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Old 05-09-2008, 01:52 AM   #46
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Keep it coming Crashmaster,That Mojave looks like a great ride.
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Old 05-09-2008, 06:59 AM   #47
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Amboy crater........To be continued............
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Old 05-09-2008, 10:12 AM   #48
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Old 05-09-2008, 11:45 AM   #49
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Old 05-09-2008, 11:55 AM   #50
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Nice report. Way to break in the new bike dude .

Tough call on these solo trips with the heavy ass bikes. As you said, sometimes your 'buddies' will be there with cameras and every intention of future blackmail. But they can sure help when you've got your bike upside down in a rocky drainage.

It's all fun though.
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Old 05-09-2008, 11:55 AM   #51
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Leaving Amboy I headed into TNP or Twentynine Palms for some gas and grub before heading into Joshua Tree for the night. Found this great little joint, Corona, 3 bucks with two free carne asada tacos included. Cant beat that with a stick. One of the fellas standing there drinking beer is Brian, a dyed in the wool desert dirt biker and Hilltopper. We got to shooting the breeze and he said "hey, my house is right up the hill, why dont you stop in on your way to the park and have a beer?" Sounds like a plan.












A couple of other folks came in to wash down a little trail dust also. I think these guys are definately more tempermental than my steed, and they probably poop alot more too.I wonder if you can get a DUI on a horse.






I rode up to Brian's place, checked out some of his bikes and let him and his son take a spin on the loaded down 990.

They both came back with permagrins. I expected nothing less. The family graciously invited me to stay for dinner. Besides, Brian said if I go in the park later, I wont have to pay. Now being the cheap bastard that I am, I was all about that idea.

People's friendliness and hospitality never cease to amaze me. The only thing we had in common was bullshitting about bikes, and next thing you know I'm having a dinner in their home. They invited me to stay the night at their place, but I had to decline, I wanted one last night of camping under the stars. Thanks Brian, you guys rock.

I head up to the park on twisties that put a mile wide permagrin on my mug , blew right past the entrance gate, no one there to take my entrance fee, oh darn........ I made my way to a deserted Jumbo Rocks campground right at dark and settled in for the night.






I really wanted to get about 6 hours worth of polar star trails, but alas, the clouds started moving in after only 20 minutes. No matter, the camera was a bit out of focus anyway, too many beers I suppose. I'll get some good ones next trip to share with you FF's.





Woke up early, broke camp and headed down the road to wander around the park and click off some pics.


















I used to do alot of rock climbing in Josh during my younger years. Not sure why I dont do it anymore. I probably just burned out ofter so many days of suffering on multi day big walls and big mountain routes here at home and in the Himalayas. Seems I've had way more injuries on dirt bikes than I ever had climbing though.

















If your liver is fried, this must be the place to wash it. Gotta love our National Parks, man they think of everything. However, my liver was in pretty good shape and not in need of a wash on this trip. I only wish they had a facility to clean out my fried liver in Baja though, I could have used it many times down there.






Leaving the park. Wait a minute, they forgot to collect my entrance fee and my camping fee. WTF?
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Old 05-09-2008, 11:58 AM   #52
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Nice report. Way to break in the new bike dude .

Tough call on these solo trips with the heavy ass bikes. As you said, sometimes your 'buddies' will be there with cameras and every intention of future blackmail. But they can sure help when you've got your bike upside down in a rocky drainage.

It's all fun though.
Thanks CM, yeah it was a good shakedown cruise and I would have paid cash money and endured any amount of blackmail to have someone helping me that unmentionable day in Death Valley. But solo riding does have an appeal that revs my motor. There comes a certain clarity when you know that theres no one to help and no one to bitch to except the wind and rocks.......
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Old 05-09-2008, 12:25 PM   #53
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Great report. Lets see the rest
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Old 05-09-2008, 12:39 PM   #54
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I crossed the I-10 freeway near Chiriaco Summit, right into Box Canyon Rd, ummm, more fun twisties.






