Nevada - food for the soul: delicious dirt on big bikes

Discussion in 'Ride Reports - Epic Rides' started by BigWan, Aug 10, 2015.

  1. advmoto66

    advmoto66 Ride On!

    Joined:
    May 20, 2010
    Oddometer:
    1,857
    Location:
    Dirt Bike Nirvana Phoenix, AZ
    Bartek and Big Wan you guys rock on them there trails, its really inspiring to see what a motorcycle can do under capable and skilled pilots.
    Quite humbling....:super:yikes.
  2. BigWan

    BigWan The Cripple Maker

    Joined:
    May 7, 2007
    Oddometer:
    433
    Location:
    Ocho Doble Up-Country, CA
    Thanks trailrider383, I'll look into finding it. :thumbup


    Don't those bikes sound incredible? :clap
    Hey there GSamurai,
    I'm feeling that LC8 love. :pynd



    Thanks, Bob!


    No fuel in Belmont. There is fuel in Carvers, about an hour by pavement or 25 mins. by dirt (decent ride too).



    Thanks Ladybug,
    Bartek scares me sometimes, too. :nod



    That's funny! :imaposer


    When was the price down? :lol3
    gregoblv likes this.
  3. BigWan

    BigWan The Cripple Maker

    Joined:
    May 7, 2007
    Oddometer:
    433
    Location:
    Ocho Doble Up-Country, CA
    :lol3
    That's a good idea for a tee shirt. I'd love to see Bartek wearing that shirt on a ride.


    They grow up so fast. Huh? :photog


    Hi Mike,
    Yeah, the Hot Creek section was nice. So was Jefferson Canyon out of Belmont, I didn't know that was there. :thumb
    Thanks again for your help making this ride happen.
    By the way - How was Canada? :ear



    Hey David,
    It's great to hear how much you enjoy the report. :freaky


    Hi Daryl,
    Happy to have you along.
    There are many things that could happen to Bartek's bike, but that side stand falling off isn't one of them.
    Thanks again for your help with that. :thumbup




    Hey Ceasar,
    I think Bartek turned his speed up a notch when he put that camera on his head. :D
    Now, let's just hope he doesn't break it off. :jack




    Hola Bartek,
    Glad to see you!
    You're still cracking me up. "We always ride slow, responsible and safe" Too funny! :rofl



    No snow, just southern deserts.



    Hi there advmoto66,
    Smoke and mirrors, buddy... smoke and mirrors. :deal :lol3
    gregoblv likes this.
  4. larryboy

    larryboy Just obey!

    Joined:
    Jan 9, 2005
    Oddometer:
    31,047
    Location:
    Über Alles,California


    Yeah, I could've had an LC8, but I can't afford the tires. :lol3

    Needs traction control. :deal


    Nice critter pics!! :bow
  5. BigWan

    BigWan The Cripple Maker

    Joined:
    May 7, 2007
    Oddometer:
    433
    Location:
    Ocho Doble Up-Country, CA
    Day 6 continued




    After a cold beer and nice chat with the woman behind the bar, we were off to Carvers for fuel and lunch.

    [​IMG]



    We took a road at the north end of town that went into Jefferson Canyon.

    [​IMG]



    This was a fun road, lots of washouts and loose rocks.


    [​IMG]



    [​IMG]




    [​IMG]



    [​IMG]



    Bartek and I were having a conversation on our Senas.
    We were discussing how much we had enjoyed riding this loop so far.


    [​IMG]



    We agreed that all the riding was good.
    There weren't too many huge boring gravel roads, and a minimal amount of pavement.

    [​IMG]





    What we liked most was that every day of riding had at least two areas that made that particular day special.

    [​IMG]



    Then we started talking about who this ride was best suited for (in our humble opinions)...

    [​IMG]




    We thought that if a person wanted to do this loop on a big bike (not a thumper), loaded with a minimal amount of camping gear, then that rider should be a good intermediate / advanced rider.

    [​IMG]



    [​IMG]



    If you're going to ignore that advice, then bring plenty of friends - these bikes can get pretty heavy. :lol3

    [​IMG]



    How great is this trail? :D

    [​IMG]



    There's lots of old mining stuff in and around Jefferson Canyon.

    [​IMG]




    We stopped in Carvers for gas and a couple of burgers before heading to Ophir Pass.

    [​IMG]



    I was really excited to see Ophir Pass, I had heard it was challenging and most difficult east to west.

    [​IMG]



    It starts off gentle enough and quite pretty.

