Team Magoo Baja Ride - Bikes, Beaches, Badlands and Brews

Discussion in 'Ride Reports - Epic Rides' started by AteamNM, Mar 12, 2013.

  1. benwiggin2

    benwiggin2 Long timer

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    The video!!!!!!!

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  2. AteamNM

    AteamNM Wonna Be ADVrider

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    If you watch the sand and rear tire, you can see when he is on the gas as well as the shift. Watch the sand spray from the tire. :huh:huh:huh Started in fourth, shift and shift. I think the second wheelie he started in sixth? I was also informed that a sit down wheelie is way easier. Respect Captn' Nemo. Moto eye candy all week long.
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  3. _Magoo_

    _Magoo_ master of disaster....

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    Speaking of Captain Nemo's skilz, he e-mailed me this pic from a ride out to Cabezon, New Mexico he did yesterday.....(yes, the Captain has fully recovered from his final day dismount in Baja!)----I'll let A-Team fill in the details on that event--:deal :eek1

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  4. NMTrailboss

    NMTrailboss Team Dead End

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    I saw that photo this morning. Still talking about that one. That shot is insane!! :huh Front page material for sure! :deal


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  5. RideFreak

    RideFreak Torque Junkie

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    Nice report Chris! Looks like you guys had a great time.
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  6. AteamNM

    AteamNM Wonna Be ADVrider

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    Ride Day 4
    Guerrero Negro to San Francisquito
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    Today's ride was a contrast in weather, it was misty and raining. :huh Hmm, this could be interesting. The plan was to ride south across the coastal plains, down into Baja California Sur. Clarification here is in order, the two providence of Baja are north and south. Technically, Baja Del Norte is Baja California and the southern providence is Baja California Sur. Apparently when you cross into southern Baja, you have to pay some tourist tax or something? But our route by-passed the check point and we rolled through deep sand two tracks, the ridding was, typical deep sand wobble and throttle. Mid day we made it down to a highway that leads west to Bahia Tortugas. A small town out on the point f Bahia de Sebastian Vizcaino. It would be cool to go visit there, but we turn left, east toward Vizcaino.

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    Stopped raining for a bit. El Sprockito Grande. Hard to get in front of him to snap a picture.
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    Chuck has a way of walking up and looking at your bike. Then he points out something like......., uh your missing a bolt on your throttle housing Ateam. Rut Roh :cry. So we roll into Vizcaino, I would say an industrial town at a major cross roads on Highway 1.
    The wind is blowing with mist and scattered rain.
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    We find a hardware store and this place had everything you need. Car parts, appliances, tools, Baja lights, tires, fishing gear, toys and there were many people working inside the store.

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    And we disassemble the throttle. Let me clarify, Bruce takes charge when a wrench is in order, so I was an observer and speculator. Always a team effort, Team Magoo!

    Bruce and Chuck at work. What the hell does Bruce have in his right hand?
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    We needed a 4 mm bolt. After many attempts, the store found one bolt that was a bit too long. Bruce went back inside, much Spanish was spoken and Bruce came out with a couple of washers, the throttle housing is fixed but the cable is dragging. The throttle is disassembled several more times, attempts to lube the cable with WD-40 and general WTF? Oh well, I can ride it the DRZ fine with a sticky throttle, it never was an issue. Oh and I remembered when I returned to New Mexico that I had a complete set of throttle cables inside my fender bag. :evil

    Bruce goes back into the store and asks how much for the bolt and washers. The guy says no charge, wheelie, illustrating a motorcycle popping a wheelie. :deal I say no problemo, Chuck - Chuck!

    We inform Chuck that payment is a wheelie. Chuck gets this sly grin on his face and say okay. At this point every employee and half the kids in town are gathered outside in the wind. Chuck rides about a quarter mile down the main highway, turns around and stalls traffic behind him. Bruuup, shift, shift and here he comes down the highway, front tire turned full lock, standing and whizzing by until he had to stop for a traffic light. Bravo Captn' Nemo :clap:clap:clap

    Leaving town the rain starts again, we are headed to the Sand Luge. Big Sprocket said this is one of his favorite trails, it should be spectacular wet! Well, again I'm thinking this is gonna be hell. I was wrong. It was throttle whicking city. This is a Go Pro moment.

