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  1. 9 points
    San Diego Adventure Riders, Hello. I posted the following URL recently in my introduction thread. However, I thought it would be more appropriate to share my gallery within this Four Days & Longer Trip sub-forum. Since I do not have a trip report, I will let the videos and images tell the story. Most videos are only 10-12 seconds long and provide a much better impression of the moment than the images (such as the video of the holy men of Nepal). SD Adv. Riders forum members may enjoy the sub-galleries titled Motorcycle Misc. Wheels which includes anything with wheels and many motorcycle/landscape images. If you enjoy motorcycling, photography and exploring different cultures, I would highly recommend a comparable trip. Australia: 6 months on a Yamaha Tenere XT660Z (Large fuel tank, fuel efficient; Bought & sold locally) India & Nepal: 3 months on a Royal Enfield Himalayan (Best domestic motorcycle for India's rough roads. RE's service shops are excellent. Rented my RE for $9/day out of New Dehli) Thailand: 1 month rental on a Honda CB500. The best rental bike available for Thailand, IMHO. Northern Thailand has some of the best riding I have ever experienced. The CB500 was great, even at 6'3"-6'4". New Zealand: 2 months on a Honda Africa Twin XRV750. Bought and sold in NZ. Music festival & Elvis fans may enjoy the Australian video galleries. Scroll down to near the bottom of the sub-folder for the Parkes Elvis Festival. When I flew into New Dehli, India during mid-July, I did not know a soul. All I had was a cheap hotel in a 14th century village near the airport that still did not have city water infrastructure/utilities...after 700 years! It felt great to eventually replace my Tuk-Tuk transportation with my own wheels! I slept above braying donkeys which were housed on the first floor\barn of homes and in creepy old 1970's heart-shaped beds of old hotels (I slept on the covers in my riding gear). My favorite memory was sharing a home with a mountain family and joining them for breakfast. The carbureted RE Himalayan carried me across passes almost as high as 18,000 feet. I did okay at higher elevations also. Please browse the sub-galleries titled Locals, Tourists & Critters. Although I rode through some incredible scenic areas, the enjoyable encounters with the locals are my fondest memories of all. Finally, a Samsung Galaxy S8+ was used for most images and almost all videos. A Canon 5D Mark II was used for many of the landscape images. See ya down the road... Cheers! https://koonzeekoonzee.smugmug.com/share/dkunze GPS Tracks for India & Nepal: A good day...and memory.
  2. 8 points
    Wow, when I first thought about putting this together I figured 3-4 people may be interested but this turned out to be quite an event. I think we had 15-16 bikes at the start or something like that? A few people were just there for the ride, but we ended up with enough people to take up three or four campsites. One minor get-off on the dirt section, sounds like MacDuncan is ok....sorry to see that happen but you shall ride another day. The Warner Springs gas station food was very good, highly recommend that if you're in the area. The campground was awesome, only a few other campers there and we weren't too loud or annoying I don't believe. Thank you to Tim for bringing firewood and beverages. Thank you very much for everyone involved, y'all made this a great experience. If you were a noob camper before (including if this was your first camping trip with this bike, or this luggage system, etc) then you are now promoted to "amateur camper". You may pick up your certificate in my garage if your bring me a cold beer. Please post your pictures and writeup on this post.
