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Old 10-26-2009, 10:34 AM   #21
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Dude- I am about to waste some precious work time reading about your adventures. So far you seem like you're doing some bad stuff on that 250 I have a friend with a Nighthawk 750 and its a great bike.

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Old 10-26-2009, 12:20 PM   #23
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Dude- I am about to waste some precious work time reading about your adventures. So far you seem like you're doing some bad stuff on that 250 ...
Thanks, enjoy the ride reports. At the Frio Canyon Motorcycle Stop I told Bob I was riding on to Mexico after banging The Three Sisters. He just looks over at the 250 and says, "uh,...,ookaaaay"

I am out of step with many of my ADVrider brothers in my choice of ride for Mexico. The beastly 1200GS bikes seem to reign supreme for that endeavor. However, I chose the CB250 for many reasons that maybe I'll address some time later in another thread. Mostly the fix-it-myself ease of the bike if I am out in a remote area where help won't be coming. I don't even have to dismount the rear tire to break the bead!

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i would love to do longer rides. i just cant find routes. how does you go about planning these scenic rides. i just usually go out on a road and flip a coin R or L. but never get anywhere for or interesting. can i have more info on the loop? thanks

i myself stay on the se side too not too far from where you are.
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i would love to do longer rides. i just cant find routes. how does you go about planning these scenic rides. i just usually go out on a road and flip a coin R or L. but never get anywhere for or interesting. can i have more info on the loop? thanks

i myself stay on the se side too not too far from where you are.
For the routes I just study paper maps. For Mexico I have a Guia Roji book, one of the best map books I have ever encountered. It's even printed on waterproof paper. For Texas, Louisiana, large cities like Houston, I just use Rand & McNally fold out maps and map books. These are large enough for me to look for loops. Then I refine the loops with GoogleMap.

Which particular loop are you interested in? If you meant the one for Anahuac, just click on the link up-thread in post #5. It's all there, but if you want more specifics, just ask.

I also have a "gambling" loop that takes me through LA via Lumberton crossing the Sabine at Deweyville, then on to Kinder, LA where I stop for overnight poker at the Coushatta casino. There are several variations on that loop depending on whether I want to make it a two or three day adventure - like the other casinos in Lake Charles, titty bar in Sulphur, or head further east to Lafayette.
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WOW..!!!

Welcome to Motohouston..!!!!

Great reading about your travels to Mexico. I'm from Mexico City and has always wanted to ride all the way down there and Veracruz but I guess I'm a wuss..!!!

Only dreaming about the trip because I'm afraid about all the crime activity down there. Also Police is not very friendly with bikers, specially in Mexico City.

Maybe I'll attempt the ride if I can go with someone else.

Again welcome and thanks for sharing your adventures.
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íViva Zapata!

It's pretty nice down there. However, I'm not sure I would even drive a car in D.F.!

However, everything else is pretty easy going. I actually feel safer riding down there than in the US where the cagers are trying to kill me. I have had no trouble with police, customs, immigration, Federales, etc., nada, nunca. In fact I have tracked them down a couple of times to get directions, information, etc. Most helpful.

As for the borders areas re the narco wars, best to just clear the border towns and not hang around, though there are a few borders towns I know to be tranquil and peaceful. Typically it takes me a day to get to the border from Houston (I don't ride Interstates). When I get to the border I check into the hotel on the US side, get cleaned up, and then go across on foot to get my tourist card, then walk back to the US side for dinner and a good night's rest (unless I find a nice bar ). I don't hang out on the MEX side of the border that evening. The next morning I cross on the bike at dawn. The motorcycle permit I get in advance via the internet and Fedex from D.F. before the ride. I am down in the safe zone and the first army checkpoint, out of the border area within an hour. Then it's Mexico Lindo! for a week or so before I ride back. I've been going to places where hardly any Americans are seen. I've spotted some ruins and ghost towns too. Really cool stuff! This next trip I'll have to rent a horse or a donkey to get to these ruins I want to photograph.

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yes, i was talking bout the anahuac ride, looks like a good way to kill a sunday afternoon. can i get more specifics on the route. the map is very vague. thanks
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yes, i was talking bout the anahuac ride, looks like a good way to kill a sunday afternoon. can i get more specifics on the route. the map is very vague. thanks
Hear ya go:

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1. Bay Area Blvd and Hwy 3 (aka Old Galveston Road) head south towards Dickinson.

2. Just past Dickinson turn right on FM2004. You are now heading west. This road will take you under I-45 and then turns left right after the feeder so that you are heading south again. This will take you past the dog race track.

3. FM2004 ends at Hwy 6. Turn left onto Hwy 6. You are now heading east. This will take you through the town of Santa Fe. Don't even think about speeding here. The police are waiting for you.

4. You will see I-45 up ahead. Turn right and get on the feeder road for I-45. You are now heading south. Either get on I 45 there, or wait till the next on ramp. You are heading south now on I-45 and will cross over onto the island. I-45 becomes Broadway when it dumps you on to Galveston Island.

