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Old 12-04-2011, 06:56 AM   #226
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Good news, but damn... that took a long time. I hope it cost only time!
I'm interested to see if they got pissy about you changing your oil.

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Hobbes is fixed. Supposedly. I'll get the details when I get back to Colorado and pick him up. Had to get back to Idaho for a week. Hopefully good to go. Snow season in the high country now, so don't expect anymore spectaculr rides from me for a few months. I may post some stories about my snowmobile adventures in the meantime. I may get yelled at by the mods cause it's not a "motorcycle", but until then, look for a few words and pics from the snowy high country. I'll fill ya in on Hobbes when I pick him up next weekend. Hope y'all are well!
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Hobbes is fixed. Supposedly. I'll get the details when I get back to Colorado and pick him up. Had to get back to Idaho for a week. Hopefully good to go. Snow season in the high country now, so don't expect anymore spectaculr rides from me for a few months. I may post some stories about my snowmobile adventures in the meantime. I may get yelled at by the mods cause it's not a "motorcycle", but until then, look for a few words and pics from the snowy high country. I'll fill ya in on Hobbes when I pick him up next weekend. Hope y'all are well!
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Old 12-06-2011, 06:57 PM   #228
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I'm still in Boise with no return ticket to denver yet. Hoping my company sends me back on Sunday. I hope to have the bike on Tuesday if I can out of work a bit early. If not, it'll be a week from Saturday. I'll fill ya in on the details when I get them.
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I'm still in Boise with no return ticket to denver yet. Hoping my company sends me back on Sunday. I hope to have the bike on Tuesday if I can out of work a bit early. If not, it'll be a week from Saturday. I'll fill ya in on the details when I get them.
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Old 12-18-2011, 09:59 PM   #232
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Back in Idaho with Hobbes in tow! I got him back after nearly two months. I'm glad this happened at a very tumultuous time in my life and not at the height of riding season or I would have been much more upset at how long this took. I wrote a pretty scathing post about the dealer before. Their lack of communication was very frustrating. We have talked it out and I'd like to say that I am, in fact, happy with the work that was performed.

The story again. Leaky valve guide seals allowed oil to enter the combustion chamber and create carbon on the piston and valve face. The noise I heard was actually the carbon getting pinched between the piston and cylinder head.

My main concerns were;

1. Will the piston have cracked? They told me no and after they removed all the carbon they did a visual inspection and it didn't turn up anything. I would have preferred if they had done some NDT testing to look for anything the naked eye would miss, but I'm ok with what they did.

2. I thought those rings were seated and why did we not do a ring set and a hone since the rings came out of the sleeve? Well, it is a Nikasil cylinder wall and it can't be honed. The rings float in there and they were not worn. I'm good with that.

3. Will this happen again? They had no idea what was the root cause. Whether it be improper installation or a bad set of seals. They just didn't have any info. I don't know if this is just a new batch or a different part. You bet your ass I'll be sticking my boroscope down the plug hole every 6000 miles or so to make sure this isn't happening again.

I had some other thoughts too but I wanna move past this and get back to riding. Here's the pics.













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Next weekend I am headed to Redmond, OR for Christmas with my brother, Petrolburner. I'm taking the CRF and and Summit 1000. They have snow to the West and dirt biking to the East for four days of planned riding. It'll be the first chance I have to ride my sled since I bought it three months ago! I fired the sled up this morning and it fired up after a few pulls. Nothing quite like the sound or smell of a 1000cc two stroke!! I can't wait!! Look for the report New Years weekend.
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Old 12-29-2011, 09:42 PM   #235
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I just got home from riding in Oregon over Christmas with my brother. I'll be working on the ride reports soon. In the meantime, I wanted to revive an older report from when I had my KLR. I loved this ride and wanted to string it in here. It's titled, "Crossing 18 pages of the Oregon Benchmark on a Bald D606." Enjoy!

There was a plan. But not much of one. All we knew is we wanted ride. There were five of us. Four aircraft mechanics and one, well, lets just say work gets in the way of his play time. For some of us it was a first true dual sport adventure. Some of us were more seasoned than others. Experience aside, it doesn't matter as long as we are on our bikes.

We met at my house Thursday after work and promptly hit the road about ten minutes late. Oh yeah, then I had to get gas. So twenty late. Not bad in all honesty.

