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post #1 of 15 Old Jan 18th, 2010, 10:42 pm Thread Starter
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live in illinois and have been invited to a wedding in quintepec mexico which is 150 miles south of mexico city. would like to make this trip on my bike which happens to be an 05 LT. my concern is the last 50 miles to quintepec. it is all gravel and takes 3 hrs. by car. i have never had my lt off of a hard surface highway. has anyone had any experience with an lt on gravel or worse. has anybody done any travelling in mexico on an lt.
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Maybe a GS, but I don't think I'd want to ride my LT on gravel. Definitely not if the road was so bad it takes 3 hours in a car. Some areas of Mexico, near the border are high kidnapping, robbery, etc. areas. Maybe ride to TX, rent a car, and travel the rest of the way. Rental fees will be much higher when you tell them you're going south.

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Last spring while riding in New Mexico I wound up on a road tha had a 10 mile or so 'unimproved' section. The unimproved section was hard packed dirt lose gravel on top and big time washboard. I made it through without dropping the LT only popping a mirror once and didn't think it was all that much fun.

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The 50 miles of gravel road is the least hazardous part of the trip. I wouldn't drive an armored car from the U.S. boarder to Mexico city these days. I know you only live once but that's really pushing your luck.Be safe.

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I've ridden on gravel roads a couple of times, but only 1 mile in and 1 mile out. At least once each direction the front or rear slips and kicks out. Nothing major. My biggest concern is an errant rock puncturing the radiator or cracking plastic. The gravel does shoot in strange directions. I'm a bit envious of your planned trip.
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My experience with Mexico is that if it's 3 hours by car there is NO WAY it could be done on an LT. Fly to MX City and rent a car...

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Have ridden many miles on dirt and washboard roads with my LT. Not fun. If the gravel gets a little deep it is even worse. Any road that takes 3 hrs to go 50 miles by car is not for an LT.

That being said, I would have no qualms about riding in Mexico, including through the boarder area, with two or three riders. However, a single rider on an LT can be an invitation.
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I've ridden many miles on unimproved roads on my LT, it is a bit of a chore and can be a handful in loose gravel or sand. I am always thrilled to see pavement again!
It can be done if you have the skill. As for me, I have over a half million miles on motorcycles, over 100,000 on my LT and used to race on dirt and pavement.

All that being said, I would have to think long and hard about 50 miles of gravel and doubly hard about riding in Mexico alone.

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The 50 miles of gravel road is the least hazardous part of the trip. I wouldn't drive an armored car from the U.S. boarder to Mexico city these days. I know you only live once but that's really pushing your luck.Be safe.
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Sounds like you watch too much of the cable news shows.
I don't need to watch cable news I worked in Mexico for 2 years. That was way before the current boarder drug wars. My Mexican friends didn't drive the boarder to Mexico city route. Too many corrupt police to shake you down, desperate people to take your stuff and the worst part; if you go missing no one in Mexico will give a crap and look for you.

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If you get near Ciudad de Mexico be sure to get "Tacos Pastor" Marinated roast pork, cooked on a vertical spit, like Gyros, with a pineapple cooking on top. Served with cilantro, onions on a freshly made corn tortilla. Nothing like'm.

I'd pass on the gravel road also.
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My experience with Mexico is that if it's 3 hours by car there is NO WAY it could be done on an LT. Fly to MX City and rent a car...
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Doug Sorchilla and I "accidentally" took a short cut to Park City, UT. 30 miles of deep gravel took a loooong time, and our pillions were contemplating bailing out many times. No fun!!! That was Utah, not Mexico...

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Mexico is a friendly place with friendly people. I would not hesitate to drive or ride on marked highways anywhere in the country. As for the drug wars and the danger this allegedly represents to tourists, I see no empirical evidence that it is any worse for tourists than stopping on a highway in Florida these days. I have spent much time in Mexico, but I would rather not rely on anecdotal commentaries when making my decisions about travel. Far to many accounts seem to be based on what others say, political or social beliefs, etc. I have read very little concerning Americans having problems in Mexico when not breaking their laws.

That being said, I would not ride my big fat pig (99') on gravel roads cause I am getting way too old to pick her up.
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JMO: I won't drive ANY vehicle in Mexico. Got a filthy tank of gas there once, and it screwed my car up for life!

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What about riding your LT to a border town, US side, rent a car or truck, leave the LT parked there, and finish the drive down?
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