Gettin' Dirty with the Wans: 8400 miles - UTBDR, KLIM rally, Canada, WABDR, OBDR +

Discussion in 'Ride Reports - Epic Rides' started by LittleWan, Aug 15, 2012.

  1. Hobbes950

    Hobbes950 Darth Kitten

    Jun 9, 2007
    Nevada City
    Thanks for the N.C. pic!

    As for "Killing the Wans," how about South America? Here is my brother in laws place in Chile. We will be there in April, come on down!

    This photo of Campo Aventura is courtesy of TripAdvisor
  2. tagentry

    tagentry Northwest Silverback

    Jun 17, 2010
    Pigeon coop over Salish Sea
    I have to say I'm going through withdrawal already. :jjen Can't wait for your next adventure. Anytime you're up towards Seattle area ping me. Love to go slam my pig around with your bus. :happay
  3. Twilight Error

    Twilight Error Going nowhere slowly

    May 18, 2002
    The Submarine Mines
    KILL the Wans? Why in the world would I want to need a Ouija Board and a psychic to get the next ride report? No, this is much better - I can just click on the links and get the fun, instead of transcribing and entering them manually later.

    Good looking bun, BTW. The place I'm in now isn't very Bun compilable, but I'd like another one sometime.
  4. TheLorax

    TheLorax Comitted Lurker

    Jun 20, 2010
    "I am the Lorax, and I'll yell and I'll shout for the fine things on earth that are on their way out!":cry

    Gonna miss this RR. I rarely say anything here but I wanted to tell you that......... I've been down huge portions of the ground you covered on this trip and it seems totally different when seen through your eyes. Thanks for sharing.
  5. Nixels

    Nixels Face fears - live life

    Sep 24, 2006
    East Bay, CA for now
    :clap :clap :clap A lotta fun!

    :ddog except for those disgusting clips! :uhoh


    Great job, Kelly :thumb :clap :clap :clap
  6. PinkPillion

    PinkPillion Been here awhile

    Dec 21, 2009
    Northeastern California

    Yes, it's a Fight Club thing. :lol3
    It wasn't a two up eat it. I was on my Husky.
    This last spring, went down Butcher Ranch Trail at the trailhead. Somewhere along Butcher ranch, I broke my mirror off, leaving the ballmount metal part still on the bar. It was kind of jagged and razor sharp, but really didn't think about it. Until I was going up the waterfall singletrack section of Upper Pauley Creek, and hit a tree root. The mount slammed my chin right under my helmet and punctured a huge 2 in across and 1 inch deep hole. The blood immediately started gushing like a stuck pig. I sat down and waited for Richard to come back down the hill to find me. Duct taped the wound and had to ride out 8+ miles--in a mild shock situation. Dizzy and sick, but I made it back to the truck. Hell yah. Lesson to all...take off the WHOLE damn broken mirror mount.

    I think the video is Butcher Ranch to Downieville? We turn up at the junction. It takes you to a green footbridge across the creek, then through a Rubiconish dark rocky uphill. It loops back to Gold Lake with plenty of babyheads across the trail.


    Good times though, good times! :freaky
    You two could probably spend a week riding the Gold Lakes area. Other gnarly trails like the Divides are quite challenging. PM if you head back that way and need some ideas.
  7. live2ridetahoe

    live2ridetahoe RN

    Jul 26, 2004
    Concord, CA
    After looking at the map, and now the video, I don't think it was Pauley Creek I was riding. I do remember a lot of baby heads and some step downs on a steep downhill. I was coming from Gold Lake, and after looking at this map...[​IMG]
    I think I was riding the black lined trail between where it says Butcher Ranch Trail and FS 93-3. I do remember a bridge over a rushing river right before I hit the Butcher Ranch Trail.

    I wonder if anyone following this thread can chime in as to where I might have been. Here is a picture of the bike while going back up the Butcher Ranch Trail. I think I was drinking out of the stream at the time, as I was so tired and thirsty...[​IMG]

    Not a day I, or maybe even Pink Pillion, wants to repeat anytime soon.