It has been a long drawn out winter here in Boise, ID. It hasn't stopped us from doing a lot of riding in the desert. But, cold and rainy none the less. Weather was not going to be a determining factor in our decision to hit the open gravel road. We headed for the Oregon border. One last stop for gas since the X-Challenge has the short tank this weekend.

On the highway I had a thought. These guys all have to be back home Saturday afternoon for family stuff. Me being a single guy with the closest family in Redmond, OR, what the hell am I gonna do on Saturday and Sunday?! Well hell, I'm half way to Redmond where we'll be camped on Friday night. Sweet! I'm going to see my brother!! Called him up at the gas stop and it's all good! This might create an issue many miles down the road. This is my last ride on my nearly bald Dunlop 606 rear. I had planned on 400-500 miles this weekend. But, a trip to Redmond doubles that. They don't call it adventure riding for nothing! Here we go!

The wind!!! Brandon was bringing up the rear and commented that it was an interesting sight to see four bikes ahead of him leaned over so far on a straight road. And that wind was cold!

Gas again at Jordan Valley, OR. Now the sun was beginning to set and creating quite the sight.









We passed Rome and Burns Junction as we continued our journey South. We finally turned off the asphalt and headed West to our hotel for the night. Chateau de la Tent. All inclusive stay including freeze dried food and a hot soak in the Willow Creek Hot Springs. The sun continued to set and created a scene that a photo simply will not do justice.





We arrived at our home for the evening and found that no reservations were needed. There was only a drunk naked girl in the hot springs. Her boyfriend passed out in the tent. Somebody also knew that motorcyclists were coming and left a pile of firewood for us in the desert! This place gets a five start rating in my book!

We set up camp and worked on degrading our state of sobriety. A fire was going and dinner had been eaten. Time for a warm bath under the millions of stars. I was the first to enter the pool and chat with our drunk naked friend. Let me say, this girl was pretty darn nice for a drunk hotspringer. I've seen a few in my day that burn the eyes a bit. This one was easy on the eyes in the dark, but oh man was this chick crazy! The rest soon joined and enjoyed the entertainment of a crazy naked girl jumping back and fourth between the hot and cold pools.

I soon had my fill got out and joined Tom by the fire. We talked for quite awhile before it got too late and it was time to crash.

It was cold that evening to say the least. We woke up to heavy frost and sunshine in the morning.







Soon we were packed and the bikes were getting their heart rates up for the day of running ahead. The road between Willow Hot Springs and Fields, OR is a wide open good gravel road that takes riders though a canyon at one point. Speeds were increasing and confidence growing for those who were new to the gravel roads.







About a mile from the pavement, the X-challenge had run her tank dry and came to a coasting stop on the road. Gas gets pretty expensive out in the middle of nowhere. I gave up some precious liquid out of my tanker in exchange for some different precious liquid out of the cooler at the station.

We arrived in Fields, OR and got gas, snacks, beer, and water. Then it was onward to the base of the Steens Mountain range and the Alvord Desert. I was on top of Steens last fall it was an incredible sight. I had been looking forward to riding this road to the Alvord since I began my descent last fall.







The Alvord Desert. Normally a dry playa. Today it was completely filled with water. This next pic is from last year atop the Steens.



And now the view from eye level.





There is yet another hot springs just off the road. These were very nice and worth a soak if we had more time. My guess was about 105'. Perfect.











The dirt came to an end and it was time take the pavement before we could finally leave it again for the glorious gravel road that cut through the untraveled and unvisited parts of this great nation.

All the bikes arrived in Crane, OR with gas tanks that were more full than our stomachs. Burger time! We all had doubles and all cleaned our baskets out. Back to riding. We had a direction but no real destination for the day. Only to enjoy the afternoon on our motorized toys and find another "hotel".











Good gravel brought us to the Warm Springs Reservoir. I wanted to see the dam so I turned up the hill. A fun climb brought me to the realization that we may be getting farther from the reservoir. Terry confirmed this on his GPS and noted that there was a road just ahead that would take us back in the direction of the res. Cool! Off I went bombing down this road. It went from good gravel to rough two track. I eat this shit up! Some others only eat shit. This is the part that I failed to remember that not all of our experience levels are on par. Rob had a little get off on the Strom with street tires. The knob on the shift lever just didn't have the strength. OOPS.



