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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 2.31%
Called Radek's cop buddy and got a TOY 4x4 extraction 17 4.90%
What's the problem? He rode out with one hand and no throttle - OSO!!! 76 21.90%
With the engineering flow chart, WD-40 and duct tape - trail repair, baby! 117 33.72%
Flagged down a tour jeep and put the bike in the back with some French tourists 36 10.37%
This is just a ploy to buy time and still act like you're working on the report, isn't it? 116 33.43%
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Old 09-20-2013, 05:17 PM   #391
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Sorry if I hit a nerve. I might be a noob because I don't post but far from a noob on a bike. You post up something out of the norm you shouldn't be surprised when you have a question about it? I had the courtesy to read your whole thread to see if the question had been broached before I posted. Being to short is a really lame excuse. If you like riding on the back good for you. The KTM 990 is a cool bike but far from the only tool for the job.
Wow, same here!

Hi Oc1 -
Thank you for checking the whole report first, sorry if I was flippant.
But I do get that question every time I do a report. It gets old.
It implies that riding 2up isn't good enough.
Why should riding my own bike be preferable?



I said n00b because it says "n00b" right there in your tag line,
didn't realize it would offend you so much.
I was joking around and being lighthearted in my response, maybe it didn't come through.
Tone is hard to detect in forum posts.



Yes, there are many bikes out there. I know.
But I'm in love with KTM 9x0s. I think that's pretty clear from this report.


You asked a question:
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Is there a reason why you don't ride your own bike as opposed to riding 2 up?

and I answered. Sorry it wasn't an answer you expected or liked, but it was MY answer.


I'm not upset and I hope you aren't either! I don't know how to convey this except with some smilies...




OK, back to Day 9...
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Old 09-20-2013, 05:29 PM   #392
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Question for Little Wan;
I've been following your ride report and have enjoyed your adventure. You appear to truly enjoy the ride/adventure which leads me to my question. Is there a reason why you don't ride your own bike as opposed to riding 2 up? I figure even if Big Wan carried all the gear for both of you he would still be more nimble than with a passenger.
Great report.
LittleWan should not ride here own bike. Who would end up taking the 1000s of photos per day for the ride reports! Even Matt could not ride with one hand while taking pics with the other on rough stuff.
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Old 09-20-2013, 05:32 PM   #393
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Day 9: 8/9/13
Silverton, CO to Moab, UT 208 miles, continued.









The light sure was pretty...

























When we got to the top of Hurrah Pass, we found Scott again!













I didn’t notice this sign until I was editing photos for this post.














The sunset was probably going to be beautiful.
As soon as the sun dropped down beneath these clouds...







The guys wanted to hang out and take more photos.
We didn’t blame them (it was gorgeous),
but we wanted to get out of the dirt while our tube still had air.
Gotta go - see you in Moab!








They got some great ones!
I think this one is Bartek’s






and Lica’s pics:







Orange you sexy...






WOW!! incredible!

What an fantastic photo!
Yaaaaaaaaaah! Osooooos!



Matt and I were super bummed we missed that one.




El Bartek looks happy.






Meanwhile, Matt and I were making our way towards Moab.






The turnoff for Kane Creek Trail was up here somewhere.
I think I missed the shot.



At least after hearing from Radek, we weren’t tempted to take a peek on our way in...





Kane Creek Road.



















We waited for the guys here, but they were still taking pics.












Look what was waiting for us back at the motel...
Osote!! (“big bear”)







Come tell us all about your A-D-V-E-N-T-U-R-E-F-*-*-K-I-N-G-T-O-U-R-I-N-G!
We got a bucket of ice, a bunch of warm beer, and had an Oso party in the hot tub.







We squeezed 6 out of the 7 Osos into the tub.
Scott took one look and said, “Um. No.”

I think the tub lost half its water at one point...





It was a long frickin’ day, but it’s amazing how a hot tub, beer,
and good friends can make everything all better.




I think some of the guys might have gone out for dinner?
Not sure.



Matt and I were too lazy.
Jerky and trail mix for dinner. At 10:30pm







in our cozy room. Not much to look at, but it did the job.







Day 9 was finally in the books!







