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The Whole Story With Keith Thye Presentation
Friday, February 16, 2018, 6:00 PM until 8:00 PM
BMW Motorcycles of Western Oregon
12010 SW Garden Pl
Tigard, OR 97223
Heard On The Road
In 1963 Keith Thye and Dave Yaden left Portland, Oregon for Pucon, Chile on a pair of 1958 BMW R80s. It was a six month adventure and was the first recorded motorcycle trip through the Americas. It was a frugal adventure with a total of $1,200 apiece for the all-inclusive 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 Tapon Landslide area in Guatemala to being arrested as suspected drug smugglers and thrown in a crude Peruvian jail for three days.
Fifty years later, in 2013, Keith and Dave, along with four others all on BMW motorcycles, repeated basically the same trip. This time the trip was 100 days and done in a more accommodating style, with hotels and restaurant food instead of a tent and eating sardines out of a can.
Space is limited so be sure to register for this event.