Have often thought about going down and through Mexico, have heard some bad things about it. Anyone do a trip like that, and if so was it alright…and is it safe….????? Or is this best with a group of other riders....
Thanks....had a look at the site, however its not my cup of tea as they would say. Its ALL harley dudes, not a gold wing, or for that fact any other bike in the whole lot of them...! I think I will pass on this group...I like my hearing to much to go deaf, and the idea of wearing ear plugs just takes all the fun out of everything... You know there is something VERY wrong when you can not tell the differance of which makes more noise....a pack of harley's, or a 747 on take off with engines running wide open at 105% take off setting.
Too much violence down there at present for my taste, especially in the northern states of Mexico. If the desert topography is what your interested in, the Big Bend area of Texas is an extension of the Chihuahuan Desert biosphere and is stunningly beautiful in the early Spring. It's also hotter than the hinges of hell from late Spring through Summer. March to mid-April is the best time to travel to the Big Bend.
No friggin' way I would set foot in that cesspool, EVER.
Think about this. There you are, a nice, law-abiding American on a shiny Gold Wing. You leave your bike for 1/2 hour to photograph the coastline. When you return, nothing is disturbed. You ride a bit, and some greasy uneducated Mexican "cop" pulls you over.
"Senor, I need to search your motorcycle."
"You can't. I know my rights."
"Your rights in America are not recognized here. Now stand off to one side."
(Searches your bike by looking under the fairing.)
"Senor, you have a pistol hidden under your fairing. You taped it to the underside with duct tape. Please get into this patrol car where you will be taken to a Mexican jail for 30 years. Guns are illegal here. Oh, and this pretty Honda motorcycle is now the property of the Mexican government. Our mayor will enjoy riding it ..."
Yeah ... tell me THAT won't happen. Try to do it with a straight face. I'll wait.
I have had to go down there on business in the last couple of years.
I know both towns that I drive to Empalme and San Carlos. There are parts of town I know to avoid and people to call if I get in trouble. (the definition of trouble in Empalme is if the police stop me). I am comfortable in San Carlos but not at all in Empalme unless I am with locals that I know from work.
There is no way I would want to take a trip down there. With others on expensive bikes, with weapons doesn't matter. You just have no idea what towns to avoid until it's too late. Drug dealers, with weapons on their turf is begging for trouble.
It would be too easy to ambush a group that is constantly on the move and easily determine their route (not that many roads) to choose from going from town to town.
the company I work for, does all it can to make us believe it is safe to travel there. Until last month, we drove 2 hours to the next airport to better connect to Phoenix.
They just banned us from driving alone in the desert and can only do this if we have an escort. That didn't happen because of risk, that change took place because of events.
Realize that my company pays 4 to 5 dollars per 12 hour day and this is considered exceptional pay. Can you imagine how tempting a $20,000 bike would be? and BTW, the federalies are to be feared as much as the drug dealers.
I agree, there are many, many beautiful places to explore in good, ole USA.
There are just too many places to go and things to see here in America. It is not worth the risk to go to Mexico...too many bad things happening there! We avoid any of the border towns like the plague!!!!