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Discussion in 'West – California, the desert southwest and whatev' started by NSFW, Mar 5, 2008.
As soon as it's below 100 (by a few degrees!) sounds good.
In ! I'd be up for a ride this Sunday/Monday. I'm not quite set up yet for a ride and camp but I could trailer and camp. The weekend of the 16th works too.
Kinda cravin a hungry valley camp out. after this heatwave
Sounds good as well
I was still out riding this weekend despite the heat:
Went to a r/motola meet, we did 265 miles around LA. I was surprised my KTM made it!
Just left Newcomb's on my new 1090.
Edit: Don't get too excited- New Century is my dealer and they sent me up to their store there on a demo.
Very fun. First class operation.
haha, NC is now selling KTMs. In the same building?
They have mark downed 2017 500EXCF and 350EXCF on cycle trader. If it's a 701, I can convince myself easily.
Cool story in the L.A. Times today -
"This motorcycle adventure up to 12,000 feet is only open twice a year. Could these riders complete it?"
The sign said "Most Difficult. MX Only"... I'll believe it next time
Great video Emmi. I've been up that trail.. it aint easy. Going down it is no picnic either. Good job! Your skills have really dug in since the chinese bike days.
I think you're going to need 2 things.. First, a more meaty back tire. The front doesn't look so great either. Second, shorter gearing. If you're toasting your clutch, you've got the wrong gearing for the riding you're doing. I'm at 14/46. I still wish they made Rekluse clutches for these things.
BTW.. I don't think I've ever heard a more gut-wrenching sound as when you tried to start the bike with the toasted clutch.
What Todd said with gearing, its either freeway cruising or hill climbing like that, not both. Razr made a comment on another post (lab2v), first gear should be walking pace. I know that is probably overkill but I can still do 70 on the freeway with my 14/50. The desert guys run 15/47 for Baja and BITD for perspective.
Thanks guys! Until I get my tow rig situated, I'm stuck with this compromised 14/42 set-up. I've been considering more aggressive gearing and tires since Big Bear Run but at that point all I'll have is a 380-ish lbs dirt bike LOL.
yeah @Todd157k , When I heard that with my month old clutch LOL. It seemed to have recovered after taking a nap at the cement tower I think/hope it's good haha
You could do a 15/13 swap with a 46. 15/46 will be about the same a current, then swap out to a 13 when you get there, it only takes me about 5 mins to swap front cog. I have a 20 mile slab to get to my local trails, i just go a little slower and then have the right gearing for when I get there. 65 mph is ok for a short section.
Hey Big Red rider your missing some steps you forgot that you also have to adjust your chain free play so that means breaking the axle loose adjust chain with tensioner bolts make sure chain is centered then tighten it all back up.
14 to 15 is 2 full turns on my chain tensioner, that's included in my 5 min. The longest part is digging out my axel wrench.
It takes even less time on my s10!
Evidently Lytle Creek is open and some FB SoCal Dual Sport Riders are meeting at the Del Taco on Sierra Hwy off of the 15 at 9am Sunday.
oooh I think I might be able to make this
On New Century BMW and KTM...
They took on KTM as a dealer last year, are selling them at their Alhambra store at Main and Huntington Dr. They have all the models in stock.
They have land, drawings and permits in hand, to build a huge new showroom-store in Pasadena. Likely be a year or two before that is done.
They do not have the Husky part of the lineup. They did have a couple of 690's on hand, however that's not a bike that appeals much, as long as I can keep my TE630 running dependably - it has about 7K miles on it.
The 1090 held a LOT of appeal to me as a over-the-road adventure bike.
At New Century, Gigi Chow was my sales rep when I bought my GS on the last day of 2015. She is now the general sales manager - she's a great gal. If anyone is in the market for a BMW or a KTM they should plan to at least talk to her. They will do everything in their power to make a deal that you're happy with. They treat me like a celebrity - the service levels and professionalism are unmatched anywhere. They were #1 in sales for north American for 2016. You don't get there unless you make a LOT of customers happy.
They have also recently added a 'boutique' type retail store at Newcombs Ranch out on LA Crest hiway. It's nicely stocked with some great gear, and one 1290 sitting there on display. I was sent up there to kill time while I waited for my recall fork leg work on my GS. They had a 1090 demo they wanted me to put some miles on. I said 'what the hell'. Made a really fun day out of it.
If I wasn't so buried in my GS I might be a serious buyer for the 1090. It's very smooth, and even with a 21" front and TKC's, it handled like a nice road bike in the twisties. I was very impressed. Power is good but heat is an issue - they tell me an exhaust system fixes that, the seat is a little hard, it's tall, and the ergos are a bit more aggressive than I can tolerate - a little hunched over the tank, more of an attack stance than laid back and upright like my GS. It gave me neck, back, and shoulder pain after my demo ride. It also needs something for the exhaust can, sounding more like a QA50 than a snarling KTM v-twin - it's WAY too quiet. Trans is better than the GS, but pretty much anything shifts better than a BMW, and hence why they invented 'gear shift assist pro' (GSAP) - the only way to make them shift good.
Otherwise, the big katoom is missing a lot of the creature comforts that I wanted when I traded my TigerXC for the R1200GS - cruise, adjustable screen with better wind management (KTM is smooth, but there's not much there) the NAV, ride modes, electronic suspension, shaft drive. I could go on, but you get the picture. The only place I'm guessing the katoom excels would be on dirt routes. It's a way cool bike that I like WAY more than the 1290 Adventure. And it's a bunch cheaper than a loaded GS for sure. We'll see.
So, that's all I know.
forest volunteers needed
i am looking for volunteers to work on mount pacifico. clearing and trail restoration.
pacifico mountain road is the upper part of 3N17 or continuation of santa clara divide. it is between angeles forest highway and the crest.
if we can put together a good crew of at least 4 riders (more better), i can convince the forest service to unlock the gate for us. the mtb crew will be there and they don't need an opened gate.
it will be sometime in october. this is a good opportunity for us moto peeps to show the public and the forest service that we care too.