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Forum: Americas Today, 07:03 AM
Replies: 18
Views: 442
Posted By Sjoerd Bakker
Need to ask Animo , how many years ago did you...

Need to ask Animo , how many years ago did you have the problems with the TVIP at the Subte Lopez ( Chetumal ) border crossing.?
I do realize that interpretation of the rules may vary somewhat...
Forum: Americas Yesterday, 06:43 AM
Replies: 18
Views: 442
Posted By Sjoerd Bakker
[QUOTE=SchizzMan;24738856]Using a major credit...

[QUOTE=SchizzMan;24738856]Using a major credit card for the TVIP deposit removes the cash bond issue from consideration,
Seems like a personal call to me.[/QUOTE

Correct , but I noted in...
Forum: Americas 07-30-2014, 08:17 PM
Replies: 18
Views: 442
Posted By Sjoerd Bakker
But Animo , that is being a bit over cautious...

But Animo , that is being a bit over cautious just for in case of " what if" .
The likelihood of a major breakdown should have been pretty well taken out by proper maintenance and if...
Forum: Americas 07-28-2014, 03:04 PM
Replies: 18
Views: 442
Posted By Sjoerd Bakker
Pm sent to John If the Guatemala ...

Pm sent to John

If the Guatemala authorities were demanding to see a cancelled Mexican TVIP THEY were ignorant of the facts . NOT REQUIRED as Mexico does not demand cancellation of TVIP
Forum: Americas 07-27-2014, 11:55 AM
Replies: 53
Views: 1,984
Posted By Sjoerd Bakker
Wicked Film guy. QUOTE. and tail bags and...

Film guy. QUOTE. and tail bags and small/light backpacking camping gear etc. I realized I probably could have spent the night some 20 times in a motel before I saved any $$. Plus charged up...
Forum: Americas 07-24-2014, 05:57 PM
Replies: 19
Views: 688
Posted By Sjoerd Bakker
Thanks for the plug , Eakins That post you...

Thanks for the plug , Eakins

That post you quoted comes from
www.borderhelper. com the site built by Dr Benny

Check out Borderhelper for some details on various crossings . Then ,...
Forum: Americas 07-24-2014, 10:39 AM
Replies: 8
Views: 330
Posted By Sjoerd Bakker
[QUOTE=Sjoerd Bakker;24688232]You might want to...

[QUOTE=Sjoerd Bakker;24688232]You might want to buy a small tent and a sleeping bag just for this trip, you do NOT need " camping gear" like cooking stuff , just the basic shelter for a sleep.I...
Forum: Americas 07-23-2014, 10:10 AM
Replies: 24,082
Views: 1,850,066
Posted By Sjoerd Bakker
... and unlike the Ukraine they have never ...

... and unlike the Ukraine they have never blown a jetliner loaded with noncombatant foreign civilians out of the sky over Mexico
Forum: Americas 07-22-2014, 06:43 AM
Replies: 2
Views: 257
Posted By Sjoerd Bakker
You , after having ridden Mexico , should already...

You , after having ridden Mexico , should already know that riding somebody
Else's motorcycle up through Central America and Mexico will bring the need
for much more paperwork and...
Forum: Americas 07-20-2014, 08:55 PM
Replies: 24,082
Views: 1,850,066
Posted By Sjoerd Bakker
Live a little! Don't be so scared . Head...

Live a little! Don't be so scared . Head straight through the center of beautiful downtown Reynosa from or too the Hidalgo Texas USA.Personally I prefer this route , gets you an immediate sampler...
Forum: Americas 07-20-2014, 06:29 AM
Replies: 18
Views: 1,093
Posted By Sjoerd Bakker
..and be careful in Canada They just found a...

..and be careful in Canada They just found a set of grandparents and grandson murdered and burned up north of Calgary......
Forum: Americas 07-19-2014, 10:03 PM
Replies: 24,082
Views: 1,850,066
Posted By Sjoerd Bakker
No problemA if you are planning to bring your...

No problemA if you are planning to bring your BMW motOcicleta to Mexico. You have a good idea to install new tires and oil at the last moment before crossing into Mexico from Texas.
Your spares ...
Forum: Americas 07-19-2014, 08:00 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 409
Posted By Sjoerd Bakker
Talking Do not bother with getting reserved seats. You...

Do not bother with getting reserved seats.
You will be paying extra for that service and may well feel locked in , having the idea that this is where you always must sit. You might wind up feeling...
Forum: Americas 07-17-2014, 07:27 PM
Replies: 24,082
Views: 1,850,066
Posted By Sjoerd Bakker
No danger here I would ever try any food like...

