To the west coast and beyond....I hope!

Discussion in 'Ride Reports - Epic Rides' started by XC Rider, Aug 10, 2009.

  1. XC Rider

    XC Rider Motorcycle Vagabond

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    After a wonderfully restful evening, I took my time getting my things together as I was meeting Esben, Camilla, and Panther over at Sunset Station for brunch; Panther is the guy whom Esben and Camilla are staying with in Vegas. It was great to see Esben and Camilla again and to hear more about their adventures. Panther was another stand-up guy and picked up the tab for all of us; thank you my friend, I hope to be able to repay the favor some day. All in all, we had a great meal, trying just about everything on the buffet. Before parting ways, Panther also gave me some routing suggestions which turned out to be quite nice; Thanks again! Eventually though, all good things must come to an end, and we all parted ways, myself headed over to check out Hoover Dam and then down towards Kingman, AZ, and Esben, Camilla, and Panther were going to try and find some new tires for Esben and Camilla that were better suited for the sand. Of course, before parting ways, we took a group picture.

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    Esben and Camilla, it was great meeting you guys! Keep up the great RR! Panther, once again, thanks for brunch, and I want to see pictures and an RR when you get you adventure bike put together!

    Thanks to Panther, heading out of Henderson, I rode down Lake Mead drive, and took way too many pictures of lake Mead. :lol3

    Here are a few.

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    From here, I swung over to check out Hoover Dam. I'd been here last year in August with my dad, and driving through here today, I couldn't help but wish that he was here with me on this trip too. Oh well, atleast since taking off on this trip, he's now been talking about looking into getting a Dual sport bike! :clap I think a Yamaha WR250R would be perfect for him! :evil

    Here are the shots of the damn dam! :lol3

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    After playing the tourist for a little bit, I was back on the road, headed back to Boulder City to pick up Hwy 95 south. I would go a little ways past Searchlight, and then turn off onto Christmas Tree pass road (one of Panther's suggestions) and this would take me back to Hwy 163 and into Laughlin, and from there I could head over towards Kingman, AZ.

    Along Hwy 95 I passed a solar panel farm.

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    After some boring, straight highway, I reached Christmas Tree pass road. This was a great little ride, I highly recomend it. It's not technical at all, but quite beautiful and scenic. Here are the pictures.

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    Pulling into Laughlin, NV.

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    After being spoiled with a bed last night for cheap, I decided to try and have a repeat performance and found a decent deal at the Colorado Belle in Laughlin; only $23 and change for a room.

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    I'm now down the street at another Casino/Hotel using their free Wi-Fi! :lol3

    Once I'm done updating, I'll go back to my place and play the slots a bit; after all, I'm in Nevada!

    Stats for the day.

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  2. mpanther

    mpanther KotW - Just Ride!

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    I'm glad you liked my route suggestions.

    and to hear you got another great deal on a room!

    Keep safe, and good journey to you.
    (and I will definitely hit you up for some brunch if I am ever in your neck of the woods. lol)
  3. Michhub

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    :wave Dennis...more fantastic pictures :thumb
    How do you get anywhere taking so many......?
  4. Mistress of the dual

    Mistress of the dual Some say....

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    I love this!!!! My two favorite RR's to date have bumped into each other.

    Denis, Mike and I are glad to hear you got the gloves and won't wind up with frost bitten fingers. Good luck to you on the ride home. We'll be watching.
  5. XC Rider

    XC Rider Motorcycle Vagabond

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    Hey there Mike!

    The simple answer is that I don't get far on some days! But then again, I've got plenty of time; after all, I left Virginia back on August 11th or 12th! I got to tell you though, it's going to be rough having to hang up the boots and the helmet, and getting a job again! :lol3
  6. XC Rider

    XC Rider Motorcycle Vagabond

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    After the usual morning ritual I was back on the road and headed towards Kingman, AZ. There I planned not only to hook up with Route 66, but I was also planning on doing an oil change. My plan was to swing by the local Suzuki dealership in Kingman, since I'd been steered there by another ADV rider. Once I got to Kingman, I went to the motorcycle shop and met Jason, the owner's stepson who runs the place, introduced myself and told him that I needed to do an oil change on the bike, and would they be willing to let me borrow an oil pan and possibly a few tools. Jason then replied that due to liability, they couldn't let me borrow any tools!? Liability!? I just need some sockets and maybe a hex key! How badly could I possibly hurt myself! :patch

