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

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Are there any ruins /pyramids on the route/close by? I think it would be cool to check some out.
http://sic.cultura.gob.mx/ficha.php?table=zona_arqueologica&table_id=105

these should be the closest to galeana but still too far maybe for a day ride, but can be done on the way to or from the border but out of the way abit and the route there isnt recommended due to higher cartel activity. ive been there once back in 2008 and they are small compared to the interior pyramids near mexico city, but up on a hill looking down is still something to see once.
 
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Just out of curiosity, what have you done on the previous trips when someone got flat tire or couldn't continue?
Is there any recommended preparation for avoiding/reducing the chances of getting flat tires?
 
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Just out of curiosity, what have you done on the previous trips when someone got flat tire or couldn't continue?
Is there any recommended preparation for avoiding/reducing the chances of getting flat tires?
everyone should carry their own tubes and tools and at least have tried once to change to a tire, I definitely recommend putting "Ride ON" in your tires, it really helps reduce flats and balances the tire great too.
 

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I see that you are new, but we don't have much information to judge what kind of riding you do or your experience. I'd like to ask that you do an introduction thread and maybe put your bike(s) in your signature. As to flats, the short answer is that we fix them. If you are not familiar with doing that this thread is a good place to start learning: http://www.twtex.com/forums/showthread.php?t=57563&highlight=mad+scientist Most of us would suggest that you change a tire or two before you go. As can be seen in the thread I linked, there are folks that can help with that.
 
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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...
I think you might have missed this...in the first post...

ADDING IN STREET RIDERS ONLY INFORMATION TO THIS POST:

Had a question about street bikes only on this ride. YES, it is a fine trip for street bikes. Maybe not the greatest routes or itineraries out of Galeana, but I would be glad to have streetbikes join us on the trip. You would just have to ride in your group solo from lunch in Montemorelos on day 1 to Galeana. No biggie, big easy route with huge signs and nothing off the beaten path. A few notes i sent to the street guys coming this year:


There are amazing street rides in most southern directions out of Monterrey. Although a road may show on a map as 100% concrete, there is a possibility that for a mile or two it might be a temporary gravel roadbase for road construction / maintenance / gov't corruption / political pressure. But aside from the unexpected slow section every 100 miles or so the roads are in good condition and can be taken at good speed. That's the good news.

The bad news is that Galeana is, to some degree, at the end of a dead end road, hwy 58 from the east. A great, curvy, fun road. I've come in from the southwest on hwy 58 and it is unremarkable.

North loop: great twisties, waterfalls near Santiago Cola de Cabello
Cola de Caballo - YouTube

or Chipitin
Cascada del CHIPITIN - YouTube

, mountain views 248 miles. All pavement. Amazing ride. https://goo.gl/maps/RZkvvdW5Lov

South loop: Hwy 61 south is nice, with good sweepers, and the ride to the General Zaragosa with waterfalls and riverside restaurants is a good, but short on riding, day trip at only 164 miles. https://goo.gl/maps/NBEPTwXrK4L2

Northwest Loop: You can go on some kinda flat and boring roads to Saltillo, a fairly large and interesting city 220 miles R/T https://goo.gl/maps/ehbgEVAFzfD2.

You can add in Mesa de la Tablas for some amazing riding and its 280 miles: https://goo.gl/maps/iHRXqXwm48z

If you feel up to 375 total miles you can venture to the oldest vineyard in North America. This is on my Mexico to do list.

http://www.madero.com.mx/historia/

http://www.cntraveler.com/story/on-a...ed-wine-region

http://www.mexconnect.com/articles/1...-fuente-mexico

https://goo.gl/maps/gJHkmrF46HU2

Another option would be to take a day / overnight in Monterrey, a true international and vibrant city. very upscale, modern, and at the same time very Mexican. The nightlife in the Antigua Monterrey downtown area is hip, urban, cultured, and high brow. Everett and I sometimes take an extra day to go to Monterrey after Galeana. It is a zoo.

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Just out of curiosity, what have you done on the previous trips when someone got flat tire

At a MINIMUM at least half of the riders of any ride group should be prepared to change a tire: tubes, patches, tire levers, tools, compressor

or couldn't continue?

Bikes do break. Riders too. Ride safe and bring a bike that is ready for the trip. Mexicans in rural mexico always have a pickup handy. Money talks. The folks in this region are very helpful and trucking a bike out is always an option. I recall 2 or 3 extrications in the past. 2 mechanical, 1 crash damage IIRC.


