Fat Chicks and Mopeds

Discussion in 'Epic Rides' started by crashmaster, May 6, 2008.

  1. Wout67

    Wout67 Long timer

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    We were looking at that one, and the Nikon D40. We ended up with the Nikon since it was a little cheaper. The clarity of the photos looks great! I'd be a little reluctant to mount it on the bike because I'd be afraid the vibrations would mess up the inner workings of a rather expensive camera.
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  2. crashmaster

    crashmaster ow, my balls!

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    Yeah, I wold probably only do it for short sections of slab and graded road. These mid-level DSLR's are pretty tough hombres though, I think I would be more worried about shaking one of the elements loose in the lens.
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  3. crashmaster

    crashmaster ow, my balls!

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    Checking over the bike in the morning, I find fuel leaking from the left tank. I had emailed paochow about it and he had graciously offered to send me a couple of new o rings for the fuel pump as that is where I suspected the problem was coming from. You dont find help like that everyday! Thanks paochow, you rock dude! Well the leak is not too bad. In the aviation business, we wouldnt even call it a leak, just a fast seep.:deal Sign it off, kick it out of the hanger and back on the line. The hell with it, I dont feel like pulling the tank, I'm just going to ride. I figure if I feel something warm around my left boot, then I will start to worry about it. :1drink

    After some deliberation, I arrive at the conclusion that its time to head in the general direction of casa del crashmaster, through Mojave, then onto Joshua Tree for the night. The nice thing about travelling mid week outside of the summer months is that you can go into the normally busy parks and have them basically to yourself.:deal




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    But, not so fast, gotta stop in Baker for one the world famous gyros at the Mad Greek. Man I gotta tell you, I've had gyros all over the planet and these rank right up with the finest in the world. I think Big Dog put it best.

    "Where to eat????? Café's are a sure thing. When you see an eating establishment----note carefully the name of it-----have you seen that name before???? -think hard-----you have!!!! Move on down the road quickly before anybody sees you."


    Thanks Big Dog, true words of wisdom........





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    and into Mojave, no entrance fee required...........





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    The old post office at Kelso Depot, artsy fartsy shot.......





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    Mojave mountains. Beautiful place Mojave is.
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  4. crashmaster

    crashmaster ow, my balls!

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    Kelso Dunes in the backround, I take off on a dirt two track. I have aboslutely no freakin idea where the hell it goes. I dont have a GPS or a map. Come to think of it, I was at the visitor center and didnt grab a map, oh well, I dont care. No map, but over 10 gallons of fuel and plenty of water. All roads lead to somewhere right? Well then, that somewhere is where I am going.


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    Fun stuff. Easy riding, picturesque, not sure where it goes, and dont really fucking care to be quite honest with you.:lol3





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    As all good things must come to an end, and at the end of this I wind up back on Kelbacker Rd, leaving the beautiful (and free I might add) park. Well, we do pay more than enough taxes to keep these things going. I love Mojave, campgounds, plenty of off-roading, being in the MOFN with no one else around, highly recommended.



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    I leave Mojave, and pick up the old Route 66, right into Amboy, CA. Gratuitous shot of the post office here. Yeah, it still works, got a letter from there a few weeks ago.:huh This section of old 66 is awesome, no people, some of the old structures, and all of the old hospitality........no one around.:lol3





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    Roy's on old Route 66. Accept no subsitutes.:clap




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    The lava fields around Amboy crater........To be continued............
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  5. tommo2

    tommo2 Michiganee

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    The pics be fine.:clap
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  6. AUS CRUZER

    AUS CRUZER Lets Cruz

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    :lurk Keep it coming Crashmaster,That Mojave looks like a great ride.
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  7. Wout67

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    aw, COME ON!!
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  8. MookieBlaylock

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    nice pics:clap
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  9. tony the tiger

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  10. charliemik

    charliemik Been here awhile

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    Nice report. Way to break in the new bike dude:evil .

    Tough call on these solo trips with the heavy ass bikes. As you said, sometimes your 'buddies' will be there with cameras and every intention of future blackmail. But they can sure help when you've got your bike upside down in a rocky drainage.

    It's all fun though.
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  11. crashmaster

    crashmaster ow, my balls!

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    Leaving Amboy I headed into TNP or Twentynine Palms for some gas and grub before heading into Joshua Tree for the night. Found this great little joint, Corona, 3 bucks with two free carne asada tacos included.:clap Cant beat that with a stick. One of the fellas standing there drinking beer is Brian, a dyed in the wool desert dirt biker and Hilltopper. We got to shooting the breeze and he said "hey, my house is right up the hill, why dont you stop in on your way to the park and have a beer?" Sounds like a plan.










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    A couple of other folks came in to wash down a little trail dust also. I think these guys are definately more tempermental than my steed, and they probably poop alot more too.:roflI wonder if you can get a DUI on a horse.:scratch




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    I rode up to Brian's place, checked out some of his bikes and let him and his son take a spin on the loaded down 990.:eek1

    They both came back with permagrins. I expected nothing less.:D The family graciously invited me to stay for dinner. Besides, Brian said if I go in the park later, I wont have to pay. Now being the cheap bastard that I am, I was all about that idea.:deal

    People's friendliness and hospitality never cease to amaze me. The only thing we had in common was bullshitting about bikes, and next thing you know I'm having a dinner in their home. They invited me to stay the night at their place, but I had to decline, I wanted one last night of camping under the stars. Thanks Brian, you guys rock.

    I head up to the park on twisties that put a mile wide permagrin on my mug:D , blew right past the entrance gate, no one there to take my entrance fee, oh darn........:lol3 I made my way to a deserted Jumbo Rocks campground right at dark and settled in for the night.




