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Discussion in 'West – California, the desert southwest and whatev' started by fudgypup, Dec 14, 2011.

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  1. dirtdadx

    dirtdadx Noob ad Infinitum

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    Thanks. I rode my F650GS twin to WMRS, that is still my only bike. I am planning on doing some vids based on that trip, I will just add them to the RR thread.

  2. browneye

    browneye PIN IT & BANG GEARS

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    Dominic has ridden from Calgary, then to Vancouver and headed south to the LA basin where he landed in Ventura. He posted here on ADV that he needed to get some bike maintenance done before heading to Mexico, Central America, and then on to South America. Here's his post from yesterday: http://www.advrider.com/forums/showthread.php?t=784307

    I offered my garage and the RV in the driveway to crash for a day or two help him get his bike stuff done. He showed up last night about eight o'clock, we had a couple'a beers and made a list of repairs and service items, and shop names where he could get the parts he needs.

    Here's Dominic with his vintage wide format camera, he'll have to post more details:

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    Dominic has a nice blog started here: http://www.dtweed.ca/blog/

    I wanted to invite the rest of the area FF's to welcome him. Maybe we can get together for a beer or a dinner or something before he heads south. I'm also going to send him some links for ride reports and route info for getting through Mexico. I suggested he definitely see Copper Canyon of which he had not heard of yet.

    His contact info is on his blog, and he has the thread started above. He's at the house for a few days 'till he gets his service stuff done, then we'll send him off.
  3. browneye

    browneye PIN IT & BANG GEARS

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    So we wrenched on his bike all night last night and he's on his way today. I wished he had a running ride report on ADV but he's doing it on his own blog. Worth a read, nice post today in thanks for helping him on his way: http://www.dtweed.ca/blog/
    Nice plug for ADVRider.com as well. It's a great network for riders.

    We put tires on and balanced them, chain and sprockets, he tore off the swingarm and did all the bearings (some were borderline) and a new front fender.

    He was intrigued with my jetboil so I think he stopped and got one at Sport Chalet. And he got prescription Raybans from lens crafters. Like a whirlwind he's on his way.

    Here we are tinkering last night, pic from his blog. I'm mounting sprockets and changing tires:

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  4. fudgypup

    fudgypup Banned

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    good on ya!

    Hey, on another topic... Who's up for a track day? :ear
  5. M1Jeep

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    Aram (Buster714) of SoloMotoParts
    is doing one this week I believe. I think he does these frequently.
  6. Sasquatch2112

    Sasquatch2112 Old, slow, fat guy just riding around.

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    Talk to me! I would drag out my L and see what destruction I could do. Button willow??
  7. Buster714

    Buster714 I'll ride anything

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    150mph all day Friday on the R6, then off to Barstow that night on the 800GS for Mojave Rd to Needles in the dirt the next day. The road riding thing is pretty exhausting for an average guy like me. I've never done a back-to-back like that before so we'll see how it goes. I heard the sand on Mojave Rd can be a little rough so I'll just keep my cool and take my time. Or not.

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    mtpkts n00b

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    We (BigBearTrailRiders.com) did the Mojave Road last month. It was awesome. I love that ride as long as there is no rain. There is an 8 mi section of whoops which I did 2x!!! Bartow to Baker to AVI Resort and back! My favorite part is the sunken trail lined with Joshuas. I am doing Barstow to Ridgecrest and back this weekend. New suspension and 500CC of KTM action! See you soon.

    OH, and by the way, that pic is SICK! Envious.

    Mouch Mahoney
  9. fudgypup

    fudgypup Banned

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    I was thinking buttonwillow but I hear their track is "rough." I'll find something good.
  10. Sasquatch2112

    Sasquatch2112 Old, slow, fat guy just riding around.

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    Rough as in not well maintained or rough as in a tough course to master?
  11. tbarstow

    tbarstow Two-wheelin' Fool

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    Rough - like has chunks missing out of it.

    I did Reno-Fernly about a year ago on a DRZ400 SM. Had an absolute blast, plus the track is 3x longer than most of them.
  12. fudgypup

    fudgypup Banned

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    Don't want anyone to think you have to be a Baja 1000 racer to do dirt in Baja. The trails we did last week were very big bike friendly.

    Check out griptwister.com if you plan on doing a trip to Baja. They have a guide book, gps, waypoints, tracks, points of interest, etc...
  13. Klammer

    Klammer Old and Grumpy

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  14. notmybikemodelname

    notmybikemodelname KOTW is a myth!

