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.


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. Called Radek's cop buddy and got a TOY 4x4 extraction

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

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

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

    41 vote(s)
  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)
Multiple votes are allowed.
  1. aganon

    aganon Adventurer

    Mar 15, 2009
    I just finished reading and watching all of the report and you guys, Wan included, are all the baddest mother fuckers ever in my book!! So many times I had to walk away from the laptop in complete amazement with my hands on my head or just laugh out loud.

    Thank you so much for writing this up for everyone to see. I would not believe it if I did not read it myself.

    The most impressive thing is you guys acted like it was just another day on the bike. Bad Asses!!!!!


  2. trespalacios

    trespalacios Oh libertad

    Nov 9, 2012
    Upstate SC
    Definitely not my choice of words but I celebrate his enthusiasm. The expletives I uttered when going through the many stunts this read provided were not PG rated like the ones Aganon uses.

    Kelly your writing skills rival Matt's riding capabilities.

    Matt and all, you guys are something else.
  3. licascurtu

    licascurtu Been here awhile

    Dec 13, 2011
    Vancouver BC
    So the light/fearing project is coming closer to a finish and I for one love the looks of it :evil





    It will have a Plexiglas shield to protect the lights.
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  4. Beema Killa

    Beema Killa Beema Killa

    Feb 25, 2012
    Calgary Canada
    Nice job Lica. Probably works as good as it looks too.
  5. mtnbikeboy

    mtnbikeboy Been here awhile

    Jan 9, 2011
    Longview, TX
    So, I used a GoPro for the first time at RollTheBones 4 last weekend(Oct 25-27). First off, it was a great rally and you guys should come next year. Do a celebrity tour; call it a ride report signing. :deal

    After watching my footage, I have to admit I was very wrong in some assumptions. I have seen GoPro footage from you and others, and for some of it thought, "That doesn't look too bad, I could manage that". After watching my own footage and knowing what the terrain actually was vs. what I knew I rode, I have seen that I was very wrong. :shog The GoPro degrades the terrain by at least 3 difficulty levels. Which makes me go :eek1:eek1:eek1 to know that Schofield, etc, looked insane on the GoPro.

    You guys truly are amazing adventure riders. :clap:clap
  6. LittleWan

    LittleWan You can do it!

    Aug 21, 2009
    up on the pegs, in CA
    Oh hai!

    what's up, you guys?

    Hi mtnbikeboy,
    Aw, doesn't it suck the way the GoPro flattens things out?
    I hate that.

    Heh, at least you found out the easy way
    (i.e., you didn't discover it as you were looking up at Hell's Gate...) :evil

    Thanks for the invite to RTB, it sounds like you had fun!
    But, I'm pretty shy. I'm not much for big rallies. :uhoh

    Now that you have your GoPro footage, the hard part is editing it into something watchable...
    Ugh. it takes forever! :cry

    Hey Justin,
    I think we all blew it.
    That's probably an icy mud now - I see that Ten Sleep, WY is expecting a high of 37° today, a low of 19° tonight...



    heh heh, Thank you aganon! :shog

    I'm so glad you enjoyed the RR!

    Um, just for future reference, I try and use the more forum-friendly version - "monkey fighter" in these reports :D
    but we definitely appreciate the sentiment!


    wait a minute - you thought Aganon used PG rated words? :eek1
    Holy crap, trespalcios!
    I can't even imagine what words you think are R rated! :arg


    Anyway, thank you for the kind words, and I'm happy you enjoyed the report!

    Hi Beema Killa! :wave

    Hey Lica,
    it's great to see what you've been up to!


    We're looking forward to the finished product. :thumb
    Keep us posted!

    Speaking of Lica...:evil

    You guys want to see this fun video he sent us?
    I think he'll be okay with me posting it...
    I miss Lica, so I really enjoyed hearing his voice and enthusiasm. :clap

    This is some of the riding that Lica and his friend, Chickensoup, did in the early part of the summer (before the Oso ride).
    They're both on orange 990s, but Lica has a black helmet and Chickensoup has a white helmet.

