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. LittleWan

    LittleWan You can do it!

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    Day 1, continued...






    Because the riding was so intense, we missed some good footage.
    I didn'’t dare fool around with trying to take photos in some spots,
    nor did Matt want to take his hands off the bars to mess with the GoPro.



    Right after this shot, the footage ends...

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    Matt thought he was turning the GoPro on,
    but he was really turning it off.

    Motherbrother!! :baldy



    So, we don'’t have video of the best wash.
    It was deep, soft, sand and narrow.
    Super difficult for big bikes and especially for 2up.
    I can’t even believe we made it through without crashing.
    We’'re kicking ourselves for not getting the footage!!


    Sigh.





    We stopped here to check in with Wendell.
    He was awesome! We couldn'’t have asked for a better buddy.
    Every time we looked, he was right there with us. :D

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    Another one of my concerns about riding with 500+ guys...
    where to pee?
    It’'s tough to hide in the desert.
    Thank goodness for this building...
    I was able to run around back.

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    We stopped at the 2nd checkpoint for gas, but skipped lunch.
    Water and a cliff bar and that was it.
    I didn’'t realize it at the time, but we met RAZR and 1224R in the parking lot.
    Hi guys!

    No pic, sorry.







    Some of these images might be out of order, but they’'re close.



    Pretty views.
    It was nice and overcast on Day 1. Good for pics/video.

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    This hill climb was kinda loose, but we made it.
    It'’s in the video.

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    I'’ve seen this spot in other ride reports.
    what does that say?

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    These guys were too busy to talk to us, but they get a pic anyway.

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    I could have done more screen shots for Day 1, but that’'s good.
    We got to Barstow around 1pm.
    Got gas and sat around bullshitting for a while.
    Someone told us that the check point wasn'’t open yet.

    Parking lot across from the Ramada Inn.

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    Day 1 was great!
    We found a kickass buddy, the riding was amazing, and we didn’'t crash.
    Not even a get off!
    Too bad that wouldn’'t last....



    The Ramada had been booked when I called around, so we were at the California Inn.

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    We checked in, took showers and had a nice nap.
    In the evening, we walked over to the Ramada and watched riders still coming in.
    Had a couple beers and chatted with some nice folks.
    I blew it and didn'’t take any photos.


    They were Dos Equis, if that matters.

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    next...
    Day 2
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  2. bruceo

    bruceo Been here awhile

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    Yay! More Wan!!

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  3. trespalacios

    trespalacios Oh libertad

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    Here waiting on my Wan fix
  4. rburkat

    rburkat Been here awhile

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    Hey Matt/Kelly I almost went to that event. I had my bike all prepped but I could not get out of an appt I had on the Monday.

    Having you guys go it's almost like being there! I may just sell my bike now and live through your reports
  5. LittleWan

    LittleWan You can do it!

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    hi Radek!
    we thought about you on the ride, wondering if you would have liked it.
    It seemed like it was too far from BC, but then we met Wendell (he's from the Nelson area)!
    Take a look at the video, there's always next year...



    hi bruceo and trespalacios!
    here you go...






    Day 2
    Saturday, November 30.
    Barstow to Las Vegas
    249 miles







    We got up at 4am again.
    And, we had planned ahead.
    Ordered pizza for dinner the night before so we could have cold pizza for breakfast.
    Not much is open for breakfast at 5am.
    Mmmm. appetizing...

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    Even with planning ahead, we still f’'ed up. :cry
    We took our time getting ready.
    As first timers, we didn'’t realize that people were serious about Day 2.
    We had it in our minds that we only had to get there before 6am.




    When we rolled up, my heart sank.
    There were probably 150-200 riders already lined up.
    Monkey fighter!

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    Poor Wendell. He had been pretty far up there, too.
    But now he had to wait for us.
    Sorry, buddy!

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    We still got out close to 6am, but behind a ton of people.

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    We lost some of them in sand...
    then, in the rocks.

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    There were only 2 times where I had to walk on this ride.
    Here, in these steps (and then later at Red Rock/Rocky Gap).

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    It was hard for me to decide where to go.
    I wanted to be around to help Matt if necessary,
    but also wanted to get out of the way, ASAP.

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    You can see me hiding over on the left side...

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    The guy in the black jacket and grey pants had come all the way over from Australia!
    He’s from Aussie Dirt Rider magazine, I think?
    Super nice guy, we ran into him again later.





    Looking back at Matt
    (oh, there’s rider 502 - hi Tony!)

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    It was loud and crazy in there. I was happy to get back on the bike and get out.

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    I was able to grab a photo here. Isn'’t this cool?
    There were some really neat areas on the LAB2V.

