how long to slab it from cabo to san diego?

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  1. PoundSand

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    my buddy is going down to cabo... and i was thinkin' about riding down to meet him- taking my time and having some fun in the dirt on the way down, hang out a few days, then slab it back up.

    so what would be "reasonable" length of time to budget for a "speedy" trip back up, slabbing it on a drz400?
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  2. damasovi

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    I would say if the road is ok (not been recently crash by a hurricane) it would be a 2 day affair, 3 if you take pics.

    The speed and hours you spend on the bike will determine how long it takes. My family (the crazy ones) do 20-22 hrs from Cabo to Ensenada, and then 1 hr more to TJ but in a car and 2 drivers, so 2-3 days is with in reach.

    Also, summer brings longer days, and hotter weather. winter shorter days (5 hours of less sunlight +-)

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  3. dtop1

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    On a DRZ400 a reasonable length of time would be 4 days though 3 days if you've got a hard ass and take advantage of every daylight hour. In no case should you ride after dark. A factor that makes the time longer is that there are areas with long distances between lodging so you have to stop well before dark to get a room. Dan
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  4. John Ashman

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    Oh, c'mon now. I left at noon on Saturday and got there at 7pm on Sunday (another 2 hours to Cabo) with the truck and trailer. Plenty of places to stay, all you have to do is plan your stops. I don't think it's a *good* idea to ride after dark, but it doesn't suddenly turn into a dangerous jungle either. The big thing is lot of big animals walking around. Two days is achievable in the daylight, 3 days is easy. 4 days if you plan on doing some off roading along the way.
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  5. MCP

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    I did it in Feb 07, San Diego to Cabo airport in 2 1/2 days, steady riding, no night riding, on an 1150 GS.

    Roads are good.
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    Good post. :thumb
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    Which is pretty much what I said. Figure 10-15MPH slower on average on a DRZ400 because of gas stops, lower overall speed, etc. than a GS and you get a minimum of 3 full days of riding. Dan
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  8. John Ashman

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    On a GS, I could start in a morning and arrive by noon the next day. You kinda implied that it's a 40 hour ride It's *maybe* 24 hours if all you do is follow the traffic speeds, which can be rather high. I even got stuck in a MASSIVE traffic jam near Ensenada that a DRZ would have eliminated. The main thing is how comfortable the bike is at what speed and how your ass hangs in, but it's a 24 hour ride at normal speeds.
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  9. Lone Rider

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    A big GS, once south of El Rosario, and thru tthe hills, will be running sustained speeds of 90mph, easily, for hours, and will be doing so comfortably.
    The DRZ might be sustaining 70?, but not so comfortably.
    As Dan mentioned, the fueling points matched with available daylight, can easily stop your dawn-to-dusk riding plans.
    If it's a race, just cheat...:D
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  10. John Ashman

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    Well, I'm just saying is all. It would be silly to do it in two days because you'd miss so much. Just because you can doesn't mean you should. I say "know you can do it in two days, but take as many days as you've got".

    But, if someone wants to give me a DRZ400, I'd prove my point :norton

    Besides, real men can do it in 2 days *off road*. Not me, but real men.........
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  11. damasovi

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    From El Rosrio to Jesus Maria you will have over 200 miles of no real gastations, so you will have to look for it in CataviƱa or at El arco, were a guy has a truck and can sell it for a real price premium.

    3 days! and monkey butt!!
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  12. crashmaster

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    True dat! I think my max speed on the 990 was around 118 once south of El Rosario and I was sustaing triple digits between the small pueblos for a good 3 or 4 hours.Doing it in a couple days on a DRZ means two full 12 hours days of ass time, but yes it is totally doable if you need to beat feat toward the house, its just not going to be fun. But as the OP mentioned, he will have fun coming down off pavement, then simply endure the pain to get back home.

    Plan your fuel stops carefully if you have 14-47 gearing and a 4 gallon clarke tank. Normally its not a problem if the fuel guys are at the BofLA junction, and in Catavina as well. But, it can be hit and miss, especially during race seaon.
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  13. AllenL

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    So how does 9 days riding for the round trip sound? And on a wr426?? I haven't put this kind of seat time down before, anyone have some experience to share?

    Thanks.
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  14. crashmaster

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    All depends on the route you are going to take. To hit all the good off-road trails, I'd plan 9 days one way. You can mix it up with some slab and some trails and make it one way in 6 if the trails are easy and fast, but for the more technical stuff, you will want more time IMO. If you want to stay almost completely off road, you could easily rack up close to 2000 miles, one way. So, it all depends.

    A not too difficult route with a mix of slab would go something like this:

    Tecate - Mikes
    Mikes - Gonzaga
    Gonzaga - San Francisquito
    San Francisquito - San Ignacio (very full off road day)
    San Ignacio - Mulege
    Mulege - Loreto (via the Commondus)
    Loreto - La Paz (via San Evaristo)

    Of course there are many possible routes and combinations.


    Dont forget to plan some oil changes along the way.
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  15. aadal

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    I'm heading south on a V-strom about 1.st of April and would like to reach "Seman de la moto" in Maz ends on 7th.
    Is that possible? And would i be able to do San Felipe -> Coco's ..i'm a road going type with next to none dirt experience. From a scale from 1-10 in off-road difficulty what is that road?
    Also is it easy to find some secure camp spots along the way?
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  16. crashmaster

    crashmaster ow, my balls!

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    You don't need to ride off pavement. Mex 1 is paved all the way to La Paz and is a 2 day ride from the border. Wait half a day or a day for the ferry, ride the ferry, and you can be in Maz 4 days from the border. Although its probably quicker to skip Baja and just ride to Mazatlan. If you are planning on taking only pavement in Baja, might as well just skip it and ride some nice mountain twisties in mainland on your way to Maz.
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  17. aadal

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    Thanks for the input defently something to consider skipping Baja. Hmm
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