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Old 02-24-2012, 08:51 PM   #1
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Bestiality in Baja

Last year several of the Utards went to Baja on smaller bore bikes. They had a great time
and I asked if maybe they could put together a trip for us Beast owners. I had recently
picked up a Yamaha Super Tenere and wanted to see what it could do. After the usual I'm
in, nope out, maybe?, what dates again?, schedule changes it got narrowed to 4 riders.

With the mild winter two of us wanted to risk riding out of Salt Lake City. The trailer trash
would go the next day with the plan to meet in Yuma to cross the border.

Our Saturday departure was dry and cool. Not too bad to ride in. The trailer boys who went the
next day hit a full winter storm leaving SLC.

We had Ken (ADV Walrus, Stephan (Retrograde) Eric (non ADV) and Me, Rick or (Pluric)

Eric and I just before leaving SLC....



There is a reason I'm the size I am. Packing priorities.



Eric has a second home in St George Utah so we stayed the first night there.
Coming into St George I had pushed the gas range a bit to far. I had two one and half
gallon jerry cans on top of each bag so I was a little casual about stopping for gas until
it was too late.



In my defense the Tenere's mpg dropped to 30 miles to the gallon at a brisk pace.



In the morning the weather had us a little concerned for what the rest of the day would be like..



The rain cleared out soon and we were off to Yuma. Had to get our fix on Route 66.



Eric had heard of this funky little town called Oatman. Kinda by Kingman. After a day and a half of
straight boring slab it turned into these really tight twisties getting into Oatman. I was quite surprised
pulling into town. Had no idea a place like this existed.



Free range Burros were quite friendly.



This guy had quite a musical combination going and was pretty entertaining.



Eric tried to steal the show.



Couldn't be about me. I've been told I'm more of a horse's ass.



I would have never made it as a robber or a farmer.




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Old 02-24-2012, 09:15 PM   #2
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got to love the beasts in Baja! Or as some of us call them big pigs! Hope to see that Tenrea on some dirt!
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Old 02-24-2012, 09:16 PM   #3
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Our first road incident was a flat on Eric's GS. Rolled into a Lowe's parking lot.
That's lake Havasu in the background. Put a sticky plug in and were soon back
on the road.



The plug made it until it was nice and dark and decided to bail. We get to do it again in
dark. Lubed it up with tire patch glue and gave it an extra twist to ball up in the tire.





Grabbed a motel in Yuma and met up with Ken and Stephan in the morning.
Did some running around trying to get Eric's tire fixed on the US side before
crossing he border. Not one shop or tire store would touch it. I've mentioned
in other ride reports my disappointment with US shops and how picky they
are about what they will work on.

Here's Stephan just over the border getting our tourist papers and Visa stamped.
Really easy crossing. Didn't ask for anything other than our passports and $25.



Fist tire place had Eric's bike fixed in about 15 minutes. Same thing happened on
a Copper Canyon ride a few years back. $5 dollars then and $5 now. Held the rest of
the trip.





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Old 02-24-2012, 09:21 PM   #4
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got to love the beasts in Baja! Or as some of us call them big pigs! Hope to see that Tenrea on some dirt!
I knew the suspense would be to much. Here's a taste.

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Old 02-24-2012, 09:28 PM   #5
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Looking good so far!
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Old 02-24-2012, 09:38 PM   #6
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We are all sorted out and on the way to San Felipe to get a food fix for
Stephans tape worm. I tease. The guy did have food on the mind all the time.



I wasn't sure whether to tip this guy for playing or give him more to stop.



First night was in a Palapa at Kiki's.



The bored snowbirds came out of the wood work to visit. Very friendly group of people.


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Old 02-24-2012, 10:04 PM   #7
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Old 02-24-2012, 10:50 PM   #8
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Old 02-25-2012, 06:30 AM   #9
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Vernal and Ryman are missing their ass.
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Old 02-25-2012, 06:49 AM   #10
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Vernal and Ryman are missing their ass.


It felt like Prom Night in Wyoming.
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Old 02-25-2012, 07:23 AM   #11
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These guys seem to have it figured out. Come down park their rigs on the beach
and just hang out. Most have Jeeps or bikes and will head out into the desert for
a few days then come back and start over.

You can see the circle of chairs. Close nit group that have a fire pit at night
and sit around and chat.



That's an active lighthouse in the background. The boat was to remind me
where I was. I honestly have a very hard time remembering travel spots.
I'm hoping Ken or Stephan will jump in and name off areas we were in.



Speaking of Ken... sometimes he seems a little unclear on the concept.



Last I saw him he still had not thumbed a ride.



I had brought my own ride.



You would have to know Eric to appreciate the inside humor here.
He's very quiet and easy to get along with. Spoke the best Spanish of
our group and does a fair amount of humanitarian work in Mexico.

Last year we were on a Southern Utah ride in some remote areas.
We had just set up our tents and getting ready to build a fire when he
asked "So what is the movie tonight?" He sounded dead serious. He was.
I was laughing reminding him where we were and why did he think there would
be a movie? He just kinda shrugged his shoulders and thought it was not an
unreasonable request.

So for this ride I packed a 9" portable DVD player in as a joke. Guess who had a movie
almost every night?


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Old 02-25-2012, 08:02 AM   #12
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Looks like fun. Kinda disappointing that the flat couldn't be tended to in the states.

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Old 02-25-2012, 08:20 AM   #13
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I was out walking the town taking a few pictures, I saw this boat l liked and started to click away.
I went up to it to get a shot with me on board and a guy comes out of the cabin. Opps, guess he
lived on it. You just never know what will be used for housing in Mexico.



First of many poser shots. We were excited for our first ocean/road combo shots.

Eric on his 1150GS.



KTM Ken.



Stephan on another 1150GS.



The Yamaha was feeling a little more frisky.



Nice curves along the ocean. Big grins to ride in.

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Old 02-25-2012, 08:34 AM   #14
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Nice shots, I hope to be seeing those views late next week. Ride safe!
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Old 02-25-2012, 11:29 AM   #15
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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.
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