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View Results: What did the Osos do after Lica's hit in Hell's Gate?
Hit the 911 button on Lica's spot and waited for search and rescue 8 2.47%
Called Radek's cop buddy and got a TOY 4x4 extraction 17 5.25%
What's the problem? He rode out with one hand and no throttle - OSO!!! 70 21.60%
With the engineering flow chart, WD-40 and duct tape - trail repair, baby! 112 34.57%
Flagged down a tour jeep and put the bike in the back with some French tourists 31 9.57%
This is just a ploy to buy time and still act like you're working on the report, isn't it? 109 33.64%
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Old 08-26-2013, 11:04 AM   #91
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A little late to the party, having just got back from my own week long BIG BIKE ride in Colorado yesterday 8/25, but IN! Thanks for all the hard work in putting these RR's together . . . . You guys are GREAT riders and all of your RR's rock!


I need to find the time to do a RR myself, you are my inspiration
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Old 08-26-2013, 01:59 PM   #92
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Old 08-26-2013, 02:26 PM   #93
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Awesome report, Kelly, just like all your other ones, actually!
I love reading all about your group's adventures, and trying to get a better understanding of how the heck did Lica's bike get that bit up. Now it all starts to make sense

And by the way, I know at the time it wasn't funny for you, but you guys sure look funny on that bike with the blown shock (in Radek's video) .

But I'm glad you managed to fix it and to continue the ride, so we can all enjoy this great report
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Old 08-26-2013, 02:32 PM   #94
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Old 08-26-2013, 06:40 PM   #95
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Thanks!

Hi Kelly! Another RR... I have been checking since we got back from our own 2-week Western US 2-up ride and finally!

From one pillion rider to another, big props to you for doing all that dirt! My fiance (SpeedySteve) and I have done some gnarly power-line riding around our area in SE Arizona without much gear on the bike and I have to say, I can't imagine doing some of what you did fully loaded!

Your reports are also inspiring me to take as many pics as possible (I am not a good photographer) and write a ride report myself! Hopefully that will be soon - we took ~5000 photos on our trip!

Quick question: I see some Camelbaks on people in your group. Have you always ridden with a Camelbak? How is that mouthpiece in the helmet, especially with a microphone for a com system? On our most recent trip, I definitely felt dehydrated, but it was such a pain in the butt to keep stopping for a water break. I'm thinking a Camelbak might be the answer...

Thanks, and please keep posting!!

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Old 08-27-2013, 01:16 AM   #96
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Hey Little Wan!

I found out you're having another party!



So, I'm IN!

Now I gotta go back and R E A D all the cool stuff, not just click the links!

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Old 08-27-2013, 10:32 AM   #97
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for the update. Starting my Monday morning with a Wans RR update and a cup of coffee, Awesome.
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In. Thanks Little Wan for another RR. It's great to wake up with a nice cup of Joe and read another day's report!
Aw, sorry you guys - got you all excited about morning updates and then I blew it today...
I got stalled out on Day 3 and started working on Day 4 instead...
Now I need to go back and do Day 3.





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Look at these guys - tired, but still smiling!
(Edit - matt saw this pic and said he's the only one smiling! Hmm. I think they're all smiling on the inside. )




looks to me like at least three of them have a mouthful of food...its hard to smile with a mouthful of food (if you have any manners, that is). anyway, there are smiles in their eyes.
Good point, sion!
yeah, I'm shy about making people pose for photos.
I tend to do a shoot and run...






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A little late to the party, having just got back from my own week long BIG BIKE ride in Colorado yesterday 8/25, but IN! Thanks for all the hard work in putting these RR's together . . . . You guys are GREAT riders and all of your RR's rock!


I need to find the time to do a RR myself, you are my inspiration
Thanks, CamelBill -
hope you had a great time in Colorado!
We had lots of rain, but maybe things have dried out by now?




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For once I'm in on a LittleWan ride report that's ongoing!
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How's your bike doing? did you get your "bent bits" fixed up?



