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Forum: West California, the desert southwest and whatever is left 09-07-2009, 05:37 AM
Replies: 6
Views: 3,522
Posted By pencipa
Tri Scrambler? No way...

At last years LAB2V there was an extensively-modded scrambler. Beautiful. Custom machine work to swap the rear brake from below to above swingarm etc. Huge-$$ investment.

Suggestion: Best ADV deal...
Forum: West California, the desert southwest and whatever is left 07-01-2009, 02:44 AM
Replies: 5
Views: 519
Posted By pencipa
3 Adventure Stories (100+ pics)...

...titled...

June 29 2009 No hero today... (http://www.pencikowski.com/articles/NoHerGud.pdf)
June 25 2009 Riding the Blast Furnace: 100 Miles in 100 Degree Heat...
Forum: West California, the desert southwest and whatever is left 06-17-2009, 10:39 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 409
Posted By pencipa
Cool Vest (cheap & it works)...

I live in Inyokern, "test this stuff" which works as advertised.

http://store.coolvest.com/merchant2/merchant.mvc?Screen=CTGY&Store_Code=RWS&Category_Code=RCSA

Be SURE to wear flow-through gear...
Forum: West California, the desert southwest and whatever is left 06-17-2009, 10:30 PM
Replies: 0
Views: 302
Posted By pencipa
Randsburg/Mojave & SPOT Satellite Tracker...

Fearless adventurers...

Easily the #1 question I'm asked is "Where do you ride?"

This because I retired/moved to Inyokern to be in the "center of the dirt-universe" :-)

#2 question is "What...
Forum: Thumpers 06-06-2009, 09:59 AM
Replies: 4
Views: 1,586
Posted By pencipa
KTM 300XCW top-end o-haul (pics/story)...

...done because I lost all compression. BOTH rings broken at 1,600 miles. Here's the pics/story...

KTM-300XCW Top-end Overhaul (http://www.pencikowski.com/articles/KTM-Chad.pdf)

P.
Forum: West California, the desert southwest and whatever is left 06-03-2009, 04:59 AM
Replies: 7
Views: 735
Posted By pencipa
Trona by DR-650 (30 pics)...

...easy as I live in Inyokern.

Trona Pinnacles (http://www.pencikowski.com/articles/TronaPin.pdf)

P.
Forum: West California, the desert southwest and whatever is left 06-03-2009, 04:31 AM
Replies: 4
Views: 476
Posted By pencipa
Moab White Rim Trail (99 pics)...

...done by 6 guys (5 bikers + 4wd support). This is a *great* group-ride.

Lesson: We rented a condo, worked out great (cheaper/better than Moab mucho-$$ motels) plus the garage invaluable. Our...
Forum: The Garage 05-23-2009, 06:23 AM
Replies: 7
Views: 797
Posted By pencipa
KTM update...

Took the XCW(e) up to CBR repair in Bishop CA. Super-mech Chad has done numerous KTM top-ends.

Info: KTM has just 2 piston sizes, stock and 1-oversize (by such a small amount that "oversize" will...
Forum: The Garage 05-18-2009, 01:04 AM
Replies: 7
Views: 797
Posted By pencipa
KTM 2-stroke zero-compression...

...after approx 120 hours. Used best-quality oil. I will do a top-end but has anyone seen this problem?
Forum: West California, the desert southwest and whatever is left 05-17-2009, 02:12 PM
Replies: 0
Views: 305
Posted By pencipa
Fun ride: Owens Peak...

...which is what I did today as I'm soo burned out from "chores" so decided to ride every-day-early instead of "after the chore is done" (which means "never ride").

There are a zillion-miles of...
Forum: West California, the desert southwest and whatever is left 04-09-2009, 12:43 PM
Replies: 24
Views: 1,744
Posted By pencipa
One in a string of radars...

The Ballarat radar is in a string of approx 5 radars in the Searles/Panamint valleys. We often ask "Why not on the hilltop?"

Most of the jets in the valley operate out of the China Lake Naval Air...
Forum: West California, the desert southwest and whatever is left 04-09-2009, 09:49 AM
Replies: 18
Views: 829
Posted By pencipa
" Rich Californians fucked up the housing market so bad the local's couldn't buy.

UglyPrimate: Funny how I never hear "Go to CA, get-rich, then retire-early and do whatever you want, forever".

pencipa (owner of)...

DR-650
KLX-450R
KTM-300
Suzuki 125 (for newbies/guests)
...
Forum: West California, the desert southwest and whatever is left 04-09-2009, 09:38 AM
Replies: 18
Views: 829
Posted By pencipa
Ridgecrest CA "epicenter of dirt-biking"

Inyokern Home & a Great Ride (and a Very Lucky Boy)... (http://www.pencikowski.com/articles/Inyo_1.pdf)

Ridgecrest: The Promised Land :-) (http://www.pencikowski.com/articles/HousHunt.pdf)
...
Forum: West California, the desert southwest and whatever is left 04-08-2009, 08:15 PM
Replies: 4
Views: 521
Posted By pencipa
My new Inyokern dirt-palace! No-plated-bike-required!