At this point it was decided that Tom (Tiger) and Rob (Wee Strom) would head to the dam via the good gravel and Terry (12GS), Brandon (X-Challenge), and I (KLR) would continue down the rough stuff and meet at the dam.











Three juvie rams







An entire herd of sheep crossing my path. Very cool to see this.





We came over the rise and looked down on this. I had all the faith in the world Terry would get the tank down this. So I didn't give him a choice and I took off down the mountain. He made it just fine. No worries. These shots are looking back up the hill waiting to capture the moment if he takes a spill. Remember inmates, picture first, then assist.









Back to the main road in one piece. We found the spur that headed to the dam and headed up it only to find Rob and Tom with Rob standing next to his bike. Rob didn't have a very friendly greeting for me. It went something to the effect of "You pick the worst fucking roads to go down. This is goddamn street bike!" This why he was a bit irked at the time.



Yes, that is right side of the bike and forward is to the right of the pic. You can understand his harsh words for me. Off road, shit breaks. Welcome to the wonderful world of dual sport!! Clamp a vise grip on that bitch and lets ride!!! I'm sure Rob will read this and probably have a few more harsh words for me. You'll get the hang of this, get better and faster, and still break stuff.

I decided it was best to let the situation cool a bit so I took off to grab a few shots of the dam.









It was decided we needed to find a camp spot and call it a day. We rode along the reservoir road and crossed the many streams flowing in from the nearby Stinkingwater Mountains. Thank God this road was dry. I don't even want to think about what it would be like to get a bike down this road if it was wet judging by the ruts and skid marks.





There weren't many options and we wanted to find a place with trees for a firewood. The perfect spot was taken by a white Highlander. No gear set up. Just a car in the perfect spot with few other options. We found a flat spot with no shade but a few dead trees and a fire ring. Tom and I decided to take a ride down a few of the lesser traveled spurs to be assured that was the only option while the others rested with a beer.

We turned down a road and went up the mountain. One spot was good possibility, but a few members of the gang wouldn't be very happy with the quality of the road in. Ok, so this is just a fun exploring ride now. Tom stopped under a tree on top of the plateau in the saddle between two peaks. He proceeded to roll himself a smoke and take a break. I'm always up for making it to the top for photo ops. Off I go ratcheting through the gears and bottoming out the suspension as much as I can. Just me and my own pace at this point. Throttle open!

I take off up a steep incline. There was kind of a two track there, but I bet it doesn't get more than five vehicles a year. I make it to the top and found the penthouse. P-I-M-P spot! No way the others are making it up here so forget about it. I took my pics and headed back down.

















I met back up with Tom. We pulled out the Bechmark Atlas to verify our location and head back. Tom and I are paper map guys. No GPS. Just a keen sense of adventure and direction. Not that I mind having one in the group. But, I do just fine with out it. "See that thin red dotted line? Looks like that goes off that way and would come out right were the guys are waiting for us." I'm in! Toms not. "I'll meet ya back there."

Off I go again. This time the road peters into nothing. "Where we're going, we don't need roads." Into the desert with a general direction. Turns are only dictated by feeling and rocks. One rock sent me where I didn't want to go. Down a ravine. This was my oops. Off a two and a half foot rock drop. The center stand hung up and the bald drive tire was in the air. A good two minutes of rocking and good deal sweat before I got off the rock. Continuing downhill with the bald drive tire on the ground now.







I couldn't have come out more perfectly if there was road. Tom was sitting in the shade of his bike having another smoke. But it was only Tom. My first thought was, "Man, those guys are more pissed off at me than I thought." I found a note on my backpack which I had left on the ground. "Went back to where the Highlander WAS." A short trip back down the road found them eating dinner in the perfect spot. Funny how things just work out sometimes.







Camp was set up and now it was time to get firewood. My favorite part!
I found where a Juniper tree had been cut down. All the branches were just lying there nice and dry. Load em up, move em out! ROK straps work for more than luggage!




Another perfect sunset to end day two of a great ride.



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Part 2

Good Morning Desert!!!



Today was the day I'd split off from the rest of the clan and head further West. I was anxious to see my brother as it had been since Christmas. The last time we rode together was on the small bikes with studs in the tires to battle the Oregon winter.

I had breakfast and said my goodbyes and good lucks. I was first to hit the magic button and speed off around the bend. This morning was as cold as the last and all one can do is grin and bear it. After all, I am on my motorcycle. It can't be that bad.

