Chillis rolls out of Vegas

Discussion in 'Ride Reports - Day Trippin'' started by Chillis, Feb 29, 2020.

  1. Chillis

    Chillis Long timer Supporter

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    When you haul the bike it sure takes away a lot of effort! Got a very late start today. Looking at the cold front on the way in I'm probably going to take it easy for a bit.

    Got there quicker though. No going out of the way for fuel since I'd already topped up at the end of the last ride.

    Monkey in the van and off to Death Valley. Very windy with a lot of dust kicking up which gave pause to the cause of the trip. At least I didn't need to ride out or back in those high speed winds.

    As I was nearing my unloading point by some 10 miles there was a guy standing in the road flagging me down. Guess he wasn't having luck with other cars so I pulled over to see what he needed.

    Said he was stuck in the sand in his Sprinter camper. Just the right side track was in the soft stuff and he needed a pull.

    I'm running my van which is 2wd and I've only got the 4 tie downs holding my bike in the back. Some mental flexing and I told him to hop in the van.

    I rolled down the road to the sand dunes and carefully drove towards some 4x4's as much as I could before the sand started getting deeper than my comfort zone. Some circling around with momentum and found a gravely patch to park on.

    We hopped out and walked towards the 4x4's and I flagged a guy in a Jeep Cherokee over. Told him homeboy was stuck over there and he offered to winch him out. 4x4 folk kick ass like that. Told the kid good luck and paced back to the van in the sand.

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    Tried getting a pic of the Cherokee en route to yank a Sprinter but they kicked up a plume of dust as they headed over so I reboarded and continued to the off-roading zone.

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  2. Chillis

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    Update the wife, gear up, check my map and head for the hills. Picking my way up I don't stop to explore any mines or chase any snakes. The sunlight will be limited and the map looks like I'm in for a good yield of exploration.

    I pass my turn because it was washed out and inaccessible and continued on to the next canyon. Heavy gravel wash.

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    Looking at the rock formation from the bottom I'm not confident to try going up it. After walking up it it isn't that bad. First, let's have a look at the map. I'm clearly in the wrong area and going this way is not going to make life any better.

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    I turn around, ride further down beyond the wash out, find a safe area to descend the wash and pick my way back up. It is a mess of rocks that threaten to kill the little clutch. I go as far as I feel comfortable going.

    I think the bike is somewhere down there.

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    The route could be eroded away or many times they will actually break out the route with equipment to deter vehicles from going to these old sites.

    Look at the road though in this next picture(I have a video I'm uploading too but will take a while).

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    I don't think the ZR2 or the Rubicon I had could get up these routes. There is some very gnarly terrain to be seen in the video. It was a heck of a hike, my eyebrows and mustache are crunchy with salt from perspiration evaporation.

    Signs of life on the mountain start to show:

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    Miner's drill bit head:

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    Look close and you can see the portal I was in before picking up the drill bit. Slide from an ore chute just above and left of said portal:

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    Video will show this stuff better.

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    On the next level a mine marker. The hills parallel to the one I was on had markers as well.

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    While inspecting the surroundings I noticed a hidden trail so a quick follow around a corner and this gem appears:

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    Little storage building with some sort of pump.
  3. Chillis

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    Back towards the mine and the goodies keep appearing:

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    Broken ore bin/chute down the mountain:

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    I forgot to take pics of much of what was up here so if you like the mine site exploring you can see the good stuff in the video of equipment, going underground, etc.

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    In the pic above you can see the portal with a big metal shelve blocking the entrance, ore cart tracks/rails. That was the best one I found but it didn't go really far. Thinking it was blocked off because this was too elaborate of an arrangement to be this abrupt.

    After wandering around the site and going in the portals it was time to go. I hiked the ridge of the hill I was on back towards the bike. Looking back in the direction of the mine:

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    Sun setting and the reds lighting the clouds:

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    I can't get enough of this place when it isn't summer. Especially if you catch the late day sun.

