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Old 09-10-2012, 02:56 AM   #1501
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Nice....sounds like you learned a lot and had a great time!
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Old 09-10-2012, 03:02 AM   #1502
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good to see you in proper gear
would have hated to try and fulfill my threat - I'm too hold for that stuff

and it sounds like a great weekend
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Old 09-10-2012, 04:16 AM   #1503
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good to see you in proper gear
would have hated to try and fulfill my threat - I'm too hold for that stuff

and it sounds like a great weekend
Yeah, I gave some thought to wearing shorts, flip-flops, and a leather vest, but there was a chance of rain so went with the full rain suit. I am shocked that I did not once hear the question "Aren't you hot in all that?"....
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Old 09-10-2012, 04:20 AM   #1504
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I am shocked that I did not once hear the question "Aren't you hot in all that?"....
that is a surprise
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Old 09-10-2012, 07:59 AM   #1505
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Eric...did anyone have any recent experience in Mexico? I am curious about reality versus the TV news.
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Old 09-10-2012, 08:44 AM   #1506
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Eric...did anyone have any recent experience in Mexico? I am curious about reality versus the TV news.
Lots of people. Everyone with Cental and South America experience wouldn't hesitate to go to Mexico. Its like saying don't visit the U.S. because there is a neighborhood in Detroit that is dangerous. Just use common sense, if you are in an area that makes you feel uncomfortable, there is probably a reason and go somewhere else. General safety rules apply. They did say for people to take taxis at night and not to walk through unknown neighborhoods, even if it seems like your hotel is close.

Everyone agrees that it is not safe to travel at night in Central and South America and the biggest reason is the road conditions. It is not uncommon for sections of road to be caved in or damaged and there be no warning signs.

They also said the Mexican border crossings are more organized than ever. They are also charging a tax "deposit" when you enter the country for your motorcycle on your credit card (accomplishes what a carnet would accomplish) and you get a refund when you leave the country (in the ballpark of $400 to $600 for newer, nicer motorcycles). Be sure to not lose your receipt. There are a few "free zones" that don't do this like Northern Baja but I'm not sure where the others are.
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Old 09-10-2012, 11:44 AM   #1507
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Thanks for the feedback, I may have more questions later.

Well my springs and dust seals came in for the DRZ....now I just need to get them installed before Friday!
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Old 09-10-2012, 11:49 AM   #1508
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Have you gone through the "is Mexico safe?" thread on trip planning?
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Old 09-10-2012, 12:04 PM   #1509
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Not in a while but there was so much information it made my head hurt...so I gave up.
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Old 09-11-2012, 05:49 PM   #1510
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So, how'd did go?
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Old 09-12-2012, 03:19 AM   #1511
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Thanks for the feedback, I may have more questions.
Buddy, I get reports from work about conditions in other countries. Personally, I'd caution going to any country outside Canada, Europe, South Africa, Some of South America (Brazil, Chile, Argentina), Netherlands, Australia, and Japan. Poverty, social unrest, law enforcement bribes are the risks that can lead to false emprisonment or being detained or held for ransom. You don't have to be a white oil executive to be yanked off your bike at gunpoint. There are steps you can take to mitigate the risk i.e. learn the language, be in a group ride, low profile i.e. don't look rich, etc. However, the influence of the US is directly proportional to the "if I get in a mess, the embacy can get me out of it."
If that doesn't bother you... Think of "what if I get hurt?" the hospitals are not quality medicine nor do they take insurance cards. It could get pretty expensive to just get out of the country on a stretcher.

Personally, there are way too many roads between the counties I listed that are epic... And feel safe. My two cents.
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Old 09-12-2012, 05:47 PM   #1512
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Buddy, I get reports from work about conditions in other countries. Personally, I'd caution going to any country outside Canada, Europe, South Africa, Some of South America (Brazil, Chile, Argentina), Netherlands, Australia, and Japan. Poverty, social unrest, law enforcement bribes are the risks that can lead to false emprisonment or being detained or held for ransom. You don't have to be a white oil executive to be yanked off your bike at gunpoint. There are steps you can take to mitigate the risk i.e. learn the language, be in a group ride, low profile i.e. don't look rich, etc. However, the influence of the US is directly proportional to the "if I get in a mess, the embacy can get me out of it."
If that doesn't bother you... Think of "what if I get hurt?" the hospitals are not quality medicine nor do they take insurance cards. It could get pretty expensive to just get out of the country on a stretcher.

Personally, there are way too many roads between the counties I listed that are epic... And feel safe. My two cents.
Humph, I was thinking about a north Africa / Med tour... from Alexander to Casablanca.
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Old 09-12-2012, 06:47 PM   #1513
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So, how'd did go?
Went good! just gravel roads. I have been swamped at work I will do a RR while I am on Vacation next week.
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Old 09-12-2012, 06:53 PM   #1514
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[QUOTE=GSA_PILOT;19575336]Buddy, I get reports from work about conditions in other countries. Personally, I'd caution going to any country outside Canada, Europe, South Africa, Some of South America (Brazil, Chile, Argentina), Netherlands, Australia, and Japan. Poverty, social unrest, QUOTE]
I was in Guatemala last March on a Medical Mission. Most of the country was good. Stay out of Guatemala City. We had armed escorts at night in some of the off road areas we traveled. We were near the Lake Attilan region in Mayan villages. I would love to ride there. I met several that were riding Solo on adventure bikes . None had had any issues. I would not hesitate to go there.
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Old 09-13-2012, 02:41 AM   #1515
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Just a reminder of the campout this weekend at in Hinton/Harrisonburg, VA. Great all around riding street and dirt. Details here:

http://www.advrider.com/forums/showt...73184&page=101
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