Mar. 28-31, 2013 Death Valley Noob's Rally

Discussion in 'Regional Forums' started by NSFW, Nov 15, 2012.

  1. coarsegoldkid

    coarsegoldkid Been here awhile

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    I'm confused about this entire event registration. I think there's a waiting list and I think I already asked to be included however now I can't find that waiting list. So forgive me if someone has already put me on the list. If not and I didn't do it correctly then here is my information. If I need to place the information somewhere else please inform me as to where.

    Joe (coarsegoldkid)- T/F/S/S DRZ400/ arriving by truck with McKay(103)\all meals
  2. Spank

    Spank Adventurer

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    Go to page 1 of this thread post #4

    You're on the waiting list #203.
  3. FYYFF

    FYYFF Forever young...

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    Hi Joe,

    You are on the waiting list (#3 on the list). Please check post #4 on page 1.
  4. NSFW

    NSFW ktm's "the tourist"

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    folks, let's wait for the ride leaders to post their route and mileage.

    personally, i will not wander riding alone far from camp if my bike has less than 100 miles of fuel range. if you're stuck with a small gas tank, there are nearby places you can check out, like darwin and ballarat. and like browneye suggested - bring a rotopax or gas container to increase your fuel range.

    give the mc economy a little boost, "just tanks" and other vendors here at adv will give a discount...http://www.advrider.com/forums/showthread.php?t=431761

    solomotoparts is our official vendor partner for this event. check out the website, i'm sure there's something for you and your bike there. i will ask for a discount code and will post it on page 1.

    i posted some milestones on page 1, post #3. will add more later.
  5. NSFW

    NSFW ktm's "the tourist"

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    thanks and sounds good jimmy.

    folks, buy yourself a holiday gift that will last you a long time....get in jimmy's class. and if you win one of the give away, use that for the next skill level. LOL though, cuz i'm the one who's going to win it.
  6. NSFW

    NSFW ktm's "the tourist"

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    hey, you're always welcome to stay in our camp. thanks paul for your generosity (for the last many years).....:thumb

    loner, are you thinking of donating your passenger pegs and pillion?....:D

    j/k:hide
  7. slugdad

    slugdad Been here awhile

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    #'s 68 amd 69 bill [slugdad] and tim - bt - d3 - wr250 less i throw knobs and the training wheels back on the wee

    we'll be coming in weds, that is if anyone cares
  8. loner

    loner explorer

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    I'll have to make it something good since I owe you Joel, after coming to the rescue when my truck broke down last year. :clap
  9. slowpoke

    slowpoke Been here awhile

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    Good News!

    I see I'm listed twice:

    81. henry (slowpoke) – BT3 – D3 - gs800

    143. henry (slowpoke) – TR3 – D3 – F800GS

    You can delete 143 since seniority rules:D

    1 added from the wait list!:clap

    Unless there are 2 Henry's named slowpoke that's staying all 3 days with an 800GS...:huh

    :rofl
  10. moe.ron

    moe.ron Pig. Can. Fly.

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    Wow, this looks like its getting confusing. I am just going to show up with a tent and a fork and hope somebody will show me where to use both. :D
  11. browneye

    browneye PIN IT & BANG GEARS

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    Brian,
    Joel does a good job organizing these things, he's a natural. Part of the culture. Everybody gets taken care of like family. :rofl

    And he has more help this year.

    BTW, great job Ersin, organizing all the camping sites. 200 peeps and a lot of rigs is a lot to get situated. :thumb

    Once we get this out of the way then it's riding plans and who's going where with whom. That way when you get there you're not just lost in a crowd of 200 peeps. And they all take off by 9 in the morning and the place is like a ghost town.

    The food is always really good too. Lots of talent in this group, and people to volunteer to help out.

    EDIT: Added some ride destination pix on page 1.
  12. Leoffensive

    Leoffensive Adventurer

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    this sounds awesome. im hoping I'll be able to get my first bike in a few weeks.

    ill definitely be practicing what ive learned from the msf class i just took this weekend. id love to be able to make it up to this.

    any san diego locals that are willing to coach a total noob on dirt riding?
  13. FYYFF

    FYYFF Forever young...

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    Thanks for the good vibes Chris.
    Nice pictures. I need to make it to Hunter Mountain and Osborn Cabin this year.
  14. moto-treks

    moto-treks Back Home

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    Don't forget your moto :rofl
  15. Afry

    Afry Why hike?

