Big Fat Tat on a BDR Roll: aka The 2021 U.S. Dirty Dirty Ride

Discussion in 'Ride Reports - Epic Rides' started by Ikeya-Seki, Jul 9, 2021.

  1. Ikeya-Seki

    Ikeya-Seki Been here awhile Supporter

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    Yes, there is a brewery in Tonopah with tasty beer. I like.
  2. Ikeya-Seki

    Ikeya-Seki Been here awhile Supporter

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    Friday, October 15
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    Nuts & Bolts: With summer moving on without me, I pack up my kit and head south to Coronado, California. The 2021 U.S. Dirty Dirty has come to a close. 12500 miles (more if we’re counting the ride from L.A. to San Diego) with probably more than 11,000 of that in the dirt proved to be an outstanding and demanding ride. This Friday I will ride the red-eye to Boston for some much needed rest before bracing for winter.

    Miles: 183.6
    Total Miles: 12,686.2
    MPG: 49.2
    Total MPG: 55.5

    Weather: 52-78F. Sunny skies, typical Los Angeles smog. Coronado weather: perfect, as usual.

    Tires: Worn but still kicking.

    Trail Conditions: Concrete slab, heavy traffic, road hazards & lane splitting.

    Stops: Half Way Cafe in Agua Dulce for bacon & eggs. Other places.

    Lodging: Agua Dulce area at a friend’s land. My winter hang in Coronado.

    Observations: Lane splitting is both fun and risky. Traffic built up along the usual merges and choke points on both the 405 & 5 freeway. I tucked into the HOV lane for most of the ride, but split lanes in traffic. No close calls and many drivers made room when they noticed a bike coming along. These roads see a lot of volume. Not surprisingly, plenty of detritus - tools, ladders, car parts, and the occasional mattress flank the fast & breakdown lanes. No time for day dreaming.

    Katy M ran fine. No issues.

    I have run a first look & list of broken & damaged gear from the ride. I will post the list here and possibly take Adam Chandler’s suggestion and do a gear & bike damage thread once I get settled back in New Hampshire. TBD.

    In no particular order:
    1. My back
    2. Dented stock KTM front rim = 24hr leak - converted to tube.
    3. Leaking fork seals - best guess as a result of the 28 inch deep bull/bug dust between Austin & Tonopah, NV
    4. Cracked plastic right side near radiator. Plastiweld.
    5. Moved but undamaged Cycra hand guards - plastics marred & scarred
    6. Burnt KTM rally seat. My fault. SAE wires got hot.
    7. Scratched / gouged / beaten AXP skid plate (normal wear)
    8. Broken Rade garage panniers both sides, same middle brace. Build/weld fail.
    9. Clouded / muddy rear signal light.
    10. Mosko tank bag ripping apart (base separating from bag)
    11. Slow leak in Thermarest air mattress
    12. Klim Badlands pants breaking zippers / zipper pulls - going into the tip.
    13. Arai anti fog lens failed - immediately (junk)
    14. Mosko Basalisk stubborn zippers - trail dust rust
    15. Small holes in Big Agnes Copper Spur tent floor
    16. Dented titanium cook kit
    17. Dented Hydroflask drink thermos
    18. Destroyed Steel Core lock cable: operator error
    19. Ripped/torn webbing on Mosko 4l bag
    20. Broken iPhone camera - vibration
    Plenty of stop & drops, but only one moving crash at 25 mph. Got cattn-whompus on a high centered Jeep track in the Nevada desert, the rear tire over taking the front with too much wrist. No damage to body or bike. Felt like a power slide on skis.

    So the plan now is to leave Katy M in Coronado until I return in January for swimming. In the meantime, I’m shipping the front forks off to Pennsylvania for a tune. I’ll address the front wheel when we get back to New Hampshire in April and likely send the rear shock in for a tune then. I have no plans to ride trails on the ride home, but gravel is likely.

