Testing the 790 in Baja

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  1. advrockrider

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    Crazy, I never got the story of how it burnt but donated the fund to rebuild it. The food and service was always good.
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  2. fastring

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    Great roads to get to and out of scorpion bay, one pic is my work pc desktop background...
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  3. liv2day

    liv2day Life is about how you handle Plan B Supporter

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    Just catching up, looks like you guys are having a fantastic time! Scorpion Bay was one of my favorite places during my trek down there, such a great little community with a fantastic vibe.

    Did you ride down and watch the surfers? If so, any chance the little open air place on the bluff above the bay was still in business? Pic below.

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    Not sure what your travel route is, but the trek across back to the Cortez side is outstanding - some of the best riding I did down there. Either the Ice House road (not sure what else it's called) or the trek through the Commondus and over...effin' amazing.

    Looking forward to the next update, really wish I was riding.
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  4. Jeppb93

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    We got up at 7 and headed off. FD7D9149-4023-43CE-8800-99308ED322C9.jpeg Back to the ocean. A memorable day so far.
    I should have named this RR “testing ourselves in Baja”, the long days are wearing on us a bit. Dad had a hard day fighting the sands today. F50254CD-3432-41D1-93FE-3B4C010521F6.jpeg FB3BFBB8-443E-431C-9E1E-9F8DC9E5C93B.jpeg 4EF25D77-A47F-400D-8E9A-7116C8006081.jpeg 864FD26E-E035-463C-AB3D-BBBDEC91A508.jpeg West to Santa Fe then south along El Conejo and Los Innocentes where we hopped on the beach and rode for 50km along the ocean. Something I will never forget. A right of passage for riding in Baja. 85BCBA84-C006-4E9F-BEB3-DBFC9DFE4E07.jpeg 68AE78F0-AA8B-41D1-B7D8-99054C8F1C25.jpeg A357637B-12DD-4F57-9CD4-49C47F72AD23.jpeg
    In Todo Santos right now deciding whether we should ride into Cabo or not.

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  5. Jeppb93

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    No never seen that hut, did look over the fishing boats in the bay though AEE5F573-C23E-4484-9F10-95D3B7503F31.jpeg
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  6. advrockrider

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    Cabo to say you did it but I would rather spend my time in other areas. Checkout agua verde near La paz, I haven't been there but its on my list. If you do Cabo come back up the coast road to La Riba.
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  7. liv2day

    liv2day Life is about how you handle Plan B Supporter

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    It’s at the other end, essentially across from where your pic was taken.

    Another vote for stopping by Agua Verde, supposed to be amazing.

    And that sans sucks, some deep $hit.
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  8. Jeppb93

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    We did I make it to Cabo. Found a car wash to get the salt off the bikes from the beach ride. They even air dried them with air hoses and towel dried the screens streak free. Definitely worth the 80 pesos. We proceeded to eat the street meats and check into 7 crown hotel (last room on the end, very noisy by the street). EF8A4ACE-D47F-406E-84E7-CD33482F7CE5.jpeg Today we will head East along the dirt road that heads along the ocean from San Jose Cabo. Hopefully making it to La Paz for lunch, then another dirt route north through San Juan De La Costa where hopefully we can find a place to camp along the ocean.
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  9. Yellow Pig

    Yellow Pig Allergic to asphalt! Supporter

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    Did you guys make hotel reservations or are you just hoping to find a room when you pull into town?


    Great Ride Report, thanks.
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    ]Cabo to say you did it but I would rather spend my time in other areas. Checkout agua verde near La paz, I haven't been there but its on my list. If you do Cabo come back up the coast road to La Riba.


    Agua Verde is closer to Loreto, I though this was going to be a ride report on the first 790, the 360 lb Suzuki DR 790
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  11. Jeppb93

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    No reservations. We never know how far we’re actually going to make it in a day. There has always been rooms available. Maybe Baja 1000 time they would all be sold out.
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    It was cloudy in Cabo, and the tourists seemed disappointed. Not us though. The cool nights were behind us and the weather was warm even without the sun.
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    We headed along the coast from San Jose del Cabo down the tourist trail of rented ATV’s and SxS’s.
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    Many marked trails are closed to make way for resorts. E870669C-7155-4597-A13F-2AE77806EE5B.jpeg
    Making it to Los Barriles, we continued north around the cape, and the trail degraded as we got further away from the towns. 931D4FAA-1BD8-472B-B1BC-47507A36FC0B.jpeg BD363422-8BF1-492D-AE95-4894E0116EA0.jpeg
    The hardest, but one of the most beautiful trails so far. 69DEB7A1-E59F-4A5C-B559-9E5D95E9F073.jpeg 8C50BC49-352A-4B6B-AE31-2791FDB569C9.jpeg

    Dog Tired.
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    Stopped in La Paz for some more street meats (carne asada, and pescado)
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    Then off to find a secluded piece of beach to call our own for the night. Just north of the mining town of San Juan de la Costa. 55E425EE-FFAD-473D-8B3E-49A0761F59EB.jpeg
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  13. GF-kam

