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2020 NORRA Mexican 1000 Bike Build Project

cavebiker

Active Member
I don’t see any bikes on this page but it is ‘Vintage Racing’ forum and that’s the class I’m in for NORRA 2020. So if you all don’t mind I’ll share the joy I’m having prepping a vintage class bike for NORRA. This is nothing like what you all do to build up your vintage trucks and buggies but I so bad want to play in your sandbox and be part of what you people do, I just have to throw it out there… Here We Go!

My NORRA obsession started back in 2016’ after catching the race in Los Barriles. That day while watching the coolest vintage off-road racers zoom by, I turn to Heidi and say “I’ve always wanted to do a Baja race” I meant come to Baja to watch a race, she took it as I wanted to race Baja. She immediately turns to me looking deeply into my tearing up eyes and says “YOU SHOULE DO IT!” At that exact moment in time my entire life changed and will never be the same. I knew she meant it and was confident I was capable of racing a motorcycle in Baja. The power of that is beyond scale. She believes in me, I believe in me, I’m going to do it, a lifelong dream come true ‘RACE a motorcycle in Baja’ I love that woman.

A few pics of the Mexican 1000 coming through Los Barriles 2016’





Heidi is in love with vintage Broncos








I’m into all extreme off-road.


My ultimate 4-wheeler fantasy NORRA racer. We’ve gone through three K5 Blazers and continue talking about wanting to get another.








Alright, I could go on and on and on with the photos of the moment my life completely changed forever (I have hundreds) but you get the idea I’m sure. I am obsessed with this sport and the things you people do and build.

Back at our rental in Los Barriles I immediately go online to research the race. UNREAL, UNREAL! NORRA is designed for people like us, it’s in our price range and the Mag-7 support will carry a tote-box down the Baja peninsula course for racers without a chase crew, big enough to carry a tent, some oil, tools and a few spare parts. Perfect, that’s us I thought, or more correct ‘that’s me’. But anyway Heidi could not be more all-in. Team Cavebiker racing is formed that day.

Race team meeting commence. My passion has always been vintage bikes and maintaining them but sense I’ve never raced a motorcycle before let alone a thousand miles through Baja we decided to start with a Modern Class bike, something we have high confidence can mechanically finish the race with minimal support. I had no idea what I was doing but with a ton of help from Baja veterans like Tim Morton, Baja Dad, FirePig and countless others I was able to build up and successfully race a 2000’ XR400 successfully completing two Mexican 1000s. I have never been so happy or have had so much fun in my entire life. Baja racing is now in our blood and is constantly in our conversations and on our minds. What kind of life is this? I often have to pinch myself while sitting at my day job.



Spring 2019’: I’ve been searching for a vintage race bike project for over a year now. With my limited race experience, I thought it crazy to try to top what I did in 2018 racing Modern Lites Class, I took 2nd. So, after multiple discussions with my crew chief Heidi the idea is born-> find and restore a vintage motorcycle capable of completing the Mexican 1000. This is just for the fun factor of course. I love the XR400 but I want vintage for the next NORRA, vintage is the soul of NORRA and I want to be part of that. I looked hard at 2-strokes thinking about how great racing a super lightweight bike in Baja would be, YZ250s, IT250s, CR250s or almost anything vintage 2-stoke dirt. But they all have Baja readiness issues that can take too long to remedy or figure out. I have a full-time job now and I got to be realistic. The availability of an oversize gas tank is important; I have no support truck carrying gas. An aftermarket stator is a concern, but I believe Baja Designs rewinds just about any stator. Anyway, after talking with some of the 2-stroke racers at this year’s NORRA my crew chief and I decided that we are not prepared for the bad gas mileage 2-strokes get when hammer on them. Next I searched vintage XR350’s, they are always too far away, too beat up or they just sold. I also looked at several nice vintage XT350s in the area, low miles and well cared for but being an engineer, I look at specs, and compared to even the XR350 I could see the XT350 is not the bike I want to be racing Baja on. I mean that just in the sense that I have high confidence this brand and model bike is Baja race capable, not that’s it’s not a good bike. So, I was starting to feel a little tense thinking I need to stop looking at vintage bikes and just start getting ready for the 2020’ NORRA 03’ XR400 we have. I guess I’m back to racing in Modern Class --> boo.


