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Discussion in 'West – California, the desert southwest and whatev' started by K6OST, Dec 31, 2007.
yo, i'll be rolling into Big Bear on sunday early.
Met K60ST at TRC for the ride up. Notices the rear tire on the strom was a bit too smooth (read racing slick) for the planned route so I set off on my own for the hill. rode up Fri. AM via Cleghorn-Silverwood-Crestline-Arrowhead. Great weather, Great camp sight.
At about 1:00 Focallength limped back to camp with a broken bike and bleeding leg. Somehow he managed to ride back to camp alone after a get off with the bike stuck in 3rd gear. Shifter moves correctly but won't shift bike.
Cleaned up his leg and tore the bike apart but no joy on a fix.
K60ST arrived a few hours later with a low oil pressure light flashing and no visible oil in the sight glass. Plenty of oil on the bottom side of the bike and rear tire. We also noticed a funny pattern on the rear rotor, upon close inspection a pad was missing. So, back down the hill for parts and supplies.
Bikes kept arriving and the camp is filling up.
Took a quick jaunt with Orangeheart and new guy on a KLR650. Up to Holcum Valley then over to Hwy 18. Orangeheart stayed wheels down the whole way and looked competent on the new ride.
Then it was in to town for Denny's and back to camp for campfire lies about the days exploits.
Had to cut the trip short so it was back in the saddle at 10PM and home to OC by 12:30.
Have a great weekend up there.
I rode up Saturday via Pioneertown/Burns Canyon. It was a good ride. Took about an hour to get from Yucca Valley to the campground. Mingled for about half an hour, then it was TIME to RIDE.
Epoxy repair on a radiator.
Worked well enough to get back to camp.
Now. Time to catch back up with the group.
It would have been easier to catch up if I'd stop taking pictures of flowers.
Some kind of KTM ORANGE parasite plant
I parted ways with the group at the creek and headed back to the Lake and then home. But not without trying my luck on 3N69 first. I had been up the north side before and found it to be enjoyably entertaining. I'd never done the whole trail from the lake side before, and I probably never will again.
To, "I need a trials bike!"
Passed several jeeps. I'm sure they thought I was on the wrong trail. This guy was cool. Said he had a new 530 KTM but he wanted my bike. I should have traded him for his Rubicon!
Passed these dudes. One of em was seriously busted!
100 yard section of pure nasty
The jeeper dudes told me it got worse after this part and they weren't lying. I didn't take any photos of the bad stuff cause I had switched from tourist mode to survival mode.
When I came out on the other side on the 18, the tar felt so nice & smooth I just stayed on it till I got home via 247. Thanks to everyone who helped make this ride happen. I had a blast, and it was cool to meet some new (to me) inmates.
If anybody goes to 3N69, take a camera!
So do you get to add 4-wheelers to your "Riceless Victims" page?
Damn that's tempting, I may just have to talk the Punk into going up there soon. That won't take much effort I'm sure. I think I need a new San Berdoo Forest map, mine doesn't even show that road/trail.
By the way, which route was the radiator carnage on, under the powerlines? Still have more routes up there I haven't gotten to yet it seems. Of course, if they aren't on my old map......yep, I need a new one.
Oh, and maybe you already know, but the KTM colored parasite plant is called "dodder". Lots of info on the web if you seek greater (or obscure?) knowledge.
Nice picts and report
That's a great question Don and I know a lot of other people are wondering the same thing. I just finished a conference call with the Rules committee and they referred me to page 172 section b.IV.i.8 of the UCMJ (uniform code of motorbike justice) which clearly states, "Victim entries of non-motorbike type vehicles are allowed as long as "The Mishap" is a direct result of being led into the situation by the originator of the reporting thread." So to answer your question in the case of these hapless fourwheeled adventurers...No.
As shown in this next exhibit , the jeeper dudes were already on scene as I made my approach to the scree field.
This next photo, also taken on yesterday's ride, is inadmissable for the above stated reason and also because I came upon the incident about 5 seconds too late.
As for the location of 3N69, it starts off the 18 at Baldwin Lake and goes north over to 3N16. If you & Punk do go try it, don't bother taking a camera.
I'll bring one but I'll be riding this.
HOLY CRAP what a ride! I had a great time as usual, rode our A$$e$ off, ate too much AGAIN, drank too much AGAIN! Can't wait for the pics to start flowin in. Thanks for organizing this Steve , thanks Mike for the ride and lunch suggestion Friday. Great job Shleppy for leading Saturday. Thanks to everyone else for letting me drink their beer .
Till next time.......Cheers
A top notch report by a top notch guy !!! Thanks man, see you again on the dirt
Thanks for such a fun weekend gang! As always.. good times, good rides and of course.. good people .
