Training with a South American Pro Motocrosser...

Discussion in 'Ride Reports - Epic Rides' started by inte, Dec 5, 2006.

  1. inte

    inte neophyte serendipity

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    ...in the desert means you do a lot of this...


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    uploading pics now...
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  2. inte

    inte neophyte serendipity

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    So a friend of mine who happens to be an ex-pro motocross rider from Argentina calls up & wants to head out to the desert ... alrightythen!


    ~48 hours later...

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    The plan was to ride a gnarly trail I hadn't been on in about a year or so. Trick would be remembering where it was as I wasn't able to find any sort of GPS tracks from a previous ride ... the first hour or so was a blissful ride, completely lost, through the absolutely empty desert.

    Getting lost has its rewards though ... stumbled across some mines I hadn't been to before out there.


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    The goal was to ride from Cougar Buttes to Slash-X & back. A ride I've done a few times & never covered exactly the same route. Though I did remember the [very obscure] turn for what is by far the best part of the ride IMO... :ricky ... won't be forgetting that one you can be sure...


    In spite of the navigation adventures, we were holding a very good pace & ended up rolling into Slash-X far earlier than one would have thought.

    None too soon as there was some repair work on the Honda to be done...


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  3. inte

    inte neophyte serendipity

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    Somehow a rock had got kicked up & fit perfectly between the brake lever & clutch cover ... cracking a hole in it & spewing out who knows how much oil.

    ...and we just happened to discover this at the part of the ride where we were furthest form the truck we would be that day.

    Ah well... no worries, I was carrying a couple MSR fuel bottles - used a bit of that gas to clean the area up & out came the QuickSteel...


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    We took a brief break & let the stuff set up proper ... fired it up & checked the oil.

    Quite a bit had been lost, but it still wasn't below the "low" mark - if the repair holds, all's well...


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    Leo decided to test out the repair with some jumps on a little culvert.


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    I found out even small jumps can use up quite a bit of the suspension...


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    ...AND so did Leo...


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    What would really test the repair was some of the "go-arounds" we had to do ... these were what seemed to kick up the most rocks & such...


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    All this & the fun stuff was to come...
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  4. inte

    inte neophyte serendipity

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    Following the go around it was back to the sandy trails...


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    ...and headed to the rocky ones!


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    And the rider...?


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    The headless KTMer...


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  5. inte

    inte neophyte serendipity

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    This trail led around to a really fun singletrack I'd done before - but weather & such being what it is ... there were a couple gnarly spots that just got more gna.... more fun.

    No pics of that trail, other than the entrance:


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    So far so good with this new ride. Still less than 7 hours into it - but it's been a good 6.something hours. Got this ride, a race, and today's ride in so far.



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    Coming later this week (if all goes as planned) photos of a world-champ trials rider flying over from Europe for a SoCal event!
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  6. wachs

    wachs just passin' through

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    still a cool shot
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  7. GA. DUALSPORT WANTAB

    GA. DUALSPORT WANTAB Long timer

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    I always enjoy an Inte ride report.:clap Wish I lived a little closer. I would love to ride some of this stuff.:D
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  8. GB

    GB . Administrator Super Moderator Super Supporter

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    Beautiful!! Looks like you learned your lessons well... and the inventor of JB Weld should get a Nobel prize for saving the day for many a rider! :thumb
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  9. neduro

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    Looks like a fun ride!

    Now it's going to be a real PITA to replace that clutch cover though, since you JB Welded over the bolts... :lol3
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  10. kampton

    kampton Can't sit still...

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    You only make me wish I rode more my friend! Looks like a fun weekend! Can't wait for the "fire road" Baja loop next weekend. :D
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  11. Brit Abroad

    Brit Abroad Smooth Operator

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    I remember that!

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    That's certainly a cool area to ride, open desert between rocky areas with real technical trails.
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  12. inte

    inte neophyte serendipity

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    Holes in the ground...


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    And riding away from them...


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    inte neophyte serendipity

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    It makes really good locktite :thumb.


    Issue was, looked like there was a crack that extended really close to that bolt - possibly under it. Chose a PITA bolt removal over the chance of losing any more oil later on... Lesser of two moto-evils.
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  14. inte

    inte neophyte serendipity

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    We didn't even hit the really technical spot I was aiming for... next time!
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    Odysseus Stoic Philosopher

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    Fun report, thanks! I have made a mental note to add JB Weld to my offroad survivial kit.
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  16. inte

    inte neophyte serendipity

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    I'm actually a fan of "QuickSteel". JB Weld would probably work as well, but this stuff seems to always to do the trick.

    Between the plastique-esque stick of quicksteel, red MSR fuel bottles, and remote desert location, we were growing concerned that homeland security was going to swoop down on us...
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  17. Beez

    Beez Given to fly

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    No photos of the Slash X?? :cry I used to hit that place all the time when i lived in SoCal.

    Great report as usual inte.
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  18. Odysseus

    Odysseus Stoic Philosopher

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    Thanks! I'll look for Quicksteel.


    :lol3 Don't want them black helicopters swooping down on you in the desert, especially when you're with a damn "foreigner" :lol3
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  19. inte

    inte neophyte serendipity

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    Here y'go:

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    More photos of that ride.
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  20. Walker Sky Ranch

    Walker Sky Ranch Riderdown.org

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    UMMM that trail looks very familiar!!
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