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Old 06-17-2011, 08:31 PM   #2086
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A tube of QuikSteel is your friend. If you can't find any, JBWeld works fine for the purpose of saving a ride. And, no, you cannot ask me how I know
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+1. JB Weld that bitch and come out and play!
WC & Todd: Thanks for the suggestions. I had been thinking about JB weld, but I just went out and bought some QuikSteel instead. Unfortunately, when I came back and looked at the hole (not just a crack) it appears as though a substantial piece of the case was knocked inside. I could patch the hole (about the size of a dime, with cracks out to about the size of a quarter) but I wouldn't want that stray piece of case churning around in there. If we were already out riding I would do it to get home, but starting out with metal chunks in the case isn't something I think I should do.

Sorry that I will miss the ride - I was probably looking forward to this one more than I should have been. I know because I am really disappointed that I am going to miss it (too many hours spent on the house remodel, I needed an escape...)

I ordered a new cover and gaskets (great prices and unexpectedly cheap shipping from cheapcycleparts.com). Total it should only be about a $120 screw-up (+time/energy to disassemble/reassemble). I suppose it could have been worse.

Enjoy the ride - I look forward to the photos.
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Old 06-17-2011, 10:37 PM   #2087
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Last week I finally had some time to ride. I was initially gonna ride down to the Carrizo and do some rabbit hunting, but after seeing Paul's pics of one of my favorite places, the Bodie Hills, I took off for Nevada with out my riffle.

Sonora Pass had a little snow left on it





For tonights camp site I wanted to find a hot spring that's way out in the middle of nowhere Nevada.





Found it. The road leading down to it, while short, was not exactly easy. Think Lippencot, but more off camber. When I arrived I met two retired iron workers named Glen (a Yerrington resident) and Jake and Jake's wife Carol. The first words outta their mouths was, "How in the fuck did you find this place!?" The second was, "You want a beer?" To which I said, "Hell yes!" We sat around shooting the shit for an hour or so. Honestly they did most of the talking while I was laughing at their stories of drunken/coked-up debauchery while building America's infrastructure. You just don't meet people like this in Santa Cruz.





After they left I had the place to my self for the rest of the night. They'd left me with a few cold beers as a parting gift and I just melted in the water.








Full moon rising.





The next morning, looking back up and out of the canyon. There were several great camp sites along the East Walker River and the fishing is supposed to be pretty good. I can't wait to get back there.





My only visitor during my stay at the springs was this scorpion. He was a fast little bugger and I couldn't get a good shot of him.







My route for the day was to go through Del Monte Canyon, up to Aurora, down to make a circumnavigation of Mono Lake, and grab breakfast at Lee Vining, before heading up into the Sweet Water Mountains. That's Mono in the valley below with the Eastern Sierra beyond it.






Everytime I go out to this area I try to take as many new routes as I can. Other than the Hot Springs I hadn't done anything new yet, so this road down to Mono from the Bodie Hills was gonna be an exploratory route.





The second you start down that road it gets tough. Steep with loose rocks and ruts. Then it's sand and more rocks.





And more rocks.




And more sand. But hey, I get to add another dirt road border crossing to my collection!





Hey look, more rocks.





About half way through all this, about ten miles total, my clutch starts acting weird. It got me pretty worried for a bit there, but I finally made it back to pavement, where I called my mechanic who said, "You're loosing fluid. Put some engine oil in the reservoir and head home."


Bummer. Home bound with only 150 miles of dirt ridden. Still I found a cool new spot, met some awesome people, and found a road that I might not take ever again. Not bad for two days worth of adventure.

Cheers!
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Old 06-17-2011, 11:11 PM   #2088
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Great report Todd. We should ride together sometime. . . . I'd still like to ride the route that Luckett had planned out up to Cave jct. and back. . . .

Nice pictures. Sounds like fun, too- I've spent quite a bit of time shooting the shit with iron workers, it can be fun (as long as you're not trying to get work done )
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Old 06-17-2011, 11:44 PM   #2089
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Hi Frank,

Last year you helped me with some beta for a solo trip I took to Mexico (Baja and Copper Canyons) and I returned to Central America last month (Guat, Hon, Nic, El Sal, Costa Rica, etc.) for a 10,044 largo viaje. I'm willing to help return the favor. It seems like a wild situation, but I'm willing to help. Three guidelines: If it gets really ugly, we scratch; You can by me a beer; You can NOT pay me.

I'm in San Rafael.

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Hey David,

Nice hearing from you. Awesome to hear your continuing your latin american adventures. I'm envious! It looks like I've got it covered. Another fella from here responded and he's game. There will be no drama I'm sure but it's times like these a man really needs his bike. Especially now that the weather is so beautiful.
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Old 06-18-2011, 01:33 AM   #2090
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Well, I just dropped my bike on it's side while getting ready for tomorrow's ride. It looks like I wont be able to make it. The shifter punched a hole in the left side crankcase cover...

Anyone have any experience with replacing the left crankcase cover on a XR650L? It looks like I will need a new cover ($$$) and a couple of gaskets. Anything else? Any tips/tricks?

