2017 dEATh vALLey NOoBS rALLy March 30 -April 2

Discussion in 'West – California, the desert southwest and whatev' started by NSFW, Oct 17, 2016.

  1. Izzy_C

    Izzy_C Adventurer

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    My bike is carbureted, should I get one of those easy mixture screws? Right now it is setup for sea level (SF), can I get away with not tinkering with the black magic that is a carburetor? :D
  2. lubelhu

    lubelhu Forever n00b

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    Unfortunately Joel, I don't think I can go this year. It is a few days too early and the risk of having snow is a little too high. And there is someone at home who thinks that being absent for three weeks is two weeks too many.

    Hope you all have a good time.

    Sorry Geoff, you will have to find another helper.

    Luc

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  3. spafxer

    spafxer Long timer

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    What bike are we talking about?
  4. RED05

    RED05 @motomedic_rob

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    Found some sweet single track up the back side of Cerro Gordo to the peak - last week.
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    Allan and I did a Ridge ride on top of South Park over looking Stripped Butte. It was amazing up there - maybe the best views I've seen in 5 years of riding there.
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    Again this was just last week.
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  5. NSFW

    NSFW basecamp4adv Super Supporter

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    stop by and say hello. or you could also camp with us, sorry the hotel rooms are all taken. sign in once the electronic registration is up.

    love to hear another noob joining the fun. you'll have a blast.


    :rofl

    you're lucky you got spared by the codes!


    hi luc, that was nice seeing you on the S10 in saline valley. knew you had a great time and spent time with several peeps with questionable characters...:lol3

    you know that young elija from san diego is now in central america, on his way to columbia.

    http://advrider.com/index.php?threa...s-pahrump-rally.1157780/page-55#post-30654853
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  6. RED05

    RED05 @motomedic_rob

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  7. NSFW

    NSFW basecamp4adv Super Supporter

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    damn.....some of the best pictures of death valley. thanks for getting the attention of all the fence sitters.

    hi rob, good to see you''re hooked to dv. there's no cure for it.

    hope you can make it to the noobs.

    cheers.
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  8. Izzy_C

    Izzy_C Adventurer

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    @spafxer My '10 KLX250S.

    I did a bit of research and it seems like I should be fine. On the way to DV, if I ride alone, I will go 120 to Mono and 395 down to DV. Elevation will hit 8k ft or so. I imagine the bike will be a little rich without any adjustments to the carb, but from there it is downhill to DV, which is 2k ft it seems, where the difference shouldn't matter at all.

    I never even thought about it, but I'm kinda worried about riding through Yosemite in March... won't the roads be icy and stuff?
  9. airborndad

    airborndad Long timer

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    Will more than likely be Closed - 99.9999% chance
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  10. Izzy_C

    Izzy_C Adventurer

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    @airborndad Shoot.

    Okay, looks like I'm cruising down boring old 5 :(
  11. Heakle

    Heakle Wanderer

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    Way to go Will !!

    Henry is in too !
  12. dravnx

    dravnx Been here awhile

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    Nah, if you can stretch it into 2 days. take 25 out of Hollister to Peachtree to Indian Valley. Stay in either Paso Robles or Bakersfield. Work your way East past Bakersfield to 58 to Caliente Bodfish Rd to 395 to Panamint.
    Also, keep an eye on this thread. There is a good chance you could share a trailer from the Bay area.
  13. Izzy_C

    Izzy_C Adventurer

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    @dravnx Is taking the ride in 2 days more of a safety thing or just a way to make the ride more fun?

    Yeah, throwing my bike on a trailer would be great too!

    SFMCjohn said he may be camping in Carrizo Plains and Comanche Point Road on his way down there. I'd love to join him, I can take an extra few days off no problem.
  14. dravnx

    dravnx Been here awhile

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    Both, it's a pretty big day for a smallish bike. That route is a big day for any bike. Lots of twisties. It's close to 600 miles.
  15. Izzy_C

    Izzy_C Adventurer

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    Yeah, you're right. Although going via 5 it's closer to 470 miles, I imagine the bike wouldn't mind sitting at 55 behind a truck (at a safe distance of course) for the long haul.

    Anyways, camping my way down there seems like what I'll end up doing.
  16. Motopsychoman

    Motopsychoman Not a total poseur Supporter

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    Izzy,the last couple of years I've tried to act a clearinghouse of info about riders from the Bay Area heading to the rally. I expect I'll do the same this year. Most of the Sierra passes are closed in March, but two years ago I did Hwy 88 to 395 and last year did Hwy 155 to Hwy 178 to 395.

    A 250 is a little small for that long a trip, but great for DV. You just have to be patient, take your time, and stay off of I-5. Biggest problem on a small bike is WIND. You'll get tossed around a lot more than the heavier bikes.
    I'll keep in touch as the rally gets closer. Likely find someone else who wants to ride down with you. Several routes to take staying off of the big roads. Hwy 25 is normally a beautiful ride that time of year.
    Feel free to PM me.

    - Marty
  17. Izzy_C

    Izzy_C Adventurer

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    @Motopsychoman Yeah, I've been pushed around before on Hwy 1 and it was pretty uncomfortable. Even cruising down the Great Hwy in SF can get interesting at times.

    That is the plan. Take a little bit of a slower pace, ride with folks, camp on the way down. It'll make finally getting to DV all that much more of an achievement :)

    I'd love to ride the Sierra passes if they are open...
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  18. Zubb

    Zubb he went that-a-way...

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    Glad to see you manning up and riding what you have!
    My dad still talks about the time back in '66 when he rode his Yamaha 80 from Lewiston to Boise and back with a friend. Almost 600 miles round trip. He blew a piston along the way but claims that was his fault.
    He never talks about the trips on big cruiser Suzuki.

    Dance with the one that brung ya!

    I'll be wrestlin' with the 1150gs all over DV, but that's what I have so that's what I'll ride. It's all good.
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  19. Zubb

    Zubb he went that-a-way...

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    btw... isn't it almost March yet? I really want to get this trip started.
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  20. Motopsychoman

    Motopsychoman Not a total poseur Supporter

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    Riding down 395 and over Tehachapi are usually the worst stretches for wind. Last year riding in on 395 was really bad even on my 650.
    Panamint Springs and DV can get real nasty. Most people have to tie their tents to the few trees or some big rocks. You may need to tie you bike to a rock. Sorry, I couldn't resist.
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