No danger here I would ever try any food like that .... Nor menudo
😷
Re barricades and ropes
In Chiapas and some other areas it may also be a form of indigenous peoples'
protest and...
Forum: Americas 07-12-2014, 07:09 AM
Replies: 24,082
Views: 1,850,066
Posted By Sjoerd Bakker
Talking about the " media" and " conspiracy" ...

Talking about the " media" and " conspiracy" brings up a facet that has been intriguing me for a long time.

How is it that on the news casts from various networks and independent stations ...
Forum: Americas 07-08-2014, 08:32 AM
Replies: 24,082
Views: 1,850,066
Posted By Sjoerd Bakker
Goodwithafork. : The Mex 190 crossing into...

Goodwithafork. :

The Mex 190 crossing into Guatemala is easy. - But in La Mesilla GT it can be very hectic and crowded because the highway traffic all has to go through the town center and...
Forum: Americas 07-04-2014, 05:38 PM
Replies: 24,082
Views: 1,850,066
Posted By Sjoerd Bakker
Great that you are mobile again , and fortunate...

Great that you are mobile again , and fortunate you were not way off in the boondocks , a relatively easy haul to Puebla.
Border crossing at Laredo is really not very difficult , only a bit of...
Forum: Americas 07-02-2014, 07:23 AM
Replies: 5
Views: 416
Posted By Sjoerd Bakker
I have no experience buying bikes in CA ,...

I have no experience buying bikes in CA , whenever I go I take a round trip on my own. Much simpler.
However over the years from posts by others here on ADV it is apparent it is possible in...
Forum: Americas 07-01-2014, 12:54 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 416
Posted By Sjoerd Bakker
Yes you can buy a bike and most anything in...

Yes you can buy a bike and most anything in Panama but you will need t o do a lot of paperwork to be able to ride it back INTO the USA. First of all it needs to be a bike already homologated and...
Forum: Thumpers 06-30-2014, 11:58 AM
Replies: 12,882
Views: 1,230,857
Posted By Sjoerd Bakker
Just thought I had to chime in with 2cents...

Just thought I had to chime in with 2cents worth. Follow Tootsies advice.
44000km is still a teenager in people years, and $1000 looks like a deal.If it doesn't work out you can sell it...
Forum: Americas 06-29-2014, 01:54 PM
Replies: 24,082
Views: 1,850,066
Posted By Sjoerd Bakker
How to avoid the DF

Eddywoodoo
If you want to avoid the DF simply take Mex 55 to and through east end Toluca. Then go east out of that easy to ride city on Mex 15 to Ocoyoacac where you turn south on the state...
Forum: Americas 06-27-2014, 11:15 AM
Replies: 24,082
Views: 1,850,066
Posted By Sjoerd Bakker
[QUOTE=tricepilot;24489888]Sjoerd doesn't strike...

[QUOTE=tricepilot;24489888]Sjoerd doesn't strike me as a GPS coordinate type of guy :lol3

More of the tried and trusty paper map type - QUOTE]

You got that right Trice !
Besides not...
Forum: Americas 06-27-2014, 08:47 AM
Replies: 24,082
Views: 1,850,066
Posted By Sjoerd Bakker
A KLR. with only 1000 miles on it has no rational...

A KLR. with only 1000 miles on it has no rational excuse for needing new chains or sprockets unless they were doused in acid and left to rust into a solid mess, but even that is possible I suppose....
Forum: Canada 06-26-2014, 06:03 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 467
Posted By Sjoerd Bakker
When you get up there and have had your visit to...

When you get up there and have had your visit to Thompson and that end of the road you can turn around and not need retrace your entire trip south back to The Pas.
There is a great scenic north...
Forum: Canada 06-23-2014, 08:16 AM
Replies: 29
Views: 1,635
Posted By Sjoerd Bakker
If you want to do the James Bay do not worry...

If you want to do the James Bay do not worry about bears, worry about having enough fuel range. . The longest stretch between gas stations is 381km so if you can cover that there is no need to...
Forum: Americas 06-22-2014, 12:37 PM
Replies: 24,082
Views: 1,850,066
Posted By Sjoerd Bakker
From the " US BORDER " of which countries,,, US...

From the " US BORDER " of which countries,,, US / Canada or US/ Mexico ::D i There is a difference .

As you admit there is a conflict in your stated wishes.
But really if you want to spend time...
Forum: Americas 06-22-2014, 07:26 AM
Replies: 3
Views: 384
Posted By Sjoerd Bakker
Hey PW , here's my 2 cents worth on your trip...

