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Old 02-09-2009, 06:10 PM   #1
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Bradshaw Bomb Run III Feb 7-8, 2009

Another great year for the bomb run! I had such a great time this year with everyone. I wish we had a longer weekend to ride, I felt like I only got to ride with a few of the 40+ peeps that showed up this weekend. I can't wait to ride with everyone again.

Here are the ride reports from several of the guys who have posted theirs already, and for the others to post their reports:














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Originally Posted by Riceless950
It didn't rain



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the whole time




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Sure hope there's some puddles again this year.............................

Just most of the time and yes there were

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some puddles
The Bradshaw River



When I saw the wx Saturday morning. I decided that wrenching could wait another week. It was Time to Ride!





I was very late so I ended up "riding sweep" way behind everybody. After a while I started comming across riders and hearing the stories of their experiences.
The first group was Eatpasta, Bourkeo and company. Bourkeo was two-up on a GS! They were headed back due to a water crossing. When I got there I found Zenslug, Mapmaker, Kelly Shoemaker and Ramjet. RJ's bike had drowned but they had revived it.



Zen and RJ crossed with me but not without drama.

Zen - OTG (on the gas)





Ramjet - ITW (in the water)







More Later. Gotta go do the FFL even though it's Sunday?
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lots of guys make excuses - it must be the tyres, it must be the weight, it must be the power, it must be the water pump.
ride the $*#(@) thing, and you'll quickly learn that the stain marks in your brooks were firstly from fear and then from ecstacy.
Scuderia: LB to SF
Bradshaw Bombrun 2007, 2008, 2009
Stupidly long road trip of 2009

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Old 02-09-2009, 06:11 PM   #2
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I want to thank all of you guys that helped me out. It's a bit humbling but I have so much appreciation for all of you guys.
More later, a little sore now. I'm sure there are plenty of pictures.
A few broken ribs and they sewed up my face plus a bunch of bumps and bruises.
It will probably be a day or day and a half before I'm riding again.
Jake said my bike was in fifth when he picked it up, guess I downshifted one.
Did anyone save me some barbecue?
Thanks to all and if ever I can have your back, consider it done.
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lots of guys make excuses - it must be the tyres, it must be the weight, it must be the power, it must be the water pump.
ride the $*#(@) thing, and you'll quickly learn that the stain marks in your brooks were firstly from fear and then from ecstacy.
Scuderia: LB to SF
Bradshaw Bombrun 2007, 2008, 2009
Stupidly long road trip of 2009
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Old 02-09-2009, 06:13 PM   #3
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first time out in that area and first Bradshaw BombRun.

left my house in L.A. at 5:30 to meet Ben at his Pomona mansion by 6- 6:30.
make it out to the ranch at 9 something after almost getting lost.
Riceless was wandering around looking for the meet up.

we gather a group of hardcore riders and are about to leave, but seems that Riceless's mighty 950 doesn't want to cooperate.
....dead battery. he left the lights on while bullshitting.




then we're off.
this ride report is gonna kinda suck , cuz i had NO idea where we were and only noticed a few trail names.

so i think we were in Red Rock something....


after riding fast on some single(ish) track, and through sand...
time for gas

poor kid lost their lolipop


looking for more trails...


playing around on these round rocks that are a mix between Utah and Cougar Buttes(Johnson Valley)...
















this arch is AMAZING






turn yr computer on its side


back it up


some fun technical stuff is up ahead




















jeeps high centering marks










wet sand was like quicksand

















i didn't "technically" drop it, the bike never touched the ground




last spot we were all together. Riceless went exploring with 2 guys, the other 4 of us stayed back and bullshitted a bit, then went back to the ranch



the sun was setting and the clouds were getting darker/greyer so we headed back. this went faster than i expected.

i have to say thanks to all the guys that rode today!

and a big thanks to all whom hosted.
thanks to imgonnasnap for leading the ride today.
i am new to this group, so i apologize that i have forgot and/or don't know everyone's screen names.

grapes and oranges were the best!
perfect way to finish the day !


