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. One Fat Roach

    One Fat Roach honey badger

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    Have the safety wire! And yes, either a tube repair kit or a new tube with a pump is something that should be priority over some of the others. Once I get that I feel I'll really be ready to rock and roll.

    Oh, I forgot to add I bought a machete too.
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  2. woodsrider-boyd

    woodsrider-boyd Wow, these guys are fast

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    If you're going to carry a tube, carry the front tire tube, in a pinch it will do just fine in the back tire too, that way you only carry one tube, but you're covered for both tires.

    And of course the tube does you no good if you don't have the tools to remove the wheel, install the tube, pump it up, and reinstall the wheels.

    Also a Leatherman. I like the one that has the locking jaws. Forget which model it is. Had a friend use one as a shift lever after he snapped his off out at Naches.
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  3. Rover31

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    YES! I must agree I bring my bacon also! Very hand stuff!

    Ok serious, bring some small tubing to siphon gas from tank with fuel to tank with No fuel! Needed that twice in the past few years. One for a buddy and twice for random guys I came upon in the middle nowhere. One put a hole in his tank didnt know it so we patched and fueled. one with bad planning ended up starting to push out his bike, ugh!
    T
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  4. Altego

    Altego Been here awhile

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    Great story and pictures, mount a skid plate and go run it again! :D
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  5. dcbace

    dcbace un-flappable(so far)

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    I feel your pain buddy, thanks for sharing. Like msiter Eastwood says, "a man's got to know his limitations" :rofl



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  6. One Fat Roach

    One Fat Roach honey badger

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    I second this!!
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  7. peterman

    peterman cop magnet

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    take off the seat.
    pull a hot lead off the battery and route it over the frame, between the frame and the seat. then bash it with a smooth rock until it shorts out against the frame.
    put the seat back on,,spill some fuel,,OMG there's a short,,, anna spark,,,ANNA FIRE!,:huh,,
    ,and now you claim the insurance and get a new bike,,hope the insurance also covers the fire crew that comes to rescue you and extinguish the small blaze yer bike caused ,,all because you didn't carry some epoxy putty!:lol3
    Or,,you could just unfold your entrenching tool,,dig an appropriate sized grave, shoot yer bike in both legs, and bury it in the hole ya dug!
    In th olderned days,,they didn't even bother to bury horses when they quit the rider on a sidehill! Shoot 'em and leave 'em!,
    But,,But,,!,Now I gotta carry all this shit?!:lol3
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  8. MartiniUp

    MartiniUp Long timer

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    No more coffee!
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  9. Bob

    Bob Formerly H20Pumper

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    Glad everything worked out, most importantly nice dog! :D
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  10. TheAdmiral

    TheAdmiral Long timer

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    Few years ago I started out on the trail on the pass between Sagehen and Smiths Ferry. I fell over trying to cross a tree root about a 1/4 mile in. I turned around!

    A year or two later I discovered the trailhead off the ATV trail system north of Sagehen. I didn't do it.

    Handy, I give you a ton of credit for what you did with such limited trail s'perience.

    We've ridden our mules/horses on the trails to the west of the FAA golf ball thingy up from Ramage Meadows/Wilson Corral area's. Maybe you saw the cabin down in the valley to the SW of the ball in the valley below Gabes Peak. We were there. BTW, you can't, but even if you could, you would never want to ride the trails we were on.

    Again, I tip my hat to you.
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  11. shojimon

    shojimon Been here awhile

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    Yep- did that once myself- vicegrips ROCK!
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  12. Eastbay Dirtbag

    Eastbay Dirtbag singletrack seeker

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    I don't know about in 2013, but in 2014 the Boise NF's MVUM maps for the Emmett and Cascade districts are consistent and show that West Mountain Trail is NON-MOTORIZED NORTH of the JUNCTION with Joe's Creek Trail #137. The sign on the ground is also consistent.

    West Mountain Trail (#131) from the South Trailhead off FS 626 and Joe's Creek Trail (#137) from its trailhead off FS 394 are both Motorized to their intersection but not beyond. So you cannot legally ride to Tripod Peak or Snowbank Mtn.

    Here is the sign heading north on West Mtn Trail at Joe's Creek junction. Photo taken 9/29/14.
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  13. James Adams

    James Adams ɹǝsn uʍop ǝpᴉsdn Administrator

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    You've got a time machine? :lol3
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  14. Mr Dual Sport

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    You mean you actually use those things? I thought they were for TP/firestarter!:huh
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  15. EmBeeZedEx

    EmBeeZedEx Been here awhile

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    Always TWO tubes of glue. The left over half a tube you used most recently and a brand new sealed one. Easiest way in the world to carry fresh glue.
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  16. causef0rconcern

    causef0rconcern Rift Explorer

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    Hot tip for quicksteel use from a guy who owns two motorcycles that each feature permanent trailside quicksteel fixes on their engines...

    Carry a tiny bit of sandpaper. Scuff up the area around the wound before application. Make sure you clean the hell out of the area after sanding, too. If possible, use brake cleaner, as it cleans real nice and leaves no residue. I put a hole in the bottom of my DR650 case 20k miles ago - 120grit, brake cleaner treatment, and quicksteel - not a drop has leaked since.
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  17. shrubitup

    shrubitup Uncouth Sloth

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    Good lesson and glad you brought water to drink over a year ago now. Purpose-built aftermarket skid plates rock! :D
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  18. shrubitup

    shrubitup Uncouth Sloth

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    Thanks for the PSA. Glad you didn't attack OP for his decision to ride that trail. :thumb
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  19. kwisn

    kwisn One Happy Dog

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    This look looks familiar. :lol3
    No worries, it gets easier as you get older. :D
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  20. what broke now

    what broke now Petroleum Brother

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    It's even easier propped up against a stump or tree. :lol3
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