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Old 09-03-2012, 07:12 PM   #3526
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Well, in the spirit of zeegman, here is a ride idea for BAARC KLR riders ... see if we can keep this old chestnut going ... guess we'll never be a CVDSR or LAADVR thread ... ha.
We go for quality, not quantity

Got my wife out riding her own bike in city traffic the other day, for the first time. She actually enjoyed it (well, small city traffic, not big SF style). One step at a time, with the goal of doing something like this eventually. Thanks for posting and giving me something to shoot for...
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Old 09-03-2012, 09:23 PM   #3527
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Which would you take?

My buddy and I are planning an early fall trip to Black Rock, NV. He's coming from Oregon, and I'm coming from San Francisco, and Black rock is roughly equidistant. I'd like to take my KTM 990, but I'm wondering if I'd have more fun on my XR400. I'd have to trailer the XR, but would ride the KTM there (more points for taking the KTM). Anyone venture an opinion? Are there a lot of spots where I'd say to myself, "man if only I had the XR". My buddy rides a DR650, but he's pretty conservative.

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Old 09-03-2012, 10:44 PM   #3528
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Awesome trip!!

Cool to see rider914 in the mix. I've been following a RR of his around the western states...

http://advrider.com/forums/showthread.php?t=803866

I'd still like to meet up with you guys if the invite is still open at the SFMCC on Thursdays. Would love to hear the stories...

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Old 09-04-2012, 07:35 AM   #3529
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Very nice John!
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Looks like a great trip and some familiar places, John!!
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John! That looks like a great time.

Glad you had a late summer fun.
Hey Ian408, larryboy and Nixels,
Thanks for posting! We especially loved Benton Hot Springs ... Want to do some more riding there, soon ...
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Old 09-04-2012, 07:47 AM   #3530
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We go for quality, not quantity

Got my wife out riding her own bike in city traffic the other day, for the first time. She actually enjoyed it (well, small city traffic, not big SF style). One step at a time, with the goal of doing something like this eventually. Thanks for posting and giving me something to shoot for...
Hi HardWorkingDog,
Congrats to your wife on riding her own bike! So cool ...
I have to work on being flexible when I ride with Cary, because she likes a bit of luxury on our trips (like a shower ... ha.) For example, I really enjoyed Keough Hot Springs, but would never think to go there myself ...
Looking forward to seeing a trip report from you and the wife ...
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Old 09-04-2012, 08:06 AM   #3531
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My buddy and I are planning an early fall trip to Black Rock, NV. He's coming from Oregon, and I'm coming from San Francisco, and Black rock is roughly equidistant. I'd like to take my KTM 990, but I'm wondering if I'd have more fun on my XR400. I'd have to trailer the XR, but would ride the KTM there (more points for taking the KTM). Anyone venture an opinion? Are there a lot of spots where I'd say to myself, "man if only I had the XR". My buddy rides a DR650, but he's pretty conservative.

Thanks in advance

Leo

Well, trailers are for boats, but on the other hand the 400 would probably be a lot more fun up there.
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Old 09-04-2012, 08:12 AM   #3532
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Awesome trip!!

Cool to see rider914 in the mix. I've been following a RR of his around the western states...

http://advrider.com/forums/showthread.php?t=803866

I'd still like to meet up with you guys if the invite is still open at the SFMCC on Thursdays. Would love to hear the stories...

JG
Hi live2ridetahoe,
We'd love to see you any Thursday night, and anyone reading this is welcome, too ... We have a clubhouse that's full of old photos and bikes and a fountain that serves anything a motorcyclist may wish to quaff ... Folsom and 18th Street ...

I had been reading rider914's Wandering Wound da West thread too, so it was fun to see Matt on the trail ... We were actually having a bit of a yardsale when he came upon us, bulldogging our KLRs back up the trail, and he stopped to make sure we got ourselves extracted, and was generous with his knowledge of the area ... Just the best sort of ADVer, takes cool trips, great photos, posts RRs and is nice to noobs ...


rider914 on Nine Mile Canyon ...

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Old 09-04-2012, 08:29 AM   #3533
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My buddy and I are planning an early fall trip to Black Rock, NV. He's coming from Oregon, and I'm coming from San Francisco, and Black rock is roughly equidistant. I'd like to take my KTM 990, but I'm wondering if I'd have more fun on my XR400. I'd have to trailer the XR, but would ride the KTM there (more points for taking the KTM). Anyone venture an opinion? Are there a lot of spots where I'd say to myself, "man if only I had the XR". My buddy rides a DR650, but he's pretty conservative.

