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post #1 of 9 Old 11-17-2015, 11:49 PM Thread Starter
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Want to set up trip to Central America from Guadalajara Area

I am an American and I currently live in León which is two hours from Guadalajara, Mexico. I want to see if there is any interest in setting a trip up for riding to Central America in February. Take about a month off to do. Combination of staying in hotels and camping. Please let me know if you are interested and we can discuss further. Life of an Adventurer.
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post #2 of 9 Old 11-18-2015, 01:39 AM
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That might actually work out. Would have to meet you in Mexico, of course… What is your plan?
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I would like to enter into Guatemala and drive down to Costa Rica or Panama. On the return trip I would like to exit in Belize. Approximately 1 month. Either staying in a tent or hotels. No set schedule but would love to do some exploring and fishing. I am a very easy going guy and experienced traveler. If any suggestions let me know. I think this could be an awesome trip
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This would be a first time trip for me so I'm open to anything. Sounds exactly like what I was looking for. I may not be available for the full month, but could just turn north solo once it's time to head back. My preference is to keep a relaxed agenda so we're not riding balls to the walls everyday just to stay on schedule. Probably take me a few days to get down to Guadalajara.
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A friend did a Phoenix to Buenos Aries a few years ago on a KLR. By the end of the trip, he felt the only good bikes for such a journey were the Suzuki DR650 and Honda XR650. The question is: how well can you pick up your loaded Vstrom?
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A friend did a Phoenix to Buenos Aries a few years ago on a KLR. By the end of the trip, he felt the only good bikes for such a journey were the Suzuki DR650 and Honda XR650. The question is: how well can you pick up your loaded Vstrom?
Well, if I knew last summer what I know now I may not have bought the Wee, but it's the bike I have and I don't have the cash or inclination to swap it out just yet. Can I pick it up? Yes. Do I like it? Is it easy? No. Had to lay it down once because I tried to tackle a rocky slope too slow and had to drag it a bit to get it positioned so I could pick it up. I'm slowly learning the bike's and my limitations, and do my best to ride accordingly.

Actually, I think the Wee is a great RTW trip, but most definitely NOT Mondo Enduro style!

That said, I sure would like to get my hands on a DR650. I think that could be made into a "go anywhere" bike without too much effort. Stock it is well over 100 lbs lighter than my DL650 and simpler mechanics. Anyway, I have what I have and don't plan on letting that stop me!
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post #7 of 9 Old 11-20-2015, 04:36 PM Thread Starter
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Its funny because I just ordered the 2016 Dl650 Adventure. Becasue I am in Mexico I think that it is the most cost effective bike out there. I really want a GS1200 but the cost here is 25K and I can't afford that. I have had KLR's, and the problem is at about 85 the rear wheel starts to shimmy. I know that they are lighter bikes out there but for the overall price and everything else, this is the best bike for me. I don't plan on doing a lot of serious riding, becasue I had three cows cross in front of me and I swerved to avoid them. Unfortunately, I didn't get out unscather and now have 27 rods and pins in my ankle. Now I am more of a comfort rider than a fast rider.

As they say I now want to stop and smell the roses. I am now doing more things because that is what makes me happy. I am ready for a Central America Trip.
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You want to ride CA down to Panama(?), unless you are a glutton for punishment, there is no need to go "off road", the secondary roads are bad enough with lots of pot holes and a few stretches of no pavement. A DL either 650 or 1000 is more than enough to "venture" through Central America. Other than the usual "tourist traps" most CA towns don't offer much as far as entertainment or interest, they are just simple people, farmers, and little shop keepers trying to survive.

I've been here in Honduras now for 1.5 years and have never needed any "off road tires", I have PR3's and the few times I have hit non-pavement roads, I have had no problem getting through.

Some of the border crossings are a bigger issue than what tires you run.

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Yeah, I'll probably do more off road here in Arizona than down south. There are lots of better dirt bikes out there, a KLR or DR650 would be great, but the DL sure is nice on the road.
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