Dom's Motorcycle for Vía Sur

Everyone, say hello to Hans!

Everyone, say hello to Hans!

Hello everyone! Before we head out on this great adventure in a couple of days, I just wanted to give you a little more information on the bike that I picked for the trip. There are a lot of different companies out there that offer adventure style motorcycles and after much discussion, we decided to buy BMW F650GSs. More specifically, we chose F650GSs that were made between 2004 and 2007. Only being 650ccs, we thought that the smaller size of the bikes would make them easier to handle on rough dirt roads in Central and South America. Furthermore, the F650GSs are fuel injected, which should eliminate any carburetor woes associated with altitude or sitting for extended periods of time. Another plus is that they are widely available and cost somewhere between $4500 and $6000. I found my bike less than half an hour away from my house with 17000 miles for $4000. Since then, I've spent a considerable amount of time riding fire roads and getting comfortable on gravel/dirt. Here is a list of the aftermarket accessories that I added:

Luggage -

  • JourneyRider 32L Tynda aluminum panniers (Lockable, open both forward and rearward, with a removable lid)
  • Stock BMW trunk (Came with the bike)
  • Wolfman Blackhawk tank bag
  • DirtRacks Single Cylinder pannier rack
  • FirstGear Torrent Duffel (Waterproof)
  • REI 16L Compression Sacks (2)
  • Rok Straps (4 of varying sizes)

Comfort/Protection -

  • Touratech 3cm handlebar risers
  • Oxford RainSeal Muffs (They look terrible, but are suuuuuuper nice!)
  • Acerbis Supermoto XStrong Handguards
  • Custom sheepskin seat cover (Thanks TJ!!!)
  • Custom Footpegs (Second set of stock pegs that I welded on behind the originals. Beats spending $100 on aftermarket ones!)
  • SW Motech Crash Bars/Engine Guards
  • Happy Trails Skid Plate (5mm of aluminum piece of mind!)

Drivetrain -

  • KTM Chain Guide (From Touratech)
  • Touratech Rallye front sprocket guard
  • Loobman chain oiler

Security -

  • Kryptonite Evolution Series 4 U Lock
  • Kryptonite KryptoFlex 710 Double Loop Cable (2)
  • Kabletek Flexweave 6 foot cable 

Fuel -

  • 1.25 Gallon Gas Cans (2 of 'em! Should extend both our range by 60 miles each, in addition to the can that TJ is carrying. Basically, we aren't running out of gas in the middle of nowhere!)
  • Funnel with built in mesh screen (Should help with the low quality gas that we will most likely encounter south of the boarder)
All I've got to live out of for about 4 weeks

All I've got to live out of for about 4 weeks

Hans from the side, with all of the security measures in place.

Hans from the side, with all of the security measures in place.

The Loobman fitted to the inside of the crash bars. With a push of the button on top, I can send gear oil down the line to the rear sprocket. While riding, this naturally lubes the chain and extends its life. Considering the miles we're putting on these bikes, that is very, very important!

The Loobman fitted to the inside of the crash bars. With a push of the button on top, I can send gear oil down the line to the rear sprocket. While riding, this naturally lubes the chain and extends its life. Considering the miles we're putting on these bikes, that is very, very important!

All loaded up!

All loaded up!

The custom foot pegs and brake riser (my design!). Simple, effective and cheap!

The custom foot pegs and brake riser (my design!). Simple, effective and cheap!