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Old 04-07-2012, 06:27 PM   #1
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Death Valley with Jimmy Lewis & Casey McCoy - in film + digital

On the heels of a Jimmy Lewis clinic the week prior, traded one cylinder for two, and went on a quick jaunt from LA to Lake Isabella, to Death Valley.

The ride began in a torrential downpour that, per usual, sent many California drivers into a target-fixated daze while Jimmy & I held the throttles steady and enjoyed the show. Cars facing the wrong way on the freeway, and trailers disconnected from their towing vehicles and launched into oncoming traffic were among the featured sights.

Soon enough, we were off the main road and onto a slick set of twisties north of LA. Many of you know Jimmy's offroad/rally background. Some of you may not be aware that he'll drop nearly any rider on the pavement as well - rain soaked twisties and nonexistent knobby tires notwithstanding.

Soon enough we were off the pavement and into some grease-mud running through the agricultural areas beyond the Grapevine. Being the only motorcycles on any of the roads all day long helped make the otherwise adverse conditions really enjoyable. That, and there was zero dust.

The following day was greeted with near-perfect weather and possibly ideal riding conditions due to the rain the day before. A quick run down the hill to meet up with Casey and we were headed off towards Death Valley, skipping the pavement wherever possible.

Among the few supplies strapped to my shoulders was a small digital camera and 35mm rangefinder with a bag of film. What follows are a few of the images from those two days.
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Old 04-07-2012, 06:29 PM   #2
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Jimmy riding his KTM 950.

If I have my facts straight, this was the first one imported into the US. Still going strong, in spite of endless treatment like this:

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Old 04-07-2012, 06:30 PM   #3
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The "gatekeeper" section of Goler Wash.

Always good to check out an unknown section like this, however all three of the big KTMs sailed right up this thing like it was a driveway.

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Old 04-07-2012, 06:31 PM   #4
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My KTM 950 somewhere outside Lake Isabella.

50,000 miles, a majority of which are Baja/offroad miles. Still going strong...

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Old 04-07-2012, 06:32 PM   #5
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Jimmy trail riding the KTM 950.

This is actually a very easy trail for most any bike. "Easy" at a certain speed. Ride like this, and nearly any trail becomes a fun challenge.

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Old 04-07-2012, 06:35 PM   #6
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The entrance to Charles Manson's ranch.

Photos from my digital camera looked like most any other landscape adventure riding image would.

Load some Czechoslovakian movie film cut down for use in 35mm still cameras, and you get a completely different, ominous vibe.

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Old 04-07-2012, 06:51 PM   #7
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Old 04-08-2012, 05:18 PM   #8
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Old 04-09-2012, 06:58 PM   #9
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Luckily, no photographers were hurt in the making of this post.

I remember the first time Jon shot me, " If I lay on the ground here, can you pop a wheelie without hitting me?"

Maybe Jon will share that photo.
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Luckily, no photographers were hurt in the making of this post.

I remember the first time Jon shot me, " If I lay on the ground here, can you pop a wheelie without hitting me?"

Maybe Jon will share that photo.


35mm slide from a manual focus rangefinder camera. Light, durable & crazy quality. Need to dig up the original slide - there wasn't any cropping involved to have the bike fill the frame ... the rear tire really was that close.

This wasn't the first time actually, I remember a similar deal in Idaho that went something like "slide as close as you can".
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Old 04-10-2012, 11:34 AM   #11
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Thumb Out-freakin'-standing photography

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Old 04-10-2012, 01:21 PM   #12
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Cool Pics

And I was worried about a loaded XR650L. I guess mine would be like a CRF to you guys. Is that last pic off Cuddyback Rd?

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Old 04-10-2012, 01:34 PM   #13
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Great pics as always Jon

What'r you doin late june early july?

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Old 04-10-2012, 01:38 PM   #14
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Luckily, no photographers were hurt in the making of this post.

I remember the first time Jon shot me, " If I lay on the ground here, can you pop a wheelie without hitting me?"

Maybe Jon will share that photo.
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35mm slide from a manual focus rangefinder camera. Light, durable & crazy quality. Need to dig up the original slide - there wasn't any cropping involved to have the bike fill the frame ... the rear tire really was that close.

This wasn't the first time actually, I remember a similar deal in Idaho that went something like "slide as close as you can".
WOW!! great pic
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