Owning a bike in Mexico City?

Discussion in 'Latin America' started by alemeno214, Jul 14, 2019.

  1. alemeno214

    alemeno214 Adventurer

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    I might have an opportunity to live in Mexico City for several months or more, and I was curious how it is owning a bike there? What are some good rides in the area? If I end up going, I'm hoping to ride my bike down from the States to keep with me during my stay.
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  2. Cal

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    You will need a temporary import permit when you ride it across the border, they will give you 6 months and then it needs to be taken out of Mexico. Depending on the age of the bike there will be a deposit newer bikes are $400.00. If you go passed the 6 months you loose the deposit and the bike will be illegal. Your Mexican insurance is not valid with out a valid permit.

    The second question about good rides is like asking are there any good rides around Seattle.:lol3
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    markharf Been here awhile

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    Quote: The second question about good rides is like asking are there any good rides around Seattle.

    I respectfully disagree. There are way more good rides around Mexico City than there are around Seattle.
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  4. Cal

    Cal Long timer

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    haha point taken in total agreement!
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    BarrieCTaylor Been here awhile

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    Oh, and buy good lock.
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  6. alemeno214

    alemeno214 Adventurer

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    Yeah totally agree, the riding around Seattle is fairly disappointing. What are some favourites around CDMX? How is parking for bikes around the city? Are there issues with theft?
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  7. SkizzMan

    SkizzMan aka SkiddMark ;^)

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    Which bike are you taking?

    Plenty of great 1-2 day loops from CDMX

    Reach out to @garrydymond. He likes to show riders around down there

    I’m down there quite often myself
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    Was just there about a month ago, in condesa, just left my bike in the free Moto only spots with the other nice bikes and scooters for 6 days, no problems...

    Oh and there are lots of good ride's all around CDMX...
    Like the whole rest of the country....
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  9. Gustavo

    Gustavo Motociclista Errante

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    Whatever you do, don't ride down to Tres Marias on a weekend, both car and wannabe racer traffic is too annoying (and often dangerous).

    Where in CDMX will you be living? Remember, it's a very large metro area, even on a bike and lane splitting like a Mexican, it takes a while to get across the city. I like to find some small town (look up pueblos magicos, those are usually good destinations) as the day's destination, link to it with some squiggly lines on the map and Roberto is your uncle.

    A few examples - From La Marquesa south to Malinalco is a good ride. You could go through Lagunas de Zampoala too, but that loop takes you through Tres Marias... May be OK if you leave early. 134 from Naucalpan to Santa Maria Zolotepec. 5 to Villa del Carbon, etc etc.

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  10. garrydymond

    garrydymond Been here awhile

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    Contact me if you make it here.
    Check into your visa situation and getting a TVIP as it is only for tourists.
    There are lots of good roads to ride.
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  11. alemeno214

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    Will do! I'm hoping to head down on the bike possibly in March or April, depends when I can take the time off to ride down from Washington when the passes aren't snowed over.

    Looks like the TVIP is tied to the tourist card, and I'm needing to fly back up to Washington for work every 2-3 months which creates a bit of a logistical issue. I was wondering how feasible it is to ride from CDMX to San Antonio, TX in two days? I was thinking I could bomb up there in a weekend, park the bike in that city somewhere, fly to Washington for a week or two, fly back to San Antonio and ride back down to CDMX. I've done several 800 mile/16 hour days in the States, but I know things probably aren't as quick in Mexico. Just want to get a reality check if a weekend ride all the way to San Antonio is a possibility at all.

    I'd really like to have a bike while down here, and renting seems pretty expensive given the amount I ride. Or if I'm totally wrong about not being able to leave my bike here for the full 6 months while flying back and forth occasionally, please let me know! If I stay long-term, I'll definitely look into getting temporary residence which should make this situation non-permanent.
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  12. garrydymond

    garrydymond Been here awhile

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    2 days to San Antonio is doable. Take the toll roads and you can go as fast as you want. It will be expensive.
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    garrydymond Been here awhile

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    JD will know better than me but I am pretty sure you can leave the bike for as long as the TVIP is valid and fly back and forth to the US.
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    currenv Been here awhile Supporter

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    The first few posts of the now ginormois Is Mexico Safe thread have lots of info about visas and the TBIP. I believe the TBIP is technically connected to your tourist visa and when you leave the country the TBIP will no longer be valid. Bit I also believe the consensus is that the government doesn't track that so, realistically, you can leave and come back. Check over there, though.

    Another possibility would be to buy a bike in Mexico. Then you wouldn't have to worry about it. Lots of used bikes listed on Mercado Libre.

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  15. alemeno214

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    Awesome, at least that part of the logistics plan is doable.
    Can someone on a tourist visa buy a bike registered in Mexico? What are some good storage/parking places in CDMX for when I'm not in the country?
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    I agree with Garry about making San Antonio in two days but I would rather fly in/out CDMX leaving the bike there. I’ve done it on FMM’s, one a ground FMM and the other an air FMM, holding both at the same time. Technically it’s not supposed to work this way but it has for me. Strictly by ground travel alone the system is set up to cancel the FMM, keeping the TVIP for your return on a new FMM (within the 180 day period) as I’ve done riding south but never exiting north. I’ll ask Banjercito personnel if this can be done exiting to the USA when I go to the Border after Christmas.

    Consider contacting Sonia Diaz, a visa attorney in San Miguel de Allende, for guidance through these issues:

    Sonia Diaz.mx

    Sonia’s website offers a great deal of information so first read through her pages on vehicles and visas before contacting her as she does charge a fee.

    Her husband, John Garvin, is a motorcyclist and is active on several forums, BTW.
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  17. garrydymond

    garrydymond Been here awhile

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    You can buy a bike as a foreigner. Depending on how long you want to store the bike my place may be an option.
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