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Old 03-12-2012, 11:13 AM   #7066
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SR, if you are going to give that KLR the boot, kick it this direction LOL!
However, after spending time with Bob and helping him here in the garage, I am leaning towards trying to find a clean GS1150 from 2000 to 2003, it looks like a near perfect bike for here.
At the very least it gives me a chance to research and read up on another bike and learn something.
The Wee strom was my first choice but the Suzuki dealer here sucks harder than the BMW dealer!
Literally went 3 times with my money but everyone was too busy to take it from me.
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Old 03-12-2012, 11:30 AM   #7067
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OK guys! The time has arrived! I will be leaving Thursday for Texas and points south!!! All that is left to do is come up with a catchy RR name.
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Old 03-12-2012, 01:35 PM   #7068
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Thanks a lot! I am looking forward to getting the package.

I have been too busy riding to Lurk. I just got the new VSTROM dragged to DGO down from Colorado. On Friday morning, ADV Rider Free2Speed (very good guy and fun to ride with) and I drove down to El Paso from Golden in his pickup. Saturday we crossed at Santa Rosa and rode down to Creel. Instead of taking the highway, at Villa Ahumada we went west and took scenic country roads to Cuauhtemoc, through the Mennonite country. It beat the hell out of the highway and I highly recommend it.

We spent the night in Creel and yesterday I headed to DGO down highway 23 through Guachochi. That is a great long curvy road with very nice pavement and very little traffic. I think it was about 800 km from Creel to DGO but the VSTROM ate it up and was begging for more. I couldn’t be happier with the new STROM. It is unbelievably fun to ride!

It's Spring in Mexico, time to ride!

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Old 03-12-2012, 03:15 PM   #7069
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Where are you heading? North, South, East, West, Central? all of the above?

Que le vaya bien!
All of the above! The plan is to make it all the way to Yaviza and then back up to Baja and on to AZ for the Overland Expo before riding back to NC.
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Old 03-12-2012, 06:48 PM   #7070
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Our friend, Kevin, having witnessed the military "go loud" on some narcos near Tepic, arrived better prepared for his next encounter. Here he is going Rambo at an undisclosed checkpoint further down the Carretera.
Looks like he's having a crappy time.
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Old 03-12-2012, 08:18 PM   #7071
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He rode that Harley over 5000 miles in México.
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Old 03-12-2012, 10:24 PM   #7072
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two more months....

One of these days I'm riding there instead of paying American Airlines...


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Old 03-12-2012, 10:37 PM   #7073
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Old 03-13-2012, 05:24 AM   #7074
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He rode that Harley over 5000 miles in México.
That alone is worthy of applause.

The fact that he did while not dressed as a pirate makes it highly significant and a "learning moment" for others.LOL!
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Old 03-13-2012, 07:33 AM   #7075
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That alone is worthy of applause.

The fact that he did while not dressed as a pirate makes it highly significant and a "learning moment" for others.LOL!
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Old 03-13-2012, 08:12 AM   #7076
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Old 03-13-2012, 08:45 AM   #7077
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SR new whip

SR Glad to hear you are the Suzuki and enjoying it!!! I should be blowing thorugh again in the fall and I will look you up. In the meantime enjoy that bike.

Perfect bike talk in earlier posts I must way in and say F800GS. Really just stirring it up! The perfect bike is the one that you are getting out and riding!!

A lot of guys out there with amazing bikes that just sit in storage!!

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The KLR is in storage to serve as a loaner bike. You are welcome to borrow it!

On Friday when I was at the border, I popped into a Customs Agent's office to ask about the rumors of MC import taxes being reduced. No one knows exactly when the new law will go into effect but he thought that starting in April, import taxes on new Japanese bikes would be reduced down to 20% vehicle value. Right now it is 60% for new japanese vehicles but I believe that it is prorated by year. Prices should be coming down soon. Something to think about.

I have never ridden an 1150 but I rented a 1200 GS for a weekend and I prefer the Wee. It's a lot more nimble in the curves yet capable of comfortable high speed cruising. Not to mention the price.
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Old 03-13-2012, 07:02 PM   #7078
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Soon, real soon...Hola!

Man it's taking me forever to get shed of things to catch up on so I can head south. One of my buds just returned from a two-week run to Mexico and said I ought to consider having a skid plate made for the Ninja due to the speed bumps they have. Here's a couple of pics that show the ground clearance so maybe you guys could comment on it.

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Old 03-13-2012, 07:30 PM   #7079
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Hey Larry,

Nice bike!

Took my Harley to Mexico City in '09. Some of the tallest topes are there. With 5.1" clearance I would scrape the frame a little but no damage. Your plastics, on the other hand......well, if you have 5 1/2 to 6" clearance you might be just fine.

Look into riding with the lowers removed. An Austin rider did that last year on his Ninja 250 and did fine.

You won't be taking topes at DS bike speeds but the narrower profile will sure make filtering easier.
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Old 03-13-2012, 07:30 PM   #7080
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Not the best bike for some of the Topes. It'll make you real nervous, especially when you hit an unmarked one at speed. Most are marked and give you plenty of time to slow, but Mexico being Mexico.............
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