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Old 9 May 2019
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Ok thanks for that information! This is what I was worried about...
So then it could be an option to buy a bike in California and go south from there. But then I have the problem of seasons. I wanted to be in Ushuaiha somwhere around march and then go north again to be in the USA around august... I don't think I will make it down there if I start in California in december.
On the other side it should be pretty easy for me to buy a bike in the US since I have a swiss/us dual citizenship
Ushuaia to Usa, March to August - or Usa to Ushuaia December to March - whats the hurry? Dont you want to have a look around and see interesting places and relax at some beaches, hike some mountains and visit some far flung places?
Did you count for breakdowns? Waiting some weeks for spare parts to arrive or maybe not arrive, and some more weeks waiting for spare parts to arrive... Maybe a decent foodpoisoning or two? A bad flu and maybe pneumonia? It easily sets you back many days each.

Some persons do travelling only for the sake of travelling, Nick Sanders rode Alaska to Ushuaia and back to Usa again in 50-60 days or around that timeframe - but for most people I think stopping here and there smelling the roses, relax a bit, explore some new countries and take in some new environments is the main thing about travelling. Not only the feeling of having the bike under you 10 hours a day...

But ok, I see your point. March is not the best time to start southbound from the Usa. Will meet the rainy season in central America from June and onwards. If youre really quick you can make it to Panama and Colombia before the rainy season really are on. So July and onwards would be ideal for the Andes mountains, Peru, Bolivia, north of Chile and Argentina. Can be a bit cold of course. Then maybe October/November start towards the southern part of the continent, be in Ushuaia beginning of December. Hurry back to Valparaiso or Montevideo and ship your bike to next continent before christmas/new year.

Yep as mentioned the Crf250 are a bit expensive in south-America. Maybe better to go for the Honda Tornado 250 or the Yamaha Lander 250 or Tenere 250. Ir even the ubiquitous Honda Xr150L or the newer 190. Or even the Suzuki Dr200.
But in Usa the Crf is quite cheap. And so is a decent Dr650 too. Well - you have many decisions in front you. Best of luck with them and your travels!
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Originally Posted by snecdka View Post
I read that you can take some small ships to cross the distance from colombia to panama

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and I'm sure, there is a way too for USA/ Russia.
Well if you find a convenient and affordable one, a lot of people here would love to hear about it.
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Maybe I have had enough of adventure motorcycling by the time I reach Alaska and then I start a ferry company to operate between Alaska and Russia ^^
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Maybe I have had enough of adventure motorcycling by the time I reach Alaska and then I start a ferry company to operate between Alaska and Russia ^^
Man - I love your attitude!
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I rode every country in South America except Uruguay and Chile (I plan to return to check them off!) on an F800GS. I am fairly tall at 6'3" I don't have any issue touching the ground, but personally found the bike was bigger/heavier than I like. I bought a 250cc Chinese bike in Peru and have taken several "short" trips until I can get away for an extended period of time for a large loop, mostly to see the interior of Brazil. A light bike is a lot of fun and can easily carry everything you need. A Chinese bike has the advantage of low cost and high availability of part and service. If buying a bike in South America is your plan, have a used bike carefully inspected by a qualified mechanic or if buying new have a mechanic go over the bike and ensure it is ready for the open road.

I have a personal recommendation if buying in Peru is in the cards for you. Send me a private message for details.

Your YouTube video is well put together. Don't let a few spills discourage you. It's best to stand on your foot pegs when in rough terrain. Try watching a few YouTube videos on riding off-road. You are sure to pick up a few tips.
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Hi guys,

I would appreciate if somebody could provide their thoughts on the following:

I’m an EU citizen who plans to start the Panamericana from Santiago,Chile in early December 2021. The idea is to ride down to Ushuaia, and from there head back to north via Argentina, probably making a detour via BA, Montevideo (maybe Brazil too)...so hitting a bit of east coast before returning at some point to Chille and continuing over Atacama towards Bolivia, Peru and further to Central America and finally US. The goal is to reach Alaska by July 2022, so in c. 7 months. (all assumed COVID story improved)

Let’s assume Chille as a starting point is already decided!

As I still don’t rule out the option to buy a bike locally (instead of shipping my own from Europe), I am considering to get US plated bike in Chille. Given that the trip ends in US, selling it there afterwards and skipping the shipment costs both ways to/from EU is of course the reason to think about that option.


1. How likely it is that I find another party willing to sell US plated bike in/around Santiago?
2. What are all the legal things I should consider?
3. How would the bike ownership transfer be executed outside of US? Is that mandatory for crossing all the borders?

Many thanks in advance for all your answers and advices!
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I am Chilean and live in Chile. feel free to contact me now or at your arrival and I will be very glad to help you with whatever you need.
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Zorrorojo, Thanks for your offer of help, and welcome to HU!
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