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Experiencing Costa Rica by Motorcycle With a Preteen—Part 6

Sat, 13 Jan 2018 15:00:00 +0000

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An epic tale of a memorable father-daughter trip on a BMW GS

When you’re a world-traveling BMW tour guide and riding instructor, it makes sense to take trips with your preteen daughter to places like Costa Rica. Part five.
Like riding with Hailey, waterfalls in Costa Rica have no equal. Perfect timing as we both need a shower. Pura Vida—the most famous saying and Costa Rica and now Hailey’s favorite keepsake.


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Experiencing Costa Rica by Motorcycle With a Preteen—Part 5

Fri, 12 Jan 2018 15:00:00 +0000

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An epic tale of a memorable father-daughter trip on a BMW GS

When you’re a world-traveling BMW tour guide and riding instructor, it makes sense to take trips with your pre-teen daughter to places like Costa Rica. Part 5.
Day 5 and Hailey has stopped removing gear unless absolutely necessary. The girl wants to ride. Who am I to argue? Our small ride group stops to relax and photograph/video the incredible landscape. The adventure goes on forever and starts right here. I am a patient man. More so when bikes are moving. Riders play on the intense Costa Rican tundra. I decided against it, as crashing in front of Hailey would lead to interminable heckling.


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Experiencing Costa Rica by Motorcycle With a Preteen—Part 3

Wed, 10 Jan 2018 15:00:00 +0000

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An epic tale of a memorable father-daughter trip on a BMW GS

When you’re a world-traveling BMW tour guide and riding instructor, it makes sense to take trips with your preteen daughter to places like Costa Rica. Part 3.
This view of the Pacific meets Hailey’s approval. The sign of a true motorcyclist: Hailey is anxious to ride. An adventure rider in the making… A quick photograph from our guide, moment before realizing we were about as stuck in the sand as we could get. Micho—one of our guides and the owner of Elephant Moto—is a huge goofball.


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Experiencing Costa Rica by Motorcycle With a Preteen—Part 4

Wed, 10 Jan 2018 13:21:07 +0000

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An epic tale of a memorable father-daughter trip on a BMW GS

When you’re a world-traveling BMW tour guide and riding instructor, it makes sense to take trips with your preteen daughter to places like Costa Rica. Part 4.
Chris—our guide and tour architect—is truly a “live-in-the-moment” dude. Hailey instantly liked him. Up on the first try! Hailey nailed surfing, as I expected. She would later wonder why she was so scared to try it. Our guide Jaunca is a consummate goofball. I mean, who wears plaid shorts anymore?


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Experiencing Costa Rica by Motorcycle With a Preteen—Part 2

Tue, 09 Jan 2018 17:55:42 +0000

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An epic tale of a memorable father-daughter trip on a BMW GS

When you’re a world-traveling BMW tour guide and riding instructor, it makes sense to take trips with your preteen daughter to places like Costa Rica. Part 2.
A disheveled Hailey takes in the morning view from our hotel balcony in Manuel Antonio. Hailey reluctantly tries coconut milk, freshly cut by a local street merchant (she ended up having two more). Hailey and I await the Puntarenas Ferry. The heat is intense and we look forward to stripping out of our riding gear.


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Experiencing Costa Rica by Motorcycle With a Preteen—Part 1

Mon, 08 Jan 2018 12:58:20 +0000

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An epic tale of a memorable father-daughter trip on a BMW GS

When you’re a world-traveling BMW tour guide and riding instructor, it makes sense to take trips with your preteen daughter to places like Costa Rica. Or does it?
Elephant Moto Details our daily rides through Costa Rica. A quick father/daughter pose before our trip begins. Fresh (and spicy!) homemade empanadas, courtesy of a backcountry cafe. It was too hot to move at this quick mountaintop rest stop.


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Tiffani’s Yamaha FZ-07 Tour: The Return to Mexico

Wed, 15 Nov 2017 11:00:00 +0000

News Chapter 3, Part 20 Who’d've thunk it, but our return to Mexico feels like a homecoming celebration, complete with a bucket-list achievement!A relatively short hop takes us across the country, from the Pacific Ocean side of Mexico to the Gulf side. What kind of protagonist would I be if I didn’t have a sword? If you can ignore the fact that machetes are basically Central American lawn mowers, I might even appear intimidating one day! I had never even heard of Chiapas before I started this trip south, and now it’s the first place I think of every time someone asks me what my favorite place in Mexico is. My second impression of this country is starting strong. You may have been bored at various times, but have you ever been “stuck at the side of the road, studying the mannerisms of goats” bored? Your chariot, sir. I’m pretty sure Hollywood was just faking the whole broken-down thing because he was tired and wanted some air-conditioning. This is literally the fourth time on this trip a police officer has stopped us because he just wanted to check out our bikes. I think cool motorbikes might be the universal language that transcends all differences. My luck with getting off of speeding tickets has gotten much better in Mexico! [...]Is it weird that the second I stuck my face underwater, all I could think about was that these fish would make great paint schemes for my racebikes? And now I’m officially open-water certified! I think I may have found something I can obsess over almost as hard as I do motorcycles!


