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Mexico For those in Mexico, or may have an interest in riding to Mexico and could use some tips from the locals

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post #11 of 41 Old 04-06-2010, 01:41 PM Thread Starter
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Originally Posted by Between the Wheels View Post
How much Spanish do you need to know to get by?
I really don't know, as i speak spanish. but the people are friendly enuf, that i am sure you can communicate in some fashion. but knowing some spanish will open many doors for you. i suggest you can sign up for the spanish world of the day. it is free and they have lots of grammar tips also.


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post #12 of 41 Old 04-19-2010, 07:37 PM
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°Nice thread! I'd love to ride south of the border sometime -- not sure when, as I have no time & very little money. But definitely one of these years.
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post #13 of 41 Old 05-13-2010, 02:13 PM
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I went around Mexico in 2007 and had a marvelous time. No issues at any of the checkpoints. I was respectful and friendly in my dealings with locals. They reciprocated. Paid my deposit and got my sticker at the border.

I was warned by a well-traveled cager at a border cambio to stick with the higher (red) grade of Pemex gas, but after a few tankfuls of lower (green) grade with no trouble at all in the '03 DL1000, I didn't worry about it anymore. I had to get gas from a GI can in the back of a pickup in the middle of Baja where the distance between Pemex stations was a little more than my range.

Ferried from La Paz to Mazatlan. The trip was made more interesting by my thorough lack of Spanish language skills. I took French in school, so the Latin-based similarity helped a bit on some road signs but at spoken speed, I was screwed. Entertaining.

It is a good idea if you're traveling long days by the seat of your pants, as I did, to preview the geography the day before, which I didn't. The highway signs give highway numbers and city names but not compass directions. If you happen to be at an intersection where the road branches, you need to know whether the towns displayed are in the direction you hope to travel. I'm spoiled by the road signs in USA and Canada where they display the number of the roadway as well as its direction. You can't appreciate this as much as when you're in unknown country on the right road but without a clue as to which way you're going on it. This bit me when I arrived at the Gulf coast and headed toward Yucatan instead of Vera Cruz. I wasn't sure I'd screwed up until a sign advised me how much farther it was to Cancun.

Bottled water is available everywhere. The only place in the whole trip where I experienced "Montezuma's revenge" was in Texas. Lit the fuse with a breakfast burrito in Sanderson; detonation delayed until Odessa. Sorry, too much information, I know.

I traveled in the last half of April and saw no rain at all. I have no idea if that is typical. It is a beautiful country and I'd go back without hesitation.

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post #14 of 41 Old 05-16-2010, 06:30 PM
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Very good tips. I was there in '07, in the Copper Canyon area. Wonderful country, wonderful people. Friendly, helpful, just a joy.
I had no issues at checkpoints. Only piece of that advice I would disagree with was "wave at children". No point in restricting it to kids. In the smaller towns and out in the countryside a wave at anyone would bring a big smile and a return wave.

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post #15 of 41 Old 11-23-2010, 08:41 PM
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taking care

just follow certian common rules you might do on chicago, LA, nyc... etc

dont hangle around at night on big non touristic cities ... and try to ride only during the day

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post #16 of 41 Old 11-23-2010, 09:38 PM Sponsor
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I have been to Mexico a lot and never had any real issues. It is a real good idea not to ride at night. The roads in many areas do not have shoulders and animals are often free range. Given a choice between riding a new BMW GS or an older bike like a KLR made in the early 90's go for the older bike, the Police size you up on ability to pay a bribe. I found beer and tequila works well instead of cash and is cheap. My favorite area is the east side of Baja, not as many people and more laid back.

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post #17 of 41 Old 12-03-2010, 06:03 PM
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Advice on Baja?

I've been inspired to travel to Baja! Is there a good book on moto-travel in Baja, or Mexico in general? Websites? I probably won't make it this coming year, but maybe in 2012. Anybody here been to Baja on a bike? Stories, advice, do's and don'ts? Thanks!

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post #18 of 41 Old 01-10-2011, 07:03 PM
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Que tal? A mi me gusta Mexico, especialamente El Yucatan.

Mi espouse va a estar in Merida in marzo, pero sin El moto. Entonces vamos a Cozumel (Ojala), para bucear.

Disculpame mi espanol, soy Gringa

Con mucho Gusto


Whatís up? I really like Mexico, especially the Yucatan

My husband is going to be in Merida in Mar. After, we are (hopefully) going to Cozumel

Pardon my Spanish, Iím a Gringa

With pleasure

(At least that's what I meant to say )
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post #19 of 41 Old 01-10-2011, 08:11 PM Sponsor
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StromGirl ,very good. I get a kick out of people going down to Mexico and parts further south that use HS or College using Castilian Spanish, which is very formal and nobody speaks that way. Slang in English or Spanish is pretty much the same and OK is pretty universal. Look on Craigslist for someone to teach you conversation Spanish or most of the simple phrases you will need. A 100 words can get you by, and if you learn just 2 new ones a day you are on your way.

My basic tips would be to be friendly and polite, it goes a long way. Ask where to go , eat sleep or whatever. I mostly go to Santa Rosalia down to Mulege in Baja and have since the early 1970's. The area has built up a lot, but I like that side of Baja the best. The people are nice and the water is warm. What more could I ask? If you go to Baja this book is good. A bit dated but still useful. The book is Baja Adventure Book. There maybe better ones but it is the only one I used.

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post #20 of 41 Old 01-10-2011, 08:25 PM Thread Starter
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very kewl stromchica! hope to see ya down here. lemme know if i can help you folks with anything.
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