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Me and the wife are talking about taking a Baja trip next spring and it will be 2 up sticking to the main roads and gravel roads. I'd like to hear about other Strom owners opinions of doing this, especially if you have Baja experience. I have been there before on my DR650, ride report is here:
http://www.advrider.com/forums/showthread.php?t=223678

The main area of concern I have is the bikes crashability and durability on the rough washboard roads. I remember some pretty rough roads between Puertcitos, past Coco's and back to the highway. I'd also like to go back to Sanfrancisquito and I remember that road was pretty rough too.

My bike will most likely be shod in TKC80's and I have Givi bars on it. I have the stock hand guards and will probably change those and I have some trick aluminum pannier racks and I'll replace those with a set of tough Happy Trails racks.

here is my bike in its current configuration:


What do you guys think? Am I over concerned about the bike?
 

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I would not want to ride double with wife on Baja gravel (rocky) roads such as you mentioned to Coco's and out to highway one on any bike. I would either leave wife home or stick to highway one pavement. Lots of very good riders have managed to crash on that rocky stretch and it usually is not much fun trying to get medical help and get bike out to civilization. South of Bay of LA to Sanfrancisquito and El Arco would be even worse IMO. I also would not even do highway one riding double with just the two of you. I would hook up with a group of at least three bikes; one to crash, one to stay with crash, and one to go for help. IMO the adventure is just surviving the ride to Cabo and back out. I have ridden nearly all the major dirt roads between Tecate and Cabo on XRs and I would not ride them double, period. Go ahead and call me a wimp. I'm used to it.
 

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well I'm a wimp too and I managed to wipe out pretty good outside of Puertocitos but then again the guys I was riding with thought there was a checkered flag to get to in LaPaz.

I remember alot of this on the way to Coco's


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I know the road from San fran to El Arco sucks! Might have to re route there for sure.I'm pretty sure I can 2 up most of what I want to do, we ride quite a bit 2up and I try to find the worst roads possible.

I totally agree with the safety in numbers you talk about. Our previous group was 3 riders and I thought that was the right number of riders.
 

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Two up on rough road seem hard to do. I guess if yo go slow say keep it under 40 mph.

But what skid plate/engine guard do you have on the bottom?
 

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Sounds like you are determined to do this. I believe the Wee is as crash resistant or more so than most beasts but not quite up to your DR650. I have always felt that durable soft luggage would do better job of absorbing impact without transferring damage to frame and tank than the stiffer aluminum boxes. But aluminum will do better at protecting your stuff so what is most important. Aerostitch makes tough soft tank panniers that would protect the front. Lots of tough soft rear bags are available to protect the rear. I don't think it would take much to knock your rear top box off so a tough large duffle might be more durable in crash. Good luck.
 

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Thanks for the reply. Yeah, I'd ditch the top box. I have two different size Cabelas waterproof duffel bags and I'd most likely use one of those. I might mount a Pelican case on the rack and put a small duffel on top of that. I have had the large Aerostitch tank panniers and the Wolfman ones and neither pair fit the bike with the Givi bars very well. I wish someone made ones that attached right to the crash bars.

One thing I dont like about my aluminum bags is they are rigidly mounted and they won't get knocked off if I hit something. Something will break, most likely the rack. I also have the Ortlieb waterproof saddlebags and I used them on the DR650 in Baja and I ripped one off in a crash and it wasn;t really field repairable, but some twine, bungies and whatever else I could find saved the day.

I had an Idea today, and I ran it past the wife and she liked it and that was just to take our Jeep Liberty Renegade down there and leave the bike at home. I'd rather do a bike trip but if we did that we would hotel the whole trip and if we took the Jeep we could camp most of the time so that would cover the fuel price difference. I dunno, might just go that route. I really don't care what the vehicle is I guess, I just want to get back down there!

Who knows. I might do some more difficult riding with her this fall and see how it goes and go from there.

Sounds like you are determined to do this. I believe the Wee is as crash resistant or more so than most beasts but not quite up to your DR650. I have always felt that durable soft luggage would do better job of absorbing impact without transferring damage to frame and tank than the stiffer aluminum boxes. But aluminum will do better at protecting your stuff so what is most important. Aerostitch makes tough soft tank panniers that would protect the front. Lots of tough soft rear bags are available to protect the rear. I don't think it would take much to knock your rear top box off so a tough large duffle might be more durable in crash. Good luck.
 

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Tough looking bike.

I see no real issues. Air down when appropriate, and keep a steady throttle during loose sections.
 

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I did Baja with my wife in our Jeep Liberty CRD, we had a blast. We mostly hotel-ed it, but had all our camping gear and camped a couple of nights. It was too hot in Aug to camp. Any way you go you will have fun. If you have any camping, hotel, restaurant or other questions check out. bajanomads.com
 
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