Any Death Valley news?

Discussion in 'West – California, the desert southwest and whatev' started by cbig, Nov 14, 2012.

  1. loner

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    Dan,

    Based on what I have read recently Warm Springs Canyon Road has been graded up to Warm Springs Camp, it must have been in bad shape because this section was always very easy. The road past the Camp is in a wash and got hammered by the big storm in August. It too was easy enough, and I still expect it to be easy for a bike or a 4WD. Butte Valley Road past the wash area is smooth dirt and should be in good shape. Most say Mengel Pass is in normal condition, but there has been mention of a 13' dropoff in the Pass. The road past the Barker Ranch turnoff was the most affected part with deep washouts on the road. I expect it to be doable on a small bike. Spafxr reported that he had to turn around in this area, he was on a fully loaded 990 going West to East. Goler was hammered, but the County filled in the road with gravel so it should be passable.

    I should be based out there by the time you come through. Check the cabins for a white Toyota truck, I'll have extra gas if you need some. This is the only through road in Butte Valley. I'll try to get a report out while I'm there, but may not find internet access.

    PS: We met briefly on the Pioneertown run last year.

    Paul
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  2. slidewayes

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    Again thanks to all we will be on 950&990 sons first ride&camp off bike fuel well be tight but should be OK LC8's are not known for MPG . The 13' drop concerning? well bring a block and tackle ,Congrats to JCR & team
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  3. cbig

    cbig Rift- Raft, SCooter Trash

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    Rode some of DV in 2007 with one. May be a bit much for the pass, but will let you know if I get the chance. Don't remember fuel range being much of a problem for those out there but it's been a while. Sort of miss that bike. Had a guy ride with us thru Mengel some years back on his 950. I opted at the time for the lighter bike, wanting to preserve the 950. He made it, barely. Was some serious work for him, but he was a solid rider. Good luck.
    Shameless pic of the old KTM..
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  4. larryboy

    larryboy Chopper Rider

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    It's bypassed, just don't bomb down the road and fall into it.
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  5. cbig

    cbig Rift- Raft, SCooter Trash

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    How far is it from Panamint to Furnace? Looked like about 120 eyeballing it..
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  6. DSM8

    DSM8 Where fun goes to die....

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    55 miles on the pavement.
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  7. spafxer

    spafxer Long timer

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    120 via Mengal
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  8. slidewayes

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    Again you guys are cool all info is useful, If its rideable well ride it Just some times slower and some times faster
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  9. dirty adventurer

    dirty adventurer Been here awhile

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    Yeah.........

    I had all intentions of making it down to Papoose Flats. Sounded like a good idea at the Springs at least. :freaky


    I really was enjoying the ride.

    I was going up North Pass cruising in 5th gear all loaded up with camping gear, when as I approached the Waucoba Mountain I went to downshift, and the shifter was gone......


    Long story short, I looked for my shifter, but could not find it. Ended up having to make it the rest of the way in 4th gear, with a lot of clutch action in the Mountains.

    Then when I got to the highway it was ....40 MPH for the next 150 miles or so.

    Make sure you pack small vise grips. :deal

    I'm looking into buying a new shifter, and have it welded on. Hopefully that will work.

    Any recommendations on a good welder in Orange County?
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  10. cbig

    cbig Rift- Raft, SCooter Trash

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    That's a sad story for sure. Coincidence? I plan on riding my xr400 up there quite a bit too. Also from OC. Did a bolt check 2 months ago but your tale is a good reminder so when I arrive on site will do so again.

    Hope to make it up there looks neat.
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  11. dirty adventurer

    dirty adventurer Been here awhile

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    A few Picts of Goler Wash from less than two weeks ago for your viewing pleasure...:lol3


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    Lots of 4x4s made it through and created bypasses. No problem on a motorcycle.:evil
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  12. dirty adventurer

    dirty adventurer Been here awhile

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    Mengel Pass

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    a little rocky going down, but I'm sure easier down than up....:deal
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    Try not to go too fast. I got a little carried away right here.
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    I am glad to have the FMF Q4 exhaust, the quietest I could find. Earlier in the morning I saw a large bobcat, but I'm not that quick with a camera.









    Then going through a canyon, I was spooked by Sheep running up the mountain right next to me.

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    This was my first time spotting these guys in the wild. What a treat!:clap
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  13. larryboy

    larryboy Chopper Rider

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    Good stuff, John!! I've seen a bobcat in Goler before, but not bighorn...way cool!!!


    Did they really drive stakes at the top of Mengel to try to close Goler off? :ear
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  14. slidewayes

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    Grate pictures now I can think about day 2 . Sean big horn on angles crest ,Haft to keep an eye out in D/V
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  15. notmybikemodelname

    notmybikemodelname KOTW is a myth!

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    Finally Goler looks fun, can't say much for those Mengels pics, seen it look way rougher (read) more fun in recent years.

    The best thing is that with the lack of funding for parks, this should stay this way for the whole season at least. :clap
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  16. larryboy

    larryboy Chopper Rider

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    Oh I see where the stakes and ribbon are now, behind the grave.
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  17. oldtrucks

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    Carried away? Looks like full on smack down

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