Part-time Saddle tramp

Discussion in 'Ride Reports - Epic Rides' started by Ebbs15, Feb 15, 2012.

  1. Throttlemeister

    Throttlemeister Long timer

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    Nice photos:clap:clap:clap Hell of a route in winter:eek1 You put in some serious effort on that one, especially w/o the heated grips.
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  2. PhiSig1071

    PhiSig1071 What's ******width?

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    So, back from the dead thread.

    Ebbs, weren't you on TwoWheelFix or something like that? I seem to remember you, me and like four other people were the only ones to ever post. Same Ebbs, right?

    Hell, I live in Tucson, if you ever want a staging point to get to the Grand Canyon, hit me up. Maybe I'll load up the bike and go with you.
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  3. Ebbs15

    Ebbs15 Parttime Saddletramp

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    Yeah same guy... I'm in Colorado now... so I may take you up on that offer! I thought you were in South Florida though... or am I confused?

    anyways... I think I'm gonna see if I can turn this into a run on thread... multiple trips... just save me some searching.
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  4. Ebbs15

    Ebbs15 Parttime Saddletramp

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    So it just dawned on me that I hadn't completed my trip... at least not in report form... so here it is... over a year over due.

    when I last left off I had stopped for the night in Van Horn TX. The ride in was very cold, and fast... 80mph speed limit. I had some issues with the Spot shutting off... even with new batteries, but eventually it worked just fine, though I had a few gaps that appeared as I didn't always watch to make sure the spot was sending/on
    I decided late that night that I was in deed going for an Iron Butt... ie 1000 miles in less than 24hrs. so I got up at 0500 and loaded up the bike and set off. It was clear and dry at first, but cold, again the 80mph speed limit didn't help. I had plenty of time to my self to think about things in my life with out the distraction of things to see or weather from Van Horn to the Austin... My thoughts ranged from what life was like out here, to what is a Steer? I know a Bull is a male and Cow is Female... so wtf is Steer?
    Mostly though, my thoughts, already, turn to future adventures. I'd be lying if I said I was 100% in love with the Dakar. To be honest, the weight of her really killed her for me. I'm not sure where I got the illusion, but I was for some reason under the impression the Dakar weighed about as much as a DR650... uh... not so much... it's about 430lbs about 70lbs heaver than I thought, and 120lbs heavier than my DRZ! and in my limited ability off road, it was too much.
    Back to the road trip. The weather found me just as I turned off for Austin, and followed me until I got through Houston. I stopped in Austin for an hr and dried out at an Outback Steakhouse. I was supposed to meet a old High School friend, but we couldn't get on the same page time wise. I tried connecting with some friends from forums, but my phone was acting funky so when I checked, none of my messages had been sent and I was ready to get on the road.
    I got a little turned around in Houston due to my GPS throwing errors, and almost lost out on my Iron Butt because of it. (shorted the distance 20 miles from what I'd planned out) and it got me off the interstate which slowed me down and pushed my arrival home back about two hrs.
    I got to the LA/TX border around 8 or 9 pm... I was exhausted already, but knowing I was close... I stopped at a gas station, fueled up the bike and me, and pushed on
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    I pressed on and got to Mississippi around 1ish...
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    I think the blurryness of everything but the sign portrays my feelings at the time...
    I got home at 0125 and filled up to get my last reciept for the Iron Butt...
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  5. Ebbs15

    Ebbs15 Parttime Saddletramp

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    So it's been a while since I've posted here... I wished it was because I was doing soo much riding i didn't have the time... unfortunatly that's not the case. I ended up in the hospital in August of 02 because someone slashed my valve stem while I ran into my office real quick and I went down slamming my helmet resulting in a severe concussion. So I stopped riding to work... Then at the BUTT rally I wrecked and ended up in the hospital again with another severe concussion... two months later I moved to Denver, Colorado, and though I had some good rides in the snow, I wasn't about to commute in it LOL. So it wasn't until this weekend that the Dakar made it's first appearance this year in the mountains of Colorado. I didn't do as much riding as I'd hoped, but i need to get used to long days in the saddle again, and I had prior engagements that cut one day short.
    I did make a ride down to Pikes Peak on Saturday though. Gorgeous day, so I stopped and took the obligatory photo of the Dakar

