Baja - Jan 2020

Discussion in 'Americas' started by selecw, Oct 2, 2019.

  1. selecw

    selecw Been here awhile

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    Anyone interested in joining me?

    I have ridden a lot in Europe, but never Mexico.

    I will be riding a KTM 950 Adventure and starting from the Bay Area.

    I am looking at a 2-3 week trip, with a mixture of camping and hotels ...
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  2. matthewg123

    matthewg123 Been here awhile

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    Possibly! I'm heading down to TX from Maine late December, planning on 8 weeks in Baja, Mexico and Central America! Riding an 1150GS.
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  3. MagnaMungus

    MagnaMungus Adventurer

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    I'm planning a Baja trip beginning on or around January 4th for at least a couple weeks. Leaving from San Diego area. No real itinerary as of yet. Riding a KTM 500 EXC. Feel free to reach out, maybe we could meet up for a stretch.

    Cheers!
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  4. intothewildBC

    intothewildBC Adventurer

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    Hey man, do you have any interest heading down for the Baja 1000 at the end of November. I will be riding out of San Diego too on a CRF450L
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  5. MagnaMungus

    MagnaMungus Adventurer

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    I wish I could, but I won’t be able to go til Jan/Feb. I’d love to see some of the racing, just not gonna happen this year.
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  6. jeff2051

    jeff2051 '13 1200GS, '15 XCF-W Supporter

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    I'm planning on heading that way this winter and can leave Charlotte, NC as early as the 1st week in December. My original plan is to take my motovan with my KTM 350 or ride my 2013 GS WC the whole way. Leaning toward the van but can pack either bike depending on who I will ride with. Open time frame. 1st time to Mexico
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  7. BK.RD.RNR

    BK.RD.RNR Torque Stick

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    Any Chance that February would work for you as well?
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  8. jeff2051

    jeff2051 '13 1200GS, '15 XCF-W Supporter

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    February does not work for me
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  9. selecw

    selecw Been here awhile

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    Feb would be ok
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  10. selecw

    selecw Been here awhile

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    well, lmk .. I could do Jan or Feb
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  11. MagnaMungus

    MagnaMungus Adventurer

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    My dates have shifted a bit. I'm looking to spend a week near La Paz with some friends but also hoping to catch up with my wife and some friends in Loreto the weekend of Feb 15-16. I could theoretically meet up with the wife on the way down or the way back up depending on how things shake out. What are other peoples dates looking like?
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  12. knight

    knight Long timer

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    Carnival is Feb 21 - 25

    Rooms will be scarce and expensive
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  13. BK.RD.RNR

    BK.RD.RNR Torque Stick

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    Thanks, hadn't considered that. I was hoping to be back stateside before the 21st as it is though.
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  14. fijiman

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    I am also planning a trip with a buddy starting in Jan 2nd week.....first time doing this...would be good to go with someone who has done this before....
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  15. pceire32

    pceire32 Irish Supporter

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    If you are heading down Baja in Jan/Feb don’t forget to stop at one of the Lagoons and see the whales.The Grey whale comes down in Nov/Dec to breed & give birth, and head back to Alaska early April. It is the only place in the world that you can have this amazing interactive experience, 1200-1500 Grey Whales on each of 4 lagoons. You can get to pet a whale if you are lucky , that is how close they get.
    The lagoons where you can visit are, from the North. Guerrero Negro, then San Ignacio, then two lagoons near Ciudad Constitucion, Puerto San Carlos & Puerto Adolfo Lopez Mateos. It will cost about $40-$50 to go out for 2 hours on a large 15-20 place panga.
    If you have questions or need details pm me. I go every year mostly Feb/March for the last 8 years.

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    This is a baby about the size of an SUV the mother will be about the size of a School bus. That is me in the blue .
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  16. By Crout Bill

    By Crout Bill n00b

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    I am looking to do the same sort of trip in mid-January, depending on the weather. I live north of you in Mendocino County, and ride a V-Strom 650. I would like a riding buddy at least as far as San Ignacio, where I might spin off to see the cave paintings, as well as the whales. I'm thinking of a 3-4 week trip in all. Some camping, some economy hotels. Will go all the way to Cabo. Haven't been to Baja in 30 years, but I have a lot of experience in Guatemala (non-moto) and speak un poco de espanol. I'm not a youngster anymore, except in spirit. Que piensa Ud.?
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  17. dealy663

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    I will be riding in Baja from 12/26 to 1/10. I'm gonna meet up with the family in La Paz from 1/2 to 1/6 or 7th. I'll be solo and might be up for meeting any of you if we're gonna be traveling in the same general direction on some of those dates. I don't have my itinerary any more defined than that currently and am trying to figure out a basic travel outline now. I don't plan on camping, just finding a hotel every night and moving on the following day.

    I'll be riding a BMW R1200 GSA. I'll have big knobby tires on and am somewhat decent off-road so I might be up for something that isn't too risky for the big beemer loaded w/panniers. It will be my first big multi-day trip on the motorcycle and my first time in Baja further south than Ensenada.
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  18. Magestyk

    Magestyk Da'Salty^Soldier

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    I’m planning to take off a day later after the Dakar Rally concludes, Jan 18.
    With that said I’ve been reading the thread, and sounds like everyone is riding big bikes 650-1000cc.
    From past experiences when I tagged along, people just wanted to speed through from ‘A to B’ while I prefer to ride slow at 45-60mph and enjoy the ride.
    I’ll just do my own ride on my WR250r, but I’ll see you all on the road.
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  19. CC Ryder

    CC Ryder Adventurer

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    I'm interested! 950SE or 990Adv. More interested in wrestling the pigs in sand than just cruising roads. Flexible schedule. Utah based. 44 with dirt experience. I just posted in the other MX thread.
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  20. peterman

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    Just a note for whale huggers,,if you want to get close and personal with the beasts then do not waste your time, but go directly to San Ignacio. The whales there are accustomed to humans and the boats, and will actually come to check you out. The other viewing launch points along the coast do not have the "friendly" whales and you generally won't get closer than a few dozen yards from one. San mateos lopez is very commercialized and nice, and punta san carlos is okay, and you will see whales,, but the lagoon near San Ignacio is the place to go for whale petting,,it just is. I hope to fix my bike and find a sack of old used money so I can ride to Baja instead of winter in Oregon.
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