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djeady 12-29-2016 09:18 AM

Need advice on bags for Central America and South America Travel
 
I'm planning a trip through Central and South America next year. My 2012 already has hard side bags - a bit battered, but functional, so that decision is made for me. I'm wondering what to do for a rear bag.

For those who have traveled in this area, how important is it to have everything secured in hard bags as opposed to simply strapped to the bike - is theft a big problem? I'm planning to camp at least part of the time. My camping gear all fits in a medium sized dry sack. Will the be ok strapped to the bike, or should I try and get a large bag that will allow me to secure everything.

Thx.

Damocles 12-29-2016 10:03 AM

Just a note about camping: Our friend from South Africa rode 45,000 miles through the Americas a couple of years ago; although he had full-up camping gear, lodging is so affordable in South and Central America, he spent lots of time and energy hauling his motorcycle-vestibule tent and other camping accessories up and down motel and hotel stairwells, just to stash 'til he loaded up the next morning . . .

If camping's your "thang," go to it, but . . . if riding and mingling with the locals has priority, proper "civilized" lodging may have its place, given its affordability south of the border.

Ride reports on ADVRider.com may give you some perspective and ideas.

Here's Peter's ride report (don't break your leg like he did!):

Riding through the Americas | Adventure Rider


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