    Instead of arguing with the poor kid, I decided I'd just swing by one of the other motorcycle shops I'd passed coming thru town. So, in my opinion, avoid the local Suzuki/Kawasaki shop in Kingman, and instead go to the place that ended up helping me out for free and gave me a discount on the oil I bought from them! So, to the Kingman Suzuki/Kawasaki dealer located on Northern Avenue, I say FYYFF! :fyyff

    Instead I went down the road, and found these guys! :D

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    These guys were super cool, and hooked me up with an oil pan and some tools! :thumb
    Had a great time hanging out with them and some of the of the other folks that worked in the same strip mall. They just couldn't believe the scope of the trip that I was on! :lol3
    Oh, and I also changed the oil on the DRZ of course!

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    Finally, around 1:00pm or so, I got back on the road, found Route 66 and started to make my way east! Here are some pictures from travelling down historic Route 66!

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    One of my ALL TIME FAVORITE cars!!!

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    Along the way, I passed several series of Burma Shave advertisements; here they are!

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    Thanks for the tip Burma Shave!

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    A nice road shot, and other shots from the road.

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    Burma Shave #4

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    #6!

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    Eventually, I came upon a stretch of old route 66 that was unmaintained. The pavement was all torn up and just plain missing for the most part, and it eventually turned into full on dirt and sand! :clap

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    I finally called it a day, just east of Williams, AZ, and found a KOA campground to set up camp for the night. Had another feast for dinner tonight. For starters, a pre dinner drink! :photog

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    Then the main course.

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    I made it rather thick and not too soupy.

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    And then, thanks again to my brother and Shawna, dessert! :dg

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    My camp for the night.

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    And the STATS for the day.

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  7. GoSpeed

    GoSpeed 'getting there

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    That was me that recommended Kingman Suzuki. I'm so sorry to hear that you were treated so poorly. You were right to blow them off. They are brand new owners, and must be uptight about the whole thing. My apologies.

    I hope the rest of your ride is hassle-free. I'm enjoying every entry.

    - John
  8. HBN

    HBN lostwithmike.com

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    Hey XC! Been a while since I checked up on the report and was stoked you met up with Moose and Mini - too cool. Really enjoyed your pics of that "desolate" area of the country. When you get back you don't have to hang up your boots and helmet (just get a heated vest and a job:lol3 ) I am going to have to get the GPX tracks from you for my future westward journey.

    Keep it up man :clap
  9. XC Rider

    XC Rider Motorcycle Vagabond

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    No worries my friend. As you can see, things always have a way of working themselves out. The way I look at it is that it's their loss. We could have had a great chat, and they in turn would have gotten some great publicity from me in form of this RR; and all for the cost of borrowing an oil pan and a tool or two. But such is life. :dunno
  10. XC Rider

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    So last night, as I layed in my sleeping bag falling asleep, I reallized I forgot to mention the best part of my stay in Laughlin the night before last. As I had said, since I was in Nevada, I'd have to go and play the slot machines. Now I'm not the gambling type, but I figured I'd find the cheap slots and play $5 or so and enjoy a couple free beverages. After all, I am a former KLR (and hopefully future) owner! :deal :lol3

    So I found the penny slot machines! :clap I put $5 in the machine and started playing, betting anywhere from a penny to a wopping 5 cents per pull! :eek1 Soon enough a nice young lady came by and asked me if I needed a drink, perfect! :1drink I did take Mpanther's advice and made sure to tip the young lady $1 every time she brought me a drink; I may be cheap at times, but I'm not a cheap-skate! So back to the gambling, about $1 into my investment I won $5 on a pull! WooHoo! I can now afford to play for a good little while longer and still break even. Eventually though I was back down to $2 and figured that I'd just finish out what money was left in the machine, and have another beer and then call it a night. Lady luck must have been looking after me that evening though because a few minutes later I hit a bonus thingy and ended up winning $60! :clap Now I know what you're thinking, $60 ain't a whole lot of money, but hey, it's better than nothing! Figuring I'd just about used up all my good luck for the evening I decided to cash out.

    So, if you ever pass thru Laughlin, NV, stay at the Colorado Belle and go play the penny slots. Who knows, you might just get lucky! :D

    Well now I need to get back on the road. Until next time.
  11. NOTAR_520

    NOTAR_520 Been here awhile

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    Looking good, Fantastic RR and great recovery from the long walk in the most desolate part of the TAT.

