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Old 08-10-2010, 04:08 PM   #31
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We consider mosquitoes as part of our abundant wildlfe.
I thought when they talked about abundant wildlife in Battle Mountain, they were referring to the girls here ?

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Old 08-11-2010, 07:53 PM   #32
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I have changed the oil and put new tires on the Gold Wing. I've collected my beautiful wife, we've robbed her piggy bank and were going riding. One of the inmates, I don't remember who, says "Ride while you can, You can rest when you die!" That is very good advice.

My wife is awesome in supporting my motorcycle habits. I tell her often that I love her, and I do my best to show her. She never tries to put out my flame. We are adventure riders and "Just Livin the Dream." I know there are some out there saying he just wants his wife to read this. You danged right I do. It's not supposed to be a secret.

You can follow the ride with Quota, 1/2 Rack, and Guzzidude. I don't know if we will be back before they get to it.
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Old 08-11-2010, 11:19 PM   #33
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With the old DRZ not working and not worth fixing, I shopped for a bike that would be good to finish our ride to the coast with. What to buy? I don't seem to favor one marque over another. Price matters some, but I just need something for some longer distance dirt touring.

This is the new bike that I planned to finish my ride to the coast on.


I was quite happy with the old DRZ, so I just updated a few years. There wasn't much sense in marring the bright green plastic on the new KLX, so I replaced some with my old DRZ bits. The larger tank had to go as well as the street legal kit.

I was thinking of maybe changing the sprockets to give fewer revs on the top end. After all, I was going to have to ride some tarmac from the coast back to Utah.
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Old 08-11-2010, 11:36 PM   #34
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While Patrol Dog and I worked on a time to finish the ride to the coast, we invited some others to join us. We had such a great time on the first half of the ride that we figured we should share some of the fun. About 20 riders get invited to join us from Battle Mountain, NV to Port Orford, OR. Two said that they were in for sure and would meet us in Battle Mountain.

Guzzidude says he is in for certain


Meet Nevada 1/2rack. He is in as well.



True to their word, 1/2Rack and Guzzi are in Battle Mountain at the prescribed time. Yes, we are meeting at our favorite, the Owl Club/Motel.
Here, they watch Patrol Dog changing out to a smaller sprocket.


Soon, we will be on the trail.
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Old 08-15-2010, 09:12 AM   #35
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Most of you ADVrider readers following this thread already know Guzzidude,Patrol Dog and especially the reknowned Quota.Guzzidude has been a good friend and riding buddy for more than 25 years; some years ago he started into something deemed "adventure riding" with an curiously eclectic crowd. It seemed to be an interesting concept but nothing that really piqued my riding desires as desert riding on two wheels was something last explored with a then-new Pursang..so when one of the recent acquaintences (and now good friend of all of us, Bert Fox) asked my wife (The Posh)and I to join them on a GNATSASS it was more a sense of curiosity than a driving desire to revisit the dirt. However,at the conclusion of the week there awakened a new desire to go out and get dirty again,so we found a dual purpose WR400 and bought cheap. Guzzidude took on the unenviable task of trying to school a street dog to think like a coyote, but after some time, the realiziation that a 30" inseam on a 34" seat can have negative repercussions when attempting to kick-start said beast out on a dry lake bed caused a reconsideration of the choice in off-road steeds.One afternoon we found the solution at the local Harley dealer(!)-a used F650 Dakar!(Magic Elelctric Button).Having ridden that at a subsequent GNATASS the confidence was bolstered, so when Patrol Dog asked me to join them(an unexpected and appreciated invitation),the game was afoot..
And so began the part of the now monikered Nevada1/2rack into the 2010 GNATSASS TAT..

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Old 08-15-2010, 11:24 AM   #36
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As we are ready to leave Battle Mountain, we are 4 riders on bike and one in a truck.

Patrol Dog is on his trusty DR650. For this half of the trip, he has done some kind of fancy stuff to his suspension. Something about wanting to make better time in the rough stuff.

Guzzdude is riding a Suzuki DRZ400E.

1/2Rack is on a BMW F650 Dakar.

Me, i'm on a BMW 650 X-Challenge.

Brice, he is piloting a Dodge. He is a friend of 1/2Racks and wanted to be part of the experience, but wasn't able to join us on 2 wheels. He would meet up with his in the evenings and when we ran into a town for fuel.

I'm not finding any photos of the TAT right as it leaves Battle Mountain. Maybe because we didn't want to remember it? Lots of sand, followed by more sand, and then we came across a big patch of even more sand.

The day is already getting warm so when the sand ran out and we found this little oasis, things were looking up.

Patrol Dog


1/2Rack



Guzzi



It would be interesting to know the story behind this place.


Guzzidude loves checking out these old places. He even looks a little at home here.


1/2Rack enjoying the shade and glad that he took a few days off from work.


Enough relaxing, it is time to ride.



