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Old 11-30-2012, 02:27 PM   #16
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Will there be: dirt roads, gravel roads, naked women, cold beer, along with the butterfly migration?

Or will it be cuotas, cussing, cursing, carsick kiddies (yours and mine), and a visit to Liverpool or Palacio de Hierro, followed by sushi, siestas, and the butterflies?

We are men, manly men, we are our own men, and we have choices.
We can do this either way. Well, sort of, if our wives let us!
The butterflies will never tell!

Gravelly beer, cold women and naked roads cannot be ruled out, however...
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Old 02-12-2013, 04:55 PM   #17
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Well it's looking like next Monday for the trip. Here's a tentative route:

http://maps.google.com/maps/ms?ie=UT...15cbadd1bc2a61
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Old 02-13-2013, 09:18 AM   #18
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Great Pics from a current ride report

In case you missed it, Gene and Neda have a world-class ride report going.

Check out their pics of the monarch butterflies here: http://advrider.com/forums/showpost....&postcount=761
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Old 02-13-2013, 12:54 PM   #19
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Thanks for that!
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Old 02-15-2013, 09:28 AM   #20
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Well, looks like there's 4 and a half of us. Don't ask about the dog ;-)

We're going to attempt to get up the volcano, but with my lamentable off-road skills, and one of us being on a cruiser, it should be entertaining for this forum if nothing else!

Pictures and video to follow.

Not too late to join in!
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Old 02-21-2013, 05:52 PM   #21
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Well it turns out the highlight of the trip was the run up the volcano (Nevado de Toluca)

Since I have zero dirt experience, it was a bit of a surprise to have the loose stuff start 20km before the turn-off for the climb up the hill.

So we had an Suzuki Intruder 800 cruiser, 650 and 800 BMW road bikes, and a 1K Strom with a dirt-virgin rider, and this:



Everyone made it to the top without falling off, but we did have a broken clutch cable on the 650.



It was a glorious view from the top. And I mean top. This volcano is I think the 3rd or 4th highest peak in Mexico. That's about 13,500 feet.



The view was worth it, but since we had quite a way to go to get to Valle de bravo, we didn't make the 2km hike up to the crater itself. There is a road, but it's closed to vehicles now and we couldn't find out why. It's probably to keep the crater unspoiled by dirty bikers.

Note the compass on the top of shield. I dropped it into the "black hole" at the front of my bike about 3 months ago. It didn't hit the floor and I couldn't find it. Apparently the way to find lost items on the bike is to turn it over and shake it. Keep reading...
(By the way, it fell apart and fell off on the way down, and became a sacrifice to the volcano gods)









We met a guy on a Harley. That's a brave man. I'm surprised his spine wasn't sticking out of his collar



So both the BMW's were 2 up, and both passengers seemed to enjoy the experience. Especially this one:





Django was easily the most enthusiastic when it came time to saddle up for the trip back down.

The crew halfway up:



Here's a little video I shot on the way up. Confession time: Turning around at the top my foot slipped (or was it oxygen deprivation?) and Strom and I lay down for a nap. 0.5 mph as usual. Engine guards and bark-busters did their job, but the RAM mount for the camera wasn't so lucky. End of video production. Everyone had buggered off at this point so I had to get help from the parking attendant / caretaker to get her up. Having a bad back, I now know I probably shouldn't ride anywhere I'm unlikely to find help! The upside? That's how I found the compass!

Volcano Run from Steve Sparrow on Vimeo.




Now I have to clean her...and me.



Go to my Google+ to see the 360 panoramic photo I took with my phone. It won't display here...

Link to Google+ Album
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An Airhawk and a compass can take you a long way in Mexico!
Great video!
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Old 02-21-2013, 06:10 PM   #23
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Oh yeah, I forgot to mention the Airhawk. I sat down the whole way up and back and it really helped soak up the bumps. Thanks for turning me on to them!
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Old 02-21-2013, 09:36 PM   #24
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nice stuff, Steve
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Old 02-21-2013, 09:47 PM   #25
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An Airhawk and a compass can take you a long way in Mexico!
Great video!
Helps to have a bike too!
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nice stuff, Steve
Thanks Rick!
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Cool video. Nice volcano. Looks like that Harley is getting beaten up pretty good. How does the camera stay so stable? The bike is obviously bouncing around. It there some kind of a soft mount or is there some software that stabilizes the frame?
The camera is a Contour and the mount is a simple RAM mount clamped to the crash bars (or was)

I guess it must be down to the superior Vstrom suspension. Hah hah
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Old 02-23-2013, 03:38 PM   #28
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If you're into butterfies, you can do a search for butterfly farms. There are many. Some are breed specific, and others are flying all colors and sizes.
They land on you and leave little wet spots on your clothing. Friendly little things...
On one trip, I must've killed hundreds coming up Hwy 200. I think that was in a month of July.
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