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Old 07-26-2017, 01:58 AM   #441
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Old 07-27-2017, 11:49 PM   #442
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Me and Escout are looking to do a ride in Marble Falls at the Hidden Falls Adventure Park sometime in August to make sure the bikes are ready for the trip. We figure its better to find out if anything wants to break on this side of the border. Both of us are riding KLR 650's. Anyone interested in meeting up?
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Old 07-31-2017, 04:59 PM   #443
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Me and Escout are looking to do a ride in Marble Falls at the Hidden Falls Adventure Park sometime in August to make sure the bikes are ready for the trip. We figure its better to find out if anything wants to break on this side of the border. Both of us are riding KLR 650's. Anyone interested in meeting up?
Great idea. I recommend doing at least some riding with a full (simulated) load to see how the gear travels down the trail.
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Old 08-01-2017, 08:48 PM   #444
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What's the preferred bike of choice for this trip if you have your choice between a 2012 KLR650 and a 2016 CRF250? The CRF is much more nimble but limited in distance, and the KLR is just the opposite. Which bike would suit this ride the best?

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Old 08-01-2017, 09:01 PM   #445
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I've done this trip on a XR650L and was very ideal for me. I now have a AT CRF1000L and CRF250L Rally and have a clear preference for the 250 for this trip. Less weight and more nimble are a few reasons why.
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Old 08-01-2017, 11:36 PM   #446
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Any idea how technical are the dirt roads there?
I wonder if it's reasonable to keep my aluminum panniers on the bike at this ride.
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Old 08-02-2017, 12:36 AM   #447
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Any idea how technical are the dirt roads there?
I wonder if it's reasonable to keep my aluminum panniers on the bike at this ride.
Most of the dirt roads the group rides could be carefully navigated on a Hardly Davidson with street tires.
...and you could go down and have a good time, choosing easy terrain and be just fine. Imagine your typical 1990's crappy Japanese 4-door Toyota Tercel sedan. Front wheel drive, no ground clearance, leaks oil.... That's what many people there drive where most people will be adventuring riding on their ****** dualsports, most of the time. Roads, not paved, sometimes weather eroded with ruts and pot holes.
I try to seek out places you can't get to in a modified Jeep, and those trails exist, but most of the group usually won't be riding that stuff; it's a bit off the beaten path.

Having said that, I don't like aluminium paniers. Even on easy unpaved terrain it's real easy to fall and use them to break an ankle. But that's just my opinion, and I've never taken them to Mexico. But I do usually crash a few times while I'm there while navigating tricky stuff.

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Old 08-02-2017, 06:46 AM   #448
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I also prefer soft bags for off-pavement rides. And it doesn't have to be the toughest trail out there that breaks your leg. Most of these unpaved roads are simply bull-dozed and smoothed local surface, not imported gravel. Add a little rain to the common red dirt and even the easiest of the roads will become a mudfest, some of the worst conditions to have hard bags mounted on the bike.

If you don't have a good alternate bag solution, pack your tools and day ride supplies in a tail bag/box and leave the hard bags in the hotel during the day rides. And stick to the easier route to and from Reynosa.
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Me and Escout are looking to do a ride in Marble Falls at the Hidden Falls Adventure Park sometime in August to make sure the bikes are ready for the trip. We figure its better to find out if anything wants to break on this side of the border. Both of us are riding KLR 650's. Anyone interested in meeting up?
Charger,

Did you make it out to Hidden Falls to ride in the dirt? If you haven't and still plan on going, let me know. I'm interested in tagging along.
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Old 08-11-2017, 02:37 PM   #450
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Any idea how technical are the dirt roads there?
I wonder if it's reasonable to keep my aluminum panniers on the bike at this ride.
18 miles of non-technical gravel road (easy, but not a cakewalk...rocky and off camber in places) on the official ride in. Other routes on the way in add between 50 and 60 miles of the same. Most riders take all concrete on the return trip home.

Leave the bags at the hotel during the day rides. Aluminum will be fine.

I use a set of small soft BILT bags from Cycle Gear. https://www.cyclegear.com/accessories/bilt-saddlebags On sale for $49.

they fit a pair of Nike shoes, 3 pairs of jeans, 6 shirts, 6 boxers, 8 pair socks, belt, basic toiletries, headphones, phone charger, UV-5R radio, wet wipes, bathing suit, and a small took pack. That's what I had for my 750 mile ride from Aspen to Phoenix yesterday. Survived a 60 MPH highway tumble on Mextrek last year. Comes with 4 extra straps to secure to frame / pegs / tail. I used to carry a large backpack. Now, just an over the shoulder tiny bag for essentials. The weight stays on the bike.

