Left for the Baja on a BMW came home on a 990S

Discussion in 'Ride Reports - Epic Rides' started by Holaday, Nov 10, 2008.

  1. Holaday

    Holaday Man of Leisure

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    So the idea was to ride my well looked after low km 91 GSPD down the Baja from my home in North Vancouver BC. I was going to take about a month or 5 weeks to do it. I got the bike all ready changed all the fluids, fresh fuel lines and filters. Had the dual seat built up so I would be more comfortable with my long legs. I was picking up my wife Glynis in the Palm Desert and she would spend ten days with me and fly home from Cabo. I had a fresh set of TKC's waiting for me in the Palm Desert. I left North Van on a rainy thursday morning and headed down the I5.

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    Day 1 North Vancouver

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    Saw this cool HPN BMW at REI in Bellingham
    No sign of the owner. He must have been in the Tai Restaurant next door.

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    Check out the bomber R100 motor with new style swingarm. Hope BMW remembered to circlip your transmission [authors attempt at foreshadowing]

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    Next stop Tully's Coffee to warm up and get caffeinated before hitting Touratech. I did my major shop there in the summer so this time I got out for under 20 bucks. From TT it was out in to Seattle rush hour traffic in heavy rain showers. Made it to Kelso Washington and checked into the Super 8.
    Next day I was heading for Bend Oregon I had planned on heading down the east side of the Sierra's through California so I figured I would cross the Cascades and check out Bend. The weather sucked so I didn't take any pics. But don't worry there is lots of Baja pics coming.

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    Nice Condos in Bend OR.

    Checked in to Sugarloaf Mountain Motel and called it a day.
    Next day was the first day of hunting season. Lots of camo and orange vests.

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    HWY 31 stopped to put on more clothes.

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    What is that bright warm thing in the sky

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    Sun finally comes out

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    Lunch at Jerry's in Lakeview OR.

    After lunch I headed south out of Lakeview. Passed a restaurant on the south end of town that had a few Adventure bikes out front. About 15 miles south of town just as I crossed into California I started to get this weird vibration coming from the bike. I hoped it was the change in road surface as I crossed into California. It was getting worse, way worse. Now it was coming through the foot pegs. Oh SH*T I had better pull over. I pulled to the shoulder. The bike stalled. I restarted it and tried to move. It lurched forward and stalled. I started it again and turned it around and made it as far as the shoulder on the north bound lane. The tranny was F#CKED. I guess the circlip mod wasn't done. I never really new for sure. The p/o had told me that it hadn't been done, and then later said he thought that it had. The mileage on this bike was low 42k kms. I thought that even if it hadn't been done that I would be ok with this low mileage. I hitched back to Lakeview and got a 175 dollar tow back to town.
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  2. Racinace

    Racinace Been here awhile

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  3. viola-tor

    viola-tor Needs to ride!

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    cool bike! But a KTM 990s is cool too, can't wait for the story!
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  4. Holaday

    Holaday Man of Leisure

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    During the drive back to town with the BMW in the trailer I thought over my options. I could cut my losses and just get the bike back to North Van some how. Or I knew that there had been a 2007 990S for sale in Bend just 3 hours north of where I was broken down. I had been lurking in Orange Crush since I first found ADVRider.com I had only ended up with the GSPD because I saw it as the poor mans KTM Adventure. It was time to pull the trigger on a KTM. I decided that if the 990 was still available in Bend I would buy it and keep on going to the Baja. Don the tow truck driver was quite helpful. As soon as we were back at the tow yard I got on the computer and fired off a PM to Racinace who had the 990 for sale. There was a lot of action on Ace's bike with other buyers scrambling to get deposits together. I told him I'd take it. The bike was mine.:clap Ace also agreed to come down to Lakeview and get me and my broken down bike the next day. I checked into a hotel and tried to enjoy my little lay over in scenic Lakeview.

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    Killing time in Lakeview

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    Cool old building in Lakeview
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  5. mrbreeze

    mrbreeze Long timer

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    this is gonna be good.

    Everytime I have found myself far from home, I have had the urge to buy a bike and ride it back. Just never had the $$$ to actually make it happen. There was a 2006 Concours for sale in Astoria OR a couple of years ago. Lots of new farkles and less than 1,000 miles on it. The owner had decided motorcycling was not a good idea for a new father with young kids, so he offered it at a very nice price. Man I wanted to fly out there and ride it back, but it was gone almost immediately.
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  6. GB

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  7. Loud Al

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  8. GB

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    So you bought a bike in Bend, OR, and you're taking it to Mexico... then back to Canada... I'd like to hear how you managed to paper work, because I keep hearing to enter Mexico you need original documents... :lurk
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  9. Racinace

    Racinace Been here awhile

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    Well he had them. Paid cash and since I had the title in hand he got the paperwork necessary to continue his journey... but I digress.... there is more to the story that needs to be told. Come on Dreamer... the natives are getting restless!!!:rofl
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  10. toyotarig

    toyotarig Adventurer

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    We are all still listening, can't wait to hear the rest of the story!
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  11. Holaday

    Holaday Man of Leisure

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    Hey Ace

    Do you have any pics of my departure from your place?
    E mail them to me. Thanks Blair.
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  12. euskalherria

    euskalherria euskalherria

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    ktm 990,s adventure.... you have a great bike.:thumb :thumb
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  13. JustAdam

    JustAdam Bloody No's

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    Ditto!

