South Central Nevada Snow & Road Conditions

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  1. 2on2off

    2on2off Head'n somewhere new

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    Glad to get this information because I am planning another trip and knowing that West to East is easier is very helpful. On my first time through Ophir Pass at 10,000 ft, I prefer to run it the easier way to make sure we all make it.

    On our next trip, Jim and Rich will be bringing their R100GS BMW Airheads so it will be interesting how they do if we wind up on some difficult sections. I'm staying with my KTM 500 because it will go anywhere and is easy to pick up when I screw up

    If you have any pics of Ophir pass and some of the difficult sections, that would be great.
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  2. 2on2off

    2on2off Head'n somewhere new

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    Anyone ridden over Ophir Pass lately?

    Some snow just went through that area so that might delay getting over the pass unless it melts fast.

    Will be trying to get over it in early June.
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  3. renogeorge

    renogeorge Let's ride!!

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    I came back from Moab yesterday. Didn't get off of 50 but looks like a lot of new snow in the Toiyabes. I am thinking it will be a while before Ophir is passable....

    Did you hit Tybo, SE of Belmont/Manhattan? Might be a little warmer/less snow issues...Delamar? Pioche?

    FWIW
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  4. byways

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    What a great and timely thread! ADV's "Bob" and I have been mulling a few days in the first week of June, based out of, perhaps, Bob Scott Campground near Austin. I called the Austin Ranger District a few minutes ago, and didn't get an encouraging access report for the high roads, which are of greatest interest.

    Any late news from the greater Austin region would be welcome and appreciated. Thanks to you all!
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  5. 2on2off

    2on2off Head'n somewhere new

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    We rode through Manhattan and spent alot of time in Belmont, thus we didn't have enough time on the last trip to get to "the punch bowl".

    Not sure exactly where Tybo is. This part of Nevada is all new to me.

    Do you think we could tamp down a path through the snow on Ophir Pass and then ride the bikes through or is that snow constantly melting and refreezing making it icy and slippery?

    Depending on the conditions, I might reschedule this trip for later in June or should I even wait until July? Trying not to ride when it is too hot but at the same time, I want to be able to ride the high mountain passes.

    If anyone has the phone numbers for the Austin, Eureka and Ely Forest Rangers, post them so we can stay in touch with the people closest to the trails.

    Thanks.
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  6. 2on2off

    2on2off Head'n somewhere new

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    There seems to be very few, that I could find, dual sport videos of Ophir Pass Nevada. Lots of videos of Ophir Pass Colorado.

    Here is one I found. Post some links of other videos if you know of any. Guess I'll have to bring my GoPro and shoot my own video of this pass.

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nXnCnn9Ip6Q
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  7. Bob

    Bob Formerly H20Pumper

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  8. QED

    QED Been here awhile

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    Hi 108 has been closed the past few due to recent storm. Opened this morning at 9;30.
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  9. 2on2off

    2on2off Head'n somewhere new

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    No idea who this guy is but he is a traveling one many show. His ride report is great. I'm still not done reading all of it.

    I wonder if he is related to Larryboy. They both ride solo and can take care of just about anything that comes up and like to ride and camp off the grid.

    My two friends I ride with can fix just about anything as well which is great for me because I can't. My job is to plan the route and minimize running into dead ends.
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  10. 2on2off

    2on2off Head'n somewhere new

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    Tioga Pass, 120, in Yosemite, was suppose to have opened today.

    It is 95 degrees in Central California today which I'm sure is melting lots of snow, even though there isn't much this year.

    82 degrees in Austin, NV tomorrow so maybe that snow on Ophir Pass will melt soon.
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  11. 2on2off

    2on2off Head'n somewhere new

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    Three of us will be riding Old BMW R100GS Airheads to Central Nevada for a week of exploring the high elevation mountains of Ophir, Austin, Eureka, Ely and beyond. One of our friends will be on a Suzuki DR 650.

