Alone in Death Valley - The Story

Discussion in 'Ride Reports - Day Trippin'' started by frickinjim, Aug 16, 2015.

  1. frickinjim

    frickinjim Cheap bikes <3

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    CKutzGO, about phoning a friend... I totally had to do the same thing at one point during this trip! I was close to giving up. It may or may not be apparent in my videos based on my voice.. but I was getting there. Sometimes it just takes a buddy to keep you going!

    Mark, Thank you for the encouraging review! I agree, a small bike is all you need to go out and experience the world!

    I am running 14/50. I think I am happy with this ratio, as it will do 50-55 okay and get excellent MPG while still having excellent off-road capability. This is not a bike I take out to be able to go fast on the street though, so I am fine with not being able to do 60mph. I am sure it would be much happier with 14/42 if 60mph is the goal.

    No problem, and thank YOU!
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  2. Pantah

    Pantah PJ Fan from Boston

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    Fantastic report. You'd make a good guide! Thanks
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  3. Dirt wolf

    Dirt wolf I'm your huckleberry

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    Great ride report and the videos were awesome! Thanks for sharing. I can appreciate all the time and effort that you put into it.

    BTY I can relate to flat tire PITA, had three on Mojave trip and as you can see my buddy was not a lot of help.

    [​IMG]

    Ride on!
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  4. frickinjim

    frickinjim Cheap bikes <3

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    Thank you! I'd love to run a free guided tour some day, just to show people the beauty of the Western USA.

    Those dang flats! Looks like fun though :)
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  5. TravisGill

    TravisGill Been here awhile

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    Great ride report. Death Valley is a favorite of mine although I've never rode a motorcycle through it. Your write-up and videos really make me want to experience it from two wheels. Thanks for all the work and comments in your write-up. Excellent!!
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  6. squidchief

    squidchief Been here awhile

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    excellent ride, excellent repot. In for the duration, thanks. MRE's are great trail meals.... unless the dang heaters fail to work.
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  7. root raider

    root raider Adventurer

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    Dude...

    Tell the rock to....stop that.....
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  8. Mudclod

    Mudclod Mojo Moto

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    Lovely! Can't wait to visit that place.
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  9. frickinjim

    frickinjim Cheap bikes <3

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    You'll definitely have to go through on a bike some day! It was simply amazing.

    Thanks! Oh yeah, wouldn't want to have to eat slimy noodles cold xD

    Hahahaha! It has a mind of its own :)

    Definitely go through sometime! It's something everyone needs to experience!
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  10. FTL900

    FTL900 White and nerdy

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    Ratatouille? It seems the lowly MRE has changed quite a bit since I was in the Army!!
    Good report!! I'm putting together a Yamaha TTR225 with the same thoughts.. barely street legal dirt bike, and my new sprockets just arrived.

    OEM is a 13/58, and I hated it so I'm going with the same thing you're running... 14/50.
    I just don't want it to run out of legs on a long gravel road, and first gear was a granny, dang near useless except for climbing trees. I think it topped out around 45 or so with stock gearing. There's not a speedo on it yet (also inbound).

    I also ordered the Shinko 700 for the rear, it'll be here this week. I'm looking at the D606 for the front- something with a little more traction that is less prone to washing out in loose gravel corners.
    Michael
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  11. frickinjim

    frickinjim Cheap bikes <3

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    Ahhhh that will be a great bike. I've thought about getting a TTR or an XT as another minimalist touring platform.
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  12. jazzer

    jazzer Lost again... Yeah!

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    Nice report. I was thinking that I've been to DV enough times, but after reading your report I can't wait to go again! Thanks!
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  13. longrides1

    longrides1 Been here awhile

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    Nice RR, fun seeing areas I ridding myself. Me and the wife rode thru last August on our bikes, we came from the south and went out on the west side. Really hot ( high temp was 122 degrees) but we made it, couldn't have done it without using the water absorbing cooling vests.
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  14. Big Big B

    Big Big B Adventurer

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    Lippincot pass is pretty incredible. I went the same loop you did. The sign was slightly intimidating but once you got into it , pretty much any dual sport rider with off road experience could travers it. I was wondering about your fuel capacity , then you hit reserve with a LONG ways to go. You must have had extra fuel? You still had to get back to racetrack and all the way back to Ubehebe crater...at least 60 miles or more.
    I was with 4 other riders when I went last DeathValleyDaze2015. Right on Write on and Ride on !...and video record on. BBB
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  15. napster

    napster Been here awhile

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    enjoyed seeing your report of some of my favorite winter retreats.
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  16. Hailfisch

    Hailfisch n00b

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    Pretty cool Jim... Overtime I see a post of Death valley, It appears different than what I have seen. thanks for sharing
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  17. Hailfisch

    Hailfisch n00b

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    what video camera are you Using?
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  18. Hailfisch

    Hailfisch n00b

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    again...awesome trip report!
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  19. maxjett

    maxjett Ride with Rocko

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    Very nice trip report...thank you!
    I'm heading out these in a couple weeks but it no offloading this trip
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  20. BSSD

    BSSD Swollen Sack

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    great report... just read through. DV is still on the list. I have passed the turn on 395 a couple times when going to/fro the Sierras... thanks for all the great posts!
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