Getting the motorcycles ready for sale was a lot of work – mostly because nothing had been cleaned since we left California. Used several hours at a Copec gas station, to get all the grease and oil of the motorcycles. Buying the right tools for cleaning the motorcycles makes the job easier. We used wheel cleaner and a bottle of lamp oil. The lamp oil is cheap, but great for dissolving old oil on the motorcycle and for cleaning the chain. Sponges for cleaning the rims and a toothbrush and a dishwashing brush for the engine and the greasy areas around the chain.
The motorcycles looked brand new again – or at least they looked very clean
I got this tire on my motorcycle in Costa Rica and it is a great tire. After doing 8000 miles on it, it still have a least 2000 miles left! The tire has been doing very well on both pavement, gravel and muddy roads. We would buy it again. Remember that my motorcycle is not super heavy, so if you put it on a bigger motorcycle fully loaded with luggage the life span of the tire is probably less.
We were lucky that there was a bathtub in the bathroom in the apartment, which was perfect for washing the duffle bags, soft saddlebags and our boots. Used wheel cleaner, that worked very well.
Then we just had to hang it outside on the balcony waiting for it to dry. In the mean time Esben washed the padding for the helmets and his moose.
Our boots jumped into the bathtub – taking a shower
While cleaning all our gear we met up with a woman from Switzerland, Tess and her boyfriend, who was selling their Toyota Hiace from 1999. They had travelled the southern part of Chile during the WINTER.
This is how it looked inside. In the left picture you have the seating area, where a table can be set up the the middle. In the right picture the seating area has been converted into a bed.
We transferred the money (8000 USD), and during the next couple of days Tess helped with all the paperwork, so the title for the van would be in my name. Fingerprints, signature… I don’t know why, I had to put my fingerprint next to my signature – it is not like my fingerprints are anywhere else in the system of Chile .
The lady at the notary – did it the old fashion way, on a typewriter!
We are now the happy owners of Lance (Thanks for all your great suggestions of names on Facebook for our new home), who is a retired ambulance, that have been servicing the people of Santiago for several years.
My name is Lance… Ambu Lance!
Lance had already travelled with a couple of surfers, before he took Tess and he boyfriend to the southern part of Chile in the winter. So with all that experience we are sure that he will take good care of us and serve us well. Taking us on new adventures – BUT before that we had to move into Lance with our things. First taking everything out and sorting all the things that Lance had collected during his first years of travelling. Then we could move the things we wanted to keep, and all our own things inside Lance. It was not a problem finding space for our things in Lance, since he is a lot bigger than our two motorcycles.
We changed the oil and cleaned the oil filter on the motorcycles, which was the last things we had to do before selling the motorcycles.
We loaded up my motorcycle in Lance, and Esben drove his to the motorcycle hostel Villa Kunterbunt in Valparaiso, who would store the motorcycles until the new owners, ADV Factory would arrive in Santiago.
After 21,000 km on the motorcycles we were ready to say good buy. So far it has been an amazing adventure, but we have also have some really hard times, where we didn’t had the energy for continuing. We still want to travel, and have found out that living on a motorcycle for more than six months is just not good for Esben’s health or our relationship in the long run. We are optimistic, that our new life with Lance can give us at different way to continue our adventure, that is more suitable for us and the way we like to experience the countries we travel in.
What should we with all our riding gear? All my riding gear was from 2009/2010, after doing about 100,000 km it is still in good condition, but not waterproof anymore. The status for Esben’s riding gear was pretty much the same. We decided to keep our boots and helmets, which were brand new, when we started this trip, and everything else we would give away for free. During our time in Viña del Mar our host, Jorge (in the right picture) invited us into his home for a BBQ and we met his family.
We had a great afternoon with a lot of great meat and Chilean wine. We got to taste a white vine called Late Harvest. Late harvest wines are made from grapes that are left on the vine even after they’ve reached their peak ripeness. When grapes are (quite literally) left hanging, they become sweeter over time as each individual grape dehydrates and the sugar content becomes more concentrated. Late harvest grapes (typically picked 1-2 months after the regular harvest time) are used to make a wine that contains both higher residual sugar and higher potential alcohol than standard table wines. Technically, any wine grape can be harvested late (Chardonnay, Syrah, Pinot Gris, etc.), but you’ll tend to see certain grapes chosen over others due to their ability to process exceptionally high-quality late harvest wines (Source: http://winefolly.com/tutorial/late-harvest-wines-and-why-theyre-awesome/). We loved taking a cold glass of Late Harvest during the summer time here in Chile.
We also met Jorge’s niece, Samantha, who was just started to ride her motorcycle only with a helmet and a pair of gloves. She is my size, so I gave her my motorcycle gear and in return we got a Chilean flag. Thank you .
If you are about Esbens size, height 182 cm and normal weight. We left his motorcycles gear at the motorcycles Hostel Villa Kunterbunt in Valparaiso.