Who's 640 Adventure is ditched in Silverado Canyon!!!

Discussion in 'West – California, the desert southwest and whatev' started by gearheart, Mar 16, 2013.

  1. gearheart

    gearheart Bombrun Lackey

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    No, I'm not telling you where, but it was recent. No rust on the rotors and the key in the ignition. Stashed at the bottom of a ravine.

    I chased off some buggy riders who wanted to pull it out and take it, reported it to the ranger too. I also photoed their license plate as they were wanting to come back later and get it with their truck.

    If you need a hand recovering it, call me. I have a jeep with a winch and will help you get it back up to the road. (even tonight)

    Mike Kern
    714 713 184one
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  2. shortbus4x4

    shortbus4x4 Been here awhile

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    Good for you. They used to hang horse thieve and I have heard motorcycles called an iron horse. Hopefully said 640 rider didn't have to take a helicoptor ride out and is otherwise in good health.
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  3. gearheart

    gearheart Bombrun Lackey

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    Yup, but no sign of a struggle...

    Maybe stolen but a strange spot to ditch...?
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  4. GreaserJr

    GreaserJr n00b

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    Bike recovered. If its your bike post up. We're talking with Sheriff. Hopefully finding the owner now...
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  5. spafxer

    spafxer Long timer

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    Just wondering. Is it rideable ? Yes=stolen
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  6. BerndM

    BerndM Shiftless One

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    Hey Mike

    I am a good friend of the owner of that KTM 640 you and Jon recovered and I just got off the phone with him after he described your MOST APPRECIATED and completely unexpected efforts to get the bike back to him.:norton
    He couldn't hardly find the words to describe how pleased he was with you guys and anyone else who may have had a hand in the recovery.
    Tom, the owner, and Dale, the guy who was riding the KTM and I were going to attempt the recovery on Tuesday.
    Tom never imagined that anyone would have stumbled across that bike so far down the slope. He thought it was not visible from the road at all. Obviously that was NOT correct.
    I am going over to Tom's tomorrow morning (Monday) and shoot a bunch of pics and video of the poor KTM for the scrapbook and to send to the very lucky and sad but mostly undamaged rider. :evil
    All he got out of it was a broken left hand, maybe a chipped/cracked left elbow and a wrenched lower back. Pretty damn good considering a drop of about 80(?) or so feet. :eek1
    Again, Tom extends his most grateful appreciation to you and all others who played any part in this adventure!
    I thank you as well.:clap:clap:clap:clap

    Regards
    Bernd
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  7. johngil

    johngil Reseda, CA

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    Sweet! Nice work fellas.
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  8. smilin'Ed

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    This ain't a club, society, group or organized bunch of any kind, but its good deeds like the one above that keeps my membership renewed.

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  9. shortbus4x4

    shortbus4x4 Been here awhile

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    Nice to have a happy ending.:clap
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  10. AustinJake

    AustinJake DR650 - Versys

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    Wow, amazing thread, kudos to the good guys.
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  11. BerndM

    BerndM Shiftless One

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    Thanks for all the comments guys!
    Tom & I are going up to the crash site tomorrow (Monday) just to look it over. He was a bit busy at the time of the crash to pay too much attention to anything but his buddy. So we're going to go see it without the hectic activity of that day's events.
    I plan on taking along my Quadcopter and GoPro and if it's not too windy (or scary) for me, I'll attempt some aerial video of the site, which I'll post on Youtube for your viewing enjoyment.
    :evil
    Regards
    Bernd
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  12. gearheart

    gearheart Bombrun Lackey

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    The more I thought about this, the more I felt that somebody should help out so I rounded up my cousin Jon 'cause he's always up for a good adventure (he's greaser jr on this board) and we mounted our own recovery this morning. After we got the bike in the truck, we didn't feel right about just driving off so we again searched the area below and on down the ravine on foot, with the dog, for an injured rider.

    After we had the bike safely in the truck, we started thinking "what if this bike is stolen and we get stopped transporting it!" Well, there is no Sheriff station in Silverado so we stopped at the Fire Dept and they called a Sheriff to come talk to us. He was able to track down Tom's address and eventually located him (in one piece no less) and we got a police escort to Tom's house. We were glad to help Tom recover his bike and wish Dale a speedy recovery. I am AMAZED that Dale only broke his hand after plungeing a hundred feet down a cliff!

    What a day!

    So, on with the photos already!

    See those tracks leading to nowhere?
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    This is what we found in the abyss.
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    Looking up, you can't even see the road. I tried unsucessfully to climb on hands and feet up the direction they went down. We used a more gradual route to recover the bike. (but you still had to use all fours to climb up it)
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    Almost back to the road. We used ALL 100 feet of winch cable plus a few straps to reach the bike. You will notice most of the cable is back on the drum in this pic... It was a looong, steep way down there.
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    Stopped at the Fire Dept to contact authorities and while they were trying to contact the owner, we got the tour.
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    Police escort and delivery service! The officers were SUPER relieved that their envolvement was over. They were expecting to mount a full-on missing persons search complete with helicopters, dogs, bush pokers and rock turner-overs. They thought that they were gonna be on an all-nighter...
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    Home safe and sound.

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    Cheers,

    Mike
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  13. doubleoh7

    doubleoh7 AKA Chief FallsAlot

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    I am so glad to be able to call you and Cousin Jon my friends. This is just like you guys - knowing the character of you both, I am not surprised at the extent you went to recover and search for the guy. This story kinda brings back memories of the Rincon. God Bless you all!!
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  14. Off Limits

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    Good karma. I was up there today.
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  15. gearheart

    gearheart Bombrun Lackey

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    You guys are certainly welcome to come tell this story at the Bradshaw Bombrun this coming weekend if you are free! I just picked up on the end of the 2012 Bombrun thread (regonal forums, west) but the location is the same. (at our ranchito in Imperial County)

    Try to make it! (and bring your copter as well as your bike!)

    Mike
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  16. pcvance

    pcvance Walk Verplank

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    I'll take first dibs on the motor if you part out that wreck.
    Glad it turned out ok.
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  17. mr. thumbs

    mr. thumbs Long timer

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    Bravo! Well done fellas.
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  18. momphrare

    momphrare Adventurer

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    So cool.
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  19. dgoering

    dgoering n00b

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    Thanks again mike... Tom , baron and myself
    Appreciate all you and your cousin did. Nice
    Talking to you today as well.
    I am super sore and have just found out that i also
    Fractured a pelvic/ hip bone.
    I think in the future i will be applying for a
    Pilots license. Lol. Hope to hear from you again.

    Thanks again for your move on the KTM..
    Dale
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  20. DaddyBigDaddy

    DaddyBigDaddy AKA -Evel Kneilson

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    Thanks Baldy!
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