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. BigWan

    BigWan The Cripple Maker

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    Day 16: 8/16/13
    Rubicon Trail 121 miles







    Kelly asked me to write up this section and I obliged. But, what to say...?:hmmmmm
    I've got my GoPro screen shots and photos/footage from Radek and Lica as well.



    I must admit that I wasn't particularly excited about riding this trail, but Radek was. I really enjoy riding with Radek and Lica, so off we went.
    I had a pretty good idea of what to expect and I was right.

    We knew it had been done on big bikes already by Riceless, and probably many others over the years.
    We wanted to try it, just to see if we could do it. That's kinda the point of all this, isn't it? See how far you can push your limits.


    We got another pretty late start this day, leaving around 12:30pm and getting to the trailhead at 1:20pm.

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    We all noticed right away, that granite offers a lot less traction than Slickrock.

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    We start off with a lot of energy and enthusiasm.

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    As the miles slowly tick by (and I mean slowly) we start to find our groove.

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    We are all connected with Senas, which really adds to the ride. Today was just hard work, lots and lots of heavy breathing.
    You didn't wonder if you were the only one struggling because you could hear the other guys loud and clear.

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    The Rubicon is an interesting trail to ride, especially on a big bike. It doesn't have any impossible or super difficult sections...

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    But, rather, the Rubicon is made up of medium difficulty sections that come in rapid succession.

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    Not giving you much time to recover before you hit the next section.

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    We were starting to feel it now, but we were still having fun!

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    This trail is relentless.

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    Too much of this....

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    and this...

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    Equals this.

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    We stop for a well deserved break. We're feeling good - not cocky, but confident.

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    Then we discover we've only gone 4 of the 12 miles of the trail. :eek7 Oh boy!

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    Lica's got an insuppressible "can do" attitude, He's a great guy to have on a ride like this. Even if he's wrong. :rofl

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    Radek The Great line tamer. :pierce(line tamer/lion tamer - are you with me on this one?)
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    You got this Lica. Don't even think about the rest of the trail...
    Just focus on the next 10 feet.
    Then the ten feet after that...

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    Yay! tree roots and dust, that's what we needed. :bluduh

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    We all had some of this.

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    And needed a bit of this too.

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    Yeah, now we're feeling it.
    This reminds me of a joke in the movie Captain Ron...


    I know we are almost done with the trail.
    Oh, great. Tell us, how do you know that?
    Well, you see, follow me if you can... We had just enough water to finish the trail...
    AND WE ARE OUT OF WATER!
    :lol3

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    Luckily, we crossed paths with these gentlemen and they had a few tiny bottles of water to share. We were grateful.
    It was a pretty hot day and we went through our 3 liters apiece, way faster than we anticipated.

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    I think we are past the half way point in the trail.
    This is as good a place as any to post a little trailer I made of the ride.
    Enjoy!





    :D
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  2. Alleycatdad

    Alleycatdad Unbunch yer panties!

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    "Unimpossibler"?!? You're killing me here...:rofl


    And Matt....

    ....dude...

    I'm thinking maybe your "moderate difficulty" and my "Frickin-fracken are you NUTS!?!?!" aren't even on the same planet! :D

    Wow.

    SA
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  3. bikyto

    bikyto Dans le doute...gaz!

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    That was awesome:freaky

    The video brought me right back to that place that I swore I would never go back alone. I don't think I have ever fallen so many times on a single trail.
    I picked up the bike.... I don't know how many times .... By myself.... I even considered leaving it behind to the rubicon gods as the Katoom was getting to heavy to lift up alone.

    BUT what a blast!!! I'd be back on it in a heartbeat with a group like yours

    Thank you so much for sharing.
  4. bigdon

    bigdon Long timer

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    Excellent ! Thanks Big Wan :freaky
  5. FYYFF

    FYYFF Forever young...

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    Please tell me you were not 2-up on Rubicon trail. PLEASE SAY NO!!!!!
  6. Sourjon

    Sourjon TAT'erd

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    Awesome video. 12 miles of that!? Damn! Got my respect guys.