5. Just drive straight ahead. The road will end when you get to the beach. Turn left and you are headed east again. Watch for the sign that say Bolivar Ferry and turn left. You will be at the loading area.

6. While waiting for the ferry flirt with pretty women. If none are around, then make up lies about yourself to the guys. People will come up and talk to you simply because you are on a motorcycle.

7. When you get off of the ferry only one way to go, east. You will be on Hwy 87.

8. Where Hwy 87 ends, you have no choice but to turn left (unless you are on a dirt bike). Turn left, you will be heading north now on Hwy 124.

9. Keep an eye out for "White's Ranch Road" (FM1985). Turn left here and the road will take you west and then north as it curves around and becomes FM 562. Be very careful on White's, it is in need of repair.

10. Up ahead you will come to Hwy 65. Turn left, this will take you into Anahuac.

11. After you tool around Anahuac, just leave the way you came. Get back on FM562 and head north. FM562 then becomes Hwy 61 once you get to I-10. Go under I-10 and follow 61 to the town of Devers and US90. The road gets twisty here, so be careful.

12. When you get to US90 turn left. You are headed west again.

13. Take US90 until you get Hwy 146. Turn left on 146 and you are headed south. You will go over a bridge. It gets windy up there

14. Take 146 all the way down to NASA Rd 1. Turn right. There's a Hooter's right there so you can eat some wings and brag about yourself to the Hooter chicks. They are usually all over me!

15. Head west on NASA Rd 1 all the way to Hwy 3.

16. Turn right on Hwy 3, heading north, and the next major intersection will be where you started about 200 miles ago.

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Old 10-26-2009, 05:31 PM   #30
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Correction on item 3 above.

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Should read "Take FM2204 to Hwy 6..."

(There's actually another road I use sometimes that ends at Hwy 6, got confused)
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Old 10-26-2009, 06:31 PM   #31
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Howdy and welcome!

Ride reports are awesome! You have had some grand adventures. I hope to soon some day.
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Old 10-26-2009, 07:05 PM   #32
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I like your reasons for having the 250. I like the utility of a bike myself. I chose mine because it's a good compromise between a sport bike and a tourer and the maintenance isn't that bad. Haven't had the chance to go on any long trips but plan on it one day.
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Guitar Man. Good to meet you. I play acoustic. Mostly Spanish sounds. I've got a LaPatrie Etude and an old Yamaha G-231-II. Both have pickups. I am thinking of picking up a Francisco Navarro, they sell them here in Houston over at Memorial Music Imports on Memorial Drive, but I might make the pilgrimage down to Paracho and pick one up there. What's your playing focus on?

ormand. Car club sounds cool, and good to meet you too. I drive a an '08 Mustang Bullitt. Sometimes the local IMBOC chapter gets together for a car cruise. There's a nice cruise at Kemah on Saturday nights. All kinds of cars show up. Some real vintage stuff too.
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welcome to mh! great pictures from your mexico trip man..... i lived in Guadalajara and DF for 4 years and used to ride the maxipista (toll/paid hwy) during the weekends, it was a lot of fun!
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Guitar Man. Good to meet you. I play acoustic. Mostly Spanish sounds. I've got a LaPatrie Etude and an old Yamaha G-231-II. Both have pickups. I am thinking of picking up a Francisco Navarro, they sell them here in Houston over at Memorial Music Imports on Memorial Drive, but I might make the pilgrimage down to Paracho and pick one up there. What's your playing focus on?

ormand. Car club sounds cool, and good to meet you too. I drive a an '08 Mustang Bullitt. Sometimes the local IMBOC chapter gets together for a car cruise. There's a nice cruise at Kemah on Saturday nights. All kinds of cars show up. Some real vintage stuff too.
I'm familiar with the Kemah meets and the Nasa Rd One meets off of 45/Nasa. You should join HPD (www.houstonperformancedriving.com) for more funrides and stuff. Also bavspeed (www.bavspeed.com) has some nice BMW-related fun runs

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welcome to mh! great pictures from your mexico trip man..... i lived in Guadalajara and DF for 4 years and used to ride the maxipista (toll/paid hwy) during the weekends, it was a lot of fun!
sunday_rider. Yep, the Cuota roads are great. Nobody is on them! Great riding especially for Gixxer types. However, if I am covering new ground I usually take the Libre that way I can see all the small towns and find things of interest like ruins and ghost towns. It's also easy to mingle with the people at the stops on the Libres and find out where cool stuff is. However, if I am covering old ground then I jump on the Cuotas so I can get from A to B without the topes, remolques, etc. I haven't done Guadalajara yet. It's on my list, as I really want to check out the Orozco frescoes.

ormand. Thanks for the link. I am looking for some high performance training and track time on the Bullitt. I am thinking about adding a supercharger.
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