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. redog1

    redog1 KTM 690R

    Sep 4, 2009
    Magalia, CA./ Butte & Siskiyou C.
    I was doing good until you got to the hard part then I got a little QUEASY!
    Awesome job, :bow:bow:bow. HUGE huevos!!!:lol3 Creeks crossings in the dark are a little un-nerving also. :huh
  2. dickosaurus

    dickosaurus Geezer Coalition Supporter

    Jul 7, 2006
    Lone Rabbit, Oklahoma
    Whew! After watching that video, I thought I was going to have to get my wife to bring me some muscle relaxers so I could unpucker the seat springs but eventually...........
    You guys are amazing.
  3. bpep

    bpep n00b

    Nov 27, 2007
    Wow , what a top notch ride report, thanks for sharing it.
    I notice most of the 990's are not using crash bars and are on tipped over a lot .
    Do they ever damage the under side of there fuel tanks etc. ? I use Crash Bars on my 990 but they are a pain to remove/install for maintenance etc. Not to mention a trail side repair.
    Thanks in advance.
  4. PDX Alamo

    PDX Alamo Been here awhile

    May 18, 2012
    Portland, OR
    The legend of the Wan grows, as always an epic report.
  5. Ladybug

    Ladybug Bug Sister Supporter

    Nov 6, 2005
    Spokane Valley, WA (the dry side of the mountains)
    Holy mudbath and scary riding batman - - - - The whole group of you are some tough riders! It just keeps getting better and better.

    I just made it back from AK last night and had to read this report before I even put away my gear. It's still piled in the middle of my living room. Make Kelly your favorite, she's a bad influence. :D I'm caught up now. :evil

    This picture is cool. I like the foggy appearance and the rider with the the flowers. There is just something about it that speaks to me.

    Now about that ADV salute all those pages ago :huh With the big grins on both your faces it sure doesn't look like you are flipping off the camera saying F#$% you, it looks like you are saying - hey look at this we have middle fingers and we see people on ADV showing off their middle fingers so we will too. :rofl

    Kelly you are so awesome!!! You are such a big piece of these rides and you jump right in there an wallow in the mud with the guys. :lol3

    Looking forward to more. :clap

    RACINGTHESUN Been here awhile

    Jun 5, 2013
    On the Flatirons
    Again! You are so knocking it out of the ball park with your RR. Can also see Matt has not lost any of his 2up pilot skills:clap
  7. Questor

    Questor More Undestructable

    Oct 8, 2005
    Thousand Oaks, CA.
    I knew this update to the ride report would be happening, so when I woke up in the middle of the night due to my insomnia, I had something to look forward to. :D

    Great work guys!
    Matt - You're an amazing rider.
    Kelly - You're an amazing rider and ride reporter.
    Radek and the rest of you, you're all pretty cool too!
    I'm honored to be your friend.

  8. FiestyRed

    FiestyRed Better hang on!

    Sep 28, 2012
    Southwest Sandbox
    Holy crap! :eek1

    We were up near Gunnison and Crested Butte about a week before you were up there, and we were constantly rained on, too. However, we avoided most of mud and decided to take the asphalt (Hwy 550 though, still quite pretty!) and abandoned plans to try some of those passes. A big fully-loaded GS does not quite handle as well as a smaller off-road-geared bike in slick situations.

    But wow! I am impressed - and terrified! - that you all did that in the dark and wet conditions. I would have needed several beers to calm my nerves if I had been there! :p3rry

    Please keep writing, it is so much better than anything on TV! :D

  9. jglow

    jglow Two wheeled traveler

    Dec 26, 2008
    Lowry Crossing, TX
    Up Schofield Pass at night in the rain :eek1... Oso Epic :clap:clap:clap.

    Things typically don't look as gnarly in the vids as they were in real life, so I can only imagine how scary that really was for y'all, because the vid freaked me out :eek1.

    +1 Team Oso Outstanding Job :thumb!

