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Forum: Ride reports 03-10-2014, 06:48 PM
Replies: 165
Views: 17,349
Posted By dtop1
You don't generally have to worry about the bike...

You don't generally have to worry about the bike being stolen while parked on the street. However things that can be stolen off the bike such as a tank bag are vulnerable. There are a couple of pay...
Forum: Ride reports 02-13-2014, 06:10 PM
Replies: 165
Views: 17,349
Posted By dtop1
A section of the toll road to Ensenada collapsed...

A section of the toll road to Ensenada collapsed in a storm a couple of weeks ago. There is a detour east at La Misión into the hills along the old highway. When there's no traffic it's a great moto...
Forum: Ride reports 02-11-2014, 12:40 PM
Replies: 165
Views: 17,349
Posted By dtop1
Unless you particularly want to see TJ, I rec....

Unless you particularly want to see TJ, I rec. going to Tecate instead. It's just east along a great moto road, hwy 94, the crossing is easy, nice little park a couple of blocks from the border with...
Forum: Ride reports 02-10-2014, 06:58 PM
Replies: 165
Views: 17,349
Posted By dtop1
Sayulita

Jim: If you go to Sayulita also check out San Francisco (known locally as San Pancho) just a few miles N on the water. It's still sort of the way Sayulita was before it got so popular.
Forum: Latin America 10-14-2013, 11:14 AM
Replies: 207
Views: 15,714
Posted By dtop1
Have you talked to the guys at Moto Cafe, owner...

Have you talked to the guys at Moto Cafe, owner Dave, which is next to the the small park, Tanque La Unión in Antigua? tel 7832-9638 & 5571-7279. They would know what your options are. Also a couple...
Forum: Latin America 11-01-2012, 09:19 AM
Replies: 4
Views: 707
Posted By dtop1
Tecate Vehicle Permit

This is off-topic for the original question but does pertain to the Tecate crossing. Tecate has not had a Banjercito office for years so you could not get a TVIP (vehicle import permit) there. I...
Forum: Americas 06-05-2012, 06:45 PM
Replies: 222
Views: 54,667
Posted By dtop1
Hotel Belmar

The guy who owns the Belmar rides a GS & lives in Durango. His name is Hector. DanTop
Forum: Americas 06-03-2012, 02:42 PM
Replies: 222
Views: 54,667
Posted By dtop1
Durango Hotel

Milenio Gran Turismo Hotel, Av. 5 de Febrero, #618.813.7480. About P300, a couple of blocks from plaza, safe pkg, WiFi. DanTop
Forum: Latin America 03-09-2012, 04:40 PM
Replies: 207
Views: 15,714
Posted By dtop1
Flores/Tikal

I was in Flores & Tikal 2 days ago and asked some van drivers and guides about the road west to the border crossing at El Ceibo. I was told it's paved the whole way and in good condition except it...
Forum: Latin America 02-15-2012, 07:06 PM
Replies: 207
Views: 15,714
Posted By dtop1
Sorry about that; haven't been on that part of...

Sorry about that; haven't been on that part of the road for a couple of years. Dan
Forum: Latin America 02-14-2012, 04:39 PM
Replies: 207
Views: 15,714
Posted By dtop1
San Salvador

Just head east on CA-2 around Esquintla then the border. It's well-signed and is a fast route. Dan
Forum: Latin America 01-25-2012, 12:28 PM
Replies: 207
Views: 15,714
Posted By dtop1
TDF riders

Tricepilot: There's a French couple 2-up on a 12GSA on their way to TDF. They're in Bacalar QR, I believe, right now and will cross Belize then on to Flores within the next couple of days. After that...
Forum: Latin America 10-16-2011, 11:19 AM
Replies: 6
Views: 1,100
Posted By dtop1
In Xilitla you can't miss the pink Puerto del...

In Xilitla you can't miss the pink Puerto del Cielo Hotel at the entrance to the town. They have secure parking. It's about P500 for a room with 1 bed, tel 489.365.0710,...
Forum: Americas 05-31-2011, 09:00 AM
Replies: 222
Views: 54,667
Posted By dtop1
Rancho Buena Vista was closed when I rode there...

