I've Made a Huge Tiny Mistake: Big Bikes on the Vegas to Reno

Discussion in 'Day Trippin'' started by LittleWan, Mar 28, 2013.

  1. dmaxmike

    dmaxmike former quadtard.

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    I’m not bashing but I just have to know… how does the Honda do with Adventures in the bed and pulling a trailer. You are the only people I have ever seen use that thing as a utility vehicle and I love it!

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  2. LittleWan

    LittleWan You can do it!

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    Hey guys,
    Thanks for the nice comments!
    Glad you're still reading this. :D


    Hopefully NSFW is having a great time in Baja right now...
    and will be doing a ride report when he gets back (right, Joel? :deal)


    Good question, dmaxmike!

    haha, I know - it's only "truck-ish"
    but the Ridgeline does surprisingly well.


    Obviously it's not as capable as Radek's massive 2500HD and could never pull a loaded car trailer,
    but the Honda is perfect for us.
    We live in a city apartment and have no offstreet parking so a big truck is out of the question.
    Matt can parallel park the Honda in pretty tight spots.


    I know the bed can take a 990 and a smaller bike (like an XR650), but two 990s is pretty tight.
    When we did the Baja Wan-Thousand, we had one 990 in the back and a 990 and 950SE in the trailer.
    And we had all kinds of luggage and gear for 4 adults.
    It handled the load just fine, even up and down the Grapevine (a long 6% grade between N and S california).
    I think we were all pretty comfortable, too.
    With heated leather seats, it's almost as plush as our last car!


    We got around 15 mpg on that trip.
    Not great mileage, but not bad. :dunno
    Just drove across the country (2500 miles) and got 21 mpg (no trailer).


    When we were at Scott's house, Ceasar (KTMADV) said it had won all kinds of "truck of the year" awards -
    I think he did more research on the Ridgeline than we did!
    Googling around, I see it also did really well in crash tests and won the Baja 1000 stock mini class in 2008 and 2010.
    So far, we're totally happy with it.
    It's a decent car/truck blend. :thumb



    Aww, unfortunately Klim cannot compete with the perfection that was my grandma sweater...:cry
    It was 70% silk, 30% cotton and 100% wonderful.
    I have an old cashmere sweater (also Goodwill!!) that might make a mediocre replacement.
    We'll see...:hmmmmm

    :lol3


  3. dmaxmike

    dmaxmike former quadtard.

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    Wow if it bangs out 15mpg with that load up and down the grapevine I would keep it forever! thanks for the info!

    Not gonna lie I will still keep my 2500HD diesel but i am impressed with the numbers you provided. Ok enough boring bike hauling talk, wan's the next adventure?!<?xml:namespace prefix = o ns = "urn:schemas-microsoft-com:eek:ffice:eek:ffice" /><o:p></o:p>
  4. Notnewchevy

    Notnewchevy Adventurer

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    :clapThanks for the rr. I can't get over all the pics. Up here in Ak we don't get a lot of desert riding it looks like fun. Some day I would love love love to ride through. Thanks again for all the great pics....http://d26ya5yqg8yyvs.cloudfront.net/clap.gif
  5. KTMADV

    KTMADV Hammer Down

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    Going to Lake Pillsbury this weekend for the first time with Bartek. Wish you and kelly were going. My bike is still down from the last ride we did. Looks like I will be taking the front rim off the 950. :lol3

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  6. LittleWan

    LittleWan You can do it!

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    Hey Ceasar,
    Hope you guys had a great time at the Mendo Rally!
    Sorry we missed it this year, but I'm glad you and Bartek got to go.
    Did you get any new tacos in the 950 rim? :evil





    Speaking of tacos, happy Cinco de Mayo to everyone!
    hope you're all celebrating.
    :freaky
    we had tacos and margaritas for dinner. Yum.






    Also, Matt put this song in our ipod and every time I hear it, I think of my grandma sweater. :cry
    thought I would share it here, so you can get it stuck in your heads, too...
    (p.s. nope, no relation to "Wanz" :rofl)

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    enjoy!




  7. sion

    sion sigh-own

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    hehehe
  8. KTMADV

    KTMADV Hammer Down

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    That is a cool video. I did not taco my rim this weekend but Bartek and I had the best tacos in Upper clear lake at the Blue Wing Saloon and Restaurant. The Burger and sweet bread were also good with the Blue Moon beer.

    The weather was great at the rally so was the people and food.
    Bartek and I had a great time on the single track trails up there.

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  9. KTMADV

    KTMADV Hammer Down

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    Just got my front rim back from Woody's. They did a great job straightening my front rim . Iam ready for a long ride or short weekend trip.:lol3

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  10. Baja Ho

    Baja Ho Been here awhile

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    Late to the Baja report and this one, was out of town & busy. The grass doesn't grow under your guy's feet as far as serious riding is concerned. Great riding and reporting :clap.
  11. Beema Killa

    Beema Killa Beema Killa

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    Awesome RR. My buddy and I thought we were the only ones riding 990's the way they were meant to be ridden. I actually recognized Burkat from the mountain bike and Pinkbike days in Calgary.
  12. LittleWan

    LittleWan You can do it!

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    Hi Beema Killa!
    wooo! :thumb Great to hear from you!
    Heh, in a way, doesn't that make you 990 killas? :evil I know we're trashing our poor bike. :lol3


    Glad you enjoyed this RR, thank you.

    Hey, you might like the Oso Loco report, too. Lots of the same guys (including Radek), but for 2 weeks...
    Over in the regular ride reports...

    Oso Loco!! KTM 990s attacking Colorado, Utah, and the best of the TAT


    :freaky
  13. davesupreme

    davesupreme grand poobah

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    sorry to quote this whole thing, i dunno how to do just the pic?.... but?...

    where'd you get that lead wire you're balancing the wheel with?.... i want some of that....
  14. LittleWan

    LittleWan You can do it!

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    Hi davesupreme -
    No worries, the quote function seems to be worse than usual...

    I think you were referring to this photo from KTMADV, right?



    Yoo hoo - KTMADV!!

    :wave

    Ceasar! davesupreme has a question for you!


    (I'll see if I can rustle him up for you...)


  15. KTMADV

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    I bought the lead roll at a fishing shop. The roll is a little thicker then a 1/4.
    Here is a picture of my used roll. Works great. :lol3

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  16. davesupreme

    davesupreme grand poobah

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    yeah, thanks!.... i think that stuff is a west coast thing, haven't ever seen that in fla.... and i'm kinda fishy.... thanks for the info, google is 'yer friend....

    great ride, i wanna do that someday!....