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Old 09-12-2012, 10:22 PM   #301
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Hey Wans,

What a great ride report! Love following you along your adventure...
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Old 09-12-2012, 11:28 PM   #302
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Ive got my 990 now and have put almost 10,000 mi on it already,picked it up in ID and got a taste of that state When i rode it up and HOLY MOTHER OF GOD i bleed orange now so chalk another BMW rider converted I need to ask Mat about how he changed the fuel map on his bike and i realy hope i get to meet you two some day and buy you a beer
Hi Liebchen & Izzy!
Woo! Congratulations! You drank the koolaid
That's awesome. and 10K miles already!

About the mapping - Matt got CJ's tune ECU cable. And he remapped with the stock 07/08 euro map.



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As always great ride report, thanks

Perhaps if you ride through Utah again with Aaron you should call him Cap'n Magic Underpants, just a thought.

Dan

Hi Dan! Thanks for signing in. Glad you like the report!
I have to say, maybe we're just slow, but Matt and I couldn't figure out what that means...
Cap'n Magic Underpants?

Because he survived totaling his bike, maybe?



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You guys are amazing, those videos are sick. I have such a long way to go, how long has Mr. Big Wan been riding? O and I am glad you got me Beastie Boys reference, wondering if anyone would get that.
PDX Alamo!
(your avatar freaks me out! )
Heh, the beasties. Everybody catch the boogaloo flu...
Well, as you can tell, we're old.
Matt got hooked on dirt bikes when he was 8 years old, so he's got a lot of riding under his belt.
34 years?

You better get riding!



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More than half the viewers are women.

Hate to burst your bubble dustyrider, but it's probably just one woman (maybe 2) with lots of views!
Matt thinks he's got an Aussie stalker of the female persuasion.
He wishes it was Elle MacPherson, but it's probably Olivia Newton John.
(see, told you we're old! )






Hey, Dirt between my toes and bruceo -
thanks for joining us, glad you guys are enjoying the report!




OK, I'm still waiting for my Jimmy video to finish uploading. Youtube is sloooooow today.
This will be a short post.
I'll get you guys started with the challenge, and then I'll do the rest of day 23 tomorrow.






Day 23: 7/14/12
KLIM rally, Saturday





The day started with coffee and breakfast,
compliments of Black Dog Cycle Works.
Thanks, Kurt and Martha!
Here’s PDX Alamo, getting his yummy burrito.


photo courtesy of KLIM




Jimmy Lewis was holding the official Slow Challenge contest this morning.
(last night was just the practice run).
The riders were better prepared today, but the rain was giving them one more thing to contend with - mud.
It had rained hard all night and it continued on during the contest.







Bruce and his BMW. Sorry, I didn’t get a photo of him doing the challenge.






The guys did at least one practice run, then a final timed attempt.

BigWan.
You can see it was raining pretty good when he went through...






Hmm. I think Jimmy was texting and judging...






Radek.

He has incredible balance!














Because this was a slow challenge, everyone wanted the slowest time.
One rider didn’t realize that, and ended up with a 44 second run. Poor guy.


Matt did his run clean, with no penalties (no dabs, no stops), but 2:01 (2 min, 1 second) wasn’t slow enough.
Radek, even after his penalties, was about 10 seconds slower.
Yay, Radek!
That’s where his mountain biking background really pays off...
He even did fancy, one-legged balancing maneuvers, it was great.


However, neither one of them was slow enough to out-ride the master...
Even with penalties, Jimmy was the slowest by far. Somewhere around 2:35?





Afterwards, Jimmy asked if Matt and I were interested in a 2up try.
Sure!

We thought we’d just be competing with ourselves,
but Jimmy grabbed a pillion and did a 2up run himself.


Matt didn’t have the GoPro and I didn’t think to leave my camera with Jesse or someone,
so no pics, no video.


Afterwards, Jimmy congratulated us and said something like,
“That’s the slowest anyone could do that, 2up.”
Thanks, Jimmy!

