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

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

  1. NSFW

    NSFW basecamp4adv

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  2. S_Palmer

    S_Palmer Been here awhile

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    Joel (#140) won't be able to attend.
    Thanks
    Steve
  3. spafxer

    spafxer Long timer

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    How do you know what the women's bathroom looks like J ? :eek1
  4. FYYFF

    FYYFF Forever young...

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    Done,

    Chris (hack) is IN instead and he wants a cabin to share.
  5. slowpoke

    slowpoke Been here awhile

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  6. tbarstow

    tbarstow Two-wheelin' Fool

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    Las Vegas BMW has a few dual sports, as do a few other places here. Be prepared to shell out big bucks for a bike for the weekend.

    You'd almost be better off buying a bike off of Craigslist, riding it for the weekend, then getting a local inmate to sell it for you.
  7. SQ Beemer

    SQ Beemer Been here awhile

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    Wait list me please.

    Jesten (SQ Beemer) – MC2 – D2 - f8
  8. moe.ron

    moe.ron Pig. Can. Fly.

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    Maybe some of those new Karoo's or something, I have however kind of sworn off Metzlers.

    Mirrors and windscreens can be removed at the campsite prior to taking the bike out for a crash / ride. :D

    I am as noob as they come. I was considering riding out to Pahrump for Jimmy's course but can't afford the $600 bones.
  9. tbarstow

    tbarstow Two-wheelin' Fool

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    Get some of the Kenda Big Blocks. Great tire and a lot less $$. Then head to the desert and do some riding.
  10. moe.ron

    moe.ron Pig. Can. Fly.

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    Thanks for the tip on the Kenda's.

    I am going to attempt some super light off road on the crappy stock tires first. mostly because I cant bring myself to replace brand new tires. Cant imagine they will last longer than 5K miles anyway.

    And crash bars will be installed prior to any of this!
  11. tbarstow

    tbarstow Two-wheelin' Fool

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    Check into some Kenda Trakmasters for a good and inexpensive tire.
  12. meat popsicle

    meat popsicle Ignostic

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    I thought there was a KLR Rental place in SF... musta been a dream. Here's a long list:
    http://www.pashnittours.com/motorcycles.html

    High end DS:
    http://www.eaglerider.com/rentals/bmw-r1200gs.aspx?referral=sanfrancisco
    http://www.eaglerider.com/rentals/bmw-r1200gs.aspx?referral=losangeles


    Take the Insurance offer... :\
  13. 1224R

    1224R Long timer

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    Just swap the knobbies for DV and put your street tires on when you get back. Super easy
  14. browneye

    browneye PIN IT & BANG GEARS

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    Well, near as I can tell you have a new 800gs, is that right? I couldn't tell from your profile either, so wasn't even sure what kind of bike we were talking about.

    For dirt going, having the rear sliding around is one thing, but having the front washout is no fun. Put something on for better grip and you don't have to crash. :evil

    If your bike is new consider just buying an extra set of tires you can spoon on when you need them, save the road tires for a big road trip. That's what I did with my Tiger 800. I keep both sets marked with notes for balance so I can mount them back up true. Takes about 45 minutes to change them out.

    A K60 rear works really good with a knobby front for DV. Just a thought.

    If you have a K60 on the back it works for road and dirt. Then you can just change out the front which is super easy. For dirt, all of the fronts work pretty well, from MT21, 606, 908, TKC, BB, Scorp Rally, even the TKC. I've been wanting to try a T63 for the longest time. Everybody seems to have their favorite flavor.

    EDIT: Jimmy beat me to it... :rofl

    +1 on the Trackmasters. Great dirt tire.
  15. headstaller

    headstaller Been here awhile

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    I was thinking of K60 back with TKC80 twinduro front for my 8GS. There was an earlier post about "show and tell" on tire change, might take up offer on that.
  16. Buster714

    Buster714 VP of crash testing

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    Since NSFW has been kind enough to recognize my store in this thread I'd like to start the DV Noob giveaway madness straight out of the gate...

    If you're reading this and you're local to me or willing to make the ride I have 2 used Continental TKC80 fronts and 1 used Dunlop D606 front that would be fine for a weekend in Death Valley. They're 90/90-21 which fit a number of bikes. I'll donate the tires to 3 new riders that want some traction for the event. Please keep in mind that they're a softer compound and will not last a lot of pavement riding from now until the event in March! I probably put a couple thousand miles on each tire as it is, but if you're considering running bald tires I'd much rather give you these instead.

    There's a great little motorcycle shop right around the corner from me if you need an install. But again, please don't wear them down before the event since that will defeat the whole purpose of the donation.

    I'm located in Fountain Valley, CA 92708.

    First 3 posts of "DIBS" (with the tire you want) get the tires. I'll confirm the 3 and you can come by and pick them up. :thumb

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    Let's ride!
  17. jarthur

    jarthur Old Desert Rat

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    I did not make a track to get an accurate mileage, and it will depend on the route ridden anyway. Best to plan for 150+. Most all of the loops in DV will require 150+ gas range so Noobs should plan ahead.

    Any fastener that is worn will break. Any fastener that is not tight will fall off. Check all of the key fasteners. If worn, replace them. If not sure, replace them. For those that still are good, remove them and apply blue locktite on the threads when tightening them.

    I highly suggest you check your clutch and throttle cables for wear. If not sure, replace them or carry spares.

    Check your chain and sprockets. If worn, replace them. Adjust the chain.

    Check your battery. If it is 2.5 years or older, it probably is on its last leg and should be replaced even if it tests OK.

    I know many guys that ride well with Anakee type tires, but new or "fresh" knobbies are best.

    A key thing to remember is your cell phone will not work. If you have a minor mechanical, you should be able to fix it well enough to continue your ride or get back to camp.

    Here is a suggested list of stuff to carry on your bike:

    1. A new tube (preferrably front and rear), tire irons, wrenches to remove axle nuts, and an air pump.
    2. Assorted nuts, bolts and washers used most on your bike and basic hand tools to install them.
    3. Zip ties and "rescue tape" or small roll of duct tape.
    4. Spare clutch and brake levers, or adjust hand guards / barkbusters to protect your levers if you fall. Better to do both.
    5. Epoxy that works on metal and plastic.
    6. A good headlight from REI or similar. (Try fixing a flat, etc. after dark without one.)
    7. A good Leatherman or Swiss Army knife.

    Joel, volunteers and ride leaders do their best to assure all Noobs have a great experience. With a little preparation, Death Valley is a wonderful place to ride.
  18. slowpoke

    slowpoke Been here awhile

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  19. FYYFF

    FYYFF Forever young...

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    DIBS on 606 front. :D

  20. NSFW

    NSFW basecamp4adv

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    sorry folks, i have to order mine first before i could post this up...hehehe

    now i will have nice tidy pants to wear to the rally.

    thanks aram....:thumb