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Forum: Ride reports 07-30-2013, 10:02 PM
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Posted By willemdamen
Crossing from Panama to Colombia

There are a couple of options; you can fly your bike from Panama City to Bogota or take 1 of the sailboats from Porvenir to Cartegena. We decided on using the "Stahlratte", built in the early 1900's...
Forum: Ride reports 07-30-2013, 11:32 AM
Replies: 37
Views: 5,230
Posted By willemdamen
With the 145 ft "Stahlratte" from Panama to Colombia

Jan 14 crossing. 16 Bikes. Mostly perfect 3 days with the exception of 85% seasickness on the boat during the actually crossing. The San Blas Islands were just what they are supposed to be; Idyllic...
Forum: Ride reports 07-20-2013, 11:29 AM
Replies: 37
Views: 5,230
Posted By willemdamen
Part 20 - Panama Old City and The Canal

I found Panama to be the least interesting of all the countries we went through due to deforestation and the fact that waterfront access is virtually non available. Most ocean front is owned by...
Forum: Ride reports 07-20-2013, 11:17 AM
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Views: 322
Posted By willemdamen
Panama -The Old City & The Canal

Having ridden from Chicago we made it to Panama City prior to boarding the Stahlratte bound for Cartegena Colombia. We spend 4 days roaming this city of contrasts;
...
Forum: Ride reports 06-23-2013, 10:54 PM
Replies: 37
Views: 5,230
Posted By willemdamen
These Mist Covered Mountains -

One of my favorite rides of the whole trip. In retrospect I should have stayed in Costa Rica a few days longer. The country is breathtakingly beautiful, good roads, excellent food, lots of places to...
Forum: Ride reports 06-20-2013, 10:34 PM
Replies: 37
Views: 5,230
Posted By willemdamen
Hotel Hidalgo

Checking out your post I found that I stayed in Hotel Hidalgo as well and had an interesting but non documented evening out on the town. Guatemala was wonderful.
Forum: Ride reports 06-18-2013, 09:48 PM
Replies: 37
Views: 5,230
Posted By willemdamen
San Juan Del Sur ( Nicaragua) to San Jose (Costa Rica)

Crossing the Nicaragua border into Costa Rica, the Arenal Volcano, New Years in San Jose watching the Zapote Bull Festival:


http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tPgqoExB6so
Forum: Ride reports 06-13-2013, 12:22 PM
Replies: 37
Views: 5,230
Posted By willemdamen
San Juan Del Sur

Hey man; Nice to hear from you. We unfortunately lost them later in Costa Rica. They had some major bike problems and were waiting for parts from the States. We had to carry on to meet the...
Forum: Ride reports 06-11-2013, 09:01 PM
Replies: 37
Views: 5,230
Posted By willemdamen
Christmas in San Juan Del Sur Pt 17

After Granada I spent 4 days and a white Christmas on the beach in Nicaragua, met some new friends Honeymooning on a Triumph Scrambler and reconnected with Peter in a bar.
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Forum: Ride reports 06-07-2013, 09:27 PM
Replies: 37
Views: 5,230
Posted By willemdamen
Honduras

After leaving Tikal I rode to Flores, Peten. Worthwhile town to hang your hat for a few days.Got through the Honduras border much quicker than anticipated. Stayed in the northern dirty harbor town of...
Forum: Equipment 06-04-2013, 01:21 PM
Replies: 1
Views: 435
Posted By willemdamen
Stay away from Scala G9

:painAs their top of the line product I cannot tell you how disappointed I am with the after sales service. This brand new unit is not cheap and stopped working partially ( I could hear my buddy but...
Forum: Ride reports 05-26-2013, 09:51 PM
Replies: 37
Views: 5,230
Posted By willemdamen
Re: South America travels

:1drink

Thanks guys; It's a hell of a lot of work going through all the footage but worthwhile. It is fun and I will have something to look back on 10 years down the road.
Forum: Ride reports 05-26-2013, 07:15 AM
Replies: 37
Views: 5,230
Posted By willemdamen
Tikal (Guatemala) Part B

