I landed in Cancun and got straight to work finding a Mexico moto. I charged up my mobile phone with TELCEL (available at any OXXO store) and got online with http://motos.mercadolibre.com.mx (a great classified ad site in Mexico) If you can’t read Spanish, download Google Chrome and it will translate the website for you.
I found a relatively new 2015 150cc Italika for 10 000 pesos (around $700) which had 5000km on the clock. These bikes are designed and made in Mexico and have stores and parts available all over the country. Angel from ‘Simon Hostel’ in Cancun helped me seal the deal (because ‘yo espaniola es pocito’) and I had myself a great little Mexican bike! I threw away the shitty original tyres and installed a pair of high quality tubeless Rinaldis. These had more grip than the Pirellis I used to fit to my Yamaha R6! It also has a 10 L tank, which costs about 10 bucks to fill up. I was getting about 320km per tank, but I drive flat-out most of the time.
The papers you will be requiring are:
- FACTURA ORIGINAL– THE ORIGINAL INVOICE THAT WAS RECEIVED FROM SELLER WHEN BUYING A VEHICLE.
- TARTarjeta de Circulación– a vehicle registration card is needed to be held anytime while driving a vehicle
- CONSTANCIA DE TRAMITE VEHICULAR – A RECORD THAT THE VEHICLE HAS REGISTERED ITS TENANCY. PLUS CONFIRMATION THAT IT WAS PAID BY ITS TENANT.
- CARTA RESPOSIVA PARA LA COMPRA-VENTA DE VEHICULOS AUTOMOTORALES – A MUTUAL WRITTEN AGREEMENT BETWEEN BUYER AND SELLER WRITTEN UPON SELLING A VEHICLE AND SIGNED BY BOTH PARTICIPANTS.
Prices for a decent small bike in Mexico will be about 500-1000$.
Police rarely check anything and most bikes have no plates, bald tyres, broken indicators etc. So I kept the bike in the original owners name and kept the paperwork handy. If you want the bike in your name, you may need an address or proof of residency (since I wasn’t crossing any borders, I kept it as is) Or if you get pulled over, just say it’s a rental and they will generally let you go.
2015 150cc Italika FTs\
- Cost 10 000 pesos. ($700)
- Mileage 10 litre tank gets you about 320km bone dry and costs around 100 pesos to fill up. ($8)
- Gears 5 peed manual clutch.
- Top speed cruises at 90kmh but will peak at 110kmh.
- Luggage capability A hard case, my backpack and a small tent all fitted on well.
Roads aren’t too bad but watch out for ‘Topes’ (speed bumps) and potholes, stray dogs and locals working on the side of the road. People will rarely look when crossing the road, and if they do, they will keep walking in front of you anyway. This is pretty much the same with all traffic in Mexico. Trucks and cars will run you off the road, tailgate, honk erratically and random traffic will pull u-turns at any given moment with no indication whatsoever, so be aware! Most vehicles don’t have working tail lights anyway. Sheesh.