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  3. Hi there, thank you for the answers. When we went to Baja we did purchase online with Baja Bound, I'll check the rates compared to the one you used. Basically then it's part of the border crossing, you just purchase in each country when its needed. Good to know ! Thank you,
  4. I got my Mexican insurance online before I crossed from Lewis & Lewis and printed it out as well as had as a pdf. Don't recall how I did it in Guatemala but you can purchase at the border and it's usually not difficult or expensive. Don't recall El Salvador either. Nicaragua I bought it at an insurance company office in Esteli and it was cheap. Costa Rica will require you to buy it then and there at the border and it's cheap and easy. But they want you to buy covid health insurance too which is like $11/day which is a ripoff. Panama was the biggest pain in the ass as the insurance guy wasn't there so I had to wait two days for him. Finally someone took pity on my and called someone they knew who came and sold me a policy he arranged right there on his cell phone. Some countries don't require moto insurance though.
  5. Hello everyone, we are planning an epic ride to central and south america starting in April 2022. We are currently checking the motorcycle insurances. My understanding is that every country has his own policy and that it is often best to purchase at the border. But those infos are a bit outdated so I'm wondering if someone has some updated information about that ? Maybe starting with central America, Mexico to Panama ? Thank you in advance !
  6. Bike prep in motion, spooned some Dunlop d908rr on the “Heddy” KTM 990. Gonna be one helluva a race!
  7. I'm getting extremely excited for this years VCGP! 2019 I had a blast on my KTM SAR 1290 racing the Adventure class, and also making this the most challenging and physically exhausting riding event I've ever done. Picking that heavy bike up over and over at 6000ft elevation was rough. Due to the Plannedemic 2020 was reluctantly cancelled by organizers, but fortunately 2021 it's back and I'm ready! Race starts Saturday for the A and B groups, but @motochefarwi and I will carpool up the hill from valley on Sunday. This year I'll be on my Husky 701 in the Enduro C group and Arwi on his 990 in the Adventure class! Weather is looking interesting with chance of snow and highs in the 40's! I'll make sure to post more here!
  8. I don't think you'll have an issue with your passport. The border south isn't closed for any covid reasons right now either as far as I know. But I always check the US embassy page for that country and get very specific info for what's required. I don't think they require any covid tests or vaccinations either. I checked the Israeli embassy page for Mexico and it seems you may actually have to apply for a visa in advance of your trip. I think the US and Canada have a deal with Mexico because we make up most of their tourism. Try here https://embassies.gov.il/mexico-city/Pages/default.aspx. If your trip is just for a week or so to Northern Baja then I don't even bother stopping at the banjercito and just ride with no issue. How long will you be in Mexico? They typically will give you 6 months automatically. You should also ask for six just in case. As long as the bike is registered in your name, you won't have a problem with that. Buy the bike and register it in any State other than California, like Arizona because it's much less expensive. I also did mine in Arizona because I could get a 2 year registration because I wasn't sure how long I'd be gone and I'm now at the 13 month mark here in Colombia. You need to purchase insurance for your moto prior to entering Mexico and I usually use Lewis & Lewis or Baja Bound (online). You pay online then print out the pdf file as you'll need to show it to them in Mexico. It's cheaper per day the longer you're there like 3 or 6 months. I have gone sometimes for just 7-10 days and think it's way too expensive (~$100) but it's a requirement. However, you'll ALSO need to show them your US insurance because they want to make sure you're returning there at some point and aren't in Mexico to sell your bike (not sure why that's so important to them). Never had another country ask me that and glad I hadn't yet cancelled my US policy (obviously it doesn't work outside the US and therefore no need). I think an email or pdf will work. I got mine from my insurance company (Geico) emailed to me then forwarded it to the banjercito guy while I was there in line. Depending on how long and where in Mexico you plan to go, you may also need a TVIP or temporary vehicle import permit. Definitely if you plan to use a ferry between southern Baja and the mainland. It may be a few hundred dollars but it's just a deposit that is returned to you when you leave the country. Don't forget to get that back either! They'll want to see your VIN on your bike so make sure you know where that is beforehand so your not digging all over for it. It's usually up front