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Old 07-02-2013, 04:17 PM   #46
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Trice. Good write-up on the bike. You may recall we had a thread some time ago about bike size and I raved about the 250cc I ride, a low-tech Honda street bike with dual-purpose tires. I think a couple of guys laughed at me I'm just shy of 5'8" and also over 50. Fitness guy too, but not CrossFit. No! . For my rides to Mexico in order for me to do mostly street but get out to locations on dirt roads (like the roads around Parras, etc.) you can see how my selection of bike was shaped. If I was taller, I would have selected just like you did, a DRZ 400 kitted out with adventure farkles.
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Old 07-03-2013, 08:34 AM   #47
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My problem is I'm 6'8" and 300 lbs so most of the 250 and 400 cc bikes don't have the suspension I need. The 450's do better on the suspension side but the bike is still small and cramped for long hauls for a guy my size. That's why I hope I can do this type of ride on a KTM 1190 R. Trice, I'm about 200 miles north of you in the hill country, mostly limestone hills and cactus. Rocks are the best things grown in the fields up here . I'll get my camera out and take a picture of the land I ride my BMW 1150 GSA on.
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Old 07-03-2013, 10:16 AM   #48
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My problem is I'm 6'8" and 300 lbs so most of the 250 and 400 cc bikes don't have the suspension I need. The 450's do better on the suspension side but the bike is still small and cramped for long hauls for a guy my size. That's why I hope I can do this type of ride on a KTM 1190 R. Trice, I'm about 200 miles north of you in the hill country, mostly limestone hills and cactus. Rocks are the best things grown in the fields up here . I'll get my camera out and take a picture of the land I ride my BMW 1150 GSA on.
The KTM 690 R comes in at 305 pounds dry and 320 wet according to sources on the internet. That's a whole pound heavier than the published wet weight on a drz (and may have cured my desire to own another drz).

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Old 07-03-2013, 10:39 AM   #49
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Tricepilot's México: Off-Road Through the Sierra Madre From Durango to Mazatlán

Can't make me read this thread. Nope. Not gonna look. Ain't gonna happen. Ever. Not me. Uh-uh.









Edited . To protect the children.

Why'd I look?
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Old 07-03-2013, 11:42 AM   #50
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Old 07-03-2013, 12:09 PM   #51
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Awesome stuff guys!

Can't wait for the RR.

Sounds like a fun ride for sure.

When I crossed the mountains SR was the only guy who said "go for it". Everybody from tourists, people back home, Mexicans, etc. All said no. Sooo glad I took his advice!
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Old 07-03-2013, 12:49 PM   #52
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Can't make me read this thread. Nope. Not gonna look. Ain't gonna happen. Ever. Not me. Uh-uh.









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Not too late to join me for my next excursion Down South. Meet me at my
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Old 07-03-2013, 01:19 PM   #53
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[QUOTE=veriest1;21782378]The KTM 690 R comes in at 305 pounds dry and 320 wet according to sources on the internet. That's a whole pound heavier than the published wet weight on a drz (and may have cured my desire to own another drz). QUOTE]

You ever seen me on a DRZ ? Little bikez, I squash 'em ! ! !
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Old 07-03-2013, 01:51 PM   #54
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Not too late to join me for my next excursion Down South. Meet me at my
place. We clutch out at dawn.
You might beat me there.....I looked at the map this morning and it showed about the same travel time. However I'm goning to take the fun route.....the back way over the hills from Saltillo.
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Old 07-03-2013, 01:57 PM   #55
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The KTM 690 R comes in at 305 pounds dry and 320 wet according to sources on the internet. That's a whole pound heavier than the published wet weight on a drz (and may have cured my desire to own another drz). QUOTE]

You ever seen me on a DRZ ? Little bikez, I squash 'em ! ! !
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Old 07-03-2013, 02:51 PM   #56
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You might beat me there.....I looked at the map this morning and it showed about the same travel time. However I'm goning to take the fun route.....the back way over the hills from Saltillo.
See you tomorrow
Hasta pronto!
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Old 07-03-2013, 03:02 PM   #57
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Trice,
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Old 07-03-2013, 03:58 PM   #58
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Yea! Looking forward to reading this one.
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Old 07-03-2013, 04:21 PM   #59
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I just found this, had my hands full the last few days.
I always in joy a good tricepilot ride report
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Old 07-03-2013, 05:44 PM   #60
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Maybe after Tricepilot finishes the RR you will get a better feel for the terrain.

I just got my Smugmug account setup, so here is my first photo.





This is not the place to bring to wrong tool for the job.
This is one of the sections I mentioned earlier.

Of note is the fact that SR took this pic after the ATV boys had their way with "engineering" the landslide.

The landslide, BTW, caused a great many of the ATVs to turn around and head back upmountain to catch the paved Espinazo to Mazatlán.

Only a downhill section of about 200m, but photos don't do justice to landscapes/gnarly stuff.

KEY POINT:

If the ATV boys can band together to get each other through tough sections, so, can the moto boys.

And we did.

Pushing, helping, ghost riding, river crossings. It took a group effort to bridge the gap, to speak.

The section in this photo was one of the toughest.

I hired a consulting firm/helicoper/moving company to get my (SRs) DRZ down this stretch.

Full Disclosure: Hector, SRs friend, took the DRZ through this section for me.

If I had tried it, I would have been on my butt with a broken DRZ and a possible broken me.

Neither of which me, SR, or anyone else wanted in the Sierra.

Just downhill from this shot, both SR and Hector dumped their bikes trying to get through a rocky gap.

If you do this ride in 2014, be prepared to go down. Even if you are Enduro Champ of the World.
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