    John
  7. bigdon

    bigdon Long timer

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    John , even though I have a 990 now please don't include the Rubicon in our ride next year! :rofl
  8. Sourjon

    Sourjon TAT'erd

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    Awe hell no. Way above my pay grade. I got tired just watching :)

    John
  9. LittleWan

    LittleWan You can do it!

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    haha - NO!

    :lol3


    No, we were not 2-up on the rubicon. :nah



    When I called my uncle to ask about the key, he said the same thing. :rofl
    He used to ride the Rubicon in the 80s on his Maico (matt thinks it was a Maico 490)
    and he thought the 990 seemed a little too heavy to be fun.

    But, 2-up? No way.





    So, no. I was not with the guys. I was back at the house...
    Happily watching their progress on the SPOT page,
    while catching up in my journal and having some ice cold refreshments. :evil

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    I love that you thought it was a possibility, though! :D
    Thank you!
    :smooch



    Here's where they were at the time...

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    I'm glad you guys are enjoying Matt's tale...
    didn't he do a great job with that post?? :clap




    Stay tuned for Part 2...






    I'm going to go see what Questor is up to....

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  10. redog1

    redog1 KTM 690R

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    ...I enjoyed the trailer and look forward to the rest of this. You guys are NUTS!!!:lol3
  11. RedRockRider

    RedRockRider Long timer

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    Nice post, Matt!

    Crazy Oso pic nominated for the Front Page . . . well-deserved!
  12. TwilightZone

    TwilightZone Long timer Supporter

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    Hmmmm.... I thought you were riding Rubicon 2-up!
    Now THAT would be crazy.
  13. Ladybug

    Ladybug Bug Sister Supporter

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    Has anyone told those LOCO Osos those KTMs aren't trials bikes? :deal

    Terrific post Matt - Nice of you to give Kelly a little break. Now where's the tea and crumpets we were promised? :D
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  14. Just Paul

    Just Paul Pro Cat Herder

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    Great Post Matt ... can't wait for more..
  15. LittleWan

    LittleWan You can do it!

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    Hey, guys! Hi Ladybug!

    Oh yeah. About that...

    Matt just wanted me to under-sell the "finale" for him.
    He was afraid that it wouldn't be exciting enough to justify a fancy description like "finale."

    I think he's nuts, but whatever. :nah




    So, I know you aren't going to believe this, but I totally lied!
    There were no tea and crumpets on the rubicon. :eekers


    Well, unless we call this "tea..."

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    and, these - "crumpets."

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    :lol3





    Also, Matt left out a pic that I think should have been in his post...

    I took a screen shot of this pretty lake the guys stopped at.
    They saw a couple bodies of water, I guess. Really pretty, but they didn't have time to dawdle.

    anyway, I thought it was nice. Guess they had other things on their minds. :rofl

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    Okay, Matt's almost ready.
    Part 2, coming up....


    :lurker

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  16. BigWan

    BigWan The Cripple Maker

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    Day 16: 8/16/13
    Rubicon Trail
    121 miles continued








    This trail isn’'t fun in the conventional sense - rather, it can be satisfying just to make it through.
    I personally like a more balanced trail that is a tiny bit more fun and rideable.
    I’'m speaking from a big bike point of view, this trail is probably a hoot on a kid's bike. :wink:

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    This is starting to feel like punishment.

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    Going up Cadillac Hill.
    Lica is an Oso till the end. :super

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    “"Stay thirsty my friends”..."

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    I’'m whupped!

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    I dropped my bike and broke the brake pedal. No problema, Radek had a spare.

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    We were happy to reach the top.

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    You know what that means.
    Time for some pics and premature celebrating. :lol3

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    And this is why you don't celebrate until you're on the pavement...








    We were near the end when Lica pulled up with a problem.
    He landed on a rock a little harder than he wanted to and sprung a leak.

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    Clearly, this wasn’t the first time.

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    It was about this time a jeep pulled up to ask if we needed any help. They were on their way down to do some work at the jamboree camp.

    These guys were great! Super nice and so generous. They set us up with paper towels, a sledge hammer, an 11/16 wrench, cold beer, and water.

    It was as good as a support truck. We arranged a spot to leave the tools so they could get them on their way out.

