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Old 03-10-2012, 09:05 PM   #4906
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Left her out in the woods by herself tonight...

Spooned on a new D 908 this afternoon and thought I'd take it for a break-in ride. Ran to town to get some grip cement and decided to take the long way home.

I got the normal route I usually take and didn't see any snow, so I thought I'd try to go up a little higher and add another section. There were small patches of snow in places along the sides of the road, and a few spots across the road but it wasn't that deep. When I got to the upper road, I turned and started back down the hill thinking it should only get better the further I go. Then I hit a snow drift and opted to keep going through it since I was going downhill. Rounded the corner and hit a second drift that was a little deeper (now I am on the north facing slope) but still easily manageable. Except this second drift didn't let up, it only got deeper and I was already IN it. Finally I made it through and hit the third drift. I was familiar with this spot because it usually is one of the last places to have the snow melt, and I usually find ice patches. I wasn't sure I could turn around and go back UP the hill through that second drift. About half way into the thrid drift it over took me.

I walked down through the remainder of the drift and it kept getting deeper (about a 1,5 feet), I could see there were more drifts up ahead so I decided maybe it'd be best to turn the bike around and try my way back up.

About an hour later I managed to turn the bike around, but I was only able to move it about 8 feet before it bogged down. I should mention I was by myself and nobody knew where I was (or that I went) and it was now about 4:00 PM. If I went down the hill, I figure I was still about 10 miles from my home....



I managed to (barely) get a signal on my cell phone and called StevefrmGV and he kindly drove out to get me and take me home. I walked about 2 miles down the road before he got out to me. So now I need to figure out a way to get my Jeep back out there (with its winch) and get the bike out of the drift. (Then figure out how to get the Jeep and the bike back home.) The Jeep has a bad alternator (got for use of the winch!) and is in need of new tires.

It's all about the Adventure!
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Old 03-10-2012, 11:06 PM   #4907
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Hey SierraJeep,

Let me know if you need any help. I'm not too far from you.
I'm supposed to spend the day on the seat of a John Deere mowing about five acres...any excuse to get out of it.
Shoot me a message if you need any help.

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Old 03-10-2012, 11:16 PM   #4908
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Take a shovel (or two) and clear a path. Its better than damaging the beast with a winch.
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Old 03-10-2012, 11:49 PM   #4909
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Take a shovel (or two) and clear a path. Its better than damaging the beast with a winch.
After I posted this, I've been pondering what sort of help I may be able to find (or not find). I am now thinking of taking my truck, a ramp and tie-downs, and my snow shovel. I think I may be able to shovel a narrow path through the deeper spots (after digging out the bike) and getting it out on its own.

As for getting the 500 pound bike up the 6' ramp into my full-sized Dodge truck, I saw some spots where I can park near some high banks that'll allow me to nearly ride the bike into the truck or at least get it so the ramp isn't so steep.

Either way, this plan would allow me to get out there first thing in the morning and get started on it.

Thanks for the offer Nytro. I am pretty sure I can get it out (with a shovel) in pretty short time. I have two guys that said "maybe" so if I cannot get it out I can hopefully rely on one of those two. One is my neighbor and he's on the way out there.
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Old 03-11-2012, 12:02 AM   #4910
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Let me know if you need an extra shovel or a extra pushing power.
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Old 03-11-2012, 12:51 AM   #4911
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Let me know if you need an extra shovel or a extra pushing power.
Thanks. It's sitting up on one of those road I took you folks down on that ride a while back. I was hoping that going "downhill" would work to my advantage. It didn't.
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Old 03-11-2012, 01:32 AM   #4912
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I gave the front a lift! Some 265mm 2008S forks on it for 20mm more height.



And yes, I know the brake line is on the wrong side of the mudguard! High fender kit in the future....

20mm :)
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Old 03-11-2012, 07:33 AM   #4913
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Old 03-11-2012, 07:48 AM   #4914
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It's all about the Adventure!
Or, as Neil Peart says, "Adventures SUCK when you're having them."

Good luck getting her out of there.

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Old 03-11-2012, 08:51 AM   #4915
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Not here in cali. You can't get any thing plated now that is not legal from the factory. F'n dmv nazis
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Old 03-11-2012, 09:10 AM   #4916
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After I posted this, I've been pondering what sort of help I may be able to find (or not find). I am now thinking of taking my truck, a ramp and tie-downs, and my snow shovel. I think I may be able to shovel a narrow path through the deeper spots (after digging out the bike) and getting it out on its own.

As for getting the 500 pound bike up the 6' ramp into my full-sized Dodge truck, I saw some spots where I can park near some high banks that'll allow me to nearly ride the bike into the truck or at least get it so the ramp isn't so steep..
waiting for pics of the truck stuck one snowbank above the bike

good luck!
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Old 03-11-2012, 09:33 AM   #4917
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waiting for pics of the truck stuck one snowbank above the bike

good luck!
It's raining at my house now (which is at 3280 in elevation). The bike is up near 5000 feet (give or take), might be more of a challenge than I had hoped.
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Old 03-11-2012, 09:59 AM   #4918
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Old 03-11-2012, 11:03 AM   #4919
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Old 03-11-2012, 11:57 AM   #4920
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Finished my conversition of 2 into 1, with a gutted stock can, cut the end cap off, hole drilled out other end pulled all the internal out, put it back together with a 1.75 baffle and packing material, now to make a tool box out of the other stock can.
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