Not much to say or show about the short bit of dirt to get to the highway. I was up at speed and enjoying picking my way through the deep and varied ruts left from the last rain storm and all those vehicles unfortunate enough to have four wheels.


I hit the highway and it was only 30 quick miles to Burns, OR. Much of the area along the road was completely under water. I am not sure if this is a normal occurrence there in the spring, but it sure didn't look normal. I wish I had taken a photo. I gassed up and turned on my phone to make contact with my brother to let him know I was out of the woods and back to cell service. Holy shit! Five voice mails, eight text messages, and 22 emails! If I didn't need to call my brother, the phone would have gone off and right back in the tank bag. I'm on vacation! Albeit only a weekend.

Back on the highway and cruisin down the road. I knew I was gonna have a long straight stretch, so I decided to clock it. 43 miles with out even 1 degree of a bend in the road! I will make a gripe here. 55? Really Oregon? 55 miles a fucking hour when the road looks like this?!?



I froze my ass off on this stretch. Gerbing gear is in my future! Probably would have been a bit warmer if was doing the speed limit. Now I get it Oregon! You wanted me to ride slower so I wasn't so cold! Well, I thank you for the kind thought, but I'd rather be cold and ride fast, thanks. Finally the Cascades begin rise up in the distance.





It was time to call my bro again. He was at his new love's house in Bend and as it turned out, only five minutes away. The sun was out and warming up nicely. Now I didn't want to get off the bike. As I rolled into Kathleen's house, breakfast for lunch was just coming off the griddle at the bed and breakfast they operate. Perfect! I'm hungry!

We chatted for a bit and Trevor (Petrolburner) and I headed out to pick up a few things and head to his house in Redmond so I could shower. I must say that it is rather gratifying to get thumbs up from people at stop lights because you are covered in mud and carrying all your gear on the back. Makes ya feel like kind of a badass.

We took a cruise though downtown Bend. I liked this city immediately. It has a very good vibe and I know it is a place I could be happy in. We stopped by a recycled gear store. My brother's favorite cause he's a cheapskate.

Then it was on to a motorcycle shop to pick up a spare rear tube. My tire was wearing dangerously thin and I knew a flat was likely. I only had a front with me at the time. Would have worked in an emergency, but better to have a rear.

I also want to add here that Trevor and I had a drag race away from a stop light. 1993 Kawasaki KLX 650 C vs. 2009 Kawasaki KLR loaded up with gear. He beat me off the line, but I started to pull on him a bit in second and third. Time to chop the throttle. We'll call it too close to call. Just a fun side note...the last time we raced was years ago. He was beating my Katana with the CBR 600, but lost in the end....



Ok...Back to the story. We stopped at the KTM dealer and got a tube. When I came out of the store, we looked at my tire to evaluate the wear and amount of miles to go. Hmmmmm.... that looks like a hole to me! I took the tip of my sunglasses and poked the hole. Yep, squishy. That's tube.



Ok...Lets see if they have a tire here. All they had was street Kenda in my size. I didn't want to spend the money on a tire I'll hate, so I'll pass thanks. We tried the Honda dealer and no 17's! We called a number of other shops and they were closed or didn't have any. Ok. We'll get this figured out somehow. Back to my brother's to shower and head to his girlfriend's birthday party back her house.

The birthday party was awesome. She has a loving family and great grandma that is sharp as a tack and hilarious! She only says things once and it's your loss if you don't get it.

Here is a picture of Kathleen getting her new Fly dual-sport jacket from Trevor. She loves it!



Back to the matter at hand. Trevor posted on the Bend Dual Sport site and I posted on ADV. A plea for help. View HERE. We weren't able to find anything suitable in a short enough time. Thanks for all the offer's we did get though ADVr's! Time to figure something else out. Back to Redmond to conquer the bald tire.

After several hours of "thinking"



We came up with this



Let's just put a damn plug in the thing. Put the tube back in and it'll act like a buffer. I'm good with that. I still wanted to have a back-up plan.

"What tires do you have?"

Studded 19 in- No
Studded 21 in- No
Sand tire- No.
Another 21 in tire with no studs- No.
Mountain bike tires- Nope.
Severely cupped 21 in front- Not that one either.
A 17 inch that's even more bald than my 606 but doesn't have a hole in it- Perfect. I have a spare.



