Tucson Area Bulletin Board:

Discussion in 'West – California, the desert southwest and whatev' started by russbryant, Jan 22, 2009.

  1. ODSC1

    ODSC1 Been here awhile

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    Hi All!

    I plan on leaving Ontario, Canada early next week for a two month Central American adventure ride. I want to trailer the bike down to the US southwest and ride from there. I was thinking the Tuscon area would be a good staging area as I would be starting in Baja and return through the mainland. This would be my first ride into Mexico and further south.

    Any suggestions on where I could leave my vehicle for 2 months, and have it there when I get back. Also suggestions for area accomodation, border crossing and Mexico insurance would be very much appreciated!

    Thanks,
    Brian
  2. KIC

    KIC Proud Army Dad

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    Brian,

    What is your expected arrival date to the Tucson area. I can help you out with a safe parking spot and I think I still have some good maps of Copper Canyon area. Mexican Insurance is easy to get around here, crossing depends on where you are going...either Nogales or Douglas area.. just depends. I have had several Mexico bound riders stage from my house before.. PM me if you want to discuss it more.
  3. ODSC1

    ODSC1 Been here awhile

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    KIC,

    I plan to leave London Ont by Dec 5. I would expect to be in Tuscon by Dec 8. If you can set me up down there that would be very much appreciated!


    Thanks,
    Brian
  4. operaflute

    operaflute Starving Artist

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    Hello Tucson!
    Should have posted this here in the first place... Wondering if anyone in the area has a 1 gallon rotopax fuel container to show off? Haven't found any local places that carry them, and I'd like to see one in person/hold it this way and that/scratch my head/find a way to fit one MORE thing on my tiny XT225 before ordering one of my own...
    PM me or reply here!
    Thanks, and isn't the weather amazing lately?
  5. seabee1

    seabee1 we build, we fight

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    so, how did the meeting with becky go? :ear
  6. KIC

    KIC Proud Army Dad

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    It was good to see her and hear about her new gypsy life style. :freaky
  7. SpeedySteve

    SpeedySteve Been here awhile

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    Howdy Folks -

    I am battling a ping issue on a new BMW GSA under some rather harsh engine conditions (I tend to be quite twisty with the right hand).

    Anyone know of any ethanol free fuel stations in Tucson? I would like to try some Ethanol free 91 and see if this problem continues.

    If you know of any fuel stations within a good 50(ish) miles of Tucson that don't blend with ethanol, holler!

    Cheers,

    Steve
  8. SpeedySteve

    SpeedySteve Been here awhile

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  9. SpeedySteve

    SpeedySteve Been here awhile

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    Ride Name: Big Bend Christmas Trip
    Date: Departing December 23/24? TBD
    Meeting time: 0600
    Meeting location: Houghton parking area north of I10
    Estimated Length of Ride: 12-14 days; December 23/24-Jan 5th
    Difficulty: 1000 miles+ of dirt! 3,000ish total miles. Should be easy(er). I am riding a 600 lb bike with camping gear and food provisions
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    Howdy Folks -

    I'm in the midst of planning of a Christmas Holiday on the motorcycle. 6 days of vacation from work net me a total of 15 consecutive days off from work. Needless to say, I plan to spend those day living out of the motorcycle; the way a proper holiday should be spent :D. Right now, I don't have any companions on this trip :(:. Even my SO is unable to take time off, so this is currently a solo trip. I apologize for the late posting given the potential magnitude of the trip. My original plans to Baja with a few buddies fell through due to scheduling and prep time. So, last weekend I start planning my backup trip, which is now my only trip, and the trip that I currently don't have any buddies tagging along with.

    I have spent a fair bit of time researching routes and things to do. My goal is to get to Big Bend National Park area from Tucson using as many feasible dirt roads as possible. That is my reason for posting most of the daily routes with Bing Maps, they allow routing with smaller secondary/tertiary roads.

    So, If you have a wide open Christmas break and want to tag along on a well planned trip - hit me up! I am a bit type A with planning, well, more like researching; while out on the trail I may deviate from the plan with knowledge of the surrounding area. I suppose the route doesn't deviate that much, but the timing may (you know how it is, finding fun alternative smaller dirt roads to the plan and spend more time exploring those and not really progressing along the planned route while the sun continues to set and you find a place a hundred or so miles from your planned destination for the night). This will be a cooler trip - I will be sporting heated gear. I also plan to tent most/all of the nights with the exception if a storm rolls through; in that case I will probably be in a hotel keeping dry / not snowy.

