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Old 02-03-2013, 06:17 PM   #1
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Hungry Valley, CA

So this weekend our friend David picked out Hungry Valley to take a trip to. After reading online, it seemed like the perfect place to go to. We invited another friend named Klaus (These are the people so far going on my Alaska ride, see the trip planning section "Cali to Purdhoe Bay").

So both bikes were given the gift of new rubber. Kenda K270s.



I bought some rok straps and I love them. This is pretty much how we are going to pack for Alaska. Basically we will bring the same thing, just more clothes.
We rigged up a Camelbak Backpack that I had from the Army and converted it to a tank bag. Worked perfectly. Much cheaper than my wolfman tank bag (which came with my bike).

We meet up at my friends house and we ride off to Happy Valley, which is just outside of LA, about 100 miles away. We set up camp and take all the luggage off our bikes. We do a small ride just to check out the surrounding area. We come back and start cooking dinner.


I take off my giant windscreen because I am scared to break it.


This is at the top of a nice hill climb. You can see our tiny blue tent.

So we then go to town, pick up firewood, and some other stuff (beer, drinks). We go back to camp and start relaxing. I come up with the great idea to go do the hill climb (see above picture from the top), in the dark, a tad bit tipsy. So I go up and I make it. My friend David isnt so lucky. He has a worn down rear tire and has a small tip over in the middle of the hill. Klaus and I, with Davids help (if you call making everything harder help) roll his bike down the hill backwards. David is fine, except for broken glasses (that he put in his pocket after he crashed and smashed them rolling down the hill), and a tweaked hand guard.

So we call it a night in front of the camp fire.
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Old 02-03-2013, 06:18 PM   #2
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So Saturday is a full day of riding. We wake up and have some bacon and eggs. We go for a small ride, I didnt bring my camera. We invented a new term. It's called doing a Natalie. Basically you accomplish a hard task, such as a hill climb and once you reach the easy part, you fall down. So Natalie did a Natalie a couple times.

So we ride into town and eat at a Mexican joint. Decent food.




Natalie fell over in some mud on the way back to camp. She said something was wrong with the throttle. I test road the bike.


Gas was in her vent tube on the carb. I just added the Y mod and pointed them both up in the air. We rerouted it to drain the gas and it worked fine again.

I test rode the bike again with Klaus.

So Klaus, he has a DR350. Bike is great, except for his rear tire. It is basically a slick.

Me helping him pick up his bike after binning it due to the tire. Trail was to steep, so I leaned Natalies bike against the cliff. He crashed the most and they were all basically because of the tire.



Klaus and I go scouting for some good roads for Natalie. I managed to find the biggest mud puddle and smash through it.

The trails are rated at the park. We run into a trail called gorman. It is the highest difficulty and it is bike only (not atvs).
It wasnt that hard, just dont fall over.




Here is Klaus' rear tire.

A video of how he usually crashes.

We go back and pick up Natalie and David and take them down the nice wide road we found.


David splits off to take care of some business (remember the Mexican lunch?)
We decide to try some intermediate trails with Natalie. They were tough, but Natalie did great.



I couldnt get a good picture, with or without flash.

We head back to camp and cook and sleep annnnnnd drink.
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Old 02-03-2013, 06:19 PM   #3
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We wake up Sunday, and air out our tents. It rained a bit last night.


I install my windscreen ( I shouldn't have)


We take a last ride around the park.

They have a natural motorcross track that we checked out. David, Klaus, and I went on the beginner track.





We check out some other tracks and head back to camp to pack up.



I get all packed up and decide to test out the packing.

I go up the hill, and lose the trunk halfway up. It rolled all the way back down.

I get everything back on the bike, and my kickstand manages to sink all the way down.


We then head home!
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Old 02-03-2013, 06:20 PM   #4
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Here are some pictures from David.

This is where natalie pulled a Natalie at the top of a hill.



This is before starting a tough hill climb.


Camp fire!


Heading back into town the first day.


Glasses that David broke (RIP)


I don't like people.


Smile!
You can see me in the background.
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Old 02-03-2013, 07:14 PM   #5
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looks like fun!

I know Klaus from OCmoto...that shaggy fun guy

he needs a good dual sporting rear tire! get rid of the BT45!!

how did the DR350 do otherwise? I really want one to replace my MX bike

and can this trip me done in day?

ie. leave from northern OC at 6am, ride from 9-2ish, take a nap and drive home?

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Old 02-03-2013, 08:14 PM   #6
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looks like fun!

I know Klaus from OCmoto...that shaggy fun guy

he needs a good dual sporting rear tire! get rid of the BT45!!

how did the DR350 do otherwise? I really want one to replace my MX bike

and can this trip me done in day?

ie. leave from northern OC at 6am, ride from 9-2ish, take a nap and drive home?
Yeah, can be done no problem.
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Old 02-03-2013, 09:25 PM   #7
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Nice report! I miss Hungry Valley. Only been there a couple times.

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Old 02-04-2013, 09:29 PM   #8
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This made it difficult to control the bike as well:


... No front brake for the good tire, braided rear brake for the supermoto race slick. The replacement tire is already on its way.

There are some great views from the top of that hill:


Plenty of training for Alaska hard-pack roads:
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Old 02-05-2013, 01:06 AM   #9
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Looks like a great trip.

Reminds me of my kiddie days riding my kx80 all through those trails. Absolutely loved riding under the power lines.
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Old 02-06-2013, 10:51 PM   #10
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I know that main hill climb, it's no joke. We watched a jeep almost roll it once. Steep and long!
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Old 02-07-2013, 06:17 PM   #11
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I grew up riding there and the campsite picture from the hill brought back some great memories! We used to pitch our tent on the trailer due to the ants on the ground. As a 10 year old kid being scared to death of the coyotes howling right outside! Thanks for the memories!
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