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Old 08-28-2003, 10:11 PM   #46
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More more more! I'm sitting here reading this instead of working and I need to get through 2 more hours before quitting time. Keep it coming, the suspense is killing me.

Great stuff!!
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Old 08-28-2003, 10:12 PM   #47
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Damn, it's just like I'm there riding the trail. Very cool stuff Jav.. YOU GOT THE BIG GONADS, THAT'S FOR DAMN SURE. Glad you made it through to tell the tale.


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Old 08-28-2003, 10:37 PM   #48
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Pardon the cameratology here. We had a severe RTFM problem, and a bit of the shakes.

Here's the machine's at the bottom of the hill...


Author, still mobile at that point, with the only enduro bike sporting a heated seat on the trail that day...


Here's the left grip which was completely buried...

Stout stuff...

Here's the left head. Note how cozy the Stanton head guard is getting with valve cover bolt - they generally don't put on such a public display of affection unless they're forced to do so...

We'll have to see if this particular problem is addressed thoroughly in the OVAD doc. ;)

Bury your RID in the dirt? Sure. No problem!

Man, those are stout deer whistles, eh?

And here's the head on the other side - this is the one that took the stump at 12 to 15mph while riding blind up the mountain. The inside of the Touratech crash bar hit the Stanton head guard hard enough to leave a nice profile on the Stanton on the Touratech bars...


On the way down the mountain, the clutch started stiffening up. It's problem was only heat and air bubbles. The fluid, it turns out, was only battery fluid. Hell, you could've rested 10 minutes and carried on. What an eff-ing wuss, eh?

Quiter. Man, I detest people like you.

Well, you start to stiffen up pretty quick from a big blow to the back. So you down some advil. Maybe four. Maybe two more.

You rerig the bike. Ooooohhhh, bending over it getting tough.

The neighbors in the motorhome give you a beer. Aaaahhhh, sweet nectar of the gods. Then they point to their XR650R and tell you that you really oughta try something like that out on the trail.

So, you take 'em up on it. Hell, if they want you to drink and drive their bike - why NOT?

Well, lemme tell you - that XR650R makes swift work outta stuff I clutch battled on the GS. It'll just creep up all nice and controlled like, making sweet easy mincemeat outta that hill. No telling how easy it is on a 200cc two stroke...

So, how'd it all turn out?

The bike is in fine condition. Just has a little bit more character, although there is still a complete dearth of 'flug feminine appeal to the machine. The GS has some newfound respect amongst the offroad community up here who never thought it would make the first checkpoint. Javarilla has picked up a modicum of notoriety on WA_DSR. RideWest is thinking that, well, in their words, "I ride my GS a bit more aggressively than most." I walked into Aurora Suzuki to ask about the Easton DualSport ride, and asked if a VStrom could handle the route. They hemmed and hawed - "it's a little technical." So, I asked if the route would be anything like the Little Bear, and they said "No! Oh GOD No!" I asked if a GS could handle the route, and they said, well, yeah, they heard of one took a run at Little Bear and survived. I didn't introduce myself, but I walked out smiling.

Would I do it again on a Beemer?
Yes? However - even with the 3:1 final drive, the GS isn't geared low enough to serious uphill tightness. Not for me, at least. The Adventure has a lower first gear, but it's still no where near the gearing on that XR650R. Maybe if I put the Adventure gearing in my tranny, borrow Marc's final drive... Hmmmm. And I'd go a lot slower...

Until then - I need to get through this first phase of my new training regimen!


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Old 08-28-2003, 11:49 PM   #49
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you are a fuckin animal there monkey boy. fuckin animal. absolutely brilliant. hope you heal well.
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Old 08-29-2003, 01:22 AM   #50
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Excellent report! Uh...glad you're still with the living!
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Old 08-29-2003, 05:32 AM   #51
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Well done, 'rilla! You're a gifted story teller (and not a bad rider either, it seems). Great job.
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Old 08-29-2003, 06:07 AM   #52
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I laughed, cried, and cheered all at the same time. I am not sure if I have ever done that before in this forum.

Great stuff.
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Old 08-29-2003, 06:56 AM   #53
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I nominate Javarilla, "Adventure Rider of the Year"

Maybe not the smartest one of us :): but definately, the bravest!

For creating fear and respect in the hearts of wimpy 200 pound dirt bike riders, he has given us all the respect that we deserve!

I nominate Javarilla, "Adventure Rider of the Year".
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Old 08-29-2003, 06:57 AM   #54
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Re: I nominate Javarilla, "Adventure Rider of the Year"

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Said Chris Kleponis:
Maybe not the smartest one of us :): but definately, the bravest!

For creating fear and respect in the hearts of wimpy 200 pound dirt bike riders, he has given us all the respect that we deserve!

I nominate Javarilla, "Adventure Rider of the Year".
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Old 08-29-2003, 06:58 AM   #55
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Respect...

....is due to that man
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Old 08-29-2003, 07:21 AM   #56
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You da man Javarilla! Great report, readin it for the last half hour was so much better that the work I was suposed to do.........
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Old 08-29-2003, 07:41 AM   #57
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So the REAL reason you didn't ride with Jean-Luc, MotorMike, Ricardo, Capt. Ron and myself at the Sierra Soire is that it was TOO EASY!!!!!



Give me your address and I'll send you a beer!
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Old 08-29-2003, 08:16 AM   #58
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So uh how did you manage to get the pics? Was a whole bunch of 'em cussing about the lost rourist taking pictures ?

Well done mang. How do you walk with balls that big?
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Old 08-29-2003, 08:36 AM   #59
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Wow! You're tough & a great write up.

By riding that enduro on the GS, you have added to the mystique of the marque.
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Old 08-29-2003, 09:25 AM   #60
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Javarilla, yer a fuckin' idiot.


But you're OUR fuckin' idiot


Unbelievable report. Just awesome.
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