Rancho Buena Vista was closed when I rode there last month with no date when/if it will reopen. DanTop
Forum: Latin America 04-19-2011, 10:20 AM
Replies: 3
Views: 747
Posted By dtop1
You don't need a TVIP (temporary vehicle import...

You don't need a TVIP (temporary vehicle import permit) for any of Baja. So don't worry about it. You will need a tourist card but all you show is a passport to get that; no vehicle papers needed. Dan
Forum: Latin America 03-28-2011, 07:17 PM
Replies: 11
Views: 749
Posted By dtop1
The border crossing at Sasabe which is to the...

The border crossing at Sasabe which is to the west of Nogales has almost no-one crossing there. However, it is a very hot drug and illegal border crossing zone. There have been shootouts and ambushes...
Forum: Americas 03-10-2011, 07:20 AM
Replies: 6
Views: 598
Posted By dtop1
Many cities in Mexico have free WiFi in their...

Many cities in Mexico have free WiFi in their parks. You'll often see dozens of people sitting in the parks with their computers or smart phones using the free service. I know that some places in...
Forum: GS Boxers 03-01-2011, 11:05 AM
Replies: 3
Views: 701
Posted By dtop1
Thumb Machineart moto customer service

Yesterday I was servicing my '07 12GS when I noticed that the Machineart X-head valve cover guards that I've had on the bike for 2+ yrs and 20k+ miles were cracked at the bosses for the fasteners. I...
Forum: Latin America 02-21-2011, 01:46 PM
Replies: 322
Views: 60,893
Posted By dtop1
Coffee flavors

The coffee menu from a cafe in Córdoba, VER.
Forum: Latin America 02-21-2011, 07:25 AM
Replies: 322
Views: 60,893
Posted By dtop1
Fox network?

This must be an ad for the Fox network!
Forum: Latin America 02-21-2011, 07:21 AM
Replies: 322
Views: 60,893
Posted By dtop1
Warning - take care of yourself

Seen in Vallodolid, YUC. Dan
Forum: Americas 02-03-2011, 05:38 AM
Replies: 7
Views: 655
Posted By dtop1
Mario: San Cristobal de las Casas has lots of...

Mario: San Cristobal de las Casas has lots of crafts but it's a long day's drive each way from Oaxaca so you probably don't have time to do that this trip. There's so much available in and around...
Forum: GS Boxers 01-18-2011, 07:37 AM
Replies: 4
Views: 541
Posted By dtop1
PM me so I don't have search threads for your...

PM me so I don't have search threads for your reply. Dan
Forum: GS Boxers 01-18-2011, 04:41 AM
Replies: 4
Views: 541
Posted By dtop1
How many do you need and what length - there are...

How many do you need and what length - there are 3 different lengths. I have some left over from when I had an RT and can mail them to you if I have the right size. PM me. Dan
Forum: Americas 01-14-2011, 05:26 AM
Replies: 7
Views: 655
Posted By dtop1
The Mercado de Artesanias in Antigua, Guatemala...

The Mercado de Artesanias in Antigua, Guatemala has a wide selection of goods at all quality levels. It's a retail market but you can get an idea of what's available in the country. Once or twice a...
Forum: Americas 01-12-2011, 09:40 AM
Replies: 48
Views: 3,089
Posted By dtop1
If you can delay your trip by a month or two...

If you can delay your trip by a month or two (better) you'll have much nicer weather. Feb/Mar/Apr are not the greatest months to travel the west because of cold and snow along with rain and wind in...
Forum: Latin America 01-11-2011, 07:44 PM
Replies: 11
Views: 691
Posted By dtop1
Banjerjito is on the Mexican side. Gr8Adv will be...

Banjerjito is on the Mexican side. Gr8Adv will be returning to Mexico well before his 6-month TVIP expires so he won't need to cancel the Mexican TVIP. Therefore Banjercito's being closed on a Sunday...
Forum: Latin America 01-07-2011, 01:52 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 815
Posted By dtop1
Which route will you be taking from Tucson? One...

