When traveling in Baja I carry a wide assortment of spares and emergency supplies. For our rides, I carry them so you don’t have to. My gear includes; KTM spares, tools, tire changing tools and parts, basic first aid, fire starter, water filter, spot tracker, Satellite phone and other things that would only come into need during an emergency or overnight stay outdoors. Never the less, I encourage everyone to bring a basic tool kit with them, particularly when riding your own bike.
I don’t wish to discourage anyone from bringing these types of supplies also, but be assured that I have most contingencies covered. On our trip we do not plan to venture so far from civilization that any might be needed.
Here are some other things to keep in mind
In general, we will plan to leave from the Tecate border area about 10am the first day. We can meet up in Escondido and travel as a group, or just meet in Tecate. For riders flying in, we will typically pick you up at your local hotel and drop you back there on the return.
I am flexible to whatever works best for the group. We have two choices to park. I often park on the US side in a pay lot right at the border. With that we can simply ride across and return the same way. It typically save lots of time on the return.
We also have a very good location to park in Mexico. Doing so puts us closer to the riding area and requires a little less time riding on the pavement. I consider both locations to be very safe. While anything could happen, I have never had issues at either place.
Keep in mind that for cars crossing into Mexico it is required to have separate Mexican insurance. Many people go without it for the short trip to the staging location, but it is always a little bit of a risk. We typically do not get insurance for bikes, but if anyone wishes, it can be done right at the border. For insurance needs, check out Baja Bound Insurance
Prepping Your Bike For Baja
That should about cover it. We will be traveling to some great destinations and areas that will feel remote. Yet we will never really be that far from town.