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post #1 of 27 (permalink) Old 9-30-2017, 5:11 PM Thread Starter
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Late October trip plan "Espinazo del Diablo"

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I am planning a trip of 1400 km one way (about 870 mi) to go on vacation to my hometown at the end of October.

I plan to drive only by day, so it will take me two days to get to my destination. The first day I will travel 950 km (590 mi), to get from Matamoros to Durango in approximately 10 ~ 12 hours. This time includes stops to load gasoline, stretch legs, eat and other necessities, as well as to take photos and videos of interesting points of the route.

The second day, the plan is to leave early from Durango heading for Mazatlan, crossing the famous "Espinazo del Diablo".

The "Devil's Spine" in Durango is a famous spot in the Sierra Madre Occidental (the longest mountain range in mexico) where Highway 40 connecting Mazatlan and Durango has cliffs on both sides. Today operates the toll road, but the challenge to go "by the free road" is hard to beat, now with the benefit of the reduction of heavy traffic that opts for the toll road. The Devil's Spine is the Mexican equivalent of the American Tail of the Dragon.

I'll stay at hometown about 5 days with my family and former friends, then, again 2 more days on the road to back to routine.

This is a map of that stretch of road known as Espinazo del Diablo.

In addition to the previous preparations, such as maintenance to the motorcycle and review of all aspects of safety, Someone has a tip or advice that can be useful to me when starting such a long journey? Considering that the longest trip I've ever done has been 6 hours on a road with few curves.
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I would consider making it a 3 or even 4 day trip, each way. The main thing is to be safe, and have fun.

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I would consider making it a 3 or even 4 day trip, each way. The main thing is to be safe, and have fun.
I also thought about doing the tour in three days, but the first 600mi are mainly on interstate highways. If I drove them without stopping, in 8 hours at cruising speed (75mi / h) I would reach my resting point. This is the part of the trip that least worries me. My route in this part includes breaks approximately every 150mi, in which I plan to rest in some, eat in others and refuel in all of them.

It is the second part of the route that worries me, since it is through the mountains, with few occasions to recharge fuel and, although the road is well maintained and in good conditions, demands all the concentration of the pilot. From the village before taking the route of the "Devil's Spine" to the next village are only 120 miles, but the journey time is two and a half hours.

After that part of the route I am already an hour and a half from my destination in my hometown, again by interstate. I consider that two days of travel I can achieve without major inconveniences, I just have to put all my attention in the most winding part of the road.

That's why I want to change the tires of my bike, since the ones I have today are not the best I could find. I am looking for in Mexico the Pilot Street Radial, but I can not find them. I've only been able to find the bias version, but I do not know if it's worth it or I'm looking for another option.

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One of the safest things you can do on the trip, is to not let yourself get fatigued. 600 miles in one day is a heck of a run, even on easy interstate. If it was me, I wouldn't even be able to recuperate by the next day. But I have heard of some that can do that, maybe its just me. At least keep it in mind as a back up plan. I wish you all the luck.

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I envy you...looks like a beautiful ride. Concur to budget extra time, don't push. Enjoyment > time schedule.

Please post pics too.

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One of the safest things you can do on the trip, is to not let yourself get fatigued. 600 miles in one day is a heck of a run, even on easy interstate. If it was me, I wouldn't even be able to recuperate by the next day. But I have heard of some that can do that, maybe its just me. At least keep it in mind as a back up plan. I wish you all the luck.
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I envy you...looks like a beautiful ride. Concur to budget extra time, don't push. Enjoyment > time schedule.

Please post pics too.
In the plans I'm making I have nothing written in stone. I can adjust my plans to fit any situation that may arise. Definitely if I am very tired I prefer to lengthen the trip one more day and take the opportunity to tour the city as any tourist.

Thank you for your good wishes, @bpe. @ducatiman, of course I will put here photos of the trip.

Does anyone have any input in my question about tires?

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The only input I can offer on the tires is, I would trust my BT45's for the trip, and for many miles there after. They're also a bias ply.

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Hey guys! I did it! I survived the 666 route! Coming back home next week I'll share with you the videos and pictures of the trip. I let here a little sample of the landscapes I'd seen.
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Looks like your having fun too. Have a safe return.

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Awesome clip!! Seems a million miles from anything I have experienced. Very jealous.
Ride safe, man, and enjoy!
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Looks like an EXcellent ride. How many days did you spend on the road?

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I spent 2 days on the road, but adjusting the plan to travel only 450 miles on the first day and the remaining 400 on the second.

I went through the backbone of the devil at noon of the second day and arrived at my destination when it was just sunset.

It was an exciting trip, to say the least. I did not feel tired while driving, but the night after my arrival my shoulders were tired.

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Nice! I cant ride that many miles in one day, must be because I'm in my fifties.

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Hey guys, what is promised is debt.

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Nice...no weaving, twitching SUV's doing 25MPH, inattentive soccer mom vans, no road hogging landscaper trucks/trailers, no traffic at all!

I'd love to attack that pretty road on one o' my Ducati's.

Sad...way too much traffic here in downstate NY area. And cold now anyways!

JM thanks for sharing!

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My favorite part was Steppenwolf, and then AC/DC. I didn't recognize any thing else, except Bon Jovi (I think that was Bon Jovi). Was that a Federale road block you went through in the beginning? They were no where near as heavily armed as the road block I went through between Piedras Negras and Ciudad Acuna about 15 years ago. I admit I was a little intimidated, but in the end they were much more cool than the US customs I had to deal with a couple of hours later.
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My favorite part was Steppenwolf, and then AC/DC. I didn't recognize any thing else, except Bon Jovi (I think that was Bon Jovi). Was that a Federale road block you went through in the beginning? They were no where near as heavily armed as the road block I went through between Piedras Negras and Ciudad Acuna about 15 years ago. I admit I was a little intimidated, but in the end they were much more cool than the US customs I had to deal with a couple of hours later.
Yes, that was a military checkpoint. It is there mainly to detect arms trafficking to the south and drugs to the north. You can not see the weapons, but on the sides of the road there were some armored cars with machine guns. Usually if you have nothing to hide and are kind to them, they are also friendly to you.

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Here are some images that I captured during the trip, during my stay, and back to my house.




















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I would have liked to have seen the longer video. But, it is now blocked due to the music.
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I would have liked to have seen the longer video. But, it is now blocked due to the music.
Dang! Sorry for the late response, I just re upload the video. Enjoy!


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Awesome scenery and the miles and miles of empty road... WOW!!!
I solo-ed from West Texas to Arizona (USA) and rode what used to be known as the devils hwy. Now its US 191 or 491, but what i saw in your video reminded me of it., armed border patrol and all that morning but not in the video.
Thanks for sharing.


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Long Freeway Driving

I was thinking of doing a longer trip and was reading this post. I got some comments from some friends that having a 500cc bike that it would not be able to handle long hours on on the freeway. I have started looking at the idea of using a combination of freeways and regular highways to give both me and the bike a break from freeway driving.



So I'm feeling the 500 ex could handle it. It's not a new bike (2006) but only has 20,000 on it and has been pretty reliable.



The drive I'd like to do is from Georgia to North Dakota.


It's just an idea at this point... need to be able to make the time off from work. Would make it a 3 day trip one way so it way it would not be too tough.



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^ The EX is a GREAT bike for cross country riding. The ND run is a good little haul, especially in 3 days. Suggest making a shorter run before that to get a feel of what cross country is all about. A weekend run to Destin, FL would be perfect. Just don't go on a holiday weekend, the place is full of Georgians at that time .
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