We had one dab, but even after penalties,
Jesse said we were 1 second slower than Matt’s clean solo time!
Matt took it as a sign that he needs to ride by himself more often.




BigWan took Jimmy’s GS for a spin...






He said it was a glass slipper that didn’t fit...






While we were over at the Slow Challenge,
Capt.saveaho was over at the Black Dog trailer, getting a new heavy duty skidplate.
Nice move, Erik!
We’re on our 2nd BD skidplate. We love it.
Although, I have to say this newer version looks even better...





Bartek had decided that he didn’t want to ride single track
or whatever nonsense we were going to be doing today (and we didn’t blame him one bit),
so he went on a ride with Pointman.



That left Erik and Radek and us Wans.





At the last minute, Jimmy decided to come ride with us,
along with Bruce and Big Ed.
OK, cool!



The ride started out like yesterday’s ride - out towards Kelly Canyon and then on to 218.
(I called it Kelly Creek in an earlier post, but it’s Kelly Canyon. We went to Kelly Creek, too, but not til later in the trip).







Erik, Bruce, Big Ed, and Jimmy







It was still raining, so the pics are a little blurry...
There goes Radek!






I know it's a little awkward, but I'm going to stop here.
That way I can keep the rest of the ride all together, including the video.
We'll let Radek ride tonight, and will catch up with him tomorrow...




hasta mañana




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Old 09-13-2012, 10:14 AM   #303
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We had one dab, but even after penalties,
Jesse said we were 1 second slower than Matt’s clean solo time!
Matt took it as a sign that he needs to ride by himself more often.




You only slowed him down by 1 second.

Hey Matt, if you ride solo more often, do you get slower?

Man, those GS' look heavy!!
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Old 09-13-2012, 11:16 AM   #304
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OK, sorry for the wait!
things got crazy around here.



Day 23: 7/14/12 continued
KLIM rally, Saturday




Oh yeah, I forgot to mention that we got this route from one of the KLIM guys.
Matt got Evan to highlight a map for us at breakfast.
I didn’t get to meet him, but I think this is Evan (sorry, bad photo!)






Radek and Erik. Unfortunately, it was still raining, so my pics are kinda blurry...






So, we got on to the double track part of the trail and it was pretty muddy.
Slick in sections. And getting worse.
At least there wasn't dust with all the rain.

Jimmy was worried about Bruce's big GS, and Ed’s tires in the mud...
He suggested that Bruce and Ed stick to the main road (gravel).
They agreed and turned back.





We got to a fork in the road and Radek wanted to go left.
It looked more challenging, and was possibly washed out.
(Even after yesterday's fiasco! That man is an animal)


The route Evan gave us went straight ahead...





After consulting the map, it looked like Radek could take that trail,
the rest of us would go straight,
and then we’d meet up down the line.



Have fun, Radek!






Just then, Bartek pulled up! Woo!





It turns out he and Pointman got the same map from Evan.
Cool.
This is gonna be great!




Riding with Jimmy Lewis!






Just trail riding, but still...







Jimmy mucking Lewis!






It was beautiful.







We were keeping an eye out for the trail Radek was on.






I wish there wasn’t water on the lens.
Erik was so happy!






Bartek, too!
(I’m so sad that these are blurry, but you can still feel the happy, right?)







Mr. Lewis






Stopped at a pretty overlook for lunch.






The folks at KLIM were kind enough to provide bag lunches.
Sandwiches, chips, water, and a rice krispy treat.
It was great!






We heard Radek while we were stopped (can’t miss that Remus pipe! it’s loud!)
Uh oh. Sounds like he went the wrong way.
The guys consulted the map to try and figure out where he was.






Better get moving and try to find him...






Erik.






Jimmy.






Bartek.




(Sorry, no pics of Pointman. He told us he was riding sweep)
Bartek waited for him.


Meanwhile, it was a fantastic trail.
Just dreamy...







