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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 2.21%
Called Radek's cop buddy and got a TOY 4x4 extraction 17 4.70%
What's the problem? He rode out with one hand and no throttle - OSO!!! 79 21.82%
With the engineering flow chart, WD-40 and duct tape - trail repair, baby! 122 33.70%
Flagged down a tour jeep and put the bike in the back with some French tourists 37 10.22%
This is just a ploy to buy time and still act like you're working on the report, isn't it? 122 33.70%
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Old 10-16-2013, 02:22 PM   #811
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Nice post, Matt!

Crazy Oso pic nominated for the Front Page . . . well-deserved!

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Old 10-16-2013, 02:41 PM   #812
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Originally Posted by LittleWan View Post

I'm glad you guys are enjoying Matt's tale...
didn't he do a great job with that post??

Yes he did, Thanks for cattle prodding him along with it.
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Old 10-16-2013, 02:52 PM   #813
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Hmmmm.... I thought you were riding Rubicon 2-up!
Now THAT would be crazy.
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Old 10-16-2013, 04:25 PM   #814
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Has anyone told those LOCO Osos those KTMs aren't trials bikes?

Terrific post Matt - Nice of you to give Kelly a little break. Now where's the tea and crumpets we were promised?
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Old 10-16-2013, 05:25 PM   #815
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Great Post Matt ... can't wait for more..
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Old 10-16-2013, 06:15 PM   #816
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Originally Posted by Ladybug0048 View Post
Now where's the tea and crumpets we were promised?

Hey, guys! Hi Ladybug!

Oh yeah. About that...

Matt just wanted me to under-sell the "finale" for him.
He was afraid that it wouldn't be exciting enough to justify a fancy description like "finale."

I think he's nuts, but whatever.

So, I know you aren't going to believe this, but I totally lied!
There were no tea and crumpets on the rubicon.

Well, unless we call this "tea..."

and, these - "crumpets."

Also, Matt left out a pic that I think should have been in his post...

I took a screen shot of this pretty lake the guys stopped at.
They saw a couple bodies of water, I guess. Really pretty, but they didn't have time to dawdle.

anyway, I thought it was nice. Guess they had other things on their minds.

Okay, Matt's almost ready.
Part 2, coming up....

OSO LOCO!! osoooo!

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Old 10-16-2013, 07:06 PM   #817
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Day 16: 8/16/13
Rubicon Trail
121 miles continued

This trail isnít fun in the conventional sense - rather, it can be satisfying just to make it through.
I personally like a more balanced trail that is a tiny bit more fun and rideable.
Iím speaking from a big bike point of view, this trail is probably a hoot on a kids bike.

This is starting to feel like punishment.

Going up Cadillac Hill.
Lica is an Oso till the end.

ďStay thirsty my friendsĒ

Iím whupped!

I dropped my bike and broke the brake pedal. No problema, Radek had a spare.

We were happy to reach the top.

You know what that means.
Time for some pics and premature celebrating.

And this is why you don't celebrate until you're on the pavement...

We were near the end when Lica pulled up with a problem.
He landed on a rock a little harder than he wanted to and sprung a leak.

Clearly, this wasnít the first time.

It was about this time a jeep pulled up to ask if we needed any help. They were on their way down to do some work at the jamboree camp.

These guys were great! Super nice and so generous. They set us up with paper towels, a sledge hammer, an 11/16 wrench, cold beer, and water.

It was as good as a support truck. We arranged a spot to leave the tools so they could get them on their way out.

Lica got to work, cleaning the best he could with gasoline and paper towels.

We were hoping the repair would make it off the trail. Turns out Lica was able to ride it back to Canada without leaking a drop. Not too shabby!

Hereís what the hammer is for.

Turns out we didnít need a hammer that large, this POS is pretty bendy.

Now it was my turn. This was the last all rock section of the trail. I dropped the bike onto a rock that was perfectly placed to bend my cockpit subframe.
I could turn right but not left. The triple clamp was touching the fairing.

This is not an easy thing to bend. Believe me, I tried everything I could to bend it back just a little, so I could ride out. No joy.

You can see how offset the dash is in this shot.

It was getting dark quick, so instead of trying to fix it, I just changed the dash mounting location and rode out with a wonky cockpit.

Good as new, Lets go!

We made it to Tahoe and pulled up to the first store we saw for some fluids and an ice cream.
We thought this sign was pretty funny.

We made it back around 10pm. We were all pretty stoked. Donít worry Radekís smiling on the inside.

