Raw and Cinco's BDR Shananigans

Discussion in 'Epic Rides' started by JonnyCinco, Jul 17, 2013.

  1. JonnyCinco

    JonnyCinco Adventurer

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    Adventure 2.0.

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    Last January, I road from VA to CA to Rawhyde to UT and back on my Super Tenere. It was a great time to be on the road in the south. Great weather, meeting great people, and stopping to see some relatives. After getting a taste for what the Tenere can do offroad at Rawhyde, I finally convinced a buddy to man up and get an ADV bike.

    So, the plan has evolved and with Butler creating the CO BDR, we are setting out for the great west to attempt the UT and CO BDR's. Skill is beginner offroad but fairly seasoned on road (several years of track riding). Adventurous spirit is expert level :freaky

    Weapons of choice:

    Me: 2012 Yamaha Super Tenere - well farkled

    Raw: 2012 KTM 990 Adventure R

    Set departure is tomorrow in the AM. Head across the US on the slap, then enjoy the backcountry after new shoes are ready to rock.

    Spotwalla link --> https://spotwalla.com/tripViewer.php?id=74eb51e6d8938856a&showInfo=yes

    Ready for Departure!
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  2. CheapB

    CheapB Been here awhile

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    I got you in my crosshairs Doc! :lol3

    Ready to head back out west myself. Might have to wait another year or two. You should have rolled out with all of the ol TS3 gang back in '11!
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  3. Honkey Cat

    Honkey Cat Tailights Fade!

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    bingo, bango in.
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  4. Hotbrakes

    Hotbrakes Adventurer

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    Braaaapp! Have fun!
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  5. JonnyCinco

    JonnyCinco Adventurer

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    Damn....no matter how far I run:huh

    Will hopefully be riding on routes a bit more rugged than the S3 can handle


    Lock and loaded!
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  6. JonnyCinco

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    Day 1
    Miles: 851 miles
    Richmond to West Memphis

    Well, as ADV "plans" go...ours started out on the correct path. We intended to leave Richmond around 6 am and get to Little Rock. However, Raw's departure from his PA home was a bit delayed due to a sleeping disorder (lets hope this is not carried over to his bike).

    Nevertheless, no worries. I was content as we were able to start the day off with a nice espresso

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    Then the super slab commenced. After doing my iron butt back in January, I thought I did not fear any slab. However, 850 miles in 96 degree, east coast heat is way different that 1100 miles in January. Wow...check that "monkeybutt" off the list of experiences.

    Not too much else to report today. God blesses Tennessee with ethanol free gas

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    Bike felt as though it ran the same, but I'd like to think it felt better on the inside.

    Tomorrow is the super duper slab, as we have to get to Albuquerque (1009) miles away). Time to experience some Silverback butt.:cry
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  7. Ghostyman

    Ghostyman Been here awhile

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    Cool! Looking forward to following along.
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  8. rhino_adv

    rhino_adv Gnarly Adventurer

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    Brad
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  9. JonnyCinco

    JonnyCinco Adventurer

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    Day 2
    Miles 1055
    West Memphis AR to Albuquerque NM

    The day started as all others days typically do...with my alarm going off. Having to make up some time meant an early start today. What was supposed to be a boring saddle sore day turned into slab adventure (if you can call slabbing it across country an adventure).

    Bikes loaded and gassed up, we skip breakfast in favor of a morning jaunt through Arkansas. Unfortunately, I do not remember half of it as I still had not fully awoken. Caffeine injection needed!

    Awesome Cinco idea of the day: add a large iced americano to the camelback. The day was officially underway.

    After enter Oklahoma, Raw abruptly came over the intercom noting he no longer has power to his com device. Rut roo! Pulling over, he recreated the harsh helmet slap he experienced the KTM get a little power hungry. The cord caught the chain and that was the end of that. Looking at the rear tire, we found the cord.

    Other than that, Raw also found out how many miles his tank would get him at 80mph, as he ran outta gas in TX.

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    The day finally ended and rest well needed in Albuquerque. We have made it to the west. Some bike maintenance tomorrow and the BDR is at our backdoor.
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  10. JonnyCinco

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    Day 3
    Miles: 280
    Albuquerque to Dolores

    I am pretty sure the end of the world could have occurred last night, and I would not have been aware. After hitting 1900 miles in 2 days, at late nights each day, I was pretty beat.

    Today's agenda: New shoes and Fresh blood.

    Woke up this morning around 8ish and got our stuff packed up to meet an ADDV's who was offering his garage and tools. The shop we ordered our tires did not open until 10 am (Moto Authority in Albuquerque). So, plenty of time to get the tires off and over to the shop.

    Surprise of the day: only 3 of four tires came in. Last time I checked, we were not going two-up on a Can Am on the Ace and Gary show. Turns out, the 990 rear K60 is in high demand and did not ship on time. After calling all shops, the KTM dealer on the other side of town had a TKC80 in stock. Raw is now pimping the combo K60/TKC80 style.

