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Discussion in 'Americas' started by Arte, Feb 1, 2010.
What the hell is a tope?????? Some sort of food......a hairstyle........footwear........??????:
I'm from Canada eh?
Ok, I googled tope. And read a bit online about travelling in mexico. I would be camping and I read that some of the campgrounds would be easier to access in a higher vehicle. The issue is my busa is pretty low. I sometimes bottom out on speedbump up here much less a giant"tope'......thoughts?
Tope = Speed bump
Commonly found at edges of towns and villages and also throughout towns. Used for controlling speed. They range from low bumps to rediculously high.. can be made from concrete, asphalt, large ropes and even sandbags. Often they are marked, often they are not.
Personally, I wouldn't go to Mexico on a 'busa.
Really? I find my busa quite comfortable
Any bike can be used for Mexico ,but low ones will have to take care on topes.
About the decapitated tourists, wasn't this the story about a bunch of bodies including one or two Canadians a month or two ago who were found on the beaches near Pto Vallarta as a result of the drug dealers group clearing out among their own rank s ? Thes Canadians were reported to have been frequent visitor to PV and had business relationships with the drug cartels. Calling them "tourists " is being generous but probably inacurate.
The new Presidente of Mexico could make his major claim for historic place of fame by initiating a program to standardize and civilize the TOPE all over Mexico.
As topes now exists in many forms many horrid oversized examples placed in inappropriate locations.
I am not for this. I say keep the wild and varied, and often unpredictable, fun bumps as they are.
Uncivilized topes - yes, keep them part of the charm.
It'd be nice to see a RR YFF! Ride safe, we're all wondering about you!
When discussing the annoying topes with Mexican riders, it was explained in detail and with great patience that the local communities can not afford traffic cops.
Drunk and reckless driving has claimed many family members in these towns, hence they install their idea of what a speed bump is. Even after stopping, some of these barriers touched my bash plate, sometimes hard. You get many opportunities to try different ways to cross them but they vary a lot so you'll need to assess as you arrive at them.
As a side benefit they get the commerce that springs up AT these locations because you have to just about STOP to not cause severe damage to your suspension or underside. You'll find you can buy a wide variety of stuff at the topes. :)
Far as bodily injury goes, nothing hurt me more than a STING RAY sting at Mazunte beach, Oaxaca. :eek1:eek1
One enterprising lady had a table of assorted motorcycle bash plates for sale.
Well, not really, but the idea was funny to me.
True dat! another plus side is the passing ability at topes.
During a rainy night in Guatemala, (pulling a trailer full of church literature) I couldn't see a topes account of oncoming headlights. By the time I saw it all I could do was slide the brakes until right before I hit it at about 30 mph. Knocked the rear axle loose on the trailer which we had to repair later in the trip.
Topes do a great job of traffic control, I don't mind them, when I see them in time....Ha.
That has a certain Brooke Benton ring to it.
Last time out there I would voluntary slow down passing by small towns or houses even if there weren't any topes just thought Iwould look better...
I slow way down but not to a stop like the trucks and some cars; I carefully overtake at topes and find it safer than overtaking at speed. For those totally unreasonable and mean spirited topes out in the middle of nowhere the GSA allows you to stand up and take them at speed.
Sometimes you can thwart the topes by using the other side of the road, like where they are before a sharp corner. But not always. In many places the topes are on both sides of the road.
On the RT I like to slow down quite a bit for them, as otherwise they rattle my brain, and all the bike. But there usually is a maniac in a pickup behind you, who likes to bounce as high as possible on the topes, and thus likes to hit them at about 50mph.
In a sense the worst ones are the fake ones. You slow way down and then, whoosh, whoosh, there is no bump. Just painted lines to look like topes.
I don't know what's worse, rattling my brain, or being faked out.
You know it's a slow news night when we're back (for the Nth time) talking about topes.
...Again, all part of the charm and atmosphere south of the border. Enjoy the ride
Sometime you get a little gap at the centerline... I'm guessing it's used for drainage where you can slip through. Crud gathers there but I suppose it's cleared by all the other two wheelers going through it. Sometimes the gap is or looks to be exactly the same width as my rear tire so it takes a bit of "go where you look" to get it through smoothly.
Might not be spelled right.....I think the vibadores were worse, although now they seem to be disappearing...We used to say they were scrambling our eggs in the shell on our trips down.