DOT & Twisted Hog's Baja Cerveza Conquest

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  1. DOT

    DOT Unobtainium

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    Here beginneth the lesson: :norton

    After knowing each other for years, drinking a few thousand quiet ales together, doing one small motorcycle trip (Sturgis), Mr Hog threw a bee to be firmly planted in my bonnet - let's ride Baja! A week down, a week at Cabo with Mrs Hog and Hogette, and a week back. Trucking Vancouver to San Diego, ride from SD to Cabo, ride back, a plan!

    Many, many hours spent on Advrider researching.

    Now we talking, knobbies between me and the ground, much more my cup of tea than slicks designed to go to the coffee shop and back, yeah…

    So here it is, roughly 2 years after said bee was let loose that Steve (not his real name, it's Twisted Hog) and DOT (sorta his real name, initials actually, but DOT is what I is) are a soon to be embarking on our taste test of Mexico, and things are ramping up.

    A bit of background, I am an Aussie that spends winters in Canada, then goes home to winter in Oz, that should give you an idea of my state of mind, summer stinks, think snow, etc, etc. Steve is Canadian and likes beer and motorcycles, nuff said, he can blow his own trumpet. My background on bikes is mainly on the dirt, had a string of DT's, IT's, KTM's, and one of those things that break lots from Italy, current quiver is 1150GSA, R75/5, a just finished rat bike (82 XT550), and my one and only Honda, my beloved postie bike, a CT110 with surfboard rack and fishing rod holders and a big tank to slow it down, I love it.

    Over here in Canadia I bought, and Steve picked up for me coz I was half a world away, a 96 KLR650 with 22k on it (we talking kilometres here pals, I don't understand ancient imperial measurements). Running well, it just needed some desert adjustments.

    Here it is as picked up:

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    Here it is now:

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    Hmm, must take photo of whole bike, it was cold outside…:D

    Anyhoo, stuff that I done did to above sheltered bike:

    Barkbusters, decent foot pegs, longer shift lever, handlebar risers, new spark plug, new grips, hd tubes and goo, Mitas E09 Dakar rear tyre, Conti TCK80 front tyre, spare clutch and throttle cables to be carried, new uni filters x 2, new oil filters x 2, new fork oil, new engine oil, oh, and I bought new boots, coz my tech 8's finally exploded in a creek in Oz before I came left.

    So…we are leaving in a few days and a bit more, over to you Mr Hog ----->
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  2. joenuclear

    joenuclear Planning.....

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  3. lexluther11

    lexluther11 Ride,Eat,Rest-Repeat

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    Why not ride from Vancouver?
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  4. DOT

    DOT Unobtainium

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    Tyres/cold/boring/time/lazy/music/ :dunno
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  5. maico

    maico Been here awhile

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    I'm looking forward to reading this Damien.
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    Haywood Been here awhile

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  7. twisted-hog

    twisted-hog Been here awhile

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    Mostly time. By throwing the bikes in the back of my truck we can be in San Diego in 2 days.
    Sharing driving we won't be tired when we arrive to start our Epic Trip and have 4000km less wear and tear on the bikes at the end of the trip.

    Here is the official RR sticker soon to arrive at every refreshment and accomodation stop.

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  8. JoeFab

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    I'm in !!! :D
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  9. Saltbush

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    Looks awesome DOT. Cant help but be wishing i was there with my trusty new DR.....
    For me , it will be a humble ride out to Lake Mungo, maybe around through Silverton and part of the Dingo fence before heading back home. Am taking 3 days off between Easter Monday and Anzac day , which gives me 10 days in total to play with..... am thinking i might do the bike thingy in Broadford Vic on the way.
    Your KLR has come up well.... it looks great, a bit cleaner than what i'm used to seeing you ride , but that will change ....
    See you when you get back mate !
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  10. dano619

    dano619 Been here awhile

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    looks like an adventure----IN
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  11. twisted-hog

    twisted-hog Been here awhile

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    Okay DOT it was warmer yesterday so I got some porn for ya.

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  12. twisted-hog

    twisted-hog Been here awhile

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    This is my horse to get me to the cerveza watering holes.

    Lightly modified with jet kit, Vance & Hines exhaust, do-hickey, Uni foam airfilter, barkbusters, crashbars fore and aft tested in the mud, so I should have no worries in Baja where there is no mud :D.
    TKC80 front and Mita Dakar 09 in the rear.

