Riding big pigs in baja

Discussion in 'Ride Reports - Epic Rides' started by rnrdozer, Feb 9, 2012.

  1. rnrdozer

    rnrdozer Been here awhile

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    motoged,
    You don't know how bad those pictures are making me want to build a bus like that!! great pictures!!
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  2. rnrdozer

    rnrdozer Been here awhile

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    Your a brave man! looks like you guys had a great time!
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  3. rnrdozer

    rnrdozer Been here awhile

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    January 25<SUP>th</SUP>
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    Our plan was to get an early start and get across the border at a decent time and trie to get north as far as possible. We grabbed breakfast at mamas and were on the road by 8:30. Desmond decided he was going to spend the night in <st1:City w:st="on">Ensenada</st1:City> so we made a plan to meet in <st1:City w:st="on"><st1:place w:st="on">San Francisco</st1:place></st1:City> for lunch on Sunday the 29<SUP>th</SUP>. Quin and I were riding at a fast pace and made good time up hwy 1. We decided to enter the <st1:country-region w:st="on">US</st1:country-region> through <st1:City w:st="on">Tijuana</st1:City>, hwy 1 is a little slow going through some of the small towns but once you get above <st1:City w:st="on"><st1:place w:st="on">Ensenada</st1:place></st1:City> it turns into a regular freeway and you can make good time. Now looking back on this day of riding I feel pretty stupid because we were averaging around 75-80 mph the whole way and taking too many risks passing and laying it in the turns. The border crossing was quick and easy and we blasted north. We decided to stop in <st1:City w:st="on">Santa Barbara</st1:City> for the night and have an easy next day to <st1:City w:st="on"><st1:place w:st="on">San Francisco</st1:place></st1:City>, this wouldn’t be the case! About 30 miles south of Santa Barbra around Camarillo Quins front tire blew out on the freeway. He somehow kept the bike from going down but was on the center of the freeway in rush hour traffic. I waited for a while down the road then decided to get gas and head back. A guy at the gas station had noticed me waiting along the road and told me there was another bike that looked like it had mechanical problems up the hill. While I was fueling up I figured I would look at my tires since I had felt a thumping or flat spot. To my horror there was about an 8” long chunk missing from it! I limped back up the hill to find Quin when a guy flagged me over to tell me Quin was back on the outside of the freeway and rolling his bike to a near by exit. Turns out this guy had seen what had happened to Quin and turned around to help him. He called the hwy patrol, told them Quins exact location so the hwy patrol could swerve across all the lanes to slow traffic down to allow Quin a space to get over to the outside. This guy spent about an hour of his time to help a stranger! I found Quin rolling off the freeway so I went ahead to a wide spot and we proceeded to put a new tube in the front tire. While we were working on the bike a guy rolls up with his wife and says (looks like you guys are having some problems!) we told him we were on the last part of a 3 week trip through Baja trying to get home. After a little conversation we found out his name was Dennis and he had rode bikes a lot in his younger years. Dennis said you know what, I manage a storage yard you can store your bikes and sleep in my 40’ motor home. We followed him there and he set us up in his motor home. We were within walking distance to restaurants and a u-haul yard. We decided to rent a small u-haul truck and haul the bike to <st1:City w:st="on">San Francisco</st1:City> where we would meet our families to watch the <st1:City w:st="on"><st1:place w:st="on">Oakland</st1:place></st1:City> super cross. Now I don’t want to sound too corny here but considering the help we got from the guy on the freeway and the hospitality that Dennis bestowed on us I have a renewed faith in humanity. It has definitely taught me to pay it forward and not just fly past a person in need.
    Now in retrospect it seems clear to me now that we brought the tire problems on ourselves by being lazy about checking air pressure. I’m quite certain our air pressure was way too low causing tire failure. Lesson learned the hard way!


    This was riding through the border crossing in Tijuana, kinda felt like I was in an episode of border wars!
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    while I was waiting for quin I noticed that my tire was shot! this made for a scary ride back up the freeway!
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    Quin took this picture of his bike after his near death front blowout:eek1
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    Once we got Quin off the freeway we set out to get a new tube in his front tire. we noticed his front tire had a large tear in it!
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    This was the view from where we were working on the bikes, Camarillo, Ca. not a bad sight at all!!
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    This is Dennis, our savior for the night! he trusted us in his 40' motorhome. very thoughtful and generous guy to say the least!
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    This was Dennis's watch dog! I can't remember his name though
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    Time to load these bad boys up in a uhaul and head north!
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    We rolled into the uhaul dealer in San Francisco to find these Mexican guys lined up trying to get work helping you unload your truck. I tried to take pictures of the like an idiot not realizing they had good reason not to have their pictures taken!
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  4. rnrdozer

