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  1. The next step (what moto to get)

    I'm not a tall guy either and from my experience, having estart when you're short is especially beneficial. Not sure about you but when I stall and crash it's usually on some steep hill or rocky terrain and kicking sucks as tntmo mentioned - don't overlook the DR350. Some models have electric start. Lower seat height than the XR400 / DRZ and it has a 6th gear so it can eat up backcountry roadmiles without worrying. Like the XR, it's aircooled and old school technology (think TW maintenance). Any bike can have the seat shaved (inexpensive) and suspension internally lowered to accommodate ($500-800?). At 5'7 in moto boots, even one inch lower than stock makes a big difference. You shouldn't need to go more than 1.5-2" lower. ymmv I would recommend riding as many of the bikes as possible before buying anything. Post up a dualsport ride from Pine Valley, see who shows and do some bike swap. Everybody likes riding a TW around for a bit!
  2. The next step (what moto to get)

    One of the keys imho is: What type of riding will you be doing? From Pine Valley you could easily do big backcountry loops and large dualsport rides. Or, you could ride dirt to Corral Canyon and hit Black Diamond singletrack trails. Being that you don't always have to truck to the trail head like many of us do puts you in a unique situation.
  3. It Is Perfect - Post Highlights of the Year 2017

    2 trips, 5 riding days, 700 miles, all Baja.
  4. 2 Day Rides from Tecate. Both require 90 mile fuel range. Tecate --> Coyote Cals (south of Ensenada beach hostel, ocean views, warmer, $25 stay / $15 curry fish or sometimes chicken dinner / $8 breakfast). http://www.coyotecals.com/index.html Tecate --> Mike's Sky Rancho (mountains, remote oasis, probably gonna be cold, $70 room, steak dinner and breakfast) Insurance is up to you. General rule is Don't Crash in Mexico. Both companies below have owners who support / are personally involved in dirtbiking in baja. https://www.bajabound.com/ https://www.baja-mex.com/
  5. Late Notice but does anybody have a spare 2" Hitch Mounted Cargo Carrier that I could borrow for a trip to Northern California? I have a hitch pin lock and can pick up today / return next week. Will be going on a small SUV. Thanks
  6. Afry - Arnie Fry Celebration of Life 9/30

    Don't forget to take a moment to Pin It and Do a Burnout for Arnie too!
  7. MotoNomad Vid

    I have both MN 1 and 2 purchased/downloaded. Also have the modern Dakar documentary DreamRacer on DVD that I'd be game to show at a SDAR meeting / movie night or something. Not too much good footage for the dualsport / ADV enthusiast out there. Both MN videos are fun but won't win an Oscar. That said, I'm glad to support a good cause and the imagery is fantastic.
  8. I seriously doubt you're getting through that gate. Lots of well established fences/gates have popped up south of Ramona's / Sawmill. Gates on the Ramona's side and gates on the south side. If necessary, you could head into Ojos for gas or down to Heroes de la Independencia. As you travel southwest from Ramona's / Sawmill, there are a couple turnoffs south (left). Some people had luck (at least 2 years back) at the turnoff for the fire lookout. Not sure if that is still open. When traveling from the south, the big horse statue turnoff (north) looks promising but I cannot verify. A month or so ago, I came from the south and turned north fairly far west of Sawmill - but just east of the most southern portion of Compadre Trail (that pops out along Hwy 3 - not Ojos). Sure it would have been faster if I hadn't had to travel so west but at least the roads are wide open and smooth. ymmv
  9. Top Right corner of your screen, look for your mugshot and the name Zubb. There is a drop down menu. Select Account Settings. A new window opens and look to the left on that window and you'll see Signature. Edit / Save it from there
  10. Michelin Desert IT -- next ride will be 300-350 miles Run It OR Replace It (I'm leaning towards Running It)
  11. When arriving or facing Mike's front door it's the road that goes due west (right) Up the hill like going to Simpsons. From there follow the main road signs to Rancho Coyote (not taking the the next right (north) onto Simpsons. You pass Rancho Coyote and hit the paved Observatory Road then continue west downhill towards San Telmo. There are some off shoot / parallel dirtbike routes to this paved Observatory Road which I want to explore. At San Telmo there is a gas station just towards the north end of town along Hwy 1 and you can a take a major road west from Hwy 1 towards the hostel / surf destination Quatro Casas. Rancho Coyote is North of the Observatory Road and Meling Ranch is South. They are very close to each other however. I've stayed at Rancho Coyote but not Meling Ranch (yet). While the Observatory is allegedly "no motos" I've seen a RR where politely asking and promising to ride slowly got a 'pass' from the guards. It looks like a scenic place to visit. Gold road is the paved Observatory Road. Green arrows is 'likely' the route they took. The first arrow is a bit more techy / sporty and the black arrow is Simpsons. The 2nd red arrow just continues down the paved road. Look at the topo lines on Simpsons and the first Red arrow
  12. I'm glad to hear it! From Mike's did you guys go back into town (Valle de Trinidad) and then out to the coast via the big road we took? Or head up the hill from Mike's along a potentially rocky track towards a long paved twisty road?
  13. Excellent pics thanks for sharing! So you stayed at Mikes the 1st night and where the 2nd?