The Wild West on a Ducati Scrambler

Discussion in 'Ride Reports - Epic Rides' started by AntiHero, Mar 24, 2015.

  1. AntiHero

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    Basically you want the front end of anything with wheels on it to be responsive to your input, but slow to external input. When you want to nail just the edge of a bottle-cap sized piece of pavement as you lean towards an apex, you want the bike to immediately respond to input. But when you actually hit a bottle cap while leaned over, you don't want the front end to do anything. In the dirt it's this principle x10. You want a quick steering bike, but you only want it to steer quickly when YOU steer it quickly. You don't want that berm of sand stretched in the middle of the road to steer the bike anywhere. In my case, I was literally blinded by the sun and had realistically 10' of visibility. I couldn't brake within my distance of sight, nor could I steer my way out of trouble before hitting it. Fortunately, I could hit stuff I should have been avoiding without tweaking the front or sending me down in a pile of defeat.

    Going to try to get a post in before I leave. Another 2 days of riding, this time up north. 1 day of riding = 3 days of photos/commentary. I'd say I wish I could do both at the same time, but that would kill the glorious solitude we get while riding. No music, no news, no phone calls, no Facebook notifications, no disruption.
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  2. oalvarez

    oalvarez Resident Raggamuffin

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    The concept of feedback i understand, was simply wanting to know how it related to the Scrambler you were riding. You seem to really like the feedback; how do you feel about that suspension overall?

    Happy riding,
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  3. WolvesLower

    WolvesLower Been here awhile

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    I want one so bad! But alas I am just a poor boy.
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  4. VikB

    VikB Been here awhile

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    Thanks for the report.

    Just wondering how tall you were and how you found the ergonomics?
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  5. AntiHero

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    After surviving riding into the Chasm of Fire, I found a good place to set up camp and watched Venus and the Moon rise to the sound of spy plane afterburners (there's a lot of military activity around Death Valley).

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    Temps dipped immediately. Though it was forecast for high 50s in DV, that was at sea-level. I was up at 6,000 feet. Windy and cold....and I'd packed pretty lightly...lightly enough to have left the wind/rain tarp for my nifty Sprocket 67 Tent (designed by a fellow ADVer to scrunch into a ball the size of a grapefruit)--at home.

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    Fueled up with a nutritious dinner:

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    ...then hit the dirt (using my DV map as the only insulator between my lightweight sleeping bag (which also scrunches into a grapefruit-sized ball)).

    By 7am it was 44, so it wasn't too bad at night. All things considered, slept really well.

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    I was fine with a rather slow start, but someone was rushing me to go go go!

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  6. AntiHero

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    I'm 6'. I'm not the best one to ask about Ergos, though. I'm more comfortable on a crotch rocket with my wrists lower than my seat! This 'normal' kind of riding position I believe is actually harder on the body than a race position.

    However, I've now done at least 3 8+ hour days, with one of those being 12 hours. So I guess the ergos aren't that bad, eh?

    oalvarez: I covered the suspension briefly in a prior post a few posts back. Let me know if there's anything specific beyond that you're lookin' for....

    Gotta bolt! Another long day of riding awaits!
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  7. Thumperman

    Thumperman love the one lungers

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    I'm sure you are having a wonderful time. Thank you for letting us all live vicarioush your epic adventures! You have a gift for story telling. If your mother only knew, huh? Always remember, the throttle cures all ills!:freaky
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  8. larryboy

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  9. dave6253

    dave6253 GCBAR Explorer

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    I'm looking forward to the rest of this.
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  10. pinkius

    pinkius Been here awhile

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    Yellow and black in color eh? My bumblebee...l like
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  11. HuckIt

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    I've been lurking along really enjoying your report. And then you have dinner with one of the toughest racers out there (1999 Daytona 200 winner w/broken leg).....excellent.

    Keep up the good work on both reports!

    - Andy
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  12. 14fg

    14fg Been here awhile

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    opened this excited on the title alone, didn't look at the op til halfway done the first post.... hell yes!
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  13. ScottA

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    longtime reader/lurker on you other ride reports Dennis and just wanted to say thanks for this little extended ride/review of the Scrambler. The Scrambler has probably intrigued me more than any recent bike launch from any manufacturer.

    I am a longtime Triumph fan and this bike just might make me cheat on my English girlfriend with an Italian girlfriend. LOL. Once again thank you and safe travels.
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  14. AntiHero

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    Hey all you lurkers! Great to hear from you and happy to hear so many of you are as interested in the Scrambler as I've been. I've got LOTS of upcoming content. For now we go to the video. All packed up and leaving basecamp in the dark. (The previous pics from this morning just go to show you how incredible the low-light sensor is on my camera.).

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  15. AntiHero

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  16. DustyRags

    DustyRags Idiot

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    Man, that's a great sounding bike!
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  18. AntiHero

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    The feeling off freedom is at the top of the list of reasons explaining my addiction to Death Valley.

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    The anti-conformist out of US Parks, Death Valley--though pleasant at this time of year--is, shall we say, quite indifferent to accommodating the general needs of its visitors. Because of that, you're on your own, so there's an intense feeling of self-sufficiency you get from surviving here. You want to fight minivan-loads of 8-12 year olds and their miserable parents over cheeze-its and Ice Cream bars at the snack bar, head north to Yosemite. But here is where action and awareness merge; here is a place where decisions have great consequence.

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    At this time of year, the weather is mild (40s at night/90s in the day), giving DV the appearance of being semi-behaved, but in a month or two the true level of indifference to human beings this location on earth exhibits reaches phenomenal levels.

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    This place is a refuge of danger, a hazardous asylum in a society otherwise suffocated by rules, regulations, disclaimers, release forms, safety procedures, guidelines, laws, conduct controls, injury prevention workshops and sensitivity training. You don't really have to look very much farther than how we entertain ourselves with simulations of danger (in the form of high-octane action films, violent video games and stressful dramas) to see that human beings have an inherent need to be free even if it means emerging with scars. Depression? Don't get me started. Show me someone who's spent a day concentrating on staying alive and I'll show you someone who's capacity for life just increased tenfold. Sure, winning the employee of the month award, getting an A on a mid-term or getting that $@* a month raise is all good and fine, but what we really need and want more than anything is the feeling of being alive.

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    Life is a continuous sequence of moments that, at any given point, form the potential to change the course of our lives. Once lost, those moments are gone forever.

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    (If the t-shirt you're wearing doesn't have nervous-sweat pit-stains on it, you're doing something wrong!)

    Make the most of your life. Be daring, careless, reckless, impulsive. Irresponsibility will do you good.
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  19. larryboy

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    Well said and super nice picture. :bow
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  20. FatTirePlease

    FatTirePlease Still rollin'

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    If that's not Ducati brochure material - I don't know what is !
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