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Old 12-04-2008, 04:58 PM   #61
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Guadalajara!

Mexico BMW Rally Video


Bienvenidos to the land of the Mariachi and Tequila!



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The Wednesday evening - Sunday morning event was held between the cites of Guadalajara and Puerto Vallarta, with a trip to Amatitan to check out the Herradura factory - where they make some fine tequila!



BMW Motorrad Guadalajara did an exceptional job! Gracias amigos!



The welcoming committee, with fresh aqua. I guessed it was agua after looking at this photo again.



Most eveybody I know went back for like, 8 or 9 bottles of water...












Amigos from Tejas...



The party scene at these rallys is hopping...



Downtown at the Governor's Palace:



The Cultural Institute Cabanas, featuring the frescos of Jose Clemente Orozco...












The Party Tent, mariachis, and dancers.

Guadalajara is the birthplace of the mariachi.















Just some of the 700 bikes that hit the city for the rally...



The Tequila Train from Guadalajara to Amatitan, just northwest of downtown Guadalajara give or take a shot of tequila or four...



I love railways, especially those in Mexico. You need to take El Chepe from Creel to Los Mochis sometime






Dr. Dre, I mean Dr. Dave...






Mariachis at the station, mariachis on the train, mariachis in Amatitan, mariachis in Guadalajara, mariachis on TV...music was everywhere



She made sure you always had the beverage of choice in hand...









A patch from the club in Chiapas...






Hank and Taylor way into the party vibe...



Whats not to smile about?



A very interesting tour on the method of manufacturing tequila. No, it is not from cactus






They explained what this instrument was called, but by this time we were already into the sampling, so I forget...




















They stack them up...



Then they ride the conveyor into the horno, or oven:



They bake in their for like, well, for....like, well. I forget.



This stuff is cured agave - sweet and tasty. The sugar is distilled into tequila



Hard to see, but this donkey had two barrels of tequila strapped to it...



Everybody was issued this little tequila cup, as Ann demonstrates:



These was one of the Herradura Girls or a cheerleader from the local football (soccer) club. Not sure



Everybody smiling from ear to ear...



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Some just modeling...









A money shot:






No sneaking in to tap the Herradura - there were plenty of free samples...












This patch seemed to sum it all up..."we're not in a hurry to get there"



Next up - leaving Guadalajara and the ride through the mountains to Puerto Vallarta with 700 motorcycles...
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Old 12-04-2008, 06:10 PM   #62
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Old 12-05-2008, 10:38 AM   #63
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A short day ends in a low-side...

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Tricepilot, you kill me.

When are we gonna get to the crash?
Friday morning was a bright, beautiful day in Jalisco (state of) and everyone was looking forward to the ride to Puerto Vallarta, with a stop at Mascota for lunch.

I suppose looking back on it, there were several things I could point to that if I eliminated, I might have been able to not lay the bike on it's side just east of Mascota. But I didn't, and it happened, and press on we go...

Hundreds of motorcycles gather in downtown Guadalajara after checking out of the two main hotels that hosted the event.

Some folks initially talked about leaving for Mascota early and avoiding the crowds on the highway, but then others prevailed with the view that you rarely get to experience the rush that comes with parading out of a major Mexican city with police escort and that many bikes on the highway.



There were the ever-present hostesses ensuring that riders left with fond memories...



Not sure what's going on here with Davis, except to guess that he was hyperventilating with excitment before the mass departure...









Hank's GS with Ann on the back - these guys were in the lead pack, and riding two-up they were faster than most single riders






Alejo was said: "Once you crash, you will always think there is never enough gear in the world"

This guy was wearing an exoskeleton:












We took off out of Guadalajara in one large pack.

I was near the front of the parade out of town as we did some stop and go to clear the city, then out into the countryside.

Everybody kept decent distance and the pack was well-regulated. There was some passing and some fairly aggressive riding styles, but what do you expect with hundreds of riders and a little machismo here and there

Hank had fitted my GS with Ohlins shortly before the trip, and the new suspension helped glue to bike to the rails in the mountains.

Even rather packed down, the GS was "sticking" to the corners in the twisties.

There were literally two corners to go in the mountains before the lunch stop at Mascota, and I was right about here:



I was in a decending, left hand turn, going about 30.

A guy in a car coming opposite direction (from Mascota) sees rocks from the mountainside in his lane, and comes into my lane to avoid hitting the rocks in his lane:



I have to stand the bike up, out of the lean angle, to avoid the car and go around him.

