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View Results: What did the Osos do after Lica's hit in Hell's Gate?
Hit the 911 button on Lica's spot and waited for search and rescue 8 2.20%
Called Radek's cop buddy and got a TOY 4x4 extraction 17 4.67%
What's the problem? He rode out with one hand and no throttle - OSO!!! 80 21.98%
With the engineering flow chart, WD-40 and duct tape - trail repair, baby! 122 33.52%
Flagged down a tour jeep and put the bike in the back with some French tourists 38 10.44%
This is just a ploy to buy time and still act like you're working on the report, isn't it? 122 33.52%
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Old 08-22-2013, 12:30 PM   #16
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Making OSO LOCO my favorite

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Old 08-22-2013, 01:03 PM   #17
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What a helluva start! Exceptional even for you, Kelly. Looking forward to the rest.
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Old 08-22-2013, 01:26 PM   #18
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Old 08-22-2013, 01:56 PM   #19
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Old 08-22-2013, 02:11 PM   #20
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In. Bring it!

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Old 08-22-2013, 02:31 PM   #21
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I'm bummed I wasn't able to join you guys, but now I get to enjoy the ride Report!

Kelly. You do realize that your Ride Reports are so good that nobody wants to do one of their own because they can't compete...

But anyway, let the mayhem begin!

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Old 08-22-2013, 02:46 PM   #22
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I'm in!

Always love a good WAN RR.

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Old 08-22-2013, 03:23 PM   #23
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Hi guys!

Thanks for the love!

This was a good ride - I'm glad you're excited to read about it.

So, I'm trying something a little different this time.
Matt was looking for some Colorado stuff in the Summer of Stupid and he said it was hard to find.
It can be confusing when you have to wade through comments (and my stupid videos) to figure out what day was posted.

This time, I'll try and keep all the waving
and commenting in a separate post, and keep the body of the report nice and clean.

Maybe it will help?

I still like to say hi to everyone...

Originally Posted by AustinJake View Post
You really know how to do a ride report! Subbed!
Hi AustinJake!
thank you
Originally Posted by =[BAD]=TEX View Post

How do you pronounce that one? um...Hi Tex!
Originally Posted by Hobbes950 View Post

I missed the Baja and V2R reports, but I am in on day 1 for this one.
hey Hobbes, glad you found us early!

Originally Posted by RedRockRider View Post
IN! Going to be good.
Hi RRR - hey, I didn't remember that you were from St. George. We're going to be in your backyard on Day 2.

Originally Posted by utefan View Post
Yes, finally another Wan report - it is about time. I was actually spending my time working.
Oooh. Can't have that!
Originally Posted by Bob View Post
Bring it!
You got it, Bob. Hey, I have some fire trucks for you later on.

Originally Posted by ukturfrocks View Post
Yes sir looks freakin awesome
Thank you!
Oh, your comment got this song stuck in my head again.

Originally Posted by One Less Harley View Post
well this sucks......all them ugly KTM's and not one BMW...sounds like a train wreck to me.....I can't watch.....

Haha - I double dog DARE you NOT to watch...

also - "ugly KTMs??" Them's fightin' words!

Originally Posted by redog1 View Post
...I'm on board.
Yay, Redog! Glad to have you :)
Originally Posted by jglow View Post
You had me at "Wan" !
Thanks, Jordan! Matt really enjoyed your RR videos today

Originally Posted by bigdon View Post
Pop a Top pop a Top!
Pop the top, lift it up, drink it up!

Originally Posted by NoVa Rider View Post
Wantastic! BigWan, LittleWan, the soon to be Wanned, size of the crowd makes no difference to me. I'm in again!

That's WANderful! so glad you could join us again, NoVa Rider!

Originally Posted by Gale B.T. View Post
You snuck in again and I missed you all again, well I am IN and for sure will have lots of smiles as I follow this group and you two WANS on this awesome RR.

MY Congrats on a great RR ahead of time


Oh, Gale!
We thought of you and Sandy when we went Colorado, we really did.
But the closest we got to Pagosa Springs was Lake City (isn't that 2.5 hrs away)?
We didn't think you'd want 7 dirtbags crashing on your floor anyway.
You'll see after reading the RR!

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Count me in now that I have a driver!
I knew that name looked familiar!
hey john, thanks for signing in - 2 posts in 6 yrs!

Originally Posted by ADVwnbe View Post
Can't wait!
Welcome, ADVwnbe!

Originally Posted by dickosaurus View Post
What a helluva start! Exceptional even for you, Kelly. Looking forward to the rest.
Thanks, Dickie! I'm glad you liked it. It was the bear roar that got you, huh?

It almost sounds like a dinosaur.

Originally Posted by Joeman68 View Post
I'm in!
Originally Posted by NobeyamaGP View Post
In on the ground floor for once!

Hola! Welcome
Originally Posted by Sourjon View Post
In. Bring it!

hey Sourjon,
Now you can see all the places we should have crossed paths!
I'll bet you guys walked by our motel a bunch of times, too.

Originally Posted by Questor View Post
I'm bummed I wasn't able to join you guys, but now I get to enjoy the ride Report!
Wooo! Questor!
Don't worry, you'll be glad you missed a LOT of the ride

Aw, thanks. . Don't give me a big head!
I'm glad you enjoy the reports, but I know they aren't for everyone.

Originally Posted by scottmac View Post
I'm in!

Always love a good WAN RR.
hiya scottmac!
Great to see you again!

Hope I didn't miss anyone!

OK, real post, coming up...

P.S. Hi sion!
I'm counting on you to watch the videos!!

Originally Posted by sion View Post
OSO LOCO!! osoooo!

Oso bored? you can find the rest of our ride reports HERE
make stupid your favorite!

