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|09-03-2013, 09:22 AM||#196|
Joined: May 2006
Location: Back in the Saddle
Jesus, you two are absolutely the craziest biker couple I've ever had the honor of knowing. Matt Performs feats of acrobatics on that big blue overloaded KTM bus that defy common since! For me as a vertically challenged (29" inseam) on a smaller lighter bike probably. On my Moya no way. At my age if I had to pick Moya up more than twice I'd be done in that situation.
I am so glad to know you guys, you take on everything in good spirit and a tenacious pit bull attitude.... that is contagious. All the reason you have a great tight nit riding posse
I know many will not owe up to it, but this is sorta how I perceived your ride... good thing you didn't capture all the audio in those helmets.
It all starts out giddy with anticipation but then...............
I am leaving out to Texas in 2 days but I'll pop in as much as possible here to catchup..... salute
OH, and I think Q was spot on.
|09-03-2013, 10:25 AM||#197|
Joined: Jun 2007
Location: Nevada City
You know how you can take rides in Ferraris with race drivers to get the feeling of the capabilities of the cars without having to have the driving skills yourself? Matt could do that with the schoolbus. Diapers mandatory!
I am sure my husband gets tired of me showing him pictures and videos saying, "Look what they are doing now!" The Wans- instilling feelings of inadequacy in pilots and pillions worldwide.
When in doubt, take it as a compliment.
My Ride Reports
|09-03-2013, 01:45 PM||#198|
Joined: Sep 2009
Location: Magalia, CA./ Butte & Siskiyou C.
Could somebody tell me or show me...
What a "barking Loonbat" is? I googled it but didn't come up with anything.
Great stuff Oso crew.
No, I don't know where that road goes, let's find out!
|09-03-2013, 06:05 PM||#200|
Joined: Nov 2004
Location: In my natural state
Oh sure, just leave us hanging on top of Pearl Pass. Moar!
BTW, your exploits are going to cause me problems every time I want to wimp out because "my 950 is too big for that nonsense." Thanks.
"Do or do not. There is no 'try.'"
Man Ball Rolls Through Coloutahrado 2014!
|09-03-2013, 07:23 PM||#201|
Running fans the flames
Joined: Aug 2004
Love the video of you guys heading up Pearl. You kids can ride. Sent the video to your Minnesota fans. Nice to see you Wans
Gus (Junior Yeti in training)
|09-03-2013, 07:23 PM||#202|
Joined: Nov 2005
Location: Spokane Valley, WA (the dry side of the mountains)
A list of wanizms needs to be created with Barking Loonbats included.
Make Barking Loobats your favorite
|09-03-2013, 08:22 PM||#203|
Joined: Dec 2010
Location: Southern California
Just what the Doctor ordered! Another awesome Wan-written ride report...!!!
Thanks for taking the time and posting all of this awesome stuff
|09-03-2013, 09:11 PM||#204|
Joined: Sep 2007
Location: Sunny (sometimes) SoCal
So where did you get the amsteel tow line??? I saw in the video where he broke it out & it looked in one frame like there were loops tied in at intervals to make pulling easier.
There was a guy making a tow system with a neat set of pulleys but he doesn't make them anymore. Yours is at least better than having to dig the bike out of the mud with your hands... Or pull it up the side of a drop-off.
Insane video too!!! It pretty much shows that you are carrying some serious speed. I liked the one where the back end was bouncing--this was after the shock repair where it took two guys to get the spring back on. Kind of gives you an idea how much load is really on that bike.
If it ain't fun, I don't do it!!!
Stuff - I need more Stuff....
|09-03-2013, 09:18 PM||#205|
You can do it!
Joined: Aug 2009
Location: behind BigWan, trying to keep my feet tucked in :)
haha, lots of great comments again - OK, report first - chit chat after....
Day 5: 8/5/13
goofing off around Gunnison 119 miles, continued.
A couple screen shots from the way up:
These scree fields were bouncy - it was hard to keep my feet on the pegs!
For this ride, we were all connected with Senas. It was great!
Radek and Matt re-paired here...
And then I joined in. It was fun to be able to talk and laugh together. You heard some of it in the video...
When we got to the summit, we took a bunch of photos, as you can imagine.
Funny iphone pano (that’s Radek on either end)
Looking back the way we came.
Looking straight out (I think)
There was an ammo box at the base of the cross.
With a little book to sign. My hands were freezing, it was hard to hold the pen.
Put a sticker on the sign.
I don’t think it will stay on very long, but it was enough for the photo.
Looks like we go this way to the singletrack...
And then we headed down the back side. This was supposed to be the harder direction.
We had gone the easy way (Crested Butte to Aspen), purely by chance.
As with going the hard way on Schofield (also chance), it was simply the direction we wanted to go and that's how Matt routed it.
No thought was given to difficulty, just convenience. We got lucky this time!
Aren't these neat looking formations?
Another scree field.
Then it turned pretty and green.
It started to rain again on the way down.
The water was really flowing here, it was like riding in a stream.
At one point, we were going too slow. When Matt went to put his foot down...nothing.
It was just a silly tip over, but I shrieked when I hit the ground.
