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    Maybe you would be less cavalier about Mexico if you had relatives there, or from there.
    And your cavalier attitude about Mexico doesn't tell me much about Mexico.
    I was there last week. That told the whole story to me. It was quite a nice trip.
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    Quote Originally Posted by David13 View Post
    Maybe you would be less cavalier about Mexico if you had relatives there, or from there.
    And your cavalier attitude about Mexico doesn't tell me much about Mexico.
    I was there last week. That told the whole story to me. It was quite a nice trip.
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    +1, Gunny; I spend 30 days a year in Mexico on a Moto and I always have had a nice trip, while my heart does go out to Harry Devert: I'll wait to see this entire story unfold. I pray for his safe return to his loved ones, but I think that there is a whole lot more to this situation than we are getting on CNN/BBC!
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    So...from you experienced guys!...Is travel in Mexico safe for a lone rider ?? I have always wanted to see it,particularly during winter. But have been chicken to go. My two best riding buddies are unfortunately now deceased , and we never "got around to it" earlier...
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    Here is a thread on riding in Mexico on ADV Rider that has 21,000 posts, 1400 pages and 1,500,000 views.

    http://www.advrider.com/forums/showt...6927&page=1393
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    Quote Originally Posted by 71243 View Post
    So...from you experienced guys!...Is travel in Mexico safe for a lone rider ?? I have always wanted to see it,particularly during winter. But have been chicken to go. My two best riding buddies are unfortunately now deceased , and we never "got around to it" earlier...
    Ron, I rode solo South to Guatemala City in 1990 but I do not know if I would ride alone again to Guatemala, there are areas in Mexico I avoid but I also do not go into South Phoenix at night either! Being the Mexico Ride Leader for AZ Beemers I usually have three or four fellow AZB guys and gals riding with me on my Mexico trips. http://forums.bmwmoa.org/showthread....ht=Guadalajara Great Mexico BMW Rally Ride Report from AZ Beemer Member AZ-J!

    AZ Beemers contingent taking a respite in the town of Mascota we stopped in during the trip between Guadalajara and Puerto Vallarta:



    Ron keep your eyes on http://www.azbeemers.org/forum/ in our Upcoming Rides section, there may be a Winter Mexico ride that I will be hosting that will be of interest to you! http://www.fjriders.com/viewtopic.ph...981&hilit=Baja

    Do you ride a dirt bike, GS or KLR? I am planning a Mexico Dirt Bike ride with mi Amigo Skip Mascorro of MotoDiscovery that will knock your socks off! An Ultimate Dirt Ride!

    http://www.azbeemers.org/forum/index.php?topic=4644.0 If you do ride a dirt bike, AZ Beemer Carl Carlson has posted a week long trip to San Borja Mission in Baja California.

    http://www.bajabound.com/bajaadventu..._san_borja.php Info on San Borja. http://www.azbeemers.org/forum/index.php?topic=4603.0 Info on Real de Catorce/Huasteca ride in April 2015.
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    Quote Originally Posted by beemerdons View Post
    Ron, I rode solo South to Guatemala City in 1990 but I do not know if I would ride alone again to Guatemala, there are areas in Mexico I avoid but I also do not go into South Phoenix at night either! Being the Mexico Ride Leader for AZ Beemers I usually have three or four fellow AZB guys and gals riding with me on my Mexico trips. http://forums.bmwmoa.org/showthread....ht=Guadalajara Great Mexico BMW Rally Ride Report from AZ Beemer Member AZ-J!

    AZ Beemers contingent taking a respite in the town of Mascota we stopped in during the trip between Guadalajara and Puerto Vallarta:



    Ron keep your eyes on http://www.azbeemers.org/forum/ in our Upcoming Rides section, there may be a Winter Mexico ride that I will be hosting that will be of interest to you! http://www.fjriders.com/viewtopic.ph...981&hilit=Baja

    Do you ride a dirt bike, GS or KLR? I am planning a Mexico Dirt Bike ride with mi Amigo Skip Mascorro of MotoDiscovery that will knock your socks off! An Ultimate Dirt Ride!

    http://www.azbeemers.org/forum/index.php?topic=4644.0 If you do ride a dirt bike, AZ Beemer Carl Carlson has posted a week long trip to San Borja Mission in Baja California.

    http://www.bajabound.com/bajaadventu..._san_borja.php Info on San Borja. http://www.azbeemers.org/forum/index.php?topic=4603.0 Info on Real de Catorce/Huasteca ride in April 2015.


