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Old 01-10-2010, 08:34 AM   #1
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PHX - London Bridge KILLED my VStrom

It started in the dark and cold and it ended in the dark and cold. Except for Mil T on his VStrom, for him it ended early...

We met in Wickenburg at 7AM for breakfast at the Cowboy Cafe, a heavily weighted KTM group for sure.

Mil T - Suzuki VStrom 650
KTMSER - KTM 950 SE
RockThrower - KTM 950 SE
Yardstick - KTM 950 SE
CrashDBad - KTM 950 SE
BIG-E - KTM 950 ADV
Nightstalker KTM 950 ADV

Breakfast was EXCELLENT! Even with the Lone Ranger and Tonto stalking us through the window.



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Old 01-10-2010, 09:43 AM   #2
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Super Enduros fueling up at Vulture Mine Road.



Off to Alamo Road, ultra high speed dirt! I clocked 106 on the GPS, I think KTMSER made it to 111!

Yardstick makes a pass.



This would be where Mil T's VStrom met it's demise...photos courtesy of Yardstick.







I'll let Mil tell you what happened to the Suzuki. I will say that we ALL hit the hazard that did the VStrom in. I was stunned for a bit as I coasted down the road and thought for sure that I would have pinch flats front and back.
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Old 01-10-2010, 10:12 AM   #3
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Looks like there might have been a tad too much weight for that wee.
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Old 01-10-2010, 11:57 AM   #4
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Jesus, what have you been doing with that thing supercross jumps ?


I've never seen that before on a Strom.
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Old 01-10-2010, 12:02 PM   #5
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So how did the the bike break? C'mon Mil, let's hear it.

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Old 01-10-2010, 01:13 PM   #6
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you guys might want to start ordering a small bowl of fruit on your next breakfast ride. Just kiddin, sorry to hear about the big bike breakage.
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Old 01-10-2010, 03:00 PM   #7
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Mil T limped his VStrom back to Wickenburg as the rest of us KTM riders pushed on. We stopped at a campground in the middle of no-where and refueled.





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Old 01-10-2010, 03:44 PM   #8
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We made it to Alamo Lake and found our way to the other side at Brown's Crossing. This would be impassable if it were wet.



On the other side of the lake.







Mine in the mountain.



Alamo Lake in the distance.



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Old 01-10-2010, 03:54 PM   #9
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Old 01-10-2010, 03:54 PM   #10
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Rockthrower was having a problem keeping coolant inside of his radiator.



The patented KTMSER burping technique.

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Old 01-10-2010, 04:37 PM   #11
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Quote:
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Looks like there might have been a tad too much weight for that wee.

Hey, What you tryin to say buddy boy???
You callin me fat?????

Around my house I"m called LARGE!!!!
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Old 01-10-2010, 04:44 PM   #12
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Heading north from Alamo Lake was more high speed riding through a Joshua tree forest.



A spinning tire at 100+ MPH throws some rocks.



We'd be coming back through here later today. I think it's where CrashDBad lost his burrito.



Those 950's consume ALOT of fuel at those speeds.



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Old 01-10-2010, 04:51 PM   #13
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Anyone see a problem here??
After seeing this picture myself I ran out to look at the bike again. I keep finding new stuff. I don't think the dogbones are supposed to be that steep are they!!

OK here's what happened. I was pulling tailgunner so that I would'nt put to much pressure on all of those SE's and Adv KTM's with the mighty DL650. Of course I was having to humble myself and not pass any of them since they were traveling significantly under my faster pace. I was following Yardstick and I was trying to see through all the dust that the slower bikes were putting up when out of no where a little indian child ran out in front of me and I had to swerve into a rain rutt on the downhill side of the road.
Yea that was it. Yea forsure. That was it.

Actually, Some of that was true. I was tailgunning and was in the dust behind yardstick. That part is true. We were on a good road with a few rain rutts that crossed the road. Most of them were minimal at best and so was the one I hit if I was just a little more to the right of the road.The part I hit was a bout 2 feet across and about 9 inches deep with a vertical wall on the far side. I hit it about 60mph and the bike cased right on the center section in front of the shock and on the rear skidplate mount. The hard hit knocked my lamineer shield off, the bike died, the handle bars where in my lap, the GPS came out of it's holder and was dangling around and I felt like I was sitting about 2 inches lower. Boy that was a hard hit. The results ended up being the cracked frame, broken motormount on the engine case and now I need to check more because of the angle of the dogbones. Yardstick came back and helped me get the bike going enough to limp back into Wickenburg. It had knocked the kickstand safety switch off and I couldn't get it started until I figured it out and tie wrapped it back in place to get the bike started. Then I couldn't shift it so I had to do an adjustment on the shifter to get it to shift up.
I learned a valuable lesson. When riding with these guys don't even show up with something like the strom. ride a real bike. In hind sight I should have broght the XR650 for this ride.
That's my story and I'm sticking with it.

Eric. I might be interested in your bike now when you think your ready to sell.

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Old 01-10-2010, 05:12 PM   #14
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Approaching Lake Havasu City we hit some nice two track. It got a little sandy in spots. KTMSER found an especially soft spot to lay his bike over.



We came up on a bunch of quad riders. A 65 yo woman had flipped her quad and had a serious head injury. CrashDBad called 911 and the woman ended up being flown out in a helicopter.



The trail.



One fellow rigged up this contraption to tow the quad out with his side by side.



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Old 01-10-2010, 05:17 PM   #15
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It was about 13 more miles of whoops and deep gravel wash to get to the highway. I was finally starting to warm up.

Yardstick





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The road we rode in on.



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