As I pass him, I'm wide into the corner, and I press on the left grip to lean the bike back down to regain a corner line.

By this time, I'm into the marbles in the corner, and the rear tire breaks traction, and she low-sides.

To my right is a wall, that ends and then there is nothing but brush and a rocky cliff face. I slide past all of that on my left side.

The left side aluminum pannier busts apart, showering the road with its contents

The SPOT satellite messenger flies out of its mount, but is retained due to its tether.

The Zumo in its mount takes a rock to the face, and despite being chipped, did not fail to restart later.

The crash was a classic "slow motion in memory" crash in that even now I can remember it in frame-by-frame detail.

The effect of hitting the road I relate to a WWF wrestler picking you up, turning you sideways, and slamming you to the mat.

I slid to a stop on my left side/butt, about 50 feet from where the bike turned over.

There was debris from the pannier everywhere.

The guy in the car didn't even know what happened, I guess he turned the corner and went on his merry way, never seeing what happened.

I'll post pics next, but first a little contest.

Which of the following ATGATT pieces of gear took it the hardest??

(1) Helmet

(2) Gloves

(3) Jacket

(4) Pants

(5) Boots

Hint: you won't get it right the first time.
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Old 12-05-2008, 11:27 AM   #64
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I know. I know. But 'fraid I'm disqualified.
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Old 12-05-2008, 01:13 PM   #65
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I'm disqualifed too.

But, tell us how you worked your camera on the Orozco murals. Fantastic!
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Old 12-05-2008, 02:43 PM   #66
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I'll go with all of the above. ?

or if I get two chances, left side butt cheek on pants.
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Old 12-05-2008, 03:32 PM   #67
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Quote:
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I know. I know. But 'fraid I'm disqualified.
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I'm disqualifed too.

But, tell us how you worked your camera on the Orozco murals. Fantastic!
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I'll go with all of the above. ?

or if I get two chances, left side butt cheek on pants.
To add a little more information to the mix, here is a photo of my right glove, that went untouched (I guess):



...and here is the left glove - notice the "knuckle protectors":



I'm not saying these were what took the major hit, just a pair of photos of one part of the ATGATT ensemble to get folks thinking about what to wear next time out for a ride!

By the way, Mike, those interior shots at night of the frescos were taken with with same $250 Canon point-and-shoot that I used in San Miguel de Allende on all those glorious afternoon twilight shots.

OK Milton and Mike - put the ATGATT items in order from most destructed to least destructed, since you alread know what was most destructed! Ha!

LA: Good guess but no

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Old 12-05-2008, 03:58 PM   #68
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Missing Pieces

Among other things, the left side turn signal and the left side running light were torn off (and in fact we didn't find them, despite looking for them):



The windscreen, left handguard, left mirror et cetera were also belt sanded:



The left pannier as explained was crushed but I beat it back into shape in Puerto Vallarta with a rubber mallet that I bougt at Wal Mart (the Wal Mart in Puerto Vallarta, not San Antonio)

As you can see in the following photo, the engine crash bars on the left side did their job extremely well, as did the protector for the valve cover:



The Jimmy Durante got scratched up a ton, but as I found out BMW sells the black piece separately from the rest of the nose section, so that's all I replaced from this end:



The major dysfunctions at the crash site were these:

(1) Me. I was dazed and confused (what's new?) and in a lot of pain from directions I was still trying to figure out.

(2) Not shown, but the forks were twisted (not physically bent, but twisted geometrically) off centerline from the handlebars. This means that if you sat on the bike and held the handlebars "straight", the front wheel, after the accident, pointed off into space towards the left.

I'll explain how we fixed all of this shortly...
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Old 12-05-2008, 04:02 PM   #69
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[quote=tricepilot]To add a little more information to the mix, here is a photo of my right glove, that went untouched (I guess):



...and here is the left glove - notice the "knuckle protectors":



wow!! Hope you're well Tricepilot.

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Old 12-05-2008, 04:10 PM   #70
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...and here is the left glove - notice the "knuckle protectors":
wow!! Hope you're well Tricepilot. Arte
Pretty much - but check out the size of my left ankle as taken the next day in Puerto Vallarta.




I haven't had one balloon up like that since my basketball playing days
Thank God for Mexican pharmacies!
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Old 12-05-2008, 05:01 PM   #71
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aMIGO I hope you are better, and I am sorry about your crash.