  3. 7 points
    The Intro: I've been a lurker here for over a year. I found this awesome forum through @tntmo youtube channel. I was searching for fun DS rides near Jacumba/the border and XR carb info and came across @tntmo's youtube, awesome local channel. Anyway, I found a great deal on a plated 96 XR600 last summer that had a seized carb (sitting with old gas for a decade in a garage) otherwise garaged with few original miles. I ended up getting a new carb, rebuilding the rear shock (spung for my 240 lbs at 6'5''), new KK Superpinion front sprocket, chain, new fluids, checked valves, new cables, bar, controls, wiring, NiCd battery, etc. Still need to swap out the fork springs and reinstall the desert tank (installed with rotted petcock when I bought it). To get to the point, this site along with some youtube channels has inspired me to get into dual sporting. I've been riding around east county since I got the bike but have been hesitant to take on anything off-road until the rear shock was done. The Report: The off-road maiden voyage started in Santee/Lakeside through Wildcat Canyon to Ramona and on to Black Mountain TT. Up and down Black Mountain (your photos posted here do not do that view its true justice). An amazing view I'm sure I'll be visiting regularly. I continued on to Santa Ysabel TT, past Sutherland Reservoir, 78, San V, and back on Wildcat for the ride home. 85 miles in 3hrs 20mins and a perma-smile for the rest of the day. Thanks to everyone for your regular content, ride reports, etc. I wanted to make my intro at the noob ride and camp but had plans that weekend. I know the regulars know this, but it begs repeating... This is a great community. I'm sure you guys are motivating other lurkers out there like me. I'll try not to be one anymore. Cheers, Joe
  4. 7 points
    I met the group at the motocaffee in Ramona where everyone trudeld in in the expected time. Had a coffee and the afternoon cake and a lot of talking was going on. It's an easy ride and we stopped the first time at the Southerland dam Bridge. At this point we lost one rider (Dunken)and gained one ( Hawk) who run late. Next stop the old MesaGrande trading post and one at the Hideout. One more dropout here. Than we got our sausages in Warner springs and on the road / trail we went. The sky start to get darker with the minute. As soon we arrived at camp, we picked spots and setup tents. We ended up with 6 tents at one spot and some scattered around. The candrink and shats where more popular than the tent setting. Assoon the fire got started, everyone gathered around the fire pit. Meet the new guys, learning about the past and hearing about the future. It was a active discussion going on and you have to listen to 3-4 conversations at all times. We got some sprinkles during the night but not enough to get flushed away. That would be a Adventure. In the morning, I called it a night with my wake-up call. After setting up the kitchen I made breakfast for me and started the day as it should be. The ride home went without incident, except that I got past by a TW200 and a Husky, (I stopped to take a picture). Back home safe,thanks to Tom, welcome all Noob.
  5. 7 points
    Seems like it had been forever since Jim and I had got to ride together. At least a year I think. So I threw out the idea of going Friday, so we both cleared out the schedules and left my house about 9:30 or so in the rain. I warned him this would be my first "legitimate" ride off road since the clavicle repair, and the penalty he'd have to pay if he took me too far into the weeds would be he'd have to lift my bike. Fair enough. I really like Pine Valley. It's got enough character to the primary trail to give you something to do beside just gaze over the handlebars at the countryside. So I was surprised when just after we crossed the cattle guard he took a hard left into the bushes. In fact I had to skid to a stop and back up to follow the hidden track through the brush. OK, game on. We rode single track up in a clockwise loop back to the road and the further south took a hairpin right, onto another singletrack. As many of you know, the rolling track has just about all the fun components packed into a cow trail for miles and miles. Loose rock, embedded rock ledges, lots of ruts . . . in fact the primary trail itself is often a peg deep rut about the width of a couple rear tires or so. Keep your toes in boys and don't get sloppy. Seemingly endless numbers of blind sandy chicane like corners. Overhead high bushes that make it impossible to see more than a few yards, often less, especially in the corners. For me, first gear is too twitchy, 2nd gear smoothes things out and keeps you rolling up, over and through stuff. Just gotta stay focused to keep it in that narrow track. That 1250 motor is absolute magic at happily pulling you up the trail at the very bottom of second and third. Very few pics on this day as there isn't a lot of places to easily get a kickstand down. But I snapped a few where you could at least know you'll be able to start without spinning. Here's a low angle log hop. Jim was smart and put his right foot on the log (that's overhanging space). I on the other hand put my right foot down on the dirt just before it. Only to find it began falling away down the little cliff. This is never a good thing seeings how it doesn't take long for the bike to lean far enough that you need to abandon ship. The solution of course is often to just GO. So I did. And just ahead, finally, I nice spot to take the lid off, drink some water and catch up on the nitty gritty of what it was like for him in Albania last month. Pretty amazing to hear the backstory of what really went on that week at the Trophy. We climbed around on some rock.. snapped a couple pics... And rode until I was completely gassed. Mid afternoon we were stopped for water and 4 riders on 2 strokes came ripping up the trail that of course we were blocking. We hadn't seen another soul out there all day. The lead rider kills his engine and says "is that Duplease?" Turns out 3 of the 4 were riding Pro globally and the fourth just got back from 4 months of riding Idaho and Canada. so we had a great time talking and cooling off a bit. Later, out at the trailhead they were all sitting around there trucks and we spent another half hour of so just talking bikes and Idaho, and good moto stuff. Super nice guys. Jim and I hit Discanso Junction for lunch and then railed back to town so I could shower up and meet Barb with some friends for the evening. But just before going into the house I looked back saw this. I don't have many pics of the day, but I do have a reminder of just how tight the trail was with miles and miles of branch ducking, brush grabbing the handlebars, and scratching up the windscreen. Better the screen, than my arms and chest all day long. Good stuff! I'm pretty rusty, but can't wait to go back.
