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Old 21 Sep 2017
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Yes, the Pegasus Dakar is the same as the Motor1 Nazca Desert or the Sukida Dakar. they are a good bike, tho the inverted front suspension leaves alot to be desired. MAKE SURE you get the one with the cam chain and NOT the push rods.

Price is a different thing in every country. these bikes are badly assembled, so what you want to do is to buy a tube of LockTite and take the whole thing apart. no need to drop the engine, but take off the nuts on the bolts that hold on the engine and put a few drops of LockTite on them before tightening correctly. For the rest of the frame, use LockTite and where there are thru bolts, use a nylon anti-vibration nut. On all the plastic use rubber washers and spacers so that tightening the blots that hold them on you won't crack the plastic.

The carburator jetting will be too rich for anywhere except the jungle in Bolivia, so you need to step down the jet size at least two numbers. If the engine runs too rich for too long it will make extra carbon wearing your engine out too early. Jets can be hard to find. OR gut the exhaust pipe and rebuild it as a glasspack. Then the present sea level jet will be the correct one.

There are 100 more things to do so that your trip will be successful (enen if you buy a Honda or a Yamaha), all of which we do here in Peru for HUBBers and ADVRiders in preparing them a bike. But it's true that many feel they can do it much cheaper, and they usually end up with major problems short circuiting their Epic Ride.

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I bought a PEGASUS KTX 200. It has done its job, 10.000 km now. I did NO changes at all, except the rack. The only big problem came up recently as the tank is lacking. A new one is around 60 $, not a big issue.
However, Iwouldnt exceptionally recommend it. There are better bikes out there. You may wanna invest a little more and get better brakes. I would look, that the suspension system and brake system looks decent (by comparing it with other bikes).

Carry spare tubes and tools for all the screws you find on the bike plus tire lever and pump.

Many people in Bolivia drive PEGASUS and they mostly told me they like it.

If you wanna start in Sucre, you could use my description. By the way its a super relaxed town and perfect place to take some spanish classes and just one day bus ride from La Paz.
My teacher helped me with registration, I can give you the contact...

Have fun!
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Thank you for all your informations!
Coud you tell me, if the bolts on those chinese bikes are metric or inch?

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Thank you for all your informations!
Coud you tell me, if the bolts on those chinese bikes are metric or inch?

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All metric!!
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I bought a PEGASUS KTX 200. It has done its job, 10.000 km now. I did NO changes at all, except the rack. The only big problem came up recently as the tank is lacking. A new one is around 60 $, not a big issue.
However, Iwouldnt exceptionally recommend it. There are better bikes out there. You may wanna invest a little more and get better brakes. I would look, that the suspension system and brake system looks decent (by comparing it with other bikes).

Carry spare tubes and tools for all the screws you find on the bike plus tire lever and pump.

Many people in Bolivia drive PEGASUS and they mostly told me they like it.

If you wanna start in Sucre, you could use my description. By the way its a super relaxed town and perfect place to take some spanish classes and just one day bus ride from La Paz.
My teacher helped me with registration, I can give you the contact...

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Ciao Rabhauke,
I'll be in La Paz arround the 10th of December and I would like to buy a motorbike there to drive through Bolivia, Chile and argentina.
Will be possible with the Bolivian paperworks? How much did you pay the Pegasus bike in USD? do you remember the name of other bikes that you suppose are better?

Thank you very much
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Its not a hassle if you pay a little to the right *tramitador* to do it ... and it can be done in hours (for a new bike). But of course you can do it the complicated way as well, and this will add to your adventure and experience. And dont forget any list on how to do it yourself will change by the month, the city you are in and last but not least by the person doing it.


