Questor rides the WABDR with CJ designs and friends

Discussion in 'Ride Reports - Epic Rides' started by Questor, Feb 7, 2013.

  1. Drif10

    Drif10 Accredited Jackass

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    I've owned a couple of KTM's, and this picture sums up the maintenance procedure:

    Throw it on the ground, and start wrenching. :D

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    Mine:

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    You're bang on about with the description you posted about their realities of ownership, in my opinion. :thumb


    Good ride, keep it coming. :kbasa
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  2. Questor

    Questor More Undestructable

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    Around 8:00am I crawled out of my tent.
    Over the course of the previous day, we had a lot of new people show up for the gathering.
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    As everyone else packed up their stuff, I took my time and let my gear dry out. By 10:00am or so I was packed up and headed towards Hood River to do some Internet and jump on Interstate 84 to head East so I could be in Vale the next morning.

    Here's the bike in front of the coffee shop where I got caught up on E-mail and spoke with my boss for the first time in nine days. :puke1
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    After fueling up and getting a quick bite to eat I headed East on the Interstate. 80 MPH on a fully loaded Adventure Bike with a blown rear shock was "interesting".

    Here's some pictures I took as I rode four hours to the La Grande area and eventually camped somewhere in the Whitman National Forest.
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    It was getting cold that evening as I set up Camp Snuggly in the mountains just to west of La Grande, and there was nothing to do so I simply went to sleep.

    Stats for the day:
    196 miles. Moving average 57.6
    Moving Time 3:24 Stopped 4:41 Total 8:06

    Q~
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  3. byways

    byways byways

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    Is that "BigDog River Coffee Co." by any chance? :rofl
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  4. Questor

    Questor More Undestructable

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    It got REALLY cold overnight. I was at a pretty high elevation and there was frost on everything, the tent, and the bike.
    The KTM was running 20W-50 oil, has a lithium battery, and I knew it hated starting when it got this cold.
    I packed up the tent, and got my gear on...
    I HAD to be at the Sheriffs office at 9:00am.

    I crossed my fingers, turned the ignition on, heard the fuel pump surge, and pushed the starter button.
    The bike "Mruuffed" twice and stopped.
    SHIT!
    I tried again... "Muruff, mrruff, mruff, mruff..."
    SHIT!
    "Mrruufff, Mruff, Mrufff, popp, popp, Vroom!!!"
    :clap

    Shit that was close...
    I kept the throttle open, and made sure the engine warmed up.
    Then, carefully I rode out of the forest road I came in on the night before.
    It was a rooted and sandy road, and I didn't have the time to drop the bike or make any other stupid mistakes..

    But soon I was on the highway again and made it to Vale on time.

    Once I finished my business at the Sheriffs department, I got back on the bike and Rode Rt 20 West to Bend Oregon.
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    I stopped along the way to shed layers and take a KTM beauty picture.
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    As I neared Bend, I could see they have been having forest fires too.
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    I had made arrangements to camp with Kurt and Martha from Black Dog Cycle Works.
    We were going to share a campsite in the state park. I was the first to get there so I set up camp Snuggly.
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    Then I went out and got stuff for dinner.
    It had been a long day and I had not eaten much all day.
    Time to feed!
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    Kurt and Martha showed up later in their mega rig and we hung out for a while, but eventually sleep caught up with me and I went to bed.

    Stats for the day:
    408 miles. Average speed 61.0 mph
    Moving time 6:41 Stopped 3:53 Total 10:34

    Q~
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  5. BeardThrone

    BeardThrone ...in bat country.

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    Is that Ewan McGregor? Did he finally drink the Orange Drank?
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  6. byways

    byways byways

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    :lurk
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  7. DockingPilot

    DockingPilot Hooked Up and Hard Over

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    :lol3 I hear ya Q.
    I managed to butcher a few of prominent names myself.

    Great RR :thumb
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  8. markbvt

    markbvt Long timer

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    That sounds like an interesting story in itself!

    Wow, those glasses make everyone look goofy!

    Hmm... what's up with those splashes on your tent -- did someone pee on it in the middle of the night?

