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Old 09-08-2012, 08:49 AM   #256
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Great Report

This has been a great ride report to follow. It got my attention doing the UTBDR as I have the map and with any luck I will be able to schedule this in around work next year. Good luck with the rest of the adventure and I will continue to ride the keyboard to the end with the two of you. Good Luck....
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Old 09-08-2012, 09:18 PM   #257
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Yikes! Hope I never have to use it either, but I suppose it's better than nothing. I just hope if I ever have to use it, my aim is true and it discharges it in the bear's face. That's if I have the nerve to pull off the safety tab and hold steady with an angry bear approaching. A good strong campfire gives me more peace of mind than anything.

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We use Counter Assault while hiking the PCT and have never used it, but when a bear is on his hind legs huffing and grunting, dropping down to false charge at 0400......it's a bit nerve racking knowing the only defense you have is a giant bottle of spicy perfume. But that's mainly in the Yosemite area!
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Old 09-08-2012, 09:36 PM   #258
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Thanks, refokus! Yes, ride the UTBDR when you can - it's fantastic.
We just loved it. You can always break it up into parts, to work around your vacation time...








Day 21: 7/12/12 continued
Mountain River Ranch - KLIM Adventure Summit






Let's see, where were we?
to recap...


Matt and I got to the rally so early, at first we weren’t even sure we were in the right place...
But Rose got us situated and we set up our camp.


photo courtesy of KLIM


Thanks, Rose!



OK. Now where to ride?
So far, the only bikes there were mini bikes on trailers.
Obviously we weren’t going to be able to ride with them.


Luckily, we found B.J. (you'll see him later).
We had to bug him a bit, but eventually he spilled the beans and gave us a map and some ideas for a route.
I think he was a little nervous about the 2up/big bike thing, but we didn’t come all this way to ride gravel roads!
Tell us where to find the good stuff.



It didn't look like we were going to find anyone to ride with, so we took off on our own.
We were heading out towards Kelly Canyon when we saw a KTM on the side of the road.
Matt slowed down and gave the questioning “Thumbs up” signal, as we went by...
The guy totally freaked out and started waving his arms frantically!


We were afraid that maybe someone was hurt, maybe his friend drove off the road or something,
so Matt turned around and went back...
The guy whipped off his helmet and said, “It’s me, Erik!”
Holy crap, it was Capt.saveaho!
We had met Erik at the Mendo rally in May. He was on his KTM 525.







Back at the Mendo rally, he had made some kind of snide remark to our group of 950/990s,
so when he tried to pass us on his 525, Matt made him work for it. Hard.
Heh. Punk kid.

Ever since then, Erik had been wanting to get together for some riding.
He has a brand new 990 himself.
I mentioned that we would be at the KLIM rally but it was pretty short notice.
Matt and I had been hoping that he’d make it, but we weren’t holding our breath.
It was a long way from California, at the last minute...
But, he did it!
Yay, Capt.saveaho!







So, that was the good news.
The bad news was that Bartek990 was having issues with his bike.
Bartek was also coming from the Bay Area for the rally,
and seemed to be having issues with his fuel pump filters.
He was nursing his 990 along, and had told Erik to go on ahead.

Matt met Bartek in Death Valley at DVDaze, and we had ridden with him on a local ride.
He’s a great guy and we were stoked that he was here.
Erik asked, is there any chance that you guys have the rebuild kit?
Why of course we do!

(Matt is so good)



We got Captain saveaho settled in camp.
(Look how close his tent was! Later on he was complaining about the snoring...
Dude, we tried to warn you!)
Just then, Erik got a call. Bartek was stuck in Idaho Falls.
His 990 was dead.






OK, off to Idaho Falls...
Joining us, was Cole Ford of Colorado. We had just met him minutes ago.
A nice guy just looking to help out. Thanks, Cole!






Bartek had found the perfect shady spot in which to work.
He was already breaking things down...






He sure was happy to see Matt (and the filter kit).
Bartek and Erik arranged for a replacement kit to be overnighted from KTM twins.






Every 990 owner should know about the fuel filters...






Bartek recently went to Baja, and probably picked up some dirty fuel.






While the boys were working, a truck pulled up.
We thought, oh crap - it’s probably the owner of the building, coming to ask what the heck we’re doing...
But, it wasn’t.

It was Jimmy Lewis and Jesse Ziegler!

They saw the bikes and came over to see if everything was okay.
Wasn’t that nice of them?
Thanks, guys!






worky worky






bits and pieces.






Dirty pre-filter and filter cartridge






Jesse and Erik helping Bartek while I stand around and take photos.














Getting her buttoned up...






Woo hoo!!
Somebody’s HAPPY!







So then after Jimmy and Jesse left,
another truck pulled up.


It was Questor and Byways!
I said, “Wow, word travels fast in Idaho Falls!”
But they hadn’t heard anything.
Again, they were simply driving by and saw the bikes,
and pulled over to see if we needed help.