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    Lica got to work, cleaning the best he could with gasoline and paper towels.

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    We were hoping the repair would make it off the trail. Turns out Lica was able to ride it back to Canada without leaking a drop. Not too shabby!

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    Here’'s what the hammer is for.

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    Turns out we didn'’t need a hammer that large, this POS is pretty bendy. :eek7

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    Now it was my turn. This was the last all rock section of the trail. I dropped the bike onto a rock that was perfectly placed to bend my cockpit subframe.
    I could turn right but not left. The triple clamp was touching the fairing.

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    This is not an easy thing to bend. Believe me, I tried everything I could to bend it back just a little, so I could ride out. No joy.

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    You can see how offset the dash is in this shot.

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    It was getting dark quick, so instead of trying to fix it, I just changed the dash mounting location and rode out with a wonky cockpit.

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    Good as new, Let's go! :thumb

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    We made it to Tahoe and pulled up to the first store we saw for some fluids and an ice cream.
    We thought this sign was pretty funny.

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    We made it back around 10pm. We were all pretty stoked. Don’t worry Radek’'s smiling on the inside. :rofl

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    Radek said he would like to do the Rubicon again - only without any help at all.

    Me, on the other hand, I’'m not saying I’'ll never do it again. Only that I don’'t have any current plans to go on there with a 990 any time soon.

    What say you Lica? :ear


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  17. MTrider16

    MTrider16 Ridin' in MT

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    +1 :eek1 You are amazing.
  18. LittleWan

    LittleWan You can do it!

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    Day 16: 8/16/13
    Rubicon Trail
    121 miles, continued









    I had been watching the SPOT page and when I saw this:

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    I got a little concerned. :eek7
    Matt says he’'s not sure what happened there, but it was probably just some satellite thing.
    They were always on the trail - never lost.
    OK, good.

    :rofl




    Here's Norm:

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    Man, 30.1 moving average - that's pretty good!
    Oh - I took that photo the next morning, which is why it says 10:25am

    I think they got back around 10 or 10:30pm





    Casualty list for Day 16:


    1 cracked case - Lica
    1 broken brake lever - Matt
    1 bent cockpit subframe - Matt

    :dunno No serious injuries, though! It could have been worse!





    Matt had asked the guys to hold off on eating dinner, he wanted to stop and get me first.
    That was really sweet of him, but I feel bad that it cost them a good meal :cry
    By the time we got back to town, everything was closed.
    Everything but the grocery store and the fast food place.



    Oh no! I'm so sorry you guys. :(:
    Here they are, eating Taco Bell outside of Safeway.

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    It’s a 24hr Safeway, so we also got more beer and a couple frozen pizzas to eat back at the house.





    The guys were exhausted.
    In the truck, on the way back, Lica said (plaintively) -
    “Um. Guys. Can the Oso Loco ride be over now? I still have to get home to Canada....”

    :scratch




    Poor Lica!
    Yes, Lica. You'’re good.:nod
    The Oso Loco Taco Tour is officially over now. :lol3





    wooo hooo! :clap Osoooooooo!!

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    It'’s pretty much over for everyone now.
    That was it! Sixteen days of awesomeness are in the bag. :rayof

    Thanks for joining us!!


    love,
    the Wans and all the Loco Osos





    I need to make dinner now, and, as mentioned - we have a long day tomorrow with no computer access.
    But, I'll be back eventually (with a handful of repair photos :evil)

    and I'll put in an index for future reference (it's hard to find anything)


    sorry we're not responding to comments right now (really need to take care of dinner),
    but we appreciate them!!
    Thanks so much you guys. :D
    :bow



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  19. AJ990R

    AJ990R motorcycle guy

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    Nooo, not over :cry
    "friends don't let friends buy Touratech" :rofl

    love how resourceful you guys are
    Great report!
    Great riding guys!!!!!

    I will never let anyone tell me again I can't ride single track again on my 990 :deal

    thank you OSOs
  20. joefromsf

    joefromsf Dark Happens Supporter

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    Someone has to be the first to do it. If not you two, then who? Just sayin. :wink: