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Old 05-21-2018, 11:09 PM   #1
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BARF Baja 2019 - Want to join us? Here is how

BARF Baja will be happening again this coming January. Tentatively scheduled for Friday January 25th through Sunday February 3rd 2019.

This will most likely be the last the trip organized in this format. So if you have been considering joining the group on their vacation, this may be the last opportunity to do so in this format.

First, a few very important points to consider before inquiring about joining the ride.

This isnt a guided tour. Its a group of BARF members on their vacation going to Baja that happens to be open to and actually encourages new folks to join them. BARF, Budman, any of the core ride planners, or participants do not make any claim or promises about riders safety or enjoyment. You are simply joining a number of Barf forum members on their vacation. You are responsible for your own safety and enjoyment.

Riding in Baja is DANGEROUS. Riding unsupported in Baja as we do in this format is VERY DANGEROUS. You can be injured, permanently disabled, and even killed. Yes, you can DIE riding in Baja. There are no emergency services to come rescue you in many parts of Baja where we ride. No Spot/Inreach/Helicopter insurance etc etc is going to change that. We dont ride with support vehicles available to extricate you. You may very well have to ride out injured for help (no joke). Again, you can get injured, potentially permanently, or even die. If you are unwilling to accept those risks and ride appropriately, please dont join us on our vacation. This isnt a trip for you.

This isnt a Rip to the Tip kind of ride. If you are looking for something like that, there are of course other options for you. Riding unsupported in the manner we do means riding well below your limits. Some say 50% of your ability, others suggest like you are riding alone solo through the desert. Its a zero mistake environment. Injury and riding beyond your abilities are not only a danger to you in this format, its a danger for all the participants. If you are unwilling to accept this and show the maturity to ride in such a fashion, this isnt a trip for you.

We all contribute to this ride. From planning to resources, everyone will be asked and must be willing to contribute without questions. This may mean having a relative stranger riding down in your truck to Baja, someone borrowing a trailer, giving up a day or two of your riding/vacation to help another rider. Whatever you have, you must be willing to share without question. If this seems unreasonable, this isnt a trip for you.

Lastly, this a group trip first and foremost. We all get along and everyone is accepted. Its an epic bucket list type of environment for any dirt or adventure rider, we ALL share this. It has always been a wide range of rider skills and backgrounds. Veteran and Baja newbies should expect to ride together. If you and a friend are considering coming down and riding on your own each day without interacting or participating with the group, this isnt a trip for you.

Trip details

Specifics are TBD at this time. Routes and destinations will be finalized as planning moves forward.

Barf Baja 2019 will encompass a 10 day trip again, 4 travelling and 6 riding. Folks generally leave the bay area on Friday and meet in Bahía de los Ángeles (Bola) late Saturday afternoon. Bola hasnt been confirmed as the staging point. That may along with routes change as planning progresses.

Some folks may choose to go down early and ride even more routes. Those plans will be discussed among themselves at meetings.

Riders generally plan on spending about $100 a day while in Baja, NOT including costs to get down and back or insurance while in Baja (required).

So how do you join the group?

1) We have to meet you in person
2) We have to ride with you on the bike you will be taking to Baja
3) You should be able to ride 150-200 miles in a day offroad
4) You own a street legal thumper
5) Your bike must be maintained and sorted to go 1000 miles offroad
6) You must demonstrate you are willing and able to contribute to the group
7) Attend our monthly planning meetings starting in August

Anyone that makes the commitment, demonstrates the ability, owns a bike that is both properly maintained and sorted, has the right attitude, and likes meeting new friends will be welcomed.

No need to PM me. Just post up here in this thread. Myself or another trip veteran will answer your questions. Join us at Stonybarf or ask to set up a time to ride with a trip veteran. We have folks that live anywhere from Sacramento to Lake County and all the way down to the Southbay. If you make the commitment, someone will meet you.

Got questions, post them up in this thread.

Announcements

Come ride with us at Stonybarf 12.0 the weekend of September 20th NOTE STONYBARF HAS BEEN POSTPONED/CANCELLED DUE TO THE FIRES

Last Public Meeting and date riders must commit by is Weds October 17th.

Again, all riders must commit by October 17th. We will have to have met AND ridden with you by then.

Limiting group to 25 riders.

Reading

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BARF Baja 2015

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Old 05-22-2018, 04:49 AM   #2
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3) You should be able to ride 150-200 miles in a day offroad
Number 3.5 - Able to 150-2000 miles in a day off road every day for six days with one day off in the middle -

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Old 05-22-2018, 05:00 AM   #3
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Old 05-22-2018, 08:47 AM   #4
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Shoot, you lost me at 50% ability.. I'm struggling to reach 20% these days.....
I'm sure you are joking, but Baja is no joke. One of the big challenges in Baja is physical fitness. We often ride 8 hours a day and sometimes more over rocky or sandy terrain, day after day. The physical strain can take its toll and exhaust folks, which can lead to slowed reactions and bad decisions. Riding In Baja is so different than riding Hollister or Metcalf Or Cow Mountain as often in these locations, people ride for 15-20 minutes and stop at an intersection and wait for their buddies to show up. In Baja you can ride for 2 hours at speed before stopping. Riding deep sand is physically and mentally challenging. Deep sand requires you to go fast to "get on top of it" and works better while standing. I may be different than others, but I stand 70% of the time off road. It gives me more control, better vision, as I can see much further down the trail, and twice the suspension. Twelve inch in the bike and probably 18" before my butt hits the seat. Baja is an absolute blast, but it requires both physical and mechanical prep!

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Old 05-22-2018, 08:56 AM   #5
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What an awesome post CJ!

Great to see the epic journey continuing!
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Old 06-20-2018, 08:01 PM   #6
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Old 08-29-2018, 04:22 PM   #7
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Old 08-31-2018, 01:46 PM   #9
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Old 09-21-2018, 12:52 PM   #10
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Here's another option, if this trip is not enough - http://www.malcolmsmithadventures.co...s_in_baja.html
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Old 09-28-2018, 06:10 AM   #11
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Old 09-28-2018, 06:21 PM   #14
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the problem is my lack of dirt experience, so I need to at least do some dirt riding soon
There is always next year. Give yourself the time to acquire some dirt skills.

Its some really long days offroad covering a lot of distance. Not a good place to start without some significant experience. For an experienced offroad rider, the main routes are not that technical. The time and distance will challenge them. But for a novice it can be downright dangerous and not a great idea for you or the group.

There are a lot of us Barfers attending weekend rides in the dirty section. Great way to meet folks and gain offroad experience. Newbies always welcome there,
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Hit me up if you want to go fart around Carnegie for a couple hours between 9 and 2 on a weekday...
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