Manhattan to Moab or City Blocks to Slickrocks

Discussion in 'Ride Reports - Epic Rides' started by sakurama, Oct 23, 2010.

  1. toofast4uu

    toofast4uu adventurer

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    Tom!! You are da man!!! Great job getting out there so quickly!!:D

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    Christian checking in here.....Man, I am stoked!!!
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    I still can’t believe that I’m actually going to ride in <?xml:namespace prefix = st1 ns = "urn:schemas-microsoft-com:eek:ffice:smarttags" /><st1:country-region w:st="on"><st1:place w:st="on">MOAB</st1:place></st1:country-region>!!! None-the less ride my own bike!!!! Unfuknbelievable!!!! :clap
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    Gregor’s not kidding when he mentioned he’s the “Planner and Instigator” of the group….LOL….and he wasn’t taking no for an answer… After declining multiple times, and going into work and witnessing a few lay-off’s, I went home and worked out a deal with my wife…It wasn’t easy... (in her words…”What are you crazy?:eek1 Less then five months ago, you left me for 14 days!!!:eek1 :eek1 and you want to do what??:eek1 Your out of your mind!!!:lol3" Last May, I had just completed a 3,000 mile, 14 day off road ride from <st1:City w:st="on"><st1:place w:st="on">Phoenix</st1:place></st1:City> to San-Francisco…That was to be the ride of the year for me… .and as far as she was concerned…that was it….for a long time.. But somehow..even Gregor was able to twist her arm..:evil This was just too good of an opportunity to turn down… and somehow, we sold the idea of an extended weekend to her....and I jumped at it! Ticket booked...that was Oct. 6..only two weeks ago.. These guys from NY don't kid around!!
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    That was “Part I”…I’m thinking we’re going to Dual Sport the 950’s and 650’s…Not this time….Within a few hours I’m getting links to you tube videos which quickly show this aint gonna be no dual sport….:lol3 and learn how technical the riding is out there…. We’re bringing the little bikes….
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    So now it’s time for Part “II” and the work begins…(bike preparation-because if you’re prepared, you won’t need it…);
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    • Re-jet the carb, and thankfully James Dean (JD Jetting) personally comes to the rescue…
    • Next up we’re told that trials tires are the trick for riding out there….so Vee Rubber to the rescue…compliments of my friend Gary at SDR Race Tools
    • a few orders to MSR Racing (for a XC backpack, fender bags (to store my MSR fuel cells), and some more protective gear)
    • Soften up my suspension by swapping out my stiffer “Sand” springs, for the softer “Rock” springs….
    • And add on the Tugger Straps….(each day, someone in the group shares a link to a You-tube video…You gotta see the step-ups….I can’t believe some of the technical stuff….these will definitely come in handy…
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    The next two weeks are spent trying to figure out how to get my 2 stroke to meet the gas range of everyone else’s bike in the group... As of now, I’m somewhere in the 70-80 mile range…depending on how hard we’re on the throttle…and how the altitude affects my tuning… we’ll see how it goes…:huh Nothing a 2litr bottle can't fix...:lol3
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    Guys, I can’t thank you all enough for including me on this trip:p3rry …Rest assured, it’s going to be epic!!! By this time next week, the first day of Moab will be complete...i can’t wait until Friday!!!

    Now to start uploading the GPS...and packing my bags...
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  2. sakurama

    sakurama on an endless build

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    I have a job in Aspen right after this trip so I'm packing a full Canon set up (there's more but that's what I have laid out now). I don't know if I'll want to carry 50lbs of glass on my back when I ride but I'll carry something. I also picked up a new POV for this trip: the Drift HD170 which should be fun to play with.

    I think we have about 5-6 POV cameras between us so I think we're covered. Flanny is bringing the Flannyvision world along too. Tom has some Canon's as well and I think everyone has a point and shoot.

    We are an embarrassingly high tech crew balanced out nicely by Gino who won't read his email.

