I have a big week ahead. Things are in full swing as I prepare for the inaugural Baja Rally that starts next Saturday. I have been working hard getting the bike(s) together and learning the rally navigation hardware.
I am using the navigation kit from Rally Management Services. It is surprisingly simple and easy to mount up. Many of the parts are similar to what I use for enduros, so there is already a level of familiarity to everything. There are a few odds and ends that I am still working on, trying to decide what the best way to mount is. I am working to find the right balance between simple and sturdy.
As for bike, I know it will be one of the trusty RFS bikes in my garage. I just have not quite decided between the 450xc and the 525exc yet. The 450 is lower mileage and racier, but the 525 is what I have been riding the most and I love that motor. I don’t expect the course to be super fast. There will probably be plenty of rough, rutted, two track routes. So neither bike will have an outright advantage over the other.
For now I have everything mounted up on the 525 for testing. Next step for me is to put together a route chart to ride and practice with. I don’t have a route for any local area, so I am just going to use a random one and ride around looking at the markings, odo mileage and compass heading. That will have to be good enough practice for me for now.
I am excited about the rally. There will be lots of fun people there. With such stiff competition, I don’t have much expectation for a top finish, just ride around and have a good time. Who knows, maybe it will all fall my way and I will do well. Frankly, I am counting on my local knowledge to help me find my way. There are only one or two riders entered who know the area of the race routes better than I do.