I always wonder what makes people really believe in the religions the choose to believe in. Interviewed the Grand Poobah of a New Age group in Tikal who had hired a shaman. I'm not sure if I am any...
Forum: Ride reports 05-23-2013, 04:27 AM
Replies: 37
Views: 5,230
Posted By willemdamen
Tikal (Guatemala) Part A

Tikal was by far the most interesting Mayan site. I stayed for 3 nights in the Jaguar Lodge in the park trying to find out a little more about this historic place.
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Forum: Ride reports 05-15-2013, 08:12 PM
Replies: 37
Views: 5,230
Posted By willemdamen
Chichen Itza, Yucatan, Chetumal & Belize

Riding down from Yucatan to Belize I got a break from the Spanish struggles in Belize (Ya Man!) Amazingly different in culture as you are thrown into the Caribbean way off life the minute you cross...
Forum: Ride reports 05-12-2013, 01:48 AM
Replies: 37
Views: 5,230
Posted By willemdamen
Mexico's Yucatan; 30,000 Flamingo's & Merida

Having left the ruins of Palenque behind, I rode north to Merida where I spent 2 days. Just outside the town of Celestun, 50 miles east of Merida, is a bird sanctuary , which houses 30,000 noisy...
Forum: Ride reports 05-09-2013, 11:02 AM
Replies: 37
Views: 5,230
Posted By willemdamen
San Cristobal & Palenque, Mexico

The ruins of Palenque were my 1st of the ancient Maya sites;
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wcAdejLVIMQ&feature=youtu.be
Forum: Ride reports 05-06-2013, 12:10 AM
Replies: 37
Views: 5,230
Posted By willemdamen
A week in Veracruz

Spent one week taking a Spanish immersion course. We did learn a bit but 1 week is really not enough. Our vocabulary with locals on any given topic was therefore unfortunately always quickly...
Forum: Ride reports 05-06-2013, 12:00 AM
Replies: 37
Views: 5,230
Posted By willemdamen
Small World

Hey, your mechanic in Chicago/Riverside,IL is my neighbor, Kenny!
(Part1 video 1:20-1:40)

I really enjoy your editing of the still pix with video and music. The still "paprazzi" shots do such a...
Forum: Ride reports 05-04-2013, 08:35 PM
Replies: 37
Views: 5,230
Posted By willemdamen
Through Chiapas to Veracruz

Part 9; https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=oe29hMDERpU
Forum: Ride reports 05-03-2013, 08:45 AM
Replies: 37
Views: 5,230
Posted By willemdamen
Chiapas (Mexico)

Part 8; Chiapas was hailed as a place to be careful but we had nothing but friendly encounters:https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wMIn0JQukNI
Forum: Ride reports 04-26-2013, 11:06 AM
Replies: 37
Views: 5,230
Posted By willemdamen
Part 7 - Matazalan to Puerto Vallarta through mostly the interior

Is was cool in Mazatlan & we wanted to head further south, In PUERTO VALLARTA we had the worst room with hundreds of cockroaches but I have not included the in the video. Mostly Marriachi & Mexican...
Forum: Ride reports 04-20-2013, 04:20 PM
Replies: 37
Views: 5,230
Posted By willemdamen
Part 6 - Cabo San Lucas - La Paz to Mazatlan by ferry

Finally heading off to the real Mexico after the soft landing:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5xwxVz0k5vA
Forum: Ride reports 04-17-2013, 11:31 AM
Replies: 37
Views: 5,230
Posted By willemdamen
Desert Springs (Ca) to Cabo San Lucas (Baja)

Chicago to Lima (Peru) Our Baja section: A soft landing into Mexico

Part 5; https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0QDAKbp1mlQ
Forum: Ride reports 04-05-2013, 04:10 AM
Replies: 37
Views: 5,230
Posted By willemdamen
The Air Museum in Palm Springs - Part 4

The Air Museum was a real worthwhile diversion. Very interesting and a great bunch of old veterans. They understandably still have so much pride in what was America at its best.
...
Forum: Ride reports 04-05-2013, 04:05 AM
Replies: 37
Views: 5,230
Posted By willemdamen
part 3 - The California Desert

Our day through the desolation of the California desert

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=D5MAJQsjyek
Forum: Ride reports 04-03-2013, 11:00 AM
Replies: 37
Views: 5,230
Posted By willemdamen
Chicago to Lima - Grand Canyon - part 2

