Baja Adventure Riders

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

  1. NSFW

    NSFW basecamp4adv

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    in baja, maybe other parts of mexico, they have the verde (magna) and rojo (premium). the AT likes the cheaper gas which is important to me since the premium is not available everywhere.
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    as for Thanksgiving, a community of expats living in cabo invited me to join them. thanks to bajaho and doree for introducing me to their neighbors
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    this broke my taco diet.....:D
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    the view is ok.....:lol3 picture borrowed from bajaho
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  2. TemeculaTim

    TemeculaTim Timiteo Viejo

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    :thumb.... I get it. a trip to Barranca del Cobre would get me interested.
  3. NSFW

    NSFW basecamp4adv

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    left cabo on friday morning to head back home. baja sur has the most beautiful and well maintained highways. baja norte not so much, don't know why.
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    stayed at the hotel mulege and spotted these bikes from ireland; they never came out of their room, or maybe in town
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    they look like honda CB500X....good choice
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    my home for the night at $35. clean and with AC
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    a well know church in the world
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    i have to make an emergency stop in town looking for a farmacia
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    having a brown skin, i always thought i am immune.....:rofl
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    santa rosalia was a booming place in the past
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    to san ignacio, a very nice oasis in baja
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    at the town center is this magnificent church.
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  4. NSFW

    NSFW basecamp4adv

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    then to guerrero negro. i remember we stayed at this nice hotel.
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    galacticGS' favorite tamales store in jesusmaria still standing. we ate here and no one got sick.
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    got to catavina and put in 3 more gals to be safe. think it was 100 pesos/gal or $5.37/gal and full service
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    stopped at hotel colonet to take a short break. almost dropped the AT due to off cambered and rugged parket lot
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    thought i could make the border crossing but friends prevailed by reminding me the #1 driving rule in baja
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    spent the night at licorice hotel in santo tomas, $35/night. no AC but the cool night made it nice even with the noisy traffic outside my window
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    vegetarian dinner was good
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    next morning
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    ensenada quota road
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    LOL on lane splitting
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    following the moto angel who got me across the border in 15 minutes
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    san diego....:clap
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    shinko is the best
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    could have made it home in 2 days only if i left at 6am every morning and no stopping. crossing the border will be before dark. but what's the fun of it.

    9 days and 2,400 miles. for sure, i will return to baja. it's different in many good ways.
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  5. BigDogAdventures

    BigDogAdventures Fart Letter

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    NSFW-------------nice story.
    Just ordered the 35 BC Mosko's for my AT.
    I'm sure I don't need to ask how you like them----------good stuff.
    I've always taken dirt bikes to Baja----but your story and pics made it look good.
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  6. Baja Ho

    Baja Ho Been here awhile

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    Hey Joel, Nice report, hope to see you in Cabo next year.
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  7. NSFW

    NSFW basecamp4adv

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    thanks mark for following along. the mosko not just good, looks better on a silver AT...haha.

    i like the simplicity it can be detached from the pannier rack in 5 seconds.

    dan, yeah. let's plan on it. thanksgiving again in your community. steve and eileen are great host and their house can accommodate a few more PPs. you canadian neighbor is cool too for letting me to use his enclosed garage. maybe next time.

    after next year thanksgiving, you guys want to ride out to copper canyon?
  8. Baja Ho

    Baja Ho Been here awhile

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    "after next year thanksgiving, you guys want to ride out to copper canyon"? Joel, I have been to CC twice, but I will talk to my neighbor and see if there is any interest. And thanks for the invite.
  9. NSFW

    NSFW basecamp4adv

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    tim. that will be great.

    just looking at the map, that's about 500 miles from guaymas.

    ferry info:
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    dan, where else you haven't been? we want you on this ride....:dirtdog

    hope you're almost fully recovered by now from the surgery.


    one more note: those with bikes that could not tolerate 87 octane, there is 92 in the town of guerero negro (not off hw1) and ciudad constitution.
  10. jonz

    jonz Miles are my mantra

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    How far off the highway is that 92 octane fuel?
  11. bigjohnsd

    bigjohnsd Adventurer

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    Planning for the second half of February Trip.

    Two GSA 1200, One Buell Ulyses, One GS650Dakar and me on "old Reliable" a KLR 685.

    Ten days, Overnights as indicated in the left column.

    I'm particularly interested in input about the road between Bahia de Los Angeles and Santa Rossalia.

    Definitely want to take a Whale Watching day at San Ignaciao

    All riders are between Basic and intermediate Skill level, the Buell guy and one of the two GSA riders are the best off-road. Three of us did the Dempster in the rain last June (KLR, GSA and Buell).

    Looking for some input on the following route from those many of you that have done this time and time again:

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    Any and all comments, recommendations (Camping, Food and Hotel), warnings, advice etc....more than welcome.

    Thanks in advance for your input.
  12. NSFW

    NSFW basecamp4adv

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  13. NSFW

    NSFW basecamp4adv

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    from the turnoff to BOLA on hw1 to santa rosalia, the road is awesome. big bikes would love to stretch their legs.

    last year i tried to drive a rental car on that dirt road from san jose to cabo pulmo, the road got pretty rough that i ended turning around upon insistence by my gf...:D
    done that stretch on a ktm 525 a few years ago and road wasn't an issue. heard form the web it got rougher in the last 2 years. my only disappointment was $$$ homes were being built along the shoreline.

    have fun down there. there's no bad day in baja.
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  14. rally roo

    rally roo Total poser

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    I'm going to be in Baja between the 20th and 28th this month, doing a route around Baja Norte on 250s. Am I correct in assuming everything will be closed up around Christmas? Is there any possibility of getting fuel/food/lodging on the 24th/25th?

    Currently the timing works out to leave Santa Rosalita on Sunday the 24th, get to San Francisquito to stay over, and head for BoLA on the 25th. Planning on gas in El Marasal, and I've heard it's possible to tank up at Rancho Piedra Blanca en route to San Francisquito. Is there any fuel near the airstrip there?

    Thanks!
  15. CanadianX

    CanadianX Oh!? That is deep.

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    Looks like this is happening. Leave plan is good and I've sorted out work so I can be away. Plan is to be in Vegas as of 13 Feb to start travelling. Some issues had come up and I thought this was a no go but the lights are now green across the boards. Time to reinvigorate the planning process.
  16. bigtodd

    bigtodd Hi, wanna ride?

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    Will be riding Baja Norte as well from the 26th - 30th. Do this trip every year and have never had an issue with gas/food/lodging but it's always been after Christmas. Should be able to book something for lodging on the 25th.
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  17. Zpower

    Zpower Adventurer

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    Question to all !
    I'll be start on bike from Phoenix area around the 3 febuary , where u suggest me to cross the border ? By Mexicali , Yuma , San luis or what do u think about crossing at Sonoyta ?
  18. tbarstow

    tbarstow Two-wheelin' Fool

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    Viva Lost Wages!

    Everything is still open on Xmas in Baja.

    Santa Rosalia is a bit of a rough place. I normally stay further south in Mulege or go all the way to San Ignacio.

    Gas availability in San Francisquito can be questionable. Lots of deep sand getting to San Francisquito. Vizcaino has several gas stations and Llanterra 2000 will work on motorcycle tires.
  19. jonz

    jonz Miles are my mantra

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  20. CanadianX

    CanadianX Oh!? That is deep.

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    Maybe we'll cross paths. We'll be 2up on a GSA and plan to go as far as Bahia de concepcion. We should be in Baja by 15 Feb.
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