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Old 03-12-2013, 10:52 PM   #13981
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Old 03-13-2013, 02:18 AM   #13982
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I guess what makes some of us different from each other is that we ride to Mexico to see Mexico, as opposed to riding to Mexico to ride.
I am definitely more in Pedro's camp. I am a traveler and adventurer who is using a motorcycle as his vehicle. I enjoy riding my bike but get frequent reminders that I am not that good at it. I enjoy "touring" on my bike both on and off road. At going on 68 a nice curvy road is a thrill but my "ear holing" days are long past..

Somewhere in my trip planning I missed Sjoerd's book. It would have been of great use. Rough Guide is good but geared to pedestrian travelers. From what I can tell Sjoerd is a mototcyclist's motorcyclist. If you are just going to ride main highways the AAA map is a pretty good tool. I would also get the Guia Roji Atlas. Evidently it has some errors but it has been useful to me. I have a Garmin 650t that I currently would love to shove up Garmin's Corporate arse. Fortunately I have never relied on it other than as a reference.

Two different riding coaches have stressed to me the importance of doing some training for an adventure ride. It is a damn good idea. Mexico will also challenge your riding skills. When you fall there will instantly be eager hands to pick you up. I learned that again this afternoon when I did a bone head move and suffered the consequences.

You will see over and over here: don't ride at night. I will add to that don't ride tired, don't ride preoccupied (topes will eat you if you go wool gathering), don't ride intoxicated. Do ride with a smile for everyone you meet...even the f'ing Transito cops...crooked bastards that they can be. Mexico and her people are as concerned about security as we are. Even more so because they have to live with this shit everyday. We are just passing through. The security presence here does sometimes remind me of Saigon 1970. The govt. here is allocating huge resources to their security presence. How well that is allocated is a subject for a different venue than this one. I personally question the value of cops ridin two up on CanAms. Expensive high maintenance machines. Yankee $$ ??

The Real Jurel, practically next to the Bus Station in San Cristobal de Las Casas at 250 pesos is a screaming deal...quiet, very clean, secure parking.

The "sucky search engine" on this thread works pretty well if you take a little time to figure out what you are looking for. There are also the trip planning and hotel threads.

Tomorrow I will be able to report to you on the hospital here and the availability of orthopedic care.
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Old 03-13-2013, 02:33 AM   #13983
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+1 on that JD... There are things there I wish I had thought of pre-trip... Packing lighter being one of them! Ultimately you just have to go and be present once you get there.
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Old 03-13-2013, 05:04 AM   #13984
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Schizzman on the scene at TJ's, stopping by to study the orange coolness:



Thanks for the birthday dinner Schizz!
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Old 03-13-2013, 05:12 AM   #13985
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I literally ached with envy as Trice closed the deal.
+1 but can he reach the ground?

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Old 03-13-2013, 06:06 AM   #13986
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Bato,
I'm so glad to have another hotel option in Monclova as I've been staying at the pinche Fiesta Inn for $100/night. This hotel looks much better. Thanks.
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Old 03-13-2013, 06:23 AM   #13987
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+1 but can he reach the ground?
Says our own "Spud Webb", who even has a lowered seat on his commode
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Old 03-13-2013, 06:35 AM   #13988
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Esta Perrona! Vey nice congrads!
SR - thanks for sending about 4 boxes of moto accessories from Motorcycle Superstore!

I can't believe all these gifts! The tires won't fit the KTM, but I can swap them.

What a guy!
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Old 03-13-2013, 06:49 AM   #13989
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The Conversation Now Goes Like This

Me:

Bato - our planned GS/all pavement ride down Baja has been officially cancelled. Since the arrival of the KTM, my Baja plans are now changed to be an almost totally off-road event a la rnrdozer's ride report. But you can take your GS if you want.

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Old 03-13-2013, 07:31 AM   #13990
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Ahorita tengo la moto, pero los cojones, no
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Old 03-13-2013, 07:35 AM   #13991
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Ahorita tengo la moto, pero los cojones, no
lol. Maybe Motorcycle Superstore has those? Get me a set, too.
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Old 03-13-2013, 08:10 AM   #13992
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trice. Congratulations! That looks like monster badassbike. I am gonna be very interested in seeing how you and the 500 get along. I find myself looking for a more dirt-worthy scoot but living where we live I don't want to limit myself to trailering or the bed of the pickup. A conundrum for sure.
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Old 03-13-2013, 08:47 AM   #13993
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trice. Congratulations! That looks like monster badassbike. I am gonna be very interested in seeing how you and the 500 get along. I find myself looking for a more dirt-worthy scoot but living where we live I don't want to limit myself to trailering or the bed of the pickup. A conundrum for sure.
Here we have the classic, and very true, conundrum that one bike can't do all things well.