Thanks in advance

Leo
Hi Leo,
Hopefully someone else will chime in, but this thread has been a bit quiet, recently ... Anyway, lots of great riding between SF and Black Rock ... Take the KTM!

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Old 09-04-2012, 09:27 AM   #3534
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Awesome trip!!

Cool to see rider914 in the mix. I've been following a RR of his around the western states...

http://advrider.com/forums/showthread.php?t=803866

I'd still like to meet up with you guys if the invite is still open at the SFMCC on Thursdays. Would love to hear the stories...

JG

Rider 914 gets around we spotted him on our Idaho trip and we shared a beer and chatted a bit... Great guy !
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Old 09-04-2012, 09:28 AM   #3535
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Hopefully someone else will chime in, but this thread has been a bit quiet, recently ... Anyway, lots of great riding between SF and Black Rock ... Take the KTM!

see you around the campfire,
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just make sure you bring enough gas... those KTM's are THIRSTY !
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Old 09-05-2012, 07:04 AM   #3536
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KTM Rally

Just checking in on who is going up to the KTM Rally in Bend and what routes people are taking.

I am looking to enter the Sierras somewhere between Marysville and Chico then exit towards Lava Tubes or Goose Lake. I've looked at La Porte, Oroville -Quincy, 70 and 32 as routes up. Then 89 north through Lassen heading past Medicine Lake to Lava Tubes.

I've also looked at heading from Lake Almanor over towards Susanville then heading up the east side.

Back country roads, gravel, dirt, two tracks, any suggestions would be appreciated. Thanks
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Old 09-07-2012, 07:32 PM   #3537
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Just checking in on who is going up to the KTM Rally in Bend and what routes people are taking.

I am looking to enter the Sierras somewhere between Marysville and Chico then exit towards Lava Tubes or Goose Lake. I've looked at La Porte, Oroville -Quincy, 70 and 32 as routes up. Then 89 north through Lassen heading past Medicine Lake to Lava Tubes.

I've also looked at heading from Lake Almanor over towards Susanville then heading up the east side.

Back country roads, gravel, dirt, two tracks, any suggestions would be appreciated. Thanks

Mike, Cain and I are trailering up... See you there !
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Old 09-07-2012, 11:24 PM   #3538
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Just checking in on who is going up to the KTM Rally in Bend and what routes people are taking.

I am looking to enter the Sierras somewhere between Marysville and Chico then exit towards Lava Tubes or Goose Lake. I've looked at La Porte, Oroville -Quincy, 70 and 32 as routes up. Then 89 north through Lassen heading past Medicine Lake to Lava Tubes.

I've also looked at heading from Lake Almanor over towards Susanville then heading up the east side.

Back country roads, gravel, dirt, two tracks, any suggestions would be appreciated. Thanks
I met a guy at a traffic light tonight in Walnut Creek who said he was going up. He was on a 990 Adventure. I never did catch his name, but he said that he just got back from a Nevada trip with 11 guys. Sounds like fun.. both the rally and the Nevada trip.

Any idea who this rider was? I was on a 800XC. Seemed like a cool dude.

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Old 09-10-2012, 12:15 PM   #3539
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My buddy and I are planning an early fall trip to Black Rock, NV. He's coming from Oregon, and I'm coming from San Francisco, and Black rock is roughly equidistant. I'd like to take my KTM 990, but I'm wondering if I'd have more fun on my XR400. I'd have to trailer the XR, but would ride the KTM there (more points for taking the KTM). Anyone venture an opinion? Are there a lot of spots where I'd say to myself, "man if only I had the XR". My buddy rides a DR650, but he's pretty conservative.

Thanks in advance

Leo
I'd say it depends on whether or not you'll be staying in the valleys or going up and down the hills. I think the valleys are big bike friendly, even in the washouts, and you'd have a good time on the 990. If you're planning on getting up in the hills, some of it is very steep and washed out. I struggled on the road to and from Knott Creek Reservoir on my 640A while the guys on trailer-ed in 400s didn't have as much trouble. Only got stuck once going up, but coming down was the real challenge with many a pucker moment. The guy who didn't have any trouble at all was on a 250 :).

Beautiful country, though. You'll have a blast regardless of the bike.
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Old 09-11-2012, 08:49 PM   #3540
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Thanks to all for the feedback regarding my upcoming trip to Nevada. As of today I'm leaning towards taking my XR400. Been wiring up a GPS, and have a new Dunlop 606 awaiting installation on the rear.
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