The Baja Wan-Thousand: A Quick Trip to the Tip

Discussion in 'Ride Reports - Epic Rides' started by LittleWan, Mar 1, 2013.

  1. LittleWan

    LittleWan You can do it!

    Aug 21, 2009
    up on the pegs, in CA
    BigWan: Knock knock
    LittleWan: Who's there?
    BigWan: Tijuana
    LittleWan: Tijuana who?
    BigWan: Tijuana go to Baja?
    LittleWan: Nope. :nah

    Last year, BigWan started bugging me about doing the Mexican 1000, 2up.
    Really? :eek7
    He was sure we could do it, but first we needed to pre-run.

    BW: Do you want to go to Baja?
    LW: Um, no. Are you still on that?

    BW: Do you want to go to Baja?
    LW: Seriously? No, I don't want to go to Baja.

    BW: Do you want to go to Baja?
    LW: Good God. OK - let's go. But it has to be next week.
    And it has to be quick. I don't want to just hang out.

    The plan:
    Head South and see how well we would do on the race courses for the Baja 1000 and the Mexican 1000.
    Using the maps found here, BigWan drew up a route that would incorporate
    the 2012 Baja 1000, the 2012 Mexican 1000 and the 2007 Baja 1000.
    You can download the maps (and GPS tracks) at that link.

    There were also a few fun places we wanted to see, so we'd be veering from the course here and there for some side trips.

    The original plan to ride in Baja was hatched at the KTM rally in Bend.
    BigWan was riding with some Baja nuts, and all that B1k talk had planted the seed.
    Another trip to Baja was inevitable, he just needed to talk me into it.

    The Riders:
    Scott (Goggles Pizano) from Reno.
    Scott was a 2006 Baja 1000 Ironman finisher, so we knew he'd be a blast to ride with.
    He was ready to tear it up on his KTM 950SE.


    El Bartek (Bartek990). Bartek is a fairly new dirt rider (18 months - is that right??), but he oozes natural talent.
    He's always up for anything and never complains. Perfect!
    Here he is with his unique 2011 KTM ADV R (with dakar plastics)


    and, us Wans - Matt and Kelly (BigWan and LittleWan).
    Dumb as ever. ¿cómo se dice " d'oh" en español ?
    2up on a 2007 KTM 990 ADV S

    photo by Barteknologie

    We had all been hoping that Radek (rburkat) would be able to complete our little group, but this trip was very last minute.
    By the time we got our shit together, he was already committed to spending February in Poland.
    He really wanted to go and was sad to miss the ride.
    Us, too, Radek. Us, too. :cry

    The Route:
    You guys know I suck at maps, but I love my crayons.
    Here's a close approximation of our route.


    It's hard to tell from the crappy map, but most of this route is offroad.
    How much pavement did we do? Not sure, but our guessimate is 400 miles.
    It was as little as possible while still completing the route in 11 days.
    Make sand your favorite!

    It was a pretty ambitious plan and we'd have to do 200-300 mile days to keep on schedule.
    And in February, the days are short.
    The guys were all excited to use their lights, so night riding was going to happen.
    Isn't that one of the big no-nos in Mexico?

    Some stats:

    2500 miles
    11 days
    114 tacos (and that's not counting the ones on Bartek's front rim :rofl)
    6 flats
    1 broken subframe...

    and 1 broken rider. :eekers

    Here are some teaser pics to whet your appetite.


    Are you ready, Baja?

    ('cause we aren't)

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  2. VFR

    VFR Been here awhile

    Sep 22, 2007
    Nampa, Idaho for Good!!!
    This can't be happening. I'm in at the start of a Wans adventure..:clap

    Happy to tag along on this one. Y'all just do some casual rides. :eek1 :lol3

    Bring it on!
  3. dvwalker

    dvwalker Working to ride

    Jul 5, 2009
    good work bigwan, they eventually will say yes...:wink:

  4. Bgunn

    Bgunn Posible mañana

    Apr 7, 2004
    Rockford.Wa - Yuma.Az
    Baja threads are in full swing now, and this will surely be one of the greats.....

    Did a recent, 2 up loaded down 950 run to the tip. Had a few " couple's skill building" moments in the sand.

    Looking forward to the entertainment, comedy and some 2up extreme riding.
  5. stickman1432

    stickman1432 Crusty Adventurer

    Jul 24, 2008
    So.Cal.& St George UT-Baja-riding anywhere
    I'm me the way........

    Oh yea, I've been there let's do it again.

    Your RRs are great..............:wink::wink:
  6. hanksmybuddy

    hanksmybuddy Been here awhile

    Jun 17, 2009
    Tacoma, Washington
    Bring it! Did BigWan take one of his purses down there? :rofl
  7. LittleWan

    LittleWan You can do it!

    Aug 21, 2009
    up on the pegs, in CA
    Well, we were supposed to be packing super light.
    But I found this crammed into one of the side bags...




    ( hi VFR, dvwalker, Bgunn, and stickman1432! It's great to have you here. :wave)
  8. Just Paul

    Just Paul Pro Cat Herder

    Feb 7, 2007
    Pleasanton, Ca
    IN !

    sweet made it on the first page...
  9. scottmac

    scottmac Long timer

    May 21, 2008
    La Selva Beach, CA.
    You know I'm in!!!:drif:lol3
  10. HardWorkingDog

    HardWorkingDog Super Ordinary

    Aug 20, 2009
    Walnut Crick, Cal.

