Ed's Second Attempt at Mexico

Discussion in 'Ride Reports - Epic Rides' started by edstoll, Feb 9, 2018.

  1. edstoll

    edstoll OPD-2019

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    I took my initial trip to Mexico on my DR650 two years ago. The ride report is here http://advrider.com/index.php?threads/ed-on-sabbatical-riding-central-america.1131623/ . It was a learning experience and I loved it. I was all set to go back down a year ago but life got in the way. I have now set aside a whole month to try to do a better job of exploring. I am better prepared this time but even though I have been trying I still suck at Spanish. I know very little but that's not going to stop me. I do not have a set plan or particular destinations other than my wife is flying in to Puerto Vallarta mid way through to hang out for a few days. I will do my best to do daily reports here and post pictures. Heading out in about a week. I can't wait.

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  2. danster302

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    IN! cause i ride a CB500X also
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  3. RJ44

    RJ44 Been here awhile

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    Have a great trip. Ride safe.

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  4. edstoll

    edstoll OPD-2019

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    Just a quick note about the bike. I love my DR650. It is bulletproof and fits me well. I can ride it in the gnarliest of conditions and it does okay at highway speed other than some vibration. I struggled with the decision of whether to take it or my "new" bike. I watched as the Honda CB500X came out and the Rally Raid build up here on advrider. I decided that is the perfect bike for me so I bought a brand new one a couple of years ago. Because of various other commitments I didn't get it setup until now. I love how this bike runs and handles but it is pretty much untested. I have had it in my shop for the last couple of months to work on it between customers. It has a Palmer windshield bracket with the 2016 windshield. I put Rally Raid skid plate and level one suspension on it. Givi luggage racks and Shinko 705's went on. I am embarrassed to say although I have owned this bike for over two years it only has 1300 miles on it. My only excuse is the DR650 was always there and ready to go. [​IMG]

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  5. sirtwisty

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    Hey
    Good luck on your trip, how about some more pic's and build info on your bike.
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  6. edstoll

    edstoll OPD-2019

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    Thanks sirtwisty for the well wishes. I don't really have anything to add on the build. It's how mother Honda supplied it along with the items listed above. Well I guess I have cheap hand guards and a 12v plug added on.
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  7. twowings

    twowings Comfortably Numb...

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    Have yourself some fun and remember to slow to the pace of the place...this country is forgetting how to downshift and smell the new-mown hay...safe travels!
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  8. johnnywheels

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    So Ed, are you on your way? Keep us in the loop!


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  9. diegosaenz

    diegosaenz Been here awhile

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    Need more taco pictures.
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  10. edstoll

    edstoll OPD-2019

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    johnnywheels, leaving Iowa in the morning. I should cross the border Monday. This is gonna be fun.
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  11. steved57

    steved57 Been here awhile

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    Have a great trip and post lots of pics
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  12. sledrydr

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    Have fun Edstoll. That looks like a better idea than being here in Iowa!
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  13. edstoll

    edstoll OPD-2019

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    Time to get started. Day one get the heck out of Iowa. I loaded the bike in my pickup and headed for Oklahoma City. I have friends there to leave the truck with and it appears the weather is going to cooperate leaving from there. No pictures. Boring ride. nothing to talk about. I guess I can say the pick-up preformed flawlessly. For that and a safe trip I am very thankful. On to day two.
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  14. edstoll

    edstoll OPD-2019

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    This is my good friends Ed and Pat Lilly. They were kind enough to let me leave my truck at their place while I roam around Mexico for a month. They also put me up for the night and fed me. Good people.

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    I took off from Edmund Oklahoma about 9 am. It was 40 degrees or so and overcast and gloomy. Not premium riding conditions but it was glorious being back on a bike. Other than a few minutes here and there I have not ridden in almost two years. I bought this bike and set it up for long distance back country touring. Finally getting away on it negated any ill feelings of the cold temperatures. Somewhere southwest of Wichita Falls the clouds disappeared and the temperatures came up. Starting out I was nervous about the bike. It was untested. I had only put 1300 miles on it and had not ridden it at all after changing the suspension and all the other modifications over the last couple of months. It turns out I had nothing to fear. The bike was fabulous today. I stopped several time to check bolts and such but no issues found. I thought the bike would get better gas mileage but I was pushing a strong wind all day and speeds were pretty high. I got about 40 mpg.


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    The Purple Sage Motel. I stayed here 3 years ago and I was impressed then. I routed through Snyder Texas on purpose to stay here again. I recommend it. Nice family owned motel. About 340 miles to the border at Ojinaga and it cost $45. $51 with tax.

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    Not much of a report today but I am still in the transfer stages. If all goes well I cross the border tomorrow.
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  15. steved57

    steved57 Been here awhile

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    Haha small world I stayed at the Purple Sage two weeks ago as I was out there racing an Enduro - and yes a great little motel as its spotless clean and you can park right at your door - old school like I like
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  16. edstoll

    edstoll OPD-2019

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    I almost forgot the days stats.

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  17. radmann10

    radmann10 Fred

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    I'm in Ed, enjoy Mexico!
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  18. johnnywheels

    johnnywheels Adventurer

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    Buena suerte, amigo!


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  19. edstoll

    edstoll OPD-2019

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    Sorry for the lack of updates. I made it across the border into Ojinaga on day 3. I wasn't feeling well and laid in bed for almost 12 hours. I took off early on day 4 and have been going strong. Long days and this aging unconditioned rider is tired. I made it to Batoplias on day 4 and am in an excellent hotel in Parral now. I may take a day off tomorrow and get the ride report caught up. All is well and the riding here is great.
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  20. TALLGUY

    TALLGUY Been here awhile

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    Bravo!

    Have a safe trip!
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