    Jeff G.
  8. ata

    ata expat in the jungle

    Sep 4, 2007
    Bilbao, close to the fu****ng Guggenheim
    brilliant and pleasant reading

    2up on that places must be very tiring

  9. dickosaurus

    dickosaurus Geezer Coalition

    Jul 7, 2006
    Lone Rabbit, Oklahoma
    Kelly and Matt- What a helluva trip and a stomp-down amazing ride report. The good thing is that it's been going on for a long time and you made it so much fun. The bad part is that I've grown accustomed to eye-balling it every day. And now,,,,,,,,,,it's over and I'm going through withdrawal. Maybe I'll go riding.
    Seriously, this one is exceptional, even for ya'll.
  10. Rwelch360

    Rwelch360 Been here awhile

    Dec 17, 2011
    Rochester, NY
    Landon liked the rabbit! Thanks for the picture! I already miss reading about more of your trip. :cry
  11. BigDave75

    BigDave75 Will Work for Food!

    Oct 23, 2009
    God's Country
    Another great report, thank you!!!
  12. zeegman

    zeegman Been here awhile

    Sep 14, 2007
    San Jose, Ca
    Thanks Wans for the amazing RR.:clap
    You guys are the best.
    Hope to see you on the trail some soon.

    Mike Z
  13. sibyib

    sibyib Bumbles bounce

    Aug 8, 2012
    Ontario Canada
    Sad that it's over :(: and the 2up was mucking epic :viking now I have to wait for your next report or go on my own:dllama so untill the snow and negative temps clear:vardy I'll just be hanging around :pepreading the reports:*sip* from warmer climates. See Bigwanimal and LittleWanimaniac next time. :eyes Thanks for the ADVenture and Oh yaaaa I want to make love to the mountain.
  14. LittleWan

    LittleWan You can do it!

    Aug 21, 2009
    up on the pegs, in CA
    hey guys,

    Now that I got a taste of freedom,
    it's hard to get me back in front of the evil box. :cob
    I really want to reply to each comment...
    but, I'm done.

    Hope you can understand. :(:
    But I'm really happy that people enjoyed the report so much!
    We loved the ride and it was a blast to re-live it with you guys.
    In vivid technicolor. :evil

    Thanks for all the suggestions for our next ride! :lol3
    Whew. I'm too exhausted to even think about that.
    I have no idea what we're doing next year, but you guys had some fun ideas.


    Thanks PinkPillion and live2ridetahoe for the Pauley Creek info and those great maps.
    (Aimee, you're hardcore! riding out after losing all that blood...:huh)
    Matt wants to spend more time up there - we'll be PMing you guys later. :deal
    Looking at the rain pouring down right now, I'm pretty sure the season is over.

    Since the world isn't coming to an end after all, :dirtdog
    I have a lot of stuff I need to get caught up on.
    Three and a half months is a long time to have neglected things
    (man, that was a long ride report)...

    I didn't want to post without some riding content,
    so I was waiting for BigWan to give me some pics from his death valley trip.
    Yeah. That wasn';t happening. :nah

    So, I did it myself. :rolleyes

    Eureka Dunes


    Apparently BigWan, Bartek990 and Greg (one of cap'n underpants' friends) did a night ride from the dunes to Steele Pass and back.
    Matt said it was really cool riding up Dedeckera Canyon in the dark. He had a great time.
    The next day, they did it again in daylight on their way out.




    Short video. Some sand leaving Eureka Dunes,
    then Matt going up the steps at Dedeckera Canyon.
    Sorry, it's not real clear. There's some condensation on the lens, and maybe some dust?

    Looking back at the steps.


    They found the blue marble tub this time! Damn. I'm sad I missed it. :cry
    (that's Bartek's sexy leg :wink:)


    I'm also bummed I missed these adorable burros.
    Look! It's that notch-earred guy who hangs out at the Hot Springs. :D
    Yet another one of Hanksmybuddy's other buddies.



    Fuzzy baby burro. :raabia


    This was probably Mom. There were pics of her with eyes open, but I liked this one.


    As I mentioned earlier, they swung by Lippincott and checked on the cone.
    It wasn't there. :dunno


    Unfortunately, Matt didn't get to to all the riding he had wanted to do.
    He said the bike started giving him trouble going up Lippincott.
    It only got worse from there.