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    I think it's great for anyone that so chooses but until I've managed all of the parts of the U.S. and Canada that I'd like to I won't be thinking one instant about going to Mexico. I'm sure there are lots of places it would be nice to visit. I'm sure there are plenty of places in the U.S. and Canada one would be better off avoiding. I'm sure there's at least a chance I am incorrect but I personally feel safer in the U.S. and Canada. Since they offer so very many good options and choices I'll exhaust that first and let the more (adventuresome, daring, and some might include foolish) go to Mexico.
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    Quote Originally Posted by LDB View Post
    I think it's great for anyone that so chooses but until I've managed all of the parts of the U.S. and Canada that I'd like to I won't be thinking one instant about going to Mexico. I'm sure there are lots of places it would be nice to visit. I'm sure there are plenty of places in the U.S. and Canada one would be better off avoiding. I'm sure there's at least a chance I am incorrect but I personally feel safer in the U.S. and Canada. Since they offer so very many good options and choices I'll exhaust that first and let the more (adventuresome, daring, and some might include foolish) go to Mexico.

    Well my first thought is I agree...particularly the safety aspect.

    But truth is I have traveled quite a bit of the south....and as an example this winter it hasn't been all that warm..

    So I've thought that Mexico might just be a late winter get-away ?
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    Quote Originally Posted by 71243 View Post
    Well my first thought is I agree...particularly the safety aspect.

    But truth is I have traveled quite a bit of the south....and as an example this winter it hasn't been all that warm..

    So I've thought that Mexico might just be a late winter get-away ?
    I tell you what mi Compadre Ronaldo, Papa Chuy Viejo will make you an offer you can't refuse! Plan on flying to Phoenix next Winter and I'll organize an AZ Beemers ride to Bahia Kino en Sonora Estado, you'll be riding my BMW GS and staying at Casa de Stanley before and after Mexico. AZ Beemers do this once a year, 4 days and 3 nights will give you a Mexico intro ese!

    "AZ Beemers Ride to Bahia Kino in Sonora, Mexico!

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    Friday, FEB 15: Five riders departed the Love?s Truck Stop at Exit 162 at 0800 in a driving rainstorm. Seamus MacTreinfhir on his BMW R1150GS Adventure, Dave Cooley on his BMW R1200GS, Bob Flanders on his BMW R1200RT, Mark Morrissey on his Kawasaki Concours 14 and Don Stanley on his Kawasaki KLR 650. Approaching Nogales the rain turned into blinding snow.

    We met Brian and Melanie Boles at their Motel 6 hotel room and spent an hour drinking coffee, drying out and warming ourselves up. At Noon we got a break in the storm and with BB and Mel leading us on their Honda Gold Wing we seven crossed the border and headed due south.

    After stopping for fuel in Magdalena, and the rain stopping shortly after that, we rolled into Hermosillo for a fantastic late lunch at Sonora Steak House.



    Right at twilight we rode up to the Hotel Posada del Mar to begin our stay of three nights. This hotel was a happening place when Senor Medina last stayed here 20 years ago, but has sadly fallen into some neglect; $44 a night.

    Dinner that evening was served at the La Palapa Restaurant a mile?s walk up the beach from the hotel. Everyone but Brian walked to the restaurant. Senor Boles was our designated rider who brought everybody back safely one at a time to the hotel on Don?s Kawi KLR as the designated taxi service.

    Saturday, FEB 16: After a leisurely wake up and walks on the beach we rode North to Bahia Kino Nuevo for a delicious desayuno at Jorge?s Restaurant. We rode to Old Town where we spent our day exploring Bahia Kino Viejo.

    We saw a group of schoolchildren returning to the beach from an excursion out on the bay, so we all also chartered the panga and its skipper for a tour. We rode around Isla Alcatraz viewing seabirds and a great view of the coast.



    The afternoon was spent on the beach, soaking up rays and just conversing. For our evening meal we returned to Jorge?s for outstanding seafood entrees.

    Sunday, FEB 17: Brian and Melanie decided to spend the day in Old Town for a regional fiesta celebration, while Los Cincos Amigos struck out 120 miles North to Puerto Libertad to see what was there. Beautiful desert and a small village with a great seafood grass shack right on la playa in bright sun.

    Our day was started with breakfast at Roberto?s, owned by Americana lady. Our evening meal was at Marlin?s, a local restaurant frequented by gringos.

