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Old 04-10-2010, 08:29 AM   #91
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Great ride and report!

Thanks for the great report and pictures. Glad you had a safe trip and made back in one piece. However, traveling with 3k in cash is bit risky in Mexico or anywhere else in Latin America. By the way, what is the tank that you put on your Sherpa?
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Old 04-10-2010, 03:37 PM   #92
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Thanks for the great report and pictures. Glad you had a safe trip and made back in one piece. However, traveling with 3k in cash is bit risky in Mexico or anywhere else in Latin America. By the way, what is the tank that you put on your Sherpa?
Hi ECDLTF,

It's probably safest to travel with a bank card and get money at a cash machine. I know. But I talked to travelers that got ripped off with fake skimming cash machines that ate their card. So that can be problematic too. I just do what has worked for me. Sort of the Marco Polo method. He came back from China to Renaissance Italy with jewels sewn in his ragged clothes. So I taped a couple hundred dollar bills to the frame of the bike with black duct tape for gas money home in an emergency, and changed a couple hundred dollars at a time into local currency for my wallet and wore the rest in a money belt around my waist under my pants. And never washed my bike, and wore old riding clothes and looked poor. I don't recommend it, but it's what I do.

The tank is an aftermarket plastic tank that I bought on Craigslist. It is for a Honda XR650L. I didn't think this idea up. I copied the design of a clever person who posted the instructions over on the Super Sherpa thread in the thumpers section. Both IMS and Clarke make these larger aftermarket tanks. You have to use a Honda petcock, since the thread pattern is different from the sherpa petcock. The stock Sherpa tank is rather small, and means filling up every 100 miles or so. I never hit reserve on this whole trip. I left Puerto Vallarta and forgot to get gas, and there was no gas for another 100 miles. I thought for sure I would run out, but went 220 miles and never hit reserve. It was pretty empty when I filled up though.

Happy travels,
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Old 04-10-2010, 03:47 PM   #93
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Mr. Downs,,, Thanks a lot for taking the time to post a super ride report... If I were to give you a grade it would be an A+
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Old 04-10-2010, 05:35 PM   #94
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A most excellent ride report. You are rich in experience and have superb writing skills. Job well done!
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Old 04-10-2010, 06:12 PM   #95
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Well Done

Great that there are people out there with a little imagination and a plan to do something different. Just the type of eccentricity that we need more of here. Well done!
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Old 04-10-2010, 06:28 PM   #96
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Great RR

Great report and adventure. Over 6200 advrider views.
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Old 04-10-2010, 07:31 PM   #97
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Just read the whole r/r

Thanks JDowns for taking the time to put your trip together and post it up for everyone to enjoy. Most excellent...
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Old 04-11-2010, 07:32 AM   #98
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Thanks for the kind words. I sure had fun riding. I normally don't travel with a camera. But after reading all the great ride reports on ADVrider over the years, I brought one along this time so I could post up a ride report. And I'm glad I did. It helps bring back the memories when you get home.

There's no better feeling than hitting the road for an adventure into the unknown. Even if you don't have a lot of money, it's possible to buy a cheap little thumper and have a lot of fun.

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Old 04-11-2010, 10:03 AM   #99
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Ride Report

Thanks for posting such a great ride report. I used to do Copper Canyon and the Baja but I have let Mexican friends put a dampner on my trips with all the horror stories they tell.

I may have to reconsider.

Gracias , Dan
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Old 04-11-2010, 11:29 AM   #100
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great report, love your laid back style
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Old 04-11-2010, 02:59 PM   #101
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One of the best reports I've read! Thanks for posting.
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Old 04-11-2010, 03:01 PM   #102
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John,

Great report. I'm glad to see another believer in the small bikes.

I think a 250cc is just right for travel in Mexico and Central America. I've been riding a CB250 down into Mexico. It's a twin cylinder, so the ride is a little smoother then a single pot. It's a street bike, but I now have dual-purpose tires on it. I am also using an Airhawk cushion, which is the most comfortable riding I have ever done. Like you, I carry small saddle bags and a roll bag. However, I also use a tank bag. On my my tail rack I carry a visible First Aid kit and a rain suit.

Great ride, well done
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Old 04-11-2010, 05:46 PM   #103
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Excellent RR

Enjoyed tagging along as well. Inspiring to say the least. A++++
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Old 04-11-2010, 07:42 PM   #104
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Excellent report I just hope I can sprout the balls to do something remotely like this one day
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Old 04-12-2010, 12:45 AM   #105
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Yeah. Change of plans. Seems like I need a Super Sherpa now.

Thanks for the great ride report!
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