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Old 11-14-2012, 11:09 AM   #10756
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I will most likely be crossing at Columbus/Palomas.
Unless it's unusually crowded, you should be able to park right outside the office where you'll be checking into Mexico and paying the deposit on your bike. There were about 10 kids at the office parking lot trying to get me to pay them for help in getting the paperwork, so you could try offering the biggest one 10 pesos to watch the bike if you're feeling sketched. Disclaimer: I came in the time I crossed at Columbus with an FM3, and not a TVIP, so your mileage may vary. Specifically, I'm not sure if they'll process your payment for the TVIP, or if you'll have to go to a banjercito for that. When I crossed, I needed to get a xerox at the pharmacia across the way, which was not within easy sight, so get your documents in order before crossing. As others have said, I've never had a problem at border crossings, but I either take my loose gear with me or lock it up. Have a great trip and ride safe Oyster man.

Edit: BTW, there's a pretty nice big American style hotel as you're entering Gomez Farias if you're coming that way via Buenaventura.

miguelito screwed with this post 11-14-2012 at 11:14 AM Reason: added info on motel
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Old 11-14-2012, 01:00 PM   #10757
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Excellent all! Thank you very much. Have cable lock that I use for jacket both here and in SA... have combo "helmet lock", saw a Mexican BMW rider a few years back with steel mesh locking net over his gear. Anyone have thoughts on that and where I can get? I will most likely be crossing at Columbus/Palomas. It is almost a straight shot south of Mancos, CO where the bike will be stored as of today. That is where I crossed six years ago headed for Copper Canyon. I am on the road now in Williams, AZ... it is icy! My Mexico planning stuff is at home and I will be back on trip planning over the next few days. Thanks again to all, especially Trice for taking the time for detail that applies to the general and specific.
I crossed to Palomas a couple of weeks ago and my buddy and me got ourselves new eyeglasses had dinner, did a little bar hopping and never once felt threatened. We parked our bikes in front of the places we visited, left my helmet on the sissy bar and nobody bothered our stuff. Folks were pleasant wherever we went, even at the border crossing.
FYI I can't say enough good things about Martha's Place (in Columbus). Reasonably priced, clean, great breakfast and only a mile or so from the border. Martha and her husband Javier could not have been more accommodating. I highly recommend it.
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Old 11-14-2012, 02:09 PM   #10758
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Old 11-14-2012, 03:11 PM   #10759
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Old 11-14-2012, 04:52 PM   #10760
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Just crossed the border at Laredo this morning and rode down to Torreon. Tolls were 1/2 price for bikes. Some had the new toll posted, others did not but they charged the new toll.
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Old 11-14-2012, 04:58 PM   #10761
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Just crossed the border at Laredo this morning and rode down to Torreon. Tolls were 1/2 price for bikes. Some had the new toll posted, others did not but they charged the new toll.
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Old 11-14-2012, 05:30 PM   #10762
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Can some one tell me if pay auto pista goes direct to Mex. City from the north ....
Yes . Mex 57 is toll from San Juan del Rio right to the edge of Mexico City
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Old 11-14-2012, 06:11 PM   #10763
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can anybody provide any info on this crossing.
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Old 11-14-2012, 09:43 PM   #10764
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Just crossed the border at Laredo this morning and rode down to Torreon. Tolls were 1/2 price for bikes. Some had the new toll posted, others did not but they charged the new toll.

At last!
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Old 11-14-2012, 10:52 PM   #10765
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I have been running synthetic oil in my engine and final drive for six years now. Does anyone know if it is available in Mex? It is not available in a lt of the SW, particularly the rez.
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Old 11-14-2012, 11:19 PM   #10766
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Drum roll people......

I have just been informed that the 50% toll reduction went into force yesterday!

Now the bad news...it's not all the tolls.

Apparently there's a map. As soon as I get it I'll post it here.

The government giveth, and the government taketh away. I hope the exempt tolls are the 25 peso ones...difficult to make change...?
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Old 11-15-2012, 08:20 AM   #10767
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Old 11-15-2012, 09:09 AM   #10768
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Drum roll people......

I have just been informed that the 50% toll reduction went into force yesterday!

Now the bad news...it's not all the tolls.

Apparently there's a map. As soon as I get it I'll post it here.

The government giveth, and the government taketh away. I hope the exempt tolls are the 25 peso ones...difficult to make change...?
meanwhile

This is a list of casetas and their cost

http://www.capufe.gob.mx/portal/wwwC...12012Motos.pdf
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Old 11-15-2012, 09:48 AM   #10769
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Ching, ching, chingitty, ching...feck, feck, feckitty, feck, none of the Xalapa ones are on the list.
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Old 11-15-2012, 10:23 AM   #10770
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Damn, that updated list wasn't there yesterday or I'd have linked it.

Need to check if Morelos/Puebla is there at least to save me a few sheckles tomorrow.
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