near the main tube and/or beneath the seat stamped on the frame or on a metal plate riveted to the bike. Just be patient and calm and respectful and you'll see how nice they can be. Play the angry impatient tourist and they'll shut you down. I've been there more times that I can count and never had a bad experience. The people are super nice and the food is my favorite next to French. Cheap. Didn't camp because places are so cheap to find. I used hostelworld website and couch surfing app (not much luck as people are afraid of covid from travelers). Ive been to Baja many times so I chose the mainland. I did Chihuahua, Creel, Batopilas, Los Mochis (9 hours of challenging dirt). Got to Mazatlan and didn't care for the heat/humidity so went higher in altitude to Durango, Zacatecas, Guanajuato, San Miguel de Allende, Queretaro, Mexico City, Puebla. That took me 2 months and then did a quick flight to Colombia and Peru to help a friend get a bike back so I felt for some reason I had to rush south to Guatemala. Got there in four days but regret it now. Oaxaca is amazing, as is Chiapas and the coastal towns. They seem to have toll roads all over the place so have pesos ready for that. One day I think I went through 11 toll stations! Motos aren't that expensive but it can be a pain. Here in Colombia motos are free! It has got to be expensive for the poor to get around in their own cars with all those tolls which explains the light traffic. However, the traffic in Mexico City is the worst I've ever seen. Filtering is hard because the lanes aren't that wide. Tore a hole in my right side pannier once on a truck's bumper lol. Don't hang out in the fast lane as some cars tend to drive super fast and they'll pass you before you even know it. Some single lane roads you'll see motos just to the right of the white line to make room for cars/trucks to pass. My opinion is Mexico has great drivers and many of their roads and signs seem better than the US even. Super amazing road with numerous bridges and tunnels from Durango to Mazatlan you have to see. Espinazo del Diablo is the old road next to it. There's also Mil Cumbres which is famous for an annual rally race near Morelia. Lots of tequila factory tours not far from Guadalajara but unfortunately I skipped that this time. You'll learn about other regional types of "tequila" (from the agave plant) and my favorite is actually Mezcal (from Oaxaca). Safety is always an issue I but park my bike securely at night, don't ride at night, don't go to bars/clubs. You'll probably encounter cartel checkpoints but as a tourist you have kind of a special protected status. They want you to have a good time and spend your money as a tourist. You're also kind of both invisible as a motorcyclist (not a target for theft) but also a celebrity as many are curious and will ask you where you're from and what your bike costs, lol. They've always been very kind to me. Bring candy and stickers for the kids. Don't be buying or selling drugs and you'll have no issues. I was never stopped by police but if you're speeding, own it. Many small town cops aren't paid well and may try to shake you down but never pay more than like $40 USD. Strategies are pretending to speak no spanish and just fumbling around and wasting their time. You can also pretend to have diarrhea and say you need a bathroom quickly. You can be nice and offer to buy them a cold drink if they like. You can also say okay lets go to the court then so I can pay this fine. Have a throwaway wallet with a copy of your license, maybe an expired credit card and $20 in pesos with your passport and wallet and other important docs well hidden in your jacket. I prefer riding dirt and back roads but everyone there told me not to do it. I've also found local advice to be wrong half the time and I know Charly Sinewan did a ton of back roads there without issues but he's also a native speaker (from Spain) and he doesn't look like a foreigner (extranjero). If you're single and meet locals via online apps then beware of scams and those out to drug/rob you. Verify someone's id up front like their WhatsApp or Instagram. Meet in a public place and watch your drink. Tell a friend where you'll be and when you'll be back. You can send them a pic and/or share your live location via Whatsapp. I met a nice woman in Queretaro online and saw her for a few weeks. You can find my ride report here and feel free to ask any questions!
  9. Hello to all riders, I am on vacation, and I am planning a trip, riding through Mexico. I am from Israel, and I plan to buy a motorcycle in the United States and go through the paperwork and the red tape when I cross the border. Going through the Benjercito webpage, there is no option for any other passports but American or Canadian. I wondered if anyone here knows the procedure well and can tell me if a non-American/non-Canadian can make it? I will be traveling with my Israeli passport, a tourist visa, and the FMM, which I will also be planning to do after the crossing. Does my question make sense?
