SoCal Motography Adventures...(........)

Discussion in 'Ride Reports - Day Trippin'' started by black 8, Jul 12, 2017.

  1. Wierdrider

    Wierdrider Been here awhile

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    I’d rather have bottle in front of me instead of a frontal lobotomy :photog
    Ride on Rudy
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  2. black 8

    black 8 coddiwompling motographer

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    ~ 3 Nov 2019

    Section 4 half completed...

    Made it to the Colosseum Mine... I don’t know why a rider would want to take a heavy bike up a steep rocky hill climb is beyond me :confused... It’s a long climb up there at that... Also dropped the bike again today in a gravel wash, I did not have enough forward momentum and the front wheel went sideways... speed really is your friend in deep sand and gravel... braaaapppppp....

    better work on rock crawling and gravel wash skills, Section 4 has both...
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    I say half completed cuz’ by the time I came down the back side and into Shoshone for gas, it was already 1:30pm and the gps had me arriving at 5:30pm... with DST in effect it would be dark and I did not want to be on the trail after dark...


    instead I chose to eat dinner by campfire in Furnace Creek...
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    I have already ridden Titus Canyon with the KLR and The Racetrack with the Duc.. I’ll be doing just Titus Canyon since I can’t do both due to limited fuel capacity... I’ll visit Aguereberry Point, the Charcoal Kilns, and Ballarat tomorrow...

    :beer

  3. black 8

    black 8 coddiwompling motographer

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    ~ 4 Nov 2019

    Section 5 modified completed...

    I went to Rhyolite before hitting Titus Canyon this morning and met another inmate riding it... Matt, we leaped frogged each other for a while taking photos along the way then met up at Red Pass for a talk... it was nice meeting another inmate on the trail...

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    Some dufus decided to drive a Ford Shelby Mustang and punctured their oil pan coming down Red Pass. Lost all their oil. Have photos but on the camera... It must have been there awhile cuz’ other people were writing messages in the dust on the body...

    Also went to Auguereberry Point...

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    I ended my day with a steak dinner and getting Lobotomized at Panamint Springs...

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    Will be at Lone Pine tomorrow...

    :beer

  4. tjt94

    tjt94 Been here awhile Supporter

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    That Mustang can probably be repaired on the trail with a piece of screen and either Liquid Aluminum or JB Weld. I've done it.
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  5. black 8

    black 8 coddiwompling motographer

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    I hear ya’ but it still has to drive the rest of Titus Cayon...

    As I was exiting Titus I saw a Ford Heavy Duty with a trailer headed for the exit of Titus because that trailer ain’t makin’ it going down Red Pass...
  6. black 8

    black 8 coddiwompling motographer

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    ~ 5 Nov 2019

    Cerro Gordo Fail...

    The day started out well enough getting up at 5:30am to catch the sunrise with my morning coffee at Panamint Spings...

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    The plan was to visit Cerro Gordo Mine... but instead of entering from the Keeler side, I had seen a trail from Saline Valley Rd to White Mountain Talc Rd and finally up to Cerro Gordo Rd.... WRONG! The first two trails were easy enough but Cerro Gordo Rd is more suited for a 4X4 or quad... I dropped the XT twice rock crawling trying to get up there. I was within 3.6 miles of Cerro Gordo but it was the worst - 30 degree incline on loose rock. I said no way and I was low on water so I headed back down towards Lone Pine...

    lubin’ the chain for the next day in Lone Pine...
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    Currently I’m at the Hostel in Lone Pine so I can get laundry done and some good rest for the last two sections. I’ll be doing 7 and 8 together tomorrow then head back home...

  7. Norty01

    Norty01 RIDERCOACH (RETIRED!)

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    Sounds like you’ll be back in time for the Lake Elsinore Gran Prix!
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  8. black 8

    black 8 coddiwompling motographer

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    ~ 6 Nov 2019

    Section 7 and 8 complete, the Southern CABDR is done and done...


    the last of the CABDR dirt before the XT’s tires touches blacktop. I celebrated by calling Mrs. B8...
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    On my way back while refueling in Bishop, I noticed a leak by the rear swing arm. Looks like I blew out my rear monoshock, good thing I’m done...


    :beer
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  9. okiegtrider

    okiegtrider Long timer

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    Great pic. Have enjoyed the ride report. :beer
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  10. eaglescan

    eaglescan Borrego rocks Supporter

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    Well done
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  11. Wierdrider

    Wierdrider Been here awhile

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    Awesome, waiting patiently for the rest of the rr and photos.
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  12. MYUMPH

    MYUMPH 'Ol Timer Supporter

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    ^^^
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  13. Norty01

    Norty01 RIDERCOACH (RETIRED!)

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    Yes, enjoyed your adventure.

    BTW~ Your lat/lan co-ordinates lead to the entrance/exit door of the California Welcome Center in O'side!
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  14. black 8

    black 8 coddiwompling motographer

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    Thanks everyone, detailed ride report follows: HERE
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  15. richard310

    richard310 Meat Popsicle

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    Great report on the DV trip!
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  16. black 8

    black 8 coddiwompling motographer

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    Thanks Richard, I treat these ride reports as a journal for me to recollect later on in life...
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  17. BmoreBandit

    BmoreBandit nomo B

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    Argh! I knew something just slipped by as I've been running around last few weeks.
    Oh well. There is always 52. And a good one first weekend in December (that I will tackle completely unprepared).

  18. richard310

    richard310 Meat Popsicle

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    I do find it fun to look back on old trip/build reports a few years later down the road. It's interesting to see how things progress not just only on your vehicle and setup (I'm coming from a 4x4 background), and where you've been, but also yourself as a person.

    Looking forward to the rest of this CABDR report, as I'm starting to venture into life with two less wheels and less gear.
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  19. black 8

    black 8 coddiwompling motographer

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    ~ 24 Nov 2019

    Monkey Love...

    When I first bought the Honda Monkey, I found the OEM shocks too soft and they would bottom out on uneven surface streets during spirited riding and on my off-road test loop in Ramona. I decided to replace them with adjustable YSS shocks from Thailand vis-a-vis eBay... it took nearly two months to arrive along with the luggage rack... they came from the same seller... I managed to install them this weekend and it was time for a test ride...


    the Monkey is so stealthy that no one bats an eye when I pull up to the beach at Oceanside for a photo... people would come up to me and comment about owning the old Honda Monkey Z-50 back in the day...

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    tiny luggage rack is better than no luggage rack... enough to carry a medium Wolfman Rolie bag with my tent and one liter MSR fuel bottle...
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    It was one of those typical Southern California winter days; sunny with a high of 68... :jkam

    I decided to roll south on S. Pacific Street and other auxiliary streets because of their broken and uneven surfaces. I wanted to feel the dampening on the new rear shocks... I was surprised at how well these worked when compared to the OEM shocks. I brought the adjustment tool so I could fine tune them on the fly but I was satisfied with the factory setting as-is... for now...


    looking north from Carlsbad State Beach...
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  20. black 8

    black 8 coddiwompling motographer

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    it's been a while since I rode along the Coast Highway... one of these days I'll have to take it all the way to San Diego for some city riding downtown...
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    I had plans to upgrade the fork springs on the Monkey to Ohlins' FDK 107 Fork Cartridge Kit but I'll likely just go from 10W to a heavier 15W... the heavier oil weight worked so well on the XT250 that I'll try that first... With the addition of the adjustable rear shocks and luggage rack, the Monkey is cleared for longer adventures in the coming new year..

    :beer
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