The Mobius Trip

Discussion in 'Ride Reports - Epic Rides' started by DR. Rock, May 23, 2008.

  1. DockingPilot

    DockingPilot Hooked Up and Hard Over

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    Colt is a great guy ha Doc ? He gave us full access to his tools and equipment when we were there. Your day out of Battle Mnt. will also be a long one. Ride safe.
    Frank
  2. nachtflug

    nachtflug infidel

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    out of curiosity I took a ride down Broadway last night and there looked to be a New Years Eve party :freaky of sorts going on in your digs. You could hear loud music :strum :drums and women :sweeti screaming along with a shirtless (and possibly pantless man :huh ) shooting roman candles out of the window towards Bleecker.

    you may want to review the list.
  3. zrider

    zrider Adventurer

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    Looks like Team Mobius is enjoying a nice lunch stop in 85 deg. sunny Paradise Valley, NV today. Only wish I was there with them.

    Got my whole family fallowing you two now.... Your trip is like an addiction...

    Stay safe and keep fresh batteries in SPOT and the camera!
  4. rthuey

    rthuey twist your wrist!!!

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    FYI to anyone that has a SPOT. i got mine back in october of last year and put a pair of energizer lithium batteries. i used it maybe 6 times which consisted of it being on all day. then i did a ride on Feb 7 and have left it on since. mind you it sits in the house so the tracking signals don't actually hit the satellites. this last friday i pulled it out for the ride and the on light was flashing red. time for new batteries.

    A) you do get a visible warning when the battery is low.
    B) got almost 3 months of constant on out of a pair of batteries in it.
  5. Stan Dalone

    Stan Dalone Gotta get me somma dat

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    Looks like they made it into California, Land of fruits and nuts !!:lol3
    What an adventure they must be having. I can only imagine what it must have been like crossing Nevada. WOW :clap
  6. dutch2004

    dutch2004 Dreaming the dream...zzz

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    Your ride pales in comparison to my accomplishment, but I need to shout out, I MADE IT TO THE END OF THIS RR!!! :clap What a trip! What a fantastic way of seeing this country. All the tourist traps be damned, see the real world. Dittos to all the folks who have expressed wishes of doing something similar with their significant other. I would love to be able to do this kind of ride with my wife some day. But first I have to convince her that I really need a bike (any suggestions are welcome), plus save more pennies.

    Anyway, KUDOS! Very, very cool RR!

    One question. I noticed in a lot of lunch pictures you guys leave your neck braces on. Are they tough to remove?

    I hope Mobius III was as good if not better than the first 2.
  7. KI6HNB

    KI6HNB Been here awhile

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    Just curious. Do you plan on shipping the bikes back to the east coast or selling them here in CA?
  8. taco250

    taco250 wannabe adventurer

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    Finally made it to the last page of an ever-growing saga. I'm subscribed! Can't wait to see how Mobius III goes. LDF, I showed Mrs Taco a pic of you riding and told her what awesome wife you must be to have the same hobby as your husband. I'd like her to get onboard with motorcycling so we could ride together. Any suggestions? Also, Dr. Rock, did you ever consider any other DS bikes before choosing the DRZ? Have fun on the third leg of the trip!:D
  9. DR. Rock

    DR. Rock Part of the problem

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    Wow! you weren't kidding! :eek1

    The Leatt braces aren't tough to remove, you just don't really notice that they're there. Our breaks during the day are pretty short. The braces don't interfere with eating a quick snack, or drinking, or using the bathroom. We take them off to sleep, though. :wink:

    And yeah, M-3 was awesome.

    Nope, not selling the bikes. We'll ride them until they die. They'll probably outlast us, though... So the better question would be to ask the bikes what they plan on doing with us when we can't ride them anymore.

    Expect to see more contributions from LDF in the RR documenting M-3... she was taking photos and snickering a lot. I'm sure she'll chime in to advise on how to help get your wife into riding. And yeah, I considered other bikes... and can expound later... I've got to get back to the room to get the bags, 'cause a cab is coming to take us to the airport.

    Expect photos and RR to start tomorrow... I'm really looking forward to writing this one up.
  10. CBAT

    CBAT occasional wanderer

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    :clap Looking forward to the report. It's been fun watching with the SPOT. :beer
  11. taco250

    taco250 wannabe adventurer

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    :lurk :lurk :lurk for part 3.

    And for both of you for taking on these adventures,
    :bow :bow :bow :bow :bow :bow
  12. DR. Rock

    DR. Rock Part of the problem

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    Some off-the-cuff observations:

    This was the most technically and mentally challenging Mobius section to date. On the one hand, this being the third time we've done this sort of thing, we're getting better at it... on the other hand, the riding and the terrain difficulty scores went way up (-- more about that later)

    I have not read a TAT RR which prepared us for what to expect crossing NV. (-- more about that later).

    The Scala Q2's were awesome (when they worked -- more about that later).

    The stats: 12 days of riding from Flagstaff, AZ to Reno, NV.

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    1871 miles... and LOTS of elevation changes: :brow

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  13. offthetrail

    offthetrail Adventure Schemer

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    I can't wait to hear about it! Sounds sweet.
  14. dutch2004

    dutch2004 Dreaming the dream...zzz

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    Ominous foreshadowing .... great! :lurk :lurk :lurk
  15. DR. Rock

    DR. Rock Part of the problem

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    Flying from NYC to Phoenix after working all night,

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    meeting my dad & brother at the airport (they flew in from Chicago), renting a car, and driving up to Flagstaff.

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    The plan was to spend a little time with my family, hanging out at my other brother & sister-in-law's house, relaxing, visiting with the kids, and start the ride on monday.

    I had a LONG list of little things that needed to be done for each of the bikes, so I'd be wrenching in between hanging out, eating, and drinking.
  16. DR. Rock

    DR. Rock Part of the problem

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    My dad, youngest bro John Paul, middle bro Peter:

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    Lisa, Lilliana, and Leo:

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    Like W.C. Fields, my dad claims not to like kids...

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    But he just has a way with them...

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    Flagstaff is a small town, so we even got to meet the kid's school teacher who was sitting at the next booth over:

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  17. DR. Rock

    DR. Rock Part of the problem

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    We slept well. Today was the day we'd go and pick up the bikes out of storage and start the prep work.

    But first, a round of the memory game with uncle david:

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    and coffee, cereal, etc.

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  18. DR. Rock

    DR. Rock Part of the problem

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    LDF at the storage facility where our code now was working fine:

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    Drumroll, please... :drums

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  19. DR. Rock

    DR. Rock Part of the problem

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    snug as bugs, just as we had left them:

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    We wheeled them out into some shade,

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    and I set about replacing the carb jets, o-rings, and gaskets that I had bought, labled and set aside after the last trip.

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    the shade didn't last long, and before I knew it, the back of my neck and arms were starting to feel the sun.

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    My goal was just to get them running and ride them back to my bro's house and complete the work there.

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    New o-rings, gaskets, stock slide springs, and JD jet kits all around. Jetted for 5000ft. elevation as per Eddie Sisnero's recommendations.

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    Gas tanks on,

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    and they fired up (blueberry with some difficulty), and we headed back to the ranch. :thumb

    So far, so good. :brow
  20. DR. Rock

    DR. Rock Part of the problem

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    I wasn't completely happy with the Blueberry's carburation. High idle, rough starting... but now I had an able assistant:

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    I checked to make sure the diaphragm wasn't folded...

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    and when the work gloves got too hot,

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    my assistant retreated into the music room to practice the drums. :drums

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    :dunno