Amazing.
Of course, it helps that everyone loves motos.



Well, I took a photo of the fellas, but I almost can’t show it to you.
I don’t know what that Byways guy did, but it must have been really bad...
That’s some serious stink eye!




Dang it, Tony - you’ve been warned not to eat Cheetos in Questor's new truck!





(Anyhoo, ignore the grumpy face and substitute the smiley one...)


It was really cool of the guys to stop.
As they headed out, they suggested a nice place for dinner, too.
The Snake Bite.
Byways said he likes to send inmates there.
Sounds good.

Thanks, guys!


Taking a photo of Bartek, taking a photo of us.





Here it is, The Snake Bite.





This would have been the perfect place for a group photo! But I didn't get one.
Gah.
I suck.
Oh well. I did get a picture of Erik being carded!

(I'm just jealous 'cause I never get carded anymore)





I had the Hoback Chicken Sandwich with a house salad
(it was so good, I almost forgot to take a pic)





And a tasty beverage.




Bartek insisted on paying for Matt’s dinner (and mine), even though it wasn’t necessary.
We were just happy you were going to be able to ride with us!
Thank you, Bartek.




Good sign.
Especially this weekend!






Things were picking up back at camp...






We moved our bikes after the photo!






Blurry airplane pic for larryboy






We found another 990 guy - Radek from Vancouver.
a 2010 990R - covered in stickers and scars...you’re riding with us!
At the time, all I knew was that he was a nice guy with a cooler full of beer.
Turns out, Radek’s also a kickass rider.





We were all super excited about the next day’s riding...
OK, Idaho - let’s see what you’ve got!








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Old 09-08-2012, 10:32 PM   #259
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I found out a little about the fuel filters on my last trip as well. Of course the big shiny KTM dealers don't actually stock the overpriced filter kit.
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Old 09-09-2012, 11:48 AM   #260
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Dave6253: and that's why you always carry a fuel filter kit!





Day 22: 7/13/12 Friday the 13th
KLIM adventure summit




Everyone got up early - oh, boy! Christmas!

I still couldn’t believe that Capt.saveaho had made it all the way to Idaho to play with us!
Woo hoo!



Rose made coffee, Mark doled out the breakfast burritos...
It was great to have breakfast, without having to cook.

Thanks, KLIM!



We piled into Radek’s truck and headed to the KLIM warehouse.
Time for rally registration and a tour...

This:







Made me think of this:
(you don't need to watch that, it's just so you know what I'm talking about)






When we walked into the lobby, we noticed they had the WABDR documentary playing...







I missed the shot, but it was right at the part where Radek is crashing.
Yep, he did a couple days of the WABDR with the BDR guys. (you can see him rip at 3:25 in that link )







We signed the toilet seat, got bracelets, and picked up our swag.






Afterwards, we got a nice tour of the KLIM building.
(Pronounced like “climb,” by the way)
They have a super fancy showroom full of goodies...













Fondling the merchandise













Folks getting registered in the lobby...







Got a tour of the warehouse...
Our lovely tour guide was John, I believe.






The cleanest warehouse I’ve ever seen...






Thanks for the tour, KLIM!




As we were leaving, I took pics of all the bikes out front.
Eye candy for you guys...




























Oooh. Look at this pretty thing....






The key was in the ignition, so everyone took turns doing wheelies...
(just kidding!)
Really, they’re trying to figure out why it only has 1200 miles on it...
Someone works too much!






It was pretty late by the time we got back to camp.
That’s the Cycle Buy trailer in the background. They were really nice.
We had been hoping Wolfman was going to be at the rally, as we needed some replacement parts.
No joy.
We really wanted to buy a buckle.
He didn’t have any for sale, but Bob was so great, he took off a buckle from one of his bags and just gave it to us.
Thanks, Bob!





Today we were going to try and ride the routes suggested by B.J.




Idahosam was still in camp, so we dragged him along with us.







Heading out towards Kelly Creek...






Radek was stoked.






So was Erik.






And, Bartek.






Everyone was so excited and so busy screwing around,
we made a ton of dust.





Sam rode with us for a little bit, but after a while,
he couldn’t take the dust anymore and peeled off on his own.
We were sad.
Sorry, Idahosam...





Lots of friendly quads were out. With dogs!













Here we are! The trail turnoff.





Oh, boy!





It was a fun little trail.

Radek






Bartek






Erik was feeling shy and wouldn’t let us film him.
He’s a fantastic rider, I wish he had let us get him on tape a little...




He was on a brand new 2011 990 with no crash bars and the stock bashplate.
What could go wrong?





Oh well. It was just the warm-up ride, anyway.
Don’t forget the HD!






Wheee!






We were having a blast!




Until we lost the back brake.

Motherbrother!