Consulting the map again.






The only problem was, we knew Radek would be hauling the mail,
so Jimmy was honking his horn and taking care around the blind corners.
Nobody wanted a head-on with a Canadian missile.





There he is!
The Canadian Animal (or, “canimal”)

He said the trail he took was pretty bad. Blocked with debris.
It took longer than he expected.


Then, I guess he missed the first turnoff.
Radek said he saw some tracks and went tearing after them...
But it was only 3 dirt bikes.



Anyway, now that the group was reunited, we could rest easy.







We came to this crazy rock-step water crossing.
Yikes.

here’s Jimmy.






In the video, Jimmy is saying, “Have her get off and walk across”
but Matt shakes his head and goes.







It was a really fun trail.






And riding behind Jimmy was awesome.
He’s so smooth. Smooth + Jimmy = Smimmy






He’s wonderful to watch.
And look, we have video so you can see for yourself!


In the beginning, we’re all worried about a head-on with Radek,
so it’s pretty low key.
You can hear Jimmy honking when he gets to corners and tight sections.
After the water crossing, Radek is with us, so Smimmy’s more relaxed.


Enjoy (HD!)






It’s too bad we lost our rear brake again.
We were bummed, but it had been a fantastic ride.



It was good for the Canimal to do some Smimmy hunting, too.
Go get ‘em, Radek!















Even at a slower pace, it was a gorgeous trail.






The worst part about losing our brakes was we missed our chance to film Erik!
All of a sudden, Erik was feeling frisky.
He took off like his hair was on fire!


Go, Erik!







We tried to follow him...







We did!







But, between no back brake and these little jumpy/whoop things (those are bad for 2up)...
We just couldn’t go fast enough (safely) to keep him in frame.







Sorry, Erik!







But we were cheering you on!






At the end of the trail, everyone was tired, but super happy.
What an awesome ride!!






That trail was the ultimate for big bikes.






Random tire pics (I think they’re at 1500 miles or so)










When Pointman finished the trail, he was in a hurry to get back to camp.
He gave a little wave and took off on the highway.
Jimmy said, yeah, he’d better get back too.
He had to prep for his presentation.
Erik was tired and decided to slab back with Jimmy.
Bye, guys!



Radek was raring to go and wanted to ride the same trail back.
They don’t call him the Canimal for nothing! (actually, matt just made that up last night).
We were game, but with no rear brake, we weren’t going to keep up with him. Forget it.


Bartek said he’d hang back with us (he was tired, too).
OK, sounds good.




Even though it was the same trail back, it was still really fun.
Beautiful trees







Fun little curves







Gorgeous dirt






Even prettier in the rain.






Ooh. That looks like a LOT of rain, though...







Uh oh! Idaho traffic jam.






Bartek almost got swallowed up by a man-eating rut here...






We had one little incident where we were following Bartek a little too closely.
He stalled on an off-camber turn and we couldn’t get around him in time.
We got all tangled up and went down like dominos.
Gah!
At least no one got hurt.



When we got back to road 218, it was pouring.
Lightning and thunder, too.



Riding back along the gravel road, we saw that we had just missed a torrential downpour.
The road had been perfect this morning, but now there were huge washed out sections.
Man, that must have been a LOT of rain.



When we got back to camp, it was still raining.
I don’t have any photos, but we huddled under the Black Dog EZ-up to stay dry.
Thanks, Kurt and Martha!



Dinner was enjoyed in the barn, across the campground.
Matt and I just stayed in our gear, no point in getting our clothes all wet.






Our section won the sing-off and got to eat first!
I think it was all the KTM guys at our table - MONGO HUNGRY!
We had them all - Questor, Idahosam...
No contest.




The food was great. Those portions!
I gave one of my hunks of meat to Capt.saveaho - he’s a growing boy!






Mark announced the winner of the toilet seat award...





It was PDX Alamo! As a new rider, he had definitely had the most adventure.
Rode from Portland, hit a cow, did some single track with the KLIM guys...
He tells the story best, you should go read it, here, in his ride report.



