RTW the Jamie Z Way: Central Mexico

Discussion in 'Ride Reports - Epic Rides' started by Jamie Z, Nov 29, 2020.

  1. princess jamaica

    princess jamaica OLD DOG-NEW TRICKS

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    Take a look at San Ignacio for whale watching as well.
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  2. Jamie Z

    Jamie Z I'm serious. Supporter

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    All things considered, the least fun day of the trip.

    I went to bed last night not having any sort of plan for today. Wasn’t sure which direction I was going to go, or whether I was going to go at all. In fact, I still don’t know about tomorrow. I’m definitely planning to head out of Oaxaca, but I don’t know where I should go from here.

    A few things sat on my list of items today, the first being to go back to see if the memela stand is there. Sure enough! They’re still popular.

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    I put in an order and watched them work.

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    While I waited, I asked one of the women working if she knew the woman in this picture of me from 2007:

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    It took her a second, but then she recognized her. She asked the other woman working to confirm. They both agreed. They knew her. She still works at the stand. I asked them if they knew when she’d be working next. Will she be here tomorrow? I didn’t quite understand the answer, but basically no, she won’t be here tomorrow.

    I thought it would have been really cool to recreate that picture.

    Anyway, my memela was finished. It was better than I remember. Actually I don’t remember, but this was one of the best things I’ve eaten in Mexico so far.

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    Next I aimed for Walmart to get some oil for my bike. Though it would probably be better to buy the oil at a shop, rather than Walmart, I felt pretty sure that Walmart would have what I needed and I didn’t know what kind of oil a shop might carry.

    In fact, Walmart’s selection of oil was very limited, and all the oil was extremely viscous. What the heck is this?

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    I don’t want to turn this into an oil thread; I just wanted diesel engine oil, preferably synthetic. They didn’t have that. They did have synthetic motorcycle oil, so that’s what I got, even though it’s 20W-50. Whatever. It’s a Honda.

    Yesterday I researched some motorcycle shops near the hotel. There’s one listed on Google that gets good reviews, so I went over there. I couldn’t find it. So I headed over to another place which was listed as working on big bikes. Harleys and such. When I got there, I couldn’t find it either. A guy across the street must have understood my confusion. He pointed at the right door. I knocked; a guy answered, but he told me the mechanic was not there and the shop is closed. Behind him I could see several big cruisers on lifts.

    I was getting a little frustrated, so even though it’s a little farther away, I went back to Supermotos, a shop I’ve been to before, in 2007. The garage door was open and I talked to a guy there, told him I wanted to change my oil. He moved one of their mototaxis, or as they’re officially called, motocars to make room for my bike in the shop.

    This should be quick. Drop the skid plate. Drain the oil. Put new oil in. Re-attach skid plate. Go.

    Yeah… no. The first fastener I tried to remove on the skid plate stripped out. Here I lay on the floor beside my bike and recreate the scene.

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    The guy mechanic there heard me cursing and suggested I could drill out the bolt head. He went to get a drill and some drill bits. Ever try to drill through stainless steel with dull bits? Took me about ten minutes and multiple bits, but eventually the head popped off. Good thing I’m carrying an exact spare for this hard-to-find bolt.

    I’m not saying a stripped bolt head is the fault of SW Motech, but I’m pretty sure every European-made thing on this bike has given me problems in one way or another.

    The work went quick from there, though they didn’t have any shop rags. No shop towels, nothing. The woman at the counter pointed me to the sink to clean my hands.

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    After changing the oil I went to adjust the chain since I haven’t been able to loosen the rear axle nut with my Rally Raid tools; in fact I bent the spanner trying to loosen the nut. The mechanic found an appropriate-sized open-end wrench for my axle nut. I would have bet a large sum of money that he was going to use an adjustable wrench.

    I tightened up the chain just a bit. Hopefully it won’t stretch too much more. It only has to last me the next three months or so.

    I brought the helmet that I bought for Daniela because I thought maybe someone might want to buy it. But after all the trouble, me cursing, borrowing a bunch of the mechanic’s tools, I handed him the helmet and told him he could have it.

    The store manager came down and we talked for a bit. I showed her the pictures I took in 2007, and she still knew the mechanic who helped Bill install his chain back then. She asked if I’d send a couple of the photos to her. And she wanted a picture of me in the shop. So I asked for one, too.

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    I rode back to the hotel and went out to find something to eat. I went to Tacos Roy, which seems to be well-known. The menu is in English and Spanish. Frankly, the tacos didn’t look great, so I didn’t take a picture. And they were below average in taste in my opinion. That’s not bad. Even below average tacos are pretty good. And they were cheap.