    [​IMG]



    Hey Ladybug, it's present time! :clap
    I hope no one told you what I had for you.:lol2

    [​IMG]




    [​IMG]



    Of course with the name Ophir, you have to expect a certain amount of falling down mine stuff.

    [​IMG]



    There was a recent fire in this area.

    [​IMG]



    The climb is pretty gentle throughout.

    [​IMG]



    I was hoping for a lot more of this kind of thing.
    I think I set my expectations a tad too high.

    [​IMG]




    What can make this climb difficult is the looseness of the rocks.
    If you tried to go slow and duck paddle through this, it could make for a very long day.

    [​IMG]



    It clears up pretty quick.

    [​IMG]



    Near the top.

    [​IMG]



    Hello Bartek!

    [​IMG]








    [​IMG]



    Looking back at the climb.


    [​IMG]



    The view from the top, looking west.

    [​IMG]



    [​IMG]



    [​IMG]




    BillUA, dave6253, dlock5 and 4 others like this.
  6. LittleWan

    LittleWan You can do it!

    Joined:
    Aug 21, 2009
    Oddometer:
    2,148
    Location:
    up on the pegs, in CA
    More of Day 6

    Jefferson Canyon to Carvers

    [​IMG]


    Carvers for gas

    [​IMG]


    Ophir Pass

    [​IMG]
    gregoblv and slidewayes like this.
  7. pyrate

    pyrate Walking the plank

    Joined:
    Mar 10, 2007
    Oddometer:
    1,262
    Location:
    SoCal
    Do you guys have a preference for who leads or just alternate so each can ride out front?
  8. kirbykajin_sr

    kirbykajin_sr Old Man

    Joined:
    May 13, 2011
    Oddometer:
    28
    Location:
    Forney, TX
    Great report and ride guys.
    Little Wan, I love the SPOT shots and added commentary. I need to get my wife to do that when Jglow, motokirby, and I take our trips.
  9. philthyphil

    philthyphil Nomad

    Joined:
    Dec 8, 2011
    Oddometer:
    700
    Location:
    Missoula, MT
    I'm going. I don't know when, but I'm there... :super

    Have ridden some down there but this got the juices flowing.

    Thanks for some Wednesday motivation!
    Kamu likes this.
  10. NSFW

    NSFW Death Valley Noobs Rally 2022 Super Supporter

    Joined:
    Feb 20, 2007
    Oddometer:
    27,314
    Location:
    Burbank SoCal
    little wan used to post actual maps where routes were marked with yellow marker. she's just amazing and can ride 2 up also. kel, how's the foot?

    ok mat, i should have said - ktm should pay you guys to stop riding the 990s and posting vids. they need to sell the 1190s, you know.
    slidewayes likes this.
  11. ViperJustin

    ViperJustin Retired HH60G Gunner

    Joined:
    Jun 13, 2009
    Oddometer:
    1,245
    Location:
    Las Vegas, NV
    This is definitely one of my favorite ride reports on this site. Pics, short but great videos, good commentary, it just has it all. Easily in my Top 5! And another HUGE shout out to Little Wan for putting up the SPOT maps.

    Edit: Now everyone stay away... Theres nothing out here in this big empty state. (Kidding of course.)
    dlock5 likes this.
  12. Ladybug

    Ladybug Bug Sister Supporter

    Joined:
    Nov 6, 2005
    Oddometer:
    18,035
    Location:
    Spokane Valley, WA (the dry side of the mountains)
    Wow, just wow, there is so much wonderful peaceful land in Nevada. Those views are beautiful from up there on Ophir Pass.

    Thanks for the present. :flugIsn't it incredible how such pretty delicate looking flowers are able to grow and thrive in such harsh terrain. They amaze me.

    [​IMG]

    PS No one told me what you had for me. Kelly didn't spill the beans. :D
    gregoblv and Kamu like this.
  13. slidewayes

    slidewayes slidewayes

    Joined:
    Nov 27, 2010
    Oddometer:
    1,068
    Location:
    HESPERIA CA
    Thanks for the grate report! Getting ready to go on a loop ride in 2 weeks say leaving 9/15 up thru the center of Utah and down threw Nevada .After seeing your tracks looks like a very similar route in NV .Would you recommend going clockwise or C.C.W. threw NV. Denio is one of my goals,,,,,,, (edit) thinking about it kind of a dumb question . What side of NV would you want to do agine EAST or WEST(edit#2) how often do you have your spot set to go off so I can get a idea of your speeds
  14. Kamu

