Is Mexico Safe?

Discussion in 'Americas' started by Arte, Feb 1, 2010.

  1. PirateJohn

    PirateJohn Banned

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    You hadn't noticed. Right, Arte? :evil
  2. rowingdude

    rowingdude Been here awhile

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    Hey everyone, thanks for keeping this thread current. I'm finally getting "around" to my Belize trip and Mexico was a big concern of mine. I'll be forwarding this thread to my family as they share the same concerns as well.

    Thanks all!
  3. PirateJohn

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    You'll be fine. Just don't ride after dark, and don't wear a military uniform with a rifle slung over your shoulder. :wink:
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  5. rowingdude

    rowingdude Been here awhile

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    Oh, I also wanted to ask if I'd be able to survive with a street bike in MX and Belize? I've got a line on a cheapish (~$1000 EX500) and I was thinking that would be suitable.
  6. SkizzMan

    SkizzMan There, that's it

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    And don't carry your pistol. Bato was just making a joke. I never carry down there.
  7. PirateJohn

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    I have some photos someplace of a guy from the Netherlands who was touring the world. I met him in Florida but he had been in deep mud in Africa. Moral of the story is that he was riding some sort of go-fast bike (Yamaha I think) with a huge custom-made box for his luggage behind the rider's position.

    Most of us find dual purpose bikes to be the way to go, but ultimately you'll make it work.

    And all of the major roads in Mexico are paved to the Belizian border.

    The one thing that I do have to say is that my skid plate on a BMW GS gets a workout when I get off the pavement and into parking lots, Pemex stations, and that sort of thing. And I know from experience around here that a BMW K1200LT really doesn't have enough ground clearance to keep from being high-sided over some obstacles in the street (like topes) so other street bikes may be problematic.
  8. PirateJohn

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    *NEVER* carry in Mexico unless you are prepared to be searched (and arrested!) by both the US and Mexican authorities.

    Supposedly possession of a military caliber bullet is worth many years in the klink, although as a practical matter I think they give gringos that aren't bringing in tons of weapons for the cartels only a few months for importing illegal weapons.

    Still ... a few months in a Mexican prison ... you'd better like cheap tacos, Amigo. :eek1:lol3
  9. pilot815

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    There is a thread in here about a guy that took his ninja 250 with his girlfriend to south america. He just removed the lower fairing for ground clearance. Your best route is a dual sport, but make whatever you have or can get work.
  10. MikeMike

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    Beachguy did it on a street type BMW from the US to Nicaragua, I think he has a ride report on that.
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    I've ridden with some people that were on Harleys and Goldwings in Mexico. They did fine. You just have to be vigilant and careful on topes and ever present potholes.
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    I met a Goldwinger once on the road between Matamoros and Victoria.

    And when I rode Moto Rally a few years ago there were all sorts of Mexican-plated road bikes. In fact, it's probably fair to say that most Mexican riders ride cruisers rather than adventure bikes.

    When Arte and Andre invited me to that resort outside Veracruz a few years ago most of the guys had KLRs, but there were a couple of BMW GS's and I remember that someone showed up on a Ducati go-fast bike (a 916 perhaps?)

    That which is possible and that which is ideal are two things. I'd say that the dual sport is the ideal touring bike in Mexico (just like it is in the USA) but in Mexico you have more road construction areas that get seriously rough, and more dirt roads. That, and as I mentioned earlier, the transition off the paved road into parking lots in many places requires more ground clearance than you get with some of the belly fairings on some bikes.
  13. PirateJohn

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    This is quite off topic, but who here can write ad copy in business-level Spanish aimed at the Monterrey and DF real estate markets?

    I know it's :spam but I'm working up something that might get me back to riding so it's important. :evil

    PM me please!

    And thanks guys!
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    SkizzMan There, that's it

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    Uhmm, dunno about it being spam. Could directly impact safety in Mexico, however. :lol3
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    Mine ... or those that ride with me?

    And listen to my lame advice? :wink:

    We were talking about putting our real estate magazines in the book and magazine stores at the Reynosa and Monterrey Airports. If that comes to pass that will be a quick "smuggling" ride once a month. I'd love it! :rofl

    (For those that care Mexico has strong prohibitions on doing business on a tourist visa, and restrictions on importing printed materials, particularly of a commercial nature. One of our business partners had his passport taken away for supposedly doing business on the wrong visa, and has never returned to Mexico.)
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    Mi hovercraft está lleno de anguilas.

    Hows that? :evil
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    About as good as I can do. That's why I need some expertise. :lol3
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    Are they the slippery kind ?
  19. SkizzMan

    SkizzMan There, that's it

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    Hopefully they're IPA.
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    Surprising that they caught somebody. Its easy to get away with. Ask me how I know....