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« on: March 14, 2017, 11:24:29 pm »
We're on our 4th motorcycle trip in Mexico (10,000 miles so far). Warm weather, fairly favorable exchange rates, amazing roads, and competitive riding with lax traffic rule enforcement. Forget what you've heard or thought about Mexico - it's worth a try.
Near Puerto Vallarta 
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Re: Mexico
« Reply #1 on: March 15, 2017, 12:36:03 am »
William,
Many of us are VERY weary of even considering Mexico.
Ever consider doing a write-up, with pics, for the Concourier?
Might encourage some of us to consider it...
If there are areas in Mexico that are safe, it would be nice to know them.

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Re: Mexico
« Reply #2 on: March 15, 2017, 05:54:46 am »


I wouldn't mind being warm, riding and eating fresh food right now - live it up  :motonoises: !





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Re: Mexico
« Reply #3 on: March 15, 2017, 12:48:07 pm »
William,
Many of us are VERY weary of even considering Mexico.
Ever consider doing a write-up, with pics, for the Concourier?
Might encourage some of us to consider it...
If there are areas in Mexico that are safe, it would be nice to know them.

Jorge

I might try to submit an article for the Concourier. It took us years to work up the courage to travel in Mexico, first with a travel trailer in 1999, did that for 7 years, and the last four times on the motorcycle. Acapulco is the only place I've been where I didn't feel very safe. The border cities are a poor example of what the country is like.
People are friendly, helpful, and kind. The news we hear in the US is pointedly negative. Honestly, the biggest danger is traffic - people drive very fast and close. It's a great way to sharpen riding skills.
Most of Americans live much closer to the border than we do in Maine - it's trailering the bike 2,500 miles to Laredo and then back again when the trip is over.

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Re: Mexico
« Reply #4 on: March 15, 2017, 07:48:20 pm »
Thanks for sharing!!  I have considered a fly and ride (wife flies, I ride) to Mexico with a buddy.  I have been to Puerto Vallarta via airplane, I assume you take two days from Laredo, so where do you stay in the middle?
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Re: Mexico
« Reply #5 on: March 16, 2017, 12:50:10 am »
We're taking it a bit leisurely this trip. Laredo - Saltillo 180 miles, then to Durango, 280 miles, then Mazatlan, a fun filled 160 miles via Mexico 40 Libre, then 260 to P.V.
Tomorrow 350 to Colima.

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Re: Mexico
« Reply #6 on: March 17, 2017, 02:28:12 am »
Mama always said when you take your time you get there quicker  :great:

I'll post a pic or three on here if you want. Just email to: faisalpetro@yahoo.com

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Re: Mexico
« Reply #7 on: March 17, 2017, 02:52:48 am »
Baja rocks! The pacific route is fully paved to Cabo. The gulf route has about 14 miles still to be paved (based on last trip) Folks are fantastic. Food and accommodations vary. So friendly. Dig it!
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Re: Mexico
« Reply #8 on: March 17, 2017, 08:07:58 pm »
Most definitely stay away from the border towns.  My ex lives in El Paso and will not go to Juarez to visit her family members still living there.  Cartels suck.  Have fun, the food is awesome and so is the riding and scenery.

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Re: Mexico
« Reply #9 on: March 17, 2017, 11:12:05 pm »
It took us years to get past the border towns - they got their start during prohibition and it's been downhill ever since. 

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Re: Mexico
« Reply #10 on: March 18, 2017, 02:14:47 am »
 The dual sport ride to the Copper Canyon in 2000 was awesome. Destination was down to Batopilas in the canyon region.
 
 Left US from Deming NM. Had 6 on the ride.
 Remote dirt roads from Nuevo Casa Grandes  to Madera.
 Stayed in hotels with secure courtyards and bikes inside. People and food was great.
 Drank bottled water. Used that to brush teeth.
 Agree, stay away from border towns.

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Re: Mexico
« Reply #11 on: March 18, 2017, 02:42:53 am »
The dual sport ride to the Copper Canyon in 2000 was awesome. Destination was down to Batopilas in the canyon region.
 
 Left US from Deming NM. Had 6 on the ride.
 Remote dirt roads from Nuevo Casa Grandes  to Madera.
 Stayed in hotels with secure courtyards and bikes inside. People and food was great.
 Drank bottled water. Used that to brush teeth.
 Agree, stay away from border towns.
And don't get ice in your cocktails. Unless them S'cubes are from purified water. Don't ask how I know.  :-[
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Re: Mexico
« Reply #12 on: March 18, 2017, 12:24:27 pm »
The ice machines in the hotels all mostly use tap water - we got away with using the hotel ice for 3 years but this time it might have got us. Not terribly sick but not great either. I smell chlorine in the tap water, so they're trying. It's much better than it used to be here though. We are back to using purified ice again. The trick is to get it back to the room before it turns into a bag of purified water.

