Is Mexico Safe?

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

  1. Powershouse

    Powershouse Flower Sniffer

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    I've got a geo-woodie in anticipation of visiting the Naica crystal cave this spring. SR did you get signed up for that?

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  3. BobLoblaw

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  4. dcstrom

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    Hey Bato,

    Still in Mexico! With my Super Tenere riding buddy Matteo in Playa del Carmen. Luxury I tell ya! In his condo right on the beach, good food, swimming pools, beer, tequila and beach babes in abundance!

    In terms of being a traveller here - it's a really nice place, if you have the money. I know I wouldn't be staying here long if it wasn't for being able to stay at Matteo's place. Not really in my budget.

    As it is, I have to leave soon - I was hoping to see more of the Yucatan, but I'm just about out of rear tires and there doesn't seem to be anyone around here that has something I want (i.e. a K60). I can get a Continental something or other at BMW Cancun, but it's not going to give me the mileage I'm looking for. MikeMike gave me a used tire if I really get stuck, hoping not to have to fit it. The K60 has 9000 miles on it now, it will go to 10000 probably till it's slick in the middle. If I head south now I'll be able to make it to Julio's place in Antigua, where there will be a set of K60's waiting. So looks like I'll be crossing into Belize in the next few days.

    Here's a video demonstrating one more reason why we love big adventure bikes... This is Mex 175 from Oaxaca to Tuxtapec. The road is damp and pretty badly broken up in a lot of places, but the Tenere just soaks it all up and lets me maintain a nice pace through it all. This road would not be much fun on a sport bike or even a sport tourer...

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  5. bingo43

    bingo43 ¡Que Viva!

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    That was one of my favorite days ever. I got my first ADV sticker from Trice. If your going to be in San Antonio [home] June 3rd or 4th my son and I will be rollin' through and would love some advice. We could fire up the Green Egg and take a look at the fajita situation again. We plan to ride Mexico for three weeks. He's 18 now...I liked the info about the road from Real de Catorce to San Luis Potosí I really like the quote recently about having traveled the cuota roads and not really having seen Mexico. We plan to hit more back roads and don't have an agenda. Only 4 months away.
  6. bobobob

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  7. tricepilot

    tricepilot El Gran Payaso

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    I will be here.

    If I'm not back down there! :freaky
  8. tricepilot

    tricepilot El Gran Payaso

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    Our man KennyANC, which stands for Ashville North Carolina, and his s/o PJ, stopping for a re-visit here and a map consultation.

    5 weeks in México, each other, a pocket full of pesos, and a vague idea of an agenda.

    perfect.
  9. tricepilot

    tricepilot El Gran Payaso

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    We have discussed the Priscilla Brosnahan & Co. story here before but I had not seen this particular narrative and photos.

    I think each casual reader of this thread should read all accounts of this incident and factor what happened into their personal risk management profile.

    Suffice to say, the encapsulation in the story to the effect of "all they wanted was your money" or words to that effect, is the centerpoint.

    Without having to rehash the discussion all over again, the salient points: When you travel anywhere in the world, its often wise to have a throw away wallet. But live up to the title - be ready and fast on the toss. If someone has a gun, be it Mexico, St. Louis, Prague etc., give them what they want and pronto. If you don't have a throw-away, give them your real wallet, along with your camera, IPad, IPhone and MacBook Air. Your TV, your SIDIs, and your Schuberth too.

    If anything, this is a story about the heat of the moment and the microseconds you have to make a decision.

    With that in mind, it is good to have this story and to put it to use in the context "what if this happened to me - how would I react". And discuss it with your travel companions. It degrades your position if you're compliant, and your riding partners choose flight and/or fight.
  10. MikeMike

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    Now I know why you were in such a hurry to head south!
    Can you ask him if he has room for about two dozen or so more riders?:freaky:eek1
  11. rockymountainoyster

    rockymountainoyster Been here awhile

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    Really Trice? I guess it would be easier to spot them. After trying to keep up with Miguelito they can have my underwear.
  12. tricepilot

    tricepilot El Gran Payaso

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    That will go over big with the bad guys! :freaky
  13. rockymountainoyster

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    Nice video Trevor. You clearly have more faith in the K60 than I have yet developed and you are clearly a better rider. After a number of stories and radioman' s high speed get off on a new K60 I tread lightly. I totally trusted the Tourance that I rode in all conditions for many years, the K60 is better in the dirt and gravel but my trust does not yet extend to damp or wet pavement at speed and fully loaded.

    Looks like I am going to miss you in Mexico. Not back there until mid-Feb but I will want to pick your brain about a few things.

    I am in Chile and will be posting to my RR. In a great beach town now. Guanaqueros. http://www.findmespot.com/mylocation/?id=Axqlr/30.19612S/71.42474W
  14. dcstrom

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    Yeah on my second K60 and have ridden in some streaming wet conditions - not this trip but in the US - and in 20,000 miles haven't had a single issue with them. Of course I treat them pretty gently in the wet, and ABS and traction control on the S10 certainly eases any worries about locking wheels or spinning up the rear unexpectedly... I do notice the TCS light flickering a lot when pushing it tho!

    Didn't hear about Radioman's problem, in his ride report I guess?

    Mid-feb I'll probably be in Guatamala. I'm due on the Stahlratte March 28.

    Trevor
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    tricepilot El Gran Payaso

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    Pretty good shot of how the GoPro was mounted on my helmet
  16. Turkeycreek

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    This happened around March 29 last year. With all the drama, as Warren called it at the time, both he and Priscilla are ready to ride Mexico again. I have not heard from the other 3. What was left out of the story is that the group of 5 was advised by the ride leader and the locals in Alamos not to go to El Fuerte. I know this because I talked to all of them 2 days later at my hotel in Banamichi. (It is the photo of the yellow building with the 10 bikes in front.) It was 2 days after the incident but Warren was cool and seemed unaffected by the incident when I spoke to him. He said "there are punks everywhere" and didn't see it as a Mexican thing.
  17. Turkeycreek

    Turkeycreek Gringo Viejo

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    I always smile when I see this video because they would play it every week at the movie theater when I was a kid as part of the newsreel.
  18. Turkeycreek

    Turkeycreek Gringo Viejo

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    Hey Trevor, nice clip. Good to hear from you again.
  19. Turkeycreek

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    Discuss that with your fellow Canadian, Warren. If you lived in a big US city you might have more experience with this kind of nonsense. I have to ssay that in 5 years full time in Mexico, not one incident. Can't say that about Denver Metro.
  20. Bato

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    They come with integrated GPS

    Happy Bday!