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    Hey guys. Myself and a couple of mates have been considering coming over to the U.S from Ozzie land and going via Mexico to do the Baja rally next year. I'm sure there is probably some forums around the interwebs to find this stuff out but people on this forum seem pretty trustworthy and know their stuff. If anyone has any info on entry or experience doing this rally, it would be appreciated. We are thinking of doing it on some good trail bikes that we can pick up there when we get there. Maybe not the Tdub but you never know



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    Not likely to be a "budget" option, but there a couple of outfits like this in Baja:



    http://www.bajaboundmoto.com/



    I'm not aware of anyplace you can merely rent a bike other than an ATV, but they may exist.



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    There are a few Baja races/rallies. Score International and Norra



    Score Races are hardcore, high budget desert races (as seen in the movie Dust to Glory). 800 horsepower trophy trucks blasting by you, gnarly terrain etc

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    Norra is a 3 day rally - vintage trucks and bikes, alternative fuel vehicle and a much more friendly event.





    Both races have >$1,000 entry fees and you'll have to chase trucks or some type of a pit service. Bajaboundmoto can rent you fully prepared race bikes and offer support but nothing about racing baja is cheap. The Baja 1000 is this week!
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    I think a lot of pleasure, and a bit of notoriety could still be gleaned by simply riding the course some weeks after the race has been completed. Likely the route is still pretty obvious, suspect locals will feel less 'imposed upon' having a couple of bikes pass by at 40mph VS 90mph. You can buy a rig without the issue of being competitive and likely it will still have some resale value as you have not 'trashed' it pretending to be a racer. If your going to spend lots of money flying here, why not enjoy the experience. As stated above, competition at the levels mentioned above are not meant to be a Sunday trail ride. The folks in these events likely are intent on doing their best and have invested more than a couple of dollars in the project. In my opinion, should you guys end up moving in this direction, you will be spending money and be left with the feeling that you were just getting in everybody's way. Buy a couple of 'fun' bikes, do some exploring (where ever) and have a great, and memorable experience. Good luck. Gerry
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    My advise would be to check it out once, then go home, line up some sponsors and bikes and come back with a buttload of cash and have fun and be safe. You're going to need support trucks, crew, and a parts inventory for fuel stops and repairs, communications equipment, Probably looking at about $10 grand each and hopefully not an airlift to the hospital if you crash @ about $30,000-$40,000 or more. Also need to have protection from Banditos that will try to steal your bikes and gear, and rape and pillage your crew members..... I think Gerry had the best advise
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    Figure $8,000-$12,000 USD per bike in non-bike expenses to run the 500. Entry fees, pits, communications, chase trucks, medical and other forms of support sevices are all available, but there aren't a lot of ways to reduce that number in a modern Baja race.



    In case y'all were wondering why Team TW postponed riding this year's 500, now it can be told. The bike itself was the affordable part.



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    Quote Originally Posted by mrgizmow View Post
    I think a lot of pleasure, and a bit of notoriety could still be gleaned by simply riding the course some weeks after the race has been completed. Likely the route is still pretty obvious, suspect locals will feel less 'imposed upon' having a couple of bikes pass by at 40mph VS 90mph. You can buy a rig without the issue of being competitive and likely it will still have some resale value as you have not 'trashed' it pretending to be a racer. If your going to spend lots of money flying here, why not enjoy the experience. As stated above, competition at the levels mentioned above are not meant to be a Sunday trail ride. The folks in these events likely are intent on doing their best and have invested more than a couple of dollars in the project. In my opinion, should you guys end up moving in this direction, you will be spending money and be left with the feeling that you were just getting in everybody's way. Buy a couple of 'fun' bikes, do some exploring (where ever) and have a great, and memorable experience. Good luck. Gerry
    I like this idea. I suspected it would be costly, but I guess with my minimal dirt riding and track experience I should probably go with this idea and have an enjoyable experience without the hassle and worry of sponsors and support trucks etc etc let alone getting cleaned up by a truggie or bitten by a rabid dog while overseas or something like that. I always get over ambitious with my ideas haha thanks for the info anyway folks I really appreciate it. We're looking forward to coming over to the U.S either way

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    make sure your bikes have large tanks and be careful in mexico. buy mexican insurance if driving in mexico
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    So, still really wondering if "anybody" has used a TW to do the Baja?

    I mean hell a VW bug has done it.

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    https://tw200forum.com/index.php?/top...__1#entry35308



    We had to back away from it last season, but it's still tentatively in the works...



    I can explain it to you, but I can't understand it for you.

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