Inyokern Home & a Great Ride (and a Very Lucky Boy)... (http://www.pencikowski.com/articles/Inyo_1.pdf)

Here's the deal: I am retired, wanted a place (just moved in) where I could ride an...
Forum: West California, the desert southwest and whatever is left 04-08-2009, 07:54 PM
Replies: 14
Views: 1,376
Posted By pencipa
Little girls bike?

Hey Countdown... I thought that was you...

The "little girls bike" is my KDX-200 with...

1) RaceTech F/R

2) FMF pipe/silencer

3) Steering stabilizer (and as of yesterday)...
Forum: West California, the desert southwest and whatever is left 03-07-2009, 10:20 AM
Replies: 10
Views: 599
Posted By pencipa
The Dirt Scene...

You'll enjoy this...

Los Angeles - Barstow - 'Vegas! (http://www.pencikowski.com/articles/LABV.pdf)

Adventure at Whiskey Pete's! (http://www.pencikowski.com/articles/PrimmW-P.pdf)

"real...
Forum: Thumpers 03-07-2009, 10:08 AM
Replies: 7
Views: 1,125
Posted By pencipa
Astounding pic!

Kudo's to the photographer!!
Forum: West California, the desert southwest and whatever is left 03-07-2009, 10:03 AM
Replies: 14
Views: 2,487
Posted By pencipa
Appreciated the feedback, moving to RIDGECREST...

To all.. Appreciated the feedback... Moving to Ridgecrest...

http://www.pencikowski.com/articles/HousHunt.pdf

...a 25-pic story on my research, plus a 70-mile dirt-ride :-)

Temecula...
Forum: West California, the desert southwest and whatever is left 03-07-2009, 09:43 AM
Replies: 14
Views: 1,376
Posted By pencipa
Ridgecrest: Epicenter of the Dirtbike Universe!

Fellow enthusiasts... I am abandoning the complex life of Laguna Beach for the simplicity of Ridgecrest. I asked myself the question "Where do I have the most fun? Spend the most dirt-time?"
...
Forum: West California, the desert southwest and whatever is left 02-25-2009, 05:23 AM
Replies: 14
Views: 2,487
Posted By pencipa
Temecula riding worth relocation? (retired guy asks)

Currently in Irvine. Fly gliders out of Warner Springs.

Question: Temecula way-cheaper (and "better") living than Irvine. But... Does Temecula offer significant "no trailer required"...
Forum: West California, the desert southwest and whatever is left 01-26-2009, 03:52 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 713
Posted By pencipa
Riding "marked trail"...

Day-1 morning you needed GPS (I don't know how to use GPS) or Roll Chart + ribbon. Because I am the "moto-journalist" I am always last (sweepers got the ribbon). This ride required me to get on/off...
Forum: West California, the desert southwest and whatever is left 01-26-2009, 12:12 PM
Replies: 61
Views: 3,264
Posted By pencipa
Ridgecrest CA "epicenter of the dirt-bike-world"...

Ridgecrest 250! (http://www.pencikowski.com/articles/RC250.pdf)
Forum: West California, the desert southwest and whatever is left 01-26-2009, 11:45 AM
Replies: 9
Views: 713
Posted By pencipa
Ridgecrest 250 (report & 58-pics)...

...truly an awesome event. The OC Dualies are to be commended on a superb effort!

Enjoy...

Ridgecrest 250! (http://www.pencikowski.com/articles/RC250.pdf)
Forum: West California, the desert southwest and whatever is left 01-16-2009, 06:13 PM
Replies: 10,489
Views: 793,111
Posted By pencipa
8am? Cold!

...but I'll try to make it (would require 0630 wake-up; hey I'm "retired"). My goal will be to do a picture-story on the "finally opened" Cleveland. Format will be similar to my just-posted...
...
Forum: West California, the desert southwest and whatever is left 01-16-2009, 05:59 PM
Replies: 2
Views: 406
Posted By pencipa
Paul & Thads' Excellent Adventure :-)

Gliders! Dirt-bikes! Paul & Thads' Excellent Adventure! (http://www.pencikowski.com/articles/AnzaThadv2.pdf)

"Man does not live by dirt-bikes alone". The story is 30 pages, 50 pics of Anza Borrego...
Forum: West California, the desert southwest and whatever is left 01-11-2009, 02:08 AM
Replies: 20
Views: 800
Posted By pencipa
Forgot about Anza Borrego...

...where *I think* you can rent a quad on weekends.

Anza Borrego and Ocotillo Wells SVRA (http://www.pencikowski.com/articles/Anza%20Borrego%20.pdf)
Forum: West California, the desert southwest and whatever is left 01-11-2009, 02:00 AM
Replies: 20
Views: 800
Posted By pencipa
When-exactly in Jan?

Are you a dirt-biker? If-so PM me.