The weather finally breaks so the Honda comes out for a full inspection to inventory what needs to be done for NORRA 2020’. I would be riding the bike I raced in 17’ & 18’ but that bike got stolen in Cabo the night of the awards party in 18’, so I have to start over. A redesign of the bike’s navigation platform and race course scroll chart reader. This is great fun. I can feel my insides excite with the importance that I do everything right and with enough time to spare. I love that ‘gut’ feeling (evil grin). I address this inside feeling by ordering the ‘big-ticket’ items right away, a new Scott’s damper kit for the XR that includes a triple clamp for big bars that also raises the bars so the damper is below the bars, sweet.

A week or so goes by and I can’t stop this addiction of searching the net for potential vintage Baja race bikes. BOOM! A nice-looking vintage DR350S pops up that’s just an hour from where I work. I say to Heidi “I don’t have to buy it, but I have to look” it’s the street version of the beloved DR350.


I like it A LOT. A total barn find gem! The new mistress ‘Wild Heidi III’ is born. Everything works, she fires right up and it goes like the devil. Only 5K on the clock and as far as I can tell it was stored in a climate-controlled barn or something. Just Wow! At first glance it looks completely stock and as far as I can tell the tires and everything are original.

I like the way it rides. I guess I mean I feel comfortable riding it. It has a lot of top end but not a lot of pop. The suspension is much softer than the XR400 but that is what I expected based on what I read. It feels great on the trails, just a little more pop and spring and she will be a fine Baja Vintage race bike. Only one way to tell.


Just like all our high-level race team meetings conclude “We need the XR400 as a training bike so we don’t wear out the race bike training” (I like this stuff way too much!!!)


The shed gets a big clean before the new mistress comes in. I have to show some class ya know…

This is gonna be fun. I have a lot of work that needs to be done on this bike before it's ready to race in Baja. Please, don’t hesitate chiming in with NORRA race prep tips or whatever adds to the fun of racing vintage in Baja. Thanks. Now I need to get out and do some riding.
 

cavebiker

Active Member

In the process of taking off the carb I proceeded to do the air box 'increased air flow' mod. It's free and I love this stuff. I take out the screen and the rubber snorkel going into the box, standard stuff. I gotta measure the width of the screen wire and the width between strands, with that we can know the % increase in air flow, for the fun factor of course. I dig reading the service manual, it reminds me of when I was a kid, I always loved this stuff. The Suzuki manual had one thing mentioned I hadn't thought of is applying grease around the inside of the air box and around any connection with the carb, as a secondary dust trap, that's great. Out comes the grease.


Every time I get on this bike it feels short. I studied the specs before I made an offer on it so I was surprised every time I mounted it. Now I see, the spring is set to almost the lowest spot 'da'. We'll see what this feels like
:evil
two thirds down.
The rebound damper was almost at it's strongest setting. I backed that out a half turn lighter, that could have accounted for the 'getting beat up' feeling I was getting yesterday. Don't know, I have to test (play with) different settings. The thing about Baja there is no one perfect setup, the race goes over and through everything. It's a marathon race for a solo dude so I've been told by Baja veteran's to not set too stiff because it will wear me out too quickly, and then bad things happen. Those are the same dudes who told me 'Dude, you have to run a steering damper, for safety if nothing else" When my crew chief read that ah ha, I got the damper and was glad I did.


When I installed the new big tank I installed new heat resistant fuel line. NORRA makes a big deal about clamps at every fuel line connection, that along with the manufacturer's instructions stating 'you better do this right because of the fire hazard'. It's a big deal because of the dual petcocks with the long fuel lines.

Every connection is clamped and away from any heat or pinchie source. I like it. My only concern is a picker bush or other in the middle of the desert catching a fuel line and ripping it apart. I will shorten the line connecting the other side so it doesn't stick out. besides that I think I'll order another triple fuel line splice and carry that along, and extra line, just in case.


