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Old 02-08-2016, 02:07 PM   #41
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This looks like an adventure I would enjoy. Curious about bigger bikes as I ride a KTM1190 but I am not opposed to owning a second bike
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Old 02-09-2016, 11:53 PM   #42
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This looks like an adventure I would enjoy. Curious about bigger bikes as I ride a KTM1190 but I am not opposed to owning a second bike
You'll have a good time on any bike, if it is capable of being ridden how you like to ride. The 1190 will be great for 75% of the roads down there. And the other 25% it will do just fine. Nothing is really too gnarly for a good ADV bike. There are just a few times when you'll probably want something you can throw around a bit more. The biggest bike I've ridden on the smallest Galeana roads was a borrowed BMW GS800 and it felt just fine, although a bit overpowered and softly suspended.
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The dirt part is what really catches my eye with this particular group and ride. It seems that most of the folks that make their way down there are on the bigger bikes and gravitate towards pavement and a few groomed dirt roads. Nothing wrong with that, of course. It's just not what I'm really looking for.
True there isn't anything in the way of singletrack. But, the roads are sublime. Video can't begin to show how they twist, go up and down, back and forth, etc, etc... The farther off the beaten path you get, the less they are roads, and the more like a wide path to flail yourself down. The "Dual Sport Double Dragon" is mile after mile of backing it in, then drifting it out around hairpin curves. I should get some video of this. But it's etched in my mind for life. The added benefit of Mexico is that in the small towns along the way the people actually still live and work there as they have for hundreds of years. It's a feast for the visual and emotional senses.

As far as bike choice, our last outing we had a group of ten riders, half of whom I would consider very fast riders. XR400, XR650L, KTM Twin, KLR650, DR650, CRF230, KLX250, ... not really big bikes.

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True there isn't anything in the way of singletrack. But, the roads are sublime. Video can't begin to show how they twist, go up and down, back and forth, etc, etc... The farther off the beaten path you get, the less they are roads, and the more like a wide path to flail yourself down. The "Dual Sport Double Dragon" is mile after mile of backing it in, then drifting it out around hairpin curves. I should get some video of this. But it's etched in my mind for life. The added benefit of Mexico is that in the small towns along the way the people actually still live and work there as they have for hundreds of years. It's a feast for the visual and emotional senses.

As far as bike choice, our last outing we had a group of ten riders, half of whom I would consider very fast riders. XR400, XR650L, KTM Twin, KLR650, DR650, CRF230, KLX250, ... not really big bikes.

Barring anything unforeseen, I'm in!
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Working towards making this one. I do have a dumb question... how secured are the bikes at the overnight stays? Do everybody just park their bikes outside the hotel unattended?
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Old 02-17-2016, 11:34 AM   #46
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how secured are the bikes at the overnight stays? Do everybody just park their bikes outside the hotel unattended?
Yes. The hotel is on the main square, and we lined the bikes up. I saw a few guys even forgot their keys in the ignition.... Needless to say everyone felt very safe.


I never got any pics of the bikes lined up, but this might give you some idea.
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Old 02-17-2016, 03:13 PM   #47
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Thanks, I kinda figure if this was an issue in the past 5 rides, it would've been mentioned already. But... never hurt to ask.
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Working towards making this one. I do have a dumb question... how secured are the bikes at the overnight stays? Do everybody just park their bikes outside the hotel unattended?
We always pay a visit to the police chief upon arrival, with the station about 20 yards from Fang's picture of the bikes, and get permission to park the bikes on the square (normally it is pedestrian only). There have been zero cases of theft or other crimes in Galeana to our group, to the best of my knowledge. We used to have permission to drink beer on the square in plastic cups, but the locals all wanted to know why they could not also do the same, so they shut it down this year out of respect to the locals. We feel extremely secure, the people are wonderful, the food amazing and cheap, the beers still about a dollar, rooms under $20, and the women generally overly plump and uninterested in motorcycles or us. This is the ultimate hang out with your riding buddies (male and female) type of trip. We don't invite or seek out trouble, just great riding and good memories. A video from the square, morning departure...

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Old 03-09-2016, 07:52 PM   #49
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Well said, sir.
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Old 03-11-2016, 06:34 PM   #50
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Shadman, your insights are much appreciated. Neither one of my current dirt bikes are ideal for this trip, but great for learning, and that's I'm focusing on right now. Mextrek remains the prime motivator. Those pics and videos are what get me out riding again, still bruised from having falling off.

Would love to see the video you referred to.
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To quote a friend, get a bike, a backpack, throw some crap in it, and come to Mexico with us. It is always good to bring another $500 cash with that attitude so you can get a pickup truck ride to the border in the rare case your bike fails ya.

Nothing else that costs money in life compares to the value I get from a weekend of riding in Galeana. I figure its $100 a day all in, certainly do-able for $50 a day if you are frugal.

So, ease your mind. Grab a solid bike, a backpack, and come along for the adventure.
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Old 03-11-2016, 10:14 PM   #52
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Oh, midlife, just bring the trophy. The roads are great too. We get a few guys on streetbikes. This is just one of many nice paved area roads. Filmed on handed so not too fast....

https://youtu.be/c_sOLZR3sPQ
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Old 03-11-2016, 10:24 PM   #53
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A couple of us Louisiana boys are interested and hope we can join the ride.


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Old 03-14-2016, 10:04 AM   #54
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Oh, midlife, just bring the trophy. The roads are great too. We get a few guys on streetbikes. This is just one of many nice paved area roads. Filmed on handed so not too fast....

https://youtu.be/c_sOLZR3sPQ
What was that noise at 2:01? Helmet whistle?

So. do the street bikes guys just go on their own once you dirt riders veer off pavement?

Road looks great. Amazing it's only an easy day's ride from here. Maybe y'all should organize a paved road only ride, too. I'd sign up for that in a heartbeat. I'm definitely not up to venturing into Mexico without expert guidance.

Not worried about bike choice come Oct. If I'm a go, bike is the easy part to figure out. You are absolutely right about that.
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What was that noise at 2:01? Helmet whistle?

So. do the street bikes guys just go on their own once you dirt riders veer off pavement?

Road looks great. Amazing it's only an easy day's ride from here. Maybe y'all should organize a paved road only ride, too. I'd sign up for that in a heartbeat.
most larger bikes that want to do pavement, can still do some easy class 1-2 dirt roads. the rundown to jalpan in april can give u the paved only experience u hunger for, just there and back is 4 days of paved only riding.
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Old 05-03-2016, 08:38 PM   #56
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Looks like a great ride! From the video some sections seem a bit rugged to enjoy on a 800GS, which is my only ride. Whaddya think?
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Looks like a great ride! From the video some sections seem a bit rugged to enjoy on a 800GS, which is my only ride. Whaddya think?
800GS is the perfect compromise bike for Mexico. Great on the highway, perfect for the 80% of the riding which is on class 1/2 gravel roads, and nothing ever really gets too drastic that you can't just turn around from it in a pinch. I rode with my buddy Ryan, who had limited off road experience, on his GS800 in 2010 and he had a great time and the bike was never an issue (except when he forgot to disengage the ABS time after time in the dirt).

This is his video from the trip, and you can see on a couple of switchbacks he gets a little loose, but I was never really waiting for him, and always ride fairly quickly. Riding starts halfway through:

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Looks like a great ride! From the video some sections seem a bit rugged to enjoy on a 800GS, which is my only ride. Whaddya think?
I think you should take Ulybrad or Bill Dragoo's dirt classes (or both) before you go and have a fantastic time in Mexico.
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this looks fun!!
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Thanks, Shadman and Phil, for the reply and great vid.


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