    Monday, FEB 18: With the rising sun we were heading east on MEX 16 and winding our way back North to Estados Unidos. A lunch stop was made at an AZ Beemers favorite Restaurant in Magdalena for years, El Chango Caf?.

    There were no surprises during our tour of Sonora, just Mexico as usual, but there were a couple of mechanical issues. Mark?s Kawi C14 had a sometime electrical short that he luckily discovered was just a loose battery connection

    Brian entered Mexico with a failing stator on his Wing, carrying two batteries and a charger to keep it going. It finally gave up the ghost at Green Valley and was towed to Tucson, with Dave and Don riding escort, for its 3rd battery. But after a late lunch at The Wildcat House all seven made it home.

    Epilogue: Once again, a fantastic and memorable ride into Old Mexico with a fine group of AZ Beemers. Had laughs and good times we?ll never forget.

    Postscript: If you?ve never ridden South with AZ Beemers you really do not know the great times and exciting motorcycle miles that you are missing!"
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    I got to second that emotion.
    There is nothing worse than being on your death bed and wishing you had made that trip to Mexico.
    Going with a well organized group like that is one real easy way, you got instant friends and companions.
    Going on your own (my own) is pure delight for me, as I like myself.
    They say don't camp alone and don't ride at night.
    I don't camp and I don't ride at night, even here.
    Avoid any bad area, don't get drunk and roam around at night.
    The surprising thing is what a good time you have.
    I did have my bike break down once down there. Really no big deal at all.
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    Quote Originally Posted by David13 View Post
    I got to second that emotion.
    There is nothing worse than being on your death bed and wishing you had made that trip to Mexico.
    Going with a well organized group like that is one real easy way, you got instant friends and companions.
    Going on your own (my own) is pure delight for me, as I like myself.
    They say don't camp alone and don't ride at night.
    I don't camp and I don't ride at night, even here.
    Avoid any bad area, don't get drunk and roam around at night.
    The surprising thing is what a good time you have.
    I did have my bike break down once down there. Really no big deal at all.
    dc
    +1, Gunny; every bit of David13's advice is GOLDEN, particularly to not ride after dark and don't go out carousing at night.

    We AZ Beemers will usually try to find a hotel/motel with a Restaurant and Cantina right on the the property, lots of those!

    http://www.motodiscovery.com/New-Yea...otorcycle-Tour Ron P. - 71243: You may also want to consider going on this tour with MotoDiscovery to get your feet wet in Mexico. I am Friends with Owner Skip Mascorro and Tour Guides Frank "Pancho" Cummings y Barak Naggan, AZ Beemers MOA Club #89 has used their Custom Tour Program many times because I have found that most of their Mexico trips are as economical as I can plan out for our Arizona BMW Club.

    Es verdad, ese! https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZYU9...layer_embedded I am in this San Miguel de Allende at New Year's ride video from Rick Lopez aboard "Mi Mexico Mule" (1996 black R1100GS) with a beautiful redhead named Rena as my pillion passenger!
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    WoW!....Thanks for the invitation AZ riders...and to all the + replies I now have something to seriously think about. Y'all make it sound even more inviting,and enjoyable.

    I will [keep an eye] on the AZ group postings for next year.
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    Missing rider in Mexico

    I post this in this discussion, maybe someone has connection with others or other riders in Mexico... This has made the news media this week, there is a Facebook page as well... He was traveling alone ..650KLR I think..

    http://www.cnn.com/2014/02/08/world/...erican-mexico/
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    Quote Originally Posted by Norwood View Post
    I post this in this discussion, maybe someone has connection with others or other riders in Mexico... This has made the news media this week, there is a Facebook page as well... He was traveling alone ..650KLR I think..

    http://www.cnn.com/2014/02/08/world/...erican-mexico/
    From the story it sounds like he was unfortunate enough to be forced into the foolish category. All the glowing reports from some aside, Mexico is too dangerous. My momma might have raised a dumb boy but she didn't raise a stupid one. I'm not going to poke the bear to find out if I can out think and out smart a bear. I'm going to continue to avoid the bear and get my entertainment and pleasure elsewhere.
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    Mexico is too dangerous for what? For the millions of visitors there every year?
    Or for the guy that sits by his teevee in Kansas and says he knows what he is talking about?
    How many people say it is stupid, foolish and too dangerous to ride a motorcycle? How many people know that because they saw it on tv?
    And we all know there are many many people what get on a motorcycle, then get so scared from it they sell the motorcycle.
    I guess it depends on how you want to live your life. By going and knowing by experience.
    Or by hearsay.
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