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Old 12-29-2013, 12:07 PM   #376
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Hi Kelly,
Great idea for today's lunch

On this coming trip to Baja we will try to beat 117 taccos.
Right guys
Sounds like MINE road was a paved road compering to what is coming up.
Matt???
Osito are you ready?
Happy New Year guys
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Old 12-30-2013, 06:38 PM   #377
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Couldn't stop thinking about tacos...
so we made some today.





Ah. that's better.






Going through my files, I see that have a bunch of photos that didn't make it into the report.
Thought you guys might enjoy a few of them...
























































hope everyone gets down to Baja in 2014


¡Feliz año nuevo!
Happy New Year!




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Old 12-30-2013, 07:34 PM   #378
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Nice photo additions. I love the color of the water in Baja, it goes so nicely with the sunrises/sunsets.
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Old 12-31-2013, 06:03 AM   #379
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YES!

Happy New Year Wans!


You will have to take me to Mexico the next time you go.
I'm ready.

I may even have the XRR back together by then.




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Old 12-31-2013, 06:58 AM   #380
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Thumb Ah Baja.....

one day, one day...................
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Old 12-31-2013, 10:59 AM   #381
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Hola amigos!


You likey? want more baja pics?
OK, twist my arm...
(I still have a bunch that didn't make it into the report)













































































































and, bonus sunset for Ladybug! (this isn't from the Wan-Thousand, it's from a different trip. But it's in the Sea of Cortez, looking towards San Evaristo)







Ladybug, I added those extra critter/flower ones just for you, too.
Have you guys seen Ladybug's baja report?
AARP Gone Wild ~ Baja Style 2013

good coffee-time reading if you want more baja...




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Old 12-31-2013, 11:30 AM   #382
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Laugh I'll have to check that out.

Seems I have some extra time during the day for some reading.
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Old 12-31-2013, 04:48 PM   #383
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Thanks for the fun pictures. I know that spiral staircase, it's pretty cool.

My Baja report is much different than Little Wan's Baja report, the riding is one heck of a lot more mellow.

Happy New Year Wans, you two are the best.
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Old 12-31-2013, 06:15 PM   #384
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My Baja report is much different than Little Wan's Baja report, the riding is one heck of a lot more mellow.
But you guys are out riding and having just as much fun. That's what motorcycling is about.

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Old 01-02-2014, 04:20 PM   #385
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Wow. That is a great RR.
Planning on my second trip down there this coming March. It was helpful seeing some of the roads we have been considering. I know I am not taking that old mine road into Coco's.
Thanks for taking the time to put that together.
Happy New Year Wans!!
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Old 01-02-2014, 09:24 PM   #386
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always wan good read!

This is awesome! love the rr and we will steal some parts!! thank you wonderful!!!
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Old 12-16-2014, 12:32 AM   #387
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New to this site and new to dirt...and loving it I've just finished reading this RR and have to say Kudos to all Amazing and inspiring! Great job LittleWan, very entertaining and informative. Baja is definitely on my ride-it list! I am now a WanABe!! Cheers thanks for the great ride
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Old 12-16-2014, 06:14 PM   #388
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New to this site and new to dirt...and loving it I've just finished reading this RR and have to say Kudos to all Amazing and inspiring! Great job LittleWan, very entertaining and informative. Baja is definitely on my ride-it list! I am now a WanABe!! Cheers thanks for the great ride
Hi, IslandRdr!
Welcome to ADV!
I'm so happy you enjoyed the report.
Inspiring folks to get out and ride is the whole purpose of ride reports, so I'm really glad you signed in to say, "hey."
Thanks for de-lurking and I hope you get to Baja ASAP. You HAVE to see it for yourself.
It's really a fantastic place with great riding, wonderful people, and delicious food.

Man. I could go for some tacos RIGHT NOW.







OK, start planning that trip...February/March would be perfect...
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Old 01-06-2015, 08:43 PM   #389
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2-up Baja Bump

Great report, read it last year and just had to re-read it for an up coming trip.

Going to tackle Baja 2-up next spring and was curious how the road was and how you guys did on the Laguana San Ignacio to Scorpion Bay.....
you were good, Scott not so much.
Hope he is back to 100% by now.

This will be a 1st for me doing 2-up on dirt and i'm still a noob at dirt riding solo.

Last Baja trip I was on the pegs quite a bit solo, just like I saw Scott in all the pictures.
Can you/do you, still do this 2-up? Or Matt stood and you sat or you both stood or sat?

Curious if there is a 2-up style that works?
Any tips much appreciated Big & LittleWan

Thanks, Steve.
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Old 01-07-2015, 10:02 PM   #390
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Great report, read it last year and just had to re-read it for an up coming trip.

Going to tackle Baja 2-up next spring and was curious how the road was and how you guys did on the Laguana San Ignacio to Scorpion Bay.....
you were good, Scott not so much.
Hope he is back to 100% by now.

This will be a 1st for me doing 2-up on dirt and i'm still a noob at dirt riding solo.

Last Baja trip I was on the pegs quite a bit solo, just like I saw Scott in all the pictures.
Can you/do you, still do this 2-up? Or Matt stood and you sat or you both stood or sat?

Curious if there is a 2-up style that works?
Any tips much appreciated Big & LittleWan

Thanks, Steve.
Hey Steve,
I see you've been rummaging around in the archives for Baja reports...
Yeah, Scott is doing well. Haven't ridden with him in a while, but he emails. He sounds good.




I'm short, Matt is tall. If I can't see what's ahead of us, I can't react.
This is what I see when he stands up. A giant wall of Cordura. It's a black wall now, but a wall nonetheless.





Aside from the occasional times when we stand to stretch our legs, Matt and I both stay seated and we go a LOT faster that way.
We have experimented with standing together, but it's pretty sketchy at speed. Hard to go fast.
And, if he stands and I sit, he says it feels weird. If I can't see, I'm dead weight.
So, even though he's up on the pegs when riding alone, for 2 up, Matt has gotten used to sitting.



Here's a video from Hell's Revenge in Moab. Radek was behind us and you can see that we're both sitting.
If we were both standing when we hit that deep sand, I'm sure we would have eaten it, big time!






You'll find that riding 2 up offroad is a lot harder than riding solo.
Especially in sand. If you find yourself in sand, you need to keep your speeds up.
Momentum is your friend on an LC8, but even more so when 2 up (and it's worse with luggage).
30-35 mph (48-56 kmh) is the absolute slowest you want to go, any slower than that and you're just crashing constantly and wearing yourself out.
Matt normally aims for 50-70 mph (80-113 kmh), which works pretty well for us and gives him lots of control.



It sounds like Triangle Beach is the best place for sand in Vancouver.
Googling around, I see you are familiar with the place.
Well, get yourself and the Mrs. over there and do some practicing. You can experiment with standing vs. sitting and see how you like it.
Warn her that you guys are going to crash (Matt and I crash all the time. That's just how it goes).
She needs to be okay with it. Your passenger has to be calm and relaxed, even if she's scared.
If she's tense and uptight and yelling at you, you guys are just going to wreck even more.
The more you do it, the easier it gets. I promise.


Oh. yeah...pack light. Seriously.
I can't emphasize this enough. Especially for your first offroad ride together.
L - I - G - H - T.
Pack what you think you need and then go for a spin at Triangle Beach. Find some sand (not hardpack, sand).
I'll bet you decide that you can leave some of that stuff at home.


It's hard to learn to do this by reading advice. I think you just have to put in the seat time and see what works for you as a couple.
Get out there and ride as much 2 up dirt/sand as you can before your Baja trip.
Good luck and have fun!
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