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  1. TrophyHunter

    Question about otay mtn truck trail

    I read some reports of Thing Valley Rd being open and with the cooler temps next week, may give that a go.
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    KLR650 or Dr650 or RE Himalayan?

    AFM kind of nailed it. The KLR is out of production but the most current model goes back to 2008, so plenty of bikes and support around. I've been around DR650's for 9 years now and built two. It's been the same bike since '96 and is highly supported in the aftermarket. You can make one to suit your mission. At your weight, it's sprung about right, maybe a little soft. Capable for what you stated. To gain confidence on it, the bike can be lowered 1.5 inches by switching a few parts around. Put it back to stock later. This is what we did with my son's. Can't comment much on the others, but if you like tall bikes, check the Honda XR650L, too. More dirt oriented and the same bike since '93, so plenty around. If you ever want to "go over" a DR, happy to talk ya through mine. Just PM me.
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    tire changing

    Good info - thx. I used it on a couple of tires - DR650 rears, and a Mitas E-07 set on my Tiger. No issues, but I will def blunt the edges. Appreciate it.
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    Parking Ticket on Pine Valley Rd.

    Google maps street view grab on the sign pic - dunno vintage. I've seen 'em but haven't been there in a few years, so.... Goodwill spread to out of staters is a policy of some.
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    Parking Ticket on Pine Valley Rd.

    https://www.fs.usda.gov/recarea/cleveland/recarea/?recid=47404 ADV pass needed - assuming INSIDE the fence. But I am probably wrong. I find it ridiculous that I could take a vehicle on the dirt there, but if I park and walk - or park and ride, I need to pay. Ditto on everything LB wrote. Forgive me, I'm mostly retired and currently bored. Even though history says they ticket there and have signed the area, my question at court would be "if the rangers wanted to secure the trailhead, where would they do that?" Being it's at the fence in the pic below, that would be where a reasonable human would thing "all things trailhead" apply. Without "between here and here" marked or "pay area" painted on the roadway adjacent to the cul-de-sac inside the fence, it's not clear. The signs are there to inform people if they park within the fenced in area, they need an ADV pass. That's my (i'mnotalawyer) take on it. Easements, etc. Your conclusion may be valid, dunno. There may be agreements in place but that'd take some time to research. SDPD had an agreement with the Navy for policing their housing areas - not just within city limits, but on base to a certain extent. I drove on Miramar past the guard shack to do a SWAT mission once. A weird feeling going on a military base for that. But, their map shows the forest going to the freeway. This isn't the designated Bear Valley Trailhead from my reading, it's CNF, unless an ADV pass is needed to park along Hwy 80 - which I doubt. The Bear Valley Trailhead map shows the road outside the fence line included. Were these signs still there? No other indicators of where that applies?
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    tire changing

    I cheat and use the Baja No Pinch tool. I too have watched others/videos/etc and I still end up taking a long time. My solution is the B NP.
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    Exhaust packing-2007 CRF450

    The shop probably put new packing in, but if you want to have more on hand, a new package of packing was left here for give away by a traveling rider. Yours if ya want it. PM me.
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    FYI Bol Weevil is Closing

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    That Tunnel

    I dunno if it always happens, but BP visited when we went in there. Nobody took a pic from the MEX side, though. 😀 BP said there are sensors in there, but who knows - they could've just been watching it. As with other areas of the border, a simple barrier installed at the USA/MEX line would fix at least that spot.
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    Satellite tracker/SOS device

    Switched from SPOT to InReach a few years back due to a head to head with the InReach getting better transmissions in difficult terrain and faster in other terrain. I don't know what current tech comparo's find. I do the survival(?) plan at $15ish per month which offers plenty of texting, etc. I pay extra for tracking if on a multi-day. My Dad followed along on my abbreviated ID BDR and was able to zoom in on the track and see great detail from Google Earth. Experience: Std InReach SE and Mini (ridin' buddy in ID). Both paired - bluetooth - using the Earthmate App. 2 way texting with spouses was flawless. No EMER activation, thank goodness. We charged them each night but they were holding pretty well. I do carry a mini jump charger I could power them up with if needed while camping. Also, as mentioned, USB port on the bike. I did accidently activate the EMER on Otay TT 2 years ago and those who needed a call got it. I did ask InReach why they didn't just call me, especially since the signal was moving. We straightened out the calling protocol and all was well. My fault as it was a selection.
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    Moab in September???

    We'll warm it up for you. A post with some tracks, etc around page 23-30. https://advrider.com/f/threads/dr650-rally-lasal-utah-sept-5-8.1359221/
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    Swapping plates?

    With your fleet, I don't doubt it. And that would pan out on a VRT. For most, not so much.
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    Swapping plates?

    The chances of that happening are negative zero. 😉 Cop runs a quick VRT - Vehicles Registered To by your name, calls BS based on results, you go in cuffs for 148PC - Basically, lying to the cop. As PMB mentioned, way too easy to check a story. Results vary on the cop. I was asked to write 2 tickets per month so my Sgt could say I did some traffic enforcement, but if one of those turned into a challenge, well......
  14. Paid. When paying with a credit card, I didn't see a place to put a screen name, so just notifying here.
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    Suzuki Big

    Get a 2-5 year old DR650 with low mileage for $3500, toss on a 790 kit. Still mid-sized with a ton of aftermarket since the bikes been basically the same since '96. The builder of the 790 - Procycle - also built a one off stroker DR900, which a ridin' buddy in PHX has now. I'll hopefully get a short ride on it in Sept at the 1st DR Rally.
  16. Of course, I will be out of town on that day. Enjoy
  17. Copied from ADV, hence the darkness. https://advrider.com/f/threads/mosko-moto-meet-up-san-diego-may-1st.1378337/ Come hang out with us and come check out some gear! We'll have display bikes and you'll even be able to test fit the gear on your bike if you ride in. Be there or be square!#Repost @MoskoMoto (@get_repost)・・・Mosko Moto is coming to San Diego - Join Us! We’re joining forces with Torque Moto Cafe in the North Park neighborhood of San Diego to host a Meetup!Come get your hands on our gear (or on your bike!) have a beverage on us and stay for a presentation on Overland World Travel, given by Roel Bremmers, our European Sales guy. Roel spent over 9 years traveling on his Africa Twin, through the Middle East, Asia and Europe and has some amazing stories and tips and tricks to share!When: Wednesday, May 1stTime: 3pm – 7:30pmWhere: Torque Moto Café in North Park area in San Diegohttps://www.torquemotocafe.comIG @torque_moto_cafeFB @TorqueMotoCafe3604 30th StSan Diego, CA 92104Want to be involved or have ideas for a Meetup in your area? Please reach out to us at www.moskomoto.com - we’d love to hear from you! Be on the lookout for future meetups in your area, and if you're in or around San Diego, please join us!
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    Otay Truck Trail maintenance

    Marron Valley to the "T" - right turn. Worked our way up to Doghouse Junction where construction trucks were not letting anyone down the front side towards Pio Pico. South / West toward the prison - button hook turn onto the border fence road. East to Marron Valley then north past the (sometimes) water crossing. We did not head east through the creekbed, just kept going N. The gate was closed but not locked going toward Marron Valley Rd so we went through, closing it behind. That gate has a sensor on it and we got visited by BP as we got to the Southbay Rod & Gun club. No issues, he just wanted to know our route. We did not see any BP along the border and they may all be tied up with processing....?
  19. The entry point from Pio Pico - Otay Lakes Rd - is closed during the week through next week - 6 am - 3:30 pm - for road maintenance. Entry off of Marron Valley Rd is open. Watch for equipment on that end, too. With that, the scenery was great and we had zero issues along the border. At the 250 monument looking south into Mexico
  20. They're doing maintenance on the Pio Pico side during the week. Forgot to ask today if they have it open on the weekend.
  21. https://www.bikerbuddy.co/riding/ Might be useful for some. I checked local to me and a room for 2, wifi, garage with tools, laundry, etc is $40 per night. The site limits the fee charged so it should be reasonable everywhere.
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    Spot SOS doesn’t work?

    I'll review my status and current offerings as I have a multi-day this summer. Thx!
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    New Old fart with small bike

    My Dad rode a borrowed TW on the Bar10 run. It was perfect for him and he set the pace. Welcome
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    Spot SOS doesn’t work?

    InReach - on my person. I do the least expensive plan and just don't turn on the tracking function. The SOS still works and they know where you are. It will even drop a breadcrumb every hour or so for those watching online. I don't call in for the higher cost plan, just turn the tracking function on and they charge you for that event. About $3-4. Once a week or so and the per event charge added to the base cheap plan is less than the upgrade.
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    yayyy, another new guy

    Jessie - who runs the Flying Monkey Rally in UT has one and puts it to the test. He's done well with it and does a weekly ride out of Temecula area on Weds eves. Welcome. Also in the "see the views, grab a burger" style of riding. No racing on my DR650.

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