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Old 07-13-2017, 11:40 PM   #421
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Exactly how Mexico makes feel...deep down. NO...not like woman. But, yes, like singing in an open field.

If you can skip the cheesy 80's intro, this is what we played in the car on our last trip, passing by Monterrey and headed down to Linares. Note, I never listen to Willie or Merle, except in Mexico. Diplo, DJ Snake, and Drake just don't quite fit in, down in Old Mexico.

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Old 07-14-2017, 04:59 AM   #422
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A quick note and story on machine preparedness for Mexico:

Last year we had a rider take a mild tumble on street in the rain. Blame the very poor quality chinese tires on the bike, not the rider. She modulated and locked front and rear at least 3 times each but still couldn't prevent the low speed lowside.

End result, a broken clutch lever in Mexico. So I swapped my lever for hers and rode my bike to Monterrey with no clutch. No biggie, its a little 230 and I can do fine with no clutch.

However, had this been in the middle of nowhere, without a lender lever, this could have been a lost day or two of riding and a stranded rider and bike. What to do differently? Buy a set of hand guards and keep the important bits (and pinkie fingers) intact. They are cheap, even down to $28.99 for a set of aftermarket china brand at Walmart. And remember, these things are worthless unless they are installed correctly and tight enough to actually protect against damage. A loose, non-temporary threadlocked, rattling guard is about as good as no guard. We use these on our mini-motard MiniGP race bikes and they have protected from literally 10's or 20's of crashes, some end over end.

https://www.walmart.com/ip/Ediors-7-...&wl13=&veh=sem

And I'm sure Trail Boss' style are not so cheap, but you get the idea. If I were a noob prepping for Mexico for the first time, I'd just throw my current bike in the dumpster and buy his Husky:






Hey this bike Rich is letting go is a steal for $4,500

http://www.twtex.com/forums/showthread.php?t=114779

Somebody better jump on it quick...

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Old 07-19-2017, 09:24 PM   #423
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Awesome Study Guide for MexTrek 2017 arrived today! I got 1 Baofeng UV-5RV2+, Qty. 1. I should have ordered 2, just to test it out... 10-4 Good Buddy. Jajaja Thanks Trail Boss.

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Old 07-20-2017, 09:16 AM   #424
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Is this strictly a DS event or are other street bike riders going to ride the roads around Galeana. I see that "3 or 4 street riders" are mentioned on the first page but no further mention unless I missed something.

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Re: 2017 MexTrek #6, Oct 26th to 29th 2017

One of our friends will probably miss the trip. He had a mishap in Montana. He is smart to have Medjet to take him back to his home hospital.
I'll let him post if he wants to share the details.

I'm adding the link here. Do your research . $99 for a week. $270 for a year.

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Old 07-20-2017, 01:47 PM   #426
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One of our friends will probably miss the trip. He had a mishap in Montana. He is smart to have Medjet to take him back to his home hospital.
I'll let him post if he wants to share the details.

I'm adding the link here. Do your research . $99 for a week. $270 for a year.

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Medjet is comprehensive. 👍

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Old 07-21-2017, 10:19 PM   #427
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Awesome.....
Music from the Huastecas region. Nice!!!!

We'll be just north of the Huasteca region, although the topography is similar.

According to Lonely Planet...

The stunning, tropical Huasteca Potosina, is a lush, remote subregion of San Luis Potosí and, although part of the same region, could be worlds away.

A huge drawcard are the region’s incredible waterfalls and swimming holes, the result of the rivers that flow eastward from the slopes of the Sierra Madre Oriental. They look as though they’ve been naturally photo-shopped, so rich is their aquamarine hue, thanks to the high calcium content in the surrounding rocks. You can swim near and take boat trips to some of these spectacular cascades.

A rich culture of the local Huastec people (Tének), plus extraordinary sinkholes and birds, make a visit here extremely rewarding.

The entire Huasteca encompasses parts of San Luis Potosí, Hidalgo, Puebla, Queretaro, Tamaulipas and Veracruz. The name ‘Huasteca’ refers to the place where the Huastec culture developed; the region is known for huasteco (or huapango), a style of music that combines violins and the guitar-like jarana, and local dishes, such as the zacahuil, a massive tamale.

Over the last decade in particular, Mexicans and adventurists have ‘discovered’ the Huasteca Potosina; as yet, few foreigners know of it. You can get to Xilitla by public transport; for the rest, it’s easiest to have your own transportation or go with a local tour operator.

Rio Verde, east of San Luis Potosí, falls just outside the boundaries of the Huasteca Potosina but its crystalline, warm water lagoon attracts divers and families.
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Old 07-22-2017, 12:10 AM   #428
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I need to be in San Luis Potosi square on Sunday for the weekly concert. Heading down to Xilitla after, and I really need to wash off all that grime at a place called Tolantongo, if time allows...The waterfalls, river and hot springs there look amazing. The last 15 miles of the road going into the park is all switchbacks, according to the map. I needed a kick start like MexTrek to get down and explore this area of the Huasteca. Thanks guys!

