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Forum: West California, the desert southwest and whatever is left Yesterday, 02:14 PM
Replies: 1,528
Views: 100,150
Posted By St.Stan
It's well established north of the river on both...

It's well established north of the river on both sides of Silver Creek. Union Valley res. and Pino Grande are both in it's path. I've done a lot of riding in that area, this could be a big, bad fire....
Forum: West California, the desert southwest and whatever is left Yesterday, 12:40 PM
Replies: 47
Views: 2,087
Posted By St.Stan
You folks have probably already been there but...

You folks have probably already been there but Grover Hot Springs state park fits the bill. Near Markleeville, developed camping, hot spring fed pools, close to the color in Hope Valley and Hwy 4.
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Forum: West California, the desert southwest and whatever is left Yesterday, 10:34 AM
Replies: 1,528
Views: 100,150
Posted By St.Stan
It's already jumped the canyon and getting a...

It's already jumped the canyon and getting a start north-east. I feel sorry for people up in P.Pines, that must be terrifying.
Forum: Equipment 09-07-2014, 11:52 PM
Replies: 36
Views: 1,435
Posted By St.Stan
I replace my helmet when I can no longer wash the...

I replace my helmet when I can no longer wash the smell out.

Seriously, a 5 year expiration date is meaningless without testing of 5 year old helmets.
Forum: Thumpers 09-04-2014, 12:56 PM
Replies: 14
Views: 702
Posted By St.Stan
I'm happy with the Shinko 244 "golden boy" tires...

I'm happy with the Shinko 244 "golden boy" tires I'm running right now. Center knobs are similar pattern to the Kenda 270's I ran earlier, but the edge knobs on the rear are wider and don't flex as...
Forum: West California, the desert southwest and whatever is left 09-02-2014, 02:05 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 448
Posted By St.Stan
Rode to Sierra City Sat., 220 miles in 90+ temps,...

Rode to Sierra City Sat., 220 miles in 90+ temps, had to lay down on the couch for a half an hour and drink Gatorade when I got home.

Then turned around and went mountain biking Monday around...
Forum: West California, the desert southwest and whatever is left 08-29-2014, 12:00 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 564
Posted By St.Stan
4 and 108 will also be closed that time of year...

4 and 108 will also be closed that time of year in addition to 120. If you have to cross the central Sierras, 80, 50 and 88 will be open. Just watch out for ice in the shady spots!
Forum: West California, the desert southwest and whatever is left 08-27-2014, 12:40 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 569
Posted By St.Stan
If you're looking for side trips, enter by...

If you're looking for side trips, enter by Tyler-Foote crossing rather than running up (paved) Pleistocene Ridge Road. Take the dirt road up to Alleghany, passes by some mines and stuff.
Forum: West California, the desert southwest and whatever is left 08-25-2014, 01:50 PM
Replies: 3
Views: 419
Posted By St.Stan
A little silt/dust on west end, scattered...

A little silt/dust on west end, scattered rocks/gravel here and there, one shallow creek crossing that will be dry this time of year. If you made it through before you'll be fine, typical forest road...
Forum: Road warriors 08-07-2014, 01:26 PM
Replies: 4,644
Views: 847,712
Posted By St.Stan
Jumping in a bit late, and repeating some of what...

Jumping in a bit late, and repeating some of what others have said, but I raised my "low" (2008 XL1200L) and learned a few things, so here goes.

Rear low shocks are 11.5", longest you can run on a...
Forum: West California, the desert southwest and whatever is left 08-06-2014, 12:33 PM
Replies: 11
Views: 847
Posted By St.Stan
Now you guys got me nervous. I haven't retaken...

Now you guys got me nervous. I haven't retaken the written or driving test since I got my drivers license at 17. Got M1 lic. at 29. I'm 48.

All I've done is go in two or three times for a new...
Forum: The perfect line and other riding myths 08-05-2014, 12:36 PM
Replies: 264
Views: 26,909
Posted By St.Stan
I bought my 3rd hand XL on a whim, wanted a...

I bought my 3rd hand XL on a whim, wanted a street bike to relieve my KLR a bit.

There are times I'm seduced by it's visceral charms, the raw lumpy power from the engine, engine music second...
Forum: Road warriors 08-01-2014, 12:41 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 929
Posted By St.Stan
90% are US but they hid a few metric here and...

90% are US but they hid a few metric here and there, you'll find them. They're small, mostly 10 and 12mm.

The two mini road trips I went on, I carried the oem drive belt as a spare in case I ate a...
Forum: Battle scooters 07-30-2014, 11:40 AM
Replies: 21
Views: 829
Posted By St.Stan
That's about it. Some of the break in info in...

