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Discussion in 'Ride Reports - Epic Rides' started by RAZR, Nov 25, 2012.
Yep, side trail off Silver Creek....
You guys and your "real" dirt bikes You think the sand and rocks were hard? Try it on a 43 year old Honda Trail 90 with tiny little tires and no suspension... Oh and did I mention, only 90cc!!!!
We made it. 434 miles with a total of about 70 miles of pavement. I'm still sore
I guess it had to be you or your buddy (unless there were other trail 90's out there), but me and my riding partner were stopped working a mechanical issue on the powerline road NE of Baker.
As one of you rode by you yelled out something like "This is a trail 90!!!".
Jokingly I said to my buddy, "I think he was taunting us, should have thrown a rock at him. If we pass him let's roost him."
Hats off to you guys on those bikes.
You know, I was worried about getting roosted the whole time. Figured there would be a bunch of type A personalities with something to prove BUT, I will have to say, we got nothing but compliments, thumbs up and encouraging words from EVERY rider we came across. This was our first B2V and our first multi hundred mile trek on the 90's. It was an AWESOME experience. The trails were fun, but the people made the event memorable.
See y'all on the trail, though it will be a while before I saddle up the 90 again. I'll be nursing my wounds and riding my te450 for a while
This was my first LAB2V - I have wanted to do this ride since 1997.. I wished it was one day longer, three days would have been the tits.. La to B to V back 2 B
I borrowed a motorcycle for this ride, mine wasn't ready. Ben, my new riding buddy I had not met before the ride and I set off together on day one. Him on his Xr650R and me on a franken bike.. it was a DR350 frame, a DR250 engine and DR650 forks.
Neither of us broke down or even had a flat.. it was a perfect ride.
I bailed early on day one around 10am to the ER in Palmdale; I'm a dork and I forgot my goggles and passed the chance to buy some. I sat waiting in the ER for 5 and a half hours without being helped so I boogied to Barstow so I could check in for day two. My eye was feeling better or i just didn't care anymore, I wanted to ride.
After checking into the hotel in Barstow I met someone who had a medical background and he offered to clean my eye out. So we cleaned my eye out, got drunk on moonshine and told stories for a bit..
My new buddy and I took off sat morning before sun up and got ahead of the 590 rider dust cloud by riding I-40 for a few miles to lomboc or lomock or however it's spelled.. from there we rode up to the I15 through the sand woops .. I think that was the best part of the ride honestly. We might have skipped better parts but that's the part I liked the best.
We ended up riding side by side together for most of the time, even through the gnarly stuff. I was really pleased it was all working out to be a not only perfect mechanical ride but a near effortless ride with my new buddy, we just clicked.
We skipped baker, went to the lunch chk point, skipped lunch and kept pushing all day long, never stopping for more than ten minutes at a time. We made it to the last part about 2:30pm before Red Rock, so we could do it before dark.. but we decided to throw in the towel and call it a good ride.
We rode into vegas for some beers while it as still daylight; i was hoping to get laid but no such luck. Should have done the last hard split.
We came in 53'rd/54th out of 590, not a bad pace at all considering I only had one eye I could see clearly out of; as long as I didn't have to look over my right shoulder I was good to go.
I rode back from vegas to Barstow on the dirt bike.. it was 10 hours home from there with traffic.
I kept seeing this guy with an American flag on his water pack throughout the ride; he got back to Barstow the same time I did from vegas on Sunday but he rode back through the desert and I took the Hwy; I shook his hand.. cool dude, fast as the wind.
I swear he was lapping us.. maybe we would stop and he would pass and we'd pass and he'd be stopped; but he was riding so fast when he was riding it seemed like he lapped us more than once. Anyone know that guy? Is he an ISDE finisher?
I will be back next year; I'm a D37 convert..
Yeah, thats Crazy Larry!
Ambrose and I rode into the finish together from Red Rock
Different part of the pack I suppose. I got roosted A LOT while doing 30 in the tortoise zones. I'd even get on the shoulder and wave people passed, only to have em cut right and goose it 10 feet in front of me.
Started from Palmdale at about 7:30 (late) with CaStu
Kept a quick pace to the first gas stop where we picked up Razr with the first story of mechanical misfortune
Hit the sand whoop section and came across a service team from BMWNA working on BigTodd's beast
Big to Todd for flogging that pig out there.
Got into some trouble in Last Chance canyon, hard to see a clear line with a million freaking rocks!
Ended up getting a rear flat on the way out but luckily Razr was there to assist me in the change in the beating down sun.
No pix I was too tired to even think about it.
Razr was channeling his inner Dakar racer and I hung on for dear life trying to keep up.
I went into a deep ravine way too hot and center punched a large well place rock. Went over the bars and took out my ramm mount for the GPS. No picks only swearing and sucking wind.
