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Old 07-04-2014, 01:48 PM   #1
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Towards Zacatecas on an Airhead

Leaving Los Angeles in the morning for a three week ride in the Sierra Madre Occidental Mountains of Mexico.


Fresh fluids, filters and tires at Valdi's Motozone in Torrance

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Old 07-06-2014, 08:28 AM   #2
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Los Angeles to Sierra Vista Arizona

582 miles through the desert north of the border wall. 105 degree heat. Gas stations in Arizona offer cool-down areas.





In Tuscson darkening skies turned into a dust storm which turned ino a thunder storm.



On the map something like this, in yellow.

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Old 07-06-2014, 10:20 AM   #3
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. I'm really looking forward to this. I thoroughly enjoyed your last Mexico ride report. Your reports encourage me to venture out far from home on my elderly K75.
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Old 07-06-2014, 05:11 PM   #4
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Old 07-06-2014, 05:37 PM   #5
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Old 07-25-2014, 09:17 AM   #6
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fairing performance?

Not to hijack your RR (not too much, I hope), how do you like the Rifle fairing, particularly in rain and/or at highway speeds? Does it have any adverse effects on handling? Reduce fatigue on day-long rides?

Thanks in advance and back to the regularly scheduled programming.

Very cool RR, BTW, I've been subscribed since the bottom of page one!

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Old 07-25-2014, 09:47 AM   #7
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Not to hijack your RR (not too much, I hope), how do you like the Rifle fairing, particularly in rain and/or at highway speeds? Does it have any adverse effects on handling? Reduce fatigue on day-long rides?

Thanks in advance and back to the regularly scheduled programming.

Very cool RR, BTW, I've been subscribed since the bottom of page one!
The Rifle fairing works great. It is light weight, does not adversly affect handling in any way, and greatly reduces fatigue over 60 mph. And, it deflects the really big bugs from striking you on the neck. Rocks thrown up by trucks have cracked three windshields and one headlight protector over the years. I usually take it off for a while in the spring because I prefer the look of the naked bike. After a couple of weeks and a couple of freeway rides I miss it so much it goes right back on.
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Old 07-25-2014, 09:53 AM   #8
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You rode Hwy 2 from Cananea to Imuris? The road of death? I love that road except for the truck traffic, trucks that are often in my lane. I have seen several big rigs rolled on their sides and one on fire. Did you visit Father Kino?
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You rode Hwy 2 from Cananea to Imuris? The road of death? I love that road except for the truck traffic, trucks that are often in my lane. I have seen several big rigs rolled on their sides and one on fire. Did you visit Father Kino?
There was some truck slaloming going on, and at one point a semi was slowly passing another taking the entire road. But I could see it comming and had room to pull to the side of the road. It wasn't bad and the curvy road through the dry desert hills was great. I paid my respects to Father Kino's skeleton in Magdalena and canceled my temporary vehicle import permit near Pitiquito.
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Magdalena to Mexicalli

Thursday July 24th

A series of sprints between Oasis. The road through the Altair desert, north of the Sea of Cortez, is flanked by steep dry mountains to the north and sand to the south. At every Pemex I stop, a few liters of gas for the bike and a few liters of liquid for me. The longest stretch, from Sonoyta to San Luis Rio Colorado, is about 130 miles without a gas station oasis. When I reach Mexicalli it is 116 degrees. In Mexico you can walk into a hotel or restaurant looking like Harry Dean Stanton in "Paris Texas" and everyone just smiles.

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A series of sprints between Oasis. The road through the Altair desert, north of the Sea of Cortez, is flanked by steep dry mountains to the north and sand to the south. At every Pemex I stop, a few liters of gas for the bike and a few liters of liquid for me. The longest stretch, from Sonoyta to San Luis Rio Colorado, is about 130 miles without a gas station oasis. When I reach Mexicalli it is 116 degrees. In Mexico you can walk into a hotel or restaurant looking like Harry Dean Stanton in "Paris Texas" and everyone just smiles.





Glad to see you are still making tracks.
I took that road a couple of years ago...must have been Nov 20, every town was having a parade.
There was a section where you look out across the desert and it was like a cactus forest. Great vistas.
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Sierra Vista to Banamichi

I crossed the border in Naco Arizona. An extremely laid-back experience. I was the only vehicle, chatted with the customs guy and was able to watch part of a Power Rangers episode while sitting in the office where my tourist visa was typed up. I didn't even have to fill out the forms or move from my comfortable air-conditioned spot. The road winds through the hills on the way to Banamichi. The occasional light rain shower kept me cool and released good smells from the dusty landscape.


Adios Arizona


Hello Mexico

Arrived at the beautiful Los Arcos hotel in Banamichi. Had a great time relaxing in the courtyard, listening to the light rain, drinking Bacanora, and talking with Lynn and Tom "Turkey Creek" and Roy "RW66"



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Old 07-07-2014, 12:30 AM   #13
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hi amigo i am federico, i am in Alaska now, hope to see in Zacatecas soon........
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Old 07-07-2014, 04:49 PM   #14
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hi amigo i am federico, i am in Alaska now, hope to see in Zacatecas soon........
Hey Federico, Roy "RW66" and I were just talking about you and Jose. I'll probably be in Zacatecas on Sunday. Sorry I'll miss you. Hope to see you again. - Watch out for the brown bears.
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Old 07-07-2014, 05:54 PM   #15
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Banamichi to Sahuaripa

Monday, July 7th.

After a delicious breakfast at Los Arcos, Tom drove me out to see his friend Stevan De La Rosa. Stevan has a small farm just outside of Banamichi, on which he has hand built an incredible little adobe house. Completely sustainable and "off the grid". He gets his water from a small canal, everything else is supplied by the sun or the earth. He has become an expert in traditional construction.









Back at Los Arcos Tom showed me the famous Vespa Totem and El Dragon.





The road from Banamichi to Sahuaripa is dramatic, twisty, has lots of potholes, a few minor rock slides and water crossings. Highly enjoyable.





Sahuaripa is small and quiet. I wasn't planning to stay, but while looking for the Pemex I passed Hotel Casa Grande. I guess I'll sit and watch the lizards a wait for the rain to start.







Short ride along some of these roads, in yellow
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