Mexico by Motorcycle ... in 1981

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

  1. Alcanfinforo

    Alcanfinforo Adventurer

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    I want that tripod.
    Funny, you made everything digital about the same I got rid of all my digital. We could have traded I'm sure, I wouldn't mind having more than one Yashica, or ektachrome.
  2. Falang

    Falang Singapore

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    I scanned the original 17-page 1974 BMW brochure for the R75/6 motorcycle used on this Alaska ride and uploaded it here for download by anyone interested: http://www.advrider.com/forums/showthread.php?t=965057
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    Other brochures from 1969 to 1974 are there as well, in high quality (large) PDFs.
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  3. DrydenRider

    DrydenRider Sun Seeker

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    That about says it all for this report, great memories, motorcycles, and the romance of old Mexico all in one.

    Came here from the Alaska report, great write up and pictures, thanks for the report.
  4. Direktor

    Direktor Been here awhile

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    Great :clap
  5. bk brkr baker

    bk brkr baker Long timer

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    No one has commented on the riders outfit. Back in the day a pair of Levi's and a Levi's jean jacket were it. At least for me , I didn't have a leather jacket until I got an old Bomber jacket when I was 23. And that was after 40,000-50,000 miles had rolled by.
    In the winter I supplemented the jean jacket with an Army surplus fatigue jacket with liner and long underwear.
    Armor ? That was for Knights of the Realm.
    Things I like about modern times include, Gore-Tex, cordura , and reactive foam armor. Others like ABS,fuel pumps and Drive Modes, not so much.
  6. Critic

    Critic More or less!

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    Thanks for the memories past from a different view! You seemed to hit more cities, while we (0n R75/7) started at McAllen, TX zig zag-ing across Mexico on back roads to Acapulco try Tlaxiaco, then back north. What time of year was your ride? Our tour of Mexico was December of 1983-January 84; thanks to a lift down to Tex/Mex boarder via Ken and Marni.
    (see photo's at critic.smugmug.com Moto-Mexico 1983).

    Interestingly, Phil Funnel played a part of my 1979 ride to Alaska via the same R75. Thankfully, some girls convinced me and the two guys I was riding with to take the ferry back. Just when I saw the little cross sign with Hains, AK on it, my clutch gave out. The next mourning, I called Funnel's ordered a clutch to be sent to Prince Rupert. It arrived at 10:00 two days after landing at PR. I was on the road home by 2 pm and back home in Illinois 2days and 5 hours later.
    (critic.sumgmug.com Moto-Alaska 1979)
  7. DADODIRT

    DADODIRT Long timer

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    That was awesome.
    Thanks for taking the time to put that together.
    I figured they were slides. My dad is on old slide guy and has been having fun lately scanning and recreating memories from travels he and my mom have done.
  8. Falang

    Falang Singapore

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    Glad you enjoyed it. I guess you saw my old Alaska ride posting too. Both rides were in August, so super hot in Mexico. But coming down from Canada, there was no way to do it in the middle of winter two-up unless one's partner is pure masochist. The old bikes sure were easier to repair on the road. You could swap transmissions with the tools in the toolkit under the seat. I am riding an 18 year old BMW R1100R in Cambodia at the moment, up from Singapore, and have been thinking if it broke down here I might as well take the license plate off, abandon it by the side of the road, and make my way home without it. Are you listening, bike--You'd better behave yourself.
  9. thirsty 1

    thirsty 1 Rider

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    Thanks for putting up the pictures! It's like being in a time machine! :clapI only have a couple pictures from my youth and these bring back the memories.
    Thanks again
  10. jmcg

    jmcg Turpinated..

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    Great RR + pics.

    :thumb

    Thanks,

    JM.
  11. gasandasphalt

    gasandasphalt Been here awhile

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    Thank You for bringing back lots of memories... :clap
  12. gatling

    gatling Long timer

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    Very nicely done. I made my first ride down there in '94 and I've been going back ever since. My first ride was all film, too. Awesome work; thanks for sharing.
  13. mrbreeze

    mrbreeze Long timer

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    very nice! thanks for sharing!
  14. adventurechas

    adventurechas Adventurer

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    Excellent!!! thanks
  15. Velocipede

    Velocipede Been here awhile

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    Thanks for sharing,I really enjoyed the write up and the many photos.:clap

    John
  16. Tobes2102

    Tobes2102 Been here awhile

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    Dude that is frickin epic!!! How cool is that!! Thank you for sharing!!!

  17. Falang

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    Incredible. This is off topic, but my 1998 R1100R listened to me when I told it not to break down or I would remove the license plate and abandon it to the vultures (the kind with wrenches and screwdrivers). The bike didn't break down, and I made it home from Cambodia a few days ago. I parked it, washed it, and headed for the local BMW dealer a few days later ... and it broke down just 7 km from the shop! The Hall sensor died!
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  18. cbolling

    cbolling Here...Hold my Beer.

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    Wow!!!! That was awesome. :clap:clap:clap
  19. Falang

    Falang Singapore

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    With the migration to the new ADV website the formatting of my Ride Report has been spoiled. So I have archived the Ride Report here in PDF format for on-screen viewing (click the maximize button) and downloading (scroll down for options). I also did a bit of polishing and included a few more "1981 vs. 2014" photo pairs. Enjoy.

    https://archive.org/details/MexicoByMotorcycle...In1981
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