I will never forget when I took this photo just miles from the 2018 NORRA finish line. The rider was OK and taken care of but MAN, what a bummer. The Biltwell team came across him first and tried to help put the fire out by burying it in sand, but the effort was futile.


OK here we go, stage-one modified air box, one up on the main jet size, 132.5 to 136, and a new spark plug just because. Boom! fires right up on the first kick. The bike runs great. There is a noticeable throaty sound now that was never there before and a serge in the throttle that feels good. There is still no 'BRAAP" but that will come after the exhaust mod
:bmwrider

This is great stuff.
 

cavebiker

Active Member
NORRA 2020' - Vintage Baja Race bike project continued -->

It's just a short ride to my buddies shop in Trego but this time I stayed off the ATV trail.

Let the fun begin
:pynd



I bolt on the stabilizer to jig up the post, than a quick tack weld holds it in perfect position.


Clyde goes to work
:strum



Nice
:evil



Back to the boathouse for installation of the navigation bracket, GPS mount, power hub, Nicad battery and a switch to kill the headlight.


The guys at Rice Lake Weighing Systems did a fantastic job bending the bracket. The aluminum I purchased was a little brittle so they wielded a few beads along both bends.
:super



iPhone bracket for running the RallyBlitz app, for direction and incrementable odometer.


Trying to figure out how to attach the GPS Ram Mount ball.


:happay
I like it...


Finding a place to mount the power hub.


Now looking for where to wire this stuff. I've always said that the more wires I have to work with the happier I am. I am one happy dude right now
:bubba



The Headlight switch goes there
:*sip*



Done


Now that I have the headlight kill switch I can change out the heavy lead acid battery to the small lightweight NiMH battery. The idea here is I want to keep power to the navigation electronics during the race even when the bike is not running. With the headlight kill switch I can do this without draining the battery. And of course this is especially important when running a tiny battery like this
:wink:

Crew chief comes down for inspection carrying two cocktails
:beer
After showing her all the wiring I did she says "No wonder you like this so much" She knows me well
:thumb


Glamor Shot - Wild Heidi III
 

BajaboundMoto

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@cavebiker is long winded, I mean loooong winded, so be ready for some entertainment...
A few years ago Cave needed a lift from San Jose BCS to Ensenada, we picked him up (my bro in law Ron, my truck, towing 12 motos).
I was pretty scared at first, I mean, Cave seems kinda out there, and Ron is possibly less patient with BS than I am.
Only a few hours into the drive (which took much longer than expected with a broken trailer) both Ron and I knew Cave is 100% genuine, super cool dude! This guy is more stoked than anyone who thinks they're "stoked"! The FUNNY stories were never ending!
Looking forward to seeing you down south again Cave!
 

cavebiker

Active Member
Nice read. Good luck amigo. Get ready for the time of your life!
Love your stories and was following your reports on advrider. I'm glad you found RDC. good luck in 2020 !
Thanks a ton guys. This is great. I am so fired up for April!

@cavebiker is long winded, I mean loooong winded, so be ready for some entertainment...
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Alright Tim, you asked for it! Here’s an abbreviated report of that ride to Ensenada you mentioned. He he he… For the entertainment factor only.

Earlier today cavegirl brought the bike and me to Cabo so I can catch my ride with Tim of BajaBoundMoto to the starting line in Ensenada.

We know of this great strip of Mexican street food stalls just before the airport entrance. This is a highlight of any trip to Cabo. This guy was admiring the bike. Heidi exclaims "es un cuatrocientos" (it's a 400)


This is our favorite food stall. But all the stalls here look good. There are at least 7 or 8 of them.


BajaBoundMoto Tim shows up with his crew at the end of what sounds like a fantastic 8 day run of over 1,500 miles off road from Tacate to Cabo. The stories around the trailer went on and on until almost dark, Wow is all i can say. One guy is seriously considering doing NORRA on one of Tim's bikes in just 10 days from now! Everyone was so stoked from the ride they just did. And of course I'm stoked just to see the #2 loaded on the trailer ready to head to the starting line. Oh freaking yeah!

