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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 2.35%
Called Radek's cop buddy and got a TOY 4x4 extraction 17 4.99%
What's the problem? He rode out with one hand and no throttle - OSO!!! 74 21.70%
With the engineering flow chart, WD-40 and duct tape - trail repair, baby! 116 34.02%
Flagged down a tour jeep and put the bike in the back with some French tourists 34 9.97%
This is just a ploy to buy time and still act like you're working on the report, isn't it? 115 33.72%
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Old 10-13-2013, 10:36 AM   #751
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LittleWan ~ Sorry to have jumped in your excellent ride report to answer Lica without first having said "Hi" to you and Matt! My mother would be ashamed of me

As always when you have an active ride report working here, your's is the first thing I look to for updates... You have outdone yourself with this one, and I've enjoyed each page.

That last video of Matt "feeling frisky" was amazing. It drove home to me once again that he has the reflexes of a CAT! To make all the adjustments that he has to do on some of those single tracks, in the woods, and missing hidden rocks in tall grass... amazing! I admire and envy both his reflexes and his technique.

If your travels ever bring you to the greater Spokane area, I'd love to buy you two dinner and a drink!

Looking forward to the next report... may they continue for years!

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Old 10-13-2013, 11:43 AM   #752
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I'm working with a friend of mine http://britanniacomposites.com/ on this windshield/lights project....should be finished around Christmas.
If anybody has any idea or input on this please let me know.
So far it has been wind tested and it feels AWESOME and on the low position the windshield is about 2" lower than stock(perfect for OSO style offroading). We'll put 55W HID for high and low beam and the low beam is a projector.
Ian makes great stuff. I've been trying to break my Lynx for a few years now, with only moderate success (I had to ride straight into a pile of granite to even crack it).

The HID's he supplies turn night into day.
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Old 10-13-2013, 12:51 PM   #753
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u're way to funny was laughing for about 5 min
didn't realize what I was writing WE HE to busy shopping for bindings
Haha,
distracted by internet shopping - that makes more sense.

The thought of your bike answering was kinda funny though!





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Kelly , Matt and Oso Loco crew . I have to thank all of you for this report , Kelly for writing up most of it and the rest for abusing your bikes and bodies ! You all are a durable bunch ! If I went down at speed like that I couldn't move for days . Heck I can be out of commission just bending and twisting just putting my gear on . Make sand , rocks and crashing at speed your favorite ! I will be sad when you finish up on this ride , it has been great following along ! Thanks !
Thanks, Gramp-Z!
Yeah, these young guys (Lica and Bartek) handle the crashes pretty well, don't they?
It was impressive, some days in CO it was easy to forget they were hurt.

Thanks for reading and having fun with us!





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LittleWan ~ Sorry to have jumped in your excellent ride report to answer Lica without first having said "Hi" to you and Matt! My mother would be ashamed of me

As always when you have an active ride report working here, your's is the first thing I look to for updates... You have outdone yourself with this one, and I've enjoyed each page.

That last video of Matt "feeling frisky" was amazing. It drove home to me once again that he has the reflexes of a CAT! To make all the adjustments that he has to do on some of those single tracks, in the woods, and missing hidden rocks in tall grass... amazing! I admire and envy both his reflexes and his technique.

If your travels ever bring you to the greater Spokane area, I'd love to buy you two dinner and a drink!

Looking forward to the next report... may they continue for years!

Don
No worries, Don!
I'm glad that you took the time to give Lica some great feedback, thanks!

Thank you for the generous offer! matt says that's reason enough to go to Spokane
It's always cool to meet ADV inmates, we might just take you up on that!

I'm so glad you've enjoyed the report and I appreciate you watching the videos.
That was a very nice note, by the way.
So, tell your mom you've been a good boy.





hi j2beers!




Okay, more report on its way...


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Old 10-13-2013, 12:56 PM   #754
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just looked through my photobucket pics and came across this school bus
Looks like not long ago I was a school bus driver too


While keeping my eyes open for a good 990, guess what I find? Low miles: only about 100K, and with a brand new wheels and suspension! Rides like new, but perhaps doesn't look quite new any longer.

