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Discussion in 'West – California, the desert southwest and whatev' started by T O Double D, Dec 2, 2009.

  1. TheMuffinMan

    TheMuffinMan Forest Ranger Magnet

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    Hey all, I'm on a trip from Denver to the Redwoods, staying at a hostel in the Golden Gate Rec area tonight however I got here and then went to go for a spin on the bike after unloading and the bike won't start. It's either a bad battery or a charging system issue. Compounding the issue I have no cell signal here but have WiFi at the hostel. I have a 2003 VStrom 1000.

    I'm at
    HI Marin Headlands Hostel
    941 Rosenstock Rd, Sausalito, CA 94965
    (415) 331-2777

    https://goo.gl/maps/nhrR51EiT2P2

    Could anyone come give me a lift to a battery shop before they all close?
  2. Cabrito

    Cabrito Terminal Lurker

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    I called the Hostel, but don't know your name and they said there wasn't any motorcycle outside and nobody know's anything.

    I might be able to help and I'm nearby. Sending a PM now.
  3. TheMuffinMan

    TheMuffinMan Forest Ranger Magnet

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    Trail Rocket is picking a battery up for me and running it down with a multimeter.

    I'm parked in their lot, weird. My name is Graham. And I just remembered I can still get texts at my Google voice number through the WiFi here: 719-283-1577
  4. TheMuffinMan

    TheMuffinMan Forest Ranger Magnet

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    Narrowed my issue down to a bad R/R. Anyone have a 2003-2012 VStrom 1000 I can scavenge a R/R from to complete the trip? There is one Suzuki shop open in Freemont today but I'm skeptical that they'll have the part in stock. I'll call them when they open at 10.
  5. HardWorkingDog

    HardWorkingDog Harvey Mushman

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    If they don't, I'm sure rockymountainatvmc.com can get it to you pretty quickly...may just have to chill a few days in Sausalito. There are worse things in life than a golden excuse to stay on the road longer :)
  6. Craig Cutright

    Craig Cutright Been here awhile

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    Well....back from my annual Hoopa Firework run up through the M1 and beyond. Did it solo this year as life interfered with others going. I also got a real late start out of San Jose on Thursday (5pm). Slabbed it to Cordelia Junction and then split up Suisan Valley to Knoxville to Upper Lake. Rolled in at about 10PM, ate a sleezy burrito, filled the growlers and gassed up and jumped the M1. Riding in the dark is not my favorite as there are tons of critters out and about, and I saw my far share of them using the road.
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    I rolled into Pillsbury just before midnight. Did some disbursed camping at my favorite hideout in the trees. Listened to the bull elk, had a beer and called it a night. Woke up early to this.
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    Geared up and headed up and over Hull Mountain. Obligatory Hull Mountain pic
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  7. Craig Cutright

    Craig Cutright Been here awhile

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    I love this section of M1. Lots of mixed riding, beautiful views, and it goes on forever, or at least to Covelo. Gassed up again, chatted up the locals at the market and jumped Mina Rd. As John said, Mina road was in great shape, drivers are still maniacs. Lots of water trucks out for deliveries, wonder what they are watering out there in the middle of no where ;) Plenty of water up high in the Eel, Van Duzen and Mad rivers. Trees are in much better shape than last year. Grass is chest high in some areas. Not good for fire season. Keep the bikes in the dirt.
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    Hit Dinsmore just before noon. Lots of CDF water bucket helicopters operating from town. Got lucky, no line for fuel at the market. Grabbed some sweet rolls and had some coffee before hitting my last leg over to Willow Creek.
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    The final leg into Willow Creek is mostly paved <eye roll> but is also a welcome break from the tension of trying to cover lots of miles in a short period of time on dirt. Only 70 miles, but my knees are starting to hurt from all the up and down. I also haven’t had a solid meal since my sleezy burrito the night before. Good news is, unlike last year, I am ahead of schedule.
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    Rolled into Willow Creek around 2:30-3:00. Big Foot Motel “No Vacancy”. Fine. Pizza Ranch? Fine. Ordered myself a pizza and a cold IPA. Was nice to just sit and …..well….sit. Cant get too comfortable though, still need to head up into Hoopa and check the progress of the crew.
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  8. Craig Cutright

