The Geezer Factor

Discussion in 'Ride Reports - Day Trippin'' started by Metalcarver, Apr 2, 2019.

  1. Metalcarver

    Metalcarver Geezer Berserker Supporter

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    Not to get all preachy but I would bet if I were allowed to view your bike barn I would note that there are no sidecars at all. :dirtdog I mean, have you ever actually sold a motorcycle? In the last 30 years or so? One of them could get hacked.

    I go through sand and rocks and rain grooves on my sidecar outfit(s) that if I were to go there on my vstrom the police report would have read "involuntary suicide". Even if I got fixed back to pre-stroke I would still stay with the sidecar. I do really stupid shit like when I was a teenager and get away with it.

    You could get another hog, Road King say , you can put lots of sidecars on them, bolt on Baker reverse, and carry a cabin tent. And cooler. And cot. And barbeque. Maybe lawn chair is too much. Just sayin.
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  2. Ladybug

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    Point taken . . . . :D
  3. Metalcarver

    Metalcarver Geezer Berserker Supporter

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    However, your query as to doing a pre ride. Well hell yes. I guess I'll just build a public library so people could download what they liked. The stretch from LaPine to John Day to McDermitt looks kind of epic on it's own. Then the Owyhee desert crossing. Probably most of the tracks have been run by other inmates but they haven't connected the dots. The weather could turn every one of them into shitters.
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  4. Metalcarver

    Metalcarver Geezer Berserker Supporter

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    After trying to get this route off the ground last year all sneaky like I realize it's kind of on the big side of life. Prolly more than I can chew up on my own. There's only going to be August through October that you could do it in one go. August and September could be pretty miserable in Death Valley. The route goes right up the middle of DV. Skyline drive in Utah gets up to almost 11,000 ft. and the banks don't clear until first week of August. So if it gets done, it will probably be in chapters.The online version of Google Earth is pretty easy to use and I'll put together a single track for the whole sucker so you can explore 3d without the computer rituals.
  5. Metalcarver

    Metalcarver Geezer Berserker Supporter

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    Um, ... here I go again. One of the first things they teach you in sidecar school is that you DON'T put your feet on the ground.
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  6. Ladybug

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    I don't have enough mechanical skills to own a Ural.
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  7. Metalcarver

    Metalcarver Geezer Berserker Supporter

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    Oh no!. Is not mechanical skill. Is art.

    Evil art.

    For first Lesson. HERE
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    Stovebolt Team Ruptured Buzzard

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    This is why they call it the GREAT Basin....

    Are you going to set up a SPOTWALLA-cast?

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    Outline of the Great Basin

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  9. Metalcarver

    Metalcarver Geezer Berserker Supporter

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    Great Basin drainage outline kmz

    note: this is in the form of a GE polygon and I don't think you can view it in the online version, the kmz files seem to be viewable in the online version (GE) . The 3d graphics are worth the clunky user interface.


    Western gas stations

    This should be useful for everybody and I would like to include any middle of nowhere gas stations anyone might kinow of.



    Great Basin Roads

    And this is the library of kmz files I built the trail from. About 5Mb of Google Earth files. Useful for those looking for new places to haunt.

    To convert kml (kmz is the compressed version of kml) to GPX try:
    Gpx2kml.com

    KMZ to KML Converter Online

    And gotta come up with a new name. Fremont Trail is taken. Goes across the Fremont Forest.

    And it doesn't go ALL the way around the Great Basin because I cut off Mexicali and the Salton Sea. I cut straight across on the powerline road to Death Valley which is probably enough hell for one trip. The paved route actually is closer to the drainage outline.

    Why?

    um... thinking ...
  10. Metalcarver

    Metalcarver Geezer Berserker Supporter

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    The benefits of living in a rain shadow...

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  11. dammitdave

    dammitdave Long timer

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    Nice pics Metalcarver. I was in PA today and it was sitting under a blue hole in bright winter sun. Wished I had ridden the bike over. dd
  12. Metalcarver

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    Another in the list of people I am bound to meet

    Head on.

    At speed.
  13. Metalcarver

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    Oldschoolrocker a.k.a. EZE Supporter

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    Hahaha!! Good one! HAPPY HOLIDAYS!
  15. Metalcarver

    Metalcarver Geezer Berserker Supporter

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    Doin the Blue Spot Boogie on the Cline Spit!
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    Happy New Year!

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    Getting to like this rain shadow stuff.
  16. Mcgee

    Mcgee Been here awhile Supporter

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    Your bike is looking great! Nice set up. I was at the Cline spit a couple of days ago catching a bit of good weather myself. Happy New Year!
  17. Metalcarver

    Metalcarver Geezer Berserker Supporter

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    Cabin Fever = time on my hands so I made a little slide show of my last 10k or so miles on the Ural and the Honda.

    "I've been left for dead before but I still fight on,
    Don't wait up, leave the light on.
    I'll be home soon." Chris Smither

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    That was excellent. All good, my favorite might be at 1.59, cheers
  19. Metalcarver

    Metalcarver Geezer Berserker Supporter

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    Well thank you. That was a view on top of the Gravelly Range in SW Montana.
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  20. Ladybug

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    Terrific slide show, you even have a shot of the Superbug:pynd on Gravely Range. That was an awesome ride and I'm looking forward to this years VBOM.