Dirtbikes & Death Roads, 2200 Miles in Bolivia

Discussion in 'Ride Reports - Epic Rides' started by RockyRoads, Jan 15, 2008.

  1. roninwva

    roninwva Been here awhile

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    Thanks for sharing your adventure. I would love to ride the Death road, maybe someday. Outstanding report. :thumb
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  2. eisenmann

    eisenmann nOOd

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    Beautiful!:super
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  3. Bill the Duck

    Bill the Duck Unwitting Accomplice

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    Awesome, you must have had a blast! Some of the roads reminded me of the Copper Canyon area in Mexico, including La Ruta de Potholes (rhymes with frijoles) :D I found 60 mph and standing on the pegs to be about right. :lol3
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  4. RockyRoads

    RockyRoads RockyRoads

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    I must admit that the pothole road was not my all-time favorite. And, like you, I found 60-70 mph and on the pegs to be the best technique--although that made for some "interesting" fast-reaction moments when a rise or curve revealed some cows, big trucks and/or extra-large washouts on the road.
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  5. hairsmith

    hairsmith Been here awhile

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    Fantastic...! Thanks for sharing.
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  6. DakotaKid

    DakotaKid Been here awhile

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    :clap
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  7. Mr. Vintage

    Mr. Vintage Family Dude

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    Awesome report. I need to start working on my espanol...
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  8. Yard Sale

    Yard Sale let's be bad guys

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    Imagine my surprise, lurking away, and suddenly seeing people I used to ride and race with about 14-18 years ago. What a blast from the past! Sunday Morning Ride, Performance & Design group rides, coasting down Hamilton, etc. I was there when Kathy crashed on Skaggs and was helicoptered out (then walked out of the hospital that evening).

    Excellent ride report and pictures. Bolivia, whodathunkit?
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  9. onegoodkick

    onegoodkick Rainforest rider

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    Excellent report, I don't usually read these from start to finish in one sitting but I could not stop....better then a Grisham novel...

    I too would like to ride the death road....just waiting for the guard rails to be installed :D....at least that way they can look for the dent in the railing to see where you went off :huh
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  10. no

    no way man no how

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    Wow, what a road!
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  11. RockyRoads

    RockyRoads RockyRoads

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    Hmmmm . . . Eric, is that you?

    P&D, Steve Mitoma, Sunday morning rides--those were great times! And I am happy to say that I haven't had another helicopter ride since then (knock on wood!).
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  12. RockyRoads

    RockyRoads RockyRoads

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    Good observation! Maurice actually did have a tire stand in the truck. However, many times the chase truck was far enough behind that we would just start changing the flat without waiting for it to catch up. The first instinct with a flat, I think, is to start looking for some big rocks to balance the bike on (haven't we all been there?). And when the chase truck happened to be nearby, Hugo did dig out the bike stand a couple of times--the stand just didn't make it into any of our photos.
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  13. Yard Sale

    Yard Sale let's be bad guys

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    Wow, you remembered me. Say hi to Ben. I've got a charcoal and red 1988 Hurricane right now... I think both of you had the same year and color?

    Why all the flats? Were they not heavy duty tubes, or were you picking up nails and screws?

    I haven't had a flat since I started using HD tubes. I sometimes don't even install rimlocks.
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  14. RockyRoads

    RockyRoads RockyRoads

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    Of course I remembered! I did indeed have the grey and red '88 Hurricane--it was my first bike!

    I don't think that there is "one" answer for why so many flats. Maurice said that on prior trips, his groups have only gotten 2-3 flats maximum, but our group was perhaps unlucky for him. I never got a flat, although I impacted plenty of big rocks and potholes where I would think, "Oh no, that surely must have caused a flat." The roads in Bolivia are just plain "bad" overall (but fun!--riding smooth roads every day would have been SO dull!). And there are plenty of high-speed sections with opportunities to impact things that can cause flats. One flat was caused by a nail, another by landing improperly after being launched by an unexpected washout at high speed. And Ben is still mystified by the cause of his flat.
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  15. BeeDub

    BeeDub Havagoowan

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    Not yet for me, knock on wood! Any time we've been out riding and gotten a flat, we were close enough to carefully ride it home (dirt). Also, I just got my license this year, and am new to the whole adventure thing, yet to make a really long voyage. My buddy and I were tinkering around in the garage a couple weeks ago, schooling ourselves on changing a tire because we're both new to being able to ride out from the house and go a long ways. That was an experience! As of this point it would still be a half-day killer. What would be nice is if someone started producing a center stand for my XR, that'd make trail changes easier!!!

    Nice report, I thoroughly enjoyed it!
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  16. gigmike

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    Those photos of the kids are great! What group or charity do you sponsor them through?
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  17. Watercat

    Watercat . . . gravity sucks

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    Great RR:

    Uh, yeah there's some serious elevation gain there:


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    Cool trip!!!!!!
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  18. Salt Lick

    Salt Lick Weissbiermann

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    What a fantastic read! Thanks for sharing!:thumb
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  19. Timba

    Timba Luckiest Man Alive

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    :thumbup :D
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  20. SteveRed

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    IDIOT!? So you only called her an idiot?? :wink: :lol3

    Another brilliant report and thanks for sharing with us. You know that old saying... 'A couple that plays together stays together'. It's great to see you and Ben sharing your dreams and passions. BRAVO!