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Old 03-09-2014, 01:40 PM   #1
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On a small motorbike through Latin America



Hi!
I bought my first motorbike Honda CGL125 in Tulum, Mexico. After long backpacking trip I decided to travel whole Central America (or even further) on a motorbike. Shortly after I fell in love with it and the freedom it gave me. With a little motorbiking experience (2h) I rode all the way down to Panama City and now I'm about to decide what's next.

You can find loads of pictures and stories on my blog, the trip started around this post:
http://backpackista.com/honda/

Here's the latest post with a little summary of my travels so far:
http://backpackista.com/central-american-trip/



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Old 03-27-2014, 11:55 AM   #2
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Crossing Darien Gap

I crossed Darien Gap already and having a rest in Medellin!
Here's how it worked:

http://backpackista.com/darien-gap-2/

I'm working on the video from the crossing, the trailer is available at:

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Old 03-27-2014, 06:47 PM   #3
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Old 03-28-2014, 01:34 PM   #4
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Crossing Darien Gap, cheap

Hi!

The short movie from crossing Darien Gap is ready. I didn't go on a sailboat (too expensive) and decided to do it cheap, hiring speedboats and using cargo boats. It took me a week (from Panama City to somewhere near Monteria in Colombia) and costed under $300, I'll write about the technical stuff (prices, negotiations and locations) soon, but you can find a general story on my blog already (http://backpackista.com/darien-gap-2/).

Enjoy!

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Old 03-28-2014, 02:22 PM   #5
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Great movie! try that with a BMW1200 haha. Loved the music Thanks for posting
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Old 03-31-2014, 11:05 AM   #6
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I posted details about the crossing: http://backpackista.com/darien-gap-4
The total cost for me and the motorbike was $293, not bad (especially compared to sailboats), but I suppose I could do better.

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Great movie! try that with a BMW1200 haha. Loved the music Thanks for posting
Glad you like it. I guess you wouldn't like to do that to any big and expensive motorbike. So it kind of limits possibilities of transportation for the big ones.

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I posted details about the crossing: http://backpackista.com/darien-gap-4
The total cost for me and the motorbike was $293, not bad (especially compared to sailboats), but I suppose I could do better.



Glad you like it. I guess you wouldn't like to do that to any big and expensive motorbike. So it kind of limits possibilities of transportation for the big ones.
dude, that's super cheap. maybe you coulda done better but that's way cheaper than the sailboats and probably a better experience as well.
i envied the little bikes a lot when i was riding down there...you can truly take them anywhere. Take advantage of it and go everywhere!
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Old 03-31-2014, 06:18 PM   #8
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I crossed Darien Gap already and having a rest in Medellin!
Here's how it worked:

http://backpackista.com/darien-gap-2/

I'm working on the video from the crossing, the trailer is available at:
Cool video, great song too. Thanks for sharing.
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Old 03-31-2014, 06:38 PM   #9
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Another thumbs up for small bikes

Great to see, I think a 125 to 250 bike is pretty much perfect for exploring off the beaten track. I had a great time with my little Honda CT110 touring Indonesia and beyond, it was such a cheap bike that after the trip I gave it to a young couple at the end of my trip. Now contemplating my next bike adventure and your RR is encouragement to fly in to the starting point and buy whatever I can in that size range.
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Old 03-31-2014, 06:39 PM   #10
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Nicely put together video and looks like a fun way to cross. How do you like the CGL125? I bought one a little over a year ago for a trip within Costa Rica, and it's still there waiting for my next trip.

How has the bike help up for you? I tried opening the blog pages, but they didn't open for me, maybe it's just a slow connection day. When I was looking to buy one, I ended up buying new, but saw lots of them for sale with over 50,60k kilometers.

Look forward to seeing how far south you get on that bike.
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Old 04-01-2014, 03:43 PM   #11
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How has the bike help up for you? I tried opening the blog pages, but they didn't open for me, maybe it's just a slow connection day. When I was looking to buy one, I ended up buying new, but saw lots of them for sale with over 50,60k kilometers.

Look forward to seeing how far south you get on that bike.
It works good. It's a new one, actually my first motorbike so I don't complain. I definitely could use some more power in the mountains, but when you learn how to read mountain roads (and with little patience) it runs really well.

In Costa Rica, I drove beautiful mountain road from San Isidro do San Jose, which included taking small moto to a pass that is 3200 meters above the sea level.

Check out this guy, he took his CGL125 from Chile, through Brasil all the way up to Texas: http://www.ojurik.com/bike/

First I was planning to cover all Central America, even go further down to Peru, but I might actually need to take a break for a while and go home. I already have the storage for it arranged for 6 months and then I guess I could even make all the way down to Ushuaia. Since I've been there last year I might as well sell it now, but that might be hard since I cannot sell it to local, only a traveller that will take it out of the country. Tough.
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