OSO LOCO!! KTM 990s attack Colorado, Utah, and the best of the TAT

Discussion in 'Ride Reports - Epic Rides' started by LittleWan, Aug 21, 2013.

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What did the Osos do after Lica's hit in Hell's Gate?

Poll closed Jan 7, 2018.
  1. Hit the 911 button on Lica's spot and waited for search and rescue

    8 vote(s)
    2.0%
  2. Called Radek's cop buddy and got a TOY 4x4 extraction

    22 vote(s)
    5.5%
  3. What's the problem? He rode out with one hand and no throttle - OSO!!!

    88 vote(s)
    22.1%
  4. With the engineering flow chart, WD-40 and duct tape - trail repair, baby!

    135 vote(s)
    33.9%
  5. Flagged down a tour jeep and put the bike in the back with some French tourists

    41 vote(s)
    10.3%
  6. This is just a ploy to buy time and still act like you're working on the report, isn't it?

    128 vote(s)
    32.2%
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  1. Alleycatdad

    Alleycatdad Unbunch yer panties!

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  2. Just Paul

    Just Paul Pro Cat Herder

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    Loving the RR, you guys seem like your in the groove now

    I am on the hunt for a new 990 cant decide if I want the Blue 11-12 or the 2010 Orange

    I might even keep my bike and fix the broken parts and pocket the cash

    Doing a great job.... keep I going.. I know how much work these things are and we are all grateful

    P
  3. McRuss

    McRuss Been here awhile

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    I don’t know if anyone will recognize this road, but it’s on the TAT and the CDR (continental divide ride).

    Unless I'm sadly mistaken, that is the start of the cut-off from Doyleville to 114. You musta then gone over Los Pinos Pass and down to 'the Palisades' and then up and over Sumgullion into Lake City. Nice route, too bad about the flat in the slop!

    Curious about the Tomichi Creek Trading Post. That must be in Sargents and fairly new. I'll have to check out the pie there next time through.

    Speaking of pie, if you ever happen to make it over Owl Creek Pass between 50 and Ridgeway, stop off at the little store in Cimmaron just before (or after) the road to Owl Creek. Best pie in Western Colorado!
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  4. NSFW

    NSFW basecamp4adv Super Supporter

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    just got all the groceries today and will be packing tonight.

    bike and rider are ready......:ricky

    weather @ steamboat not too good; it has been raining and more rain coming. apparently you guys didn't good job soaking in all the rain....:D but thanks anyways for picking up all the nails......:freaky

    too bad you did your ride a few weeks before the event. imagine seeing the muddy oso locos on their crusty bikes and showing up at the steamboat grand resort......:lol3 seriously, that will be an honor to the mighty 990!

    anyway, i hope klim is reading this thread. you and matt have done a lot in looking for the right environment and how to put the $$$ gear to proper use.

    of course, i will have pics of the rally but nothing this crazy.
  5. LittleWan

    LittleWan You can do it!

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    Fixed. :deal

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    Hee, I can totally hear you saying that. :lol3







    thanks, reed valve! :D
    when the riding is good, everyone is happy.
    Nevada was a little rough, but the group was enjoying Colorado a lot.
    Glad you're liking the report!




    Whoa, Steve -
    Watching that car tumble was scary!! :eek1
    Thanks for sharing that.

    heh - stickies? we don't have the friends in high places :wink:





    Hey Paul,
    You know, Capt. Underpants (Aaron) did really well doing exactly that.
    He got more from the insurance co. than he paid for the bike to start with.
    The drawback is having a salvage title, I think you can only get liability insurance?

    Might be worth looking into since you already stretched your suspension and everything...


    Ah, we just had a little break before the ADVENTURE F**KING TOURING started back up. :evil

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    Yep, Tomichi Creek Trading Post is in Sargents. Google says they remodeled in 2004, so they've been around for a while.

    Well, the first time we took that road, we were using roll charts (TAT).
    After that, we were always following GPS tracks.
    I'm sure you're right, or at least close.
    I did take this pic in 2010:

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    Oh, we've done Owl Creek Pass, but we usually don't stop for lunch when it's just us Wans.
    That was a special thing for the guys...
    :lol3

    Will keep that pie info in mind for later, though. thanks!





    Hola Joel!

    What? I thought it never rains in Colorado! :scratch

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    Oh, that's too bad. We had rain every day in Colorado. Soggy. :cry
    Be careful in the mud!

    Well, mid-Sept seems pretty late for a rally, I was even more concerned about snow.
    Hope you will see some nice fall colors at least!


    Have a great time! looking forward to your pics. :deal






    OK guys,
    I'm waiting for Day 7 photos to upload...


