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Old 05-03-2015, 10:13 AM   #1
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I wanna taco 2-up tour of baja

Well this ride started out as an idea I put forward to the wife a few years ago when I discovered this site after buying my 2009 KLR650.
I spent way too many hours on Sunday mornings over other inmates RR's.
I put the thought in her head that one day wouldn't it be great to ride down to the Panama Canal.

About a year later I told her I would like to ride Baja, she suggested I ask our friend inmate DOT from Oz to join me, she'd feel better if I didn't do it solo.
He was in and we did that trip last year

http://advrider.com/forums/showthread.php?t=964133

I had such a great time and saw so much beautiful scenery that I wanted to share it with the wife.

I also ran across some other inmates that were on 990's (advrockrider, ktmnate, for example) on that trip.
Those bikes looked sweet.

I came home knowing the 650 wouldn't be able to do a 2-up trip, so out of curiosity looked at the new KTM 1190, but wow they were about $23,000 after tax.
I posted a question on Advrider and low and be hold a few weeks later I was the owner of a sweet 990R purchased from inmate ( alongat ) from the other side of Canada.



Well now we had the bike to do Baja 2-Up and see how Mrs twisted-hog likes this adventure to lay the ground work for a Panama trip in the future.

More to come, sorry you'll have to be patient, I'm working with a crappy, slow 6 year old laptop that likes to close explorer when I upload pictures...
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Old 05-03-2015, 02:48 PM   #2
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Old 05-04-2015, 05:25 PM   #3
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welcome to the party
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Old 05-04-2015, 05:53 PM   #4
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Trip Prep

Okay, so now we had the bike and it was a sweet bike that came with lots of goodies already on it.
  • Rottweiler Intake
  • Akrapovic Exhaust
  • grip heats
  • Jessie Luggage System
  • Piaa Lights
  • HID Headlight
  • Snapout box
  • HDB Top Handle Clamp with accessory switches.
There are some other things that I know I'm forgettting, but oh well.


We could have ridden the bike as is, but that wouldn't be any fun so over the winter months I added
  • Nelson-Rigg Adventure Soft saddle bags as to not destroy the Jessie Cans in case of a nap
  • HDB Handguards
  • Blackdog Skid Plate
  • TKC 80 for the front
  • Dakar E-07 for the rear
  • Heavy duty tubes in both tires with slime
  • 1 gallon Rotopax
  • Double Take Mirrors
You can see some of the additions as the bike naps on the front lawn.



The wife was also upgraded with some new riding gear as well.



Sorry, no bolt on goodies for her this time
  • Bell Helmet
  • AXO Riding Jacket (orange of course)
  • Joe Rocket Vented Pants
  • Icon Riding Boots
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Old 05-04-2015, 06:15 PM   #5
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Nice find Hog!
It's always good to get the dirt naps over with in this manner
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Old 05-04-2015, 06:45 PM   #6
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The Plan

So last fall we set some plans in motion. Friends of ours had resently purchased a unit in Palm Desert.

They were going to be there in mid April for a few weeks.
Perfect, we could haul the bike down in the back of the truck from Vancouver.

Leave the truck here with them, hang out a day or 2 then cross at Mexicali to begin our adventure.

Come back in about 10 days, chill some more than drive back home.

It was a perfect plan what could go wrong?

Well, in January mrs. twisted-hog decided she wanted to take this Yoga course that ran every other weekend till the end of June

The trip was dead


But, I wasn't going to give up that easy.

So I say's " hey baby how about I drive the truck down and back by myself and you fly to Palm Springs?"
" you arrive the Monday after your course breaks, and then fly back the following second Friday, giving us 10 days for Baja and 2 pool days in Palm Desert before you fly back "

She says "sure"

Trips back on

.........didn't realize I may have bit off more than I can chew.

This would mean I would have to drive about 5,000kms (3,000 miles) return............... solo.

That's about 45+ hours of driving total says google maps.

I was hyped to make this trip happen this year,

I knew I could do it.
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Old 05-04-2015, 06:52 PM   #7
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You ditched the KLR? I guess I will follow along anyway , as I'm a sucker for Baja reports and that orange thing is a sexy beast.

Did you end up crossing at Mexicali?
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Old 05-04-2015, 07:03 PM   #8
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Nice find Hog!
It's always good to get the dirt naps over with in this manner
Spoiler alert, this was the only nap the bike took, but we was close a few times
Thanks for chiming in.


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You ditched the KLR? I guess I will follow along anyway , as I'm a sucker for Baja reports and that orange thing is a sexy beast.

Did you end up crossing at Mexicali?
Thanks for showing up, I hope to not disappoint.

I was lured away from the green machine with that distinct siren exhaust call of the 990

and yes we crossed at the main Mexicali crossing.
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Old 05-04-2015, 08:17 PM   #9
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Great bike! Looks like you have a plan, looking forward to hearing more of your trip. Thanks for posting!
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Old 05-04-2015, 08:38 PM   #10
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I'm in. I just hope to complete our Ride Report before you! So how was the 990, was it everything that we all told you it was?
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Old 05-05-2015, 03:04 PM   #11
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Rotopax?

What did you pay for the Rotapax?

I just bough a 1.75 gal, 6.6 litre one here for my scrapheap bike and it cost $89

We always get ripped off here in the land of Oz for overseas stuff.

The scrapper only has a 6 lt tank so I kinda need it.
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Old 05-05-2015, 04:00 PM   #12
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Thats a lot of mileage to cover in a short time. Did the same trip over a month back in 2008. Looking forward to your report.
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I just bought a pair of one gallon packs in the US a couple of months ago. $99.95
http://justgastanks.com/product_info.php?products_id=1062

Looking forward to this ride report !!

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What did you pay for the Rotapax?

I just bough a 1.75 gal, 6.6 litre one here for my scrapheap bike and it cost $89

We always get ripped off here in the land of Oz for overseas stuff.

The scrapper only has a 6 lt tank so I kinda need it.
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Old 05-05-2015, 05:34 PM   #14
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I'm in. I just hope to complete our Ride Report before you! So how was the 990, was it everything that we all told you it was?
advrockrider, I knew you would be along sooner or later.
Oh, the 990 is so much more.....and especialy compared to a KLR

Hey, I drove through your neighborhood twice, only stopped to pee and gas.

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Thats a lot of mileage to cover in a short time. Did the same trip over a month back in 2008. Looking forward to your report.
Welcome Holaday, I've read your RR.
Started on a BMW and finished on a KTM
Ya, it was some mileage. The bike ride was easy, the drive in the truck not so much.

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I just bought a pair of one gallon packs in the US a couple of months ago. $99.95
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Looking forward to this ride report !!
Hi Hill Climber, I'll try and keep it interesting.
Now if this f$#@*^g computer would cooperate with my Gopro, life would be calmer in the house.
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Old 05-05-2015, 05:47 PM   #15
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Great bike! Looks like you have a plan, looking forward to hearing more of your trip. Thanks for posting!
Welcome Mcgee, yup got a plan so what can go wrong, right?

I've read sooooo many RR's on here that I feel obligated to do one up for every ones else's entertain and mine also while doing it.
The trips are over so quick, so it's nice to relive it while writing the RR.
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