  6. 7 points
    Today is Sunday, and the weather was perfect for a ride. You know, it was light and there was oxygen outside. My friend, Dale G (who I just convinced to join the club) and I decided to do a dirt route. This is a route that EVERYONE knows, but who cares? It was a perfect day We met in the Albertsons parking lot in Ramona, since we both have trailer queens. Our bikes are "brothers from another mother"....my KTM 500 EXC-F and his Husky FE 501. Dale also has the perfect oxen to pull around his trailer queen. I am jonesin' for one of these! Anyway, to get ready for an arduous day of dirt bike riding, we decided to go to the Kountry Kitchen before we start. I was good with 2 eggs, 2 bacon, and even 2 sausage, but when I finished the french toast also, I wanted to nap, not ride....Damn! I gotta keep up with this 30 something youngster, so get over it!! We took a left on 7th and jumped on Pamo Road. Did not stop till we ascended Piney Top. Clear day, oxygen, etc....nice! Met a solo rider named Jason on top, who was also on a KTM 500. Shot the stuff for awhile and we began our descent. We decided we weren't done with dirt, so turned left onto Upper Santa Ysabel Rd and headed over to Black Canyon Road. This is one of my favorite trails as it can be easy (relatively) or dang sketchy, depending on the weather. The dropoffs always give it a certain pucker factor. Black Canyon just didn't look like fun, and as much as we like going up to Mesa Grande we turned around and reversed course right back thru Upper Santa Ysabel Rd and back down to Pamo Rd. A couple of miles later, we turned right and went up Orosco Ridge. Lots of ruts, but much fun... After running the ridge in both directions, we decided it best to go home and explain to the wives how this could really "be fun." I'm still working on a convincing line of logic, but my wife of 42 years just smiles and pats me on the head. It's all good!
  7. 7 points
    @J5ive, @DSM8, and I took a little jaunt today. Dirt portion was Puerta La Cruz (Lost Valley) and Cooper Cienega from Warner Springs to Anza. We need to take more pictures. https://www.relive.cc/view/v4OG9j3Gwmq
  8. 7 points
    It took awhile, but finally have it in print.
  9. 7 points
    I really have been missing riding at Big Bear this summer, though I have been keeping up with all the storms, mudslides, washouts and wild fires that have been disrupting and ruining that area lately. I really miss the forest rides. So yesterday, my riding buddy Kim took me out to Pine mountain to experience some forest riding up here. It is less than an hour's drive south of Rock Springs, and it's like a tiny Alpine oasis sticking up out of an otherwise high desert landscape. The desert is already at 7000 feet in elevation, so riding on Pine mountain brings you up to over 9000 feet. From the south rim, you can see into the "Three Corners" area, where Wyoming, Colorado and Utah all meet. In fact, there is a trail that lead off the mountain, and goes right to the marker monument. We didn't ride down there, yesterday, but instead explored all the gnarly two tracks that ran through the mountain drainages. Lots of aspen trees getting their first f all colors, and the forests are made up of mainly fir trees. We found the trails not maintained to any real degree, littered with washouts, rocks and trees. We also found some abandoned cabins and a few small ponds. It was pretty nice day, although I ended up with a head cold late in the day. Oh well, we got germs up here too.
