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Old 02-20-2014, 02:59 PM   #16
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Wow factor

Ready to see how big bikes are meant to takle Baja....AGAIN !!!

I guess I wont be productive at work while reading the RR
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Old 02-20-2014, 03:36 PM   #17
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Can't wait for more.
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Old 02-20-2014, 03:36 PM   #18
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Wahhhhooooooo Party Time ! ! ! !
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Old 02-20-2014, 03:40 PM   #19
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Originally Posted by BigWan View Post

On the plus side there won't be any Mameshiba.

I'm just happy to sit back and enjoy a report without having to do all the work!

OSO LOCO!! osoooo!

Oso bored? you can find the rest of our ride reports HERE
make stupid your favorite!
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Old 02-20-2014, 04:09 PM   #20
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Old 02-20-2014, 04:18 PM   #21
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Hey Guys -
Glad to see everyone, welcome aboard.

Departure 2/2/14

First things first, Lica had to drive 15hrs. to meet up with Ceasar.

Check out that paint, Lica free handed that. I’m not sure what’s more impressive, the painting skills or his imagination. For the record he doesn’t smoke pot.

Once at Osito’s (Ceasar) place they did some last minute prep like mount and balance tires.

I did a couple of things to my bike to prepare for this ride. The first was to renew my Black Dog bash plate.

We (LittleWan and I) find that every couple of years this vital piece of armor needs to be replaced. We beat on this thing relentlessly and hard.
Deep gouges and large dents are the norm, but every once in a while we get one of those big hits that lifts the bike in the air and knocks the wind out of us.
It’s those really hard hits that make us happy we have this kind of protection. This plate has saved us some seriously long hikes.

The only other thing I did was to remove my crash bars.
I decided I wasn’t going to crash anymore, so, therefore I wouldn’t need crash bars. I really should’ve thought of this earlier.

Lica was doing some final testing on his new fairing. He teamed up with Ian at Britannia Composites Ltd. to create the ultimate 990 fairing.
It really is impressive. The fiberglass work is strong and clean, the light output with a 55 watt hid low beam in a projector and a Baja Designs Squadron high beam is perfect.

To top that off they have a solution for the wind buffeting you get on the highway. It really works.
I was a little skeptical about how well the sliding wind protection would hold up to the rigors of Baja.
Lica, however, was fully committed to testing this fairing. He hurled himself over the bars not once, but twice with no problems (for the fairing).

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Old 02-20-2014, 04:21 PM   #22
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Old 02-20-2014, 04:56 PM   #23
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Talking Oh yeah! Sounds like another epic!

Some of this:

Some of this:

Some of this:

Some of this:

Some more of this:

And hopefully not too much more of this:

And probably a lot of this: and this:

Unfortunately, none of LittleWan doing this: We'll all miss her input. Kelly, maybe you can add some animated cartoon lima beans to the report, just to keep it real.

Thanks guys, for putting in all the work to bring us along!
'08 990 ADV, '03 DR-Z400S

Anything worth doing, is worth overdoing.
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Old 02-20-2014, 05:08 PM   #24
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It's been close to an hour since the last installment. Come on, get to it.

Ignorance breeds Fear. Fear breeds Hatred. Hatred breeds Ignorance. Break the chain.
For some, a glue stick would be a better option than Chapstick
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Old 02-20-2014, 05:25 PM   #25
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Old 02-20-2014, 05:31 PM   #26
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Old 02-20-2014, 05:41 PM   #27
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Cool2 I can't believe it!

Actually getting signed-on on Page 2! Whoo Hooo

Show us what you got, Matt... besides NO Crash Bars!

Let the good times roll!
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Old 02-20-2014, 05:45 PM   #28
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Old 02-20-2014, 05:56 PM   #29
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Excellent. Very brave BigWan to offer up the RR. Big shoes to fill with LittleWan as the master.

LittleWan -- enjoy the ride. You get to sit back and enjoy . . . like the rest of us.

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Old 02-20-2014, 07:15 PM   #30
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