Originally Posted by sandalscout
Thanks man! I am flying into Lima late Saturday, and then catching the first flight to Cuzco the next morning and catching a bus to Ollantaytambo straight away. I'll acclimate, and visit Machu Picchu on Monday, returning to Cuzco that night. Plan is to be on a bike Tuesday until midday on Friday when I fly back to Lima. Not a ton of time on a bike, but still should be an AWESOME time.
Thanks for the help, I may be in touch!
Your itinerary sounds perfect; acclimating in Cusco is smart because Machu Picchu is actually about 3,000 feet lower in elevation. Three and a half days on the bike will give you time to explore some awesome tracks and sites with Cusco as your base.
If you are looking for a rental or guide, I was really pleased with Peru Moto Tours. They have Honda NX400 Falcons, and they have about as much power as your XT250 at 12,000+ feet elevation. They had done a great job of jetting our bikes for the altitude. Here is a link, Alex Luna is the owner:
I'm sure you will have an awesome time!