WilliamArcher

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  1. I'll take the boots. Mine are falling apart.
  2. You just click on the picture to vote?
  3. I just realized I never gave a report on this trip. In normal form, I did not take many pictures. Let me summarize the weekend by saying 1. Compadre is beautifully graded right now as is most of La Calentura. 2. The CRF1000L does not like sand. 3. Ensenada is not much fun to ride through. 4. Keep your eyes on the road in the mountains... don't end up like this guy: We crossed in Tecate early Saturday. It took about half an hour for Tom to get his TVIP sorted so he could continue South to Mazatlán. We took the free road to Compadre and rode it down to Ojos Negros. The Africa Twin did pretty well except in the sand. Tom kept it upright with difficulty until the last long, straight stretch of sand going into Ojos Negros. He started fishtailing and ate it doing about twenty mph. He bruised his leg pretty well, and did a number on the Honda's fairings. It took some time to get the bike up and repacked and ridden out of the sandy stretch with bruised legs and (even worse) shaken confidence. We wanted to get to Erendira, but I didn't think taking the Honda down La Lagrima was a good idea, and we were running too late to go through Valle de la Trinidad and over on La Calentura, so we slabbed it through Ensenada. I can't recommend it. Lots of traffic lights. We stayed at Coyote Cal's and met with a group of riders, all women, on an annual ride they called "Hooters on scooters". They were mostly on rented CRF450Xs, but there was also a 72 year old lady on a YZ250. That was impressive. About an hour after the women arrived, a second group (the husbands I guess) showed up too, so there was a good crowd at the bar. Tom got some good route ideas from the guy leading the group trip, and I heard that the trail through El Mano Canyon is open and passable now. I'm thinking about going down it to get to the oasis at Canyon De Guadalupe for my next trip in October. I said goodbye to Tom in the morning and headed south out of Erendira along the racetrack then cut over to La Calentura. I saw a big thunderstorm coming in from Valle de la Trinidad, so I got on the slab and raced it to Ojos Negros, then I went up Compadre keeping just in front of the storm. I was back in the US by 15:00. It wasn't a very exciting trip as far as the riding went, but I met some interesting folks, and I got some interesting information about routes for next time.
  4. This is the bike I bought in August for a road trip to Wyoming to the Eclipse. It did 3,500 miles in ten days on that trip without a single problem. It has about 20,000 miles with a clean California title in my name and is registered through July 2018. I am the third owner. I'm selling it because I mostly ride off road in San Diego/Baja, so my WR250R is all I need. I put on a new X-ring chain and sprockets with stock gearing ratios before the trip (around 16,500 miles), and I installed a 12 volt USB outlet. It has a brand new Bridgestone rear (front is a Michelin at 50% tread), and I changed the oil and filter before and after the trip. Per the previous owner, it had its valves checked during the 12,000 mile service at the dealership. The bike comes with a rear rack and locking top case as well as soft saddlebags and a touring windscreen. The bike runs well, and everything works as it should. Mileage will go up slowly. I ride it to work once a week. $3,300.
  5. Welcome to the club. I rode down to Eréndira last weekend with someone on a CRF1000L. He had an... interesting time wrangling that thing in the sand, but at the end of the day all the girls at the bar wanted to test ride it. Just post up in the Baja section next time you want to go, and most likely someone will want to tag along.
  6. I found a few more pictures on my other camera. The Teton Range. Monument Valley. Mount Evans. Zion National Park. Glenn Canyon Dam. Gunnison National Forest. (The rear tire was starting to get pretty bald at this point.) Clouds over the Tetons.
  7. In Yellowstone, I saw a couple of Swiss-plated WR250Rs in a café parking lot. I was hoping whoever owned them would come back before I finished my coffee and headed on, but they didn't, and I headed on. I later found their ride report on ADVrider. It's ironic that I deliberately left my WR250R at home because of how long the trip was, and they chose the same bike for a longer trip. Pity we didn't get a chance to chat.
