Is Mexico Safe?

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

  1. Sleddog

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    Seems like the WR 250's are finding their way into the stables as great bikes for exploring the canyons & backroads of Mexico. (The way they're paving roads though we'll be able to ride Goldwings into Bato & Urique)

    I'm being bitten too & have been looking at WR's. However, Honda has the new CRF 250 L. Has anybody considered or bought one of them? I don't have experience with either other than what I've seen on the road.

    I'm another of the guys that my legs don't reach my feet so the seat height is an issue. The CRF seat height is more suitable for me, without needing to modify with suspension & wheels.

    Sleddog
  2. mark883

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    I'd love to, depending on work. But work always screws things up.

    But then there's the dilemma of vanning down an ATV or my KLX250, and then riding a buzzbomb bike across Mexico from Tejas.

    The ATV would be enticingly stupid to attempt. How does one get an ATV back to the start, or a van to the end?

    I should just go back to the office and quit thinking about such stupid things. :cry
  3. Pedro Navaja

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    I've looked at them. Just a seat test. There is also a cult following on that bike whereby you can do quite a few mods to soup up the engine power and speed. There's a lowering link available, and there's an adventure kit for luggage and windshield that you can get from TCI. The problem for me is the 2.0 gallon tank and Clark has not made an aftermarket tank for this bike yet (250R doesn't fit). The other one I considered was the Yamaha XT250. Similar to the CRF 250L but no Clark tank just yet and the Clark for the XT225 won't fit on the XT250 either.

    EDIT: I limit myself to bikes that I can flat-foot. If I can't flat-foot it, then I don't ride it. That leaves out most d/p bikes for me these days. Was a time that all bikes could be flat-footed by their riders. The bikes have gotten taller over the years.
  4. WeazyBuddha

    WeazyBuddha Carbon-Based Humanoid

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    I don't think you can go wrong with either the Honda or Yammie. Cycle World did a comparison and also tossed in the KLX, March 2013 issue. Let my quote their summary.

    The Honda is a great value no matter what criteria you use for judgement. The CRF is arguably the best commuter of the three and was always the number one choice amongst the less experienced dirt riders in our group for its abiltity to inspire confidence. For those seeking a more hardcore dual sport machine that can handle seriously hairy terrain, the WR is tops by a wide margin and is just a few mods away from being a really good budget enduro. But if wanderlust is in your genes and your wallet is a bit thin, the CRF offers the best perforanance per dollar ratio in the class, on tarmac or trail.

    Honda Ups
    Value
    Modern styling
    Best fuel economy

    Honda Downs
    porky
    no suspension adjustment
    more play bike than enduro


    WR Ups
    most playful, powerful engine
    best suspension
    excels on any surface

    WR Downs
    More expensive than Honda
    "only" 26% more power
    Tall


    Pedro, there are lots of different tanks for the WR. Perhaps too many, I'm having trouble deciding which one to get. :lol3

    Build quality as SR, I think, said is excellent on these Yammies.

    I'm loving my WR and--with expectations aligned--can see it being used as a Mexico bike. It is NOT a GS nor a KLR. I was doing 70-75 on the highway but I would not want to do all day highway stretches but it can if called to duty. It's best as a back roads, libre bike, I think.
  5. WeazyBuddha

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    Hope he got busted AFTER official enrollment counts. :photog
  6. mark883

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    Don't be guilty of aiding and abetting an act of stupidity (and extreme fun)

    Not that that would EVER happen in THIS thread!
  7. Arte

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  8. Arte

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    WeazyB, son para La Mexicana?
  9. Pedro Navaja

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    I did read that review when it came out. I think the Yammies are great. IMS makes a 4.7 gal for your WR. That would be really cool if there was one for the XT250. The WR is a great bike, but too tall for me.

    WRT to the long stretches, no problem on my CB250 with the Airhawk cushion and the windshield. It seems to cruise best between 67-72 mph. I don't have any problem slabbing it all day in Mexico at that velocity. I can get it up to 85 mph, it's max, but seldom do. CB250 does good on dirt roads with the d/p tires too, but for serious dirt I would have to get an XT250 or CRF 250L with the longer fork travel. The other 250s are too tall for me, i.e., can't flat-foot it.
  10. MikeMike

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    Nothing says Mexico like a GS parked outside the door...

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    Knock, knock
    Who's there?
    The Virgin!
    Pues...Viva!

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    You can find a lot of answers in the sierra, but by the time you do, you've forgotten the questions.
  11. SkizzMan

    SkizzMan There, that's it

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    Take a look at this inmate's project. Obviously not his first time around the block. Maybe lift some good ideas from him.
  12. WeazyBuddha

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    Si pero todavia tengo que hecharla a andar, limpiar el tanque y carburador y combiar las llantas. Me fuera mejor si no fuera tan flojo afuera de la oficina. :lol3
  13. SkizzMan

    SkizzMan There, that's it

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  18. dwj - Donnie

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  19. dwj - Donnie

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    Thanks! :clap I will take a look! :deal
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