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Lockhart Basin Ride

 

Our 2018 Lockhart Basin Ride was the hardest motorcycle ride I have ever done in my life!  This ride was is 75 miles of dirt and rocks, near Moab Utah. There were steep, near impossible climbs and rocky narrow trails along the upper edge of deep canyons.  I have done this ride before and it was never easy, but this time the terrain was exceptionally difficult to navigate on my KTM 690.  Trails change with weather and wear and this one was near impassable in places for our May 2018 ride. Our buddy broke the frame on his motorcycle in the middle of the ride.  We strapped it back together enough to finish the ride, but the bike is history.

Lockhart canyon is a famous trail that every dual sport motorcycle rider should do; but, go with friends.  Have 2 or 3 buddies strong enough to lift and push because some places could be just too step to ride without help.

This year was the second time I have done it.  Check out the short GoPro clip to see why  I say it was the hardest motorcycle ride I have ever done in my life.

Carson Ebbetts Pass 2018

Today was the last ride with my beloved Ruby before I turn her over to her new owner next week.  It turned out to be a fabulous celebration as we were surprised in Markleeville with news of the opening of Ebbetts Pass just yesterday.  Ruby is an FGS 700 and is really an amazing bike well suited to the challenges of this ride. I thoroughly enjoyed pushing through the turns, curve after curve as we travelled this newly opened mountain pass still lined with deep snow at the highest elevations. The season is here folks, get out there and RIDE.

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CLICK HERE for short Video of today on Ebbett’s Pass

 

 

When it’s snowing in the mountains go to the coast

fancy coffee in Sausalito California $7.50 at the Taste of Rome. Worth the ride and a fun stop.

El Rosario, breakfast at Mama’s

El Rosario, a very small town about 300 miles south of the border is a pit stop for the Baja 1000.  Motorcyclist are welcome here.  We are enjoying breakfast at Mama’s before heading out to Guerrero Negro.  Jon is fashionable for the morning outing! 

Border crossing at Tecate was a breeze thanks to Jon’s prepaid visa application.  Worse thing so far on this trip, the TOPAS at the border, tall, slick, close together. I almost lost it. 

Dirt Riding After Tibial Plateau Fracture Grade 6

Another milestone in the healing of a grade 6 Tibial Plateau Fracture — today I did my first off-road ride since breaking my leg 6 months ago.  We chose a favorite place — Yankee Jim Road just north of Sacramento off the I-80. It was a perfect choice for my dirt debut. The sky was overcast but the temperature was warm and all went well. Yankee Jim Road is a fun off-road ride for both the novice and expert dual sport rider plus it is well suited for motorcycles of any size. For gpx file, maps, and more see details on 2ShareOurRide or CLICK HERE.

Mosquito Road Paved Motorcycle Route Placerville

On the road again!  Finally after months of healing, the Bakers are out riding and want to share a short but fun and challenging route with our friends.

Waterfall, Mosquito Road Placerville County, CA

This 93 mile paved loop offers waterfalls, streams, rivers, fall foliage, slow tight turns, twisting curves, narrow bridges, historic gold mining towns, parks, quaint coffee stops and more.  Check it out on our web site   CLICK HERE  for details.

Narrow Mosquito Bridge across American River

We finally got out on a ride together

Vicky ocean and bike

 

 

Last weekend we finally got out on a ride together. First trip on the new BMW GSA, two up and loaded.  The bike worked flawlessly. It carries the two of us very well, I don’t even notice the weight the passenger or panniers. We used a BMW GS on our south America trip last year, so wasn’t too new to either of us. Vicky cannot ride solo yet due to her knee  injury now more than 3 months out. But I can say she is making progress. She worked all last week. Can walk way better than me. Just doesn’t feel safe on her own bike yet. It was hard enough to get her on the back of the big new BMW GSA for this trip. I think I have lost her trust in me for safety after my near fatal crash. I personally know the only reason I crashed was my fault of racing on a mountain road with uncontrolled traffic. Totally my fault, hopefully will not be so stupid again. And I have completely wrecked my left knee for punishment. I can ride however. It will be a bit before I can ride dirt. I have trouble standing and am in a lot of pain all the time. But hey at least I am on the bike. Making progress everyday.

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New 2017 BMW GS adventure replaces KTM 1190 in our fleet.

I totaled my 2014 KTM 1190r with only 35,000 miles on it, but repairs for parts alone added up to over $5000 and then the labor and time. I gave up on it. Yes sad I don’t quit very often. Actually I have a tattoo on my left arm that reads “QINAO” “quitting is not an option”.  I sold the carcass of a great bike for $750.  I only lost about $18,000 on that deal. Really with 35,000 miles on her she was probably only worth $9000. You know we tend to love our motorcycles and think they are worth more than they are.  It’s called Love

So I needed a replacement. Should I buy a new KTM 1090 for $16,000 or replace the KTM of our fleet with a new 2017 BMW GSA for $24,000?  Vicky and I rented a BMW GS in South America and it carried us both very well on the gravel roads of Chile and Argentina. I find it feels like a Land Rover with two wheels.

Yesterday we took the plunge and bought the BMW GS Adventure

I bought a red one to match Vicky’s BMW GS 700

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