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Old 11-11-2008, 05:53 PM   #16
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Old 11-11-2008, 06:51 PM   #17
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Hmmmm... I get the feeling that this is one of those ride reports where we might actually get to find out the answer to the question "What could go wrong?"

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Old 11-11-2008, 07:10 PM   #18
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Monday and Tuesday

After leaving Bend there wasn't much time for sight seeing. Had to blow past Crater Lake and just keep heading south. The weather was slowly improving but still cold. Stopped in K Falls to scarf down a bagel and coffee. Getting a feel for the new bike.



Northern California



Sun going down north of Susanville CA.

Got to Susanville after dark found a room and called it a day

Next morning it was up before sunrise and on the road to Reno. It was really cold on the way to Reno. My fingers were freezing. Hit a Starbucks outside of Reno for coffee and a bite to eat. My fingers were so cold when I got there that I couldn't get my helmet off. Out of Reno it was time to ride some mountain roads. The temps were inverted so it was actually warmer up higher. Really great views on the way to Lake Tahoe.



Lake Tahoe CA.



More Tahoe.



Looking East from HWY 395 near Bishop CA.



Memorial to 3 California Firefighters killed in the line of duty when their aircraft crashed fighting a fire here in 2003.

Made it to Barstow CA. and called it a day. I was happy to be getting close to Palm Springs I should have no problem getting there by wednesday afternoon.
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Old 11-11-2008, 07:52 PM   #19
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I got the call....

I was racing with my son at the GP in Prineville. Robby was up getting his award when my cell rang.... I hesitated but decided to answer it... and it was Blair. He was a bit frantic and inquiring about the 990S. Is it still for sale he asked...
At the time, I had 3-4 serious buyers who were telling me daily that they were going to send me a deposit but nothing yet so yea... still for sale.
Blair asked if I would be willing to drive to Lakeview to seal the deal.... sure.... what the heck... I am always up for a road trip...but one small problem... we are at a race and our truck and trailer are pretty much stuck as we drove in a down pour and we were lucky to make it as far as we did. The forecast was good for the next 24 hours and the weather should permit our departure first thing in the morning. Blair was kool with that so we camped for the night (Brownie points with my son). On Sunday morning we packed up and headed for home. Unhooked the trailer and dropped the boy off and hit the road for Lakeview by 9am. 3.5 hours later I was there and scooped up his BMW and hit the road.
I couldn't help myself but think ..... this guy is in for a treat. Not that the BMW is / was a bad bike but this was such a huge upgrade.... and he had not yet rode a KTM yet. Yep... he is in for a treat!

My few pics....

To the bone yard.... errr I mean side yard.


Prepping the 990 for the ensuing trip...Sorry the pic is a bit dark..


More prep work


Ready for departure...


And he's off. Keep the rubber side down buddy!!!!!!



So far so good!!!!!! The 5ft. 5 second waranty has officially expired...


Anxious to hear the rest of the report.... Let's hear it!!!
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Old 11-12-2008, 01:59 AM   #20
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What a way to start a trip. I'm all EyEs.
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Old 11-12-2008, 02:13 AM   #21
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Old 11-12-2008, 05:40 AM   #22
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Old 11-12-2008, 08:44 AM   #23
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Wednesday

After a good breakfast at the Quality Inn Barstow it was off towards Palm Springs on HWY 247. It had really warmed up now as well. This was the first full day that I wore my vented pants. I had actually switched over to them the previous afternoon.



HWY 247 and HWY 18 junction.


Flying into Palm Springs earlier in the year we had flown over Big Bear Lake and ski area. It looked real nice from the air so I decided to check it out on my way to Palm Springs.



HWY 18 This is a great ride. Check it out if your in the area !!

My map showed what I thought was a road going from HWY 38 down to Whitewater. I was unable to find it so ended up riding HWY 38 all the way to I 10 then into Palm Springs a little more milage than I really wanted to do. HWY 38 was fun twisty mountain riding. I 10 was real busy not so much fun.



HWY 38



Club Intrawest Palm Desert

I had made it to Palm Springs in time. Time to check in, stock the fridge with some cold ones and lounge by the pool. Glynis would be arriving at the airport at 530 pm so I had some time to relax. The original plan was for me to get the TKC put on the rear of the bike but that would have to wait till tomorrow.
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Old 11-12-2008, 12:03 PM   #24
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Thursday

After coffee its off to 10 Westmotorsports to get the TKC mounted. Talk with Ken one of the owners at 10 West he has a 990 and a place in San Felipe. We end up running into him the next day in San Felipe.



Ducks with your coffee.



Living in the lap of luxury to bad its only for one night





Relaxing pool side

We had better get out of here. We 're supposed to be going to Mexico and we don't have a room for tonight.



Bike loaded. Time to go.

We rode down to El Centro and got a room there for the night. Tomorrow we will cross at Mexicali and head down to San Felipe.
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Old 11-12-2008, 01:47 PM   #25
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Excellent!!!!

great rationale....broken down bike, end the trip and head home....f''kit. buy a new bike and keep headin south!!!!! you got balls. and i'll bet you are feeling them on that good new ktm seat!! way to go!! can't wait to hear more of this story. So did the seller take the ol bmw in trade or was there just a shallow grave dug on the side of his house?

good luck.
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Old 11-12-2008, 02:40 PM   #26
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man is that a great Adventure start!


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Old 11-12-2008, 02:44 PM   #27
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great rationale....broken down bike, end the trip and head home....f''kit. buy a new bike and keep headin south!!!!! you got balls. and i'll bet you are feeling them on that good new ktm seat!! way to go!! can't wait to hear more of this story. So did the seller take the ol bmw in trade or was there just a shallow grave dug on the side of his house?

good luck.
I agreed to store the bike on the side of my house until he could return. Plan is for him to pick up his wounded duck this weekend.
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Old 11-12-2008, 02:53 PM   #28
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Say, is that KTM really as tall as it looks? Do you need stilts to get on it?

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Old 11-12-2008, 03:09 PM   #29
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The KTM, the Ford pick-up, the shirt and the pants. I can tell Ace likes blue.

If the house was blue, I would think you were from Canada too.

Can't wait to read more, Great RR.
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Old 11-12-2008, 03:52 PM   #30
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Say, is that KTM really as tall as it looks? Do you need stilts to get on it?

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No, it's even taller!
Seriously, I have to use my pegs to get a step up when I'm getting on or off mine, and mine's not an S (those are an inch taller still). Once on it's quite comfy, tho.
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