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. Phreaky Phil

    Phreaky Phil Long timer

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    Dawn agrees with this 110%. While it is a big responsibility for us guys having you on the back it is kind of a comfort knowing you safe ( ish :evil ) tucked in behind on the back. I'm like Matt and could never be a pillion and really admire You, Dawn and others for your trust and ability in being able to stay on the back and help control the bike.
    Been loving this report, as usual ! Almost makes me want to come over to the "Dark Side" and buy a 990
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  2. LittleWan

    LittleWan You can do it!

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    Thanks, Phil and Dawn! more 2up feedback :D
    Glad you're enjoying the report.
    Once you go Orange - you'll never go back! :deal
  3. LittleWan

    LittleWan You can do it!

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    Day 10: 8/10/13
    goofing off in Moab.






    We stayed at the Red Rock Lodge.

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    It was just right for us. Not fancy, but affordable enough for several days and the bikes were right outside the rooms.

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    our Rally front - 2069 miles
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    Rally rear. We had a new one waiting at the Moab Mailing Center.

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    Lica

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    Radek

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    Scott

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    and Bartek.

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    We had a little mix-up at breakfast - sorry, guys. :cry
    Scott, Matt and I ended up at the Peace Tree Cafe.
    The other Osos were at Denny’s on the opposite side of town...

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    I had coffee.

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    and Green Eggs and Ham. :dukegirl

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    Matt had the same thing.

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    I can’t remember what Scott had, but he looks pretty happy. :D

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    We did a quick trip to the car wash...

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    and then picked up our tires.

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    Yesterday, Lica had called the Mailing Center to see if the parts had arrived.
    They hadn’t.
    He called KTM Twins and got no satisfaction.
    They couldn’t even confirm if the package had been sent out at all. :eek7
    WTF? :dirtdog



    Our clutch was actually doing fine after Matt spun the piston.
    Lica’s clutch was working great, too.
    But now Scott was screwed.
    He went out in search of an oil filter...





    As always - worky worky...

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    Matt would have done another day on the old Rally, but the steel belts made us nervous.

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    Old Rally, with puncture.

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    New Rally.

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    The other Rally was for Lica, 908 Rear and Front for Radek.

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    Radek was really into this magic powder. :deal

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    He swore it made his boots stop stinking.

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    I will admit I was brave enough to smell them for myself...:gdog

    Wow - it was like a garden of flowers!:flug
    Amazing.



    I put a little in my boots, too. I think it helped at first...
    But, mostly it just made my socks all white
    and made a huge mess on the floor.
    Oh well.





    Off to the store...on a loaner bike :wink:

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    After sitting in mud and water for 15 hours,
    Radek’s wheel bearings needed some attention.
    He cleaned and greased them as best he could.

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    Ugh - What a mess! :arg

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    Look at this tool bag!
    Bartek said "“I think I have a mouse..."” :lol3

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    I’m not sure why, but I took another photo of our bash plate. :dunno

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    Osito had some bad news.
    While he was at the car wash, someone stole his helmet! :jerko
    He had put it down for just a moment, and while his back was turned,
    some brazen thief (probably a tweeker) had snatched it up and disappeared.


    Monkey fighter!

    :becca


    I can’t believe how bold that was. An Arai XD, too - those aren’t cheap. :cry
    And you know that junkie is just going to turn around and sell it for $20.
    It sucked.

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    Luckily, Osito was able to find another helmet in town.

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    Still smiling! :D He wasn’t going to let some scumbag ruin his day.
    :boid Screw you, thief!
    It takes more than that to stop Osito!






    Aw, man. Bartek was beating up the soda machine and I just missed it!
    He was holding on to the top and shaking it. :rofl
    Oso Thirsty! :drink

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    Scott had no luck finding an oil filter anywhere in Moab.
    he even tried some bike rental places, no joy. :nah
    Meanwhile, he was running his bike with no filter at all.
    We still had a long ride home, so as a last resort,
    he was going to ride back to Grand Junction, CO to pick up a filter.