After a short stint on 86 past Mecca, I head into Ocotillo Wells OHV park, oh yeah baby. I found my way down to Tule Wash, and that turned out to be a bad idea, deep soft pillowy sand, miles of it. Once I had enough of picking up the bike I needed to find a way out of there to something a little more managable. No GPS, no map, but I do have a phone, and it works.







I make a quick call to my buddy and he tells me if I head east in the wash a little further, I will get to pole line road. Ah, now this is more like it. There are just some small whoops and a little bit of soft sand all the way to Hwy 78.







I hit 78 and start climbing the Banner Grade up into the mountains, more really fun twisties. A couple of them got my attention. Its getting windy here, the clouds over the top of the mountains is not a good sign. Either its raining, or socked in all the way to the coast.






A quick bite to eat in Julian, then more fun twisties heading down the hill.





Finally, home sweet home, Solana Beach, CA. A little cold and blustery, but its good to be home.

5 days, around 1300 miles, lots of great scenery, awesome riding, and a few mini epics. I'm ready for a nap.

The big girl did me right and performed flawlessly. The fuel leak is the fault of the aqualine tanks, not KTM. No flats even after some fork bottoming hits on big rocks that I was sure pinched the tube. 20 to 25 psi, ultra HD tubes. They work wonders on my dirt bikes at 18 psi, and it looks like they are good for my big fat girl as well. I really cant say enough good things about this scooter, I'm falling in love with the big girl. Yeah, she's a little buzzy on the freeway at 80 mph, but then again, the freeway is not the reason I bought this bike. Her gams will probably need a trip to Superplush to get them toned up and dialed in, but I never owned an offroad bike that didnt need suspension work, they all do. The big fat girl gets two thumbs up. She's not a big fat ass bitch anymore, well, uh, yeah she still is, but she's MY big fat ass bitch.

Through some training, and some mentoring of some of the great LC8 riders on this site, I hope to improve my skills to the point I will take it 90% of the places that would take my 450 EXC. Never thought I would need instruction on mounting and taking a fat girl for a ride, but sure nough, its needed for this girl.

Thanks for taking the time to come along on my little trip. I've taken so much from this site and all of you knowledgable FF's. It is much appreciated. This is my first ride report and a very humble attempt to give a little something back to the ADV community. I hope its the first of many reports.

Hopefully my next report will be a little more interesting and have some more comprehensive pics of some of those not so proud moments. A good report requires quite a bit of thought and effort ,and I hope to improve for my next one.

Thanks a million folks.
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Old 05-09-2008, 12:59 PM   #55
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Damn fine ride report!

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But, not so fast, gotta stop in Baker for one the world famous gyros at the Mad Greek. Man I gotta tell you, I've had gyros all over the planet and these rank right up with the finest in the world. I think Big Dog put it best.
I just saw that place featured the other night on the Food Network program "Diners, Drive-Ins, and Dives." I'm a gyro fanatic and made a mental note that one day I'd have to go there.
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Old 05-09-2008, 01:01 PM   #56
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Old 05-09-2008, 01:49 PM   #57
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Old 05-09-2008, 01:58 PM   #58
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Outstanding! Great write-up and fantastic pictures. Thanks! But...

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I figure I might as well split early before the ranger shows up and wants me to pay for my camp spot. I pay plenty of taxes, they dont need another 12 bucks out of me if I can help it. Is that so wrong?
Uh,... YES, dude. It is!
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Old 05-09-2008, 02:08 PM   #59
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Great report

Thanks for the entertaining report. Very nice pics too. Was the problem with the zumo that it wouldnt turn on? Mine has done it a few times. I have to take the battery out to get it to re-fire. The bike looks great! Keep havin fun!

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Old 05-09-2008, 02:20 PM   #60
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Thanks for the entertaining report. Very nice pics too. Was the problem with the zumo that it wouldnt turn on? Mine has done it a few times. I have to take the battery out to get it to re-fire. The bike looks great! Keep havin fun!

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Thanks man! Well mr. zumo fires up ok, but once the map draws it immediately shuts down, on battery or hard wire power. Its on the way back to Garmin. Garmin support is good shit BTW. I may not buy another zumo, but I will buy another Garmin, and there's not alot of companies I would say that about.
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