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tricepilot 11-19-2008 06:06 AM

I walk these streets, a loaded six string on my back

I play for keeps, cause I might not make it back
I been everywhere, still I'm standing tall
Ive seen a million faces an I've rocked them all

I'm a cowboy, on a steel horse I ride
I'm wanted dead or alive
I'm a cowboy, I got the night on my side
I'm wanted dead or alive
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- Bon Jovi

Welcome back my friends, to another México ride report Tricepilot-style!

I left San Antonio a few weeks ago for my longest, and strangest, trip into México yet.

I'm going to tell you how I got bucked off my steel horse between Guadalajara and Puerto Vallarta, and lived to tell the tale.

I took over 1,700 photos, among them the following...

The deep, rich colors of San Migel de Allende

The glowing arch of Santiago

Sugar candies in el centro of Dolores Hildalgo

And more friendly, smiling faces like this one in Amatitán!

Vamanos, if you can stay on!

Bob :jose

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Flying Turtle 11-19-2008 06:15 AM

great !!
more pics, por favor !!!

Pedro Navaja 11-19-2008 08:04 AM

Hey Roberto El Loco! This is your amigo Mike in Clear Lake from TWT. I am watching you :lurk :D

BoatRide 11-19-2008 08:11 AM

Ariba!!!!! y una pregunta
looks like another great ride report about to unfold. any suggestions on good "motorcycle" maps and/or gps routes for Mexico. Trying to plan a trip to east side sea cortez and over to baja but no bueno mapas.

akadvntr 11-19-2008 08:42 AM

Looking forward to this!

GB 11-19-2008 08:54 AM

Oh ya!! Vamonos! :thumb


tricepilot 11-19-2008 10:04 AM

This was the fourth (or fifth?) time running Mexico since leaving the Air Force in the fall of '06. I loved ending up in San Antonio to be near the border - its just a few hours to Laredo and you're across the river.

The idea of this trip was to join up with a mixed bag of crazies who wanted to spend two weeks in Mexico, centered around the Mexico BMW rally in Guadalajara and Puerto Vallarta. The rally was only to be a little over 4 days in a 15 day adventure.

I'll get to it in sequence, but I crashed between Guadalajara and Puerto Vallarta. I crashed under "the best of circumstances", which I will go into detail later.

A few days before the low-side in the mountains...

If you crash in Mexico, you just pull the bent and broken pieces off of the motorcycle, and duct tape and zip tie the rest, and press on. That's what was done with the help of Hank, expert BMW wrench, who was (fortunately) on scene at the rally and our informal "lets go here" guy.

The two weeks took the rough form of this outline, crossing at Nuevo Laredo, and driving south through

San Luis Potosi
San Miguel de Allende
Puerto Vallarta
Playa Azul

We were able to figure out how they obtained the fruit of the agave in Amatitan, just west of Guadalajara. It isn't any more difficult than this...

We were able to find fairly cheap places to stay, such as this place in Patzcuaro...

So I'll begin the tale of these recent two weeks in Mexico - the land of true enchantment. A few thousand miles, one bent and broken motorcycle, a mix of beautiful cities and towns, and of course, some really great riding partners and the friendly, smiling people of Mexico!

Lobby 11-19-2008 10:20 AM


BTW, it's Miguel, not Migel. I'm gonna learn you some Spanish. :deal


intothenew 11-19-2008 11:03 AM


kennyanc 11-19-2008 07:22 PM



divingbiker 11-19-2008 07:32 PM

I'm in
Cant wait :jive Post on my brother!

Kodanja 11-19-2008 09:26 PM

:thumb Looking forward to this as I'm currently planning my trip to Mex this Feb '09.

tricepilot 11-20-2008 06:21 AM


Originally Posted by Flying Turtle
more pics, por favor !!!

por supuesto que si! Can't disappoint you OR Sarah Palin!!!

Originally Posted by Pedro Navaja
I am watching you :lurk :D

Remember, Mexico in February, Miguel...


Originally Posted by BoatRide
looks like another great ride report about to unfold. any suggestions on good "motorcycle" maps and/or gps routes for Mexico. Trying to plan a trip to east side sea cortez and over to baja but no bueno mapas.

Yes - here are my map suggestions:

(1) Guia Roji products: Take along the "standard" size "Por Las Carreteras de Mexico" as well as the larger "Gran Atlas de Carreteras"

(2) Definitely Definitely Definitely have a "typical" highway map of Mexico in a visible tank bag or map holder. Something that you don't have to get out at a highway intersection.

(3) Optional: GPS. I have a Zumo plus Bicimapas. I typically use these for situational awareness in Mexico - not for my sole source of Navigation information. The latest version of Bicimapas, while not perfect, is miles ahead of the previous versions and excellent for orientation. It worked very well in all of the major cities I was in.

Edit: I just found out this morning that Bicimapas is doing a huge update for 2009 - information here:

Bicimapas 2009

(4) Get a large wall map of Mexico and some push pins for planning purposes. Read lots of Mexico ride reports and make friends with folks like Gustavo and Dan (DTop1), who are, like, gurus of Mexico.


Originally Posted by akadvntr
Looking forward to this!

Wait until we light up San Miguel with color saturation bombing photography


Originally Posted by Gadget Boy
Oh ya!! Vamonos! :thumb

Time to leave the Great Snowy North, mi hermano - Leo says so!

Originally Posted by Lobby
:lurk BTW, it's Miguel. I'm gonna learn you some Spanish.

:deal dedos gordos :cob


Originally Posted by divingbiker
Cant wait :jive Post on my brother!

That's what the new pres has to say along that line:


Originally Posted by intothenew


Originally Posted by kennyanc
:lurk Kenny

More corn is popping guys. Kenny, I am shipping you my KLR for an overhaul. You can do it.


Originally Posted by Kodanja
:thumb Looking forward to this as I'm currently planning my trip to Mex this Feb '09.

Do tell where you are going. The Tricepilot Express is doing a Mexico '09 Indiana Jones and the Temples of the Yucatan Tour - watch for it.

Andres A 11-20-2008 06:21 AM

Carta Blanca ,Yea the right choice, if some day, across the border on Reynosa, send us a pm, Bienvenido Amigo:freaky.


SgtNapalm 11-20-2008 11:28 AM

Looks like another good one tpilot, my monitor almost exploded with that Full Spectrum of Candy colors, nice shots.
I gotta move to texas so I can be closer to the border.

Colors, Pow!
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