Mexico by Motorcycle ... in 1981

Discussion in 'Ride Reports - Epic Rides' started by Falang, Dec 6, 2013.

  1. Dickyb

    Dickyb Bewildered Adventurer

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    I enjoyed that. Thank you very much.

    Cheers,


    Dickyb
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  2. Mudclod

    Mudclod Mojo Moto

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    Fantastic! Thanks for the great report, loved it!
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  3. shari

    shari Adventurer

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    muchas gracias for that epic ride down memory lane..loved all of it!
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  4. oneway

    oneway Long timer

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    Almost makes me want to pull out my pictures from 68. I was on my own bike. 12 years old. There was a guy in San Felipe we called "Sam the clam man". He would rent you a bucket and shovel, and we would dig clams. We rode from Cantimar to San Felipe and back. No roads. No bungee cords. No tents. Sleeping bags and a small change of clothes.
    No falta nada
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  5. Ralphy199

    Ralphy199 deer tracker

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    Simply awesome! thanks for taking the time in putting this together:clap
    Loved it!
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  6. Idahosam

    Idahosam Set Adrift

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    Thank so much for taking us along on your epic pre-High-tech Adventure. I know must have taken time to scan all those pictures into the computer (great job) I was living Asia at the time you took this trip.

    I keep telling my daughter and friends you don't have to have that smart phone in your hand all the time to have fun. "the back my day.." lecture as my daughter says. You sir made my day. I still use a map, and only like my GPS in a large metropolis, and in Mexico that doesn't work well either :D.

    Funny looking at the pictures I don't see much difference today; architecturally speaking. :eek1 I thought I saw a Pinto in one of those shots, kinda like seeing a Doo-Doo bird :D

    Again Thanks, enjoyed.
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  7. tricepilot

    tricepilot El Gran Payaso

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    Extremely interesting collection of old time Mexico photo. Thanks!
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  8. jkdwings

    jkdwings Been here awhile

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    Thanks so much for sharing such an interesting report! It's really cool as a young guy to see motorbike travels from when my dad was around the same age. Really enjoyed it!
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  9. joenuclear

    joenuclear Ride to eat, eat to ride... all roads lead to pie!

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    Thank you!
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  10. bajalos

    bajalos n00b

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    very nice, thanks for sharing !
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  11. MufflerBearings

    MufflerBearings Been here awhile

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    Fantastic ride report! :clap I counted no fewer than 15 air-cooled VW's in your photos. And an AMC Gremlin!

    Please send me the coordinates for the rusted-out VW bus so that I may go and recover it. :D
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  12. grizzzly

    grizzzly The Pre-Banned Version

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  13. poolman

    poolman Gnarly Poolside Adv.

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    This is likely the best First Post on AdvRider!

    Great ride report, great pictures, great era in time.


    All the Best,

    .
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  14. lqgsrider

    lqgsrider Been here awhile

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    cool RR thanks for posting
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  15. MKJ

    MKJ Married w/ Children

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    Great old pics. I gotta dig up my pics of Cabo from 1983.
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  16. Falang

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    Thanks for all the comments! I hesitated before doing this write-up, since the site seems more to be about current adventures and the latest border crossing issues relevant to riders on the road today. “This is likely the best First Post on AdvRider!” I am honored! But no rating…?
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    This is the camera that was used to take all the pictures (except this one!):
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    It was a Minox 35EL, which came out the same year as the bike and was at the time (and maybe still is) the world’s smallest full-frame 35mm film camera - the ultimate touring biker camera of its day. Andy Warhol used one and the Russians soon cloned it, calling it the Kiev. It was half the size and weight of the digital Canon G12 which I currently use, but no zoom, no antishake, no autofocus or rangefinder, no built-in flash--and it cost about a buck a shot to shoot.
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    For fun, the old Minox film camera specs vs. the new digital technology:
    * Focal length: 35mm fixed (vs. 28-140mm equivalent zoom)
    * Focus (minimum): 1m manual (vs. 1cm macro, automatic or manual)
    * Aperture: f2.8 to 16, manual (vs. 2.8 to 8, automatic or manual)
    * ISO: 25-800 fixed, depending on the roll of film (vs. 80-1600, variable manually or automatically)
    * Shutter: 1/500 to 1 sec. automatic (vs. 1/4000 to 15 sec, automatic or manual)
    * Exposure: Aperture priority (vs. many different modes, automatic or manual)
    * Metering: Averaging (vs. many different modes). To get backlit photos which were not underexposed it was necessary to cheat by taking the camera out of the leather case and temporarily setting the ISO dial on the bottom to a value 1/2 or 1/4 than that the ISO of the actual film--and remembering to set it back after that shot to avoid spoiling the rest of the photos on the roll.
    * Size: 100 x 61 x 31 (vs. 112 x 76 x 48)
    * Volume: 190cm2 (vs. 400 cm2)
    * Weight: 200g (vs. 400g)
    * Exposures: 24 or 36 per roll (vs. thousands on an SD card).
    * Resolution: 10 to 30 effective megapixels depending on the quality and ISO of the film (vs. 10 MP for the G12). The lower the ISO, the lower the film grain and higher the effective megapixels--but the longer the shutter speed and higher the camera shake blur when it was not a sunny day.
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    About more photos of Colorado, here are few more between New Mexico and Colorado on that trip, as far as I can reckon where I took them. Film doesn’t have timestamps, let alone geotags! I didn’t include these photos in the ride report, thinking that the countryside would be the same today except for the increase in Winnebagos … and Harleys which were rare on the road then; that was the year that AMF sold Harley-Davidson before it expired. I notice that there were no guard rails along those mountain highways; I wonder if there are guardrails now:
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    About riding in SEA, I enjoy it both on road and off and that’s a large part of the reason I am still here. Mexico was good preparation for rural Thailand, Laos, Cambodia, and Myanmar! I will upload a couple of Asia ride reports.
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  17. snooter

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    excellent..but i thought these type of rides were only made after 2004 on the modern better stuff with all the high dollar suits and gizmos (I used moms garden gloves for protection back in the day as an example)...i never went anywhere outside my own town until 2008 when i got a cell phone..most excellent report..love it-god speed
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  18. jfman

    jfman Long timer

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    Amazing! I really like seeing places as they used to be. Cant wait for your new stuff.
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  19. Falang

    Falang Singapore

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    It was still five years before CB radio was replaced with cellular phones:
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    Of course they were analog phones tied to local networks, and wouldn’t have roamed to Mexico anyway!
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  20. norton(kel)

    norton(kel) vintage

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    Brought back memories of my trip to Baja in '73. Thanks. Great photos:clap
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