    With the unexpected tour of Albuquerque and bike maintenance, once again we were not on the road until 5ish to make it up to Dolores.

    A great reason to live in Albuquerque: Green or Red Chillies!

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    Raw mounting up the combo:

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    the ride from Albu to Dolores was a nice ride. Especially once you hit CO. Surprise #2 of the day: The mexican fiesta place in Cortez makes the BEST margaritas I have had in a while. Hand squeezed limes......hmmmmmmmm.

    Food pic:

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    Tomorrow...we plan on doing more of the riding thing...however, we hope to find some dirt:clap:clap
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  11. JonnyCinco

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  12. JonnyCinco

    JonnyCinco Adventurer

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    Day 4
    Miles: 107
    CO BDR Section 1 (abbreviated) Dolores to Telluride

    Random gate in Dolores

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    The morning started out...mid morning:D After getting in late the night previous, and the delicious Mexican food, the early start, turned into a mid morning packing event followed by a noonish depart time.

    Good Morning Raw

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    Being that Garmin and I have a love/hate relationship..I uploaded the custom route from Butler and said "LETS GO!!" After 15 minutes on tarmac, I finally got the clue that Garmin was taking us the scenic route and not the backcountry route. ABORT MISSION!! Turned around and Raw took the lead with the paper map while I cursed the Garmin on our way back to Dolores.

    Did you know the COBDR starts right in Dolores? I do now:huh

    The initial section I thought..RUT ROO! What have I gotten myself into. With the after rains and ruts, the soft section of the initial part was a bit squirrely. This bike handles quite a bit different fully loaded than it did at the Rawhyde course :eek1

    After the softer section, we finally made it to some elevation and hard-pack and rocks. GREAT climbing fun and definitely a good way to introduce you to what is to come with the passes.

    After passing Groundlake, I felt a bit....uncertain, let's say. With every drink of water I took, my stomach grumbled a bit deeper. About 8 miles outside of Groundhog lake, I could not take it anymore...EMERGENCY STOP! HELLO and good afternoon to the "other end" of elevation sickness. :eek1:eek1

    the rest of the afternoon was filled with awesome views and fun switchbacks.

    Me on a switchback

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    Raw on a switchback

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    We got into Telluride and had originally planned to camp, however, with my current predicament, we decided to get a hotel room at The Hotel Telluride for the night and "drug up" for tomorrow.

    Arriving in Telluride

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  13. true grip

    true grip Been here awhile

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    Great start! Raw may appreciate that TKC! Looking forward to following along. Be safe
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  14. JonnyCinco

    JonnyCinco Adventurer

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    EMERGENCY!!

    Going up Ophir, the Tenere decided to take a nap. Upon waking her, she gave up on me. Let the clutch out and it just revs, NO VA! It dies engage slightly to not allow me to roll backwards, but that's it.

    We drifted back to the Conoco in Telluride. I was able to get some power, but if I give it any aggressive throttle, it just revs.

    Thoughts? Stuck in Telluride...

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  15. BigDogAdventures

    BigDogAdventures Fart Letter

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    If it's moving-----reving up-----but not accelerating like it should--------sounds like the clutch is toast.

    I don't think any of the fancy traction control stuff would cause this scenario.

    Mark
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  16. JonnyCinco

    JonnyCinco Adventurer

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    Fall was slow on the right side. Lever is stiff throughout. Just bleed it and fluid came shooting out with no issues. Think my clutch is bye bye.

    Waiting on a tow truck now for Telluride to Grand Junction.

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  17. CheapB

    CheapB Been here awhile

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    What the heck Cinco?! You're supposed to wheelie up those hills, not burn the clutch out! :D Good luck man, hope it can be fixed quickly and cheaply!
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  18. JonnyCinco

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    Day 5
    Telluride to....Telluride
    Miles: Technically 0, but traveled 20 or so

    Ya know....if you sit around a gas station long enough, you can meet the nicest people.

    The day started out great. Actually up and mobile prior to 10am:clap

    The bikes were loaded and we were getting our caffeine fix at the Bean in Telluride by 8am. With a double espresso in shotgun position, we headed to Section 2 of the COBDR. What started out on nice gravel roads, were were soon greeted by the cool town of Ophir, with Ophir pass looking down upon us. Up, Up, and AWAY!

    The pass started out good. Steeper than Section 1, but solid. Some light water crossing, but nothing to worry about. Then....then came the fun part. The pass continued to climb and the rocks became larger and looser. I was rolling fairly well. Eyes forward, weight balanced, as constant throttle as I could. After passing a jeep, I came upon the steepest...and loosest part of the trail. The Tenere rolled strong until I hit one rock that tossed me into the cliff, and a subsuquent ditch, in combination with a rock flipping me into neutral, I found the Tenere taking a nap and me out of breath.

