Baja 500 2012

Discussion in 'Racing' started by David13, May 3, 2012.

  1. radbrad511

    radbrad511 Been here awhile

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    Moto Mike-

    Ya I ride some Big 6 in the Magnum Heavyweight Expert class. Good for a holeshot and fade to around 8th! Those races are hard if you are not in shape. Do better in sections that are not real rough being an old Speedway dude. I am married to Colton Udall and Ian Youngs Mom so I am spending lots of time following the boys to races. Like to do secret trails around Mikes and ride a training loop from Cleghorn to the Arrowhead area. Always up for a ride if you want a wingman! Brad - 949-492-9933 -
  2. azcagiva

    azcagiva new orange flavor

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    I think I saw you in San Felipe at the thrifty ice cream shop, you both had on OX shirts.

    -John
  3. Strong Bad

    Strong Bad n00balicious

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    MotoMike @ 14sec:

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  4. MotoMike

    MotoMike Washed Up Desert Racer

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    Cool! Thanks Craig. I have been looking for video and pics, but not finding anything, where did you get this?

    BTW, at the beginning, with the Weatherman audio, the picture looks suspiciously like they are sitting in line at the Tecate border crossing. It took us 5 freaking hours to get through Otay Mesa crossing.
  5. beechum1

    beechum1 Grimace Soup

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    You need the passport cards. The ready lane is rarely more than an an hour at Otay or SY.
  6. Strong Bad

    Strong Bad n00balicious

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    I found it during a random Youtube search for 2012 Baja 500.

    We took the new toll road up from Fox Studios to Otay Sunday morning. Got to the crossing at 08:00 and was through at 09:10. The smart card lanes were moving at just about the same speed, but the line was actually longer!!!!
  7. KZJohn

    KZJohn Been here awhile

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    I recently got a SENTRI pass, it took only 22 minutes to cross at the San Ysidro point of entry while the normal line was close to 4 hours. The down side of the SENTRI is you can't pull a trailer through there but I can bring the bike through if I have the tailgate up.:D Well worth the $125. We stopped going to Otay Mesa because it takes longer than San Y.
  8. MotoMike

    MotoMike Washed Up Desert Racer

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    We had no choice on the Otay thing, coming into TJ they had all the side streets blocked and as well as the turn in for the SY lanes. We got in line at 1:00 and rolled through almost exactly at 5 :bluduh That's the first time in 25 years that I have taken a 4 wheeled vehicle into MX.
  9. Strong Bad

    Strong Bad n00balicious

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    Everyone in the car has to have the sentri pass or you are screwed.....well I guess you could make them get out & walk across...could be faster than the other lines.
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    Strong Bad n00balicious

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    Ryan Arciero crossed @ San Y on Memorial day to get back for his Grandfather's funeral the next day, took him 4 hrs 55 min!!!!
  11. KZJohn

    KZJohn Been here awhile

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    My wife has had the SENTRI for awhile. When we were dating we would go to Otay and get in the Sentri line, then I would get out and walk through and have her pick me up on the other side. Now most of us in the familia have them. My wife & I will cross for a day to visit her parents and get our taco fix:D
  12. Baja Dad

    Baja Dad Long timer

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    I do this every time
  13. beechum1

    beechum1 Grimace Soup

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    I just ride the bike across. F everyone else!
  14. cross-country

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    Thanks for all the nice comments guys!

    This was the roughest and driest 500 I have ever been in. I'm glad everyone made it out intact.

    I just got home this weekend and still playing catch-up, but I will try to tell some stories and post some pictures in the next few days.

    Heres one for now, post Tech, and appearantly I was pretty relieved.

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  15. beechum1

    beechum1 Grimace Soup

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    What did you think of that light (squadron?)?
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    We finished before sunset so I can't comment on using it in the race but I have used it a few times on some local single track trails in CO and UT and it is great for that. Good replacement for the Diablo/Tecate, brighter and less likely to break or malfunction. Not a replacement for Double 8" HID for highspeed work (the light does not broadcast out as far, I have a spot Squadron that I have not tried out yet) but I figured if we had to use it, we were out of contention anyways and could afford a slower light..?.

    IMO, YMMV, ect.
  17. MotoMike

    MotoMike Washed Up Desert Racer

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    Did you stop at the car wash before tech? That thing is clean :lol3

    Good job on 2nd. It seems like VCP 26 and 27 got a lot of people.
  18. cross-country

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    Thanks! Same to you! I'm glad to hear you plan on going back.
    Nope, it's just new, ~10 hours on the bike before the race. I did wipe it down with a wet whipe to get the dead bugs off the handguards.
    Unfortunately for us our pit was between 26 and 27.:lol3 From the story I heard, I'm glad we weren't DQ'd. Fuel was less "borrowed" from another competitors machine then it was "pirated".:lol3



    I left Colorado Saturday morning around 4am and made the 17ish hour drive the same day. By far the longest, in distance and time, I have been behind the wheel. I had my teammate, Levi in the truck with me and we planned to switch when I got tired. I felt good all day so I just kept driving. We crossed the border at Mexicali at about 4pm and drove to Valley T for long awaited and much discussed Carne Asada Tacos. We finally arrived at the Hacienda around 8pm. Whew.
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    1<SUP>st</SUP> day of prerunning was tough. I was riding from Ojos to the Summit there wasn&#8217;t many riders out there so when I came across a broken bike I offered to tow him out to the highway. It was pretty tiring but we didn&#8217;t have far to go. I got him out and finished my ride to RM100 or the bottom of the summit. Once done with that I jumped in my truck and drove down to Borrego to pick up my teammates who were running Summit to Borego together. They were late coming in so I got to chat up Tim Morton for a while. (Good talking to you Tim!)
    When they finally appeared at sunset they were two up. (A little backstory; last year I was running Start line over the summit to Borego, out on the dry lake bed my engine blew up. We tried towing it out but that was never going to happen so Garrett and myself ride out two up on his 350. This year Levi&#8217;s 350 gobbles up a tranny bearing and Garretts indestructable 350 hauls the two of them out.) The next 5 hours were spent driving up-course to find the broken bike. Luckily they were smart enough to tow to a course marker with a mileage note. We still drove around in circles for an hour before we found it. We finally got back to the Hacienda at about 3am.

    Sorry for crappy phone pic, only evidence I have of my Tundra at RM192. A couple of times we got going fast enough for the seatbelt chime to come on, approx. 10mph.
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    The next morning, to cheer us up or maybe just burn our asses...Monte our chase guy extrairdinaire unloads his new toy.

    2013 450 Factory Edition - Dungey leg humper model. Schweeet.
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  19. ibismojo

    ibismojo n00b

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    I made that video. You guys need louder exhausts so I can hear you coming....or have helicopters chasing you :D That'd be the Tecate Border Crossing. It took 2.5 hours there. TJ was about the same as Otay from what I hear.
  20. MotoMike

    MotoMike Washed Up Desert Racer

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    So are you the commentator? I'll have you know that I'm only 51. And a half.