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    I really wanted to get about 6 hours worth of polar star trails, but alas, the clouds started moving in after only 20 minutes.:cry No matter, the camera was a bit out of focus anyway, too many beers I suppose.:1drink I'll get some good ones next trip to share with you FF's.



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    Woke up early, broke camp and headed down the road to wander around the park and click off some pics.




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    I used to do alot of rock climbing in Josh during my younger years. Not sure why I dont do it anymore. I probably just burned out ofter so many days of suffering on multi day big walls and big mountain routes here at home and in the Himalayas. Seems I've had way more injuries on dirt bikes than I ever had climbing though.:lol3



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    If your liver is fried, this must be the place to wash it. Gotta love our National Parks, man they think of everything. However, my liver was in pretty good shape and not in need of a wash on this trip. I only wish they had a facility to clean out my fried liver in Baja though, I could have used it many times down there.:1drink




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    Leaving the park. Wait a minute, they forgot to collect my entrance fee and my camping fee. WTF?:scratch
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  12. crashmaster

    crashmaster ow, my balls!

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    Thanks CM, yeah it was a good shakedown cruise and I would have paid cash money and endured any amount of blackmail to have someone helping me that unmentionable day in Death Valley.:deal But solo riding does have an appeal that revs my motor. There comes a certain clarity when you know that theres no one to help and no one to bitch to except the wind and rocks.......
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  13. Moraflex

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    Great report. Lets see the rest:clap
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  14. crashmaster

    crashmaster ow, my balls!

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    I crossed the I-10 freeway near Chiriaco Summit, right into Box Canyon Rd, ummm, more fun twisties.:clap




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    After a short stint on 86 past Mecca, I head into Ocotillo Wells OHV park, oh yeah baby.:evil I found my way down to Tule Wash, and that turned out to be a bad idea, deep soft pillowy sand, miles of it. Once I had enough of picking up the bike I needed to find a way out of there to something a little more managable. No GPS, no map, but I do have a phone, and it works.





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    I make a quick call to my buddy and he tells me if I head east in the wash a little further, I will get to pole line road. Ah, now this is more like it. There are just some small whoops and a little bit of soft sand all the way to Hwy 78.:clap





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    I hit 78 and start climbing the Banner Grade up into the mountains, more really fun twisties. A couple of them got my attention.:eek1 Its getting windy here, the clouds over the top of the mountains is not a good sign. Either its raining, or socked in all the way to the coast.




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    A quick bite to eat in Julian, then more fun twisties heading down the hill.



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    Finally, home sweet home, Solana Beach, CA. A little cold and blustery, but its good to be home.

    5 days, around 1300 miles, lots of great scenery, awesome riding, and a few mini epics. I'm ready for a nap.:rofl

    The big girl did me right and performed flawlessly. The fuel leak is the fault of the aqualine tanks, not KTM. No flats even after some fork bottoming hits on big rocks that I was sure pinched the tube. 20 to 25 psi, ultra HD tubes. They work wonders on my dirt bikes at 18 psi, and it looks like they are good for my big fat girl as well. I really cant say enough good things about this scooter, I'm falling in love with the big girl. Yeah, she's a little buzzy on the freeway at 80 mph, but then again, the freeway is not the reason I bought this bike. Her gams will probably need a trip to Superplush to get them toned up and dialed in, but I never owned an offroad bike that didnt need suspension work, they all do. The big fat girl gets two thumbs up. She's not a big fat ass bitch anymore, well, uh, yeah she still is, but she's MY big fat ass bitch.:deal

    Through some training, and some mentoring of some of the great LC8 riders on this site, I hope to improve my skills to the point I will take it 90% of the places that would take my 450 EXC. Never thought I would need instruction on mounting and taking a fat girl for a ride,:lol3 but sure nough, its needed for this girl.

    Thanks for taking the time to come along on my little trip. I've taken so much from this site and all of you knowledgable FF's. It is much appreciated. This is my first ride report and a very humble attempt to give a little something back to the ADV community. I hope its the first of many reports.

    Hopefully my next report will be a little more interesting and have some more comprehensive pics of some of those not so proud moments.:lol3 A good report requires quite a bit of thought and effort ,and I hope to improve for my next one.

    Thanks a million folks.:clap
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  15. mistercindy

    mistercindy In a state of equilibrium

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    Damn fine ride report!:thumb

    I just saw that place featured the other night on the Food Network program "Diners, Drive-Ins, and Dives." I'm a gyro fanatic and made a mental note that one day I'd have to go there.
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  16. Stuntman

    Stuntman Been here awhile

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    Thanks for sharing a great RR!:clap :clap :clap
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  17. Moraflex

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    Well done:clap:clap:clap:clap
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  18. ag_streak

    ag_streak Tiene Ruta Cuarenta?

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    Outstanding! Great write-up and fantastic pictures. Thanks! But...

    Uh,... YES, dude. It is!
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  19. NewEnglander

    NewEnglander Been here awhile

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    Thanks for the entertaining report. Very nice pics too. Was the problem with the zumo that it wouldnt turn on? Mine has done it a few times. I have to take the battery out to get it to re-fire. The bike looks great! Keep havin fun!

    Lee
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  20. crashmaster

    crashmaster ow, my balls!

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    Thanks man! Well mr. zumo fires up ok, but once the map draws it immediately shuts down, on battery or hard wire power. Its on the way back to Garmin. Garmin support is good shit BTW. I may not buy another zumo, but I will buy another Garmin, and there's not alot of companies I would say that about.
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