Monday, February 13, 2017
The planning has started and it looks like the Spring 2017 adventure is going to be a dual sport run from Tecate to Cabo and back.
For this trip I picked up a used 2006 Suzuki DRZ400s. I decided to go this route for a few different reasons.
First, I wanted a light dual sport that could handle the Baja sand and rocks. I have Triumph 1200 that I usually ride on my adventures, but she is just way too heavy for the sand down there. And if there's anything I've learned over the years it's this: Having fun is way better than looking cool.
Second, I wanted a reliable bike that's easy to work on. The simplicity of the DRZ400s is it's strength. Plus, I can carry along a small tool bag and do most of the work myself.
Third, I wanted something strong enough to haul a little bit of gear. I'm not talking about panniers and a top box. I really want to keep it light and tight down there. But I do plan to have a couple small dry bags, or maybe a Giant Loop.
And finally, I didn't want a new bike. I know what it's going to be like down there. I have a feeling I'll be dropping this bike many times and I want to be able to pick her back up, dust each other off and keep riding without a second thought. Yes, I would have loved to pick up a brand new KTM 690... I just couldn't justify it. Hopefully I'm making a good decision and not just being cheap.
Well, that's the plan and we have about 6 other guys going on the trip with us. I'll try to post more pics as we get closer.