Belly of the Beast... 3 MN amigos to ride KLR's through Central America

Discussion in 'Ride Reports - Epic Rides' started by Ringobus, Oct 9, 2019.

  1. eakins

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    So much cool things they are going to miss seeing, ashame...but it's their ride.
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  2. discochris

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    Can't we just let them tell their story and enjoy it?
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  3. Ringobus

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    Anyway, yesterday was amazing to us since we had been planning this for over 9 months and finally coming true.
    Tons of military and police presence south of Matamoros for over 200 miles.
    The topography really changes from farm to dry arid to lush green. It reminded us of all of the Vietnam movies. Incredible views.
    The roads run from buttery perfect to the worst ever and back again. Just when you had it with tough going and huge potholes - road in need of repairs you match up with epic tar. I love the variety.

    Here was town town Tampico. A city much bigger t than we thought.
    Love it!
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  4. Ringobus

    Ringobus Been here awhile

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    Last night we jumped on a final toll road of 30 miles rolling into Tuxpan when I slowed to go into town my tire went flat immediately at the stop sign. We pulled over to do the tube change (35 minutes.. not bad for rookies) and when I got rolling again up to 30 MPH the bike was waving all over the road.
    We said let’s worry in the morning and grab dinner and our rooms for the night.

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  5. Ringobus

    Ringobus Been here awhile

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    We went to the gas station and dropped the air to the tire and re-inflated it to find the Shinko 805 bulged out the side. Not sure but love the tire and ride but not the dependability. Thankfully I brought a take off factory KLR tire with and it worked to perfection all day. We managed to do this change in 25 minutes. Hopefully we won’t have to test our mad tire changing skills on this trip in the future.
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  6. rodrigzj

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    Right on!
    Keep on keeping on
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  7. Ringobus

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  8. Cal

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    Nice you guys are really making distance, Tuxpan in the first day! was it dark when you arrived? You must have had a feeling the shinko was getting tired when you packed the old tire.
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    Great photos! I love Mexico.
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    The Shinkos were all new on all 3 bikes the day we left MN. Disappointed but that is bike travel.
    We kept the tire and look to replace it when possible.

    Made Coatzacoalcos last night to the Holiday Inn on the beach. Top shelf hotel for $52.00 per night. Hard to believe.

    More to come later today!
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    I bet you wish you would have sprung for some TKC 80s.
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    I wager that theShiko got a bulge because of sidewall damage after it was smashed into a really sharp edge of one of those potholes somewhere during your riding and it slipped your mind which was preoccupied by all the novelty and scenery . , What did the leak in the tube look like ?>
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    Ok, we busted bugs and pushed hard across the Yucatán all the way to Bacalar Lake and got the most awesome hotel on the lake only about 20 miles from the Belize boarder.
    Today was the biggest day of miles planned for the whole trip. 467 total and pushed the KLR’s to their limits. I marvel at running a KLR for 9 hours nearly straight at 75 MPH and they don’t blow.

    Let’s talk about the FNG Norm.
    Real deal guy with mad tire changing skills and can beat a KLR to submission.
    He is an awesome addition to our group and goes with the flow. We love that he is all about this trip and can’t wait for the next part.

    We plan to cross the boarder into Belize in the early AM to see what thE nw t country has to offer.

    Great uneventful day of riding as we expected. We did see a monkey road crossing sign which was random and odd.

    The trip slows way down from here with more boarders and half the miles or less.
    Can’t wait.
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    Loving your attitudes, guys. Enjoying your photos and ride descriptions. Hoping your tire changing days are over.
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    The waters are medicinal and how do I know this? I dipped my rojas bulbous taintus into it and I cured by tweens and riders butt.
    Simply amazing.
    We hit the pool and quickly put away a few Coronas and headed up for dinner.
    A great place to stay.
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    We woke to a quick blast of rain and it quit just in time for us to load the bikes down with our gear for the departure from Bacalar. The sky went clear and we tore off south for a 20 minute ride to the Mexico Belize border crossing. The sunrise was simply spectacular and the ride easy.


    The check in for fumigation was immediate since there wasn’t anyone in line.
    The processing was simple and we were on our way to customs.
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    When we arrived at customs an officer told us where to park the bikes and we went in to fill out the forms. Super simple and fast. A tour bus arrived right before we did and there was about 30 in line. Many were from Belize so they rolled righ through and we spend about 45 minutes total before we were processed and on our way. Next was to get the bike insurance which is mandatory. We had 2 military check point for insurance through country.


    All quick and easy
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    We drove through Belize in no time since we did have plans to spend much time there and avoided Belize city continuing south to Belmopan. The country is only about a half day drive from north to south.
    We stopped for lunch and talked to a few of the locals. A pretty cool town with a great buzz of activity going.
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