Ready for another 1000 miles!!! Now Trevor wants to do a little work on his bike and change from a 14t to 16t front counter sprocket. Oh, it won't fit. Get the whiskey and the grinder!!



Do please notice the safety glasses. We were being careful. Kind of.

I think Kathleen likes her jacket. She was in it all night. Well, probably not all night.



That's my dirty girl!





I believe the thought here is, "Wow, you guys really are related."



I'm sure there's more to tell, but I can't remember. We did wake up with all our fingers though, so nothing bad happened with the power tools.

We woke up late and hungover. Made some breakfast and hit the road. We are doing a little ride together today that will be a loop for Trevor and
get me closer to home. We gassed up in Prineville and checked the progress of the plug. Looks like problem solved to me!



South 380 was the decided route for the day. It was beautiful pavement, if there ever was such a thing. Scenic, winding, and devoid of traffic.






We dodged rain showers all day together. The winding tarmac took us through Post and Paulina. We passed Suplee and dropped into a beautiful canyon. We were both taking it easy. Pretty rare for us. But I had my tire to keep in mind and Trevor his love. We both got the best gas mileage we have ever gotten on our respective bikes that tank. I passed a road that was labeled South Fork and my Spidey Sense was tingling. I pulled over and consulted the Benchmark. Trevor tried to ask the GPS for a few numbers, but once again, it was COLD!! So you notice a recurring theme here? We're going that way. What's the worst that can happen? We get lost and have an adventure. That's what.











I knew we were on the right road when this came into view. South Fork Falls. Wow, were things flowing some water!





Ever had a failed snot rocket that sticks to your cheek? Trevor has!







Just look at that beautiful piece of winding gravel snaking out to the next awe inspiring sight.











We came out to Hwy 26 at Dayville. Time to have some lunch and say goodbye til the next adventure.



Notice the bald spare around the sleeping bag. Also notice I didn't have to block out the license plates from all YFF's. The dirt took care of it for me.

Headed East and headed towards the warmth a shower and my bed. At John Day, I saw this-



Oooooo Goodie!!!!! This will be fun!!! At Prairie City the heavens open up. You know, if this was a summer rain, I would have even welcomed it. But it was a winter rain at lower altitude, sleet a little higher, hail just past that, and finally some nice big sonwflakes to top it off. Oh yeah, and a big fucking rock in the road I barely spied with an iced up visor.



I turned around and removed it from the road hoping my Karma would improve just enough to keep me from having to do a tire change in this wonderful weather. My Karma did improve. It saved me from something totally unexpected though.





I was coming down the pass towards Unity and entering a right hander, ie inside lane. A car was approaching from the opposite direction... and sparaying...what the hell is that? SHIT! SLUSH! C'mon karma!! That bald tire tracked right through that slush and never even thought about letting go. I could have made quite the impression on the bumper of that car. Conditions change quickly my friends. That patch of standing slush was 3/4" deep and 200 yards long. Incredible.

I found my turn to head North to explore a canyon. Yes, through all of this, I am still willing to take the long way home and find new roads, new civilizations, and to boldly go where no... sorry I'm kind of a nerd.

I rode past Unity Reservoir in 50 mph winds catching spray from the lake. I was now on 245 following the Burnt river. The pavement ran out at Bridgeport, OR. The gravel carried my tired, cold, and wet carcass though the canyon.





Got an old tow truck? Get across a river with out getting wet!







The interstate sits in the sunlight just over yonder. Now only 109 miles to Boise. Really Oregon? 65 on the freew... I won't go down there again. I'm doing 80 anyways. Of course by the time I hit the Snake River and Idaho, I think the wind was gusting about 80 in a crosswinderly direction. Let's just say I didn't get very good mileage on the last tank of the trip. HOME SWEET HOME!!

An intended trip of 4-5 hundred miles turned into between 950 and 1000. I wouldn't give a single one of those cold, hard, wet, bald tire miles back. I can only think of one way to end such a spectacular story. That is to ask a question. What direction are we going this weekend?"
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Since I've been a complete lame ass lately, I just gonna keep pulling together some of my old reports out of the Boise thread.

My first ride with Dad:

Time for the full report of the ride with my dad. It started out with some maintenance and more mods to my bike. I put a 16 tooth sprocket on the front and I got rid of the knobbies that were totally shot and put on some more road friendly tires. I put a Shinko 705 on front and a Mefo Explorer on the back. They were much quieter, but only handled a little better than the 606's on the road which I think speaks volumes about how good the 606's are! I also added heated handgrips and I'm SO happy I did as you'll soon see.