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    I was bummed to hear from the ranger that the road was paved all the way to the top, but once I got north of 11,000ft I was OK with it. The winds picked up and with no guard rails... had me wondering if a concussion would be the least of my problems if I went down here. I also noticed my confidence on the bike was not what it was... I was stiff and couldn't relax on the way up. Not sure if it was because of my offs... or the time away from riding. I made it to the top eventually and was astonished at how little effort it took for me to feel out of breath. I'm in for a hell of a wake up in a couple weeks when I run the Mt Evans ascent (14 miles starting at 10k ft finish at 14k feet.)

    Anyways... here are a couple pics from the top
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    Then I decided to use my new(ish) Sony NEX-5n that I bought purposely for motorcycle trips for the ride down. I put the neck strap on and shot these as I coasted down in 2nd (held me right at the 20mph speed limit)
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    Yesterday I took off planning on riding nearly 400 miles, something well within my comfort zone, or used to be. I found I'm needing to ease myself back into long days, as my butt is the limiting factor. Anyways... the day started off fantastic... got an earlier start so the weather was cooler.. but still in the 70's. At the first gas stop I strapped by camera strap through the tank bag to hold it secure but still able me to take photos while riding. Took some getting used to, and I need to work on holding the camera level, but as I'm shooting with my left hand and not taking my eyes off the road (except on a couple) I think out of 300+ shots I got 100 that were keepable... and about 20 that are worthy of showing. Here are a few
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    My trip took me on and off road and I found this little abandon building... and when on a motorcycle ride... abandon building=photo op.

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    The dirt ended just up around the corner from this, and as quickly as it showed up, it vanished (probably less than .25miles) and I was transported back in time, I just wished the photos had turned out better
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    Most people pose for self shots... not me... Mid verse of The Man Who Sold The World, done much better by Nirvana
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    Then it was back on the asphalt and through some of most gorgeous country in Colorado and some cool mountain towns.
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    Then it was back off road... I had planned on a couple off road stints, but this one wasn't planned. My GPS routed me though and considering I'd come way down from where I saw snow last, I was ok with it. I was still at 10k feet I'd later find... only got a couple photos before the road required both hands and complete attention (again my lack of confidence off road kicked in)
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    About 6 miles down the road I ran into snow, it went form a shady area here and there to covering the road in big 10' long areas... which I stupidly didn't scout before and pressed through... and finally to a section that was completely snow for at least 100yards (couldn't see any further due to corners). so I tried turning around, only 1 the ground was like grease due to the run off from the melting snow, and I was on a hill... Note to self... when in a new area and slick conditions combine with elevation changes... SCOUT FIRST! I got the bike turned around and started up the hill, but didn't make it far. The first and biggest snow section stopped me solid. I couldn't get traction with the tire or my feet to try and paddle. I had just dropped the bike on it's side after losing my footing when a guy showed up on a Yamaha WR250 and helped me get the bike out... I'm not quite sure what I'd have done had he not shown up... HUGE WAKEUP call for me, SCOUT and don't even slightly push it when alone.

    Anyways, this whole ordeal took about 2hrs out of my day and about 50% of my energy so I threw in the flag and rode home. Thinking I'd hit up the rest of my planned trip Today (Memorial Day) however once I got home and threw some lube on the chain, I discovered my master link clip missing... so no riding till that's back (had a spare, but don't remember where I put it in the move)

    anyways... hope you all enjoyed your days off as much as I did mine.

    Till next time
    Brandon
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  6. PhiSig1071

    PhiSig1071 What's ******width?

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    Nope, you're not confused. I used to live in the Keys, I moved to Louisiana and now to Tucson, AZ since TWF went under. I like the Dakar, it's nice. I have a DRZ400E now, if you want to do some S. AZ off-roading come on down, I've got a spare bedroom.
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  7. Ebbs15

    Ebbs15 Parttime Saddletramp

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    Today was not a good day, it began great, because I rode into work, however, I did not ride home... and any day that starts with me riding home, and ending with me riding shotgun in a tow truck... is not a good day...