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lots of guys make excuses - it must be the tyres, it must be the weight, it must be the power, it must be the water pump.
ride the $*#(@) thing, and you'll quickly learn that the stain marks in your brooks were firstly from fear and then from ecstacy.
Scuderia: LB to SF
Bradshaw Bombrun 2007, 2008, 2009
Stupidly long road trip of 2009
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Old 02-09-2009, 06:15 PM   #4
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Good meeting you Scott. You missed a good ride yesterday...next time.

Where do ride reports get posted?


BTW, out of all the years that was my favorite Bomb Run Ride.
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yea, it was nice to meet you Chris and ride with you on sunday. That sunday loop was a kick in the pants!! you gotta take me on that one again with all the stops pulled....



Ive almost got all my pictures and video sorted.

We need to start a proper ride report though.......

....and I HAVE to post this video first as a teaser.

here ya go Chris.... in all yer glory.





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and you cant really tell on this but there IS A TURN AT THE END OF THE TRESTLE.


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Originally Posted by HappyGoLucky
lots of guys make excuses - it must be the tyres, it must be the weight, it must be the power, it must be the water pump.
ride the $*#(@) thing, and you'll quickly learn that the stain marks in your brooks were firstly from fear and then from ecstacy.
Scuderia: LB to SF
Bradshaw Bombrun 2007, 2008, 2009
Stupidly long road trip of 2009
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Old 02-09-2009, 06:17 PM   #5
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Should we try





I dont know





Getting wetter
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Originally Posted by HappyGoLucky
lots of guys make excuses - it must be the tyres, it must be the weight, it must be the power, it must be the water pump.
ride the $*#(@) thing, and you'll quickly learn that the stain marks in your brooks were firstly from fear and then from ecstacy.
Scuderia: LB to SF
Bradshaw Bombrun 2007, 2008, 2009
Stupidly long road trip of 2009
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Old 02-09-2009, 06:21 PM   #6
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578 miles, 3 days, one fat loop around the salton sea , more cargo drama (im so lucky i didnt go down doing 60 ), rain, wind, more rain and wind , going threw the customs inspection with no plate and didnt get stop, oh yes, i did the bradshaw.

day 1: work closing shift at work (6:30-2:45), check. leave murrieta at 3:45 going by the 215 to 60 to 10 to 111 in the rain and making it to the ride by 7ish, check. this is how you know your home.

everyone running around trying to leave.

it was a quick run threw some thick sand to the road. sence i was in the very back, the rutted deap wet sand was a bitch to riding in and almost though i lost the group. after a few miles of hauling ass dirt road i see some one on the side of the road flaging me to slow down, huge mud hole and a wr450 bouncing off the rev limiter. problem, stuck throttle, stuck wide the fuck open and the bike didnt want to turn off. when i was pulling up he was picking the bike up after droping in hopes the bike would die. after he gets the bike up, some one took the wrong line and almost took him out.

after we decide to leave the dad behind and let the son take the ktm (damn, i wish my dad had a ktm i could barrow). we are soon again getting flaged to slow down. this time (cant remeber, think it was joel?) had decided to trying tree climbing with a motor cycle. i can up and their working on the bike, hes hurt, and it looks like a truck went half way up the tree. once that situation was handled it was off to the bradshaw river.


you would think the whole time, this is going to end just around that corner, and it kept going, probally for a good mile or more. this stream droped you into the river. by this time im soaked and knowing theres a gas station on the other side, i decided to cross the river. after flying down a pole line road feeling like malcom smith, it was time for gas and grub.

ducks in a line?

on the ride back, the river had all but left, and the mile long stream on the trail now only went couple hundred feet. little photo op for a rock throwing 2 stroke.

i need to move out here.

the camp and bike, notice it still has the plate.

some after i had everything readly and got set by the fire (still soaked) the dinner bell was going off. the host were great all weekend, the food was great, people where all so nice. later, a jeep trip was hatched and i decided to tag a long, and it sure was fun to watch. dude made it worth while.