    Plus a few stickers to bring in the sponsorship $ :wink:, any takers? :deal


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  13. twisted-hog

    twisted-hog Been here awhile

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    Next up the Baja uniform !:rilla
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  14. DOT

    DOT Unobtainium

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    Maaaaaaate! How the bloody hell are ya! I didn't know DR stood for Dingo Rider!? Just keep the puppies on their side of the fence :D Digger Day I shall be trying to find a 2-up game, don't fancy my chances over here hahaha

    Yaaaas, clean bikes are for the latte slurpers, this one shall be dirtied on day 1! We'll have a few beers when I get back.
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  15. twisted-hog

    twisted-hog Been here awhile

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    I admitt it I'm a noob when it comes to dirt riding. Mostly ridden street bikes most of my life and last few have been cruisers so I had to have the leather costume to go with it, no, not that kind of costume, but to think of it there is no ass in my leather chaps :yikes .
    So about 4 years ago I picked up my KLR and have been having a blast, just playing riding to work and the odd dirt road when time permitted on a weekend.

    So now to do this trip I had to aquire a whole new riding wardrobe $ ouch.

    A Joe Rocket Hybrid helmet, Thor Impact Rig, Thor Sand Goggles, Klim Dakar pants, Klim Jersey, Klim technicial shorts, Klim MX socks getting the picture, lots of Klim. Gaerne boots and some Watson Armour gloves and the one important piece a 3 litre camelbac.
    Also just taking a Viking rain shell and a few pairs of Under Armor shirts and undies.

    Been trying to get out riding to get it dirty but the weather here has been horrible, I would get it dirty and then all the pissing down rain would wash off the dirt.
    And to carry all me goodies I got me a Wolfman Mini Beta Bag and Wolfman Enduro Tank bag.

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  16. MufflerBearings

    MufflerBearings Been here awhile

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    Sweet! More KLR's in Baja! :D I'll be headed south the same week (crossing at Tecate one day behind you), so I'll keep my eyes open for you guys. I'll buy the first round of Tecate's if I catch up with you.:freaky Are you actually crossing at Tecate or SD? Do you have an approximate route in mind for the first couple days?

    You probably already know this, but I suggest you loctite the shit out of the engine mounting bolts on your KLR's. Mine rattled loose a couple times last time I was there; makes the bike feel like it is crumbling beneath you.
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  17. twisted-hog

    twisted-hog Been here awhile

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    Thanks for the tip, loading bikes tonight so I will get out the loctite. I'm taking it with me also.
    And we are crossing at Tecate taking the same route as you, :D . Watch for the stickers and you know you are hot on our tail.
    We'll shout the 2nd round if you catch us. :freaky
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  18. DOT

    DOT Unobtainium

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    At last a report! Sorry folks, I had every intention of doing this while on the ride, but no pcs where available until Cabo, and then no photo uploads, among other problems. I guess it’s a sign of the times, now people carry their tablets and use available wi-fi, ye olde internet café is becoming a thing of the past. So here I am, back in Oz, on my beloved Mac with my own, highly expensive and slow broadband, so here goes!

    3 day drive from Vancouver, BC, to San Diego, USA.
    Nothing much to report here, 2 x 11 hour days in the truck with the bikes on the back, Super 8 motels and burgers and Bud.
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    Day 1 on the bikes, from Springfield SD over the border at Tecate, Mexico.
    No issues at the border crossing, we both took about 15 mins to do the stuff, one stayed with the bikes and one went inside.
    About 15 mins from the border Steve turned left onto the dirt, he’s got the GPS so know exactly where we are lost, I’m just lost. Good dirt road, lost civilization quickly, smells different from the US, dry, a lot of abandoned houses, we came across that big place that looks like an unfinished hospital in the middle of nowhere, there’s been a few photos posted on Adv before, if anyone knows what it was supposed to be let me know. I don’t have a photo but Steve does, maybe he’ll post it again.
    30k into the dirt I hear noises coming from the back of my bike, uh-oh, so I stop to find my tool tube has broken the rear bracket, part of the tube itself, both the attachments that Steve used to connect it to the pannier rack had held, the tube itself had failed. I took it off and put it under the strap on my top bag, luckily I didn’t have any tools in it, just a bottle of water, coz I lost it somewhere in the next couple of hours.
    While I was fiddling with the tube, Steve had turned around and come back to me saying we had missed a turn a few k back, so back we went, to the Compadre trail.
    Rocks, rocks and more rocks, and we had a water crossing! The only one we did in all Mexico, about 50 metres thru a creek, nice to see some H2O. Back to the rocks, I started riding this bit like I would on my old KTM520, 3rd gear, drop a gear, blip the throttle to loft the front wheel over the big ones and let the rear suspension soak up the rest. Yeah – no. Drop a gear OK, rev the thing and all I get is noise, not enuff power to peel a fart off in a crowded elevator….the bike was going exactly where I pointed it (fantastic tyres we had on these bikes btw), but I was hitting everything, bang, boom, crunch.
    Thankfully I had changed the fork oil before we left so the front was behaving well and not bouncing too much off course, but the back was wallowing and it wasn’t too long before my licence plate was wrapped all the way under the mudguard. I was worried we would break these bikes on day 1, they are KLRs with steel wheels and swingarms, etc, not enduro weapons that are designed for snotty hills and serious fun as it gets ugly. I caught up to Steve and said we gotta get off here, take one of the dual tracks I could see near the occasional abandoned house we saw, so we didn’t… We eventually popped out at a campground/lake (Laguna Hanson), bought some fuel and cervezas from some bloke at his house and headed for the tar.

