LA-B-to-V Thread - November 29-30, 2019

Discussion in 'West – California, the desert southwest and whatev' started by Yellowjacket, Jul 12, 2019.

  1. Slowred

    Slowred Been here awhile

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    Lol, my English teachers would strongly disagree! :D
  2. breakdirt916

    breakdirt916 CA PLATED 94 YZ250 2-STROKE

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    here are mine :brow

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  3. Whodatschrome

    Whodatschrome Long timer

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    I came down from near Portland, Oregon. I heard about the upcoming snow storm in the Siskiyou mountains, so I left a day early. I left the PDX area just before midnight on Monday PM. Drove through the night and got to Redding at about 7:30 am, just about the time it started rain. I must have beaten the storm by only an hour. I ended up spending a few nights in the back of the motovan. I woke up Thursday morning in the Palmdale Embassy Suites parking lot to a blanket of white snow. It was a cold night in the cooler, so I started up the motovan and cranked up the heater.
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    My bike’s suspension was down south with Suspension 101 getting worked on, so I bought my bike down without any suspension on it! One of my friends got my suspension brought up from the San Diego area, all the way up to the Embassy suites parking lot (thanks Cory)! I started into assembling the bike while it was snowing Thursday. Brian, who was also one of the sweep riders, came and gave me a hand assembling it (thanks Brian)! I’m glad I shoveled the snow in the area I was working, because it made it WAY easier to find some of the fasteners that fell in the snow!
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    I rode with two Canadians who were on KTM 790 bikes. They didn’t seem to fazed by the ice, snow, slush, and the deeper mud...go figure.

    We did all the hard routes without any trouble for day one. Both of the guys I was with are VERY good riders.
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  4. Whodatschrome

    Whodatschrome Long timer

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    Day 2-
    I woke up early and got my bike in the starting shute lineup about. I was about the 6th bike in line. I was about the 4th bike to get to Calico canyon, so there was no logjam for me! I rode right through it without any problems. No pics of me going through it, but the guy with the drone might have some video. He gave me a thumbs up as I went by him in the rocks, so I thanked him with a couple blasts of my horn.

    Stopped for lunch at the school, and wolfed down food.
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    Last year about 5 miles out of town, we took a hard right turn off of the gravel road, and onto a trail. Since Cory (who was riding a newly unreleased Yamaha T7 adv bike) and I didn’t want to easy ride the slab the rest of the way to Vegas on the easy route, decided to look for trouble and we took that same route again this year. The route was on my GPS anyhow, so we decided to take it. All was good for a bit... 8EB907B1-FB26-41E4-8168-03FD01D44536.jpeg



    Until we hit the snow...
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    I didn’t get any pics of when the snow got REAL deep, but I was starting to get quite concerned. LOTS of paddling of the feet was required to get through the snow when it got over a foot deep at the summit! On the way down the back side of the mountain, we rode past a family who was sledding down the same hill we were riding on. We finally popped out at the highway, then rode the rest of the way back to the Orleans.
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    Got home and started to unload the motovan. I’ll definitely be back next year! I met LOTS of super cool people! Thank you to all the D37 people who make this event happen every year!! 8BDDF75F-5CD6-4011-B79D-F4C3DAACE62A.jpeg
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  5. bigtodd

    bigtodd Hi, wanna ride?

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    Great write up @Whodatschrome and showing a commitment level off the charts. Great to see how many BIG BIKES were out this year, especially how many that were ridden so well.

    Going to push the org to announce the number of entries over 700cc next year like they do for the number of bike makes. I'm for sure bringing the Super Enduro back next year.
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  6. Whodatschrome

    Whodatschrome Long timer

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    From what i hear, it sounds like this year was perfect for the heavy adventure bikes. The endless silt beds weren't too bad at all (if you stayed on the throttle). But i think that was because they were fairly compacted by all the rain? I'm guessing that it would have been much more difficult if they were completely dry? The previous two years i did the ride on my 525 and had loads of fun, but i wanted to switch it up some this year.

    Anyhow, a few more pics that I took...


    Did anyone find a milk crate out in the course? Cause this KRL “Barbie bike” is missing one. In all seriousness thought, this is arguably the best colorway for the 50 years that Kawasaki made that bike. 329F3C2F-2F3A-45C0-8B4E-34A4F0363943.jpeg




    Props to this Africa Twin rider for riding both days. I heard that it was the black ice on Friday morning caused all that damage to it...smooshed radiator, broken cooling fan, scraped up muffler, torn up body plastics, broken off front brake lever, and probably even more stuff! 071D44EB-BC86-426B-9733-FAD79A214AE6.jpeg




    Turns out I randomly meet this GS rider about 5,6 or 7 years ago at a motorcycle shop in Tigard, Oregon. Even more randomly when I first met him, I asked what the LAB2V sticker was for that was on his fairing (of course he had less stickers on it years ago). We remet again this weekend. I recognized his very unique (and super cool) GS, and his German accent. Dunno why he recognized me though... D78CC8A7-A6B5-44C5-A381-797E83C77EA7.jpeg





    There must have been around $3 million dollars worth of bikes that started Friday morning. Probably worth closer to $2 million by Saturday night... 83CFC776-A5DA-4717-9101-A9BDE3445320.jpeg
  7. dino702

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    Yes, this year was exceptional for the big bikes!
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  8. bigtodd

    bigtodd Hi, wanna ride?

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    @Whodatschrome great story how you randomly met Gerd the German and his well traveled GS. I met him almost 10 years ago randomly as well ... I was at a trail head waiting for some riders that never showed up, Gred rode up said hi and asked where I was riding. We've been friends ever since. He and I both did our first LAB2V together on our mighty BMW GS's. We both have multiple KTM's now but he still rides that old GS all the time.

    The pic you posted in the parking garage caught his GS in the back of my truck ... blasphemy :pope

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  9. (I^2)R/746

    (I^2)R/746 Rider

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    Just in case you were wondering what other uses you could put your roll chart to..... XmasTree1.jpg XmasTree2.jpg
  10. dino702

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    I love that Christmas roll chart garland. Someone else decorated their ride picture, picture frame with a roll cart and it looked great!
  11. dino702

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    Only one question... how’d you get that approved through the “home office”?
  12. (I^2)R/746

    (I^2)R/746 Rider

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    Actually it was her idea! Yes I know I'm a very lucky guy.....
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  14. Yellowjacket

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    I love the roll chart garland and picture frame. Very creative!
  15. dino702

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    LAB2V is the gift that keeps on giving!
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  16. Yellowjacket

    Yellowjacket Long timer

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    Ha ha. :rofl
  17. dino702

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    Thought I’d keep the thread alive
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  18. dad2bike

    dad2bike Retired! Cranky Old Fart Supporter

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    Hold my beer! :lol3
  19. Whodatschrome

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    seriously...is the rear tire even on the ground?! Somehow physics are being defied here. ^^^