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post #1 of 6 Old 04-02-2014, 02:26 PM Thread Starter
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South America?

Hey everybody. I've got the opportunity to take a trip to South America coming up in the next few months. I'm exploring every option on how to get my bike down there with me. How awesome would it be to have the KLR in South America?

I'm open to anything, including leaving my bike and renting while I'm down there. I've explored shipping options ($1200 minimum) and I've thought of just driving down there, but I wanted to see if anyone here has any input on how I can get myself on a bike in South America for relatively cheap.

Anyone have any advice? Looking to get into Chile particularly, but willing to start off in any country...
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post #2 of 6 Old 04-02-2014, 09:02 PM
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Getting a bike to South America from North America seems a pricey proposition, from what I read and hear, passedoutwookie!

You can't, in practical terms, RIDE into Colombia from Panama; for one thing, the Darien jungle interferes.

For the past two weeks, I've been helping outfit a man from South Africa who plans to ride to Tierra del Fuego, the tip of South America. He flew to Washington, DC from Johannesburg, South Africa; bought a Generation 2 KLR650 and contracted its build-up (10-gallon fuel tank, trick front and rear suspension, etc., etc.) over the Internet. He's vying for passage for him and his bike aboard the good ship, Stahlratte, from Panama to Colombia, when he gets that far along.

An alternative: Air freight the bike between hemispheres.

Depends upon your motivation, objectives, goals; time and resources, passedoutwookie! And . . . what will you do with the bike, AFTER you make it to South America? The same problem, in reverse, arises in getting the bike back into the northern hemisphere.

All that said, it's been DONE. With determination, money, and time, you can likely do it, too.

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You might want to contact TwoMotoKiwis on ADV. They have been RTWing and are in SA right now. Their thread is nearly 2400 posts to date. I am sure they know a thing or two on bike shipping....


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Starting my trip to Ushuaia on Aug 30 from Edmonton. Been researching it for a while.


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post #5 of 6 Old 04-03-2014, 10:03 AM Thread Starter
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Thanks for all the responses guys. Some good info in there.

The Darien Gap is something I've been looking into as well. Looks like there are some boats that will take you around, for the hefty price of around $500. I've looked into several shipping companies, and it looks like shipping is going to be prohibitively expensive.

I'm looking into renting or swapping right now. The HUBB has a forum that has some leads on swapping bikes, which would really be ideal. I found a super cheap ticket into Lima, so I am going to try my best to find someone who will let me rent or swap down there. From there, I'm looking to ride down through Chile as far south as my funds will take me before I turn around and head back north. Pretty open ended, but I feel like those trips always work out the best!
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I lived in Chile for two years, and someday I'd love to go back. Never made it to the southern end of the country - spent seven months in Santiago, with the rest being split up between Chanaral, Arica, Chuquicamata, and Antofagasta with day trips to Iquique, Mejillones, and El Salvador thrown in for good measure.

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