2 1985 R80 G/S
TO US, A MOTORCYCLE HAS ALWAYS BEEN A TRUE SYMBOL OF TRUE FREEDOM. It meant WE COULD GO ALMOST WHEREVER WE WANTED, whenever we wanted.
We started with small trips just a couple of HOURs OUT OF THE CITY but soon they becAme too short leaving US day dreaming about riding THE SAME way for a very long time
WHY THE AMERICAS?
Matias' parents —Stella and Mario— are Argentinean. They forcefully emigrated to Barcelona after the Coup d'etat in by Videla in 1976. Years after we went back to visit the family but before this trip I only visited a small part of Argentina, and a very small area of Santa Caterina in Brazil. For us, Central and South America were completely unknown to them and as well his parents cultural heritage. Joel had only spent time in Brazil and US in the American continent.
Having the advantage of speaking Spanish and the fact that the whole land mass is connected from Brooklyn to Ushuaia made it an obvious choice, there's no better adventure than to explore the unknown.
Right before starting to plan this trip I was in Buenos Aires for a few days. I was walking around for hours, feeling the homogenization of the capitals. I felt that every city wants what the other has, shops, brands, restaurants, music, cars, clothes. In this world of connectivity we see what we lack but it's harder to see what we do, which it's what makes us unique.
I thought about it for a while and came to the conclusion: If we wanted to truly understand the individual character of every country and it's people, we were going to have to navigate far from the capitals. The country side, the cultural roots, the unmolested landscapes, have to live outside the fast-paced, homogenized metropolis.
The true character of a country lies in it's people, it's native culture, and this one lives far from the cities.
Part of the challenge that we set up for this trip was to be as self-sufficient as possible. We wanted to be able to be completely independent and not have to rely on accommodation, restaurants, repair and tire shops. In 2012 we took a trip to Toronto from Brooklyn and we experienced how painful can be to wait for someone to change you tire. We waited 6 hours because the guy was 'busy', we said: Never again! So we learned how to change a tire, fix a flat, maintain our bikes and repair and rebuild most of the regular issues of this 1980s BMWs.
So it became clear that to reach the further parts of every country we would have to adventure ourselves into the more ISolated AREAS which meant we would mostly USE secondary roads. the roads that every working man and woman use every day to move though theIR land.