Minnesota to Cabo in 8 days on 8 -- $1,000 bikes leaving in early Oct.

Discussion in 'Ride Reports - Epic Rides' started by Ringobus, Sep 19, 2017.

  1. Johnnydarock

    Johnnydarock Been here awhile

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    RE: Crossing in Mexicali and going down Mexico Route 5. Guys...while I agree this is a superior route...fish tacos at Alfonsina's in Gonzaga is worth it alone. But...think about the 10 miles of good dirt from Gonzaga to Coco's and then another 30 miles of barely doable dirt on a street bike. If you're comfortable doing this at 10 miles an hour...it's worth it. Going Mexico Route 1 through Tijuana is very congested and Ensenada is nothing special. The only positive to this route is you will ride through the "Rock Garden" near Catavina and you will miss this if you go Route 5. Might be better to keep all the bikes on pavement...just saying.
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  2. mac w b

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    Awesome have fun! :freaky
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  3. lqgsrider

    lqgsrider Been here awhile

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    Good Luck
    sounds like a good time
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  4. sjeproductions

    sjeproductions Been here awhile

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    Agree with JohnnyDaRock about Mexicali and Highway 5. Very mellow and easy Border Crossing. Just follow the main road and you can't go wrong finding Highway 5. The road goes to shit after San Felipe, but having ridden it on a rigid chopper I'd say you guys will be fine if you take it slow..or not. There is less than 15 miles of dirt now before it joins back up with 1, Plus Coco's Corner is worth a stop for a cold beer. The Ensenada Corridor kinda sucks, but it's paved. Further South, the Yurts in San Ignacio are worth staying at. Also a place called
    Playa Buenaventura located at the South end of the Bay of Concepcion. Super fun, great food and margs. Hot showers. Mostly camping, but they have a few cabins. Great owners! Be sure to visit a place called Flora Farms in Cabo to celebrate the end of your journey. Food is incredible and you won't believe it when you see it. Have a great trip! Heading their in a few weeks myself!
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  5. brianpdqsigns

    brianpdqsigns n00b

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    That bikes got the KG slider backrest combo which is unobtanum and is probably worth a grand! All those bikes look in great shape, sheesh I'd be happy to ride them anywhere with such low miles on them.
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  6. Ringobus

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    The Venture is loaded and ready to roll.
    8:00 am departure tomorrow morning.
    Weather looking cool but excellent.
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  7. DRRambler

    DRRambler AKA Albertastrom

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    Totally in on this one!
    I'll second (third?) the crossing at Tecate...muy tranquillo!
    As mentioned, watch for topes! They're awesome fun on a DR or a KLR but on a street bike they could be painful. Also be mindful of dogs, chickens, donkeys etc.
    Some good advice from a local I met. Watch for oncoming traffic in your lane, trucks like to cut corners.
    One more thing...if you're following trucks they will put on their left turn signal when it's clear to pass them. Obviously you need to be very sure that it is indeed clear.
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  8. Mande92

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    :lurk I'm in.
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  9. tag3

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    Good luck to you all and will continue following along.
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  10. jml141

    jml141 Been here awhile

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    In!!
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  11. lqgsrider

    lqgsrider Been here awhile

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  12. turdfergeson

    turdfergeson Been here awhile

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    In. Buena suerte!
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  13. Golden955

    Golden955 Been here awhile

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    Says the guy born and raised in MN....

    We had more than a foot of snow yesterday fall in the mountains here in CO, just sayin....can't wait to see how this goes.

    I'm with the Venture crowd, doesn't that come with a heater built in? And just asking, that Venture looks loaded for an around the world trip, not an 8 day pleasure cruise, what the hell couldnt fit in the saddlebags and trunk, that there was a need for another pack??
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  14. ponytl

    ponytl even my new bike is old

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    but he should be comfortable... I find great deals on bikes but the venture and the pacific coast I'm tossing the bullshit flag on... but i do have a 1984 goldwing with 70k miles that i got free that I'm sure would be fine on that trip with a new rear tire... it looks the part all their bikes look like they came from the detail shop... I'm still going to follow...
    the trip i want to see is the one that is done on $500 coast to coast... fuel food and dancing girls...
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  15. DuaKembara

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    inspiring! G'luck to all of you. :wave
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  16. RidewithAB

    RidewithAB Just Ride!

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    Awesome. Will be following along and taking notes for my future trip to Cabo. Cheers.
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  17. Scribe

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    The true spirit of adventure riding. I'll catch you up on the episodes of Cops you missed when you get back.
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  18. OR_Rider

    OR_Rider Been here awhile

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    I just sold my '94 PC800 with 98k miles for $1100...so I think it is feasible to find one at that price.
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    pointerDixie214 Been here awhile

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  20. Ringobus

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    IMG_3220.JPG Already 200 miles down the road.
    Very cold and windy with a 15-30 mph headwind.