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Old 02-22-2014, 01:45 PM   #76
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The land equivalent of an aircraft carrier

Great stuff!


Hi NKOrange
That’s exactly what Osito loves about the truck. He’s got a huge aluminum flat bed to install. He says we’ll be able to fit 4 990s on it.




I forgot to post this pic of the gps with day 1 stats.







Day 2: 2/4/14
San Felipe to Calamuje Wash
159.5 miles






Morning at Kiki’s in San Felipe.













The day started with what will become the norm for the next 2 weeks. Moto triage.

Bartek wore a hole in his rear tank fuel line. no problema.



Bartek also had some noise coming from his sprocket, he thought.
So, we took it off checked it out and reinstalled it. Looked fine.





Ceasar had some straightening to do after yesterdays get the hell off.



He also had to stitch that fender back together.



Kiki was great and lent him a drill and bits.









With the bike work done, the next order of business was breakfast. We went to a place Lica really liked from a previous stay in S.F.








Lica and I had the Fajitas dinner for breakfast. On this trip it seemed wise to eat as much as you can when you can. You never knew when the next meal would be.

















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Old 02-22-2014, 04:37 PM   #77
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Another great report, hoping to get down there eventually!

As I have that same tank, where did Bartek's line wear through? Might have to add some armor to mine.

Keep it coming!


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Old 02-22-2014, 05:00 PM   #78
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Another great report, hoping to get down there eventually!

As I have that same tank, where did Bartek's line wear through? Might have to add some armor to mine.

Keep it coming!


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If I remember correctly it was a combination of bad routing of the hose and a worn expansive chain that was supposed to last some ridiculous amount of miles ...... not in Oso world.

Bartek I hope you don't believe in 40k miles chains anymore
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Old 02-22-2014, 06:20 PM   #79
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Farmageddon has all the modern conveniences of a truck built in the 50’s, hand crank windows and electric windshield wipers.
To activate the wipers simply insert the fuse.


What will they think of next?
You just made me spill by beer! It came out my nose when I read that and started laughing!


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OK, I got the info - I knew it was a 525 that had been modified...
looks like it's a KTM 540.
Yeah it's a 540. Speaking of which I just spent the day putting together my 990 and my 525. I wanted to go for a quick test ride today but it's a blizzard out side. California I miss you.
But I did an arts and crafts night in my garage. I took a new KTM 450 EXC decal and with and xacto knife i cut out and transposed the 5 and the 4. Now I have a factory KTM 540... flawless. Lica you'd be proud of my art skills!



Man this trip is looking good so far. A little wet and cold at first, which is something I did not expect. Here is hoping for some nice and hot sunny days ahead.
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Old 02-22-2014, 06:34 PM   #80
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Hi Guys,
Lica is right about the fuel line, but chain? 40k number comes from
someone not me. For $$$ I just hope to last little longer than 8k .

Matt great work on RR! Thx
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Old 02-22-2014, 09:19 PM   #81
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Day 2 continued





On most Baja rides, this next section between San Felipe and Gonzaga is normally just a couple of hrs. of slab. It used to be a lot more fun before the highway. Oh well, progress.

Scott (Moto Vaquero) tried to ride the dirt and sand as much as he could to Puertecitos. That sounded different and new, so, we’ll try also.

Easier said than done. We tried to get on the beach north of Rancho Percebu.
We wasted a lot of time and energy in deep sand washes trying to just reach the beach.



We eventually made it, sort of.



The beach is just on the other side of that huge, wet, slick, mud flat.
No problem, we got this.






We were cruising down the flats, when Lica called me on the Sena to let me know the ground was getting really soft. So, I stop before it gets nasty.
Osito was in front of me and has yet to buy a Sena (or a high fender for that matter).
All I could do was watch the inevitable happen.





His poor fender is getting worked on this ride.









Bartek and I went to scout a path to the beach. Bartek split away from me to blaze his own trail...





Meanwhile, on the beach...




We regrouped soon after, but not before noticing some loud chain popping noises coming from Bartek’s bike.

We made him spin the tire under load to try and figure out where the noises were coming from.





It turns out that the chain was starting to throw some rollers. They were both on the rivet master link. Maybe the master link was pressed a little too tight and caused the failure.



I’ll never say that big KTMs are unreliable. However, I will concede, that carrying a bucket load of spares is a good idea.



I had a short length of chain and 2 clip-on master links with me, just in case. Oso prepared.




Alright, finally! we are on the beach. Whoo Hoo!








We were about to discover that we were actually on a sand spit that was not connected to the main beach. Doh!
Kelly was watching the spot tracker and zoomed in to get a capture of our mistake. If only we had had satellite photos to look at.




We still had fun riding on the beach.

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Old 02-22-2014, 09:29 PM   #82
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We made him spin the tire under load to try and figure out where the noises were coming from.




Here's where they were testing Bartek's bike:






Next up, the guys are on their way to Gonzaga...


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Old 02-22-2014, 09:47 PM   #83
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Matt's working on the next videos, so I might as well give you guys a couple more screenshots...


Alfonsina's










And here's the final map for Day 2:







Also - Matt says "Hola, Osos!" he's glad you're enjoying the report so far.

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Old 02-22-2014, 10:09 PM   #84
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Saturday night. Catching up on the OSO Ride Report. Good entertainment.