Hey PW , here's my 2 cents worth on your trip ideas . After looking at your " here"" lists for the trip it is striking that after a bunch of way too much piddling detailed left and right turns you...
Forum: Americas 06-14-2014, 06:26 AM
Replies: 24,082
Views: 1,850,066
Posted By Sjoerd Bakker
Wow, and congrats Donnie! A fine example of...

Wow, and congrats Donnie!
A fine example of being " a GPS invalid ":rofl and lucky it worked out.
GPS lets one :deal
See the world without knowing where one is
Now exactly where is this "...
Forum: Americas 06-13-2014, 03:35 PM
Replies: 12
Views: 547
Posted By Sjoerd Bakker
Best be absolutely sure of what you are getting...

Best be absolutely sure of what you are getting into Kilo.
Coffee growing may look like a nice laid back lifestyle but it entails a massive amount of grunt work and, from what I have read, prices...
Forum: Americas 06-09-2014, 02:37 PM
Replies: 14
Views: 800
Posted By Sjoerd Bakker
Motel 6 in the states wants 3 of your bucks if...

Motel 6 in the states wants 3 of your bucks if you wish to use their wifi for the night. So it ain' t a pinko Euro thing :rofl

In Canada wifi is free at Tim Hortons , McD, A&W, BK and quite a...
Forum: Americas 06-08-2014, 02:40 PM
Replies: 24,082
Views: 1,850,066
Posted By Sjoerd Bakker
Eddy , also have a look at www.ferrytmc.com ...

Eddy , also have a look at www.ferrytmc.com
Which is another company running from Pichilingue( port for La Paz) to the mainland
Forum: Latin America 06-07-2014, 10:25 AM
Replies: 21
Views: 1,454
Posted By Sjoerd Bakker
To clear up some confusion about El Ceibo...

To clear up some confusion about El Ceibo border crossing and El Naranjo here are the important details.
El Naranjo, Guatemala is located on the banks of the Rio San Pedro about 30km...
Forum: The perfect line and other riding myths 06-06-2014, 08:15 AM
Replies: 77
Views: 5,883
Posted By Sjoerd Bakker
Eek I did once crash because of a " tar snake" but it...

I did once crash because of a " tar snake" but it was not tar at all.
It was on the Queensway in Toronto around 1986 on a perfectly dry summer's day when I was coming
around a curve and the...
Forum: Americas 06-05-2014, 07:36 AM
Replies: 9
Views: 555
Posted By Sjoerd Bakker
You might consider ordering from ...

You might consider ordering from www.bluestreakracing.ca
This is shop in a a village in southern Ontario which does most of
their business on-line and will gladly ship tires anywhere in...
Forum: Americas 05-31-2014, 02:27 PM
Replies: 24,082
Views: 1,850,066
Posted By Sjoerd Bakker
Goodwithafork, there are countless interesting...

Goodwithafork, there are countless interesting small town locations all over the Yucatan that could fulfill your need for hotels with wifi and lower tourist density.
If you must have saltwater to...
Forum: Latin America 05-28-2014, 05:42 PM
Replies: 13
Views: 1,414
Posted By Sjoerd Bakker
That soooo sucks:eek1!! The dumping- the -...

That soooo sucks:eek1!!

The dumping- the - bike technique sounds like a good strategy , thanks for pointing that one out. Might be really effective if you are at a gas station or OXXO or some...
Forum: Americas 05-28-2014, 05:16 PM
Replies: 2
Views: 273
Posted By Sjoerd Bakker
Wink In Alaska the rainy season is summer ..... The...

In Alaska the rainy season is summer ..... The rest of the year it snows
:rofl:lol3:D
But seriously , that is true , you would not get any of the green forest cover if it did not rain. There are...
Forum: Americas 05-25-2014, 01:29 PM
Replies: 190
Views: 15,560
Posted By Sjoerd Bakker
The long bit with no gas has already been ...

The long bit with no gas has already been described:

There is NO GASOLINE SOLD in the 500km between Port Hope Simpson and Goose Bay , in fact here is no settlement of any kind or size...
Forum: Americas 05-24-2014, 04:53 PM
Replies: 10
Views: 430
Posted By Sjoerd Bakker
Re: listening to music while you ride : I...

Re: listening to music while you ride : I wouldn't on a motorcycle and rarely bother with it in a car for a short spell.
You need all your senses focused for survival on a bike in traffic...
Forum: Ride reports 05-21-2014, 12:33 PM
Replies: 93
Views: 8,802
Posted By Sjoerd Bakker
QUOTE. DOT The temp gauge never got all...

QUOTE. DOT The temp gauge never got all the way to the H but it was close. I never needed to top up the radiator, tho I did try and it just overflowed
UNQUOTE :rofl.
That's because ...
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