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Forum: West California, the desert southwest and whatever is left 02-28-2015, 07:53 PM
Replies: 17
Views: 563
Posted By DanOGrande
Well yeah, there's that.....:) watch some Utube...

Well yeah, there's that.....:) watch some Utube and see how technical ya wanna get on day one.
Forum: West California, the desert southwest and whatever is left 02-28-2015, 02:23 PM
Replies: 17
Views: 563
Posted By DanOGrande
A great warm up ride for 650's would be out to...

A great warm up ride for 650's would be out to Minietta cabin, up to Lookout City and back to Panamint on Nadeau Rd. You could also check out Osborne Canyon. The whole ride is within 15 miles of...
Forum: West California, the desert southwest and whatever is left 02-28-2015, 11:16 AM
Replies: 17
Views: 563
Posted By DanOGrande
Depends on what bike(s) you have and your skill...

Depends on what bike(s) you have and your skill level. Some of the excellent suggestions are challenging on a big ADV but easy on a thumper.
Forum: West California, the desert southwest and whatever is left 02-24-2015, 07:43 PM
Replies: 1,761
Views: 149,139
Posted By DanOGrande
Anyone have a picture of the Goler steps this...

Anyone have a picture of the Goler steps this year (2015)?
Forum: West California, the desert southwest and whatever is left 02-18-2015, 10:26 AM
Replies: 1,761
Views: 149,139
Posted By DanOGrande
Racetrack road is a long gravel, very...

Racetrack road is a long gravel, very rough/washboardy road. Low clearance cars can do it if they have tough enough tires. The worst part of Racetrack is the imbedded volcanic rock and the...
Forum: West California, the desert southwest and whatever is left 02-14-2015, 10:33 AM
Replies: 1,761
Views: 149,139
Posted By DanOGrande
Thanks for the update. I can't think of a...

Thanks for the update.

I can't think of a time when the springs would be more crowded...Prez weekend. And the roads are in perfect condition(for cars).
Forum: West California, the desert southwest and whatever is left 01-19-2015, 04:22 PM
Replies: 1,761
Views: 149,139
Posted By DanOGrande
What kind of bikes will you be riding?

What kind of bikes will you be riding?
Forum: West California, the desert southwest and whatever is left 09-19-2014, 09:20 AM
Replies: 15
Views: 947
Posted By DanOGrande
Honestly, I'd stay out of DV in September. DV...

Honestly, I'd stay out of DV in September. DV is a must see place, there's nothing like it. But this is the wrong time of year.

If someone were to ask me what to see in California during the...
Forum: West California, the desert southwest and whatever is left 09-19-2014, 07:04 AM
Replies: 15
Views: 947
Posted By DanOGrande
It's really hot there now. 108F this week. I...

It's really hot there now. 108F this week. I usually don't go until the end of October.

Goler is really fun on a 650 or smaller. Even with the steps gravelled over, it would be a challenging...
Forum: West California, the desert southwest and whatever is left 03-17-2014, 09:41 PM
Replies: 1,761
Views: 149,139
Posted By DanOGrande
Just returned yesterday from 4 days. Here's my...

Just returned yesterday from 4 days. Here's my take on the conditions. The bikes we rode are: XR650L's , KLR, and DR650. Full camping gear and food for four days....

Manly Pass/Escape...
Forum: West California, the desert southwest and whatever is left 03-04-2014, 08:19 AM
Replies: 16
Views: 1,250
Posted By DanOGrande
I say go for it. Especially Titus Canyon and all...

I say go for it. Especially Titus Canyon and all the little loops around Furnace Creek. I would stay away from Racetrack Road. There's imbedded, sharp volcanic rocks there that wouldn't be good...
Forum: West California, the desert southwest and whatever is left 11-20-2013, 08:42 PM
Replies: 15
Views: 1,850
Posted By DanOGrande
I'll be at Panamint Springs campground over...

I'll be at Panamint Springs campground over Thanksgiving. I'm gonna show my wife around the area. She's never ridden there. If ya want a beer or need a break, stop by the Winnebago View with...
Forum: West California, the desert southwest and whatever is left 08-16-2013, 09:08 PM
Replies: 23
Views: 1,684
Posted By DanOGrande
kay, I'll tone it down. Definitely do the...

kay, I'll tone it down. Definitely do the Greenwater Valley Road. See Dante's View. Go through Titus Canyon. Do the West Side road. Then go across the valley (west) and ride Wildrose Canyon....
Forum: West California, the desert southwest and whatever is left 08-15-2013, 06:41 PM
Replies: 23
Views: 1,684
Posted By DanOGrande
I humbly suggest: Get to Shoshone, Go north a...