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    It was a long way...
    Ride safe, Scott!
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    The rest of the Osos were going to Slickrock.

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    coming up next...:cob
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  4. LittleWan

    LittleWan You can do it!

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    Day 10: 8/10/13
    goofing off in Moab, continued.









    You guys know that I adore Matt, right?
    I think he’s the greatest thing since sliced bread. :crash
    Part of love is making sacrifices.
    So, even though I had been looking forward to riding in Moab
    (and had a list of places I wanted us to ride)...

    I sent him out to ride solo.

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    I knew that the previous day’s ride through Lockhart Basin had been really frustrating for him.
    He had been such a great schoolbus driver (for over 2000 miles),
    it was time for him to go enjoy some play time. :wink:
    Recess, if you will.
    :wings



    All the Osos enjoyed Slickrock - it was all about FUN.
    You can see it in these pics and screen shots...


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    Radek and Lica doing their best Captain Morgans :evil

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    I made a short video of my favorite section with Radek, Lica, and Matt.
    They just look (and sound) like they’re having so much fun!




    Wooo!
    (Too bad the stupid GoPro was fogged up. :cry)




    OK, that was Slickrock...:D


    I'm done for tonight.

    :snore
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  5. Questor

    Questor More Undestructable

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    Slickrock on 990's. :eek1
    That's awesome!

    You can see the look of awe on the mountain bikers faces...

    This is Front Page material.
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    You guys are great!
    Q~
  6. B-Rod

    B-Rod RubberNecker

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    Like a dog off his leash! Re; the 2-up thing, one of the things I love about your videos is how you and Matt work together and communicate together. You rock some pretty gnarly stuff together. Love it.
  7. Overcomb3

    Overcomb3 Icy PUMA

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    Reading your report. It's infectious. I get up every morning & check. I check 3 times a day then when I go to bed. I'm gonna cry like a baby when it's over.

    Matt your laughing in the video on slick rock tells the whole story about you guys. It's all about the fun.

    Wantastic! A verb I believe ;^)
  8. lvscrvs

    lvscrvs Long timer Supporter

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    Kelly, your RRs are incredible. I know they take a lot of time and work... thank you soo much. I am in awe of the riding you and Matt do 2up... all you OSOs are wonderfully nutso..... :rofl

    I get a kick out of Matt's laughter captured in the videos. He sounds like a big kid having a ball.... :lol3

    Rock On.... :clap
  9. Caymen8

    Caymen8 Been here awhile

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    I just got caught up with this RR after a couple of marathon reading sessions. What a GREAT report!!! I love the photos, the humor, the videos - the whole works. I know it is a huge investment of time to do this type of report, so thank you, thank you, thank you!

    I live here in Colorado and have done some of the trails you were on, but many of your rides I wouldn't even think of trying. Kudos to some amazing riding skills.

    You all are great ambassadors for Colorado. You've made it look fun and exciting even in the rain and mud. Looking forward to the rest of the report.

    :clap:clap:clap:clap
  10. BigWan

    BigWan The Cripple Maker

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    Day 10: 8/10/13
    goofing off in Moab, continued.




    Kelly's due for a break, so...
    I guess it’s my turn to talk story for a little while.


    We Osos had a great time on Slickrock, for some it was enough, for others it just whet our appetite for more!

    On the original tracks, I had planned on doing Top of the World trail, Poison Spider, Rose Garden and maybe Fins and Things, but now we were just winging it.

    Radek and Lica knew about Amasa Back Trail. Lica had ridden it with his brother on bicycles, he said it was really difficult and he was curious if we could do it on 990s.

    That’s all it takes, a tiny senseless challenge and we’re off.



    The trail starts off with a bang. You can't help but wonder, how are we going to get back up this stuff ?

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    This trail is an absolute blast! :clap:clap

    It’s probably not very difficult on a 450 “dirt bike”, but it’s just perfect for our bikes. It’s pretty technical all the way through and surprisingly rideable.


    Kelly and I made a video of the way out to the lookout. We cut the many stops and starts to keep it moving. Hope you like it.