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Re: Mexico
« Reply #13 on: March 18, 2017, 12:46:07 pm »
I would like to hear more about the do & don'ts of Mexico. Always wanted to ride there. Like most everyone else, I've been concerned about the dangers. Which I'm guessing is not nearly as bad as made out to be.

Kinda like reading about the horrors Kipass on this forum. What you read will scare you away, when reality it's great!

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Re: Mexico
« Reply #14 on: March 19, 2017, 11:43:25 pm »
I would like to hear more about the do & don'ts of Mexico. Always wanted to ride there. Like most everyone else, I've been concerned about the dangers. Which I'm guessing is not nearly as bad as made out to be.

Kinda like reading about the horrors Kipass on this forum. What you read will scare you away, when reality it's great!

Cliff   :beerchug:

I buy Medjet med evac insurance - not just for Mexico, but any accident 150 miles or more from home and they fly you back to the hospital of your choice - they bring the bike back too.(about $450 per year for the wife, bike and I)
Mexican liability insurance is a must too - about $200 for 6 months (2-3 weeks is rarely cheaper)
Traffic moves fast. Never change lanes assuming you're the fastest - there's usually someone getting ready to pass. Although traffic seems chaotic most drivers are very disciplined with lane position.
You'll see a strong military and police presence. Almost all the time they'll wave you past checkpoints. Most hotels will find a safe place for you to park the bike overnight - but I have never had anyone as much as touch the bike. I think Mexican Nationals are very honest people - don't confuse them with the Mexicans that come to the US and join gangs and engage in crime.
Topes - (speed bumps) are Mexico's answer to speeding tickets. There's very lax speed enforcement but the Topes need to be taken seriously. The C-10 will hit plastic and steel if you hit one too fast. Most are marked with signs and are painted - but occasionally one will be lurking in the shade of a tree.
Hope this helps...

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Re: Mexico
« Reply #15 on: March 20, 2017, 12:12:28 am »
Good info, I'll be watching this thread.

Thanks  :)!

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Re: Mexico
« Reply #16 on: March 21, 2017, 09:32:35 pm »
Spent the weekend in Durango and had the bike washed and detailed for 30 pesos ($1.57). Next day, along Mexico 40 -

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Re: Mexico
« Reply #17 on: March 21, 2017, 09:40:16 pm »


There are two Mexico 40's between Durango and the Pacific Ocean - the Libre (free) and the Cuota (toll) - fast and easy with 60 plus tunnels and a crazy high (1,300') suspension bridge. Mostly two lanes, the toll road trims hours off of the 130 mile ride between Durango and the coast. Despite two lanes, the breakdown lane is often demarked with a dotted fog line meaning slower traffic rides to the far right. Motorcycles reign here, passing in tunnels, and almost everywhere else.

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Re: Mexico
« Reply #18 on: March 24, 2017, 12:54:21 pm »
The toll road between Durango and Villa Union (terminus at the Pacific Ocean) is a engineering feat - 60 plus tunnels and a long and high suspension bridge - 2nd highest in the world.




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Re: Mexico
« Reply #19 on: March 24, 2017, 01:31:26 pm »
I just saw this. I too avoided a ride to Mexico as I don't speak the language.
Always thought I would give it a try if I had someone with me that could communicate.
Is the language problem bad, or can you speak the language?

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Re: Mexico
« Reply #20 on: March 24, 2017, 07:55:03 pm »
Whatever part of the brain that allows a person to learn other languages I was born without. I know a few words, think I do at least but can never seem to say the word right. Just the same, we get by - very well not knowing Spanish. Many Mexicans can speak english, and in those rare times when we can't communicate a bystander will help out.
We always get by very well. Numbers are tough, but most merchants/desk clerks have a calculator they will punch in the amount which I can then read. We carry pesos only, buying them at an ATM using credit union debit cards.
If the fear of not being able to communicate is keeping you from visiting Mexico - take my word for it. It won't be a problem.

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Re: Mexico
« Reply #21 on: March 27, 2017, 02:30:38 am »
Greenie - email the pics to me if you'd like me to try to post them. I(we) want to see them - the captions are great !

Keep on keepin' on  :motonoises:  :beerchug:

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Re: Mexico
« Reply #22 on: March 27, 2017, 12:46:18 pm »
You can't see the photos? I can see them in this post. I'm using a VPN and IP changer.. maybe that's screwing things up...

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Re: Mexico
« Reply #23 on: March 27, 2017, 02:05:15 pm »

I also, no can see pics
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Re: Mexico
« Reply #24 on: March 27, 2017, 02:29:26 pm »
I could see the pics the first time I checked this post but now I can't
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