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Hi Jon, there are some youtube videos of Tolantongo that show more of the pools and river. I have been looking at it for the last year.I'd like to try coming in from the Northwest from Zimapan/Jacala.
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Old 07-22-2017, 10:49 AM   #430
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Jt. That looks like a good one

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Re: 2017 MexTrek #6, Oct 26th to 29th 2017

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I need to be in San Luis Potosi square on Sunday for the weekly concert. Heading down to Xilitla after, and I really need to wash off all that grime at a place called Tolantongo, if time allows...The waterfalls, river and hot springs there look amazing. The last 15 miles of the road going into the park is all switchbacks, according to the map. I needed a kick start like MexTrek to get down and explore this area of the Huasteca. Thanks guys!
having just been thru that area, my mental notes are....

There is an abundance of water and springs nearer to Cuidad Valles. It is due East of SLP. Its 5 hrs from Mextrek to El Naranjo (quaint small town with a $25 hotel on the river) with waterfalls nearby. Also, from Mextrek, a stop over in Tula,a nice overnight town we made a layover on the Jalpan ride last year. From El Naranjo its a couple more hours south to Xilitla. On the road from SLP to Cuidad Valles is Tomosopo falls.

Tolantongo is 9.5 hrs from Mextrek if you go direct on the main highway, but if you go thru Xilitla its 6.5 hrs more riding, a total of 13.75 hrs from Galeana.
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Old 07-24-2017, 12:12 AM   #432
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I'm considering the TuBliss system but am queasy about running it on pavement and about drilling holes in my Excel A60 rims.

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1. Anyone run TuBliss at speed (65mph) for a few hours on tar/pavement? The TuBliss company don't recommend their product on pavement. Wondering how it would do on the pavement stretch from the border to Galeana and back. It it matters, I'm running MotOz DOT-rated desert tires on a KTM 500 EXC-F.

2. Also, if one does get a no-kidding flat with the TuBliss, is the solution to pull the system apart and replace it with a regular tube in the tire? ANy issue with that extra hole in the wheel?

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1. Anyone run TuBliss at speed (65mph) for a few hours on tar/pavement? The TuBliss company don't recommend their product on pavement. Wondering how it would do on the pavement stretch from the border to Galeana and back. It it matters, I'm running MotOz DOT-rated desert tires on a KTM 500 EXC-F.
I have rode with tubeliss on a F800gs, from Austin to Big Bend.
I haven't notice any significant change.
I would install it again if my rims weren't too wide for it
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I'm starting to think that my bike is too heavy for this one.
Out of curiosity, are there riders who plan to go off-road on heavy DS bike (GS/tiger style)?
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I'm considering the TuBliss system but am queasy about running it on pavement and about drilling holes in my Excel A60 rims.

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1. Anyone run TuBliss at speed (65mph) for a few hours on tar/pavement? The TuBliss company don't recommend their product on pavement. Wondering how it would do on the pavement stretch from the border to Galeana and back. It it matters, I'm running MotOz DOT-rated desert tires on a KTM 500 EXC-F.

2. Also, if one does get a no-kidding flat with the TuBliss, is the solution to pull the system apart and replace it with a regular tube in the tire? ANy issue with that extra hole in the wheel?
1. Many people ride cross country with them. I don't think the tiny trip to Galeana will be an issue. Fang regularly rides 90 MPH sustained on his KTM 690 without a care in the world.

2. While not speaking from experience, there should be no downside to pulling the TuBliss system out and replacing with a traditional rim strip and tube. The size hole you put in the rim won't be an issue. Tubliss kits ship with a plug so you can plug the hole that the original bead lock used. A spare plug would give you certainty you'd have to issues if you wanted to go back to tubes. Worst case, you could use a tire patch from the inside.

But the vast majority of users have no issues. Most people love them. Early versions had high pressure inner tubes that leaked down and caused some issues. And improper cleaning and installation can lead to very slow leak down of tire pressure. But now, if installed correctly, there are no downsides except needing a 100 PSI pump for the bladder. All these seem to be very minor compared to the inconvenience of making trailside tube replacements.
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I'm starting to think that my bike is too heavy for this one.
Out of curiosity, are there riders who plan to go off-road on heavy DS bike (GS/tiger style)?
A Triumph 800 will be just fine for this ride. You'll have a huge advantage on the 250 miles of street riding, and each day heading off to the trails you'll be comfortable on the pavement. On the gravel it might be a bit too big to be ideal, but should be perfectly manageable.

Andre rides a Tiger 1200 and Dave B rides a BMW1200GS. I don't want to make a guess at their exact ages, but together it's around 150 yrs experience on this earth. They both do fine in the dirt in Mexico on 600 pound slabs of motorcycle. Your "little" 800 will do fine.
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....waiting for Dave and Andre to correct me that it only 139.3 years between them...
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I'm going to try to keep up on the trails with Shadman on a R100GSPD.

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You're only on a 456 pound dry weight bike. Add 9.5 gallons and you're at 456 +58 = 514. Shealaurie will only have 460 wet. Andre will have 570lbs wet on his 1200 Tiger, but 135 horses to work with.

I'll have 249 lbs wet and 16 horsepower with gearing that is 30% taller than factory, LOL. Safety third!!!!

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