Radek was worried that I had gotten hurt,
but I had screamed because cold water was running into my pants!
It was like having a bunch of ice cubes dumped into my underwear.
The bike was facing all wonky so we had to move it a little. It was tough to pull it uphill.
I must have looked pathetic, because Radek came to help. Thanks, Radek!
I walked down to a drier spot.
Radek waited for me to get back on the bike.
And then the shelf. It’s hard to tell at this angle, but there’s some rock steps here.
This is the toughest part of Pearl Pass.
Radek with his long legs out - he did well, picking his way down.
(sorry for the crap image - matt's GoPro was all fogged up at this point. )
Then, it was our turn...
There were a couple of tall spots. Radek said "if you wash here, you’re done."
He thought it might be risky to go 2up.
Matt has a shorter inseam than Radek (only 31.5”), so I jumped off.
It’s kind of hard to tell, but this screen cap shows me mid-air.
I don’t know what happened, but I pretty much fell off the bike and into the bushes.
The guys thought it was hilarious -
"Just kick her off..."
“Yeah - Get the f**k off this bike!”
So I walked from here (Radek took this just before I launched off the bike)....
To here (climbing back on).
OK - that was Pearl!
It had stopped raining by that point. Pretty view.
It was all easy after the steps.
We headed over to Taylor Pass.
According to the sign, we were heading towards Taylor Divide Tr. 440
And, away we go...
OK, I think that's enough for tonight.
I still need to wash the dishes and put away laundry!
Gotta get caught up in the comments.
Next time - some singletrack, then American Flag Mountain.
|09-03-2013, 10:07 PM||#206|
Joined: Sep 2002
Location: Corral de Tierra CA, Ketchum ID
More than enough for tonight, thanks.
Put an extra scoop of ice cream in Matt's bowl
|09-03-2013, 10:09 PM||#207|
Joined: Jun 2008
Location: Salt Lake City
MOST Excellent Ride Report.
Huge thanks for sharing the Story and great visuals.
As usually, you guys(and Gal) truly live the Adventure on your trips, very inspirational (and great trip planning)!
I bought a 950 Adv this year, but I'm not ready for some of these pass on your report, I've been spoiled riding the 450 mini bike this year I need to burn off the street tires and stock up on 908's. I don't have crash bars yet, but I think I'll put some on,lol.
Staying tuned in for more!!!!!
|09-03-2013, 11:02 PM||#208|
You can do it!
Joined: Aug 2009
Location: behind BigWan, trying to keep my feet tucked in :)
Secondly - nope.
We're loyal to our Hot Cock Sauce!
You'll be making huge improvements with every ride...
If I could do that Xena war cry, I'd be doing it right now
That's super nice of you.
I sent you a PM
that's just wanderful!
Oh, that clip was hilarious - from the "I love you, man" to the cries of "MOM!"
I was dying.
Heh, none of the Osos called for mommy, but I'm glad you're enjoying the report.
Have a great time in Tejas!
Nah, I think it's more likely that we instill feelings of superiority...
With all the bad decisions we make, we probably make everyone else feel pretty damn smart
"What kind of idiot goes up on a pass during a thunderstorm?"
The only thing I got was some guy named Shane who plays a lot of poker...
wow, you average about 1 comment a year - I feel special!
OK - I tried to get you off the summit!
Feel better now??
Heh - you're welcome!
Thanks! How are you? Haven't seen you in a while!
I'm happy to see that you still have the same interests
and, now you have a 990!! Woooo!
We thought about you MN guys a lot - in Lake City, on the Alpine loop, Long Canyon, Milt's...
say Hey to Victor and the boys for us!
well, I'm not taking credit for that Poker playing Shane guy
Anyway, "Barking Loonbat" isn't one of mine - that's allllll Mr. Fooswolf.
But, wait - I thought the doctor ordered avocados?
oh, maybe that was angie dickinson
the amsteel is from Defender Marine.
It used to be 60 Ft, but is probably more like 50 ft now.
(If you let other people tie the knots, they usually have to be cut off )
Matt tied those loops in the line - they helped!
We got a lot of use out of the amsteel on this ride...
Yeah, that shock is not what it used to be.
It needs a heavier spring, too.
But, man - we were happy to have it working at all...
We don't even have fruit salad
Hey, hey - you got a 950 adv!! Wooo!
I'd like to think we're handing out extra-tall glasses of orange koolaid in this report...
Oh, crap. I still have to do the dishes...
see you guys...next time!!
|09-04-2013, 01:43 AM||#210|
another old fart....
Joined: Mar 2009
Location: SoCal (LAX)
You and Matt are far more than "Barking Loonbats"
Y'all are certifiable!! Geez...... Some serious meds might fix that....but where would be the fun there, eh?
Only wish my legs were long enough for some of that 'orange koolaid'.... ;) Well, and about 30 years younger, ha!
You are the absolute best in the R/R biz... The 'piloting/pillion' abilities speak for themselves (yet again)!!!
Just curious how you'll ever top this one? ;)
So, does Matt dry after you're done washing......the dishes that is ;)
Can't wait for the 'next episode'...
Have a great Wednesday :)
Not enough time..... :(
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