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Old 07-18-2012, 08:21 PM   #691
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Not that your ride up to Riordan lake was bad or anything, but your night in Yellow Pine sure made up for any frustration you might have had lingering around. Lots of fun!
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Old 07-19-2012, 12:54 AM   #692
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Sorry guys. Just didn't have the mental capacity to write the conclusion from last weekend tonight. Long night on night shift. Plus, I spent an hour working on Hobbes when I got home. I'm in the middle of a valve check/adjustment. Just a freiendly reminder, always put the dowel pins in the part where gravity will hold them and not let them fall out when you are trying to install the cam shaft cover. Tom and I heard a "tink" earlier today and discovered that one of the pins fell out during reinstallation. We thought it went all the way down in the motor. I looked for an hour when I got home tonight. I pulled the case off the side when the magnet came up empty. Nothing. I pulled the camp cap again. Nothing. Started pulling the skid plate and found it stuck between the heat shield and cat. Dammit. That was a lot of stressing a looking. Now I'm too tired to write. Gotta get up in 5.5 hours cause Tom is coming over to help finish the valve reassembly, sync the throttle bodies, and help me troubleshoot this wheel speed sensor malfunction I keep getting. Gotta get to bed. I'll write tomorrow night.
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Old 07-20-2012, 10:44 PM   #693
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Got done with the valve check. Had to adjust all the exhaust valves, but the intakes were right in the middle of spec, so I left them. A few pics.











It's got a really cool hydraulic cam chain tensioner. Oil pressure pushes on the piston. Nifty design. No spring to wear out.



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Hobbes' room in my house. He has to share it with a few siblings, but he gets the biggest space.
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Old 07-20-2012, 10:55 PM   #694
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I've been getting a TON of private messages lately. Please don't think that I'm mad that I'm getting them. I love talking bikes, equipment, and routes. As anyone that has sent me one has found out, I usually shoot you my phone number and talk with you for awhile about my answers. And if I don't do that, my response is at least in a very timely manner.

But, a lot of the questions I've been getting have been very similar to ones I have gotten in the past. I would ask that you just post your questions right here in the thread so that everybody can have the information.

Once again please, please, please don't that I'm irritated with PMs. I'm not at all. It's just that a lot of them are information that everybody could probably use. If you want to hit me up via PM and not in here, by all means, go ahead and do so.

But if your hesitation to post is due to a worry of a "thread hijack", please put it out of your mind. Yes, this is my thread of ride reports. But it is also very much about all that it takes to make these rides happen. And also about how awesome the Tiger is.

So post away and keep those questions coming if you have them!!
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Old 07-21-2012, 01:53 PM   #695
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I awoke at the crack of 10:30. Maybe the whiskey wasn't suck a good idea. Kieth was up and doing stuff around his property.

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I had some more time to BS with Will and Holly Sue before I was finally ready to leave.

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I was finally ready to hit the road at 11:30. All packed up and a few bucks extra left on the bed for Kieth and his wife. It's nice not having a schedule.

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I stopped at the guard gate for the mine at the edge of Yellow Pine. It's a public road, but traffic is controlled going in and out of the mine area. I was good to go, but she said I couldn't get to Cinnabar. Well, we'll see about that. I know one of our club members has been in there this year.

The road leaving Yellow Pine is in really good shape now that the mine maintains it.

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Don't go off the road here! That's straight down!!

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The mine is a bustle of activity. This is their third year of operations up there and they aren't fucking about. They have dumped serious money into this operation and are getting after it!

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I avoided the mine office and made a right onto Monumental Summit Road. I was riding down the road and checking my GPS looking for the route to get to Cinnabar. I finally found it and made a left after I had already climbed a bunch of feet.

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I'm now on a ridge and Cinnabar is way down in the valley to the right. I must be high up, there's still snow!

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Talk about some serious switchbacks! There must have been 15 to get down this face. Sharp too. At this point I still thought I was coming in the normal way to Cinnabar. I couldn't tell if the uneasy feeling in my stomach was due the fact that, once again, I'm riding hard and technical trails by myself, or maybe it was the whiskey still talking. Probably both.

