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Old 06-16-2013, 10:00 PM   #481
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Hey nsfw
nice ride report
got me mouthwatering
5 of us are coming over from australia in a few weeks
landing in LA going north
was wondering if you could give us the heads up on some secret roads that can be dirt but needed to be road bike useable
thanks
Paul

hi paul, love to help except my road trips are limited. it is going to be hot if you ride inland. you'll find cooler weather and beautiful landscape along the pacific coast, highway 1.

check out santa barbara, cambria, san simeon, etc. all the way to san francisco.

carrizo plains might be hot, but who cares as long you stay hydrated. take soda lake road (mostly dirt), it can be done on a road bike. a friend of mine who lives there rides his ninja250. head north and stay close to the coast, you'll be fine.
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Old 06-17-2013, 12:30 PM   #482
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I have a philosophical question for you, Joel (and the regulars in this thread)

Would you do this solo?




The reason I'm asking is although I can pick up the bike alone on a flat dry garage floor...
I'm 57 and starting to worry about getting stuck in the middle of nowhere. On those slick rocks...I don't know.

I pretty much always ride alone.
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Old 06-17-2013, 12:32 PM   #483
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I would... but I'm a dumbass.
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Old 06-17-2013, 12:35 PM   #484
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I would... but I'm a dumbass.



If I do it, you probably shouldn't.
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Old 06-17-2013, 12:46 PM   #485
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You're going to get as many different answers as there are people here ...

I wouldn't do it, but I ride like a girl


I ride alone a lot, but I don't ride off road alone
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Old 06-17-2013, 12:47 PM   #486
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Check out Day Trippin AZ Style. Solo at 72 & yes I would do this to answer your question. 57 dam kids
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Old 06-17-2013, 01:14 PM   #487
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Nice write up and pics mtbjeff. Must go back soon and discover more of the trails and views. I'm looking forward to exploring the Mammoth and June Lakes area if anyone has any tips and tracks.

Go Husagerg!
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Old 06-17-2013, 09:52 PM   #488
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I have a philosophical question for you, Joel (and the regulars in this thread)

Would you do this solo?


The reason I'm asking is although I can pick up the bike alone on a flat dry garage floor...
I'm 57 and starting to worry about getting stuck in the middle of nowhere. On those slick rocks...I don't know.

I pretty much always ride alone.

i hardly ride solo. lots of riding partners most of the time.

if i do, i make sure have the following:
1) have my spot on tracking mode and have friends monitor it.
2) bring the sat phone with fully charged batt
3) prefer to ride a smaller bike, no bigger than the 640
4) have enough water, gas and food
5) have a gps

dropped the bike 2x and that was exhausting. one more, i have to spend the night on the spot.
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Old 06-17-2013, 10:23 PM   #489
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Nice write up and pics mtbjeff. Must go back soon and discover more of the trails and views. I'm looking forward to exploring the Mammoth and June Lakes area if anyone has any tips and tracks.

Go Husagerg!

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Rensho and I spent last Sunday exploring around Bridgeport and Bodie on the East side of the Sierra Nevada with our Husaberg's FE570 and FS570.

Mono lake from the top of Potato Mountain.
IMG_2773 by main jet



nice bergs. me like! here's one with a different skin


rensho, pm me you email addy, i have tracks. i will be in mammoth this coming friday till monday. looking for people to ride with, but will ride solo if i have to.
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Old 06-17-2013, 10:46 PM   #490
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random pics of a ride 2 weeks ago

my side stand bolt broke off. good thing jim found a fix....



mckay and the new beta



jim and bob



heather lewis showing us how to maintain proper balance



chris horgan of stewards of sequoia came over to personally thank us for our $ donation (from the 2013 noobs rally)



back on the trail































tune in for the next rr....father's day ride - big bear in reverse

teaser pic
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Old 06-18-2013, 06:19 PM   #491
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father's day in big bear (reverse route)

june 16 - father's day ride

typically, our route is mcds-cleghorn-silverwood - miller jeep - lake arrowhead - green valley - crab flats - big pine - holcomb - big bear - moonridge - holcomb - big pine - coxey - hesperia - sito's wash - summit valley - mcds.

this sunday, we did the reverse route. hit hesperia in the morning when it's still cool, then get to higher elevations by noon.



i was excited to ride since i haven't seen some of the guys for a while. likewise, i have to test ride the 3pipty and see if the upgrades (steering damper, 14/50, rekluse exp, custom suspension) will hold up for another ride this coming weekend.


the 3pipty, 2wheelsgood and damado



the usual suspects and my partners in crime



pavement as long twisted is not bad






damn...those 990s are handsome bikes



somewhere on coxey








klr rob on his new 530 roosting along








these PPs are fast. by the time i got on my bike, they're gone


















time to regroup and take a break




this rider could not help notice a group of KTMs (and 1 bmw).




him and his buddy on a 530 chatted with us and asked for directions








on holcomb








nice meadow








rob noticed that his license plate broke off




while he went back and looked for it, we enjoy watching the jeep parade







at least a dozen of them



more coming.

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Old 06-19-2013, 12:32 PM   #492
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father's day ride continuation

after our first break, now on our way to the mine above baldwin lake







klr rob is not as tall as i thought..........hahaha.




in ersin's mind...."that ass looks like rich's".....hehehe



blue is the new orange




very nice view.......everything blends well




without the eye catching 3pipty




adv inmate (trashed) doing a father's day putt











priceless



father's day ride commemorative pic




the teletubbies are at it again



the duo continued to explore the area




we headed down the hill to big bear city
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Old 06-20-2013, 12:24 PM   #493
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we rode to moonridge just to find out that the road was closed due to a special event - mtb race. it is a dirt road and that would have taken us west of big bear city and a block away from our favorite mex restaurant.

oh well, the lake view is not too bad anyway



priority parking at azteca on big bear blvd






shrimp and fish taco.....yeah!




someone not enjoying his food




ready to roll




the two 990s are on my ass all the time












we passed the jeepers (one of them had a broken front end)



here's the famous crossing at crab flats




upstream




some other riders




unknown rider




ersin plowing through




2wg didn't like getting wet....dry socks suck!




rich didn't care, it's end of the day and warm...aaaaahhh so refreshing




klr rob also going home with dry socks




another unknown rider....great job!



now, ersin has the cleanest bike.........wohoooo!
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Old 06-20-2013, 01:48 PM   #494
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Would you do this solo?

I pretty much always ride alone.
...totally ditto what Joel ez.
I LOVED my 950A. Nothing better than steering that big beast with the rear wheel down a dirt road. Nothing more comfortable nor more capable (yes, even a GS).
But dammit I got pissed one day after getting into another 'predickament' alone on an unknown trail. Bustin' my ass getting it turned around.

And yes, like you, I almost always ride solo.
At the post century mark I probably wouldn't take a big bike offroad much without a wingman to help me pick it up.

Short story I sold the big one and bought a middleweight (325lbs), turned out rather boring.
Then bought a sub-middle weight (295lbs). Great fun that.
Now I got an even smaller bike, that even I can pick up. (245)

I think that Bike + Skill & Strength = Route, the rest is all bravery/balls/common sense (or not).

If your takin' your GS for a casual ride through the woods in the middle of the day on a well traveled dirt road, go for it. A couple shallow stream crossings won't killya, unless of course you get caught under the bike and drown.

More challenging stuff, go lighter or get stronger, or find someone else who's strong to go with.

I mean, how embarassing is this?

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Old 06-20-2013, 07:04 PM   #495
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I mean, how embarassing is this?



the lowest of the lows....


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