That's about it. Some of the break in info in owners manuals is bs. My KLX250 manual said not to rev over 4000 rpm for the first 600 miles. Ha! That engine doesn't even start to make power until...
Forum: West California, the desert southwest and whatever is left 07-28-2014, 11:57 AM
Replies: 27
Views: 2,409
Posted By St.Stan
Hmmm, tires look like innertubes held on with...

Hmmm, tires look like innertubes held on with straps. Looks a bit like a Rokon, I was impressed he was able to pick it up so easily but I guess a 5hp mower engine isn't too heavy :)
Forum: West California, the desert southwest and whatever is left 07-28-2014, 11:51 AM
Replies: 24
Views: 1,250
Posted By St.Stan
Is there any reason you must make the north run...

Is there any reason you must make the north run in one day? You'll have more fun if you split it into two days with an overnight in Bishop. Then you can relax and enjoy yourself, explore up some of...
Forum: West California, the desert southwest and whatever is left 07-21-2014, 01:40 PM
Replies: 14,974
Views: 1,162,355
Posted By St.Stan
Not Shaver Lake, and not yesterday, but I got...

Not Shaver Lake, and not yesterday, but I got soaked to the nuts going over Ebbetts Pass last Wed. All week long there were heavy thunderstorms along the crest up here.

Nice pics, btw.
Forum: West California, the desert southwest and whatever is left 07-13-2014, 11:39 PM
Replies: 12
Views: 749
Posted By St.Stan
I'd pick the Carson valley (Genoa-Minden area)...

I'd pick the Carson valley (Genoa-Minden area) over the Reno basin if at all possible.
Forum: Road warriors 07-05-2014, 04:49 PM
Replies: 4,644
Views: 847,712
Posted By St.Stan
Changed out the drive belt, here's what I picked...

Changed out the drive belt, here's what I picked up after all of two miles off pavement. I recognized the rock, it was a dirt road, the first mile of which had been surfaced with ground asphalt. It...
Forum: West California, the desert southwest and whatever is left 07-04-2014, 09:48 PM
Replies: 38
Views: 1,525
Posted By St.Stan
Private property straddles the road in a couple...

Private property straddles the road in a couple of places but the road is a public, through road.

The lower extremities of Plumbago are rough and steep two track, if you take a 950 through...
Forum: West California, the desert southwest and whatever is left 07-02-2014, 02:36 PM
Replies: 38
Views: 1,525
Posted By St.Stan
^ Dog Bar! I think it might have been one of your...

^ Dog Bar! I think it might have been one of your posts that tipped me off to that one.

I was going to suggest a more circuitous route through Bridgeport and the Oregon Creek bridge, which I...
Forum: Road warriors 06-30-2014, 12:50 PM
Replies: 4,644
Views: 847,712
Posted By St.Stan
Also, counter intuitively, the belt gets tighter...

Also, counter intuitively, the belt gets tighter when the bike is hot. I always thought heat=expansion but that doesn't seem to be the case on my bike.
Forum: West California, the desert southwest and whatever is left 06-30-2014, 12:38 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 741
Posted By St.Stan
I'm sure there's a fine if you're caught, but I...

I'm sure there's a fine if you're caught, but I suspect people stealth camp in the valley floor area. This spring, I did an early morning walk up the Tenaya Canyon trail. At the east end by the...
Forum: Road warriors 06-28-2014, 06:16 PM
Replies: 4,644
Views: 847,712
Posted By St.Stan
Think twice before taking belt drive off pavement!!!

Funny there's a bunch of drive belt posts all of a sudden. Not funny what I just discovered - here's a word to the wise.

Was coming downhill from Downieville a couple of hours ago. I wanted to...
Forum: West California, the desert southwest and whatever is left 06-27-2014, 01:41 PM
Replies: 265
Views: 23,686
Posted By St.Stan
If it's the final leg on your map that heads...

If it's the final leg on your map that heads uphill from Union Flat campground on 49, that is an easy dirt road. I came down it after exploring around the summit and deciding to not try to ride the...
Forum: West California, the desert southwest and whatever is left 06-23-2014, 02:08 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 416
Posted By St.Stan
If it's the group of pics that includes "Carson...

If it's the group of pics that includes "Carson River, Hot Spring #3" It looks like you have to head north off of LP Canyon Road, about a mile uphill from the Morningstar Mine site (Just past the...
Forum: West California, the desert southwest and whatever is left 06-23-2014, 12:58 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 416
Posted By St.Stan
If you use the Google Earth satellite view with...

