BAJA/Ultimate off road ride,

Discussion in 'West – California, the desert southwest and whatev' started by dzrtracin, May 29, 2012.

  1. dzrtracin

    dzrtracin ride'n 2 live

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    So here's the story, on febuary 13th 2013 i turn the BIG 50 & i have a hall pass for an offroad trip of my wish. I did baja 3 years ago with an inmate here & another very good friend of mine. Had one of the best times & the ride of my life in baja, times i will never forget. So im going over my options of what i should do & would love to get some feedback from you guys. If baja is in the picture im thinking about either a ride with tim morton & his crew or another baja team. This is so not me doing a set up tour but the warden (my beautiful wife) feels more comfortable going this route this time around. Other option would be doing some other ride that would be just as rewarding as baja was. Let me know what you guys think & please chime in with other options. Thanks

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  2. dzrtracin

    dzrtracin ride'n 2 live

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    Wow, this is GREAT news. Nobody from the west has any input about baja tours, nobody has been on one? Not my 1st either but with it being in our backyard if figured someone has.

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  3. 4play

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    I did a Racers & Ranchers ride & it was well done. Tim Morton of Baja Bound had a group of Canadians (fun group) that we met up at the Horsepower Ranch & then later when we broke off from RR at Mike's Sky Rancho.

    Happy Birthday :freaky
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  4. dzrtracin

    dzrtracin ride'n 2 live

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    What was the skill level of your ride? How many days of riding? Thanks for the reply:freaky
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  5. MJS

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    I don't think you'll go wrong with BB. And I'll always vote Baja, there is just something different than being in the states. That said, I'm all about the small group or just the wife and I. The only real question is big bikes or small?
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  6. 4play

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    Baja Bound does different rides & it's what they do for a living. They have a vested interest in you having a good time. Here is their website: http://bajaboundmoto.com/

    The Horsepower Ranch & Mike's should be on your list of must see.

    There were a few spots where they split the group, the easy way or the harder way.
    I'm a B rider, my buddy was too, but had issues with deep sand (sorry Jim).
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  7. dzrtracin

    dzrtracin ride'n 2 live

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    Prefer small groups as well, less drama. From what i have seen the bikes are supplied, was this the case for both of you guys. My trip 3 years ago was the 950SE, im thinking small bike this time around. Less fatigue & more technical this time.
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    Jim & I rode our own XR650R's as part of the RR's deal. We were not with the BB group, we just happened to stay at the same places & shared quite a few adult beverages there.

    BB had a fleet of Honda 450's that were well prepped.
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  9. Off Limits

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    I've never been down there but I'm guessing most guys on here just get together on the forums and just plan their own rides versus paying someone to lead them down the beach.
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    dzrtracin ride'n 2 live

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    This is a valid point for my post to begin with, wanting real world feedback & experiences. According to BB trips, it looks like there is a wide range of choices. After just recieving a pm from a prominent forum member here, it looks like BB is going to be the choice at this point:freaky
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  11. AZ TOM

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    Having been down twice riding there, there is a lot more to it than just riding down the beach.
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    My point being by going with a paid tour, what happens when you want to deviate from the prescribed tour? Maybe spend an extra day on the beach somewhere? Or just decide to go another way. It's gonna be your birthday anyways, you might be too hungover one day and just want to kick back or go further south. I already know whenever I get to ride baja, I'm going to have to lie to my wife and say I'm riding salton sea area and sneak my passport without her knowledge.
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  13. azcagiva

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    What's wrong with just heading down and exploring? It is what I do.

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    dzrtracin ride'n 2 live

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    Have done that, was a GREAT time. This being my 50th & on a 11 day trip, a COMFY bed EVERY night ( that did NOT happen last time around) food & COLD beer waiting for me every day with out any hassles & my wife knowing im being taken care of.:clap Happy wife, Happy life:freaky

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    :D
    Thats just so sad:cry Or you could go with me, I will be 72 in Oct. & you could tell her this old guy needs a chaperone with him so he can be safe:D
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  16. GalacticGS

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    Dzrtracin - I just completed a 5-day Baja Bound tour with Tim, and it was definitely worth every penny!

    I went with BB for several reasons. 1) I don't get much time to go riding, and it made mroe sense to spend the time actually riding in Baja then spending half my time riding or trailering my bike to Baja. 2) I've heard great things about BB, and everything I heard was spot on. 3) I don't know the area, and Tim knows more about trails in Baja then just about anybody. We went on trails that have obviously not been ridden by anybody else since the last time that maybe Tim took a group on them (which was probably a long time ago). 4) I could afford it, and it's easier to have some else worry about all the logistics.

    I rode one of the BB Honda 450's. Bike was prepped well. Bib mousse in the front wheel so don't have to worry about front flats. Typically Tim takes an extra bike along on in one of the chase vehicles in case there's a problem with one of the bikes on the tour. We had a fairly large group (10 riders plus Tim, Brent Harden, and Tim's brother Chip) on the ride so we didn't have a spare bike on this particular ride but I think that's unusual. One guy that was supposed to ride missed his airflight into San Diego due to aircraft mechanical issues. No big deal. On the fly, Tim changed up the routing for the ride, had his Dad pick up the rider in San Diego, and they met up with us on the morning of the 2nd day of the ride.

    Tim adapts to the riding abilities of the group on the fly. You'll get as much technical riding in as you probably are willing to do, but will have one of the chase riders takes others on easier trails if necessary and you all meet up again down the trail.

    In 5 days just in Northern Baja, we rode just about everything you can imagine - Typical baja dirt roads, technical single track (including the Spiderman trail, a very winding wash through a narrow canyon barely wide enough for your handlebars in spots, and that leads down to the beach), trails through the pine forests, on beach sand, on beach rocks - just an incredible variety of terrain. We rode quite a bit of this year's Baja 500 course. Did I mention that Tim knows trails in Baja that just about nobody else is aware of. You'll see parts of Baja that very few ever visit.

    The hotels were very good. The food was fanatastic. Other than alcohol, it's all-inclusive so order whatever food you want and as much you want.

    And you get to ride with Tim Morton (multiple Baja winner), plus whoever he might have assisting him. In this case, it was Brent Harden - just an incredible rider and racer.

    I haven't yet organized my pics or videos yet, but here's a teaser. We took a pretty technical trail to get to this particular spot southwest of La Rumorosa that provides a great view...

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    There's nothing wrong with riding down by yourself or with friends, and I'll probably do that in the future. But I'll also go on another BB tour. You'll have a great time if that's what you decide to do!
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    I went to Baja 2 years ago with Wally and we had a blast just playing by ear. Our plan was to ride motorcycles, drink beer, chase girls, and sit on the beach, in no particular order.

    This past December, I did Vegas to Cabo San Lucas solo. I met some great people, got to ice skate in La Paz, then rode back with a Canadian who was on the same time table (and bike) as I was.

    No matter how you do it, you'll enjoy it.
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  19. dzrtracin

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    Exactly what i was looking for, thanks for the feedback. Do doubt im leaning this way, just show up & go, no worries:freaky

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  20. Bronco Driver

    Bronco Driver Been here awhile

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    I've been to Baja a couple of times:evil and the best ride down there is not to have any plans except to ride Baja and have fun.
    How far south do you want to go? In early spring we're planning a ride to Cabo and back.
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