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Old 06-29-2014, 06:45 PM   #1
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Once more into the Baja.

Baja 2015 is a go for Myself and Mala Bunny. Per usual we are going to offer rider and bike transport from N.E. Ohio to the border.

We will be hauling bikes in this rather large crew cab Isuzu FSR:

It is big enough inside the cab for 4 people to comfortably stretch out, the rear seat is enormous compared to a 1 ton crew cab, and it actually folds out into a bed (seriously it's freaking huge). The bed is 14' long, and has 2' tall wood sides, so it can haul several bikes with plenty of room for gear. The deck is about 4' off the ground, so even though it is not enclosed between the height and the sides bikes will be subjected to very little road spray, if any.

At this time we have NOT nailed down a precise date that is more specific than March 2015. We are still months away, and if there was a date that would be "perfect" for someone else it would most likely work for us. Really anytime in March will be fine with us.

Destination for the tow vehicle will be Yuma Arizona. We will be storing the truck there and riding across the border. So you could really do a desert southwest USA trip if you don't want to go into Mexico, hey whatever.

Are we offering to plan the trip and be your tour guides? Absolutely not, we are offering to help you get from the cold, frozen, wet part of the northern Midwest to Yuma with your bike, and back. We will happily haul you and your motorcycle round trip for a cash contribution and doing a shift of driving. We actually plan to ride south through mainland and then cross over to Baja on a ferry. If you happen to want to go the same way you are welcome to tag along, but what you do across the border is up to you. Just be back at the truck when it is time to head home. However for the Baja Noob we can make some recomendations on getting your insurance for Mexico, travel visa, and other stuff. Check the Baja Info Thread (also in my signature).

Will we take your bike down so you can fly down? Sure, as a matter of fact there is an Amtrak station in Yuma. We used it to get to LA last May and found it fun and affordable. We will be making arrangements to leave the truck in storage in Yuma, so if you do this it will be your responsibility to get from the airport/trainstation to the truck to fetch your bike. Again just be back at the truck (or have your bike there) when it is time to head home.

How long will we be gone? Approximately 2 weeks. We will leave NE Ohio on a Thursday, rotate drivers, and be in Yuma on Saturday. We have done it before and made it all the way to San Felipe on that schedule, which is about 250 miles more. Return trip will be the same drill, planning to leave Yuma on Friday to be home Sunday. See the route here.

Price for hauling you and your bike round trip to the border to get away from the fluffy white bullshit called "snow"? $800. Sound too high? Compare it to the cost of shipping your bike round trip with a motorcycle shipper and buying a plane ticket. Yes you could throw the bike in your pickup truck and do it yourself for about the same, but 2,200 miles is a lot of driving. Yes you could ride your bike all the way for cheaper, but then you have to deal with weather, and it will take you 4 days to get to the border. So this is not for everyone, duh. It is for the rider who wants to go ride Mexico or the southwest of the USA in March but does not have an extra week to kill cris-crossing the country.

Questions? Feel free to ask.

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Old 07-07-2014, 07:32 AM   #2
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Whatever glitch was preventing me from embedding the map has been fixed, so here is our route. I am willing to deviate off route to some degree withing reason. Like if you are in Kansas City or Memphis, that is doable, but if you are in Des Moines Iowa not so much. Now if you are in Des Moines and could get yourself closer to the route, welcome aboard!

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