The colors are so great on EVERY picture, and your eye plus a good use of a camera, (no problem with Point and shoot if you know how to) = great pics.

Keep them coming anad gracias por compartir~!!!

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Old 12-05-2008, 05:26 PM   #72
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aMIGO I hope you are better, and I am sorry about your crash. ....and gracias por compartir~!!! Damasovi
No problem, there was plenty of company in Guadalajara and Puerto Vallarta as FT demonstrates to help keep the mind off of the broken body.

AND, as you can see below, my moto wasn't the only moto to bite the dust:



This red 1200 also did its part in the Ice Capades...



As did this bike:



All told I heard that six bikes bit it in one form or fashion

The broken bikes did attract a bit of attention once we arrived in Puerto Vallarta:

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OK Milton and Mike - put the ATGATT items in order from most destructed to least destructed, since you alread know what was most destructed! Ha!
Ok. I'll bite.
In the order of the most thankful to have on in this particular crash:
1) Boots
2) Pants
3) Gloves
4) Jacket
5) Helmet
Most destructed to least?
1) Boots
2) Gloves
3) Pants
4) Jacket
5) Helmet
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Ok. I'll bite.
In the order of the most thankful to have on in this particular crash:
1) Boots
2) Pants
3) Gloves
4) Jacket
5) Helmet
Most destructed to least?
1) Boots
2) Gloves
3) Pants
4) Jacket
5) Helmet
OK

I have to end the contest early and declare Milton the winner.

In fact, the pants and jacket are both kevlar air mesh by Wayne at Motoport, and its hard to figure out, by damage alone, what "did its job" and what just glided over the road without touching it much.

The pants and the helmet aren't even worth picturing, in that the only portiion of either I found damage on was the face shield itself - it was scratched and had to be replaced. But why not the helmet itself


The pants I would have figured I slid on, but looking them over, I can't find hardly a scuff

My right boot was fine, but my left boot was torn all to hades and back. You can see from the ankle what happened inside the boot. The docs say that I have an "avulsion fracture" of the left ankle and that I should be in an "air cast".

Here is a photo of the damage to the kevlar mesh jacket:



If that was a denim jacket, a plastic mesh jacket, or a T-shirt, I would have been picking stones out of my skin.

Interestingly, my right elbow sustained a minor laceration, but the jacket wasn't damaged there in any way. Internal abrasion factor?

If you are going to spend two weeks in Mexico, and crash, try to do it on a tour or on a rally - where the trailer comes right up behind you, collects your bike, and takes you away.

This was the middle weekend of the two week trip.

In a little more than a day from the crash, Hank would straighten the twisted forks, I'd have a pile of useless metal, and less duct tape and zip ties than I brought to Mexico.

It would take me all of Friday night and much of Saturday to figure out if I was going to continue on in Mexico after the rally ended, or pack it up and fly home.

By noon on Saturday the bike looked like it could be ridden.

But by noon on Saturday as well, aches and pains, strains and nausea that I hadn't known on crash day decided to pay me a visit in Puerto Vallarta.

I tried to weakly smile and make a round or two at some of the functions, but I wasn't much of myself and really, the rally for me in my mind had ended and I spent a lot of time in bed with cold towels on my head and more stuff from the pharmacy to try to make me forget about my foot.

I was not staying at the main hotel where everybody else was, I was at the Buenaventura about a mile south. Looking back on it, it was good I was down there.



On of my disappointments was not being able to find my friend/mentor Dan (DTop1) who was in Puerto Vallarta having guided some of his buddies to the rally. Sorry Dan - next Mexico event we cross paths I'll find you for sure.

I did find the Zerwecks again in P.V. having met them in person in Guadalajara, so that was good.

I basically spent Friday night in varying states of agony, fretting about the bike, mad at myself for crashing, and not knowing that the sun would rise in the morning and soon after, the bike would be ride-able. I wish I had known that Friday night, the night would have gone better.

It would also have gone better if I had known that on Sunday morning, I wouldn't be using MedJet and flying home, but leaving the crowd of hundreds at the rally behind and heading off farther south with 4 pals, a patched bike, and run into a police roadblock as well as a guy from England riding solo from the U.S. to South America.

I'll get to that tomorrow when I also tell you what I made of my day in Puerto Vallarta. Nos vemos, ya regreso pronto amigos.


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Old 12-05-2008, 10:19 PM   #75
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Thanks

Glad to read that you carry on. A fantastic report and I'm green with envy.

It was Zero Degrees F. here this AM!!

Thanks,

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