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post #21 of 56 Old 12-21-2012, 12:30 AM Thread Starter
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Guys, 2 episodes this time, as I had connection problems when I tried to update the report here last time.

Last part of Central America:

The New World III.17 Panama


And the Vstrom gets airborne, hanging on some ropes, in order to get to South America:

The New World IV.1 Life at sea

Hope you will lake it.

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post #22 of 56 Old 12-27-2012, 01:12 PM Thread Starter
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Hi guys! I hope you had wonderful Holidays!

We got to spend Christmas in Ecuador and we had some unexpected events that made our Holidays very special (in a good way). But until we tell you that, I hope you will enjoy the story of our first days in Colombia.



First days in Colombia: 12-14 of December
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post #23 of 56 Old 12-31-2012, 10:21 AM Thread Starter
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First kilometers South in... South America!

The New World IV.3 To Medellin
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Meeting nice people and good coffee


The New World IV.4 Coffee and sweet people
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post #25 of 56 Old 01-04-2013, 01:32 PM
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Still with you and enjoying your trip! Keep the blog going. Roger

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post #26 of 56 Old 01-09-2013, 07:47 AM Thread Starter
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Thanks Trapperdog, hope we will make it together all the way

Here are the next 2 parts:


The New World IV.5 Adios Colombia, Hola Ecuador!

The New World IV.6 A line, a fish can, and a stop between high mountains

And a question: does any of you have any idea about how a VStrom is behaving with 84 octane gas? In parts of Peru and I am thinking, maybe in Bolivia as well, gas stations only had 84 octane. I manage to avoid them and go to ones that had 90 octane but I am wondering what to do if at some point I won't have a choice.
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I've had 85 1/2 in mine and it did fine. If it is available to you down there you might pick up a can of octane booster just in case. The bike should still run well on 84, but may ping under load. This pre detenation is detrimental in the long run but if it does not ping you should do fine.

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Thanks for the advice Trapper! I was thinking as well to buy some octane buster but... a little late, when I was in Bolivia already.

Fascinating thing here is that they just have "Gasoline". Supposedly it should be 87. But nobody seems to know what octane number it has exactly. Well I filled up for the last time in Bolivia (hopefully) today. 5-6 fill-ups in total. And so far it seemed all good. No pinging, no "hick-ups" no strange noises from the engine. I can only hope that nothing bad happened.

Tomorrow we hope to cross into Argentina. But until then, our story is "a little" behind... I do hope you still enjoy it!

The New World IV.7 So this is Christmas
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Till the next story, a sneak peak of some traveling we had to do on the Altiplano in the last days. Nice and hot... ahem...

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