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moto clubs in Santaigo

Hi
does anybody have any information about moto clubs in Santiago, Chile, I'm looking to buy two big trail bikes NX650 Dominator etc, and was hoping to contact a couple of clubs for info on best places to get the bikes, or contacts with private sellers that might not be in the papers or online, thanks in advance
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you can try to contact the communities in santiago and in chile:
http://www.horizonsunlimited.com/community/
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Hello Geeza,
We just got back from Chile/Argentina. We bought an Africa Twin in Santiago Chile. I didn't contact bike clubs but I've posted some info on the HUB. Check out Vincent Danna's post I gave him alot of info that you MUST have to buy a bike. let me know if any of it is unclear I'm more than happy to share any info...
Cheers...Zade & Melissa
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Also, ( i just thought) big bikes are not too common there. at the time we were looking we spent two days and only found an Africa Twin and a KLR650! both were dearer than here in the uk! However, once you bite the bullet and go ahead it's very do-able.
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Thanks for the info, we have just looked at two bikes outside of Santiago, a Yamaha xt600 and a Kawasaki klr650 both seem to be in pretty good shape. It looks like both bikes would be suitable, although the tank on the xt is a bit small, has anyone got any thoughts on which of these bikes is better suited for a long trip {8months} and most reliable, easy to fix?
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hello,
Comision Nacional de Seguridad de Transito :
http://www.conaset.cl/cms_conaset/jsp/indice.jsp
SERNATUR :
www.sernatur.cl
Federacion de motociclismo de Chile :
http://www.fmc.cl/
MC Club :
http://www.aperrados.cl/
Ownership card, insurance, documents to show to the local police and customs at the borders :
www.mtt.cl

and zade's experience, as he emailed me back a few times (thanx) :

We crossed into Argentina with the temporary papers.
As for Insurance, I was told that Chilean Insurance is not good in other
countries because Chile is not in the Mercosul but as I said before, we never
got asked about insurance in Argentina.


> We only > > looked for the bike for two days. On the first day we looked at ALL the
> bike > > shops we could find and only found one KLR650 and one Honda Africa Twin
> 750.
> > We > > chose the Africa Twin because we were two people with luggage and also in
> was > > not a big price difference between the two bikes. It was easeir for us
> > because > > we only found two bikes in all of Santiago!

On the second day we did our RUT > > number and payed our deposit at the bike shop. It took 7 days (because > there > > was > > a weekend in the middle!)to buy the bike and leave Santiago.

> > > > As for the paperwork, We crossed into Argentina with the temporary
> > > ownership > > > > papers with no problems (I don't know about Peru but if you have
> problems > > > try > > > > crossing into Argentina then up to Bolivia/Peru...no?)
> > > > When we bought our bike, the third party insurance was included in the
> > > > compulsory paperwork that the bike shop gave us. This Insurance
> covered > > us > > > to > > > > ride through Chile only. I think we were supposed to buy more > insurance > > > for > > > > Argentina but we never did because no one ever asked to see it!!
I hope that helps...

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Haha just noticed that you allready bought an african twin. A clear case of read before you write....

Good luk with your trip.

And when the Twin brakes down
I'd go with the XT600. There lot's of cheap spareparts available. Especialy in Brazil. Make sure that the back monoshock is in good condition. A good monoshock is hard to find, the standard one is not build for taking a lot off cargo like panniers etc.

I just completed my second SA trip on a XT600 Z tenere 1990. 75.000 km More than half off-road. No problems with the bike.

As is many cities in South America the motorcycle shops are situated around a couple off streats. Looked through our travellog but can't find the streatname.

good luck

Mills
www.trans-amerika.nl

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