Casualties for Day 9 - kind of a rough one for the Osos :


1 sheared steering bolt - Scott

1 hurt knee - Osito

1 hurt ankle - Matt
1 rear flat - us Wans


1 bike eaten by mud - Radek
1 9-hour night hike with associated bruises/abrasions - Radek



Did I forget anything?






Next time - Slickrock on 990s!
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Old 09-20-2013, 05:38 PM   #394
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Hey Little Wan, My wife just reminded me of the best reason to ride 2-up all day. It's like a full day of fourplay, followed by bathing and other things. Yup, two up is the way to go
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Old 09-20-2013, 06:12 PM   #395
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LittleWan should not ride here own bike. Who would end up taking the 1000s of photos per day for the ride reports! Even Matt could not ride with one hand while taking pics with the other on rough stuff.
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Hey Little Wan, My wife just reminded me of the best reason to ride 2-up all day. It's like a full day of fourplay, followed by bathing and other things. Yup, two up is the way to go

Two more excellent reasons to continue riding 2 up!



Thanks, you guys!





OK, I'm going to go get warmed up for tonight.

Gotta get in some prep work if I'm gonna keep posting.







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Old 09-20-2013, 06:18 PM   #396
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No harm no foul. Nothing wrong with 2 up. I really enjoy having my wife on the back but wouldn't want to be in the back myself. I was just curious because it was obvious from your post's, how much you enjoy it. I would guess "I don't have any stats to back this up" that most people that get in to riding has much as you, desire to ride there own bike.
Thanks for the great RR. I've enjoyed it. I understand you love for the 990 its a sweet bike.
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Old 09-20-2013, 06:40 PM   #397
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No harm no foul. Nothing wrong with 2 up. I really enjoy having my wife on the back but wouldn't want to be in the back myself. I was just curious because it was obvious from your post's, how much you enjoy it. I would guess "I don't have any stats to back this up" that most people that get in to riding has much as you, desire to ride there own bike.
Thanks for the great RR. I've enjoyed it. I understand you love for the 990 its a sweet bike.
Yay! We're friends!



Thanks, Oc1 - I'm glad you wrote back!
(I was hoping it was all just a misunderstanding )


I think you're right - most pillions end up wanting to be in control.
But, in my case, I prefer to benefit from Matt's expertise and skill.
It's just a much more thrilling and exciting experience than one I could get on my own.
We've logged many, many thousands of dirt miles together,
and we enjoy testing the limits of 2 up.


For the record, matt says he would hate being on the back, too. He can't do it.
Not everyone can.
Be nice to your wife! She must love and trust you a lot.

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Old 09-20-2013, 07:42 PM   #398
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...we enjoy testing the limits of 2 up.
So True! I feel bad that Richard has to sit down a majority of the time with me back there. In rocky sections where he would normally stand on the pegs, he has to adjust and look through the windshield instead of over it. Water crossings are insane. We too enjoy the challenge. Cheers to the mad skills of the 2up pilots! We learn to move as one.
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Old 09-20-2013, 08:12 PM   #399
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[COLOR]



Yes, I could ride my own bike.
On n00bie stuff, like easy dirt and fireroads. Pavement
But...



I am spoiled.
I love the roughest, gnarliest, rockiest, scariest trails.
And, most importantly, I love them on a 990.



I love blasting across the desert, I love ripping over the rocks,
I love tearing through the sand, I love hammering out long 200-400 mile dirt days....



Since I'm never, ever, going to be capable enough on my own, why would I want to ride my own bike?
I'm an Oso, dammit - even if I have to ride bitch.

I'm fine with that.
I'll be the bitchiest Oso there is.[/COLOR]

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Amen! I have a motorcycle license. I've owned a dirt bike, street bike and dual sport. But I love riding bitch damnit! My skill level is waaaaay below the hubby's and I would feel like I was holding him back on trails. Plus I'm a fan of being able to really experience the scenery, while he does all the driving.
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Old 09-20-2013, 08:37 PM   #400
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So True! I feel bad that Richard has to sit down a majority of the time with me back there. In rocky sections where he would normally stand on the pegs, he has to adjust and look through the windshield instead of over it. Water crossings are insane. We too enjoy the challenge. Cheers to the mad skills of the 2up pilots! We learn to move as one.
Huzzah!






