Andreas W. Matthes photography ©


I have bought the KTM 640 Adventure in early 2005 second hand in Chihuahua at a used motorcycle dealer. I did find the bike on a Mexican web page that is specialized in selling used cars and motorbikes online. The KTM was built in 2002 but imported and titled in Mexico as a 2003 model.

I did drive the bike from Chihuaua to Playa del Carmen in a little less then four days. I am using the bike here and around Playa to race dirt tracks, explore the outer regions of the Rivera Maya, visit friends who live in the jungle or go on short trips to the beach of Tulum or Punta Allen.

ktm punta allen

After Hurricane Wilma the bike was of great help to move around town and check on friends while all roads where blocked for days for trucks and cars due to fallen trees and powerlines.

I have made a long distance trip on the KTM along with my brother whom I bought a Kawasaki KLR 650 for that occacion. We where starting off in Playa del Carmen and driving through Belize, Guatemala, El Salvador, Honduras, Nicaragua, Costa Rica to the Volcano Arenal area then back through Nicaragua, Honduras, El Salvador, Guatemala into Chiapas - Mexico and back to the Mexican Caribbean after this 3 week trip.

ktm guatemala

In mid 2007 the bike was knocked over while parked in front of my dive store. The bike was damaged slightly during that event. Spare parts where bought on E-Bay Germany and carried by friendly folks here to Mexico, with a delivery delay due to Hurricane Dean.

In the beginning and summer of 2008 I went on various trips to Punta Allen and Tulum. In the beginning of 2009 I went for a long weekend to Majahual and Bacalar.