Little bit about "The Plan".
We've rented a house in Cabo San Lucas for three days. Duration of trip is 14 days. That means we have six days riding to get down there, and six days riding to get back.
Total distance? Estimated at approx 4000 km's. That makes for some long, long days in the saddle and some very tender hind meat. ~330km of off-road riding per day.
For luggage we are almost all running Giant Loop Coyote Bags. I had talked to the Giant Loop Distributor in Canada and convinced Blackfoot to carry the line. We were the first to buy three bags off them (~$1,100) Estimated volume is around 30+liters. Let me tell you, there is only so much you can stuff inside these things. Normally I'm pretty good at packing efficiency. I have all my gear in my bag, with a fender tube on the front, and additional dry bag for shoes and MSR tent. MSR fuel bottles strap to the outside in case they leak. I will also be carrying 5 liters of water in my Osprey hydration pack. I think it's the Raven 14?
For bike prep I did the following:
- Changed oil
- Checked valves
- Added wide pegs (DRC = shat)
- 35 w HID headlight in the Trailtech 8" race light,
- 12v plug to charge helmet cam,
- Garmin Oregon GPS,
- Extra clutch cable. 2 throttle cables already.
- Extra kicker, and gear shift lever (thanks Rider Eh!)
- Spare levers.
- Complete suspension overhaul. New springs and valving front and rear with fresh oil,
- Maxxis Desert IT's. Guys I'm going with have decent tread left riding locally after 4800 kms (thanks Motokuhl!)
- The other typical bike maintenance. Bearings, greasing, loctite, carb adjustments, etc, etc.
I have already added a Clarke 4.3 Gallon tank to the beast for dual sporting. I will also be carrying an additional 2 liters of fuel in MSR bottles. This should give me a 230-250+ km range. Some say, still too short for Baja. I guess we'll find out. Thankfully some of the other bikes coming are better on fuel, and have decently large tanks to share fuel.
Shibby! screwed with this post 03-23-2011 at 09:44 AM