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In 1963, Keith Thye and Dave Yaden dropped out of college for one year and took a six month, 25,000-mile motorcycle trip from Portland, Oregon to Pucón, Chile. They purchased used 1958 BMW R50 motorcycles for the trip because it was the only brand of motorcycle that had repair facilities throughout that part of the world. This was an adventure that was frugal in nature, with a total of $1,200 apiece for an all-inclusive trip. Moto Raid (which is Spanish for Motorcycle Ride) details the trials, and tribulations, and highs and lows, experienced during the trip.
The Pan American Highway was not much more than a dirt road most of the way, communications were crude, and the bikes required inventive fixes because of the beatings they took. And the adventures were never ending, from Dave towing Keith for 100 miles through the El Tapón Landslide Area to being arrested as suspected drug smugglers and thrown in a Peruvian jail for three days.
Moto Raid is a story in the days before motorcycle adventure travel became popular. Incorporating history and humor, it details what travel through this part of the world was really like in the early 1960’s. Second edition with updated copy and additional color photos.
“Story of trials and tribulations of traveling, written in a matter of fact style that is both honest and witty. A compelling read.”