Is Mexico Safe?

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

  1. SkizzMan

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    That dude looks like CIA trying to look like he’s not CIA
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    Nayarit as well. But as long as people keep giving them money the GN will not be able to shut them down. They just move from caseta to caseta.
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    You can register for MND and get several (5?) free articles/month. This article claims these young people are paid $1500MXN/day, or about $72USD. Very lucrative. And counts national loss of revenue at 3 billion pesos or around 143 million USD. Doesn’t mention the typical amount being collected from drivers.

    So why care if from time to time poor people seek desperately needed financial relief by jacking a toll plaza for a few hours? As a traveler I know this takes funds used for road maintenance and I care about that. And it turns out that toll plazas are being taken over by cartels in some regions and in others by people masquerading as oppressed students, teachers, etc. Scammers, IOW.

    Toll roads have brought economic growth to a number of regions in the years I’ve been traveling Mexico. Enabling revenues to be drained from infrastructure maintenance is not in Mexico’s best interest.
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  6. Sjoerd Bakker

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    Wiley """""it was pretty dark, and when I purchased the bike 2 weeks ago"
    It reads like there might be an interesting story there, :imaposerbought in a dark deal and not yet inspected in detail in the intervening two weeks (!!!) until after setting out on an adventure with perhaps unresolved issues . Keep the adresses of the Mexican bike shops handy . :-)

    If the KLR is drooling that much oil from the air filter housing cover then the previous owner must have really overdone it. The KLR air filter box has a drain tube which normally has a plug in the lower end and it needs to be allowed to drain oil and water now and then,especially if it was on a submarine patrol:lol3.Better have a look in the airbox, maybe the drain hole is plugged up with dirt.
    What is the odometer reading on the bike now and how old is it anyway ? If you are new to KLR then remember you need to reset the engine balancing counterweight spring every 5000km (or mile equivalent ,; aka the doohicky ). It only takes a few seconds with an 8mm socket and if you do it at an odometer reading ending in 000 it is easier to remember the intervals.
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  7. WileyRTW

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    *Speaking into ear piece* Bring me home boys, I have been compromised, abort operation deep fried churro, repeat abort!
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  8. WileyRTW

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    Haha, the bike was purchased solely to get me to Mexico so it wasn't pretty, it did sit for a decade, and had a list of items to fix, bit overall is ok, I did have to work on it every day which is why you see me in the scrambling situation I was in haha, but I think it's all good now, more or less. I didn't ride it much in those two weeks, but the work was done in the light, I assure you.

    The air filter oil is my fault, when I threw in a new filter I wrang it out and then let it sit for a few hours, but still had too much oil I suppose, and since it just went in the extra oil looks fresh, making me jump to conclusions about the shock.

    The shake down trip was unloaded, I had some issues with gas, but overall it went ok, so the next evening I started headed South. With the bags on the bike started falling over at the end of the trip.....I feel like it was stiffer when I started, and did about a mile off road standing, and it handled fine. When I stopped somewhere to park about 3/4ths through the trip it fell over, I was under a street light so it was low light, but I could see enough not to dig out my headlamp. When I took a look and saw the oil I assumed it was shock oil. I am still not convinced the shock is ok, or if they all just really suck as there is a lot of KLR shock hate, but either way the bike will get me where I am headed, even if some of the issues are self caused :)

    I replaced my doo hickey pre-emptively, only to find it already broken! I fished the broken part out of the case and am all set now, who knows how long the previous owner was ridding around with it broke!
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  9. Tricepilot

    Tricepilot Bailando Con Las Estrellas Super Moderator Super Supporter

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    I had a thread on Two Wheeled Texans where I offered to do the Doohickie job for people, or at least guide them through it if they thought the task was over their head. I ended up doing exactly 30 of them in my garage. Eagle Mike's part is infinitely better than those early runs Kawasaki installed.
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    Agreed
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    Tricepilot Bailando Con Las Estrellas Super Moderator Super Supporter

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    This week in Cozumel, Quintana Roo. Shortest turn around on back to back dive trips for any of us. Mark (Subcomm) and I were here two months ago. Definitely hurricane season, as both trips saw storms either nearby or recent to the visit.

    L-R, Termite, me, Subcomm. Our motorcycle ride from Texas to Mahahual was a main chapter in the Into the Blue at Quintana Roo ride report.

    Mexico continues to unfold and open wide. LOTS more divers this trip than two months ago. Hotel Cozumel had at least triple the number of guests than before.


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    Filming with a GoPro Hero 9. Tip: Once I changed from the GoPro color algorithm to the flat color profile, the video I took looked much better. Shooting underwater in linear is the way to go.

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    L-R Termite, Subcomm, me, Eddy

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    The bricks below spell "Cozumel" and point East to the island.

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    Three days of diving, your room, your drinks, and all your meals is currently $650 @ Hotel Cozumel.