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  6. B-Rod

    B-Rod RubberNecker

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    Hurry! Loving it so far. Sure wish I could get time off like you guys get time off. My summer riding has been almost non-existent. boo
  7. Just Paul

    Just Paul Pro Cat Herder

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    Ya it sucks about only getting liability but I could end up with some cash because many of the parts are just dings and scratches... all total maybe $1,500 to get the bike rolling again and straight..

    TTYL,

    P
  8. TLtrials

    TLtrials Been here awhile Supporter

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    Hey Wan's!

    Your right, hilarious photo from St Elmo! "Duuuddde" caption works perfect...

    Sorry for the misunderstanding on Alpine Tunnel, we thought it had some cool views along the road to the tunnel, and we didn't realize you were hitting Tomichi Pass either, we thought you were going down Alpine Tunnel road to Pitkin. We didn't take the time to walk to the start of the tunnel either.

    We did find Williams Pass that is right up your alley, it is between Hancock Pass and Alpine Tunnel. Wade's Uncle went over it on his 450 and Logan on the 250. We went over Hancock instead with the 9X0s. Williams Pass Road started in a scree field and looked interesting to say the least! Rick and Logan said it was pretty tough with the large rocks. My map says it is only open in August. Maybe something to check out if you are back through there.
  9. tyrsmkkyle

    tyrsmkkyle off the ground.

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    So ive pretty much been a silent member until now, i came across this site via google search for info on my xt550, I grew up racing mtbs in the dirt, then got street bikes later and dirtbikes, now i find myself wanting something i can ride in more off the path conditions than my gsxr.It is tales like these that make me want to take a vaction from my ( work,,,,s) and life then do some adventuring, thank you for taking the time to share these stories with others, yours truly KYLE the late night in between the day and night job reader.
  10. LittleWan

    LittleWan You can do it!

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    Day 7: 8/7/13
    Lake City to Silverton, CO 84 miles







    The guys donned appropriate headwear for a chilly, wet morning.

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    We were heading to Poker Alice

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    The Osos were all over the $6.99 breakfast special. :dg

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    Mmmm. coffee. :*sip*

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    The “Call of Duty” special edition. We would see it later on, on a few different passes.

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    Anyone recognize this guy?
    He seemed like he was on the TAT.

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    Scott was pretty happy with his French Toast.

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    Mmm. Adequate. :lol3

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    Peeping Oso?

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    Our sidestand relocator was rubbing on the chain,
    so Matt tried to bend it back. That noise stopped.

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    Every gas station needs one of these. :D

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    So, guess what? It was raining when we went over Cinnamon Pass.
    Shocker, I know!

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    Usually we’d go to American Basin (it’s so pretty), but today we skipped it.
    Too cold and gloomy.

    I took a photo of Bartek...

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    As he took a photo of us...

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    Cinnamon Pass.

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    Dark and rainy. Sigh.

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    Bartek seemed pretty happy to be there!

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    I think Radek was, too. Smiling on the inside!

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    Heading down the pass.

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    The guys were stopping for photos. OK.

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    meanwhile, I noticed these little flowers and took a snapshot for Ladybug

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    That’s Animas Forks down there...

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    But, we were going to Silverton right now.
    Don’t worry, we’ll be back to Animas Forks later.

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    This was the first time Matt and I had actually stopped in Silverton.
    We normally drive through, in a big-ass hurry to get back on the trail.

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    It's a cute little town.




    So, we had planned to camp nearby - but once again, the thought of soping wet gear piled up in our tent...:nah
    When we saw The Triangle Motel, we decided to stop and ask about rooms...


    (sunny pic from the next morning)

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    The only thing available was a large suite. Hey, that's perfect!
    Anything with plumbing and a roof was perfect, actually.

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    Osito even got us a discount with his AAA card.
    Gracias, Ceasar! :D





    The afternoon is a little fuzzy...
    I'm looking through everyone's photos and I'm losing my mind a little.
    So confusing. Lica's camera says this was taken September 7 at 1am. :huh

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    Lica and Bartek and Osito went to lunch.




    Afterwards, they took some train photos for the train nerds...

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    Scott and Radek were doing their own thing...
    They were tired of riding in the rain and had stuff to do.

    Matt and I skipped lunch to run errands.
    (took this pic for Ladybug)

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    and then we got back together for more riding.
    Hey, it stopped raining!


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    Matt and I noticed this house with the mannequin in the window - Lica actually got a pic! :lol3

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    We've always blown past this, but today we stopped.

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    Old mining whatnot.

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    We stopped at a lot of mining ruins today. I guess that's the thing to do in Colorado.

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    Aw, this would have been a cute photo but I took it too early. :cry
    Sorry, guys!

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    OK, let's ride!

    California Pass, here we come!

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  11. leo_jb

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    Hey Kelly!

