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

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

  1. joneswgareth

    joneswgareth Welsh Rarebit

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    Woohoo on the list!

    Good way to start the New Year....

    I'm planning on paying my subs tomorrow night, wanted to ask a quick question, and apologies for not reading all the pages (I have a young daughter and pregnant wife!).....but it seems there's not much in the way of organised rides just yet - is this correct? Do people just head out on the day making their own groups up or will more rides be added to the list the closer we get to the event?

    I'm an intermediate rider, done plenty of rally events in the UK on big bikes but not a lot of sand and like a long day and would like to ride every day, so whats the score on this?

    Many thanks all and looking forward to it!

    :freaky
  2. browneye

    browneye PIN IT & BANG GEARS

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    You don't have to read all the pages, just PAGE 1!!!

    The ones that 'head out on the day and make their own group' are usually riding partners that ride together all the time, so they're doing their own thing. For the rest we have the ride group sign-ups on post 6.

    The problem with trying to do it there is that morning departures with 200 riders is rather like mayhem. It's much easier to know where you're going and with whom. That way you can meet up with that group and go. Many of these group rides form on-going friendships that last. There's something about depending on each other on an adventure trek that forms bonds. Pick a group ride and sign up. There's nothing that is that tough out there. The more advanced groups tend to ride faster as well. But you can always pair up with someone that rides your own pace, and the group waits for everyone to make sure they get through and no one gets lost or stranded.
  3. joneswgareth

    joneswgareth Welsh Rarebit

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    Thanks Browneye - I did read the first page and more but wondered if there were ANYMORE hidden inside all the other pages :wink:. Just a handful of rides between the 200+ people seemed low and I wondered if many more pop up closer to the time.

    I have organised, and led many group events in the UK and this seems to follow the format just on a way larger scale - if there were 200+ people riding around rural Wales then the cops would shut it down in a heartbeat!

    Guess I will just keep my eyes peeled then.....
  4. browneye

    browneye PIN IT & BANG GEARS

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    Yes, there will be more group rides setup as we draw closer. And yes, we don't tell the park service we're coming, we just rent out the whole facility at Panamint Springs Resort. And we ask the riders to adhere to park rules, no off-trail riding, speeding, camping in the park, etc...just follow the rules so we don't leave a bad impression. And we don't try to all run the same route or ride en masse.

    On another group run, much smaller, we have to split into groups of 4 and claim to know no one else as we enter the park. They'd have a heart attack of a dozen or more dark-screened or goggle-clad riders decended on the place. :wink:

    See you there!!
  5. NSFW

    NSFW ktm's "the tourist"

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    thanks chris (browneye) for answering questions, providing directions and maintaining the ride group activities.

    jones, glad to see someone from UK coming. we had 1 last year and it was our pleasure to host particpants from overseas and far away states.

    death valley is a national park, and it has rules and regulations.

    FOLKS, IF YOU ARE NEW TO THE NP SYSTEM OR DEATH VALLEY NP, PLEASE READ:

    http://www.nps.gov/deva/parkmgmt/rules-and-regulations.htm#permit

    THERE IS ALSO A FEE WHEN ENTERING THE PARK.
    $10 FOR BIKES @ 7 DAYS; folks with annual pass, you're good to go!

    MORE HERE...http://www.nps.gov/deva/planyourvisit/feesandreservations.htm

    JUST IMAGINE, IF ALL PAY, THE NP WILL HAVE AN INCOME OF $2000 ON THAT WEEKEND. PLEASE DO YOUR SHARE.
  6. McKay

    McKay Been here awhile

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    Ok I re-entered the teakettle ride and as before it did not list me as a rider, so I joined again. Again, it did not list me but I see there are now two less spots for the ride, must have took my entry but its not showing it.
    This happed before as well and I see bigtodd listed twice in this ride too. Maybe I wasn't patient enough but I think I took up two spots when all I need is one.
    Anyway to fix this so another rider can use my unused spot?
  7. browneye

    browneye PIN IT & BANG GEARS

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    Ken can clean that up, he has the password to that ride....BLAISEW????
  8. bigtodd

    bigtodd Hi, wanna ride?

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    Hmm? Only one of me planning to ride this one on Friday. My replicant is supposed to be staying in camp in case trail support is needed later.
  9. McKay

    McKay Been here awhile

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    Yup, did the same thing to me as well, one listed in caps one in lowercase. Look at the ride list. Your on for two.
  10. M1Jeep

    M1Jeep Long timer

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    Click "QUIT" next to the ride to delete the double entry.
  11. Blaise W

    Blaise W Been here awhile

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    I wrestled with making changes to the Hunter Mtn. ride while here at work but not sure if things are "taking". Riders reduced by two (BigTodd and McKay) in the count but names still showing twice. Will check again this evening when I get home if not before. Maybe I'm doing something wrong, but not sure what.
  12. Ratchdaddy

    Ratchdaddy Been here awhile

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    The same thing happened to me when I signed up on the Thursday ride. Spank is making fun of me. I tried to join and it didnt show up so I tried twice more. Now today I am on the list 3 times. I tried to delete the other two entries but no luck. I thought it was my computer but I guess not.
  13. Nowwhat

    Nowwhat I'll Go Second...

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    mostly you only need a front knobby...

    Go with a Dunlop 606 on the front and any dual sport tire on the back
  14. traveltoad

    traveltoad Aaron S

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    Does the F8 take a 90/90-21 front?
  15. Ratchdaddy

    Ratchdaddy Been here awhile

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    It does.
  16. traveltoad

    traveltoad Aaron S

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    I have a 1/2 (give or take a little) used up 606 you can have if you want.

    But I am in the SF Valley
  17. browneye

    browneye PIN IT & BANG GEARS

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    +1
    Other good choices:
    Pirelli Scorpion Rally - excellent, good price
    Michelin T63 - really good dualsport tire, great price
    Conti TKC80 - a perenial favorite, spendy
    Pirelli MT21 - kind of old-tech but very popular
    Kenda Trackmaster - not so good on-road, but great off
    Metzeler Karoo2 - good on but not great off

    There are probably more but these are the common and popular ones.
  18. McKay

    McKay Been here awhile

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    Looks good now, thank you
  19. Blaise W

    Blaise W Been here awhile

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    I am experimenting with an IRC 8 on my Terra for this ride. It's knobbier than a TKC but has more rubber to the road than the D606. Since it's a 3.00 x 21 it is very slightly narrower than a 90/90, but it "appears" to be a decent compromise. I sure would like to find a good streetable DOT front knobbie in 80/110 size, but nothing like that seems to exist.
  20. Leoffensive

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    i need to drop out of this.

    family matters have my funds tied up atm