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Old 04-23-2009, 10:54 PM   #31
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With such a great intro, expectations are running high. Don't let us down!


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Old 04-24-2009, 04:37 AM   #32
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Babes in Baja?
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Old 04-24-2009, 05:00 AM   #33
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An interesting mix of bikes; I'm in.
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Old 04-24-2009, 05:18 AM   #34
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Old 04-24-2009, 05:35 AM   #35
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Old 04-24-2009, 07:23 AM   #36
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Old 04-24-2009, 07:37 AM   #37
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CA ride was awesome.. i'd expect this to be no differennt. In.. hook, line & sinker.
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Old 04-24-2009, 07:45 AM   #38
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Well bring it already, the natives are getting restless!
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Old 04-24-2009, 09:29 AM   #39
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Hey! I ran into you guys at the Cycle Gear in Fullerton, CA...looking forward to seeing how everything went. I'm always down for another adventure!
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Old 04-24-2009, 11:45 AM   #40
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Hey, almost 10 pm here... bring it.

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Old 04-24-2009, 12:36 PM   #41
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Geez! This is more dangerous than feeding ravenous coyotes in Baja.

The plan is "one day per day" so Jon & Nicole get an opportunity to defend themselves

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Old 04-24-2009, 12:40 PM   #42
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Day 1: Escaping The Bay Area Event Horizon

Friday, April 3rd

The Plan: Leave Friday after work, get a couple hours down the road.

We failed.

Since I am a semiprofessional slacker, I spent the previous night at my girlfriend's house in Santa Cruz. Jon took the day off work and met me there that afternoon. Nicole is the only one of us with any sense of professional responsibility, so she didn't make it out of SF until around 7pm. Our plan was to meet on the road near Salinas.

Some time around 8pm we get a call from Nicole. Her KLR stopped running in San Jose and was electrically dead. We all carry basic tools but I'm the only one packing a multimeter so Jon and I speed off to meet her.



One hour into the trip and we've already had a major failure. This is not a good sign.

Nicole has the shop manual for the bike but the information is thin. In addition, the bike isn't stock - it took some hunting just to find the main bus fuse (popped, of course). A new fuse popped instantly. We're dealing with a short. The manual doesn't have a wiring diagram. After a couple hours of tracing the wiring harness in the dark, we gave up.

KLR 1, Team 0



The new plan: Go back to Santa Cruz, spend the night. Find a proper wiring diagram. Get a 12v bulb with two wires - essential kit for hunting down shorts, especially since my multimeter has an inductive current detector.

This will not be the first time "effing KLR" is uttered on this trip
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Old 04-24-2009, 01:29 PM   #43
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The plan is "one day per day" so Jon & Nicole get an opportunity to defend themselves

It will be tomorrow here in 32 minutes, can I ask for the next installment in advance?
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Old 04-24-2009, 01:52 PM   #44
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Hahaha....a MOSTLY dead KLR and you haven't even reached the border yet...this should be "fun"!
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Old 04-24-2009, 01:56 PM   #45
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