She slapped me with little provocation !

Discussion in 'Ride Reports - Epic Rides' started by motoged, Mar 9, 2011.

  1. motoged

    motoged Been here awhile

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    I have been having this love affair since 1989. :raabia:thumb

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    It started out at that time as a kayak trip off of Isla Espiritu Santo for 10 days, and then progressed to exploring the south cape region for several weeks by hitch-hiking, camping, and budget hotelling. My sister had been guiding kayak tours out of Loreto for the previous 10 years and had invited me to do an exploratory trip....an invitation I had been secretly coveting for several years before she extended the invite.

    I was smitten: the allure of desert, ocean, a different culture, and fish tacos had invaded my heart.


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    And as many of us know, once you have a taste of such an exotic romance, you just want more of its breath-taking embrace. And, one must also treat such an affair with consideration, respect, and forethought.


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    My affair is with Baja, a unique part of Mexico that offers limitless riding challenges and opportunities. My first motorcycle ride there was in 1995 on a 1981 R80 GS…a month of riding in all sorts of terrain…except in the deep sand...
    (a type of riding I hate to this day).

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    My next few rides to Baja were on my ‘96 1100GS in 2000 and 2002.



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    WAY overloaded...:cry


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    Those rides convinced me that I needed a lighter bike more suitable for off-road riding. So, it was in 2000 that I bought my first dirt bike…a sweet used Husqvarna 350...


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    The Husky never experienced the pleasures of Baja, but my ’04 450 EXC did on several occasions...


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    I sold my R80 in late 2010 and invested the funds in a 2009 690 R KTM that I had been eying for several months. I knew I wanted an “in-between bike “ for the stable, I like my 450 EXC, and no other brand presented as an attractive option….so I bought the 690 the week after my 2010 ride to Baja.

    I found the mega-690 thread on ADV Rider and sorted out some mods that were generally recommended.


    The plan this year was to join some of my local Kamloops compadres for 10 days of riding in February. These guys are hard-core single-trackers and have been also going to Baja over the past 8 years or so. Several of these guys have raced and finished the Baja 1000 over the years and generally have a good sense of how to do Baja...:deal.


    They are into their second converted school bus, "Big Blue":


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    The die was cast....momentum was building....and I was once again off for a tryst with my desert affair...:clap:clap:D:D:evil:evil
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  2. ggoytia

    ggoytia Mobile Fatso

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    Awesome pictures especially the bus!
    Where the bikes at.
    If you dont mind more pic of big blue you sparked an Idea.
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  3. Greenflyfarmer

    Greenflyfarmer I'm better now.

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    Let's go.
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  4. crazybrit

    crazybrit Long timer

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    Looking like it will be a good-un:lurk
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  5. motoged

    motoged Been here awhile

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    G,
    The rear section of the bus is a compartment that can hold 8 bikes...and the bus has seven bunks, a toilet, a kitchen, and always somebody at the wheel:D....it's a 26-hour drive straight through from BC to San Diego....so guys can eat, sleep, drink beer, and fart between driving shifts.:eek1
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  6. Roguester

    Roguester Adventurer

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    Looks like a whole lotta fun!
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  7. GB

    GB . Administrator

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    Great intro! :thumb Looks like you're all set for a great adventure :thumb
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  8. DirtJack

    DirtJack Adventurer

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    I'm in. :lurk
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  9. going south

    going south hero & Zero...

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    I'm in....:lurk
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  10. BK.RD.RNR

    BK.RD.RNR Torque Stick

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    In!! Bring it!!:clap:clap
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  11. CO-or-bust

    CO-or-bust Been here awhile

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    I'm in, too! And lookin' forward to this RR.

    Like the writing & the pix, already, and you've just begun...:clap:clap:clap
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  12. GoinPostal

    GoinPostal Been here awhile

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    I think ADVfool and I may have seen you guys at the Pemex in El Rosario last month. A group of guys, one KTM needed to be towed to start? This group was just finishing off lunch/dinner from Mama Espinoza's. You Guys? If not, I'll still enjoy the post. BTW, I'm with you in that 'love affair with Baja'
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  13. Mr. Huero

    Mr. Huero HÖÖSK-ËË

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    0000hhhhh I likey... keep it coming. Can't have enough Baja threads. :deal
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  14. motoged

    motoged Been here awhile

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    Nope, not our gang...I think that was a group from Colorado...Race2Win1 posted a link to their ride on the 690 mega thread (link to surface later in this report)...