    Craig Cutright Been here awhile

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    Found the crew plodding along. Finished racking out, now they are dropping product. I don’t want to stick around too long or they might expect me to do some actual work ;) I head down river to find a place to camp for the night. Local suggests staying up high on the river bank as sometimes people start drinking and want to race up and down the river bank. I heed his advice and set up behind some driftwood out of the way from the obvious tire tracks.
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    Show goes up at 9:30 sharp, no delays, no need for us to wait for local AHJ (were are on Res land). I have time to nap.. Im up at 8:00 and head back up river to the shoot site. Just in time. We let the guns cool, clear them, and my job is done. Back to camp.
    I'm good for one more beer and Im out like a light. No visitors overnight, just a wide open sky and stars from horizon to horizon. Did get a few nice meteors as the Perseid’s are nearly at their peak
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  9. Craig Cutright

    Craig Cutright Been here awhile

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    Woke up slow to the sound of Native American singing in the valley, enjoyed the cool of the morning and made some coffee.
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    No hurry to be anywhere now. It’s their Independence Day and they are already celebrating. Its then that I remember that they close the highway for part of the day for the parade. I better get my ass in gear. Too late. No worries, free candy is being tossed to adults and kids alike. Breakfast is a bag of Skittles and some Starburst.
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  10. SFMCjohn

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    ... great stuff Craig! :ricky

    ... I like that stove ... it looks like
    it packs much smaller than my
    Jet-Boil set up ...?

    ... looking forward to the
    flat-tire pics ... :lol3
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  11. NSFW

    NSFW basecamp4adv

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    dave. if you haven't stayed at grandview, you'll be happy. we were there a few weeks ago. cooler weather at that elevation, quiet and clean..... can't beat the cost cuz it's free. only issue is we have to haul up everything we need and didn't get the chance to ride up on silver canyon because the bikes were loaded heavily.

    here's a link of our RR

    http://advrider.com/index.php?threads/california-the-adventure-republic.811515/page-65

    have fun.
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  12. SFMCjohn

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  13. Craig Cutright

    Craig Cutright Been here awhile

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    The JetBoil is a good unit. And yes, this is a bit smaller (and cheaper). I get them direct from China for $10 a pop. I have like a half dozen as I was expecting them to last a season at best. I'm still on the first one 3 years later. I sometimes carry a small wood burner from China as well. They work great as long as you have fuel available. Not a great choice when you are up real high.

    As for the flat pics? My goal was to just make it past Petaluma (even if it was 100 feet) on the return trip before having any tire trouble. I succeeded. I did, however, replace my tubes with high quality Extra Heavy Duty tubes after last years fiasco. They are a pain in the arse to get in and out of a tire, but appear to be working well for me ;) I carry a spare set with me as well.....adds at least 20 lbs to my bag.
  14. HardWorkingDog

    HardWorkingDog Harvey Mushman

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    Great mini-report, cool photos. Next year...I really want to do this. I can tell you slept comfortably...really digging my Nemo air mattress :)
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  15. F.P.

    F.P. Clown who is sick

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    Nice report CC.
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  16. Craig Cutright

    Craig Cutright Been here awhile

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    Ya, that Nemo is the bees knees.......I have always used a Thermarest and was fine with that, but they are a bit bulky and I figured I would give a pure inflatable a try. If this thing holds up in the long run, I will never look back. Warm, comfortable, small, lightweight, and did I say comfortable?
  17. Craig Cutright

    Craig Cutright Been here awhile

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    You missed another epic ride...let me know if you want to get something on the calendar for September......maybe complete that Hawthorne Trip.....without an ER visit :)
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  18. NSFW

    NSFW basecamp4adv

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    john, WMRS is big bike heaven. we're lucky to have such place and take advantage of the 2x open gate in a year.

    from a recent report, i heard silver canyon is in bad shape but no problem on a small bike. your loaded KLR is not a big bike...haha.




    been wanting to get the Nemo because the weight and packed size is small, but i can't until i get a new sleeping bag. i still have couple of big agnes bag that has pocket on the underside where the thermarest is inserted. so i'm stuck until i find some $ under the sofa.
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  19. usedtobefast

    usedtobefast Been here awhile

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    Not sure if the other responses covered it for you. There are no dirt fun dual sport riding areas within an hour or so of SF, you do need to go 3+ hours to get to the good off road stuff. But, there are plenty of fun twisty scenic backroads (paved, and in many areas fairly poorly paved) very near SF. And as mentioned, Dubbelju is the place to rent from. They can also help you sort out a loop based on what type of riding you are looking for.
  20. HardWorkingDog

    HardWorkingDog Harvey Mushman

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    That looks like Mongolia, or Kazakhstan, or something way more exotic...:tb
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