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Old 08-25-2008, 07:08 PM   #1
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Three guys three KTM's and 7 days of WA,Oregon,Idaho & Montana

Three of us Tom, Mike and myself Marty took a week to explore WA, Oregon, Idaho and Montana Aug 9-16. Tom rode the Black 950 and Mike and myself on the faster Orange 950's.

Tom and I trailed our bikes to Spokane WA to met with Mike at his dad's place Friday evening. Mike came up from Vancouver WA in his truck. We camped out in his dad's back yard Friday night and Saturday we were ready to explore mainly Idaho for 7 days.

Not going to go into a lot of detail on the ride just want to share my pics of the ride . Look for Mikes"s (mrudy) ride report on this fourm.

Day 1 - Saturday morning were up early and ready to go. Plan was to head south via WA back roads to Hells Canyon.

From Left Mike, Tom & Marty


Both Red bikes started up but the black on had other ideas. I just made some jumper cables for this trip and had to pull them out. With a quick jump we were ready to ride. Here is Tom putting his bike back together

Here is our first day route


Pic of WA/Idaho State Line Road


Here is a movie pic of Tom

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Head up to Mary Minerva McCroskey Mem State Park





Had lunch over looking the valley in the park


Before we got into Lexiton we took the Old Spiral Hwy. About 7 miles of twisty. Here is a panaram shot of the area





Mike found this dead animail on the road and thought it was cool to use as a seat cover. Actually its an old elk skin he had laying aorund the house and made good use of it. It got a Lots of looks.

Here is Mike on top on Spiral Hwy


Setting up camp at LewistonState park for the first night.

First day we rode 166mi 18mph average in 9hrs 11 min.

I attached the gpx track of our first day.
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Old 08-25-2008, 07:31 PM   #2
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Eh? Red?

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Three of us Tom, Mike and myself Marty took a week to explore WA, Idaho and Montana Aug 9-16. Tom rode the Black 950 and Mike and myself on the faster Red 950's.
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When did KTM start making RED 950's. Black, yes, Silver, yes and Orange of course. BUT not red one's.

That being said and soon to be edited I am assuming, continue with the nice ride report. Good Pics so far too.
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Old 08-25-2008, 07:33 PM   #3
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When did KTM start making RED 950's. Black, yes, Silver, yes and Orange of course. BUT not red one's.

That being said and soon to be edited I am assuming, continue with the nice ride report. Good Pics so far too.
Just checking and seeing if you are awake.
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Old 08-25-2008, 07:42 PM   #4
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When did KTM start making RED 950's. Black, yes, Silver, yes and Orange of course. BUT not red one's.

That being said and soon to be edited I am assuming, continue with the nice ride report. Good Pics so far too.
Sure they make Red ones. When your camera gets to excited in taking pics of KTM.
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Old 08-26-2008, 07:43 AM   #5
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It was a great trip, filled with breathtaking scenery, wild animals, 47 nice people and only 1 b*tch of a USFS Ranger. Combined with the dangers of the wilderness, the adventures of forging our own trail when the road is no more, bears, broken-scratched and bent bikes.

Stay tuned for more....

Meanwhile, more pics from day 1:

Tom and Marty's KTMs must be gay because they are already touching. I won't reveal which one plays the sheep.



McCroskey State Park was pretty nice. Would like to checkout the OHV trails sometime.


The Old Spiral Highway leading into Lewiston, ID is a must-do. Up or Down, they are both fun.



Like a Field General...Marty plans the next day's attack...


Tom... being Tom.
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Old 08-26-2008, 08:01 AM   #6
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When did KTM start making RED 950's. Black, yes, Silver, yes and Orange of course. BUT not red one's.

That being said and soon to be edited I am assuming, continue with the nice ride report. Good Pics so far too.
[hijack]I'm not a KTM historian but I saw a red 950 a couple of years ago up in Washington. The owner said it was a prototype, and that it was that color from the factory. Beautiful bike too...[/hijack]

Great thread! Can't wait for the rest
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Old 08-26-2008, 02:23 PM   #7
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[hijack]I'm not a KTM historian but I saw a red 950 a couple of years ago up in Washington. The owner said it was a prototype, and that it was that color from the factory. Beautiful bike too...[/hijack]

Great thread! Can't wait for the rest
What you talkin about Willis! No red, that is Honda's color.

