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Re: Mexico
« Reply #50 on: March 20, 2018, 11:23:01 pm »
Awesome ! I don't think I have the guts for a trip like this . We use to drive down to Ensenada from So. Cal years ago . Always had a blast....and hangovers.. :beerchug:
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Re: Mexico
« Reply #51 on: March 21, 2018, 12:41:18 am »
I might buy into that.  I want to go but want to be lead buy someone that speaks the language and knows where they are going.

I may be interested in this and I am fully fluent in Spanish, English and some portuguese (Born and raised in Buenos Aires) :)

I'm very interested in doing this, also. Camping and/or hotel would be fine.
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Re: Mexico
« Reply #52 on: March 24, 2018, 01:00:24 am »
Car washes are popular here - for $4.82 (80 pesos) the bike got a thorough pressure wash, soap, degreaser, drying and detailing. #1 spark plu didn't fill with water either...


The hotel has me park the bike in a locked (and unused) tennis court. Almost every hotel in Mexico will find a place to park the bike in a safe place. Motorcycles in Mexico can drive around parking lot gates, lane split, and get half prices on toll roads....

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Re: Mexico
« Reply #53 on: March 24, 2018, 01:25:38 am »
Car washes are popular here - for $4.82 (80 pesos) the bike got a thorough pressure wash, soap, degreaser, drying and detailing. #1 spark plu didn't fill with water either...


The hotel has me park the bike in a locked (and unused) tennis court. Almost every hotel in Mexico will find a place to park the bike in a safe place. Motorcycles in Mexico can drive around parking lot gates, lane split, and get half prices on toll roads....
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Re: Mexico
« Reply #54 on: March 24, 2018, 10:16:36 am »
Can't see image.   :'(

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Re: Mexico
« Reply #55 on: March 24, 2018, 12:34:46 pm »
We are still at Mazatlan, Sinaloa on the Pacific Ocean, Old Man on a Connie.

I'm not sure why I have so much trouble with posting photos - I've tried both Google Photos and Amazon Prime - both with the same results.... Any suggestions?

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Re: Mexico
« Reply #56 on: March 28, 2018, 04:09:04 pm »


In Teacapan, Sinaloa - it's difficult to get a bad meal here - shrimp is really popular - breaded, wrapped in bacon, coconut,...all sorts of different ways to cook shrimp.
Beefs is great too. Most meals with 2 drinks each for the wife and I are less than $25.

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Re: Mexico
« Reply #57 on: March 31, 2018, 12:16:04 pm »
Mexico Route 40 starts on the Pacific coast and crosses the Sierra Madre as it winds east. It might be on of the best motorcycle roads in North America with hairpin turns and tens of thousands of curves - and great mountain views along the way. Up until 10 years ago this was the only route that crossed this mountain range for hundreds of miles. It was a major trucking road too - trucks often would have to take most of the other lane on sharp curves. About 10 years ago a toll road was constructed that crossed these mountains - one of the longest suspension bridges in the world and 65 tunnels. This toll road has taken all the trucks and most other traffic from the old Mexico 40 - which is still maintained to a very high degree.
The wife and I took this 180 mile road yesterday - 110 pounds of gear including a tank bag that really limits low speed turning radius kept our speeds down. No peg dragging, plus we're too far from home to take too many chances.
What an amazing road! I'll try to upload a few minutes of the scenery - no high speed showing off, just the amazing opportunity this road offers - within a day from the border.

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Re: Mexico
« Reply #58 on: April 01, 2018, 10:57:54 pm »
I've been noticing some movement in the fairing/mirrors and it was that 12 mm bolt that everything relies upon. My toolkit included one 12mm open end wrench - which didn't do the job tightening this crucial fastener. The maintenance man at the hotel produced a toolbox and we tightened the crucial nut and bolt in the hotel parking lot.
Many mechanics in Mexico have the skills and patience but they don't have the tools this fellow did. This worked out great. A loose fastener causes all sorts of issues - I broke a windshield on a washboard once in Colorado due to the loose nut and bolt that holds the front fairing to the triple tree.....

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Re: Mexico
« Reply #59 on: April 01, 2018, 11:41:11 pm »
I've been noticing some movement in the fairing/mirrors and it was that 12 mm bolt that everything relies upon. My toolkit included one 12mm open end wrench - which didn't do the job tightening this crucial fastener. The maintenance man at the hotel produced a toolbox and we tightened the crucial nut and bolt in the hotel parking lot.
Many mechanics in Mexico have the skills and patience but they don't have the tools this fellow did. This worked out great. A loose fastener causes all sorts of issues - I broke a windshield on a washboard once in Colorado due to the loose nut and bolt that holds the front fairing to the triple tree.....

It's good ya caught it before it self destructed.

