L. A. ADVenture Rides

Discussion in 'West – California, the desert southwest and whatev' started by NSFW, Mar 5, 2008.

  1. NSFW

    NSFW basecamp4adv

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    ok chris, you made the list. thought you were a "maybe" since you indicated not being able to be away for 6 days.

    in addition, we have lots of maybees.

    it should only take us 1 day (wed) to get home.

    i have 3 rooms reserved, all them are now spoken for.

    ersin and rich booked separately.
  2. browneye

    browneye PIN IT & BANG GEARS

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    Thanks Joel. I'll figure out the days or head home Tues. What the hell, I have a lot of vacation days.

    Eric emailed me about booking a room for Friday night, so that's cool.

    Can't wait!!

    Now if I just had that new super tenere... :ricky



    EDIT: Speaking of bikes, I have to decide which bike to take. Not real excited about riding all that way on the freeway on the husky, but if the 'shortcut' is some dirt then it could work out. Plus if there's a lot of offroading up there then it would be the best choice. Otherwise, the Versys munches hiway miles like crazy, but forget about the sandwashes. Whaddya all think??? Some of you have seen me along on both, so give me your best suggestion. Thanks!
  3. Sasquatch2112

    Sasquatch2112 Old, slow, fat guy just riding around.

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    Just test rode one. To me it fits in the KTM 990 - BMW GS class. pluses and minues between each of the bikes.

    If I was buying another bike in the class it is certainly a worthy choice.

    I did not get to ride in the dirt, jsut a street ride. OBTW, take the touring mode off the bike it is meh. The sport mode, :clap.
  4. toast

    toast Been here awhile

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    Great ride reports!
    Been so busy at work, gonna have pics up tonight with some vids following soon after.
  5. browneye

    browneye PIN IT & BANG GEARS

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    Yeah, it's a pipe dream right now. But I sure like them. I'm really thinking it would be great for 2-up and they are very popular for that. Probably too much bike for me. :waysad
    Maybe I'll have to try one out huh? :pot
  6. Sasquatch2112

    Sasquatch2112 Old, slow, fat guy just riding around.

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    Have you ridden a GS? They are that kind of tall unless you can shorten them up. I would offer my up this weeknd but I now have the couch mounted (RDL)
  7. FYYFF

    FYYFF Forever young...

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    Tony, please don't embarrass me too much... :rofl
  8. toast

    toast Been here awhile

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    Ride Report Day 1:
    I wasn't following the beloved forum, was all caught up in other things. Since my little bike wasn't ready I was counting myself out until Nowwhat said some other big bikes were coming so I invited myself at the last minute. Coffee at 5:40 and we are off. We ran into a road closure situation which made us a bit late and shortened ride prep time. Everybody knows I take a few extra minutes to get ready.......
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    I had a panic situation as my riding gloves were left in the garage (backup pair as well). Sito hooked it up with the exact pair of gloves that I use and they were my size! :getiton
    First stop is at the start of the sand wash.
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    The SE had only 2 rides on the front 606 which was very helpfull. The rear 908 already had 2 days of DV on it and was totally done by the end of this ride. 4 days for a 908??
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    TBarstow was the man! IRONMAN!
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    So Sito goes by in the sand doing a good clip and rolls this obstacle for fun. I had the video camera running then here comes FYYFF on the Adventure.....
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    We got her up and going and then one more nap. Bike went down not from a lack of courage as I recall that throttle was pretty open. May have been then the 100 pounds of gear on her.
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    We waited ahead for JohnGil as he provided some assistance to getting the bike bikes out of the sand. John is a stand up guy who is usually sweeping and really cares about everyone's safety.
    The sandwash was pretty wide at times and we lost the leaders for a bit but that didn't stop us from taking a few minutes in some sand dunes. Tom and Sito loving the sand.
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    Spafixer (yes the videos are coming)
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    My first "incident" was a full on bar swapping (somehow kept her up) as I came down this sandy hill. My first time in dunes on the SE.
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    Note to self: If the SE speed drops in this type of sand, it will swallow the front wheel.
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    Sito's twin brother rode with ustoday (the real Sito doesn't like sand, I have proof) and loved the sand!
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    Tom
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    And then came the flats. This was a first for me, we had 2 flats at one time. So I guess it only really counts as 1 stop for a flat. There were a lot of us around to assist.
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    A stop at Baker for food, the food was really good.
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    This is the only time I saw Riddler990's bike on the ground. Just fell over by itself...
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    Nowwhat was the only one who had a no-question excuse for his flat tire....we are guessing everyone else should have ran a couple more PSI. This nail somehow punctured his FAST spinning brand new rear tire.
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    This ride was beautiful and memorable.
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    Second day was a trimmed down group of riders eager to make it back at a decent hour. This is one of the rare 1 minute stops on the way home.
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    Lunch at DelTaco, Sito's lips were lubed for the hot dry trip home.
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    We hit the 15 at 12:30pm and that was that. A great weekend of riding. I really want to thank Nowwhat for giving up his king size non-smoking room for twin beds that smelled like ashtrays and for graciously driving. You are a man among men.
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    Toast
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  9. El Zorrillo