I humbly suggest: Get to Shoshone, Go north a few miles, take 178 west. Turn right on Furnace Creek Wash RD/Greenwater Valley Rd (dirt). It will take you north and intersects with Dante's View...
Forum: West California, the desert southwest and whatever is left 03-01-2013, 03:33 PM
Replies: 21
Views: 2,562
Posted By DanOGrande
Check the NPS Death Valley site and look for the...

Check the NPS Death Valley site and look for the morning report. That will give you the "official" road closure information. http://www.nps.gov/deva/index.htm


For an informal view, try Death...
Forum: West California, the desert southwest and whatever is left 02-27-2013, 09:40 PM
Replies: 21
Views: 2,562
Posted By DanOGrande
Gotcha. Not sure I'd want to do Lippencott on my...

Gotcha. Not sure I'd want to do Lippencott on my GS. Your map looks like you will use Hunter Mt. road to get from Teakettle Junction to the top of South Pass/Saline Valley Rd. You definitely...
Forum: West California, the desert southwest and whatever is left 02-27-2013, 07:50 PM
Replies: 21
Views: 2,562
Posted By DanOGrande
RE: Your north loop....Lippencott Mine Rd. is...

RE: Your north loop....Lippencott Mine Rd. is still there and in pretty good shape. Could you be referring to Steele Pass? It was hit in those storms but is actually OK now.
Forum: West California, the desert southwest and whatever is left 12-29-2012, 11:18 PM
Replies: 12
Views: 1,673
Posted By DanOGrande
Glad your safe. Hope it was fun. Cold though,eh?

Glad your safe. Hope it was fun. Cold though,eh?
Forum: West California, the desert southwest and whatever is left 12-28-2012, 10:14 PM
Replies: 1,761
Views: 149,139
Posted By DanOGrande
Stay at Panamint Springs.

Stay at Panamint Springs.
Forum: West California, the desert southwest and whatever is left 12-28-2012, 10:07 PM
Replies: 12
Views: 1,673
Posted By DanOGrande
Kay, here's the approximate mileage. ...

Kay, here's the approximate mileage. Stovepipe to Ubehebe....50 miles.
Ubehebe to Teakettle Junction...20 miles. Teakettle to start of Lippencott...10 miles. Lippencott top to Saline Valley...
Forum: West California, the desert southwest and whatever is left 12-28-2012, 08:38 PM
Replies: 12
Views: 1,673
Posted By DanOGrande
check if you can get out South Pass....It might...

check if you can get out South Pass....It might have too much snow, but if it doesn't, you are set up for a great loop. Stove Pipe to Ubehebe, Racetrack, Lippencott, Saline Valley Rd, 190 back to...
Forum: West California, the desert southwest and whatever is left 10-10-2012, 08:42 PM
Replies: 79
Views: 6,072
Posted By DanOGrande
Goler Wash got hammered by a big storm earlier...

Goler Wash got hammered by a big storm earlier this month. Some of the 4x4 internet sites are showing pictures of huge washouts. The "stairs" at the bottom of Goler are apparently....pretty...
Forum: West California, the desert southwest and whatever is left 08-01-2012, 09:48 PM
Replies: 15
Views: 1,946
Posted By DanOGrande
Yeah, I do agree, the view down to Usal Beach is...

Yeah, I do agree, the view down to Usal Beach is pretty nice. So are the switchbacks getting down there. Having grown up in that area, I've been using that road since the late 60's/early 70's. ...
Forum: Thumpers 07-29-2012, 10:24 PM
Replies: 12
Views: 1,489
Posted By DanOGrande
Yeah, keep looking though....deals are out...

Yeah, keep looking though....deals are out there. Don't be afraid to go for an older DR-they aren't a lot different than the new ones.
Forum: Thumpers 07-29-2012, 10:14 PM
Replies: 12
Views: 1,489
Posted By DanOGrande
Oddly, used TW's command a hefty price. It's...

Oddly, used TW's command a hefty price. It's hard to find one really cheap. DR650's (like TW's) have been made forever, but their prices are all over the place. It's not hard to find a really...
Forum: Thumpers 07-29-2012, 09:27 PM
Replies: 12
Views: 1,489
Posted By DanOGrande
I bought my wife's TW from a big man, maybe...

I bought my wife's TW from a big man, maybe bigger than you. He used it for commuting a few miles each day and really enjoyed it. He had originally wanted a scooter but had been steered towards...
Forum: West California, the desert southwest and whatever is left 07-29-2012, 08:07 PM
Replies: 15
Views: 1,946
Posted By DanOGrande
Frankly, I've never found Usal Rd to be all that...