  10. akaDigger

    akaDigger Amateur Adventurer

    Feb 10, 2013
    Evansville, Indiana
    That's a fact! And it looked GNARLY LOCO in the vids. The heavy breathing added tremendous effect!
  11. licascurtu

    licascurtu Been here awhile

    Dec 13, 2011
    Vancouver BC
    Just bought a new 990 baja and first thing I did to it was side stand relocate and second removed the shinny orange crashbars. You are right....they are a pain to take off after some crushes and I dropped my old bike very hard, without them and nothing happened... It just added character to the bike ;)

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  12. licascurtu

    licascurtu Been here awhile

    Dec 13, 2011
    Vancouver BC
    Kelly you are doing such a good job with the report I'm on it like Bartek on a taco and so is my Mom and my friends. I guess when I try to explain them how it was I get too exited and I start screaming ;) Now they understand for the first time what happened. Thanks so much and I hope we'll put a ride together in British Columbia soon. I know some places :rolleyes:

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  13. gagnaou

    gagnaou Long timer

    Jan 29, 2004
    FLint Hills
    This is an awesome read, thanks for sharing
  14. bemiiten

    bemiiten League of Adventures

    Jul 10, 2003
    Hamilton NJ.
    Just one jaw dropping ride report after another! :clap
  15. sgio

    sgio Been here awhile

    Nov 20, 2011
    Upstate NY
    Thanks for the most entertaining ride report! I am along for the rest of this one. :clap:clap:clap
  16. B-Rod

    B-Rod RubberNecker

    Jul 28, 2007
    Good Lord! I just watched the video. I've still got the leans! Awesome report.
  17. Bgunn

    Bgunn Posible maƱana

    Apr 7, 2004
    Rockford.Wa - Yuma.Az
    And still in one piece :eek1 :thumb Thanks for all the hard work.
  18. Just Paul

    Just Paul Pro Cat Herder

    Feb 7, 2007
    Pleasanton, Ca
    uggg that video made me cringe

    Glad everyone made it out ok
  19. zeegman

    zeegman Been here awhile

    Sep 14, 2007
    Coquitlam, BC, Canada
    You guys are all amazing!!
    A real cliffhanger.:eek1

    Radek, I was having the same overheating problems as you for many months and replaced water pump, thermostat, thermoswitch, rad cap, and burped a few times.

    My problem was a frayed fan wire, fan would come on very weakly or not at all. Need to make sure fan wires do not move around. New fan fixed it.

    On with the craziness!

  20. LittleWan

    LittleWan You can do it!

    Aug 21, 2009
    up on the pegs, in CA
    Oh hai! :wave
    I hope everyone had a fun weekend. I know I did.
    Wow, thanks for all the nice comments! :shog
    I'm really glad you guys enjoyed Schofield. :D

    I know you've been waiting for more RR,
    so I'll start with Pearl Pass and then we'll talk about crash bars and stuff afterwards, okay?

    Day 5: 8/5/13
    goofing off around Gunnison 119 miles

    Matt and I had planned out a brutal 2 week ride for these guys.
    Long, hard, days of dirt - sometimes tough due to mileage covered, other times tough due to technical riding.


    Of course, this schedule had been dependent on:
    1 - good weather
    2 - flawlessly running bikes
    3 - unhurt riders

    Since we had none of the above :huh, it was time to re-evaluate.
    Our Day 5 itinerary had called for Pearl Pass, some single track (with luggage), and a night of camping.

    Probably not the best plan.
    Bartek was in pain, Lica's knee was hurting, and Scott was having back problems...


    The Rodeway Inn was nice, so we decided to stay another night.


    Breakfast was included, and it wasn't bad.
    Not the most flattering photo, but it was perfectly adequate grub.


    Osito had been our roomie for the night.
    Everyone said he snores like crazy, but he was fine.
    Quiet as a little mouse. :lol3


    Everyone was still pretty tired from yesterday. :bore
    We laughed about the craziness.
    Remember this?
    Ugh, digging his bike out with his hands!!


    Scott said that on the rainy ride to Gunnison,
    he kept trying to wipe his faceshield, but all he did was smear mud all over it. :rofl


    El Bartek had his own faceshield issues...


    Yuck! How do people ride without helmets??


    I took some tire pics...
    Our Scorpion Rally front.


    And rear. 1400 miles at this point.


