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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 10-17-2013, 11:13 AM   #841
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A big THANK YOU for another super ride report you guys!!!
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Old 10-17-2013, 01:17 PM   #842
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Awesome! I seldom, if ever, use that word or hero. Both are way over-used these days, but to all of the Osos --you guys are truly awesome and this was a hero ride for sure. Thanks for sharing the experience with us and thanks to Kelly and Matt for building one helluva ride report. Kelly, if you're not a screenwriter/scriptwriter or editor, young lady you missed your calling.
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Old 10-17-2013, 01:20 PM   #843
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I've been lusting after the 990 for a while, but getting through your reports I don't know if I'm worthy .

Awesome report, looking forward to the next one.
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Old 10-17-2013, 04:22 PM   #844
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So what caused the break in the engine case?
It looks like that is in the area of the side stand.

Did the side stand take a hit and beak out of the case, or was it a well placed rock?

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Old 10-17-2013, 07:46 PM   #845
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Old 10-17-2013, 07:51 PM   #846
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So sad it's over!
Laying in bed last night reading day 16 my wife says, "what ya looking at?"
Me, "the same motorcycle trip that I've been reading for weeks, it's the last day, they are on the rubicon!"
Her, "cool, too bad there isn't videos of that I could see."
Me, "there is!"
I show her the rubicon vid....
Her, "you need to grow a pair and start riding like them!"
Thanks for making the rest of us feel completely inadequate! Can't wait for the next one!
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Old 10-17-2013, 10:06 PM   #847
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So what caused the break in the engine case?
It looks like that is in the area of the side stand.

Did the side stand take a hit and beak out of the case, or was it a well placed rock?

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I hit a rock with my skid plate that put a dent in the plate all the way through my engine....TOURATECH
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Old 10-18-2013, 12:46 AM   #848
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I hit a rock with my skid plate that put a dent in the plate all the way through my engine....TOURATECH
It seems to me that its really hard to come up with a system that protects a stressed frame member engine. My F8GS has the same problem.

You are definately taking your bikes on extreme terrian. I'm not sure what you could use to protect your bike.

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Old 10-18-2013, 08:51 AM   #849
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It seems to me that its really hard to come up with a system that protects a stressed frame member engine. My F8GS has the same problem.

You are definately taking your bikes on extreme terrian. I'm not sure what you could use to protect your bike.

David
A GOOD skid plate will do wonders, Blackdog, weld86, something that doesn't bend when you look at rocks. Didn't you hear Matt's words of wisdom? "Friends don't let friends buy Touratech"
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Old 10-18-2013, 10:40 AM   #850
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It seems to me that its really hard to come up with a system that protects a stressed frame member engine. My F8GS has the same problem.

You are definately taking your bikes on extreme terrian. I'm not sure what you could use to protect your bike.

David
I have blackdog plate now on my new bike and I cat point few things that makes this plate batter...first the clearance between the engine and the plate is bigger and the rubber block in between and the most important one is the thickness of the skid-plate.
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Old 10-18-2013, 10:46 AM   #851
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Hi guys!

Thank you for all the sweet comments - I'm happy you enjoyed the ride report!
This one was a lot of fun for me, too. I love those Osos.

Thanks for reading along!


If I replied to each comment, I would just be saying the same thing over and over...(thank you!!)
so I will just post this:



but here are a few comments I didn't want to miss...




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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.
Normally I wouldn't agree with you, but for this trail a jeep definitely sounds more fun.
I think it's too soon for the guys, but some day we'll have to take you up on it.
Thank you for the offer and I hope you carry extra water, oil and a big ass hammer for the next ADV riders who give it a shot.



Thanks for the info on Buck Island, too! It looks really nice.

Maybe jadedillusion and Bronco3738 should take their jeep there...






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What a great ending... I am sad its over.. Reading these ride reports helps me become more prepared. You guys had extra

Fuel pump gaskets
Rear brake leavers
wheel bearings
tubes
patches

Carried
JB weld
extra strong tow lines and the wheel things to help reduce the load.. think radak had those..

anything else I am missing?

... and used it ALL !
Hi Paul!


- well, not just brake levers, but spare shifters are good, too. Radek had an extra brake lever on the Rubicon.
Bartek was still carrying our extra shifter (from Baja) Osito might have had a spare shifter also.


- a fuel filter kit (new)


- zip ties of all sizes (the giant ones are hard to carry, but are great).


- a bottle of automatic transmission fluid can be used in a leaky clutch and can oil your chain
we carry a small (8 oz.) bottle of synthetic oil on long rides. Matt didn't have it on the rubicon.



- the guys also had some extra chain links. I think Matt had 3-4 links and 2 master links.
He had a chain press and I think Radek was carrying the chain break. I think these were the only things that didn't get used!


- that Amsteel tow line was a life saver. It helps to have some Osos along. But
Radek also had block and tackle.


- we usually carry 3-4 easy-to-get-to tubes and still have 2 more in the fairings.
This is more important in Baja, but we tend to get flats in inconvenient places. And at night and on weekends.



If you have a Scotts damper, you might want to replace the bolts. Scott broke both of his, remember?
Previously, Radek broke his, Matt broke ours - they are notoriously weak, I guess.
Matt is good about replacing the bearings before we go on a long trip so we don't carry them.
But if you do carry bearings, make sure you have Lica's hammer.





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Kelly, if you're not a screenwriter/scriptwriter or editor, young lady you missed your calling.
Thanks, Dickie!
Unfortunately, I'm none of those things.
I have a completely useless art degree in sculpture and I do a lot of silly things like office work and putting stuff in plastic bags.





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A GOOD skid plate will do wonders, Blackdog, weld86, something that doesn't bend when you look at rocks. Didn't you hear Matt's words of wisdom? "Friends don't let friends buy Touratech"
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I have blackdog plate now on my new bike and I cat point few things that makes this plate batter...first the clearance between the engine and the plate is bigger and the rubber block in between and the most important one is the thickness of the skid-plate.
Yep. Our Black Dog has served us well.
We're on our 2nd one.




But I want to emphasize,

Those were Radek's words of wisdom...from page 4.
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Bartek’s Touratech GPS mount had broken.
Electrical tape and zip ties to the rescue!





Radek said, “What are you even doing with that thing?
Friends don’t let friends buy Touratech sh*t!”


We all thought it was hilarious and it became a running joke on the ride.




That reminds me, Paul -
add "electrical tape" to your list of must haves.











Hi Lica!

Osooooo!!!



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Old 10-18-2013, 11:12 AM   #852
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a little birdie tells me there's one for sale.

Not sure if the flea market ad is up, but there's a Craigslist ad...

SF bay area.



and, no - it is not our bike! We LOVE our bike.
We'll never be able to sell our bike. Not after these ride reports.



No, this bike has never been "loved" by an Oso.






She's a beauty, just waiting for the right person....


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Old 10-18-2013, 12:52 PM   #853
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Thanks Kelly... can you provide a link to the Amsteel and block and tackle setup.. I will add it to my kit ..
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Old 10-18-2013, 01:24 PM   #854
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Paul, there may be a bike specific block and tackle out there, but you could make a 2 or 3-1 system pretty easily with some small sheaves from REI or similar. These are typically not very expensive and are lightweight for climbing.
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Old 10-18-2013, 01:38 PM   #855
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Thanks Kelly... can you provide a link to the Amsteel and block and tackle setup.. I will add it to my kit ..
Yeah that would be great.
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