Mechanics and Spare Parts in South America

The best place to get you motorcycle worked on in Spanish speaking South America is Santiago, Chile. Most of the major manufacturers have distributors there, and the mechanics are excellent. A great contact for all your motorcyle related questions is Mario Molina, his email is

One of the best independent mechanics in Santiago is Jonny, at Jonny Motos. He works on and can fix just about anything. His numbers are Shop- 2229926 and Cellular- 093301408.

If you get your wheel bearings replaced in Santiago, you can get Japanese bearings, and not the Chinese crap you seem to find everywhere else these days.

For tires and oil changes, most of the major cities will be able to help you. My experience is that you should stay away from the shops that cater to "motorcycle travelers", because you will pay on an average 25-30 percent more than you would at a normal shop catering to the local population.

In Buenos Aires, Argentina, a great resource for tire and oil changes is Motocare, Av. Libertador 6588, Capital Federal. Their phone is (0110 4782-1500 or 4787-1573. Email is they can put tires on and change your oil while you wait, and judging from the quantity and quality of used motorcycles they have for sale, are pretty well regarded by Argentines. They are very easy to find.

I have heard Brazil has some great mechanics and shops, but was thrown out of the country and haven't tried to sneak back, so I can't say.

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