San Diego California to Ensenada Mexico
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Thu Sep 26, 2019 8:53 am quote
Over the weekend I went on a short scooter road trip with a group of about 30 other scooters. It is a scooter rally from San Diego to Ensenada Baja California. Some here may have done this trip before and this will be my first time. Before the trip I was excited and confident. I've been riding for moons this was not really a concern. Even with warning from others my confidence was solid. So without really knowing what to expect other than a ride down to the border then taking the toll highway south with a local to show us the way. We start our engines and roll out. Two blocks later we are entering interstate 5 with cold engines maxing up to 60 mph and setting the cruise control. At this point internally I am freaking out. I am thinking to myself maybe I will seize before the border and that might be better for me. I'm already contemplating my escape plan with how to get back to my truck. In about 15 minutes we arrive at the border crossing. We all roll through successfully without secondary inspections. The group has pulled over to the side helmets off enjoying cigarettes. We are in Mexico and the support truck is with us too.

Back on the road we pass through Tijuana and are heading south on the toll road to Rosarito. The excitement is creeping back in along with caution but no more so than when certain types of road conditions require your attention. I am riding my 1963 GL with a 177 Pinasco cylinder kit 24G carburetor and BGM BIG BOX. The engine has done 3963 miles now we are in TJ I forgot to check it before we left San Diego but it should be 12. The speed has increased I am trying to keep up with the pack mostly put together by P2's and Lambretta's I presume to be in the 200 class. There is one Primavera kicking some butt with a stock motor and Leovinci exhaust. I can push past the primmy but it's really strange (for me) to be riding at this speed for such sustained periods, I do not do this at home. I do not know the speed because I have not seen the speedo needle since we left San Diego the needle is buried totally beyond the maximum.

There is a gas stop a few toll booths which include photo op's for local police who like the scooters. We are traveling on an open 2 lane highway with few exits along the Baja coastline to Ensenada. I believe we had one casualty on that stretch which was rescued with the support truck. After about half way I become more relaxed and removed my grip from the clutch lever. This made things much more comfortable as my confidence improved with each mile the engine performed . When we would come into a toll booth and slow down I could tell things were good by the sound of the pop when the throttle was closed and the response when opened, could not ask for more.

We reach Ensenada and have a delicious lunch on the wharf. We are treated with the local musicians and all things Mexico it is good. After lunch we take a stroll to Papas and Beer before heading back north a few miles to the campsite. There the big truck hauling the camping trailer and everyone's tent and sleeping bag is all set up the sun is just reaching the magic time which is cocktail hour(s). People are setting up tents and chatting about the days ride. There is a big pot of homemade chili for everyone to eat and fill their tummies for a good nights rest listening to the waves crash and the neighbors blast omm papa into the sunrise.

The next day breakfast is made with eggs and beans and tortilla's and bacon it is good. Some new arrivals are coming in some from the US and some from Mexico. There is a Rallye 180 with California sidecar and Baja plate. There are some scooters being prepared for the day, a Lambretta began having some carb issues and was discovered the choke cable was too short causing a rich running condition. Cable removed problem solved. Another Lambretta has a fuel line re-routed to eliminate a kink and an increase in the main jet size. The days ride is taking us inland to the Valle De Guadalupe. This was such a beautiful day with a nice curvy canyon and stops at two premier wineries. Several of the visitors are looking over the scooters and taking photo's with them. This is fun to observe. Back at the campsite dinner is prepared large pieces of beef flank are cooked over hot coals served with rice beans tortillas and salsa and lots of beer. Tonight's sleep was even better I was exhausted.

The next morning is here again feeling refreshed. Breakfast again is prepared and it's again delicious with scrambled eggs, bacon, sausage, hash brown potatoes man it is good. It is the last day and I'm just getting acclimated but it's time to pack up for the ride north. A small group of about 6 of us pack all of our belongings to our machines. I had practiced at home making sure all would fit. This option makes crossing back over the border much quicker because we are able to split lanes to the front. It was not as simple as back home because typically the vendors are set up on the sidewalk not in the lanes. We are back at the Shakespeare pub in San Diego before noon. Final mileage 260.

This was an amazing adventure filled with great riding, views, people, food and drink. Hope to do it again someday!

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Vespa GTS300 70th Anniversary & Vespa GT60
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Thu Sep 26, 2019 10:00 am quote
Great post. I hope to make it next year.
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Thu Sep 26, 2019 10:14 am quote
Cool post - and great to see what Ensenada looks like these days.
I thumbed from Springfield, Mass. to Ensenada in 1967. Filled my 1 gal. canteen there.
Camped the Pacific shore from Ensenada to 'Frisco - and only had two pistols pointed at me.

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Wed Oct 02, 2019 4:25 am quote
thanks for sharing your great ride... enjoyed reading it and viewing your pics.
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bv350, Brutale 910
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Wed Oct 02, 2019 7:43 am quote
please, PLEASE tell me you guys rode all the way to Ensenada and stopped at Mariscos el Guero, and all the way to Guadalupe therefore ate at Deckman's?

Also, how did the group handle the massive return line at CBP Customs? Did people get pissed you guys split the border crossing?

You never get secondary inspection going INTO Mexico (cause they want your tourism dollars). You get inspected going back to US o A (cause ... well. you're from San Diego, you know why).
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Vespa GTS300 70th Anniversary & Vespa GT60
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Sat Oct 05, 2019 1:19 pm quote
I didn't make the ride, but about crossing the border back to the US it isn't a problem; I cross once a month and only one time they CBP sent me to secondary inspection, the agent didn't even made the inspection he just was amazed of the vespa and told other agents that it was the Ferrari of scooters; after that we return my papers and let me go.
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Tue Oct 08, 2019 8:08 am quote
Great read! Dang, I wish we had views like that where I'm from.
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Tue Oct 08, 2019 1:17 pm quote
ensenada
fantastic ride. did you come back up trough Valle de Guadelupe and cross back through Tecate? that route is a must. scenic and new redone road. great photos and thank you for sharing. james
Molto Verboso
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Fri Oct 11, 2019 9:32 am quote
Cal to Mexico
hibbert,

What a great adventure you must have had. I enjoyed everything, photos
on the road, camping, and eating.

Bullwinkle J Moose
Frost Bite Falls Minnesota
Molto Verboso
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Tue Oct 15, 2019 4:07 pm quote
Wowow! Awesome ride report Hibbert! Thank you! I've ridden in the Rosarita to Ensenada bicycle ride a number of years, and spent every year growing up in San Felipe over easter. Living so for north now, I miss going south over the border.

Thank you again for the pictures and the writeup. What a fantastic looking time. And I'm glad the bike ran exceptionally!
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1976 Super (x 2), 1974 Primavera (x 2), 2006 Fly 150
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Wed Oct 16, 2019 1:36 pm quote
Most excellent adventure hibbert. Been to GV a few times (good wines). Havenít take scoot yet, maybe next year. Nice write up and pics!
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Wed Oct 16, 2019 7:05 pm quote
Amazing! Is this an organized rally? Or a group of vintage friends?

I would love to participate in a ride like this.
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Thu Oct 24, 2019 11:57 pm quote
Nice Trip!
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