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Tiffani’s Yamaha FZ-07 Tour: Homeward Bound Doesn’t Mean the End of the Adventure

Mon, 13 Nov 2017 17:30:00 +0000

News Chapter 3, Part 19 With our quest now complete, it’s time to turn around and ride north once more. But that certainly doesn’t mean it’s an end to our adventures.Mexico map, part 19 of our trip People ran back and forth with wheelbarrows full of yucca roots on the rickety hanging bridge in Yaviza, making an already janky-looking structure feel borderline death-defying as the chain-link fences and diamond-plate patchwork floor swayed and wobbled. Safety standards are maybe a little different here. The waters of Panama were as warm as bathwater, and the waves were shallow and gentle even without a reef to slow down the swells. Las Lajas might be my favorite beach of the whole trip, and I’ve swum at a lot of beaches! The police had an impressive amount of patience as they stood across from protesters and simply listened to their cries. I’m just glad it all stayed safe and sane while we passed by. Couldn’t resist one last stop in Costa Rica. The river was overflowing with American alligators, some of which looked big enough to eat me whole! Turns out, some of the reasons the police and military kept stopping us so much was just because they thought our bikes were cool and they wanted to check them out. The FZ1 gets so much attention down here, I’m almost a little jealous! [...]Goodbye El Salvador and hello Guatemala! The pain of border crossings is a little easier to swallow when they look like this. My dirt bike skills still need a lot of work, which is one of the bigger reasons I didn’t continue to Colombia. But once you get off the road the scenery is unmatched. I really want to take more time to learn proper technique and get more confidence off road, so I can do South America right. Did I mention we literally got stopped at every. Single. Checkpoint? Every now and again, they would be so confused by my passport photo that they made me remove my helmet to make sure I was really a girl. Le sigh, Latin America. It turns out “enchiladas” in El Salvador are completely different from enchiladas where I come from! There’s some food that I definitely will miss. Back in Mexico with 15 states still left to explore! Lock and load!


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Tiffani’s Yamaha FZ-07 Tour: At Long Last, Darién Gap!

Fri, 10 Nov 2017 22:57:31 +0000

News Chapter 3, Part 18 After leaving Costa Rica and entering Panama, at long last we make it to the Darién Gap, the southernmost spot in North America.The outline of Panama looks a bit like a winding snake, one that marks the divide between North America and South America. Officially crossing into Panama! A river separates Costa Rica and Panama, but the footbridge seemed to get our motorbikes through just fine. Riding through the clouds has become a fairly regular part of navigating Central American mountains, occasionally with fog so thick I can’t even see Hollywood a few feet in front of me. Or a snake or bird crossing the road until it’s too late—sorry, guys! The barber may have been a little on the sketchy side, but it was worth it to rep the Kentucky Kid on this journey. Race in paradise, Nicky Hayden! Welcome to Darién, indeed! There was something a little exciting about seeing the Darién Gap in person. Maybe one day I’ll find a way to cross it the old-fashioned way! How heavy is the rain in Panama, you ask? Well, let me direct your attention to this bus on a flat and otherwise puddle-less road…. And I thought riding by that Georgia tornado was bad. [...]Military personnel seemed to make up a majority of the population south of Panama City. It was kind of funny because every time they stopped us (which was every time), we’d catch at least one or two soldiers snapping photos of our bikes with their cell phones. I guess even with all this Latin American mud, the FZ is still a looker! I think this picture speaks for itself. From Alaska to Panama with a million zigzagged side trips in between came out to a lot more than 12,580 kilometers, but it’s the thought that counts.


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Torres Del Paine Offers A View To A Thrill For Motorcyclists

Sun, 17 Sep 2017 14:00:13 +0000

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Striking panoramas are the calling card for this remote area of the world.

This national park in Chilean Patagonia welcomes only the heartiest of two-wheel travelers.
Torres Del Paine


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