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OSO LOCO!! Baja Edition: Oso Tired - Sand and Single Track. And Rocks. And Snow

Discussion in 'Ride Reports - Epic Rides' started by BigWan, Feb 20, 2014.

  1. LittleWan

    LittleWan You can do it!

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    Nah, just try and get rid of me...:evil



    Matt is doing the heavy lifting on this one - and the story is all his (and lica, bartek and osito, of course)...
    But I'm doing what I can to help out.

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  2. MTrider16

    MTrider16 Ridin' in MT

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  3. LittleWan

    LittleWan You can do it!

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    Matt is hard at work on the next posts. He's got the photos uploading and he's typing away...


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    Since he's already got a full plate, I offered to take care of the maps.
    Me.
    Taking care of the maps.

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    I can't find my crayons, so I'll be posting some screen captures for you guys.
    Some will be better than others...




    As soon as Matt left, I was kind of a mess. I worry a lot when he's riding without me.

    The SPOT was nice for that.
    I was obsessive about watching his tracks and, whenever I could, I would zoom in and try and figure out where the guys were.

    Except for a few sections on the Pacific coast, I had a pretty good idea of what was going on.
    Either I knew the terrain and had been there in person, or I had seen Moto Vaquero's report
    (on the mystery sections, I even got the 411 from Sancho :pynd himself - thanks, Scott! :D)




    OK - so here's the SPOT map for Day 1: Tecate to San Felipe.

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  4. MTrider16

    MTrider16 Ridin' in MT

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    What bike did Radek ride in KOM? I've been looking at some vids on Youtube, crazy stuff. :huh:eek1
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  5. BigWan

    BigWan The Cripple Maker

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    Day 1 continued



    This is the scariest part of riding Baja for me. The first 100 miles or so, when everyone is super excited and fresh. It is nearly impossible to hold back.
    The roads in this area are flowy and fun. We had rain all night, the sand was wet and heavy, the tires were brand new. Just perfect conditions.

    A week before we came down Dana Neisler (stevodadevo) lost his life on this very road doing this very thing.
    We didn'’t know him personally, just through interactions on ADV. From all accounts he was just like us.
    I planned on stopping at the Kurt Caselli memorial on the way into Valle T. - another really nice guy taken far too early.
    My hope was that talking about these tragedies would slow us down a little, maybe make us think before the next blind corner.
    It would be more than I could bear to lose an Oso on one of these silly rides.



    So, like I said it was getting colder and colder as we climbed up to Laguna Hanson.

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    Then we got the first snowflakes.

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    Baja in winter is a tough place to pack for. Of course we want to pack as light as possible, so we want to bring as little as possible. You just can’'t plan for everything.
    Summer gloves and mesh pants are not the best choice for a snowstorm. Ask me how I know. :bluduh

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    The snow was fun at first, until the cold and wet really set in.

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    Eventually the pain in our hands would force us to stop and warm them with the exhaust.

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    Just when it was no longer fun anymore, we dropped in elevation and things were better.

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    We came across some horses and a burro running down the road. They wouldn'’t let us pass and they wouldn'’t leave the road. Kinda surreal.

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    We were getting closer to Valle T., riding a very flat and unimpressive section of the Baja 1000 course, when we found the Kurt Caselli Memorial.

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    I don'’t have any profound prose or anything like that. All I can say is I felt a great sadness. It is horrible that such an unmemorable section of trail should claim the life of one of the finest riders in the country.

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    Next stop - Tacos in Valle T.

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    The trail was a sandy track that funneled between some large boulders. I caught up to Bartek who had stopped and blocked the road.
    He was very concerned that Osito was riding like a crazy man. Bartek explained how Osito blew past him, bouncing off one of the boulders and continued on, pinned. :eekers



    When Bartek and I went around the next curve, we found Osito.

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    He went down pretty hard. He was a bit shaken up after being thrown a ways and hurting his shoulder.

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    The bike was hurt more than Osito though.

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    In Valle T. the taco stand was closed for the holiday and the only place open had 26 Jeepers enjoying lunch. :cry

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    We warmed up a tiny bit and watched Osito stress about his once beautiful bike.

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    Our plan had been to ride Laguna Diablo into San Felipe, but with all the rain we thought better of it and just slabbed into town.


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  6. LittleWan

    LittleWan You can do it!

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    A few more screen shots for Matt's last post...


    I took this one to show where they were on the Baja 1000 course,
    then they dropped down to the highway to go into Valle de Trinidad.

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    The Kurt Caselli memorial was in that section, too, above track #27.




    Here's where the trail comes out onto Hwy 3:

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    San Felipe

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    and Matt's check in/OK at Kiki's.

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    more San Felipe.

