California - The Adventure Republic

Discussion in 'Ride Reports - Day Trippin'' started by NSFW, Jul 24, 2012.

  1. Bonnie & Clyde

    Bonnie & Clyde Wishing I was riding RTW

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    Da 3pipty! Damn
  2. NSFW

    NSFW basecamp4adv

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    mammoth:2013.06.23

    i believe in safety in numbers, and don't like riding solo much. this ride, there were no takers. it will be my first time riding alone away from home. mammoth at this time after sunset gets very cold. so, to increase the probability of being able to ride back to base, i have to do a a several stuff.

    - took the smallest bike in the garage

    - made sure the bike is in great shape and all the maintenance done. the bike is new to me, new parts have been installed....and therefore have to shake it down for 3 days or so before this ride.

    - brought tools, spare parts, swiss knife, inner tubes, water and powerbars.

    - stuffed warmer jacket in my back pack

    - planned on doing the easy and int stuff. will ride only within my skill level. this is more an exploratory ride than anything else

    - wore the proper gear and protection

    - fresh battery on my spot, and tested it; and put it on track mode while riding

    - had friends monitor my spot movement

    - brought my cell phone...and the sat phone just in case...:evil both with fully charged batteries

    - have a working gps, with tracks and critical waypoints, plus a map

    - i talked to a ranger who was in the area doing trail maintenance. i shared him my plan. his name is will. nice guy, he gave me good routes and another but different map than i have.

    - most important, brought my b-game (don't have an a-game..hehe)


    what else could go wrong....:lol3

    made sure the tank is full...obligatory gas price pic
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    let's get on with the ride...and it starts where this ends
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    that's right, it's a ride in the park
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    heard about this tunnel under the 395....wohooo finally found it
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    actually 2 tunnels
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    deep sand but no problem on the 3pipty
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    i am so slow that my dust is catching up with me....hahaha
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    this one is just along side the 395
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    latest usfs project...you just follow this sign and they will take you to june lake
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    i really enjoy the area. has variety of terrain and landscapes
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    another water crossing
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  3. NSFW

    NSFW basecamp4adv

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    from the woods i came out to this wide open area
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    this place was empty
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    it looks like a quarry, but it's actually a natural rock erosion
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    watch for roots...lots of them along and across the trails
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    voila! i was going up the hill in deep pea sized gravel, i didn't even put my foot down, the rear just spun and dug in.
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    could not get it unstuck, it just kept on digging. learned this trick from jimmy lewis, put bike on the side, find a big rock and put in the hole (i used a good chunk of wood - weigh less)
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    past noon time and did 42 fun miles
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  4. NSFW

    NSFW basecamp4adv

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    i love it...perfect woods bike where it's at home. here in the track last sunday afternoon
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  5. Bonnie & Clyde

    Bonnie & Clyde Wishing I was riding RTW

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    Where its at home...................................close enough to the KTM tent and mechanic so it can get fixed.:D



















    Next time Joel, I hope to be free so I can ride down and ride Mammoth and June Lake area with you! You are just my speed. Or you make me feel fast!? Great pics!
  6. NSFW

    NSFW basecamp4adv

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    poor me, even mtbers are faster....:lol3

    there are always choices
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    haha, they all look the same
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    have to take pics of trail # to remember for later
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    made it to mammoth scenic view road
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    impeccable highway
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  7. NSFW

    NSFW basecamp4adv

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    rode up to this chair lift and found another dirt road
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    water and logs, challenging enough for me
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    wtp i got into
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    same sign everywhere
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    it wasn't that bad and was only a short portion. soon it turned into this
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    i would have dragged the bike underneath the log if there was room
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    most of those trails will take you back to the pavement
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  8. NSFW

    NSFW basecamp4adv

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    while riding along the scenic road, my gps showed me a road that cut across through the woods into town
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    if you don't have a compass, gps or the sun, use the mountain range as your guide
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    i'm going in the right direction
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    and downhill is the right way
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    i like to check out the campgrounds, and this one....very much surprised to see these guys (bob, nate and lance). i know nate for years, and rode with (nate and lance) 2 weeks ago with jimmy lewis. small world!
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    nate from last ride
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    that was then
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    straight to my favorite pizza joint and lunch after 3
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    i had the sierra 10"
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    the sun doesn't set until past 8, yeah, still plenty of riding to be had
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    more coming.
  9. NSFW