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    This was one of our favorite sections - these sandy roads were sooooo fun.
    Super fast and flowy. :ricky

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    I think this is Afton Canyon? something like that.
    Also sandy, but not quite as fun.
    These washes were pretty deep and chewed up.

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    matt was pissed he forgot to clean the camera for this section. :bluduh
    we managed to get those anti-fog inserts, but this is all dust on the lens.





    As you can see, the sun was also a problem.
    Most of our footage here is crap.
    But, you can see the sand was deep and torn up.
    There were sections of sharp rock, too.

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    It wasn’'t too bad as long as we had room and could keep moving.
    As soon as we slowed down...
    well, you know what happens...:muutt

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    Yep.
    After zero crashes on Day 1, we had 4 on Day 2.
    Two small ones here, and 2 bigger ones later.




    I had been worried about this water crossing, but it was fine.
    As long as you stayed on the left...no wet feet

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    These nice District 37 people were waiting at the second water crossing.
    They were so cool - they cheered when we made it through, it was awesome!
    You’ll be able to see them in our video.
    Thanks, guys!!

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    Did I mention the varied terrain? So many scenic spots on this ride!

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    We had a nice climb on this hill...
    Matt did what he always does - he started to celebrate before we got to the top.
    Luckily, it was fine. He didn'’t jinx us.
    But, in the video you hear us talking about "“keep the cocky in the pocket”" :lol3

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    Once again, I’'m not 100% sure that these images are in the right order. :scratch
    I’'m going by the metadata. hopefully I didn’'t screw that up.

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    I was surprised to see this castle-y thing out here.
    Turns out that is Whiskey Pete’s (we rode past it on the way home)

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    More washes.

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    Some of the Day 2 washes were a thick gravel.
    They were much worse for 2up than regular sand.
    Our weight just makes the front dig in.
    It’'s horrible.


    We had a crash in this wash (looking back at the trail).
    It was back there somewhere...

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    Poor Matt.
    When we crash, I sometimes fly over him.
    This time, I pretty much landed on him. :cry




    We stopped here for a break.
    Matt noticed that we had blown a fork seal.

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    That’'s the trail up ahead.

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    Another pretty spot, further down the trail.
    It reminded me of Death Valley.

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    Getting close to our lunch...

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    more....
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  6. hanksmybuddy

    hanksmybuddy Been here awhile

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    You and Matt are much strong than I. The mere thought of riding with that many people gives me the chills. No way in hell I'd ever sign up for that mass of humanity. Would love to do the ride though....

    Thanks for posting!
  7. LittleWan

    LittleWan You can do it!

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    hey hanksmybuddy!
    yeah, I was worried about the crowds, too - but the conditions were PERFECT.
    no dust!








    Day 2, continued...






    Our next stop was Sandy Valley for lunch (included with the entry fee).

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    Also included was a bit of gas (to insure that everyone could make it to Vegas).

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    I thought the lines were long when we had rolled up, but they got longer...
    This was around 12:15.

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    After gas, everyone had to get a bike wash (to prevent the spread of weed seeds).

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    Now, if we had been smart, we would have just grabbed some water and a cliff bar.
    But, we went in to eat our free lunch (pulled pork sandwich).
    The food was good, but it cost us valuable time and full bellies = slow riders.

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    And the last thing we needed was to feel fat and slow.
    We had another crash after lunch, in a deep gravel wash.
    The front wheel dug in hard and we had a nice snappy highside,
    right down into a pile of rocks.

    Wham!!



    Ugh. :cry

    I should have taken a photo of the hole we dug, but I didn't.






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    So, we tried to do all the hard ways on both days. I think we missed a turn just before Red Rock.
    There was some kind of loop?
    We ran into 3 guys who had just done it and they said we should skip it.
    OK.
    We were in a hurry to get to Red Rock anyway.





    We made it 2up until this point.
    There were a bunch of bikes stopped and I went to take a look.

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    It was a mess.

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    At first it just seemed like people were picking their way through.
    Slow, but the crowd was moving.

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    These guys were great! They were so friendly and helpful.
    The fellow on the left is from SoCal (I think), the gentleman in the middle is the Aussie we saw earlier. Both were all smiles.
    Thanks for your help and for assisting our buddy Wendell!

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    At this point, things came to a stand still.

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    It's kind of dark and hard to see, but guys were just stopped at that incline (top left).

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    See them bunched up there? Engines off. No one was moving.

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    Wendell went to scout it out. He said that there were guys who had been waiting almost an hour.
    Even if we went through the rocks on the left, to get around the the mess on the right,
    there were 2 more bottlenecks further ahead.
    We waited about 30 minutes, then decided to bail.