    Scott's 908


    Lica's 908


    Osito's 908


    Radek's 908


    Radek really loves this tire. No, you're not hearing me.
    He LOVES it...:raabia


    :smooch:clap :lol3

    Bartek, on the other hand, was not loving his TKC80.
    Not one bit. :jerko


    Considering that he had been carrying a nice new 908 in yesterday's mud...:huh
    Time to change that. :nod


    After his 5 flats on the Baja Wan-Thousand, Bartek is pretty fast now. :wink:
    He gave us a demo of his new tools...


    Motion Pro bead breaker and lever set. He raves about them.


    They worked great! :thumb


    And, they are easier to carry than a bunch of Osos. :lol3


    Aw, did you see Bartek's brand-new rim? This was his very first ride on it!
    First taco of the taco tour...:cry


    I heard he had a matching one on the front rim, too... Aw, Bartek! :2cry

    Osito had an interesting tip for lubing up the new tire...


    Banana peel! Great idea for the trail. :D (assuming
    you like bananas, of course!)


    All the mud on the radiators wasn't going to help the bikes run better...
    So, the guys went to a car wash and I got to catch up in my journal.
    When Matt came back with a clean bike, I found a good spot for our Fineline sticker!
    it covers up some scratches. :lol3


    Some of the group had done a little shopping, too...
    Scott stopped at one of the bike shops to look for new brake pads.
    he ended up with new pants instead.


    He came back with some tidbits of info, too.
    Apparently the guy at the bike shop heard that we wanted to do Pearl Pass.
    He said, forget it - you can't to Pearl on those big bikes. :nah
    You'll just wreck your bikes.

    Matt and I still wanted to do it - Pearl was on the list and we were going to see it, dammit. :deal

    We didn't have many takers, though.
    Osito was worn out from Schofield and we didn't blame him at all.
    Bartek and Lica were injured, and Scott didn't want to aggravate his back.
    (the guys claimed that they were just going to take it easy today. They lied, but we will get to that later...)

    So, that left us, and the Canimal.
    Radek is always up for anything - plus, he had definitely had the easiest time out of everyone on Schofield.
    amazing Oso Grande!!

    But when he realized that it was just going to be him and us Wans...
    Only three 2 and a half Osos? :huh Hmmm.
    Radek packed his block and tackle. :lol3


    I wasn't anxious to put on my wet boots, but this had been a slow morning.
    They had spent some time in front of the heater...


    Crap. They were still moist inside... :puke1


    Pearl Pass, here we come!


    As we were driving through Gunnison, we spied the Klim van.
    I said to matt, "Hey, is that Mark?" :scratch


    It was!
    With his wife, Rose. :D


    We had all met (Radek, too) last year at the Klim rally!


    What a small world!

    After a brief chat, we were on our way to the trail...

    It had been clear and sunny all morning.
    Maybe our luck with the weather had changed!


    Heading towards the pass.



    Hmm. Then again...:uhoh


    Looks like we had timed it perfectly - we'd be riding in the rain. :bluduh
    When Matt and I were planning, we kept reminding each other that we had to get up to the passes early,
    so we wouldn't get caught in the afternoon thunderstorms...
    Stupid is as stupid does. :rolleyes



    Flowers for Ladybug!
    We actually saw lots of pretty wildflowers in Colorado, but didn't get many pics.


    Maybe because it was always raining. :lol3


    Blurry. You're used to that by now, right?


    It didn't stop us from having a fantastic ride, though!


    We were loving it! :clap



    Going up Pearl Pass was awesome! :wings
    What a kickass ride! So much fun.
    Radek shot some nice video - he's so cool about filming us.

    Matt and I want to thank Radek for being so patient.
    We ride at a decent pace, but we're slower than he is.
    Radek always sacrifices his own ride to get footage of us. Gracias, Oso Negro! :bow

    HD if you want - lots of rocks!


    It's hard for Matt to return the favor (filming), 2up.
    The schoolbus is just too slow and cumbersome. :cry
    But he tried to make it up to Radek in Moab (on their solo adventures. :evil)

    (You'll have to wait for Day 10 for that footage :deal)

    So, we had made it UP Pearl Pass.
    But, we had gone the easy way.
    Apparently, going down the backside was going to be much tougher...

    you know who!