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This was a really tight switchback and I lost my balance. I hurt my thumb and caught my right leg under the rack. Great, now my calf hurts. To the point I'm limping. Bike back up and continue on.

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What a cool place!!! A very well preserved mining town. This was quite the operation in it's day.

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I finally got a challenge point after all this riding.

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I had to take a walk while I was here. Limp and all.

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The safe. I wonder how much gold passed through here?

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Concrete. Tough to break through that!

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There was all sorts of paperwork strewn about. Most of the dates were from 1957.

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Then, I found this. Cool!

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Puked up my oatmeal here. I feel a lot better. Damn booze.

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So, I've figured out by now that I actually came in on the ATV trail the back way. I should have gone past the mine office to get the main road in here. That was plan because I intentionally wanted to avoid the ATV out the back since I was by myself. Oh well, fuck it. I know what it's like and it's much shorter to get to Monumental Summit. Up we go!

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Bike porn. Sweet.

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Cinnabar in the valley.

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Just before Monumental Summit is the turn off for Meadow Creek LO. This is the road I spent all day yesterday trying to get to. Much easier this way.

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There was a seriously ripping hot fire that came through here. Look at how all the little trees are bent over. It took some serious heat to do that.

I'm NEVER going to push my luck trying to get somewhere when there's a fire in the area.

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The one car I'd see all day on my out and back from and Yellow Pine was parked on this road. He had a moto and had come though this morning before I got here and cleared all the dead fall that I thought I was going to run into. The road was totally clear. I never saw the guy though. Just his truck and moto tracks. So really I didn't see anyone for about 75-100 miles of riding and a solid five hours.

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The wild flowers are really out this year! It seems they are always some of the first plants to take root after a fire too.

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The valley in the next pic is where I was having all the fun yesterday.

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Another challenge point down. Meadow Creek LO.

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I tried to eat some of my PB&J I made yesterday at home, but I could only eat half of it before I started feeling sick again. Time to get back to the main road and even further into desolation.
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Old 07-21-2012, 06:38 PM   #696
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Hey Tyson, some great pictures you got there. I had to chuckle when you said you went by the office.... the turn off is actually before, but than again you have a reputation to uphold and not do it the easy way.

Looks like a good time in Yellowpine too; If you've not been there during the event you in for a treat. I will playinf around in that area and staying in Cascade after this (ICT) ride.

Your doing great guy.
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Old 07-21-2012, 09:37 PM   #697
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Looks like fun!


Don't ever try to outrun a wildfire if you're in a safe spot. You might make it, but what if you don't?
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Old 07-22-2012, 11:13 AM   #698
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Did the GPS show the road and you missed it or was it hard to tell which to turn on?
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Old 07-22-2012, 11:46 AM   #699
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At some point the main road up will turn right and cross a bridge. Instead the Cinnabar road continues straight. You'll do a creek crossing shortly thereafter.

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Old 07-25-2012, 05:28 PM   #700
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On the way back along the ridge to Monumental Summit, I noticed that I had actually been having some fun on the way out!





I slowed down to investigate a slick spot I had come across before. I must have just been carrying speed before and I only noticed it was soft. Now I was going slow and I have no idea how I saved this. All of a sudden the bike is sideways and I'm headed off trail. This could have been bad if something had gone wrong at speed on the way out. My how trail conditions can change quickly. This was the only spot I ran into like this. I'll remember this for next time after it rains and I see a possible muddy section ahead.





You can see the road way out in the distance following the ridge line. A very scenic road. It's all burned though.





I made it back to the main road and Monumental Summit was only a few hundred yards down.



The view off the back side looking into FCRoNR was spectacular!









The ride down the other side was nice and easy. Totally deserted, but easy.

I passed my first challenge point on this road and knew I had to come back this way, so I continued out to Thunder City.