    Got to the bottom the mountain I was on but in an adjacent canyon so I looped back around to the Monkey in the other canyon:

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    I hung out for a bit drinking up all of the water and snacking a bit. It is so peaceful there with nobody around and the wind had calmed.

    Rode back to the cabin I videoed a few weeks ago to poke around.

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    Kind of spooky when you hear the metal pieces scraping in the wind. Like a ghost screaming.

    Then it was back to the van to load up and go find dinner.

    I hadn't eaten much since breakfast today and I just put in a good hike. Decided to stop in to 'Steaks and Beer.' Tried going there with the family a year or two ago but they were closed.

    I caught last call and had a Budweiser while they got busy with a ribeye(16 oz.) The food was really good and that 16 oz. ribeye was more like a 20 oz. boneless.

    Decent quality cut, tasted really good to where I tried finishing it but getter judgement (which doesn't happen often) intervened and I took a third of the food home.

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    Highly recommended if you are in the area.

    Got home and unloaded everything and a special delivery had arrived.

    Takegawa clutch cover. Very high quality piece.

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    Have to figure out a few more details before I install. Don't want to have to pull it off to do an oil pump upgrade.
  4. Chillis

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    At 6:28, the view in the distance looks like it might be the Racetrack Playa and Grandstand.
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  6. Chillis

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    That is a negative. @villageidiot thought the same thing last time when I was riding across the dry lake/playa that looks like Racetrack.

    I've not been to the Racetrack yet.

    Will try this season.
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    thank you, i'm just glad to have a face for this
    @Chillis dude :lol3
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    bunch of fucking puppys :lol3
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    We can’t all be crotchety old fucks
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    hey i ressambe that
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    I had twenty years in this outfit, when your idea of a big time was sittin' in front of the TV tube, watchin' Bugs Bunny and gnawing on your fudgsicle.
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  12. Chillis

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    Here you go, spent the past few hours working on the Transit, seeing the crappy work the dealer did stripping out coil bolts, coil connectors unsecure, huge sparkplug gaps.

    Oh yeah, 50° and humid after yesterday being over 90° in Death Valley.

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    And my hoodie is pulling a chest boner or about to go Aliens.
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    Sorry to hear you had to pay to work for a dealership part-time.
    I'd skip them in the future, if you can.
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    KICKNBACK Old enough to know better young enough not to care

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    Hey I know that dude but I don’t remember you having a uni-boob
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  15. Chillis

    Chillis Long timer Supporter

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    Let's just say I didn't make the part in Total Recall...

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    Looks like you’re getting some snow around there
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    Charleston and Potosi got some action. High elevations in Death Valley(Telescope Peak) got some too.

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  18. Chillis

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    I figure I've got a couple of weeks riding before I get the parts to build the big bore plus another week to tune the setup with Dynojet.

    Takegawa 181 S-Stage Eco N-15 cam with 10.5:1 compression

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    See orange line on the graph. Regular octane fuel, has the lowest output of these kits and hopefully the most reliable and coolest running.

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    Going to do a Dynojet engine flash with the Power Vision.

    Honda PCX150 injector.

    Kitaco intake to allow oil cooler under the frame/tank(if anybody wants the MTake intake I'll have that for sale after the build)

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    Takegawa under tank/frame oil cooler plus their HD oil pump and thermostat for proper warm up and max cooling.

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    Hot Lap Japan Trail exhaust which I hope will fit with the clutch cover. If not I'll order another that I know does fit.

    Takegawa Clutch cover with Koso clutch spring plate and Barnet Kevlar clutch.

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    One last piece of the puzzle will be the upgraded cam chain idler.

    I'll probably switch back to stock equivalent gearing with the rear sprocket since it will have a lot more power to pull off idle dirt or anywhere else.
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    Wow.
    Good thing you're selling the 701.
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  20. Chillis

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    Haven't been too aggressive with that.

    Since it hasn't been titled I may wait until after my DMV appointment and in possession of the title.

    Seeing how that other debacle over in the West Regionals section with the guy who bought a bike and didn't register it and sold it and a litany of paperwork problems followed, it may be the safer play.

    Could get it out and ride it too!
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