Baja Adventure Riders

Discussion in 'West – California, the desert southwest and whatev' started by bigtodd, Oct 11, 2013.

  1. princess jamaica

    princess jamaica OLD DOG-NEW TRICKS

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  2. O-livier

    O-livier S'en fout la mort!

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    Excellent! Thank you very much for helping me in making this trip happen.

    I was told to contract insurance from ADA VIS. Is this a good resource or is there a better cost effective option? I'd like to have medical as well
  3. jonz

    jonz Miles are my mantra

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    ADA Vis global is a good company that I use for my Mexico insurance as I buy the yearly 'driver's license only' policy which is just liability. I'm not sure they do just 3 day policies but maybe they do. Baja bound moto is a company lots of others use.

    I don't think the palapas next to Alfonsina's that are rented from the Rancho Grande store are anything I'd ever pay for again. I'd just camp in the desert. I have heard good things in the past about Campo Beluga but have never stayed there - I'd be inclined to try that if you decide to camp along Gonzaga Bay. If you do, give an update on the place. You can also camp at Coco's Corner and at least you'd have cold beer. You at the least have to stop at Coco's and meet the legend.

    Last year, I drove my truck from La Quinta, CA (2 hours to the border) to BOLA via Mexicali in about 10 hours. Includes stop for visa at the border and tacos in San Felipe. You could cut 1/2 hour off that easily on a moto as I had to really slow down in the construction zone before Laguna Chapala. Like 5 - 10 mph slow. Easy to ride that at 40+ mph.
  4. KICKNBACK

    KICKNBACK Over The Bars Club

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    Here is the last place it pinged grab it on your way back it hasn't moved so it is still there if someone picks it up it will ping from movement image.jpeg image.jpeg
  5. El Zorrillo

    El Zorrillo charity case

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    Despite the rumors, Joel is actually a pretty nice guy.
  6. MJS

    MJS Long timer

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    I use BajaBound (https://www.bajabound.com/ or MexPro (https://www.mexpro.com). There are others also. You can get liability only or full coverage with travel insurance. I can attest from a rider that was injured on a trip that BajaBound will take good care of you.
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  7. O-livier

    O-livier S'en fout la mort!

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    Thank you. I think Bajabound looks professional. Will Contract with them.

    Any suggestions on places to stay overnight in Ensenada?
  8. MJS

    MJS Long timer

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    There's a lot of hotels in Ensenada to fit just about any budget. I suggest you just look around for what works for you. We like the El Cid, close to the tourist area and decent conditions. Sometimes if I just need a clean bed I'll use Hotel Coronado which is a few blocks south. I don't recommend the San Nicholas or Mission Santa Isabel. Both are overpriced and worn out IMO.
  9. GalacticGS

    GalacticGS Motorcyclist

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    I like the El Cid, the Villa Fontana (across the street from El Cid), and the Hotel Cortez - but I stay most often at the San Nicolas. Yes, it's a bit dated but I don't think it's too bad - has decent pool and hot tubs, they remember me everytime I go there, and the best secure parking (locked and gated) for motorcycles. Most of the time, I see someone else from the offroad community that I know there - so great for margaritas poolside.
  10. NSFW

    NSFW basecamp4adv

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    very fortunate to the stay with mr and mrs pj. a small patch of paradise in baja is hard to find....and it was free....:clap

    tim, thanks for the hospitaly and the opportunity meeting another nice advrider.

    yeah, got to meet kurt of BDCW.

    you guys are living one of my retirement dreams.

    i arrived in cabo san lucas at 3 thirty PM. the road from san ignacio to cabo san lucas is a great road for motos.
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  11. NSFW

    NSFW basecamp4adv

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    i always top off, and when i need one, no gas station around. the road side gas has only 87 octane and in spite, the AT still ran well.
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  12. KICKNBACK

    KICKNBACK Over The Bars Club

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    Just put some tequila in to boost the octane
  13. NSFW

    NSFW basecamp4adv

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    ok, i will have don julio in the GL fuel bladder.

    my Thanksgiving evening turned out very nice. i got invited by expats to their very beautiful community not far from my hotel. talking about traditional dinner and all the fixins. great people, they even offered me a room to stay in their lovely homes. wish i could stay for a few more days, but have to be on the road by tomorrow morning to make the border crossing this sunday evening. sheeze, that could be a 3-4 hour waiting in line.

    probably will be smarter just cross at tecate.
  14. desertdaves

    desertdaves DesertDave

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    If you're riding your motorcycle, you are allowed to split the lanes all the way up to the front booth. Then you don't have to wait so long. You can go down the Sentri line, or the readi- pass line, and then cut over to the regular Booth if you don't have either of those. I don't think I've ever waited longer than maybe 10 or 15 minutes to cross on a bike.

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  15. princess jamaica

    princess jamaica OLD DOG-NEW TRICKS

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    Your room is still available.
  16. Motobillb

    Motobillb NorCal Fastfar Riders (meetup.com)

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    I’m starting a 2 week trip to Baja in 6 days... down to Cabo and back. One of guys said you can now get a Tourist Card online, instead of having to do everything at the border. I’ve always done the latter... anyone have experience with the online version? Pros/Cons? Thx!


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  17. GalacticGS

    GalacticGS Motorcyclist

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    You will still need to stop and get it stamped when you cross the border, but allows you to save a few minutes on filling out the paperwork and paying.
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  18. NSFW

    NSFW basecamp4adv

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    Tim thanks again. Staying at Mulege Hotel tonight. Have to be an early start tomorrow am.




    like larry said, your card needs to be stamped including the us passport. the tijuana immigration is pretty efficient. the bank is inside the building around the corner. in and out in 10 minutes.

    7 days or less is free.

    no one really checking it, but my guess they will if you get in some kind of trouble.
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  19. KICKNBACK

    KICKNBACK Over The Bars Club

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    @NSFW where is all the good food pics with some good food porn.
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  20. desertdaves

    desertdaves DesertDave

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    Shrimp Omelette in Loredo.
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    Tacos in San Felipe
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