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Old 04-23-2013, 01:23 PM   #46
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Due to a fluid and frustrating work schedule, I hadn't really planned on getting WARPED this year

So glad I made the time and went anyhow!

Great weather Great riding and, as always, great people

Hustled home from work friday afternoon, foolishly did some repacking , and managed to get on the road just a little after 5pm.

~30 miles of this...


Followed by ~100 miles of this...


... got me to Inyokern just at sunset.

The Tiger made the boring pavement run nearly effortless...


... and the late hour brought out my buddy Bob


Up and over Walker Pass in the twilight, then around the back side of Lake Isabella in the dark.
Arrived Kernville just after 8pm and pulled up to El Jacalito for dinner

Inside, I found these goofballs scaring away the other customers


Made it over to MRA and setup camp before the day's kegs were completely depleted

Perfect weather and clever company made for an entertaining evening around the campfire

My favorite quote was from Pierce (I think )
"I don't recognize this object... I found it between my legs."




More later...

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Old 04-23-2013, 01:28 PM   #47
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Good times!
this an aftermath of 4/20 evening?
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Old 04-23-2013, 01:28 PM   #48
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Got up saturday mornin' in time for a late breakfast with AceRph, Treadless, and CA Stu.

Gratuitous food pic as the coffee was kickin' in :


Ralph flew the hack a couple times on the way back to camp, but I wasn't quick enough with the camera.


I had hoped to make a run over Parker Pass today, but was told it was still closed.
(Turned out it was open just enough. Ah well, next time )

Decided instead to try Breckenridge Road, another I had never done before. Partner for the day would be long time acquaintance Treadless (Mike). We had never before had the opportunity to ride together, so this would be another first.

Started off with a spirited run down the old Kern Canyon Road, then Hwy178 down towards Bakersfield.
No pics because I was focused on smooth, clean lines. Mostly successful

Hot and windy as we worked our way through the scruffy oil fields over to the bottom of Breckenridge.
No pics because it is just not very pretty down there

I knew Breckenridge was basically a single-lane stretch of twisty asphalt. Didn't expect it was going to be quite so rough. My smooth road Tiger was not at all happy with the lumpy, patchy surface. Lots of sand and gravel swept out into the lane wasn't helping. I'll be honest... I was struggling a little, so I waved Mike by and he quickly disappeared.

My 950A would've been a far better choice for this road. That woulda been some fun

Finally got back up into the green






Mike slowed down a little to enjoy the scenery and that gave me chance to get some 'action' pics.






Nice views high above Cal-Bodfish Road. Lake Isabella in the distance.


Spotted a mild looking dirt road (28S19) and had to check it out.


Very nice!


Back on the pavement and winding down to Havilah.


Over the shoulder shot.


Too early to head back to camp, too hot to hang out a lower altitudes...

We turned up Hwy155 in search of refreshments.


This'll do


Interesting contraption parked across the street.

Details HERE

Sweeping down to the lake and back to camp in time for the raffle.


A smaller than usual (but higher quality) crowd gathers for the festivities.


Some of the usual suspects.


Nom Nom Nom


I was off-the-ball camerawise during prize distribution, but my general impression was that things went where they were needed

A few irresponsible characters failed to secure dinner earlier, and were no longer in proper condition to ride themselves into town. Sopascat (Cathy), foolishly thinking she had already avoided the greatest danger of the weekend on her ride up friday night, volunteered to act as chauffeur.

Oh the horror




More later...

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Old 04-23-2013, 01:41 PM   #49
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Finally got back up into the green
hah, I took a picture from almost that exact same spot a few years back.




the tractor seems to be gone? it was a lot greener in 2007
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Old 04-23-2013, 02:23 PM   #50
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Thought it was JoJo the Butt Faced Boy, son of Dorff.
What's the difference?
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Old 04-23-2013, 05:04 PM   #51
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Crack

After the last ride on Saturday, my G450X was dripping some oil.
Just found time to take the skid plate off to look whassup:
The good news: not my fault, all bolts/plugs are tight.
The bad news: a (receding) hairline crack in the left engine cover, caused by transfer of impact: rock hitting skid plate, bash plate hitting engine cover.