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  14. Holaday

    Holaday Man of Leisure

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    Ace arrived at the motel about 1 pm and rescued me from watching girls college volleyball. We loaded up my broken down bike and hit the road for Bend. We hadn't eaten so planned to stop for pizza in Paisley but when we got there the place was closed. Went to the greasy spoon next door, but when the 300 lb short of breath waitress told us it would be at least a half hour wait for food. We split and grabbed some snacks at the gas station. Back in Bend I checked out my new ride and we dragged the broken down beemer around the side of the house. I took the 990 for a quick test ride. Wow!! A completely different bike from the GSPD. A lot has changed in sixteen years. Ace's wife Susan made us a nice home cooked meal and Ace put me up for the night. The next day I was working the phones getting insurance from my insurance company and changing my mexican insurance over to the 990. Ace came home from work and we headed off to his bank. I had told my credit card security department about the trip so I called them to advise them that I would be getting a cash advance to buy the bike. Once at Ace's bank they informed us that they only had 5k cash on hand and that that was the most they could put in Ace's account in one day. To make a long story short we went to another bank and I got 75 one hundred dollar bills and we took those back to Ace's bank and deposited them. The bike was now officially mine.:deal

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    Ace saying good bye to his baby

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    Baja trip back on

    So about 48 hours after the GSPD blew up I was on the road again. Gotta love the internet and ADVRIDER. I had some serious mileage to make up. Glynis was going to be landing in Palm Springs on wednesday afternoon at 5 pm and I had to be there to meet her. I went and filled up my new ride and hit the road for Klamath Falls OR.
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  15. Frostbit

    Frostbit Is it cold in here?

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    Oh man...keep it coming :clap
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    Downhill Dave Busco aventura

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  17. IL8APEX

    IL8APEX Been here awhile

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    Hmmmm... I get the feeling that this is one of those ride reports where we might actually get to find out the answer to the question "What could go wrong?"

    Subscribed! :lurk

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  18. Holaday

    Holaday Man of Leisure

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    After leaving Bend there wasn't much time for sight seeing. Had to blow past Crater Lake and just keep heading south. The weather was slowly improving but still cold. Stopped in K Falls to scarf down a bagel and coffee. Getting a feel for the new bike.

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    Northern California

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    Sun going down north of Susanville CA.

    Got to Susanville after dark found a room and called it a day

    Next morning it was up before sunrise and on the road to Reno. It was really cold on the way to Reno. My fingers were freezing. Hit a Starbucks outside of Reno for coffee and a bite to eat. My fingers were so cold when I got there that I couldn't get my helmet off. Out of Reno it was time to ride some mountain roads. The temps were inverted so it was actually warmer up higher. Really great views on the way to Lake Tahoe.

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    Lake Tahoe CA.

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    More Tahoe.

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    Looking East from HWY 395 near Bishop CA.

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    Memorial to 3 California Firefighters killed in the line of duty when their aircraft crashed fighting a fire here in 2003.

    Made it to Barstow CA. and called it a day. I was happy to be getting close to Palm Springs I should have no problem getting there by wednesday afternoon.
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  19. Racinace

    Racinace Been here awhile

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    I was racing with my son at the GP in Prineville. Robby was up getting his award when my cell rang.... I hesitated but decided to answer it... and it was Blair. He was a bit frantic and inquiring about the 990S. Is it still for sale he asked...
    At the time, I had 3-4 serious buyers who were telling me daily that they were going to send me a deposit but nothing yet so yea... still for sale.
    Blair asked if I would be willing to drive to Lakeview to seal the deal.... sure.... what the heck... I am always up for a road trip...but one small problem... we are at a race and our truck and trailer are pretty much stuck as we drove in a down pour and we were lucky to make it as far as we did. The forecast was good for the next 24 hours and the weather should permit our departure first thing in the morning. Blair was kool with that so we camped for the night (Brownie points with my son). On Sunday morning we packed up and headed for home. Unhooked the trailer and dropped the boy off and hit the road for Lakeview by 9am. 3.5 hours later I was there and scooped up his BMW and hit the road.
    I couldn't help myself but think ..... this guy is in for a treat. Not that the BMW is / was a bad bike but this was such a huge upgrade.... and he had not yet rode a KTM yet. Yep... he is in for a treat!

    My few pics....

    To the bone yard.... errr I mean side yard.
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    Prepping the 990 for the ensuing trip...Sorry the pic is a bit dark..
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    More prep work
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    Ready for departure...
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    And he's off. Keep the rubber side down buddy!!!!!!:freaky

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    So far so good!!!!!!:clap The 5ft. 5 second waranty has officially expired...:rofl
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    Anxious to hear the rest of the report.... Let's hear it!!!
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  20. achesley

    achesley Old Motorcyclist

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    What a way to start a trip. I'm all EyEs.
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