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  • Birthday 11/21/1967

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    Sunny San Diego

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  • Campsite
    Superstition, Glamis, KOA Tecate, Estero Beach...
  • Your Ride
    CRF450X, CR500R, TRX450 (wife)

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  1. I ride a CRF250X.... just with a little HP tune (see video 😁 ) To the OP.... a 250 four stroke is a time bomb, just like others have said. ... they're constantly on the pipe, floating valves, and beating that motor like a step child. One reason I won't even ride my CRF450X in the dunes (that, and I have a CR5hundo to ride). Top end rebuilds are super costly on ANY high compression four stroke... best, to find an older CR250R (again, just like others have mentioned) and ride the snot out of it. When it sticks a ring, seizes, etc... it's a few hundred bucks. Not 'starting' at $1500 for a repair. God forbid the crank on the four stroke let loose... if so, your in for a $2000-2500 repair (on a $2500 bike). I vote ... CR250R 2015-03-02_01_53_43.mp4
  2. That's awesome... thank you for sharing! Nice to see it's still there. ... in other places, some a-holes tore down our race posters. At Don Eddies, and in Catavina.
  3. I've had mine since they came out... 1/11/2011 was my backorder with REI-online, I got it a few weeks later. REI shows them as "no longer available" and some sites say "discontinued" like Home Depot; https://www.rei.com/product/816133/spot-con...te-communicator But... after a phone call to SPOT (just minutes ago), they claim they are still being sold by 3rd parties and wholesalers. As well, claim they'll be supporting the product for years to come. I asked what's going to replace the 'connect', and he had no answer.... just danced around my specific questions. Said the rumor mill hear-say was a possible replacement solution in Dec of this year. But he wasn't very confident in his comments. The good news is.... Amazon has them... $59 http://www.amazon.com/Spot-Connect-Smartph...r/dp/B004R1GXBS In fact, I googled SPOT Connect and came up with this (pretty funny); http://advrider.com/index.php?threads/spot...t-phone.649118/ This talk just jogged my memory... and, I needed to order a RAM mount for my 'connect'. Usually, it's on my back where it can see the stars. But, I'm going to move it to my bars near my GPS (it'll still transmit, but they often lose sight of the satellites and will miss a beat every now and again - found this out in 2007, during a SCORE race) I just read your posts on ADV. You obviously spend time with these devices. I got my first smart phone 1 1/2 years ago. I'm pretty lazy when it comes to technology. Just an old dog........................................... Hahaha.... yup. I've been in I.T. industry my whole life.... around computers, gps, electronics... and take full advantage of anything 'smart'. However, used to ride Baja with nothing but a pair of flip flops and some clean riding socks... and maybe a GPS. Not anymore... not since my good friend and race partner Steve Martz was shot in 2008 (in Baja). Now, I take full precautions. That was too close to home. I was supposed to be there with the guys prerunning... yet, I went to Glamis with my wife instead. WAY too close. Now, I'm more aware of how bad something can go in an instant. On any trail, in any country. It scares me enough, to be over prepared... in hopes we never need all the precautions I now take. ... BRAP!
  4. I've had mine since they came out... 1/11/2011 was my backorder with REI-online, I got it a few weeks later. REI shows them as "no longer available" and some sites say "discontinued" like Home Depot; https://www.rei.com/product/816133/spot-con...te-communicator But... after a phone call to SPOT (just minutes ago), they claim they are still being sold by 3rd parties and wholesalers. As well, claim they'll be supporting the product for years to come. I asked what's going to replace the 'connect', and he had no answer.... just danced around my specific questions. Said the rumor mill hear-say was a possible replacement solution in Dec of this year. But he wasn't very confident in his comments. The good news is.... Amazon has them... $59 http://www.amazon.com/Spot-Connect-Smartph...r/dp/B004R1GXBS In fact, I googled SPOT Connect and came up with this (pretty funny); http://advrider.com/index.php?threads/spot...t-phone.649118/ This talk just jogged my memory... and, I needed to order a RAM mount for my 'connect'. Usually, it's on my back where it can see the stars. But, I'm going to move it to my bars near my GPS (it'll still transmit, but they often lose sight of the satellites and will miss a beat every now and again - found this out in 2007, during a SCORE race)
  5. this'll give you the 'how it works' I see, you need to have the CONNECT and SPOT tracker both? I came across the CONNECT info in the past but never really looked into it. I like doing both from 1 device. I sold my SPOT 3 for 80% of what I paid for it, so........ No sir... You need; - SPOT Connect - Smart phone (or similar smart device) You connect to the smartphone, and use an app to configure the message... and to whom will receive it (one person, or many. Text, or email). The message goes from smart phone to connect via bluetooth, and sends out the connect via Satellite. The connect, does everything a SPOT1, SPOT2, or SPOT3 does. Tracks, 911, etc. However, adds the ability to send/receive messages. So why are you using 2 devices? I'm confused. Sounds like you just need the Connect. Why are they still selling the SPOT 3? I only use ONE device for tracking. The CONNECT. I then link my smart phone, and send messages if I choose. ... they sell other devices, because of the market. Like yourself, many don't understand the offerings or what each unit does, or doesn't. They cover their bases selling more then one unit. And, not a lot of people want to communicate two-way... so they make the "simple" version. Just a SPOT. And actually... I use a total of two tracking devices when out on a long trip; CHASE TRUCK = SPOT Gen2 (and SAT phone) GUIDE on TRAIL = SPOT Connect, Smart phone (and SAT phone)
