Broken Leg in Baja

Discussion in 'Latin America' started by TheDesertOtter, Oct 23, 2013.

  1. TheDesertOtter

    TheDesertOtter Adventurer

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    Hey, All--

    Been having a great ride down in Baja, but today I washed out in some gravel and went down pretty hard. Broke my Tibia-- currently laid up in St. Luke's Hospital in San Jose Del Cabo.

    Some local fellas have a place I can garage the bike until I can come get it... sometime.

    Anyway, does anyone know what happens if I fly outta here in a few days and leave the bike behind for, say 6 or 8 weeks? Do I have to do any vehicle import/export paperwork? Or can I just leave it here for however long, and just fly back for it at my leisure?

    Oh-- and if anyone has experience with broken bones in Mexico, be sure to pass it on!

    --DesertOtter
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  2. ZEmann

    ZEmann want to be riding

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    ahhh bummmer

    heal fast
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  3. TheDesertOtter

    TheDesertOtter Adventurer

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    No kiddin'.
    But Baja is awesome, nevertheless. I'm *so* coming back...

    --DesertOtter
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  4. Airhead Wrangler

    Airhead Wrangler Adios Mexico

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    Technically baja is part of the "no hassle" (yeah right) border zone. No need for a TVIP. Technically your bike isn't really "in" Mexico proper. You could leave it there as long as you want as far as I know.
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  5. going south

    going south hero & Zero...

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    +1 on what the Airhead said....

    The bones part.. I broke my ankle in Mazatlan 12 years ago, had it fixed here, they in said 2 months good as new....
    I waited 2 months, went to see a Seattle Doc to take the cast off.. he said you need surgery... 15 months and 3 surgeries later.. I was ready for work... talk about a bummer....

    go see a Doc state side ASAP...

    Thats all I got to say about bones....

    Oh and don't heal fast... take it slow and Dooooo what the Doc's tell you to do!!! get it...:deal
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  6. TUCKERS

    TUCKERS the famous james

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    Did you get a TVIP? If you did you'll have to explain. A police report will be good.

    See in face plant my 'hit a cow in baja'

    I broke eight fingers and two wrists.

    It's taken a year to get them working properly.

    Your going to need occupational/physical therapy, don't slack on that...work it.
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  7. rideforsmiles

    rideforsmiles Sheldon

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    Hey man good to see you in here, safe journey back home, I'm pretty sure your bike will be fine they let you ride down to La Paz with no tvip you only need to get it before hitting the mainland so that side of things should be cool but I will double check when I get back to the tvip office in La Paz at the ferry to confirm.
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  8. captkumu

    captkumu Adventurer

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    There is no problem leaving your bike down here in the Baja it is the Frontier of Mexico no Permit required just keep your registration current and you can leave it as long as you like....Bummer about the leg... Heal fast ....
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  9. TUCKERS

    TUCKERS the famous james

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    Depends doesn't it? What if he got a TVIP on entry as some do in preparation for the ferry.
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  10. captkumu

    captkumu Adventurer

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    Of course that would be different....at least he would have 6 months to heal and get back to the border to turn in a TVIP if he has one ...
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  11. SR

    SR Long timer

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    Even if he does have a TVIP, he can come and go in an airplane all he wants. I have a TVIP on my VSTROM and have come in and out of Mexico more times than I could remember on an airplane. Just did it Tuesday.

    I have not broken a bone in Mexico but I have seen a few. Mexican Doctors are more than capable of fixing broken bones and 10 times cheaper than US doctors. The OP can spend 2-3 weeks at nice hotel at the beach for the $ he will save by getting patched up in Mexico.
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  12. whizzerwheel

    whizzerwheel Using Occam's Razor

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    Bummer...Broke my fibula in Ecuador in May. Didn't go to the hospital till I got home. Needed surgery and bar and screws, etc. Not sure its true, but I think the likelihood of post op problems like infection might be less likely in the States. First coupla weeks suck after surgery, so find a good place to be.
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  13. TUCKERS

    TUCKERS the famous james

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    I had to have my fingers on one hand reset after they were set in Guerro Negro, but my bill in GN was only $100!

    Of course you can come and go as much as you please with a TVIP, land air or sea, with or without the machine the 6 month TVIP is for.

    You can come and go forever even if you don't cancel your TVIP as long you don't try to get a TVIP for another vehicle. (I did this, then eventually cancelled a 5 year old TVIP with no penalty as the vehicle was stolen in the USA) (Dangerous place the USA, I've had 3 vehicles stolen there, none in Mexico).

    So question is, did OP get a TVIP for this machine?
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  14. Blind Warrior

    Blind Warrior Lost in the Ozone

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    The bottom line here is that if you got a TVIP, and you leave the bike longer than the permit period, you will lose your deposit. When you get to the border just be sure to cancel the TVIP so you can get another in the future. Tell them that you forgot to cancel the permit when you left the country within the permit period.

    If you did not get a TVIP there is no worry. There is no record of when the bike entered the country.

    In either case be sure that no one rides around on the bike on a daily basis so the local cops get to know it. In that case they may eventually ask what type of visa the bike is associated with and that could lead to a hassle.

    Heal brother, and hit the PT like it was Selma Hayek.
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  15. advFord

    advFord Been here awhile

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    Hope you recover quickly!
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