Is Mexico Safe?

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

  1. dcstrom

    dcstrom Long timer

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    So Trice, you know that problem with the Super Tenere fork seals? Fixed! Luckily enough, I carry one of these...

    http://sealmate.net/

    seems to work as advertised.

    On the down side, I will need to do some work on the Tenere final drive soon. Yeah, that's right, it's due for an oil change! Really poor design I reckon - why couldn't they do a "lifetime oil" setup like BMW? :lol3

    So after 2 nights at a hostel near Tikal, I'm in Puerto Barrios on the east coast. I'm starting to wonder if I'm going to have more security issues here than in Mexico - my hotel car park, apart from being locked up, also has an armed guard. Although the rifle might be just for show, looks like a WWII era .303 CORRECTION I just went down and talked to the guard, he gave me a look at his gun; on closer inspection it's actually an antique-looking pump-action shotgun. Shows how much I know about guns when I can't tell a 303 from a shotgun!
  2. Hektoglider

    Hektoglider One with Life

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    Yea I hear those are good roads. What's the 190 from Oaxaca to Salina Cruz like?
    We did manage to see Las Posas as you had suggested earlier. We do plan for Oaxaca but we only got 30 days of Mex Ins so we may have to carve out for the border as we will run out. We don't travel very far / fast. -Kari -
  3. jgas

    jgas Stoogely Adventurerer

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    Been a looong time since I've been there, but I hear that it's a bit safer than 10 yrs ago. You kind of need to still know when to offer a bribe or not, how much or little, and when to kiss @$$ a little but not too much. Kind of like many places in the US. I still would be very careful with the ladies and kids. Kidnapping is as bad as ever there. But guys on bikes that don't look too wealthy seem to mainly be ok. It used to be that the farther south you went the better, and the more rural the better. Kind of like the US again!

    Where I've spent alot of time is farther south in Hondo and C-Rica. I usually felt safer there than most places and had alot of fun. I hear that even most of Nicaragua is not too bad these days.
  4. rockymountainoyster

    rockymountainoyster Been here awhile

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    Someone asked about BiciMapas. I have this data base loaded on my Garmin Montana 650t. It is far more detailed than the Garmin NT North America data base. I A B compared them one afternoon by alternately turning them on and off. I was amazed at the detail that disappeared when I turned off the BiciMapas. They have just issued an update that I will download as soon as I get to a PC with Garmin Mapsource and enough bandwidth to download this large file. No doubt that it is not perfect, none of these things are, but this one seems pretty good so far.
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  5. SkizzMan

    SkizzMan There, that's it

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  6. Haywood

    Haywood Been here awhile

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    Ah yes, Mexican weather girls. One of my all time favorites, Sugey Abrego.

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=oiL2sc69mtU Remember this one Trice? I first saw it in one of your ride reports some time ago. Thanks again!
  7. DougLaird

    DougLaird Doug

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    100% Correct!
  8. SkizzMan

    SkizzMan There, that's it

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    Well, let's call it 98% correct.

    My passport and vehicle registration spell out my first and middle names but my credit card has only my initials. Never had a problem going back to 1992 when I was getting permits for private aircraft. Did see a woman refused by Banjercito at Puente Colombia because her credit card used her nickname instead of her given name. But initials seem to be OK.

    I do go with RMO on getting the TVIP at the border ever since a Banjercito paperwork glitch cost me a planned trip Down South 2 years ago. YMMV.
  9. john3500

    john3500 Adventurer

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    Where can I purchase Mexico map for my Garmin that shows more detail than the Garmin na issue?
  10. tricepilot

    tricepilot El Gran Payaso

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    I can draw you one for 50 pesos
  11. fallingoff

    fallingoff Banned

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    thanks for just waisting 1hr of my life.
    gotta go now have check the weather in mexico. lol
  12. tricepilot

    tricepilot El Gran Payaso

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    :raabia Ah, Sugey :wave

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  13. MikeMike

    MikeMike Long timer

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    :deal Now that, ladies and gentleman, is entertainment!

    Hey Hekto, glad you had fun yesterday, and your editing skills will mean that Trice doesn't have to sketch out routes on the back of serviettes.:clap

    You are going to really enjoy that route through Xoxocotla, you have some good luck with the weather, just remember to avoid the coast today and tomorrow. Also, with yesterday's ride and the ride you did from Tlapacoyan to Teziutlan on your run from Papantla to Perote (or did you do Tlapacoyan to Altotonga and then to Perote????? in which case you will be sworn to secrecy for that one), you have got some good kms on some decent roads here. :clap:freaky
  14. SkizzMan

    SkizzMan There, that's it

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    Bicimapas.com can't beat Trice's discount price but you can download it to your GPS. So, there's that, at least.

