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Old 03-28-2013, 05:37 PM   #16
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Thanks again for having me tag along on this ride. I had a blast and enjoyed hanging out with all of you. Thanks again to Scott for his great hospitality.

Matt- I went with the name you gave me, hope you are happy!
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Old 03-28-2013, 05:43 PM   #17
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Hey guys!

Thanks for joining us!
I don't know about "epic" - it's only 2 days of riding
But I appreciate all the enthusiasm!




OMG! MediumWan!!

Thanks, Rick!








Friday 3/22/13


The ride up...


Our trip was almost over before it started.
Matt was going over the bike to check for damage (we had just ridden 2500 miles in Baja),
when he discovered that our front rim was cracked.
There were 2 spots actually, but this one is the worst.

Excel A60 1.6”





Son of a biscuit!
Matt called around and tried to get a new rim overnighted...
but no luck.


Crap.


He spoke to Radek and luckily, Radek had an extra rim that he was willing to let us borrow for the ride. Thanks, Radek!
Whew. That was close.




Ceasar had just gone to Canada to pick up a bike.
While he was there, he got some Mitas tires (including a couple for us).
Matt had never tried a Mitas, but they sounded promising.
Thanks, Ceasar!


Mitas E-09 Dakar.








With limited time for riding, we were trucking up to Reno with Bartek and Rick.
While waiting for El Smartek, Matt got bored and took my wife bike for a spin.







It was a long drive.
I think Smartek is working too hard...








Thank goodness for bananas! And real bananas, none of that pig food.
Matt had stopped and picked some up at Mi Tierra as a surprise.







We got to Scott’s place around 5:30pm.
Smartek is such a fine guest.
As a hostess gift, he brought Scott a new front tire, to replace the evil MT21.








The guys were going to be sleeping in the man cave upstairs.
While we were up there, I spied Scott’s Baja 1000 trophy!
Shhhhh - don’t let him know I took some pics...








Pretty awesome, huh?





The jeep that Scott and his fiancee raced in V2R.
Very cool.







Scott has a great shop and lots of nice toys.
He showed us all his fun stuff and gave us a tour of his beautiful home.
Meanwhile, Radek and Ceasar were on their way.
Radek was driving down from BC, swinging by Northern Cali to pick up KTMADV.


photo: rburkat






They arrived shortly after we did and the guys started loading the bikes.


photo: rburkat






Radek was kind enough to let us use his awesome truck.
Without it and Scott’s trailer, this wouldn’t have been possible.


photo: rburkat


















After all the manly truck stuff, it was time for dinner.
Matt and I wanted to make dinner for the guys that night.
But, what to cook...
Hmmm...





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Guessing tacos won't be on the menu for awhile...


Nope! It’s always a good time for tacos!




Someone else would agree...
Say it with me....
"He was on that like Bartek on a taco!"







This guy, too.








Scott graciously provided real china plates for us.
But I can’t be trusted. I used a paper plate.








Rick, Ceasar and Scott’s lovely fiancee Joanne.
Poor Joanne, we didn’t know she was a vegetarian. Sorry, Jo!









Then, it was time for beer and lies.








“Are you sure Radek is taller than me?”








We had a brief discussion about safety.
Scott had been wanting to talk about an extraction plan.
This was going to be some seriously remote riding and any injury was going to be a big deal.
There had recently been a tragic accident in Hawthorne, NV.
Several Marines had been killed and several others were gravely injured (the story is here.)



The survivors had been airlifted out but it still took over 40 minutes in a helicopter
to get to the nearest hospital.





And these people were Marines.
At a military training facility, prepared for an emergency.


It had highlighted just how isolated and far out we would be.
(the first day’s riding would go right through Hawthorne)




I think we decided that the plan was “don’t get hurt.”
If someone did get hurt, the most important thing was to get out.
Get to the highway as quickly as possible.
Because who knew how long it would take to get help...

And, with that, Scott replenished our first aid kit with vicodin.



I’ve made a huge tiny mistake...










No one wanted to go to bed, but we had to force ourselves to turn in fairly early.
The next day was going to be a long one...




