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Old 04-05-2015, 11:00 AM   #1
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Well.... It was my turn I guess

A little history, been a inmate since '09 ('ish), rarely post..but lurk and try to help through PM's a bit. I live in the Owens Valley, Ca. and Death Valley to Yosemite are my normal stomping/riding grounds. But I'm not above a quick trip to Idaho or Az. when the mood strikes...

The Beast, 2007 KLR650, nothing special, SW Crash bars, Ortlib Panniers, GL tank bag...just the normal stuff.
So with a need to get out and enjoy some visor time I took off for a ride-a-bout, figured I'd head North for a few days, maybe see if Lassen NP was open then head back South, had the whole week so really had no real plans.

Monday was great!! Camped at the North Shore of Lake Tahoe, beautiful ride, great campsite!

Then Tuesday came about...

Great start, pack up, grab some breakfast and fuel at the North Shore, head up 89 to see what the day has in store...
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Old 04-05-2015, 11:03 AM   #2
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Continued...

And then this...
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Old 04-05-2015, 11:04 AM   #3
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Continued 2...

With this...
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Old 04-05-2015, 11:07 AM   #4
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Continued 3...

And then there was this...
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Old 04-05-2015, 11:09 AM   #5
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Continued 4...

Leading to this...
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Old 04-05-2015, 11:24 AM   #6
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And at last...

So... Left hand sweeper, about 60 in a 65. Not another car or bike around...and wham! Sky--Asphalt---Sky---Asphalt---- lost count!!

So as I pick my self up of the Highway, wondering what just happened... I walk back to middle apex of the corner ( there was a parking area there) and start taking my gear off, and look around to see if I hit something or what...

And there it was... Marbles... or better known as cinders...


Totally my fault... just cruising along, enjoying the sights, smells, road... totally missed the little black ribbon of sand in the corner. The left rear tire went out.. bike slid on its left side... I went round and round. All for a brief moment of complacency in a turn. Was this recoverable, absolutely! I've had many slides and slips over the years, both in dirt and pavement, but when my head wasn't in the game, the result is 6-8 weeks of recovery with a broken and dislocated thumb (pins and all! how fun).

Moral of this?? Gear works!!

And so does paying attention...
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Old 04-05-2015, 11:34 AM   #7
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Wow, that helmet took a hit.
Hopefully you are writing your post from home with few aches and pains.
I also live in the Owens Valley and have a KLR.
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Old 04-05-2015, 11:37 AM   #8
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Just read post#6.
Throttle hand...bummer!
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Old 04-05-2015, 11:41 AM   #9
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Yep, At home, I rode back under the influence of motrin , stopped in Mammoth (where my bride was still at work) and figured I better get it looked at. For those that don't know, Mammoth is a popular ski area, and has some of the best Orthopedic Doctors around. I was out of there in three hours... New Pins and all!!
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Old 04-05-2015, 11:59 AM   #10
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Thanks MC!

Yep, it's a bummer... But I'll ride again after the Dr. clears me. Anyway I have to wait for Amazon to bring me the new handlebars, mine are a little "off" now.

OV is a great place to be based out of and ride!! I'll bet we run into each other at some point (not actually "run into", you know what I mean )

Cheers!!
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Good choice. If you'd gone to NIH, you'd probably still be there.
Have a nice healing-up Sunday.
It's getting too windy to ride today anyway!
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Old 04-05-2015, 04:23 PM   #12
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Our problem out here in Kentucky is the gravel. Everyone out in the country has a gravel driveway that washes out into the road after every decent rainfall. A Harley rider got himself killed a few years back in my home county from going off the side of a hill after losing it on some gravel. I've ridden over the same place with both my bikes. Person's driveway washes right out into the road right at a 90-degree corner.


Glad to see you're on the mend. I see that you have the Best Year KLR with the Best Paint Scheme, too.



For what happened, your bike doesn't seem too worse for wear. I'd be interested in knowing what handlebars you replace your's with and how you like them.
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Old 04-05-2015, 04:31 PM   #13
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Damn, hope you mend fast. I have the same year KLR, but mine is in the faster red and silver.

Gotta ask, what are marbles or cinder?
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Damn, hope you mend fast. I have the same year KLR, but mine is the far slower and less well-dressed red and silver. I wish I had a black and grey one. All the chicks like that one.

Gotta ask, what are marbles or cinder?
Fixed that for you.
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Old 04-05-2015, 05:04 PM   #15
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Fixed that for you.
Nonsense...look how fast she was in Nicaragua...

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