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Discussion in 'Ride Reports - Epic Rides' started by Joe Motocross, Sep 16, 2008.
Awesome ride report. you have got me started looking into moving out west. Thank you!
Don't use beer cans to fix your hub. USE FEELER GAUGES. They are harder metal. And if you take a little time you can get it very solid. I have ridden years on a hub shimmed with feeler gauges. If you get it good and snug it won't enlarge the hole anymore.
I have been following this RR since the begning. What a great history and nice pics. With the minimum doing the maximum. Keep it coming...
You guys rock! I am really enjoying your RR because it is so hard-core, and the tension in the decision making is incredible. I am new to Adventure riding.
I can tell that your very experienced riders, very wise in evaluating risk, and you must be very physically fit to ride so hard for so long, so safely.
Many thanks for letting me partake in your ride!
I'm another poor bastage "riding along" for this one! Great riding and great report.
You might want to rethink that Streetracer.
You need to consider a couple of things before commiting to the minimalist wetern lifestyle.
1st- Are you married? Prior to this trip JoMo required all parties to submit a signed and notarised contract stating the wives of said riders would not hold him liable for any wild behavior and lapse of judgement that occured on during this ride or anytime after the ride. It specifically stated sweetening your coffee with Old crow. This is HUGE and not to be taken lighty. You may also want to get your new employer involved as well.. If they are not totally on board with this it could spell disaster. This contract was put to the test in the early days of the trip.
2nd-You also must prep you mind ahead of time. Some of the places you go are truely mind blowing. I am not making this up. More than once we have had to pull the bikes over, get off and regroup. This is also not to be taken lightly.
3rd-You bike will never be the same. Now that I think of it. You liver will never be the same either.
The sooner you come to terms with these simple rules the better you do in the desert southwest.
I need to retract my statement on not being able to patch a tube with the valve stem ripped out. Believe me, I know, when there's a will there's a way. And a little luck doesn't hurt with that situation either. I'm thinking that if the valve stem is completely detached from the tube that would be categorized as class 5 valve stem severance.
Thanks for the tip on the feeler gauges Rufus, good thinking. I can tell we're kindred spirits in maintenance.
I've been watching this intently since the beginning. Awesome trip and report. Am I the only who is wondering/surprised that JoMo's used head gasket is holding up through all of this?
Just for the record - I hate you guys with this terrain nearby.....
I like your set up. Stupid question, how do those straps attach to the fender? Did you have to make holes in the fender or is there a bracket I'm not seeing?
This is terrific!
More more more!
Ah yes, the Marital Discourse Disclaimer. Well see how it holds up legally soon. Our other partner that started the trip with us called us at camp this last night. (I know, minimalists with cell phones?!! We're working toward eliminating these for good) He declared he was moving into his new apartment and the wife was staying at their home. (NO JOKE!!)
I've had a few problems with getting my partners into trouble with spouses/significant others in the past. I'm fresh off a divorce right now so I was anticipating this problem may be elevated hence the Disclaimer. My ex and I are unusual as we are like siblings; very close. But we think marriage is the craziest institution ever. We could've stayed married and co-existed for the rest of our lives but we new it wasn't quite right for us and had to be honest about it. So, I end up posing this question to others: are you co-existing or are you really satisfied and content? Sorry for the mini rant. I guess the point is you want to make sure your relationship is solid before you hang out with me. I've got more Disclaimers but since this last trip they will all now need to be notarized with both parties signature.
Back to more important matters motorcycles!! You gotta drill the plastic for the Voile straps. Many people have a hard time doing this to their precious graphics but most who go for it soon realize that its cooler to be functional rather then having a pretty bike. Also, if you ride this terrain for very long, your bike will look like its ready for the scrap yard in no time anyway so whats the big deal about a couple of extra holes? This photo is the rear fender but you get the idea. Just drill 4 or 5 holes in a row then pull the drill back through all of them to open the slot. You want to make sure you don't over load those fenders with too much gear. I like to distribute some of the weight onto the back of the seat with an additional strap under the seat.