    But, they made it to Hidden Valley/Hunter Mountain.

    Matt thought he would have run into JustPaul and zeegman somewhere in DV...:scratch Where were you guys?


    They even stopped at the U2 site.
    (on the way home)

    Cap'n underpants, Bartek990, and Greg

    But the bike, she was unhappy. Bad, bad, girl.
    She was running like crap. Began stalling and sputtering.
    And, eventually, wouldn't start at all.
    Matt and the 990 came home in a U-haul. :cry

    The shame.

    So, after taking the bike apart repeatedly (in DV, and at home),
    and checking every single safety...
    (something was preventing the bike from starting - clutch switch, neutral switch, kickstand switch, etc...)
    it looks like it was just a loose connector after all!

    Mother brother!


    Matt was pretty pissed at having missed so much good riding in DV,
    but, on the upside - at least there's nothing wrong with the bike.

    The wire harness to the throttle body assembly was just slightly pulled out.
    Probably from lifting the airbox to get to the cylinders (for the valve adjustment Matt did prior to leaving).
    Once the connection was slightly loose, it just got worse with all the vibration in the dirt and rocks.
    The bike started running rougher and rougher until...


    Miles on the bike - about 30,000 after the Dirty ride. over 32,000 as of today.

    Burn any oil? Not much. I think matt said we lose less than 1/3 liter between oil changes.

    How long do the wheel bearings last? He changed them before we left, at about 21K.
    Matt says if you're the kind of guy who waits until they fall off and you have friends with furry slippers, you can probably get 28K out of them. :evil

    Brake pads - he's had stock pads in the rear last 10K. But this last one was a brand new set of pads and they were smoked at 3500 miles.

    Clutch - he's super good with the clutch. Matt still has the original clutch in the 990. Still the original clutch in his 2001 XR650R, too! :gdog

    Regarding tracks (hey, look - I made that map bigger!)...


    Matt and Norm had some words before Death Valley and it got pretty ugly.
    They're not really on speaking terms right now...
    (I'm not asking that stupid box for anything) so no tracks at this point in time. :cry
    Sorry guys.


    Hey kaia, if you ever come back and see this - can you scan the report now and tell me how many images I ended up posting? Just curious.

    T - A - R - A - K - O!
    Just because I found it in my bookmarks. Not the same without the theme song, though...

    OK, everyone - thanks again for reading!
    Have a great holiday season.

    Hopefully, we'll all make it to 2013.


    thanks again, you guys!



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  15. pyrate

    pyrate Walking the plank

    Mar 10, 2007
    Thanks so much to the WANS for the best RR once again. YAY!!! Hi from SD!

    ROAD DAMAGE Long timer

    Jun 3, 2007
    Steamboat Springs, COLORADO
    Hey Wans,

    Like many others here, I was sorta' dreading the end of your ride report ................ and then I got to that bunny picture and that damned thing JUST MAJORLY CREEPED ME OUT (much worse than the Mamesheba stuff) ! :lol3 WTF?

    So yeah, the timing was pretty good I guess. :D

    Maybe see you guys in my back yard next summer for the KTM shindig!
    I'm thinking about painting my GSA orange with rattle cans just to show my respect to the KTM crowd. Wanna help?

    Seriously, thanks for all the voodoo, that you two, DO! :clap

  17. NSFW

    NSFW basecamp4adv

    Feb 20, 2007
    Burbank CA
    thank you kelly for everything and matt for taking us to places i may never see.

    kelly, i admire your writing style, informative and entertaining.

    hope to see the wans sometime soon.
  18. muskeg

    muskeg Been here awhile

    May 10, 2009
    Coconino N.F.
  19. Gun Smoke

    Gun Smoke Banned

    Apr 11, 2012
    Holy Shit did you actually just do a day by day mile by mile report of a 53 day ride. Damn. I enjoyed the first and last page I'm sure the middle was great.
  20. CB160

    CB160 another old fart....

    Mar 23, 2009
    SoCal (LAX)
    GunSmoke, get with the program!!! get your eyes back to page two and read! You've missed the whole trip......