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Old 08-22-2013, 03:24 PM   #24
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Old 08-22-2013, 03:24 PM   #25
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The days leading up to the kickoff date were busy ones.
Our inbox was aflutter with ride-prep pics...

Bartek was new at training, but he took to it like an old pro...

10 points for style!

Meanwhile, his forks were out being serviced.

Osito was replacing his water pump.

Lica started building his new wheels a day or 2 before he had to leave!
They were pretty cool - anodized orange Excels. Sweeeet.

Radek was pretty much ready to go...

Until he realized his passport had expired!
Luckily, he was able to get it expedited -
and those efficient Canadians got it done in time. yay!

Matt and I knew it was going to be hot riding in Nevada and Utah, so we did a little heat acclimation training.
Over 560 miles in the Sierras with Capt. Saveaho, riding Day 5 of the Pacific Crest Quest.

It was at least 100°F, but we had a great time. Well, Matt and I did.
Capt. Saveaho lost his $300 tent and sleeping pad and broke a mirror.

Oh, wait - he looks happy here!

Hope he thought it was worth it. Nice seeing you again, Erik!

One of the main reasons for our PCQ ride was to try out our new luggage.
We got the new (larger) Wolfman Rocky Mountain sidebags.
They hold twice as much (by volume) as the smaller Expedition sidebags.
The Expedition bags were perfect in Baja, but this time we were going to have camping gear.
Matt wanted to see if larger side bags (but a smaller duffle in back) would make the weight more manageable.

Here we are in full on Beverly Hillbillies mode, riding up to Scott’s place with new tires.

Oso Overloaded

OSO LOCO!! osoooo!

Oso bored? you can find the rest of our ride reports HERE
make stupid your favorite!
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Old 08-22-2013, 05:00 PM   #26
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7/31/13 bay area to Reno, NV 240 miles

The night before we left, we got some bad (BAD) news...
Bartek called and said he couldn’t go!


He said work was just too much. He was drowning and couldn’t take time off.
Oh man. That was not what we wanted to hear.
It was such a bummer. I understood, but still.
This ride was supposed to be for him!

I was so upset, it was a long night.

Then, the next morning, just as we were getting ready to leave...
Bartek called back and said that he was going after all!

Way to add some drama to the ride, Bartek.

He said he would meet us at Scott’s house, probably pretty late.
I didn’t care what time he got there, as long as he showed up!

So, after a few hours on the slab,
Matt and I were the first ones to arrive at Scott’s place.

Hey, someone has a new toy!

Only Walter was home to greet us.
He’s a great host, though.

I called Scott to let him know what was up.

He was stuck at work for a little bit but would be home in the evening.
Matt started in on the tires, while Walter supervised.

Man, our rim is looking pretty worked.

Hey, someone knew that Bartek was coming...

Next to arrive were Radek and Lica, all the way from BC...

Matt helped them unload the bikes.

Radek and the beast.

Lica picked up some cool stickers in South America, didn’t he?

I’m just impressed that he got the wheels finished in time - aren’t they flash?

Nice new D908

Radek, too.

Matt put Scott’s new tire on - another D908.

We went with a Scorpion Rally rear.
Not as pricey as a 908, but still a good tire.

Scott came home next and did a little fiberglass work on Lica’s windscreen.

Ceasar rolled up just in time for dinner - Hola Osito!

Osito came bearing (get it?) gifts - Oso Loco tee shirts!!
How frickin’ awesome is that??

Thank you, Osito!!
They're so great.

Radek took some pics of everyone hanging out.

I really wanted to give photo credit for each pic, but it’s just too confusing.
With all our photos combined, there are over 4700. Not counting screen captures!

Radek, Lica, Bartek and Osito all had some great shots - thanks, you guys!

So, for some strange reason, these dudes seemed to think we were going to be riding at night...
Hmmm. I wonder what gave them that idea?
Anyway, everyone had super awesome lights (except for us).




and, here’s Osito installing his...

Finished product.

Of course, after that, there had to be a competition.
“Oh my god, y’all - they’re gonna have a dance off light off!”

I think Radek won?

Scott and Jo went all out for dinner - thick, juicy steaks and an assortment of salads.
It was incredible!!

So delicious! Blurry but HAPPY.

The bike work went on well into the night.
With 6 KTMs, everyone wanted to make sure they were prepared for the ride...

Bartek finally rolled up around midnight. You can see he had awesome lights, too.

He had had a long day of work, but the important thing was that he was here!

Now our little group was complete.

The next hurdle was going to be getting everyone up and ready to go at 6 in the morning.
It was going to be a 400+ mile day of Nevada desert.
You know the drill - we had a long way to go and a short time to get there...

Radek had provided some inspiration -
Smokey and the Oso

Oso Queso-y!

OSO LOCO!! osoooo!

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Old 08-22-2013, 06:03 PM   #27
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OMG, just came down from the mountains and stumbled onto this, crap I need to go get some beer and settle in. Another Wantastic Adventure coming right up.

BTW I am finally healing up but now the the whole state is on fire so nowhere to go ride

Beer √, popcorn √ OK I'm ready....... ................... you may continue

This going to be so GOOD!
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Old 08-22-2013, 06:04 PM   #28
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Old 08-22-2013, 08:19 PM   #29
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Hey, another Wans RR!!! Y'all started without me but I'm all caught up now, so let's GO!!

These are always the best....

If it ain't fun, I don't do it!!!

Stuff - I need more Stuff....
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Old 08-22-2013, 08:28 PM   #30
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Hi Kelly,
Good to meet you, Matt, and Radek out in CO! I look forward to seeing how the rest of your ride progressed, great start to your ride report.

Thanks for the sticker! I have it on my tool box here in NC.

As a prelude to your coming report, here is a photo and video clip when we seen you guys.

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