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Johnnydarock 04-18-2012 11:51 AM

Cirque de Copper Canyon 2012 w/Big Bikes
If you ever wanted to ride the dirt in the famed Copper better read this report and get there before its all paved.

The three of us, me (John), Dan and Monte met each other on ADVrider and started a dialogue several months ago about our common desire to ride the dirt of the Copper Canyon on big bikes. Normally you'd think having never met each other was a recipe for disaster but we pulled it off and had a great time. We left Phoenix on Saturday, April 7th, 2012, and returned a week later. Here's a look at our map:

Hosebag 04-18-2012 11:55 AM


Johnnydarock 04-18-2012 12:52 PM

INTRO Continued
Sorry for a quick intro but I had to post and run. Like I said...we met on ADV. I live in Los Angeles. Dan lives near Austin TX and Monte lives in the mountains north of Phoenix. After going back and forth via email for about a month and talking on the phone we picked a date and everyone went and got their Temporary Vehicle Importation Permit from Banjercito on the internet. So now we're committed. One thing people kept asking me after telling them that I was riding to Mexico with two guys I've never met before..."are you crazy?"

Just a little bit about the bikes. I ride a 2010 BMW F800GS. Dan rides a 2011 BMW F800GS. And Monte rides a 2001 Triumph Tiger. Here's a picture of our rear ends.

Here's a Snapshot of our itinerary:<?xml:namespace prefix = o ns = "urn:schemas-microsoft-com:office:office" /><o:p></o:p>
DAY 0: Friday April 6<SUP>th</SUP> Ride to Phoenix<o:p></o:p>
DAY 1: Saturday April 7<SUP>th</SUP> Gomez Farias
DAY 2: Sunday April 8<SUP>th</SUP> Batopilas (Easter)<o:p></o:p>
DAY 3: Monday April 9<SUP>th</SUP> Urique via the new road<o:p></o:p>
DAY 4: Tuesday April 10<SUP>th </SUP>El Fuerte<o:p></o:p>
DAY 5: Wednesday April 11<SUP>th</SUP> Alamos<o:p></o:p>
DAY 6: Thursday April 12<SUP>th</SUP> Magdalena<o:p></o:p>
DAY 7: Friday April 13<SUP>th</SUP> Phoenix<o:p></o:p>
DAY 8: Saturday April 14<SUP>th</SUP> Ride back to Los Angeles<o:p></o:p>

freeflow 04-18-2012 12:55 PM

:thumb :lurk...maybe I don't want to see the changes there....a great area

MoodyBlues 04-18-2012 02:08 PM

Great timing starting our RR John. Just finished washing the dust, dirt, mud and bugs off the GS. Let the shenanigans begin! Had a blast. :clap:clap:clap

MoodyBlues 04-18-2012 02:33 PM

You don't even know these guys???
Like John said, I started a thread back in Oct or so looking for someone to ride Mexico with. Initially I was looking at Baja, then John pitched his plan to ride Copper Canyon. Hard to say no to someone who has ridden Mexico many times before!
But yes, my family and friends were in shock that I was leaving for "Mexico" and with "someone you don't even know?!?!" :rofl
Luckily Phoenix was a good start point as I had some family there I hadn't seen in a few years, so I went out the Monday prior to visit them and get ready for the ride.

MoodyBlues 04-18-2012 02:55 PM

First aid kit packed....

Then stuffed the GS into the Taco...

sparkymcgee 04-18-2012 04:26 PM


Originally Posted by MoodyBlues (Post 18488950)
Then stuffed the GS into the Taco...

Did you reinforce that gate? I have a Taco and I've heard the gates will bend under load.

MoodyBlues 04-18-2012 04:39 PM

So Friday morning came and I headed off to find Monte's RV pad. After 35 minutes of the typical Friday morning traffic I pulled into the RV park looking for the lot number he had gave me. As soon as I turn in I see some guy in a robe and slippers snapping pics of me with a loaded down Triumph in front of him... this must be Monte's place.

After talking and looking over each others rides we decided to do a shake down run on some dirt that Monte knew of. John wouldn't be in from LA till later that afternoon, so why not. Monte might be able to tell you that name of the pass we took, it was some great roads with a awesome green chili burrito and cold beer for lunch. Then back to the RV to see where this other guy named John was at.:D

MoodyBlues 04-18-2012 04:44 PM

I had heard the same thing, so I did as some others had done and put a solid 2x4 across the gate under the rear tire. This is suppose to spread the load out over a wider area than just the foot print of the tire. It must work as I went round trip 1100+ miles with no problems. Have also seen some guys will run a c-channel front to back wide enough for the tires to sit in to take some of the load off.


Originally Posted by bunghole (Post 18489654)
Did you reinforce that gate? I have a Taco and I've heard the gates will bend under load.

Supergringo 04-18-2012 04:45 PM

Wish I could have joined you guys!

SoosCreek 04-18-2012 04:55 PM

Right Behind You
Johnny -

We were at Juanita's in Batopilas last Sunday and on big bikes.:clap

It will be interesting to compare notes.

Here is a link to my report. I have not written the Copper section yet. Next day or two.

MoodyBlues 04-18-2012 05:03 PM

Got to love Hotel Juanitas. Had to shed my panniers to get thru the gate thou.:D


Originally Posted by SoosCreek (Post 18489918)
Johnny -

We were at Juanita's in Batopilas last Sunday and on big bikes.:clap

It will be interesting to compare notes.

Here is a link to my report. I have not written the Copper section yet. Next day or two.

SoosCreek 04-18-2012 05:56 PM

Got that right about Juanita's. We were the only ones and she only charged 200 pesos per room. Basic room but hot water!

and you can sit and watch everyone come and go along the river.

Did the dinner and breakfast at Dino Mica (sp?). Was absolutely fabulous.

MoodyBlues 04-18-2012 06:46 PM

Yes, same here. Was the first breakfast I had had that was cooked on a wood stove in many years. We have pics we will post up when we get there. I could have stayed in town for a few days sitting in the square and just doing nothing. Great place.

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