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Old 09-18-2017, 10:50 AM   #561
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Re: 2017 MexTrek #6, Oct 26th to 29th 2017

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Well, my experience consists of one solo trip down there, so take it for what it's worth. I have spent a fair amount of time riding in Korea, but that's a whole 'nuther animal.
Well, it's more Mexico experience that I have!!! Everything you shared was useful and insightful. Thanks for sharing your experience.

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Old 09-21-2017, 06:51 AM   #562
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So, as we get closer, I'm still undecided over the Kilimanjaro jacket or Leat body armor. It'll depend on what the weatherman says the day before I leave. I don't have room for both! I'm on a similar bike as yours. (450 EXC)
Perhaps this will help you decide what to protect yourself with in Mexico.

I have a Leatt 5.5 Body Protector and had it with me in Colorado last week and didn't wear it - wish I did. All I had on was a Kilimanjaro jacket as well but I did have slide on elbow protectors. Hauling the mail on the Colorado Back Country Discovery Route - COBDR - I came around a corner to an obstacle and grabbed too much front brake and went down hard. Got a nice bruising of the left side of the rib cage.

Moral of the story: if it were me, I'd either wear your Leatt - OR - at least one of those chest type rib-specific protectors. You won't have a SAG truck like I did in Colorado so I understand the limitations on what you can bring.

I'll tell you this: so glad I had those slide on elbow protectors. The one on the left side saved my bacon. Would have had severe trauma on the left forearm and a probably broken elbow if I didn't have it.

I went down fairly close to Steamboat. You'll be in nowhere Mexico. I'd plan now to body armor up. There are anecdotal stories of MexTrek riders going down and getting hurt. Reduce your chances and heed your instincts now. I'm not entirely sure but I think Jon Smiley uses a really good rib protector. You can PM him. I also wore a hip protector that saved my left side there as well. It was my only spectacular get off on the COBDR but it was a doosey.

My only Mexico spectacular crash was actually on pavement. Avoiding a car I dumped my GSA and slid for quite a long ways. Had kevlar jacket and pants on that one so the only real damage was a swollen ankle (even with SIDI boots on).

There is good medical care in Mexico but on MexTrek it will be a long way off. Ride within your abilities. I carry a year long MedJet policy but that's outside the scope of your question. PM me for details.
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Added something: Monday Oct 30 - Wednesday Nov 1: For 2017 I am looking into a smaller group staying a few extra days to experience Day of the Dead. It is supposed to be amazing in some parts of Mexico. Any suggestions, please post up for discussion.
David Shin and I might be able to stay a few more days. Will confirm you shortly.

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Old 09-21-2017, 08:34 AM   #564
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Peter, if you stay longer for the day of the dead, do you plan to be back in Texas on Wednesday 1, or the next day?

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Old 09-21-2017, 10:47 AM   #565
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Re: 2017 MexTrek #6, Oct 26th to 29th 2017

I'd like to comment on the phrase, "middle of nowhere Mexico."

The places we are going will have some fairly rual and isolated areas, and it often can FEEL very remote and isolated. However I usually have cell phone coverage for most of it, and it truly is quite similar to traveling in many rural and less populated areas in the USA. In my opinion, the areas we are going, for the most part, are less "middle of nowhere-ish" than much of the Southwest around El Paso, Yuma, Terlingua, etc.

So, of course be prepared for a good ride! But don't panic. Being in the beautiful mountains of Mexico logistically is very similar to being anywhere else.

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Old 09-21-2017, 11:56 AM   #566
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So, of course be prepared for a good ride! But don't panic. Being in the beautiful mountains of Mexico logistically is very similar to being anywhere else.
Unless apparently you fail to torque down the bolts on your motorcycle and need someone who speaks Spanish to go find replacements for you



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Old 09-21-2017, 12:04 PM   #567
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Stop being a baby.

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Love you man!

And for everybody else - rib protection baby!
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Perhaps this will help you decide what to protect yourself with in Mexico.

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Given your experience, awesome feedback. Thank you!
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Love you man!

And for everybody else - rib protection baby!
I like the ones without ribs better for my protection. Lol

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With ribs is definitely the way to go...
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Love you man!

And for everybody else - rib protection baby!
I resemble that...
In Big Bend my ribs were layin on a rock next to me crying 😭
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I resemble that...
In Big Bend my ribs were layin on a rock next to me crying ��
I third that: 2 weeks ago, Rich was a witness in a riverbed fly off the bike (bike upside down) my elbow, chest protector, helmet, heck full gear saved me to "without a scratch"

and then Doug was a witness down wet pavement after some rain on a slick oily turn, my bike was hurt but my gear saved my butt again to "without a scratch." Well, maybe a fractured thumb, but it could always easily be a lot worst the less gear you wear.

Follow your gut, who cares what everyone else is wearing.

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