New Gal to Adventure Riding Looking for Lessons Learned Guidance

Discussion in 'Trip Planning' started by tuffenuff, Jul 19, 2013.

  1. DARKRYDER

    DARKRYDER NoNoob

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    Thanks for the additional guidance fellow inmates :1drinkWe can't wait until 9/6 to depart for Cortez, CO where we begin our epic trip 2-up with 3 other 990 adventure riders. Today, I drilled and installed some grub screws in the passenger pegs to give her additional grip off-road and I've got the AdvDesigns highway pegs up front for stretching the legs on open stretches. TuffEnuff ordered the Airhawk (original) pillion size pad for the rear and we're going to shim the front with a folded towel and experiment to get her seating position a bit flatter and more comfortable. The seat profile on the Renazco is slanted pretty aggressively, so I won't be surprised if she slides forward a lot. We'll shake those things out in the coming weeks before our big trip.

    Lots of great advice in here and yes, we'll both be wearing Camelbacks and hydrating well. I'm concerned a bit about the 13K foot elevations in Colorado than hydration. Hopefully, no one on the ride gets the dreaded altitude sickness. I'm still debating whether I want to use the Touratech hard panniers or Wolfman soft expedition bags on this trip. The hard panniers with the OR compression bags on top will give her armrests and they are a bit larger, but the soft bags are lighter and safer. Decisions....

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  2. DARKRYDER

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  4. Yankee Dog

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    The hard bags will also make good camp stools.
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  5. High Country Herb

    High Country Herb Adventure Connoiseur

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  6. Pantah

    Pantah PJ Fan from Boston

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    Some of the dirt roads in those parts are pretty soft. I'd keep a DOT knobby up front at least. I used the OEM front tire on my 950 through there in 2006. It made things a lot harder than needed.
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  7. kneeslider

    kneeslider Long timer

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    Just pace yourself. If altitude does bother you remember, "climb high, sleep low!"

    I have hiked Pikes Peak & climbed Kilimanjaro with very little high altitude sickness symptoms.

    Need to learn more, google it!

    All the best!
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  8. DARKRYDER

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    Yes, we're expecting some deep sand in Utah. Since we're doing the UTBDR from north to south, we sadly won't be doing Lockhart Basin, but I'll hit that stuff next year solo on the 530. I've got a brand new D908 Rally Raid rear and D606 front waiting to go on the bike before we depart. They are DOT knobbies and take anything I throw at them, but a loaded GS or 990 is definitely a handful in deep sand. I just installed a Scott's damper on the 990 and have the normal (low speed) adjustment way out because I don't like the resistance in slow technical riding. For the baby head rocks and deep sand, are you guys cranking that low speed setting way in to make the front tight? I have the sweep and high-speed damping setup where I want it, but just can't used to the feel of the low-speed damping. Need to experiment with it more, I guess.

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  9. baka1969

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    You might want to consider getting an Airhawk air pad. It'll save your buns.

    Every rider has different rules so it's hard for me to say what he'll want over that period of time. Just in case the intercom "malfunctions", make sure you have some predetermined signals between the two of you.

    Never, ever panic. Even if a bee/wasp flies down your shirt, signal your bf to stop immediately and then to the bee dance on the side of the road. If you ride long enough, you'll be doing the bee dance and willingly strip at roadside. :rofl
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  10. DARKRYDER

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    Great advice. I remember reading about ascending and descending slowly through high mountains. Personally, I've never experienced any altitude sickness and I absolutely LOVE camping at high elevation. There's something very spiritual about being up that high. It's going to be an epic trip! And Kilimanjaro...wow :eek1

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  11. High Country Herb

    High Country Herb Adventure Connoiseur

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    My wife recently got her license (and a DR350), and that was one of the things I warned her about. I was so proud of her when we were riding along and she starts yelling through the intercom about a bee in her helmet, yet visually looked like she was on a Sunday drive. Yup, bee dance one the side of the road. :lol3
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  12. Rainprincess

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    I'm not sure how your hair will stand up to the wind, rain, sun and muck but I have to be very careful with my hair or a brush won't go through it! I found something called a wrapter that rolls up the length of my hair. It keeps it from tangling, and from wind damage. You can find them here. http://wrapter.com/index.htm
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  13. tuffenuff

    tuffenuff a.k.a. "Tiny Dancer"

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    Thanks for all the great advice everyone! We've been doing extensive research and prep for our upcoming ride and I am stoked about the gear I bought and pulled together for the trip! :clap See below for my ride "outfits"...
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  14. tuffenuff

    tuffenuff a.k.a. "Tiny Dancer"

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    Ride Outfit - Plan B (in case Plan A didn't arrive on time):

    JACKET: Rev'It Tornado Jacket. Euro Size 34 (smallest they have). CE approved protection on elbows and shoulders.
    *Upgraded the factory back protector to Rev'it SEESOFT Back Protector Insert. Type KN. Size 105​

    PANT: Fox 180 MotoX Pants. Size Boys Youth 28.
    *Bought Kali Aazis soft knee guards. Small. ​

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    Got the same pant but more black on the side (less white):
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    tuffenuff a.k.a. "Tiny Dancer"

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    Ride Outfit - Plan A (it came early!!!): Motoport Custom Jacket & Pant

    *Marathon Kevlar Jacket (with zipper to connect, tri-armors & 2-part jacket liner inc. insulation)
    *Ultra II Kevlar Pant (with zipper to connect, tri-armors & pant liner)
    - added tri-armor hip pads and sacrum tri-armor to the pant​
    - paid extra Rush order so I would have it by mid next week & it came early! woohoo! (ordered back on 8/1)​

    As soon as I put it on, I felt great, sexy and safe like being in a tank! I'm going to wear it around the house for a while to let the armor mold to my form and also continue to wear the helmet. :toney:queenie:babe:sweeti:super
    A practice ride is in the works and will provide an update on comfort and feel thereafter.

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  16. tuffenuff

    tuffenuff a.k.a. "Tiny Dancer"

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    Thanks, baka1969! I ordered the Airhawk and it should get here next week! :clap And I'll remember the bee dance... I had a bee fly inside my shirt once before - I didn't know it was a bee at the time and in a panic I swatted at it thinking it was a fly or some other bug. The little bugger left the stinger but otherwise I was OK. Also, we'll be doing a test ride soon and will definitely prep predetermined signals just in case.
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  17. tuffenuff

    tuffenuff a.k.a. "Tiny Dancer"

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    Thanks, Rainprincess! I was going to just keep my hair in a braid(s) but I like this wrapter idea. I just ordered 2 (black and red). And will buy another set of hair ties. :-)
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  18. Twilight Error

    Twilight Error Going nowhere slowly

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    Good job finding gear that fits, living on the edge of the size range has some drawbacks...

    Tip for base layers: I wear running tights under my armored pants, they wick sweat well enough and don't get bunched up in my boots. I've found, however, tights with ankle zippers are very irritating - the zipper rubs against my ankle and creates a raw spot. If you go the tights route, try to stay away from ankle zippers.
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  19. tuffenuff

    tuffenuff a.k.a. "Tiny Dancer"

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    It's here! Airhawk seat cushion, cruiser pillion size. My BF will be installing this week! Me bums are already happy! :ricky
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  20. tuffenuff

    tuffenuff a.k.a. "Tiny Dancer"

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    Thanks, Twilight Error! I hear ya about the zippered tights. I have them as well for running and experience the same discomfort. I've got bicycling shorts with crotch padding and was thinking of using them for more comfort and possibly getting longer ones... thoughts??? :ear
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