and B means you have to work with whatever exchange rate they adopt if you pay in Soles.

Over all I would happily recommend this place.

(Ideally situated VERY close by is the excellent Link Hostel, which is reasonably priced and has parking space but would probably not work for a large bike though.
General Suarez 338/332, Miraflores Tel: +51-(1)-2423198 email:linkhostels@linkhostels.com skype:link.hostels)

FYI: I also found another mechanic / spares shop further up the (Paso de la Republica) road which looked quite professional but I have not dealt with them. Here are the details:
(Francisco Leonardo Cruz)
Prolongacion Iquitos 1469, Paso de la Republica 1448 - Lince, Lima
Tel: 2651708 Cel: 9941-66302 Cel: 9993-69486 email:limahondaparts1@yahoo.com
Reply With Quote
Old 1 Aug 2013
Registered Users
HUBB regular
Join Date: Nov 2012
Location: Amsterdam, the Netherlands
Posts: 15
Mechanics next to Honda Desert Sport NOT recommended

Hi all,

So we had kind of a different experience with the mechanics next to the Honda Desert Sport store (which is fine by the way, lots of parts and good selection of Pirelli tires).

We mainly asked them to clean and balance the carbs and adjust the valves for our Honda Transalp from 87. So here's what happened:

-After three days of driving the motor began to lose a considerable amount of power in low speed. Went to a local mechanic in northern peru, who got the carbs out, which missed one of the two airmixture screws, were amazingly dirty and flooded with fuel. Also the aircasket under the tank wasn't connected; which made it so dirty.
-We also experienced a loss of power on high speed and thought it had to do with something done by the mechanic, possibly the valves. We had told the mechanic beforehand that the valve clearances for the Transalp from 87 are different than for later models, and he responded that he knew. But we checked the valves after about 1000km and he adjusted them to 0,15 mm instead of 0,10 mm! Also, in one cylinder one of the two valve intakes was less than 0,10 and the other more than 0,15.... Luckily we checked before this caused damage

Needless to say, we weren't too happy with them. You are not really allowed to look and the mechanics are not very communicative (the mechanic working on our bike was Aron). Once we found all of this out, we called them and try to tell them. However, the garage hung up on us and didn't pick up a call from our number since.

Maybe Lima Honda Parts SRL is better for servicing. If you use the garage next to Honda Desert Sport, be clear on what you want, how you want it and keep a close eye Happy travels!
Reply With Quote
Old 8 Aug 2013
Contributing Member
HUBB regular
Join Date: Aug 2009
Location: Various in Ontario, Canada (no fixed address)
Posts: 38
Three summers ago I had my KLR into the shop next to said HDS shop and figured I would get a few things done while I was there. The main issue was leaky fork seal but figured I would clean up the rear brake and replace steering bearings...

In the process:

1) head bearing seal was bent out of shape during bearing replacement.

2) not one but two rear brake caliper pin Allen heads were stripped. Didn't think to stop after the first one was too tight and stripped. I had to have them extracted and have new pins fabricated out of scrap paying two additional shops for the work.

3) my replacement fork seal was installed upside down and began to leak worse than pre-repair a couple days later. It was properly installed later in La Paz, Bolivia by a gentleman who had been responsible for assembly and maintenance of Bolivian police KLRs. It is still leak free today.

I wasn't too impressed with the service from this mechanic. He used his ham fist first and then asked questions later.
Reply With Quote
Old 8 Jan 2014
Contributing Member
Veteran HUBBer
Join Date: Mar 2003
Location: Sydney N.S.W. Australia
Posts: 147
Tato Racing has moved to El Carmen St 320. Miraflores. Lima. Peru.

He still seems to have the good work ethic as before. GPS: S 12 degrees 06.910'. W 077 degrees 01.427'. There is not any sign. Look for the street number.
Reply With Quote

Currently Active Users Viewing This Thread: 1 (0 Registered Users and/or Members and 1 guests)
Thread Tools
Display Modes

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off
Trackbacks are On
Pingbacks are On
Refbacks are On



Thinking about traveling? Not sure about the whole thing? Watch the HU Achievable Dream Video Trailers and then get ALL the information you need to get inspired and learn how to travel anywhere in the world!

