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Old 08-08-2009, 05:24 PM   #1
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Thumbs up Going from USA to South America on a KAT!!!

Hello everybody...

I want to share this will be Adventure with all of you,
I have always dreamed about a big motorcycle trip.
So, as you guys know, i just got my beloved 2002 Kat and i been doing maintenance an installing new stuff for my trip, yep THE trip...
Everything is going well and I'm almost ready....
I'm just finishing up some paperwork with immigration, all should be clear by the end of this month, so i am delayed but not given up..
My new departure will be by Sept 15, its a set date...

I am 31 years young, COLOMBIANO. Have ridden in south America, some what... bike mechanic... and fluent Spanish. i guess that helps a lot...

I have a Suzuki Katana (Sport Tourer) with all the luggage, bike is only 7K miles and fully serviced. i also have challenged my self on this bike as far as how long i can ride with it no stop, and my last trip to the mountains i put 200 miles one way lunch for 30 min, gas, and 200 miles back in aprox 7 hours, average speed 50 mi in the canyons, so i feel i can handle it no problem.

In the other hand i am not in a hurry and i expect to be in Central America for a month, maybe more if needed. I also plan once in Cent America, ride early in the morning for 3 hours, stop rest lunch rest some more and then hit the road for another 3 hours maybe 40 to 60 miles speed average. witch is a good speed down there... and then look for a hotel / motel / a place to sleep... that's basically the idea, also try to hit interesting points and towns, on the weekends it's better to rest... and party ( may be... lol) well i don't drink but c'mon
That's it, at soonest i hit south of the border my plan is no plan... no hurry and looking to absorb the most of the culture in every town... ride of a lifetime...

I also will be in Colombia for a little while...

I will be posting pictures of the bike and the mods and the luggage so ill keep you guys updated.

Fernando.

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Old 08-08-2009, 06:35 PM   #2
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AWSOME! I'm jealous Please post your progress so I can live vicariously through you.
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Old 08-08-2009, 07:03 PM   #3
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that's very cool. I would love to do something like that one day
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Old 08-08-2009, 07:03 PM   #4
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That's great. One of my wishes aswell but traveling North to Niagara.

Please keep us posted and also picture of you bike with all the saddlebags, etc...
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Old 08-08-2009, 07:05 PM   #5
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Keep us posted......I'd be happy to read about you cruisin' in South America while I'm freezing my azz off and looking at the snow I have to shovel.
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Old 08-08-2009, 07:17 PM   #6
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Quote:
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Hello everybody...

I want to share this will be Adventure with all of you,
I have always dreamed about a big motorcycle trip.
So, as you guys know, i just got my beloved 2002 Kat and i been doing maintenance an installing new stuff for my trip, yep THE trip...
Everything is going well and I'm almost ready....
I'm just finishing up some paperwork with immigration, all should be clear by the end of this month, so i am delayed but not given up..
My new departure will be by Sept 15, its a set date...

I am 31 years young, ridden in south America, some what... bike mechanic... and fluent Spanish. i guess that helps a lot...

I have a Suzuki Katana (Sport Tourer) with all the luggage, bike is only 7K miles and fully serviced. i also have challenged my self on this bike as far as how long i can ride with it no stop, and my last trip to the mountains i put 200 miles one way lunch for 30 min, gas, and 200 miles back in aprox 7 hours, average speed 50 mi in the canyons, so i feel i can handle it no problem.

In the other hand i am not in a hurry and i expect to be in Central America for a month, maybe more if needed. I also plan once in Cent America, ride early in the morning for 3 hours, stop rest lunch rest some more and then hit the road for another 3 hours maybe 40 to 60 miles speed average. witch is a good speed down there... and then look for a hotel / motel / a place to sleep... that's basically the idea, also try to hit interesting points and towns, on the weekends it's better to rest... and party ( may be... lol) well i don't drink but c'mon there may be few senoritas to meet.... 2

anyway so that's it, at soonest i hit south of the border my plan is no plan... no hurry and looking to absorb the most of the culture in every town... ride of a lifetime...

I also will be in Colombia for a little while...

I will be posting pictures of the bike and the mods and the luggage so ill keep you guys updated.

Fernando.


Dude, if you don't document this trip with words and about a trillion pics I wlll personally hunt you down and slap you silly.

THAT IS AWESOME!!!!
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Old 08-08-2009, 09:26 PM   #7
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oOKk WAIT!!!! Your going to the Tequillia Capitol of the world and the home of the most RIGHTEST SMOKE i've ever had the Honor or sampling and your going for the F*ck of it??? Do me a favor ...If you really want an adventure come stay with my kids for a few months and Wifey and I will go and actually enjoy all that S. America has to offer!!!
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Old 08-08-2009, 09:37 PM   #8
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Sounds like you're going to have trip of a lifetime and the time of your life! Enjoy and keep us updated with your ride report, as much as you can anyhow.
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Old 08-08-2009, 09:41 PM   #9
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sounds like hell of a time, be careful down there.
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Old 08-08-2009, 09:47 PM   #10
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That's for sure, keep safe and be prepared for the unexpected, if that's possible? I'm currently reading Striking Viking's Two Wheels Through Terror book, about his travels through South America. He had some problems down there you could say, but was able to eventually finish his bike trip.
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