    --mark
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  9. byways

    byways byways

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    It's a Nemo, which, in my experience, keep the rain inside so the exterior doesn't get wet.
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  10. redog1

    redog1 KLR650-2009

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    ...none-the-less, I'm in. :D
    I ride a KLR so I'm slow. :lol3
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  11. Questor

    Questor More Undestructable

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    Well, today was the day I got the rear shock fixed on the KTM.
    As I was in Bend, f course I had to stop at a Starbucks and get coffee and some Wi-Fi.
    Then I rode to M-Tech to get the shock rebuilt.
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    It wasn't long before Matt had the bike on the stand, and had the shock out.
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    I had called ahead a week ago, and Matt had all the parts waiting.
    So here's the rear shock.
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    Piece by Piece, Matt takes the shock apart, decreases and cleans every part, and lays then out on an organized sequence.
    It was like watching a surgeon at work.
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    In less than three hours the bike was back together. I highly recommend M-Tech! :clap
    So now that the Super Enduro is back to normal, I rode to the KTM event and began looking for friends and a place to relax.
    There's a familiar sight. :wink:
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    Most people were out riding, so I took a few moments to walk around and check out the vendors.
    KTM had their big truck there and was offering demo rides. I'll try the 690 tomorrow.
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    Klim had a presence as well.
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    Later in the afternoon there was a "Skills Contest".
    Several skills were tested.
    Slow riding, hoola hoop toss, putting a ping pong pall in a tube and catching it as it rolled out the other end...
    Everybody gave it a shot.
    Big Wan, Raddick, and someone who's name I have forgotten tried it the Skills Contest three up on a KTM. That's over 700 pounds of ADV rider!
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    Three big guys on a KTM trying to go slow...
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    But the most difficult trick was the ping pong ball one.
    Nobody could do it.
    So our resident expert Jimmy Lewis pulled out the secret weapon and showed us how it was done.
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    The crowd was silent. :huh
    The crowed was awed.
    Or was it "awwwwed?"

    So here's probably the highlight of the trip for me.
    As you may remember, CJ has been testing and riding the new Rekluse "auto-clutch" and had been making all the hill climbs and slow technical sections look easy. (Plus he's a really good rider.)
    And I must say, I was envious.
    I'm a gear junkie at heart. I love having all the newest and best toys and parts for my bikes. From luggage, to winches, to GPS to riding gear, I lust after all the cool stuff.
    So imagine my surprise when the Rekluse guys told me they were looking for a volunteer KTM 950 for an installation demo of one of their new clutch systems that evening. :eek1
    Oh ooh oh oh!!! Me Me Me!
    Oh Please ME! :y0!

    And they said "Yes"!
    :happay

    So that evening, I pushed the mighty Super Enduro over to their tent, and they proceeded to show how easy it is to put the new clutch system into a KTM 950.
    It's a simple three beer project. They even gave out the beer! All I had to do was stand there and watch! This was even better than letting CJ change my tire for me! :rofl


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    A brief explanation of the technology from my new best friend Al Youngwerth!
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    And about 20 minutes later...
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    And I had the coolest Super Enduro EVAR!

    THANKS REKLUSE GUYS!!!
    I was amazed at my luck.

    Then after the free beer and installation, we all went to feed at the KTM sponsored dinner.

    After stuffing myself at dinner, I slowly rode back to the campground experiencing the "New" bike I had.
    Between the new shock, and the new clutch, the Super Enduro had been transformed from a wild bucking Sabertooth Tiger that was always trying to kill me, into a mellow lap cat what just smoothly purred along.

    A great day.

    No relevant stats were recorded...

    Q~
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  12. DockingPilot

    DockingPilot Hooked Up and Hard Over

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    Is that a Jesse Basket ?
    Lol


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  13. Questor

    Questor More Undestructable

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    I woke up...
    Yeup. I did.
    Then I went to the bathroom. And as I walked back to my camp, I note that I am surrounded by a bunch of KTM riding hooligans.
    I mean just look at this...
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    A massive collection of dirty, loud, Adventure bikes.