Day 1 GPS fix
Hooked up with 1222R, Ami and Roy after lunch and those doods FLY!
Again I was bringing up the rear and eating much dust.
Buddy up for water is the norm in the dez.
Got to the hard way split and we lost Roy so me and Razr pushed on over the hard way.
Great views on top
I rode 500 miles through the desert with my hairdresser and I still got hair helmet!
Did some rodeo clowning and took some soil sample but finally made it through with some valuable data.
got to the Husky memorial and found our group again but we were still about 40 mile away from Barstow
We had to haul ass
we got caught in the dark and I swapped ends of the bike and shot clean through a giant cresote bush and directly into the next one. Hard to see put the bike was suspended in the bush
Got to Barstow and ran directly into a bottle of Chianti
Day 2 started late per usual. Shit I left at 7am and I was one on the last. I was told to go straight to Baker.
Eff that, I headed to Ludlow down the 40 and caught the start of the sand monster there.
This was a special section for me because back in '09 I was on the 990 and it was not so much fun.
Throttle is the steering and clutch is the brake, got it .
This time was a BLAST on the Husaberg. I just flew over those dunes and whoops what a huge difference.
Notice the Day 2 GPS fix
Got to Rasor rd gas to see the high fashion Deux Machina doods posing for the pappers
I give them 95 pts for style
Cooling down the Berg. It ran like a $10 whore from a crooked cop!
Rode the pole line to Baker for a microwaved burrito, known to be on olympic training tables.
Hit the sandwashes again
This was a deep sand s-curved wash that claimed a few riders
this was also were I broke down in '09
Got to sandy valley and gulped down lunch where I hooked up agian with Stu.
Don't be fooled by Stu, he is a very fast rider
got turned around on the trail but finally got back on track to Redrock.
I thought Redrock was a pleasant senic finish to a long ride but I was sorely mistaken.
If it weren't for Stu I would still be out there!
All in all a fantastic ride. The key is to start early! don't screw around keep on it all day.
I was on a brand new bike with brand new gear so I was having a hard time getting adjusted to the whole new package.
I got so much help from my buddies that I would not have finished both days without 'em . I just hope I didn't slow you guys down too much.
I ended up doing most the whole course except for the headstart in Ludlow. I give much respect to those who did the entire roll chart, some of those sections were hard.
The sections weren't all that hard per se, but string it together in a 2 day 500 mile run and its gets more challenging.
My biggest problem was exhaustion and being able to do push-up, leg lifts, read the roll chart and ride the bike at the same time.
BTW, get the best protection you can, it served me well and I would have easily broken my shoulder and/or broken my ankle had I not been up armored.
The worse was having my room at the other end of the hallway after barely being able to get off the bike.
LAB2V 2013, whose IN!
Scorp, thx for the pix
Great pics Dave !!!!!! It was so funny as Ami and I were behind you in that sand wash at night and to see you cooking along and then go straight into that bush, ass over teakettle... I knew you were ok but I still laughed in the beginning cause your legs flew up in the air over the bike and into the bush... Ami and I were amazed that you could be on the trail and a instant later be flying off your bike into a bigass bush!!!!!
Rode back to Palmdale via Death Valley then trailered to Florence,Az and rode Box Canyon Road/Florence Coke Ovens! Quite the deal for a Texas farm boy!! :huh
My first LAB2V and first time with GoPro video... thought i'd try to my hand at editing the Red Rock Canyon section... a little long and shaky but fun!!
Had an awesome time... next year i will complete both days on the same bike... hahaha
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What software did you use to stabilize the video like that?
YouTube's anti-shake option? Please avoid it ...or let me take a few Dramamines 1st! :eek1
I used movie maker free to add the music... And yeah when you tube said it shaky I said yes to fix... Is it bad?? That was my first time using both. I think I need to adjust my gopro settings too. It's all new to me.
Holy crap that wasn't how I made the video....lmao. Now that is crazy shaky....,wtf.... I re-uploaded the vid... NO antishake this time... lol
ATTENTION ALL VIDEOGRAPHERS:
DO NOT USE YOUTUBE ANTISHAKE BS!!! it will ruin your video and make it unwatchable.
BTW, you can go into YouTube and undo that.
oh yeah, I thought you were behind me all the way up.
No i got cut off by the rider in the switchbacks on the way up the canyon... facker wouldn't move over until he joined the other 3 riders and with the sun in my eyes and dust and on a friends bike i thought it best for me to bide my time to pass him... it would be awesome if slower riders would make it easier to passem!! lol
hey i undid the antishake feature but the video is still all facked up... just fyi... at least on mine. i'm re-uploading the vid and will just replace the link above. thanks for the tip to NOT use the antishake feature!!
looks fine now.
but yeah, YouTube has been pushing the anitshake bs more recently. it never looks good. when you see the black outline moving, you know something's wrong.