    <iframe width="640" height="480" src="//www.youtube.com/embed/87vQ5xg20Vw" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen></iframe>

    Those other riders were some guys they had found on a trail.
    One guy had wrecked pretty hard so Lica hit the 911 button on his SPOT.
    Canadian search and rescue came to their aid.

    Nice to see that the SPOT works well in BC,
    especially if we end up doing an 2014 Oso tour - Canadian style...

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  7. bikyto

    bikyto Dans le doute...gaz!

    Jun 15, 2009
    Northern Cali
    As usual, your posts are awesome.
    Thanks for sharing the video of Lica. Cracked me up. :clap
  8. OldTriumphRider

    OldTriumphRider Livin the Dream

    Mar 14, 2009
    Smoky Mts
    I look thru the reports and never have seen any comments on the so called throttle snap on the 990 ADV
    Have you guys made any mods for this on your bike or it just don't bother ya..I feather the clutch alot when off road but sure would be nice if it was as smooth as the SE , or carb models..

    like the windshield project Lica is doing , this something that will be marketed?

    Oh , sure was surprised you knew about the Vols , their kinda struggling now...

    love the reports ,can't wait for the next one !

    KTMADV Hammer Down

    Sep 16, 2012
    Willows Ca
    My ktm 990 adventure has carbs.:evil
  10. JoeMongo

    JoeMongo ¿Por dónde? Supporter

    Dec 9, 2004
    SF Bay Area, not exactly dirt moto heaven
    Doesn't he know that Osos only fly when on their 990s?
    <LINKED Corp GoPro to credit photo>
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    (linked photo credit to GoPro Corp)

  11. licascurtu

    licascurtu Been here awhile

    Dec 13, 2011
    Vancouver BC
    The G2 throttle with 400 cam makes it like an SE and also the 16/45 sprocket combo makes it better offroad. The headlight project u can buy when it's finished...I'll let you guys know when it's done.
    Also I'll start a winter project soon with my old bike....I'll probably start a thread about that soon. I have some ideas how to paint it but I'm open to suggestions anything it doesn't matter how complex it is I can paint it. ( I'd like to keep it Dakar looks)

    Sent from my Nexus 4 using Tapatalk
  12. Corsica101

    Corsica101 Been here awhile Supporter

    Jan 5, 2013
    Ok THAT'S now officially the best pic on ADV...to me :)))
  13. sion

    sion sigh-own

    Jul 9, 2010
    Hocking Hills
    apropos of nothing, some oso pics:



    oso facepalm:

  14. riceless

    riceless Let's Ride!

    May 22, 2007
    The Great Northwet

    BRAVO :clap BRAVO :clap

    WHYNOWTHEN just brought this Ride Report to my attention (thanks WNT).

    All I can say is, I sure do wish I'd had an opportunity to ride with the OSO LOCOS. You guys are a hoot!:ricky:ricky:ricky, talented riders, well prepared and are part of a secret society that know that the LC8 Adventure bikes are the best motorcycles ever.
    That being said, I really think that since I did it on a 950 and ya'll were rockin' the Mighty 990s, you have ridden that trail on the biggest bike EVER.

    Reckon I'll just have to try it on one of those new 1190s and give it anther go :muutt


    Great Ridin' Brothers
  15. BigWan

    BigWan The Cripple Maker

    May 7, 2007
    Ocho Doble Up-Country, CA
    Hi Brent,
    Thanks for all the kind words, your Rubicon report really helped motivate us to get out there and give it a whirl.

