03-09-2011, 02:45 PM
Joined: Feb 2006
Location: Kamloops, BC
She slapped me with little provocation !
I have been having this love affair since 1989.
It started out at that time as a kayak trip off of Isla Espiritu Santo for 10 days, and then progressed to exploring the south cape region for several weeks by hitch-hiking, camping, and budget hotelling. My sister had been guiding kayak tours out of Loreto for the previous 10 years and had invited me to do an exploratory trip....an invitation I had been secretly coveting for several years before she extended the invite.
I was smitten: the allure of desert, ocean, a different culture, and fish tacos had invaded my heart.
And as many of us know, once you have a taste of such an exotic romance, you just want more of its breath-taking embrace. And, one must also treat such an affair with consideration, respect, and forethought.
My affair is with Baja, a unique part of Mexico that offers limitless riding challenges and opportunities. My first motorcycle ride there was in 1995 on a 1981 R80 GS…a month of riding in all sorts of terrain…except in the deep sand...(a type of riding I hate to this day).
My next few rides to Baja were on my ‘96 1100GS in 2000 and 2002.
Those rides convinced me that I needed a lighter bike more suitable for off-road riding. So, it was in 2000 that I bought my first dirt bike…a sweet used Husqvarna 350...
The Husky never experienced the pleasures of Baja, but my ’04 450 EXC did on several occasions...
I sold my R80 in late 2010 and invested the funds in a 2009 690 R KTM that I had been eying for several months. I knew I wanted an “in-between bike “ for the stable, I like my 450 EXC, and no other brand presented as an attractive option….so I bought the 690 the week after my 2010 ride to Baja.
I found the mega-690 thread on ADV Rider and sorted out some mods that were generally recommended.
The plan this year was to join some of my local Kamloops compadres for 10 days of riding in February. These guys are hard-core single-trackers and have been also going to Baja over the past 8 years or so. Several of these guys have raced and finished the Baja 1000 over the years and generally have a good sense of how to do Baja....
They are into their second converted school bus, "Big Blue":
The die was cast....momentum was building....and I was once again off for a tryst with my desert affair...
motoged screwed with this post 03-10-2011 at 10:26 PM