Wednesday, September 19, 2012

10 Things I Have Learned About Riding A Motorcycle In Latin America



These are 10 things that I have learned about riding a motorcycle for a year around Latin America. I do not know if they can be generalized or applied for life in general, but perhaps they can.

1. A big motorcycle gets you attention, a small motorcycle gets you inside.
2. One can source and repair just about everything, just about everywhere for the Suzuki DR650.
3. Ride like a local, which usually means on the far right side of the road.
4. Ride slow around, through and over obstacles.
5. A friendly proactive horn beep is better than angry reactive horn blast.
6. It is not necessary to "fully speak" the language, but it is necessary to "attempt to speak" the language. It will always lead to better accommodation, food, drinks and experiences.
7. Asking for help, directions or suggestions is not an indication of weakness, it is an opportunity for others to participate in the journey.
8. Eat the menu del dia (menu of the day).
9. Smile, you are on vacation.
10. Adjust your attitude to the latitude.

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