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Old 10-25-2015, 04:59 PM   #21
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Do y'all split up into fast and slower groups?
Yes, typically we ride in 4 - 6 man squads. We split up based on interest and ability. This trip we had 10 badasses, LOL, who had the same idea and we rode in a big group. The other 15 guys rode in smaller groups.

You have to be a decently capable rider in the base case. Riding on gravel and rock on a bigger bike can be a bear. A smaller bike and if you get stopped, you can get going again. Nothing we ride is really that hard, but it can get technical and almost impossible on something like a GS1200 BMW. On my little 230, I can lay it on the ground and pick it up with no issues. Nothing is going to stop me except a very steep incline.

Basically, if you can ride a dirt bike, you'll be fine. If you are a noob, don't show up on something it takes an army to get upright every time you drop it.

We had a capable 67 year old rider on a triumph 1200 who dropped his bike 30+ times on one rainy day. He and his group still had a good time.
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Old 10-25-2015, 05:08 PM   #22
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but the air cooled 650 thumpers don't look all that much heavier.
Fully fueled KLR is 400+, DR650 is 350 ish, CRF250L is 320 ish. Lightest you can go and still ride it like a big dual sport is an air cooled XT250, at around 310 wet. My little CRF230 is around 275 wet.

I have a freind who is riding around the world on an XT250 yamaha, air cooled.
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Mr. P, thanks for the pointers. Something like the DR650 would be the largest I would want to get into for my first DS.

Did you plate the CRF230? I'm not opposed to doing something like that, but I do want to have it road legal, so I don't have trailer it every time I wanna go ride.
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My DR350 is an ideal balance with just enough to cruise 75 on the highway, but light enough to make it through sand,mud and basically anything I throw at it. With E-start and proper gearing it has been a blast. I would love to make this trip.

Define "SAFE Mexico"
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Mr. P, thanks for the pointers. Something like the DR650 would be the largest I would want to get into for my first DS.

Did you plate the CRF230? I'm not opposed to doing something like that, but I do want to have it road legal, so I don't have trailer it every time I wanna go ride.
Yes the previous owner plated the crf230. A much easier path is a wr250r, crf250, or klx250. Or xt350 or xt250 if you want air cooled. All are factory street legal. Even in mexico you need headlight, taillight and brake light. Although they rarely care in rural parts.
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My DR350 is an ideal balance with just enough to cruise 75 on the highway, but light enough to make it through sand,mud and basically anything I throw at it. With E-start and proper gearing it has been a blast. I would love to make this trip.

Define "SAFE Mexico"
No gang activity, in the last year, possibly affecting gringos on bikes. Check advrider.com IsMexico Safe thread for 10,000 posts on the matter. We were detained coming out of "China Mexico" near the border and searched by civil police. They said China was hot, with recent activity. Once you hit mountains all is good.
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My DR350 is an ideal balance with just enough to cruise 75 on the highway, but light enough to make it through sand,mud and basically anything I throw at it. With E-start and proper gearing it has been a blast. I would love to make this trip.

Define "SAFE Mexico"
I rode a DR250, 1994, to grad school. 80 mph no problem, light, nimble, fairly capable with crappy stock 50/50 tires. 250/350 is a great 3rd world bike cause they have them there too.
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I'm gonna try to get dirty ASAP to build some skills. Not sure if I will feel comfortable enough to make the trip next year, but that's the goal.
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Where? I need some seat time
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Where? I need some seat time
There's a class coming up I'm gonna try to attend:

http://www.twtex.com/forums/showthre...53#post1387553

Picking up a CRF450X tomorrow.
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I would also like to be penciled in for next year. The wr250r will probably be my steed of choice.
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There's a class coming up I'm gonna try to attend:

http://www.twtex.com/forums/showthre...53#post1387553

Picking up a CRF450X tomorrow.
I highly highly recommend Colin Edwards Texas Tornado Boot Camp as a way to discover dirt bike skills. Its fun, comprehensive, and a comptitive type training / event. I've nevrr heard anyone complain that they didn't walk away all smiles.

Www.ttbc.com i think.
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Check my BrawpRacing channel on you tube for ttbc videos from the saturday night dirt wars races.
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So.... we have a trip planned for next April. A week long, to central Mexico, and some amazing places. doesn't get any better than this in a day's drive from Texas. Some would argue, anywhere in North America. It's pretty amazing.

http://www.twtex.com/forums/showthread.php?t=106215

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So do you trailer the bikes somewhere and then ride out, or just ride out from home to the meeting point?
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Most trailer to the border. Some fools like to ride the whole thing. Not me.

We stay at a very nice secure bike friendly hotel with secure interior parking for our haulers. It is only a mile or so from the Anzualdas bridge crossing so you can't get any closer to Mexico with a trailer. Most guys will load up 2 - 4 in a truck and tow down together to split gas and driving. We hit the border station the night before, get permits and visas squared away, and since you never leave the bridge, it is 100% safe and secure. The next morning we roll out at 8 after breakfast and ride all day every day till we come home.

Without a doubt, it is amazing. Nothing less.
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Sounds awesome man, count me in. I will start working on putting a bike together.
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