Too bad I've read all of your ride reports Lica! Such good reading, but sometimes, oh sometimes, that poor bike! As much as I like the idea of an experienced ride . . . .


Oh well, she'll find a good home I'm sure.

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Old 10-13-2013, 01:23 PM   #755
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While keeping my eyes open for a good 990, guess what I find? Low miles: only about 100K, and with a brand new wheels and suspension! Rides like new, but perhaps doesn't look quite new any longer.

Too bad I've read all of your ride reports Lica! Such good reading, but sometimes, oh sometimes, that poor bike! As much as I like the idea of an experienced ride . . . .


Oh well, she'll find a good home I'm sure.


Uh oh.
Lica - hurry up and sell that thing before Matt's Day 16 post!!


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Old 10-13-2013, 01:42 PM   #756
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Day 14: 8/14/13
Great Basin Park to Reno, NV
473 miles, continued








Back on the trail...








Found a couple Nevada gates...
Lica got this one...







I got the next one.



There might have been 1 more...




Hey, cows.






This was a fun section.








There were some rocks after this, but I missed the shot.




We were going to Chimney Rock Spring.
I had been looking forward to it, I love this spot.
Unfortunately, I only took a couple photos and this one is blurry!





Monkey fighter!



Here are a couple I took in 2009.
See how pretty?





It had been so green and lush and inviting that evening.







It was kind of dry and scrubby this time. Oh well.







The important thing was that it looked shady up ahead...







Lica’s bike was starving for fuel.
He was pretty sure his fuel filters needed replacing.







Draining the fuel into Osito’s empty rotopax...






Fuel pump





I had specifically reminded the Osos about fuel filters in one of the pre-trip emails.
It’s a common issue with 990s and those parts are hard to find on the trail.


Lica had his extra filters. They weren’t brand new, but they looked pretty good.
The problem was, the infamous fuel pump O-ring. They are delicate.
Lica’s had broken.
“Shit,” he said. “Now what?”



Matt leaned over and said to me, “get ready to take a picture...”



He held up a spare O-ring!



"DUDE! No way!!"
That is genuine surprise and joy on Lica’s face.

No acting!





Matt, taking the fuel pump apart.






Old filters





They were pretty dirty.
Lica said they were from his South America trip.









And, he’s done! Time to hit the road again.







That reminds me of a poem...



you're welcome.




I guess Lica’s bike is running better!




Osito!








Nice, fast NV roads...













We were taking the long way into Ely.
(hi, notsofasteddie's wife's family!)











Lica clicked in on the Sena and said he was having some other bike issues...




Good thing Ely was coming up...




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Old 10-13-2013, 04:05 PM   #757
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Hi Wans! (I haz mannerz)

Lica,
Here is my cheezy solution to the same problem:

Low



High



I just took an extra windshield and trimmed it how I wanted, cut grooves in it, and put some small quick release levers in the larger screen. The bottom of the screen is held with some heavy duty plastic velcro type stuff. Not as high tech, but works well.

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Old 10-13-2013, 06:11 PM   #758
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Hi Hobbes!









Day 14: 8/14/13
Great Basin Park to Reno, NV
473 miles, continued









When we got to Ely, Lica said that he thought his sprocket carrier bearing was going bad.
He was getting a lot of movement.

Oh crap. Guess that’s the end of the dirt.






Napa didn’t have the correct bearing...






But, the clerk gave Lica a recommendation and he went to check it out.






No luck.
Meanwhile, he was able to get ahold of Radek.
Radek just happened to be driving to KTM in Reno.
He would try and get the sprocket carrier bearing from them.



So, our plan was to get on the highway and head for Scott’s.
We would get as far as we could, and if necessary,
Radek would come pick Lica up with the truck.
Thanks, Radek!





Hey, there’s the Hotel Nevada...



(That bank sign is kind of blurry, but it says 88°F)






The Hotel Nevada is where we ate, back on Day 1.



That seemed like a long, long, time ago.






After about 75 miles, we had to stop.
Lica said his back wheel was feeling really bad.
also, his bike was starved for gas again.
Matt noticed this picnic area (with shade).
It was perfect.







We were right outside of Eureka, NV.







Lica thought it was the sprocket carrier bearing, right?







