Copper Canyon 2020

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Kaliram
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Copper Canyon 2020

Post by Kaliram » Mon Jan 20, 2020 10:45 pm

Anyone out there interested in a bit of adventure?

I’m planning on doing a couple of weeks or so trip to the Copper Canyon area of Mexico sometime after mid-February. I’ll be starting from the Colorado Springs CO area and planning to cross into Mexico at El Paso TX.
Current ride: 2019 Ural Gear Up, O.D. Green (“Jyoti”)
Blasts in the past: 2016 Ural Gear Up ("Shanti ")
2012 Ural Gear Up ("Tootles")
2009 KLX250, 2009 KLR650, 2004 BMW R1150GSA, 1966 Honda 305 SuperHawk

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Re: Copper Canyon 2020

Post by Marine Corps Codu » Tue Jan 21, 2020 12:13 am

Sounds like a fun trip. Good time of year as it isn't too hot there yet.
Safe travels and pictures PLEASE!
Keith Birkhofer
Marine By Choice
2018 Gear Up
Former Bikes:
1947 Cushman Motor Scooter
1958 Cushman Motor Scooter
1964 Yamaguchi
1965 Honda 250
1968 KZ100
1960 Honda 55 (2 of them)
2002 Honda Gold Wing
2006 Ural Patrol
2005 BMW GS1200
2018 Ural Gear Up

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Re: Copper Canyon 2020

Post by Manscout » Tue Jan 21, 2020 1:16 pm

Kaliram wrote:
Mon Jan 20, 2020 10:45 pm
Anyone out there interested in a bit of adventure?

I’m planning on doing a couple of weeks or so trip to the Copper Canyon area of Mexico sometime after mid-February. I’ll be starting from the Colorado Springs CO area and planning to cross into Mexico at El Paso TX.
Be careful if taking a Ural. Those are crazy steep roads. I've burned my clutch up on less grade than those. But sounds like an adventure.
"It goes nowhere fast, and everywhere cool".

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Re: Copper Canyon 2020

Post by Kaliram » Wed Jan 22, 2020 12:03 pm

Any inmates have constructive pointers re: routes, places to stay, side trips etc., or specific threads on the forum that I ought to be checking?

I’m planning on going from the El Paso area down through Creel to Copper Canyon, and then southward/west out of the Copper Canyon area towarda the coast and then North into AZ on my way back to The Colorado Springs area.
Current ride: 2019 Ural Gear Up, O.D. Green (“Jyoti”)
Blasts in the past: 2016 Ural Gear Up ("Shanti ")
2012 Ural Gear Up ("Tootles")
2009 KLX250, 2009 KLR650, 2004 BMW R1150GSA, 1966 Honda 305 SuperHawk

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Re: Copper Canyon 2020

Post by Marine Corps Codu » Wed Jan 22, 2020 2:16 pm

I have travelled thousands of miles in Mexico, mostly in our motorhome, but most of these suggestions apply whether on a Ural, bicycle, etc.

Watch the topes (speed bumps) when approaching a town as many are quite high. I have found many that needed to be crossed at an angle to avoid high centering

Watch your speed in towns, even the small ones. It seems that Americans are targeted more than locals, as they are "easy pickins'"

When pulling into a gas station ensure that the pump is "zeroed". Many attendants will not zero out and charge you for more than you have actually gotten. (Maybe not as easily done on a Ural as it is arguable how much you got!!) Get gas every time you see a station as, at times, many are out of what you might be after. As I am sure you are aware bring plenty of bottled water. You can buy it everywhere if you run out.

Typically the soldiers and federal cops are very friendly when they stop you at checkpoints. They are more interested in looking at your rig than what you are carrying.

On hills you might see slow moving vehicles with their left blinker on. That is signaling you that it is clear to pass on the left not that they are turning left. It takes some getting used to!!! But when on a Ural how many does one REALLY pass?

There are many camping facilities along the way. Most are clean, quiet and reputable. But be aware that there ARE those nefarious characters that think they should own your belongings more than you!!

In cities there are WalMart and Costco and Home Depot to resupply your needs. But finding a safe parking area for your Ural might be a problem. I have hired many to "watch over" my vehicle(s) and have never had a problem.

Have a GREAT trip. And pictures or it didn't happen!!!
Keith Birkhofer
Marine By Choice
2018 Gear Up
Former Bikes:
1947 Cushman Motor Scooter
1958 Cushman Motor Scooter
1964 Yamaguchi
1965 Honda 250
1968 KZ100
1960 Honda 55 (2 of them)
2002 Honda Gold Wing
2006 Ural Patrol
2005 BMW GS1200
2018 Ural Gear Up

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