We were worried that the rally was over for us...
Monkey fighter!



But, Erik was positive that they were just overheated.
He said they would come back...




He was right.
Thanks, Capt.saveaho!



But it was still early in the day.
This didn’t bode well for the upcoming single track...


Dum dum dum! (dramatic music)


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Old 09-09-2012, 01:24 PM   #261
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Old 09-09-2012, 03:05 PM   #262
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Ya'know, you guys always make me smile.

Thanks for that.

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Old 09-09-2012, 10:03 PM   #263
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Thanks for reading, Rwelch and Alleycatdad!





Day 22: 7/13/12 continued
KLIM rally, Friday






Now that we were warmed up, it was time for the single track.












The trail we want is up ahead and to the right...






Go, Capt.saveaho!












Radek wanted to check out the lookout, and so did we...





It was beautiful!
We took some pics...


photo courtesy of Radek



Woo!






Everyone was loving the trail!





Except maybe our crashbar bags.
Motherbrother!
Ripped the straps clean off.






Erik was kind enough to put one in his rear case.




We strapped the other one on our back rack.




Here’s the video for this section...
Obviously, single track with a 500 lb bike (2up) is slower than your average single track...
HD, baby.







still waiting for videos to upload...

see you tomorrow!

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Old 09-09-2012, 11:06 PM   #264
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Inspirational riding to say the least. You make this look easy...and we appreciate the effort.

Lovin the extreme 2 up ride.
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Old 09-10-2012, 01:18 AM   #265
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Jill and I are up to day 12 and loving the report!

We can't wait to ride with you 2 again. And capt underpants also once he gets his bike fixed
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Old 09-10-2012, 05:26 AM   #266
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Love reading the reports and great for a newbie like me to get some inspiration. Don't think my wife will get to be as brave as you. She'll go just about anywhere with me on the street, but she looks a little green when I've shown her some of the videos!
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Old 09-10-2012, 08:07 AM   #267
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What a great video. As usual, Matt pilots the school bus like it was a small dirt bike. Impressive. What a beautiful bit of trail that is.
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Old 09-10-2012, 10:35 AM   #268
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Glad you're enjoying it, you guys!

It was a really fun ride and video makes it easier to share the experience.
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Inspirational riding to say the least. You make this look easy...and we appreciate the effort.

Lovin the extreme 2 up ride.
Thank you! We are getting a little crazy with the 2up, but matt likes to push himself.
It's hard to get better unless you test the boundaries, right?
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Love reading the reports and great for a newbie like me to get some inspiration. Don't think my wife will get to be as brave as you. She'll go just about anywhere with me on the street, but she looks a little green when I've shown her some of the videos!
Thanks! Glad it's inspiring you to do more 2up.
Just don't hurt your wife! She sounds smart...
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Jill and I are up to day 12 and loving the report!

We can't wait to ride with you 2 again. And capt underpants also once he gets his bike fixed

Haha, did you guys like the crap-in-my-pockets photo? Personalized just for you.

Yeah, I think Aaron's bike is totaled. He'll get it fixed.
Haven't heard from him in a while, he probably went to burning man.



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What a great video. As usual, Matt pilots the school bus like it was a small dirt bike. Impressive. What a beautiful bit of trail that is.
Thanks dustyrider - it got even prettier!





Day 22: 7/13/12 continued
KLIM rally, Friday





This next post is mostly trail photos...


The single track continued, with a few distractions.
Rocks.






Pretty scenery






More rocks






Looking back at part of the trail. Can you see it?













Woo hoo!


photo courtesy of Radek




Bartek was having a great time!







As were Radek and Erik.









photo courtesy of Radek




The trail came in several flavors....



Leafy.





Hilly.






Sage brushy.






Grassy.





We enjoyed them all.



Go, Bartek!






It's kind of fun to see ourselves out there...


photo courtesy of Radek




Matt and I couldn't believe how lucky we were, to be riding these amazing trails,
with such a fun group of guys.
It was awesome.






We had a fantastic time, but I didn’t want to bore you with the video.
This one is mostly sample cuts, to show the varied terrain, with one longer (really fun) descent...




Poor Matt sounds tired in the beginning of the video.
He had to wrestle the bike around some tight sections, full of rocks.
I offered to get off to make it easier, but he refused.
Stubborn!


So far, all of it was rideable 2up. Not easy, but doable.



That was going to change....


(did you notice that Matt says, "if they end this with a super high climb, we're in trouble...")


dum dum dum!
shoot. I should have saved the dramatic chipmunk for this part!

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Old 09-10-2012, 10:41 AM   #269
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It was our pleasure having you maniacs here with us. Can't wait to see you guys again. Thanks for the report!
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Old 09-10-2012, 11:36 AM   #270
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Balance!

You are right, Kelly. An even prettier part of the hills. Fantastic riding.
And, fantastic riding by both pilot and passenger.
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