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Old 03-05-2010, 12:31 PM   #21
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Re: MexTrek: May 27-30, 2010, Galeana, Mexico

Excellent

Now there will even be less gringos down there....the perfect time to travel to Mexico
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Old 03-05-2010, 12:38 PM   #22
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Or just click Here

You can also get your TVIP at the Mexican consulate in:

Dallas
Houston
Austin
Ft Worth

Tourist visas at the aduana at the border

Mexico motorcycle insurance - don't leave home without it
I was thinking about going to the local consulate here in Austin so I called to find out what I needed to bring with me. (1-877-210-9469)
The gentleman didn't speak the best English but here is what he told me I needed to bring. I wanted to confirm that other folks have done the same.
  • Title
  • Passport (ID)
  • Drivers License

He also said I needed to arrive early, before 8:00 AM but did not need an appointment and that it would cost about $40.00.
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Old 03-05-2010, 12:39 PM   #23
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Re: MexTrek: May 27-30, 2010, Galeana, Mexico

Here is a listing of all the locations in Texas.

http://www.u-s-a-immigration.com/INS...sulates_TX.htm
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Old 03-05-2010, 12:48 PM   #24
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Re: MexTrek: May 27-30, 2010, Galeana, Mexico

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I was thinking about going to the local consulate here in Austin so I called to find out what I needed to bring with me. (1-877-210-9469)
The gentleman didn't speak the best English but here is what he told me I needed to bring. I wanted to confirm that other folks have done the same.
  • Title
  • Passport (ID)
  • Drivers License

He also said I needed to arrive early, before 8:00 AM but did not need an appointment and that it would cost about $40.00.
(1) Title OR registration, must have one OR the other
Note: most people use registration; either will work

(2) Passport OR passport card, must have one OR the other

(3) Credit OR debit card, must have one or the other
Note: Make sure you call your card company BEFORE using the card in Mexico, to avoid problems.
Note: Make sure the name on the credit card matches the name on the passport and the registration, in other words, names must match. If you are concerned about this, PM me and I'll advise you over the phone.

You will not need to display your drivers license or any other documents

You can get your TVIP online here

Be sure to consider Mexico insurance for your bike - at least liability. If you ride in Mexico and are involved in an accident where there are injuries or damages to others, you'll wish you had it.
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Old 03-05-2010, 12:49 PM   #25
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Here is a listing of all the locations in Texas.

http://www.u-s-a-immigration.com/INS...sulates_TX.htm
That listing is useless - only the consulates in Dallas, Houston, Austin and Ft Worth issue TVIPs, and none issue visas
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Old 03-05-2010, 12:55 PM   #26
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Re: MexTrek: May 27-30, 2010, Galeana, Mexico

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"There is an increase in Mexican drug cartel related violence in the northern Mexican border cities. Parents should not allow their children to visit these Mexican cities because their safety cannot be guaranteed," said DPS director Steven C. McCraw.

Versus say a trip to Colorado, where my safety is guaranteed?


Pic from the warzone.

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Old 03-05-2010, 12:56 PM   #27
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Mexico motorcycle insurance - don't leave home without it
Do you have a company you recommend?

It would be interesting if we could find a company that would give a TWT discount since it sounds like there are a number of folks who go down there often.
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Old 03-05-2010, 01:03 PM   #28
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Do you have a company you recommend?

It would be interesting if we could find a company that would give a TWT discount since it sounds like there are a number of folks who go down there often.
I always use these guys

I bought a yearly policy for the BMW and a yearly policy for the KLR

However, plug in your bike's value and try different paradigms, to see what your pricing might be. A three month policy is usually always cheaper than just covering your bike for MexTrek alone. If you don't go back and forth to Mexico all the time, there's no point in getting a yearly policy (unless it's really cheaper). Beware some people recommend "drivers license policies", when in fact not all companies underwrite these types of policies for motorcycles but won't tell you - it's in the small print. If you shop for this type of policy, get it in writing that such a policy covers motorcycles.

Also, some people think their U.S. based auto policy covers them in Mexico. Fair warning - this is often misunderstood and if it exists, only covers you in the border zone and then there may be exclusions and limitations which may make you think about getting a full-up Mexico insurance policy.

Mexico insurance policies are worth their weight in gold. I can tell you war stories about this....two instances where the policy holder was very thankful to have the coverage. It seems like a useless expense, until you need it.
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Old 03-05-2010, 05:00 PM   #29
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I always use these guys
That's not too bad for basic coverage.

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Old 03-05-2010, 05:19 PM   #30
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Re: MexTrek: May 27-30, 2010, Galeana, Mexico

Check out the bennies that come with a 31 dollar policy - that column on the right.

Can you afford NOT to pay 31 bucks for that type of peace of mind?

I don't think so.

