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Old 09-16-2012, 08:43 PM   #286
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Cant wait to go next next year in Colorado!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
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Old 09-16-2012, 11:08 PM   #287
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Back Home

Home safe and sound.
Rode home from Bend via the Nighthawk border crossing to Vancouver, -15 hour day.

The bike had a few miss haps on the WABDR, 1 roll over - the 990 was sitting in a creek on the handle bars (broken left mirror and cracked right side lens), clipped the side case causing the fall into the creek, 1 low side - hot into a corner (no damage)

Saturday, 1 crash - bottomless silt, was seeing stars after that one.

Looking forward to next year

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Old 09-17-2012, 12:36 AM   #288
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Bike just loves this type of ride! Happy eating up pavement or dirt.
KTM hosted another excellent event, looking forward to next year!

Luka's Motley Crew, at Crater Lake.


Open road


Just one of a zillion features we saw....


Bend throwing out the welcome mat!!


Soupbone with Mt Bachelor? (in back ground)


Mooney78865 (left) and Srad600 (right) at Lake Paulina restaurant.

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Old 09-17-2012, 07:03 AM   #289
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Just a followup post-event....

This event was really fun, exceeding any expectation I had. Fantastic folks all the way around. The KTM guys, the racers, vendors, and all the attendees. It was really a pleasure to get to hang out with everyone and share some time on the trail.

Pre-ride on Thursday night. I topped Triangle Hill just as a wall of smoke from the Pole Creek Fire ( was just starting to march rapidly across the valley at us after an ominous change in wind direction.

Fun and games on Friday

Jeremy from AltRider

Mike Lafferty and one of the KTM gals

Jimmy Lewis and Christy

Rick Higgins and three giants on a KTM 990.

Craig's 950 (CJ Designs) with custom everything including Christini 2WD.

I managed drain my 690 battery flat on Friday while I was working after riding to the rally in the morning. Somewhere in the process of charging and getting the bike going, my dash fried itself (odo and wheel size reset, speed showing 300kph , etc). Tyler, the lead KTM tech there, worked on it for me and after finding that my warranty just expired, worked a "goodwill" replacement dash for me!

Saturday, I was ready to ride. I ended up leading Mike Lafferty and a group of other KTM guys and rally attendees on two fun, scenic loops. First we headed up to Tumalo Falls and Triangle Hill.

I met a surprising number of guys from Bend that I did not yet know. That's Kevin (who should have charged for photos of his super-trick 690) sitting with Lafferty at the falls.

At an old wooden dam on Tumalo Creek

Triangle Hill

Cole, videographer and Enduro racer, shot a lot of stuff on this ride.

It was really fun riding with Mike. He's very easy-going and very down-to-earth.

On the way to Sheridan Mountain via a powdery but very fun dirt road, I hit a tinny twig and felt it slap my left foot. Then the bike stopped running. I pulled in the clutch and as I coasted to a stop, I tried to start it in neutral. That worked and it died immediately upon shifting into gear, confirming my first suspicion before I was even stopped. Kickstand ignition interlock switch broken. After determining that we couldn't just short around the kickstand sensor, we called into the techs, who gave us another workaround and we were off and riding again. It certainly helps to have a direct line to the best techs that KTM has.

Great event. They sold out the Bend event for the first time ever at 250 dirty and happy attendees.

K_N_Fodder with his son and Jimmy Lewis

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Old 09-17-2012, 07:16 AM   #290
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My one regret...

was that I didn't let Claude hop on the back of my 450 for a spin through the obstacle course. And he asked so nicely. I apparently forgot about the first line of my signature.
Ever notice that "what the hell" is always the right decision?
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Old 09-17-2012, 07:33 AM   #291
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Great ride in from Hood River with all the guys that met up at Apple Jams place. I lucked out and got to ride with CJ, Jeff, and Cyborg on Wednesday and had a great time. You guys are fast and it was everything I could do to hang with you. Apple Jam and I had a great ride back to Hood River yesterday taking every back road we could find. Got home with a big ass smile

Save travels to all you guys with long trips home. Pretty jealous as I getting ready to go back to work today.

Here's my take away photo from the event, captures the good time of the rally pretty well.

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Old 09-17-2012, 08:02 AM   #292
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View of the fires on Friday.

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Old 09-17-2012, 08:27 AM   #293
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I had a great time! Thanks to Apple Jam for the hospitality and the effort of setting up the Hood River gathering and routes.

Thanks AJ for the great trails south to Bend - awesome ride
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Old 09-17-2012, 08:29 AM   #294
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What a Blast!

I met up with Radek,and ISD22 at snoqualmie pass on Tuesday morning. We where granted a sweet dust free trip threw Tacoma pass and GP on the way To Applejams place where we met up with a great group of guys, from there it was a good ride to kingfisher campground for the night. The next day we fallowed some of Jimmy lewis's tracks but finished up getting to Bend on the really good stuff Applejam supplied.
On fri we where treated to a great ride with local rider K_N_Fodder leading the way. Still smiling from the entire trip.
It was nice to meet new friends,get some serious riding in and enjoying everyones thoughts on the big bikes.
The Canadian contingent was a real pleasure, You guys Rock!!
My only regret is not putting an ADV handle to all the guys I met.
Special thanks to Applejam and K_N_Fodder, you guys are the best.
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Old 09-17-2012, 09:58 AM   #295
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Best Ever!

Thanks everyone for helping make this the best KTM Adventure Rider Rally ever! So fun sharing our area with friends. See you in Colorado next year - and give us a shout anytime you find yourself in Central Oregon. Ride while you can!
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Old 09-17-2012, 10:20 AM   #296
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The aftermath

If you attended the rally and didn't have a great time, that is your fault! What a great group of people. Top notch event with great riding options. Our ride Saturday was ridiculously fun....that is until one of the guys, ,caughryancaugh, decided to grenade his clutch cover but that is a story for him to tell. Much thanks to Rescue 1. Here is a few pics from the weekend.

China hat road Thursday night riding into Bend.

Me during the rally at little Cultus lake.....

And after when I got home

Thanks to everyone for making it a great trip.
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Old 09-17-2012, 10:28 AM   #297
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Met up with Grass Valley Crew up at Crater Lake on the way home

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Old 09-17-2012, 10:49 AM   #298
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Awesome photo's Kurt. Had a great time with you all!
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Old 09-17-2012, 11:00 AM   #299
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Just thought I'd throw in a few more pic's of the crew from SF (& Clovis, Arizona, SoCal, ....).

The bikes at crater lake

through a bit of the OBCDR on the way to Bend

at the bottom of pine mountain

you taking a picture of me...

Jim rolling fast and hard on street rubber!

Soupbone got in a bit of trouble in Sisters...couldn't turn on his "Filter"

watch your back on these rides

Hummm, there sure is alot of dust in the air...wonder what happened?

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Old 09-17-2012, 12:37 PM   #300
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Great time had by me-n-BigBertha and the above pics really tell the tale!
Can't wait to get with some of the guys I met and trade riding stories again! Finally getting to meet some of the Bend crew and putting faces to names and ADV handles was funnn.

KTM Tech master Tyler, after teasing me about ruining a perfectally good bike with my million modifications, was the only soul brave enough to take a spin on BigBertha and he survived!


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Good to see/meet youse guys!
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