    With that said, time for a video.

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    This section of well packed sand riding could not keep the throttle in check. Kevin is just flat out fast. Today, Chuck got bored going slow to allow me to film him in the absent of dust and so he takes off. I caught a few glimpses of the two speed freaks way out in front. I was going near 50, I am not used to going fast and I was loving it while also very worried about a possible wreck and cactus encounter. A fine line in speed management. In the back of mind I was soon understanding that Baja is big & remote. If something bad happens, it would be a nightmare to find help, to arrange a rescue. So after the Sand Luge, I started to slow down a bit. I think we all started to slow down and, hence, become a bit more cautious. :wink:

    Also note the rear wheel spin on the sand n the video. Look at Big Sprockets tire tracks. I kept thinking his tire was bigger. Nope, his engine is bigger. That damn bike is always spinning on loose stuff. He and Chuck would leave massive squirmy tracks in the sand at high speed. Ripping is defined by their tracks.

    Kevin tells us there is a cool mission if we want to detour. We all agree so we make about a 20 mile ride due east to Santa Gertrudus.

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    Evidence of nearby copper mining eh.
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    The primary reasons there is a mission here beside neighboring copper, an oasis.


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    Kevin and Bruce have been looking at our maps and consulting with his GPS. There must be a way from the mission due east to get to Cabo San Miguel on the coast. It looks to be less than 20 miles but there is a big ass mountain between the mission and the coast. We take many trails, we ride behind old barns, there is water or aquia's bordering the mountain base. We truly make a valid attempt to find a way over and through. We turn around, explore another canyon, we stop and consult many times. Bruce is determined and Kevin is all for making a new route. However the sun is setting, our time is limited as well as the gas thirsty KTM's are gonna need refreshing. The decision is made to turn around and head back on our Charla Head sandy road.

    But then Bruce stops, says give me a few minutes as he stares at the mountain and a game trail heading off in rock garden & cactus maze. After about 10 minutes of waiting, Capo comes back, dejected and vowing he will come back, maybe from the coastal side, via sail boat.

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    Yea, a sail boat. Bruce wants to charter a mega sail boat that can sleep a dozen or more, rig up a deck on the bow to hold motorcycles and harbor hop. Unload bikes, go 150 miles into the bad lands and camp for a night. Come back to the boat and cruise on down the coast. Hmm, plan your work and work your plan.


    Our next stop after the Sand Luge was a copper mine in El Arco.
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    We pass through Rancho Pedro Blanca, thinking there may be gas and lodging. The sun is dropping, shadows are getting longer, the late evening light is magic, soft.

    Kevin and Chuck are way out in front, I am in the middle and Chris and Bruce are in the back. We space out maybe a quarter mile or more because the dust is bad. I see many signs of cattle, very fresh signs. I know that a cow strike or animal strike is common in Baja, especially near dark thirty. I am situationally aware of the risks, it's heads up riding.

    The cactus forest is dense, almost a wall at a brisk pace. Then in the right corner of my eye is see movement. Three cows are entering the road. I lock up both brakes, I'm in a standing position because I can see better. the bike stalls, I swerve left. I'm thinking that I'm going to miss them, the sound of the silent bike is strange as the Suzuki skids. At the very last second one stupid cow decides to jump, like in the air. Wham, contact is made. The whumfp sound of the impact is rude. The bike is falling over to my left, I pull it back up. I didn't wreck but the cow rolled once on the ground, stood up and his eyes were the size of dinner plates. I swear the cow said dude, WTF? My heart is pounding, I can feel it beating hard, I hear nothing but the clinking sound of the dead engine. My legs are numb. I look behind me, where is Magoo? I can't believe I just hit a cow. Stupid cow. Wow! I'm not hurt, so I may as well go on, Magoo and Bruce are back there somewhere. There is brown fur on my right side bark buster.


    In El Progresso we find gas at a ranch.
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    It is now nearly dark after gas. We have a dark ride into San Francisquito.
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    I am a nervous wreck as I feel like a cow magnet now. The ride is uneventful but is damn dark. I don't like riding at dark and my DRZ's headlight is a monster compared to the KTM's. Two things I will be sure to have on my bike on the next trip, very large handle bar guards and a high powered head light.