Woo hoo for 2 up!

Thanks for checking in, Aimee!
I know I'm not alone.







OK, guys.
I was all ready to work on the next section, but photobucket is down.
Something related to the flooding in Colorado?
Their ISP is "experiencing network issues"
anyway, might not be able to PUI tonight.



It's okay, matt and I need to work on the stuff for Amasa Back.
The video is done, but there are lots of stills to capture.
wowzers -
Oso Impressive!






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Amen! I have a motorcycle license. I've owned a dirt bike, street bike and dual sport. But I love riding bitch damnit! My skill level is waaaaay below the hubby's and I would feel like I was holding him back on trails. Plus I'm a fan of being able to really experience the scenery, while he does all the driving.
p.s. Hi, jadediIllusion - more cheers for 2 up! Yay!
Yeah, no matter what bike I manage to ride,
I could only keep up with matt if he was on a loaded honda passport or, better yet, a unicycle.

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Old 09-20-2013, 10:59 PM   #401
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Yes, it's a like a full time job.
I only made it this far in the report by getting up early, staying up late,
spending every spare moment of time on editing photos, editing video and getting screen captures...
Not to mention organizing, writing, and finding funny linkies...
I really busted my ass in the beginning so I could get ahead.


Work (paid work) has hit its peak, it will be hectic for a little while.


Don't worry, I haven't forgotten about you guys.
Matt missed me so I took a little time off from the report.


There's still a lot to come -
Slickrock, Amasa Back, White Rim, Hell's Revenge,
Black Dragon, Eagle Canyon, Cat Canyon...


I'll be posting later today.





Good call! Yep, Matt and I always wanted to do Kane Creek trail.
Too bad it had been raining so much.
Poor Radek.









Hey Oc1 - That question is WAY 205, but since you seem like a noob...
This comes up in every one of our RRs.
but I really didn't expect it in this one.


effensteve gave you a hint -




Yep.

1. I am 5 foot and half an inch tall. The best I could hope for is an XT225 or slammed WR250R. not good enough.

2. I do not (even remotely) have the skills to blast across the scree fields of Pearl Pass with Matt and Radek, - let alone on a 500lb. bike.
not good enough.



Hello - look how huge these bikes are...







Yes, I could ride my own bike.
On n00bie stuff, like easy dirt and fireroads. Pavement
But...



I am spoiled.
I love the roughest, gnarliest, rockiest, scariest trails.
And, most importantly, I love them on a 990.



I love blasting across the desert, I love ripping over the rocks,
I love tearing through the sand, I love hammering out long 200-400 mile dirt days....



Since I'm never, ever, going to be capable enough on my own, why would I want to ride my own bike?
I'm an Oso, dammit - even if I have to ride bitch.

I'm fine with that.
I'll be the bitchiest Oso there is.







Yes, at some point when we're too old and it's too dangerous for us to do 2up,
I may learn to enjoy riding my own bike.
But, until then...

Yaaaaaaaaaah! Osoooooo!!!







Oh, it was awesome!
DingWeed surprised the hell out of us.







OK, you guys - the story will continue.
Even if I have to do it - PUI

Stay tuned.


Dawn agrees with this 110%. While it is a big responsibility for us guys having you on the back it is kind of a comfort knowing you safe ( ish ) tucked in behind on the back. I'm like Matt and could never be a pillion and really admire You, Dawn and others for your trust and ability in being able to stay on the back and help control the bike.
Been loving this report, as usual ! Almost makes me want to come over to the "Dark Side" and buy a 990
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Old 09-21-2013, 12:56 AM   #402
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Dawn agrees with this 110%. While it is a big responsibility for us guys having you on the back it is kind of a comfort knowing you safe ( ish ) tucked in behind on the back. I'm like Matt and could never be a pillion and really admire You, Dawn and others for your trust and ability in being able to stay on the back and help control the bike.
Been loving this report, as usual ! Almost makes me want to come over to the "Dark Side" and buy a 990
Thanks, Phil and Dawn! more 2up feedback
Glad you're enjoying the report.
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Old 09-21-2013, 01:15 AM   #403
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Day 10: 8/10/13
goofing off in Moab.