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    PM me when you get your bike and we can spend some time on the local Ramona trails doing some basics before this ride.
  16. moto-treks

    moto-treks Back Home

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    I've had a few people ask about the class details. Guess I should have included Jimmy's Site. Check out his class structure here: http://jimmylewisoffroad.com/class-structure/

    The more the merrier :D Now I just need to get my moto put back together

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  17. NSFW

    NSFW ktm's "the tourist"

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    :thumb

    good man!

    wanna learn? go to school, watch videos, read magazines, and have a friend show you some basic skills.


    sometime mid or last weekend of january, we will do the annual carrizo plains ride. all skill level. after the holidays, check out the l.a. adventure ride thread for details.


    folks, continue checking out the front page, post #1 to 6, that's all you need to know. if it's not there, we don't have the deets yet.
  18. NSFW

    NSFW ktm's "the tourist"

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    where are you guys staying in pahrump? if there are several of you going, this is a good one.

    http://www.stay-at-dars.com/

    linky to noobie went to see jimmy......http://www.advrider.com/forums/showthread.php?t=569233&page=5


    nice whity, i missed my 950....:cry
  19. tbarstow

    tbarstow Two-wheelin' Fool

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    This is an extreme example of how to keep the weight of your bike down. :rofl

    On a semi-serious note, some of the perennial problems that Noobs have on this ride:

    1. The bike is too heavy, as the Noob packs the bike with everything that Touratech sells.

    2. The bike is too heavy, as the Noob thinks the huge desert tank needs to be completely full of gas for the 100 mile ride.

    3. The bike is so heavy when fueled and loaded with luggage that the Noob needs an army to pick up the bike when dropped.

    4. The bike spontaneously lightens itself by shaking the things lashed to it with a bungee cord/bungee net/piece of twine/(insert-other-half-assed-method-of-attaching-things-to-a-bike-here) as you ride the bumpy, rocky, and washboarded trails of Death Valley.

    5. The bike continues to spontaneously lighten itself by randomly ejecting fasteners.

    6. The Noob's tank bag is big enough to fit the contents from the trunk of a mob-driven 1973 Cadillac will not allow the Noob to stand up in the correct position for riding off-road.

    7. The bike is in fine shape and can handle the trail conditions and long hours, but the Noob behind the handlebars is physically spent and mentally spent before lunchtime.

    8. Those of us leading and sweeping rides understand that Noobs are excited to go see cool stuff and get off of the pavement, but we aren't a concierge service on the trail.


    A few solutions:
    1. Bring what you need to keep you and your bike going. Tools should be limited to tire tools and tools for general fasteners that can be used in a quick roadside repair, not every tool that you would need to completely disassemble your bike and demagnetize the rain gutters. I recommend that Noobs leave the hard bags back at the campground.

    2. Fuel range and capacity is normally what limits riders in Death Valley. The GPS tracks will give you a pretty good idea of how long each ride is. If your bike gets 50mpg, you're inexperienced and only going 100 miles at just over an idle, don't bring 300 miles worth of full-throttle gas with you, it will just wear you out faster.

    3. Fuel up, load up, then tip your bike over in a nice flat location. Try to pick it up by yourself. Watch a Youtube video on how to pick up a bike properly. Try again. Start unloading the bike until you can pick it up. Note this, and don't pack any more than this.

    4. Load your bike up like you're headed out on the ride you've signed up for. Then walk around and shake the living shit out of every part of your load. Do not be nice about it. If it moves at all, figure out how to lash it down to your bike better. Invest in some cam lock webbing straps and good quality luggage.

    5. Check all of the fasteners that you can reach on your bike. Loctite is your friend. Apply it liberally to every fastener that you can reach and retighten to the correct torque.

    6. With your bike loaded, go get on it and check your riding positions from sitting to standing. If you can't stand up because things are in the way, move them so you can or remove it from your bike. You may think you're going to miss what's in the tank bag, but you're better off not crashing and injuring yourself because you had bad body position.

    7. Start the most important exercise, the Dinner Table Press. Start doing some physical activity, as dual sport riding is a physical activity. It also requires you to be dialed in mentally for long periods of time. We purposely have lots of stops on the Noob rides at the best picture locations and cool stuff, so when its time to ride, please concentrate on your riding.

    8. Learn about your bike and make sure it is in good working order. Know how to fix a flat tire. Have a good set of tires on your bike when you show up. Learn how to pick up your bike by yourself. Get off the couch and go do some riding before you get to Death Valley.

    If any of you need help with some of the things on this list, please ask for help now! It will ensure you have a great weekend riding in Death Valley!
  20. McKay

    McKay Been here awhile

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    Due to a scheduling snafu on my end, I will be going to Jimmy's this weekend instead of Jan/Mar like I had planned. He tells me its a mixed class of big and small bikes, Ill be on a Husky 449.
    I report back here once I recover. :wink: