Ecuador and Colombia: The End of the Road

Jun 22, 2017 View Comments by

We’re riding north on the Pan-American Highway, passing lush, green meadows and houses with gable roofs and stucco façades. For a moment, the landscape feels strangely European. But we’re quickly reminded we aren’t at home: After four months of motorcycling in Chile, Argentina, Bolivia, and Peru on our trusty KTMs, we reach the border of […]

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South America: The Trans-Amazonian Challenge

Aug 10, 2016 View Comments by

The first Trans-Amazonian Challenge joint venture tour by MotoDiscovery and Motolombia is a daunting undertaking for participants and guides alike. A huge loop of northern South America is planned, more than 8,700 miles in 45 days, through eight countries. The route starts in Cartagena, Colombia, near the northernmost portion of the continent. From there, we’ll […]

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The Riding Reporters: The Journey Begins

Aug 08, 2016 View Comments by

New Year, New Journey It’s January 2014 and we are at my dining table with pen and paper in front of us, making a list of all needed preparations. We need a name. A Facebook page. A website. We need to figure out which projects we want to visit and write about. We need to […]

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Compass Expeditions Offers Ultimate South American Tour

May 26, 2015 View Comments by

Circumnavigate South America – Spanning 128 days, Compass Expeditions’ South America 360 Tour will be run for the second time beginning on February 21, 2016. The tour will circumnavigate the continent of South America through Venezuela, Brazil, Argentina, Chile, Bolivia, Peru, Ecuador, and Colombia. In all, the trip will tally over 20,000 miles. Along the […]

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KTM 70,000-mile Maintenance in South America

Oct 08, 2014 View Comments by

For three years we have been riding our KTMs on a long and winding road around the world. When we got to Colombia, our gauges had ticked over a distance of some 70,000 miles, roughly equivalent to two and half trips around the globe along the equator. Our trusty companions have not always had an […]

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Interview with Eliza Massey: Solo Through the World

Aug 12, 2014 View Comments by

Eliza Massey set out to travel the world on her BMW G 650 GS on October 11, 2012. Her mission was to spread awareness and raise funds for African aid, and Women for Women, while seeing and interacting with people all over the planet. Since her departure, she has journeyed from her hometown of Hope, […]

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Liz Jansen Embarks on Two-Wheeled Spiritual Quest

Jul 28, 2014 View Comments by

Liz Jansen, author of Women, Motorcycles and the Road to Empowerment and Life Lessons From Motorcycles has big plans for her 60th year. On August 4th she intends to depart on a long distance motorcycle journey on her Yamaha Super Ténéré that will take her from Canada to Chile. Along the way she’ll be posting […]

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South American Tour Companies Join Forces

May 27, 2014 View Comments by

PeruMotors and Bolivia Bound have now combined to become BoliviaMotors. Cory Rowden, founder of Bolivia Bound, says, “joining forces made sense from a number of angles. Combining our experience and resources means BoliviaMotors will now be the largest and best equipped motorcycle tour operator in Bolivia. We’ll have the biggest motorcycle fleet with full workshop […]

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Compass Expeditions 2015 South American Circumnavigation

May 01, 2014 View Comments by

For 128 days beginning on February 21st, 2015 the 360 Expedition will circumnavigate the entire continent of South America. Starting in Santiago, Chile, the tour will head south traversing Patagonia before turning northwards after visiting the world’s southernmost city of Ushuaia, Argentina. From there the expedition works its way north along the eastern coast of […]

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Blue Rim’s Peru Tour Deadline Extended

Feb 18, 2014 View Comments by

If you’ve been thinking about signing up to go to Peru with Blue Rim Tours, you’re in luck! The registration deadline has been extended until Friday, February 28th. For more info head over to: www.bluerimtours.com.   Want to receive free Touring Tips, reviews, deals and contests, and additional content? Sign up for your free newsletter now!

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The 2014 Dakar Rally

Jan 13, 2014 View Comments by

Well it’s January and that means it’s summer in the southern hemisphere and time for the what’s been called the world’s toughest race, the Dakar Rally Raid. The race was first run in 1979 from Paris, France to Dakar, Senegal. Over the years it has developed a reputation for being one of the most challenging […]

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Book Review: Anxiety Across the Americas, A Great Read

Nov 10, 2013 View Comments by

I’ve always ridden in all kinds of weather and don’t always pack rain gear so I keep a book stowed in my saddlebag for those times when I need to sit out a storm or just want to stop for a hot cup of coffee, get warm, and take a break. Generally my book choices […]

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Passport to Paradise

Sep 23, 2013 View Comments by

My heart is still pounding from the scare. Just a few moments ago we found my passport. Let’s back up to two hours ago. I’m in Bolivia right now visiting my friend Bianca for a week. I found out about a place that rents motorcycles by the day and not just for a big guided […]

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Our First Motorcycle Adventure: South America, Day 3-7

Sep 24, 2012 View Comments by

Day 3: Bariloche to Esquel We left Bariloche and spent our first few hours riding near amazing lakes, mountains, and scenery. The landscape, the views, everything was so stunning that it was difficult to imagine what else nature could possibly reveal—but we soon got to find out. Suddenly, everything changed to a desolate, tundra-like terrain, […]

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Our First Motorcycle Adventure: South America, Day 2

Sep 17, 2012 View Comments by

Today, after getting a lot of attention from two locals while we were packing our motorcycles (they were telling us where to put each piece of underwear and clothing in our panniers, although they had no clue what they were talking about), we left Osorno, Chile en route to Bariloche, Argentina. After an hour of […]

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