    ADV land is a really small place, I'm pretty sure you'll be riding with an Oso sooner than later. :D

  16. Erik500

    Erik500 Been here awhile

    Apr 30, 2010
    Thanks for one of the most entertaining RR's ever!:clap
  17. crazybrit

    crazybrit Long timer

    Mar 16, 2006
    Portland, OR
    I guess I'm way late to this show. I'm in awe of the riding in the video up Schofield Pass. Major chops!
  18. dvwalker

    dvwalker Working to ride

    Jul 5, 2009
    Must say this RR is the new standard, like fine wine WAN reports just keep getting better. Really one of the best reports I've read to date on ADV IMHO.

    10 stars **********

    Fun, fun, fun...

    Kelly, love all your little quirky comments that just oooze from your little finger tips, but got to say this one on the interpretive dance made coffee go up and out my nose. Or perhaps they were just being careful not to step on any threatened Columbia Spotted Frogs.


    Your oso ride thru lockhart in section below reminded me of those little beady cone eyes.....the ones watching me as I rode thru in 2011. Did anyone ever snag that lockhart cone?



    Sorry way late as well, not lurking much these days still recovering from a stupid cement nap on my 350.

    Also hope KTM is reading adv, they should be thinking seriously about adding the oso's to their 990 R&D team :ear.

    my little sophie and her oso also enjoyed all the lap time with daddy reading this report...[​IMG]
  19. LittleWan

    LittleWan You can do it!

    Aug 21, 2009
    up on the pegs, in CA
    hi dvwalker!
    glad you found us! Ooh. cement nap does not sound good. :cry
    hope you're healing up quickly!

    yes, the UTBDR cone was found, Dances_With_Trees posted this Oct 8, 2012:

    Hmm. there used to be a photo but i guess he took it down. :scratch

    hey OldTriumphRider -
    Matt also did the G2 with 400 cam, he said it helps a lot.
    Yeah, sorry about the Vols. :cry
    We have 2 nieces who go to UT and a 3rd who wants to...we hear a lot of "rocky top" when we go visit. :D

    Thanks for the silly Oso pics Jonathan and sion! :lol3
    Matt went riding not too long ago and sent me this from his phone...


    Somehow I expected "Los Osos" to be a double black diamond, though...:ddog


    Have you guys been keeping up with Lica and his build thread?
    If you're curious about his winter project, go check it out...
    It's over in the OC.


    Thanks for the continued kind words! I didn't want to keep bumping this just to say "thank you" but...

    Thank you!
    So many sweet comments. :shog

    Matt and I are working on some video and I need to go through and take some screen shots,
    but I'll have a mini (very very mini) ride report to post soon. :evil

    We went down to SoCal for thanksgiving and did the District 37 LA-Barstow-Vegas Ride.
    It was really good. :nod

    So, stay tuned!

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  20. LittleWan

    LittleWan You can do it!

    Aug 21, 2009
    up on the pegs, in CA
    LA-Barstow to Vegas Ride
    November 29-30, 2013

    Hey guys,
    what’'s up?

    Matt and I just did a nice dual sport event and it was such good riding, I thought you might enjoy a mini ride report.
    We have some video, but we tried something different this time - we only did one and it covers the whole thing.
    You have to read this first, though (or just skip to the end - I'll be done tonight). :D

    (For the new-to-us readers, the underlined bits of white text are clickable links :deal)

    The LA-Barstow to Vegas ride is put on by District 37 and this year was the 30th anniversary. :clap


    I had never heard of LAB2V until I saw RAZR'’s thread in the West forum.
    It sounded fun, but I just couldn’'t see going down to LA in holiday traffic.
    Also - riding with 500+ guys? No thanks. :nah

    Until, that is, I started getting a bazillion cray-cray emails from my family regarding Thanksgiving.
    Gah. :eek7
    On second thought...being in the desert with 500 guys sounds A-OK.
    We’'re going riding - see ya!

