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Discussion in 'West – California, the desert southwest and whatev' started by Bob Tosi, Jun 25, 2010.
Sold the KLR got a DRZ400. What a difference.
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Made it out to Red Bluff yesterday, and rode with Cavi; Cannon Road to Vestal, finishing the loop on 36. My first water crossings (3!) on my F700gs with Anakees. Forgot to take video during the crossing (I was focused on how not to fall), but managed to stay upright. This is the far side of the final crossing on Vestal, near 36.
That's a great looking DRZ! I'd be jealous, but it's just too tall a bike for me.
Be proud of yourself. Those water crossing are weird. Even with low water the grooves are sketchy. and also when the water is low the rock is more slippery. I have dropped my bike on that crossing before. It was hot and I was looking at a shady spot on the other side to stop for a break and just tipped over about five feet from the edge. The water was about 3 inches deep. I have crossed when the water was high and never failed.
Glad you guys finally made the loop, instead of turning around when you are that close to 36. Now we got to get Cavi to do the Rat Trap Gap loop. That works great to do both together. I am bummed I didn't get to go with you guys, But I had my hands full down at the State Championship's on the Skinny bike. Pulled out back to back wins Sat/Sun.
First, congratulations on the wins! I've really got to get a skinny bike and try trials some day. When is the next event out south of Paskenta?
Second, I was very worried on those crossings (Cavi patiently waited after each one for me to get my nerve pulled together). Not one of them went like I'd planned, but not one included a fall, so I'm good with that.
Finally, looking forward to riding with you again. It's been 3 years since our mini BMW "rally" with the four gs bikes.
It was a fun day of riding!!! I did appreciate doing both dirt and 36 twisties!!! Yeah, two of those crossings are a Bitc# as the rock is long and groved and very slick when water is low. almost easier when the water is higher!!! I have done all of them many times, and for sure the first two I'll take with more water over less. The last one is a crapshoot....
My van in a sea of Big $ RV's
This young lad has his eyes set on beating me. His dad is an Expert and he has mad skills, it wont be long.
Congrats, I am planning on going to the Prarie city even next month!
Nice day out on the 1250 Bandit today,cool fall like weather,chilly even. Rode up to Laporte,down to Quincy for lunch. Then to Almanor and down 32.
Just an excuse to get out and go. Nice day out.
Stopped in and looked around at Keddie Resort a little ways below Quincy,looks like a nice place to stay,like a park along the river with cabins and houses.
I heard a rumor about a ride breaking out next Tuesday. I got a little work to get my bike ready, sure hope I can make it.
Hookalatch and Meatloaf will have to fill in for me on this trip.
Haven't heard anything about a ride. I have been pretty much sidelined for the last few months due to some health issues with my wife. Things are really starting to improve but a few hours away is still my limit.
No solid plans. The Footdragger and Sushiman are looking for a get away. They tend to put in a pretty full day so it depends on the route if I will go or not, Kinda of.
They like to hit the coast out through Covelo. I mentioned bully schoop from Platina off the ditch grade, aiming for buckhorn. For a long ride for them I was thinking head up through Rat Trap and then over to Platina for gas and a snack then down the ditch grade to Bully Schoop and then over to buckhorn. even picking up the west side road from French gulch and coming out at dog creek. Hell if someone wanted to push them we could cross 5 and do all of Fenders Ferry. That would give people "outs" if they need to bail.
Glad to hear the word "improve" Health issues suck. Sorry to hear, glad your there for her.
If we did a loop like above you could pick us up and just do a piece of the four loops listed.
Yet another streetbike ride today.10/1/17. Having been wondering just how "closed" hiway 162 really was up at Mountain House,I headed up on the trusty Bandito.
There are warnings,and gates,and what all.
But in reality there's a handy little trail that goes around the Big Hole (tech talk) seen at right.
So I shinnied around the depression and had a great time spinning it up on the rest of 162. Wonderful corners and still mostly clear of pine needles. Quincy for Biscuits and Gravy/coffee and then headed up Laporte way for more fun on bitchin pavemento. No cars,no traffic just fun. And then back down towards the valley and into heat and wind and hazy air.
Just putting some feelers out on whether or not anyone local has a balance charger for a Shorai battery? I'm not for sure on If it needs it or not just yet but I could bring my battery to you If you don't want to loan it out.
That is just a lithium battery ?, I think my sons RC balance charger would do that. It's cool enough to ride, better get to that hill before we are snowed out.
Question for all you Mendo riders. Have logged few miles in the last few years. So far in 2017 think I did 3 dirt rides and no more than 270 total miles. Like to do at least one more ride before things get really muddy. Have been looking to the West. Happened to pull Elk Creek out of the hat and quickly noted Sanhedrin rd. Seems to link with forest hwy 7 (Alder Springs rd) and heads South/West. Google Earth seems to depict the road as well used and inviting, at least to me. My XT-225 (sold the TW-200) has a 2.6 gallon tank and an Air Hawk seat pad so 'my' limit will likely be 60 out and back. Anyone have experience and insight they could share. Am 68 and logging fewer and fewer miles. Couple of years ago fabricated some brackets and telescopic rods so I could use leverage to get my rig upright again should my back not be in the mood for a dead-lift. For a chuckle you can view the YouTube videos on my channel Thanks for any and all. Gerry