    I've forgotten already----------can you 'splain about those mameshiba things again???

  11. cdndog

    cdndog lurked more,posted less

    May 22, 2009
    SW Ontario
    Baja Wan Thousand. I see what you did there Kelly!
  12. Bob

    Bob Formerly H20Pumper

    Sep 25, 2002
    Corral de Tierra CA, Ketchum ID
    Hi guys!
  13. larryboy

    larryboy Stable genius.

    Jan 9, 2005
    Über Alles,California

  14. LeDakaR!

    LeDakaR! Banned

    Dec 17, 2007
    Location: San Francisco CA/ Austin, Texas
    Big ktms and baja!!!!
  15. LittleWan

    LittleWan You can do it!

    Aug 21, 2009
    up on the pegs, in CA

    Hi guys! The gang's all here! :clap
    JustPaul, scottmac, HWD, Bob, larryboy, LeDakaR!
    Great to see everyone.

    Haha, that was Matt's idea - he came up with it somewhere around Day 5.
    I thought it was brilliant.

    My only contribution was noting that it can be abbreviated as "WanK"...
    making us WanKers? :scratch


    OK, let's get this story on the road...

    Departure: 2/16/13
    Usually, Matt is adamant about riding to a destination (“it’s an ADVenture bike”),
    but he made an exception for this ride.
    Without time to ride the coast or something fun (like the PCQ),
    we were dreading the hideous slab down I-5.

    Also, at $200 a tire, we didn’t want to waste a new D908.
    With 2500 miles ahead of us, we were already cutting it close.

    Scott came down to the bay area and spent the night at Bartek’s.
    The next morning, we met up and loaded the bikes.




    It was a tight fit, but they got the SE and the R in the trailer.
    Almost lost Bartek in there!


    The S would be riding in the bed.


    We were on the road before 8am.
    It was a quick, easy drive down to the border.
    This was a Saturday in the midst of a 3-day weekend.
    No traffic in the bay area, no traffic in LA.
    We made great time. I think it took about 10 hrs.

    The energy in the truck was palpable.
    Everyone was stoked and ready for adventure. :smile6
    There was so much conversation and Baja excitement,
    Matt never even turned on the stereo.

    We gassed up in Tecate, CA and got some food.


    For Kurt and Martha.


    We quickly learned that El Bartek needs to feed every few hours.
    Eating with both hands insures that all the food groups are ingested with maximum efficiency. :dukegirl
    Salad in one hand, Hawaiana pizza in the other...


    Yep, that covers it. :lol3


    Just as we were pulling out of the parking lot,
    Scott remembered that he hadn'’t put the gas cap back on his safari tank.
    Oh crap, that would have been a nightmare -
    one tope and everything in the trailer would have been soaked in gasoline.
    Whew, disaster averted!

    Tecate was pretty dead when we crossed.
    It was weird - I don’t remember seeing another vehicle.
    So of course we got a red light at customs.
    After years of getting all green lights, we’'ve had red lights for the last few crossings.
    It was no big deal, though.
    They didn'’t really want to search us, either.
    Just took a quick glance in the trailer and waved us on.


    The guy in migración was friendly enough, but I could tell he was annoyed at having these pendejos screwing up his saturday night tv.
    There wasn’'t great trailer parking, so we were visiting the office in shifts.
    I think every one of us messed up the visa form and he had to keep explaining things over and over. Stupid gringos.
    I’'ve filled these things out before (last time was 2011), but they keep changing them. :dunno

    The bank was already closed by the time we got there,
    so he told us to make sure we pay when we find a bank on monday.
    Okey dokey.


    We almost forgot to stop and get pesos, but even with doubling back to find a bank,
    it was a quick drive to Rancho Ojai.


    Matt arranged for truck and trailer storage ($5 a day) and we rented a cabin ($71).

    Rancho Ojai


    Pronounced “Oh hai!” :rofl
    (this friendly kitty was hanging around outside the office)

    We spent some time unpacking and enjoying cervezas,
    then it was time for bed.
    I think it was hard for everyone to sleep - the next day was Christmas!


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  16. bastimentos

    bastimentos Been here awhile

    Jul 13, 2011
    Ticino, Switzerland
    Introduced the wanKers, and theres no fluff, no slabbing it and putting off the meat of the story - straight to getting dirty offroad in baja, and 2up no less.

    Bring on the tacos :dg
  17. Nixels

    Nixels Face fears - live life

    Sep 24, 2006
    HayWeird, CA
    WanKers to theTip! :clap :clap :clap


    That didn't come out right. :shog

    :1drink Who cares!

    I'm In for the read! :ricky

  18. Gale B.T.

    Gale B.T. Long timer

    Jun 14, 2005
    Pagosa Springs, CO.
    IN IN IN and when the # are handed out for the race( you will keep us posted) and we can purchase our T shirts for your support, may Sandy and I be on that list??? YAHOOOOOOOO GO Wans GO
  19. MasterMarine

    MasterMarine Long timer

    Jan 22, 2007
    Now serving just Snohomish County

    This looks great! Can't wait for more.

    Oh yeah, nice purse! :lol3
  20. dave6253

    dave6253 GCBAR Explorer

    May 1, 2006
    Phoenix, Arizona
    Oh this oughta be good! Bring on the linkies!

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