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Old 12-19-2008, 09:22 PM   #1
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A Few Gaspipe Days of Baja Norte....

A unique situation put me in striking distance of Baja, but for a very short duration, and with virtually no notice. Due to our peculiar economic circumstances, I opted to undergo training and renew my locomotive license for another three years. I completed the requirements on Saturday, and was furloughed Sunday Oh, well.

So I left for Baja Monday morning. I had to be back for Christmas, but it gave me about a half dozen days to be in Mexico. It left me almost no time to prep a bike. I loaded up one of the RFS KTM's. I wonder how far can I get?



We'll see......more later.
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Old 12-19-2008, 09:23 PM   #2
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Old 12-19-2008, 09:25 PM   #3
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Mmmmm...Gaspipe RR.

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Old 12-19-2008, 09:27 PM   #4
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Old 12-19-2008, 09:31 PM   #5
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Old 12-19-2008, 09:59 PM   #6
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So here I am, near Phoenix, planning to do a couple day rides on the Mogollon Rim - a fringe escarpment of the Colorado Plateau - with a 35+ year riding buddy, when the furlough news shows.

"Chollo, wanna go to Baja for a few days?"
"Sure. I'm between things, but have to be back Tuesday night for a job."

We headed to Calexico, and the next morning, we were rolling across Laguna Salada with no particular place in mind other than getting as far from the border as we could.



We had minimal camping gear (I even upgraded to a super tiny down sleeping bag) and less stuff than usual. Heck, we're only gonna be in country for four, or maybe six days. Less is more.

We pondered heading up El Mano, and maybe hit Mike's, but we had a lot of daylight. I didn't want to end up on the Pacific side this far north, *and* I had just heard that El Mano was locked for now. So we headed across the dry lake towards La Ventana.



Did I mention the weather was getting dodgy? It was a motivational factor to get south and away from that clay as quick as we could. The 540cc KTM motor was happy to oblige.

[more tomorrow....been a long day]
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Old 12-19-2008, 10:13 PM   #7
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Old 12-19-2008, 10:23 PM   #8
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Old 12-19-2008, 10:29 PM   #9
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I wish I was still there...

Can't wait to hear the story...
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Old 12-19-2008, 10:34 PM   #10
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home for the holidays!

Glad to hear you made it back safely, hopefully you didn't bust up Chollo like last time... Did all of us beat GB to the ??
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Old 12-20-2008, 08:11 AM   #11
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Old 12-20-2008, 08:15 AM   #12
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Old 12-20-2008, 08:30 AM   #13
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Old 12-20-2008, 09:35 AM   #14
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I only had a day to build up a bike before I headed west, and this is what I cobbled up from the parts pile:

'05 KTM 525 EXC, but with a high compression 540cc top end. The carb was bored to 41.6mm and the airbox modified. To finish off the engine, a Leo Vince silencer was installed. The tank is a 6.6 gallon Acerbis. The front forks are modified to provide for rebound damping in the right leg, and compression damping in the left leg. This allows for very precise valving stacks for each damping circuit. They work great. A Scott's undermount damper and an Excel A60 wheel finish out the front end.

BBriggs supplied a set of DirtBagz brackets - these are very tough and well made. The DirtBagz and the Wolfman tank bag carry all I need. I've learned that I don't really like a rear rack much on smaller bikes, as it hinders my movement on the bike.

A resprung and valved shock control the rear. An LC4 rear wheel (cush drive) was installed in the back. The front tire is a Pirelli Scorpion, and rear an MT18HD.

In the first 80 miles, it felt good, and plenty fast.
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Old 12-20-2008, 10:06 AM   #15
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A rancher had told me the run up towards Valle de Trinidad via El Mano was closed, so we took off across the flats to the highway. We'd need to head through San Felipe to get fuel. We'd sorta made up our mind to get as far south as we could today, so we'd slab it to Puertecitos, and then see how far we'd get.



I took a load of premium fuel in San Felipe, and it was rather uneventful heading south. I was amazed how little traffic there was, and how few people we'd seen so far. We hadn't seen another bike yet.

The construction of the highway south from Puertecitos is moving along relatively rapidly. It is sad to see this happen, but progress is progress. Four years ago, the road from San Felipe to Puertecitos had almost gone back to the earth, but now it was freshly paved and starting to fall apart already.

As we hit the dirt, I really poured the coals to the 540 and took off. I made it about a mile, when I got the first flat of the trip. The tube blew apart - separated at the seam - complete junk. I installed my spare tube, and made it a few miles before it picked up a nail. It went through the sidewall and out the tread.

In went the last super cheapo Kenda 21" tube, and as luck would have it, it went flat from a pinch, despite having 25psi in it. The couple patches we had wouldn't stick, so I'm in a bit of a jam. And it's about 1645 now on a Friday Afternoon.



Well, in under 10 miles of dirt, I trashed all of our front tubes. What's the chances?

The sun was already setting behind the mountains to the west.



'Chollo unpacked the stuff on his rear rack, and we loaded my wheel and the perhaps salvageable tube onto his XR600, and he took off north in search of a llantera to see about a patch job. I sat there and waited.





And waited....





The last bits of sun climbed the peaks...





And darkness followed...



Hmmm....it's been a while. Wonder what happened to 'Chollo?

I watched the moon rise, as the temperature dropped.



By 2000, still no 'Chollo........I zipped up my jacket against the cold and dozed, amazed that not a single vehicle had gone by in nearly four hours.....
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