Is Mexico Safe?

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

  1. RW66

    RW66 Been here awhile

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    Highway 97 is a famous road here in Mexico....I couple of years ago a missionary couple ran a road block in that area and they filled the pick up full of bullets and killed the wife but the husband got to the border with his life....they were driving a 4 door pick up that these people like.
    I have worked in Mexico for over 32 years and have lived in centeral Mexico for over 6 years....I have had several professional trainings on this kind of activity.....the bottom line is always the same.
    The first thing is stop!
    They dont want you they only want your money......or mostly SUV....and large pickup trucks...( I have never heard of them taking a motorcycle) I feel safer on my bikes than driving my pickup.....
    The training says to always have a little cash In case we get stopped....the question the professionals ask.....is your bike or car and what you have on you worth more than your life? If they want our cash give them a little cash, but don't give them a reason to take yor life...
    They do not kidnap Americans in Mexico.......kidnapping a US citizen is a US federal crime anywhere in the world....it also takes several days of servaliance to plan a kidnapping, this will probably never happen...
    Dress down and don't draw attention to yourself.....don't wear expensive watches etc....wear the watch that you would not mind giving away....
    I have been stoped by check points throughout centeral and northern Mexico......a couple could have been the bad guys, but I always tell them what they ask.......
    I am just another inmate in centeral Mexico hoping others can enjoy all I have in my back yard and be safe doing it...
    Follow the rules to stack the card in your favor.....good luck and enjoy!!!
  2. dcstrom

    dcstrom Long timer

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    Yes, it looks like this

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    And this

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    but also like this

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    And when you get to Coco's, I can recommend the last cabana on the right - just look for the one that says "International" on the grille.

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    You're in for a fun day :evil

    Oh and on Super Tenere reliability - got my second leaky fork seal today :(: I have a spare, should be able to get it fixed in Antigua. Then just have to organize another spare... Looks like you win Trice. This only happened because you got me going on about S10 reliability yesterday!
  3. mark883

    mark883 and the mysterians

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    The Super Tenere has no beak.

    It is beakless. It is beaklacking. Sin el beako.

    Behold, even the lowly KLR, it has a beak. Even the new KLR, though it may be a bent beak, it has a beak.

    I would hate not to have a beak.

    I once broke my beak, in New York, ramming it against a wayward pickup. That pickup suffered the wrath of my GS's beak. My beak, it was worth more than that pickup.

    My insurance company, they bought me a new beak, from Germany. But it was beakback ordered. It was not even a touratekbeak.
    The beak boat was slow, and it was not from China.

    So I bought a new beak. The beak from ebay. I performed my own beak transplant.

    Now my GS sports a Big Black Beak.

    And I have a backup beak. Don't lack the beak.
  4. Süsser Tod

    Süsser Tod Long timer

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    HW97 also gets to "San Fernando"...

    I'd rather avoid the whole area. Last time I went to Reynosa/McAllen I took HW40 from Monterrey to Reynosa.
  5. MikeMike

    MikeMike Long timer

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    Wrong, wrong, wrong, double wrong!
    They were, in fact, only paleontologists and they simply wanted to examine your bikes!:deal
  6. MikeS

    MikeS For sure let's do it

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    For those who love and are interested in Mexico, I watch an inspiring movie, "For Greater Glory" a movie about the Cristeros War in the late 1920's. Somewhat melodramatic, but the subject matter was very inspiring. It's on Netflix and other sources.
  7. MikeMike

    MikeMike Long timer

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    About this time last year, a couple of guys from this BB were riding through a city that was used in that flick.
    Go back a couple hundred pages.
  8. MikeMike

    MikeMike Long timer

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    Cold yesterday, only 5c in Perote, the witch's bosom and the monkey's brass gonads suffered.:eek1

    Light wasn't really what I wanted and El Pico was in a haze (as was I).

    Here's a look. And can anyone identify the little bird in the final photo (yes, a real pajarito and not the other kind although that one was pretty small too with the temperature)?

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    Through the zoom, a route for future reference.


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    Close to the lighting I was looking for but not quite, gee, that means another trip.:clap

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    Windows (Porfiriato version)

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    Hektoglider, when you see this type of thing, you are on the right road.:deal

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    Wind devil popped up on the high plain just as i was about to put away the camera. This was a tiny little one, they get bigger, especially around Perote.

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    Can anyone ID this little guy on the pipe?
  9. tricepilot

    tricepilot El Gran Payaso

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    Them thar are some fantabulous pics :clap :freaky
  10. tricepilot

    tricepilot El Gran Payaso

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    That would be Cuetzalan, where I and JD rode up to last year after visiting MikeMike. Stayed overnight there. That was the ride where the bus came out of the fog like an apparition, and put the clutch on JD.

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  11. mark883

    mark883 and the mysterians

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    Excellent pics m2.

    Bird questions? Do we have an ornithologist in the house?
  12. tricepilot

    tricepilot El Gran Payaso

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    Milton Otto. No, wait....he's a dentist, not an ornithologist. I don't think he does braces.
  13. WeazyBuddha

    WeazyBuddha Carbon-Based Humanoid

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    Looks like a Great Kiskadee. We have them here in the RGV.
  14. MikeMike

    MikeMike Long timer

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    Cool, thanks WB!

    It also says, "large tyrant flycatcher" in the link.
    That sounds like the Mystery Rider' s BMW HP! LOL!
  15. upweekis

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    El Juanito two weeks ago! :huh

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  16. Bato

    Bato Been here awhile

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  17. jimmex

    jimmex Guero con moto

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  18. Pedro Navaja

    Pedro Navaja Long timer

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    I thought Milton got kidnapped and sold into white slavery. Haven't see a post of his ages.
  19. PirateJohn

    PirateJohn Banned

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    You are not the first person to report trouble on that road but the Federales have been down there in large quantities and unless the bad guys hid out and are back (a possibility) it sounds like you met either State police, Federales, or maybe vigilantes.

    Regardless, I think that you reinforced what we keep saying about not running road blocks. The good guys don't want moto tourists, and for the bad guys we are a curiosity but a very low priority.



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  20. tricepilot

    tricepilot El Gran Payaso

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    My squadron of black helicopters keeps track of Milton

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