    On another note, my first hand experience suggests America is in far better shape than we are led to believe, no matter what channel you watch. That’s my take anyhow, especially when it comes to the good people I’ve met along the way. Whether a bright, encouraging roadside chat, excellent & accommodating bike service, pleasant and welcoming proprietors or the extraordinary & generous hospitality of complete strangers like Idaho’s Harold & Sharon who have gone well out of their way to lend a hand, every single person I’ve met reflects the spirit and mettle of what it means to be a good human and a fine American. I love my country. I enjoy many others as well, but the USA is home for me.

    I don’t have much more to add for this Ride Report except perhaps a final gear breakdown, a round of photos and a brief mention of when I finally park Katy M in her native spot.

    Along the way I found 25 select locations to join and scatter the ashes of my late mother & father in law, the last of which was shared with my wife and her sister at Lake George at Mammoth Lakes. It was their favorite fishing spot. With humility, I am pleased to share with my two girls and my niece & nephew that Grandma & Grandpa are everywhere.

    Thank you all for reading, engaging and following along.

    Ikeya-Seki, out.

    post scriptum: It is with great sadness that I share the news we lost a bright light in our motorcycle community. Michael Plourde, father, humorist, fellow rider, athlete, and friend of 40 years died unexpectedly on October 13th. Mike was a service specialist, my service specialist, for many years at MAX BMW in North Hampton, New Hampshire. Some of you knew him, I’m sure. He will be missed, but never forgotten. Ride on Captain.

    There is a GoFund Me page in place to aid his family, which I will not post here, but if you feel so moved as to help, message me and I’ll send you the link.
  3. AdamChandler

    AdamChandler Ascending n00b

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    Oh my god, terrible news about Mike. holy crap. sigh. Life is too damn short. What a loss.
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    Hate to see it end, but, well done!
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    Did I miss what the fix to the poor running bike was?
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  6. Cactus Dave

    Cactus Dave Born to Argue

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    Nice job. I enjoyed your RR. Thank you.

    Cheers,

    Dave
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  7. DCTFAN

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    :killen you will receive many blessings from above. Thanks for the story.
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  8. Chip Seal

    Chip Seal Long timer Supporter

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    Enjoyed following your travels.
    Thanks for taking the time to keep it going.
    Enjoy the New Hampster winter.
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  9. Ikeya-Seki

    Ikeya-Seki Been here awhile Supporter

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    Not 100% sure, but the bike threw a couple codes for the O2 sensors. Oddly, after a thorough power wash, it worked fine. I’m attributing it to the lake of bull dust I plowed through.
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  11. Geezerguy

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    Except for the Post Script I really enjoyed your RR. Thank you!
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  12. Ikeya-Seki

    Ikeya-Seki Been here awhile Supporter

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    Yeah, I know. Losing Mike is a real bummer. Glad though you enjoyed the RR. It helped me keep focus.
  13. draco_1967

    draco_1967 Spoon!

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    This has been a great ride report! Thank you for sharing. So sorry about the loss of your friend.

    This is so true. There is so much good in the world, yet our screens just seem to spew the bad at us 24/7. Get out on two wheels, meet new people, enjoy great adventures, and you'll be amazed at how good the world is.
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  14. snglfin

    snglfin this statement is untrue

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    thanks for sharing your journey, i enjoyed following your day to day progress. my condolences on the loss of your friend... always difficult to lose loved ones unexpectedly. peace to you and mike's family.
  15. mjurchak

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    Thanks for bringing us along for the ride. Your thoughts, insights, pics and prose are top notch. Vaya Con Dios.
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  16. scimmione

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    grazie per aver condiviso il tuo viaggio e le tue esperienze... ottime foto e ottimo racconto...(mi è piaciuto lo spirito che lega voi Americani...in europa è pieno di brave persone ma non abbiamo questo sentimento di appartenenza che ci unisce)

    grazie e saluti da Venezia (italia)

    ps
    rip il tuo amico e pace per te e la tua famiglia
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  17. Critic

    Critic More or less!

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    Cheers my friend, here’s to a joyful RR and more in the near future! :beer
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  18. vanveen

    vanveen Been here awhile

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    thank you, great photo's and lively story, tubeless wheels don't make it in the back country or in Asia for that matter
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