Watch Out for The Hole, Hombre

Posted  Monday, Aug 18, 2008 , by  Mark-Hans Richer

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Headed out from Mexico City this morning, navigating layers of bumper to bumper rush hour traffic. There are 12 of us, including a Mexican novela star and a number of the members from the HOG chapter of Mexico City. We're riding Ultras, Road Kings, Electra Glides, my V-Rod Muscle and even a Sportster. I've got nothing but a backpack and a helmet bag for the entire trip back, while another rider has a huge roller bag strapped to his passenger seat.

One thing you learn fast riding in the cities here is – stay alert, muchachos. The roads in the cities are clogged with cars and small trucks with no predictable patterns of movement, big potholes that could easily take out your rims, dogs, open manholes, loose metal grates, lots of grooved cobblestone pavements, speed bumps, etc.

Convoy

Kissroad

When you get out of the main city on the toll roads (which they charge muchos pesos to ride on), the roads themselves turn into beautiful ribbons of blacktop. Still you need to stay alert for the dogs, stray pieces of furniture, psycho truckers with overloaded beds, military convoys, asphalt spill from trucks and other surprises. Our group spends a lot of time extending a leg to warn those behind of obstacles which in a line of 12 bikers probably looks very strange to passing cars, like some spasmodic dance.

Nevertheless, once you get used to the challenges, you start to admire the beautiful countryside – rolling green and brown hills almost high enough to be mountains, reminding me of the US badlands in places, Colorado in others and central California in still others. Mexico City is at a surprisingly high altitude, and going north it is very hilly, making for really fun high speed runs down, and then back up, and then back down.

We spent the night in San Luis Potosi and are now heading to Monterey for a 105th Anniversary party tonight. Leaving our hotel here, the Camino Real or the Royal Road, I have to say that while not all the roads have been royal, it's been a great adventure so far. The Mexican riders on the trip say we're now headed into more mountainous territory...

Posted Mon, Aug 18, 10:32 PM by ANGEL ALARCON

YO SOY EL BIKER DE LA SPORSTER 883 Y ES UN PLACER RODAR CONTIGO MARK-HANK. SABIA QUE LLEGAR A MILWAKEE ERA TODO UN RETO, ESTOY AQUI Y ESTOY EN BLOOMINGTON A PUNTO DE CUMPLIR UN RETO MAS DE BIKER EN MI SPORSTER 883


Posted Mon, Aug 18, 10:32 PM by nene valdez

saludos y mucha suerte ,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,


Posted Mon, Aug 18, 10:32 PM by Andrew Sisson aka Andres

I wish I was traveling along with you. My wife and I are building a home in Tequis, QRO. Weve always wanted to make the trip either from here (US) to there (MEX) or visa versa. But for now I am stuck here in St Paul MN but I will be at the Party on the 29th and I plan to see Bruce on the 30th. I cant wait. Ride Safe. See you in Milwaulkee.


Adventure is there for those who seek it. Mark-Hans Richer (H-D CMO) is not afraid to push the envelope. As a man who has 23 years of riding under his belt, he finds the best way to make life slow down is to ride full speed ahead on his new 2009 V-Rod Muscle. The most noteworthy of his many experiences on the road took place while handling fierce hail and rain on his way through the Italian Alps.

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