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About RobATK94

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  • Location Temecula, CA
  1. Goofy, thanks for all the info! I will have to check out the baja GPS routes. maybe we can get something together for a weekend trip, something like Ken mentioned. I could do a over night rider pretty easy. any ideas on good upcoming weekends? maybe next month? camp or a room? Ken, by "down for a weekend trip" you mean leading a bunch of rookies, right? Ha. Im sure if we get serious other baja vets may pop up....I hear this is a place that usually doesnt take a lot of convincing to get people to go. I honestly dont have any reservations with going to any destination brought up. Any place sounds better then work. Maybe depends on what bikes would come along??? range or size dictate the route?
  2. Hmmm? Looks like I'm not alone on this one. Maybe we can throw something together for ourselves for a weekend trip to one of the common newb visits, Sky ranch or coyote cals. No idea on routes or what else is nearby to explore. Do you need a passport to enter and return? Last time I went to Ensenada and TJ years ago I just crossed with a drivers license. I've got a feeling things may have changed. How about boarder crossings? I hear bikes can get to the front of the lines??? What kind of paper work is required? Just reg.?
  3. I've been in/near San Diego for 12 years now and the farthest south I've ever been is Ensenada....on a cruise. Which is weird because I grew up on the east coast watching every Baja race i could on TV dreaming of riding out there. Are there or have there been any Baja newb rides out there? Anyone willing to take a Mexico rookie? There is too much I don't know about the whole thing, from boarder crossings and all the routes and sites, that it's not something I want to just try on my own. It's not the riding, it's just the logistics of the whole thing. Maybe I'm just not in the loop and it's all much easier then some people make it out to be, but I'd like to hear that from the experienced riders. Id like to start exploring out there some time this upcoming or next year.
  4. 556baller and I have been wanting to ride together for a long time. He moved, Ive been between plated bikes, I had family stuff come up, etc, etc. Took a few years, but the planets aligned, I had a long weekend, and a plan to ride from my house to his in the as much dirt as possible. 75% of this route was unknown condition, terrain, and difficulty. Figured this is part of the adventure. Plot the route and adjust accordingly. We broke it into 2 legs. Temecula to barstow day 1, Barstow to Ridgecrest day 2. Sustain a fun pace and just check out whatever it is we may come across. Not breaking any speed records. Had some bypasses built in, depending on time. Ended up being a blast!!! Saw everything from the hills and mountains in Anza, Hemet, Idlywild, to desert floor and insane sand washes in Pioneertown, Lucerne, and Spangler. 225 miles on the first day, another 100 on the second. Small sections of road had to be taken, but we limited those to roughly 50-60 miles. Saw the most challenging sand wash I have ever experienced in a canyon south of Lucerne Valley. It was a tight canyon, lots of boulder and large rocks, and all twist and turns. It took me out a few times. Im a decent rider, but this was sand unlike anything i have ridden in before. Best way to describe it is bottomless kitty liter or very small pea gravel. As I slowed to a stop I could watch the front wheel just sink in. By the time I stopped the sand covered the bottom of the wheel up to the spoke nipples. With no straight sections we had a hard time trying to get speed to get up on it. Lucky for me Baller's girlfriend met us in Barstow with my gear, so we only had to carry minimal gear. Also met us for lunch in Randsburg with a fuel can. I was going on a new to me XR650R. Racked up 150 miles before this trip, so I didnt have a solid idea on fuel consumption for different terrain. Stopped at every gas station we came across. Day 1 was just over 11 hours to accomplish 225 miles. Day 2 was just under 6 hours to accomplish 103 miles. Random pics for you guys. Route Leaving Temecula.
  5. Im just want to say I love this program. Been using it all over Anza and Hemet and it works great. Accurate and has a lot of good sites, info, and notes about gates. Im putting it to the test this weekend riding new trails from temecula to Ridgecrest. Ive been looking for a good dirt route for a long time and trying to piece together various maps and google earth. This made it WAY easier to get it done. I wish I found this a long time ago.
  6. Cheap soft saddlebag options

    Kato.....you're my hero! Thanks for the bags, I will let you know how they work out. These ogio bags seem like a good medium bag. After this next trip I should have a good idea if I want to go larger or smaller. Then I can narrow it down to horse, dog, mule, llama, or goat saddle bags from there.
  7. Been looking at giant loop and wolfman bags, but not totally sure what size will work best just yet. I'd like to try a cheap set of bags and run for a bit and decide if I'd rather go bigger or smaller. At that point I will dump some money on bags that will last forever. Any suggestiins? Kato, where you at? I know you were running dog packs for a bit as a cheap alternative. Where did you get those? Any Chinese/eBay recommendations?
  8. WTB XR650R parts

    Looking for a few XR650R parts. Anyone have something collecting dust? scotts stabilizer post, the one that mounts on the oil fill cap position. Need the post and cap that goes with it. 4.3 or 4.6 gal tank. shifter baja designs/sol tek la Paz 8 inch light mounting bracket. Whatever attached the light to the forks.
  9. XR650L suspension setup

    funny you mention that. I put out a want ad in a facebook group for an XR650R and George hit me up. He says someone else is interested and if it falls threw I am next in line. I cant imagine it will be anything I will walk away from. I can only hope the other guy doesnt want it as bad as i do...haha. So ive been eye balling plan B, the L models. I will have to check out clairemont cycle supply. May have to swing by this weekend.
  10. XR650L suspension setup

    Im looking at picking up a plated bike in the 2500-3000 range. Id love to have another XR650R, and hope the right one will appear. I cant help but look at all the XR650Ls that are also in this range. Im using this for mostly open terrain, desert exploring, over night camping, and dirt road exploring. So I think these are both ok options. I had a nice setup XRR a few years ago, and wouldnt mind going back to it. Can the XRL suspension be setup half as nice as the XRR? I see reviews about people saying it does terrible things in the whoops, and this and that, and everyone seems to jump straight to fork swaps. I saw that opinion a lot for XRRs for awhile, but the forks that come on the Rs can be setup really, REALLY nice. Arent these the same forks and shock from the XR600R?? seems like with a decade of R&D with that bike there should be some decent potential for the XR650L models.
  11. 2015 KTM 250SX

    Selling my 2 stroke and looking to pick up a toy hauler and go back to an older bike. The bike is geared up for more offroad then MX, but does the local vet tracks just fine. Minus the starter and 18" rear, it's pretty much an XC. Will give SDAR members a deal. Can remove unwanted parts and help with the price a bit too. https://inlandempire.craigslist.org/mcy/6076007203.html
  12. 2014 TE300 Husqvarna 4 Sale

    This is a lot of people's dream bike! What are you thinking is next?
  13. ***SOLD

    How is this bike STILL for sale?!!!? This seems like a great deal.
  14. Toy hauler questions

    I'm looking at getting a small toy hauler in the next month or so. I'm looking at 20' or shorter, I already have a storage space that cheap but only 20'. Beyond this, spaces seem to get pretty pricey. And ther is only 3 of us and I'm not looking at carrying a side by side or buggy. Just a couple bikes. I grew up with my folks having pop ups and old travel trailers. Never dealt with toy haulers before. Anything in particular I need to look at with these? Do they tend to leak more due to the back ramp? Anything I should run away from if I see it? I kind of like the idea of the hybrids with the pop out beds. Seems like it's easier then the bed that lifts that most have. Should I be worried about the ramp hinges? Any questions toy hauler specific I should be asking?
  15. Pelican case panniers and mounts

    Oh yeah. Located in temecula. I work in rancho Bernardo so I can meet anyone out there during the week if that helps.