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Ushuaia the end of the world

Maybe going to Ushuaia, tip of South America to arrive around December 25, 2014. Not a lot of time to prepare. The question is: Use KLR650, Versys or something else. I have lots of experience with KLR, already been from Texas to Deadhorse and back. Have a '01 KLR but almost 100,000 miles so it won't be that one but lots of spare parts and tools. Plan on getting two identical bikes to make logistics easier. Already have experience with light weight travel, thru-hiked the Applachian Trail with about 10 pounds of gear.

I am looking at '07 and earlier KLR. Figure I could do it on a WR250R Yamaha if they weren't so damned expensive.
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Interesting! Do you have photos from anyone else?

Honda's little dual 250 is under 5k? You don't want the V if you are smashing through bad area's do you?





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you can get there on a versys. you can get there on a ninja. but the KLR is the better tool for the job. if buying a newer one cuts into the travel budget, then it may not be worth it. you already know what to do.

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A former member here did the same route on the V and have yet to return home. Last I heard from him was from Peru.
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A former member here did the same route on the V and have yet to return home. Last I heard from him was from Peru.
He's been home a few times. But i think he found a reason to keep going back.:love eyes: Here's his flickr site...http://www.flickr.com/photos/motoperu

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Here you go Walter, this is a detailed account of 2 friends of mine who did the trip a few months ago, & it gives you all the border crossing problems & costs (Argentina is astronomically expensive!) & any other relevant info that could & will occur on such a monumental trip.
PS, they did it on DR650's & said it was the perfect choice.
http://advrider.com/forums/showthrea...hlight=tuckers
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you can get there on a versys. you can get there on a ninja. but the KLR is the better tool for the job. if buying a newer one cuts into the travel budget, then it may not be worth it. you already know what to do.

bien viaje!
True. It is not a suicide trip.
As a part of an around-the-world-trip in the late 80's I went up as far north as you can get in North America (Alaska) and down south on the Al Can Higway / the Panamerican Highway - all the way to Ushuaia. In a Volvo 245. The gravel roads down there are not that bad at all. Watch out in Pampas though - lots of sheep there..

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DR with a backpack! That's the RR I want to see!!
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Here you go Walter, this is a detailed account of 2 friends of mine who did the trip a few months ago, & it gives you all the border crossing problems & costs (Argentina is astronomically expensive!) & any other relevant info that could & will occur on such a monumental trip.
PS, they did it on DR650's & said it was the perfect choice.
http://advrider.com/forums/showthrea...hlight=tuckers
Good information. I'm through about 50 of 200 pages.
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DR with a backpack! That's the RR I want to see!!
More like KLR and an Actionpacker if I have my way. Folks take way too much stuff.
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I don't think the WRR is a good idea. The bike would be fine - it's super reliable - but you'll likely be broke down. It's not a long hauler.

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Too expensive, too exotic. But most places in the world a 650 is a huge motorcycle.
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Good information. I'm through about 50 of 200 pages.
Make sure you read it 'till the end, because even in Ushuala you may find that it's all booked up, like they almost did after arriving there 1/2 frozen solid in the pouring rain!

Also the fact that they left their 'bikes there in a shipping container & caught the 'plane home will tell you something about the trip! (but at least you aren't taking the wife along, & I think James alone would've rode home!)
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Read the whole thing. Wow!
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I just did (last December) Rio-Ushuaia with a Versys.
As I used RN3 (National Route 3), it was only 100km of gravel. For this route, Versys is a very good choice.
If you want to go through RN40, it has a lot of gravel. So, for this one, the KLR should be a better option.

Have a nice trip!

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