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Awesome report, Kelly, just like all your other ones, actually!
I love reading all about your group's adventures, and trying to get a better understanding of how the heck did Lica's bike get that bit up. Now it all starts to make sense

And by the way, I know at the time it wasn't funny for you, but you guys sure look funny on that bike with the blown shock (in Radek's video) .

But I'm glad you managed to fix it and to continue the ride, so we can all enjoy this great report
Hola Camelia!
Thanks for signing in!
Hope you had a wonderful time in Europe, while Lica was busy destroying his bike.

OMG - that broken shock was a crazy mess!
It did look funny, though...


I should have used a lowrider link for that post...
like this one:





Why would anyone do that on purpose???





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yep still not watching..LOL...KTM's falling carnage I'm enjoying this.....more..more...heh heh heh
Wow, I can actually see you tenting your fingers and saying, "Excellent..."

Well, definitely keep NOT watching, there's more...




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Quick question: I see some Camelbaks on people in your group. Have you always ridden with a Camelbak? How is that mouthpiece in the helmet, especially with a microphone for a com system? On our most recent trip, I definitely felt dehydrated, but it was such a pain in the butt to keep stopping for a water break. I'm thinking a Camelbak might be the answer...

Thanks, and please keep posting!!

~Andrea
Hi Andrea -
We only started wearing h2O packs (both of us) in the last year.
Before that, we always carried lots of water, but like you, had to stop to drink it.
We definitely stay better hydrated with the packs, especially on long days in the desert.
Mouthpiece is no problem with a microphone.

The main problem is that when Matt's pack is really full and we're in deep sand or loose rocks,
it's harder for me to hold on. The pack keeps me pushed back.
In the past, I've worn a pack and we share the water (I can hand him the hose),
so that's an option, too.

hope that helps!
good luck with the RR, it's a lot of work (but a lot of fun too).




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Hey Little Wan!

I found out you're having another party!



So, I'm IN!

Now I gotta go back and R E A D all the cool stuff, not just click the links!

Hiya Nicky!
What's shakin'?

Aw, there aren't as many good linkies in this report.
Youtube is driving me crazy. The best stuff gets taken down,
the rest are ruined by ads.
It sucks.

But I'm trying my best. understand?







OK, see you guys later - with Day 3


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Old 08-27-2013, 10:51 AM   #98
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The main problem is that when Matt's pack is really full and we're in deep sand or loose rocks,
it's harder for me to hold on. The pack keeps me pushed back.
In the past, I've worn a pack and we share the water (I can hand him the hose),
so that's an option, too.

My passengers make me flip it around, then they steal my water when I'm not looking.

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Old 08-27-2013, 11:26 AM   #99
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Almost have the bent bits replaced. Heading up to Highway Dirt Bikes this Friday to pick up all the parts, then I hope to tear the bike down over this Labor Day weekend and install everything.

Toughest thing will be pulling the wiring for the heated grips out of the stock bars, everything else is a bolt on.
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Old 08-27-2013, 11:42 AM   #100
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Subscribed! Another killer ride report and all 950s/990s...it doesn't get any better than this Would love to have joined, but 5 of us (four 990s) are doing the COBDR and UTBDR back-to-back, White Rim Trail, KTM Rally, etc. in 2 weeks. Will any of you going to be at the Rally in Steamboat? BTW, which LED fogs are Radek and Osito running? I've got the D2s, but those look nice.
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Old 08-27-2013, 12:06 PM   #101
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Old 08-27-2013, 02:28 PM   #102
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My passengers make me flip it around, then they steal my water when I'm not looking.


Hee, I don't know how you can steer like that, but great idea!






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Almost have the bent bits replaced. Heading up to Highway Dirt Bikes this Friday to pick up all the parts, then I hope to tear the bike down over this Labor Day weekend and install everything.

Toughest thing will be pulling the wiring for the heated grips out of the stock bars, everything else is a bolt on.
Have fun!