Good job scoring that coverage
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Old 03-05-2010, 08:39 PM   #31
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Re: MexTrek: May 27-30, 2010, Galeana, Mexico

OK, I made my reservations at the Motel 6 in McAllen for Wednesday night 26 May (2 double beds). I've orderded a new set of Trailwings -TW18/TW21 and spare tubes for my KLR. Haven't made reservations in Galeana yet. Don't "habla espanol" that well so I'll have a co-worker call when I'm sure I'm going. Plan on trucking/vanning down to McAllen from San Antonio on Wednesday, 26 May, riding with the group on Thursday to Galeana and heading back to McAllen on Sunday. Probably head back to San Antonio either late Sunday or early Monday.

Anyone from San Antone want to double up for the trip down/back to McAllen?

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Old 03-05-2010, 08:49 PM   #32
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Re: MexTrek: May 27-30, 2010, Galeana, Mexico

Maybe this has been answered somewhere else, but if so I didn't see it.
If you take a truck with a bike in the bed all the way to Galeana, then I assume you need separate paperwork for truck and bike. And supposing you trailer a bike, then do you need paperwork for the trailer also?
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Old 03-05-2010, 09:26 PM   #33
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Maybe this has been answered somewhere else, but if so I didn't see it.
If you take a truck with a bike in the bed all the way to Galeana, then I assume you need separate paperwork for truck and bike. And supposing you trailer a bike, then do you need paperwork for the trailer also?
Here is the lowdown:

"You may tow with your vehicle, one to three motorcycles, beach cars or dune buggies, or four-wheel motorcycles or ATVs, equivalent to the number of people traveling inside the vehicle. You must be able to provide proof of ownership for the vehicles being transported and they must be returned along with the towing or transporting vehicle"
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Old 03-06-2010, 03:29 PM   #34
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Maybe this has been answered somewhere else, but if so I didn't see it.
If you take a truck with a bike in the bed all the way to Galeana, then I assume you need separate paperwork for truck and bike. And supposing you trailer a bike, then do you need paperwork for the trailer also?
You'll need the title or registration for the truck
You'll need the title or registration for the bike
You'll receive one TVIP which will reflect both
You'll need to clear both the truck and the bike at the same time when exiting Mexico since both motor vehicles will be on the same TVIP

Ran into a guy in Lowe's today, he did the Baja 1000

He ran into a snafu and didn't clear one of the bikes he brought into Mexico, now he is "locked out" of the Banjercito system until he fixes his situation

PS Your trailer isn't a motor vehicle and doesn't have a VIN
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Old 03-06-2010, 07:20 PM   #35
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Re: MexTrek: May 27-30, 2010, Galeana, Mexico

Sadly, will miss it like I missed Uncle's. You guys have fun. I'll be back next year after my sternum heals.....
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Re: MexTrek: May 27-30, 2010, Galeana, Mexico

Richard,
Would you post the direction from McAllen to Galeana? Not sure the best route to get there.
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Old 03-08-2010, 04:14 PM   #37
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Standard Routing to Galeana

Leave Reynosa, following signs for MX40 in the direction of Monterrey; prior to Monterrey, follow the route indicated to Montemorelos...

From there to Galeana you have two options:

Dirt: via Agua Dulce
Paved: via Linares

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Old 03-08-2010, 06:01 PM   #38
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Re: MexTrek: May 27-30, 2010, Galeana, Mexico

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I was thinking about going to the local consulate here in Austin so I called to find out what I needed to bring with me. (1-877-210-9469)
The gentleman didn't speak the best English but here is what he told me I needed to bring. I wanted to confirm that other folks have done the same.
  • Title
  • Passport (ID)
  • Drivers License

He also said I needed to arrive early, before 8:00 AM but did not need an appointment and that it would cost about $40.00.
I've always obtained my Temporary Vehicle Import Permit locally here in Austin and had no problems or delays. I usually go on my lunch hour and have never waited for more than 2 customers ahead of me. My longest wait was probably 45 minutes. I wouldn't worry about the time of day as much as the weather. The consulate and bank get OVERRUN on rainy days when day laborers are not working and taking care of their administrative chores instead. Do NOT go on rainy days. I have been there for work on days like today and you would not believe how many people are there....

I'm sure you know this but the permit is obtained from Banjercito not the consulate although Banjercito is located in the same building as the consulate. The Banjercito reps have always spoken VERY good english (certainly much better than my lame Spanish) so I am guessing perhaps you spoke to a consulate rep?

I'd encourage you to go visit even though you can do it online. If you love Mexico like I do it's kind of cool to get a little 'taste' of Mexico right here at home....
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Old 03-08-2010, 06:04 PM   #39
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I couldn't agree more...
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Leave Reynosa, following signs for MX40 in the direction of Monterrey; prior to Monterrey, follow the route indicated to Montemorelos...

From there to Galeana you have two options:

Dirt: via Agua Dulce
Paved: via Linares

You can't go wrong either way



Thank you Sir! I think I'm going to be a nervous wreck before I get through all this trip planning.
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