I did ride the KLR 650 from San Antonio to Galeana, and from there, proceed on all sorts of adventures off-road, from the top of Cerro Potosi, to the seeming jungle of the Unknown Ride and its 30-odd water crossings.

This past weekend in Big Bend, I did ride a DR650, which, with it on one end of the see-saw of dirt capability and a KLR on the other, gets the tilt in its favor as a better oriented dirt machine. Getting back on my KLR, it felt like a bus. Still, the DR650 is, IMHO, too heavy for what I want to do.

As mentioned, on River Road in Big Bend on Saturday, I finally did go Surfing With The Alien (reference Joe Satriani). Meaning, I took the coaching I received to heart and launched head first on pegs and with throttle and got pretty comfortable on the KLR in the deep sand stuff, always my nemesis before that day. But the KLR still felt heavy, and was work to throw around, and underpowered.

I was looking to take the GSA to Baja for a recon, but in studying the options, I knew that that machine and my capabilities meant that I would be hamstrung for what I perceive Baja to be really all about. And what do I know about it other than sticking mostly to roads on a loaded GSA isn't the essence of Baja.

In doing what I call "due diligence", I came across a number of mostly dirt oriented bikes that I would want to load as lightly as possible, and go explore and play in any terrain that comes along. Here we back into the conundrum again - those types of bikes are not exactly muy comodo on the highway. That's ok - I'm willing to check my ego at the door and pickup-truck that bike to the border, and ride from there. I-10 West from San Antonio to San Diego, and then cross at Tecate. A 5.3 gallon Acerbis on that 500, a tiny tent, and some other doo-dads, and I think I could find some more good adventure. A relatively light and powerful dirt bike like the KTM 500 may suck on the highway, but could vie to be king of the sand.

I've just signed up for Richard's Texas Adventure Ride out of Junction, a ride I've done before on the KLR. This will be the break-in ride for the KTM, to validate the farkles I picked (mostly from talking to rnrdozer). This is the middle of April. The bike's next event will be Baja.

Funny thing is, when I told Tricewife I was going up to Austin to buy this bike yeaterday, she didn't bat an eye or question why. She was curious as to what was different between the KLR and the KTM. I didn't mention price, I mentioned what I wrote above. Her response was that she thought the KTM was a good idea. What a woman
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Old 03-13-2013, 08:51 AM   #13994
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I guess what makes some of us different from each other is that we ride to Mexico to see Mexico, as opposed to riding to Mexico to ride.

Eggzackly. On our most recent trip south, we had several stops where the bike wasn't even started for days. 2 nights in Xilitla, 3 nights in Tula de Allende, 4 nights in San Cris, 2 nights in Palenque, 8 nights in Zipolite , 3 nights in Taxco, 4 nights in SMdA, 4 nights in GTO. I like to spend some time seeing the towns I visit. For me, on my trips to Mexico, the bike is just a means to get there. The great roads are just a bonus.
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Old 03-13-2013, 09:14 AM   #13995
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Eggzackly. On our most recent trip south, we had several stops where the bike wasn't even started for days. 2 nights in Xilitla, 3 nights in Tula de Allende, 4 nights in San Cris, 2 nights in Palenque, 8 nights in Zipolite , 3 nights in Taxco, 4 nights in SMdA, 4 nights in GTO. I like to spend some time seeing the towns I visit. For me, on my trips to Mexico, the bike is just a means to get there. The great roads are just a bonus.
And that kinda trip appeals to some and more power to them! Do what sets your brain on fire. ;)

But I may very well be closer to the opposite end of that spectrum. No matter where I ride, here or there, I'd rather be on the bike than on foot exploring the sights. I just love everything about riding a motorcycle on a great road. I would and do choose it over any other experience. Well. Almost any. Two hours looking at a sculpture garden? Whitewater rafting? Those are not even a close call for me. I will pick two more hours on the bike, railing around corners or banging along a dirt road, every time.

I. Just. Love. It. Have since I was 9.
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