My dad rode his '86 Goldwing out from Wisconsin and arrived on Friday. We had some lunch and hit the road. We made it past Riggins and camped a little south of White Bird. We were in the valley and I rode up to get some wood for a fire. I love the KLR!





The next day we headed up to get the three northern challenge points. We went out Hwy 11 to the hanging trees marker and had planned on taking the Grangemont road back, but it was under construction and the Goldwing wouldn't have been happy on that much gravel, so we back tracked. We got back to 12 and went north to Dent Bridge. The road in was in the process of chip sealing and my dad was a little uncomfortable on the loose stuff, but made it just fine.



Then more back tracking to get to the Lolo highway to Montana. That is a great road! Great pavement and very little traffic. My dad was amazed at my riding level and the fact that he couldn't keep up with a dirt bike!





I took my challenge pick by the dirt road that goes to the actual Lolo motorway, and I had planned on going up to get a proper pic on 500, but we were behind schedule, so we'll see if they accept my efforts to at least stop by the turn off to get there.



Made it to the pass!



We camped at Lolo campground just past the hot springs and had a great site.

Day 3 we headed for Missoula and roads North. We took Hwy 35 that lies to the East of Flathead lake. We missed the rain, but it made it very pretty and smell fantastic!





We gassed up and headed into Glacier National Park. I have seen literally hundreds of mountain ranges in my life and these are in my top 5 ever! Holy smokes were they beautiful! The "Going to the Sun" road was quite the engineering feat and was absolutely gorgeous!. The weather was very interesting. The clouds were quickly moving through the mountains along with periodic rain showers. Very very cool.

















A Bighorn right next to the road









5000 miles just as I was leaving the park!



I figured we were so close to the border, so lets go get a pic. We headed up 17 (Chief Mtn Hwy). There probably would have been some impressive views, but the clouds socked in and it started snowing, HARD!







Back track again. We started heading for Browning. Now the novelty of riding in the rain, snow, and cold was starting to wear off. I was ready for a room!

ICE!!!!!!!!



We got a nice warm, dry, room in Browning at the War Bonnet. We had a decent steak at the casino and passed out!!!

Day 4 we took hwy 2 that runs along the South of the park. Dad wanted to see goats all trip long and he finally saw some.





We picked up 83 South out of Bigfork and began the journey South.

Yet another beautiful ride.



We picked up 200 Back to Missoula and took 93 South. At the top of Lost Trail Summit, I wanted to get some pics and KLR wanted some dirt, so I ran up to the top of the ski hill there and grabbed a few shots.





We stopped in Salmon and had wonderful pork ribs at the brewery.



After that we continued on to the Challis hot springs. My dad had never been in any hot springs. When I was there for the club ride a few weeks ago I had gotten into camp late cause I was riding around lost looking for the French Creek single track with Rich and they closed 'em cause of the "threat of lightning". Not this time! Man did that feel good after all those miles!

Day 5 we took 75 to Stanley. Dad was pretty impressed with the Sawtooth range.



Then the long trek across that boring ass stretch of hwy 20. I remembered to get my pic at Castle rock this time!



Then home. What a fantastic time with my old man. 1563 miles of riding in four and a half days. I bought my bike in early June, really didn't ride the month of July cause of work, and now I have 5800 on it! Gonna be time to check the valves already after the ride to Steens this weekend! Dad's on his way back to WI now and made it to Wyoming today via Wells, NV and the Bonneville Salt Flats. Hope you enjoyed my report. We sure enjoyed the ride!!!!
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Old 01-29-2012, 08:29 PM   #239
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The first real ride on my KLR. Originally posted 7-22-10

I'm 28 with 60k miles on street bikes and crashed my KLR in Colorado. Nothing major, but a little road rash and $400 bucks in plastic. I'll be ready to ride as soon as the parts come in early next week to fix the KLR. There are two groups of motorcyclists, the ones who have crashed, and the ones who have haven't crashed yet. Just joined the first group. We were both wearing helmets and that saved our faces from certain nastiness. I did have my jacket on and it saved some skin. Alisa got the worst of it, but luckily it is all superficial and will heal just fine. The D606's do well braking and do well cornering, but when asked to do both, not so much.

