Mexico by Motorcycle ... in 1981

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

  1. RC.

    RC. ADV FOR LIFE

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    Nice "throwback" report, Falang. I wish we could see more of them from more riders.
  2. kantuckid

    kantuckid Long timer

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    I have a plastic pop cup (from when the Jayhawks won the 89 championship!) full of "old peso" era coins. Maybe 5-6 pounds-am I rich?:D
    Also a handful of new/old post cards from "old Mexico" from the 1950's-wonder what ebay would do for them? I'd post here but no pic hosting here.
  3. Falang

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    Four years after my trip McDonalds came to Mexico, followed by Wal-Mart in 1992. I suppose the tortillas, huaraches, and frenos are cheaper now, but the change has not been pretty for small retailers, tourists, or Mexicana waistlines. <?xml:namespace prefix = o ns = "urn:schemas-microsoft-com:eek:ffice:eek:ffice" /><o:p></o:p>
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    In 1990 Mexico was moved out of the "South American Handbook" (where it had been for 66 years) and into a new "Mexico & Central America Handbook" along with Guatemala, Belize, El Salvador, Honduras, Nicaragua, Costa Rica, and Panama. In 1994 Mexico joined Canada and the USA in the North America Free Trade Agreement. Mexico moved from South to Central to North America in four years. <o:p></o:p>
  4. Gregg Wannabe

    Gregg Wannabe Just killing time

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    Absolutely fantastic ride report, I really appreciate you sharing all this with us.

    I am struck by how much Mexico has not changed. My family traveled the length of the freshly created Highway 1 in 1973 from Tijuana to La Paz then across the bay on the ferry and back up the mainland in our Winnebago. I was 13 and can say that we were very naive and had no idea what we were doing. I still remember my dad carried a pistol with us hidden in the stove exhaust pipe!

    Maybe I can find some photos from that trip to share.

    Thanks again!
  5. Süsser Tod

    Süsser Tod Long timer

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    I'd really appreciate if an American explained what the appeal to ride through Mexico is. I just don't get it. Only thing I like about riding here is that I can ride at whatever speed I feel like, which is not usually very high due to our crappy roads.
  6. NonstopBanana

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    I'm a Canadian, not American, but I think the general reasoning would be similar: it's exotic, yet accessible. It's the closest significantly different country that you can get to by land from elsewhere in the North America.

    A major reason to travel anywhere at all is to explore cultures and places that are different than your own, and frankly Canada/USA do not provide as much of a contrast as Mexico/USA. It is further enhanced by the fact that the primary language is different (which is why I often cheat and go to Quebec and feel like I'm much further away from home than I really am). :wink:
  7. Falang

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    Thanks for all the compliments and comments on this trip down the time-tunnel. I have enough old Ektachromes to put together another comparative ride report of the Alaska Highway in 1980, before it was all paved. It should be ready in about a week. I could do it faster, but the research is too much fun.

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    And the Moose Creek Lodge gas pump in 2013: <o:p></o:p>
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  8. jfman

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    I can hardly wait!
  9. Falang

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  10. conchscooter

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    The joy of travel across the US is the sight seeing, land formations, lakes, scenic vistas beaches and vast deserts. With very small variations the human landscape has been reduced to chain store, lowest common denominator samenes. Though I have to say smart phone navigation and citizen online reviews are opening up local stores and eateries to strangers passing through for the first time.
    Mexico on the other hand is all color, light flavors and experience. It's not a track day, nor is it the ultra cheap vacation it once was, but it is relatively easy going for strangers used to the hidebound regulation loving bureaucrats in the US ( US adherence to the law among the middle classes mostly make daily life better overall in my opinion) and it offers us a chance to be strangers in a different culture where we are welcomed.
    Mexico's problems are the problems of someone else so we do not have to shoulder those burdens when we are on vacation. Poverty drug wars and crappy roads are someone else's issue. Americans think they are strangled by regulations but they have never lived with the strictures of civil law as defined by the Napoleonic era, so they are rather innocent when they talk of tax burdens and bureaucrats gumming up their lives.
  11. burnt valve

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    Fantastic seeing your rr sure brings back memories of trips to the same places.
    Had my first bmw a 1969 r60/2 seviced by Phillip Funnel bmw in 1971 (great guys) just before taking it through the south pacific. Your pictures of mexico remind me of western Australia where the air temperature was over 50 c or 125f and the r60 would only run for a few minutes before the gas would boil and the bike would quit.
    I look forward to seeing the rest of your ride reports...thanks for the tour!
  12. Falang

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    Everyone I ever met who had a /2 wished he'd kept it. Most owners were more than happy to upgrade to the /5 models because they were so much faster and with modern 12V electrics. Used /2s were quite cheap in the early 1970s. Did you keep yours?
  13. RPD1

    RPD1 We don't

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    Yes, thank you.
  14. Nordo

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    Falang, loved your AK RR and this one is outstanding as well.:clap
    The contrast of then and now pics was fun to see. I did a ride from WI to the Dalton and back in 2006. Your pics brought back some great memories.
    Thanks for the effort putting this together. I loved it. Looking forward to the next installment. Again, thanks.
  15. UT R1150R

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    Great stuff!
  16. Beezer Josh

    Beezer Josh Moto-Amish

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    These two ride reports on your /6 are great! Thanks for taking the time to share them. I was working in central Mexico a little over a year and a half ago. Like someone else said, the feel of Mexico hasn't changed that much.
  17. Alcanfinforo

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    So much fun, and as an avid photographer I really enjoyed the pictures. Do you still have your Ektachrome? I shoot with a Yashica A, my favorite camera.

    Thank you for sharing.
  18. Falang

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  19. salcar

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    love it! :clap
    Currently living in Mexico...
  20. Falang

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    Alcanfinforo,
    I just realized I did shoot with a Yashica A!
    That’s me, and that’s a Yashica.
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    What a coincidence. It’s embarrassing to think how long ago that was.