If you use the Google Earth satellite view with labels and photos turned on, you'll see it, and a panoramino image on the hot spring site.

You go in Leviathan the 1.7 miles from 395, past the...
Forum: Road warriors 06-20-2014, 12:04 PM
Replies: 4,644
Views: 847,712
Posted By St.Stan
Wow, an oilhead sportster, I didn't know they did...

Wow, an oilhead sportster, I didn't know they did that. Thanks for the info.



Do you have any pics of this seat install? The pic links in the thread on your sig line were broken :(

...
Forum: Road warriors 06-18-2014, 12:24 PM
Replies: 4,644
Views: 847,712
Posted By St.Stan
Did the XR also use a downdraft arrangement? That...

Did the XR also use a downdraft arrangement? That would explain the weird airbox location.

I was trying to figure out how they got 30% more hp on the XR vs. the XL, I figured Buell heads, or...
Forum: Road warriors 06-18-2014, 12:03 PM
Replies: 4,644
Views: 847,712
Posted By St.Stan
I was also under the impression that the main...

I was also under the impression that the main difference with the Buell engine was the top end. I read in a magazine that they used the Blast development to R&D the new cylinder head design, which...
Forum: Face plant 06-09-2014, 02:37 PM
Replies: 20
Views: 3,519
Posted By St.Stan
Both motorcycle accidents I've been in were...

Both motorcycle accidents I've been in were caused by dogs running in front of me. Fortunately, I'm a slowpoke so I didn't get dinged up as bad as you describe.

Fucking dogs ran off uninjured...
Forum: West California, the desert southwest and whatever is left 06-06-2014, 12:54 PM
Replies: 1,528
Views: 100,150
Posted By St.Stan
Here's a writeup on the Ponderosa Way bridge...

Here's a writeup on the Ponderosa Way bridge between 26 (Glencoe) and Jesus Maria grade. 100 crossings a day in the early 80's! Must have been a popular local road back then. Last inspected in 2010....
Forum: Pics, pics, pics... 06-05-2014, 02:18 PM
Replies: 166
Views: 21,596
Posted By St.Stan
KLX (sold, was fun) ...

KLX (sold, was fun)

...
Forum: West California, the desert southwest and whatever is left 06-05-2014, 02:00 PM
Replies: 1,528
Views: 100,150
Posted By St.Stan
I guess that's why Drivers Flat bridge never got...

I guess that's why Drivers Flat bridge never got replaced, open on both ends and no PP down by the river.

I've sat on the rocks below Yankee Jims bridge and watched as people drive large SUV's...
Forum: West California, the desert southwest and whatever is left 06-03-2014, 01:05 PM
Replies: 1,528
Views: 100,150
Posted By St.Stan
Pino Grande is on SPI land...behind a gate. If...

Pino Grande is on SPI land...behind a gate. If you take Mosquito Road south from Wentworth, right where the pavement ends you take a left. That's Kings Meadow Road. You'll hit a gate in 1/10 mile,...
Forum: West California, the desert southwest and whatever is left 05-30-2014, 12:48 PM
Replies: 14
Views: 834
Posted By St.Stan
If you're coming all the way over from ND, it...

If you're coming all the way over from ND, it would be worth taking days off from work to get a non-peak weekend. Like everyone else said, the 4th of July gridlock and crowding will take a lot of the...
Forum: West California, the desert southwest and whatever is left 05-30-2014, 12:39 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 574
Posted By St.Stan
Have both gaskets on hand, if you haven't taken...

Have both gaskets on hand, if you haven't taken care of that already. They are made of a material that is like a compressed film of mica, and tend to split the difference when you pull the gen. cover...
Forum: Old's Cool 05-29-2014, 02:35 PM
Replies: 58
Views: 5,930
Posted By St.Stan
"I had a guy come by this morning that was really...

"I had a guy come by this morning that was really interested"

I've gotten that line several times over the years. Trying to pressure you to make a snap decision before someone else buys it out...
Forum: Road warriors 05-28-2014, 01:43 PM
Replies: 8,075
Views: 1,222,030
Posted By St.Stan
More often than once a decade? The XR1200 has...

More often than once a decade? The XR1200 has already been discontinued for a couple of years.

It was quick with sporty, agile handling, so it wasn't well received by the traditional HD crowd....
Forum: West California, the desert southwest and whatever is left 05-27-2014, 12:56 PM
Replies: 1,528
Views: 100,150
Posted By St.Stan
That might have been the Tevis trail, I've hiked...

That might have been the Tevis trail, I've hiked a few sections of it but wouldn't try to moto it.

Did you see any sign of where the rider went over the edge of the road a few weeks ago? I...
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