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Old 10-03-2011, 10:08 AM   #4696
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So the official law in Mexico is helmets are required........as I remember from 2 years ago I rode without one but with it prominently displayed and had no problems.



Any thoughts? Other than that I should be wearing one! :)


I'll only say this. If you crash in the US and have a serious head injury, a neurosurgeon probably is pretty close to save you. If you crash in Mexico; how many neurosurgeons do you think there are; and unless you are in a major city I'll guarantee they are NOWHERE close. Your choice.
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Old 10-03-2011, 10:32 AM   #4697
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Is the United States safe ?
Be careful when passing through Texas. The Mexican Cops in Texas are more corrupt and prejudice towards Americans than any Mexican cop, military or citizen is. Once over the boarder, get your paperwork and head south. 50 miles into mexico should be far enough into the country to be safe from the Texas State Troopers! With the Baja you should be fine. Just treat Tijuana and any large boarder town like any sleazy american town and you'll be fine.
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Old 10-03-2011, 12:38 PM   #4698
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So the official law in Mexico is helmets are required........as I remember from 2 years ago I rode without one but with it prominently displayed and had no problems.



Any thoughts? Other than that I should be wearing one! :)



Enforcement is pretty much at the discretion of the officer. I've ridden short distances without a helmet, waved at the officers, and didn't have a problem.

But as been pointed out you really don't want to be laying on the side of the road in a rural area, waiting for the Red Cross ambulance to finish up its last run and then drive 40 miles to where you are at.
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Old 10-03-2011, 04:22 PM   #4699
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A few years ago, we were crossing the Sierra Madre and one of our group low sided in a curve. Fortunately for him the only injuries were abrasions and bruises. We were only about 3 miles outside of Jalapa and the Red Cross ambulance picked him up and took him into town where the clinic x-rayed him, bandaged him and pronounced him OK. If he had had a serious head injury, he would have been in big trouble and would have had a much different outcome. Here in the US of A ambulances tend to be closer, better equipped, and a Medi-Vac helicopter is often within 30 minutes to an hour. Not so, below the border.

It can happen to any of us.
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Old 10-03-2011, 04:44 PM   #4700
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The bridge at Sabinas is up the rest of the road to Saltillo is a blast...even more fun if you take the libre let me know if you are going

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Thanks Bato. I know 57 is good. The road I am wondering about is MEX 40 from Monterrey to Saltillo. I heard it was washed out bad, both cuota and libre, but especially the libre. Haven't got dates set yet, was just talking to Chango about it yesterday.

I've taken 57 in three times before. It's a great road. The Zerrweck brothers are there in Monclova too and are the local motorcycle gods. I just like hanging out in Saltillo and some of the other towns like Parras, Cuatrocienegas, etc.
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Old 10-03-2011, 07:15 PM   #4701
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Thanks Bato. I know 57 is good. The road I am wondering about is MEX 40 from Monterrey to Saltillo. I heard it was washed out bad, both cuota and libre, but especially the libre. Haven't got dates set yet, was just talking to Chango about it yesterday.

I've taken 57 in three times before. It's a great road. The Zerrweck brothers are there in Monclova too and are the local motorcycle gods. I just like hanging out in Saltillo and some of the other towns like Parras, Cuatrocienegas, etc.
Where do you like to stay in Saltillo ?
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Old 10-03-2011, 08:14 PM   #4702
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Could be wrong but, Legend has it that he might stay at a 200 year old Hacienda . Who knows?????
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Old 10-03-2011, 08:21 PM   #4703
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So the official law in Mexico is helmets are required........as I remember from 2 years ago I rode without one but with it prominently displayed and had no problems.



Any thoughts? Other than that I should be wearing one! :)


it is required by law in al Mexico, but there are many towns where Transitos (traffic police) just let it go.
Here in reynosa I have seen many transitos riding without helmet, and also I have never seen they pull over a biker (not even those without licence plate)
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Old 10-04-2011, 12:11 PM   #4704
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The "top tips" I have gotten in regards to travel in Mexico have been...

1. No travelling at night (Animals, Road hazards and Bandidos)
2. Stay clear of large cities.
3. Don't dress flashy. (Might be a problem as my Rev'It gear is somewhat flashy)
4. Don't drink the water (beer tastes better anyways)
5. Go to Mexico, it is a blast...

