BBS - Nevada Fall Ride - 2021

Discussion in 'Ride Reports - Epic Rides' started by Catastrophic Failure, Oct 9, 2021.

  1. Catastrophic Failure

    Catastrophic Failure Catastrophic Failure

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    Nevada is one of the most wide open ADV friendly states we have ridden in over the past decade!

    The Battle Born South - BBS route was the inspiration for this adventure.

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    The trailer reached its maximum load of bikes - and rolled 800 miles from Tacoma to Battle Mountain.

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    Half of the crew took Mikes time machine, and no surprise, beat the truck to our start point.

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    We ride tomorrow from Battle Mt. towards Eureka NV - I plan to report each night for the trail.
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  2. BillUA

    BillUA Las Vegas, NV Supporter

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  3. Richarde1605

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    Nice Piper, 1:45 flight, how long will the drive take?
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  4. Catastrophic Failure

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    Just over 13 hours of slab time :rayof
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  5. Catastrophic Failure

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    Mike R and Jeff L will be riding their KTM 890 Rally R’s

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    Mike S, Eric and the newest team member Brian are all riding their KTM 690’s. Let’s see which one of these riders can keep the rubber side down for the next week of riding.

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  6. Catastrophic Failure

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    PVD will run his 950 SE - one of the most versatile ADV bikes KTM has ever produced.

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    I will be on my classic 640 Adventure - just trying to keep pace with these guys

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  7. Catastrophic Failure

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    Mike S. has a new ride! His 990 Adventure is a huge upgrade from the 530 he rode for the last several years!

    His old 530 vs. the newer 990

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  8. joenuclear

    joenuclear Still here....

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    N! :lurk
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  9. Catastrophic Failure

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    We left Battle Mountain and headed South in 35 degree temps. We immediately turned up Lewis Canyon and climbed to 9,680 feet at the summit of Mt. Lewis.

    The rip up the canyon started as a simple fall ride! It ended on another planet.

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    Gorgeous Nevada high country.

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    At about 8000' the snow began to accumulate, making the climb more interesting!

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    The final 500' of climb required commitment, and some throttle modulation!

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    Success, and a simple ride back down to the Reese River Valley via the main road.

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    On the way over Mill Creek Summit we explored an abandoned Pit Mine. The fishing was very slow today!

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    Cortez Mine was impressive, with no activity on our Sunday drive-by.

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    The final 40 miles into Eureka ran through the Kobeh Valley. It was purely awesome, hjigh speed two track Nevada dirt!

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    150 miles of smiles today. We are watching weather tonight, and may reroute in the morning.
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  11. Richarde1605

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    Lovely pictures, it’s always great to see where others ride :-)
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  12. ROAD DAMAGE

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    Looks like no gear on any of the bikes ............. so you're all basing out of a motel and doing day loops?
    Where's command central?
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  13. Catastrophic Failure

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    Big props to Sid today - he ran the chase truck from BM to Eureka. Unloaded his bike, geared up and ran North until he met the riders heading South.

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    This out and back run gave him a good intro to his new 990! Nice job Mike!
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    Sounds like Mike is a bit of an enabler.
    Happy trails :-)
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  16. Catastrophic Failure

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    Road Damage, the plan is to ride the best of Nevada, moving from town to town. Anywhere from 150 to 200 miles each day. We carry tools, tubes food, fuel etc… but the overnight gear moves ahead with the chase truck. Thanks for following along!
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    The 690’s Fuel lights are lighting up at around 120 miles. Mike S. added his spare fuel late in the day.

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    The other two 690’s both have aftermarket auxiliary fuel tanks. So if we have a major reroute, and burn up unexpected miles - they’ll be fine.

    Fuel mileage may vary - rumor has it that a couple of the 690’s saw triple digits yesterday, along those straight valley sections.

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    After checking the weather, we left Eureka about 8 AM. Mike R. broke out his new 690 machine. Nicely farkled up....

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    Just like yesterday, the weather was perfect Fall temps. Then Mother Natures played with us as we went over the Fish Creek Range.

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    Mike S. and Brian fighting the powder and some poor visibility... as the fogged up visors and some light snow make things interesting.

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    Mike R. had a little high country run for us once we got to Crested Wheat Ridge. It started with some silt traps and nice canyons.

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    Then things took a turn...:clap:clap:clap
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  20. Catastrophic Failure

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    The precipitation came in quickly, and the wind started to gust.

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    Not real damp snow, but the chill worked its way into the fingers and toes.

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    The soil was soft, but turned to stone in an instant. The team program made the boulder fields more manageable.:freaky:freaky

    Those 990's are a MF'r to pick up side hill slide hill...

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    The 690's skipped right down this little rock pile.

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    Tonapah NV. is the place to be tonight. Brian is still smiling!

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