Kitesurfing on a Motorcycle: Baja Trip Reports

Discussion in 'Ride Reports - Epic Rides' started by Sideoff, Dec 9, 2005.

  1. Sideoff

    Sideoff Been here awhile

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    For those who are interested, I am using a blog to post trip reports from a motorcycle & kitesurfing trip to Baja.

    http://blog.myspace.com/peted74


    ADV Rider is a GREAT site and I found lots of info that helped me get ready for the trip. Thanks for everything!
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  2. Sideoff

    Sideoff Been here awhile

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    BTW, if anyone else is curious about how to get kitesurfing gear onto a motorcycle, here's a photo... there's more detail in a post I put up a few weeks ago in the equipment forum.

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  3. mdrsteve

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    Great blog, so far!! Sound slike it's going to be an amazing trip! Keep us posted!!! I'm sure you'll find some way to post pics from Baja!
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  4. Sideoff

    Sideoff Been here awhile

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    Hey all.

    I updated the blog with a bunch of photos etc. Warning: some of the ones from the night of clubbing in Tijuana are a little risque :-) Nothing you haven't seen before though...

    Other interesting events include hitting a cow the other night at 60mph (ouch!) and accidentally stumbling into a huge motorcycle rally in Tijuana.

    http://blog.myspace.com/peted74

    I'll be in one spot for a while now but will post if I go on any interesting rides.
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  5. VikB

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    I'm just rigging my KLR650 up to carry my kiteboarding gear here on Vancouver Island and I am thinking about riding down to Baja this winter with my gear to camp on the beach in La Ventana.

    The link to your blog no longer works, but if that material is still available online I'd love to read it....:clap

    My blog is at www.klr650blog.com ,but I haven't got any kiteboard related posts up yet.
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  6. kitesurfer

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    making the plans here too. except i'm thinking a trailer might work better :)
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  7. VikB

    VikB Been here awhile

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    If I have to tow a trailer I might as well just drive my pick up truck!...:evil
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  8. kitesurfer

    kitesurfer Long timer

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    no way can i carry my kite gear and camping gear on my bike so i've taken a plunge. before i get a trailer, i need a bike that mcan pull it all, including a spot for my wife to ride. the first step is a new bike that i bought this week...

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  9. rabrd001

    rabrd001 Solo Adventurer

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    WOW,

    Kiting and Adv riding... thats the life, i want to take my stuff too but concerned ill drop the bike and break my board you seem happu to take the risk...

    nice work:clap
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  10. kitesurfer

    kitesurfer Long timer

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    i'll put a small light rack on the trailer for the board. if i wreck and break the board, my body will most likely be broken too :)
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  11. rabrd001

    rabrd001 Solo Adventurer

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    nice work guys,
    im form adelaide OZ and want to go around the coast a kite with my KLR.. i was thinking of putting the board on the side of the panniers but if i dropped the bike as id be doing offrad stuff ill break my board (as thats my first thought %$@# dont crash i might break my kiting gear lol:rofl)... never mind the body:D... maybe i could take the grab handle off and put bags on top of it.. any suggestions?

    Rob
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  12. VikB

    VikB Been here awhile

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    Top pic is from a 600K day trip I did to go KBing with a friend yesterday. That's two kites w/bars, wetsuit, helmet, gloves, booties, impact vest, harness + tools/tubes for my bike.

    And...*sigh*...a few farckles I bought when seduced after stopping at Touratech USA!...:evil

    No board this time as I borrowed my buddy's, but you can either strap the board behind you on the seat under your kites parallel or perpendicular to your direction of travel - whatever you like best. If it's sticking out behind you it won't get damaged in a crash and it's light so as long as the front half is well strapped down under your kites it won't be a problem.

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    One of the main reasons I got my KLR was to haul my kiteboarding gear around the island - especially down logging roads...:clap

    http://klr650blog.wordpress.com/2011/07/12/baja-kiteboarding/
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  13. keener

    keener Speed changes you.

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    Im going to Cape Hatteras from Ontario, thats about 1200km. Wondering if I should rent a board down there or taking my own.

    Any issue with wind or passing transport truck in the highway with that setup?
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  14. VikB

    VikB Been here awhile

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    I ride low speed twisty highways on an island and don't see many big trucks or high speeds. My advice would be to rent a board if you can as it's definitely the biggest hassle in terms of gear carrying. Then ride with your board locally on the bike and see how you feel.

    Have fun in Hatteras!...:freaky:clap
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  15. dfishman

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    Of wind & water here in Hatteras.Enjoy.
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  16. keener

    keener Speed changes you.

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    I got a 135cm and a 158cm. I just went out and put the boards on my bike (KTM 950 adv) and it didn't look too bad. Im not heading out until two weeks. I will try put a board perpendicular to the bike and ride it locally. With the side bags on, the longer board pokes out only a couple of inches from each side. I will post photos.

    Hey dfishman, look for two guys on KTMs around Avon who can't surf! How much is board rental per week?:deal I just made a few calls with no luck. They say last year hurricane took away all the boards! They are waiting for new ones! ouch.
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  17. Snarky

    Snarky Vodka Infused.

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    Little off topic here, but how do you get into kiteboarding? I see people doing it here in Brazoria county and it looks like a lot of fun. Outside of surf fishing, I would like another reason to go to the beach. Any tips?

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  18. kitesurfer

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    I have a MAKO KING that looks similar to your board :) no way can i kite of my bike, jusat to much gear to take, and too much ATGATT satuff laying on the beach. BUT, i am searching craigslist for a baby carrier to pull behind my bike with kite/board /harness inside. i ight even use that one wheel thing that attaches to the back for kids to learn on. decided too that the goldwing won't do Mexico, so looking for a wee strom.
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  19. VikB

    VikB Been here awhile

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    If you see people kiteboarding there is likely a school in your area. I would Google kiteboarding lessons and the area you live in to see the options.

    Take lessons for sure. Kiteboarding is really fun and safe once you learn what to do, but it can kill you or permanently injure you if you try to learn on your own.

    Also don't buy any gear until you've done your lessons. There is a lot of old crap gear floating around that you don't want to waste $$ on and that isn't as safe and easy to use as the latest stuff. By the time you are done your lessons you will have a better idea what gear you actually want for your local conditions.
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