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Subscribed! Another killer ride report and all 950s/990s...it doesn't get any better than this Would love to have joined, but 5 of us (four 990s) are doing the COBDR and UTBDR back-to-back, White Rim Trail, KTM Rally, etc. in 2 weeks. Will any of you going to be at the Rally in Steamboat? BTW, which LED fogs are Radek and Osito running? I've got the D2s, but those look nice.
There was some early talk of Radek or Scott going to the rally, but I'm pretty sure we got our fill of Colorado...




I want to say that they're running the Squadron LED lights , but I'm not sure what configuration.
It looks like Radek has a Squadron LED wide-cornering, on one side?




Maybe they will sign in and let us know for sure...
Radek?
Osito?







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Does it block the ads that are at the beginning of the videos? the ones you can skip after 5 seconds?




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I want to say that they're running the Squadron LED lights , but I'm not sure what configuration.
It looks like Radek has a Squadron LED wide-cornering, on one side?

Maybe they will sign in and let us know for sure...
Radek?
Osito?

I think you nailed it. Those are very nice lights. 4300 lumens for the BD Squadrons vs. 2600 for the Rigid D2s and they weigh less. I may sell my Rigids and upgrade to these after seeing a side by side comparison of the two:

http://www.ktmtwins.com/baja-designs...dron-light-kit

Looking forward to reading the rest of the report
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oh, I forgot to do the casualty list for Day 2 -


1 blown rear shock - us Wans.




Day 3: 8/3/13
St. George to Salina, UT 182 miles






So, yesterday I also forgot to talk about our camping spot...
We were exhausted when we got to the campground.
It was dark and getting late.
The place was mostly set up for RVs, with some car camping tent sites.
there might have been 1 site open, but it was all gravel.





Bartek spied a picnic table with a grassy area and said,
we can just camp right here!
Um. OK.
(here’s a photo taken the next morning)





I was worried that it was the pet area - there was a fire hydrant, a dumpster, and it didn’t smell that great...

But, beggars can’t be choosers.






The guys were planning to just throw their sleeping bags on the grass.
Matt asked how I felt about that.
Sigh.

I like a tent, myself (I was already getting mosquito bites just standing there).
But I didn’t want to be a girl about it.





Okay. I can be one of the boys tonight.
We had a small tarp and our sleeping pads too.





We stayed up for a while, drinking beer and BSing
and then crawled into “bed”
(right where you see the orange square)




Matt and I were probably the first to lie down.
I put in my earplugs and tried to ignore the distinct smell of dog poop...
At least I wasn’t worried about Prophecy tonight!
(hey, he looks like our Oso Loco sticker! )







Everyone was so tired, sleep was not a problem.




Until 2:45am, that is.






I woke up to Matt shaking me - “Kel! sprinklers!!”

Oh, sh*t!!




Complete pandemonium!

We jumped up and grabbed our stuff as fast as we could.
Carrying it in our arms, we ran over to the bike and tried to pile our stuff on it.
Scott, Osito, Bartek - they soon joined us.
We were barefoot in the muddy gravel, miserable and confused.



What a freaking mess!
At least Matt had heard the sprinklers gear up before they started spraying.
We got a little wet, but were up and running before they went full force.




These were the most stealth sprinkler heads we had ever seen (or rather, not seen).
Completely flush to the ground unless they were spraying.




Poor Bartek - soaked!
He was right next to a sprinkler head - in this photo he’s got it covered with his shoes, trying to keep it from spraying.






Everyone had draped gear and clothing along the rail,
which was now being sprayed with water.
I think Scott tried to cover a couple of sprinkler heads with rocks,
and we stepped on some of the others and held them down...


It was awesome.






3:00 am
Oso tired and wet.







We sat around for a while, trying to figure out what to do.
Even if we wanted to leave, all our stuff was wet.






Matt said, “F**k it - we have another tarp - it’s waterproof” (our tent footprint)
He put it down on the soaked grass and we went back to sleep.





At 4am, it was groundhog day...
“KEL! sprinklers!!”



I jumped up and grabbed my stuff again.