////Ride Report continues --->

Super, everything is good with the trailer, us and the rancher has gas. We lost a solid day on our journey north but hey, I got time. I just hope Ron and Tim can endure my constant questioning. To me it’s like I’m spending time with rock stars whom I’ve been fans of my entire life. This is just unreal. I concisely try to practice good listening skills and not be the self-centered loud mouth that I am. All I want to do is hear about racing, motorcycles, Baja and life. It’s like I’m listening to an adventure novel play out in real times and I’m in it. How cool is that! Thanks again Tim and Ron.

Alright, we have a long day ahead of us while we try to make up lost time. These guys want to get home and punch out so they can prepare for the next. I almost feel bad for enjoying every mile. Tim and Ron are both former Baja 1000 motorcycle racers and are now running support for others as experts in logistics, strategy and technical support. The stories are endless but I know are only scratching the surface…So Cool!


Tooling through Santa Rosalia we talk about the town and how interesting it is. I exclaim I know of a good coffee shop, Ron loves coffee as do I. Next door is a favorite taco stand of Heidi’s and mine. Tacos it is!

We tool…The Stories…The Baja…The People….The Culture…Fantastico…


Tim’s wife Jennifer is racing NORRA this year solo in Vintage Class 1/2-1600. Tim is assisting work still being performed on her race car as we drive. It is so interesting listening to that. Jennifer won NORRA in 2016 racing an XR400r. She is my idol and the sole reason I picked the XR400 as my race bike. And here I am today. sometimes I feel like I have to pinch myself.


North of Guerrero Negro Ron knows of a taco restaurant just off the highway that supposedly has unique and great grilled cheese tacos. Unreal, this is another place i will have to surprise Heidi with. but be careful with the hot sauce!

We finally make it to Ensanada, I think it was after Midnight. Thanks again guys, I owe you for the pleasure of your company if nothing else.


They did end up spending the night at the swanky casino right across the street from me. Early the next morning we unload my bike and they take off heading toward the border

I hope you are enjoying the stories and pics half as much as I’m enjoying reliving them by writing and posting.

Oh Yeah that was fun!!!---> If you like this stuff the entire report of the ride to Ensenada with Tim and Ron and much much more can be found here ;)
 
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cavebiker

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On with the vintage bike build report-->


This year I'm determined to get a bunch of weight out of my backpack and attach it to the bike. There's a lot of room where the old battery was. A spark plug and a little engine oil fits nice.


Filter Skins, rope, duct tape, space blanket and some big first-aid things. I'll still carry a smaller more immediate first aid kit in the backpack. This IS Baja.


I always wondered what the purpose of this switch on the kickstand was. It looks heavy so it’s time for it to go, especially when I found out it’s a kill switch.


Added to the pile of glory of weight I don’t need or want


A new 3L rear fender bag goes on the bike today. It feels a little heavy but I like the size and shape.


I move survival kit, first aid kit, water flask and food bars from my backpack to the fender bag. I carry this stuff on every ride, that’s a lot of weight that won’t be on my shoulders and legs,... liken it!


Time for a big shake-out ride. I have a 200 and some mile loop stating right here that’s mostly dirt and connects to some killer ATV trails in the Chequamegon national forest.


HA! Apparently I didn't try to start the bike after I removed the kickstand kill switch. No Spark


Looking at the schematic I see a diode inside the switch. I confirm with a meter the kickstand switch does indeed contain a diode. Weird.


Being an electronic hobbyist I have diodes.


Beautiful, electrically the same as kickstand is up position, cathode to battery ground, anode to green wire that goes to the CDI box.
Spark!!! Fun stuff.


15 miles into the first big shake-out ride the bike sputters and dies. I'll tell you the sinking feeling inside when the bike you are depending on to carry you 1,300 miles racing through the Baja desert suddenly dies, after 15 miles, is hard to describe. Anyway, I’m thinking I don’t like where I placed the diode, right above the cylinder head, it’s hot up there and diodes don't like heat. Da, what was I thinking. And the diode is just a standard 1 amp 1N4001. All the juice of the ignition module could be running through the thing. I have no idea how much that is. I try to calm myself by blaming the diode. It probably blew out from too much current, too much heat or both most likely.


