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Old 07-06-2009, 08:05 PM   #1
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Marin County To Cabo!

The wife and I have been talking about a 2up around the world trip for a while now, but as long as the ten year old is still in the house and in school we have decided to do a few warm up trips in the 8-10 years we have till we can make it happen. We did a nice 4 day Joshua Tree/Mohave/Las Vegas trip last month and thought about making a 10 day trip in July. We just didn't know where. We thought about Moab, Canada, Yellowstone and others, but kept coming back to Mexico and Baja. Me being a contractor and having a whole friggin bunch of time on my hands due to the wonderful economy, decided to go for it!

Sooooo Baja/Cabo it Is!! I read as many ride reports as I can, so in the last month I started looking for Baja ride reports and seeing what I would need to make the trip happen. Mexican ins?? Medi vac ins?? temporary import deposit bullshit? Documents for the bike, passports bla bla bla..!!!!! I think I figured it all out, but any input would be greatly appreciated! The family is very worried about us and the current situation in Mexico, but I have assured them that it is mainly a boarder issue and we didn't plan on being in TJ that long.....Maybe a Donkey show or two...The Wife has never seen one....I have, and even a Pig show once in Okinawa while in the USMC ......but...... Well...... Never mind, it was weird and I felt dirty just watching it! So 30 minutes at the boarder and we should be fine....right?

I'll be on my 07 KTM ADV 990. I've been doing the normal fresh oil and rubber things with her.....(woah sounds sexy) but also put a new chain and sprocket set on. I've only got about 13g on her so everything still feels "verginesqe". The big girl runs sweet under any condition or circumstance (except high wind!), so I'm hoping for a problem free run. I'm bringing Tire/tube repair items and the standard tool kit+. I am a minimalist and feel that if something happens to the bike that I cant fix with the tool kit, then I probably cant fix it on the road/trail so I'm not bringing all that crap! Please tell me I'm wrong and I will set up a hitch and trailer so that I can bring all the repair items that I "might" need. Rebbecca the service goddess at Scuderia (my local shop) says that the water pump issues are fixed along with the fuel pump issues on the 07. Hay I figure if Scuderia is good enough to work on Jonah Streets Dakar bike, then they're good enough to work on mine and I'll take there advise as the gospel. You will all watch me eat my words if I am wrong! But seriously if anyone thinks I REALLY need to bring a spare of some type for the 07 990 let me know.

Ok..... 4 days and a wake up and the adventure begins!!!
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Old 07-06-2009, 08:19 PM   #2
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Just do it!

You'll have a slightly longer ride than I did seeing as I started in SF rather than Marin (link).

Temporary import bullshit- not needed if you don't leave Baja

Insurance- Mexinsure www.mexinsure.com. I paid $240 for 12 days

Title documents- again, not needed within Baja. Registration IS needed.

Border issues: go through fast, go through Tecate. It's a nice detour inland and gets you away from the worst of the shite.

Things you haven't considered: Fuel range. I went on a well tuned 950 and came very close to running dry at least once. Bring a 2 gallon can and keep it filled.


Bon voyage- you'll love it. Spend some quality time in Santa Rosalia and keep the fcuk away from Guerrero Negro. And if my experience is anything to go by, if you tell people you're Irish they'll love you :)


Edit: If you want to plumb the rather shallow depths of my wisdom in person feel free to drop me a PM. I can be readily plied with Sierra Nevadas or Soy LAttes to spill the beans....
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Old 07-06-2009, 08:28 PM   #3
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I'm IRISH!!!! A few other things, but I am IRISH!

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Old 07-06-2009, 08:33 PM   #4
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Let's go to Cabo, let the adventure roll..

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Old 07-06-2009, 08:34 PM   #5
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Old 07-07-2009, 02:30 PM   #6
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Ahhhh "The" Baja Dream Ride

I'm in.
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Old 07-07-2009, 02:41 PM   #7
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I'm in too! Sounds like you're in for a cool ride. And we're in for a cool read.
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Old 07-08-2009, 04:57 PM   #8
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Roads Or Dirt

You do not say which. Tecate is a great place to cross, and you head down through the wine region to Ensenada.
You can pre buy hotels from the old government chain, we did that and had some nice places. Bajabound is good for insurance as well. Guerrero Negro is an ok overnight stop. You can pull off the main road and find plenty of places to stop. Loretto is great, seafront hotels at reasonable prices. Don't pass a gas station without filling up, and lookout for the guys with pickups and 50gal drums of gas, they are ok to use.
Do not ride after dark, the animals come onto the road for the warmth.
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Old 07-08-2009, 06:05 PM   #9
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Do not ride after dark, the animals come onto the road for the warmth.
Unless you have some serious HID goodness to light your way, then its not a problem at all.
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Old 07-08-2009, 06:51 PM   #10
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Old 07-09-2009, 10:18 AM   #11
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Ok heres the tools and repairs stuff list. Please tell me if I need anything else.

1) Tubes, irons, mini compressor
2) Chain breaker and extra rivet master
3) JB weld
4) KTM tool kit plus things I cant live without
5) small can of lube
6) electrical tape, wire and connectors
7) zip Ty's and duct tape

What else is absolutely essential??
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Old 07-11-2009, 05:30 PM   #12
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Ok heres the tools and repairs stuff list. Please tell me if I need anything else.

1) Tubes, irons, mini compressor
2) Chain breaker and extra rivet master
3) JB weld
4) KTM tool kit plus things I cant live without
5) small can of lube
6) electrical tape, wire and connectors
7) zip Ty's and duct tape

What else is absolutely essential??
several Patch kits, in case you run out of tubes
Tire pressure gauge
Flashlight
A few Misc metric screws and bolts
brake and clutch levers

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Old 07-09-2009, 10:55 AM   #13
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roads or dirt

Mostly hard roads. With the wife and gear the big 990 gets to be a handfull at Dakar speeds... Dirt roads are fine though and will take them when ever possible! Just no rocky, rutty, sandy steep mountain double tracks with the wife on the back. Now, when shes at a Yoga class for the day thats another thing! Wheeeeeeee!





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You do not say which. Tecate is a great place to cross, and you head down through the wine region to Ensenada.
You can pre buy hotels from the old government chain, we did that and had some nice places. Bajabound is good for insurance as well. Guerrero Negro is an ok overnight stop. You can pull off the main road and find plenty of places to stop. Loretto is great, seafront hotels at reasonable prices. Don't pass a gas station without filling up, and lookout for the guys with pickups and 50gal drums of gas, they are ok to use.
Do not ride after dark, the animals come onto the road for the warmth.
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Old 07-09-2009, 11:18 AM   #14
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Insurance- Mexinsure www.mexinsure.com. I paid $240 for 12 days


If you are going to pay anywhere near that you could almost get an annual policy for a few bucks more or less. No hassle next trip.

Love Loreto. Cafe Ole for breakfast-huevos Mexicana and fresh squoze OJ.
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Old 07-09-2009, 03:37 PM   #15
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I got a 10 day policy for $42 from Adventure Mexico.
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