Is there any recommended preparation for avoiding/reducing the chances of getting flat tires?

Ride on is cheap and works well. Pros go with a "tublis" tire system (ABOUT $200) that eliminates the tube and uses the regular tire as a tubeliss tire. In the event of a flat the tire is simply plugged externally without need for taking the tire off the bike. Quick easy 2 minute flat fit.
Hope that helps!
 
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Are there any ruins /pyramids on the route/close by? I think it would be cool to check some out.
If this is your first Motorcycle trip to Mexico chances are you will be so engaged you'll barely have a chance to brush your teeth, much less take a side trip to a pyramid, LOL.
 
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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.

(kicking myself now for selling the DR)
I have offer myself to guide a street only group.. if you enjoy twisty roads, there are a lot of them around the area.

I think you can have a pretty good time over there in a sport tourer or similar bike.. even a cruiser, if you don't care being left being from time to time :)

Check out this video, is from a friend in Monterrey. As you can imagine, those roads a pretty popular within the local motorcycle community:


https://youtu.be/aIeeIbStRMI
 

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Just out of curiosity, what have you done on the previous trips when someone got flat tire or couldn't continue?
Is there any recommended preparation for avoiding/reducing the chances of getting flat tires?
I run Tubliss and Ride-on and carry a tube and all the stuff to patch and plug.

If you run Tubliss, keep in mind that you need a compressor that can put 100PSI in the "inner" tube that keeps everything sealed.

I'm looking into another tubeless system (Outex I think it's called) that may alleviate that need. Will post up if I go that route.
 
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Thanks shadman, crew chief and kayakkawakid for your responses.
I have submitted an introduction post : http://www.twtex.com/forums/showthread.php?t=114752

I will practice changing tubes by then.
Already have the tubeliss installed.
If you have tubeless tires on the triumph you will only need a plug kit and a compressor or hand pump. A bit of "ride on" tire sealant will protect against any thorns or cactus.

That said, in 7 or 8 trips to Mexico I've only had one flat tire on my bike. But, in a group of 8 riders this will mean, on average, one will have a flat per trip, so be prepared.
 
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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-7-8-Dirt-Bike-Scooter-ATV-Motorcross-Motorcycle-Brush-Bar-Hand-Guards-Handguard-Green/931717275?wmlspartner=wlpa&selectedSellerId=4701&adid=22222222227071379743&wmlspartner=wmtlabs&wl0=&wl1=g&wl2=c&wl3=182316450425&wl4=pla-285825816688&wl5=9030007&wl6=&wl7=&wl8=&wl9=pla&wl10=113553674&wl11=online&wl12=931717275&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:

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Rundown II to Jalpan?
...Have to be sure I am not double booking events with the rest of the Texas Adventure crew...Big Bend, Junction, Arkansas, Great Divide, possibly a Rundown organized by Richard...have to be sure the streams don't cross.

But, having just driven thru Jalpan a few weeks ago I can't get my hands around how to effectively get a group of mixed skill set riders that far south and back in a reasonable amount of time. It really is a full, long, exhausting 2 day trip each way. So, for the time being, we'll stick to the Monterrey area, and most likely Galeana.

At the conclusion of this trip a few of us have rented a ranch near Santiago for 2 days, a smaller town just 20 minutes SE of Monterrey. It is near the Horsetail Waterfalls and the riding areas frequented by off-roaders from Monterrey. I'll give a full report on this more heavily trodden area and the likelihood of basing a ride out of that general area for a spring trip. More on this after Mextrek. But the waterfalls of Chipitan are calling me....



And the cabins in the Parque National de Monterrey...



And the river south to Rayones...

 
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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.

[ame="https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CvdmxszsDM8"]"Pancho and Lefty" - Willie Nelson and Merle Haggard - YouTube[/ame]
 
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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-7-8-Dirt-Bike-Scooter-ATV-Motorcross-Motorcycle-Brush-Bar-Hand-Guards-Handguard-Green/931717275?wmlspartner=wlpa&selectedSellerId=4701&adid=22222222227071379743&wmlspartner=wmtlabs&wl0=&wl1=g&wl2=c&wl3=182316450425&wl4=pla-285825816688&wl5=9030007&wl6=&wl7=&wl8=&wl9=pla&wl10=113553674&wl11=online&wl12=931717275&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:

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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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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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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.

(kicking myself now for selling the DR)
Looks like you have a Versys, that's what I'm riding, just do it!!
 

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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.

www.medjetassist.com
 
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