A call to the crew chief for rescue, luckily I have cell service..


Heidi is into photographing this adventure stuff also. I'm one lucky dude ;)


Back in the shed I confirm the diode is open, super. I thought about trying beefier diodes but decided that would still be too big of a risk. I don't want a blown diodes in Baja.


After looking at the schematic again I conclude that because of the long wires to the kickstand switch the diode is to protect the CDI box from spurious electrical noise going backwards into the box and blowing it out. There's no AC current at the CDI so that has to be the only reason for the diode. I'm cool with that. I get rid of the long wire run, get rid of the diode and just connect the wires together. Sweet! The bike rides great, suspension seems dialed and nothing fell off on the shake out run. Liken life...
 
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cavebiker

Active Member
Allright! Up here in the frozen tundra it's always a juggle of when to get out and ride and when to put in the time to work on the bike. The time is now. We had snow a week ago and this weekend is forecast to be warm (above 40 deg F) Time to get the vintage race bike done.


The Suzuki runs great but has no POP and it's so quiet. Time to add some horsepower ;)

Final adjustments.


🚀I like.


It's a nice day so the old Ski Doo snowmobile, the 75' DT125 and the Suzuki DR350S gets it's carburetors cleaned and re-jetted. Of course I should be fixing the window and the foundation of the shed, but hey, I got a race to do, the window isn't going anywhere ;)

Every machine is running now and ready to rip.


The power increase with the new exhaust and jets is unbelievable. I now have a solid BRAAP with the power to match and the slow throttle response i thought was from the diaphragm carb is now gone. Wow is all I can say.

Ready to Kick Ass --> NORRA Mexican 1000 2020'
 

cavebiker

Active Member
Alright! Here we go-->

2020 Yokohama NORRA Mexican 1000 pre-registration opens TODAY!

Reality Hits: I’m not imagining this life. We have to get ready to register for another Baja race! Crew chief Heidi and I are over the moon. Family and friends are staged for support and for the finish line. I need to kick my brain into high gear (I feel like I’ve been doing that the last six months) and finish preparations of the race bike for Baja survival, as well as finish preparing myself for Baja survival. The challenge beckons. We are caught up in the allure and mystique of Baja and Baja racing. What has happened to us!

This is a call-out to all wannabe Baja racers. NORRA is your ticket to actually doing it. Continue following DAKAR and the Baja 1000 from your computer screams. But if you want to actually get off your butt and race Baja, NORRA is the path. Start wrenching on your dune buggies, sand-rails or vintage dirt bikes and meet us down in Ensenada in April for the time of your life, guaranteed. OVER…


- Keep the Dreams Alive -
 

cavebiker

Active Member
Perlman gave me crap about not shining the trophy in the above pic. I agree and got out the polish-> :cool:


Report continued-->

Alright! Suzuki goes into the shed after our first significant snow.


Heidi and I register for NORRA 2020' as soon as it opened. Fired-Up! Our life is consumed with everything Baja, moving down there, training down there and doing the race down there. Family and friends are 100% in. Our high-level discussions are almost daily now. Even though this is our third race the details seem to never diminish. We love that. Our discussions while at times heated are always geared toward maximizing our likelihood to finish the race, having fun and staying safe.
:kumbaya



We get our number
:D
#102


Time for some inside work I've been putting off. I don't like the cheap tail light and brake light I have, not very bright. I want to run some bright LEDs similar to what the race buggies in Baja run, I just don't want to spend the big bucks. I've seen at O'Reilly some super bright LED lights for a good price. I have four holes in the fender where the stock lights were so I'll have to do some fabrication but that's part of the fun, time to give it a try.


I like it and it covers the holes.


Solder longer wires on and add a grommet going out. Shrink tube the wires out / done.


