The bike gets stolen, damaged, dumped and found

Adrian and the police inspecting the damage to the bike

Adrian and the police inspecting the damage to the bike

20 November – Day 113

Bariloche, Argentina
Distance: 0kms

With eleven days to go until we expected to reach Ushuaia, the official ‘finishing city’ for the north to south leg of the trip, the bike has been stolen. Stolen, damaged, dumped and then found by the police with some of the electronics stripped out, the steering lock filed off, one of the brake levers broken, a mirror and indicator snapped off and a massive big dent in the cylinder head shield.

We were in our room and had just about finished packing up ready to load up Beamsky for the day’s riding when the hostel owner knocked on our door to check if we were there and to ask whether we’d left the bike anywhere. Our big, black foreign motorbike, which had been securely parked inside the front gate right next to the front door of the hostel (a small BnB style place), was not there… and there was a message going around the Bariloche hostel/hotel/tourism operators’ network (which, incidentally, is an impressive way of sharing intel around the town) that the police had found a big, black, foreign motorbike and were looking for its owners. Us.

Damage to the cylinder head

Damage to the cylinder head

The hostel owner accompanied us to the police station and then to where the bike was being guarded by a number of officers, right where it had been dumped sometime this morning.

From what we can tell, the bike stealers have lifted the entire bike up, carried it out the gate of the hostel, cut the ignition cables, filed the steering lock off and then tried in vain to clutch start it for the 1.5km down the hill to the lake… clutch starts works for smaller/older bikes, but not on bikes with a modern engine immobiliser. So then, they just dumped it.

It’s pretty damaged… to the point where it’s impossible to even start the bike, let alone ride it. As I post this, it’s with a local mechanic to see if he can do anything – ie an interim fix – so we can get to the nearest BMW shop about 450kms away. If not, we’ll be looking for a tow truck in the morning.  And we only had eleven days to go before reaching Ushuaia! After making it safely through so, so many dodgy cities, neither one of us can quite believe that here, in Bariloche, the bike got stolen. Still, we’re ok – and that’s the main thing.

More bike damage... where they cut the cables to the ignition

More bike damage… where they cut the cables to the ignition

20 thoughts on “The bike gets stolen, damaged, dumped and found

  1. So sorry to read this. A complete downer. Hope it’s salvageable (and ditto re both your enthusiasm for the trip – it will one day be one of your trip adventure stories but that is no doubt no consulation right now). Take care. Cheers Delia

  2. How frustrating and disappointing. All that way, nearly there, then heartbreak especially for the bike’s owner! Good luck in getting it all sorted.

  3. So sorry to read about this. After so much safe travel. Hope its repaired and you can continue. Let me know if you need any parts shipped over. Happy to help out if I can.

  4. Oh no! I thought the post was a joke until I opened it. So frustrating – you must be angry. Fingers crossed you can get to Ushaia! At least you guys are safe and well.

  5. So sorry to hear that! But don’t despair … at least not until you get to the next bike shop & see what they can do. I’m sure they will have very resourceful mechanics. Best of luck.

  6. Oh noooo…poor Beamskey. He didn’t deserve that. Glad your spirits are still high, and I’m super jealous you’re going to Antarctica. Can’t wait to see you again. Chess xx

  7. so sorry to hear this ! but i’m sure you guys have enough positive energy to adapt to the new situation and that you will still be able to get to ushuaiha .
    suerte mis amigos

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