    NSFW basecamp4adv

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  10. slogger

    slogger Been here awhile

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    Awesome!! I really enjoy Eastern Sierra ride reports. Keep the pic's coming.
  11. UpST8

    UpST8 turnin gas to noise

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    Looks great Joel!! Wonder how the F800 would fair through there?
  12. NSFW

    NSFW basecamp4adv

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    same here. yes folks...hw395 is the gateway to many good riding areas
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    chris, i think "they" are trying to keep mammoth and june lake as 1 attraction. this sign is new, and according to a ranger, it is easy except for a few sections. i rode many of that sections and with my skill level, i can do it on the 640 with company. if you've done death valley, - south pass, goler, mengel and chloride cliffs are more difficult.


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  13. NSFW

    NSFW basecamp4adv

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    more areas to explore
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    a little bit of snow left
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    think i reached the end of the road
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    97 miles in 1 fill up and with 1/2 gal still left (2.2 gal oem tank)
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    it was a nice ride, constantly moving on a steady leisure pace. there are sections that are tough, and certainly more challenging if i was on a bigger bike. the rekluse was a very good addition, it improved my riding significantly and gave me better confidence.

    i would love to do this ride again with friends and new acquaintances. yes, mammoth and the surrounding area have a lot to offer; great destination in the spring, summer and fall. lots of campgrounds and next to the trails.


    see you on the trail.
  14. AZ TOM

    AZ TOM Long timer

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    it was a nice ride, constantly moving on a steady leisure pace. there are sections that are tough, and certainly more challenging if i was on a bigger bike. the rekluse was a very good addition, it improved my riding significantly and gave me better confidence.

    i would love to do this ride again with friends and new acquaintances. yes, mammoth and the surrounding area have a lot to offer; great destination in the spring, summer and fall. lots of campgrounds and next to the trails.


    see you on the trail.[/QUOTE]

    Rekluse auto clutch, the best thing since canned beer:1drink
  15. NSFW

    NSFW basecamp4adv

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    yes tom i would like to think that way. i'm still dealing with the lack of engine brake coming into a corner or going downhill. the first 2 rides were a nightmare, then my neighbor adjusted the play, it feels much better now, though i still need to take it for a ride and find a steep downhill section.

    also thinking of adding a lh rear brake.

    no sense of going back now....will have to adjust my riding style (or lack of it) to the new set up.
  16. AZ TOM

    AZ TOM Long timer

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    Adjust it so it engages at ythe lowest point. Juat above idle.
  17. NSFW

    NSFW basecamp4adv

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    thanks tom, we did that and also increased the idle by a notch. i'm happy, just need to find some dirt.
  18. NSFW

    NSFW basecamp4adv

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    today, can't work in the garage when it's 100F, anyway, cooler here in the den and what else to do....:norton


    july 4th ride to newcombs/wrightwood

    the benefit of getting up early
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    obligatory pic - price of gas on a holiday
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    jim (spafxer) was on time for our 8am meet
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    this road just begging us to twist the throttle....:eek1
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    on angeles crest
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    taking a short break at the parking lot of newks
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    on our way to wrightwood
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    one of the 4 tunnels we went through
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    it has been years they're rebuilding that road. good short cut to san gabriel valley
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    without this gas station and with a small gas tank, i will never make it back
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    headstaller and spafxer in front of our favorite breakfast joint in wrightwood
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    happy birthday america!
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    at 10 AM @ 6K feet elevation.....kinda warm isn't; i could be worse at....home.
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    dammmmmnnnnn
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    more bikes showed up
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    take note: the mountain side often times is littered with rocks and debris
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    unless you're a professional, both hands on the handlebar at the corner and don't take pics.....:huh
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    this place still empty
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    back to newks for much needed refreshment before we head down
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    leather jackets in the summertime......:cry; but you can't beat good protection
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    to stay cool and still with decent protection, i wear a pressure suit underneath my mx vented mx jersey, plus vented pants and light duty riding boots.

    hope you all had a great holiday weekend.
  19. Bonnie & Clyde

    Bonnie & Clyde Wishing I was riding RTW

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    Its good to see the HP2 out of the garage and on the road!
  20. headstaller

    headstaller Been here awhile

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    Good food and great company. Thanks Joel and Jim.