YES! This is the bright I'm looking for. I'm not sure what mode to run this on. My immediate thought is to run it as a tail light, on all the time. I'll add a shut off switch for when standing around. Maybe it should flash fast when the break is on, else just on. I like that... I order a simple inexpensive 2-wire flasher module. I like the emergency vehical flash, 2-quick pulses than 2-longer pulses, repeat. I'll see what I can do.
:bubba



Now I need to finish the race-book scroll reader box. I've made this before for NORRA 17' but that got stolen along with my bike after the NORRA 18' finish party. I didn't save the plans but I have a prototype base plate and photos of the first build to help out. Time to get cutting, bending and drilling
:0-0



These rollers are a little heavy but worked well last time. I may look for something lighter later on.


Frame and rollers.


Perfect fit. I just need to trim the main dowels shorter than done.


I printed out a full day's race book, day-4 to make sure it can wind onto the chart box and scroll out smooth. While at it I decided to practice marking up COLOR coded notes on the race book, just like you need to do the day before the NORRA race. My first year in 17' I had no idea what i was doing, I just colored the thing up with whatever color. Of course i got severly lost and hit deep silt with no idea i was about to hit it, until after the crash I see on the race book "FRESH-FRESH" meaning SILT
:johntm
Anyway in 18' I took more time trying to make colors mean certain things, like RED means SILT is coming up :| But I could have done better, so practice practice. I also plan on paying more attention to how much time is allotted between race sections. Last race i was penalize a few times for being late to start (eating tacos I'm sure) so the goal is no penalties this year. I'll make big notes on times and start my watch stop watch is the plan this year.

We experienced three big snow events early this Winter along with some serious cold temperatures, perfect for skiing, sledding or snow hiking but not biking.


We just got word Rice Lake Weighing Systems, the company I work for is again sponsoring us for NORRA 2020' We are over the moon. The machine shop has already helped fabricate our navigation platform and now a local bike shop will do the rest of the work, whatever we need. How great is that. --> '
Rice Lake Weighing Systems' builder of the 'Toughest Truck Scales on Earth', world's only In-Motion Forklift weighing and the most advanced scale / industrial controllers anywhere, just to name a few. Rice Lake Weighing Systems


A push up the hill and onto our new (used) trailer.


I'll drop it off at the Rice Lake shop after I get to work tomorrow. These guys have worked on my XR400R the last two races and are totally into it and psyched to do the Suzuki.
:drums



Wild Heidi III getting a final makeover before heading down to Baja--- Oh Yeah
:super


Stay tuned, this will be fun
:thumb
 
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cavebiker

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Alright! Let’s get this party started--->


The final NORRA bike parts started arriving just before we are prepared to take off. The original plan was to buy tires and Mousse in Mexico but decided at the last minute to not risk it, not getting the exact tires/mousse I want. All good, we know several good moto mechanics in Baja who will install what we’re carrying.


All the gear I’ve been packing for months gets recompiled before stuffing into the truck. Same for Heidi, she says “This feels so normal!” packing up to leave the country for months. We are ecstatic while looking intensely into each other’s eyes. “We are doing it!”


After Cavegirl fell on the dance floor and broke her wrist at my company’s Christmas party we have been reduced to long hikes on local fire lanes trails. We can deal with that for now until we get down to Baja.


At Clyde’s Customs all our friends are in full support wanting to do anything we need to help us. So great.


Ready---


Baja Bound --> We are out of here!!!

 

cavebiker

Active Member
A cross country road trip has always been one of our favorite activities and it’s even greater when it involves crossing the Mexico border. We are heading down to race the NORRA Mexican 1000. Just the sound of that is like a dream come true. We are going down two months early so I have time to fine tune the body in Baja on a motorcycle. What kind of world do we live in. Just unreal.

Before we exit Colorado, we run into some nasty weather at a south eastern summit crossing that was covered with a fresh thin coating of ice. We proceeded super slow and make it to lower elevation without a problem. This is what we are trying to avoid.


At a nice and inexpensive hotel in Holbrook Arizona the plan is to stay put a couple days but the forecast is for super strong winds and rain. We boogie the next morning ahead of the weather.


