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Old 08-07-2007, 04:22 PM   #31
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Bravomissio!!!!!!!

Mark, thanks, a job well done on site picking. All who i met & did not meet, thank you as well. If i can remember how to post pics i will, some pretty sick scenery up there THANKS AGAIN!

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Old 08-07-2007, 06:22 PM   #32
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Santa Barbara to WMRS

Gillafunk, I'm gonna hi-jack your thread with our ride report.

Bob (big guy, bright green jacket on a V-Strom) & I left Santa Barbara Saturday morning headed to Bishop.

My wife saying good bye:


Hittin' the road


Hauled arse to Mojave where we grabbed gas & food. While stopped we noticed that Bob's chain guard threw a bolt. Easy fix, but just another reason why not to ride a bike with a chain!! Right Bob?

Take a good look at the rear tire, you will be seeing more of this later.


We got to the campground just north of Bishop around 2:30pm. We needed to be at Red's Meadows for dinner at 5:30 so we set up camp quickly.

We were probably the last group to show up at camp. Here's some pic's of camp.




Our camp:


More pics of the valley where the campground was located. Right on the river, what an awesome area:


Looking down into the valley at the campground in the distance:


After setting up camp we headed to Mammoth to see Devil's Post Pile and then to Red's Meadow for dinner. I ski Mammoth between 20 & 30 days a year, this is the fist time I've been here when the road up to the national park was open. This was a real treat for me to see after being so close so many times but never able to drop down into the valley due to impassable conditions.

We had to hike about 15 minutes to Devil's Post Pile from the parking area. A few pic's walking up to the monument:






Devil's Post Pile, easy to see how it gets the name:




We made it to Red's Meadow and had a great dinner, sorry no picks.

After dinner, had a great ride thru Mammoth and into the valley back to camp.
Bob and I had a few cocktails and laughs. Here he is thanking my wife for the Appletini's that she mixed up for us. I now it sounds gay, but nearly straight vodka with green apple flavor, got the job done.



Sunday morning, we shook off the fog from the night before and headed to Big Pine to start the WMRS ride. As we left camp, I told Bob that I thought if we turned right out of camp onto Benton Crossing Road (instead of left), we should end up back at Hwy 395. Well, not exactly! The road led us thru the mountains for about 30 miles, where it dropped us onto Hwy 6, about 35 miles north of Bishop. Oh well, had a great ride with great views and very little traffic.

Here's some sheep we encountered along the way. I would find that sheep would be a popular topic around camp, don't ask me I'm new to this deal. I come from a dessert racing background where you would typically not sit around a camp fire with grown men, discussing their interests in sheep, whatever!


We blew thru Bishop and headed to Big Pine for some breakfast before heading up to WMRS.

Hwy 168 heading up to Bristlecone Pine Forest was probably the best high speed, twisty road I have ever been on. WOW, what a ride. Worth going just for that 13 mile stretch!

Pic's of White Mountain Road headed up to the Research Station:




Check out the road behind Bob:









Made it up to WMRS and had a look around. We debated on whether to hike to the peak. Concerned we didn't have enough time left in the day, since the hike is 3 hours up & 2 hours down. We opted to skip the hike. Later in the day we will be very glad about our decision.

WMRS pic's:


Veiws from the station:


More sheep, go figure:


Pic's from the way back down:














Okay, enough of the scenery pic's.

So, remember the picture of the V-Strom rear tire I told you to keep in mind earlier, this is where that comes back up. About 7 miles into the decent from WMRS on the dirt road, a rock punctures the tire. No big deal, we have plenty of plugs, air pump, and plenty of time. Well, it was not to be so simple. The puncture occurred around 1:30 and we made it back to camp after 9 that night.

A few pic's of the repairs:


One of the many attempts (between 10 & 15) of the plug to stick. Because of the type of tear, the plugs would not seal. Not the best tire of choice, but didn't know the gravel road would actually be a sharp, jagged, loose shale rock road.


Effects of a plug after riding on it for a while:


Bob finally got one of the plugs to seal while I went to Bishop to try to find more suppliers for better repair attempts. By the time I got back he was sitting at 395 & 168 with a successful plug. We limped to Bishop for dinner & then to camp.

For some reason people post pic's of food, here's ours:


I don't have any pic's from camp that night, but boy was the guy (Mik) ripped. He was the one that questioned why I rode on the pegs on the dirt road. Nice guy and a good time.

So we got up Monday morning, packed and needed to focus our attention on what to do about the rear tire, since it would not make it back to Santa Barbara.

We went to KTM in Mammoth to see if they could help with the tire, at least get it off the rim so we could patch it.

Let me start this section off with our phone call to KTM:

Bob: What time do you guys open?
KTM parts guy: Uh, we're open!
Bob: Can you tell me where your located?
KTM parts guy: We're in the Industrial Park
Bob: Can you tell me where that is, I'm not familiar with Mammoth.
KTM parts guy: Uh, take the first left into town.
Bob: Okay, from which direction, what street?
KTM parts guy: Well, uh, you know, over by the industrial park



Scary huh. We kind of had a feeling of what we were in store for.

We get over to KTM & we talk with the owner. Bob gives him the story of the tire and our situation with being nearly stranded. The guy says that due to insurance reasons he can't touch the rim and can't help. Keep in mind that sitting in his show room are 3 adv style bikes that have the same type of rim. So if I bought a bike from him he could not fix the tire that was on the bike that he sold me?

So when we saw that we were getting no where fast with KTM, we ask to buy some tire irons and do it ourselves. KTM parts guy: Um, well we don't have any of those. WHAT, AN OFF-ROAD MOTORCYCLE SHOP WITH NO TIRE IRONS, un f'n believable!!

