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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.   :'(

Yeah, if you want true ram air tuning, you better be willing to ram some air! (SiSF)
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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.

Have fun.
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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.