Death in Baja. Thats the post the sunk him. I agree with almost everyone else. The guy added some spice to this board, and its boring without him. He was also really insightfull and helpfull sharing lots of race/riding info. You 2-3 Mikekay haters are the ones who need to get some help. The guy is alright by me!
My understanding of what happened is this: Mike posted about a rumor he had heard, asking for collaboration, and after that he was banned.
OK--its easy to hide behind a computer and call it all a lie.
And who knows--it might be. Mike stated it was a rumor he had heard, not that it was truth. He asked if anyone else had any info.
Personally--i dont understand for one second what the problem with that is.
He didnt name names, didnt liable anyone, didnt do anything buy ask if anyone had heard the same rumor.
The story behind the rumor is this:
Jimmy Lewis was trail riding in the high desert one day last year with a group.(Mike wasnt there) Yes--THE Jimmy Lewis. They all got to talking about baja racing, how to get to know baja, etc. Jimmy offered advice. Discoussions of tour companies took place. Comments about a recent death of a rider, and possible lawsuits where made related to a US based tour company.
One of the guys in that group went riding with Mike months later in Baja and related the story he had heard while riding with Lewis. Mike didnt know about it. Mike asked a couple baja buds if they had heard about it, none had.
A second and totally unrelated discussion took place with Mike and a hotel owner in Baja at the Baja 1000 in November. It was a very similar story about a rider dieing in baja, and about some complications. Again a US based baja tour company.
...SO thats how Mike learned about an alleged tragic event in Baja. The info Mike was hoping to get in his post was about a lawsuit that might threaten dirt bikers from using lands in Baja. Specifically ejido lands.
It might all be BS. Its possible that Jimmy Lewis never said anything like this, that the rider made it up. Or its possible there was an incident and a family from Colorado is preparing a lawsuit that could close huge sections of riding areas in northern baja. Major stuff, or not.
But lets remember something. Another guy on here also heard a story like that while on vacation in Cabo. So yes--there is a rumor going around about a gringo dieing, and possible lawsuit. Might have been a motorcycle, might have been a scuba diver, might just be a common type of rumor in all tourist sectors in Mexico--like the cat in the microwave story.
Point is--it wasnt a lie. It wasnt a fabrication. It was a valid question, related to a rumor. No different than asking for info about a rumor of a rider dieing in a SCORE race, or whatever.
As for Mikes Dakar adventure, i think its really interesting to read Cosmo telling us how he knows what really happened. Sitting behind his computer eating pizza watching it on TV? Or maybe its enough to get one side of the story?
As Bajabound has pointed out before, theres always two sides of the story. I would really like to see Mike post his side of the story. Apparently his support was horrible, and there was drugs and major screw ups from his support crew and it was a mess. Thats what Mike has posted over on ADV!
Mike has offered some glimpses into his first Dakar trip over on ADVrider-but its not much to go on. There is some info on his Rallysocal website, but no post race write up. There is also stuff in the Husqvarna section on TT--a long string about his dakar prep. Its interesting.
I dont get all Cosmo's hatin'. Anyway you slice it its cool that we had a TTer go to Dakar. I really liked following his dakar effort, and wish he gets over there again.
Lets also remeber Mike raised many thousands of $ for orphans in Baja, taking his time and sharing his baja expertise with dozens of TTers.
He's also shared lots of info about desert racing, bike set up, and all kinds of stuff.
I dont want to hear anymore crap about him. The guy has always been a fun and informative part of the Intl family. You know it, and so do i. A few sisssys with their panties in a wad who never say anything helpfull anyway are a small minority on here. They are the ones who should be banned. Mike is alright by me!
I would like to challenge a few of you guys out there who have ridden with Mike, know the guy, or have just had some help from him from time to time to step up and show some support. If Mike ever helped you out with a helpfull PM-lets hear about it.