We went to the Chevron station and Carl (the main guy) just so happened to be on his DS bike, which had tire irons. He let us borrow them so we could take the tire off and try and patch it. Awesome guy, we extend a lot of gratitude to him just for helping us with solutions, that's all we needed. It was a pain to get the tire off by hand since it is a stiff walled street tire, but we did it.

We took the tire over to Good Year and they put an internal patch on it. We got it back on the rim and geared back up and headed back to Santa Barbara. By this time it was 3pm.

We hit 395 towards Mojave to gas up. Just outside of Lone Pine I felt something slip out of my pocket. I see in my mirror a silver shiny object skidding down the freeway behind me. Suddenly I realize it was my PDA phone. I turn around and am lucky to find it. I knew it would be trashed but I at least wanted the memory chip out of it for stored info. The phone doesn't look to bad, can't believe it wasn't hit by the 3 semi's behind me and considering it hit the pavement at 75mph. BTW, I put a new battery in it this morning and it is as good as new.

We got to Mojave for gas and food. We found that the patch in the rear tire seemed to be holding, however, the tire tread was breaking down, likely from all of the abuse the day before. The steel belts were showing thru and we had a long way to go.

We have a friend that lives in Santa Clarita, about 70 miles from Mojave. It took us over 2 hours to get there, doing only 50mph, a little scary on the freeway, but the tire held.

Along the way we had a great sunset. The sky was filled with smoke throughout the entire Mojave valley, creating an awesome red sky. This is the Zaca fire which started on July 4th in Santa Barbara. It's amazing how far it has spread, over 70,000 acres burned to date.





We made it to our friend John's house in Santa Clarita to formulate another plan for the next 80 miles back to S.B. He let Bob borrow his new Corvette to drive back home and deal with his tire later. bob was extremely greatfull for John's offer. I rode back to S.B. and made it in around 11:30pm last night...........long day!

Here's a pic of the tire at the end, not much left.


A pic of the original puncture:


After all of the issues we encountered with the tire, we had an awesome time, saw some beautiful scenery and met some good people........wouldn't have changed a thing about the trip.

Thanks to Stonewall & all who helped put the event on, we hope to see you all at another event.

Bill

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Old 08-07-2007, 06:51 PM   #33
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Effects of a plug after riding on it for a while:



Bill
Nice pics and good story, Bill! Interestingly, I (on my R12GS) and a buddy on his V-Strom were there also, but didn't stay at camp. Rob had a rear tire in just about as worn condition as Bob's, but it managed to remain intact. Too bad we hadn't managed to hook up.. I had a trailer up there! It would have been an easy-do to get Bob back in my rig.

Glad to hear you both made it back ok.
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Old 08-07-2007, 07:27 PM   #34
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Lovely pics of a very beautiful area.
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Old 08-07-2007, 07:30 PM   #35
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This years dinner entertainment..



ADVRider fuel



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Hurty, or some guy on Hurty's bike heading out



Heading up



Getting close



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Old 08-07-2007, 08:06 PM   #36
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Nice pics and good story, Bill! Interestingly, I (on my R12GS) and a buddy on his V-Strom were there also, but didn't stay at camp. Rob had a rear tire in just about as worn condition as Bob's, but it managed to remain intact. Too bad we hadn't managed to hook up.. I had a trailer up there! It would have been an easy-do to get Bob back in my rig.

Glad to hear you both made it back ok.
Walt,
Thanks for the words. Wish we had known someone else was going up from our area, Santa Maria is right up the road from me. I think I saw you guys, at least the V-Strom sticks in my mind.

Let me know if you guys are interested in going on any local rides. We ride quite a bit and always looking for good company.

Hope you guys had a good weekend.

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Old 08-07-2007, 09:33 PM   #37
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while I was working, you goof balls were out having a great time....


that just hurts!


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Old 08-07-2007, 09:51 PM   #38
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WMRS Tire Report II

My buddy Dean had a flat Wed nite on 395 near Kramer Junction. We got some air back in it but the tire delamented and was like a egg. He had to ride the shoulder back to Victerville in the dark.Thur morn we got a new one at the Suzook shop and we were good to go.

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Old 08-07-2007, 10:13 PM   #39
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WMRS Pics.

Here are some ramdom shots. Man I had a good time!

The GS Ride.




The Fri afternoon ride.







From this



To This



Bald Mtn. Lookout





The ride home.



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Old 08-07-2007, 11:29 PM   #40
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I had a great time and met some great folks. The views were spectacular! And my boots are still soaking wet!
Glad to hear everyone made it home in 1 piece...
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Had a great time at WMRS III, met alot of amazing people, saw some great country, and made it home in one piece, what more could you want from a weekend??
A special thanks to Stonewall for putting this together
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My buddy Dean had a flat Wed nite on 395 near Kramer Junction.
Several guys had tire problems, but not as many as the cage-drivers! Man. I must have passed 5 cars on the dirt road up to Barcroft with cut tires. Secretly, I think it's kinda fun to slow down for them, pass coureously, then fire up again and fly off in a cloud of dust and make them wish they just had TWO wheels to worry about
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He had to ride the shoulder back to Victerville in the dark
Bad section of road to have to ride the shoulder too, especially at night!!! Glad you made it ok.
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Hey...anyone seen where the guys who were taking video of the water crossing at the base of Silver Canyon posted their video and posts? Im looking to see documentation of me speeding my GSA throug a stream to a quick choking hault!
oh...I should have a detailed repair cost estimate tommorw to share with you all. However, the first thing Michael said was "Why dont you have a snorkel on this thing if your gonna be doing water crossings THAT deep?
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