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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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Jon is broken

Yesterday at about 415 pm I was coming down a gravel a little too fast and meet a pipeline workers truck on a blind turn.  It did no go well for me or my bike
I was hit broad side on my left side. This has fractured left tibia and I have a left wrist fracture.  I am now in extreme pain and basically nonfunctional. 

The turn was wild and I came into it a bit too fast. Both me and the truck meet in the middle of the road. The truck won the battle.


I believe I owe my life to my Aria helmet and Klim badlands pro suit.  No head or neck injury and no chest or abdominal injury

The truck driver was nice enough to give me a ride to the Del Norte hospital where I thought I got good care.

I’m out of the continental divide ride for this year

Vicky my lovely wife is driving out to take me home

The bike 2014 KTM 1190 r adventure is broken. Frame bent radiator broke front wheel bent and a list of injurys.

I’ll be shipping the bike back to Sacramento and see if MPC KTM can repaire it.
Well things change

The bike is broken beyond repair.  Frame is broken. Both forks broken many more things. It is now a parts bike. Sad.


Vicky is driving me back in the truck and we decided to bring the broken bike with us.


We are a site when we get out of the truck both of us on crutches.   I know people are thinking I crashed the bike with her on the back.  Not true.

We need a photo of the two crippled couple.

Drone enhances Motorcycle Scenes along California Coast — Sea Lions

We love motorcycling California’s coast for many reasons.  The scenic beauty is among the best in the world and the ride is thrilling with endless hills and curves.  Wildlife such as sea gulls, whales, dolphins, and shark often appear, bringing astonishment and joy to the motorcycle ride.

To expand our view and capture the thrills of our discoveries Jon purchased a drone and frequently practices his flying skills.  Last weekend we drove along Pacific Coast Highway south of Fort Bragg.  We stopped frequently and took out the drone. Jon flew the drone along the shore to examine coves, driftwood huts, and the debris along the ocean shoreline.

We were surprised by a glimpse of sea lions resting along the shore.  At first glance I thought I saw a large pile of driftwood washed up on the beach.  As the drone approached the large pile of driftwood, the wood began to move.  When the drone lost altitude and got closer to the shore, we discovered it was not driftwood at all!  I was amazed at the variety of their color and skin patterns. It was a quick look because as soon as we realized what was on the shore, we quickly flew the drone away from the colony to avoid disturbing their peace.

Take a look and enjoy!

Sea Lion Colony. posted by Jon Baker on YouTube

Quick Tips for Better Biking Photography (Guest Contributor) — Badventuring

Thorsten Henn from Henn-Photography.com gives me some advice on snapping adventure bikes.

via CLICK HERE to see Quick Tips for Better Biking Photography (Guest Contributor) — Badventuring

Italian Road to Alleghany New Update

The Italian Road to Alleghany is a fantastic dual sport ride just north of Sacramento.  The complete route is now open and we have updated our website with a current GPX file and Google Map, free to you for download.  Go enjoy yourself, and have a burger at Casey’s! If you have time, check back and tell us what you think of the ride.

CLICK HERE  to see complete details on 2ShareOurRide.com

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Vicky is broken

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Friday Vicky and I went for a nice dirt ride at our local OHV area, Prarie City.  Vicky was on her DRZ400SM doing great. After the ride I wanted a hot dog at Costco $1.50 with a drink. Vicky, being wise wanted to wait until later to get a hot dog but I would have none of that. Needed it now. So, we got a hotdog and after that the disaster occurred… Continue reading “Vicky is broken”

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