    I just got my Airhead a week and a half ago and it hadn't been started in 7 years and had been left outdoors. My two friends have already restored their Airheads and did most of the work on mine to get it ready for this trip. Just got my new TKC 80's today and the only thing I am still waiting for is a new front brake rotor and brake pads. After cleaning up the carbs and putting in all new fluids, the 24 year old bike started right up and sounds great.

    I have only done one shake down ride on it, last evening, up to the mountains and back, about 140 miles, and it ran great. It still has alot of rust and I will begin the detailing process once back from this trip.

    The three of us have chosen the BMW R100GS Airhead because it has:
    1. 21" front wheel
    2. Tubeless spoke wheels
    3. Shaft Drive
    4. 462 lbs. full of fuel and ready to ride with 6 gallons of fuel. Not bad for a 1,000 cc adventure bike
    5. Very basic design that is easy to work on, on the side of the road
    6. BMW Heated hand grips

    As far as I know, there is no new motorcycle with all of these features. I have owned two BMW R1200GS Adventures in the past and the Airhead is much lighter and easier to handle when off road and is a very good street bike for what it is, an old technology Adventure Bike. The GSA has some very nice features but I feel they are two completely different bikes. I will know much more about the R100GS in a couple of weeks.

    This will be an adventure on my 1989 Airhead, just that alone, not to mention riding in a new area for me.

    I'm hoping Ophir Pass is clear of snow by now as our first day will be riding from Tonopah to Berlin. Over Ophir Pass to Dianna's Punch Bowl and then into Austin.

    Then we follow the Pony Express Trail heading east and north. I actually have no idea how much of the Pony Express dirt trail we can follow and if any of it is closed to motorized vehicles.

    Here is a picture of my two friends GS Bumble Bees on a test ride up to 9,800 feet:
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    My bike up on the rack getting fresh fluids and a carb clean up:
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    Going to bring this 1989 BMW R100GS Airhead Bumble Bee back to life. First order of business is giving it it's first shower in 7 years after being parked outside with no use. My friend Jim, giving the old girl some much needed cleaning:
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wgwZr1adY04
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  12. byways

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    I love those simple-looking bikes! Good luck with 'em.

    I sure hope you report back on the ride. I cancelled a multi-day ride through that area some weeks back, but remain eager to learn more about it.
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  13. 2on2off

    2on2off Head'n somewhere new

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    Has anyone been over Ophir Pass, north of Tonopah lately.

    We will be on it this Saturday.

    Planning a gas stop in Carver. Hope they have gas.
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    "Then we follow the Pony Express Trail heading east and north. I actually have no idea how much of the Pony Express dirt trail we can follow and if any of it is closed to motorized vehicles."

    You can ride all of it, the only place that will probably be difficult on your air heads will be Overland Pass (Diamond Valley to Newark Valley). If you have trouble getting over it, just by-pass it via Railroad Pass and link back up with the trail.

    There were still some snow drifts visible on th north faces in the Toiyabes last week, but it has been pretty warm the past couple days and getting hotter, so Ophir may be doable.

    Have fun, sounds like an adventure in the making....:clap
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  15. 2on2off

    2on2off Head'n somewhere new

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    Bikes loaded and heading to Nevada.

    Hauling the GS's to Tonopah to save the knobbies.

    New brake rotor installed an hour ago so I'm ready to roll
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  16. 2on2off

    2on2off Head'n somewhere new

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    Ophir Pass is open!! We rode it today West to East on the Bumblebees but just barely. Couldn't ride it the other direction because of some steep rocky sections.

    This is at the summit where the snow usually blocks the pass.
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  17. renogeorge

    renogeorge Let's ride!!

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    Glad you made it alright. Where are you headed next?
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    Dammit, I shoulda gone with you guys...111 degrees here today. :knary
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  19. Bob

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    Thanks for the update and pics!
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  20. 2on2off

    2on2off Head'n somewhere new

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    Rode 120 miles of the Pony Express Route today from north of Eureka to highway 93.

    Wide variety of conditions today and spectacular views. The sections of silt was the hardest stuff to ride through. [​IMG]
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