    We were pretty stoked after that ride out. We had a chance to enjoy the view and take the Captain Morgan pics.

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    I think this one’'s funny, but it doesn'’t count for Radek'’s Captain Morgan pic.

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    That's more like it. Arrgh! :lol3





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    The lookout is the half way point, Amasa Back is an in and out trail. So, now we get to go up all those ledges and steps we had so much fun going down.

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    We'’re getting closer to the trail head and the last few hurdles.

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    Lica was out front and just charged into this step section. He damn near made it too.

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    Radek and I took a different approach. Moving really heavy rocks around to build a ramp-ish structure.

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    Then charge directly into that. :rofl


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    A couple minor adjustments. :wink:

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    Then it'’s my turn.

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    As was typical on this trip, we had some premature celebrating. :freaky

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    We were just having such a good time, it was really hard to contain it. :wings

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    You know that feeling you had, when you were a kid, jumping your bicycle on ramps made of plywood and bricks.
    It’'s like that.



    I was running on fumes. Not the bike, I mean me. I was completely gassed.
    I kept thinking about this line in a movie. I couldn'’t quite place where I heard it, but boy did it apply.

    Here it is. :lol3






    There was one last little bumpy bit, then it would be over.

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    I knew I only had one more chance to crash, so I took it.

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    Now we could celebrate!

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    Only we were too tired.
    Osos viejos pero felices osos.

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    We did have a little damage to report.

    Someone stole the tip of Lica’'s brake pedal.

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    I sheared my peg pin, but I had a spare with me. :lol3

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    Now, Back to your regularly scheduled broadcast. :queenie :rofl
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  11. wtiger

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    I love the laughing in the video of slick rock! you can't fake the sound of joy riding a motorcycle. long time lurker/reader of your trip reports. They are awesome!!! Temps me to get a 990...:augie
    mark
  12. fooswolf

    fooswolf Been here awhile

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    [sarcasm on]I am not impressed[/sarcasm off]

    Those are great photographs and that video is great.

    I suppose next you are going to ride 5moh, :evil.

    Dan
  13. MizzouRider

    MizzouRider Long timer Supporter

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    After watching that last video, I believe I can no longer think of myself as an "Adventure Rider"..Maybe more of an "Activity Rider".. :rofl
    You guys are several leagues over my head. I think I would have described that trail with a different word,, "nightmare" comes to mind..

    It was really beautiful, and amazing riding, I'm in awe.
  14. steveloomis

    steveloomis Been here awhile

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    I have ridden Amasa Back trail back in late 80's. It looks in worse shape now than then. It was a challenge on my XT600 but not as rough. We worried more about a 2 younger boys on 125's. One wrong bounce and off the side. I am anxious to try it again 25 years later, same bike....
  15. trespalacios

    trespalacios Oh libertad

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  16. Gramp-Z

    Gramp-Z Long timer Supporter

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    Matt , that video was great ! I just kept thinking in my head that all of you were on trials bikes , not quarter ton school buses ! You guys are "OSO LOCO " ! All of you have mad skilz . I think if I didn't have a heart attack in the first 10 minutes I would have run out of steam in 15 . Think team LOCO needs tee shirts that just say LOCO on front and maybe Dumb and Dumber on back . Just kidding . You guys set the bar too high for all mere mortals . Loving the report , as always , carry on ! :clap:eek2
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  17. NoVa Rider

    NoVa Rider Long timer Supporter

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    Matt, thank you for being insane. :rofl
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  18. akaDigger

    akaDigger Amateur Adventurer

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    I guess we can all agree that our limitations are not dictated by the machine we ride.
  19. Sourjon

    Sourjon TAT'erd

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    This is why it's so difficult to take a group ride with riders you are unfamiliar with. Everybody wants to know how difficult the terrain is but that's got a different answer for each and every rider.

    Hats off to the LOCO's!

    John
  20. dustyrider

    dustyrider dirt is good for you

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    Argh! I love the videos. :freaky But I understand how much work they are. Just saying.