Riding little pigs in Baja<?xml:namespace prefix = o ns = "urn:schemas-microsoft-comfficeffice" /><o></o> I just returned from a two week ride in Baja and figured I should put together a ride report. Last year we rode Baja on KTM 990’s which was fun but I kept thinking about all the single track and tougher routes we could take on our KTM 500’s. Last year I put together a ride report entitled “riding big pigs in Baja” referring to our big orange pigs! So it seemed only appropriate to go with riding little pigs in Baja this year! Quin and myself each bought new KTM 500’s last November and had only managed to put about 15 hrs on them so we figured this would be a good way to break them in. We would have only one more rider with us riding a KTM 450 EXC the problem was that he could only ride for one week so we found a worthy companion that was willing to ride Zane’s bike to Loreto then fly home, allowing Zane to fly in to Loreto and ride his bike home. So riding south it would be Quin, Mark, and myself. Riding north Zane would take Marks place. Seemed like a perfect plan!<o></o> Next I would need to collect some good tracks to ride. This started out as a problem as nobody seemed to want to share! I bought the Lizard Lady stuff only to find a lot of it is simply roads you can find yourself. The good stuff she has is in route format which really sucks to follow, I would much prefer tracks. Then she requires you to buy a software Fugawi to be able to open her routes which I will never use again. You have to convert her routes to GPX to use on your garmin. Thankfully Stickman here on ADV was kind enough to hook me up with some great stuff along with Bigdog. So now all we had to do was get down there and do it!!<o></o> Bike setup<o></o> 2013 KTM 500 EXC<o></o> 5.3 gallon acerbis tank<o></o> Bibb mousse inserts with Michelin desert racer tires<o></o> Rekluse clutch with rear brake lever and slave cylinder adjuster<o></o> Tall seat, bar risers, and scotts steering dampner<o></o> Regeared to 15/48<o></o> Scorpion skid plate, pro moto billet rear rack<o></o> Acrapovic pipe, along with remapping ignition to the xc mapping.<o></o> Giant loop bag with wolfman tank panniers, rear stuff sack behind giantloop<o></o> Camping gear and clothes<o></o> 3 season down sleeping bag 2.5 lbs<o></o> Big agnes SL1 tent 2.5 lbs<o></o> Klymit Inertia sleeping pad 16 oz<o></o> REI camp chair<o></o> Columbia pants, zip off legs, all clothes thin vapor wic style<o></o> 3 shirts (too many!) 1 under armor warm shirt, two pairs underware<o></o> Sat phone, tools, extra levers, shifter, tubes, pump exc.<o></o> Mountain house food, jet boil, energy bars, coffee<o></o> <o></o> We put all clothes, sleeping bags in compression sacks which helped for space. I think we still could have packed less clothes than we did. Probably the best thing I did was buy Merino wool socks. They last for many days without stinking! Really only needed two pairs of socks. The thin clothes wash well in the ocean and will dry very quickly! We also packed a collapsible ice chest for drinks.<o></o> As far as the bikes go they ran great! The fuel injection makes the bike start like a dream and you never have a dead spot on acceleration. The rekluse clutches are amazing in the tight stuff, I was glad I had it for sure! As far as the mousse tubes go they performed perfect! Lots of people told us they would break down if we rode pavement but they never did. We tried to keep it around 60 mph but most of the time you ended up stretching that out to 65-70. The tires held up great, they will be my go to tire from here on out! <o></o> So enough of this crap!! On with the ride report!!!! <o></o> Just so were clear on this! Big Pig!! Little Pig.