This all happened when I was trying out a used MX hitch hauler I bought (the jack/lift kind) to replace my old versa-haul (for some reason I thought it would be easier). I put up the stand to loosen the bolts and then made a mistake and dropped the bike on it's side because I thought I put the stand back down.

(As a side note, I have a used MX hauler for sale on CL - cheap! )
I wish I could help.... You could always cme to the Dual Sport/motorcycle camping swap meet in Livermore tomorrow and look for a deal on some parts?!

Adventure/Dual Sport Swap Meet, Tri-Valley Moto, June 18th 2011, 10am-2pm! OPEN TO ALL BRANDS OF DUAL SPORT BIKES or OUTDOOR RIDING ENTHUSIAST!! THIS EVENT IS FREE........bring your stuff, buy...sell....mingle....enjoy.....repeat!!

It's being put on with the support of Tri-Valley Moto/CalMoto, along with support from Adventure Designs and Moto Amore (A Heidenau Tire Distributor for the USA).

Get rid of your old camping motorcycle stuff while having a chance to pick up something new at a great price.

Tri-Valley Moto
952 North Canyons Parkway
Livermore, CA 94551-9494

Hope to see you there.
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Old 06-18-2011, 03:06 AM   #2091
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Last week I finally had some time to ride.
Damn, you make me really miss my 640A.

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You just don't meet people like this in Santa Cruz.
Hey now, you find some really amazing folks down there! I've spent many hours wrenching my KTMs in Andrew D's garage. Adrian came and rescued my hobbled 990 after a flat down on Arroyo Seco Rd (on the *very* rare occurrence I wasn't carrying a spare tube). The Vampyres may have ridiculous patches, but they're totally hoopy froods!

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Old 06-18-2011, 06:51 AM   #2092
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Damn, you make me really miss my 640A.



Your SF to Panama RR was one of the reasons I bought this bike. After buying the 640, I had a 950 before, I could see having one of each. They're both awesome and very different bikes. Hopefully in a year or two I can afford to have both!
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Old 06-18-2011, 07:42 AM   #2093
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Won't be making it to flapjacks. I'll update the post with more info and pics on why when I get in front of a computer...

So yeah, I've had better mornings. 5 miles out on 280 and the bike gets really noisy all of a sudden and then loses power. I get off the road, have a quick look, and can't get it to turn over so I walk it a half mile off the highway to a gas station and open it up. Once the gas tank's off I find this lovely sight:



Yup, that's an exploded cylinder head cover courtesy of a valve shim jammed into the shattered compression release on my exhaust camshaft. Whew, try saying that ten times fast. Well, at least it didn't happen all the way out in the middle of CC.

Anyway, hope the ride is a blast, and looking forward to some pics.

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Old 06-18-2011, 08:36 AM   #2094
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Last week I finally had some time to ride.
Good stuff, Todd! Looks like a great place to ride!




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Old 06-18-2011, 11:47 AM   #2095
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Last week I finally had some time to ride. I was initially gonna ride down to the Carrizo and do some rabbit hunting, but after seeing Paul's pics of one of my favorite places, the Bodie Hills, I took off for Nevada with out my riffle. . . .


Cheers!
Great ride report! I may have to do this real soon!
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Old 06-18-2011, 03:22 PM   #2096
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Won't be making it to flapjacks. I'll update the post with more info and pics on why when I get in front of a computer...

So yeah, I've had better mornings. 5 miles out on 280 and the bike gets really noisy all of a sudden and then loses power. I get off the road, have a quick look, and can't get it to turn over so I walk it a half mile off the highway to a gas station and open it up. Once the gas tank's off I find this lovely sight:



Yup, that's an exploded cylinder head cover courtesy of a valve shim jammed into the shattered compression release on my exhaust camshaft. Whew, try saying that ten times fast. Well, at least it didn't happen all the way out in the middle of CC.

Anyway, hope the ride is a blast, and looking forward to some pics.

Oh my and I was bitching about my KLR overheading in the dirt.
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Old 06-18-2011, 03:57 PM   #2097
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For tonights camp site I wanted to find a hot spring that's way out in the middle of nowhere Nevada. Found it. The road leading down to it, while short, was not exactly easy. Think Lippencot, but more off camber.

Looks like the one on Walker river south of Hilton's Ranch.
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Old 06-18-2011, 05:26 PM   #2098
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Last week I finally had some time to ride. I was initially
For tonights camp site I wanted to find a hot spring that's way out in the middle of nowhere Nevada.





Cheers!
So how do I find that nice hot spring when I get to that area? Do you have a gps coordinate or directions. Does it have a name?

Looks like you had a great trip!
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Old 06-18-2011, 07:20 PM   #2099
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A huge thanks to Todd for riding sweep on me all the way back from
Clear Creek.My bike sputtered and died after going through the
big mudhole on Sawmill Creek rd.

After checking the fuses and poking and prodding I got it to fire back
up but it was running rough and kept cutting out. I limped it all the way
back home. Whew!!!!

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Old 06-18-2011, 07:40 PM   #2100
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Scott, how BIG was the Big mudhole?
Sorry to hear about yours and Richards bikes.
A big thanks to Todd.
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