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

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

  1. spafxer

    spafxer Long timer

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    Hey, that's my Beemer shop !

    Nice 2013 .... Now go change the front tire :lol3
  2. Ladybug0048

    Ladybug0048 Bug Sister

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    AWESOME, Awesooome,.............really AWESOME!!!!

    Congratulations on the new bike. :clap See you in DV.
  3. Pomo

    Pomo gonzo

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    Congrats! Now get some crash bars, a skidplate, handguards, and knobbies and you are set! :deal
  4. isaac004

    isaac004 Been here awhile

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    I have some free tires to clear out. Good for practice before DV, practice mounting, or even for during DV. Just beware that they may not last long.

    Left: Pirelli MT43 Trials DOT tire, 4.00-18", rear
    Middle: D606, 180-90-17, rear
    Right: Metzeler 6 Days Extreme, 90-90-21, front

    All located near downtown LA.

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  5. GSequoia

    GSequoia Where are my tools?

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    Hey, perfect! I think I'll dibs right. If I end up scoring new tires before I'll karma them right back in this thread.

    I work in downtown (5th and Flower).



    PS - Got the wife's permission, er I mean told her I was going, yea yeah, that's it!

    Edit - Just hte right, I misread the size on middle.
  6. GSequoia

    GSequoia Where are my tools?

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    I know, I just signed up and I'm already talking about changing...

    I was talking with Garret, Standby #221 and we can split a site if needed. Also can we go to a Truck/trailer in as plan A and MC in as plan B (if no truck spaces I'm okay with riding my 650 up while his 400 screams along!).

    So...

    220: Geoff (GSequoia) TR3/MC3, D3, KLR650
  7. FYYFF

    FYYFF Forever young...

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    All list is updated, INs, Waiting List and f800gs as well. :D
  8. NSFW

    NSFW ktm's "the tourist"

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    :thumb


    chris and OTHERS, if you want some TOURATECH PARTS, i have a voucher 10% discount code + free shipping - GOOD FOR TODAY ONLY

    send me a PM for the code
  9. isaac004

    isaac004 Been here awhile

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    GSequoia, you have the front Six Days tire. I will PM you about pick up.
  10. NSFW

    NSFW ktm's "the tourist"

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    my klim mojave came in today....:clap

    and just ordered new did chains...:evil


    folks, you can't go wrong with the klims
  11. Cowgirl

    Cowgirl Cougar on the prowl

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    Oooh, I really want the Dakars but I don't know what size I'll be by then!
  12. Pomo

    Pomo gonzo

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    You can more or less safely order a size up if you're right on an even size. I have some Baja pants in a 34 that fit me perfectly, and a 36 long Dakar that I can cinch the adjusters all the way in to fit. As an added bonus the bigger size lets me put waterproof or insulated (or both) layers underneath.
  13. tbarstow

    tbarstow Two-wheelin' Fool

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    Here is a small list of my general riding tips for Noobs in Death Valley:

    Sand - this is the desert, there will be sand, so stop crying about it. Many of the sandy sections in Death Valley are not obvious, as the loose sand and hard packed areas look exactly the same. A couple of things happen when you enter a sandy or soft section. First, your front tire digs in, then the rest your bike starts to push it through the sand instead of over the top of it. Then your bike slows down causing your to weave around, making the sand snakes. When your bike starts weaving around, you drop your visual lead to your front tire, then you crash. To help avoid making sand snakes and crashing, you need to roll on the throttle and keep your visual lead UP. DO NOT PANIC and put a death grip on the bars or try to fight the bars. The bike will dance under you, but you will keep going where you are looking. Steer with your feet and keep breathing.

    Washboard - Due to the relatively high amounts of traffic some of the roads in Death Valley see (West Side Road for example), they tend to become washboarded. Riding on washboards is made more comfortable by finding a speed that you are OK with AND allows the suspension on your bike to absorb the bumps. It may be disconcerting initially, but most noobs need to speed up a bit to get the suspension to do its job and eat the little washboard bumps for you.

    Tire Pressure - For most parts of Death Valley, higher tire pressures are recommended to deal with the ever present rocks. Yes, you may sacrifice some traction, but not getting pinch flats, slashed tires, or turning your rims into tacos is a decent trade off.

