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I traveled with a couple of local friends and with Gary and Ron, from Lima to the central jungle of Peru. Gary and Ron joing us until La Merced city, from there, they came way back to Huancayo City and we continue to Oxapampa (1500 m) and Pozuzo @ 800 meters (www.pozuzo.com).
To Oxapampa the road was very bad the first part (rocks and large holes in the ground, one after the other) and then we take a paved road with nice curves and landscapes, a total of four hours. From Oxapampa to Pozuzo tooks us four hours with dirt and rocks most of the time, but with an incredible landscape, worth it to get there. My friend Carlos get a hole in their camera, thatīs why it tooks us one more hour to get there.
The bike was very good in general, I lowered the tires pressure and put the rear spring the softest position. With this, my handling get improved. The Pirelliīs P-60 worked very well and had no problems.
The CalSci windshield protected me fairly well from dust and cold wind on the sections of the Sierra mountains at 4,800 meters high.
Cortech soft luggage also did a good job, all get dirt and dust but the contents kept clean.
We do not have a Corbin dealer here so I bought a square of memory foam (2 " tall) and hold it to the seat with some old straps... this helped me a lot to feel more comfortable for less than $50. This is just for long trips, no problem to drive in the city with the original seat
I tried to drive very carefully in the bad parts of the road, I know the Versys was not designed for such a bad roads but it handles without problems.
In summary, the BMW (brand new) G8006 had a flat front tire, the KTM 690 had a broken radiator and had to go to Lima in a truck , the Versys... no problem at all
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....the Versys... no problem at all
A most AWESOME trip and post....thanks man, pics 2, 3, and 8 are INCREDIBLE, the green forest...and a green Kaw.....unforgettable!

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Great pictures! Thanks for taking us along!!!



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great stuff (thumbup)

what are you doing in Peru? working, travelling?
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Great pictures, looks like you had an awsome ride! Thanks for sharing!
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Great little review....can't waite for my new (used) Versys to get here.
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Wow! I wanna go!!!
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Here is Kurt's video of his ride into the rainforest with Carlos and Carlos.


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thanks for sharing.

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Well 133bhp, I born here!
If anyone want's to come here I will be very happy to help you... also Gary (dbd32) who is in Peru right now can give you another opinion about this land...
It is very good to get disconnected from the city from time to time, there's a lot of poverty out there in the mountains and rain forest but places to go are really good.
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Thanks Gary for the video...!
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Nice pics!

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Kurt, I'm adding a few photos of your ride.

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Carlos and Kurt



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Carlos's KTM



Carlos's new GS



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awesome pictures thanks for sharing.


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