Testing the 790 in Baja

Discussion in 'Ride Reports - Epic Rides' started by Jeppb93, Jan 6, 2020.

  1. Jeppb93

    Jeppb93 Adventurer

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    This is my first RR, and my first adventure bike. After working out the bugs, and modifying the beast into a great cross-country adventure bike, it was time to stray from my British Columbia homeland and see some more of the continent.

    I am accompanied on this trip by my father Scott on his 1090. We both have transported our bikes in the pickup from Vernon to Palm Springs.

    We will be leaving on Wednesday just as soon as I get my bike back from the KTM dealer in Riverside. It turns out that my rear shock was blown, but I did not notice the leak until I was ready to unload in California. Great first start, but better here than Baja!

    We are going to be following some of GPS Kevin’s tracks South along the Pacific, then back North up Cortez side. 10 Days total. We’ll be sure to lay down some of our own fresh tracks as well.

    Here’s us on one of our trips around Interior BC.
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    Stay tuned
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  2. steved57

    steved57 Been here awhile Supporter

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    I'm in love Baja and the 790 looks like a great bike

    Hope you guys have a great ride
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  3. Critic

    Critic More or less!

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    Man, wish this was a day earlier! I am in PS now, but fly out at 5:30 am tomorrow. It would have been great to get together.
    Enjoy the ride!
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  4. Bhuddy21

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  5. enduro16

    enduro16 Been here awhile

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    How many miles you got on that KTM 790 R?
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  6. Jeppb93

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    Around 5,000km now. Mostly dirt.
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  7. Jeppb93

    Jeppb93 Adventurer

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    Adding some last minute farkles to the bike.
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    - Rade Garage windscreen
    - Garmin 276cx
    - Led turn signals
    - Seal Savers
    - New Motoz Rallz tires

    Meanwhile, Scott is repacking his bike for the 3rd time after me telling him he packed too much stuff.
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    Tecate tomorrow morning. Hasta Mañana
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  8. svneko

    svneko Adventurer

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    You call your dad Scott?
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  9. Fishhead64

    Fishhead64 n00b

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    Looking forward to the RR
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  10. Gerharz14

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    Looking forward to the RR. I'm in!
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  11. Alpha 1

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    I'm in for the RR, will be taking my 790 to baja in Feb.
    my shock blew and was repaired no issues since, also looking at my 2nd counter shaft seal but love the bike.
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  12. liv2day

    liv2day Life is about how you handle Plan B Supporter

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    Can't wait to follow this one! Did my first (and only thus far) trip to Baja back in '18 - enjoyed 13 days of riding that wonderful peninsula.

    Knobby side down and enjoy the adventure :ricky :thumb
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  13. Jeppb93

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    Day 1:
    We left Palm Springs and took Palms to Pines hwy then through Anza and Julian (pie shop there, will have to stop on way back). It was much cooler than expected with snow on the side of the roads.
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    Dropping down and heading into Tecate, the border came up fast. We had issues with our FMM visa, as we were recommended to file online before we left. Turns out the fee had gone up 17 pesos since last week :lol3. So off to find a Mexican bank, then back to immigration. All sorted.

    The speed limits were a bit underwhelming, but we did our best not to get pulled over by any policia.
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    Making headway, and maximizing our distance from the border, we drove straight through the rough streets of Ensenada. Down the highway and back towards the Pacific and Coyote Cal’s the back way. 6:00pm pitch dark were pooped. Time for some of Ta’s home cooking and a soft bed. EABF375E-EF55-4434-B955-77FDEAB03924.jpeg 67A7D303-8431-4AD5-AEA1-84D535687E07.jpeg

    Video footage to come.
    Recommendations: don’t go this far in one day & don’t buy FMM online.
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  14. MidlifePanic

    MidlifePanic Been here awhile

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    I’m interested in real world mileage of the 790.

    was at dealer today and noticed an estimated 56 mpg on that bad boy.


    Looks to be an awesome bike!
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  15. Jeppb93

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    Riding through Ensenada taking in the first views of the Pacific.

    7hrs of riding and we finally hit the dirt. Suns going down, but we make the best of it.
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  16. Jeppb93

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    I can get anywhere from 350 - almost 500km / tank. Totally depends on the type of riding. But it’s the best mileage I’ve seen on a stock tank for most bikes. 1090 is aprx 400km max.
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  17. Jeppb93

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    Adios Coyote Cal’s. Next stop - no plans, we’ll see how far we make it on the dirt today.
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  18. MidlifePanic

    MidlifePanic Been here awhile

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    What did it cost for a bunk at coyote Cala?

    if you don’t mind me asking.
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  19. Shred Head Fred

    Shred Head Fred Been here awhile Supporter

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    It is a good thing to keep the bikes light and weight down low. I experienced Baja on my 1200 and found lots of soft sand. You really don’t need as much stuff as you think you need in Baja.
    The further south you go the better it gets. Have a great time, looking forward to your RR.
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  20. Jeppb93

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    $25usd/ ea for a bunk. I ended up choosing a spring shot one, but the place was safe and pretty cozy.
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