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Old 01-31-2013, 05:40 PM   #46
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Hi Mark...I've read a number of your reports (and enjoyed them!) and am curious about your bike selection and trailering for this trip. I know you have the new TR650 and have spoken highly of it. Did you consider it at all for this trip and would it have been suitable? Also, did you consider riding down instead of trailering? My riding buddy considers a trailer to be cheating ("it's just like mountain biking") so I'm wondering how you approach that decision. Thanks for sharing the great rides with us!

Evan
Hey Herbivore,

Glad to give you my perspective for bike choice.

Trailering---------------it's winter in Southern Illinois----ice---extreme cold------snow-----no riding on any kind of bike to Baja. I would like to see your buddy ride a fully loaded bike of any kind on ice and snow. So---I'm not interested in your buddies idea of "cheating". It would be ignorant to ride on the ice. I'm smarter than that.

TR650----------the terra is a fine bike---it shines on easy offroad----and the road. I've been to Baja before---all over Baja in fact------we would be riding offroad much of the time--most of the time actually----------and most of the time it would not be easy offroad. Also ---where I ride in Baja ----------a 300 mile range is mandatory---the Husky only can go about 200 at most.

The WR was awesome on everything we rode----never a lack of horsepower at any time.

With me on it----------my 950 is horrible in deep sand---the WR just rails in it. In fact the 950 will be gone tomorrow.





My KTM 450EXC would of been nice to ride-------if it stayed together for the 3,000 miles without some kind of problem-------there is no such thing as repair parts in Baja---------it would be a miracle to find a tire if you needed it.

I wanted a bike that would be excellent on all the terrain and make it there and back.

The WR250R was hands down my choice for this trip.
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Old 01-31-2013, 06:51 PM   #47
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Old 01-31-2013, 07:10 PM   #48
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Hey Mark! Was unsure about being called a "yay-hoo" at first...but hey glad we entertained you. Guess we are the "Bickersons" when we ride together. Glad Dingweeds going to be ok. It was Brian asking about the bike....me, I'm the old quiet one
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Old 01-31-2013, 07:28 PM   #49
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Trailering---------------it's winter in Southern Illinois----ice---extreme cold------snow-----no riding on any kind of bike to Baja. I would like to see your buddy ride a fully loaded bike of any kind on ice and snow. So---I'm not interested in your buddies idea of "cheating". It would be ignorant to ride on the ice. I'm smarter than that.

TR650----------the terra is a fine bike---it shines on easy offroad----and the road. I've been to Baja before---all over Baja in fact------we would be riding offroad much of the time--most of the time actually----------and most of the time it would not be easy offroad. Also ---where I ride in Baja ----------a 300 mile range is mandatory---the Husky only can go about 200 at most.
Oh yeah....ice and snow....makes perfect sense! We usually stick to rain around here this time of year...and rain...and more rain.

Thanks for the insight on bike choice. Very helpful...
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Old 01-31-2013, 07:57 PM   #50
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This looks like a fun one, IN
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Old 01-31-2013, 08:14 PM   #51
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Old 01-31-2013, 08:34 PM   #52
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Old 01-31-2013, 09:17 PM   #53
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Hi Mark...I've read a number of your reports (and enjoyed them!) and am curious about your bike selection and trailering for this trip. I know you have the new TR650 and have spoken highly of it. Did you consider it at all for this trip and would it have been suitable? Also, did you consider riding down instead of trailering? My riding buddy considers a trailer to be cheating ("it's just like mountain biking") so I'm wondering how you approach that decision. Thanks for sharing the great rides with us!

Evan

Evan,

Maybe you and your buddy should ride from Victoria,BC on a WR250 to Baja to start a long ride in January. Experienced riders do their homework before starting long adventure ride in exterme weather conditions.

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Old 02-01-2013, 12:18 AM   #54
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You usually run non-dot knobbies in baja or some kind of 90%off road tire.That is why bikes are usually trucked down there.You will see alot of southern californians riding non-plated dirt bikes down there.Or get passed by a SCORE race truck doing 100mph on a dirt road.Anything goes-thats why its always heads up while riding.The locals run stop signs all the time.

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Old 02-01-2013, 11:01 AM   #55
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Our trip was cut way short because of an injury----------that story is coming---be patient.
Oh no!
Sorry to hear that.

I was looking forward to your 3,000 miles! The burros were great.

Heal up quickly, Scott!
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Old 02-01-2013, 02:22 PM   #56
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Hey Dog, I see your getting in some early practice for the Hoosier National Forest ride

Good luck and damn it, have some FUN!!
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Old 02-01-2013, 08:55 PM   #57
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Thumb Great start for the trip....

I've never been there but from the pics you posted, it's now on my list. I hope the injury was slight and you can continue the trip later. Please keep us posted.
Ride safe there neighbor....
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Old 02-02-2013, 08:10 AM   #58
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Oh no!
Sorry to hear that.

I was looking forward to your 3,000 miles! The burros were great.

Heal up quickly, Scott!
Thanks LittleWan!!
I am doing OK.........I can't wait to go again!!
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Old 02-02-2013, 09:16 AM   #59
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Day 3 January 21st, 2013

Mikes Sky Ranch to Pirates Cove.

Breakfast with the boys from San Diego at Mikes Sky Ranch.





We were treated with the thinnest flapjacks in all of Mexico !!!!!








The sun rose at Mikes Sky Ranch and the light came thru those beautiful pointed pine trees in the inner courtyard.






It actually was a hard place to leave.
But we headed Southeast out of the ranch on a dirt road.






We followed a creek for a bit and crossed it many times.
We would follow several dirt bike tracks for miles out of here.







This hill was way more intimidating than it looks.







We came to this hill and it was really tough---so tough we almost opted to go back.
I move a whole bunch of rocks out of the way as there was not one good safe line to climb this thing.
I didn't think I'd make it but did. I had kind of phyched myself out after looking at it too long and was trembling when I took off.
You can't see the whole thing in this picture---we both made it up it.
A few miles down the trail we both wished we had turned back here---but it was too late for that.

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Old 02-02-2013, 02:41 PM   #60
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Cliffhanger of a ride report!!
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