And, on top of that, he was the lucky winner of lessons with Smimmy! Half off.
I hope PDX Alamo does a ride report when he takes advantage of the coupons.






Back at camp, we watched Radek’s Baja movie,
under the dry awning of the CycleBuy trailer.
Thanks Bob, thanks Belle!




Another great day.
Wonderful riding, delicious food, fantastic company...

We couldn't have asked for more.




(well, maybe a little less rain)


Oh, and our back brake.
It had happened before, in the San Juans (colorado).
It's too much speed + steep hills, combined with too much weight.



Matt changed the way he rode (less rear brake) and it helped a lot.
We didn't have any more issues for the rest of the trip.


And we got worked in Canada.
Man, everything was steep there.
And then playing with Radek...
Whew.
you'll see...


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Old 09-13-2012, 11:54 AM   #305
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You only slowed him down by 1 second.

Hey Matt, if you ride solo more often, do you get slower?

Man, those GS' look heavy!!
Hi Rob, I didn't see you there!
Matt tells me to think "light" thoughts when we're 2up in the mud...
That must help



Yeah, the the GSs do look massive.
Matt said they feel heavy, too.
Jimmy rides his like an angel, though.
It was impressive!

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read through the whole update before watching the video...then loaded this up and listened to it while watching the video:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4wz1-YUNyf8

I'm thinking JL would find it more flattering than Smimmy

too bad the song is only 3 mins while the video ran 8...I had to listen to it twice
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Old 09-13-2012, 01:06 PM   #307
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Laugh Man, looks like a Buckin' good time...

Awesome stuff. I'd never keep up with you guys. Does Jimmy ever sit down? He makes that pig look like a Gazelle.
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Old 09-13-2012, 05:46 PM   #308
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Yeah, I noticed in the video that Jimmy was standing the whole time and it made me wonder: Does Matt always stand when you're riding 2up? Do you stand or try to remain seated?
Either way, the riding you do has me in awe, and this is one of a handful of ride reports that I've read every page of.
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Old 09-13-2012, 06:48 PM   #309
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I love all the great pictures!
It looks like it was such an awesome rally and I wish I could go! Maybe some day in the future I can go.
I only wish the videos loaded up on my computer, apparently my internet connection sucks and doesn't like to load these videos. Thanks for sharing! So I can feel like I was there!
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read through the whole update before watching the video...then loaded this up and listened to it while watching the video:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4wz1-YUNyf8

I'm thinking JL would find it more flattering than Smimmy

too bad the song is only 3 mins while the video ran 8...I had to listen to it twice
Thanks, sion!
That was fun! I gave up on putting music in our videos.
I hate the ads that pop up and then the vids get blocked in some countries.
Not to mention, we like weird music.
Letting people listen to their own stuff is better.

What, you no like Smimmy?



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Awesome stuff. I'd never keep up with you guys. Does Jimmy ever sit down? He makes that pig look like a Gazelle.
Yeah, he spends the majority of his time standing, gliding around on the pegs.
Pretty neat to watch, huh?

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Yeah, I noticed in the video that Jimmy was standing the whole time and it made me wonder: Does Matt always stand when you're riding 2up? Do you stand or try to remain seated?
Either way, the riding you do has me in awe, and this is one of a handful of ride reports that I've read every page of.
Thanks, 2whl-hoop!
Actually, Matt never stands when we're 2up. We both stay seated.
It's safer that way, and we go plenty fast.
Any time I can't see (if he's standing or if we're both standing), he says my weight is unpredictable.
If we both sit (and I can see the road), we move as one.

Later on, in BC, Radek was behind us with his GoPro filming.
I'll have the video when we got to that part of the RR.
It was kind of cool. You guys will like it.

