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Old 01-17-2011, 11:41 AM   #76
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... I see the GB sitcker went missing somewhere in the ride - intentional?
No, no, it started like this (the blue bit is the EU-style GB sticker):



Then I broke the number plate falling over on a barge crossing Lake Titikaka via the Strait of Tiquina...




Still crossed two borders and one customs' post without the officials noting anything strange...

Had a replacement made by two lovely graphic designers in Viña del Mar...


... which the heat of the exhaust melted away almost immediately...

In the end Possu sent me a new plate from the UK plus a separate GB sticker in a parcel that first went to Arica, then on to Valparaíso and finally to Santiago (nothing gets lost with Correos de Chile... )


You see, lots of funny stories to come...
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Old 01-17-2011, 08:32 PM   #77
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great report am sucking it in like a vac will be hear to the end
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Old 01-17-2011, 09:51 PM   #78
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Radarman enroute to SA

Shipped my BMW r1200gs last month to Santiago and I leave in next two weeks for Chile with plan to ride home to Canada over next two years. Second trip for me, first was Punta Arenas north to Temuca. This trip east to Urguay. Question for you, did you ever get insurance for your bike or get stopped asking for it?

LAst trip I rented KTM 640 and dealer kept a credit card no insurance!

Like the pics, have a few of the same!
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Old 01-18-2011, 02:00 AM   #79
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Thanks for sharing your trip with us.
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Old 01-18-2011, 03:44 AM   #80
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Question for you, did you ever get insurance for your bike or get stopped asking for it?
Yes and yes. Riding without insurance is illegal and you will be in serious trouble if you get caught without it or if you have an accident causing damage and injury to other people.

Bike insurance was the first thing I organised after landing in Buenos Aires and before getting the DRZ out of customs (post #44). While I had a contract that covered Argentina, Uruguay, Brazil, Paraguay, Bolivia and Chile on one policy, it wasn't easy or cheap to obtain insurance in Peru. So the terms and conditions may vary in the countries you are going to visit but I wouldn't even have dreamt of taking this unnecessary risk - least of all in a foreign continent.

Good luck with your trip!
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Old 01-18-2011, 04:58 AM   #81
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Glad you made it back in one piece Ela
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Old 01-18-2011, 04:47 PM   #83
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Old 01-18-2011, 06:10 PM   #84
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Old 01-19-2011, 04:19 AM   #85
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Great trip Ela, and great pics.
Brings back a lot of good memories of my trip through South America.
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Old 01-19-2011, 09:17 AM   #86
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So at the moment I am living of my savings and looking what’s happening on the market. Seeing the conditions in which people survive in South America has put things right into perspective: I won't starve and I won't have to build a cardboard-shed on the outskirts of Oxford; there is work in this country and even if I need to do something below my qualification for a while, I am pretty confident that the right job for me is out there somewhere.

You see? Nothing to be afraid of...
I love that positive attitude of yours. Thanks for sharing your story and pictures with us.

More please.

Oh, I ride a DRZ too and have taken it out for many long road trips, just not as long as yours.
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Old 01-19-2011, 02:43 PM   #87
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At least I can live my dream through your post.
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Old 01-20-2011, 03:33 AM   #88
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Old 01-20-2011, 06:39 AM   #89
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Old 01-20-2011, 08:58 AM   #90
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What an excellent trip! I await the next set of photos, have a blast!!
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