afterwards, i kicked it by the fire again for a while but soon decided it was time to hit the hay. the next day i looked around for a good half day ride, trying to make it to ocotillo by dark. i soon herd the words dunes and oasis so i was in. we also fooled around in a whole lot of mud.

soon we found a dune to play around on, no pics cus i was having to much fun hauling ass around it and found a little jump too. from there we went to some fun little mud hills. dude got some air off some of these.

from the top of the ridge lookinh over the salton.

over on the other side of this was the caves. this was the only picture that really came out cus the camra had condensation in it.

then is was off to the oasis, with a little stop for more fun in the mud (1st gear, wtfo, bouncing off the 11500 rev limiter anyone?).

marching like ants.

once we got back, i decided it was time to get to ocotillo, in the hopes of a ride before it got dark.

soon we would find that would not be the case. a strap that was holding the duffel back some how worked its way into my chain and wraped around the wheel. some time while it was bussy doing that it gave a uppercut to the plate and right blink. hey mom, no plate!

i ditched the duffel, straped the sleeping bag to the back pack and headed off. once i though the day was almost over and i could camp at ocotillo wells, i forgot this is close to mexico and there is a customs check, and i have no plate. 5 cops out side, did nothing. i now race over to the desert iron woods for sodas and camp over across from blow sand.

the morning.

this morning conditions where great. few sprinkles here and there, little wind, great temps. decided to ride to salton city for gas via shell reef expressway to cross over trail. stop to ride some spots on the way.
devils slide

its hard not to see why so many videos are filmed here, hell i did a double just crusing threw the place.

i was blasting washes for a good little while

oncei found a gas station, to my suprise it said pump 13 & 14 have vp 110. i had to get a picture. 7.47 a gallon. didnt run it in fear it might plug up the cat. coverter my bike is plauged with.

then is was off to s22 and hit pole line road to tule wash which leads to the pumpkin patch.

that was kinda boring so i went down pumpkin patch trail, which was a ton of fun. and then blasted washes back to where i had camped to grab my gear and take off. before i would throw the gear on i thought i might try blow sand again. my bike always bogs down and digs in and i had never made it up in about 5 trys. i squeased out the last drop of luck and ran at it 3 gear pinned. bike starts bogging half way up, shit, 2nd and the bike digs in a little and keeps chuging. bike starts to bog again tord the top, damn it, its and the bike diggs in more, but i have reached the point it rounds off so the bike keeps going instead of digging a hole. im finally up it

i pack my shit and leave, thinking it was a great end to a crazy weekend, but it wasnt all over. as soon as i jumped off the 78, the rain came out and the temps dropped. going threw some of the higher passes i could have swarn i seen snow in the air, it just wasnt sticking. by the time i made the 90 mile trip home, i was frozen. that sucked almost worse than coming back from noob valley. but it was so worth it.
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Originally Posted by HappyGoLucky
lots of guys make excuses - it must be the tyres, it must be the weight, it must be the power, it must be the water pump.
ride the $*#(@) thing, and you'll quickly learn that the stain marks in your brooks were firstly from fear and then from ecstacy.
Scuderia: LB to SF
Bradshaw Bombrun 2007, 2008, 2009
Stupidly long road trip of 2009
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Old 02-09-2009, 06:22 PM   #7
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cool consolidation of the reports!



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Old 02-09-2009, 06:28 PM   #8
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You had me scratchin' my head for a while... posting other inmates' reports Looks like a rugged adventure! thanks for rehashing it
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Old 02-09-2009, 08:29 PM   #9
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Another great weekend. A lot of surprises. I really enjoy this group because you actually get some riding in.

Some pictures.

RiverRat a few miles from the river.




A sticky throttle cable.



Two up on the big Beemer.



Bradshaw Road



RiverRat at home.



The end of a great day of riding.



On Sunday we found some new hidden gems. Riceless



The Water Fall Trail


Thanks Again to GearHart , Jeff and the crew for their Hospitality.
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Old 02-09-2009, 09:11 PM   #10
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Thumb Bradshaw ride report movie clip.