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I love all the great pictures!
It looks like it was such an awesome rally and I wish I could go! Maybe some day in the future I can go.
I only wish the videos loaded up on my computer, apparently my internet connection sucks and doesn't like to load these videos. Thanks for sharing! So I can feel like I was there!
Thanks Rwelch!
That was my goal - to share the experience.
Not just the amazing riding, but also the rally experience.
I didn't do a great job with the non-riding part, but I hope you got a taste of it.

I'm shy about taking photos of people I don't know,
so I missed a lot of good stuff around camp.
I missed taking pics of a lot of folks, their bikes, the cute dogs...

I hope you make it to KLIM adventure summit v.3!
(p.s. is the HD that's not loading? they take a long time. try the normal version. not as clear, but good enough)





Day 24: 7/15/12
KLIM rally to Casa Questor, Idaho






I accidentally skipped this photo from last night's dinner.
Loud Al, you took this photo, right?
Thanks, Al! It’s great. Captures the moment, perfectly.
Nice pic of the food, too.
See why I gave away a slice of that meat?? Huge.






It was sad to say goodbye to everyone.
Idahosam did us a solid by taking a highlighter to our Idaho map.
We had only planned as far as the rally, everything after was a giant question mark.
Now, it looked like we were going to visit Radek in British Columbia.
But, how to get to the border?


I like this photo of Al and Sam, what do you think Ladybug?







The aftermath.
It had rained all night, so we tried to let our stuff dry.






Capt.saveaho had left at 6am, and Bartek left shortly thereafter.
Matt and I got up at 5am to say goodbye to the guys.
They had a long ride ahead of them...
I was so happy that they had made it, though.
The rally wouldn’t have been the same without them.
Thanks, fellas! We loved riding with you.



Luckily, Radek was still around.
As we were packing up, I noticed my port side peg was looking weird.
It turns out it got bent during the group tip over with Bartek.





Motherbrother!

That wasn’t going to work at all.
Radek generously offered to loan us his passenger peg.
He said he doesn’t use his, ever.
We could borrow it for the rest of the ride and then he’d just get it later, or we could mail it.


Wow, that was so nice of him.
It would have sucked to try and ride with a jacked up peg.
Thanks, Radek!


The Canimal was going to stick around and try and ride some more with Jimmy Lewis.
Even though Jimmy was going to be on his little bike.
That's insane.

He's Mad Radek, Canadian lunatic.


We couldn't wait to visit him!




It was hard to leave MRR.
Thanks, guys!
Thanks, KLIM!



Here's hoping there's a KLIM adventure summit v. 3!





Matt and I were going to be visiting Questor and MotoAdventureGal for a few days,
so we stopped at a car wash and cleaned off the bike.
We had never met in person (until he and Byways stopped to check on Bartek),
but Questor and I had been ride report buddies for a few years now.
Q had very kindly offered, not only a place to crash, but also a garage to do some much needed bike maintenance.
He had been as sweet and lovely in person as he was via PMs, and now we were anxious to meet MAG.






Questor was waiting for us when we got to Casa Q.
And, he had a surprise - MAG was on her way home from a conference in Denver.
How did we feel about meeting her at their favorite hot springs?

OK, sounds great!
We quickly dropped our stuff, grabbed our suits and jumped in his truck.
It had been more than 3 weeks since we had been inside a vehicle,
so even though the hot springs were 90 minutes away, it went fast.
Wow, being in a cage was quiet, comfortable, and soft.






Here we are, Lava Hot Springs.





Pretty soon MAG rolled up, along with her new friend, Jeff from Ft. Worth, TX.
They had met on the road, and she invited him to tag along.
I think they had been riding together since Denver?

MAG and Jeff




The hot springs were wonderful.
No naked hippies, thankfully.
It was like being in a regular swimming pool, only hot.
I’m always nervous meeting new people (and in bathing suits, no less ),
but MAG and Jeff were really friendly and warm and the 5 of us enjoyed swapping bike stories.
Jeff was on his way to Oregon, then down to the bay area.






