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Mexico - Dirt Bike Only Route?

Perhaps I'm being naive but...I live in Atlanta and I'm thinking of a motorcycle excursion in Mexico. My hope would be to drive to a crossing somewhere in TX and head South into Mexico for a 3 or 4 day ride. (I'd prefer to do Baja but I'd like to use my own bike and the drive would be too long) I'd probably be going with a friend - we both have XR250's, strictly dirt, no turn signals, etc.

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Has anyone done this?
Is there a safe place to park - preferably US side?
Suggestions/concerns?
Recommendations for stuff to bring?

Thanks for any help you can provide.

Dave
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The area between Del Rio and Presidio in Mexico, south of Big Bend, is nice for all-offroad riding.
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Let me know what you come up with Dave. I was just talking with a friend in NJ about
doing something similar next year. We were thinking about freighting the bikes down to TX and flying down to collect them, but that's as far as we got with the planning!
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dirtbike tour of Mexico

Two years ago I took the KLR for a bit of a dirt road tour in Coahuila, the state Lone Rider is referring to . They have an extensive network of gravel roads, for lack of paved alternatives, and a lot of neat desert scenery. You could easily fill several weeks there.If it is the "rainy " (summer ) season do note that some of the routes may take you across dry lake beds which could turn into quagmires of clay, e.g part way in the section from Ocampo to the return of pavement at Rancho las Americas springs to mind. KLR was up to the task in dry but I dread the thought if it had been wet. Your choice of bikes is more dirt adapted, but it should carry lights and license plates and have current legal registration and ownership in order so that you can bring it into Mexico without problems. Suggest you find someplace on the US side to park your hauling vehicle to avoid the problems of trying to bring in TWO vehicles under your name.
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Let me know what you come up with Dave. I was just talking with a friend in NJ about
doing something similar next year. We were thinking about freighting the bikes down to TX and flying down to collect them, but that's as far as we got with the planning!
Not having been there extensively, but living next door, and knowing enough people that have ridden far into there, if you are freighting your bikes, you might as well go in and ride Baja as far as dirt riding goes. just a thought if you really desire off-roading.
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Not having been there extensively, but living next door, and knowing enough people that have ridden far into there, if you are freighting your bikes, you might as well go in and ride Baja as far as dirt riding goes. just a thought if you really desire off-roading.
Yeah, more and more it looks like Baja would be worth the extra effort. Maybe just fly in and rent bikes.
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I hadn't suggested this to you, because you were originally leaning to enter from Texas due to the distance for driving for you.

The only thing to watch for is that popular tourist destinations in Northern Baja have been targeted by bandits lately, according to a recent article (i.e. Rosarito Beach/Puerto Nuevo). Not sure how dangerous the open, off-roading areas are. Just research before you come.
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I hope to be riding around this area of Mexico, Sierra de Carmen and Sierra el Burro, late Feb and early Mar with another rider. Camping and exploring areas...
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