I’ve been trying to wear down our trucks tires before we purchase new Bad Ass all terrain Baja tires. The plan is to get the new tires in Yuma where we usually stage a couple days before the border.


Closes but no cigar. 80 miles before Yuma the truck started squealing then boom, blowout.


Of course, with all the road salt used in Northern Wisconsin our spare tire ratchet would not let the spare tire lower enough to release it. I tried everything but no go. And there was no way I could hacksaw it off either. So out comes our Allstate roadside service provider to tow us to a motel in Yuma. Allstate rarely makes money on us, we have never had a new vehicle and usually drive what we have to the ground.


The next morning, I take off on a long hike to find someone who can get us a spare tire and wheel so I can drive somewhere to get four new all terrain tires. I happen upon Yuma Precision Automotive Diesel & Transmission. These guys are super with a capital S. Two hours later they delivered a used wheel and tire to our hotel with nothing from me but a hand shake, no name, no nothing, just a trust I would show up back back at the shop to pay. The next day they install four new BF Goodrich Baja All Terrain tires for way less then I expected, and that included the real spare tire and rim. Just wow!
 

cavebiker

Active Member
Alright, Just unreal! Heidi and I have been on the road for one month today in Baja and are one hour from checking into out rental on the East Cape and are looking for a place to have lunch in Los Barriles. We turn from a dirt road onto the main drag and boom! Like 15 or 20 dirt bikers are coming straight at us on the super narrow street! Of course, I continue on pumping a peace sign into the air at the bikers and the lead biker of the group is reciprocating with an even more animate hand signal. Every biker is giving us a hand sign I assume because we have our race bike #102 in the back of our pickup truck. Then the last biker is holding up his fist like he wants to fist bump. Of course, I stop dead to do the bump properly and he yells out “Tim Morton says hi!!!” I say “What!” “Tim Morton says Hi!” We both scream and say “Say hi from Heidi and Tom!” Apparently, all the stars and planets aligned again at this perfect moment in time to make this happen. We cannot believe it. We think three weeks earlier we passed and hand signaled Tim on Baja highway 1 just south of Ensenada at a construction one-way holdup. We both hand signaled each other when we passed! Just unreal is all we can say. I truly feel my whole life has been designed to be where we are today, preparing to race a motorcycle in the Baja desert in the Mexican 1000 and the Morton’s have been deployed from somewhere to help and inspire us to actually do it. I don’t know how I could be doing this without Tim’s constant help and his wife’s inspiration. Seriously!


Anyway, shortly after lunch of the best fish tacos ever this is me, Heidi taking the pic. What the heck have I done to deserve this kind of life!

The uneventful but spectacular month-long journey down the Baja peninsula story will follow with lots of pics. But after today I just had to spit this one out now. WOW!
 
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cavebiker

Active Member
Alright, screw it! This is a racing ride report not a uneventful drive down the Baja peninsula report ;) !!!

The Vintage Lites NORRA 1000 race bike is unloaded and ready to do some pre-running. I have the NORRA GPS files and road-book from 2017 when the race went through Los Barriles to San Jose del Cabo, perfect! These are some kick-ass trails running the East Cape of Baja all the way to los Cabo, perfect for training using GPS and the race book. Today I only have the GPS files and that’s OK with me, later I will practice doing the course using the race book only with GPS as backup, the best and funniest way to race NORRA!!! Here are some pics from today’s ride ;)







Sorry, I can’t help it!




Cabo Plumo




Come on down and join us! The water is fine!



This is all I got ;) Baja Maximum...
 

cavebiker

Active Member
I believe you are correct Bro Gill, Playa Miramar. Yesterday morning I said to myself 'I have no idea' but last night after a beer it came to me. I saw the sign 'Miramar' on the ride in and out. A paradise for sure. I'll never forget when I saw this aqua blue water beach scene explode in front of me over a drop during the last special section of the 2017 NORRA. Like living a dream.
 

Bro_Gill

Well-Known Member
Beautiful place. I remember the first time I saw it in 1995. Same kind of feeling. Like, When can I move here?
 
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