Tres amigos



Coyote Mountain



Coyote Mountain descent.



I almost feel a little sorry for those who think that Nevada is what you see from your car when you travel Interstate 15 between Las Vegas and California. This is the real Nevada.





The lupine almost had the trail covered.


A couple of more of "real" Nevada for those who lond't leave Las Vegas.





As we near McDermitt, NV. there seems to be fences where our roll charts tell us to go. We can see the town, but we can't get there. We probably spent an hour riding in circles (at least that is what it looked like to those watching us on our SPOT tracking page). These guys were running around with us.



I've always enjoyed the wild mustangs. It is a show that you can't get on the Vegas strip.


And sometimes they would stop in the middle of the trail and just watch us.



The X-Challenge finally got tired of running in circles and finally just quit. It couldn't handle the 5-6 extra miles and exhausted its fuel supply, just 3-4 miles from McDermitt. I was carrying 3 one liter fuel bottles with gas as well as a Rotopax with another gallon. This was just a small inconvenience.

Before long, we had checked into the finest lodging that McDermitt, NV. had to offer. After a nice hot shower to remove the dust, we decided to really go all out. Since we were sleeping in the best beds that night, why not just break open the wallets and dine at the finest place in town?

Patrol Dog, 1/2Rack, Brice, and Guzzidude
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Old 08-15-2010, 07:12 PM   #37
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Nice RR

What killed the Z?
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Old 08-16-2010, 08:27 AM   #38
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Nice RR

What killed the Z?
Thanks NOTAR.

The bike died because the timing chain skipped a tooth or two. Valve hit piston, etc...
Lots of metal where it didn't belong.

The problem can probably best be blamed on changing the automatic cam chain tensioner to a manual one. I guess believed everything that I read on the internet that said since my bike was a 2000 model, that the automatic piece was prone to failure. I read, and believed, that I should change it out to a manual one. I did that 5-6 years ago.

I guess I didn't have things adjusted correctly.

Took the bike to a trusted Suzuki mechanic that has been working with the DRZ product since it came out. He said that he has heard of the supposed failures with the early auto tensioners, but have never seen one. However, he has seen more than my bike fail with having a manual tensioner.

His recommendation was that if I was concerned, I should have replace it with a later version auto tensioner.

I guess I should have just left the thing alone. I ride with a friend here in Utah that did a round the world trip on his DRZ. Earlier model with now 24,000 + miles. He just left things alone and the bike is still working great.

At least I have a good parts bike now for my newer Kawazaki DRZ.
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Old 08-16-2010, 10:55 AM   #39
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So I gotta ask...How did you get around the fences and make it into McDermitt??
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Old 08-16-2010, 11:48 AM   #40
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Feeling fenced in?

After following the maps,GPS and using our keenly honed tracking skills we violated The Man Code of Directional Exploration when we found the ranchers daughter;we sholud be exonorated, though, as she was kinda cute.. She told us everything was fenced in and the only way out of there was to go south out to the graded road that skirted a ranch, then go west by the Fort McDermitt community center to the highway and on north into town..

And the bar at the casino has good people with decent drink proportions!

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Old 08-18-2010, 11:37 PM   #41
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Came across this old place after McDermitt. Had some newer propane tanks, so it was still being used.



This stream was still running a little deeper than I was hoping for. While I was figuring out how to get across, Patrol and Guzzi just did it. Makes it easier when I just follow them.


Denio Jct. for lunch. Everything one could need right here. Note the motel. All 6 rooms of it.


No TAT report would be complete without this photo.


Fuel tanks and stomach all full, we take off.
At each intersection or turn in the trail, the lead rider would wait for the next rider, and then take off. The second rider, would do the same.
It just happened that I was leading. I got to an intersection and waited. And then I waited a little longer. I'm starting to get concerned. The last intersect was just a few miles bike. How much could go wrong in a few miles?

I guess someone could have had a flat. But it shouldn't take 3 guys to change a flat. So I waited a little longer...
I had time to eat some food, drink some water, and take a few photos.


I even had time to get flower snapshots.


After 30-40 minutes, I decide to go look for the others. They were just a couple of miles back. I was afraid what could have happened, but I ride up and nothing appears to be amiss.



Then, I notice that the windscreen on 1/2Racks bike no longer looks stock.


1/2Rack looking at how the guys rebuilt his clutch lever with baling wire, tape, and maybe a stick. Fortunately, the mirror broke off as well, so 1/2Rack can't see how dirty his face is.


1/2 Rack's bike is a little banged up, but rideable. The others tried to explain to me what had happened. i just seem to remember hearing the word "loop".
The bike can now be ridden, but by who?

The Giant Loop Great Basin luggage held up very well through all of this. Great stuff.

1/2 Rack isn't feeling so well. It was more than his pride that got hurt. He seems fine to me though. At least as long as he just stand there and doesn't move. Once he starts to move, you can tell he is a little uncomfortable.

