The Mobius Trip

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

  1. DR. Rock

    DR. Rock Part of the problem

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    wiring in a 12V socket onto Blueberry. This was because we'd be recharging the Cardo Scala Q2's each night, in addition to the iPods, as well as cell phones and camera batteries every few days.

    Leo helped on this project:

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    it went well, and he was a big help.

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    Still on the to-do list:

    Replace Honeybee's left heated grip, replace Blueberry's clutch plates, change the oil on both bikes, replace Blueberry's front tire, install fork bleeder valves on both bikes, then test, pack, and go... but first...

    Belly dancing. :wings:rayof:clap:rilla
  2. DR. Rock

    DR. Rock Part of the problem

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    There was a pre-mother's day fair in the park across the street from where we were having dinner.

    The kids enjoyed it,

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    Lisa, her friend Kirsten, and JP:

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    Me, I went down the block and bought me a real honest-to-goodness cowboy bandanna to tie around my now sun-burnt neck. I knew from riding the TNJT the week before that the Leatt brace and the Blais jacket left a gap behind my head and after working in the sun I was already sore.

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    Note my glasses... what happened to those cool unbreakable kryptonite flexible-framed ones???? why am I back to my back-up spare pair???

    OK, I lost them on my way to work two days before leaving. :(:
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  3. DR. Rock

    DR. Rock Part of the problem

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    another thanksgiving dinner that couldn't be beat...

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    My cousin Marianne drove up from Scottsdale...

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    It was a regular family reunion. :beer

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    This yummy Pinot was from Colorado, IIRC. :thumb

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    What on earth was I thinking when I told these two I'd carry them back to the car??? :loco I made it 20 feet. :doh



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    So the day ended for everyone sitting around swapping stories, waxing nostalgic, and sipping digestivos and espresso... while I headed back out to the garage to continue working on the bikes. :pierce

    But I eventually went to sleep with the impression that I had finally licked Blueberry's carb issues, only to awaken to my poor brother's garage floor supporting a large puddle of gasoline, and the whole house smelling like a super-fund site. :bluduh

    Bad Uncle. :gerg :zilla
  4. Bearded Hooligan

    Bearded Hooligan Moto Addict

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    Phenomenal report!!!:super I would love to do something like this with my wife, but she doesnt even ride. Got any pointers on getting that ball rolling? By the way I read all 71 pages today, whats work?!
  5. La Donna Fugata

    La Donna Fugata You're not the boss of me

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    My interest began as a means to commute to work here in nyc. I started off on a scooter. David insisted I get my motorcycle license even though I would be on a scooter originally. I enrolled in a MSF course and was immediately swooned by the motorbike they provided for the course. Things took off from there.

    In short. I suggest any noobie begin by taking an MSF course. Secondly, for off road riding, start small. My first off road experience was on my GS 650. BIG bike to maneuver off road. Once we started our mobius trip on the 400cc suzukis all I wanted to do was ride dirt.

    Secondly, make sure you start off with ALL the gear. I have taken a few spills and honestly believe if I didn't have great boots for ankle protection and gear in general, I would have been a lot more reluctant to get back in the saddle.

    Finally, there is no greater experience then to share such a journey with the person you care most about and no better way to do it. Its a little intimadating at first but with experience the ride has just become more and more enjoyable.
  6. tommo2

    tommo2 Michiganee

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  7. Radu

    Radu Been here awhile

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    Hi Glad to hear you guys made it back in one piece . Thats enough relaxing . Lets get this RR going. Looks like you got off to a good start but we need to know the rest. Pictures and words , you know what to do . :lurk
  8. MTrider16

    MTrider16 Ridin' in MT

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    Wow! Back in spades. :thumb Not only does the ride prep get better with each trip the writing is getting better too. And now with LDF's $.02 we get to hear more of the story. :lol3


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    This is going to be a five popcorn report, I can feel it.

    David
  9. taco250

    taco250 wannabe adventurer

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    Thanks for the tips! We drove by a scooter "for sale" in town the other day and she said "That's what I need". I think I said something encouraging but don't remember now.:huh We live 5-6 miles from town and the thought of her dodging the farmers trucks and dumb kids on a scooter unnerves me a bit. But she has to start somewhere. I agree with the "all the gear" thing completely! Thanks again for responding to my question. By the way, my wifes name is LaDonna! Now on with the RR for Mobious 3.
  10. bpeterson

    bpeterson no other way to say it

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    wooooooo hooooo! The RR has started. Ok, now where are my comfy slippers and that cigar.... ok. here there are. sweet.

    ok, ready. keep it rolling.

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  11. DR. Rock

    DR. Rock Part of the problem

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    I woke up early, went back down to the garage to keep working on the bikes -- needed to change out the clutch plates on Blueberry, change her front tire as well, put a rimlock on Honeybee's front, dynabead both fronts, and change the oil and filters (scott's SS reusable) for both bikes as well.

    I'll let LDF describe the lovely Mother's day festivities upstairs, while I describe dealing with the horror of a gas puddle on the floor of the garage. :yikes

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    I ended up pulling Blueberry's carb completely off the bike (a knuckle-busting horror show), and discovered that the o-ring that seals the float valve seat was completely crusted and cracked, while the float valve iteself looked fine. I didn't have a spare, so I sent LDF on a mission to the nearest Auto-zone to find a suitable viton multi o-ring metric box set so I could replace it.