    El Zorrillo charity case

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    i didn't know you took many pics, unless you were doing screen grabs with your go pro. i hope you got some video of the (real) mojave trail, that was a fun part of the ride.

    looking forward to it!
  10. El Zorrillo

    El Zorrillo charity case

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    looks like i posted 3 minutes too late. :lol3
  11. Nowwhat

    Nowwhat I'll Go Second...

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    Great pics as always toast...never even noticed you taking pics....the vid is gonna be great....it was really a good adventure.
  12. M1Jeep

    M1Jeep Long timer

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    Fantastic pics Tony (and Jon, and Ersin):clap
  13. browneye

    browneye PIN IT & BANG GEARS

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    Here's what a guy wrote on the versys thread, he had a DR650 and now has a 650 Versys:
    But I'd buy a DR again in a heartbeat for its reliability, cost/fun factor, easy maintenance if I rode more dirt road stuff. Took the Versys out to Torroweep overlook on the Grand Canyon and the DR would of been the cat's meow but the V did fine and was better on the rest of the road trip.
    If I take the husky I would be tempted to trailer it to Virgin River Casino and leave the car there. If I take the Versys I can ride the whole trip with the group.

    If we're going to see a bunch of gnarly dirt trails out there I'd rather be on the husky.

    So...what to do????
  14. tbarstow

    tbarstow Two-wheelin' Fool

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    Versys. There's only one semi-gnarly part, and that's if you take the shortcut from Toroweap to the Bar 10.

    The Versys may also not like the road from Bar 10 to the river.
  15. sopascat

    sopascat not much of an adventurer

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    The strom sure didn't :eek1


    or maybe it was the rider
  16. fudgypup

    fudgypup Banned

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    You could trailer and share the ride for efficiency. That way you could haul my extra set of wheels and i wouldnt have to burn my knobbies. :D
  17. browneye

    browneye PIN IT & BANG GEARS

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    Thanks guys (and gals! Cat).

    I'm curious what other bikes are going. I know some of them but not others. I also know the old roadie can do some pretty gnarly dirt roads if it has to. I rode that whole Cielo grade with FYFF, h8, and johngil after the carizzo pozo ride, no sweat at all. If I let the tires down to 20psi then grip is no problem, it's just the suspension can't handle anything rougher than a small rain rut. And it's not very fast. And sand is horrible with a 17" front wheel with a road tire on it. :D

    But on the hiway it will munch mile after mile at 80-90, loaded with gear, and very comfy. Did a thousand miles through the Sierras last year on it.

    Tim, are we meeting up with you somewhere along the way, or in Mesquite?
  18. browneye

    browneye PIN IT & BANG GEARS

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    Your bike could even ride on the trailer. I know, you want to ride it there. Don't blame you, I would rather as well.

    If I had the $$ right now there would be a new Tiger or Tenere in the garage right now. But there are just as many sizing down for ADV riding, so I dunno. Just when you think you've got it all figured out the challenges change. :lol3

    Like trying to hit a moving target.
  19. NSFW

    NSFW basecamp4adv

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    nice rr and pics toast....:thumb


    love this one.
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  20. NSFW

    NSFW basecamp4adv

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    chris, the v is good, but i personally will be more comfortable having at least tkcs.

    we don't have a final plan yet, details later.