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  1. Lencho

    16yr. old killed for his kx85......

    Bull. Gringolandia esta loco, de acuerdo, pero Mexico no tarda mucho en llegar, primo... --Larry
  2. Surprise. It's not the insurance carrier paying the bill, it's the other policy holders, people like you and me. Some who avoid admittedly high risk activities like sticking their fists in the maws of lions, or flying through the air into fixed objects at high speed with limited protection as motorcyclists occasionally do as part of the game. The non-riders pay the same premiums as the riders do. Riding motorcycles is extremely stimulating, but let's recognize our personal responsibility for our choices and understand who's actually paying the bill. --Lencho
  3. Lencho

    Sunnymex moves up in Dakar

    Even got local recognition. Not bad for a pinche gringo...
  4. Lencho

    Keeping the Mexicans in check

    He did hit the jackpot with you. The official minimum wage in Baja Norte is around US$5.00 per DAY. As a wild guess, I'd venture that a cop's salary around there is something like 5 minimum wages, so you laid on him several day's pay in a few minutes. It worked OK for you, and I'm sure he chortled about it all day; the only down point is that it probably inflates his expectations for the next victim... I've been stopped a number of times but the only time I've ever actually paid a mordida was when I distractedly ran a left turn light, nearly caused an accident, left a bunch of folks honking and the motorcycle cop was sitting right beside the intersection watching my antics. Guilty as anything, I just pulled over before he even signalled me, got out and had a pleasant conversation, tried to negotiate his cell phone as part of the deal (I didn't have change) and had to pay the full 200 pesos because he didn't have change. It's just business, the guys are trying to make a living, and if you play the game according to established rules, as in any business transaction everybody should go away happy. The problem is that foreigners usually do weird things to the rules. Note that this is La Paz (probably more relaxed) and my Spanish is pretty fluent so we were working by local rules. --Larry
  5. Lencho

    Hurricane John scheduled to hit Baja tomorrow!

    Here's a couple more. The (hexagonal) house in two different pictures is the same building... --Larry
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    Hurricane John scheduled to hit Baja tomorrow!

    Correct: It was no joke. Los Cabos was spared the brunt. Parts of the East Cape got very hard hit (as in houses flattened). La Paz came out relatively light. Points north, Constitucion, Comondu up towards Guerrero Negro, got a LOT of rain, serious (did I say serious) flooding. Mulege... folks, maybe you should check it out and consider how you can help, instead of debating about which new stickers you should buy for your ride. Seriously. Check out: http://forums.bajanomad.com/forumdisplay.php?fid=1 Saludos de La Paz-- Larry
  7. Lencho

    best oil brand

    Uhhh... I'm a bit confused here; is that site supposed to demonstrate your superior intelligence? --Larry
  8. Lencho

    Hot Bikes and Hot Temps!

    You sure about that? --Larry
  9. Don't seem to have affected the moonshiners. :> --Larry
  10. Lencho

    Motorcycle Purchase in Mexico?

    Something you also might want to study a bit is Mexican labor law. It sometimes surprises U.S. employers (in expensive ways). --Larry
  11. Lencho

    Motorcycle Purchase in Mexico?

    Something: Reliable. Low compression. Long fuel range. Doesn't make you too crazy (ie it's preferable not to break yourself up too bad when you're that far from home). --Larry
  12. Lencho

    Turning your fuel off?

    Another way of considering it is comparing it to your truck: When you turn off the engine on most vehicles, the fuel flow (pump) automatically stops. With a bike, the lines stay pressurized. --Larry
  13. Lencho

    Motorcycle Purchase in Mexico?

    New? MUCH higher if they're imported. Mexican import duties are a killer. Except (now that NAFTA is sortof in effect) for bikes manufactured in the U.S., which come in with little or no import tax. That means pretty much just Harleys. :-\ For the buyer, I would say not NEARLY as good as the States. --Larry
  14. Seems like an oversight (leaving fuel to dry). Do they have oil in them when you get them? --Larry
  15. I've read the article on engine breakin at http://www.mototuneusa.com/break_in_secrets.htm, and what he says about running it hard during breakin, makes sense. I'm interested in what actually goes on at the factory before the engines are shipped... do they just machine the parts, slap 'em together and ship them without any test run, or are they actually broken in at the factory before they ever get to the dealer? If they ARE shipped un-run, the idea of the first few minutes on a new engine being critical has important implications on a new bike. In other words, if you want to break the new baby in "right" and under your control, that means NO TEST RIDES have been done on that machine before you get it. Is that a realistic expectation for a new bike? --Larry