But it turned out, that bearing was fine.







Making use of his beloved hammer again...







Wow, it turns out that what he really needed was new wheel bearings.






And, he had them!







How great is that?
His old bearings were toast.







Happy Oso!







Meanwhile, Matt started to prep for the fuel filter work...







He and Osito drained the gas into the rotopax again...








So, the reason those used fuel filters had looked pretty good was that Lica had cleaned them.
Oh.
That’s not good. You can’t really clean fuel filters.



Luckily, Matt had a set of brand new ones. They were just completely buried.
He dug them out.





Those guys sure were lucky to have shade and a table!







The used filters were trashed.
Lica was messing with them to see what was inside.





















Putting the fuel pump back in...








Scott called us - for some reason the phone had paired with my Sena...
so Matt had to yell into my helmet in order to talk to Scott.




“Buy! Sell! Buy! Sell!”





Scott was just checking to see how Lica’s bike was doing.
Oh, no biggie. Lica’s just replacing his wheel bearings on the side of the road.



Scott said, just get here when you can, we’ll have dinner waiting.
And, if there’s any problem, call back and we’ll jump in the truck and get the bike.

Thank you, Scott!


Osos are awesome.





After the trail repair was done, we went into Eureka.







Lica discovered that he had lost his backpack somewhere.
Probably at Chimney Rock Springs.
He thinks he hung in on a branch.
Monkey fighter!

Goddammit!





There goes his hydration pack full of water, an extra tube, and some JB Weld.
Oh well.
I’m sure none of that stuff was important.









Matt asked the Chevron cashier if it was okay to fill up our camelbaks with water.
She said, “Sure - help yourself to the ice machine, too.”
Sweet! Thank you!!


Over the shoulder pic as he filled up my pack.








We got back on highway 50 and headed towards Reno...
How’s the bike feel, Lica? A-ok!







Poor guy had to hydrate the old fashioned way, now that he lost his backpack.








I took this photo as we made our way into Austin.







I didn’t want to take the same old photos of the same old stuff in Austin.
So, here’s The Little Bluebird Mine.







We were riding along, chatting about nothing...




when Matt said, “Shit. I don’t see them.”
He was looking in his mirrors and Lica and Osito weren’t there.




Oh no. Now what?



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Old 10-13-2013, 06:24 PM   #759
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I have to stop reading your reports. I feel so inadequate...
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Old 10-13-2013, 06:39 PM   #760
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I have to stop reading your reports. I feel so inadequate...

Aw, Rockcat -

That's not what you're supposed to feel.
You're supposed to feel inspired!


Osos get fired up when someone says, "You can't do that on a big bike...
"

Matt and I start planning when we hear, "You won't be able to do that 2 up..."



Don't be discouraged.
Feel encouraged to go push yourself (whatever that may mean) next time you go riding.

You can do it!



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Old 10-13-2013, 06:50 PM   #761
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Old 10-13-2013, 06:55 PM   #762
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Something like this?

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Old 10-13-2013, 07:04 PM   #763
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Awesome.

Busted a gut with your poem link and the pic of that "rock"

Take one day off from work and 4 pages behind. Whew! all caught up. Can't wait for the "Tea and Crumpets" but will be sad when it's over. This has truly been one awesome RR.
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Old 10-14-2013, 12:06 AM   #764
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Kelly, You are the Best! RR writer/composer and pillion... ;)
And Matt is the best Bus Driver there is....together, y'all are nuts!! But I've said that before...
Y'all have the best 'tours' out in 'no-where'...
Thanks for sharing! And putting the many hours into posting your travels up here...
And your 'crew' are all crazy too... great riders all.... Just another 'Great Ride Report/Saga' to enjoy for those of us
that are 'city bound'.... Thanks to all for sharing your adventures! ;)
I'll go back to my corner now.....
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Old 10-14-2013, 06:59 AM   #765
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Little Wan, your stories are infectious. I was out riding and kept saying things to myself like 'osoo funny' and 'osoo scary' the whole weekend. Then I would laugh out loud in my helmet. Glad the other guys couldn't hear me!

Thank you for making the huge effort to post these reports. Greatly appreciated. Roll on schoolbus.
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