    Kamu Been here awhile

    Joined:
    May 26, 2012
    Oddometer:
    107
    Location:
    Nevada Desert
  15. tundradirtbiker

    tundradirtbiker Been here awhile

    Joined:
    Aug 5, 2009
    Oddometer:
    847
    Location:
    Oregon City
    Did Jefferson Canyon and Orphir both ways on the dirt bike- but a 950!!!
  16. BigWan

    BigWan The Cripple Maker

    Joined:
    May 7, 2007
    Oddometer:
    433
    Location:
    Ocho Doble Up-Country, CA
    Hey Rob,
    I see what you're getting at. Traction control is for people who don't like to crash. :lol3
    I hope you'll let me take your Honda for a spin when you get it. I promise I'll ride it like an adult, mostly. :-)
    We got really lucky with that ram pic - he walked right in front of us, didn't even have to get off the bike.



    We don't have any preference for who leads. Most of the time there's a large space between us.
    That way we can listen to music and just enjoy our own ride.



    It takes a fair amount of experience to get good Spot shots.
    LittleWan knows exactly what's happening on the trail (i.e., where shit goes wrong) and knows when and where to zoom in.




    Thanks philthyphil, that's exactly the kind of response I'm looking for. :clap



    I will probably regret saying this, but, you couldn't pay me to ride an 1190.
    I'm really hoping KTM gets it right with that new LC8 they've got in the oven.
    Fingers crossed for a sub 390 lbs. 100 hp. 800cc dirt machine.:pynd




    Thanks ViperJustin,
    You are too kind.
    We just make RR in the same style we like to read - no nonsense (well maybe a little), all dirt, all about the ride, reports.
    It's great when other people enjoy the same thing. :nod


    Don't worry about being over run, with the popularity of this report you're liable to get 6 or maybe 7 new riders to Nevada. :rofl


    The first time I saw one of those fried egg flowers was in an incredibly inhospitable wash near San Javier, Baja California. It must be one tough flower.


    Hi slidewayes,
    Lucky you, going on a ride soon. :ricky
    I think clockwise is the way to go. The climbs might be a little harder clockwise, but it would be a shame to just go down them (counterclockwise).
    I personally like all of NV. The north is rockier with big vistas and high altitudes. The south is high speed sand and open spaces.
    There isn't a big difference between east and west, mostly north and south.
    My spot was set to ping every 5 minutes. I think 10 minutes is the best though.




    Thanks, Kamu :D

    Shhhh, don't tell the 9xx it's not a dirt bike. :evil
    gregoblv, larryboy and slidewayes like this.
  17. gearheadE30

    gearheadE30 @LC8Adventures

    Joined:
    Jan 20, 2012
    Oddometer:
    2,484
    Location:
    Indiana
    Hey, another Wanderful ride report! Only made it through the first few bits so far, but I'll definitely be back to read the rest once I find myself a tasty beverage. :beer

    Just want to point out that when I got the 200, you guys told me not to forget about riding the big bike off road, and there you went and rode trials for 6 months! Just sayin.:lol3
  18. BigWan

    BigWan The Cripple Maker

    Joined:
    May 7, 2007
    Oddometer:
    433
    Location:
    Ocho Doble Up-Country, CA
    Day 6 continued




    I had mentioned earlier how I had heard that doing Ophir Pass from east to west was harder than the other direction.
    After doing it, I can confirm that is definitely the case.
    The road down the backside looks like this the entire way down...


    [​IMG]


    [​IMG]



    [​IMG]



    When we got down to the valley floor we followed Reese River Rd. (big fast gravel) for 40 miles until we hit forest road 43231.
    This was a fun, gentle grade road, with big sweeping turns. You might want to turn off the traction control for this one, Rob. :lol3

    [​IMG]



    At the very top is a left turn. I'm not sure of the name of the road, but it was absolutely spectacular! :happay


    [​IMG]



    The first hill is nice, but nothing special.

    [​IMG]



    Then when we got to the top, everything changed. We could now see how the road followed the mountain ridge.

    [​IMG]



    We stopped just to take it all in and make it last a little longer.

    [​IMG]



    These pics simply don't do this ride any justice. The ridge ride lasted a solid 15 minutes and was great the whole way.

    [​IMG]



    Maybe a short video will do a better job than stills.






    On and on, like a giant roller coaster. :ricky

    [​IMG]




    The ridge road is at 8500' most of the way.