To see the Grand Canyon for the 1st time was truly awe inspiring. Staying out of big cities we were able to get that true feel of Americana.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=owL_pAaj8s0
Forum: Ride reports 04-02-2013, 02:22 AM
Replies: 37
Views: 5,230
Posted By willemdamen
5 Months from Chicago to Peru

On Oct 1, 2012 I left Thailand and flew to Chicago where the V-Strom I bought on E-Bay was parked at a friends house. Now back in Thailand I am sifting through thousands of pix and video clips and...
Forum: Ride reports 03-23-2013, 12:23 PM
Replies: 0
Views: 464
Posted By willemdamen
Getting lost in Northern Peru

Chicago to Lima;
We abandoned our GPS and tried to wing it through the desert:http://youtu.be/o0Pg22lA6i4
Forum: Beasts 02-02-2013, 09:14 PM
Replies: 3,766
Views: 686,994
Posted By willemdamen
I have Ricor Intiminators. They work best with...

I have Ricor Intiminators. They work best with stock springs. Also a Hyper Pro rear shock. Both make a big improvement over stock
Forum: Beasts 02-02-2013, 03:41 PM
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Views: 686,994
Posted By willemdamen
V-Strom Gripes

Having traveled 19,000 miles in the last 3 months, I have some important complaints about the V-Strom 650. These are its lack of ground clearance and short suspension travel. The topes in Mexico and...
Forum: Beasts 11-27-2012, 07:09 PM
Replies: 0
Views: 626
Posted By willemdamen
Wee vs V-Strom

After 6500 miles covering a route from Chicago through the BAJA and crossing from La Paz to Mazatlan onto Veracruz I have not had 1 issue with a bike I bought through Ebay sight unseen, with 26,400...
Forum: Americas 11-14-2012, 11:19 PM
Replies: 1
Views: 710
Posted By willemdamen
Updated ferry prices La Paz -Matzalan

Hi; We are on our way from Chicago to Buenos Aires and just crossed with the ferry from La Paz Baja to Mazatlan. There is no updated information about pricing on the sites;
Prices today as follows;...
Forum: Americas 11-10-2012, 10:17 PM
Replies: 25
Views: 1,455
Posted By willemdamen
Anakees in Cabo San Lucas

Thanks for all the suggestions. In luck; I am in Cabo San Lucas now. Taking to ferry from La Paz to Topolobampo on Tuesday and dropping south after the Copper Canyon train ride. A friend of a friend...
Forum: Americas 10-31-2012, 08:07 PM
Replies: 25
Views: 1,455
Posted By willemdamen
Tire replacement

your point driven home. Thanks
Forum: Americas 10-31-2012, 01:11 PM
Replies: 25
Views: 1,455
Posted By willemdamen
Anakees in Mexico?

On my way from Chicago to Argentina. Now in Palm Springs. Wondering if I should replace my tires here. There is at least another 3,000 miles of life in them. Does anyone know where Michelin Anakees...
Forum: Latin America 10-24-2012, 05:21 AM
Replies: 46
Views: 5,527
Posted By willemdamen
Stahlratte

We are booked on the Stahlratte for Dec 8 voyage and are now underway sleeping under 1oC skies tonight in Taos New Mexico. Beautiful ride through the prairies and getting better every day. Need to...
Forum: Ride reports 10-21-2012, 07:25 PM
Replies: 0
Views: 257
Posted By willemdamen
VStrom & Africa Twin; Brookfield IL to Buenos Aires

If you are interested in following our journey, please visit;
www.motorcycleexplorers.posterous.com
Forum: Latin America 07-28-2012, 07:08 AM
Replies: 46
Views: 5,527
Posted By willemdamen
Ferry from panama to Colombia

I am asking if anyone knows about the ferry. Comments from "Studly Adventurer" regarding banausic fundraising are not addressing my question and rather pointless.
Forum: Latin America 07-26-2012, 10:03 PM
Replies: 46
Views: 5,527
Posted By willemdamen
Ferry Panama to Colombia

CHICAGO TO BUENOS AIRES;

Yes; I am a little early as we are not leaving till Oct. Lots of prep work to be done. Hoping to collect as many $$$ as I can
for the Alzheimer Association. We will be...
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