Uno Mas BAJA

Discussion in 'Ride Reports - Epic Rides' started by Alpha 1, Feb 9, 2020.

  1. Alpha 1

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    This is my first ride report and really my first adv. trip I ride a fair amount but usually no more than a day away from home more often than not I’m a day trip guy I guess I like my own bed.
    This Baja trip has been on my mind for years and I always let something get in the way of doing it. I’m not new to Mexico or Baja I usually make down at least once a year to vacation and fish. But I’ve never vacationed or took off by myself before.
    Thanks to my understanding wife who has not once ask me not to go she’s been very supportive,
    Thanks to those who have offered advice and posted ride reports here before your input and information has been a great help. It’s really amazing how much info. Is on advrider from places to see and places to avoid , GPX files and more.

    My bike and gear
    2019 KTM 790 adventure R.
    Mosko backcountry 35L/25L.
    Garmin Montana 600 I’ve had it for years but why buy new if it works.
    E 32 map.
    Garmin inreach mini.
    February 8th.
    I loaded up the bike and drove from southern Utah to Lakeside Cal. And spent the night with family headed to Tecate in the morning :
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  2. Alpha 1

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    Lakeside cal. To San Felipe. Feb. 9.

    Took off for the boarder at Tecate stopped before I crossed and exchanged dollars for peso quick and easy and got the best rate I’ve seen so far. I did bring a debit card but wanted to have some pesos on me.
    Pulled across the boarder just cleared the gate and to the right a guy was waving me over to a parking spot he moved cone for me I pulled in, he lead me over to the gate and pointed me the the direction of the immigration office. Filled out the paperwork paid and out I went, no X-ray or red / green light they waved me past. Had to be the easiest crossing I’ve ever had. Thought the guy would hit me for a tip but never asked, I gave him 5 bucks. And off I went east on the 2 to the compadre trail. It was cold crossing 40 F. Most of the way. Overcast and just a mist of rain from time to time. The road was better than I expected.
    Hit hwy 3 and was just going to slab it to San Felipe , came in to Colonia Lazaro Cardenas was planning on getting gas there but my gauge was still at full. The KTM 790s fuel gauge is a little different it shows from 1/2 to empty. So full to 1/2 is a guess but it seems to work ok it’s just took some getting used to.
    Showing a half tank I figured no problem getting to San Felipe About 3 miles past town spudder cough cough and i coast to a stop WHAT THE F~%K is this shite, Tried to start the bike and just cough and puke. FOOK ME ! I can believe this is happening.
    Open the gas, cap got fuel can’t see it but I can see and hear it splashing around when I rock the bike. Sh$T Double F$%K. I figure the best I can do is get back to town at least I can get a room and figure out what to do. Turn the bike around and hit the start button she fires up and off I go headed back, cough studder puke dead again. Won’t even try to fire up just the starter turning. So I start pushing. Then 2 cars pull up young guys with there families. my Spanish is poor. I can get a few words together but not much of a sentence or meaning, there English is no better than my spanish but we were able to get to a point where we all understood they would tow me back to town. Pulled out some paracord thats all I had doubled it up and tied it off Back to the Pemex station. I thanked them and off they went Wish I’d taken there picture to post. While trying to think what to do and how I was going to get the bike back to the states I recalled reading here on advrider about someone with a 790 having a new bike spudder and stall on them They found one of the gas petcocks was off. These 790 have a big tank that cares gas low. Like a pair of pants the gas petcocks are at the bottom of each leg. Checked the left side open, had to pull the tank protector off the right side to get to the Petcock sure as sh’t closed. Opened it up and she fired right up.
    Long story short my 790 has been in the shop for warranty a bunch and a few weeks ago I noticed oil around the water pump, they pulled the tank to fix the water pump closed the petcocks didn’t open the right one I burnt gas all day out of the left side and spudder cough puke. Any way filled up at the Pemex made it to San Felipe had some delicious fish tacos at Rice and beans and got a room. Once again thanks advrider and who ever posted about the petcock issue if hadn’t read that post I most likely wouldn’t have figured the issue out.
    I’ve got a few pictures I’ll try later to post
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  3. advrockrider

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    Headed down on March 2nd, but hope you can fill up the Baja tank until then. If shit doesn't go wrong it wasn't and adventure!
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  4. Alpha 1