I took quite a few pics and have lots of helmet cam video from the Friday and Saturday ride. I'll started a ride report here (LINKOLA).. or you can check out the link below.
Just pics right now.... it's gonna take a bit of time to rip the video into small bite size chunks for posting.
Thumbs up again for Steve and John for gettin' this shindig and the grub lined up
Well I rode up Sat. am and arrived at 8:30. It was my first ride with the new 08 klr. Truth be told my first day ever riding in the dirt. Rode out with first group which left about 9am. WOW. Not what I expected. I went slow when I should have gone fast and went fast when I should have gone slow. A sandy area, a large rock in the wrong spot, and sharp turn got the best of me. But with lots of help and babysitting from the guys (thanks orangeheart) I made it. The new bike now has some cool battle scars and I got some good stories and pics.
Full throttle ahead.
See ya latter.
Steve, great job for organizing this event which is a success! Let's do it again. Thank you for all your hardwork and valuable presence!
Luv2Race, we appreciate your effort in getting Mike to serve the excellent taco dinner. That was a lot of food! Thank you for the free breakfast on Saturday morning.
Sito, again thanks for all your contributions and keeping the camp fire alive with plenty of firewood. BTW, when are you going to get your business license to do road side repair and free towing?
And not to be forgotten, thanks to Rich for the little Sunday adventure, and the rest of the FFs for showing up and sharing the fun and b.s.
There were 3 or 4 guys we saw coming up on Cleghorn this morning, the lead guy was fast and on a 950. Could it be you Stu?
We were parked in the shade, a 640A and DR650. Rich and I eventually got lost looking for Cleghorn and ended up doing a 30 mile ride on some of the nastiest trails, we ended up on Palm Ave off the 215. This ride made our weekend complete and the ride home long and hot!
I dropped the bike once; lesson learned, do not stop unless you can touch the ground with either foot!
i was in the same spot, being baby sat and receiving a lot of help myself last year, so it was high time i returned the favor and paid it forward. i did get your bag, so pm me when you want to connect.
Glad everyone had a good time. I'm still too wiped out to give a full report. That trail you got lost on that ended up on Palm, that's the trail we took up (on the V-strom) Friday morning.
It was nice to get to meet everyone, a great group of guys every one of you.
There was a few that mentioned maybe doing it again in the fall (Octoberish) I'll have to see what kind of feedback I get on that but it's a definate possibility.
Thanks John for setting up the food, you were right Mike feed us well. And there's nothing like coming back from a long day of riding to find dinner sitting there waiting for you!!
Again, when I fully recover I'll give a full report. The photographer gave me a separate cd with smaller versions of all the pictures. I'll post them up. I think there's like 225 of them or so, so if anyone still wants to get the 8x10's and DVD I have his contact info. Great DVD by the way!
Thanks Steve for orginizing a great outing (nice to know we're neighbors), thanks John for orginizing dinner and the great dinner you served Friday night and the great breakfast on Saturday morning. Thanks Jeff and Mike for orginizing the Friday and Saturday rides. I want to give a speacial thanks to Mike for enduring almost a hundred miles of dust riding sweep making sure that everyone returned in time for dinner safe, GOOD JOB MIKE!!
You picked a tough one for your VERY FIRST off road M/C experiance. Ride all the way from Long Beach, do almost 100 miles off road (some tough shit too) and then ride all the way back to Long Beach in the same day, my hats off to you bionicbushwaker!!
I saw K60st's tire... wow! That thing looks like it is going to wear in two at any second. :eek1 How do you do it?
BionicBushWacker.... For the first day in the dirt you kicked arse! The day was long and and hot for everyone but you added a ride to and from Long Beach as well :eek1 ... Impressive by any standards
Here's a shot of you and your new KLR heading towards Cactus flats
and riding 1N04 in the sweltering heat
That was long2ride's tire that was worn down. Mine's only 2 weeks old. When you came into camp, mine was the bike with the oil-slick trailing behind. Glad I was able to fix that. Too bad I wasnt' there when you guys stopped by
Awesome event...Not knowing one single soul, I rode out with "group 2" Saturday and just had a blast! We had a few problems but overall it was lots of fun. Being the smallest displacment bike in our group (250cc) one thing I learned is to respect the ability of the big KTM 900s and the V-strom. Sito and Moraflex just fly on those beasts off road and K60ST with that "street meat" did not miss a beat!
To the rest of the folks in our group thanks for a great ride, I jus have one hell of a time with names but...here we go! Broken cable (jinx) DR350 guy, Dakar guy (bum knee), DR650 guy Josh?, Street V-strom noob! ...I hope the name was Leonard on the suziki that paced us! and Im sure I missed somebody, but I am ready to do it again
thanks for the margaritas
anxiously awaiting the link to shleppy's ride report