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    After a couple of attempts, I waited for Raw to ride up. We hoisted my sleeping beauty and assessed a WTF to do. The bike was in the deep, big rocks and was not happy to rock forward or backward. Eventually, we were able to get it to a "flatter" part and attempt the start. However, after one attempt with TCS1, she stalled. No problem. Restart and turn of the TCS. Slowly letting the clutch out, the bike did not move....but the engine revved. RUT ROOO!!!!

    Two more attempts resulted in the same outcome. As they say, do the same thing twice with the same result......:deal

    Now with traffic backing up on the pass, two Jeeps came down to assess the situation as well. It was decided (as though we had options :norton ) to turn it around and roll back down. Rawhyde Adventures training engaging, we rocked the front wheel to and fro...and to again until she turned. Rolling back down the hill, I found a relatively flat spot and hiked back up to help Raw.

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    I limped back to Ophir, with the bike seeming to respond (however, I was going down hill).

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    Love my panniers...but I do not think my panniers love me. A little dent

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    We decided to head back into Telluride to re-evaluate our route, as some other guys on 650's, 300's, and 450's were rolling by us stating that part was the worst. We got back to Route 145 and I attempted to give it some throttle. It was a lack luster response and the bike revved like a razor scooter with a lawnmower motor attached. The acceleration was the same result..NOTHING. Anything remotely aggressive with the throttle resulted in lots of engine noise, but not so much rear tire response. We got back to the Conoco and made some calls. The shop in Montrose could not fit us in until Wednesday. The shop in Grand Junction said bring it on up and if you get here, we will get it in today, if not tomorrow morning. GREAT! Well, went to get back on the road and limp it to Grand Junction, and I swear a turtle passed me going up a wheelchair ramp-like slope. I knew this because both my feet were on the ground, I was in first gear, and my clutch lever was fully released. Bye bye clutch!:eek1

    We turned back to the gas station (luckily downhill) and called AAA. By now, it was 1 PM. After some back and forth, they said they will be there at 4:30pm. :lol3 Nice people and everyone did state (at least you are in an awesome place to break down. Which, I would normally agree, but I was still 3 miles outside of Telluride, at a gas station.

    Turns out, you meet the nicest people at a gas station if you sit there long enough. Peter rolled in on his XR650 (stopped on the pass to offer his truck services). Then met two Brits on some BMW X challenges that started out in SC and have been riding the TAT for the past month. 4:30 came and went. At this time, I start thinking that I will be renting a Uhaul and going home with my tail tucked..defeated by the beast and Ophir.

    Then a call from the tow truck company. He is in Montrose and will be there in an hour (this at 5:30). I told him I will give him a call back in 5 minutes nd go get my shop manual. Looks like the clutch is like most that I have replaced and look at Raw.

    Options:

    Wait an hour, drive 2.5 hours to Grand Junction, and let a shop fix it...but we are in Grand Junction, away from the BDR, and the mountain views

    Or

    Moto-tow the bike to the camp ground, order a clutch, and do the work ourselves.

    As we pondered this, up comes Stu. "You guys need some directions?" He sees we are viewing the manual and gives me his card. He has a garage, a backyard, and friends with tools. All just 1/2 mile away.

    Option C!!!! Stu runs to get a tow strap and an interesting first for me. Nothing like water skiing on asphalt while riding a 700 pound beast. Video to follow:clap

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    So, now we are truly in an adventure like I always read about on these ride reports. Stranded, 2000 miles from home, in an area with no moto shops. A stranger offered his garage, beer, food, and even car to us with no question ask. :freaky

    And this is my view tonight

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  19. JonnyCinco

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    Day 6
    Miles: 0
    Telluride to...well...Telluride

    Today I enjoyed the the early morning sunrise that Telluride offers and a nice coffee and scone (yea, BMW style). After making some phone calls, no one has a clutch in stock. So, I look online for aftermarket and other forum posts. Looks like Barnett makes a clutch kit. Sweet deal, lets rock.....well, almost.

    Sure as shite on shinolla, my clutch was FRIED. Literally, not figuratively.

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    Pieces on the cover

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    Whats this little guy hiding back there doing???

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    This is now more than a clutch issue, as little specks of clutch plate were everywhere, and most likely resting in my engine. I give a call back to Montrose to Davis Service Center and speak to Lincoln...who puts me in touch with KC. KC notes that it does sound like a warranty issue, but they will not know for sure until they are able to break it down a bit. Luckily, they happen to be dropping off a bike in Tellluride tomorrow, so they can swing by and pick up my S10.

    So, right now, in a holding pattern until tomorrow......
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  20. CheapB

    CheapB Been here awhile

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    Boooo! That sucks, but of all places to be stuck, talk about roughin it. :D
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