    As we approach a small building, the place we are going to stay at, there is really only one light on. The place looks like a dive. It is very quiet, the sea of Cortez is tranquil.

    We are welcomed. They bring out cervesa's. Later they turn on the generator, they even had WiFi, the place is now alive with Team Magoo.

    Happy happy happy. We are thirsty .
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    Chillaxing
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    Delicious, absolutely incredibly good fish taco's. I think we may have eaten 30 or more.
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    Our Pulapa's. :clap
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    Now this is riding and living large in Baja.

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    There is a major storm to the north, dumping snow in Phoenix. We are just far enough south to only feel the edges of the rain and much across the southern USA is a massive snow storm. We are missing nothing back home but winter.
    It is cold outside. Sleeping with gear on, not quit ATGATT.



    What a great day. Sleep comes easy after day 4 of riding.
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    So far we have averaged 200 miles per day. Tomorrow we have an easy day. Tomorrow we have a beach side meeting, a very special part of our trip. The Genesis of our trip. I think David Garret will appreciate the next segment.

    The next day also includes a cacti encounter, we visit a jail, I get to film a Johnny Campbell ride whoops and the Green Door Hell Trail.
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  7. LittleWan

    LittleWan You can do it!

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    Man!
    Great post. :clap

    We took the Sta. Gertrudis road out of El Arco but didn't stop.
    I was wondering what it looked like - thanks for the pics!


    Home sweet home - with the hamburglar curtains! :rayof


    And, Window Rock. sigh.
    I know you're going to make us super sad that we didn't do Window Rock. :cry


    Keep up the good work, guys! :D
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  8. AteamNM

    AteamNM Wonna Be ADVrider

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    The mission was surreal. I sprinkled a bit of holy water in my face.

    Yes Captain Magoo commented on your report and the Hamburgler curtains. And of course the puppy Magoo.

    I edited out the window rock comment, I got a day ahead but it was awesome.

    Thank you Mrs. Little Wans.

    Chris is the Captain, it was Chris's ride. I am the report guy. But I would never be writing this missive without Captain Magoo.

    Thanks for riding with us.
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  9. motoged

    motoged Been here awhile

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    Great ride out of Vizcaino....old Baja 1000 route....did it once solo after rains....ponds up to tank but do drowning :huh

    San Francisquito....my favourite Baja place no matter how it changes...

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  10. AteamNM

    AteamNM Wonna Be ADVrider

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    I so agree. I love this place and could stay there for 3 days to explore and soak in the beach. The place is no destination resort, but so much pure Baja. The food was so good, the owners were so gracious and they laughed at and with us.

    Post card here:

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    Thanks for posting.
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  11. _Magoo_

    _Magoo_ master of disaster....

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    +1 San Francisquito rocks!!
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  12. NMTrailboss

    NMTrailboss Team Dead End

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    Awesome day guys! :clap

    Tony, glad that cow incident didn't end up being worse than it was. Great story though! Your timing with the big storm through southern Arizona was perfect! :freaky
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  13. AteamNM

    AteamNM Wonna Be ADVrider

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    Thanks Curtis. I'm feeling like I have an audience of 10 on this RR.

    Yes, we were lucky.
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  14. joenuclear

    joenuclear Ride to eat, eat to ride... all roads lead to pie!

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    11! :D Keep it coming Magoos!
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  15. RSinBC

    RSinBC Been here awhile

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    12, great report keep it coming
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  16. motoged

    motoged Been here awhile

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    Well, In 2001 I spent 5 days there and never left the beach. Ate smoked yellow tail that some dune buggy guys gave me for one of my two meals a day.....and fish tacos or huevos revueltos for the other meal.....

    That set the hook :clap:clap
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  17. NMTrailboss

    NMTrailboss Team Dead End

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    This is a Team Magoo win!! :clap:clap:clap
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  18. dano619

    dano619 Been here awhile

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    ok, now lucky 13, many fond memories of baja------first time at mikes sky ranch, sat at the bar and had a shot with my son (wont say he was underage, oops) great memories!! keep up the good report-----:clap:freaky:clap:freaky
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  19. bigdon

    bigdon Long timer

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    I'm N ! :D
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  20. Scubalong

    Scubalong Been here awhile

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    Great report, nice action video and pictures:clap
    :freaky:ricky Be safe.