If we're lucky...

Riding the Cleveland National Forest; Heaven in my own back yard! (http://www.pencikowski.com/articles/CNF-Lake-fix-V2.pdf)

...and if...
Forum: West California, the desert southwest and whatever is left 01-11-2009, 01:53 AM
Replies: 10,489
Views: 793,111
Posted By pencipa
Bummed (nearly 2 years now)...

Ride-brothers...

The reason(s) I retired to Irvine was (1) my girlfriend and (2) the Cleveland.

Now (1) dumped by my g/f and (2) seemingly "forever" Cleveland closure.

I went up last...
Forum: West California, the desert southwest and whatever is left 12-11-2008, 11:27 AM
Replies: 4
Views: 457
Posted By pencipa
Bishop 3-Day (74 pics)...

...and a fine ride it was! Very well organized/routed. "Something for everybody".

If anyone knows how to get in touch w/the organizers, please PM me (I owe a case of beer to somebody)...
...
Forum: West California, the desert southwest and whatever is left 12-09-2008, 01:58 PM
Replies: 38
Views: 1,854
Posted By pencipa
Head over to my website...

...and if you like what you see, PM me. I travel/ride/write and have never ridden in your area...
Forum: West California, the desert southwest and whatever is left 12-09-2008, 01:49 PM
Replies: 4
Views: 413
Posted By pencipa
Sierra Safari 2008 (80 pics)...

...and a horrific time it was. A very difficult route (90% deep/soft sand) made worse by snow and sub-freezing temps.

Enjoy (?)...

Team Red Line @ Sierra Safari 2008...
Forum: West California, the desert southwest and whatever is left 12-06-2008, 05:14 AM
Replies: 38
Views: 2,413
Posted By pencipa
Summary of comments by the thread-originator...

These comments are for the Adventure section only, in reply to other comments...

Sand: Not an issue. There were NOT "miles of sand". Estimate the longest sand-stretch no more than a mile. Most...
Forum: West California, the desert southwest and whatever is left 12-03-2008, 02:51 PM
Replies: 38
Views: 2,413
Posted By pencipa
L.A.-Barstow-'Vegas! (55 pics)

...was two routes... The story and pics are of the Adventure Bike route and the ride home (hey "Adventure Bikers" don't need no stinkin' trailer!).

Also, for any of you who'd like to (Adventure...
Forum: West California, the desert southwest and whatever is left 11-15-2008, 11:43 PM
Replies: 4
Views: 487
Posted By pencipa
Riding Randsburg & Ridgecrest

ADV buddies... Links below to my website, my last two rides...

NAWC, RGRA, Red Mountain, and a Great Nights Sleep (http://www.pencikowski.com/articles/LABV-2.pdf)

Randsburg Ramble!...
Forum: Ride reports 10-05-2008, 06:53 AM
Replies: 1
Views: 543
Posted By pencipa
SEVEN dirt-stories; Bonus "glider story"...

...plus one glider story.

It's been a while since I posted, but that hasn't kept me from mucho dirt-travels.

Adventure at Whiskey Pete's! (http://www.pencikowski.com/articles/PrimmW-P.pdf)
...
Forum: Equipment 09-27-2008, 04:33 PM
Replies: 2
Views: 843
Posted By pencipa
Shift Flak...

Shift Flak is awesome. The beauty is more vents than you can imagine. The sleeves zip-off! Lotsa pockets.

Downside: Vent-zippers (waterproof!) will jam when dusty. So, pre-lube the zippers before...
Forum: Ride reports 04-03-2008, 08:57 PM
Replies: 46
Views: 4,905
Posted By pencipa
Larryboy *rocks*...

Here's what I think:

If, at the peak of my photo-journalist "career" I'm *half as good* as Larryboy, That's good enough for me!
Forum: West California, the desert southwest and whatever is left 02-29-2008, 12:41 PM
Replies: 15
Views: 1,172
Posted By pencipa
West-UP-Mengle = no-no...

At the DVR, I was the trailing rider, thus saw the most riders attempting to come up Mengel from the east (towards Goler/Ballarat).

NOT ONE RIDER MADE IT. There were teams of "helpers" formed to...
Forum: West California, the desert southwest and whatever is left 02-25-2008, 02:09 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 826
Posted By pencipa
Death Valley Rally; 3-days, 600-miles, 83-pics!

And what a ride it was!

The story is 56 pages, 83 edited pics, 10MB.

Here's the link...

Death Valley Rally; 3-days, 600-miles, 83-pictures! (http://www.pencikowski.com/articles/DVR.pdf)
...
Forum: West California, the desert southwest and whatever is left 02-13-2008, 09:50 PM
Replies: 29
Views: 1,534
Posted By pencipa
SatCom/SPOT (and GPS)

DVR riders...

Tonight my support-crew and I were testing both SatCom (Iridium phone) and the SPOT Personal Locator.

Some initial notes...

SatCom is easy to use for outgoing calls. SatCom is...
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