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Old 02-09-2009, 11:20 PM   #11
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Ok....

Hey guys for any of these pictures, just click on them to see a larger image.

...here we go again....

I had to ride out to Bourkeo's place (scotty) on Friday, completely soaking all of my stuff, and setting the tone for the weekend.

We drove down friday night and after a fair amount of rain, we were ready to ride the next morning.

A Pano near the camp site






Scott brought his girlfriend, Joanna out and she was learning to ride saturday morning before we left.





Here is us setting off in the rain



hey look its me



Scott(Bourkeo) and Joanna



Sienna on the 650L - she is quite the rider



Scotty and co. on the GS



Sienna on the XR



I have a new crush on my XR650R - it makes me feel like I can do cool stuff



the rail





so much better than being in the office



the trestle



Dave having a bash on the DRz



The girls - Sienna and Joanna



When you ADV ride, you have to walk like a robot at least sometimes



me



Scott and Joanna



We had an ADV meeting, mid trail. It was the general concensus that Needlepoint is superior to traditional knitting.



My XR





Scotty rode for hours without having a drop through some amazing terrain. We finally made it to a really long and VERY slippery section that we were all having some trouble with.
Somewhere along the line, Scott had one of the slowest lowsides I have ever seen. It must have gone on for 30 seconds because he was working on saving it. He finally made it over to the bank and you can see where the GS just was plowing down the berm. The only reason they stopped was of the bush.







It had been raining all morning and most of the night before. The puddles on the road had started to run together...



Finally, we came to a bend and around it this is what we saw.








It was just a river... I went riding down it, having a blast until the water was up into the hub of my front wheel....

Here is scott navigating it on the GS


















The XR did fine all day, regardless of what I did to it.



We had to just ride through the desert on the side of the new aqueduct



We made it to here - and whenever you see a big pile of bikes, its not a good thing. I think we had made it as far as we were going to this day.





The rapid kinda gives it away



around this time is when Scott realized that he forgot to gas up the XR650L.... so imgunasnap loaned up a liter of petrol. Thanks dood!

















We had to head back.... there was no way the GS and the rest of us was making it through that and we didnt know if there was more after that.

So we turned around.





some of the other "turn arounders"



Dave



Scott



Sienna













someones XR650L died and we coulnt figure out what was up, so it was loaded....



We made it back on fumes and exhausted. Everything that I had brought had been soaked at least twice. The next morning was a perfect time to dry some stuff out.



We bring chicks that change tires - beat THAT you guys.



Joanna went out for round two of learning how to ride.... this time in the sand.










Chris swung by and we all decided to go on a "Short" sunday morning ride. I had never ridden with the guy before..... boy was I in for a surprise.



Homie can ride







here ya go Chris... a PS one





















While he was wheelieing back and forth, I took a picture of my bike becuase I cant do that.



I went up to take a look myself. This was a family that showed up soon after us.



Beautiful



Chris took us up into some crazy spots.... was a really fun loop
















Sienna and Dave head up the hill




















After the fun, we hauled balls back to camp and loaded up and headed home sore and happy.

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Old 02-10-2009, 01:13 AM   #12
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This years Bomb Run was well placed into the Adventure category and was not one to have missed! Thanks for the great pics since I left my camera behind. And to Zen for his assistance in the water crossings. We definitely learned the shortest distance between two points is on the DIRT, always on the dirt, eh Zen? First time I rode two days on the Bradshaw trip and glad I did thanks to BetaTrialsGuy (Tom). We had a great run up to my old job site at Eagle Mountain and a beautiful shortcut through Red Canyon-highly
recommended. Dang, almost forgot the food-it was delicious. Thanks to
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great report, AJ... love those vid's of chris on the RR trestle!
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I was promised humiliating pictures and I shall have them!
glad to see you up and posting, rick! i put a spot tracker on my birthday list after hearing what happened to you on saturday.

here's wishing you a speedy recovery!
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