  10. 6 points
    I didnt go to theTestical Festival Cornhole Competion on my block today so I went for a little ride around my neighborhood scouting for a great dualsport route. My ADD kicked in and next thing I know I'm following some 4x4 tracks over a landslide. NOT realizing how deep it was.. My bike came to a stop because the sand was loose and deep even though I had plenty of power. I searched far and wide for a nice place to cool my 650cc displacements and drink some water that was So I followed the creek until I crossed the S2 Highway that divides this Dual Sport Mecca. Just as I was needing a nice picnic table and shade I came into this nice area called Bow Willow Campground nestled behind a bluff. Bow Willow has fire rings, picnic tables, campsites, shaded cabanas pe4fect for stringing up a hammock, also it has well maintained bathrooms. Is very quiet here and renders a nice view.. Thanks for coming along and enjoying my story. See you on the next one, ☺
  11. 6 points
    "Ya'll should've seen @J5ive out on the trail. He got on my KTM 500, took off and left me like I was yesterday. I saw him jump a whoop and got at least 2 credit cards of daylight off the rear tire!!!" OK, I told John I'd make him sound good, so now that's out of the way, I'll start the RIDE REPORT... BEAUTIOUS Sunday morning, driving to Ramona. A little nip in the air, but I don't care....I'm in my truck We decided to meet up at Dunkin in Ramona, so about 8:30, @J5ive and @ECDave showed up. Then, here comes @DSM8 on his 1290 to wish us good luck. Dave didn't want to ride with street tires but must have needed a morning ride....good for him. Soon after, @Goofy Footer comes strolling in to shoot the bull. So, while Dave is there to wish us well, Tim starts talking about all the mangled bodies he's had to airlift out of sand washes etc. as a firefighter. Hmmm, John and I started thinking an extra donut and a ride home was sound pretty good. Thanks Tim 🤣 Anyway, after our goodbyes, off we went. I headed through Ramona on Main Street and turned left on 7th......paved to less paved to dirt (Pamo Rd). Just before the dirt, John and I swapped bikes, which was the intent of this whole endeavor. He wants to try some smaller dirt bikes. So, I jumped on his Yamaha Tenere 700, and he got on my 500....a mile or so up the dirt where you turn right to go up to Black Mountain, there appeared to be some trepidation. So cooler (read: older) heads prevailed and I took the group back to Orosco Ridge. Nice riding, but not too intimidating. Seriously, we had a great time! As you can see, there was minimal blood and ZERO bandages visible. So, time for another bike swap. @ECDave has been in the rear the whole time. I told him to take the KTM and John would try his Kawasuki DRZ 400....honestly, today I just learned about the Kawasaki/Suzuki badge engineering. Cool! So, Dave jumps up front on the KTM....BAM! He's gone. I tried to keep up on the Tenere, but couldn't quite do it. John was pulling up the rear on the 400. Good riding, lots of ruts but generally everything was quite manageable. Good for bike swapping....NO ONE wants to dump someone else's bike! The day ended at what used to be Packard's for a crepe and a Coke, along with a debrief of the ride. What we learned: @ECDave found out he kinda likes the KTM 500....it's really skinny in the middle and it responds....but with the 400 and a Husky 701, why? (Great point) @J5ive found out after 50 feet on the Kawasuki, he liked it better than the 500. It wasn't as aggressive. Makes total sense and that's a good decision on his part. He wants to enjoy learning how to "off road". I totally get it. Me @moto_rph, I found out what a nice bike a Tenere 700 is. Wide bars, not too heavy, good torque for plunkin along. Also found out it's just fun to go riding with buds. Wait a minute. I knew that already!
  12. 6 points
    I've recently finished a 2-day training + 2-day ride (video coming) with the West38 guys in Borrego Springs. I've learned a lot during the 2 days and finally got really comfortable with sand. All the instructors were top-notch, including our own @Zubb If you have an opportunity to do the class, don't miss it. It's totally worthwhile.
  13. 6 points
    Here's a long wall of text, for my own amusement really, and for the therapy of writing it out. Totally optional to read, no reply is needed. My wife and I got massages during lunch to help with the soreness following the bike rally. On the way to the massage, I learned via Seattle Police Department's Twitter feed that the school that my wife attended as a kid, where my 18-year-old graduated, and that is located 2 blocks from our previous Seattle home had a shooting where a 14-year-old shot and killed a high school senior. My 18-year-old found videos where kids were live-streaming while at school (groan) when the shooting took place and you can hear the gunshots. The shooter was arrested a few blocks away at a bus stop. Just 14 years old. Two lives were ruined. We don't know either kid or the affected families, but it was jarring. As a parent, I literally cannot fathom the grief and pain of losing a child, and to something so meaningless. Once at the massage clinic, we took off our watches and put our cell phones down for an hour to enjoy some self-care - and during that hour our 6-year-old had what we think was a seizure while at school. Tons of texts and calls to get to the school quickly greeted us right after the massages ended. We arrive at school a few mins later and talk to the paramedics, firefighters, and school employees. They sent a two-driver ladder truck and an ambulance, so we were quite the spectacle. Ruby was fine and was more nervous from all the new faces and attention. After getting the all-clear from the paramedics, I picked her up and went to check out the fire truck. She got a firefighter sticker and hat and was all smiles by the time we left. We had missed lunch and now had both 6-year-olds with us and we still needed to complete our ballots. As a bit of a reward/nice thing for the kids, we went to Mcdonald's to eat and pass the time until Ruby's follow-up doctor's appointment. We sat at a table made for kids for an hour and researched each person and decision on our ballots. Hooray for voting! I took Ruby to her doctor's appointment which confirmed that she was in great health and a quick neurological test came back clear. We have a referral to a neurologist, which we might follow through with. Angela told me she'd like to go to a nice restaurant for dinner, so I picked a new place, and off we went. We sat on the edge of the Pacific Ocean under tropical-storm-level winds and rain (a very rare occurrence in SoCal, or so I am told) and had some of the best service, food, and drink that I've experienced in some time. We needed it.
