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Old 03-01-2013, 06:46 PM   #1
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The Baja Wan-Thousand: A Quick Trip to the Tip

BigWan: Knock knock
LittleWan: Who’s there?
BigWan: Tijuana
LittleWan: Tijuana who?
BigWan: Tijuana go to Baja?
LittleWan: Nope.

Last year, BigWan started bugging me about doing the Mexican 1000, 2up.
He was sure we could do it, but first we needed to pre-run.

BW: Do you want to go to Baja?
LW: Um, no. Are you still on that?

BW: Do you want to go to Baja?
LW: Seriously? No, I don’t want to go to Baja.

BW: Do you want to go to Baja?
LW: Good God. OK - let’s go. But it has to be next week.
And it has to be quick. I don’t want to just hang out.

The plan:
Head South and see how well we would do on the race courses for the Baja 1000 and the Mexican 1000.
Using the maps found here, BigWan drew up a route that would incorporate
the 2012 Baja 1000, the 2012 Mexican 1000 and the 2007 Baja 1000.
You can download the maps (and GPS tracks) at that link.

There were also a few fun places we wanted to see, so we’d be veering from the course here and there for some side trips.

The original plan to ride in Baja was hatched at the KTM rally in Bend.
BigWan was riding with some Baja nuts, and all that B1k talk had planted the seed.
Another trip to Baja was inevitable, he just needed to talk me into it.

The Riders:
Scott (Goggles Pizano) from Reno.
Scott was a 2006 Baja 1000 Ironman finisher, so we knew he’d be a blast to ride with.
He was ready to tear it up on his KTM 950SE.

El Bartek (Bartek990). Bartek is a fairly new dirt rider (18 months - is that right??), but he oozes natural talent.
He’s always up for anything and never complains. Perfect!
Here he is with his unique 2011 KTM ADV R (with dakar plastics)

and, us Wans - Matt and Kelly (BigWan and LittleWan).
Dumb as ever. ¿Como se dice “¡D’oh!” in espanol?
2up on a 2007 KTM 990 ADV S

photo by Barteknologie™

We had all been hoping that Radek (rburkat) would be able to complete our little group, but this trip was very last minute.
By the time we got our shit together, he was already committed to spending February in Poland.
He really wanted to go and was sad to miss the ride.
Us, too, Radek. Us, too.

The Route:
You guys know I suck at maps, but I love my crayons.
Here’s a close approximation of our route.

It’s hard to tell from the crappy map, but most of this route is offroad.
How much pavement did we do? Not sure, but our guessimate is 400 miles.
It was as little as possible while still completing the route in 11 days.
Make sand your favorite!

It was a pretty ambitious plan and we’d have to do 200-300 mile days to keep on schedule.
And in February, the days are short.
The guys were all excited to use their lights, so night riding was going to happen.
Isn’t that one of the big no-nos in Mexico?

Some stats:

2500 miles
11 days
114 tacos (and that’s not counting the ones on Bartek’s front rim )
6 flats
1 broken subframe...

and 1 broken rider.

Here are some teaser pics to whet your appetite.

Are you ready, Baja?

(‘cause we aren’t)

LittleWan screwed with this post 03-02-2013 at 01:29 AM Reason: silly stuff + pavement guesstimate is probably closer to 400 mi.
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Old 03-01-2013, 07:27 PM   #2
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Is This Real???

This can't be happening. I'm in at the start of a Wans adventure..

Happy to tag along on this one. Y'all just do some casual rides.

Bring it on!

If it ain't fun, I don't do it!!!

Stuff - I need more Stuff....
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Old 03-01-2013, 08:03 PM   #3
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good work bigwan, they eventually will say yes...


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Old 03-01-2013, 08:07 PM   #4
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The Baja Wan-Thousand: A Quick Trip to the Tip

Baja threads are in full swing now, and this will surely be one of the greats.....

Did a recent, 2 up loaded down 950 run to the tip. Had a few " couple's skill building" moments in the sand.

Looking forward to the entertainment, comedy and some 2up extreme riding.
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Old 03-01-2013, 08:51 PM   #5
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I'm me the way........

Oh yea, I've been there let's do it again.

Your RRs are great..............

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Old 03-01-2013, 09:33 PM   #6
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Bring it! Did BigWan take one of his purses down there?
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Old 03-01-2013, 10:16 PM   #7
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Originally Posted by hanksmybuddy View Post
Bring it! Did BigWan take one of his purses down there?
Well, we were supposed to be packing super light.
But I found this crammed into one of the side bags...

( hi VFR, dvwalker, Bgunn, and stickman1432! It's great to have you here. )
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Old 03-02-2013, 01:45 PM   #8
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Oh this oughta be good! Bring on the linkies!

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Old 03-04-2013, 06:08 PM   #9
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....and here I'm feeling all down on myself cause its like a whole load o pages into another wan, and it started, like, four days ago....

When in doubt, PIN IT! It may not help, but it'll sure end the suspense...
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Old 03-09-2013, 11:39 AM   #10
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Hey Little Wan and friends,

I'm hooked. Your reports make me feel like I am along. Even have a broken tibia in the same spot as Scott's, but no displacement. It still aches but no metal.

Keep it coming and thanks. KJ

PS: Just told my wife that I had to get on the bike for a short ride after reading the Wan's Baja story. Being only 3.5 weeks out from the break she scolded me and then scolded me again:( She is an RN and I wasn't surprised. Still I am going to suit up and if I feel good about it I am just reckless enough to do it. To my wife I explained that I am intelligently reckless not stupid:)
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Old 03-09-2013, 03:02 PM   #11
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Hey guys!!

I just found this RR. Looks like a great time. I just read through the whole report. I have had several trips to Baja, tho none with as much offroading as you guys. I too love the people down there. They have such a great sense of family/community. The kids were great to interact with. I brought stickers for them as well.

We had our share of breakdowns as well. Well, just bike breakdowns, not bodily breakdowns. I always held back a bit, as I didn't want to F-myself up south of the border.

My window for going to Baja this year is closing quickly. It's tough planning things between the family and making trips to Tahoe. Just Paul has a group going in April, I am looking at my calendar and hoping to make it work out. Fingers crossed.


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