Radek said he would like to do the Rubicon again - only without any help at all.

Me, on the other hand, Iím not saying Iíll never do it again. Only that I donít have any current plans to go on there with a 990 anytime soon.

What say you Lica?

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Old 10-16-2013, 07:16 PM   #818
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Originally Posted by Alleycatdad View Post
"Unimpossibler"?!? You're killing me here...

And Matt....


I'm thinking maybe your "moderate difficulty" and my "Frickin-fracken are you NUTS!?!?!" aren't even on the same planet!


+1 You are amazing.
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Old 10-16-2013, 07:44 PM   #819
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Day 16: 8/16/13
Rubicon Trail
121 miles, continued

I had been watching the SPOT page and when I saw this:

I got a little concerned.
Matt says heís not sure what happened there, but it was probably just some satellite thing.
They were always on the trail - never lost.
OK, good.

Here's Norm:

Man, 30.1 moving average - that's pretty good!
Oh - I took that photo the next morning, which is why it says 10:25am

I think they got back around 10 or 10:30pm

Casualty list for Day 16:

1 cracked case - Lica
1 broken brake lever - Matt
1 bent cockpit subframe - Matt

No serious injuries, though! It could have been worse!

Matt had asked the guys to hold off on eating dinner, he wanted to stop and get me first.
That was really sweet of him, but I feel bad that it cost them a good meal
By the time we got back to town, everything was closed.
Everything but the grocery store and the fast food place.

Oh no! I'm so sorry you guys.
Here they are, eating Taco Bell outside of Safeway.

Itís a 24hr Safeway, so we also got more beer and a couple frozen pizzas to eat back at the house.

The guys were exhausted.
In the truck, on the way back, Lica said (plaintively) -
ďUm. Guys. Can the Oso Loco ride be over now? I still have to get home to Canada....Ē

Poor Lica!
Yes, Lica. Youíre good.
The Oso Loco Taco Tour is officially over now.

wooo hooo! Osoooooooo!!

Itís pretty much over for everyone now.
That was it! Sixteen days of awesomeness are in the bag.

Thanks for joining us!!

the Wans and all the Loco Osos

I need to make dinner now, and, as mentioned - we have a long day tomorrow with no computer access.
But, I'll be back eventually (with a handful of repair photos )

and I'll put in an index for future reference (it's hard to find anything)

sorry we're not responding to comments right now (really need to take care of dinner),
but we appreciate them!!
Thanks so much you guys.

OSO LOCO!! osoooo!

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Old 10-16-2013, 08:07 PM   #820
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Nooo, not over
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love how resourceful you guys are
Great report!
Great riding guys!!!!!

I will never let anyone tell me again I can't ride single track again on my 990

thank you OSOs
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Old 10-16-2013, 08:09 PM   #821
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Originally Posted by LittleWan View Post
No, we were not 2-up on the rubicon.

When I called my uncle to ask about the key, he said the same thing.
He used to ride the Rubicon in the 80s on his Maico (matt thinks it was a Maico 490)
and he thought the 990 seemed a little too heavy to be fun.

But, 2-up? No way.

Someone has to be the first to do it. If not you two, then who? Just sayin.
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Old 10-16-2013, 08:10 PM   #822
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Wahhhoooo, what a fantastic report. I loved every word of it and every photo even the blurry ones, the ones with raindrops and even the ones with a dusty camera lens. Those photos show how it really is, the rain, dirt, grit, grins and fun.

Thanks to all of you for sharing your Oso awesome adventure.

Little Wan, have a beer and rest those over worked fingers for now. Big Wan, get that bike in tip top shape and rest up for your next adventure.
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Old 10-16-2013, 08:12 PM   #823
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Taco tour ending with TACOS!!

well, kinda tacos
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Old 10-16-2013, 08:24 PM   #824
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My sig came from the amount of time I spend on the rubicon but it is more fun in a jeep! The lake in the picture is called buck island and is one of my favorite spots to camp. If you guys ever want to try it on four wheels let me know, I can arrange to take the whole group for an e ticket ride! Awesome rr by the way.
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Old 10-16-2013, 08:26 PM   #825
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Originally Posted by MTrider16 View Post
+1 You are amazing.

I'll second that motion!!! Amazing is pretty much an understatement. When I saw the screenshot of the BFH, I wondered who had the foresight to bring that along---not to mention how they carried it....

Good thing those jeep guys came along.

Epic ride, guys!! This one may be a little tough to top. Nah, you can do this...

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

Stuff - I need more Stuff....
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