Oh my god!!
I have had it with these monkey-fighting sprinklers in this monday-to-friday campground!
Who the hell runs the sprinklers TWICE in one night??







We ended up sleeping on the sidewalk next to the dumpster.




And, we were happy about it!





Until, that is, Matt heard a funny noise.
Ten inches from his head, another sprinkler head popped up!
Mother brother!
He reached his hand out of his sleeping bag and turned the sprinkler head away from his face.
Then went back to sleep.







The water pooled up on the sidewalk and ran under our tarp,
Matt’s sleeping pad kept him high and dry.
To add insult to injury, mine had a leak. I ended up on the ground.








At one point, I rolled over and saw that Scott was lying in the parking lot, with his head on the curb.
He had his boots lined up as a warning, so no cars would run him over.
And sprinklers were going off on either side of him.


I wanted to take a photo, but couldn’t find my camera!


Here’s my artist’s rendering...





I didn’t see Osito, but apparently he was sleeping in the tan bark next to the swings.







Bartek had put his sleeping pad directly over a sprinkler head,
so he didn’t even wake up when the sprinklers went off the second time!








It was good for laughs the next morning.







Radek and Lica had set up in the dirt, so they were safe from the spray.



Radek said he woke up and heard everyone freaking out,
but he just rolled over and went back to sleep.

Lucky bastard!






Instead of sitting around in St. George all day,
Scott decided to do some riding.
His dad lives in Delta, CO and Scott said he would meet back up with us in Grand Junction.

Somewhere during Day 2, Scott had managed to erase all the tracks from his GPS.
So, Lica went to ride with Scott.
Lica had the tracks and now we could meet up in the dirt on Day 4.


They were gone before I got up.






The rest of us would be going to Fineline Suspension.
But, first - breakfast.







Mmmmm.















Tom of Fineline told Matt not to call before 9:30 or 10am (it was saturday, after all).
So, our next stop was Rocky Mountain ATV







Bartek noticed that his TKC80 was melting away...







So, he bought himself a real tire. D908.









Here we are - Fineline Suspension.














We were still a little early, so the guys prepared their bikes.







Radek and Osito were going to try and figure out his overheating problem.






















And Matt needed to get the shock ready for Tom.







Bartek took the opportunity to set up his office and do some work.
Buy! sell! buy! sell!








Here’s the shock...







and here’s Tom.







Our spring was too big to fit in Tom’s press,
so he had to compress it manually.










Eventually, I had to help - it was tough!
There was so much tension, it felt like the spring wanted to jump out of the vise.
Scary.





It’s big. Some kind of car spring.







Tom was pretty cool about Matt watching him work.
















Actually, Tom discovered something frightening about our shock...

He said the clevis end was working itself off. It was coming unscrewed.
It only took 6 turns before it fell off!











This really freaked Tom out - apparently if they had come apart while we were riding,
the rear end would have collapsed and we would have had a catastrophic accident.
2up, with all that weight in the back??



If we were on the highway - it probably would have been fatal.

Good thing we didn’t try and ride to Colorado Springs to try and find that suspension shop!






We left Tom to work his magic and went outside to check on the guys.
The only thing that Radek had learned from switching radiator caps with Lica,
was that his cap was fine and Lica's was messed up.



Now Osito was using his camp stove to boil some water.







They were going to check and make sure Radek’s thermostat was working properly.






It opened. It was working.







Checking the pump impeller housing.







Impeller looked okay, too.







Look at this huge bug that landed on Osito!













Tom’s wife, Ginger, stopped by.
She was super nice. Here she is, showing us around the shop.

Later, she drove me to the store to pick up Engine Ice (coolant) for Radek (2 times!)







Some of the neat stuff in the Fineline shop.
Fineline pogo stick







Autographed photo from Chuck Miller...







and, hey - we met that guy! Top Jimmy (Jimmy Lewis).






Tom and Ginger used to live in So Cal and spent a lot of time with Jimmy and his wife.
I’m pretty sure they know everyone cool from racing.





Thinking about a trade-in, Osito?






Oso Silly!







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