    I use Bicimapas.
  15. Bato

    Bato Been here awhile

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  16. tricepilot

    tricepilot El Gran Payaso

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    Here for the Community Events section of our little corner of the ADV "paper" I submit the following interesting news item: There is an ongoing ADV clampdown on PayPal pleas for any cause.

    FYI and general awareness, the moderators have begun to deploy a no-PayPal plea policy for either (1) Donating to a "gas fund" for a rider's adventure and (2) Similar pleas to help people in distress, i.e., victims of accidents or theft. Right here in the IMS thread, the recent RMO effort to help Doña Sara is an example.

    This is not an indictment of the worthiness of the cause, rather, a move mandated by the proliferation of these pleas and the use of ADV, a privately held entity, as a platform to generate cash. In and of itself, many of the causes are noble. It's when wrenches get thrown in the gears by a few that the machine begins to grind.

    Veterans of the site will remember the Kaneman saga and the meltdown that ensued. Reference "Quit my job to go on a "little ride"....US Tour '07". This is certainly one of the biggest examples of a PayPal controversy but certainly, if the subject ended with Kaneman, we wouldn't be talking about PayPal pleas here today.

    The recent effort by our own Rocky Mountain Oyster to help make whole our friend Doña Sara from San Miguel de Allende is an example of the use of this site to bring together like minded souls to assist someone not even connected to adventure riding other than to say one of her students in Spanish school was from such a community, and in the helping, what David did reflected greatly upon that community and, by any sense of the definition, was a noble cause.

    It is also important to stress that it isn't the Kaneman thread but the recent promulgation of threads that are including PayPal requests which is pushing the tighter policy. That, and I must stress I have no personal example of the following point being made, not all PayPal requests are on a noble footing.

    I am not a moderator, but I do know a few, and they are all excellent individuals with a tough job to do. They have supported the effort in the IMS thread directly, and outstandingly, when the exceedingly rare occasion has popped up where we have had to do some house cleaning. Ergo, I fully support the mods decision on this, as I have an understanding of the context within which they are enforcing this policy. At the same time, I am continuing to cheer what David did for someone who is not even a rider and who lives in Mexico, and who was, I'm sure, deeply touched by our moto community. We have to understand that because of the wide audience ADV has, and where the path of PayPal pleas has led, that the mods have to clamp down, and I support their decision.

    If, in the future, an urge to assist someone who is connected to the IMS thread community arises, in any way similar in nature to what RMO put together or even different, I have thought of ways to tackle it off-line and keep the formality of ADV out of it. All this in keeping with the moderators wishes and the ADV policy.

    When that happens, you can PM me and I'll share my thoughts.
  17. slowoldguy

    slowoldguy Tire Tester

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    A bad apple or two can rot the bushel for the rest of us. Shame it has to be that way but, like tricepilot, I can see a need for the policy. Doesn't keep us from sponsoring whomever we want to sponsor back-channel. That being said....my paypal address is brokeassslowoldguy@woohoo.com and I wanna go to Mexico. :D
  18. tricepilot

    tricepilot El Gran Payaso

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  19. WeazyBuddha

    WeazyBuddha Carbon-Based Humanoid

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    Well stated my friend. Quick look-see did not yield evidence of a clamp down. Is this something nascent, perhaps a private conversation amongst the mods (ahead of the actual announcement) that has started to leak out?
  20. tricepilot

    tricepilot El Gran Payaso

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    I was contacted directly in connection to a re-post I personally did supporting someone else's PayPal link for a downed rider (some will recall the recent biff of Trevor). In addition, I know that David was contacted directly in relation to the aforementioned PayPal effort in this thread on behalf of Sara. He and I traded PMs on that situation yesterday.

    Personally I was not contacted about any issues in Ride Reports, and although being a frequent reader of same I do know of the existence of PayPal links posted by some authors, I'm not the go-to guy for how the policy deployment is going in that department.

    I will state, for the record, that the moderator that contacted me is probably the biggest asset to ADV behind Baldy, and does, and has done, more for this site than practically anyone I know of. He fully understands and appreciates the good side of the coin, which, unfortunately, cannot be disassociated with the bad side. I can't begin to imagine the workload involved if each individual case had to be studied for it to remain on the site on merit.