Had to abandon the bike on the trail today

Discussion in 'Pacific Northwet - Where it's green. And wet.' started by Handy, Jul 19, 2013.

  1. Handy

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    I rode West Mountain Trail from Sagehen Reservoir to Snowbank Mountain today. It was a pretty difficult trail, very steep and rocky. I ended up being in way over my head and on the last difficult part before I got to the road I cracked the engine case on my KLX. I ended up walking about five miles before getting a ride to the highway where my beautiful and loving wife picked me up. We are going to head back up there tomorrow to JB Weld the engine case and get the bike out, since we are going to be up there we are going to raft the Cabarton stretch of the North Fork Payette on Sunday.
    Is there something that works better than JB Weld for a cracked engine case?
    Funny thing is I was taking a break after trying and failing on that difficult spot a couple times and I thought to myself "How the fuck would I get my bike out of here if it broke down?" Well, I guess I jinxed myself because on the next try I cracked the engine case on a rock. I was actually a little relieved because I was so wore out and was going so slow. I finally got to start walking and make some good time. Oh, well, thems the breaks I guess.
    I will put some pics up shortly.
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  2. Wlfman

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  3. Handy

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    Thanks Wlfman I will go pick some up.

    This was about 2 or 3 miles in, beautiful views, smooth and easy single track, lots of fun
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    At the intersection with Joes trail, things were starting to get rough
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    Took a wrong turn and went to Poe Lookout, getting a little steeper and a little rockier
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    Bike decided it needed a little rest, one of many for the day
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    I needed a little rest after wrestling the bike through a particularly difficult part
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    Getting pretty high up and through most of the most gnarly sections
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    Even though I was pretty wore out at this point it was really beautiful up there today
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    The little engine guard cracked after I did a real quick 270 and the bike landed on it's side on a big boulder. It got pushed into the engine case causing the little crack
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    Time to start hoofin' it. Not the happiest of campers at this moment
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    Blue Lake, I peaked over the ridge about 30 yards from where I left my bike and this is what I saw
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  4. peterman

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    put a bigger rear sprocket on for trails like that,,so you can crawl over those badly timed rock jumps ,,natural case breakers in the pic of the stair step rocks in that traill,,jump one,,land on the next one,,not good.
    Whoever put those rocks there in that sequence is guilty of design flaw ,,a wonderful walk for hikers and frikken elk,,spaced all wrong for motos,,wtf?:lol3
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  5. peterman

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    there is another product designed to work under water, for sealing leaks in pump systems, etc.
    it hardens a bit faster than the steel putty stuff, and it seals leaks better, and since it is softer, it can be forced into cracks more readily. same manufacturer, I think,,or right beside it on the store shelves.
    I carry both types in my tool kit,,I once sculpted a turn signal stalk on a F650GS from the water bond putty,,it is still on the bike years later.,,but then,,YMMV!
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  6. Unstable Rider

    Unstable Rider Moto Fotografist

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    Great pics man.

    Sorry about your bike.
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  7. peterman

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    there is another product designed to work under water, for sealing leaks in pump systems, etc.
    it hardens a bit faster than the steel putty stuff, and it seals leaks better, and since it is softer, it can be forced into cracks more readily. same manufacturer, I think,,or right beside it on the store shelves.
    I carry both types in my tool kit,,I once sculpted a turn signal stalk on a F650GS from the water bond putty,,it is still on the bike years later.,,but then,,YMMV!
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  8. michaelyogi

    michaelyogi Been here awhile

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    I witnessed some dude patch his KTM case side cover (had a hole) with an inner tube repair patch (it was all he had). He then climbed out of Boiling lake to Horsehead Pass and over. I was stunned. I don't know the rest of the story after he crossed over the pass. I was staying the night at Boiling lake. He still had 4-5 miles to the trailhead.


    If I hadn't of seen this, I'd call bullshit.

    Good luck.
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  9. One Fat Roach

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    Great photos. Glad you're ok and hopefully the bike doesn't have other issues for you on the way down. Thanks for the tag along. I've always wondered about a situation like this, leaving the bike and coming back for it later.
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  10. Handy

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    Other than the broken mirror, bent front brake lever, bent shift lever, smashed starter button, ripped seat and scarred up plastics I think it came through pretty much unscathed!:D
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    Looks like a fun ride.... where is this place? I looked up the Sahegan Reservoir but it put me in Northern Nevada in an area with no reservoir...
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    Thanks for the write up, sounds a little harrowing and I'm glad you got out of it. Hooray for understanding wives. I'd also like to know where that riding area is, looks pretty epic!
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    Always a good idea to ride with a buddy, glad you made it out.
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  14. Handy

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    I left my bike at: 44.411516,-116.145595, give or take
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  15. MartiniUp

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    In the photo just before your ugly mug it sure looks like you have a broken frame tube. Hard to believe you don't have a skid plate/frame guard on in that terrain.
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  16. effensteve

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    Yup! gonna have to put blue lake on the list of places to bulldoze the DRZ into :wink:. Thant looks like an awesome ride. Gtta love a challenge. I do carry quick steel and usually have a try anything kinda buddy with me though
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  17. obrianmcc

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    .... Are those trails motorized? Looking at the map everything north of Tripod Peak is classified as "2" ..... Non-motorized?
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    Good luck, hope you can retrieve your bike without anymore problems. Nice photos. I'm going to put some JB weld in my tool kit now.
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  19. Handy

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    The trail I was on is motorized.
    I got the bike out yesterday, I will post some pictures of the recovery later.
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  20. obrianmcc

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    ....was just curious....IDPR only shows 131 and 137 as motorized.
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