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    This was about the 10th time I had rotated the carb, and exposed the float bowl, and it was just starting to get a little old. :dog
  12. DR. Rock

    DR. Rock Part of the problem

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    I had succeeded in fixing one problem, only to have created another. After replacing the o-ring that sealed off the float valve seat, I buttoned everything up, ready to do the touchdown end-zone dance, only to find that when I opened Blueberry's petcock, she was leaking gas out the carb bell vent tube even worse than before. I went back upstairs, and reviewed the carb schematics on my bro's computer that I had brought as a .pdf file on a usb drive.

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    I have no idea what was going on in there. :scratch

    Back down in the driveway (I had to get the bike out of the garage since I was filling their world with toxic fumes), I pulled the carb again, :doh, and checked the float height.

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    Horribly off! :eek1. A some point in all my carb ministrations, i had meat-hooked the floats, and mangled the height, so the float valve hadn't a snowball's chance of seealing on the seat. Easily fixed with a little thumb scootching and a metric ruler (13mm to spec, with the carb held upside down), and all was back in order. :thumb

    A quick oil change (found that the o-ring behind the filter was missing from Blueberry -- another reason to always DIY routine maintenance), and while the oil was drained, a quick clutch plate change on Blueberry (epic thanks to Leo for helping me keep track of which were the long bolts and which were the short ones holding on the clutch cover,

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    and finally (finally :brow), we were ready to start packng.

    Somewhere in there they dragged me away from the tools to share a Mother's day brunch. It was lovely.

    When I was sure I had the bikes in order, I had time to sit down with my dad and review our route:

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  13. DR. Rock

    DR. Rock Part of the problem

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    We stayed up 'till past midnight getting our riding gear laid out, and the bikes packed,

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    and we eventually went to sleep, sound in the knowledge that the bikes and we were finally ready. At the time, I felt some regrets about spending so much time working on the bikes, even though technically I was still hanging out with the family -- they didn't have my full attention, but they knew we'd be prepping for our ride; and in retrospect, spending any less attention to the bikes could very well have jeopardized our trip, and possibly our safety.

    I have a supportive and understanding family :freaky, and in the end, there was no drama, nor any hard feelings or guilty incriminations. And for that I am grateful. :bow

    Edit: I forgot to mention that we planted our first

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    sticker in a secret, undisclosed location somewhere here... we'll see if the kids can find it.

    Kids love stickers. :evil
  14. taco250

    taco250 wannabe adventurer

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    Don't ya just LOVE carb problems!:baldy :baldy :baldy :baldy They're just as much fun as electrical except that they smell bad too.:topes
  15. TJ Willy

    TJ Willy ADV, this, I crave.

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    I know this is an older part of the report, but I had to comment on this... I believe this is just past the huge bridge outage. You pass a house on the left and then make this climb and circle around to a road that bypasses that bridge.

    We did that last year.

    You ain't kidding. The top of that hill is way worn out from 4x4 spinning over the huge rocks that are burried in the hill.

    It is a fast, quick obstacle to get past but it is intimidating all the same. Warloop is long and tough. This climb is short and quite technical. I was way up on the tank at the top and speed is your friend.

    I am glad to see a picture of this b/c we got none.

    At the top you can stop and take pics, but we just kept going.

    The owner of the that house said no way we could make it up on motorcycles... and that is z-71 could barely make it up. It is totally doable on our DS bikes. Just tricky and you have to commit right past that curve.

    VERY FUN. :clap
  16. TJ Willy

    TJ Willy ADV, this, I crave.

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    Yep and it is still there as of a couple weeks ago. I gathered fire wood around there!

    Notice the interested passers by. :D

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    That part of OK was stunning.
  17. Bonnie Abbzug

    Bonnie Abbzug Property of Hayduke

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    Glad to see you two made it home safe and sound! I can't wait for the rest of the report!!
  18. Questor

    Questor More Undestructable

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    Face it Dr. Rock, you would rather be working on the bikes with some Knob Creek than hanging out with the folks on Mother's Day.

    Me too! :wink:

    Great Report as usual.

    We are T-minus one month and counting for the start of our TAT spectacular.
    (It may not be real time televised due to time and budget constraints, but we will post progress reports...)
    Q~
  19. malibu_dan

    malibu_dan Adventuring Mystic

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    Sorry, Dr....I'm avoiding work to read this, I think you should call in sick to write it! :sick
  20. La Donna Fugata

    La Donna Fugata You're not the boss of me

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    .... while David was wrenching the bikes the rest of the family was celebrating mother's day in honor of the only mother amongst us....our sister-in law-Lisa. The kids showered her with their homemade school gifts.

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    Our cousin, Marianne provided a little serenade on the mandolin

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    then we were off for a fabulous mother's day brunch, David joined us for this one, of course.

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    Back at the ranch, another fabulous family meal......

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    and evening barn fire....

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    Before we settled in for what would be (unknown to me) our last evening of "comfort sleeping" for a while.