  14. 6 points
    It was my first trip with my KTM 690 and first time using the Mosko Moto setup. I had used a Giant Loop bag on my Husky before, so have done soft luggage in the past. Packing before the trip, I realized that my usual sleeping bag just wasn't compact enough. Might work now that I have repacked a few times, but I used my wife's sleeping bag that is much more compact. It was ok. I have a small pillow that I have always took along, will probably replace that with an inflatable. I carry too many tools, not sure that I can change that because I am "that guy" who helps others. My tent, may experiment with not packing it in the original bag to see if I can make it smaller. I don't want to get a smaller tent. All said, the trip was put together by me for 100% selfish reasons so I could test my setup. It was my honor to be able to share the experience with everyone who showed up.
  15. 6 points
    I can't add much to what @Mr.JAJA and @tntmo have said already other than saying thanks to Tom again for what turned out to be a really nice get together. Lots of good people and lots of interesting conversation around the campfire. Thanks to all that attended.....hope to see you on the roads/trails soon
  16. 6 points
    We’ve drank all the margaritas and moonshine. Fires burning low, rain is picking up and we are all headed to our tents. g’night.
  17. 6 points
    The welders cloth had been slowly failing, but did get us to camp. Adam had been communicating with his brother in law (gotta love those Sena's) through the afternoon and had him searching for a replacement can. Finding another Remus was not happening, and $1200 didn't settle well with his wallet either. But Doug did come through finding a guy in Denver with an OEM can for sale, for . . . . wait for it . . . $100. I figured I'd put Adam on my bike for class and I'd spend Saturday morning running a 3 hour loop to Denver in Dusty's truck, and have the bike whole again by noon. But alas, the gods were with us, and it turns out the seller had been wanting to take a W38 class. So I encouraged him to come up Saturday and have breakfast with all of us and hang out for a bit and watch. Well it took about 2.4 seconds for him to agree that was a capital idea even though he couldn't free up the whole weekend to actually take a class. And just like that, a proper solution would be delivered right to camp the following morning. Super nice of the guy to ride up, hang out, and practically gift us the solution. About 10 minutes with the tool roll and we were good to go. Adam is an excellent GS rider and had some moto related ambitions for later in his life. He's never had any formal training though so the greater plan was to run him through the Level 2 class. Then he and I would ride COBDR north to south, looping back to Ouray the following weekend for the Level 3 class. Class begins... ... and for next 2 days, a good time was had by all. Sundays final segment on drifting corners at speed ended at the Wyoming state line. Adam and I had planned to begin our trip from this point instead of going back to camp and overnighting there again. Rather than head to the official end (start) of the BDR we tracked west on dirt back roads across the northern edge of CO toward Steamboat. Our plan was to camp at Strawberry Springs but Covid rules were in play still and we could not get a reservation. Even though I tried for the 6 months prior to this trip. So I'd planned then to camp up on Rabbit Ears pass. But by the time we got there it had already been a long day and we opted for option 3. The Rabbit Ears motel in town and another steak dinner. It's good to have options. Steak. Whiskey. Hangin' with my son. Good times.
  18. 6 points
    Friday I adjusted the handlebars down as close to the tank as I could get them without hitting at full lock, to make my reach as short as possible. Boy it sure felt good to sit on the bike after 8 weeks away. Pavement only. La Mesa - Ramona - Julian - Lake Cuyamaca - home. Not a big loop, but big enough to find out I can reach and manage the bars and bike without too much trouble. Actually most of the trouble is coming from my Physical Therapist (also known as "wife"). She strongly recommends a few more weeks of sitting by the pool, but I'm kinda over that. A little stop here to rest ... And a few minutes at Inspiration Point, which is far more inspiring at sunset then mid day. But hey, I like it there. It's so very awesome to be able to ride great bike roads and trails, so close to my door in spite of the thriving metropolis around us. Life here is so good that even when it's bad, it's good. Salute!