Afterwards, we had Thai food (I like the generic sign).
It was unlike any Thai food back at home, but we enjoyed it anyway.
Delicious.







Beautiful sunset.
Poor MAG and Jeff had been riding all day - I think they did 450 miles, total?
Now they still had 90 minutes of slab.
Meanwhile, us cage slobs had a fun drive home, listening to the Joint (XM radio),
and enjoying Q’s new truck...







Next: naked bikes, tasty food, and la cava de aventura.


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well, the ground was pretty slippery...
Safety first!
If you're gonna be cautious somewhere, it might as well be at a car wash.







Days 25-28: 7/16-7/19/12
Casa de Questor





Matt had a ton of stuff to do on the bike.
We had shipped a new set of tires ahead of time, along with some oil.
So the bike got an oil change...







And some new shoes!







And not just any old rear - we splurged on a D908.






Scorp Rally front






The tires we had on were still good, just not good enough to make it to Vancouver.
We left them with Q, I’m sure somebody will get some more miles out of them...







Our brake pads were shot. That might have been some of the brake fade problem...







Blurry pic of the new ones.







Looks like our Black Dog skid plate is doing its job...







Matt was going to do some work on MAG and Q’s bikes, so they gave us their extra BDCW auxiliary fan kit.
Thanks, guys! Wow, we could have used that in the single track.
(oops, I guess this is the before pic. Couldn't find an "after," but you'll see MAGs aux fan, later)






While our bike was naked,
MAG was kind enough to let Matt borrow her 950 to run some errands.






There was much work to be done.
And it was a bit nervewracking...
Look at how neat and tidy Questor keeps his toolbox!






BigWan was very careful to put everything back in its place...
You never knew who was watching...






Obviously, it wasn’t all work.
There was lots of play...
Happy garage dance!




Man, I LOVE that photo!




Hey, look who dropped by - Byways!






And, he came bearing gifts...
ADVenture Potatoes™ (I stole the ™ thing from DR. Rock. It cracks me up)
Thanks, Tony!






We felt so welcome here at Casa Q.
Not only was everyone warm and wonderful in person,
but even the bed was friendly!






Can you read that?
It’s a message from DR.Rock and LDF.
So sweet!


Thank you! That was the best surprise.
And, wow, it’s a comfy mattress.




Since we were monopolizing the ADV basement (a.k.a. la cava de aventura),
Jeff was set up in the back. He found the perfect place for his hammock!
Warm, dry and private. Nice!
Jeff had the best accent. It's so great.
We thought he sounded just like Matthew McConaughey,
but maybe it's more like Matt Damon impersonating Matthew McConaughey...







Dinner was fantastic that night.
Questor, MAG and Texas Jeff really outdid themselves.







Jeff had been BBQing outside, while Mr. Purr watched from the window.






MAG







Questor honing his photo skills...






Tony and Jeff - chow time!





And look at this!
A million times better than Glorp®
It was insanely good.
Ribs, chicken, corn, homemade potato salad, amazing salad salad...






Awesome!
It was an evening of good food, good drink, good music and lots of fun.




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Old 09-14-2012, 11:55 AM   #313
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very hospitable crew

Looks like you guys were enjoying some real good company! Its always nice to hear about really friendly kind people, helps to restore some faith in humanity.

I never changed the resolution on the videos, I will have to check what they are trying to load at and see if I can change them, I dont think they were loading on the laptop as HD though. I could always try using my own laptop instead of the wife's Mac.

The report is fantastic and I am really anxious to get riding again! I have a neighbor that rides a KTM 525 or something like that as a dual sport. He mentioned some trails he knew of locally and offered up a ride when my leg heals up. So I am looking forward to that!
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Old 09-14-2012, 04:48 PM   #314
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Great to hear it, Rwelch!
Just let yourself heal up first...






Days 25-28: 7/16-7/19/12 continued
Casa de Questor





The next day, fortified with massive amounts of yummy food,
BigWan had the strength to tackle more KTM projects.

