Sierra Extreme Misadventure Rally

Discussion in 'Ride Reports - Epic Rides' started by Zen Slug, Aug 30, 2005.

  1. Zen Slug

    Zen Slug Spineless Adventurer

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    On Wednesday night I get home from work looking forward to
    a long weekend on the trails of California's Sierra Nevada Mountains...
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    my mind is flying with the possibilities...









    The plan is to leave at 6am on Thursday morning and meet up with a group
    of 4 other SoCal riders heading for the "Rawhyde Sierra Extreme" rally near Bishop, CA.




    However a Wednesday-night inspection reveals a very loose chain
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    okay, that's not my bike...but my chain is almost that loose!



    at least that's an easy fix...


    or is it?








    Turns out I've got an extra link (new chain) and can't get proper tension without removing a link.



    Off comes the chain and down the street I go to the neighbor's bench grinder.
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    I've never done this before, but it's gotta be pretty easy, right?









    Wrong!







    After grinding and hammering (MISTAKE #1!)

    and then more grinding

    I finally get the link off looking like this
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    but at least it is off



    so home I go to slap that chain back over my sprockets and get a packin'!






    While I am adjusting the tension on the chain I make MISTAKE #2


    I overtighten the tensioning bolts and need to back off a bit
    I loosen the bolts and give then rear tire a gentle push forward


    oops! not quite as gentle as I thought...



    before I know it the center stand folds up...



    and down goes the bike right in front of me.



    Since I am sitting on my ass there is nothing I can do to stop it....



    It falls in

    sssssllllllloooooowwwwwww

    motion.....






    but luckily the fall is broken by the front quarter panel of my car




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    The first thing I see when I pick up the bike is this
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    Then I notice this
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    And this
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    And this
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    I decide to meditate on the situation a bit
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    I always carry a spare mirror clamp or two
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    but this is way beyond that




    It won't be much fun riding 330 gusty miles
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    without my beloved Cee Bailey's windshield, either








    I look over and notice that my bike is angry too
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    Oh, well, what am I going to do bail on the rally?

    That's not an option, so I slap the stock silver sliver shield
    in place and go to finish up with the chain.



    That's when I discover a nasty tight spot in my chain

    (remember mistake #1?).

    I guess the hammering
    or excessive grinding
    has caused one of the links to tighten up
    and my chain tension doubles every time
    the tight spot hits the rear sprocket!
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    Well, by now it's after dark and I spend the next few hours trying to find
    a chain tension compromise where the nasty vibrations and chain slap
    are minimized without having the chain so loose that it's gonna pop
    off the sprocket (hint, hint...mistake #3)



    It is way too late when I finally give up on test rides and adjustments
    and start to pack. Between packing and getting the house and
    animals ready for the house-sitter it's 4am before I know it...



    should I bail?





    No way!





    One hour of sleep never felt so good...







    Miraculously I actually wake up when the alarm goes off








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    I do have a really loud alarm clock, mind you







    Anyway, I saddle up just after 6am and head
    for the meeting point in lovely Hesperia, CA
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    (left to right) Salvador, Michael "Design4D", Matt "smogcity", John "the Luz", Eran "Zenslug"









    to be continued...
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  2. dirtypumpkin

    dirtypumpkin "Monster Truck Bike"

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    Looks like you made it. Hope it gets better not worse from here. :D
    Buy a motion pro chain tool and some master links. :freaky

    Almost every ride report Ive read has a little pain mixed in somewhere.
    Bummer about your sheild and car.
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  3. the Luz

    the Luz Been here awhile

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    admit it: you had a good time. Even when you fell in the river..........
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  4. Zen Slug

    Zen Slug Spineless Adventurer

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    Try not to make me laugh, John...it hurts too bad!
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  5. Stomp

    Stomp Imprisoned Wanderlust

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    What a fantastic start to a ride report. Does it actually get better?
    :lurk
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  6. jmetteer

    jmetteer Filler...

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    :lurk

    This has potential...

    Later,
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  7. ktmnate

    ktmnate Long timer

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    lets go slugy!!! get on with it..... It's not like I have work to do? Ok, I have work, I just don't want to do it.



    Nate
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  8. irlsanders

    irlsanders Panamaniac

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    South African Russel's GS blew a shaft seal 3 miles from camp -

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  9. the Luz

    the Luz Been here awhile

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    I've had cracked (or broken) ribs before. It's not all that bad. It only hurts when you breath......
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  10. Zen Slug

    Zen Slug Spineless Adventurer

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    Yeah...and especially when you sneeze!