  19. 6 points
    Finally got around to processing the pics I took with my camera. Full-size pics here: https://imgur.com/a/W1IIsfS
  20. 6 points
    Hi all, I'm Angela, wife of @Hawkins, and am just starting out with motorcycle riding. I took a dirt bike course during a week of middle school summer camp a million years ago, and rode a moped around Chiang Mai, Thailand with @Hawkins in 2013. Just bought a Royal Enfield Himalayan (2022) and have had a few lessons to get me started so far. I only have my motorcycle permit, but have my drive test scheduled for August 11, so looking forward to being able to ride longer/later after that. I have a gaggle of young kids around me most of the time, but they all go off to school/preschool in a couple weeks, so I'm looking forward to getting more seat time in soon!
  21. 5 points
    Calling new members to post an introduction. @eternal, @Birdi, @SCDSRjeff, @Zonie, @simsinca, @JohnManadero, @safety3rd (great name), @Canopytheory (my new Africa Twin buddy!), and @slowrollin.
  22. 5 points
    Hey, that's a nice bike you have there. 2021 Honda Africa Twin Adventure Sport ES DCT OEM crash bar OEM light bar no name hand guards Tusk rackless cargo system OEM foot shifter TrailTech Voyager Pro RUBY Moto R5 lights OEM tank bag HEX ezCAN II no name cell phone holder with wireless charging and quick disconnect Doubletake mirrors no name kickstand foot pad OEM mount for hard top case OEM hard top and side cases DENALI SoundBomb horn (yet to be installed) Denali B6 driving lights (yet to be installed) I'd be happy to ride with you. My wife @Angela and I did Palomar Mountain's Nate Harrison Grade up followed by the South Grade down late yesterday. It was chilly but we had a blast.
  23. 5 points
    It took me a while to edit all the footage, but finally, it's done. It was a 5-day trip with a group organized by a friend of a friend. This was no commercial expedition, and the organizer (a great guy from central California) did it because he loves to travel to Baja and has been doing this for the past 20 years. We would only have to pay for our hotel and food. Great deal if you ask me. Just look around, and you'll quickly find out that a Baja expedition can easily cost $3K or more. During the 5 days, we run about 700 miles of asphalt and dirt. Here's the video with the highlights from all 5 days. The longer videos for each day are at the end of the post. Here's the quick write-up of each day: DAY 1 - Tecate to Mike's Sky Rancho, 186 miles All 14 riders met at the gas station just before crossing the border in Tecate. Some people came from as far as Utah. Some rode their bikes, and some hauled them to the border and left the trailer in one of the parking lots, right at the border. Crossing the border is a non-event event. Just wait for a green light and go... no drama. The first stretch of dirt was the El Compadre trail. A broad, easy-to-ride dirt road that goes south, starting near Tecate to Ojos Negros for about 50 miles. There were a few sandy spots on that trail, but nothing too complicated. From there we hit the Mexico 3 highway towards Lazaro Cardenas, where we stopped for some tacos and gasoline. That's where the fun starts. After another stretch of asphalt, we jumped on the dirt again, still going south, now towards Mike's Sky Rancho. It was less than 20 miles of dirt, but some areas were very sandy, and many people were dropping their bikes. One of the riders had a twisted ankle, which was the end of the trip for him. As you approach Mike's Sky Rancho you need to overcome some hills with tricky climbs and descends. Hard for beginners but very passable for intermediate riders. Mike Sky Rancho is legendary, with thousands of photos on the walls and signed t-shirts hanging from the ceiling. It's a must-visit in Baja. We had an excellent dinner and drinks there and went to sleep before the generators shut down. DAY 2 - Mike's Sky Rancho to Coyote Cal's, 86 miles After an awesome breakfast at Mike's, it was time to hit the dirt again. The morning dew made the sand a bit more easy to ride, plus the fact it was still rutted from the day before. We stopped at Lazaro Cadenas again for more gas and started the most challenging part of the trip. As we rode west towards the Pacific, the beginning of the dirt road should be a really easy one, as it goes on relatively flat terrain between farms. It had rained the days before, so parts of the road were flooded, with deep puddles (ponds, really). In some parts, we crossed the ponds; in others, we ventured inside the farmland to avoid the flooded road. Some of these detours had clay-like mud, veeery slippery. That was one of my 4 drops in the entire trip. Drop #2 happened a few hundred yards ahead. Crossing a long pond, the front wheel