Is Mexico Safe?

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

  1. roadcapDen

    roadcapDen Ass, Grass or Gas, no free rides.

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    're gear shifting, put a heel/toe pedal on it then use heel for up instead of toe ; )
  2. jimmex

    jimmex Guero con moto Supporter

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    Casey Jones,
    I would not let a clutch cable and lever keep me from taking the bike I want to ride. There has got to be a way to get that sorted in time. Just my 2 centavos. Saludos.
  3. Turkeycreek

    Turkeycreek Gringo Viejo

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    Here is a photo of the hand off of the refurbished classroom at the elementary school in La Mora, the village just down the road from Banamichi. We have adopted the school and with the help so many in the motorcycle community who bring school supplies to the Meetup and donate by buying Banamichi stickers we are making a difference. for these kids.
    We were able to break out the old damaged brick and concrete floor, pour new concrete and install new bright tile. A paint job, additional electrical outlets and some new lights finished it nicely. The kids now have a bright space in which to learn.
    Gracias a todos - Thanks to all.

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  4. CaseyJones

    CaseyJones Ridin' that train

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    Sure there is. Tell my wrench, to just drop it, and then wheel it to the stealership.

    And kiss your wallet goodbye, and then NOT have the risers. The stock riding position for the NT, has me hunched over a bit. I need the neutral "sit-up-and-beg" position, for my back.

    If I get what I want, it will cost. Time and money. The Versys gives me the proper riding position but isn't so good on freeways or with much luggage.
  5. CaseyJones

    CaseyJones Ridin' that train

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    To the responders: Thanks for the encouraging comments.

    Now, a dumb - and insulting - question. If I'm in the middle of nowhere, in Mexico, and need a tire/tube/service...seriously. Can I find it? ...I mean, in Alaska, we know the drill. You carry it with you, or you don't have it. But in Mexico, motorcycles are common. SOME are. Not necessarily US motorcycle models or wheel sizes.

    It matters in packing. Pack tubes? Have a plan with tire casings?
  6. Yinzer Moto

    Yinzer Moto aka: trailer Rails Supporter

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    Always take tubes. Tires can be stitched up if they are ripped open.

    Are you riding a moto with common wheel sizes? 18/21?

    We found tubes in a small town in the Copper Canyon area when we had a rash of flats. There was actually a motorcycle shop, we asked around and people said to find some guy grilling meat on the sidewalk. It was a Sunday and the shop was closed, he grills meat on the sidewalk outside of his daughters grocery store. People buy the meat from the store and he grills it for them. He took my buddy up to the store where he picked up multiple tubes and patch kits.
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  7. Turkeycreek

    Turkeycreek Gringo Viejo

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    Llanteras - tire guys -are easy to find. They can vulcanize tubes if needed. Just bring one spare tube for both wheels. I forget which way you figure out which tube to take - someone here knows. But the off size tube will get you where you need to.
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  8. CaseyJones

    CaseyJones Ridin' that train

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    Tubes, roger.

    Wheels are 19 front, 17 rear. Sure, if TSHTF, I can literally stitch a tire casing. Survival skills training.
  9. Yinzer Moto

    Yinzer Moto aka: trailer Rails Supporter

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    We asked one guy at a shop and he did not want to fix our holy tubes. He is the one that told us to find the meat grilling guy.
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  10. JRWooden

    JRWooden Homeless motorcycle vagabond ... and ... loving it

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    Last time I was down this way I visited Real de Catorce .
    I came in thru the tunnel from the west side of town.

    I had planned to exit RdC going west through a town called "Los Catorce" and end up on Hwy 6 west of Rdc, but was warned the road was more or less out of commission.

    So ... the question:
    What is the condition of the "road" between hwy 6 and RdC NOW?
    Is it OK to travel or should I plan on entering and exiting RdC via the tunnel?
  11. JRWooden

    JRWooden Homeless motorcycle vagabond ... and ... loving it

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    Ok absent some commentary indicating I'd have to be a f*cking moron to try it ....
    I'll be headed that way in an hour or two ...
    I'll report back this evening... :drink
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  12. jimmex

    jimmex Guero con moto Supporter

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    So how did it go? :lurk
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  13. JRWooden

    JRWooden Homeless motorcycle vagabond ... and ... loving it

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    Holy moly.................
    Damn it was an awesome and VERY challenging ride.
    I rate it in the top 5 most difficult I've ever done ... incline duration surfaces switchbacks it had it all..
    and it didn't have guardrails................ and the drops were steep!

    I'll post some details tomorrow .... I have to hit the sack.
    But if you are up for a challenge ... this is a challenge ... no question.
    Warning signs to not attmpt without 4-wheel drive (we ignored that)
    it was fairly dry today I would NOT NOT NOT attempt this if there have been even moderate rains in last 24 hours....
    there are some spots that could be treacherous when wet and several places that would be potentially dangerous water crossings after a heavy rain
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  14. JRWooden

    JRWooden Homeless motorcycle vagabond ... and ... loving it

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    PS: With the best views I think I've ever had,
    free tour of a very old abandoned mining/smelting facility,
    and a "prize" at the top: The city of Real de Catorce :-)
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  15. edstoll

    edstoll OPD-2019 Supporter

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    I rode it on my loaded CB500X last February. It was challenging but was very worth it. Not too bad for an experienced off road rider.

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  16. jimmex

    jimmex Guero con moto Supporter

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    Petfect, glad you did it.
  17. JRWooden

    JRWooden Homeless motorcycle vagabond ... and ... loving it

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    Great ride! Highly recommended for experienced riders as @edstoll mentions!
    Assuming the weather is cooperative!
  18. JRWooden

    JRWooden Homeless motorcycle vagabond ... and ... loving it

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    In slightly off-topic news:

    It seems like fees for getting cash out of ATMs in MX are going up.
    I got $4000 pesos yesterday and total cost (exchange rate skimming from nominal + fees) was about 10%

    Are all the ATMs about the same on fees/exchange rates?

    I have some US cash I can exchange that looks like about a 5% hit

    and I try to use my credit/debit card(s) as much as possible as with my card I don't get hit with a foreign charge fee,
    and the exchange rate is better than the banks are offeirng....

    thanks for any pointers!
  19. SkizzMan

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  20. Misery Goat

    Misery Goat Positating the negative Super Moderator

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    Fidelity reimburses all my ATM fees too.

    I used a Gold Card (MC I think) for multi year travel and they waive all fees, atm, F/X fees, etc, so long as you maintain a $100K balance in your account. Fortunately for people like me who didn't have that much in their account they charge a $15/month service fee which is a pretty good deal for all those foreign transaction fees.

    Edit - And they shipped me a new card in Peru when I lost my old one. 3 days to get a new card to me in Ayacucho, Peru, no charge.