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Old 01-13-2009, 01:59 PM   #4306
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one of these guys is the tourist...can you guess who? steve was so hungry didn't have the chance to remove his riding gloves.....



soon after lunch, we looked and found a gas station in erendira.....






full serve of course



the we head out south along the coastline









we learned our lessons from the previous day, so we stop and wait if needed



we caught up with the lead group and found our leader nmbmn sitting on the ground...not good


oh shit, it's just the mandatory refreshment break


the shadows are getting long, and we talked about finding a camp, which tt already doing before we can make a decision (another lesson learned from the previous day ride)
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Old 01-13-2009, 02:14 PM   #4307
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You can do this on a 450 or 525. My notes, as the lil' bike doing the Baja trip:
  • The Husky has a close ratio tranny, shorter top gear, and is more of a woods bike than a KTM 450, so I've been told. I went up one tooth on the front sprocket for this ride. I would imagine that a KTM 525 would be one tick closer to a "Baja bike" than my 450 even with this gearing change.
  • Gotta pack light (Joel ). While I didn't bring a lot, I could have brought less and will for the TT trip in Feb. I'll probably give myself a 20lb limit, including water, food and tools.
  • Everything on the dirt was cake on the 450. I was able to enjoy the ride and RIDE it, with no concerns for the weight, dropping the bike, etc. I learned that the key to keeping a dirt bike a dirt bike is to keep it as light as possible, ie, camp like you are on a dirtbike, not on a dirtbike that you are taking to Baja and therefore need to take more stuff. My load for the Feb trip will be:
    • Tools and spares, on the bike, not me
    • Bag, pad, bivy
    • 3 x freeze dried meals, cup, spoon. Someone in the group will pack more (Joel) and have a stove I can use to boil water.
    • Fleece pullover and sandals for camp.
    • Will wear the same clothes every day, no changes
    • 3L of water on me, at all times.
    • Maybe beef jerky and/or trail mix as breakfast food.
  • For the pavement sections, my thoughts were I'm just not going to ride over the speedlimit on a road in Mexico, period. Not only because I don't want to wind the bike out, but also because I don't want to flag myself with the policia, I didn't come to Baja to blast the roads, I want to see it. I'm fine being the last guy at the check point or at the stop sign in the next town.
Basically, if you're going down to Baja to ride as much dirt as possible, a smaller bike is ideal because you will ZERO concerns about riding in the dirt. Then, when you get on the pavement, just lean back on your bag and enjoy the ride
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Old 01-13-2009, 02:28 PM   #4308
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i will not take the 525 neither the 450 on a 500 mile ride. my odo log is 475 miles. first the subframe may break to handle 40 lbs of camping equipment, food, water, and of course beer. lots and lots of whoops!

yes 2wheelsgood made it, but it wasn't easy. on empty highways and wide open dirt roads the FFs were blasting at 85 mph for an extended period of time. if you don't have any extra load, you may do it on the 525.

the best bike for this is the xr650, 640, 650xc, bmw dakar, and other big thumpers with excellent and tuned suspension.
Shhhh! Please, dont tell my WR426 that!
It motored along quite well all the way to Canada, with a 250# load and stock gearing, the entire 1600 miles!
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Old 01-13-2009, 02:36 PM   #4309
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Old 01-13-2009, 04:02 PM   #4310
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Old 01-13-2009, 04:20 PM   #4311
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Old 01-13-2009, 04:21 PM   #4312
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Old 01-13-2009, 04:22 PM   #4313
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Old 01-13-2009, 04:23 PM   #4314
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Old 01-13-2009, 05:06 PM   #4315
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Sorry for my own hijack but I think this is important!

Not really sure if we are helping RichK by providing him your experience as the answer to his question if the 525exc can do Baja.

Absolutely, the 525 can do it, even as far as Cabo San Lucas and back. In the Baja 500K and 100K, there are a lot of crf450 and ktm 525. Remember, these riders have only 1 objective, finish the race and hopefully get on the podium. No one cares about the bike since it will be taken apart anyway after the race.

If you read the ride reports, gaspipe did baja on his ktm 540 (bored out 525), but it wasn’t stock. He had a cush hub (save the tranny) and other upgrades.

Unknown to many, I have a 525exc and if I follow the service manual, every 15 hours of riding, I have to do an oil change and check/adjust the valves. The 525 is not even an enduro bike by ktm classification (the 690e is the enduro bike). My 525 is a pure dirt bike with all the dot equipment and license plate. Enduro bikes are different, they’re meant to be ridden for a longer period of time with less maintenance.

Visit KTM Talk and ask the same question….that has been beaten so many times, that they will clobber your head if you do. Cush hub, larger oil reservoir, and cooling fan are some of the upgrades.

Just for kicks, I dare anyone to buy a brand new $9000 KTM 525 (too bad they don’t make this model in 2009) and ride that puppy for 40 hours (daily) without oil change and valve adjustment. I would like to see how many will be willing do it! How many of us do an oil change in our car at 3K instead of 7K, most of the people I know do because we want our cars to last longer.

Also important, keep in mind that you will be riding with Trailtrick and other advanced riders, huh! That ain’t a walk in the park. You will ride that bike “hard” in a dusty condition, unless TT will let you ride in front of him…hahahahaha. The carb will suck dust even with an air filter (assuming you have a good one and properly installed, lol if not) and once mixed in your oil, it will behave like a grinding compound, and if you keep on going, your oil will look like chocolate after the ride.