Wow, you guys have got balls that would make King Kong jealous. Serious pucker factor on a few of those sections.
I'm really enjoying your RR, particularily the pictures. Vibrant colours and interesting perspectives.
Would you mind telling us what camera you were using?
Thanks for sharing!
Awesome ride! I think we all need to do a minimalist ride to see what the ride is really about. A true adventure for sure, and deserving of the adventure salute (in a good way)
Just blasted thrpugh the first four pages of this and its awesome.
Love to see ultra-light travel of the extreme variety and this takes the prize of the rides ive seen.
Doods! This is a freaking great RR. I get goosebumps looking at the pics. Next time you FF's think about doing this, give me a few months notice and I'll join you crazy bastards! This RR is great. The terrain is f'n awesome. I especially like the minimalist attitude (as well as the "Old Crow" additives).
Morning broke and we kindled a small fire as usual to heat up some of the usual. At this juncture we could have continued on for an infinite number of days. I cant stress enough how great it is when your only concerns are finding a good trail, figuring out a great dinner, and enjoying a cup of croffee the next day.
Its amazing on how few possessions you really need. Anyway, we packed up our possessions and got ready for roosting!!
The first part of the day was intense!
This route follows a narrow ridgeline through a series of small hills.
This trail had lots of little moves to keep it interesting.
It just kept snaking along the high ridge all through these hills.
There were numerous sections where it was a bit knify and youd have a hard time getting your bike back up if you accidentally went off it.
Up and down and up and down and up and
We opted for a section that went down a drainage just to mix it up a bit.
It climbed back out and continued along a ridge.
It finally culminated at this hill climb which was just intimidating enough for one of us to pass on it. With the addition of this climb the trip now had about every type of dirt riding you want.
The route crossed over a canal on this makeshift bridge. We looked at it and the first guy went across. The second guy got lined up and had a bought of stage fright. Needless to say, the first guy had to cross back over and we took an alternate route. It doesn't look too bad here but you gotta role it without stopping and its about 4 feet to the water which is about 4 feet deep. It would be disaster if you got off balance and lost it.
Lots of this stuff in rural Utah which is great!! Anything to avoid the pavement.
Now wed be on fast gravel roads for a number of hours heading north toward SLC.
Just good open country on smooth roads.
We worked passed this reservoir and the nice roads continued.
Just totally at ease here in 6th gear floating through the desert.
My partner was dumbfounded when we again picked up another short section of single track. Things were good!!
Time to get rid of the rest of our food. Wed be home in a few hours.
This is an odd little rock formation out in the middle of no where. I guess they call it Little Moab. I'd stress the word "little" with that one.
We were working on going over the last small set of mountains here. We got onto the wrong road but decided to top out and have a look around anyway.
Its difficult to be monkeying around and backtracking this late in the trip but you just gotta suck it up. The view paid off.
Now were back on track heading up toward the city
Here we are looking down into civilization. We were chatting about how we were going to readjust back in to society. We made a pact that we'd help each other out with any problems in re-integrating. We decided that we'd debrief over one last cup of croffee at my partners house the next morning.
Last drop down a canyon.
YIKES!!! Not ready for this scene. Oh well, what can you do? It would only be a matter of days until another 4 day ride would come together which Ive decided to take you along on as well. More soon
Mileage: A bunch
Difficulty: a few moves that were mentally challenging
Flat tires: holly crap, I cant FREAKING BELIEVE IT!!! ZERO!!
Used head gasket: just like new
Suburbia: not a pretty sight
Excellent trip and report.
Awesome report. Just curious, but did you see many snakes around in the desert?
Only reason I sometimes dont like sleeping out in the open :)
Can't wait to hear about the four day trip.
Top notch! well done.
must visit Utah sooooon.