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Old 09-08-2012, 07:30 PM   #361
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I was thinking all this Harley talk is going to flush out the lurking Mystery Rider, but he ain't takin' da bait!
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Old 09-08-2012, 07:38 PM   #362
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Someone, please take me outside and shoot me if I ever decide to ride a Harley!

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Old 09-08-2012, 08:00 PM   #363
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Not to get too far off topic.... but I can't resist.... I just rode 1000 miles of rocky rough Idaho back country roads on the 2012 Sasquatch ride. The GSs were dropping left and right but this guy absolutely tore up the trail on his Harley. Chinese Wall, Magruder Corridor, no problem. Plus at 60+ years old he had at least a decade on most of the riders.



Back on topic ..... Deby and I are leaving January 10, 2013 for Central and South America so thanks for all the advice posted here.
The Sportster is probably more dirt worthy than the GS, FWIW.
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Old 09-08-2012, 08:03 PM   #364
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Please take me outside and shoot me if I ever decide to ride a Harley!
All depends on how you ride it amigo. . Bar hopping in a group of twenty while dressed up like a pirate.......fail. Sand and rocks in the Bolivian Altiplano solo, good on ya.
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Old 09-08-2012, 08:10 PM   #365
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The Sportster is probably more dirt worthy than the GS, FWIW.
Heretic!

Burn him! Burn him!



I expect Mert Lawwill agrees with you.
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Old 09-08-2012, 09:26 PM   #366
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The Sportster is probably more dirt worthy than the GS, FWIW.
Whatever gets you where you want to go.
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Old 09-09-2012, 08:21 AM   #367
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That Sportster in the pic is interesting, but I imagine that motor will get really hot on some trails. That guy who did Russia on the Sportster was a great thread.
The biggest beef I have with Harley guys here is that if I get stuck working through a group of them on a twisty road in order to pass them, I'll be nearly deaf by the time I get ahead of them!
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Old 09-10-2012, 05:20 AM   #368
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Another Mexico Question - Plate or no for dirt bikes?

I have another question for you guys regarding bikes with plates or not. For Baja or Copper Canyon, do I need to have a plated bike or can I just trailer my non-plated dirt bike down to Mexico and stay on dirt roads with it?

It seems like that wouldn't fly in any country but then again here in Michigan we can ride trails and ride on the side of the road in most counties without plates.
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Old 09-10-2012, 07:15 AM   #369
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I have another question for you guys regarding bikes with plates or not. For Baja or Copper Canyon, do I need to have a plated bike or can I just trailer my non-plated dirt bike down to Mexico and stay on dirt roads with it?
Yes. You will be good to go if you stay off-road.

Falls under the aduana "One Plated Vehicle Per TVIP" stipulation.

You will need the non-plated bike's VIN, and the last four of this VIN will appear on the TVIP for your tow vehicle/truck.

This is not to construe that you have two road permissable bikes on one TVIP. Remember the rule.

You will be temporarily importing the dirt bike under the recreational vehicle clause.

The confusion sets in when someone wants to trailer a plated bike to Mexico. The confusion is further compounded when the plated bike is allowed to appear (last 4 of the VIN) on the TVIP by the aduana. This is not permission to park your truck in Mexico and ride away on paved roads on your motorcycle. Technically, the only vehicle allowed on the road is the first vehicle listed (with full VIN number). Would you get caught? Not always. Some would say probably never. But it is up to the consumer reading this what chances they wish to take.
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Old 09-10-2012, 07:27 AM   #370
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tricepilot, thanks again!
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Old 09-10-2012, 07:51 AM   #371
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Old 09-10-2012, 03:10 PM   #372
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I have another question for you guys regarding bikes with plates or not. For Baja or Copper Canyon, do I need to have a plated bike or can I just trailer my non-plated dirt bike down to Mexico and stay on dirt roads with it?

It seems like that wouldn't fly in any country but then again here in Michigan we can ride trails and ride on the side of the road in most counties without plates.

When I take an unplated (CA green or red sticker) bike to Baja, I usually have a buddy take me to the border with the bike in truck, then just off load it and ride across. I have ridden non plated but stickered bikes on pavement without issue in Baja. The Baja cops consider your red ar green sticker as your registration. Not sure if you have something similar in MI. Can't comment about doing that around copper canyon, but me guess is that it could be similar.
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I have ridden non plated but stickered bikes on pavement without issue in Baja.
This would probably not work so well on the mainland.
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Old 09-10-2012, 05:20 PM   #374
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It's all good. I personally think it's very, very fun and cool to have a Harley rider along for back roads riding here.
Makes me feel good to be able to pass someone for a change. LOL!

I was riding along Route 66 cruising along @ 65mph west of Oatman AZ when a DS blasted by me at mach1. When I arrived in Oatman lo and behold there was the DS rider. I pulled up next to him and asked him if he had seen the herd of mustangs gazing down on the road from atop a mesa about 5 miles back. He said mesa? what mesa? mustangs I didn't see any mustangs.

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Someone, please take me outside and shoot me if I ever decide to ride a Harley!
Some like to 'tour' and take in the surroundings and Harleys are tailor made for that.

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All depends on how you ride it amigo. . Bar hopping in a group of twenty while dressed up like a pirate.......fail. Sand and rocks in the Bolivian Altiplano solo, good on ya.
Dressed like pirate! I like that one.
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Old 09-16-2012, 09:50 PM   #375
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Harleys

I have never ridden one. The noise here in Telluride during the summer is deafening. The only thing louder is the F-16's flying over at below minimum on the Fourth of July. Very exciting... the Harleys less so but they are absolutely welcome, along with anything else that rolls into our little box canyon. We had maybe two hundred vintage cars last week... absolutely incredible... but I digress. Back in the late sixties when I had my first bike I went down to Daytona for Motorcylcle Speed Week... I was a member at the time of something called he AAMRR (American Association of Motorcycle Road Racers) we called it the alphabet and it sponsored club races at Marlboro, VIR in Danville, VA, Lime Rock CT and other such places... largely a collection of intellectuals and East Village types riding Ducati's, Yamaha TD's, Triumphs, BSA's, Norton's and such like and wearing black leathers and bean pots (a la Mike Hailwood if ya can remember) And the chicks were cool, mesh stockings, straight skirts and berets. ("Red hair and black leather my favorite color scheme". Thanks Richard Thompson... and we had six Vincent Black Shadows through here a couple of weeks ago... what an amazing machine for late forties/early fifties!) The man who had the AMA #1 Plate at Daytona was Gary Nixon and he rode a Harley. It didn't scream like the very quick Yamaha TD1B... it growled and ate everything in sight. They do dress funny though... I guess one could say the same of ice climbers.
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