CABDR Real Time Report - It's not an Epic Ride if you can still go to Walmart

Discussion in 'Ride Reports - Epic Rides' started by mb300, Jan 19, 2019.

  1. mb300

    mb300 Been here awhile

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    Left yday AM from socal.
    - 1991 BMW R100GS
    - 2006 Fully Restored Collectors Edition DR650
    - 2016 Honda Front Load Washing Machine

    It was patchy wet as we hit the road, but no rain.

    We hit all the major ecosystems on the way to Yuma: Coastal, Mountain, Desert, and Real Housewives

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    The Mighty DR:

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    The Ultimate Dripping Machine:

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    The Honda African'tWin:

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    More to come later, I just heard the bmw fire up so it's time to roll.
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  2. Comrade Art

    Comrade Art Working stiff

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    Good luck and keep us posted.
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  3. mb300

    mb300 Been here awhile

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    Day 1 (Friday)

    We meet at GS's house. DR is early. I'm late, of course.

    GS announces that one of the head studs is slowly pulling out of his case, but whatever there are 7 more. We did 1/2 the AZBDR last year with a different head stud failing, it was fine.

    DR's bike looks like it rolled off the assembly line and right thru the Rocky Mountain warehouse. It is decked out and it's spotless.

    My Africa Twin looks like a hillbilly owns it. It looks like I raided my other bikes and bolted on whatever crap I could make fit, then rode it thru baja and didn't bother to clean it. This is precisely the situation.

    ....blah blah blah it was scenic blah blah we rode towards Yuma.

    Lunch was at Jeremy's On the Hill outside of Julian, it was excellent:

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    Stayed at Historic Coronado Hotel, apparently we got the honeymoon suite:

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    The hotel is in a good location to walk downtown.

    The Pint House has a great tap list.

    Went to bed with a bit of buzz...
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  4. mb300

    mb300 Been here awhile

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    .... and woke up a bit dehydrated.

    The morning started out the traditional way- a trip to Walmart. GS hopped on my bike and rode there to buy a 15mm wrench so he could re-torque the head stud. He came back with an adjustable wrench. Because Walmart.

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    Valves adjusted and we were on the road.

    DR's shifter needed some tweaking:

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    The trip along the Colorado was great:

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    1-WD Required Past This Point:

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  5. mb300

    mb300 Been here awhile

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    Blah blah blah time for crash pics.

    2 for 1-- look up the wash for the DR on it's side too:

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    GS down:

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  6. yamalama

    yamalama wet coaster

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    that's a great looking burger. Jeremy's.
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  7. mb300

    mb300 Been here awhile

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    GS frame by frame:

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  8. mb300

    mb300 Been here awhile

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    Old Dudes Matter Adventurer

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  10. mb300

    mb300 Been here awhile

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    Towards the end of the day DR had a spill and got stuck under the bike for a few minutes until we came back and lifted the bike off him.

    The Suzuki refused to fire.

    We were at the top of a hill so we tried to bump start it. Nada.

    Time to tear into it before the sun sets. We had to tip the bike over to get the gravel out of the spark plug wells:

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  11. RedDogAlberta

    RedDogAlberta High Plains Drifter

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    This is looking good... if ambulances can be avoided. :D
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  12. RonSJC

    RonSJC Been here awhile

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    Awesome! Subscribed.

    Ron
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    kojack06 Long timer Supporter

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    Anxiously waiting to hear about the DR!

    (Check the kill switch!)
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  14. mb300

    mb300 Been here awhile

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    Jumping ahead - here's a preview of day 3:

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    N! :lurk
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  16. mb300

    mb300 Been here awhile

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    I'm falling behind on updates, but here is the day4 preview:

    One is the loneliest number...

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  17. mb300

    mb300 Been here awhile

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    Day 2 Yuma to Parker (continued):

    (please see post 10 for the start of the story)

    After trying to bump start the 650 for 200+ feet down a hill with nary a hint of firing we thought for sure that it was electrical.

    We have fuel (it's wearing a beluga whale full of gas) and compression, therefore we must be missing spark.

    The sidestand switch and kill switches were unscathed from the crash, and nothing else appeared to be damaged.

    Time to check the plugs - but there was gravel down in the plug wells.

    We tipped the bike over to get the gravel out of the spark plug wells.

    Why is there gas dripping out of the side of the airbox? Hmmmm I think we found the issue....

    As we removed the 4 fasteners for airfilter access gas started pouring out. Not a little bit of gas, more like an entire airbox full.

    It turns out that when DR was spending quality time pinned underneath his bike he had the forethought to reach down and turn the gas off.... except he turned it to reserve instead of off.

    It also turns out that the airbox has a cap over the drain bung, and that cap doesn't have a slit in it to let liquid out. Suzuki fail. There must have been a quart of gas in the airbox, maybe more.

    DR pulled his airfilter and wrang out the gas, I pulled the plugs and dried them out, we spun the motor over to get the rest of the gas out of the cylinder, plugs went back in, and the Mighty 650 was mighty once again.

    The sun was setting, so we slabbed it to the hotel in Parker.

    Here's a pic of DR stuck under his DR650:

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  18. mb300

    mb300 Been here awhile

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    Day 2 (flashback to earlier in the day):

    This was west of the Picacho Campground. I don't know why there is an outhouse sliding off the road either....

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  19. mb300

    mb300 Been here awhile

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    Logistics for staying in Parker:

    - The Best Western has clean rooms.
    - The Chevron has clean gas.
    - The Chinese restaurant next door was surprisingly good, which means that it probably isn't clean, but no one really wants to think about how they prepare cat for dinner, they just want it to taste authentic. Also they had bottles of Sapporo.

    We went to Mayas for an after dinner aperitif. Mayas has both kinds of music and only shitty inbev beer.

    We left after 2 beers feeling down on the state of humanity.
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  20. mb300

    mb300 Been here awhile

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    Day 3: Parker to Tecopa Hot Springs

    We started early. It was cold.

    GS did his morning head stud re-torque and valve adjustment.

    DR was beat up from his get-off and opted to take a recovery day and slab it to Tecopa.

    GS and I tried to parallel the train tracks right out of Parker all the way to Vidal. After less than a mile of whoops we ended up on the pavement too.

    Sightseeing:

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    I missjudged my entry speed into sandy section and had a 3rd gear off, was a bit sore for the rest of the day:

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