|05-11-2008, 11:08 PM||#1|
Joined: Apr 2006
Location: Salida, Colorado
Denver to Copper Canyon and Baja
This RR is for my family and friends who wondered what the hell I was doing in
To some of the people that frequent this web site it may not seem like a big adventure but for me it was my first international trip by bike and I was extremely fortunate to be doing it. I took over 700 photos and figured that this format would be the best way to share my experience. I wished that I’d had a better camera and more time to compose my shots but it is - what it is. This was quick, down and dirty photography. Shoot and see what you get. I hope you enjoy!
Ride my KLR650 Enduro motorcycle to
Trip length: 16 Days
Miles Covered on Bike: 4116
From the GPS:
Total miles on : 4007 Miles
Max Speed 91.7mph
Moving Time: 88:49 Hours
Moving Average: 45.1 mph
Max Elevation: 11,202’ Eisenhower Tunnel
Minimum Elevation: (-14’) Near Mexicali on the
Camera: Nikon Cool Pix
You gotta love a plan. We planned on leaving at 6:00am but we had a spring snow storm dump this the night before. Not looking good.
We ended up waiting until noon and left when the roads were dry. We used our heated vests and grips and they did the job quite well. It was a pretty boring ride the first day, except for the van of college girls who were mooning us for several miles. It was all in good fun and I think they were really bored too.
Sorry no photos of that.
The Long Road.
It was about 34 degrees when we pulled into
Happy Hour was to be had in the room. The guys in the picture from left to right are me, Al, and Froman. Al is a good friend of ours and almost made the trip but couldn’t make it. He also happens to be one hell of a motorcycle mechanic and all around jokester. He helped me a ton in prepping my bike for the trip and we were both bummed that he couldn’t make it. So we brought him with us. Al, I had nothing to do with this except laugh and take pictures. It was all Fromans doing.
A frosty morning to start the day.
A lot of this to get to
Followed these guys for awhile.
Texas Moto Cop and US Army Air Defense Artillery convoy.
Arrived in El Paso and Froman wanted to see if he could find some ATV panniers for added crap carrying ability so we stopped by here. Cool shop but not much stuff for adventure types. The sales guy didn't know what tank panniers were.
Saw this in the parking lot with a nice ADV sticker. Anyone here?
No luck with panniers so we headed to a hotel and walked across the street to grab some Texas style BBQ. I was stationed in El Paso for a couple of years and most Texans say El Paso is not part of Texas.
I disagree. It's very Texas.
Al getting his grub on.
So we head back to the room and Froman decides it is a good time to put some new brake pads on in the parking lot. He had them with him so I guess it wouldn't hurt to put them on. They might come in handy.
While working on the bike Froman notices his brand new Kenda is chunking out around 700 miles. Not even in the dirt yet. That can't be good.
"Ahhh, it'll make er"
While working on the brakes Froman noticed that his caliper was actually bent and was wearing the pads in an un-even manner. So we had a couple beers and crashed out early and decided to look at it in the morning.
Day 3: Maybe 100 miles?
El Paso to El Paso
First thing in the morning we head over to a Kawasaki Shop to look for a new caliper. This shop is the only one down here.
Ride straight into the shop. We don't need no steenking appointment.
We are adventurers!
All hands on deck. These guys are on a mission.
Yep, bent caliper. Replaced with a two piston version for better braking. Froman kept the original as a back up.
Job well done! Or is it?
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