    You can't top that in many places. Also, many places have yet to open, for example the Cayman Islands. Honduras is open but requires a PCR (swab) Covid test. No hoops to jump through in Mexico. Just jump into the water.
  12. Sjoerd Bakker

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    “”” there is a lot of KLR shock hate” “” Wiley sez
    And I don’t understand why .
    My 20 year old KLR is still handling fine with the factory installed stock shock and spring after 244 000 km .
    Once did I think I had a problem when it seemed to make knocking sounds but that was discovered to be noise due to loose bolts in the rear subframe permitting it to move . Easily fixed .
    All I do for it is give the linkages a shot of grease once a year, and I made a little shield extension for the inner fender front to keep dirt from getting off the wheel onto the shock .
    Maybe I am insensitive or undemanding about shock performance - as long as it moves and smoothes bumps I will be happy . I don’t do big-sky jumps or deep water crossings which I suspect to be tough on any shock .
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  13. Grynch

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    Time to switch to the Go-Pro.
  14. Tricepilot

    Tricepilot Bailando Con Las Estrellas Super Moderator Super Supporter

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    FYI those shots above were taken for us by a nice Italian lady dive photographer, not by ourselves. That's why they look good (there were over 150 photos taken over two dives). She's been on Cozumel doing this for over 10 years.

    I will though work up the GoPro 9 footage soon enough to give you an idea of why (in my opinion), with the right settings, it can really do justice underwater.
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  15. WileyRTW

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    Those look awesome, the last dive I did was a deep water shark dive in Honduras and the lady next to me had enormous fake breasts and could not just chill on the bottom with us she kept floating away. She finally grabbed hold of me to stay put, which I did not mind.
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  16. WileyRTW

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    To be fair to KLRs I have confirmed my bike was lowered, which doesn't help things, so the stock shock might be sufficient for normal conditions. I have also realized the seat is aftermarket and probably also has me sitting way to low as well.

    And more importantly, it did get me into Mexico.
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  17. Animo

    Animo Been n00b awhile

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    I don’t mean to be rude, but is it possible for you to post any pictures?
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    Rude?? I proudly present "El Churro"
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    haha, ok I will get a pic with both wheels on, and maybe an ocean behind it (as well as showing what you are really asking for), this is the best I have atm, and taken in the USA so don't worry.
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  19. Hill Climber

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    Not sure if this belongs in this thread, but it does pertain to Mexico information..

    For those who follow Borderland Beat, it is being shut down Monday October 26. Sobering reasons why....
    http://www.borderlandbeat.com/2020/10/borderland-beat-shuts-down-monday.html

    Here's a C & P of the post as after Monday, it won't be available:

    Saturday, October 24, 2020

    BORDERLAND BEAT SHUTS DOWN MONDAY


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    Dear Borderland Beat Followers;

    It is with much thought that the decision has been made to shut down Borderland Beat as of Monday, October 26th at 5PM mountain time.

    Our plan as of now is to re-open in January 2021.

    We will attempt to tweet on the BB Twitter page at @Borderland_Beat if it appears we can contribute in an effective way.

    As for now, it is too difficult to continue the blog.

    Why?

    The decision was made as in the best interest of BB.

    BB has come under attack in an unbelievable scenario, not a hack, but a person, a famous capo, each of you would know his name and his story.

    He has filed a lawsuit with the federal court of the United States naming Borderland Beat as the defendant.

    This is the first time in history that a capo of any magnitude, former or current, has sued a blog, or for that matter any news site.

    It truly is mindboggling.

    What does he want?

    So far, money.

    Which of course BB has none.

    Buggs and all the contributors are volunteers. Buggs has kept his project simple; volunteer generated, with no advertising.

    The litigation has the potential of becoming pricy.

    'Capo' objected to an image. An image where BB was not the breakout media source, that was Reforma/El Norte, then a number of blogs and media sites followed.

    Contributors at BB are like independent contractors, no one 'approves' the posts. As soon as the request was made to remove the images the entire post was removed.

    His name?

    Buggs has decided not to divulge the name because, since his first contact, via his attorney, the capo then requested and received a court order allowing him to sue as John Doe.

    Although there isn't a gag order on the case, Buggs feels compelled to honor the order of anonymity to include BB not sharing his true name or moniker.

    Capo has recently added a number of other blogs, media sites, and newspapers to the lawsuit as well as google.

    These past two months have been incredibly stressful and uncertain.

    The safety of contributors is always in question, but now with this, we are not sleeping well.

    BB was founded on an idea for a project by its owner/founder Buggs. To have this incredibly successful narco news source shut down forever in this way, must not be the path it is forced to take.

    We love you people! You have supported us, assisted us, championed us, encouraged us. Without YOU supporters, BB would not have succeeded to the level it has. THANK YOU.

    WE WILL BE BACK!!!


    Borderland Beat Reporter Chivis Posted at 7:15 PM
  20. SkizzMan

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    Do many inmates here rely on Borderland Beat for reliable information on Mexico?
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