    This will be fun.

    Gregor
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  3. gary5410

    gary5410 Been here awhile

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    Awesome....have a great trip!!!!!!!!! :clap
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  4. La Donna Fugata

    La Donna Fugata You're not the boss of me

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    Have a great time guys. Looking forward to this ride report.

    LDF
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  5. DR. Rock

    DR. Rock Part of the problem

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    Christ, that weighs more than you and your bike combined! :lol3

    I'm curious to see what you actually end up carrying, and can't wait to see what you squeeze out of the kit. :brow

    We want action, drama, humor, and good looking babes* like yer last RR. :wink:

    *something tells me we're not getting this one, nohow, noway... :dunno
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  6. Country Doc

    Country Doc Wanderer

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    Does that all fit in your tankbag?

    :hide

    Looking forward to your reports!

    dc
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  7. CosentinoEngineering

    CosentinoEngineering Been here awhile

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    I hope we'll have get a little riding in amongst all the picture taking.....
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  8. toofast4uu

    toofast4uu adventurer

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    Guys,

    I'm diggn those load up vids!! nice!!

    Gregor,

    You should have told me you were bringing a camera:D ..we could have mounted up these 40L pelicans to the Berg:lol3

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  9. JohnHa

    JohnHa Been here awhile

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    Christian, I'm reposting that video since it looks a bit screwy. And adding a bonus one too.


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  10. famoadv

    famoadv Been here awhile

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    Hope you get some riding done in between all the picture-taking :deal But I'll be hoping for lot's of images!
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  11. famoadv

    famoadv Been here awhile

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    Now I'm watching :ear
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  12. Jolly705

    Jolly705 Long timer

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    John
    You first on the bottom video :lol3

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  13. chilango

    chilango super-user

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    Enjoy guys! Damn I am jealous.
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  14. JohnHa

    JohnHa Been here awhile

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    Sure thing, bud. I'll attempt first on your bike. :super
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  15. Flanny

    Flanny Flanny-it-up!

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    Well...My attempt to fabricate a really cool helmet mounted video camera mast has been an abject failure. :shog

    The plan was to take a fibreglass rod, and mount it the the rear of the helmet, then arc it up over the helmet, secured by two small cables to either side of the visor. I was then going to mount a really trick little magentic ball-joint to hold a tiny POV camera in place, and be able to film rear/side and quatering shots in full motion. :gerg

    Well - that ain't gonna happen now.:becca

    After finding some nice hardware, and coming up with some really trick and elegant mounting solutions, it turns out the angles are all wrong, and the cable supports, well, they just don't provide enough support. Lastly, I snapped the rod trying to experiment with a four cable solution....:becca

    Fuck - I might just have to resort to duct-taping a broom handle to the chin-guard on my helmet....Hmmmm actually, I have an old carbon-fibre ski pole in the basement... :gerg :deal
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  16. Jolly705

    Jolly705 Long timer

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    Google Joe's Sticky Stuff, works better than gaffer or duct tape! I can bring some for you :D

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  17. cyberdos

    cyberdos Easy Bonus Loop

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    As usual, if you guys need anything let me know. But it looks like you all have it pretty well covered.

    let's get it on!

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  18. Flanny

    Flanny Flanny-it-up!

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    FlannyMedia helmet cam grip kit is ready to pack!

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    Can't wait to go now...I've crossed over to the point in every trip where you suddenly realize that you are REALLY leaving in like 3 days! :mully

    It's GO TIME! :thumb
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  19. emerson.biguns

    emerson.biguns All idiot, no savant

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    It appears changing the oil on a 950A may take less time and be simpler than setting up the FlannyCam<sup>TM</sup>.


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    ps - Anxiously awaiting Gregor's photos. :lurk





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  20. Country Doc

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    C'mon now, you're taking it too far. Nothing is as difficult as changing the oil on a 950.

    dc
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