2013 RMAR New Mexico 'Quien Sabe' 600

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  1. SteveO

    SteveO ouch....

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    I'm stoked as well..... although these allergies are killing me..... literally.

    The LED lights are working very well now. The schematic includes a way to run both lights (Flood & Spot) when the Spot is on. Normally a universal switch only allows one light be active at one time. Anyhow........

    The bike has been in the garage since the Cam1k.

    Replaced the following:

    • Rear tire
    • Rear tube
    • Rear wheel bearings
    • Front wheel bearings
    • Steering neck bearings/races
    • oil/oil filter
    • Rubber tank mounts (deformed due to weight of 5Gal tank)
    • Rear Sprocket (48T to 45T)


    • Adjusted the valves (1-Intake/1-Exhaust were out of spec)
    • Clean and adjusted Chain
    • Installed new Cigarette mount in HDB Top Clamp
    • Rewired ALL accessories
    • Installed new Baja Squadron LED Spot light
    • Installed ADVmonster Flood LED light
    • Integrated LED lights into factory Hi-Lo switches
    • Disable the TrailTech 12v Power at night with a switch, so the Display will dim at night
    • Setup new GPS mount on HDB NavTower (custom mounts)


    Lots of new stuff, hopefully nothing will break on this excursion..
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  2. StmbtDave

    StmbtDave AKA Invisible Dave

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    SNOW SUCKS!!! Group is stuck in a motel in Chama.

    Dave
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  3. NMTrailboss

    NMTrailboss Team Dead End

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    Temps. definitely dropped significantly today. Hope they can find a way to complete the ride.
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  4. StmbtDave

    StmbtDave AKA Invisible Dave

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    The 9 big bikes are in Chama. We have 5 small bike riders mia. Could be a cold, snowy night for them.
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  5. Projected

    Projected Single Track Attack

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    990 is a small bike? :evil We are alive sleeping in the game room (no cabins available) at a campground. Wood stove and a hot shower, life is good. The mud here is ridiculous, it's not really mud more like ice. Photos and videos to come.....
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  6. SteveO

    SteveO ouch....

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    The Adventure riders had a real adventure today.

    Ron snapped this pic. Here is Bernard & Marcus consulting about the crazy weather. SteveO, Projected, Bernard, JB & Marcus braved the weather to battle the mountain.

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    By the way, we are currently sitting around a wood burning stove in the Ponderosa RV campground's game room. Nice and warm.
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  7. aiMhi

    aiMhi Now with Titanium

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    SteveO barely surviving the freezing snow
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  8. gjcarving

    gjcarving Been here awhile

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    It will still be cold but you guys could head south and ride in the Jemez Mountains. Lot's of great riding there as many of you probably know. I don't know just a suggestion as the weather is showing that the northern parts are in for more of the same and colder tonight. Good Luck!
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  9. SteveO

    SteveO ouch....

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    SteveO having fun

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  10. tilliejacques

    tilliejacques Been here awhile

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    I have never been so glad to *not* be able to go on a ride! :eek1 :vardy Kudos for making it through! :bow

    Glad you guys stayed nice and warm last night! :nod

    cheers
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  11. aiMhi

    aiMhi Now with Titanium

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    Wayne and I showed up with two bikes and trailer with lots of room (we will come back to this). Fighting a headwind all the way down to NM from CO. *Trailer was handmade by Wayne Demonja from C-FAB. If you need anything from a roll-cage to a BAJA Desert Truck built, hit him up.
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    Big John covered the route, safety and hooked us up with some free swag.

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    Halfway up the first ridge of mountains a quick break and some instruction of riding technique

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    Loved this sign and the ice cream I had. Located @ Coyote Crossing in Gallina NM.

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    We cruised through some cool little towns. Who would have thought none of them have any gas stations. I missed the shot of the two dogs dragging a donkey head across the road - lol

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  12. zgfiredude

    zgfiredude Old Fart in Training.......

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    More! :D
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  13. aiMhi

    aiMhi Now with Titanium

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    At this point all was fine and then we hit the mountains..... and awesome riding and eventually snow and slime mud. I stopped taking pic at this point. This pic was right after a river crossing.

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    Jump ahead to where we stayed that night. We where desperate, everything was closed and it was now past 6pm, wet and cold. We got the hookup from a campground at Horca, CO and paid $10 each to stay in the "game room" - it had an old iron wood stove. Soon the room was filled with the funk smell of boot drying out next to the stove.


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    We woke up to this

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    We rolled out early that morning after filling ourselves with the free coffee

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    This day had some great riding in wide open flat terrain. Too bad my GoPro batter malfunctioned....it would record for 10 sec and then dead... hope others have pics.

    Skip ahead and we are camping outside Taos. Nice little campground with a firepit and wet wood.

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    I saw this thing and ran - to get my camera

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    The last day was a long haul and included miles at around 10K to 11K with wonderful views and technical rocky sections.

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    We cruised back to our hotel close to Santa Fe and found a way to fill up the trailer - it was now officially an eighteen wheeler. Dave hooked us up with a round of drinks and we took off.

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    Our longest day was 229ml and the others around there as well. Thanks out to the RMAR and NMHOVA folks and John Lane for organizing once again a fantastic event for everyone :clap

    Where are we going next???
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  14. Big_John

    Big_John Colorado Rider

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  15. Big_John

    Big_John Colorado Rider

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    The Quien Sabe 600 ended up being a very nice surprise. The riding and the country and the views were just phenomenal. There were technical, rocky descents and climbs for the big bikes and there were slimy, snow/ice covered roads......and there were high-speed sage-desert roads to run fast. Total diversity was experienced.

    11 riders finished the ride and it was a wonderful experience and new friends were made.

    I can say without a doubt that northern New Mexico has some of the best adventure riding in the nation.

    It was a pleasure to ride the roads and trails....while raising funds for NMOHVA.

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  16. Big_John

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  17. Big_John

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  18. Big_John

    Big_John Colorado Rider

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    The ride included one meal provided by RMAR. The choice was the Guadalajara Grill in Taos. The feast was on....as the table was surrounded with hungry adventure riders.


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  19. SteveO

    SteveO ouch....

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    I was very happy to be along on this ride, we had a great time, and were challenged along the way.

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  20. SteveO

    SteveO ouch....

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    Here is a little video footage from the Quien Sabe on Friday.

    Watch it in 1080p if you have the bandwidth



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