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Old 12-02-2011, 11:01 AM   #5296
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Beware la Policía Dormiendo! The speed bumps in Mexico, called topes, come in many shapes and sizes, some painted some not, some marked by signs some not. I've high-centered my Harley with 5.1" clearance on an especially tall tope.

Consider the bike's clearance and what part(s) will suffer damage when you don't. You might need to remove the Ninja's lower fairing to make it work. Others have done so. Adding a skid plate to a bike might do the job.

Topes make the GS a great bike for Mexico. Your new-to-you Honda looks promising.
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Old 12-02-2011, 11:23 AM   #5297
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The Pegaso is roughly a first-generation BMW F-650 where none of the parts seem to interchange. That's probably a good bike to take for a first trip into Mexico. Oh wait ... "hack" ... I read "rack"

It sorta depends on where you want to go because one of the dirty little secrets of Mexican travel is that you can get to many cities by way of Interstate quality toll roads. But what's going to get you are the topes (like Schizz pointed out) or you will find that the transitions between the good road and the parking lots can be pretty severe. The skid plates on my GS BMW's always got a healthy workout.

The other thing that you may find is that many towns have a surprising number of dirt or deeply sandy streets when you least expect them.
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Old 12-02-2011, 12:37 PM   #5298
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The Pegaso is roughly a first-generation BMW F-650 where none of the parts seem to interchange. That's probably a good bike to take for a first trip into Mexico. Oh wait ... "hack" ... I read "rack"

It sorta depends on where you want to go because one of the dirty little secrets of Mexican travel is that you can get to many cities by way of Interstate quality toll roads. But what's going to get you are the topes (like Schizz pointed out) or you will find that the transitions between the good road and the parking lots can be pretty severe. The skid plates on my GS BMW's always got a healthy workout.

The other thing that you may find is that many towns have a surprising number of dirt or deeply sandy streets when you least expect them.
Yeah I sorta picked up on most of that, just I wish I wasn't such a fence sitter but I am. Much as I love the hack it's a sumbitch on twisty roads like CA 1, damn near wears a body out in just a few miles. Also the most fun but slow as hell at the same time. It did great in AK but I like a bit more reserve when I pull the trigger. The Ninja has paid it's dues and has the best ergos for me, low to the ground and I can pick it up - lots of experience doing that. Plus if I had to I could walk away from it as I figure I got full use out of it long ago. Maybe that's the answer. I'm not too concerned on hanging up, it just falls over. Just thinking out loud I guess, I'll probably spin the bottle when it comes time.

Anyway thanks for the input PJ. You sure Mexico is safe...?

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Old 12-02-2011, 02:22 PM   #5299
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Old 12-02-2011, 03:31 PM   #5300
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Hello experienced Mexico travellers
I'm considering a loop from Tucson-Mexacali-Tecate-Ensanada-Las Salinas-Mexacali-Tucson. Let's say 4 days on my Wee-Strom. Rain gear, one change of clothes, a few layers and a sufficient wad of cash. I'm no Mechanic but everything is tight and up to date on the bike, including my recent caliper conversion.
Has anyone done this and is it interesting riding or just a dull slog on pavement?
I need insurance??? Vehicle permit??? Passport card?????

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Old 12-02-2011, 03:35 PM   #5301
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You need a passport or you may not get back into the great U.S. of A.
Totally not true.

Xalbador can get you across for $1,750 (US) but space is tight, if you get my drift
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Old 12-02-2011, 06:51 PM   #5302
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Riding to Guanajuato on Dec 23, leaving before sunrise.

route?

Probably Reynosa-Cd Victoria-Slp-Gto. Probably Reynosa-Saltillo-Slp-Gto. not decided yet.

Anyone wanting to ride along this is the plan: Gas-pee-gas-pee. oh and some tacos on the road
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Old 12-02-2011, 07:15 PM   #5303
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totally not true.

Xalbador can get you across for $1,750 (us) but space is tight, if you get my drift
lol!!
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Old 12-02-2011, 08:44 PM   #5304
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I like it here I don't wanna go back!!!
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Old 12-03-2011, 05:26 AM   #5305
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Old 12-03-2011, 06:36 AM   #5306
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That thing looks cool. Not exactly Bajo Perfil and it looks like it could be expensive to hit a tope! I was looking into it and kind of surprised to see that the 2.8 liter motor only produces 110HP? My KLR-650 probably has a better power to weight ratio.

Can that be right?
This would definitely not work on even the smallest topes in Mexico. And our KLRs probably do have an edge in power to weight, I don't know. But If I had Jay Leno money, this would be in my collection, or if not for sale, I'd have one built for me. It has that steampunk look
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Old 12-03-2011, 06:43 AM   #5307
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You could call it the "Rebeccadealbainator"!
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Old 12-03-2011, 06:46 AM   #5308
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I tried learning spanish many times. First was in high school for 2 years, next was in college for 1 year, and my last attempt was for 2 months in a focused learning environment before heading to Honduras. It wasn't until I got to Honduras that things clicked and made sense. All those attempts at using the books just didn't work for me. Once I was there, I learned enough to get around rather quickly. After that I began to polish it. I had all the books and started to refer to them later on. They are good for vocabulary (sometimes), and grammar rules. It was the immersion that I needed. The books came in real nice when I was able to begin listening to folks and picking up certain phrases or conjugations that didn't make sense. I could look them up, learn them, and then start using them.

Another key, is to use what you learn. It doesn't do any good to learn something and put it on the shelf and never use it. Use it as soon as you learn it, and it will help to remain with you.
This is spot on. As a 66 yrs at the time Spanish student in Oaxaca, I had a great time but it was not worth it language wise for me. I'm a retired educator and the instruction was tops.I formerly evaluated teachers on the job. Like Trice says you nee the basics before you go to class in any situation to gain much. Also, w/o continued use you'll lose what you gained . Craigslist if full of cheap Rosseta Stone stuff . Immersion is the absolute best but the use it or lose it thing still applies. My hearing loss also makes it hard to hear the little things that matter lots in Spanish. There is no doubt in my mind(well documented too!) that age is a big factor in learning language. Maybe never too late but not nearly so easy either.
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Old 12-03-2011, 06:51 AM   #5309
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Anyway thanks for the input PJ. You sure Mexico is safe...?

LL75


Oh yeah. The topes will getcha a long time before the bandits do.

I wish that my online photo account was working because I posted some photos of a car-sized sinkhole in the middle of a Reynosa street a year or two ago. Damnedest thing that I had ever seen, and it had happened recently so the city hadn't had a chance to put any cones around it but someone did throw some old tires in to give folks a little warning. If I hadn't see it and had ridden across it my bike and I would definitely been swallowed up into the local storm sewer.
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Old 12-03-2011, 06:58 AM   #5310
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Beware la Policía Dormiendo! The speed bumps in Mexico, called topes, come in many shapes and sizes, some painted some not, some marked by signs some not. I've high-centered my Harley with 5.1" clearance on an especially tall tope.

Consider the bike's clearance and what part(s) will suffer damage when you don't. You might need to remove the Ninja's lower fairing to make it work. Others have done so. Adding a skid plate to a bike might do the job.

Topes make the GS a great bike for Mexico. Your new-to-you Honda looks promising.
My BMW R1150R is not nearly as low as the Ninja and my centerstand and bike lowers are very scarred but no damage that matters. Still looking for the one that does me in & I have little doubt that it's out there. You will hit one on a Ninja that will cause some regret! There is also a pothole lurking in the shadows of most Mexican roads. I have played "avoid the pothole" game a few times when they just had me outnumbered!
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