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New Mexico BDR with Dan Diego and the Drunk Uncle

Discussion in 'Ride Reports - Epic Rides' started by Drunk_Uncle, Oct 5, 2020.

  1. Dan Diego

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    Chloride Canyon—it’s not like they said.

    Take an overloaded and underpowered KLR. Add a rider with dubious riding abilities. Oh, and for fun, make sure the bike is suffering from fuel or air issues. Then put that mess on some challenging hill climbs. Yeah, it was like that.

    Beautiful place, though.

    Question: Are those Indian rock paintings legit? Very pretty but they look too good.

    We’re done for today. Section 3 in the books. Rolled into the village of reserve on reserve.

    DU busted his tire and this may be the end for him. I’m deciding whether or not to continue solo. Eating some good Mexican chow at Ella’s first.

    We haven’t eaten at one restaurant in NM that serve alcohol!
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  2. Dan Diego

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    So, the KLR started sputtering...like it was out of fuel...on the worst possible sections of CC. I made that first one fine but stalled in the middle of the next two. Had to restart it and keep it in 1st and rev it past 6k RPM to keep moving forward.

    When I got to the top I checked the air filter (fine) and blew out the fuel filter (looked OK). I thought it was water or crud in the carb but DU said it was likely the elevation. Unsure but I made it out OK.

    Made me think of Robert Pirsig adjusting his carb in Colorado.
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  3. CaptCapsize

    CaptCapsize Long timer

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    Last time I rode Chloride Canyon my fuel pump on the WR450 was starting to crap out, so I can sympathize.

    Yes, the Indian rock art is legit.
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  4. Some Beach

    Some Beach Been here awhile Supporter

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    That's horrible, no alcohol?
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  5. Motor7

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    I'd be tempted to go at that rim with some heat, a block of hard wood and a BFH.
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  6. DSM8

    DSM8 Where fun goes to die....

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    Depending where he lives there are shops that specialize in repair to cast wheels
    Thats the first thing I would look for
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  7. duggram

    duggram Sunrise Bahia de LA Supporter

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    Sorry to hear about your Chloride Creek experience. Did I say anything about CC when we met on the trail on day 1? It's close to my home and one of my favorite local rides. I've ridden that hill climb when overloaded. I turn left down into that low flat area and get a straight run at the hill if I think I'll have trouble with it. Once started I work at keeping my momentum up. I agree with your petroglyph thought. But they do look like petroglyphs I've seen elsewhere. On the alcohol as I understand it back when a license was reasonably priced a few families bought them all up and now the going price for one is a million bucks. Of course that is based on brewery talk.
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  8. inroads

    inroads Go West old man

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    Don't even need heat..just a block of wood and a BFH...like you said...
    Wallop it about 90% back...field repair...good to go
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  9. Zubb

    Zubb he went that-a-way... Supporter

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    Wow that’s a pretty good wack! Can you tell us about it? Speed, tire pressure?
    We had 2 bikes in class this weekend with the Mission Trails. I was quite impressed even in sand, for a not-Nobby tire. 30/30 pressure seemed to work well for the students.
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  10. Dan Diego

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    I brought a small flask of whisky and that was gone last night.

    If only someone close by could deliver some cold ones...:photog:1drink
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  11. Dan Diego

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    Some of you might be thinking, “You know, it might be nice to do a BDR with Dan Diego— maybe the Idaho, Colorado, Oregon... something like that. Well, think again, amigo because sadly this is the second BDR where I’ve started with a partner and finished solo. It was during the AZBDR that my partner was life flighted out so I ended up doing that one alone.


    I ended up in Grants after polishing off sections 4&5. It’s very, very pretty landscape. And that section coming into Grants through the Cibola forest, I think, was just really something through the pine forest; it didn’t even look like a trail over the pine needles. They were doing a controlled burn in the Apache forest section and had all sorts of forest people up there.


    I dipped into Arizona on the way...just a little side ride. I did 225 miles from Reserve. Missed the Pine Hill market and that gas opportunity. I still had a gallon or so.


    So the bike is doing good and I’m doing good and I’m ready to do sections 6 & 7 in the next couple days. I’ll happily take advice if any of you guys have ridden those sections. I’d be happy to hear anything I should be looking for.


    I’ll let Drunk Uncle tell you what happened to his wheel and how he taco’d that front rim. He made it to Ruidoso filling up the tire every 30 miles. Good attitude, that one.
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  12. DSM8

    DSM8 Where fun goes to die....

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    Hmm 2 left gloves...2 left feet
    Coincidence...
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    Think
    NOT
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  13. SOLOKLR

    SOLOKLR Back to work

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    DU,
    You can swing by and grab my klr if you want to get back to it.
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  14. Dan Diego

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    Every day’s ride is better than the one before. Seems impossible but it’s true. Today’s ride from Grants to Cuba was fantastic. The entire thing was just perfect. Didn’t want it to end.


    I know Section 6 is described as desolate—and I do like desolate places—but I ran into two bicyclists and some State wildlife guys right in the middle. And I’ve been chasing año her rider—it looks like he’s a day ahead of me.


    About the sand: I really didn’t see much deep stuff at all, and that usually in the arroyos. Most of the sand I encountered was on the last 1/3 of that section and was only in patches...and most of that on BLM 1102.