There are some discrepancies this year in the challenge. Some points on the map but not in the list and some on the list but not on the map. You can't get to Thunder City. It's in the Wilderness and a three mile walk down hill. No thanks. I'll take my pic here.



The plus side, I am waaaaaaaay out here now. This is serious Wilderness area. I would bet in the Frank Church's 2.367 million acres, not including people rafting the Middle Fork of the Salmon, there are less than 100 people in there at any given time. I'm dead serious. It's not like there's any paved roads to even get to the trail heads. This is a very wild place.

I've now hit the end and the halfway point. I've decided that I can make it home tonight by about 10:00 and have a big fat venison steak on the grill when I get home. My hangover should be totally gone by then I should be able to stomach some food finally.

Going back!







I stopped at the Challenge point for Roosevelt Lake. Once again, it's in the Wilderness and a walk is required. My leg still hurts form the tip over earlier in the day and I decide against the walk.







Now it's time to work my way back up over Monumental Summit and back down the other side towards Stibnite.

I passed this tricky section on the way in and I almost went down a few times. It is a weird natural gravel that is very deep. Tires sinking and the bike just kinda does what it wants. Just do your best to point it.





Going back up Monumental.







Up and down Monumental with no issues and back at the Midas Mine. There were some info posts, so I stopped to read.

I love this pic of them setting charges back in the day with the dude smoking a pipe! No OSHA back then!



Like I said, these guys aren't fucking around. They've got a heli base here!





This thing is sweet! I'd love to take some back country ski runs in this!



Back in Yellow Pine and the only car I saw the entire time was the one guy parked on the way out to the look out. Lonely country this is.

Now I needed gas and I talked with Steve for a few minutes while filling up.

The conclusion coming up.
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Old 07-26-2012, 12:44 AM   #701
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This was a really tight switchback and I lost my balance. I hurt my thumb and caught my right leg under the rack. Great, now my calf hurts. To the point I'm limping. Bike back up and continue on.

I think Hobbes was thinking more like , i might lie down here, soak up some rays and take a combat nap
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Besides you wouldnt have come back....


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I stopped at the Challenge point for Roosevelt Lake. Once again, it's in the Wilderness and a walk is required. My leg still hurts form the tip over earlier in the day and I decide against the walk.


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I know, I know. Still waiting for the conclusion after two weeks. Jeez I'm a slacker. Just had a ton of major stuff going on recently. Not that I have forgotten about you guys. Other things have just been more pressing. Sorry.
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Old 08-03-2012, 04:00 PM   #704
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First of all, excuse me for being from Norway, my english isn't perfect.

I've read all your posts the last three weeks, and I'm impressed with your skills.
I changed bike early in May because the Tiger is awesome, (I've always loved the looks of that bike), and my friends was all about "BUY THE F800! BUY THE F800!", so I bought the Tiger.
I'm in love with that bike, the last 14 days I've at least got a couple of TKC on it.
I'm rather short legged so I have a problem when putting my legs down if there's an incline, but most of this will work it self out as I feel safer on the bike. (Communiting is no problem since it's white and everybody think I'm a cop).

I rode a Kawasaki ER6-N until May 2012, so this is my first dual sport bike, but you keep inspiring me to challenge myself.
GOD DAMN how do you manage those roades and the road tires?
If you want you can see the vertically challenged Hachon on the following videos (with roar tires, but no where near your expertise).
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hJGVQORt9os
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https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JWOv...layer_embedded



I'm really looking forward for your new ride reports.

I'm wondering, what's the reason for having a gun, I don't try to start a discussion but open carry or concealed carry in Europe is not allowed and I really don't see the point.
There are nearly no deaths in Norway due to guns, and if it happens it's usually due to a hunting accident.

Best regards
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edit: typo. added another video from last weekend. 08-12.

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Old 08-05-2012, 12:43 PM   #705
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WOW... Excellent photos Tyson! That Payette group is awesome!!!

I HATE that feeling when you hear the ting and you don't know where it went..... Those motheufuukin tings can make a job take 4X more time. Gotta love finding the culprit though..

Thanks for all the eye candy.
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