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Hi Mika, I have just moved to La Paz from the UK and I'm in the process of applying for residency. I have in the UK waiting to be shipped over my 2 year old Africa Twin registered in the UK. could you recommend a Tramitador so I can register the bike here in La Paz please?
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Hi Mika, I have just moved to La Paz from the UK and I'm in the process of applying for residency. I have in the UK waiting to be shipped over my 2 year old Africa Twin registered in the UK. could you recommend a Tramitador so I can register the bike here in La Paz please?
Hi Steve,

welcome to Bolivia. I am on the other side of the country, in Samaipata, near Santa Cruz de la Sierra.

First do your residency process before you ship the bike. Only when you got your carnet (Bolivian Id card) think about importing your bike. Then you will need a custom agent ... this will be very costly and also time consuming. When you get the import documents you can in the end hire a tramitador to register your bike.

Its all gonna be an expensive a long process. I would recommend you to leave your bike in the UK and buy a new bike here ... I have seen the AT at the Honda shop here in Scz.

And sorry I can not recommend a tramitador in La Paz. Send me a pm, than we can talk over whatsapp if you want.

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Hi fellow travellers,

Up on this subject.
I am thinking about going early june in Bolivia to join my girlfriend (who is currently in Patagonia with her motorbike) and travel with her for one month. (the other alternative I see, described in another post, is renting a bike in Argentina to travel in the north-west).
No way to rent a motorbike in Bolivia, I have tried several companies...

So I plan to buy a cheap (but correct) chinese bike. That's the advice I got several times.
Just wondering what is the accelerated *tramitador* way @mika, can you detail ?
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Its not a hassle if you pay a little to the right *tramitador* to do it ... and it can be done in hours (for a new bike).
By the way, any advice to buy a bike (type 200cc Pegasus mentionned before) near Sant Cruz ?

Another option, buying an used bike helps to avoid too much paperwork ?

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Hi everyone,

jumping in on this thread and would appreciate some insights into current situations re buying, riding and selling bike in SA.

In more detail a friend and I are planning a trip to Bolivia in February/March. Plan is to fly to Santa Cruz and ride via Trinidad, La Paz, Cusco, Nazca to Lima.

Anyone having recommendation how to arrange buying a bike in Santa Curz? Ist it easy, how much time should we allow in advance?

Also, I ready road conditions can be difficult during that time of the year especially Ruta 3. Is it rebuild with asphalt already, any recent experience about this route in February?

Also, there’s lots of information for border crossing in Desaguadero from Peru to Bolivia, but less about the other way coming from Bolivia and going into Peru. IS it easy? What should we be aware of?

And lastly, is it possible (legally easy) to sell a bike in Peru?

Any help will be highly appreciateed. Thanks a lot for shedding some light on our question.

Best,
J
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Hi J_B,

good plan.

Calculate about a week, maybe a bit more, to buy new bikes and get them into your name at any of the Chinese bike shops in Santa Cruz. Maybe to save a little bit of money, go to Montero. But I am not really sure, if you can still register it on a tourist visa, it was doable when this threat was started a few years ago, but also here rules and regulations change all the time and not for the better.

Feb./March is the wet season, so depending on the rain you could have muddy roads and wet gear.

Border crossing should be easy if your papers are in order.

I cant tell you if its easy to sell the bikes in Lima.

Send me a pm if you have any more questions.

Saludos mika
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Question about bike insurance - Bolivia

Hi Mika,

a few of us are hiring some dr650s in peru and riding the back way to Santa Cruz / Uyini (Bolivia) and back up to Cusco in Nov/Dec23. The bike insurance is fine in Peru (with the hire company Eric Adv) but i need to get some full cover in Bolivia, any suggestions would be appreciated. The hire company only has insurance for Peru.
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Hi Mike,



sorry I cant recommend any insurance company in Bolivia that would cover a bike registered in Peru.



Enjoy your ride. Maybe see you in Samaipata.



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a few of us are hiring some dr650s in peru and riding the back way to Santa Cruz / Uyini (Bolivia) and back up to Cusco in Nov/Dec23. The bike insurance is fine in Peru (with the hire company Eric Adv) but i need to get some full cover in Bolivia, any suggestions would be appreciated. The hire company only has insurance for Peru.
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