What type of Motorcycle in Central America?
Replies: 10 - Last Post: Sep 16, 2012 9:33 PM Last Post By: sailornyanko
Sep 13, 2012 7:35 PM
What type of Motorcycle in Central America?Hi people. What do you think of taking my Honda 750 Shadow thru Central and South America. I'm trying to get into a small group for the trip but the other guys bikes are 650gs and 1200gs...
I dont want to ride alone but I also dont want to hold anyone back. If you have done this trip let me know what to expect.
And yes, I know about the advrider forum.
Sep 13, 2012 8:56 PM
Sep 13, 2012 10:38 PM
2In capable hands, your bike will go more or less where theirs do along the main routes. On secondary roads, they'll have a lot more fun than you will. On topes, you'll run the risk of destroying whatever hangs low on your bike, while they won't (think about a skid plate). Then again, you'll probably be more comfortable on the open road, of which there's plenty.
Tire choice will make a big difference on some surfaces. So will tire availability, so think about whatever sizes your bike takes. Overloading whatever bike you're on is a big factor, too. If your friends are into true off-road or exploring rocky, sandy, muddy tracks, you're going to be hating life no matter what you do.
Of course Keith is right: the real key is riding styles. You won't know about that until you take a trip with your buddies, and even then--different factors rise to the surface in foreign countries.
If you're following the riding forums, you already know that your question is asked at least weekly.
Sep 14, 2012 8:27 AM
Sep 14, 2012 4:03 PM
Sep 15, 2012 8:19 AM
Sep 15, 2012 10:14 AM
Sep 15, 2012 1:40 PM
7Not in Oaxaca now, but was a few weeks ago and go frequently for work and fun. The furthest south of there I have ever been (without a plane) is Salina Cruz so I am not much help answering the question.
Sep 15, 2012 1:53 PM
8Topes are fun on a KLR, but torturous on a cruiser. Since you'll encounter thousands of them, that's worth considering. On any genuine dual sport (that means not a DL or similar), topes represent opportunities to easily pass anything else on the road; you just accelerate, come briefly up on the pegs, and rocket through, letting the bike buck once beneath you. It's necessary to watch out for the occasional one with a wide, flat top: they'll launch you if not taken slowly. And local people often build their own topes out of mud, rocks, rope, tire casings....or they dig trenches across the road, or introduce potholes where there were none. It's all in a good cause, and a maneuverable bike has the advantage in all cases.
Roads to Guatemala from Oaxaca range from wonderful two lane twisties to boring, flat-out, stiflingly-hot straights. Just ask ahead about any current roadblocks by local residents, since they come and go frequently.
Sep 15, 2012 4:06 PM
9Are these topes in Mexico only or Central and South America?
Sep 16, 2012 9:33 PM
10I see much more topes in Mexico than I saw when I was in Guatemala, but when you do see a tope in Guatemala, it0s either in a traffic congested town like the ones near Antigua or near a fruit inspection booth where you are forced to pull over and tell the cop you are not carrying fruit with you.
Roads in Guatemala for the most part are just as good as rural Mexico, especially in larger highways, but smaller roads can be pretty much dirt roads with holes everywhere. The road connecting Uspantan-Coban was the worst I've seen thanks to the 2010 mudslides though I've heard the government has been patching it up.
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