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Old 03-28-2013, 07:00 PM   #18
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Saturday 3/23/13







The next morning, we got up around 4:45am.
Scott helped rouse everyone by blasting some old school funk.





He and Joanne had thoughtfully provided a yummy breakfast.
Ham and feta croissants, muffins, yogurt, etc...
Thanks guys, it was fantastic!


photo: rburkat






When we got out to the garage, it was a balmy 15°F.



Holy crap!

I’ve made a huge tiny mistake...







No one had prepared for cold weather. After all, this was desert riding...
I guess it was a good thing that we had 6 hrs in the truck before getting to the start.








Blurry map. The race starts in Beatty.





Wait, does anyone else see that on the map - Magruder Mountain!!
Magruder! The guy's a frickin' genius! Magruder!






Enjoying some gas station coffee.







Our fearless leader, Goggles Pizano.








Eventually, we got to Beatty. Now it was time to unload the bikes...








And put the Ridgeline on the trailer.







I was super happy.
If the Ridgeline hadn’t fit, I would have had to drive instead of ride...








Check out Radek’s cool new seat...






How awesome is that??








Fueling up.








Every rider filled his bike and an extra gas can.







MediumWan was a little nervous about keeping up with the big bikes.
He didn’t need to worry - he did great!




It was a special treat to hang out with Rick.
Usually he's too busy being a grown up to do stupid shit with us.
But, this weekend...













The Canimal was stoked (as always)!








Testing out the GoPro...








This first section was supposed to be pretty, so I was going to ride with Matt a little.
At the first pit, I would get off and keep Scott company in the truck.
Here we go! The starting line...








Thanks, Scott! (although, Matt noticed that you were waving your bad arm )















The road started off pretty fast.







Over the shoulder Radek...







Kinda like Baja...






Lookin’ good!








































How about some video?
Radek was so cool about filming us.
It was a blast!

HD if you want it...







Whee!
That Mitas tire felt great here, in the beginning.
It was a little skatey, but Matt really liked the way it felt in the sand.





Hmm. I’m not sure what these guys are looking at...
Matt and Radek were the only ones with GPS units.
















This was a bigger group than I was used to.
Great guys, though. A really fun bunch.







But we did have to stop frequently to gather the herd.
The trails out here criss cross and it’s easy to get lost.




























Smartek and Radek







I think this is the moment when I snapped that photo...







They were chomping at the bit...







Go get ‘em, boys!!!







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Old 03-28-2013, 07:06 PM   #19
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Thanks Scott for letting us stay at your place and for chasing us in the desert with the cold silver bullets. Also thanks everyone for the help of my first flat repair on the trail. Its nice having a couple of tire machines with you on the trail.

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Old 03-28-2013, 07:31 PM   #20
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Thank you for going with the teaser trailer idea! Now I feel special to be in on the first day!!!!
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Old 03-28-2013, 07:40 PM   #21
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I want to come riding with you guys! Your trips look like so much fun!

Also, you two flat out HAUL on that 990. I'm impressed with your finger strength!
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Old 03-28-2013, 07:43 PM   #22
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Awesome RR!

I would love to do that ride on my KX 500!

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Old 03-28-2013, 08:31 PM   #23
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Hey Kelly, again great RR, and you found the alarm clock music too, awesome.

Ceasar, would you prefer cold silver bullets or a warm wet cloth towel at each stop???? that's what i thought ( reference to Casey McCoy and Paul Krause-KTM Bend Rally , they had a great crew/chase guy too) next time i will have towels too, lol.

Canimal makes the 990 look small

BillUA, yes you would love to ride your KX 500 here, very fast course

Here is a video of Adam Theisen , local Reno guy. 2008 V2R
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=a8o9xdEbOJw

and some more vintage V2R
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sf6mz66CAHY
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Old 03-28-2013, 08:36 PM   #24
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Old 03-28-2013, 08:37 PM   #25
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Hey Kelly, again great RR, and you found the alarm clock music too, awesome.

