Christmas in Baja!

Discussion in 'Epic Rides' started by rote_baron, Jan 14, 2013.

  1. rote_baron

    rote_baron Adventurer

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    [​IMG]Since we had 2 weeks off our family decided to load up the motorcycles and head to Baja. Baron on the 1979 IT 250, Karen on the KLX 250 and Chance riding the DRZ 400. Why take a vintage 2-stroke to Baja? Well, our son didn't have a street legal bike so we were looking for a very cheap option that was plated and pretty much ready to go. So after about $900 the IT landed in the truck with the other two modern bikes. My husband assured us that the IT would not be problematic:rofl

    We crossed at Tecate which was quite simple. Once we crossed the border they checked our VINS and was able to get our tourist card right at the border. From there we headed east to Mexicali then on down Mex 5 to San Felipe. We stayed at Kiki's and Kiki stored our truck while we began our ride.
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  2. rote_baron

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    Day 1 San Felipe to Bay of LA
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    Our first stop of the day was at Puertecitos for gas and Baron was already zip tying the side covers on the IT
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    Next break was at Gonzaga Bay for lunch at Alphonsina's and some gas
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    Baron measuring and dumping the oil into the 2-stroke
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    We continued on towards Coco's however Coco was not there. We did stop for some coke's to take a break and met Florian from Canada. We would meet up with Florian a few more times throughout our trip.
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    When Baron showed up we asked why his bag was all scuffed up. Apparently he had been jumping the bike and his luggage got caught in the wheel
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    After Coco's we continued on to Mex 1 then took the turnoff to BOLA. About 10 miles out of BOLA the IT ran out of gas...Then Baron realized he lost the idle screw which caused the fuel mileage to drop. After some time of figuering out what to do he stuck an earplug in the hole and it worked like a charm. He ran it that way the rest of the trip as he wasn't ever able to find a screw that would work. Nevertheless we made it to BOLA just after dark and stayed at Costa del Sol.

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  3. TooTallRacing

    TooTallRacing Been here awhile

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    Looks great so far. I'm loving a 79 IT in Baja!
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  4. Humunn

    Humunn Moto Prozac

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    Great adventure!
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  5. Scubalong

    Scubalong Been here awhile

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    Family explore Baja :clap
    What a great way to bond.
    Keep the RR coming :deal
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  6. advrockrider

    advrockrider Been here awhile

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    Come on you cant stop now, we need more.... Love the IT, now thats an adventure....To cool..
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  7. rote_baron

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    Day 2: BOLA to San Ignacio
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    We started the day out with breakfast at the local market then headed toward the San Borja mission but not before putting a new ear plug in the hole where the idle screw used to be..

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    The bikes waiting patiently for the days ride.

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    Breakfast at the local market in BOLA

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    Chance headed toward San Borja mission. It had rained recently and there were actually quite a few of large mud puddles. We actually passed a Mitsubishi Eclipse on this road going the opposite direction. They had gotten stuck in a mud hole for a couple hours and didn't want to go back the way they came. Hope they made it!

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    San Borja mission and the surrounding grounds unfortunately the mission was not open for tours on this day.

    We continued on towards Mex 1 but not before the KLX decided to take a sand nap...

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    I have yet to master the sand riding skills as seen here.. We finally made it to Mex 1 with lunch in Rosarito and continued on to San Igancio. Once again we arrived just after dark staying at the San Ignacio Springs B & B. Since it was Christmas Eve they served a wonderful spaghetti dinner. Later that night Baron realized that some of the oil he was carrying in his bag had exploded so the rest of the trip all his socks and underwear smelled like oil:lol3 I guess that's what happens when you have to pack oil for your vintage 2-stroke.

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    The bikes waiting for Day 3.
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  8. BrianF

    BrianF Immoral & Immature

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    No idea how I didn't run into you guys. Riding the same places at the same time. Love to see other people's perspective on places I've been. Nice work.
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  9. Adventure Trio

    Adventure Trio Wandering

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    We met you all at Alfonsina. Glad to see you made it home safely. I passed you for the last time while making the 200 mile round trip to San Felipe for more cash. We underestimated a bit on ATM availability and credit card acceptance.

    Will be looking for the rest of the story....

    -Terry
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  10. chilango13

    chilango13 Been here awhile

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    I have an 85 IT 200. It's been sitting in my garage for two years...Im gonna fix it and take it riding! Great RR. !!
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  11. rote_baron

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    We ran into another rider that had a problem finding an ATM as well... It was good meeting you and hope you enjoyed the rest of your trip.

    Baron
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  12. rote_baron

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    Day 3 San Ignacio to Loreto. Today would be a short day but not without something on the IT breaking..

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    The day started out in the town square in San Ignacio
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    Stopped for gas in Santa Rosalia
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    Then rolled on through Mulege...
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    This was somewhere along Bahia Concepcion
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    A little bit further down the road we stopped at a little place for fish tacos. After lunch we get on our bikes to leave and then Baron forgot something so he goes to put his kickstand down and next thing I know he's laying on the ground. I wasn't fast enough with the camera but the kickstand broke. You can't see it in the pic well but repairs are in order.
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    The rest of the day was pretty uneventful and we rolled into Loreto in the daylight this time staying at the La Damiana Inn. It was Christmas and one of the only places open for dinner was The Palapa.
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    The next 3 days were spent hanging out in Loreto but not before making some repairs to the IT. When we arrived at the hotel Baron noticed a new noise coming from the IT. He tore the bike completely apart and finally noticed that the bump stop for the shock had totally disintegrated and was gone. Nothing that some duct tape and double sided tape won't fix! After that the welder made a house call to fix the kickstand.

