Costa Rica is an awesome place! I am studying down here right now (I am from Seattle, WA) and am having a blast. The beaches are beautiful, bike friendly drivers and a very favorable exchange rate- 330 Colones per $1 US. Yet it's true, sportbikes are rare and expensive and enduros are the preferred mode of transportation. But it's definitely a beautiful, and as far as Central American countries go, fairly safe and secure. I miss my SV650 so badly... If I wasn't a poor university student, I'd do one of these motorcycle tours and/or ship my bike down.
Oh, to have expendable dough to do such things. Sounds like a blast to me. What about the heat and humidity down there? I was in the tropics once and almost melted away. Any other places that do tours like this? Has anyone ever done an 'endless summer' motorcycle style? Now that'd be cool.
I think tours like this are great. I wish I could afford to go on one. Dirt, street, wouldn't matter. I think it could catch on in the US, too. Honda Hawk GT riders from all over the US (other countries, too) e-mail members of our Hawk mailing list when they're going to be travelling so they can hook up and sample each others' favorite twisty roads. All you'd need to make it work is a network of people with spare sportbikes to lend and a VERY carefully worded liability waiver and... voila!.. instant tours of the best roads in the US.
Well, I went surfing in CR earlier this year(sweeet) and I drove from San Jose to the Pacific Coast. Very scary. There are more traffic deaths in that tiny country than in the US. You are definitely taking your life in your hands any time you venture on the highway. (very much more so than in the US) And on a bike . . .
Dont get me wrong, it is a great country, incredibly beautiful, awesome surf and the people were great. (lot of thieves, but since they were of the Grab Your Stuff Out Of Your Car kind and not the Shoot You In The Face kind, I didnt mind too much)
I saw one to many 18 wheelers passing on a blind curve to be comfortable driving there tho.