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Old 05-28-2009, 10:15 PM   #6736
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Here are some pictures from a ride Trick17 and I took last weekend. This all took place in a total of about 20 miles of trail from our homes.

We knew there would still be snow up in the mountains above us, and the spring melt water crossings were the first evidence. First, contemplate the water and the line.


Then it's time to sack up and roll in. Trick gets big credit for this. I was not anxious to ride this but...


After he pulled it off I had no choice.



It was time to earn my man-card.


And this is where we were headed. What a view. Unless your name is Donner in the 1800's in which case you probably got awful tired of this view.


Turning around from the same vista, you can see where we came in from and the mountains beyond. The highlighted area is the patch of snow which would haunt me in but a few short minutes.


My first attempt was more flying snow than actual progress. The run in was too muddy and momentum hard to come by.


So it led to alot of this.


And some of this.


Alot of this.


And ultimately this. I fell off the down hill side of course. 2 drops, 3 stucks and lots of help from Trick later I was beyond the snow but had a strained elbow and no clutch left in the 950.


When I dropped the bike downhill in the snow this last time I didn't realize that the handgaurd was interfering with the clutch lever and the lever was not going all the way out. As Trick and I spent the next few minutes pushing and hauling the bike through the snow the clutch was slipping the whole time! After realizing the issue and freeing the clutch lever (it was only the last 1/4" of lever play that was affected) Trick had to give me a push on flat ground just to get the bike moving in first gear. I was done.

Then we got to a huge downed tree in the road which we had to go around. Poor Trick dropped his pristine orange bike 4 times in the next 5 minutes trying to get around the tree, 3 times down hill bigtime. 1 turn signal, 1 mirror and some significant paint scratches later, Trick was done as well.

I nursed my bike through the Donner Summit train tunnels just above idle in 2nd gear. It's too bad we were so done because we couldn't stop to take any pictures in the tunnels. In late May (70 degrees outside) the tunnels still have major ice in them up to about 1' thick, many small and larger water falls, big roof leaks and little creeks running the length of the tunnels. We actually rode IN the creeks because if you were out of the running water there was a good chance you would hit ice and it's so dark in the tunnels it's really hard to tell the rock from the ice even with high beams and driving lights!
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Old 05-29-2009, 01:44 AM   #6737
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Great little adventure there and I really envy your superb landscapes.
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Old 05-29-2009, 02:36 AM   #6738
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Brents347... you WILL go back and get pictures of those tunnels... won't you??
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Old 05-29-2009, 07:27 AM   #6739
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Brents347.
That awsome man. Thanks for give'n us the cliff notes.
I love have'n days like that, once in a while.
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Old 05-29-2009, 09:56 PM   #6740
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Brents347... you WILL go back and get pictures of those tunnels... won't you??
I actually DID go back today to get some pictures, but of the 20 or so that I took only these 2 are worth a shit and don't really tell the story.

This is about 3" deep and flowing toward the light.


And this is the water as it finds an exit from the tunnel. This is about 12" deep.


Unfortunately back in the tunnels where the ice is thick I couldn't get any pictures to come out because it was too dark.

I did get a rear flat on my 660 in the tunnel and had to ride out about 4 miles to a truck to get home so I had that going for me! And then I got to change both 660 tires to a new D/S set so I can slab the 660 to the Hangtown national tomorrow since the 950 still doesn't have a clutch...
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Old 05-29-2009, 10:38 PM   #6741
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Grouse Mtn tonite



Vancouver in the background, Vancouver Island on the horizon.






If you look closely you can just make out downtown Vancouver in the center background
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Old 05-29-2009, 11:44 PM   #6742
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There's something odd with your rear fender/luggage rack cross member ..... the fender looks abnormally bent inwards... shouldn't the cross member be inside of the fender ?
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Old 05-30-2009, 04:03 AM   #6743
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Old 05-30-2009, 08:42 AM   #6744
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There's something odd with your rear fender/luggage rack cross member ..... the fender looks abnormally bent inwards... shouldn't the cross member be inside of the fender ?
I don't know about that. This is the way it was when I bought the bike last fall. If its wrong can someone post a pic of the way it should be.

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Old 05-30-2009, 10:45 AM   #6745
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There's something odd with your rear fender/luggage rack cross member ..... the fender looks abnormally bent inwards... shouldn't the cross member be inside of the fender ?

My point exactly, cross-member should be between tire and fender.
This looks like he has been "gently" rear-ended.
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Old 05-30-2009, 10:56 AM   #6746
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Old 05-30-2009, 11:25 AM   #6747
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What a STUNNING bike...... always liked your bikes setup EO

Love this pic
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Old 05-30-2009, 11:43 AM   #6748
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There's something odd with your rear fender/luggage rack cross member ..... the fender looks abnormally bent inwards... shouldn't the cross member be inside of the fender ?




I don't know about that. This is the way it was when I bought the bike last fall. If its wrong can someone post a pic of the way it should be.

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Hi!! This is how the rack was installed in my previous bike

br, Tapsa and SE

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Old 05-30-2009, 03:08 PM   #6749
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Hi!! This is how the rack was installed in my previous bike

br, Tapsa and SE
See u have made some cutouts in the plastic ...i haven't and it has cut some grooves in the cross member ...will add a little weld sometime.

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Old 05-31-2009, 09:47 PM   #6750
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Hey Brents

Hi , I think I met you at In and Out in Auburn Saturday. We were heading home from the races? You were on the 660. The tunnels are below Mt.Juda, part of what we call the lake run, Judah to Donner, a short but fun ski trip. Looks pretty tough wrestling that big machine through the snow,Yikes!
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