    Took this pic of the vendors near the main square…

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    I’m not certain where I’ll be heading tomorrow. It’s going to be hard to pass up the ride down 175. The coast has some cold nights ahead!
  3. Ohio_Danimal

    Ohio_Danimal If I die trying, at least I tried Supporter

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    Head to San Jose del Pacifico and unwind.
    Sending you contact info by PM.
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  4. Rubinski

    Rubinski Been here awhile

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    Rubinski Been here awhile

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  6. joefromsf

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    I refer to SW-Motech as SW-Mojunk. They're quick to market with goodies for new bikes, and they are typically lower priced, but their quality is sub-par. I bought my 2004 DL650 in its first year of production and they were first to market with bash plate, engine guards and centerstand so I bought them all. They were terrible. Within two years I had replaced all three and swore off that brand.
  7. Sjoerd Bakker

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    Jamie , a hint for future oil purchases AND useful info for the noobs reading along .
    You will probably have better luck finding a particular oil grade if you go to a big auto parts store - like Auto Zone (of which there are about ten in Oaxaca city ) If you want the oil as approved for both diesel- and spark ignition-engines you might do better to look for truck service directed suppliers . Heck ,even Italika shops carry good oil for bikes . The owners manual will tell you which range of viscocity are recommended , there is leeway ,but there are also limits .
    Wal Mart and the other department stores carry the lines of interest to the budgets of the lower income who usually own older cars with high odo-readings . Also the high viscocity can be directed for use in regions with consistently hot weather and may be out of place if the store is in a cool region .
    The Mobil Oil example plastic bottles you show clearly say as much - "PARA MOTORES CON MAS DE 150 000 km "- , that is" for engines with more than 150 000 km."
    The older cars are presumed to have worn their cylinders from age and poor oil choices and have a lot of blow by . There is the idea that running such high viscosity oil will act more like syrup and not escape as quickly while also adding extra cushion in worn bearings .
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  8. lookatdirt

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    If this was your “least fun day” you’re doing pretty good!
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  9. andydj31

    andydj31 In Techno we trust...

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    Wine and a soccer match on Italian tv Rai... Juventus match right? :D
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  10. Hill Climber

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    What do you think about cutting a hole in the skid plate below the drain plug, just big enough to allow the plug and socket to fit?

    If you can find a small bottle/tube of anti-seize, you might consider using that next time on hard to remove bolts before reinstalling. Best used on chain adjusting nuts/bolts too.

    Hoping you'll find a reason to buy another pink helmet down the road! :babe

    Thoroughly enjoying the excellent reports!!
  11. Animo

    Animo Been n00b awhile

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    Siamo fortunati, abbiamo RAI Internazionale. Juve / Bologna. La Juve ha vinto 2-0. :thumb
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  12. BIG OIL

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    +1 on cutting a drain bolt access hole and anti-seize.
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  13. DoNR

    DoNR eyes open

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    Haha this is great Jamie! Loving all of the memories you're bringing back and damn those memelas look incredible. BTW after owning it for 15 years, I gave my KLR away yesterday. Sad moment for me but hoping the next owner gets it cleaned up a bit and gets some more good miles out of it.

    Keep it up man, can't wait to see where life takes you next, I'll be following along from home (for now, starting to think about another big trip after reading this report!)
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  14. Mini Trail

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    I don't normally read ride reports in the winter because it tends to cause an itching in my feet that can't be scratched. But I saw your name in the "most recent post" & thought "what's he up to?"
    Congratulations on starting this journey & I am looking forward to more. Don't be afraid to ask for help from your subscribers.
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  15. eakins

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    I agree with Dan and go ride 175 and chill.in SJdP.

    I know your not a beach guy but the Oaxacan coast line is some of the most beautiful in Mexico!
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    Did you try all sorts of different moles yet? Land of the 7???

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    I vote for the coast too. (Puerto Escondido) I remember visiting Monte Alban at Oaxaca and it was interesting, but I thought Oaxaca was too big, too many people.
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  20. eakins

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    Part of that with Suzuki is Suzuki proved a bike to fit as Motech was to be the oem accy parts for the bike. It looks like they also built to a price point probably because of Suzuki's demands.

    There pure aftermarket stuff is better for sure and improving each year. But yes they are a mass volume producers vs a higher end smaller producer.

    In the end there are only so many options for a 500X.