    It was a bummer, but it didn't matter to me that much.
    Ice and snow covered rocks are no fun on a 990 anyway. We've done it.
    I thought it was more important to get a photo with the showgirls. :rofl





    We turned around and took the easy way to Vegas.
    I think we got in around 4:20

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    There's 1224R, RAZR, and Kieth - hanging out with the showgirls...:evil

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    So, after all that, we still haven't seen our showgirl photo. :bluduh
    Oh well.
    I guess it will be online some day...




    This is what it would look like...

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    Here's one of the girls. They must have been cold! :vardy
    I felt sorry for them by the end of the night.

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    Here's Wendell...:D
    Thanks for being the best ride buddy we could have hoped for! :clap

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    He invited us to go ride the dunes with him for a couple days, but we weren't ready.
    We're going to try and meet up with Wendell this summer. He's got Oso potential. :deal
    Fantastic attitude and the guy really rips!





    Oh yeah, you probably want to see the video. :wink:
    Our LAB2V experience. Days 1&2, the hard ways.
    I know it's long, but you can do it. Just try it, you can always stop.

    It's edited and has music!
    Watch it in HD.










    Norm.
    I have no idea how we lost 3 hrs. :scratch
    Gas, lunch, crashing, waiting at red rock, I suppose.

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    Oh, that time is wrong, too. He's an hour off. I took that at 4:26.





    When we were in Palmdale, a really nice inmate called me out.
    He reads our ride reports and recognized us in street clothes.
    I can't remember his ADV name - "wild - something?"
    Here's his bike, though!

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    I didn't take many photos once we got off the bike.
    Just a few.

    These giant heads in the casino creeped me out!
    We were at The Orleans.

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    Reception hall for the awards dinner.
    We heard that there were 560 riders for both days, plus an extra 100 who just did Day 2.
    It didn't seem like that many people while we were riding, but this room got pretty full.

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    Line of people wanting to check out their trail photos (photos by grumpy)

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    Some girls were selling these memorial stickers. All proceeds to benefit Kurt Caselli's family.
    Kurt was from District 37.

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    In addition to the tee shirts and LAB2V sticker, participants got these belt buckles.
    The detail is amazing! Personalized with rider # on the back, too.

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    So, that's it. I wasn't planning on doing a report, so i missed a lot.
    But we're really glad we did the ride. Much better than staying home and eating turkey.
    A big thank you to the LAB2V organizers and volunteers - this was a really fun event! :clap


    The riding was awesome and we had a great time.
    Challenging for 2up on a big bike, but that's what we wanted.



    The District 37 website is down right now, but try it again later.
    http://district37ama.org/
    Get ready for next year's ride!





    OK, I have a few more pics but they can wait.
    They're just for the Oso crowd.
    Bike work, etc...
    Our bike was running like crap, it kept dying all day. Getting worse and worse.
    By the end, we barely made it into Vegas.
    Matt had a little worky worky ahead of him.

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  8. trespalacios

    trespalacios Oh libertad

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    O-SOme!!
  9. licascurtu

    licascurtu Been here awhile

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    NIce ride Matt/Kelly.
    Looks like more Canadians are joining the OSO crowd:clap Well I should contact Wendell somehow and pick his brain for some rides in his part of BC:deal. I have some other friends in different parts of BC too so we can really put a awesome ride together for next season:evil
  10. dickosaurus

    dickosaurus Geezer Coalition Supporter

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    Cool, Kelly! Loved the video.
    Baggage! :roflI trust he had a big smile on his face when he said that.
  11. licascurtu

    licascurtu Been here awhile

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    holly the video is so cool...miss riding sand and with the OSOS
  12. effensteve

    effensteve Enjoying the ride

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    Rock on guys. I love your reports. Keep em coming:clap
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    Love the report and the addition of the AMA D37 LA B to V. I heard stories during the weekend of a fast two up 990. I thought it might be some Los Osos. Glad you joined the ride this year. The video is great. Thanks for posting.
  14. KTMADV

    KTMADV Hammer Down

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    Matt/Kelly the ride looked like fun. Some of the terrian looked really fast. Glad to see you guys went riding . Very nice belt buckle. Did you each get one?:lol3
  15. RAZR

    RAZR u may run the risks my friend but I do the cutting

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    nice meeting you two (briefly) at LAB2V. :freaky
  16. MTrider16

    MTrider16 Ridin' in MT

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    Awesome video and great riding. :clap

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    Looks like your type of ride, challenging. :D

    Thanks for sharing.
  18. LittleWan

    LittleWan You can do it!

