...so the X3 Mexico prerun was SUPPOSED to be an uneventful ride...

Discussion in 'Ride Reports - Epic Rides' started by inte, Jun 26, 2006.

  1. inte

    inte neophyte serendipity

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    In recent rides, Dustjunkie & I have got ourselves into a fair share of interesting situations ….


    ”4 bikes left, 2 returned…(“figure it out” #1)”

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    “figure it out #2“

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    Two weeks ago, the ride went really great...


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    The question following each ride, either spoken or not, is something to the effect of “after this … what else could happen…”

    Apparently … it ain’t an adventure until you need to find an arc welder in Mexico for your BMW an hour from the nearest town …


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    …but it’s 2am & I’ve been riding & driving all day, so the adventure will begin probably sometime tomorrow…
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  2. GB

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    Beautiful :thumb

    So, what broke?
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  3. inte

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    The plan was to ride out from Valle de Guadelupe & find a route that connected over to Ojos without having to go through Ensenada. This is easily done on a mountain bike, but locked gates prevent bikes & cars from following the old race course that way.

    Our last prerun went great, but day 2 was a little long & we figured it would be good to try & find some shorter/mellower options for the X3 ride … just in case.

    We did find a road that connected from just outside Testerazo over to Compadre & down toward Ojos.


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    …but not before having to turn around & backtrack several times.


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    We passed several beautiful, quaint ranches … then came across this out off Compadre…


    This thing was MASSIVE:

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    The riding was absolutely amazing … expecting triple-digit temps, we were instead greeted with overcast conditions & mildly warm breezes … throw in a bit of rain to take out some of the dust & it all made for a nifty day :D

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    The wind even joined in by blowing the restroom sign off a gas station wall & sticking it to DJ’s GS :lol3 (one of those guys has pics I think….)


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    We followed Compadre & were going to skip Ojos & hook up with the racecourse, but when a reserve light came on we opted to head into Ojos & gas up. From there did about 5-10 miles of slab & jumped back onto the dirt up into the Pine forests … following trails & racecourse over to Independencia, then another pavement run of about 15 miles to Trinidad, then on the road to Mike’s.

    Mike’s road offers a few fun options :D


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    …like the option DJ is point to …


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    He decided to hit it again, sans “option”…


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    Better.


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    Then it was Flyingo’s turn…


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    Flames.


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    The “option”:


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    Following our extremely brief photo stint, we were back on the road. I took off ahead & stopped a few miles up at the trailhead to one of the many tight singletracks that line this place.

    Waited … waited … waaaaaaaited.



    This is a longer wait than usual.


    Back on the bike & back down the hill to see what happened.


    Something had indeed happened.


    UP NEXT…
    What happened.
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    Caffeind Team Piggly Wiggly

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    Its good to see Dave got that thing back together. But, it seems to be run'n a lill hot. (I hade to be the first to say it)
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    sandiegoland Adventure Boy®

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    :thumbup Love the monochrome/sepiatone style photos for the "historics"

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    Return to standing by patiently for more adventure.
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  8. inte

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    What happened was …


    MycamperclippedaphonelinethatwasthemainlinefortheschoolwhereIwasstayingsoJakeclimbedupontotheroof&fixedthelinethenweslowlybackedthetruckupalongthewire&Jakeziptiedittoapowerlineforbettersupporttomakeitbetterthanitwas.


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    Actually, that did happen, but it wasn’t as significant as what happened back on the trail. Apparently while I was waiting at the trailhead, flyingo & DJ were following after when the GS just decided to stop rolling forward.


    :scratch


    Put the bike in 1st, roll the throttle on, and the telelever produced the horrifying strains of final drive failure.

    From this in the US…


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    To this in Mexico…



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    Fortunately, this happened within two miles of Mike’s … I don’t know if they could have survived a tow of any more distance that that :lol3


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    Then it was time to get to work…
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  9. inte

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    The diagnosis begins…


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    Indeed, the final drive was toast.


    As usual, time to figure it out…


    Well … we could fuse it.


    Bolt or weld?


    Turns out there’s an arc machine in the shed down the hill & David who happened to be at Mike’s that day does this for a living…


    Awesome…


    Now for parts.


    We need a sleeve of some sort to connect the two shafts.


    Let’s check the shop…


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    Then we came across a BMW parts bin!


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    …and the very part!


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    Now to attach the thing.


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    More heat…


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    DJ was helping with the process holding the driveshaft until the back of his head contacting the frame reminded him that arc welding involves electricity.

    LOTS of electricity.


    Nonetheless, the work continued, burning BMW & all…


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    …and finally, the EUREKA! moment…


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    It was all together & looked very clean!! …at least in the dark. We were all very tired & decided to go hit pool … Dave meanwhile didn’t even make it to the room:


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  10. inte

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    The next morning we learned that this place really is the pot ‘o gold at the end of the rainbow…


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    Gathered up the motorcycle parts…


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    Checked on the previous night’s casualties…


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    Then went to see the new direct-drive GS!!!


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    It looked SO clean…


    The drive lined up nice…


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    It was all going together …


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    BUT…

    The tolerances inside the “swingarm” were such that the sleeve didn’t allow enough lateral movement…



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    No matter how much bashing we tried…


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    It wasn’t going in without some SERIOUS grinding of something…


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    Meanwhile Dave was playing, so I shot a quick sequence…



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    Mike was heading back to TJ with a load of people in the Van, so instead of riding 2-up down the hill, Dustjunkie hitched a ride with them, but not before parking the bike…



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    And getting a flat himself…


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    While my 950 watched from above…


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  11. inte

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    As we thought the van ride down would be much slower for DJ than us on the bikes, Dave & I went swimming for a bit, then took the singletrack down.


    It’s a very tight trail in spots … the trees stripped off a mirror & blinker from my bike. Nothing broken, just pop both back on…


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    Met some local riders at the gas station in Ojos (notice missing bathroom sign on building – this blew off & got stuck to DJ’s bike the day before)


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    We finally met DJ where he had been dropped off at the 1/3 intersection just north of Sauzal:


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    Food stop in Guadelupe:



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    & the adventure drew to a conclusion…



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    STAY TUNED…
    The rescue/retrieval mission is in the planning stages…




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  12. salcar

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    :clap talked to DJ this morning and i guess he will not take the pig trail riding anymore... this thread brings back too many memories - i hope the rescue mission goes well.

    I also got myself into trouble in mexico even without you guys. i'll try to have a thread up soon. here are some teasers

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  13. inte

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    NICENICENICE! Apparently Mexico was all about German elimination this weekend.

    Based on those pics, that's some serious stuff ... I'll be watching for the thread!
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  14. inte

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    Hope I answered the question :D



    Tks ... seems to lend to the "storytelling" aspect.
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    Perhaps only in mexico...

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    Front page pic right there!
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    +1!! Wow, what an ordeal! And here I thought It was "really sumthin'" when i replaced my buddies o-ring chain roadside!!:lol3
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    Inte, you kill me with the fantastic photos.
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  19. inte

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    Thanks ... I was pleasantly surprised as well because I had to shoot the welding photos blind.
    Had I been looking through the camera at the scene when shooting I would have ended up ... well, blind.
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  20. Zen Slug

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    Jake,

    Your bike has some bad Baja juju... last year it was the clutch, now the final drive. The whole thing kind of reminds me of what that guy asked Javarilla when he was entering his 1150 in the Little Bear enduro race: "What you want to ride that bike in this race for... don't you like it?":lol3
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