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    That's a good story, have another one?
    I think that's a great idea. Why don't you and Big Todd and a few others come on up and hang with us. There are hard routes and easy routes. Maybe you and RAZR can bury the hatchet over a few beers. You know that's just a saying, so don't bring a hatchet. Come on along, it will be fun. Don't forget your tent, because no one will be driving/riding home from this. :freaky
  15. fudgypup

    fudgypup Banned

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    Looks like a good time. Never been to RF before, but I heard it was part of last year's LAB2V so maybe I saw part of it.

    :lol3 Yeah I'd be down with that some day (we could cross streams an alter space/time) but I'm booked for a camping trip with my son (Native Sons) that weekend and I think BigTodd is doing the Round 2 of the SD Back Country Discovery thing w/Bdarling and crew on his NEW SUSPENSION.
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    fudgypup Banned

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    I think The Rider snapped a pic of one at DV n00bs or on the way there but the only one I've seen was being ridden by a magazine guy testing it.

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    Klammer Old and Grumpy

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    Another time then Eric, I want everyone following this thread to know the Full mOOn ride will have routes suitable for all bikes and riders from pure street bikes to minimal DS bikes. There are beautiful paved twisties to fire roads similar to CNF to killer single track. Your pick. The invitation is to everyone.:thumb
  18. notmybikemodelname

    notmybikemodelname KOTW is a myth!

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    That's a good story, have another one?
    It's just a re-packaged Dakar still with the same shitty suspension. And now unfortunately, it has the Chinese built Rotax instead of the Austrian one and a smaller tank than the original Dakar. Better off spending $3500 on a used Dakar and then putting a Yammie front suspension on it for about $300 with stiffer springs and then a new Ohlins or Wilbur rear shock. With about $5000, you'll have a way better bike with the low mileage Dakar than $9500 for a new Sertao.

    My modified Dakar will chew this thing up and spit it out any day.

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  19. browneye

    browneye PIN IT & BANG GEARS

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    There was one at the LB cycle show in December, Eric. I thought you were looking at it? We ran into each other at the BMW both, no? I checked it out, as well as the F800 and the Tiger XC.

    While I really like the concept and wish it were viable for me, there are things that are just a total turn off. I don't mean to be negative, but there are just a LOT of really sub-par design and component issues to consider it as a world class ADV bike. There is quite a thread here on ADV that I started to read, but gave up after listening to all the gushing over it. OMG.

    My issues...
    Primarily it's weight. At 424lbs curb it's a hundred pounds heavier than my husky, with ten less HP. I could hardly pick it up off it's sidestand on the show floor. It even weighs more than my Versys streetbike which puts out 67HP. And it's not even considered a fast bike. For me, if I dropped it on the trail, I wouldn't be able to pick it back up.

    Why didn't they fit an 18" rear wheel to it and open up tire options for it???
    The forks look like they're off a CRF230 Honda - what's that about? BMW has access to all the best forks in the world. Why wouldn't they fit some Marzocchi or Showa forks on the thing? I sure hope the hell they got rid of that air shock thing on this one. Having to go out and buy an Olins or otherwise for a bunch of $$ is inexcusable.

    And I think that famous and much loved Rotax mill is now made in china. Yeah, I know, everyone says don't worry about it, but I personally would be a LOT happier with it being made anywhere else, Canada, Italy, Germany, US, virtually anywhere else. Oh, and not Mexico either. Sorry. :evil

    Anyway, it seems a LOT like the Dakar I worked on this last week for Dominic. For such a heavy bike a lot of stuff seemed really light duty. Like forks, swingarm, there is no chain guide, suspension travel is 75% of what's on any other offroading bike, and it's heavy. It did have a centerstand though and that came in really handy. Of all the things I saw, I liked that the best. Oh, and it had a big comfy seat.

    The problem with guys that would buy these is that they are highly likely to be street or new riders so they wouldn't know good offroading manners if they had to. Oh well, they'll still probably be happy with it anyway. Look how many guys like their KLR's.


    EDIT: Looks like Rob and I were typing at the same time...his post was there when I clicked 'submit'. :lol3

    EDIT 2: Here's the big thread on the sertao, it's 30 pages of bliss. http://advrider.com/forums/showthread.php?t=747861
    Near the end someone said it best...if you want a 'dakar' get a G650X. It's a hundred pounds lighter and has real suspension. Some of these buyers are just going to use them on the street, so I can understand the suspension configuration. It's just not ADV ready though. Gee, I wished I could like this bike. It's just so sexy.
  20. fudgypup

    fudgypup Banned

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    that looks like a lot of fun. I think my next bike will be KTM or Honda.
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