Now on with the thread.
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Old 08-26-2008, 03:06 PM   #8
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I would like to see detail on how the fuel and water cans are mounted on the back. That looks like a nice setup.
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Old 08-26-2008, 04:22 PM   #9
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Be careful. The locals up here are nuts....Tom looks like a California hitchhiker....


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Day 2 - Sunday Into Hells Canyon

Day 2 Sat - We packed up and left Lewiston State Park and headed South to Hells Canyon.

Here is the route we took:


This pic is before Hells Canyon Along the Snake River

Kick stand? Don't need no bloody kickstand.

SAw this sign but no Bighorn Sheep

Only this type

As we got into the canyon more wild life appeared.
Loads of Elk

And Turkeys

Before the entrance to Hell Canyon. There is a great section coming out of the canyon and climbing up to the top of the Hells Canyon

Finally made it

The Road ran top of the canyon for miles about 4k-5k in alt.

I ran into clutch problem from get go and had to bleed my clutch twice a day. More on this later

Stopped for lunch over looking the canyon.

Here is a panorama shot of the canyon.







After lunch this is what waited for us.

Only had two cattle gates to open and close along the route.


Its just get better.


Stopped at another look out

Here I am with a bad hair day which equals to a great ride.

The ride down NF 530 was a hoot.


Here is a shot looking across to Klenschimidt Grade which was on tomorrow agenda.

Opps- Tom did a Monty Python fall over. (Fell over with no forward motion)
Pop off the directional but was able to put it back together. Left a nice scar though


Headed up Hwy 71 for 16 miles to find fuel. Made the mistake in not taking 86 south 3 miles to Pine for fuel. Did find a great eatery and a nice camp ground above the Brownlee Reservior though.

This camp ground did not have any good tent spots to park next to. No one was around so we rode in on the walking path to the end of the tent camping area and had the place to ourselves. Notice the walk way.



Ended the day with 179 miles at 15 mph ave in 11 hrs 51 min.
Here is an attachment of the gpx route for Day 2
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Old 08-26-2008, 08:59 PM   #11
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Kolpin Fuel/Water Jugs

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I would like to see detail on how the fuel and water cans are mounted on the back. That looks like a nice setup.
The set up looks okay, but wait til Day 2's report and you'll see what happens. Made some critical errors in the mounting of said jugs.

In the meantime, here's the install photos

Blackdog CW tail rack



Filled both cells with water for the initial tryout. Had heard that Kolpins leak like a sum bitch.



Anyone have a calculator handy? Any physics freaks in the house? How much force is being exerted on the tail rack with the mounting system I have, the Kolpin brackets weight about 5 lbs each, plus 1.4 gals of water/petrol in each cell at a height of, let's say, 12 inches?

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Old 08-26-2008, 09:25 PM   #12
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Day 2 supplemental

Well, looks like Marty posted day 2. So here's my take.

Night 1 was spent at Hells Gate State Park between Lewiston and Asotin, by the way.

I'm running with the Kolpin fuel/water cells as I mentioned earlier, but Marty and Tom are using Touratech 2liter jugs mounted to their Gobi's. I don't know if we've got any pictures of their set up, but it was rather distressing watching them try to fill these buggers with petrol using a high flow station nozzle and a funnel. Petrol was everywhere. Not to mention the TT jugs bulge a bit and when they went to put them into the brackets, they oozed fuel. Sum bitch.

Crossing into Oregon--say, Marty, you forgot to mention Oregon in the title.


After leaving the canyon and getting up onto the ridge, it was beautiful, high altitude prairie land with trees. Right out of a scene in the history books.



After lunch at Buckhorn Overlook (which was mindblowing), we got on a really cool road (the one with the barbed wire gates we had to open/close). And I got railing really good, lofting the front wheel over small rises in the road, and doing some jumps on the dry mud puddles. Wahoo fun!

Uh oh! something doesn't look right.


Too much stress.


Bent her pretty good. I want to stress that I don't fault the BlackDog CW tail rack one bit. The tailrack is a good piece of hardware and for its intended usage, can do some amazing things. BUT, loading up 26+ pounds of deadweight at a height of about 12 inches on the very tippy end of this thing, about 6 inches from the nearest mounting bolts, is just too much to ask. In my set up, I should have added some strengthening bar stock or angle iron to stiffen the rack. But, I'm just lazy that way.

