Baja in One Week? Baja Riding Partner Wanted!

Discussion in 'Americas' started by Elibaba, Nov 23, 2017.

  1. Elibaba

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    Ok guys, thank you so far for all your input.

    Since the trip is coming up soon, I was wondering if anyone could recommend me a motorcycle insurance for Mexico. I guess it is mandatory. Or should I just ask the guy from my US insurance? Any special document I need to bring besides registration and proof of insurance?

    Thank you.
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  2. akaDigger

    akaDigger Amateur Adventurer

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  3. NevBlu

    NevBlu Been here awhile

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    Your proof of insurance is only valid in US.

    For Mexico, you can buy MC or auto insurance right at the border on US side (gas station and money exchange store east of CA 94) from Tecate. We did this last month for auto, so about $16 per day.

    Most previous years for motorcycle, I have used Baja Bound with online purchase; bajabound. A good website and company.

    Yes, Tricepilot's Primer to Mexican Riding is a good read.
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  4. Motomantra

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    https://www.motormexico.com/ I got mine on line with this guy. No affiliation, just some research.
    Mexico does not recognize US insurance, so it's a must have.
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  5. CC Ryder

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    I'm also in Salt Lake City.. I've been down the Baja peninsula once on a motorcycle.. 2014 a few of us rode KTM 990's down to Bay of Conception. We mostly followed the race course a few days before the Baja 1000 began, then spectated the race above San Francisquito. We camped every night. 11 nights.. We crossed over to the Pacific side just south of BOC.. I wanted to get down as far a Loretto, in my opinion it started getting really amazing at San Francisquito, and by the time you get to the Bay of Conception.. you will be blown away.

    I always leave town around xmas and have been considering Baja this year. None of my riding buddies here can pull it off. However, I too would want to ride mostly dirt.. and as others will warn.. there is a lot of sand.. sometimes DEEP sand.. on a loaded big bike, its a handful for any rider. but simply awesome. I would suggest going out to our dunes (little sahara or delle) and riding sand for a couple days.

    I also own a Honda 450x, that I bought for the purpose of doing Baja in 2015.. The trip fell apart.. The bike is ready to go. I'm not a great navigator, since im not that good with GPS kit on my phone or other methods. I like paper maps. A buddy had the route all laid out for us.. NICE! For those of you considering a Baja trip.. I'd be grateful if you keep me in mind for a wildcard. I'm not into rushing down and back.. I have a flexible life. I'm 42 years old and a seasoned Deseret rider.
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  6. MaParkerColo

    MaParkerColo Been here awhile

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    Hope this isn’t considered jumping someone’s thread, if it is my apologies tell me and I will start my own!

    I am planning on heading down from Colorado to ride Baja around the 21st or 22nd of December. Plan was to go solo and ride almost all dirt, but I would be open to partnering up if anyone is interested . I ride a plated KLX300 certainly not geared for super slab.:ricky
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  7. 805gregg

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    Remember it's winter in Baja and can get real cold, we were there for christmas in 1986 and had to wear our down jackets at Bahia Concepcion, also if you get to La Paz and Cabo watch out there have been 409 murders in both places in the first 10 monhs of 2017, unheard of in the past
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  8. TUCKERS

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    It snowed on us one Xmas on the pass from Ensenada to San Felipe
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  9. Tsilatipac

    Tsilatipac Go Adventure

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    A friend and I are heading down December 26-30ish. We plan to ride the length of Baja and back. Lots of advice to not attempt it that quickly but we are. This is more of an iron butt ride than experience the culture. Folks are welcome to join for part or all of the trip. I'll be on an old GS1150 and have been in baja a couple of times. My friend is on a new ZX1200 so we will be on Highway 1 primarily. We plan to cross at Tecate as close to 5AM as we can, may be closer to 6am on the 26th. Might stop to see whales if they are around but that would add a day. Also want to spend a couple hours in Mulege and Loreto. Basically we are winging it. Company is welcome as long as expectations are low, flexibility is high, no drama if folks want to split up.
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  10. 805gregg

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    Watch for black Chevy Tahoes, with dark tinted windows, car of choice for cartels, we were followed for three days riding in to Copper Canyon by several of them, there were 5 of us so safety in numbers
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  11. TUCKERS

    TUCKERS the famous james

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    Will you get TVIP's and visas at 5am...or not bother with them?
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  12. dravnx

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    You don't need a TVIP for Baja and the TJ immigration office is 24/7.
    I saw 38F while camping on a beach in late December near Mulege once.
    Froze my cajones off.
    I'm now always prepared for the cold in Baja this time of year.
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  13. Tsilatipac

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    Hijacking thread but: I will get my TVIP online and then have it stamped when I cross. Many say you don’t need them but I believe that without it Mexico insurance may not be valid. I have too much to lose to find out.
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  14. princess jamaica

    princess jamaica OLD DOG-NEW TRICKS

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    Not necessary in Baja.
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  15. TUCKERS

    TUCKERS the famous james

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    What about a tourist visa? I've been going down since 1976 and have never gotten either.......BUT word is you need a TV.
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  16. princess jamaica

    princess jamaica OLD DOG-NEW TRICKS

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    Yes on the tourist visa.
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  17. Tsilatipac

    Tsilatipac Go Adventure

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    Ok sorry. Mixed up my terms.

    No TVIP for Baja or Sonora free zone.
    Yes, FMM (tourist card) which is free for trips 7 days or less.

    My comment on insurance was based on, in order for insurance to be valid you must be in the country legally. If you don’t have your tourist card, or TVIP where require (not Baja), you aren’t in the country and so insurance company could decline to pay a claim even though you bought the policy.
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