Dream driveway full of KTMs...







MAG's 950 was first...what a beauty.















She was getting a valve job.







Rear cylinder







Checking the clearances















Cam bridge






Cam







Shim (that little thing that looks like a watch battery)







The intakes were good, but both exhausts were out of spec.
Matt had to go get the correct sized shims,
so I took the opportunity to play with Mr. Purr.
Mr. Purr is actually a girl, but they still call her “Mister.”







Once the rear was done, it was time for the front







Again, the intakes were good, but the exhausts were out of spec.
Our notes:







New valve cover gaskets







And, done.

MAG's bike also got a new auxiliary fan kit. See, that's what ours looks like, too.







and a mount for her new Garmin. Wow, that thing was a pain in the ass!




















Matt also helped MAG put on some new tires...
While Q supervised. And I took photos.













After another wonderful homecooked dinner,
MAG took us out for ice cream. woo!






We all scream for ice cream! Thanks, MAG!






Those are some thick shakes...







As Matt and I were going through our stuff,
we discovered that our fire starting kit wasn’t looking so good.







It had been in one of the crashbar bags and the single track had not been kind.
We transferred the firestarting stuff to a plastic bag.






The next day, it was the Super Enduro’s turn.
A brake bleed and a valve job.





















I emailed this photo to Q at work, but I don’t know if he was laughing...
That SE is his baby!







Yummy salad for lunch (Thanks, MAG!)







More playtime with Mr. Purr...






Did I mention that they have a Roomba?
It was cool. It vacuums the house by itself.
I want one!






I can’t find my notes, but I think the SE had the same deal as the 950.
Both intakes were good, both exhausts were out of spec.






Done.






Just in time!





Dinner time!
This night, we did dessert first.
Well, liquid appetizers, at least.






MAG was the designated driver (thanks, MAG! Don't worry, she got her drinks later)
For the rest of us...






Q introduced us to his favorite, Scotch Ale.
They were sooooo good!
So that's why they call it Happy hour...







Back at la casa, Q made us another fantastic dinner.





Punjab Curry Chicken. OMG, it was delicious.

Q, I want that recipe!





Thanks, you two!



We had such a great time at Casa Q.
It was like being with old friends, even though we had just met.
They were so warm and generous, Matt and I really felt at home.



Matt was happy to help them with the bike work, too.
MAG was getting ready for another long ride, and Q...
Q works so hard. He’s never at home! He doesn’t have time to do anything.
They had been so great to us, if wrenching on KTMs helped them out,
Matt was glad to do it.






In the meantime, we also got to chill out and enjoy the comforts of home.
No tent, no astronaut food.
Flush toilet, hot showers, and the chance to do lots of laundry.
Not to mention kitty time!
It’s been a long time since we’ve had a pet, so I really enjoyed spending cuddle time with Mr. Purr.

Mr. Purr, that's my name. That name again, is Mr. Purr.






I had really bad timing with my report.
MAG is currently off adventuring in India (!)
and Questor is riding his ass off in Bend, OR at the KTM rally.
But, eventually they’ll read this.


Thank you, so much Questor and MAG!




Oh, yes.
If you ever have the good fortune of staying at Casa Questor,
make sure you sign the shower curtain! ADVenture Curtain™?
Hopefully, BigDog and Dingweed have added their names by now!






Big Ed..





Even some kiwis!






Don’t forget to sign the ADVenture Mattress™, too.
and make sure you take an ADVenture Potato™ as well.





BigWan and I left a little something in the adventure cave...
For ambiance.

La luz de lava para la cava de aventura!







Tomorrow - it's off to the Sawtooth Mountains!




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Old 09-14-2012, 07:11 PM   #315
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You tell a great story, L.W. Idaho Falls misses you both, and from what I know about valve adjustments on a KTM ... there's a place in heaven reserved for people like Matt.

I checked in on Purr today, in Q's absence; she says "Hi" to you both, too.
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