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    We unloaded the bikes at the uhaul in downtown San francisco and got ready to ride them to the Marriot hotel on 4th and Market
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    It was funny riding into a nice hotel on a dirty dualsport bike, people look at you like your some kind of hillbillie! they have no idea what their missing out on.
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    This was a picture I took out the window of our room, I caught the light just right! quite a contract to where we had been for the last 3 weeks that for sure!
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    Some shots of the city at night!
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    We hit the race at the Oakland coliseum, Blake gets to meet some of his favorite riders
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    Blake meets Andrew Short
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    A shot of the race
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    I guess I'll leave this report on this weird elvis cigar picture, actually maybe this is what Ron see's everytime he lights a cigar up!
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    In conclusion I would like to thank everyone that has followed our trip through this report. I feel very fortunate to have had the opportunity to spend 3 weeks in such a magical place as Baja. To me it’s a trip like this that really changes your life in a positive way. You realize the true beauty of Baja and the fact that for the most part it’s still unspoiled. Until you get off the beaten path you don’t realize how undeveloped it is and that the path least traveled brings the best adventure. I love the saying “ bad roads bring good people, good roads bring everybody”.
    Last but not least I would like to thank my wife for being so understanding and holding down the home front while I had a chance to live out one of my dreams and check one more item off my bucket list!
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  5. motoged

    motoged Been here awhile

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    RNR,
    Welcome home....close call ,but you got there safely....


    Is that a Heidenau 60 Scout?....

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    I know you were happy to see the family and all....but what do you prefer....



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    A great ride report with excellent pics....Lots of memories to share and cherish.....


    Next Baja trip????:evil:evil:evil
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  6. smj

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    What tire are you riding - how did it work for you in the sand? Looking for a Moab tire for an F800GS... But something that might hold on the road as well. Thanks! Great trip!!!
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  8. rnrdozer

    rnrdozer Been here awhile

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    Ged, Thanks for all your comments and following along! I had a chance to read some of your ride reports and really enjoyed them! your 2009 report where you drove down with the small bikes on a trailer has me thinking about doing the same. I have a time share in Cabo in October and would rather be riding down there than laying on the beach! It looks to me that your due for a ride down there soon! unless you did but didn't write a report.
    As far as your question goes on San Francisco or baja beach, its hands down Baja! I do like going to San Franciso for the weekend, its a great city but it doesn't hold a candle to Baja! But It looks like you probably know that first hand as well!
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  9. SenorFeliz

    SenorFeliz hangin' out

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    Steven and I met Ged and the boys in 2009 at Kiki's at the start of our BajaHooters tour. good guy with lots of excellent advice and generous with the cervezas.:1drink
    mrdozer.........great RR. gracias for taking the time to share it with us.:clap
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  10. Motoman_AZ

    Motoman_AZ Long time lurker....

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    Finally got through the whole report! FANTASTIC guys! :clap Wow! Nice job on all the camping too! I too have a love affair with Baja! Someday I'll get my trip done!

    Thank you for taking the time to put the RR together!
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  11. donnh

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    Dozer - thanks for taking the time putting together the ride report. Deby and I spent last night next to each other with our laptops and a bottle of wine reading the whole thing in one sitting. Can't think of a better way to spend a winter evening :rofl It was really fun seeing some of the same places we visited and the places we missed. I'm sure another trip is in order for us.

    The timing was perfect for us to ride north with Johnny, we were pretty much in "return" mode since I had a deadline to get back and Johnny was quite content to follow behind Deby and I for the two day ride. It turned out we both had our trucks parked in the same storage area so zero navigation was required on his part. He wouldn't admit it but I could tell he was holding in some pain. Glad he's doing better.

    I made sure he got a little wine in him at Santo Tomas
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    Here's the pic of you at del Sol - still looking pretty clean
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    Deby loved the bird pictures and wants to know what kind of camera you used.:eek1
    If anyone want's to read about the last two days riding north with Johnny check out my Baja report link and scroll to the last few pages.
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  12. Tadao

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    Damn Rich that was an impressive ride, and an impressive ride report as well. Would you mind if I shared this with Jason, I'm not sure where he is with his magazine, but regardless I am sure he would at the very least enjoy reading it.

    Thanks for sharing it,
    Todd
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  13. CO/WV

    CO/WV Been here awhile

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    Thanks for taking the time to do a RR we are headed down in November 2 1200gs and one 990.... with a new wheel set from woodys. looking forward to seeing how we handle our pigs for 2 weeks
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  14. jimmex

    jimmex Guero con moto

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    Awesome trip! I did some of the same route by myself a couple years ago. You're lucky to have somebody to do these kinds of trip with. Saludos, Jim
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  15. Bgunn

    Bgunn Mucha distancia

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    Bumped into Rich and gang in San Ignacio last week. The "Big Pigs" were replaced with smaller bikes. Sounds like they were hitting some good single track.

    Another ride report ?? :wink:
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  16. akaDigger

    akaDigger Amateur Adventurer

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    I saw this thread and recognized some of the riders. We had crossed paths in Loreto, BCS last winter.
    While enjoying this old thread I spotted a photo of myself tending to my Triumph 800XC.

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  17. akaDigger

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    We were riding way too fast in the rocks causing Quin's front rim to get destroyed! Dont buy a sun rim!! I put an excel on and had no troubles. here we are beating the dog piss out of Quin's rim
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    As I recall at least three of the bikes had squared front rims by the time they arrived in Loreto.
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  18. rnrdozer

    rnrdozer Been here awhile

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    Diggerled, I remember you guys! I was hoping to meet up with a few ADVers in Loreto this year but it was a small group. did you guys make it down this year?
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