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    we'll let Radek tell you :)
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  7. MTrider16

    MTrider16 Ridin' in MT

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    I subscribed to his youtube channel, so hopefully there are some gopro vids about to be published. :thumb
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  8. Skowinski

    Skowinski opposable thumbs

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  9. Baja Ho

    Baja Ho Momentum is your friend

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    Late to this one. Now you guy's are taking big "V" twin 400lb+ bikes on MotoVaqueros route that he did last year! :eek1 Looks like the carnage has already started, I will be glued to this one.
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  10. LittleWan

    LittleWan You can do it!

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    OK, I got the info - I knew it was a 525 that had been modified...
    looks like it's a KTM 540. Radek's report is here.

    NSFW was volunteering at KOM and got a good photo of him (hope he doesn't mind if I steal it....thanks, Joel! :D)
    Did you see that KOM thread in racing? Lots more pics there.

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  11. NKOrange

    NKOrange Puny homer

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    The land equivalent of an aircraft carrier :D

    Great stuff!
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  12. Moto Vaquero

    Moto Vaquero Trail less traveled

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    I was tagging along on Matts SPOT Tracker for a couple o days but I'm not sure how helpful I was to 'Lil Wans condition with input like; " Oh no, it looks like they're headed towards the sugar sand wash that will swallow those 990's like the Sarlacc Pit Monster!":eek1

    Poor 'Lil Wan probably chewed her nails down to the cuticles.
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  13. MTrider16

    MTrider16 Ridin' in MT

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    Cool. Thanks for the links, I didn't think about the race forum.

    David
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  14. LittleWan

    LittleWan You can do it!

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    :lol3 - that's OK, Scott. I was happy to have any input. :D

    It's just that between the things you were saying, what I could tell from the sat images,
    and the bits of info I was getting from Matt (flats, bike issues, spills, etc)...
    I knew that the potential for drama was pretty high. :eek1


    Later, I said to Matt, "How in the hell do other wives/girlfriends do it?? How do they not freak out while watching the tracks?"
    And he told me, "They don't know what you know." :deal


    Whew.
    Ignorance is bliss.




    You're welcome! :D
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  15. NSFW

    NSFW basecamp4adv Super Supporter

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    haha...finally someone appreciates my pics....:lol3

    kel, no problem, glad to share. great to see an OSO at KOM. agree, he's a canimal.


    love to to see the OSOs ride again. we're going to miss you lw, but i'm sure some of the rider's comment will be plagiarized from your previous reports...:lol3


    subscribed ...:wave
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  16. BigWan

    BigWan The Cripple Maker

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    :lol3

    Hi NKOrange,
    That'’s exactly what Osito loves about the truck. He'’s got a huge aluminum flat bed to install. He says we'’ll be able to fit 4 990s on it.




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    Day 2: 2/4/14
    San Felipe to Calamuje Wash
    159.5 miles







    Morning at Kiki'’s in San Felipe.

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    The day started with what will become the norm for the next 2 weeks. Moto triage.

    Bartek wore a hole in his rear tank fuel line. no problema.

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    Bartek also had some noise coming from his sprocket, he thought.
    So, we took it off checked it out and reinstalled it. Looked fine.

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    Ceasar had some straightening to do after yesterday's get-the-hell-off.

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    He also had to stitch that fender back together.

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    Kiki was great and lent him a drill and bits.

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    With the bike work done, the next order of business was breakfast. We went to a place Lica really liked from a previous stay in S.F.

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    Lica and I had the Fajitas dinner for breakfast. On this trip it seemed wise to eat as much as you can when you can. You never knew when the next meal would be.

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  17. BlockPass

    BlockPass Been here awhile

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    Another great report, hoping to get down there eventually!

    As I have that same tank, where did Bartek's line wear through? Might have to add some armor to mine.

    Keep it coming!


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  18. licascurtu

    licascurtu Been here awhile

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    If I remember correctly it was a combination of bad routing of the hose and a worn expansive chain that was supposed to last some ridiculous amount of miles :evil ...... not in Oso world.:nono

    Bartek I hope you don't believe in 40k miles chains anymore :rofl
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  19. rburkat

    rburkat Been here awhile

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    You just made me spill by beer! It came out my nose when I read that and started laughing!


    Yeah it's a 540. Speaking of which I just spent the day putting together my 990 and my 525. I wanted to go for a quick test ride today but it's a blizzard out side. California I miss you.
    But I did an arts and crafts night in my garage. I took a new KTM 450 EXC decal and with and xacto knife i cut out and transposed the 5 and the 4. Now I have a factory KTM 540... flawless. Lica you'd be proud of my art skills!

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    Man this trip is looking good so far. A little wet and cold at first, which is something I did not expect. Here is hoping for some nice and hot sunny days ahead.
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  20. Bartek990

    Bartek990 Adventurer

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    Hi Guys,
    Lica is right about the fuel line, but chain? 40k number comes from
    someone :deal not me. For $$$ I just hope to last little longer than 8k :huh.

    Matt great work on RR! Thx
    Bartek
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