We stayed at the Red Rock Lodge.






It was just right for us. Not fancy, but affordable enough for several days and the bikes were right outside the rooms.







Tire pics
our Rally front - 2069 miles





Rally rear. We had a new one waiting at the Moab Mailing Center.






Osito






Lica







Radek







Scott






and Bartek.







We had a little mix-up at breakfast - sorry, guys.
Scott, Matt and I ended up at the Peace Tree Cafe.
The other Osos were at Denny’s on the opposite side of town...






I had coffee.







and Green Eggs and Ham.







Matt had the same thing.








I can’t remember what Scott had, but he looks pretty happy.







We did a quick trip to the car wash...











and then picked up our tires.






Yesterday, Lica had called the Mailing Center to see if the parts had arrived.
They hadn’t.
He called KTM Twins and got no satisfaction.
They couldn’t even confirm if the package had been sent out at all.
WTF?



Our clutch was actually doing fine after Matt spun the piston.
Lica’s clutch was working great, too.
But now Scott was screwed.
He went out in search of an oil filter...





As always - worky worky...












Matt would have done another day on the old Rally, but the steel belts made us nervous.






Old Rally, with puncture.







New Rally.








The other Rally was for Lica, 908 Rear and Front for Radek.






Radek was really into this magic powder.






He swore it made his boots stop stinking.




I will admit I was brave enough to smell them for myself...

Wow - it was like a garden of flowers!
Amazing.



I put a little in my boots, too. I think it helped at first...
But, mostly it just made my socks all white
and made a huge mess on the floor.
Oh well.





Off to the store...on a loaner bike







After sitting in mud and water for 15 hours,
Radek’s wheel bearings needed some attention.
He cleaned and greased them as best he could.






Ugh - What a mess!













Look at this tool bag!
Bartek said “I think I have a mouse...”








I’m not sure why, but I took another photo of our bash plate.







Osito had some bad news.
While he was at the car wash, someone stole his helmet!
He had put it down for just a moment, and while his back was turned,
some brazen thief (probably a tweeker) had snatched it up and disappeared.


Monkey fighter!




I can’t believe how bold that was. An Arai XD, too - those aren’t cheap.
And you know that junkie is just going to turn around and sell it for $20.
It sucked.







Luckily, Osito was able to find another helmet in town.



Still smiling! He wasn’t going to let some scumbag ruin his day.
Screw you, thief!
It takes more than that to stop Osito!






Aw, man. Bartek was beating up the soda machine and I just missed it!
He was holding on to the top and shaking it.
Oso Thirsty!








Scott had no luck finding an oil filter anywhere in Moab.
he even tried some bike rental places, no joy.
Meanwhile, he was running his bike with no filter at all.
We still had a long ride home, so as a last resort,
he was going to ride back to Grand Junction, CO to pick up a filter.



It was a long way...
Ride safe, Scott!





The rest of the Osos were going to Slickrock.






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Old 09-21-2013, 02:06 AM   #404
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Day 10: 8/10/13
goofing off in Moab, continued.









You guys know that I adore Matt, right?
I think he’s the greatest thing since sliced bread.
Part of love is making sacrifices.
So, even though I had been looking forward to riding in Moab
(and had a list of places I wanted us to ride)...

I sent him out to ride solo.




I knew that the previous day’s ride through Lockhart Basin had been really frustrating for him.
He had been such a great schoolbus driver (for over 2000 miles),
it was time for him to go enjoy some play time.
Recess, if you will.




All the Osos enjoyed Slickrock - it was all about FUN.
You can see it in these pics and screen shots...












































































































Radek and Lica doing their best Captain Morgans









































































I made a short video of my favorite section with Radek, Lica, and Matt.
They just look (and sound) like they’re having so much fun!




Wooo!
(Too bad the stupid GoPro was fogged up. )




OK, that was Slickrock...


I'm done for tonight.


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Slickrock on 990's.
That's awesome!

You can see the look of awe on the mountain bikers faces...

This is Front Page material.

You guys are great!
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