    I left work excited to be on the bike after a tough day dealing with pissed off leadership and just over all cranky people, whom apparently all got together and decided that I needed to join their ranks of the pissed off and chronically depressed.* NOT HAPPENING.... no way... not with my bike awaiting me in the parking lot.

    I literally ran out the building, partly to avoid getting caught by a procrastinating negative Nancy, but also because I truly love to ride that much!* I get my helmet on as I'm running, start the motor, give my bike the once over for Tires, lights, etc... and get on and go... I'm out the parking lot, and move over to take a left at the next light... I've gathered a bit of speed in my excitement, but no worries, my brakes are new and in great shape.* So I step down smoothly on the rear brake and squeeze the front brake, and feel the deceleration and the ass end slide side to side a bit... huh, still not used to the SS brake line I had installed last week on the rear... I come to a hault and put my right foot down, it slips and I almost fall.* WTF?* I look down and my motor looks like someone's layed open an artery, as it's black blood gushes, litterally gushes with the heartbeat of the Dakar's thumper motor all over my leg, the engine and puddles on the asphault.* FUCK!* I hit the engine kill switch and push the bike through the intersection (not before almost being hit by a car running a red light... really who can't see a 6'3... 6'4" with helmet guy pushing a white bike in broad day light... Colorado drivers... that's who)

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    Anyways, I get to the side of the road and investigate... looks like the oil filter cover is loose... and my tools are all at home... DOUBLE FUCK.* I call a co-worker and she drives me to Advanced Auto to buy 3 quarts of oil (one maybe two to add now, and 1 to add to the one at home to change my oil and filter)* and the torx bits and driver needed to tighten the screws.* *$50 later... I'm out the door... ugh.* I get back to the bike and start to tighten the bolts... only they're already tight as hell... WTF?* ok, maybe the O ring busted or something... it was something else
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    Oh yeah, that broken all the way through... the only thing holding it together is the O ring... TRIPPLE FUCK... so I call Progressive and have them send out a tow truck through my insurance's roadside assistance.* then jump on the phone to BMW to order the part hoping to catch them before they close and get the part in tomorrow and still be able to ride this weekend... yeah... not so much.* I was able to reach them, however they didn't have the part in, and because BMW is doing a "system upgrade" tomorrow, you can't order parts, but the parts guy said he's gonna try getting the order in now to see if they can get it Saturday then call tomorrow AM to ensure it's on the truck... AWESOME,* BMW of Denver (http://www.bmwofdenver.com/) has top notch customer service... they're just as expensive as other BMW dealers, but they take care of their customers and that goes a long way with me (had multiple dealings with them, not just this issue)* so not a big deal, maybe lose out on half a day Saturday of riding.* I hang up and start surfing the web on my Samsung Galaxy Note2... (awesome phone btw... for those not intimidated by it's size)* and my phone rings... it's the parts guy... bad news... no dealer in the states stocks that part, so it's gotta be ordered from Germany... 3 week lead time.* FUCK FUCK FUCK FUCK...

    I tried the "wooo saaaaa" technique, but just got oil in my ear, which didn't help the calming effect, so it was somewhat less effective than it was on Martin Lawerence's character in Bad Boys... but I took a couple deep breaths and realized it's all out of my hands and honestly... with that last breath, all frustration and anger left... I didn't go down, I was safe, I had a tow truck coming, I had the part on order, I have other transportation, I was actually in a GOOD situation as far as things could go... and hey, this gives me time to sort out some minor things I wanted to fix on the bike anyways....

    but I still feel like I need a drink ;-)
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  8. Ebbs15

    Ebbs15 Parttime Saddletramp

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    Damn I was in Mississippi until April, my parents were in Baton Rouge... I was looking for a reason for a road trip! lol and I had my DRZ400s in LA... (now sold to my bro in Oregon)

    anyways... yeah we'll have to connect for a bit of fun!
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