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Old 01-30-2011, 06:16 PM   #16
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Like you axle holding location. I will have to remember that.
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Old 01-30-2011, 06:25 PM   #17
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The KTMSER/Nightstalker route in was on Arlington-Clanton Well Rd. We decided that with the night we were having, maybe it would be best to try to get out of the desert and go home. Or at least get to civilization. We could always go as far as was comfortable and set up camp too. With HID's and a Euro shell in the Adventure, it's almost like riding in daylight anyway. Everything from the "Screw" waypoint North and East was in the dark, so no pictures from that.



Joy did have a very valid concern during the change to the old, spare tube.

- "What happens if this tube goes flat? We fishtail and Joy goes flying?"

- "Do you really want to know?"

- "I don't know..."

- "Imagine what happened in the rocks and sand, but at freeway speeds!"


We rode the freeway back and stopped in Tonopah for fuel and air. It turned out that little Slime pump did its job and had the tire up to full pressure! We rode all the way home without incident.
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Old 01-30-2011, 06:38 PM   #18
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Dude, I don't think I know anyone who has more flat tires than you. Glad you and your wife are safe.
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Old 01-30-2011, 06:46 PM   #19
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Actually, the way out wasn't completely drama free. There are some really sandy sections in there. More than once the bike got squirly and I questioned the tire's inflation. The trail also runs through some kind of old corral. On the other side of the corral with the HID light piercing out into the otherwise black desert, we couldn't see the trail! I found it using the GPS.
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Old 01-30-2011, 06:54 PM   #20
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Sure wish my wife would take the blame for my misminded mistakes!
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Old 01-30-2011, 06:59 PM   #21
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Cool report, that looks like my Dads old bike, did you buy it in Flagstaff from a grumpy old guy , Steve??

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Old 01-30-2011, 07:16 PM   #22
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Cool ride report, about 45 minutes after getting a flat in the desert and not having tire levers my wife would have been a missing person
Yours seems to be much more helpful.

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Old 01-30-2011, 07:22 PM   #23
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Cool report, that looks like my Dads old bike, did you buy it in Flagstaff from a grumpy old guy , Steve??

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Yes, we did! It has been a great bike!
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Old 01-30-2011, 07:24 PM   #24
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So glad to hear you got out OK. I can't believe you rode out in the DARK!!! Amazing tube changing technique!
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Old 01-30-2011, 07:27 PM   #25
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So glad to hear you got out OK. I can't believe you rode out in the DARK!!! Amazing tube changing technique!
Joy says, "It was fun coming out in the dark! We got to see animals! They're my favorite part of riding!"

We saw three or four rabbits and a small fox! One of the rabbits decided it liked the light and ran down the road in front of the bike for about 50 yards.


The more I think about your comment, the more I think... What were we thinking?? I was mentally preparing to spend the night even before I figured out a way to change the tube. Even after, I was thinking we should stay put because of the unknown terrain ahead and being in the dark. The rationale came down to a few things. We knew we were cutting the trip short because we didn't have all the tools we should and we were down a spare tube. At night or in the morning, we were going to make a beeline home. The bike throws out plenty of light, so as long as the riding didn't get too challenging and we didn't have any other problems we could keep moving. And if it did get too challenging, we could always set up camp.

I need to thank you and KTMSER for the quick rescue prospects! I'm glad to know guys like you!
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Old 01-31-2011, 08:29 AM   #26
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Nice report. I will have to remember that tire changing technique. Glad to see you both made it out safely.
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Old 01-31-2011, 08:57 AM   #27
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Dude, I don't think I know anyone who has more flat tires than you. Glad you and your wife are safe.
Then let me introduce myself! HI! I am DrLewall! known for 11 flats between AR and Co on the TAT http://www.advrider.com/forums/showthread.php?t=590170

Great report btw yardstick..I was stationed in Gila Bend along time ago..have a good idea where y'all were!
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Old 01-31-2011, 09:22 AM   #28
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Very nice Yardstick. I used to go through Gila Bend on my way to Cave Creek when I was stationed in Yuma. I remember seeing all those little side roads and wondering where they went to. Too bad i never took the time to find out when I lived there. My DR350S would have been a good tool for the job. The closest I ever got was part of the Kofa Range on the East side of YPG and part of the El Camino Del Diablo East of the Chocolate Mountains. All of this was back in 1990 though.

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Old 01-31-2011, 09:22 AM   #29
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Then let me introduce myself! HI! I am DrLewall! known for 11 flats between AR and Co on the TAT http://www.advrider.com/forums/showthread.php?t=590170

Great report btw yardstick..I was stationed in Gila Bend along time ago..have a good idea where y'all were!
Holy cow! I'm gaining a reputation around here, but I still feel like flats have been pretty rare. I have been trying to think of all the flats I have had in the desert on a motorcycle in the past couple years...

- Two pinch flats on separate occasions near the Coke Ovens close to Florence, AZ.
- A nail in the rear tire of the Super Enduro on 7-Springs Rd north of Phoenix.
- A pinched rear tube due to insufficient grip from a bead lock and a sticky trials tire.
- Months later, the patch from the previous pinch on the rear tube failed on a ride.
- The first ever thorn flat I've had happened in Tucson a few weeks ago, but I didn't know about it while riding. It was a slow leak I found the next morning.
- And now this screw in the Adventure's rear wheel.

So 8 flats in the past couple years. Not too bad. More than I've had previously for sure and probably above average, but hardly epidemic!
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Then let me introduce myself! HI! I am DrLewall! known for 11 flats between AR and Co on the TAT http://www.advrider.com/forums/showthread.php?t=590170
Now Doc, that's just your magnetic personality!

Of the flats I had over the years, all but one being a rear, most were due to nails I picked up somewhere in Arizona. The two I've had here since I have been in Oklahoma were pretty much my fault. One was an old tube that failed at the valve stem and the other was an improperly installed beadlock that pinched the tube.

Fighting the XR650R with a rear flat was a challenge in and of itself. I only had a half mile to ride to get off the interstate. I can't imagine what it must be like with the big KTM, loaded and two up. Definitely a good lesson for all Yardstick.

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