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Discussion in 'Ride Reports - Epic Rides' started by BigWan, Aug 10, 2015.
Ssssshhhh now, you'll start a stampede.
That last video was really good! Insane views from up there. Y'all really power through those rutted tracks, too. I've been though Austin a couple of times--on the pavement of course--and every time I see a couple of dual sport guys in town. Neat little town for in the middle of nowhere.
Question for bigwan, do you preload your routes into the GPS before you go? Or do you just have a ruff idea of what you are going to do and route as you go? do you bring maps or just use the GPS?
I am enjoying your report! You can't beat Northern/Central Nevada for ADV riding. Carry on. I am looking forward to riding that ridge road above Austin again this year. I rode it for the first time last year. It's a trip!
Picture this: A WRC car on that ridge road..........
hope you guys in the US enjoyed the holiday weekend! I assume that's everyone except MrKiwi
I have jury duty tomorrow , so I'm going to give you some SPOT maps now.
Probably not going to be any spoilers (for most of you)...
Oh yeah, here's their campsite from Day 6...it was in the wrong folder.
8:30 am (california time)
I'll have the rest of the tracks for Day 7 sometime tomorrow evening.
Ride report is almost over! Woo!
In the meantime...I'm off to enjoy what's left of the weekend.
Put that on a shirt and you won't have to stick around very long.
In the meantime...I'm off to enjoy what's left of the weekend.
Thanks for stopping by. This is me, putting that advice into practice.
After six months of little bike bliss, I thought I had better get out there on the big bike, so as not to forget how to ride it properly.
Glad you like the vid.
Austin is a the only gas around, I imagine anyone riding in the area must stop there eventually.
I like to know exactly where I'm going before I leave. I preload everything including alternative routes just in case. This way I don't run out of fuel or decent tails.
Time out on the trail is precious, I don't want to leave riding the good stuff to chance. Sure we may miss some things this way, but it also guarantees a certain amount of quality trails.
I always have a map of where I'm riding, just in case, but rarely need to use it.
Glad you're enjoying the RR.
That ridge road was a highlight for us, so much fun to ride!
diamond peak climb looked awesome. the one downhill pic made me pucker a bit, though. I've had to wrestle my 950 down some gnarly stuff and it wasn't loaded down with gear. the ridge riding outside of Austin looked super fun. your "roller coaster" description is exactly what I was thinking.
Austin to Lovelock
After 6 days on the trail, we were running like a well oiled machine.
Up early, make breakfast, pack up, and hit the dirt.
We were rolling before 7am.
The day started with big fast roads.
Lower in the valley, the fast smooth roads turned into fast washed out roads.
We dropped down into a wash that went on for a while.
Eventually, we veered away from the wash and back onto a road.
It didn't take long to get to the entrance to Cottonwood Canyon.
Bartek and I were looking forward to this, the last challenge of the ride.
What do you know, a cottonwood tree.
Almost as soon as we started the canyon, Bartek called me on the Sena to say he had hit a rock, Hard!
And now had a front flat.
I made him ride on it a little to find a nice place to fix the tire.
It didn't take long to get that sorted and be on our way - El Bartek has some experience with flats.
I did have a little company while I waited.
There's a spring further up the canyon and it streams most of the way through.
OK, this is what we were waiting for - a nice big rock obstacle.
Truth be told, it was a little smaller then I imagined it would be, but it would still be a challenge on the big girls.
Bartek elected to hit it first.
Everything was looking great...
until it wasn't.
Wet and muddy tires + 500 lb. bike + slick granite =
As usual, Bartek picked it up, dusted it off, and continued.
It wasn't one of my more graceful climbs, but it got the job done.
I paused and tried to dry the tire off a bit. I don't know if it helped.
After that obstacle, the canyon got pretty good.
Lots of water and rocks.
There's a nice climb towards the end.
At this point, Bartek and I were well aware the ride would soon be over and we just wanted it to continue a little longer.
One more giant valley to cross.
Lovelock dead ahead.
On the way into town, Bartek thanked me for putting the ride together and told me he "enjoyed every mile of the ride."
I have to agree with him, I also enjoyed the whole thing. It was a very fun and satisfying loop.
I'm already thinking about doing it again. Next time I'm hoping LittleWan will join me on her bike.
GPS stats at Lovelock (end of the loop)
After that, it was slab city.
Bartek and I parted ways near Reno.
And I made it home before happy hour.
My bike is looking so bad, it just makes me laugh whenever I see it.
Here's a shot of the tires with about 1900 miles on them.
Shitty hp4 Michelin
Thanks again to MasterMarine for all your help with the route. I owe you one.
I'll end with a funny story... while Bartek and I were waiting in line in a tightly packed Mickey D's in Lovelock, he asked me, "do you think we stink?"
My immediate answer was "No, I don't think so..."
but after thinking about it for a minute, I realized that we had only had 1 shower on the entire ride.
Yeah. We stank. And I'll bet it was pretty bad.
OK, that's it.
Thanks for reading everyone!
"My bike is looking so bad, it just makes me laugh whenever I see it."
I can read the Flea market ad now. Really enjoyed the Ride Report thanks so much for taking the time and effort to post it up for all of us to enjoy.
I know! That would have been a great idea. I'm totally getting one for next year.
As it was, they were not ready for monkey-fighting WanCo Justice.
I sat in the jury box all afternoon and then was excused at the last minute.
OK, last SPOT maps -
Approaching Cottonwood Canyon
in the canyon
Those bunched up markers are Bartek's flat
On the way to Lovelock (11:55am)
Overall tracks for Day 7
And that's it for SPOT maps.
Matt forgot to do it, so I will...
Woo! Done and doner!
Now go give Nevada some love....
Great report !!! Nevada is awesome stuff.
Excellent Ride Report!!! Too bad its over. I'll be waiting for next year's report!
yaaaaa----great report guys and gal-------nicely done----rockin the big bikes------thanks for the great ride report and pics.......look forward to seein you out on the trail mrs wan!!! ps, glad you got outta jury duty-----cheers!!
Thanks for another great RR.
I'm spending four days in that vicinity 1st of October
Late to the party. Excellent RR, as usual. Nevada . . .
Man if only I had half of the skills showed I would not know what to do with myself. LOL
Just found the report and read the whole thing at work---for some reason they expected me to work tonight and I did ---I worked on my reading skills LMAO
Great Job to all and Thanks
Great report from the entire team as usual.
I got a kick out of this because non-LC8 owners might not have caught the fact that the front side panel was removed to fix a flat.
Like the 12 step oil change KTM 950/90 owners know how to make a simple thing more difficult. Not - In fact the LC* has two great spots to carry extra tubes, right behind those panels.
Who else could go into the desert and make it rain to keep the dust down and ride in mud ? You guys are Gods ! Impressive ( as is normal for you ) , looked like some super fun riding . That last video of the rock climbing , holy crap . "Make giant rocks your favorite!" Thanks for another great report . Tell Kelly thanks for the average job (that all supportive spouses do) on her assistance .
so you runnin' that 90/100 HP4?.... tell us something about it?... you don't like it?... i run a maxxis 90/100 on the front of my 450, was thinking of trying that HP4.... does the carcass feel stiff?.....