Our Vehicles

By , July 30, 2012

For the first few thousand miles of our journey, Roz and I rode dual-sport motorcycles – bikes that can be ridden both on and off road.

Trond's 08 KLR 650 (left) and Roz's 05 Suzuki DR650 (right) in Yosemite National Park. Classic dual-sports.

After 3500 miles, Roz confessed the riding was too challenging to enjoy. As a new rider, Roz enjoyed bombing around logging roads on a DR200, but the step up to a fully loaded 650 just wasn’t fun anymore. Keen to go south regardless, we sold the motorcycles and bought an old small truck instead. This meant less worries for both of us and, I think, made for a better trip in the end. But I’m still going to ride down to South America one of these days.

Introducing, “Yuki”, our 1987 Suzuki Samurai. We bought it with 100K miles on it in Tuscon for $2500 and spent another grand on tires and fresh fluids. With minimal modifications, we hit the road. It’s been an amazing vehicle.

Yuki, the 87 Suzuki Samurai in Southern Peru. Unstoppable.

4 Responses to “Our Vehicles”

  1. sixcups says:

    hello,

    I am watching your video on youtube right now. I would like to taker a trip like this very soon. I have a question. I like to use my current car a 1998 Suzuki esteem FWD automatic. I know my car very well.

    In all your travel , did you need to use the 4WD system to get you out of trouble ? Imagine if you were on the same trip but in my car instead, could you have made it without getting completely stuck ?

    Thanks for your help

    • Trond says:

      Hi Sixcups,

      Yes, your car would make it. If you stick to the main roads and highways, you’ll probably never need 4WD. Having said that, we were able to go to a lot of places in the jungles and mountains where 4WD not only gave us a piece of mind, but often got used.

      I met a guy in Ushuaia who drove his 20 year-old FWD Ford Escort from New York to the bottom of South America without a problem.

      Just make sure you have good tires, sturdy shocks and fresh fluids. If there’s a way to gain some ground clearance, that would be good too. Can’t have too much ground clearance.

      Good luck!

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