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    Compadre Trail
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    Thinking about the gas issue yesterday I’m pretty sure my gas gauge is not working, the gauge was still showing 1/2 full or may the level sensor is in the right side of the tank.
    You know I’ve seen many posts on here about how the people in Baja are so helpful it’s really true the families who towed me were not the only ones who stopped. While getting the cord tied to the bike a truck stopped and while at the gas station 2 others stopped and ask if I was good.
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  5. duggram

    duggram Sunrise Bahia de LA Supporter

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    Am I understanding your RR correctly? You went as far as San Felipe and turned around. I'm going down in March for three weeks and I'd like to see more if you have it, especially since your ride is so recent. San Felipe was my first stop and last stop last year. Very enjoyable.
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  6. Alpha 1

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    No did not turn around I’m at bay of LA now will try to get a report up later this evening.
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  7. advrockrider

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    You staying at Costa Del sol? Really good food and rooms. Lots to see, head north out to La Gringa beach for a look around.
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  8. b4thenite

    b4thenite Been here awhile

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  9. rodrigzj

    rodrigzj Been here awhile

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    Hopefully heading down there feb 27th for four days
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  10. Alpha 1

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    Day 2 Feb 10 San Felipe to Bay of LA.
    Had breakfast at Rosita fueled up and headed south approximately half way to puertecitos I came across a rider headed north who had ran out of fuel in his 690 (RenoGeorge) is partner had gone a head to get fuel for him.
    I gave him my spare fuel and headed for cocos . Was going to hit some dirt from cocos south but he recommended to get back on the hwy said the road south was very poor So back to the hwy. the wind has been horrible and had rain all around me all day, took a dirt cut off from hwy 1 to the paved road headed in to Bay of LA. Got a room and dinner at Costa Del Sol. Clean, nice and a good meal
    Can’t get pictures to load so I’ll try to add them later
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  11. Alpha 1

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    Yes at the Costa Del Sol
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  12. Alpha 1

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    hotel I stayed at in San Felipe-
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  13. Alpha 1

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    Nice pics. Thank you for taking the time. That pic with the flags is good form showing conditions.
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  15. Alpha 1

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    Day 3 BOLA to San Ignacio Feb. 11
    Had some coffee at the hotel and filled up with gas was considering not doing the dirt today with the storms and had some tell me they wouldn’t do it solo But decided to go can’t say how much I’m glad I did by far my best day great scenery and was nice to be off the asphalt
    Met a nice young guy Jordan on a Yamaha at the San Francisquito turn off talked for a few minutes he was getting low on fuel and was headed to Rancho Piedra Blanca I followed him up a cut off that was deep sand and over to the rancho for a beer and his fuel later looking at a map I could see there was a better road and wouldn’t have needed to fight the sand. the rancho looks like a great place to spend a night.
    Made it over to the hwy and headed south stopped at the first gas station to fill up met this nice couple from Astonia that have been traveling on there bikes for over a year, then on to San Ignacio stopped at the mission then got a room at Richardo’s rice and beans

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  16. advrockrider

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    That is one of my favorite rides as well, always wanted to stay at the ranch but haven't tried it yet. Word is that the rooms are nice and the food is good, very nice family.. We always stay at the same place in SF, clean rooms and hot water with in walking distance to everything.
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    Thanks for posting. On my list. Maybe this year.
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    Day. 4 San Ignacio to Ciudad Constitucion Feb 12.
    Got some coffee and headed out made it to Santa Rosalia pulled off and drove through Centro found it kind of interesting how the buildings don’t really look like or apear to be built like any other town In Baja that I’ve been to. Must be the mining company influence.
    Down to Mulegé stoped at the mission and drove to where the lagoon meets the ocean,
    Then headed down the coast The bay is stunning other than all the motor homes and fifth wheels stacked on the beach’s also seen a home with a black dog logo on it. Gotta the owners place. On to Loreto, lots of gringos not at all like it was a few years ago when I was there fishing in October. Got some Carne nachos at Augies. The ride south of Loreto was really something the mountains there almost reminded me of Hawaii today the way they shoot up from the ocean with heavy clouds hanging on the peaks green from the recent rain. Made it to ciudad Constitucion and got a room at the Oasis Hotel cheapest and cleanest room so far. Was kind of missing the dirt today but the road south of Mulegé has got to be one of the best asphalt roads any where, Twisty.
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