Now that all the bad stuff is outta the way, holy smokes did I do some fun riding there!! I did a few rides with an old friend that rides an 06 KLR. I'll just post a few highlights.















From what I could tell, there was only one 4x4 that made it over Mosquito pass before us this year on July 3. I think we were the second and third vehicles over that pass this year. Took an hour to get both bikes across the snow. Mosquito pass 13,185 feet. Heading up the east side before we got to the snow was some incredibly difficult technical riding. I'd never done anything like that before on a bike. Huge boulders and steep rocky ruts to navigate. I didn't take any pics cause I was having so much fun!!

On another ride I did my first real water crossings. In one of the pics below, yes, the river is the road and the road is the river!















I'll get out with y'all next weekend!
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Originally posted 8-2-10.

Hi all! I got my bike back together on Friday night and it's been a little rough patch for me (see post 3852 for details), so I needed to ride! I have an old high school buddy that is on the trail crew in the Sawtooths. He had the weekend off so I decided I was gonna take a ride to see him. And since I don't know many of you yet, I took off solo at 8 AM on Saturday. I went up Bogus Basin to Placerville. There weren't any challenge shirts available at Happy Trail when I signed up for it, so the tail bag I bought there on Wednesday will have to do for the time stamp. Ed will vouch for me.



I burned the pavement really quick to Scott Mtn road and headed north. Let me also add as a fun note that I'm not using GPS. Just a Benchmark Atlas and a good sense of direction with a handwritten cheat sheet on my tank bag. I don't know Idaho and that's the biggest adventure for me.

The sky was looking very threatening for a bit, but I only hit about 30 drops of rain all day and sun for the rest of it. I made it to Deadwood reservoir with only one pucker moment. I'm very cautious coming around blind corners. And that's a good thing cause I came face to face with an F250 pulling an RV up Scott mtn! That's a tiny road for a rig like that! Glad I was being cautious.





I had some lunch while I watched in awe of the speed and force at which that water comes outta that dam.

I took 579 towards Bear Valley and found one of those velcro roads! Pretty fun to see that roost mark in the semi damp road in your rear view!





I went in to BS with the guy in the info booth, cause I'm sure they like the company. We got to chattin' and he told me to take the road right after the fence to the old lookout tower. I woulda driven by, seen this sign and kept right on going.



Turned out to be a fantastic little side road! Lots of beautiful flowers and great view!









I continued on to the highway and put my feet up on the highway pegs to Stanley. I met up with my buddy and went to Redfish Lodge to hang at the bar for awhile. We went back to his work center and had a fire and some more beers before crashing out. We were up early to grab breakfast and and a dip in a hot spring he knows about. Or thought so anyway. We wandered around the wilderness of iron creek for about two hours and were unsuccessful. Bummer. I finally hit the road at 1 and rode to Ketchum. I gassed up and headed for Dollarhide.





At the bottom of the West side is a "T". My cheat sheet said right, so I went right. About two miles I knew I was going the wrong way. If I had more time I'd like to see that road goes though!

Then I missed Indian head, and had one of those feelings I went past it (the downside of not having GPS). I came back and it's pretty obvious when ur riding East.



I hit more traffic than I would have liked to see, but 227 was fast and really pretty following the South Fork of the Boise river. I pulled into Featherville and had some food at the bar.



I made a right out of town and headed for Trinity Mountain. Really great climb up to the lakes.







I went up to the lookout and that was a little challenging at points because of where the sun was and there was always a big rock to hit in the shadow. Plus, the bike was sputtering a tiny bit from the altitude.







I took off down the mountain and made a right onto 159 towards Prairie.



I saw some fantastic things and got some great photos, but this is my favorite pic from the trip. Sometimes you're just in the right place at the right time to get a great shot.





After Prairie I thought it was gonna be boring. Not so! Holy smokes is there a big canyon out there!! Let me reiterate that I'm still new to Idaho and I didn't know that was there!







I was totally in awe of that canyon and how close the road got to the edge with no gaurd rail. Do NOT slide off the road! The rest of Blacks Creek road was awesome. I had lots of practice drifting the back end in and out of corners. I made it home in time for a nice long shower and bed before work today. And that was my solo ride. 390 miles total with 290 of it on dirt. And all with out GPS and only one wrong turn.
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