My discipline and education tell me that there is a proper tool for a job. I would not even think of using an adjustable wrench or even an open end wrench to tighten a bolt. It has to be a socket or box wrench, 6 points preferred.

Treat your equipment well and there’s a greater chance it will serve you well!

now.... let's get back and start posting pics.

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Old 01-13-2009, 05:21 PM   #4316
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Sorry for my own hijack but I think this is important!

Not really sure if we are helping RichK by providing him your experience as the answer to his question if the 525exc can do Baja.

Absolutely, the 525 can do it, even as far as Cabo San Lucas and back. In the Baja 500K and 100K, there are a lot of crf450 and ktm 525. Remember, these riders have only 1 objective, finish the race and hopefully get on the podium. No one cares about the bike since it will be taken apart anyway after the race.

If you read the ride reports, gaspipe did baja on his ktm 540 (bored out 525), but it wasn’t stock. He had a cush hub (save the tranny) and other upgrades.

Unknown to many, I have a 525exc and if I follow the service manual, every 15 hours of riding, I have to do an oil change and check/adjust the valves. The 525 is not even an enduro bike by ktm classification (the 690e is the enduro bike). My 525 is a pure dirt bike with all the dot equipment and license plate. Enduro bikes are different, they’re meant to be ridden for a longer period of time with less maintenance.

Visit KTM Talk and ask the same question….that has been beaten so many times, that they will clobber your head if you do. Cush hub, larger oil reservoir, and cooling fan are some of the upgrades.

Just for kicks, I dare anyone to buy a brand new $9000 KTM 525 (too bad they don’t make this model in 2009) and ride that puppy for 40 hours (daily) without oil change and valve adjustment. I would like to see how many will be willing do it! How many of us do an oil change in our car at 3K instead of 7K, most of the people I know do because we want our cars to last longer.

Also important, keep in mind that you will be riding with Trailtrick and other advanced riders, huh! That ain’t a walk in the park. You will ride that bike “hard” in a dusty condition, unless TT will let you ride in front of him…hahahahaha. The carb will suck dust even with an air filter (assuming you have a good one and properly installed, lol if not) and once mixed in your oil, it will behave like a grinding compound, and if you keep on going, your oil will look like chocolate after the ride.

My discipline and education tell me that there is a proper tool for a job. I would not even think of using an adjustable wrench or even an open end wrench to tighten a bolt. It has to be a socket or box wrench, 6 points preferred.

Treat your equipment well and there’s a greater chance it will serve you well!

now.... let's get back and start posting pics.

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Old 01-13-2009, 05:25 PM   #4317
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The second night camp spot being scouted

that's so far is the best spot i camped in baja. thanks to tt for able to get permission from the owner...


if this was in cali, the rich people would have called the lapd and kicked our butt!....the beauty of baja, so many undeveloped and unspoiled places.
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Old 01-13-2009, 05:28 PM   #4318
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Sorry for my own hijack but I think this is important!

Not really sure if we are helping RichK by providing him your experience as the answer to his question if the 525exc can do Baja.

Absolutely, the 525 can do it, even as far as Cabo San Lucas and back. In the Baja 500K and 100K, there are a lot of crf450 and ktm 525. Remember, these riders have only 1 objective, finish the race and hopefully get on the podium. No one cares about the bike since it will be taken apart anyway after the race.

If you read the ride reports, gaspipe did baja on his ktm 540 (bored out 525), but it wasn’t stock. He had a cush hub (save the tranny) and other upgrades.

Unknown to many, I have a 525exc and if I follow the service manual, every 15 hours of riding, I have to do an oil change and check/adjust the valves. The 525 is not even an enduro bike by ktm classification (the 690e is the enduro bike). My 525 is a pure dirt bike with all the dot equipment and license plate. Enduro bikes are different, they’re meant to be ridden for a longer period of time with less maintenance.

Visit KTM Talk and ask the same question….that has been beaten so many times, that they will clobber your head if you do. Cush hub, larger oil reservoir, and cooling fan are some of the upgrades.

Just for kicks, I dare anyone to buy a brand new $9000 KTM 525 (too bad they don’t make this model in 2009) and ride that puppy for 40 hours (daily) without oil change and valve adjustment. I would like to see how many will be willing do it! How many of us do an oil change in our car at 3K instead of 7K, most of the people I know do because we want our cars to last longer.

Also important, keep in mind that you will be riding with Trailtrick and other advanced riders, huh! That ain’t a walk in the park. You will ride that bike “hard” in a dusty condition, unless TT will let you ride in front of him…hahahahaha. The carb will suck dust even with an air filter (assuming you have a good one and properly installed, lol if not) and once mixed in your oil, it will behave like a grinding compound, and if you keep on going, your oil will look like chocolate after the ride.

My discipline and education tell me that there is a proper tool for a job. I would not even think of using an adjustable wrench or even an open end wrench to tighten a bolt. It has to be a socket or box wrench, 6 points preferred.

Treat your equipment well and there’s a greater chance it will serve you well!

now.... let's get back and start posting pics.

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Richk be fine in the 525 ,i rode with him few times
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Old 01-13-2009, 05:52 PM   #4319
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wtf...dannyG wearing rruugger's jersey




riding down to the camp


getting to the site before the sunset is priceless




time to unpack



i think rob and noel are twins separated at birth..... ride, drink, eat, and now camp together..... , so watch out durango loco....


the site we had was so nice, even a martian joined us

in baja, beauty is free....


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nightfall around the camp fire






oh shit, the brothers are back.....


firewood is precious in this part of the world...good that tt is very resourceful
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