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Old 02-25-2012, 01:00 PM   #16
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Excellent report. One of my goals is to ride Baja. Inspirational. CRP
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Old 02-25-2012, 01:01 PM   #17
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Pluric, that picture above where you're puttin the make on that mule? You say,"it's like prom night in Wyoming". THAT'S FUNNY !!! . You better stay outta Wyoming tho. All their mules are spoken for,ya noed. Looks like yer havin a blast down there.
I can proudly say I married way up from the mule.

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Old 02-25-2012, 01:21 PM   #18
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So we are suppose to finally hit dirt today. Going down the road there was a nice
rock formation just off shore. Eric thought it looked cool and said "Let's go down there".

I told him to pull his bike up for a scenic shot. This was as close as he got.





I have to admit it's way more funny when it's not your bike.

This is the shot he wanted.



After getting him out he did get his own rock shot too.

This was interesting to me. We were flying down great pavement when it's just gone.
No pavement ending sign or any indication of what was coming up.



The good news was it was more of this.....finally!



I became the defacto forward man to take shots of riders coming. I was pushing the
Yamaha hard and will pay for that later in the report.

Here comes the group.







After getting shots I would pass again to get to the front. I wasn't thinking about
Stephan shitting his pants as the Tenere wizzed by. Another Opps. I got to hear about
that for a while. I believe his line was "I'm just an insurance saleman trying to stay up.
you're and old racer who scared the shit out of me". So the next time I pull up along
side of him honk, wave, rev the motor so he sees me and I get an ADV salute in return.
Geez, can't please anyone around here.

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Old 02-25-2012, 01:32 PM   #19
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Excellent report. One of my goals is to ride Baja. Inspirational. CRP
My first time down. It was REALLY fun. Better hurry, seems they are paving everything.
Did Copper Canyon (RR in my profile) a few years ago. That was as much or more fun.
I think the ocean helped give this an edge.
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Old 02-25-2012, 01:53 PM   #20
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Lunch time. All we do is eat and ride eat and ride eat and.... not that there is anything
wrong with that.



Beautiful setting. Not one soul on the beach. I fact this whole ride everywhere we
went we were about the only people there.





I did need help getting out of this one.



While we were eating Eric had left his lights on. He already had been having some weak
battery issues and that was the nail in the coffin. I had jumper cables, but his battery is a
little bit of a pain to get to. Tried to just let my bike charge his a little through the battery tender
hook up. About then I felt lunch getting ready to escape and had to run. (no pun intended)

By the time I was back from my adventure with a waterless toilet they had pushed started the Beemer.
I had found another water source to fill the toliet tank. I couldn't leave that calling card for the next person.

My daughter's name so I took this shot.

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Old 02-25-2012, 01:57 PM   #21
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Last year several of the Utards went to Baja on smaller bore bikes.


Free range Burros were quite friendly.



Wow, a Triumph shirt??

Where's the Yamaha shirt?

Who makes the blue and black jacket you wearing?
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Old 02-25-2012, 02:03 PM   #22
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I can proudly say I married way up from the mule.

Gosh pluric, she the one who taught you to eat M&Ms by the shovel full? Lottsa shovel fulls in the past, from the looks of it. Anyway, how'd you like those tires in sand(Tourances???)? My tenere was quite squirrely with'm in sand,but so was my old GS12. Tenere is LOTS easier to keep upright with a leg plant, I thought(is lots less top heavy than the GS). Any opinions?
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Old 02-25-2012, 02:10 PM   #23
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Wow, a Triumph shirt??

Where's the Yamaha shirt?

Who makes the blue and black jacket you wearing?
I like to ride with long sleeve cotton shirts. I bought several vintage jerseys
off a website. My last Triumph was a 200cc Tiger Cub.

I forgot to pack the Yamaha jersey.

The jacket is Firstgear. It's mesh. I think I have 7 or 8 First gear jackets.
Always pleased with their quality.
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Old 02-25-2012, 02:28 PM   #24
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Gosh pluric, she the one who taught you to eat M&Ms by the shovel full? Lottsa shovel fulls in the past, from the looks of it. Anyway, how'd you like those tires in sand(Tourances???)? My tenere was quite squirrely with'm in sand,but so was my old GS12. Tenere is LOTS easier to keep upright with a leg plant, I thought(is lots less top heavy than the GS). Any opinions?
I had put a new set of K60s on before leaving SLC. First time I hit triple digits the bike felt like
my old Strom. Only more in the front end. Felt floaty and like it needed a fork brace. I had
had my bike with a similar load and Tourance's with complete high speed stability.

Got a little better as they worn in. The KTM didn't like speed so we kept it down some after a few days.

Sand? Nothing works with a 600lb bike and sand. It was the old do I try to get the speed up and get
on top risking a high paced crash or 1st gear wallow and tip. I voted for 1st gear wallow and tip.
I'm too damn old to go over the bars at speed anymore.

As you know the traction control defaults to TC1 when you turn the bike off. I forgot to put it
to TC2. I'm trying to get through some sand pile and can't get the wheel to spin. That TC1 is
very serious about not allowing wheel spin. The engine just wouldn't rev. On a funner note
it was a gas to be in TC2 punch it in third and have the back end breaking loose at 60.
The dash is flashing and it lets you play. I only turned it off completely to do a few wheelies.
I may be old, but that doesn't mean I have to grow up.

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Old 02-25-2012, 02:55 PM   #25
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I had put a new set of K60s on before leaving SLC. First time I hit triple digits the bike felt like
my old Strom. Only more in the front end. Felt floaty and like it needed a fork brace. I had
had my bike with a similar load and Tourance's with complete high speed stability.
Are you glad you put the K60s on for this trip or would the Tourances have been fine? Thanks for this RR - looking forward to more.
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Are you glad you put the K60s on for this trip or would the Tourances have been fine? Thanks for this RR - looking forward to more.
Eric's BMW had Tourances. We all had trouble in the deep sand.(KTM not so much) Had my Tourances had enough
tread to finish the round trip I would have left them on and been fine. I didn't want to change out
rears mid ride. I like the Tourances much better on the pavement.

I had read good reviews on the mileage the K60s were getting and it's true. They seem to wear well.

Here is the rear tire after 3,900 miles. I never seem to get more than 4K out of rear tires. So it's doing well.


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Old 02-25-2012, 06:02 PM   #27
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Old 02-25-2012, 06:30 PM   #28
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I like to ride with long sleeve cotton shirts. I bought several vintage jerseys
off a website. My last Triumph was a 200cc Tiger Cub.

I forgot to pack the Yamaha jersey.

The jacket is Firstgear. It's mesh. I think I have 7 or 8 First gear jackets.
Always pleased with their quality.
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Old 02-25-2012, 06:51 PM   #29
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Late to this party......

Is it over yet?



I'll be back..............after I unload the bike and gear..........and upload the photos.......
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Is it over yet?



I'll be back..............after I unload the bike and gear..........and upload the photos.......
Oh shit.

Unload the bike? Oh yeah, I forgot it's a KTM thing.
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