  10. Got the info I was looking for! Couple things stand out for me: The most powerful bike in its class with 81PS peak power at 10,250 rpm and 64Nm peak torque at 6,250 rpm This "PS" is new to me and stands for "PferdStarke" and is basically a metric unit for horsepower or bhp Introducing the first triple engine in the category delivering the perfect combination of low-down torque with a strong mid-range and class-leading top-end power I'll try to post the torque curve but it looks great down low (will be great for a Rally Pro version later) Introducing the first triple engine in the category delivering the perfect combination of low-down torque with a strong mid-range and class-leading top-end power Great for pavement but off road will be an issue Sculpted 17 litre fuel tank for excellent range That's very cool Comes with Road and Rain modes Great for an entry level moto Premium standard specification with switchable traction control, ABS, ride-by-wire throttle, slip and assist clutch and an immobiliser The lowest service workshop cost in the category Class-leading 10,000 miles (16,000 km) or 12 months service interval Two-year unlimited milage warranty, with the option to extend for one or two years
  11. Okay so it's a day after the embargo on info was lifted so I can talk about it now. And unfortunately the links they gave me to all the images and specs expired so I will try later. My topline thoughts are this does in fact appear to be best in class; a class being a Vstrom and Versys. I am pretty sure this class of motos is pretty large it's just that I tend not to see them very often in my corner of the world be it in SoCal or here in Colombia. This is the Tiger 660 Sport whereas I might prefer a Tiger 660 Rally Pro! Know what I mean? Many people take motos on adventures all over the world that aren't normally considered adventure motos but I do think a true adventure bike tends to need more ground clearance, spoked wheels and larger wheels. The adventure moniker I think is a bit of a stretch like when BMW intro'd their XR1000. The positives I can recall are that I think it's their smallest ever triple and modeled after another street bike they have now. It's at a very low price point and will be a great entry level moto for most. The display looks good and it seems to be able to handle panniers well.
  12. Friend of mine here in Ensenada, Baja California is selling his 2013 BMW 800 Adventure. It's posted here in Baja so it's listed in pesos which converts to about $9,000 and the mileage is 30,000 miles in great condition and serviced by BMW. He's willing to negotiate with a serious buyer! He's motivated to sell! He's got a restaurant that he wants to put money into. https://www.facebook.com/marketplace/item/409396190526508/
  13. Some great pics here! Thanks to all who came and our sponsors for great prizes that helped us raise $3,000 for Motorrad Angels
  14. Photos by @motolady are up! Click here Use them how you like but please attribute photo credit to MotoLady/Alicia Elfving. She worked hard for us and this is her livelihood. Let's help her out. hashtags: xladvhighsierra2021 Here are a few examples
  15. Did a nice little two day adventure two up to Jardín and Jericó this week. My gf got a Klim Artemis suit which she really likes and this was her first chance to wear it outside of short city rides. We saw a lot of rain and mud but I was the one who got the most dirty [emoji23]. Must have been all the mud. The dirt roads aren’t that bad but we came upon a truck carrying construction materials for road maintenance further up that got stuck. I tried going around but it was a wet muddy trench and the pegs and shifter we digging into the sides of the trench so we decided to back it out. Didn’t take too long but the video is pretty funny.
  16. So I got a press briefing yesterday and wasn't supposed to say anything about it until Oct 5 but I see Triumph USA is at least talking about the new 660 Sport so I'll limit it to simply that for now. I will have all the details for you then (Oct 5).
  17. Trip back to CA went way too fast but back now in Medellin. Borders still closed but Chile says I can come if I have a negative pcr test, 5 day quarantine, vaccine and special covid health insurance. No thanks, I already had covid. [emoji23] GF got some new gear and I took her to a track We did a helo tour of Guatape last week Eating well and back to the gym
  18. Sorry, forgot to enable embedding. Just corrected that, maybe it'll show up now.
  19. @Barry Michael Wehrli put together a nice video here. I searched and found more from Olivier And not sure who did this one
  20. Can you please post this in the ride report? thanks
  21. Posted my experience of the rally if interested: https://youtu.be/7pEQhx6_-2o
  22. Here are a handful I took. Great times as always.
  23. Here’s my only contribution this year. Didn’t really think about taking pictures. I had a great time!
  24. Are you near prairie city? I've spent many hours there practicing on my 1200GSA. Great big bike obstacles
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