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Anyone heading to Mexico/South America this week? - travel buddies sought

Hi folks,

I'm ready to head to Mexico and South America this week and looking for folks to cruise in with.

I'm on a KLR 650, I'm Australian, 39, and this is my first motorcycle adventure! I'm planning to take it easy and savour the sites.

My email is zanebeck@gmailcom
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g'day mate, be there in a few weeks I saw some people looking to cross together in the 'Travellers seeking travellers' section

you travelling fast or slow? might catch you up for a , I leave Portland OR for the second time on the 14th Oct to go down to Mexico
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g'day mate, be there in a few weeks I saw some people looking to cross together in the 'Travellers seeking travellers' section

you travelling fast or slow? might catch you up for a , I leave Portland OR for the second time on the 14th Oct to go down to Mexico
Slow and steady. Actually i may not get away until around the 14th myself... Let's stay in touch. I'm in Colorado and haven't decided which way I'll enter mexico yet.

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i'm looking at doing the continental divide trail back through colorado to mexico then hit baja
Where in CO are you?
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hey did you get yor licence sorted out?
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hey did you get yor licence sorted out?
Pretty much. That is I have a learner's permit from Australia which i got just a few weeks ago. But i have just an interim slip while waiting for my plastic license to arrive in a couple of weeks. Meanwhile it turns out i can ride in most states of the US and Canada with my Australian learner's permit (California being the no go zone), as long as i have a fully licensed rider with me and follow the restrictions of my license ie stay under 80km/hr and display an L plate (which of course will keep falling off). I won't always be with another rider won't so I figure the worst i'll get in the US is a ticket... which i'd throw away.

I should be ok for Mexico and beyond.

Rego was an interesting one. As an Australian I can't register a bike (or get a US license) having only a tourist visa. It is only possible with an I-94 stamp or certificate added to your passport on arrival into the US. This indicates you're here to work or study). But I've gotten around this with the generous help and trust of a the guy in Colorado i bought the bike from. We've added my name to the title and registration so that we are co-owners and I paid for a year's rego ($185 and 1 month's insurance ($25).

I was advised that crossing into Mexico and beyond is not possible if there are 2 names on a title. So I now have a Notorized Letter of Agreement signed by us both and witnessed and stamped by a Notary Public where the co-owner/generous seller/friend has given permission for me to ride 'our' bike out of the US.

A longwinded answer, but useful info for those looking the for elusive hole in the red tape fence.

The 23rd may be the date now that I head from texas into Mexico. Tho I'm open to invites to take a similar date.

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Aussie - KLR Crossing to Mexico 15th / 16th Oct

Hi
I arrive in LA on the 13th Oct. Hope to start heading down through Mexico a few days later. I want to have a look at Copper Canyon but have no fixed plans.

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stop by in Santa Fe

I've been down twice...never made it to Ushuaia though..almost.
I'm in Santa Fe and maybe can sort a place to camp for a day or two for you.
I'm planning a Mexico trip maybe to Guatemala in December for 2-3 months...who knows might even try to break my own record for not succeeding :-) and go all the way
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Hi there, i'm an Aussie heading the other way, currently in Mazatlan looking to take the ferry to Baja and go north.
Have been touring Mexico for the past couple of weeks. The place takes some getting used to but there are some great roads and spectacular scenery.
Be prepared for very hot weather though, here on the coast it is 33+ and humid.
The traffic can look scary in the towns but actually it all works, just don't let yourself get pushed around. And watch out for the potholes and topes.

Good luck and keep the rubber side down.
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Pretty much. That is I have a learner's permit from Australia which i got just a few weeks ago. But i have just an interim slip while waiting for my plastic license to arrive in a couple of weeks. Meanwhile it turns out i can ride in most states of the US and Canada with my Australian learner's permit (California being the no go zone), as long as i have a fully licensed rider with me and follow the restrictions of my license ie stay under 80km/hr and display an L plate (which of course will keep falling off). I won't always be with another rider won't so I figure the worst i'll get in the US is a ticket... which i'd throw away.

I should be ok for Mexico and beyond.

Rego was an interesting one. As an Australian I can't register a bike (or get a US license) having only a tourist visa. It is only possible with an I-94 stamp or certificate added to your passport on arrival into the US. This indicates you're here to work or study). But I've gotten around this with the generous help and trust of a the guy in Colorado i bought the bike from. We've added my name to the title and registration so that we are co-owners and I paid for a year's rego ($185 and 1 month's insurance ($25).

I was advised that crossing into Mexico and beyond is not possible if there are 2 names on a title. So I now have a Notorized Letter of Agreement signed by us both and witnessed and stamped by a Notary Public where the co-owner/generous seller/friend has given permission for me to ride 'our' bike out of the US.

A longwinded answer, but useful info for those looking the for elusive hole in the red tape fence.

The 23rd may be the date now that I head from texas into Mexico. Tho I'm open to invites to take a similar date.

Email zanebeck@gmail.com
Ph (1)323 448 7955
Hi there,
I also hoping to pick up a bike in the U.S and head south. Your post was the first that I had read that mentioned that an Australian citizen had to have a study/work Visa to register a bike.
Are you 100% on that because I thought they would take any address to register and would accept your Aussie license and not ask for your passport. I Had also been told I could register a bike through a proxy from outside the country which would obviously preclude me from needing a working/study Visa.

Anyway Im confused now.

If you could clarify that 100% would appreciate it.

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Hi there,
I also hoping to pick up a bike in the U.S and head south. Your post was the first that I had read that mentioned that an Australian citizen had to have a study/work Visa to register a bike.
Are you 100% on that because I thought they would take any address to register and would accept your Aussie license and not ask for your passport. I Had also been told I could register a bike through a proxy from outside the country which would obviously preclude me from needing a working/study Visa.

Anyway Im confused now.

If you could clarify that 100% would appreciate it.

cheers
Depends upon the State you register it in I bought a bike in Oregon no dramas and I'm an Aussie, they just wanted an address that's it
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