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Old 02-20-2017, 08:40 AM   #61
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Re: 2017 MexTrek #6, Oct 26th to 29th 2017

I'd love to get in on this. Not sure of two things though: my bike and myself!
I ride a 2011 DL650 - haven't had it offroad much at all, commute a lot though.
I did the RawHyde training in Colorado last summer on an F800gs, that was fun! I plan to get some good practice runs through Sam Houston NF this summer.
Anybody else signed up for October on something like a vstrom? I think I saw one in one of the pictures from prior years.
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Old 02-20-2017, 09:19 AM   #62
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Anybody else signed up for October on something like a vstrom? I think I saw one in one of the pictures from prior years.
I rode a 650 V-Strom to the first MexTrek. I have average dirt riding skills and didn't have any issues with riding the Strom on the dirt roads around Galeana. While a lighter, more dirt oriented bike is more fun off-pavement, a Strom will do just fine, in my opinion.
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Old 02-20-2017, 03:41 PM   #63
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I'd love to get in on this. Not sure of two things though: my bike and myself!
I ride a 2011 DL650 - haven't had it offroad much at all, commute a lot though.
Most of Mexico is fairly tame dirt. But a couple of sections, even on just the first day's 20 mile dirt ride portion, can be a bit overwhelming for a newer dirt rider, but there is nothing "hard" to ride, just things you have to slow down and pln your way through. . Worst case, I always offer my tiny, lightweight, easy to handle crf230 to swap with anyone not sure of themselves in the dirt. After 2 or 3 days of riding you will feel like a pro.
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Old 02-20-2017, 08:54 PM   #64
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Re: 2017 MexTrek #6, Oct 26th to 29th 2017

I am in. Sounds like an amazing trip.
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Old 02-20-2017, 08:58 PM   #65
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Re: 2017 MexTrek #6, Oct 26th to 29th 2017

PS MRYO -- I am in and riding a 2012 v-strom 650. My understanding is that there are smaller groups or riders that take on different kinds of terrain once we get down there. I definitely can't do hard-core dirt/single track. I have done some dirt county roads with stream crossings in the hill country. And I understand that a V-strom will work for MexTrek. Hope to see you there...
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PS MRYO -- I am in and riding a 2012 v-strom 650. My understanding is that there are smaller groups or riders that take on different kinds of terrain once we get down there. I definitely can't do hard-core dirt/single track. I have done some dirt county roads with stream crossings in the hill country. And I understand that a V-strom will work for MexTrek. Hope to see you there...
Awesome, yes, you have heard spot on. As an example I rode a CBR1000RR supersport on the Jalpan trip last April. We simply opted out of the dirt riding. And did another 600 miles on our own. The roads are fabulous, better than anything I've ridden stateside, but not nearly as fabulous as the overall dirt experience.

Luckily, there really is no hard core dirt/single track. And being Mexico there is always a way out of every situation, particularly when it means spending the night at a family reunion and party at a remote ranch or sleeping in a borrowed barn when another rider was too tired to continue on. Both happened to TWTEX riders last year. Both parties had amazing experiences, in different ways. Hill country riding skills are about all you will need. There is nothing I've ridden that can't be done on a GS1200, except for the odd time or two I mistakenly attacked horrible hill on the wrong route.
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