  8. We will probably end up in Eréndira on Saturday night. Might see you there.
  9. Tom from the UK is currently on a trip from Alaska to Mexico on his new Africa twin. He will be passing through in San Diego tomorrow and Friday and then heading down into Baja Saturday. I offered to tag along across the border with him on Saturday, and if anyone else is looking for a quick Baja trip that's big bike friendly, we would welcome the company. It's going to be pretty warm (mid 80s forecast in Tecate), so we'll probably stay toward the Pacific Coast. I'll be heading back up to the States Sunday because I have to work on Monday. Anyone interested?
  10. Thanks. I didn't plan or reserve anything. When the sun started getting close to the horizon I kept an eye out for a sign for national forests, and then I would ride down an access road until I found a good spot. I didn't stay in campgrounds or anything like that.
  11. I made it back in one piece. Getting up there went quicker than expected. I scooted up the 15 and with an early start was past Las Vegas before noon. I made it to central Utah and found a good campsite above an abandoned mine in Fish Lake National Forest the first night. The next day I passed Salt Lake City in the morning, up through Idaho Falls, through Victor and over the pass into Jackson Hole. I spent four days in Jackson, visiting friends, watching the eclipse, rafting the Snake River a few times, shooting clays, and making the rounds of nearby national parks. Then I headed to Denver via the Wind River Reservation to visit some other friends. I rode up Mount Evans and crossed Guanella Pass then met some friends riding out from Kentucky and went up Pike's Peak with them. I parted company with my Kentuckian friends and headed across Colorado via Salida and over Monarch Pass to Gunnison. I found another good campsite in Gunnison National Forest. The next morning I passed through Montrose and then through the San Juan Mountains, past Four Corners and into Monument Valley. I kept riding through the Navajo Nation, crossed Glenn Canyon Dam then headed up past Kanab Utah and camped in Dixie National Forest. There are lots of good campsites on public land in the West. The next morning I rode through Zion National Park at dawn. It's a jaw dropping ride from the top of the canyon to the bottom at first light. I can't recommend it highly enough. At this point you may have noticed that I picked up a guitar in Wyoming. I had to leave this guitar in Africa a few years ago, and a friend recently recovered it for me and brought it back to the States as far as Jackson. I had the guitar strapped to the back of the bike for about half the trip. After Zion, I hit the 15 South and pounded it home to San Diego. Riding the 15 was an uneventful slog notable only for the high temperatures crossing the Mojave (126F between Las Vegas and Barstow). Overall it was a good trip. The total eclipse far exceeded my expectations, I met up with a lot of old friends, saw a lot of the Southwest, recovered my favorite guitar, and the Versys never gave me a single problem over 3,600 miles despite extended high speeds, extreme heat, elevations over 14,000 feet, snow, rain, dirt, sand and gravel. I spent a total of $480 on the 11 day trip, and over half of that was on gasoline and beer.
  12. Thanks. I'll try to update as I go, but I might just end up doing the write-up after. Thanks. You should be able to see it pretty well from there with a pinhole projector or some eclipse glasses.
  13. I'm starting to get excited for the trip. I have a rough route sketched out: google maps link. Looks like it's going to be about 3,000 miles, so I'll average about 300 miles per day. I bought a 12v outlet and some saddlebags for the Versys (no need for racks since the exhaust is under the bike), and I'm welding up some brackets for highway pegs. I'm going to change the final drive this weekend since the original chain and sprockets have 15k+ miles on them, and the front sprocket is visibly hooked. Aside from that and an oil change, it should be ready to roll.
  14. I also have a WR250R and there's a sticky light on my way to work. After missing some cycles and doing the right turn-U turn maneuver a couple of times, I found that bouncing my full weight on the footpegs when I'm right over the detector circle can trip it. I think compressing the suspension helps by geting the engine and frame closer to the sensor. I could be way off base on that though.