    Anyways, this trip should be a good hearty chunk of hella fun man time. If you want to tag along for the whole route - yay! If you have time for a few days - great! Come out and have fun, then ride home to entertain the inlaws or whatever responsible grown ups do :lol3

    Here is a link to the public dropbox folder that contains the word doc that acts as notes/itinerary and the good earth files that I will convert to .gpx format and toss on the GPS.

    I have national forest maps for Lincoln National Forest in NM, Delorme Atlas & Gazetteers for NM and TX, AAA state maps, and a specific map for Big Bend. I am very much a bing sat map/google earth road researcher, so the entirety of the route thus far seems to be reasonably passable by bikes according to imagery.

    The itinerary and GE files are works in progress. I hope to finalize the Big Bend trip research this weekend and update the dropbox folder with the latest itinerary and Google Earth files.

    If you're interested in a Christmas motorcycle holiday, hit me up! All parties interested, we will meet in person December 21 or 22 to discuss any pending matters and to allow me time to discuss the objectives and details of the route. Of course, we can be in contact by email/phone beforehand to discuss whatever.

    Cheers,

    Speedy
  10. operaflute

    operaflute Starving Artist

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    Glad to have found this Tucson board!! Have the time off but already have Baja trip in the works. BUT - nice to see this stuff, and hope I can join another time! Still haven't made it to Big Bend and it's been on "the list" for a while now.

  11. SpeedySteve

    SpeedySteve Been here awhile

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    My initial plans were Baja for this holidays as well. However, the $500 entry fee of insurance, tourist permit and fishing license was rather a deterrent.

    Have fun in Baja though! Looks like a fun place.
  12. AirCommando

    AirCommando Adventurer

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    Greetings Tucson! I am trying to figure out how to post pics to the ADVrider forum. I have a few thing to sell in the flee market. Could somebody provide me a synopsis on how to? Thank you!
  13. Low Down

    Low Down ADV Misfit

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    Here ya go:

    http://www.advrider.com/forums/showthread.php?t=919
  14. operaflute

    operaflute Starving Artist

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    I hear ya. I seem to be racking up a number of "Aw, it's only 50 bucks" costs. My trip is shortened from original - looking at it as a "Mexico practice trip" for what will be an extended Mexico trip in May.
  15. AirCommando

    AirCommando Adventurer

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    So an afternoon ride in the Santa Rita's with a minor tip-over may have cost me one broken GSA aux light but may have opened the door for the XR650R I been wanting. After arriving home a little earlier then briefed, my wife comes into the garage were I am putting things away and holding the broken light. After exmining the situation and with no comments from me, she states, "maybe it would be cheaper for the family if you got that less expensive second bike, instead of having to replace parts on this one after every ride?" YESSSSSSSS! :clap
  16. DesertDuster

    DesertDuster Old Pueblo Rider

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    I am looking for a mostly dirt route from Tucson to Yuma. If you have any tracks or a route that you know of, can you let me know?

    Ron
  17. Drizzt

    Drizzt Ranger

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    I've done some mild research on this. There's some dirt that I kind of know of between here and Ajo but I personally don't know of a reliable dirt way through.

    The more reliable part of the dirt route that is less exploration is "el camino del diablo" or the devil's highway, which will take you from a point south of ajo all the way basically to yuma. Hopefully others will have more detailed directions or tracks of this route, I'm sure it's popular enough for there to be some gps tracks. If you just look on google maps it starts up near the border and highway 85.
  18. ChadHahn

    ChadHahn Been here awhile

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    Where did you get information on a fishing license? Once when I went down to camp in Mexico I tried to get a fishing license and even wasted an hour or more asking around at the border crossing in Nogales but nobody had any idea about getting one.

    I still fished but since I didn't have the paperwork I was kind of glad I didn't catch anything.

    Chad
  19. seabee1

    seabee1 we build, we fight

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    if you hire a boat, the captain can get your license.
  20. goodtimes

    goodtimes local bum

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    Mexican fishing licenses can be bought through the Oficina de Pesca.

    I'm pretty sure you don't need one to fish salt water from the shore - not sure about fresh water.