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    Thanks for the nice comments, you guys - glad you enjoyed that!




    Lica - I will get Wendell’'s info to you. He’'s perfect for the Osos.

    haha - yes, dickie - he always said “"Baggage"” with a smile

    Osito - I think 1 belt buckle is enough. We can share.
    If I had my own, I would hurt Matt even more when I crash-land on him. :lol3

    RAZR - nice meeting you, too :D








    LAB2V - the aftermath
    Sunday, December 1





    I had been concerned about the holiday traffic from Vegas to LA.
    It’'s supposed to be brutal.
    The reservation desk said it would only be $39 for a second night, so I booked it.


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    Thank goodness.
    The next morning, I felt like I had been hit by a truck.

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    And, from the sound of it,... Matt felt even worse.




    We really could have done without that highside.
    Most of my problems were just sore muscles and bruises,
    but Matt was really feeling his ribs and knee.
    Maybe we are getting too old for this!


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    The bike wasn'’t doing so well, either.
    It had been cutting out on Day 2 and kept dying.
    Things got worse and worse and by the end, the bike was barely running.
    We were relieved to make it through the finish line.


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    But, the bike work could wait. Refueling came first -
    We started the day with a typical Casino brunch/buffet. :dukegirl

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    While we were there, we ran into the nice guys from Red Rock.

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    They had been so stoked to see the 9x0s on the course, doing the hard ways!
    The Aussie said that they have the 1190 in Oz, and have been testing it off road,
    but it’s just not as good as the 9x0. :nah
    Sad to hear it.
    I don’t know what we’re going to do when our bike dies...


    I hope whoever is "holding" our next 990 for us is taking good care of it.
    Keeping it shiny and clean in their garage...:evil





    Most people had parked their bikes in the back lot,
    but we had found a nice spot up front.
    Wendell and Matt had made a Harley sandwich...

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    Man.
    Got some new scratches on this ride.
    I think we'’re the ugliest Oso now...:cry

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    Hmm. I think that dent is bigger, too.
    It’'s almost time for a new BlackDog skid plate...

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    In order to get back to Palmdale, Matt needed to figure out what was wrong with the bike.

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    He'’s had problems with this connector before.
    If it gets loose the bike will start cutting out.
    The symptoms get worse and worse and the bike eventually dies.

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    Matt took a look and made sure it was snug.




    Or, maybe it was the air cleaner.
    he pulled it.
    Filthy.

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    He also did the 15 minute idle reset.
    Not sure which one of them did the trick (maybe all 3?)
    But the bike was running a lot better now. :D
    Good enough to get back to Palmdale. :thumb





    We said goodbye to Wendell.
    He was going to meet some friends and ride in the dunes for a while.
    He invited us to come with him - he said I could drive the RZR side by side.
    But, we needed to get back home. Thanks for the offer!

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    heh, Wendell made the first steps towards Oso-dom...:wink:
    He taco’d up his rims riding with us.
    Got his first dents!

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    Both sides.

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    Nice meeting you, Wendell!
    We'’ll get you in touch with Lica...






    After a long, cold, boring slab ride - we made it back to Palmdale.

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    As soon as we had hit the dirt on Day 1,
    Matt asked me, "“Did I lock the truck?”"
    Holy crap.
    We assumed that he did, but neither one of us could actually remember. :scratch



    We spent the weekend with that nagging thought in the back of our minds...
    so when we got to Palmdale Supercycles and the truck was still there,
    we were pretty happy. :thumb




    It had been really great having a new 908 for this ride.
    I had seen a thread in Orange Crush and we were able to pick up some 908s for $149 apiece.
    I guess it was some kind of clerical error, but at least we got 3. :D

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    The tire got worked. 400 miles offroad, then slab from Vegas to Palmdale.

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    Got a little rock massage, too.

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    One fork seal blew out completely and the other one is starting to leak.
    Matt has some work to do...

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    But, it was totally worth it.
    yaaaaaaah! Osoooooooo! :clap




    We don't have any pics of ourselves from the ride, but I stole this photo off the LAB2V facebook page.

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    Thanks for reading, you guys!


    :freaky
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  19. MasterMarine

    MasterMarine Long timer

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    Nice! Cool video.

    At the beginning of the 2nd day, I was thinking it was like you were stuck in a desert off road commute while Matt was picking his way thru all the slower riders.

    You guys were flat trucking on the straight runs! I bet a lot of other riders were wondering what just went by them after you passed.

    I like that "What is the problem?" after working your way thru all the little bikes in the snowy ravine. :lol3
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  20. Bob

    Bob Formerly H20Pumper

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    LB2V, great supplement!