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. BigWan

    BigWan The Cripple Maker

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    Day 2 continued





    On most Baja rides, this next section between San Felipe and Gonzaga is normally just a couple of hrs. of slab. It used to be a lot more fun before the highway. Oh well, progress.

    Scott (Moto Vaquero) tried to ride the dirt and sand as much as he could to Puertecitos. That sounded different and new, so, we'’ll try also.

    Easier said than done. We tried to get on the beach north of Rancho Percebu.
    We wasted a lot of time and energy in deep sand washes trying to just reach the beach.

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    We eventually made it, sort of.

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    The beach is just on the other side of that huge, wet, slick, mud flat.
    No problem, we got this. :thumb

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    We were cruising down the flats, when Lica called me on the Sena to let me know the ground was getting really soft. So, I stop before it gets nasty.
    Osito was in front of me and has yet to buy a Sena (or a high fender, for that matter). :rofl
    All I could do was watch the inevitable happen.

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    His poor fender is getting worked on this ride.

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    Bartek and I went to scout a path to the beach. Bartek split away from me to blaze his own trail...





    Meanwhile, on the beach... :jkam

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    We regrouped soon after, but not before noticing some loud chain popping noises coming from Bartek'’s bike.

    We made him spin the tire under load to try and figure out where the noises were coming from.

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    It turns out that the chain was starting to throw some rollers. They were both on the rivet master link. Maybe the master link was pressed a little too tight and caused the failure. :scratch

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    I'’ll never say that big KTMs are unreliable. However, I will concede, that carrying a bucket load of spares is a good idea.

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    I had a short length of chain and 2 clip-on master links with me, just in case. Oso prepared.

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    Alright, finally! we are on the beach. Whoo Hoo!

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    We were about to discover that we were actually on a sand spit that was not connected to the main beach. Doh!
    Kelly was watching the spot tracker and zoomed in to get a capture of our mistake. If only we had had satellite photos to look at.

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    We still had fun riding on the beach.

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  2. LittleWan

    LittleWan You can do it!

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    Here's where they were testing Bartek's bike:

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    Next up, the guys are on their way to Gonzaga...

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  3. LittleWan

    LittleWan You can do it!

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    Matt's working on the next videos, so I might as well give you guys a couple more screenshots...


    Alfonsina's

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    And here's the final map for Day 2:


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    Also - Matt says "Hola, Osos!" he's glad you're enjoying the report so far. :wave

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  4. RedRockRider

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    Saturday night. Catching up on the OSO Ride Report. Good entertainment. :lol3

    Getting caught on a dead-end spit of land by the ocean. This could lead to some serious backtracking . . . and if the tide was working against you . . . might make you sweat a little . . . :eek1
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  5. MKJ

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    I see some Calamuje Canyon on that track? Next up........ Window Rock?
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    Bgunn Posible mañana

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    I have some friends in Baja on a trip now, and am heading down for a trip on March 3rd.

    Reading this, is rekindling the Baja flame. Always love to see the 990's put to the test.
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  8. AJ990R

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    :clap
    thanks for sharing & taking us along Big Wan!
    Farmageddon is a oso sweet rig:D
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  9. BigWan

    BigWan The Cripple Maker

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    Now that this report is in the dirt and moving along, I'll try to respond to all the comments.


    Hi RRR,
    Backtracking was the theme of the day. :lol3

    Nice to see you MKJ, Yup and Yup :nod


    Hi Bgunn,
    That's my goal, to get people fired up to ride Baja, especially on big bikes.
    Enjoy your trip.


    Hi Miguel,
    It would have been nice to cross paths with you guys. Chances are some of those tracks were ours. Stay tuned and jump in any time.

    Hey AJ990R,
    Thanks for following along and for the Farmageddon love.


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  10. BigWan

    BigWan The Cripple Maker

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    Day 2 continued





    We had to back track off the sand spit and through he mud again. Lica saw an opportunity to do some more testing on his fairing.
    I didn'’t understand right away why he was riding too fast in the mud.
    Then I realized he was just being really thorough. What a guy.

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    After product testing, we had a fun sand road to the next rancho.

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    We found a short wall to drop off on to the beach and we were gone.

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    We rode the beach for miles until we came to a fish processing building. We used their road to get to the pavement, coming out near the Cowpatty bar.

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    I suggested a coasting race down the hill. Engines off, he who can coast the furthest, wins.
    I can'’t remember who won, but I know who came in 4th. :queenie


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    Next was a 5th gear roll on race from around 50 mph to near 100mph. I think Bartek'’s bike was the fastest, and again, I was last.
    We were all within maybe 15 meters of each other at the end. Results may vary in the dirt. :wink:


    We went to Alfonsina'’s for some tacos and beer.
    These were the first official tacos of the trip.

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    We kept a running taco total, but did a crap job of documenting each one.
    18 tacos so far.
    We're going to be hard pressed to beat Kelly's challenge of doubling the 117 tacos consumed in the The Baja WanK

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    Lica had a broken GoPro mount and it was only day 2.
    Luck was on our side it seemed. While we were eating this guy walks up and inquires about our GoPros, asking if we have trouble charging them and if we have a spare charge cord.
    We tested his and found a problem with his camera not the cord.
    We in turn asked him if he had a spare mount. He did and gladly gave it to us. We charged his battery in one of our cameras so he could use it on his last day.
    We were all happy, win win.

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    Our original plan had us sleeping on the beach in Gonzaga. I think it was Bartek who suggested we keep on going and camp in the Calamuje wash.
    So, we loaded up with water and other essentials and headed out.

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    Osito had never been to Coco'’s so we stopped and poked around. Coco was there, but had already gone to bed, after all it was 7pm.
    We had a quick chat with Coco, took a few pics, and were gone.

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    The ride out to Calamuje was a blast as always.




    We found a great spot to sleep with soft sand and wood for the fire.

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    Lica doing his best Marc Coma
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    A good day.

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  11. Moto Vaquero

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    :clap Y'all look much happier after getting your taco fix (Alfonsinas has some of the best). Bartek must have been unbearable to live with before that.:lol3

    That mud looks super slippery, luckily it was mostly dry when me & Lenny went through there in April.
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    MKJ Married w/ Children

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    We start our trips where you guys jumped down onto the beach 40k south of San Felipe at my partners house in Playa Mexico. You rode within 20 feet of it. Did you wave?
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  13. LittleWan

    LittleWan You can do it!

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    heh. Like this?


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    Bartek's pretty sweet. It was probably more like this:

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    I thought the guys were going to sleep in Gonzaga at the end of Day 2,
    but they got there too early to stop for the night.
    As soon as their tracks headed into Calamuje Wash, I knew they were looking for soft sand...

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    They found it. :D

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    Nighty night, Osos...
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    Matt says, "Yep!"

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  14. Grinderman

    Grinderman Been here awhile

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    That last video was so much fun!! Thanks Big Wan. :clap
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    Scott i cant wait to see day 3 if they do Window Rock and that nice sand, i see they skipped the Jeep trail but hell they been there done that, boy that mud looked like a hand full.:clap:clap
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    3 days and 7 pages late!!!!! WOW!!!!

    Great to see the OSOs at it again!!!!! :clap:clap
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    Hello Osos Peligrosos
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    I found a friend on the slopes today ;)
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    just watchin the last video and hearing matt laughin thruout is just priceless.....just livin in the moment-----gotta love it!!
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