Is Mexico Safe?

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

  1. MikeMike

    MikeMike Long timer

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    Bingo!
    The Oyster speaks words of wisdom.
    Corona proves that marketing can accomplish what a product cannot.
    It reminds me of the old saying that a squirrel is nothing more than a rat with a good publicist!
    Just like a certain French kidnapper...
  2. rockymountainoyster

    rockymountainoyster Been here awhile

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    I have not seen any of you mention carrying a GS 911 to figure out and even reset certain GS fault codes. I considered bringing one on this trip but could not find a small PC in a timely fashion, they don't work with Apple. I am a mechanical ignoramus when it comes to my 1150 GS and just hope that I don't have any trip stopping problems. What many of you say about mechanical issues is certainly worth hearing. Mike Mike's words about having to stash the bike somewhere and ride a chicken bus are not taken lightly. That said I would rather have a breakdown in Mexico where there are chicken buses, there are places to stash your bike, and some kind of help can be found. In the Four Corners of the SW there are no chicken buses, there is no water, there is no place to stash your bike, people do not stop to see if you need help, there is no water, if you do stash your bike some moron with a pistol of rifle might put a few holes in it just because its there, there is no water, and... did I mention it? There is no water, just you, your feet and a long, hot dusty road.
  3. PirateJohn

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    I saw your first comment and held my tongue (keyboard) and I have to be honest - I don't see the point that you are making and I don't understand why you prickle when we (or I) compare Mexican episodes to US episodes.

    Because they are genuinely comparable.

    The shots fired at the rider and a hijacking of an RVer's pickup that I posted here recently all occurred near Alamos. That used to be an enclave of wealthy gringos (I walked over to Carroll O'Conner's house back in the day and Paul Newman, among others, used to have houses there as well).

    I have spoken to the lady that was in the group that got shot at. She said it was just one of those things.

    Hell, I was warned about bandits on the very roads they were on over a decade ago.

    Now, moving to the USA. Urban setting, because that's just the way that things work. Do you know why rental cars in Florida no longer have special license plates? That's because too many bandits and car jackers were targeting the tourists.

    There are more tourist car jackings in Jacksonville and Greater Miami than there is in all of Mexico.


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  4. rockymountainoyster

    rockymountainoyster Been here awhile

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    I learned awhile back that one has to develop a thick skin and take nothing personally when posting on this site. We, me included, can be a pretty merciless lot about some things and also be quite generous about other things, witness the contributions to Doña Sara, a completely selfless act of spontaneous generosity. People step up here with all kinds of information. kobukan... I hope you keep posting, I have found your posts interesting and informative, and often based in a life lived, very valuable. Let's face it, the world at large is a more dangerous place than it was in the post WW 2 years. My children growing up in the early 21st Century did not know the idyll of my life in the mid-fifties in suburbia. They also did not know of "duck and cover" drills because the big bad Russian Bear was going to fly over the DEW line and drop a nuke on our little asses. The bottom line is that the "powers that be" love to keep us in line through fear of all kinds. Most of us just shuffle along with the flock, never put our heads up to see the lies, never set our gaze on a distant shore, de-cerebrate ourselves with shitty beer, crappy weed, bad television and worse sporting events. IMO, of course IMO, I just wrote it.
  5. rockymountainoyster

    rockymountainoyster Been here awhile

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    While you guys are watching a "sports" event on Sunday I will be trying to figure out how to post a video from SmugMug to this site because I have been warned about asking stupid questions that can be easily answered after a few hours of wading through the SmugMug site, trying things that don't work, and a few more hours of wading through the "How to Post an Image" thread. :rofl
  6. Craneguy

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    Hey Rocky, how did you collect in the end? I hope she was made whole...
  7. MikeMike

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    GS-911 is an expensive piece that might interface with your phone and might not.
    Some independent shops have them. I ve never needed one, I think it is more of a shoptool than a road tool.
    By the time you wire up the laptop, hopefully charged, read the code, and hopefully get the diagnosis, you will still be waiting for a tow, or pushing it somewhere.
    It can tell you the problem but you might need a shop manual, too. Not to mention some parts you could be waiting days or weeks for.

