Near Ramona

Discussion in 'Day Trippin'' started by WHYNOWTHEN, Jun 21, 2012.

  1. Scubalong

    Scubalong Been here awhile

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    Peter
    Make sure come home today and give her a big hug and kisses..........She is well deserve:clap
    Looking forward to ride with you guys in Baja soon.
  2. Scubalong

    Scubalong Been here awhile

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    BTW great report and awesome pictures, I miss tacos and beers and :p3rry
  3. traveltoad

    traveltoad Aaron S

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  4. WHYNOWTHEN

    WHYNOWTHEN where are the pedals?

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    Teaser time!


    There was a fire!
    There was lots of laughter at my new skinny jeans.
    The 990 is too fat to fit between the rocks.

    Stay tuned.....
  5. traveltoad

    traveltoad Aaron S

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  6. WHYNOWTHEN

    WHYNOWTHEN where are the pedals?

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    Hey everybody, thanks for the stars!
  7. WHYNOWTHEN

    WHYNOWTHEN where are the pedals?

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    So, people ask how much camping gear we take to Baja when we ride across the border for the weekend......















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  8. traveltoad

    traveltoad Aaron S

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    Interesting approach...
  9. WHYNOWTHEN

    WHYNOWTHEN where are the pedals?

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    Ted is so sensitive!

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    Bad spot for a nap!

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  10. traveltoad

    traveltoad Aaron S

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    Oooops.
  11. WHYNOWTHEN

    WHYNOWTHEN where are the pedals?

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    Ok frequent readers, back to the fire.

    Some of you may recall from earlier pics that I have been too cheap to buy a motorcycle specific bag to strap on the back of my 990. I use the old red waterproof rafting bag seen below.

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    This bag has been on many trips, and I can never find the same piece of rope to tie it on with. So, on this last trip (without the big grey picnic boxes to tie the red bag to), I seemed to have a little trouble keeping the bag on the bike.

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    After this happened a few times, the bag was no longer waterproof, and Rollergirl's nice shirt wasn't so nice anymore. Not exactly sure what the problem was. I have always been able to attach the bag so that it stays firmly in place. I tied it on even tighter and took off down the road. This road is fast and I know there are a couple of rises where I can jump the 990 if I am going fast enough. I stopped after a few miles to wait for the girls, and.....

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    The bag had tipped over backwards and was blocking both exhausts. FIRE!!!
    I got the bag off and tipped everything out, hoping to save some of our clothes, but every single thing was on fire - even the toiletry bag.

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    Well, if everything is ruined, I don't really need to try and save anything. And in that case, I don't need to take any of this stuff any further into Mexico. Put it all in a pile and wish for marshmallows.

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    Here is Rollergirl thinking that she married an idiot.

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  12. traveltoad

    traveltoad Aaron S

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  13. WHYNOWTHEN

    WHYNOWTHEN where are the pedals?

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    Waited till the fire was out before we took off.



    Hooray for single track!

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    This pic makes it look like Ted is riding pillion.

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    Lunch stop. Time for a quick Spanish lesson.

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    Rollergirl has a new friend - Wendy the taco seller.

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    This color only exists in Baja for a short period of time.

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    'Gordoniz' is Spanish for 'delicious quail cooked and sold at the side of the road'.

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    Time to replace our going-out-to-dinner-clothes.

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    Yeah baby!

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    Not bad for $15. Only problem was that my thighs are too big for 'skeeny jeans', so there was absolutely no way that I could swing my leg over the 990 to ride the bike to the restaurant. How do kids wear these awful pants? Had to go out in my riding pants. Valle de Quadalupe has some fantastic restaurants.


    Only had a weekend, time to head home.

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    Perfect terrain for a big fat 990!



    Too fat for the rocks at the top of this hill.

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    So now it is for sale. I need less. I love this amazing bike.:cry:cry

    What should I get next? XR650R? 690 Enduro? 530 EXC? TE610? Husaberg 570? I need good mpg, big tank, ability to carry camping gear, reliability, and singletrackness! (I just made up that word)
  14. traveltoad

    traveltoad Aaron S

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    Next thing you will tell me is that you are moving up north...
  15. Scubalong

    Scubalong Been here awhile

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    That is funny sh.......:rofl
    Great stuff, thanks for sharing.
  16. riceless

    riceless Let's Ride!

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    That works for me!!! :clap
  17. Dances_With_Trees

    Dances_With_Trees Been here awhile

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    Keep the 990 and get a XR650R. I'm lucky enough to have both and I wouldn't get rid of either one. Specific tools for specific jobs. The other bikes you listed are nice however, 650R's are cheap and will run forever.

    Oh and if you make it down to Testarossa again, say hello to the young ladies at the taco shop.
  18. GB007

    GB007 Been here awhile

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    Enjoying your ride reports! Cool your wife enjoys the sport... Envy of all the guys... LOL. I could relate with you about all the thinking of what bike to own, sell or not sell, buy, etc, etc.... Crazy we are always pondering and never completely satisfied, even though we sure appreciate what we have... Gracias!:D
  19. WHYNOWTHEN

    WHYNOWTHEN where are the pedals?

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    I love my wife.
    I was once again telling her how difficult it was to make a decision regarding the perfect bike. She politely pretended to listen with interest. She asked me to explain about the bikes I was considering. I started telling her about the various brands and their pro's and cons.

    She then explained to me how I was an idiot, and how I could ONLY look at KTMs. She reminded me of the amazing times we had had on our KTMs, the fact that they featured in our wedding, and the fact that we have a wonderful KTM store in town.

    Well, that makes the decision process a lot easier!

    Ok then, 990 out - got/had one.
    950 SE out - too similar
    690 nice, but out - too expensive, not enough used bikes available.
    530 similar to my 450, used ones available locally for a decent price. Lots of after market goodies available to turn it into a long distance dirt bike. Done! Deposit paid on a well used '08. 5.5 gallon tank purchased.

    If it doesn't fit what I want, I can always sell it.

    What? Not much oil you say! If I look hard, I can probably buy some oil in Baja and do a quick oil change.

    I feel like a huge weight has been lifted from my shoulders.

    Now, what little bike should I get? 250 xcfw or 250xcw? or maybe a 200, or even a 300?

    At least I know I am only allowed to look at one brand!
  20. WHYNOWTHEN

    WHYNOWTHEN where are the pedals?

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    Bye bye 990.
    Hello 530!

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    Will this tank make me look fat?

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    Not too bad!

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