Frankly, I've never found Usal Rd to be all that much fun. Dusty, dirty, hot and not the scenic vista's you'd expect. Usal Beach is cool and so is Bear Harbor but the rest... meh..... I took...
Forum: GS Boxers 07-13-2012, 03:48 PM
Replies: 20
Views: 2,158
Posted By DanOGrande
If you do decide to adjust your valves, for Gods...

If you do decide to adjust your valves, for Gods sake,don't over tighten the valve cover bolts when buttoning up. That's a big rookie mistake. Just snug.
Forum: West California, the desert southwest and whatever is left 03-21-2012, 08:56 PM
Replies: 2,817
Views: 177,468
Posted By DanOGrande
Hey Noobs, Some Informationt that might help.

Was just at Panamint Springs last weekend. We left Saturday, there was a storm. Mostly wind but a little precipiation that might stick at higher elevations. Actually, a lot of wind. A freakin'...
Forum: The Garage 01-04-2012, 11:17 PM
Replies: 19
Views: 7,560
Posted By DanOGrande
I had a year 2000 for about three years.

It was a civilian version but loaded with a great stereo, air shocks, dual exhaust, leather, digital dash, transmission cooler etc... I bought it for my daughter to learn to drive. Only problem: ...
Forum: Equipment 09-03-2011, 08:02 PM
Replies: 59
Views: 7,514
Posted By DanOGrande
I vote for seedhouse 1

I can't remember where I picked up mine (REI, Campmoor?) but it's been great. I'm 5'9" 160 lbs and I fit in there with all my gear in a driving rain storm no problem. Very small, well built and...
Forum: West California, the desert southwest and whatever is left 01-12-2011, 09:07 PM
Replies: 24
Views: 1,658
Posted By DanOGrande
K, now I've seen your bike list I think you...

K, now I've seen your bike list I think you could do Titus Canyon. Titus Canyon is not too long of a ride and the scenery is unbelievable. Another option which is doable is Aguereberry Point off...
Forum: West California, the desert southwest and whatever is left 01-11-2011, 10:34 PM
Replies: 24
Views: 1,658
Posted By DanOGrande
You are welcome. Have fun. Not much to do in...

You are welcome. Have fun. Not much to do in Beatty. Gas, Couple crappy casino's, not much else. The best place to eat is Ensenada Grill.

My college age daughter just introduced me to a...
Forum: West California, the desert southwest and whatever is left 01-11-2011, 06:36 PM
Replies: 24
Views: 1,658
Posted By DanOGrande
I wouldn't ride to the racetrack on a streetbike....

I wouldn't ride to the racetrack on a streetbike. It's a very rough road. I always see cars with flats out there. I experienced a pinch flat on a Pirelli MT 21 there running at speed. Lots of...
Forum: Old's Cool 09-03-2010, 09:55 PM
Replies: 29
Views: 5,736
Posted By DanOGrande
On my R75/5. After switching tires twice,...

On my R75/5. After switching tires twice, balancing everything numerous times, lubing wheel bearings, truing wheels (myself and an expert), replacing spokes with stainless...two years suffering with...
Forum: Thumpers 06-13-2010, 10:18 AM
Replies: 39
Views: 7,062
Posted By DanOGrande
Amusingly, after we all sang the merits and...

Amusingly, after we all sang the merits and discussed the shortcomings of big,heavy street oriented vs. light, agile dirt... the compromise seems to be a DRZ 400 which is what the OP suggested in the...
Forum: Thumpers 06-11-2010, 11:38 PM
Replies: 39
Views: 7,062
Posted By DanOGrande
I'm glad your KTM doesn't require extensive work...

I'm glad your KTM doesn't require extensive work and is reliable. No one would willingly wish that on another FF. But the procedure which is described as the "easy way to change a KTM's oil and...
Forum: Thumpers 06-11-2010, 10:27 PM
Replies: 39
Views: 7,062
Posted By DanOGrande
Of course you can't ride as fast on a KLR as a...

Of course you can't ride as fast on a KLR as a KTM. But it isn't a workout at all. You just go a little slower and enjoy the ride.
I mean no offense towards Orange riders. KTM's are fantastic...
Forum: Thumpers 06-11-2010, 09:47 PM
Replies: 39
Views: 7,062
Posted By DanOGrande
I've got the whole dual sport thing covered: ...

I've got the whole dual sport thing covered:

R12GS 90street/10dirt
KLR650 50street/50dirt
plated KLX300 10street/90dirt


I love them all. But if I had to consolidate the dual sport part of...
Forum: The Garage 05-31-2010, 09:30 PM
Replies: 1
Views: 866
Posted By DanOGrande
Hey Rico, Post some pictures and maybe put...

Hey Rico,

Post some pictures and maybe put this in the thumpers forum. There's a lot of inmates here who would love to see "the train wreck."

Your friend,

DanO
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