    Backordered to Germany happens.

    I carry my shop manual on my phone in PDF along with some sound advice service notes. Beyond that, it is up to the Virgin of Guadalupe to decide who rides and who walks, afterall, it' s Mexico, and Darwin, like chrome, won' t get you home!
  8. tricepilot

    tricepilot El Gran Payaso

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    I have one, but its actually just a small tequila bottle
  9. tricepilot

    tricepilot El Gran Payaso

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    I talked to Hank about this little thing.

    I just ordered it to throw in the ditch kit. I have a small laptop that I use for transferring files from the GoPro, and this will be a side-task for it.

    The Burns Cable also arrived today.

    All this said, there is a new BMW dealership opening in Oaxaca, and one in Merida.

    There are enough dealerships that, with a modicum of Spanish, you can get almost anyone with a truck to take you to.

    OR - use the Platinum Travel Assistance benefits that come with your Mexico insurance such as MexAdventure.

    My ring antenna, Burns Cable, spare alternator belt, and whatever else doo-dads are only with me because I hate being inconvenienced in situations where a little knowledge and prep can get you moving again.

    If I can't get moving again, I open up that little jar of elixir called "This is when adventure really begins" and I take a big gulp of it.

    Sometimes your best tool can be the 4 ratcheting tie downs you carry. You do carry them, right?
  10. tricepilot

    tricepilot El Gran Payaso

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    Hank told me a story about leaving Real de Catorce and riding around Mexico City on the way to El Salvador.

    Approaching a toll booth, his bike starting bucking hard. He got off to take a look but then had to get back on, and he rode it like that to Oaxaca.

    After he ate and showered, he had the energy and presence of mind while relaxed to investigate the problem.

    Turns out his 400,000+ mile BMW had given up a throttle body spring.

    Now, he has in the past gone into his bag of magic and pulled out a rabbit. Like the story about the hall sensor and the final drive bits when he rode to Ushuaia. But no throttle body spring in his bag this time. So, what did he do?

    Well, he fashioned a hook with his leatherman and used wound up dental floss and made a tiny thingy. Which of course worked.

    He rode with that MacGyver fix all the way to El Salvador and back.

    You listen to a guy like that! :deal :lol3
  11. tricepilot

    tricepilot El Gran Payaso

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    My other tip is to carry nothing at all, but ride with MikeMike, Hank, or Mark883 :rofl :freaky
  12. mark883

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    I only carry a final drive big bearing and seal for an 1100. Don't think it will fit a 1200.

    You've been warned. But you sound prepared. Always a good idea.


    Harley dealers are spread out well across the country and world. BMW dealers, not so much. Guzzi dealers... what that?
  13. Craneguy

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    Have you considered a trailer with a spare GS on it? :D
  14. tricepilot

    tricepilot El Gran Payaso

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    Laugh now, funny man! :lol3
  15. SR

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    Or even better yet, a Japanese bike!:rofl
  16. Craneguy

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    Oh that's low SR... :D:D that was a kick in his ring antenna :thumbdown:
  17. tricepilot

    tricepilot El Gran Payaso

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    Karma is a bitch!
  18. WeazyBuddha

    WeazyBuddha Carbon-Based Humanoid

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    Here's another one for you Trice and others with GSs (why, oh why do we put up with them). A mod for the headlight bulb. The plastic tabs break easily, mine did but luckily was replaced by the dealer under warranty.

    link
  19. Hektoglider

    Hektoglider One with Life

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    KennyANC spotting. Today just west of Ixquilmipan. We were pulled over for a pee. We changed the oil in town after coming out of the barranca swimming hole. A nice place midweek, off season. Really Tranquillo[​IMG]
  20. rockymountainoyster

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