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Old 05-08-2013, 05:11 PM   #46
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Ophir Pass Video

There seems to be very few, that I could find, dual sport videos of Ophir Pass Nevada. Lots of videos of Ophir Pass Colorado.

Here is one I found. Post some links of other videos if you know of any. Guess I'll have to bring my GoPro and shoot my own video of this pass.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nXnCnn9Ip6Q
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Old 05-08-2013, 10:00 PM   #47
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Jim, any idea who the guy in the video is is he a FF? Looks like some nice terrain, solo.
Found it

http://www.advrider.com/forums/showthread.php?t=730691

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Old 05-09-2013, 12:10 PM   #48
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108 just opened

Hi 108 has been closed the past few due to recent storm. Opened this morning at 9;30.
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Old 05-11-2013, 02:51 PM   #49
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Jim, any idea who the guy in the video is is he a FF? Looks like some nice terrain, solo.
Found it

http://www.advrider.com/forums/showthread.php?t=730691
No idea who this guy is but he is a traveling one many show. His ride report is great. I'm still not done reading all of it.

I wonder if he is related to Larryboy. They both ride solo and can take care of just about anything that comes up and like to ride and camp off the grid.

My two friends I ride with can fix just about anything as well which is great for me because I can't. My job is to plan the route and minimize running into dead ends.
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Old 05-11-2013, 03:02 PM   #50
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Road Openings heading to Nevada

Tioga Pass, 120, in Yosemite, was suppose to have opened today.

It is 95 degrees in Central California today which I'm sure is melting lots of snow, even though there isn't much this year.

82 degrees in Austin, NV tomorrow so maybe that snow on Ophir Pass will melt soon.
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Old 06-03-2013, 06:54 PM   #51
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Ride next week to Austin, Eureka, Ely and beyond

Three of us will be riding Old BMW R100GS Airheads to Central Nevada for a week of exploring the high elevation mountains of Ophir, Austin, Eureka, Ely and beyond. One of our friends will be on a Suzuki DR 650.

I just got my Airhead a week and a half ago and it hadn't been started in 7 years and had been left outdoors. My two friends have already restored their Airheads and did most of the work on mine to get it ready for this trip. Just got my new TKC 80's today and the only thing I am still waiting for is a new front brake rotor and brake pads. After cleaning up the carbs and putting in all new fluids, the 24 year old bike started right up and sounds great.

I have only done one shake down ride on it, last evening, up to the mountains and back, about 140 miles, and it ran great. It still has alot of rust and I will begin the detailing process once back from this trip.

The three of us have chosen the BMW R100GS Airhead because it has:
1. 21" front wheel
2. Tubeless spoke wheels
3. Shaft Drive
4. 462 lbs. full of fuel and ready to ride with 6 gallons of fuel. Not bad for a 1,000 cc adventure bike
5. Very basic design that is easy to work on, on the side of the road
6. BMW Heated hand grips

As far as I know, there is no new motorcycle with all of these features. I have owned two BMW R1200GS Adventures in the past and the Airhead is much lighter and easier to handle when off road and is a very good street bike for what it is, an old technology Adventure Bike. The GSA has some very nice features but I feel they are two completely different bikes. I will know much more about the R100GS in a couple of weeks.

This will be an adventure on my 1989 Airhead, just that alone, not to mention riding in a new area for me.

I'm hoping Ophir Pass is clear of snow by now as our first day will be riding from Tonopah to Berlin. Over Ophir Pass to Dianna's Punch Bowl and then into Austin.

Then we follow the Pony Express Trail heading east and north. I actually have no idea how much of the Pony Express dirt trail we can follow and if any of it is closed to motorized vehicles.

Here is a picture of my two friends GS Bumble Bees on a test ride up to 9,800 feet:


My bike up on the rack getting fresh fluids and a carb clean up:


Going to bring this 1989 BMW R100GS Airhead Bumble Bee back to life. First order of business is giving it it's first shower in 7 years after being parked outside with no use. My friend Jim, giving the old girl some much needed cleaning:
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Old 06-03-2013, 07:05 PM   #52
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I love those simple-looking bikes! Good luck with 'em.

I sure hope you report back on the ride. I cancelled a multi-day ride through that area some weeks back, but remain eager to learn more about it.
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Old 06-05-2013, 08:56 AM   #53
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Has anyone been over Ophir Pass, north of Tonopah lately.

We will be on it this Saturday.

Planning a gas stop in Carver. Hope they have gas.
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Old 06-05-2013, 09:04 AM   #54
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"Then we follow the Pony Express Trail heading east and north. I actually have no idea how much of the Pony Express dirt trail we can follow and if any of it is closed to motorized vehicles."

You can ride all of it, the only place that will probably be difficult on your air heads will be Overland Pass (Diamond Valley to Newark Valley). If you have trouble getting over it, just by-pass it via Railroad Pass and link back up with the trail.

There were still some snow drifts visible on th north faces in the Toiyabes last week, but it has been pretty warm the past couple days and getting hotter, so Ophir may be doable.

Have fun, sounds like an adventure in the making....
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Old 06-07-2013, 02:45 PM   #55
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Bikes loaded and heading to Nevada.

Hauling the GS's to Tonopah to save the knobbies.

New brake rotor installed an hour ago so I'm ready to roll


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Old 06-08-2013, 08:25 PM   #56
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Ophir Pass is open!! We rode it today West to East on the Bumblebees but just barely. Couldn't ride it the other direction because of some steep rocky sections.

This is at the summit where the snow usually blocks the pass.
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Old 06-08-2013, 08:32 PM   #57
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Glad you made it alright. Where are you headed next?
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Old 06-08-2013, 08:53 PM   #58
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Ophir Pass is open!! We rode it today West to East on the Bumblebees but just barely. Couldn't ride it the other direction because of some steep rocky sections.


Dammit, I shoulda gone with you guys...111 degrees here today.
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Old 06-08-2013, 09:06 PM   #59
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Thanks for the update and pics!
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Old 06-09-2013, 05:39 PM   #60
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Rode 120 miles of the Pony Express Route today from north of Eureka to highway 93.

Wide variety of conditions today and spectacular views. The sections of silt was the hardest stuff to ride through.
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