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    Stay tuned for a lot more pics as we head west to San Javier, the Comondu's and beyond. And if Baron gets it figured out we'll have some video to post.
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  13. rote_baron

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    <iframe src="http://www.youtube.com/embed/RJxHa_ZB9Xw" allowfullscreen="" frameborder="0" height="315" width="420"></iframe>

    This is our first video post/creation. It contains video shot from a fixed camera attached to my helmet. Unfortunately the camera does not have image stabilization, but Youtube did some editing to attempt to make it a little smoother. Has us starting up, passing by a truck, starting up again after putting my luggage back on and then coming into Coco's corner. Might be a little lengthy or not. Just have to see what people think.

    Enjoy and Thanks,
    Baron
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  14. ezrdr55

    ezrdr55 Been here awhile

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    What is that noise it was making just before it started? You may want to check your battery/charging system, starter relay or maybe the fuel pump.:rofl Never mind, I just went out to the MC shed and looked at my (long lost) XR600R and I'm starting to remember something about...:gergMY LEG! IT'S MY LEG!:kurt

    Very cool IT.:clap
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  15. AZ TOM

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    Neat stuff. The Yamaha IT's way ahead of their time:clap
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  16. rote_baron

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    Next video edit of our ride up to the San Borja Mission. We pass through some steep rocky sections, go through a little mud and talk with a couple in a white Mitsubishi Eclipse that were stuck in one of the muddy sections.
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  17. rote_baron

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    Day 7; Loreto to San Juanico:
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    It was time to leave Loreto and head west. Today would be a long day as we head to San Javier mission then up towards the Comondu's (on a road we were told was impassable) and on into San Juanico.

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    The bikes all packed up and ready to hit the road.

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    Getting the bikes gassed up before leaving Loreto.

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    The road to San Javier.

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    Had some water crossings on the way to the Mission.

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    We checked out the mission for awhile and stopped to have some breakfast. We were there early enough that there was hardly anyone there yet.

    Stay tuned next for the "impassable road" to the Comondu's:norton
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  18. rote_baron

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    After visiting San Javier we headed out to find the road north to the Comondu's. We couldn't find it at first since there were no signs but were able to get directions at Rancho Viejo.

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    We found the road...

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    Baron thought he'd make a pair of new shoes....

    The first part of the road was great and then it got steeper and rockier...

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    This is where we came from...

    This is at the top of the first hill and where we are headed
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    One of the first out of maybe 4 naps of the day:cry

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    Chance and Karen cruising along before the KLX took another nap...

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    Again, back where we came from, I hate rocks but not as much as sand:norton

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    The IT looking pretty however somewhere out here the IT lost its license plate and the light quit working.

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    Getting closer...

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    We came across some goats right after Chance got going to fast and almost lost one of the gas cans in the back wheel which did result in a crack in one of the cans...

    Ah finally, the final hill into the Comondu's...
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    At the bottom of the hill just before entering town.

    The next few pics are riding into the first town...
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  19. rote_baron

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    It was now time for a break so we walked around a bit, took some pics and bought some snacks at the local market.

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    It was time to head out as we were trying to make it to San Juanico for the night. Originally we were going to take the road north out of San Jose Comondu to San Isidro but it was starting to get late into the afternoon and we didn't know how long it would take us so we headed west through San Miguel de Comondu on pavement to the highway.

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    Taking a break once we hit the highway with Baron in the background measuring out his oil again. The goal was to take the paved road to San Juanico but on all the maps it shows the road taking off closer to La Purisima so we bypassed the first sign to San Juanico (whoops) and continued on to the next road which is the dirt road. So we had about 30 miles to go & Baron assured us we'd have enough gas and didn't want to turn around to go back to the paved road so off we went. Now if you've been reading along sand is my enemy so it took us a little longer to get through this section but first we had to cross some water...

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    Yes, Baron road my KLX across for me:norton
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    We didn't have anymore pics for the rest of the ride to San Juanico as we were chasing the sun and I think there were a couple more sand naps for the KLX. About 5-10 miles before we hit the pavement the KLX ran out of gas and the 2 cans Chance was carrying on the DR had already been emptied into the IT. So Baron went to work and pulled off the fuel line to the carburator on the DR and dumped some fuel into the gas can for the KLX. By the time we hit the pavement it was dark and the light on the IT wasn't working so Baron rode in the middle. As soon as we hit town at the intersection of the fairground area both the KLX & IT ran out of gas so we pushed them into the parking area of the taco stand. There were all sorts of fireworks and loud music going on as there was a Quincea├▒era celebration. Baron then took off on the DR to go find some gas as Chance & I sat down to eat as we were starving!

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    Chance scarfing down dinner!

    Since we had arrived in the dark and didn't know our way around we asked at the taco stand if there was a hotel in town and he pointed us to the Hotel 7 down the road. Not a bad place but lights out at 10pm!

    Next up San Juanico to San Igancio...
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  20. Big Spag

    Big Spag ONESPEED

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    Great report so far. Leaving for baja in 4 weeks with 4 goons from Bend. :clap
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