Back in July 2017 a group of friends and workmates left Australia for two weeks riding in Ladakh on Royal Enfields. My 12 year old son and my 70 year old father came along too. The trip was a roaring success, and we started planning something even bigger to follow it. I visited Cabo San Lucas 10 years ago for a conference and decided that it would make a great destination for a long ride. I looked into hiring bikes but it was too expensive and only Eagle Rider let you out of the USA. Logical choice was to buy a bike on the West Coast, then ride it for a few weeks, come back and sell it again. It's our summer holidays so my son Ben (now 15) has 9 weeks off school. My dad is now retired so has 52 weeks a year on holiday, and Australians qualify for long service leave (8 weeks after 10 years company service). It therefore made sense to start the trip in December 2019. Another rider from Ladakh (Tony) was interested in joining us. It didn't take much to sell the trip to him. Now there were four of us, with a destination in mind and flights booked. The next obstacle would be the bikes. We figured to arrive a week before we planned to set off and hire a car, then drive around San Francisco or Los Angeles for 3 suitable, well set up bikes. We would then need to register, insure and service them for the big trip. The more I looked at this the bigger the problem appeared. We didn't want to waste the time and money staying in LA whilst we waited for paperwork; and life can be hard when you don't have a US address or credit card. I was idly surfing this forum when I first heard of "the famous James". Mr Tucker is an ex-countryman and fellow BMW enthusiast, now semi retired from his previous life as car dealer. He offers a service as a fixer; one who will procure, store, insure and register a motorbike in your name for a reasonable fee. It all sounded perfect but I was quite nervous about sending large sums of money to a complete stranger from the internet in return for pictures of motorbikes. James was able to provide tens of references from satisfied clients with links to trip reports, photos, testimonials and suchlike. My Dad and I spent a few days following these up until we were convinced that he was genuine. Or at least he deserved a Nobel prize for forgery for the detailed back stories woven. The really fun part was that James didn't sit back and let us pick a bike; he was also looking at internet sites, Craigslist etc. to find the right machines for us. We settled on a 2014 KTM 1190R for Ben and me, a 2010 BMW F800GS for Peter, and a BMW F650 for Tony. These were checked out by the meticulous Mr Tucker and a fair price negotiated for each. He also took care of the transfer of title and registration and let us use his home address for correspondence. All the hard work was done by October. We had legal bikes, plane tickets and a vague direction to ride. November has been devoted packing lists, last minute purchases and details. We have printed some stickers for the Iconic stops (Coco's/MSR..) and pristine white 't shirts' (spot the gringo). One big decision that we needed to take was whether or not to camp. Hotel rooms seem pretty cheap in Baja ($30-50) but were much more in USA, so if we wanted to stay north of the border it makes sense to be ready. The deciding factor was the idea of being able to sleep on a beach, or anyway under the stars in fair weather. The weight penalty (tent, mat, stove, pans, sleeping bag) was substantial but we figure that they upside will be worth it. Weather is unpredictable. It seems that we will need to be prepared for snow, rain, ice, fog, mist, sunshine, humidity and sunburn during this trip. I am obsessively watching www.windy.com for updates. We shall probably use it on the road to adjust our route also. The packing is nearly done. We have a hire car booked for our arrival on Tuesday and an AirBnB downtown to use as a base. We fly out of Perth on Monday night. I'm already feeling like a 10 year old on Christmas eve who knows he is getting a new bike tomorrow and can't sleep for excitement!