Which route will you be taking from Tucson? One goes S on MX 15 to Hermosillo then hwy 16 east from there. At Basaseachic I'd stay on 16 east rather than taking 23 directly to San Juanico. That road...
Forum: Latin America 01-07-2011, 09:15 AM
Replies: 9
Views: 815
Posted By dtop1
You can ride the whole route on good, paved...

You can ride the whole route on good, paved roads. From Creel head south toward Guachochi on hwy 23 then continue east on the same hwy to Hidalgo del Parral - a 1-day ride on a very curvy, nice road....
Forum: Latin America 01-04-2011, 05:29 AM
Replies: 11
Views: 959
Posted By dtop1
There is a 6-lane boulevard, Calzada Roosevelt,...

There is a 6-lane boulevard, Calzada Roosevelt, that doesn't exactly skirt the city but will take you east on the PanAm Hwy toward Copan. Coming from Chimaltenango or Antigua you run into it on your...
Forum: Latin America 01-03-2011, 07:06 PM
Replies: 11
Views: 959
Posted By dtop1
Ken: As I told you in an earlier PM, martial law...

Ken: As I told you in an earlier PM, martial law has been imposed only in the Department of Alta Verapaz. There's been no change in the rest of the country. From Santa Cruz del Quiche just go through...
Forum: Latin America 01-03-2011, 07:00 PM
Replies: 3
Views: 408
Posted By dtop1
There's a camera store run by 1 or more...

There's a camera store run by 1 or more photographers in Antigua just around the corner from the parque central about 1 door off Calle del Arco. They might be able to help. Dan
Forum: Latin America 01-02-2011, 12:36 PM
Replies: 12
Views: 1,253
Posted By dtop1
[QUOTE=Antontrax;14825619]Yep, grab one of the...

[QUOTE=Antontrax;14825619]Yep, grab one of the International Travel maps before you go, I found them to be the most accurate/detailed. You can find them in Antigua, there was some bookshop across...
Forum: Latin America 12-26-2010, 05:56 AM
Replies: 12
Views: 1,253
Posted By dtop1
It's the Dos Lunas Guest House,...

It's the Dos Lunas Guest House, www.hoteldoslunas.com , tel 2332-5691 or 2334-5264. Dan
Forum: Latin America 12-26-2010, 03:29 AM
Replies: 12
Views: 1,253
Posted By dtop1
Be very, very careful with that plan. You would...

Be very, very careful with that plan. You would be an easy mark for someone looking for a tourist to prey on. Guatemala City is a dangerous place and that includes just outside the a/p itself. If you...
Forum: West – California, the desert southwest and whatever is left 12-19-2010, 04:51 AM
Replies: 13
Views: 971
Posted By dtop1
Rides in San Diego

Go to http://www.bmwocsd.org/ and scroll to the image of a map. Click and you'll get a PDF map of all the good riding routes in San Diego County. Or go to the BMW moto dealer where they have a large...
Forum: Latin America 11-22-2010, 07:27 AM
Replies: 4
Views: 527
Posted By dtop1
Maybe I misunderstood your question. I've gotten...

Maybe I misunderstood your question. I've gotten another tourist card when the old one expires; or sometimes even before it expired. Dan
Forum: Latin America 11-22-2010, 05:50 AM
Replies: 4
Views: 527
Posted By dtop1
At Nogales don't use the downtown crossing; use...

At Nogales don't use the downtown crossing; use the crossing located a few miles west at N31 19.957, W110 57.939 which is easier and faster. Get the FMT at the stop down the road; you don't need to...
Forum: Latin America 11-22-2010, 05:30 AM
Replies: 3
Views: 553
Posted By dtop1
Their phone number is 502.2384.8000 so you could...

Their phone number is 502.2384.8000 so you could try calling them. The 502 is the country code and Guatemala phone #'s are 8 digits.
You might also want to try this place, Ogri's, that deals in BMW...
Forum: Americas 11-09-2010, 08:41 PM
Replies: 12
Views: 829
Posted By dtop1
You need to have the tourist card to cross into...

You need to have the tourist card to cross into BCS at Guerrero Negro. You can get the vehicle permit at La Paz but they'll only give that to you for the time you have left on your tourist card. So...
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