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Old 08-12-2017, 11:07 PM   #451
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1. Where do you keep your tools?
2. How and when will the riding groups be defined?
3. How long did it take to cross the border last time? Won't it take half a day with 100(!) riders?
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Old 08-13-2017, 01:23 AM   #452
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1. Tool share among my friends works well. My favorite tool is my credit card. I carry flat, phillips screw drivers, 8 10 12 tee, 14,17,19 rachet closed end wrenches, spoons, tubes, crescent wrench, allen key, zip ties, epoxy putty, and elec tape. It all goes in my little backpack.

2. TBD. Group size of 15, plus or minus, is just for the ride in. We may sort this out in advance via email given group size. This has always been very fluid and people gravitate to their happy part of the spectrum. Once in Galeana groups of 4 to 8 tend to form based on interest and ability and freindship. Return trip to border is usually figured out amongst friends.

3. Border crossing going south is very easy, assuming you have permits prior to arrival (either by mail or at border on Wednesday) . If you have permits it is usually a wave to pass or a quick cursory look in pockets and bags. At the 20 km checkpoint into Mexico they may search, but they are more likely to be "at lunch" with the post unmanned. Gang activity is the variable. No issues, little reason to search at checkpoints. We'll stagger from the hotel based on length of intended ride, longest first at 7am, shortest at 8am. If you are totally unprepared prior to departure they can process about 15 to 20 riders an hour at the border, if you have nothing in advance. IIRC, they open at 6am on the Mex side. So even if you have stateside travel disruption and murphy's law is enacted, you can, in a pinch, get your paperwork done at 6am, eat a quick breakfast, gas up, and still join the direct route 8am departure.
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Old 08-13-2017, 01:35 AM   #453
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Just have to say, clearly and plainly, that anyone without paperwork, tvip, and visa by 9 pm Wednesday will be on their own and we will not hold up a group for unprepared stragglers. I'll hand you a route map, wish you the best, and hope you can dig yourself out of the hole. But so there is no misunderstanding, failure to plan and prepare is unacceptable. Being unprepared and last minute is my job. No one gets to steal my glory.

That said I am 99% certain we'll have a ride leader taking a very small group from Mission to Galeana on Friday. So anyone needing an extra day will have a backup plan available.

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Old 08-13-2017, 01:48 AM   #454
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Jajaja, No Crying!

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Old 08-13-2017, 08:53 AM   #455
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Is it possible to issue a Visa and TVIP not on the border?
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Old 08-13-2017, 09:13 AM   #456
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Re: 2017 MexTrek #6, Oct 26th to 29th 2017

The TVIP can be gotten through the mail and I got one the first time I went down there from the consulate in Dallas. I tried to get the visa thing there too, but it seemed as though it was turning into a hassle so I got it at the border. I don't think it was any easier to get the TVIP at the consulate than it was to get it at the border like I did on my second trip.
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Old 08-13-2017, 09:21 AM   #457
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Thanks! Looks like I will get them at the border on Wednesday.
Any idea till what time are visas and TVIP issued in the border?
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I talked to a Guy who works at the Consulate here in Kansas City. Yes, we have one in Missouri. He said they didn't issue vehicle import paperwork, only at locations closer to the border, and on the border. He said he'd show me how to prepare everything needed online if I stopped in. Planning on paying him a visit next week.

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Old 08-13-2017, 10:56 AM   #459
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Thanks John. Apparently there is a consulate in Austin as well.
Will pay them a visit and share the info
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Just an FYI for folks:

I went to the Mexican consulate here in Austin about a week ago. I had a valid passport, the title and registration for my bike with photocopies, my license, credit card, and I even had some kind of bill with my home address.

There was no line and the woman was nice, but she said I had to fill out something else first, the "Pre-autorizacion migratoria," before she could process any of the vehicle permit and bond, and that pre-auth apparently could not be done right there. So she was unable to help me get the permit/bond that day.

The site she directed me to for the pre-auth (which is maybe like a travel visa?) was:

www.inm.gob.mx/pae

She also told me that when I get the bond, that money will be charged to my credit card (not just posted, as I understood it), and that we should alert the credit card that a charge would be coming in pesos so it wasn't flagged/declined. Not sure if this is correct information, but that's what she told me at the consulate.

She said the whole thing was easier to do online and recommended I do it that way. Note: I am NOT an authority on this, have never taken a motorcycle to Mexico, and it's possible I did not do something correctly. I am not trying to contradict anything anyone else has said on the subject. But I just wanted to share that information with folks to save them some time if they are planning on going to the consulate here in Austin. I plan to do the whole thing online soon, but I haven't gotten around to it yet.

If anyone else has anything to add on the paperwork side, I'm happy to hear it.

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