nOObs Rally- Saline Valley Warm Springs ride

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  1. migilito

    migilito Been here awhile

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    Saline Valley Warm Springs overnite ride-Pre nOObs

    (AKA dontaskdonttell)


    What: Saline Valley Warm Springs overnite ride. Open to all riders-New riders and riders new to Adventure riding are highly encouraged to come This is a basic, easy ride on improved dirt roads (Pavement to the Saline Valley turn off) and a perfect opportunity to test your Adv riding and gear. We will ride as a group from our base at Panamint Springs campground (nOObs Rally) to Saline Valley Warm Springs, set up camp, spend the nite, and return the following morning. Appx 70 miles each way. ANY dual sport motorcycle can make this ride, including Africa Twins! I will ride a slow, but, steady pace. We will have a sweep and practice group riding dynamics(were going to spread waaaay out and give each other lotsa room). If you find my pace ‘too friggin slow’, please feel free to blast ahead, but, let me know so we don't start searching for you. If we get a bunch of riders we may split into a couple of groups.


    Where: Saline Valley Warm Springs- https://www.google.com/maps/place/S...2995c75b7be5a!8m2!3d36.8128786!4d-117.7661246

    SVWS is a natural series of Hot Springs located in the middle of nowhere. The springs are primitive camping, although pit toilets are provided. Drinking water is also available. Absolutely NO services are available, so, bring enough fuel, food and parts. Having said that I will never leave a rider behind. I will stay with any stranded rider until help arrives (as will the bottle of Macallan).On that Note: Our brothers from Scotland are highly encouraged to join us...with the common understanding they will provide an authentic offering from the home country in the form of a prime Single Malt.


    When: We leave absolutely, positively, without exceptions at 1pm on Wednesday, March 21, 2018 from my CABIN at Panamint Springs. The time is set in stone, unless, as usual, we change it.


    What to bring:

    -Dual Sport motorcycle with decent DS or Knobby tires. The road is simply NOT a technical road. However, it may(depending on Winter) be highly rutted. For more experienced riders there are plenty of technical stuff available, however, we will not ride it as a group..

    - Tool kit, parts, tubes. Please have the ability and parts to change a flat. We will assist you,but again you will be fined a beer back at Panamint. I carry a CO2 inflator and tire plugs for my tubeless tires. I’d rx you get a CO2 inflator. I also carry a chain kit, fuel tube. So, please read up on what you will need and ask. I and others will post up more info re kits and what we carry as this thread progresses.

    -Rescue: I carry an Inreach, an FRS radio and a HAM radio. Always carry basic Rescue gear-20’ of 1” nylon webbing for a tow strap, Bivy bag, matches, water, food, etc. I and others will post up more detailed rescue kit.

    - Food. Last year the coolest ADV rider known to mankind followed us in his truck and cooked a truly outstanding steak dinner AND breakfast! Some miscreants failed to kick in $$ and stiffed him. So, group Food is pending-I’ll update hoping that this magnificent example of a true gentleman finds pity for us heathens and once again works his magic. In the mean time, plan on bringing your own food. Mountain House (and a stove), a sandwich, powerbars, etc

    -Sleeping bag, bedroll, air mattress, mink coat. What ever! It’s not cold. Don’t over complicate this-it's Adv riding! 40deg bag is even over kill. Check the weather a week out and prepare accordingly.

    -Tent. I do tent, some sleep under the stars(no hammocks-no trees). HBsurfdad has room in his tent for Spoonees, but, thats between you and him.

    - Fuel. You need 150 mile range plus 10%. My bike has a 200 mile range, and I always carry a liter of fuel in an aluminum MSR container. I suggest you getting use to carrying extra fuel if ADV is in your future. Walking sucks in Death Valley especially wearing Mx boots.

    -Flashlite and a chair. Sounds obvious and stupid at the same time. Yes, bring an LED flashlite/headlamp and extra batteries. Chair? Oh, hell yes! Trust me, if you are stupid enough (me) to make fun of folks who carry those silly ass micro chairs you will be standing, or, sitting on the ground at the springs. So, new this year, I will be bringing a chair. Post up folks-show us your chairs and make rx.

    -Shorts/small towel/flipflops for the springs...cause you can't ride a motorcycle across Death Valley and not go swimming.