    Just stumbled across this last night and stayed up too late so I could finish reading it. You guys keep raising the bar regarding what can be done on a 990. Great trip, excellent RR as usual.

    Leo
  12. LittleWan

    LittleWan You can do it!

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    sorry, Brian -
    I worked on this until midnight and still couldn't get it together. :cry
    Boo for missing out on summer riding, but at least you still have winter to look forward to...:evil









    Matt asked what the hell "TTYL" meant... :scratch
    :lol3 "talk to you later," silly! that's what the kids say nowadays.

    OMG, I was LMAO.

    I love being old.
    hey, that may be from 2004 but it's very helpful for us non-cell-phone-havers. :deal

    :gerg


    oh yeah, Good luck with the bike, Paul!





    Oh Brian,
    No worries, we were fine. I was just busting your balls for laughs in the RR! :wink:
    Sorry, I do that. Hope you don't mind. :D


    Williams Pass sounds good, Napoleon Pass looked promising, too.
    Both will go on our short list for next time. :deal
    Thanks for the info!





    Hi kyle! :wave
    Welcome to ADV!
    (and to our little corner of it, Oso Loco)

    Now that Pandora's box has been opened, there's no turning back. :evil
    Hope you'll be able to take some time off for getting dirty and having fun.
    I know it can be daunting, but you'll do it. :nod
    It's tough to balance life with living, but I guarantee that it's worth it.
    ADV trips (and traveling in general)... these are the moments when you feel truly ALIVE. :deal


    Start scheming for your own adventure and I hope to see a ride report in the future! :D






    Hey Leo!
    Yay, you found us!
    Thanks, and thanks for reading. :D






  13. Dubl-A

    Dubl-A SuckerDucker

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    Beautiful pics and great writing! Those rocks look TOUGH! :thumb
  14. Sourjon

    Sourjon TAT'erd

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    Here's a little story: Back in 2009 (I think or maybe 10) we were headed to Tin Cup for lunch when we decided to take a shortcut across Napolean in weather similar to what you rode in. Coming from the south it was a river running down a large rock field up the initial climb, then muddy climb then long muddy root filled descent in the woods to Tin Cup cemetary. At the bottom was a swamp for lack of a better term that out leader kept telling us he wasn't certain we'd be able to cross it because of the rain. It wasn't bad but looked like it could be. I would say Napolean is too much for two up but I forget who I'm talking to :lol3

    John
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  15. B-Rod

    B-Rod RubberNecker

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    Winter riding is something I look very much forward to doing. Since discovering it, it has become better a better, and it's first class riding I can do locally. Work is good, but it also sux these days. Yay! I got a shout out!

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  16. TLtrials

    TLtrials Been here awhile Supporter

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    They can make it! :D

    We went through the swamp and up the muddy root hill. It wasn't raining at the time but had rained the evening before. It was plenty wet, and plenty tough on the 9X0s. We had a few push and pull moments!
    We have now called the muddy root section in the trees as "Hell Hill" :evil
  17. LittleWan

    LittleWan You can do it!

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    Day 7: 8/7/13
    Lake City to Silverton, CO 84 miles, continued.







    California Pass is one of my favorites. The gulch, too.

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    I knew Bartek was going to love it!

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    Osito, too. Heh - show off!

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    There were a couple of sheep hanging out.

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    Lica got a nice photo of them.

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    Bartek, too.

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    Remember this video?
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    Shutterbugs, snapping pics of each other...

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    Now you see why I was losing my mind last night,
    trying to get these organized!
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    Marmot! :D

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    Once we got to the summit, the cameras continued clicking away like crazy...

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    Osos Doble? :eek7

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    Bartek! :fpalm

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    OK, we’d better get moving...

    We decided to check out Lake Como.

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    There were a fair number of jeeps in the area.
    Guess everyone was happy the rain had stopped...

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    Where did that dog come from? :scratch

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    Haha, from this jeep family.
    We offered to take their group photo...

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    and they returned the favor. :D

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    As we headed back up to the backside of California Pass,
    we saw that Call of Duty jeep (on the left).

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    Hmm. I don’t really get it, :hmmmmm
    but here’s more info on the CoD jeep.





    OK, next up - a bunch more passes...
    After a brief intermission.





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  18. Drufiddy

    Drufiddy Been here awhile

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    Tomichi Creek Trading Post is a great spot. Did the Western TAT last August and stayed the night in the Teepees. Probably would have froze to death if it weren't for the propane fire pit inside.

    Great ride report!
  19. Ladybug

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    I want to ride this road
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    And I want to go to California Pass. I guess I need to add it to my list of things to do someday.

    Good job on getting a couple flowers and some critters. :clap
  20. rburkat

    rburkat Been here awhile

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    Unfortunately on our trip one of the Osos was in heat!
    It was particularly embarassing when he was around other animals.

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