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Old 08-20-2011, 10:14 AM   #1
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a one day trip

The old and the new...
early morning departure, sun in the face...

Gassed up down in the valley and rode up to the mountains.

Auburn/Folsom road to the American River canyon, Old Foresthill road to Foresthill and another gas up before entering the wilderness and
"no gas land".

You don't want to head out from here with out a full tank.
(don't ask how I know)

Drop onto Mosquito Ridge road. Cross the N fork of the M fork of the American, and a right turn onto Ralston Ridge road.
Stop in at Oxbow Res...

From here the plan was to head up further and take a dirt road down to Squaw Flat on the Rubicon River.
But that, along with a planned visit to the last remaining stand of the N Sierra Redwoods got dashed
as we were overly enthusiastic with the twisty narrow winding road.
We passed em up with out knowing.
We stopped to check the map.

At this point instead of heading back down, we figured we'd go up to Hell Hole Res.
But we gleefuly passed up that turn off too and ended up at Ellicott's Crossing
where we took the dirt trail to the Rubicon River's edge.

we sat around, rested our butt's, ate fruit and jerky...
spent some time...

We beat it outa there to Wentworth Springs road and jogged over to the Loon Lake road where we went down past the spillway and got on the famous Rubicon Trail.
Having not gone too far in yet it was called out for me to stop, and the question was,
"How far are we going on this?"
Well, that was a good place to stop cause I didn't want to go too far up in there anyway with this bike!

After spending time there and watching jeeps, quads and dirt biks play around a bit, it was time to depart.
Coming down out of Loon Lake my "was full" tank went on reserve!
Down to Ice House road I ran out of gas near Union Valley res.
We put in 24 onces of gas using a water bottle to transfer from the DRZ400.
The thinking there was I hoped there was gas available at the Ice House store. As we drove by it,
I didn't see any pumps so we kept on going. But JW said he saw one!.
We missed the opportunity to gas up!
We continued on and I ran out of gas again. This time shifting down to 3rd, then 2nd, and to nuetral,
I coasted about ten miles down hill to the intersection at highway 50.
Here we transfered another 18 onces of the 400's gas to the Triumph and then proceeded to Fresh Pond, the next known gas station.
We filled the bikes up for a third time there, enough to ride home all the way.
We continued with the off-beaten track method we had been on all day.
Using back roads and going the lesser traveled routes.
Missed a few more opportunitys to take perspective routes and soon found ourselves in Placerville.
A trip all the way down Green Valley road and through the town of Folsom, heating up uncomfortably all the way,
we arrived at JW's house in Orangevale where a cold beer was waiting.
A short stop to drink and I was off to get home and untie my shoe.
We had gone on another 180 mile day ride.
I had been away from home for 7 1/2 hours and we were riding 5 1/2 of those.
Top speed was 73 MPH which I hit while en route to Fresh Pond.
My tank is 2.2 gallons...small by comparison to oversize tanks. Yet the DRZ too has a small tank. It gets much better milage.
I noticed an extreme doggieness to my bike from the high elevation.
Not a very economical fuel consumption situation
Thinking of a jetting change that will still work well here at 150' yet provide some guts in the thin air of 7,500 foot Sierra Crest locations.

Beer with the bikes parked outside the toy hauling rig...

too many...
I have completely lost count

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Old 08-20-2011, 07:32 PM   #2
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thanks for sharing. LOVE the vintage Triumph thumper!!!
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Old 08-20-2011, 09:09 PM   #3
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Nice pics of you using your B50MX Triumph.

I use a Home market 3 gallon tank to get any where. Or pack 2 1 quart fuel bottles. As reserve. Paul
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Old 08-21-2011, 05:52 AM   #4
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Thanks you guys...

I'm using the bsa tank because I don't wanna mess up the pretty aluminum Triumph tank...and it's magnetic.

We filled up at the last gas before heading up further in the wilderness, yet still sucked her dry. All the while stressing to my drz friend that I'd run out up in there before.

I used to run this Malcom Smith tank made for tt500's years ago.
And on the ride thought about future reinstalation of it.
BUT, the gas cap is not a positive seal, and the petcock is a joke the way it merely stuffs up in there with a rubber bung. I once tore the gas line/petcock right out of the tank while going through brush!

Gas all over/finger on the dyke!

Note the heated areas modified to fit...
front for clearance and engine rocker stud.
too many...
I have completely lost count

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