    -Luggage. Mosko Moto/Giant loop/Wolf/etc. I use a MM Reckless 40l and it is the best piece of gear I own. It’s truly world class equipment, made by a world class company. However, I will be setting my bike up for longer duration ADV riding so will be adding actual MM side panniers and a hardrack (yes, on a KTM500). So, bring what you got, or, get what you need. A duffle that is SECURELY strapped to your bike will also work. USE a cinch strap-it’s kinda like a really strong bungee. MM and others sell them. DO NOT use a rope/tape or the straps you use to strap your bike down with because you will lose your duffle. Did I emphasize securely strapped to your bike!! Please learn from my screw ups. (Side Note: Mosko Moto will be at our event. You may want to contact them a couple of months out if you’re interested in their gear) HERE IS THE BOTTOM LINE- YOU carry ALL your own gear. There will be no Sherpas available to carry your gear. For Gods sake Ewan only had a tank bag and did the Road of Bones! on a BMW too!


    Caution and disclosure: Nekid folks occupy the Springs. Not I as you will be punished enough just getting to Saline. Nothing lurid, just nature lovers basking in the sun, most of whom have obviously been at the springs since the 1960s.

    Please fell free to ask questions, provide answers, post 'how to' vids, etc.

    Sign-ups: Sign up will be posted closer to the date.
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  2. FJRMark

    FJRMark n00b

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    FWIW, I did this ride a couple of weeks ago and the road conditions were pretty bad. Rains have left some pretty good washouts in the first mountain / hills section. The valley section has A LOT of washouts cutting across the road, leaving behind a lot of soft sand. Some of them 1/4 to 1/2 mile long. Definitely doable but it will surely slow down progress if you are riding a big bike. FYI I was on a GS800A, it took me close to 3 hours to get from the springs to the highway.
    Just my 2 cents..
    Have a safe ride.
    Mark
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  3. migilito

    migilito Been here awhile

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    cool. Thank youfor the heads up. Hopefully the Park fix the road by March. Last march I could have driven a Porsche on it.
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  4. Little Bike

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    I have to make this this year!
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  6. 1224R

    1224R Long timer

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    Always a fun time!! slept under the stars last year it was great..... Thanks again RJ for cooking up the steaks........
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  7. Andybeerguy

    Andybeerguy Adventurer

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    Best steak ever.
    Thanks RJ!
    And Fuck you to the guys that stiffed this Gem of a human.
    Looking forward to making it out there again this year.
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  8. WhereTheHellIsJames?

    WhereTheHellIsJames? Brraaaappp!!

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    +1 !!
    Looking forward to making this again in 2018.
    Hopefully my 690 won't be puking fuel out of that blasted Rade tank again!
    That late night rally back to PSR that me and @Andybeerguy made was one of the most fun desert rides I've ever had.
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    Sfcootz Proud to be a 0.6106142755%er Super Moderator

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  10. migilito

    migilito Been here awhile

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    Sorry folks, it lools like the Macallan is being replaced with a Lagavulin 16 year old.
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  11. ronaldpottol

    ronaldpottol Adventurer

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    Convince me to leave the comfort of my RV, and I'll take care of you in that regard

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  12. ronaldpottol

    ronaldpottol Adventurer

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    Quality interesting single malts anyways. I don't have this one, but, well, K&L can do bad things to your wallet http://m.klwines.com/p/i?i=1298487

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  13. Todd157k

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    Put us in Mike. Wifey will act as my nOOb.. she's going to ride her own bike to this. We wanted to do it last year and totally missed out.
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  14. Hypertech

    Hypertech Working under pressure!

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    How do i sign up? I'm new to all this stuff.
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  16. RTWRENO!

    RTWRENO! n00b

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    in, maybe 3 times to saline this year!!!! yeeeehaw!
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  17. migilito

    migilito Been here awhile

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    Sign ups will be available closer to the date. Everyone who registers for nOObs will have access to the sign ups for various rides. There will be many, many rides for many skill levels. The Saline Valley Warm Springs ride is just one of many.
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  18. HBSURFDAD

    HBSURFDAD Oops, Sorry

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    It is one of many, but it is a special one
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  19. migilito

    migilito Been here awhile

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    Depending on the numbers, you be a lead #2. Figure we split a big group.
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  20. 1224R

    1224R Long timer

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    Heading to the springs next week..... I'll leave you fellas a geocache as this year ill be in Moab riding..... Mig ill give you the coordinates when i figure it out.....
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