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Re: Mexico
« Reply #60 on: April 02, 2018, 01:54:18 pm »
Greenie, I'm regretting not making the trip with ya'll..   :-[

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Re: Mexico
« Reply #61 on: April 04, 2018, 10:52:22 pm »


La Bufa is a mountain, close to 9,000 feet near the city of Zacatacus. This area has a rich mining history and is a fun place to visit. We saw lots of other motorcycles here - unusual for Mexico (large road bikes at least)... This might be bike week in Mazatlan too....
Today we were stopped at an immigration checkpoint and had to provide passports, driver licenses, tourist cards and the vehicle import hologram... Luckily we had everything in order... This was the first time we had a serious stop - usually we are flagged through the various checkpoints within Mexico.
Our month in Mexico is just about over - the best vacations are the ones you're ready to admit that it's time to get back to work... and we are.
Today we had our first cool ride - 60 degrees and sort of foggy.... Tomorrow morning we get an early start for the border, load the bike and trailer it back to Maine - just ahead of a minor snow storm.
 

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Re: Mexico
« Reply #62 on: April 15, 2018, 02:17:36 pm »
Here's a YouTube video of Mexico 40 - the old free highway that links Durango with the Pacific Coast. Note the lack of traffic, and of course the scenery. The bike was fully loaded with the two of us and 110 pounds of stuff so I rode at a leisurely pace.
 https://youtu.be/Yn-bMAyO--I
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Re: Mexico
« Reply #63 on: May 03, 2018, 02:44:23 pm »
I agree with you about Mexico.  It's great riding there.  I must get my ride report up so I can share my experiences.  Where in Maine do ride from.  I'm in Penobscot.  I rode from Maine to Oaxaca last year and can't wait to do it again!

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Re: Mexico
« Reply #64 on: May 04, 2018, 06:12:03 am »
I work in Camden and have a home in Bangor. Since we usually go in March we trailer the bike to Laredo, Texas. 2,500 miles each way and lots of gas burned before the bike even turns a tire proves how much I enjoy motorcycling in Mexico.

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Re: Mexico
« Reply #65 on: March 01, 2019, 12:24:17 pm »
The wife and I have started our 6th motorcycle trip in Mexico entering yesterday at Laredo. No caravans and gasoline appears to be plentiful again. I forgot to pack our RAM mount for the GPS but I was able to buy another RAM mount with 4 adjustable, spring type holders. We'll see how that works.
It was raining when we first entered Mexico and the roads were super greasy. Accelerating moderately while turning the rear tire broke loose and tried to come around. The wife let out a little yell but off the gas and the bike came right back. The pavement here is often worn to a glass-like surface and when it rains some of the roads really are slick.
Today we ride 350 miles from Saltillo to San Luis Potosi.   

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Re: Mexico
« Reply #66 on: March 01, 2019, 01:08:08 pm »
Greenie, I'm regretting not making the trip with ya'll..   :-[

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Re: Mexico
« Reply #67 on: March 06, 2019, 08:42:03 pm »


We are about 1,000 miles south of the border - in Oaxaca. Probably the furthest south we'll go this year. As always the riding is great. Tomorrow we'll head over the mountains to Puerta Escondido on the Pacific and then head north on Route 200 through Acapulco and then north again.
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Re: Mexico
« Reply #68 on: March 08, 2019, 03:41:08 pm »
Greenie, my stupid computer won't open your pictures. (and I'm too dumb to fix it)
How important is having someone with you that speaks the language?

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Re: Mexico
« Reply #69 on: March 08, 2019, 03:52:41 pm »
Greenie, my stupid computer won't open your pictures. (and I'm too dumb to fix it)
How important is having someone with you that speaks the language?

Ride safe, Ted
I reached out to him this morning offering to play go between to get pics posted in a thread for his Mexico trip.  Waiting to hear back from him.
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Re: Mexico
« Reply #70 on: March 08, 2019, 03:54:38 pm »
Ok, thanx.
Steve S is also trying to assist him.

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Re: Mexico
« Reply #71 on: March 08, 2019, 07:57:16 pm »
Hi Ted,

We've been getting along pretty well without speaking Spanish so far. Most folks we run into can speak a little English, and with the few words I know of Spanish we get by OK.
I've had a kind offer from Bud to help with the photos so hopefully pictures will show up eventually.

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Re: Mexico
« Reply #72 on: March 08, 2019, 11:33:13 pm »
Yesterday we rode 230 miles from Oaxaca to the Pacific coast. Through the mountains with thousands if not tens of thousands of curves which kept speeds down below 35. I'm 66 and reasonably healthy, but this ride took 7 hours - 110 pounds of luggage plus me and the wife. As we traveled on it got progressively hotter - this was a very tough ride, but hopefully a ride that will improve my skills and endurance.
On edit - on the 230 mile ride yesterday we saw 3 groups of motorcyclists all riding dual sport bikes,
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« Reply #73 on: March 08, 2019, 11:53:43 pm »
YES!!!
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« Reply #74 on: March 08, 2019, 11:54:34 pm »

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