  6. this'll give you the 'how it works' I see, you need to have the CONNECT and SPOT tracker both? I came across the CONNECT info in the past but never really looked into it. I like doing both from 1 device. I sold my SPOT 3 for 80% of what I paid for it, so........ No sir... You need; - SPOT Connect - Smart phone (or similar smart device) You connect to the smartphone, and use an app to configure the message... and to whom will receive it (one person, or many. Text, or email). The message goes from smart phone to connect via bluetooth, and sends out the connect via Satellite. The connect, does everything a SPOT1, SPOT2, or SPOT3 does. Tracks, 911, etc. However, adds the ability to send/receive messages. But you still need the SPOT tracker for tracking purposes, correct? What good is the CONNECT if they cant find you? Am I off here? Yes... your off. The CONNECT, is a tracker or a SPOT device... ALL in itself. It just ADDS the ability to use a smart phone to send messages (text or email). The tracking (and everything else known to SPOT devices) still works as normal. All shown here, in specs; http://www.findmespot.com/en/?cid=116
  7. this'll give you the 'how it works' I see, you need to have the CONNECT and SPOT tracker both? I came across the CONNECT info in the past but never really looked into it. I like doing both from 1 device. I sold my SPOT 3 for 80% of what I paid for it, so........ No sir... You need; - SPOT Connect - Smart phone (or similar smart device) You connect to the smartphone, and use an app to configure the message... and to whom will receive it (one person, or many. Text, or email). The message goes from smart phone to connect via bluetooth, and sends out the connect via Satellite. The connect, does everything a SPOT1, SPOT2, or SPOT3 does. Tracks, 911, etc. However, adds the ability to send/receive messages.
  8. No sweep. We ride in several mini-groups, 4-5, and keep track of the riders in our own group. We have retired firemen and an MD on this trip. I've done a lot of unsupported riding in Baja and this will be my first organized ride there. I have considered all the above and yes it happens. Kevin is a friend and I helped him with the planning so I'm all in on this for better or worse. I'll report on the carnage on my return. Copy that. I wish ya well, and have a greaaaat adventure. By chance, do you carry a SPOT or similar device so we can track you (live)? I used to have Spot, but made my wife more nervous when the device failed to send "safe" message. I intend to get a Delorme In Reach some time soon. Funny... I've had same/similar issues. I had to put out a bulletin before every long ride... "don't stress when the SPOT stops tracking, or stops in one spot for long periods"! ... I also had the SPOT and the SPOT Connect, so I could send texts to the truck, or a group who'd be in cell or even email range (some would be at home monitoring the ride and know how to contact others). That helped ease a lot of minds knowing I could communicate somewhat if need be. Otherwise, I had a SAT phone with me in my Ogio Vest, as does my chase truck (however, theirs is on and being monitored while we're on bikes). I too thought to go DeLorme. When I was paying my last yearly fee for SPOT devices. I didn't... I stuck with SPOT. Just couldn't see investing more funds into a similar device.... even though, a better more refined device.
  9. 10-4... I'm PM'ing you now. I have a VERY interested friend, who has been looking since the day he rode mine. ... even started looking at CR250s. And I told'em, it's "just not the same feeling".
  10. No sweep. We ride in several mini-groups, 4-5, and keep track of the riders in our own group. We have retired firemen and an MD on this trip. I've done a lot of unsupported riding in Baja and this will be my first organized ride there. I have considered all the above and yes it happens. Kevin is a friend and I helped him with the planning so I'm all in on this for better or worse. I'll report on the carnage on my return. Copy that. I wish ya well, and have a greaaaat adventure. By chance, do you carry a SPOT or similar device so we can track you (live)?
  11. The GPS KEVIN ride... (getting back on topic) will be awesome!! And yes... good price for a supported ride (chase vehicle carrying your overnight supplies). ... and if he has sweep riders, even better. Hard to corral several groups on different trails at the end of each day. Takes some work. Sh*t happens, and I know it's part of the adventure, but boy howdy.... some guys don't like chaos, and need to control. Assuming the pre-qualifying of each rider weeds out some of that. I do the same, however every now and again we get one by that causes concern. Seems some change in a second when the rough gets rougher, and a serious issue is upon them. Eh, I hope for the best for all the riders! ... I'm just jelly. hahaaaa
  12. Have any pictures???? ... that'd surely help.
  13. They don't and won't. DMV doesn't regulate the size or type of motor in your street legal bike. The engine number on your title, is "just a number" to them. They don't regulate engine numbers, nor cross-reference them. Wonder how I know?? See... I too have a CR500, with a CA license plate. It's the second one I've owned with no problems. My old one; My new one;

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