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    Beautiful pics from Baja.
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    We pitched a tent up from the mines along an empty bit of beach. We listened to the jake breaks on the dump trucks as we tried to get some shut eye. We were a few kilometres away but the noise carried in the night.
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    Today we found ourselves at San Evarisito. Our own little Paradise cut off from the rest of Mexico. The roads in have been more or less washed away from the last hurricane. Maggi & Lupe were more than excited to see a customer for their little bar and taco joint.
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    As much as we wanted to stay and fish dorado with Lupe, we had a schedule to keep. Through the mountains and “Enduro” roads with big “rockas” as Lupe said. (He wasn’t lying) FFA4428C-3C04-4D64-86C0-79C80CBD1DA5.jpeg
    it’s quite neat how the roads can be so rocky and almost impassable with a vehicle then a section of concrete appears in the middle of nowhere. C72CAAFA-C679-4280-8B52-7B7319BD9536.jpeg 94879159-533B-4E56-B261-FA412B66022A.jpeg
    We witnessed the most beautiful colours of mountains. Hues of green and pink. A river that flowed through bedrock, and little ranchitos that made their home along the bank, though the river often appeared and disappeared into the ground. EFE41516-A9C7-4FA6-81FB-7E70C0255B0C.jpeg 5A7AFEC7-3683-41DE-B6F2-117516366D5F.jpeg
    It’s a different world. When you ride past the little dwellings, the old gauchos will often wave at you to come into their home and eat their food with them and their family. It happened on a coupe of occasions, but we never ended up staying to eat.
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    The mountain road ended up popping us out at Ciudad Constitucione. Some 5 hours later. By this time we were cutting it close for our goal of Loreto, so we high tailed it on Mex 1. Reaching the city and Hotel Oasis well after dark.

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    What's the weather and temps like this time of year?
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    Looks like the bigger KTM is taking more naps. Does that mean the 790 Adventure R is the better bike ;-) By the way are those the Cyclopse directional LED kit on the 790?

    Great pics guys. Credit to your riding off the grid in Baja. I've see some of the sandy roads. Wicked hard to ride.
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  17. Jeppb93

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    It has been cloudy since we left Cabo. Baja Norte is cool high teens (Celsius) heated grip temp in the mornings. Sur was quite warm mid 20s. Sweaty when riding slow kinda weather.
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    Lots of dirt naps. It is night and day difference between the bikes when riding in the sand. Although the 1090 is like a Cadillac on the highway. And yes, new switchback leds. Beat the stock bulb types.
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  19. Jeppb93

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    Loreto. Where are all the tourists? Our hotel was situated end of main drag. We had a seafood dinner in a restaurant with no other patrons. The streets were quiet.
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    We left the hotel and covered some serious ground, passing by the bay of conception, stopping in Mulegé for gas and then cutting inland to San Ignacio. 52E41243-82AF-46C0-9560-28B675FB9BBC.jpeg
    The Baja drivers have a weird communication method. Back at home someone might flash you if you have your high beams on, or there is a cop ahead. That might happen, but here it can also mean there is a heard of cows on the road, or they want to let you know they like bikers and give you a wave as you go by. Turn signals are also a communication method. Drivers ahead will often signal when it is safe to pass by using their left signal. An oncoming vehicle may use their left signal to wave hello. This is what I gathered from my slab day.

    You can often make friends on the highways. They went through half of one pannier. I had to explain to them what a sleeping mat was for. Friendly enough. 79F31BA6-B018-4C70-82F6-5CF2A42D0ECB.jpeg
    Afternoon hit, and we were getting wiped from the wind buffeting. We left the pavement around Vizcaino and headed East towards the Bay of LA. We never made it that far, we became weary. I had read on another thread a while back there was a ranch that offered habitations out in the middle of nowhere.

    I had an idea where this ranch was but not entirely sure. After a wrong turn and a long trip through sand, we crossed into Baja Norte by opening a gate in a fence.

    The ranch appeared when we needed it most.
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    Rancho Piedra Blanca. A working ranch with habitations for lonely bikers and travellers. I don’t think many people know of this place as it is not on a map or easily accessible.
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    We were greeted with friendly hand shakes by the family, and a tour from the old gaucho grandfather. They raise over 300 head of cattle. This place was as authentic as it gets.
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    There were even Mexican maidens, who served up home cooked meals and cold cervezas. D4205CE2-5C08-4E6A-BE32-32CEED690305.jpeg
    A single room only costs 300pesos. Hot showers and a custom flush toilet house on site. I recommend you stay here if you plan on visiting Bay of LA or San Fransisquito.
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    I said I would pass on a good word.
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    Damn that place looks awesome! I didn’t get out to Bay of LA. I have been riding around Baja for a 6 weeks and have hardly scratched the surface....
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