    I would turn around and ride that section again!


    Stopped to gas up and eat in Cuba. OK, on to Section 7.

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    Rode 50 miles out of Cuba toward Antonito and found a nice hidden spot to camp in the Santa Fe Nat’l Forest at 7,800’. Boy, it’s pretty up here.

    Settling in with a dinner of Red Vines and Jack. Gonna have to polish it all off as this is bear country.

    G’nite, all.

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    I regretfully had to call the ride. I was running 55-60mph near the end of Section 3 having a great time. Looked at the GPS to confirm still on track. Knew a cattle guard was coming up. Near it I got on the pegs to glide over it and at the last minute “ oh shit!” It was way higher than the road surface than any other I had hit and felt it.

    Just going and about 7 miles later a really bright red flashing light on the dash. I had 21psi in the front tire that was supposed to have 34. Dan pulls up and says what’s wrong? I told him the issue and said tire looks fine. Bump probably messed up the sensor. Well as it continued to drop we pulled over to check the tire and found the bent rim. Unfortunately it was not just the edge of the rim, but the actual bead was also compromised. So aired every 12 miles to Reserve and called the wife to get the truck.

    Fix a flat and warm tire eventually got me 70 miles between fill ups and got Roswell and on the truck. This morning unloading the truck found this in the tire...

    Attached Files:

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  17. Drunk_Uncle

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    Now about tires...

    This is the only tire I will buy in the future. Handled everything thrown at it. It is nearly a run flat tire. At 15psi still looked the same as 35 psi. I will measure tread depth after 1500 miles, but both have to be replaced. I ran the front 250 miles at 70mph 40-18 psi multiple times. Has weird wear pattern. As for the wheel I am going to send it to Woody’s Wheel Works later this week.

    Now for the whole irony of this situation. A BMW motorcycle technician with four broken bikes. At least I will have an airhead up and running mid week.
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  18. Zubb

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    Thanks for the tire data.
    I’m going to run those tires on the big GSA for the off season (April-Oct). Will keep the RallZ
    For winter though for the oft encountered deep sand.
    Nice work though piloting it upright through that cattle guard.
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  19. TNC

    TNC Candyass Camper

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    Great trip story here. My next trip is to the area north of Guadalupe NP and toward Chloride, etc. I've done most of NM but have somehow missed those.

    DU, I'm guessing the tire was low because of the nail when you hit the cattle guard?
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  20. Dan Diego

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    This was the coldest night yet (20’s) and I did fine. I have a decent bag and insert and tent but yeah it was still pretty brisk. Was up early to jetboil some coffee and oatmeal and got on the trail within about an hour.


    A note on gear:


    Bike: I bought this 1996 Kawasaki KLR650 from the owner of top gun motorcycles and outfitted it to go to Ushuaia this year. The boat I was supposed to take from Panama to Colombia, the Stahlratte, is still not transporting passengers due to COVID-19. and some of the borders are still closed in Central/South America anyhow. So the bike is actually pretty well set up, even so, this BDR has taken it’s toll. It’s really shaken some things loose. KLR’s rattle around anyhow but this one really got some screws lost, but that’s what I wanted to test out so that’s a good thing. Otherwise, it performed well. This BDR requires really good tires (I use Tusk DS knobbies) and a better skid plate.


    Camping: I have a Big Agnes tent and a Recon 3 bag. I bought a fleece insert and it likely increased the temp rating by 5-10 degrees. I bring along a JetBoil Sumo as I need to start my day with coffee. Two comfort items that I almost always bring are my Helinox camp chair and thermarest collapsible pillow. Embarrassed to say they’re worth the extra weight. Lastly, my sleeping pads usually let me down, literally, and this time was no different. The Klymit Static V ran out of air at about midnight every time I used it. May start carrying a self-inflating pad.


    Pack: I use the Giant Loop Great Basin bag and it’s great. Holds a lot of stuff...but not quite enough! I also started with two dry bags but the Chinese one fell apart and I replaced it with a too-big, silly duffel bag I found at Big 5. Looks terrible, works fine. Lesson (not likely) learned on buying cheap Chinese stuff on eBay.


    Nav: I use a trusty Garmin Zumo 660 for all routing. Have for years. I own two (I use this this off road) and have been very happy with them over the years. I also have a Kyocera burner phone with all BDR tracks and other mapping on it...just in case. I also share tracking with a SPOT 3 and a DeLorme inReach.


    Riding gear: I use a Icon Varmint helmet with an old Cardo-Scala intercom system for music, nav and phone calls. I’m using the BMW Rallye 3 pants and jacket and they’re great. My AlpineStars Tech 3 boots have been handy in the rocky terrain. As you saw, I am relegated to using one pair of gloves as my warm pair was for a guy with two left hands! I swear by military gear so I have a PolyPro long underwear set and the Gore-Tex rain gear; haven’t needed the latter, have definitely used the former.


    Other: I have an external power source that charges off the bike during the day and powers my phone, GoPro and inReach at night. The GoPros have been actions up. The batteries just die too quickly. Will have to look at that later. (Baby) Glock 26.


    Tools: Tubes, air compressor and just enough to change flats and do minor carb and electrical work. Nothing too heavy.


    I hope this helps someone.
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