Have YOU ever wondered who has ridden around the world? We did too - and now here's the list of Circumnavigators!
Check it out now
, and add your information if we didn't find you.

Next HU Eventscalendar

HU Event and other updates on the HUBB Forum "Traveller's Advisories" thread.
ALL Dates subject to change.



  • Queensland is back! Date TBC - May?

Add yourself to the Updates List for each event!

Questions about an event? Ask here

HUBBUK: info

See all event details

World's most listened to Adventure Motorbike Show!
Check the RAW segments; Grant, your HU host is on every month!
Episodes below to listen to while you, err, pretend to do something or other...

2020 Edition of Chris Scott's Adventure Motorcycling Handbook.

2020 Edition of Chris Scott's Adventure Motorcycling Handbook.

"Ultimate global guide for red-blooded bikers planning overseas exploration. Covers choice & preparation of best bike, shipping overseas, baggage design, riding techniques, travel health, visas, documentation, safety and useful addresses." Recommended. (Grant)

Ripcord Rescue Travel Insurance.

Ripcord Rescue Travel Insurance™ combines into a single integrated program the best evacuation and rescue with the premier travel insurance coverages designed for adventurers.

Led by special operations veterans, Stanford Medicine affiliated physicians, paramedics and other travel experts, Ripcord is perfect for adventure seekers, climbers, skiers, sports enthusiasts, hunters, international travelers, humanitarian efforts, expeditions and more.

Ripcord travel protection is now available for ALL nationalities, and travel is covered on motorcycles of all sizes!


What others say about HU...

"This site is the BIBLE for international bike travelers." Greg, Australia

"Thank you! The web site, The travels, The insight, The inspiration, Everything, just thanks." Colin, UK

"My friend and I are planning a trip from Singapore to England... We found (the HU) site invaluable as an aid to planning and have based a lot of our purchases (bikes, riding gear, etc.) on what we have learned from this site." Phil, Australia

"I for one always had an adventurous spirit, but you and Susan lit the fire for my trip and I'll be forever grateful for what you two do to inspire others to just do it." Brent, USA

"Your website is a mecca of valuable information and the (video) series is informative, entertaining, and inspiring!" Jennifer, Canada

"Your worldwide organisation and events are the Go To places to for all serious touring and aspiring touring bikers." Trevor, South Africa

"This is the answer to all my questions." Haydn, Australia

"Keep going the excellent work you are doing for Horizons Unlimited - I love it!" Thomas, Germany

Lots more comments here!

Five books by Graham Field!

Diaries of a compulsive traveller
by Graham Field
Book, eBook, Audiobook

"A compelling, honest, inspiring and entertaining writing style with a built-in feel-good factor" Get them NOW from the authors' website and Amazon.com, Amazon.ca, Amazon.co.uk.

Back Road Map Books and Backroad GPS Maps for all of Canada - a must have!

New to Horizons Unlimited?

New to motorcycle travelling? New to the HU site? Confused? Too many options? It's really very simple - just 4 easy steps!

Horizons Unlimited was founded in 1997 by Grant and Susan Johnson following their journey around the world on a BMW R80G/S.

Susan and Grant Johnson Read more about Grant & Susan's story

Membership - help keep us going!

Horizons Unlimited is not a big multi-national company, just two people who love motorcycle travel and have grown what started as a hobby in 1997 into a full time job (usually 8-10 hours per day and 7 days a week) and a labour of love. To keep it going and a roof over our heads, we run events all over the world with the help of volunteers; we sell inspirational and informative DVDs; we have a few selected advertisers; and we make a small amount from memberships.

You don't have to be a Member to come to an HU meeting, access the website, or ask questions on the HUBB. What you get for your membership contribution is our sincere gratitude, good karma and knowing that you're helping to keep the motorcycle travel dream alive. Contributing Members and Gold Members do get additional features on the HUBB. Here's a list of all the Member benefits on the HUBB.

All times are GMT +1. The time now is 08:34.