What to do now? Neither 1/2Rack nor the bike feel like continuing up the trail.
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Old 08-25-2010, 01:59 PM   #42
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Jees.... you guys didn't get very far in two weeks. I am glad it didn't take us that long to ride it.

Not much to recap. Quota mentioned a lot of sand leaving Battle Mountain. That was sand? 1/2 Rack..... you got a little closer to that stuff than the rest of us. What do you think that stuff was?

Fast forward to the mechanic work on the Dakar. At first it seemed doomed but the thought of pushing or towing it back to a retrival point didn't seem like much fun. Some bailing wire, Gorrilla Tape, and a screwdriver blade put the clutch back into operation. Coincidentally... this is where 1/2 rack earned his moniker...... Does anyone want to elaborate? 1/2 rack? Don't make me tell the story....I wasn't right there when it happened.... Guizzidude? Now how big really was that rock?
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Old 08-26-2010, 04:08 AM   #43
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Old 08-27-2010, 09:43 AM   #44
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[quote=Patrol Dog]... That was sand? 1/2 Rack..... you got a little closer to that stuff than the rest of us. What do you think that stuff was?

1/2Rack definitely did the grunt work of performing some up close and personal inspection of the soils that we were riding over - all in the interests of science, of course. I was just there to help "pick up" afterwards...

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Fast forward to the mechanic work on the Dakar. At first it seemed doomed but the thought of pushing or towing it back to a retrival point didn't seem like much fun. Some bailing wire, Gorrilla Tape, and a screwdriver blade put the clutch back into operation. Coincidentally... this is where 1/2 rack earned his moniker...... Does anyone want to elaborate? 1/2 rack? Don't make me tell the story....I wasn't right there when it happened.... Guizzidude? Now how big really was that rock?
OK - I'll spill the beans..

It seems that 1/2Rack chose that particular location to again perform some up close inspection of the road surface. When all was said and done, he was laying on his left side, still astride the bike, but had managed to wedge an enormous rock between the front wheel and frame. AND - the bike was tank-down. AGAIN. Grrrr.

I helped 1/2Rack free himself from the machine and surveyed the situation. We tried to right the bike, but failed - only managing to drag it partway back onto the roadway. Part of the aging process includes learning when to say enough - we decided to let Quota and PatrolDog in on the bike hoisting festivities and settled in, waiting for them to arrive.

1/2Rack wasn't feeling too well after this get-off. Neither was the Dakar - the clutch lever was broken and the instrument pod was only attached by the wiring harness. It ran, but 1/2Rack wasn't feeling up to riding just yet.

PatrolDog and Quota finally arrived and we decided to try to get the Dakar and 1/2Rack back down to a campground we'd passed previously, or even to the highway if possible. I took off to try and track down Brice in the truck. The short version is that Quota, 1/2Rack and PatrolDog ended up riding the highway to Lakeview - what, about 75 miles? I finally met with Brice and we dragged our sorry butts into Lakeview around 10 or so that night. The following morning, we convinced 1/2Rack to seek medical attention (he was making some really weird noises). The local hospital confirmed what we'd suspected - 1/2Rack had broken at least 5 ribs. His ride was pretty much done. That's the story of how 1/2Rack got his moniker. And a huge attaboy from me for sucking it up and riding with broken ribs...

Quota's doing such a nice job of posting pictures and all, I'd rather he continue and I'll return to lurking...
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Old 08-27-2010, 10:45 AM   #45
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Hey Rider, thanks for sticking around with us. I am sorry we are not moving very fast on this report. And I was just wondering... have you had your DR out in the dirt yet or are you leaving that strictly to the WR? My DR loves me I know, because I tried to throw us both to the ground sevral times on this ride and it wouldn't let me.

Ok, Guzzidude pretty well gave you the short version, and I will add just a few things. 1/2 rack wasn't breathing too well cause only 1/2 of his rack was still good. We, his friends, knew that the shallow breathing he was doing probably wasn't giving him enough oxygen so we said things to encourage him to laugh, which would require much larger breaths. Man, he sure laughs funny whith half of his ribs broken. I hope he thanks us for it now.

There was a cold front coming in and we had a steady winds of about 30 mph. Waiting for Brice to come back with the truck didn't seem like a good option. We let 1/2 rack gather himself and we positioned his Dakar so he could stand on a two foot rock and coax his leg over the seat all the time pulling funning faces. He was able to ride back down the way we had come. He rode better now I think because he was afraid of what it would feel like if he went down. Nevada 1/2 Rack ain't no Sissy and he rode the Dakar all the way to Lakeview Or. I don't think I could have done it. We pulled in to Lakeview on the 4th of July, after dark, with the temperature at 40 Degrees. I was miserable, tired, cold, and I still had a full rack. 1/2 Rack can ride with me anytime.

I will elaborate on the next post on some of the mileages in this area and the problems you can run into for those who are thinking of riding this section.
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