dropped into a hole that was invisible underwater. I dove into the water and got completely submerged. We had a couple more casualties on the "mud field." One of the riders had mechanical problems with the kickstand sensor on his KTM, and he and his crew had to retire from the trip. That was 4 fewer riders for the group. After we passed the ponds on the flat terrain, it started raining hard. Some of our riders decided to take the long asphalt road and avoid the mountain range ahead of us. What came next was a first for me. Riding on dirt roads under a storm. It was a really nice experience. The road was slippery on some hills, but there were no casualties or drops in our group. After a quick stop in Erendira for some fish tacos, we got to Cal's as the sun set. Coyote Cal's is another landmark in the Baja racing culture, with magnificent ocean views and its famous "chupacabra". We had Thai Lobsters for dinner and went to sleep on bunkers after a long day of riding. DAY 3 - Coyote Cal's to El Rosario, 129 miles On our third day, we decided to ride south to our southernmost point of the trip to El Rosario, about 250 miles south of the border. The day was mostly asphalt on Mexico 1 highway, with a tiny amount of dirt (less than 5 miles of easy terrain) to visit La Lobera (see pictures below). Some riders decided to end the trip short, so from then on, we had 8 riders in our group. Nothing too exciting. We stopped for some street fish tacos (the best!) in San Quintin and then a quick stop at La Lobera, where you end up in this coastal place with a massive hole in the ground, connected to the ocean by caves, and during some times during the year Seals (aka Lobo Marino in Spanish, hence "La Lobera") will populate the bottom of this pit. We ended the day in El Rosario with dinner at the famous Mama Espinoza. Huge fresh lobster and margaritas were the highlights of the evening. DAY 4 - El Rosario to Horsepower Ranch in Ensenada, 188 miles Day 4 of our trip was mostly asphalt, but the approximate 25 miles of dirt were probably the most fun of the trip. As we got close to Coyote Cal's again, we jumped on the dirt road accompanying the coast. Stunning scenery road that is easy to ride. At some point, were able to go down to the beach, as the tide was low. Really soft sand, and that was my drop #3. That was quickly forgotten as we played like little kids on the beach sand. We even had time to do a quick race between my desert X and a Kawasaki dual sport. The Kawi took the first bout, desert x the second, although I think the first round's loss had everything to do with the pilot and nothing with the bike 🙂. After playing on the beach, we rode northeast, back towards Mexico 1 highway. There are some hill climbs over loose rocks that makes it non-beginner-friendly, but nothing super hard. The last half of the dirt is like a freeway. Wide dirt road with a really good surface. If you dare, you can easily hit 60+ mph (don't ask me how I know), but be careful with bumps on the road; otherwise, you will catch some serious air . After an infinite amount of time in Ensenada traffic, we arrived at Horsepower Ranch in Ensenada. Another must-visit race-related place in Baja. Great food, a great bar, and excellent accommodation. DAY 5 - Horsepower Ranch in Ensenada back to home, 99 miles Last day was just going back home really. No dirt. Just waking up, having breakfast, packing up, and go. We drove back towards the Tecate border through the famous "Ruta del Vino", in Valle de Guadalupe. The Valle is a wine region in Baja California peppered with vineyards, high-end restaurants, and resorts, well worth a visit just for that. It's a gorgeous region. We stopped in Tecate for final tacos and border crossing. A tip for fellow travelers, it is totally acceptable to cut the line and go to the top of the line at the border crossing. In fact, don't follow the "US Border" signs you see in the city; go straight for the front of the line (see map below). There are concrete barricades, but they leave a small gap just for motorcycles. Longer videos for each day of the trip: Day 1 Day 2 Day 3 Day 4 Day 5
  24. 5 points
    Making me feel really glad that I put this together!
  25. 5 points
    The recent follow up on the 2fer Tuesday ride is a great example of overlooking rules and letting the inmates run free. Great ride. Great follow up pics and commentary. A lot of participation and good mojo in that thread. Should have created a seperate thread under ride reports instead of continuing on a planned ride thread per the forum protocol. Was glad to see that admin didn’t throw a flag on it and slow down participation. Just my opinion and not a very strong one at that. I’m just happy to be here.
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