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Old 02-10-2009, 11:34 PM   #121
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Green with envy indeed. I've been following for a while, but registering was disabled (until today).
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Old 02-11-2009, 12:15 AM   #122
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Question for Chitown.

Going back a little ways, I wonder if - when you were thinking of something more offroad worthy - you considered GS wheels for the 1200R?

I cant recall seeing it discussed but from what I've read in this report, it wouldnt surprise me if you'd had a lateral thought such as that.

Maybe it's just a product of my twisted mind............

Anyone else come across it? Link? Thanks.

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Old 02-11-2009, 12:28 AM   #123
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Old 02-11-2009, 01:53 AM   #124
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i love this pic!






and as sad as i am to see the R go (cos that was cool where you took that thaing!) i reckon the 800 is pretty neat as a replacement and altho i'm not 100% sure what it is about this pic that gets me but it really speaks to me....cool


Good work ChiTown!

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Old 02-11-2009, 10:55 PM   #125
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Amazing photos. You have a great eye.

I can't believe you were riding (the R) with a D90 around your neck! I've shot a ton of pictures while driving a cage (D300 on the seat next to me, see a scene, shoot a few frames, put it back down), but I'm not sure I could handle it around my neck. Do you shoot with your throttle hand?

If you find yourself back up in the area near Alice's send me a PM. Beer, Scotch, local twistie roads, or a place to set up a tent, whatever you need.

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Old 02-13-2009, 04:37 AM   #126
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ChitTown, where did you get the high visibility camelbak? I can't seem to find anything like it. I have that same model of Camelbak, but its camoflauged (army issue) and therefore not exactly ideal for riding.
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Old 02-13-2009, 09:10 AM   #127
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Great job

Some of the best pics I've seen in a RR.

Waiting for more...
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Old 02-13-2009, 09:37 AM   #128
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ChitTown, where did you get the high visibility camelbak? I can't seem to find anything like it. I have that same model of Camelbak, but its camoflauged (army issue) and therefore not exactly ideal for riding.

google is cool.

http://www.boss-safety.com/shop/prod...utm_medium=cpc






The last 5 glorious days in DV with Ara and Spirit I really just chilled, took in the scenery... it was good for the soul to spend time with Ara, and actually take time to look around without blasting through on the bike - too much.
Sunsets, sunrises, moonrises, shooting stars, great meals, fabulous company, interesting neighbors, extreme weather, and just a down right good time.

Sorry for the lack of updates, but Ara inspired me to live in the now, and not in front of my laptop so I didn't bother....











On this day I rode 200 miles round trip to ridgecrest to buy groceries, while opening up the 8GS on this deserted road ( couldn't think of a better place to go fast) the coolest thing happened... as many who've been here will tell you, the military does alot of training here, and while I was in my little world blasting down this road, right after this shot a F-18 jet who must have been going as slow as it could buzzed me, not 100 feet off the ground! it gets better... as he went over me very slowly he rolled upside down so we could see eachother! then continued to roll as he went "down" the road in front of me!

It was so cool!







best burritos in the desert at this gas station...








after getting back to cmap I unloaded the bike and went for one short ride into Mosaic Canyon.







































































finally left DV, heading back to LA...





decided to ride a little dirt in the Mohave, racing a train.... he won.







couldn't do it, had to turn around









drama in the desert....




headed back to the highway before it went flat.
thanks for the tip, Ted@! I knew it....











back on the road, realizing I wasn't going to make it to Cabo and back with this tire I went to Long Beach BMW, where they set me up with a tourance-discounted after I haggled and showed them how much they are online...

I am now getting ready to leave for Cabo with Kevin ( the Ducati launching fool)
I'm not sure how much I'll be able to update in Baja... will check in when possible. My SPOT will be going, the link is on my site...





New, unplated bike. check.
mexican insurance. check.
spare tire, tubes, and tools. check.
desire to get lost in mexico. check!

see you on the other side!

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Old 02-13-2009, 10:15 AM   #129
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Good luck and have fun down in Baja. Look forward to the pictures and report when you get back!

Vaya con Dios!!
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Old 02-13-2009, 03:09 PM   #130
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Glad you popped up! I was beginning to wonder. Have fun in Mexico, looking for ward to your next post.
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Old 02-13-2009, 11:44 PM   #131
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Just as was promised by Kevin and Ted...

Screw you guys who were trying to scare me... go watch some more FOX news.

I have no worries about being here, at least with ( spanish speaking) Kevin.... Baja is nice, people are very nice, roads surfaces are unpredictable, food is great - none of that Tex-Mex crap, military checkpoints are a breeze so far, though the 16 year old's with M-16's are a little disconcerting....
We had a great day, it was such culture shock to go over the border....
BAM! , you're in somewhere VERY different.
there's no doubt you're not in the good old USA anymore.
A place without many rules... ride how you want and be very offensive seems to work.... stop signs, speed limits, and passing lanes seem optional. Trucks are fearless and to be avoided.
My footpegs are down for Clayton, taking it slow in blind curves.

I like it so far... reminds me of Europe in the way that they depend on common sense instead of thousands of stupid warning signs to "help" you along. Constructions zones look like war zones, pickup trucks full of kids with machine guns seem to be common, at least this close to the border.
People are very friendly, and I'm brushing up on my Spanish.... it reminds me of my old neighborhood in Chicago.
I also have no doubt that the people here are skilled at making a living off of us " gringo tourists"....
Diggin' riding in a foreign land, I feel this is just a beginning for me, someday when I'm riding in VERY far away places I'll remember this ride and laugh about my initial nervousness.
We are now at a hotel in Ensenada , after great food and some even better tequila.
Of course this is my FIRST impressions, but I'm entitled to that, right?


Tomorrow we head into no mans lands....
Camping on the beach @ Ganzaga Bay is in our sites for tomorrow, and I doubt I'll have ANY kind of wireless service for a few days....
It started to rain a little while ago, and I hope that the weather holds out, though it's supposed to be nasty and cold... whatever, it's still about 40 warmer than Chicago... I'm in a t-shirt and just fine.

We should be in La Paz in 3 days - give or take.
The weather's shitty, but we're going to try and ride as much dirt as possible, NO GARMIN GPS MAPS HERE - I have $100 "NORTH AMERICA 2009" installed - Mexico doesn't seem to be a part of north america according to Garmin, and I don't have the cash to spend on the Mexico GPS map.
rolling with an analog map now, and that just makes it more of an adventure )


I've been trying to upload some pics as I write, but the connection is too slow so this is what we have for now....

Signing off from friendly Mexico...

cheers!


-Finn





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WASTED OUR TIME - SHITTY SUPER MEGA BIKE DEALER WITH EVERYTHING BUT A 150/70/17 or the like TUBE.... IDIOTS
I picked up another spare at a local independant HD shop instead - go figure.














Green light... GO!










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Old 02-13-2009, 11:49 PM   #132
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Go Finn, go!!!!

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Old 02-13-2009, 11:50 PM   #133
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Enjoy your time in MX, once you get 100 miles south of the border it all changes. Wish I could join you.

BTW great shots, you certainly know how to point a camera
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Old 02-14-2009, 12:28 AM   #134
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Mr. Finn, if you're ever in the Austin TX area, PM me and I'll get you a free place to stay and a strong drink and some Texas beer. We'll toast to Clayton's memory and ADV riding.

Let it be known, you have a welcome place to stay in Austin TX. Good beer, good hookah (its legal I swear), and good times.
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Old 02-14-2009, 05:40 AM   #135
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Fantastic report, awesome photography.... You sure have an eye for what to capture in a pic...
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