Unfortunate design of the G-iT engine protection: the side edge (vertical part) ends just millimeters under the engine cover. With enough force, the impact is not absorbed, but passed on.



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Old 04-23-2013, 06:06 PM   #52
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After the last ride on Saturday, my G450X was dripping some oil.
Just found time to take the skid plate off to look whassup:
The good news: not my fault, all bolts/plugs are tight.
The bad news: a (receding) hairline crack in the left engine cover, caused by transfer of impact: rock hitting skid plate, bash plate hitting engine cover.

Unfortunate design of the G-iT engine protection: the side edge (vertical part) ends just millimeters under the engine cover. With enough force, the impact is not absorbed, but passed on.



Part ordered, ready to ride in about a week.

RINCON!!!!!!!!!!! glad its ok.....
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Old 04-23-2013, 06:29 PM   #53
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On the way stopped at the Lakview gusher #1
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Old 04-25-2013, 09:06 AM   #54
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Just a few shots from our weeklong trip to WARPED and my pictures from WARPED IX. Great times and great weather!

Started out by heading east to Scottsdale for beer:


Then up to Jerome, Arizona via the Apache Trail:



Where we encountered the first of what came to be a recurring theme of our trip: "CAMPGROUND CLOSED." So we just camped by the side of the road:





The next day we rode up the Schnebly Trail outside of Sedona:





to the Grand Canyon where we camped for the night:



The next day we rode through the vast wilderness to the west of the Grand Canyon, got lost, met an Indian Ranger who told us to GTFO the reservation:



We finally sorted ourselves out and got to Bullhead City where we stayed at a friend's house for the night.

Next day, through Laughlin, Nipton and various other towns to Death Valley:




The next day (Thursday) we headed to Kernville for WARPED.











Saturday we got to do a ride I've been wanting to do for years but never could due to the snow. Sawmill Rd. to Rancheria, etc.











Then back to camp for beers, tales of a nekid, bloody man, food and prizes:













Sunday we rode home via Caliente Bodfish Rd. (which could be re-named "Cows Around the Corner Road"):







All-in-all, about 2,000 miles of awesome riding and fun!
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Old 04-25-2013, 11:40 AM   #55
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Good times for sure.
We managed to get a tire for Pete's GS in Fresno and re join the group ride to Groveland with no problems. The rest of the ride was perfect with very little traffic to contend with.
See you at Rio Nido.
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Old 04-25-2013, 12:26 PM   #56
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Good times for sure.
We managed to get a tire for Pete's GS in Fresno and re join the group ride to Groveland with no problems. The rest of the ride was perfect with very little traffic to contend with.
See you at Rio Nido.
I think Cheryl and I passed you just east of Minkler on 180.
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Old 04-25-2013, 01:59 PM   #57
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Great pics YetiGS! Sounds like a great ride.
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Old 04-25-2013, 02:05 PM   #58
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So what was wrong with that prime piece of beef and salads I prepared for you Friday night, or where you not there? Destroying your hosts' awning and all...




Bill and everybody else. Thank you for a great event and your hospitality. Wonderful seeing the old crowd again and meeting some of the new ones.


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You are very welcome - great to see you and look forward to it again soon.

Cheers!
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By popular request, we are going to place additional orders for tees, hoodies, and stickers. Buy them here.


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Old 04-25-2013, 03:03 PM   #60
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After the last ride on Saturday, my G450X was dripping some oil.
Just found time to take the skid plate off to look whassup:
The good news: not my fault, all bolts/plugs are tight.
The bad news: a (receding) hairline crack in the left engine cover, caused by transfer of impact: rock hitting skid plate, bash plate hitting engine cover.

Unfortunate design of the G-iT engine protection: the side edge (vertical part) ends just millimeters under the engine cover. With enough force, the impact is not absorbed, but passed on.



Part ordered, ready to ride in about a week.
glad that's a replaceable part... Is there some way you can modify the bash plate or the mounts so it does not happen again?
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