Supermoto around Death Valley

Discussion in 'Ride Reports - Epic Rides' started by snohobo, Sep 26, 2013.

  1. crashmaster

    crashmaster ow, my balls!

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    Looks like the trip was a big success amigo! :freaky
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  2. ThanatosF

    ThanatosF Been here awhile

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    Looks like a great ride! Those springs in the desert look so bizarre...like a transplanted luxury hotel hot tub, but without all the people! Nice job troubleshooting your electrical issue, I felt no sense of panic or intimidation within your writing, :eek1

    How do you like the TKC 80 on the front? I've been thinking of trying one on my drzsm. Distanzias are nice, but just don't cut it where knobbies succeed.
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  3. snohobo

    snohobo Supermoto hippy

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    OK! Time to finish off the RR. I did this with my last report - got home and promptly moved on to the next project or adventure...

    Let's backtrack a little. I was in the room debating which pass to go home.

    I decided to meet up with pops in Livermore to ride Mt Hamilton rd home and stay with my folks for the night.

    Get up and it's 27 degrees at 7am. FUCK. It's cold. I wait until 9AM to hit the road and Im wearing everything I got. I look like the Michelin Man.

    Slab up to Sonora pass and jam up and over Sonora. Not too many photos because I was cold as fuck and really enjoying the ride...

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    Blast down into Sonora, remove all my layers and slab is HARD to Livermore. Passing the central valley on a single was BORING. Wind noise too loud, had to wear plugs and listen to the BS between my ears instead of music or Ira Glass.

    Hit Mines rd. If you don't know it - it connects Livermore to San Jose via Mt Hamilton and the Licks Observatory. It's one hell of a twisty - and perhaps one of the better one lamer twisty for supermotos in the bay area.

    Warning.

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    Meet up with Pops on his V-Strom at the Junction Cafe - and chill for a bit. I'm burnt. I'm sore, tired, and running on fumes. Riding slab all day on the SMC is hard work. Much easier to ride dirt going 40 than free way speeds on pavement. I also wasn't prepared for the mental challenge of being surrounded by cars again.

    Pops and I don't ride much - mainly because my mom would KILL him if anything ever happened to us on a ride together. Other than riding dirt bikes when I was 16 - and 1 short ride when I was 20 - we haven't ridden together in over 10 years.

    Here he is!

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    Here we are on the top of Mt Hamilton.

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    We romp back to Los Gatos and I get to strip my suit and mom has the hot tub and dinner waiting.

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    All in all - a great fun ride. Would have been nice to have a partner or two but when I'm used to traveling alone so no big deal. Thanks for following all.



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  4. snohobo

    snohobo Supermoto hippy

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    Thanks Bud!


    Some epic riding for sure - thank you for checking in!


    All in all a successful trip - thanks for joining along.



    Thanks!

    Dude - you helped a ton. Routes, roadside phone a friend help, motivation and inspiration to ride solo across deserted as hell places. You're my mentor!


    Do it - I couldn't tell I wasn't riding a SM road tire. Honestly - they are soft and grippy on the road and hook up great in the dirt.

    Distanzias are good for hard pack and about 1,000 miles of that - at best. I've ridden a lot of tires on this bike and the TKC is going to be my go to dirt tire - especially since they come in 17s now.

    The K60 is rocking good rear tire. A bit narrower than what I'm used to but this would be my zombie apocalypse tire combo of choice!
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  5. roamtheglobe

    roamtheglobe Been here awhile

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    Hey there,
    Nice ride reports!
    I rode from San Fran to the bottom of SA a year ago, and just did a week in DV. If you ever want to go for an adventure ride together let me know.
    Cheers,
    Bill
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