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Buying our bikes

We set off with a plan to walk round as many bike shops as we could, and them being situated in two areas, calle lira and calle vitacura, this was relatively painfree. After looking at the cheap Chinese copies in Lira, we took the metro (not pleasant at rush hour in 35 degree heat) to Viatacura. Here our 'contact', a neighbour's-tour guide's-friend, shook his head at the Chinese bikes but unfortunately his 650cc Kawasaki's were out of our budget. Diego did help us out a fair bit and gave us some suggestions on what we should and shouldn't get.

While walking round town looking for an open bank, which after 2 is impossible in Chile as people only seem to work half days, we stumbled into a small Yamaha dealship (Misano Motos, Rosaria Norte). It was air conditioned and had a water cooler so we thought we may as well have a look round. We found a Yamaha YBR 125 for $999,000 (£1,100,000) and started talking business with Felipe. His English was better than the other dealships we had been in and offered us 5% discount for two bikes. We shook hands, paid and had to pick the bikes up tomorrow.

Done deal

Done deal

Where we picked the bikes up there was a short wait but this gave us a chance to practice our Spanish with Alfonso a salseman, mainly through Google translate. It turns out the wait was because Beaky's bike was a 2013 not 2014 edition as advertised. The store manager kindly gave us some money back and fitted the top boxes we had just bought as well. We were extremely pleased with the service in both branches of their shop and believe they've done as much as they can their side to get us on the road as quickly as possible. Now we just need to deal with the Chilean government, which could be a different story.

Our bikes in font of the Andes

Our bikes in font of the Andes

Sharing a joke with Alfonso

Sharing a joke with Alfonso

Posted by Kmoz7 04:50 Tagged santiago buying_a_bike_in_chile bikes_in_south_america Comments (2)

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