    Keep it coming!!!!!!
  12. BOBaloo22

    BOBaloo22 Tony the Rescue Cat

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    Hey XC, It looks like you're doing well buddy. Glad you got the KLR sold and back on the "road".WOW!! M&M seem to be a great couple, you sure have been lucky on this adventure - all the great people, places and opportunities you've experienced (the 60 bucks too!). Me and M have been reading and drooling since the start, so have some more fun and see you soon.
    Bob
  13. mpanther

    mpanther KotW - Just Ride!

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    Way to be a "George" with the free drinks.
    Did she give you faster service after you started tipping?

    And Way to Go with the big win!
    Its like two free days on the road with hotel rooms.

    Good stuff.
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    HBN lostwithmike.com

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    They need a new emoticon with a lotto machine named :xcrider :lol3
  15. XC Rider

    XC Rider Motorcycle Vagabond

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    Check out this posting I put under the Thumpers thread.
  16. XC Rider

    XC Rider Motorcycle Vagabond

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    Well today started just like any other day, just a little colder, but it was a nice a clear sky. For the most part of the day, I was ridding down either stretches of old Route 66, or National Forest roads, or along the rail road access road; only when there was no other option did I hop onto the interstate. Mid way through the day, I also made a detour to go and check out the town of Diablo. It just an old ghost town, but there's a cool train bridge going over Diablo canyon near by.

    The day was turning out to be just another uneventful day, until I pulled into Holbrook for gas. While I was there I noticed that the strap holding my left hand side saddle bag had come loose and been partially eaten by my rear wheel! :eek1

    Well no biggy I thought at first, but then I had cause for second guessing myself; you'll see what I mean when I get to the pictures.

    I called a couple of shops, all the way east to Albuquerque, but everyone I talked to would have to order the parts. Since I was in the relative middle of nowhere, and I felt confident that the bike could still be safely ridden, I decided to super-slab it to Albuquerque and there I would figure out what to do.

    Here's today picture show; sorry, but after the little problem issue, I stopped taking pictures as I was concentrating on making it to Albuquerque.

    Leaving the campground this morning, I was soon on gravel roads!

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    Yet another, different route 66 sign.

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    Pictures from the road.

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    Following the rail road.

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    Frontage roads were also a nice option at times.

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    Heading off into the middle of nowhere to find the old town of Diablo.

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    The train bridge over Diablo Canyon.

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    Remnants of the town of Diablo.

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    TRAIN!

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    Two Guns, AZ.

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    Near the turn off for Meteor Crater.

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    Coming through some town (I forget which now), I spotted this cool, old motel!

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    In the town of Holbrook, AZ, I saw some really murals.

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    And then, when I stopped for gas, that's when I noticed today's little issue. I decided to take off the rear wheel to have a better look and make sure everything was OK.

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    And this is what my bearing seal, on the drive chain side, looks like.

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    The bearing I think is still good; after all I just rode 240 miles with it like this! :norton
    So my question is, how concerned should I be? Ridding dirt is out of the question until I get this seal replaced ( I don't want to fry the bearing), but could I make it back to VA as long as I stick to paved roads? Is there anything that I can do to help the damaged bearing seal......like packing some lithium grease in there? Any advice would be appreciated.

    Anyway, here are the STATS for the day!

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  17. mpanther

    mpanther KotW - Just Ride!

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    I wouldn't use Lithium grease.
    I would use synthetic wheel bearing grease.

    (non-moly, moly can build up on the bearing surfaces and ruin a roller bearing.)

    more in the thumper thread.
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    checked out http://abqmotorsport.com/ . . Unfortunatly its closed Sunday & Monday but if you don't have any luck today its still better than waiting for a mail delivery. Still looking - My work is paying me to do the research on this for you but don't tell them :wink: Do you (or does anyone) have a part # ?
  20. Neonguy95

    Neonguy95 Self Sponsored Rider

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    You would be more than welcome to take my WR250R out for a spin. I am little north of your trek though. I see you are going through southern Arkansas and I am in Southwest Missouri, Springfield to be exact.

    Good luck on your trip home. The RR has been very awesome and I must admit you have me talked into taking some time off work to run the TAT.