Ceasar, would you prefer cold silver bullets or a warm wet cloth towel at each stop???? that's what i thought ( reference to Casey McCoy and Paul Krause-KTM Bend Rally , they had a great crew/chase guy too) next time i will have towels too, lol.

Canimal makes the 990 look small

BillUA, yes you would love to ride your KX 500 here, very fast course

Here is a video of Adam Theisen , local Reno guy. 2008 V2R
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=a8o9xdEbOJw

and some more vintage V2R
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sf6mz66CAHY

Thanks for the links! Do you use the aircraft just to film or also as a spotter?
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Old 03-28-2013, 09:04 PM   #26
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Not my plane , i wish though , my friends video of sponsored riders.
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Old 03-28-2013, 10:21 PM   #27
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I used to work in that ER the Marines were brought to. Some of the finest nurses and docs I have ever worked with...

I ended up there once on the wrong side of the trauma table. I was flown in from Mammoth with a burst T12... but that is a story for another time. A time that involves tacos and beers.

God bless those and their families who serve in our armed forces.

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Old 03-29-2013, 09:27 AM   #28
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I used to work in that ER the Marines were brought to. Some of the finest nurses and docs I have ever worked with...

I ended up there once on the wrong side of the trauma table. I was flown in from Mammoth with a burst T12... but that is a story for another time. A time that involves tacos and beers.

God bless those and their families who serve in our armed forces.

JG
Hi JG,
it's comforting to know those Marines were in good hands.
Thank you for not giving more details about your burst T12.
I googled T12 and the pics/descriptions freaked me out.
Hope you're better now...





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Its nice having a couple of tire machines with you on the trail.
I have some good pics of the bead breakers coming up





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I want to come riding with you guys! Your trips look like so much fun!

Also, you two flat out HAUL on that 990. I'm impressed with your finger strength!

Thanks, stevodadevo!
hey, speaking of fun - aren't you leaving for Baja soon??
Have a fantastic time!!



Hi BeardThrone, sion, and BillUA!
Thanks for joining us (and for watching the videos!!)


Thanks for the cool links, Goggles!
It was really neat to see the trail from the sky like that.












Saturday 3/23/13, continued.






There’s Goggles! He knew exactly where to meet up with us.
Pit #1.

















This stop was mostly for me. So I could get off the bike and into the truck.







Bye, Mr. Honey! Enjoy your freedom!
















Oh yeah. Radek and Bartek also took the opportunity to swap bikes...







So, Scott and I drove to the next meeting point...







Right about here - Hardluck City Road.







This looks like something for a ride report -
old mining stuff I imagine...







Meanwhile - out on the dry lake bed...
BigWan had a flat.
For once it wasn’t a screw or a nail.
He was running a patched tube and the patch melted off...A patched tube? Really, matt?
(I’ve made a huge tiny mistake...)


photo: KTMADV




Flat count -
BigWan - 1


And then they were ready to roll...








That first dot on the left is Matt doing a poppa wheelie.
It was kind of fun to watch on his helmetcam, but he says it wouldn’t translate well...







I thought this shadow was nice, though.







Working their way towards the next pit...







Scott spotted their dust pretty quickly...
Matt came in hot.







They were making some dust here, but it would get way worse later...
































Quick check of Radek’s rim (the one we borrowed)...so far, so good!








And then they were off!







Looks dusty up there...







Guess they had some silt later on. Glad I missed it!






So, our next meeting place was an old runway.
Goggles had a good vantage point, he was looking for dust.







Yep. Here they come!







Wow.























Woo hoo! Radek.








A 10 second video...







Matt.







Ceasar.







Smartek.







Rick.




Poor dusty Rick.
He was a good sport, but he got seriously dusty on this ride.












Time to refuel.








Meanwhile, I was getting my gear together...
I was going to ride along for the next section!





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Old 03-29-2013, 09:30 AM   #29
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Nice video...

I could have watched/listened to that all day. Nice mello tune.
Looks like some great stuff.
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Old 03-29-2013, 09:53 AM   #30
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Woot! Woot!

Nice trailer...movie trailer, not the other one.


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