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    Hang in there guys, I'll try to get the next part of the story posted later on tonight.
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  11. BigDogAdventures

    BigDogAdventures Fart Letter

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    Your killing me--I can't take no more of this

    I've had a few rides where it took a month for me to smile---and say---yeh that was a great one wasn't it ??? :D
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  12. real gone

    real gone Been here awhile

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    Everything was great until I blew a tire 8 miles north of Mojave city on hwy 14 coming home. We we're able to patch the tire but it exploded when I was airing it back up. Got to about 38psi and BOOOM. A call to BMW roadside, a 2 & 1/2 hour wait in 108 degrees, and a $560 towing bill later and I'm home safe and sound. Nontheless, had a great time riding a meeting everyone. I'm planning on the Secret rally in January.
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  13. ktmnate

    ktmnate Long timer

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    Sorry to hear of your troubles, it really sucks when you shell out that much money for a tow!


    Nate
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  14. White Knuckles

    White Knuckles Insufficient memory

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    Doesn't BMW Towing cover a tow?
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  15. Zen Slug

    Zen Slug Spineless Adventurer

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    Usually they'll tow for free to the nearest dealership.

    My guess is real gone didn't want to be stuck in Bako overnight.

    Or maybe they have exclusions for people whose average driving speed is more than 130mph? :lol3
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  16. real gone

    real gone Been here awhile

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    They covered the first $100.00. Zen, your right. I didn't want my bike to be stuck somewhere until Tuesday when the closest beemer shop was to open.
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  17. Zen Slug

    Zen Slug Spineless Adventurer

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    Okay...let's see how far I can get tonight.

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    I'll try to get to the point where I bury my piglet in the mud...
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  18. Zen Slug

    Zen Slug Spineless Adventurer

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    The ride north to Bishop is long, straight and hot
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    We stop in the shade when we can find it
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    I spend most of the ride worrying about this
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    And this
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    And wishing for this
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    Or this
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    This would be really nice!
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    I try really hard to get this out of my head
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    Not sure where this came from, either
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    I am starting to think that 1 hour of sleep wasn't quite enough
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    We stop at the Mexican place in Lone Pine for lunch
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    And that only makes me feel more tired
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    But you know you're close to the rally when you see this
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    Brown's Owens River Camp looks like Shangri-La to my weary eyes
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    Issa from SF BMW takes a look at my chain and says its fine to ride on (Thanks, Issa!)
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    Shawn of SC BMW is giving Ural rides around the campground!
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    We talk for a while about how much fun we are gonna have tomorrow
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    I make arrangements to get a 'locals tour' from Stonewall on Friday
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    And it isn't long before I'm sleepin' like a
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  19. Zen Slug

    Zen Slug Spineless Adventurer

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    On Friday morning at 9am we head out with Stonewall
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    Here are the riders in our group:


    Stonewall
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    Jim
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    Matt aka "smogcity"
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    Salvador
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    George
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    Michael aka "Design4D"
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    John aka "the Luz"
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    And me (still a little bit tired)
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    Stonewall starts out by showing us one of the hot springs that is right near our campground
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    He says there are several pools in the area and even a warm stream you can bathe in!
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    Next we do some high-speed runs on wide dirt roads
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    It's a lot of fun, but some people are wondering what's up in them thar hills!
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    Even tiger is getting restless
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    Stonewall shows us a great lunch spot
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    And then some twisty mountain roads
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    That Stonewall sure is a lucky man to have this in his backyard!
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    We shoot a few more wide dirt roads (this is Lower Rock Creek, I think)
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    And gas up in Mammoth ($3.25 a gallon!) before heading back to camp
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    A few of us realize we've still got time for another ride
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    Hey, I wonder what's on the other side of that big mound?
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    We head out there and find some fun dirt roads
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    There's even some two-track with spectacular views of the Owens River
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    We are literally riding right along the riverbank
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    And just then
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    I wrestle my bike out of the mud...but my ribs feel a little tweaked
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    Back at camp I have the paramedics check me out
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    Somebody tells me I have the dirtiest bike so far
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    Looks like tomorrow we'll have to hit some water crossings, guys!
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  20. skippy

    skippy Adventurer

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