    Less than 2 weeks before the ride, Matt went out on his little bike (XR650R)
    And did this:


    He crashed in the rocks and impaled himself on something.
    Did you know that Breathe Right strips make great butterfly bandages?
    Apparently, they won’t stick to hair, so Matt had to burn the hair off with a lighter. :annie


    When he got home that night, his knee had swollen up to the size of a cantaloupe. :eekers
    He couldn'’t walk and his hands were all smashed up, too.

    You had one frickin’' job for the weekend and that was “don’'t get hurt” :nono

    I was afraid we would have to cancel the ride and stay home for turkey day.


    Luckily, BigWan was able to put on his man pants and he pulled it together in time.
    He said that he felt *okay* and as long as we didn’'t crash, it would be fine.
    Uh huh. Deep sand and no crashing? :scratch

    Sure. :uhoh

    Palmdale, here we come!

    We threw the bike in the back of the truck and drove down to LA.
    Riding slab down I-5 is horrible, not to mention it eats up the knobs. :puke1

    Got to the Holiday Inn and checked out some of the bikes.



    We met Julie, one of the District 37 organizers, while we were standing around and she gave us some advice.
    I was super stressed about hitting the sand with hundreds of guys and getting caught in a giant dust storm.
    She recommended that we get up super early and be first in the tech line at 5:15am.
    OK. we can handle that...:thumb

    I hope.

    Day 1
    Friday, November 29.
    Palmdale to Barstow
    148 miles or so.

    Turns out we couldn'’t handle that. :cry

    We got up super early (4am), but got stuck waiting for breakfast.
    The hotel restaurant didn’'t open until after 5.
    After eating, we had to pack up our shit and get it in the truck...
    I drove over to Palmdale Supercycles, and Matt rode.


    I took this photo at 6:30. That'’s almost like 5:15, right?

    The thing that really screwed us up was the GPS tracks.
    They only had Garmin tracks and we have a Delorme.
    Matt had to get the tracks and then convert them in Topo 9
    6:45am and we're still in the truck. :cry


    It took at least 3 tries (topo 9 kept crashing), but it finally worked.
    Matt’'s good at using a roll chart, but GPS tracks are faster.

    Now we could get ready for the start.
    Julie found us (we got scolded for not being in line at 5:15).
    She wished us luck anyways...
    Thanks, Julie!


    Our tire. A lovely new D908.



    The organizers like everyone to have a buddy for the ride.
    While doing research on LAB2V, I kept reading that “no one rides alone.”
    We were looking forward to riding by ourselves,
    so our plan was to find a group and pretend to be with them.
    As long as they had each other, we could ride alone.


    That plan was going great until the last second.
    A guy ran up to us and said, “"Hey, can we ride together?
    It’s hard to find a big bike that’s doing the hard way.
    I can help you push!”"

    Yeeeeah. OK. I guess.

    He can "help push? ”
    what the hell? :bluduh

    But, he was on a KTM 950 S, so we let that slide...
    (just kidding, Wendell! :lol3)

    He totally took a chance, offering to ride with a 2up couple.
    We could have ruined his ride! Brave.
    But, then again, this was the first time he had used a roll chart.
    He needed us!

    Here’'s Wendell from BC.

    (photo from day 2)

    OK, on the road at 7:16am.


    The conditions were amazing.
    I had been freaking out over the potential dust from hundreds of guys,
    but we lucked out.
    It had rained not too long ago and there was no dust!
    The traction was unbelievable, too.


    There were some hazards here and there.
    Giant washout on the left...


    I think everyone was okay. hope so.


    This section was really fun.


    There was a ton of sand on the ride. I mean, a TON.
    Wash after wash.
    Day 1 was great, we had a blast.
    But we still had some serious “OH SHIT!” moments.
    Deep sand can be tough for 2 up.

    There were lots of trees to almost hit...


    Wendell said it was pretty crazy riding behind us!


    Here’'s the first check point for Day 1.
    I don’t know this gentleman’'s name, but he was a hoot.
    He kept referring to me as Matt’'s “"baggage”" :lol3



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