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  15. Animo

    Animo Been n00b awhile

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    Sweeeet, love the bus, it's a Casey adventure :clap
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  16. heffa

    heffa Canyon Hillbilly

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    you've got my attention! :ear :lurk
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  17. motoged

    motoged Been here awhile

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    I put about 4800 kms on the bike before getting ready for Baja with few problems. I had to get a warrantied replacement for the lower tank bushings (a known weakness of the subframe engineering) at about 1500 kms and a custom seat early in the bike’s life. KTM’s are NOT known for comfortable seats…my first effort at improving the seat was to replace it with a 2X4 wrapped with barbed wire, but that didn’t create the comfort my tush was expecting so I had a local guy (Rudy) craft a seat resembling the design favoured by many (Renazco)….it was a vast improvement although it raised the seat height a bit. The 690 is a tall bike and, with my 29.5“ inseam, I find myself doing some nifty yoga poses getting on and off this beast.

    My mods to the bike have been:

    Custom seat;
    Trail Tech Eclipse HID headlight;
    Scott steering damper;
    Suspension tuning (forks revalved; shock got a heavier spring);
    Double-Take mirrors;
    Removal of charcoal canister and SAS system;
    Safari fuel tank;
    Twin Air foam air filter;
    Rally Raid upper tank bolts and countershaft sprocket guard;
    Motoz Tractionator desert tires;
    Bridgestone Ultra-Heavy duty tubes;
    True Goo tire sealant;
    And a Canadian flag sticker for the front fender …

    I use a Giant Loop Coyote bag for lugging most of my crap as well as a back-pack. I carried two UHD tubes, patches, full tool kit w/extra bolts, JB weld, and the usual tubes of goop as well as enough No Toil stuff for one or two filter cleanings as needed. As usual, I carried way more crap than I needed…but was prepared for the “Just in case situations”. I was also packing a spare set of levers, shifter pedal, and rear brake lever.

    I copied pages from the Baja Almanac for paper info and had a Mexico topo map for my Garmin 60 CSX ….just so I had some sense of where I was when I got lost…

    The trip was a relatively last-minute decision as I have been feeling a need to be close to the phone as my 94 year old father is in failing health and I am constantly awaiting the call to go to Winnipeg to attend to whatever crisis is around the corner. My siblings encouraged me to feel okay about being out of the country for a few weeks….so that was the plan.

    The gang I was going with are the folks I tend to ride single-track with and they are all hard-core riders. Several of them have been on Baja 1000 race teams and have been to Baja numerous times. As such, they know what to expect. I rode with them last year in Baja and figured I would use the bus as my way down to ride a different route than what they were planning for this trip.

    The general plan was to drive the bus to San Ignacio and park the bus for 10 days of riding. They were planning to ride off-road from there and go down to Los Cabos the Hard Way. My plan was to ride with them the first day or two and then do a less arduous ride to areas I wanted to explore more: south from Mulege to San Isidro/La Purisima, Comondu, Agua Verde, and back to San Ignacio from San Juanico.
    I have ridden most of those areas before, but was looking for a chance to ride without having to keep up with their pace…and take my time and enjoy the terrain in a different way.
    I am a frequenter of Baja Nomads, a forum devoted to sharing great info about Baja, the usual gossip, and the normal politics of such internet entertainment….
    A poster on BN wrote to me as he got wind of my upcoming ride and asked if he could join our ride. He claimed to be an experienced rider and had a new 690 that he was enjoying. Trusting that he was willing to follow my ride plan, I welcomed him aboard and he planned to meet us
    at Rice and Beans in San Ignacio as he would be at his place on the East Cape around the time we would be down.

    But first....we needed to get loaded...:freaky:1drink:clap:evil:eek1...

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    The bus left Kamloops about noon on Feb. 10<sup>th </sup> and we snacked

    our way to Vancouver (thanks for the picnic basket, Kim) where we picked up two more riders.


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    Ross was the fellow who concocted the ride route by scouring Google Earth and the Baja Almanac...maintaining consistently in the face of common sense and good judgement that "If you can see it on Google Earth, you can ride it!".


    Here he seems to be referring to Google Earth rather than the highway in front of him....such is the life of Rossco...


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    We drove straight through to San Diego for about a 30-hour jaunt, arriving at the Tijuana crossing at midnight Friday….This gave us ample time to eat , drink beer, share ride memories, and do the usual male bonding rituals (insulting each other and farting).


    Murray, a Baja veteran (AKA El Mur) is the guy responsible for a successful effort to raise money for Coco a few year's back on ADV Rider. He raised about $6000 and those funds were directed to Coco through Kiki in San Felipe (Kiki's Motel and RV Resort)


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  18. Animo

    Animo Been n00b awhile

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    I thought you were kiddin' :lol3

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  19. CHRIS_D

    CHRIS_D Been here awhile

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    Looking forward to this. :lurk
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  20. cactusreid

    cactusreid Adventurer

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    your ride reports are stellar motoged! espicially when i get a supporting role! let -er - rip big fella. don't let common sense and good judgement stop yah now.
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