    Visual Lead - Maintain a good visual lead and stay tuned in to the trails and roads. Look where you want to go, not at the ground under your front wheel, or you'll go there. Depending upon weather conditions, there may be extreme amounts of dust. Please do not charge into a heavy dust cloud, as there is a good reason for the cloud, including but not limited to: terrain change, obstacles, hard braking for stopped or crashed riders, silt beds, deep ruts, sand drifts, etc...

    Group Riding - Group riding is a different animal. First off, the only person responsible for your riding is YOU. You are the one behind the handlebars and the one controlling your bike. The riders in a group tend to sort themselves out by experience and comfort zone speeds, with the faster riders normally ending up in the front. When starting out in a group and getting sorted out, please be courteous when you pass, stop at intersections and make sure the rider following you sees which way you are going, and know who the sweep rider is. If you come upon a rider in distress (broken bike, broken rider, Joel under his motorcycle and off the road) stop at a place that is safe to stop and that you can get started at again, then help. Please note, that taking pictures of Joel before helping him is perfectly acceptable.

    Breakdowns - If a bike is broken beyond a trailside fix, it may be towed out by experienced riders or abandoned until retrieval with another vehicle is possible.

    Emergencies - At all times, please ride within your abilities, as most of Death Valley is very remote, devoid of cell phone service, and not a great place to get injured or break your bike. In the event that something bad happens, you need to be responsible for yourself and your survival. You are not in the suburbs, so even with your SPOT and riding in a group, emergency medical help is hours away depending on where you are at. Your emergency kit should include an emergency bottle of water (pack this away so you can't just grab it and drink it whenever you stop), high energy snacks, an emergency blanket, flashlight, and a first aid kit. Size these items so you could sustain yourself overnight if needed. Ride leaders may elect to split the group up and get other riders back to civilization, while asking for volunteers to stay with an injured rider until help arrives.

    Medical Conditions - I'm not trying to break HIPPA laws or make people uncomfortable, but if you have a medical condition that could be an issue while riding (bad heart, diabetes, allergies, or in my case, hairy palms and vision loss), please let your ride leader know and have some ICE information accessible.

    Health Insurance - Please have health insurance if you're getting on a motorcycle.
  14. GSequoia

    GSequoia Where are my tools?

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    Do you guys tend to coordinate 2-meter radios? Provided I make the cut I'll be brining my 5w handheld, that'll get you pretty far on 2 meter. I'd love to say I'll have my grand plan of bike radio done by then but no way, I procrastinate too much and procrastinating proper tires is higher on my priority list.
  15. tbarstow

    tbarstow Two-wheelin' Fool

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    We have not used radios in the past. DV is huge, with plenty of mountains to block signals. Even trying to have somebody back at Panamint just monitoring SPOTs doesn't work well, as there is very little internet bandwidth. Keeping a printed copy of your SAR information with you and readily retrievable is the best bet.
  16. GSequoia

    GSequoia Where are my tools?

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    I'll have mine with me. I'll do a bit of research about repeaters beforehand and try ot remember to do some trial and error at the event (will probably have too much fun and forget). It's a lot easier doing the comms with the Jeep club since most of us on 2m have 50 watts or greater to play with. Line of sight I've probably gotten about 75 miles out of 5 watts before, mountains and shit do tend to be annoying though!
  17. Cowgirl

    Cowgirl Cougar on the prowl

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    Yeah, but I intend on being 25 or 30 lbs lighter than I am now. That will probably be more than a size down.
  18. Pomo

    Pomo gonzo

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    The golden rule of group riding. Forgetting this rule is how shit goes sideways. Don't be that guy (or gal). :D
  19. GalacticGS

    GalacticGS 1200 GS Rider

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    Tim - I joined your Saturday Titus Canyon Ride and will volunteer to ride sweep.
  20. NSFW

    NSFW ktm's "the tourist"

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    + 1 on what timmy said.

    yes!

    my least favorite experience - drove 12 hours to get to the rally, we're all knew to the area. the rider in front of us didn't wait, we, 6 or so of us ended up riding the pavement the whole morning.....:cry


    hey larry - thanks, i finally figured out who was donating the $150 wolfman luggage gift certificate....:wink:


    another good news....:clap

    KLIM will be there at the rally, with lots of good stuff......:nod