Is Mexico Safe?

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

  1. Cal

    Cal Long timer

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  2. PirateJohn

    PirateJohn Banned

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    Is that the Family Style (very rough translation) or an even bigger Corona?

    I scored one of those a few years ago when I rode with Arte and Andres down towards Veracruz and thought it was quite a novelty. Now I can find them at the convenience stores in Texas ;)


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  3. PirateJohn

    PirateJohn Banned

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    Funny! I will steal that line ... With your permission :)

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  4. PirateJohn

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    I have considered writing and putting online a FAQ for an introduction to Mexico but screw $240. Most of us will take someone into Mexico for a few beers.

    And just as a matter of disclosure I dropped a whole $20 on a bucket of 5 beers and two orders of tacos last night. At a bar catering to gringo tourists, so it wasn't that cheap.


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  5. dwj - Donnie

    dwj - Donnie Long timer

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    I have my moto and it is running great! Now for the rest of the story.

    When I brought the moto to the shop it had not ran in three days. Actually it would crank up on one cylinder and barely run for five seconds to a minute before dying. Occasionally the second cylinder would hit for one second. Last Wednesday when they hooked the computer up to it, it ran fine. They balanced the throttle bodies. They have continued to try and get their computer to communicate with the moto's computer. I was even told that they took the computer off of another moto and put it on my bike, but the two computers still would not communicate. This confirmed to them that there was a bad wire some where. I have also been told that they changed some relays and cleaned up some wiring. My ABS that has not worked since the first guys in Mexico, is now working. They adjusted the throttle position sensor with a volt meter yesterday or today. They had been trying to do it through the computer, I explained yesterday how to do it with a volt meter.

    I was told today at 2:00 that the moto would be ready at 5:00. I ask Jose the Tour Guide, a great fellow who speaks very good English, what was the problem and he told me the shop would tell me when I picked up the moto. At 5:00 I went to get the moto. Jose brought it down, I received no info from a mechanic. Jose said that they had changed some relays, adjusted some things and cleaned up some wires, but that they had not found the real problem. They had not had enough time to find it. Today was the 9th day the moto has been in their shop. Jose feels the moto will be fine for the trip to Panama.

    They had me sigh a form saying that they had not found the problem, they had washed the moto and my bill was ZERO! Is my moto dependable? At least the Hall Sensor and the computer has been ruled out. Did some freak thing happen and has corrected itself mysteriously. Did something they did correct the problem? Did the four hour truck ride to Guatemala City shake some thing the right way that had gotten out of sync?

    The throttle bodies were way out of adjustment from the first mechanics and was idling poorly. After the Hall Sensor was replaced and at some time before leaving for Guatemala I adjusted the TBs by ear and had it idling much better. At the same time, I could see from the position of the throttle position sensor that it was way off from the position it normally sat when I adjusted it. I could not remember exactly where it had been, but I put it in a more central position. Could this have caused a problem?

    What are y'alls thoughts on any or all of this?

    BTW, I would have much rather received a reasonable bill and been told they corrected the problem. With no parts involved, I was still expecting as high as $1,000 for the repairs and would have been happy to pay $500.
  6. tricepilot

    tricepilot El Gran Payaso

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    C = A ÷ B :deal

    Put all of this in the rear view and head to Panama :freaky
  7. tricepilot

    tricepilot El Gran Payaso

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    awesome

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  8. slowoldguy

    slowoldguy Tire Tester

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  9. miguelito

    miguelito Been here awhile

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    LOL. (And I own one, so there!) :webers
  10. SkizzMan

    SkizzMan There, that's it

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    By "introduction to Mexico" do you mean to say the bar districts of the border region? :D
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    tricepilot El Gran Payaso

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  12. mark883

    mark883 and the mysterians

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    Good on you Donnie. Ok to post your frustrations and get help, good to post what they did to work with you.

    I wonder if there were enough little things screwed up, that when they tweaked / fixed / adjusted all of them, you got a good running bike, and rid of the gremlin. So they did good on you there. All those days tied up isn't exactly great, but hey, you're not stuck in a snowdrift in Alberta, either.

    Myself I'm not sold on the computer story, but hey, there the ones working on it, and I hope they know more than me.

    Make your decision which way to point the front wheel, kickstand up, throttle up, and enjoy the trip. Hope the bugs stay away!
  13. Bato

    Bato Been here awhile

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    In the region of Mexico were I grow up is called Caguama
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  14. mark883

    mark883 and the mysterians

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    Now now, be nice to PJ. We have a wide variety of inmates here at IMS, and each has their specialized area of intel on Mexico. PJ is making sure that the Indio distributor has an ample supply of cold brew available for any intrepid voyager than may find himself stranded in the border region.

    He and Arte got me in and out of Reynosa, where I later saw a CNN talking head filing a report while covering in his hotel room, showing terrorizing video of a SUV driving around in the dark. And yes, I had plenty of Indio to drink.
  15. mark883

    mark883 and the mysterians

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    Poor Mexico. Stuck with the metric system and Spanish. They can't say "I'm gonna pound a forty tonite!" They have to say something about an uno punto dos! (1.2 liters equals just a fuzz over 40oz!) I don't know what caguama means, but it sure as heck is better than uno punto dos.
  16. Bato

    Bato Been here awhile

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  17. rockymountainoyster

    rockymountainoyster Been here awhile

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    Thanks to all who replied to these q's. My results will be in my RR as I move on down the road. Incredible riding today in mountains of Veracruz. Papantla to Altotonga. Tajin ruins yesterday. Thanks MikeMike for routing. SR... I'll do it for $20/hr:rofl
  18. slowoldguy

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    50 more fotos on my RR. Some of these show some of the rockier patches. Although I remember them even rougher. ;)
  19. SkizzMan

    SkizzMan There, that's it

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    Well, I'm no expert on riding Mexico so I won't be publishing any FAQ, but if I did I'd focus on the greater body of my experience in Mexico and that was the gist of my question for John. Among the Mexico riders I know not one has the experience to publish a FAQ on border region bar districts that John has. While we're all treating the Border as something to punch through on our way into the interior only John has focused almost exclusively on riding this oft-overlooked region of Mexico.
  20. dragoon

    dragoon I'm the REAL Dingo Joe

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    This Transitory Very Important Person is getting ready to head to Mexico tonight. The first leg involves hauling bike to southern missiouri from Ohio. The weather has turned to complete shit between here and there so hopefully no delays .:wave