    We found Mex 3, turned left and headed for San Filepe, then it got cold….it was about 4pm by this time and in no time at all at highway speeds I was freezing, I stopped and put on my down jacket over my armour and under my riding jacket and was better but not much. We came into Valle de Trinidad and decided to find a hotel and food as we hadn’t even had lunch. We stayed at Hotel de Valle and it was good, 320 Pesos for 2 beds and a shower, and there was a little restaurant attached, food, cervesas and bed, all good.
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    Day 2

    Tar to start then a right turn on the dirt to Laguna Diablo, and sand. I’d heard about the sand down here, I think someone called it silt, this was our first introduction to it, kind like ice skating in bare feet hahaha. We got to the lake and decided to head down and see if the surface was better than the road, it was. There was a layer of salt on top and the sound under the wheels was like crystals breaking (which, of course, it was), very funky sound and very cool, so we did some donuts and general silly antics and headed to the end of the lake. Then there it was, a sign, a miracle – “cold beer here!” am I seeing a mirage, or is that just a fighter plane? Steve was already on course and pulled into an old shack, where an even older dude sold us a couple of the coldest, most appreciated beers I’ve ever tasted. Middle of nowhere, with a small solar panel on his roof just to keep the beer cold in case someone wanders by, fantastic! I imagine he does quite well when the Baja and San Filepe races are on.

    After downing the cervesas we hit the trail again, only to find sand and whoops for miles, Steve’s bike was tired because it kept having a little lie down, most of the time he got it back up himself, once I came round a corner to see a Steve speed bump in the road, and this time he was under the bike having a rest as well, geez. After a few attempts I found somewhere where my bike would stand up by itself in the sand and helped Steve and his steed up. On a side note here, I live 11km from Australia’s largest (mainland) sand dune system, it’s 36km of beach and dunes that go up to 4km inland, I have ridden sand a lot, you need to get some speed up to avoid wallowing. This sand in Mexico is just NUTS, it explodes when you ride over it and has almost no traction, I don’t know how many times I dabbed my foot down and had major sphincter moments. I didn’t go down but I felt like a passenger a lot hahaha.
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    We popped out on Mex 5, unpuckered our bums and headed into San Filepe. After cruising down the one way Malecon the wrong way we parked the bikes on the footpath outside a restaurant and had lunch, gee, more beans?! Soon we found a hotel on the beach, Hotel El Cortez, a bit expensive at 800 pesos (about $80US) but right on the beach and the bikes were parked in front of our room. After more cervesas we wandered up the beach to the Malecon and had dinner and watched the passing parade that is San Filepe.
    Steve is excited to be on the beach…….
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  19. DOT

    DOT Unobtainium

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    Day 3 San Filepe to Alphonsina’s (Gonzaga Bay)
    Tar day, lots more unfinished hotels/resorts, the beans kicked in just before Cowpatty, I shat behind an unfinished building, resting on 2 concrete bricks (too much information? I should have called this report The Chronicles of Shat).
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    Great views of the Cortez coast in this short day, the new tar goes all the way to Alphonsina’s and about 2 k past. We went thru our 1st military checkpoint, they just waved us thru when Steve said he was Canadian, I just pointed at the Kangaroo on the front of my bike, maybe they thought I was Skippy.
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  20. twisted-hog

    twisted-hog Been here awhile

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    As DOT stated we pretty must just put the pedal to the metal and cruised down I-5 to Springfield Oregon the 1st night. The next day we opted to get off the I-5 and avoid the LA traffic so we exited at Sacramento took Hwy 99 to Bakersfield California for night 2.
    Across Hwy 58 and down thru the Mojave Desert on 395 the next day for a stop in Riverside at Malcolm Smith's shop for some t-shirts.

    No sign of Malcom :(:


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    Stayed over night in La Mesa where we parked the truck at Sweetwater Springs Storage in Sweet Valley California for the next 3 weeks.

    Total mileage in truck 2390 kms .
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    Next up my take of Day 1
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