    [​IMG]



    [​IMG]



    [​IMG]



    All too soon we could see the town of Austin off in the distance...and the end of this fantastic ridge.

    [​IMG]



    Almost there.

    [​IMG]



    Dropping into Austin's back door.


    [​IMG]



    [​IMG]




    They had a nice new park with a pool.
    Lucky for them the pool had just closed, so another day with no bath. :lol2


    [​IMG]



    We topped up our fuel and water and got back on the trail to find a place to camp.
    About 13 miles outside of town, we found a spot with soft looking dirt and made it our home for the night.


    [​IMG]



    Bartek scored a couple of beers in Austin, and we stopped early enough that they were still pretty cold. :beer

    [​IMG]



    It was clear, so we decided to sleep under the stars.
    If I remember correctly, Bartek wasn't too pleased when the wind came up. :D

    [​IMG]



    [​IMG]











  19. LittleWan

    LittleWan You can do it!

    Joined:
    Aug 21, 2009
    Oddometer:
    2,148
    Location:
    up on the pegs, in CA
    I'm glad you guys enjoy the SPOT maps!

    @kirbykajin_sr - I hope your wife is enthusiastic about riding and your trips!
    It's fun to follow along and look at the tracks, but it's a HUGE pain in the ass to take screen shots and keep them organized.
    I enjoy it, but most normal people might think it's a waste of time (so don't be hurt if your wife tells you :flip) :lol3


    Matt doesn't see the maps until I post them here in the report and he's always surprised at how well they work with his photos and videos.
    I take those screen captures in real time, as the SPOT page is showing Matt's most recent breadcrumb (#50), as opposed to going back later and picking out just the right location.
    It helps that I've ridden with Matt in Nevada (TAT, summer of stupid, gettin' dirty, V2R, Oso CO/UT, LAB2V, etc) and I have an idea of what's out there.
    I think it would be tough to figure out the good shots without having experienced that.




    It's always neat to match the metadata from the photos with the capture time of the screen shots.
    A lot of times I was zoomed in on the tracks right as Matt or Bartek was taking a photo.
    This one was a no-brainer, but I don't think Matt used this photo of Metropolis (he emailed it to me):

    [​IMG]

    and I didn't use this screen shot of Metropolis from space:
    [​IMG]





    Hi Joel!
    Oh, I think my best maps were the crayon ones -
    [​IMG]

    :rofl


    I don't know about "amazing," but you're super sweet. :nomystery
    Thanks for asking about my foot, it's doing really well.
    It still aches sometimes, but not bad. And that's the story with my knees, shoulder, elbow, and fingers anyway. :gerg
    The important thing is I can walk, and I can ride standing up - woo!



    Joel, I don't just ride 2 up - I am riding my own bikes now, too! :gdog
    I'm currently the star pupil (only pupil) of the BigWan/Cripple Maker School of Hard Rocks™, with a major in Black Diamonds and a minor in Eating Dirt.
    Haha. :D
    He even makes me call him "Sensei" :rolleyes
    But, after years of trying to get me to ride, it's finally working. Maybe a little too well...


    Here's my riding calendar - gold stars are for riding my own bike and orange circles are for riding 2 up


    [​IMG]

    Can you see them? They also say "KTM"
    There are only 6 orange circles so far this year!






    Hey Jordan!
    haha, Matt's all about "do as I say, not as I do."
    He's actually been little-bike riding his ass off lately, and not just on his Ossa.
    When we go trail riding, I ride my Scorpa (trials bike) and he rides my XT225.
    (before I got the XT, he had to ride my TTR-125 on singletrack - like a bear in the circus :eekers :jack)


    [​IMG]


    I heard you got a vintage trials bike - congratulations!
    If you ever come back to visit, bring that bike and you can try tackling some of the logs and huge stumps we have all over the property now.
    I think I crash more at the house than I do on the trail (mostly on the damn Oset). :lol3




    gregoblv likes this.
  20. LittleWan

    LittleWan You can do it!

    Joined:
    Aug 21, 2009
    Oddometer:
    2,148
    Location:
    up on the pegs, in CA
    SPOT maps for Day 6


    The ridge

    [​IMG]


    Dropping into Austin

    [​IMG]


    Getting gas

    [​IMG]



    This is close to where they camped, but not exactly it.
    Matt and I were talking on the phone at the time. :arch


    [​IMG]



    Overall tracks for Day 6

    [​IMG]
    gregoblv likes this.