No worries, we just straightened it out the best we could, add some straps, and Tom gives it a go on the 950 riding backwards, so all is good.



Mighty town of Imnaha. Great folks inside. Be sure to stop in and say howdy, although we hear the owners want to sell the place and retire. Hope the new owners will be as welcoming to ADV riders as they were.



Inmate alert!!! We were at Fish Weir and in rolls a Beemer coming back from a BMOW Rally. Yeah, you just keep your distance from these purdy KTMs...


Camped at Woodhead Park operated by Idaho Power.
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Nice Ride there gents. Might just have to do that one myself.

But with half the load! Right Mudd/Link?


Keep em' coming.....


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Day 3 to Klenschimidt Grade,McCall,YellowPine ect.

Headed out of Woodhead Park CG and made our way up .HWY 71 to Klenschimidt Grade
Here is the route we took


Coming down the back side of Klenschimidt Grade to Bear



Taking a break at a site of the Old Mail Cabin


The road down to Lost Valley Reservoir was fast and furious.

Lost Valley Reservoir

We had lunch and gassed up in McCall and headed out past Lower Payette Lake to some great scenery



Followed Lick Creek for a ways

Continued to Yellow Pine

Here is the General Store in Yellow Pine

Main street of Yellow Pine

Continued on to Elk Summit

More great scenery heading down the summit.

We were about 20+ miles from Warren still and came to a section of the road that was washed out but passable. I was trying to save My clutch which was almost gone and was trying not to stopped and clipped the tree where Mike is sitting and knock my case off.

The next section I was not as lucky and did not see a log to the left and this was the effect. It not much fun trying to navigate through tight areas without a clutch. This time I broke the lock off my Gobi and had to use Tom tie downs he brought for just this situation. Leave it to Tom to have most everything.

This pic shows the log to the left which I hit.

More great scenery

We ended at Shiefer Campground. No one else was there.

We needed to change our planes since my clutch was giving me grief and instead of heading to elk City we decided to head to Orofino to a KTM shop to get my bike fixed. The Piston Clutch was leaking pretty bad and we called earlier and found they had a PISTON CLUTCH kit for my bike and would hold it until we got there.
Ended the day with 201 miles 18mph aver in 11hrs 05 min.
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Day 4 Tues

Day 4 Tues
Packed up and headed towards Riggins. I would bleed my clutch every evening and at lunch and in the mean time would not stop or if I dd would be on a downward hill side so I could coast and pop the bike into gear. Pretty much I would stay in 3 gear all the time and grunt around corners and slowly come to a stop and put it into neutral. I only used the clutch once in a while when needed but after about 5-10 pulls it would become useless. Enjoy.

Here is the route we took.

There was a fire I belive last year that roared through the area.

Even with my clutch about to fail had to stop and take the following movie of Tom coming up the road. Click to see Movie

Here is Mike on Top off Sawmill PT

Came into Warren. Did not stop to take many pic's with the clutch acting up.





Mike's camera bit the dust so I let him use mine until he got another one. Mike is a great photographer as you can see from the rest of today pics.



I did not stop to take a look at the bus but it was an camper at one point.

Heading down to Riggins Hot Springs the road just went straigt down the valley. Awesome fun.

And now the curvy downward ride



Ran out of fuel with 30 miles to go to Riggins. Dumped my Tourtech fuel jugs in.

Here is a movie clip Mike took of me starting my bike. This was the norm of the trip.

French Creek

Next set of pic is before Salmon River.




Here is Tom going across Salmon River

Here is a movie of Marty going across the bridge


Stopped in Riggins for lunch fuel and spirits.

Instead of bombing up Hwy 95 to Orfino we decided to detour off of Slate Rd and camp in the hills for the night. Then make our way to the KTM shop first thing in the morning.

Slate Road had some nice scenary along the way.


Found this nice campground at Fish Creek. This was one of our early stops around 4:00 most other time it was 6-7PM It was nice to just sit around and relax.
Tom and Mike were telling me that a squirrel in my bike and I thought they were pulling my leg.

Here is what happened when I started the bike. Squirrel?


Nope a chipmunk.

We took apart everything on the clutch handle to see were it was leaking and could not tell where. Put things back together and the clutch was feeling pretty good even after 10-20 squeezes. Still decided to head to the KTM in the morning to get the new clutch piston

Ended the day with 143 miles 17mph ave in 8hrs 23 min.
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