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Old 03-12-2009, 12:47 PM   #1
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Riding in Mexico

At the risk of getting flamed for posting a question about riding in Mexico on the motohouston board, I'm guessing that at least of few of you must have ventured down to visit our friendly southern amigos. To my question...

I was wondering if anyone here has ridden in Mexico, can point me towards some maps or websites with good routes, or can give any general advice at all about traveling down there. I spent a couple of hours scouring Google for good routes and came up with little or no good advice for traveling towards southern Mexico, which is to say traveling North / South as apposed to skimming across northern Mexico - which I'm not inclined to do.

A little background - I read an article in a magazine a while back about a guy who took his R1 across each continent (except Antarctica) North to South. He's written a book called Parallel World or something. I thought that was amazing since it was on a sport bike, not a touring bike, and was significantly more challenging than just circumnavigating the globe East / West. Then yesterday, I read a thread posted up about a guy traveling Mexico for 3 months. All this long range stuff got me thinking that it might be fun to take a trip to Mexico - where I've never been. I've been to Europe a few times, lived in Sweden for 2 years, and can generally get around in places I don't know, but traveling Mexico isn't the same as riding the Autobahn. It seems to me there are a lot of ways to get yourself in trouble there, not to mention break downs, bandits, drug wars, and all sorts of crazy you don't encounter here nor Europe.

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Old 03-12-2009, 01:30 PM   #4
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NP they have some great ride reports over there. Say hello to Squeaky while you over there for me.
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I'd reccommend completely tearing your bike apart and reassembling to get familiar with things before you take a trip like that.

Ohh, and beware of chupacabra!
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I take it you are planing on riding the Daytona? If you speak Spanish go to: www.bicimapas.com.mx or www.guiaroji.com.mx both sites have software you can download to your GPS.
When are you planing to ride and for how long, I might be down for a week in Mexico.
If you are riding the sport bike get insurance those are magnets for robbers down there.
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Old 03-12-2009, 02:15 PM   #9
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I went through Big Bend/Copper Canyon to Mazatlan and then took the ferry to Baja and rode up through LA to Vegas last year and I'm leaving tomorrow for a quick there & back to Mazatlan. Get VERY familiar with your bike and up on all maintenance and I got good Mexico maps from the Key map store. Some say that GPS usage is 'cheating' and I agreed until I got lost on dirt mountain roads the first night in 35 degree weather.
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and theres a thread on here linking a good report from advrider
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I was just in Creel, Chihuahua this past weekend and Chihuahua rt. 25 is one of the most amazing roads I've been on. We were in a car, but I would love to go back and ride it. That whole copper canyon area is beautiful and has winding, reasonably well-paved roads.
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While you're there, I would ride Chihuahua rt. 77 as well. Google now has this cool feature where they add pictures to the maps--here is a link to that area, with snapshots: http://maps.google.com/maps/mpl?modu...41,0.2211&z=12
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twtex and advrider have all your bases covered. Mexico should be absolutely no problem for a sport bike, as long as you stay on paved roads.

Also, all the crazy stuff happens after dark, so ride in the light and you will be fine.
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twtex and advrider have all your bases covered. Mexico should be absolutely no problem for a sport bike, as long as you stay on paved roads.

Also, all the crazy stuff happens after dark, so ride in the light and you will be fine.
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If you want to fit in Mexico then you must ride SQUID all sportbike riders do there... exept for the pizza boys they wear lids and also have fun no speed limit..
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I take it you are planing on riding the Daytona? If you speak Spanish go to: www.bicimapas.com.mx or www.guiaroji.com.mx both sites have software you can download to your GPS.
When are you planing to ride and for how long, I might be down for a week in Mexico.
If you are riding the sport bike get insurance those are magnets for robbers down there.
Yeah, it'll be on the Daytona. I'm not interested in doing any Dual Sport as of yet...maybe in the future. As for a date, I'm not sure yet. This all came upon me very suddenly...but a week sounds about right. Hopefully this will happen in the next couple of months (read 2). So, I dunno. When were you thinking? It would be great to have another sport bike rider along.
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Yeah, it'll be on the Daytona. I'm not interested in doing any Dual Sport as of yet...maybe in the future. As for a date, I'm not sure yet. This all came upon me very suddenly...but a week sounds about right. Hopefully this will happen in the next couple of months (read 2). So, I dunno. When were you thinking? It would be great to have another sport bike rider along.
I can take one week the second week of June, I could try to do it sooner but that would fit my schedule best.
I'd ride the R6 and I am fluent in Spanish
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I can take one week the second week of June, I could try to do it sooner but that would fit my schedule best.
I'd ride the R6 and I am fluent in Spanish
Sounds perfect, actually. I speak very little spanish - but have been overseas a lot. I'm pretty flexible as to when I go. My work schedule is what I want it to be. I'll PM you my phone #'s and stuff. We should go for a ride sometime and plan this thing out....
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I went through Big Bend/Copper Canyon to Mazatlan and then took the ferry to Baja and rode up through LA to Vegas last year and I'm leaving tomorrow for a quick there & back to Mazatlan. Get VERY familiar with your bike and up on all maintenance and I got good Mexico maps from the Key map store. Some say that GPS usage is 'cheating' and I agreed until I got lost on dirt mountain roads the first night in 35 degree weather.
Ugh, yeah. I'm definitely planning on getting some good maps and a GPS unit.
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