Am I forgetting anything? I am planning a 3-month trip next year and the only country that is worrying me somewhat is Mexico, the rest of Central America seems tame in comparison. Also, I have been searching plenty but what is a good resource for paper maps in regards to MX/Baja and Central America? Thanks.

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Old 10-04-2011, 02:07 PM   #4705
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For main land Mexico: I like the Guia Rojo, you can get them on line in english or spanish some of the larger stores in Mexico have them also, for Baja go with the Baja Almanac... the bible.......
The Guia Roja also covers Baja, but not to the extent the Almanac does...

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Old 10-04-2011, 03:14 PM   #4706
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The "top tips" I have gotten in regards to travel in Mexico have been...

1. No travelling at night (Animals, Road hazards and Bandidos)
2. Stay clear of large cities.
3. Don't dress flashy. (Might be a problem as my Rev'It gear is somewhat flashy)
4. Don't drink the water (beer tastes better anyways)
5. Go to Mexico, it is a blast...

Am I forgetting anything? I am planning a 3-month trip next year and the only country that is worrying me somewhat is Mexico, the rest of Central America seems tame in comparison. Also, I have been searching plenty but what is a good resource for paper maps in regards to MX/Baja and Central America? Thanks.

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C.A. way more dangerous than Mexico for the regular guy.
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Old 10-04-2011, 03:25 PM   #4707
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C.A. way more dangerous than Mexico for the regular guy.
That's what I was thinking.

Plus disagree with the "stay away from big cities" part.
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Old 10-04-2011, 03:26 PM   #4708
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The "top tips" I have gotten in regards to travel in Mexico have been...

1. No travelling at night (Animals, Road hazards and Bandidos)
2. Stay clear of large cities.
3. Don't dress flashy. (Might be a problem as my Rev'It gear is somewhat flashy)
4. Don't drink the water (beer tastes better anyways)
5. Go to Mexico, it is a blast...

Point 1: Agreed.

Point 2: I might disagree with some of the guys here because many like to go to small towns but I personally enjoy nightclubs, industry, good food, and so forth. So there are some cities that I really enjoy: Monterrey, Reynosa, Mazatlan, etc. I also like the tourist area of Tijuana, tacky as it may be to some.

I think that most of us would say to be wary (or avoid completely) Juarez right now.

I personally would avoid New York City on a bike but the more that I hear about the DF (Mexico City) the more tempted I am to ride there sometime.

Anyway, my $.02 worth.

Point 3: Go ahead and wear your normal riding clothes; you can't hide the fact that you are a gringo moto tourist. But leave your Rolex and gold chains at home.

Point 4: The water in many Mexican cities is no worse than the water in many small south Texas towns; no one drinks that crap either. It's 2011 and the Mexican water stories are greatly overrated these days but I'd avoid drinking the tap water just the same.

Point 5: Bingo!
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Old 10-04-2011, 04:00 PM   #4709
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Thanks Bato. I know 57 is good. The road I am wondering about is MEX 40 from Monterrey to Saltillo. I heard it was washed out bad, both cuota and libre, but especially the libre. Haven't got dates set yet, was just talking to Chango about it yesterday.


I've taken 57 in three times before. It's a great road. The Zerrweck brothers are there in Monclova too and are the local motorcycle gods. I just like hanging out in Saltillo and some of the other towns like Parras, Cuatrocienegas, etc.

It should be ok now the cuota I was there in December and they were cleaning it up already read and enjoyed your reports seems you have friends there ...My sister leaves there .

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Where do you like to stay in Saltillo ?
I like El Morillo. It's on the south side of the town. It used to be a hacienda. Some of the old buildings are still there, the chapel, etc. Very nice. Not expensive. I see they have redone their website. http://www.hotelsaltillo.com/

As you know there are many abandoned haciendas in Mexico. Ghost towns, not tourist attractions. They just sit out there rotting away. Makes for good adventure riding. Very good book on the hacienda and encomienda system in Mexico is http://www.amazon.com/Society-Coloni...7776542&sr=8-1 You can get a copy at the local library if they have inter-library loan. I've been doing a lot of personal research on that topic and also religious art. The Saltillo cathedral has one of the finest collections of religious art in the world. Much of the religious art of Mexico disappeared during the 1910 revolution, and more again during La Cristiada war.
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