    And they're MY FRIENDS! :D

    Here's Big Wan. We last saw each other in Idaho.
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    He stayed at my house, with Little Wan on their latest "stupid" trip.
    They ate my food, drank my beer, and are some of the best friends I could ever ask for. :wink:

    And I know many other members of this "tribe".
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    And I'm proud to be able to call them friends.
    I guess that's a really big part of why we ride. Sure the bikes are cool, and the traveling and seeing remote places is neat, but in the end, it's the friends we make that make this such a special activity. :nod

    So we gear our gear on, let the bikes warm up, and then all slowly ride to the KTM event. (Honestly. None of the other people in the campgound even noticed we were there.)

    So breakfast is served.
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    Nom nom nom.
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    After breakfast I walk around the event and see my new dream bike...
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    I love the two KTM's I already have, but this one is nice too.
    Can I have one? Please? If it follows me home one day, can I keep it?

    Anyway, one of the "perks" of attending an event like this is a free training course taught by Jimmy Lewis.
    I sign up for an early class, and at the appointed time, we all follow him out to an old sand and gravel pit.
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    For two hours, he teaches us how to do ridiculous things like power slides, emergency braking and riding along with the front wheel locked... :huh... and I didn't stall the bike once. :wink:

    By now it was mid day, and it was getting hot.
    Most people were out riding. I could only imagine how dusty it must have been.
    Also, there were active forest fires going on all around us.
    In this picture you can just barely see the sun though the smoke.
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    And there was heavy ash falling from the sky...

    I was smart.
    I found the "lounge" had a few beers and just hung out.
    Many of my friends were doing the same thing, but for different reasons. :eek1
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    Ah yes... the life we lead.

    As we were hanging out at the Black Dog Cycle Works booth, it was only fitting to get some pictures of the Black Dog on my Super Enduro.
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    As the day wound down, various riders came riding back to the event site.

    Some had more exciting rides than others.
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    And here's what sucks... Most of us rode out bikes thousands of miles to get here. These bikes are our only source of transportation. If you put a hole in your motor... well you're kinda screwed...
    But also remember, that we are all part of a big family.
    We look out for each other and help each other...
    So in a little while, everyone was doing what they could to help. Even the KTM Factory Guys. :clap
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    They scavenged parts from other bikes, pulled together, and got this guy back on the road for his trip home. Awesome guys!

    Then it was dinner time.
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    And David Wachs won the award for "Outstanding Achievement on the Overall Field of Excellence". :lol3
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    and went on and on talking about what its' like to be excellent. :lol3
    We all had a great evening talking, eating, and telling tall tales.

    Later, we left the event site, and returned back to the campground.
    Kurt made a big campfire, and we all stood around drinking beer and staring at the fire.

    The KTM event, and partying with my friends was the culmination of this years big trip. It had been an exciting trip. Lots had happened. We had ridden a lot of miles, overcome challenges, and enjoyed (almost) every minute of it. But I was tired of all the traveling and I was looking forward to heading home.

    I stayed up as late as I could with my friends, but eventually I had to go to sleep.

    According to the people around camp that night, I snored VERY loudly... :lol3

    Q~
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  14. Idahosam

    Idahosam Set Adrift

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    Well guess I missed out on quite an exciting Rally there. I recognized many a faces there,.." it's a small world after all " :lol3 Keep it coming.
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  15. redog1

    redog1 KLR650-2009

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    That KTM rally is like a who's who of ADVrider celebrities. Is anyone welcome at these rallies, even KLR riders? After all, I do LUST after a 950SE. :norton :lol3 Maybe one day :dunno
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  16. DRRambler

    DRRambler AKA Albertastrom

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    Now I feel like I must buy Orange....thanks Q:lol3
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  17. DingWeed

    DingWeed Been here awhile

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    Thanks for the ride along!!!:clap:clap
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  18. Vinnie the Snake

    Vinnie the Snake Long timer

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    :clap Just what the Dr. ordered to get me thru another winter evening. Great read mate!!!!!!!!
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  19. Katze

    Katze Full Time Rider

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    You can view Mt. Shasta from Washington?
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  20. NWBoon

    NWBoon Been here awhile

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    That was an excellent ride report, thank you Questor!
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