Getting caught on a dead-end spit of land by the ocean. This could lead to some serious backtracking . . . and if the tide was working against you . . . might make you sweat a little . . .
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Old 02-22-2014, 10:25 PM   #85
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I see some Calamuje Canyon on that track? Next up........ Window Rock?
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Old 02-22-2014, 11:07 PM   #86
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I have some friends in Baja on a trip now, and am heading down for a trip on March 3rd.

Reading this, is rekindling the Baja flame. Always love to see the 990's put to the test.
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Old 02-22-2014, 11:42 PM   #87
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[QUOTE=LittleWan;23533214]Matt's working on the next videos, so I might as well give you guys a couple more screenshots...


Ha, I think I must have run across your tracks several times. 4 of us took off from Mexicali to via Rumarosa, LH, VT and the back way to Mike's on Feb 7th. It was a memorial ride for our support truck driver and good friend who passed in June - he was going to drive for us this Feb at age 89 - a hell of a man. We put the original riders back together sans a sag wagon; Vinnie aka Crashmaster on his 990 battle wagon of No Fumar Espanol fame, me and Phil on our 690 R's and Mark on his 650 Franken XChallenge. Very curious to see your report - I kept seeing some distinctive big bike tracks in places like Diablo, Calamujiue, BOLA to San Francisquito, Santa Gertrudis, San Borja to name a few. Didn't see anything on the Valle de Cirros trail (sometimes referred to as Satan's A-hole).

Small peninsula...if in fact that was you guys.

Saludos - imagine you had as much fun as we did.

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Old 02-23-2014, 09:08 AM   #88
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thanks for sharing & taking us along Big Wan!
Farmageddon is a oso sweet rig
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Old 02-23-2014, 10:28 AM   #89
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Now that this report is in the dirt and moving along, I'll try to respond to all the comments.


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Saturday night. Catching up on the OSO Ride Report. Good entertainment.

Getting caught on a dead-end spit of land by the ocean. This could lead to some serious backtracking . . . and if the tide was working against you . . . might make you sweat a little . . .
Hi RRR,
Backtracking was the theme of the day.

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I see some Calamuje Canyon on that track? Next up........ Window Rock?
Nice to see you MKJ, Yup and Yup


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I have some friends in Baja on a trip now, and am heading down for a trip on March 3rd.

Reading this, is rekindling the Baja flame. Always love to see the 990's put to the test.
Hi Bgunn,
That's my goal, to get people fired up to ride Baja, especially on big bikes.
Enjoy your trip.


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Ha, I think I must have run across your tracks several times. 4 of us took off from Mexicali to via Rumarosa, LH, VT and the back way to Mike's on Feb 7th. It was a memorial ride for our support truck driver and good friend who passed in June - he was going to drive for us this Feb at age 89 - a hell of a man. We put the original riders back together sans a sag wagon; Vinnie aka Crashmaster on his 990 battle wagon of No Fumar Espanol fame, me and Phil on our 690 R's and Mark on his 650 Franken XChallenge. Very curious to see your report - I kept seeing some distinctive big bike tracks in places like Diablo, Calamujiue, BOLA to San Francisquito, Santa Gertrudis, San Borja to name a few. Didn't see anything on the Valle de Cirros trail (sometimes referred to as Satan's A-hole).

Small peninsula...if in fact that was you guys.

Saludos - imagine you had as much fun as we did.

Miguel


Hi Miguel,
It would have been nice to cross paths with you guys. Chances are some of those tracks were ours. Stay tuned and jump in any time.

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thanks for sharing & taking us along Big Wan!
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Hey AJ990R,
Thanks for following along and for the Farmageddon love.


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Old 02-23-2014, 12:40 PM   #90
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Day 2 continued





We had to back track off the sand spit and through he mud again. Lica saw an opportunity to do some more testing on his fairing.
I didn’t understand right away why he was riding too fast in the mud.
Then I realized he was just being really thorough. What a guy.





After product testing, we had a fun sand road to the next rancho.



We found a short wall to drop off on to the beach and we were gone.






We rode the beach for miles until we came to a fish processing building. We used their road to get to the pavement. We came out near the Cowpatty bar.



I suggested a coasting race down the hill. Engines off, he who can coast the furthest wins.
I can’t remember who won, but I know who came in 4th.




Next was a 5th gear roll on race from around 50 mph to near 100mph. I think Bartek’s bike was the fastest, and again, I was last.
We were all within maybe 15 meters of each other at the end. Results may vary in the dirt.


We went to Alfonsina’s for some tacos and beer.
These were the first official tacos of the trip.




We kept a running taco total, but did a crap job of documenting each one.
!8 tacos so far.
We're going to be hard pressed to beat Kelly's challenge of doubling the 117 tacos consumed in the The Baja WanK






Lica had a broken GoPro mount and it was only day 2.

Luck was on our side it seemed. While we were eating this guy walks up and inquires about our GoPros, asking if we have trouble charging them and if we have a spare charge cord.
We tested his and found a problem with his camera not the cord.
We in turn asked him if he had a spare mount. He did and gladly gave it to us. We charged his battery in one of our cameras so he could use it on his last day.
We were all happy, win win.



Our original plan had us sleeping on the beach in Gonzaga. I think it was Bartek who suggested we keep on going and camp in the Calamuje wash.
So, we loaded up with water and other essentials and headed out.




Osito had never been to Coco’s so we stopped and poked around. Coco was there, but had already gone to bed, after all it was 7pm.
We had a quick chat with Coco, took a few pics, and were gone.










The ride out to Calamuje was a blast as always.



We found a great spot to sleep with soft sand and wood for the fire.




Lica doing his best Marc Coma











A good day.





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