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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 2.30%
Called Radek's cop buddy and got a TOY 4x4 extraction 17 4.89%
What's the problem? He rode out with one hand and no throttle - OSO!!! 77 22.13%
With the engineering flow chart, WD-40 and duct tape - trail repair, baby! 117 33.62%
Flagged down a tour jeep and put the bike in the back with some French tourists 36 10.34%
This is just a ploy to buy time and still act like you're working on the report, isn't it? 116 33.33%
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Old 10-18-2013, 03:17 PM   #856
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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 ..


Oh, did I make it sound like this was some kind of ready made thing?
It wasn't.
Matt got the AmSteel Blue at a marine supply place.


We're using the 1/4" because that's what we needed on the boat.
It's overkill - the 1/4" is so strong, you could hang 2 Toyota Tacomas from it.
The problem is, if you go too small (like 1/8"), it will probably hurt like hell to pull on it.


We started with 60 ft of it, but as I mentioned on page 14,
if you let other people tie the knots, you'll probably have to cut them off.
Our line is probably closer to 50 ft now.

I'm rusty on my knots, but it's good to know some.
I already used this link...
A couple more useful knots.





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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.
Yep.
I'm pretty sure Radek's set up was this.
Some lightweight climbing pulleys.
I don't know the specifics, I never saw his gear in action.



That reminds me - one of the hazards of dividing up gear among riders...
when Radek's bike got stuck in Moab, he had the pulleys but we had the rope.
Oh noes!






OK, Bob and Paul - hope that helps!

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Old 10-18-2013, 05:37 PM   #857
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Yep.
I'm pretty sure Radek's set up was this.
Some lightweight climbing pulleys.
I don't know the specifics, I never saw his gear in action.
OK, Bob and Paul - hope that helps!

I'll just leave this here:
http://www.mountaingear.com/webstore...htm?Ntt=pulley
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Old 10-18-2013, 06:49 PM   #858
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Happy-trails in Boise had a small alum block and tackle in their shop for sale last time I was there, don't see it on their website but if you gave them a call they could probably help
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Old 10-19-2013, 09:28 AM   #859
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Hey, guys?

Don't get too fixated on the block and tackle.
When Radek used it in Idaho (on some single track, at the KLIM rally),
it still took 4 guys to get his bike up.


Also, 60ft of Amsteel isn't going to cut it if you're using pulleys...
for 3 to 1 purchase you'll need at least 150-200 ft to be useful.
That's a lot to carry.










Anyhoo.

I have a few pics to end with...



The morning after the Rubicon, Lica decided to change his sprocket.







He had been at 16/47 and went to 16/45 for the ride home.






even more character...








Getting packed up...








Bye, Lica! We're so happy you and Radek came all the way down from BC.
It was awesome to ride with you!



Can't wait to see you again! Osooooooooo!





I was worried about him making it to BC with that JB Weld...but it was fine.








Tire pics. Roughly 1400 miles on the rear.








and about 3500 on the Rally front.








Our bike had a wonky cockpit, but was rideable.








But, Radek was stopping in the bay area for business anyway, so we threw the bike in his truck.








Time to put away the "key" to my uncle's place...



It was almost as scary getting the tree down as it was to get it up there.
But, we didn't break any windows...
And, I made sure the sliding door was locked this time.







We stopped for lunch on the way down.
I made Radek wait one last time so I could take a food photo..."smile! - on the inside"



Thanks, Radek!





Not just for the photo, not just for the ride home...
But for being there for some of our most memorable riding, ever.**
It was really great to share it with you.




(**
some of our best riding has been with Radek. 2010 canadian lunacy ride, Schofield, Pearl Pass, hell's revenge, etc.)

Gracias, Osote!
Good luck in the 24 hr race!





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Oso Loco Taco Tour - the Aftermath.






Poor Coney was exhausted.
He had had to work really hard on this ride.



I thought he did a pretty good job.
Matt's ankle (lockhart basin) was fine now and I think I was the only Oso who didn't get hurt at all.
(maybe Scott, too? He had back pain, but I don't know if that was from riding)

Could have been worse.





So, with a bent cockpit subframe, everything up front was wonky.













Here's the subframe.







Matt ordered a new subframe and now the bike is back to normal.






All better.







When Matt went to take the back wheel off, the axle was stuck.
It took a lot of work to get it out and there was red dirt caked everywhere.



Probably from sitting in that mud (near Lone Tree Crossing)




Our sprocket is looking like crap, too. I think this is after 6500 miles or so.



Matt checked our bearings and, surprisingly, they aren't bad.




He took the swingarm off and we were amazed at all the dirt that came out!






It just poured out...






I was freaking out, but then Matt said this is the first time he's done this.
So, that's not just from this ride...that's 40,000+ miles worth.
At least 3 trips to Moab, Baja, a couple to Cat Canyon, etc...




Oh. Okay then.
But I think a lot of it was from this last Oso ride. It's so red.





Here is one of the drainage holes Matt drilled in the underside of the swingarm.



It's supposed to let any water out.
But, if you're submerged in mud, I guess it lets water and dirt IN.





There was red mud everywhere!






The bike came with both pipes, but we almost immediately did the 2 into 1 tank.
Matt figured there's no reason to save one pipe.
He swapped them out and now we have the new pipe on.



Nice.





Edit - oh, yeah.
When Matt took off the back rack, we discovered the one shiny spot left on the bike...



woo!






So, as I mentioned, Lica made it back to BC with no problems.
His JB Weld held up and he didn't spill a drop of oil on the way home.




Soon afterwards, there was an excited email from Lica in the inbox,
and this photo....



Osooooooooo!
I love that he put an Oso sticker on his brand new bike!




And what a freaking awesome bike that is -



I love the orange high fender () and the orange wheels.

Nice bike, Lica!



She's a Baja (standard), but Lica gave her the S suspension. Sweet!







Beautiful, Lica. We can't wait to see her in person.







OK, guys.
That's it.

I still have to put in an index, since I can't find anything (58 pages for a 2 week ride! )
but other than that the report is ready to be buttoned up.


Done and doner.






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Old 10-19-2013, 09:36 AM   #860
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That was a wonderful RR. Once more, thank you.
You guys are a very impressive group all around.

I hope I get to meet you once I'm back in the Bay Area.

go Osos.
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Old 10-19-2013, 09:44 AM   #861
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Most Excellent Ride Report Kelly
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Old 10-19-2013, 10:49 AM   #862
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Yep, thanks for the time and effort to share with us inmates.

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Old 10-19-2013, 03:24 PM   #863
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Thank you Wans for your Wanderful ride report. Another gem.
You've probably answered this, what does Wan stand for? (Please don't let it be obvious to everyone but me...).
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Old 10-19-2013, 04:14 PM   #864
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Thank you!!!

Your ride report was AWSOME and provided me with hours and hours of smiles, inspiration, and edge of my seat excitement!
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Old 10-19-2013, 04:22 PM   #865
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Thank you Wans for your Wanderful ride report. Another gem.
You've probably answered this, what does Wan stand for? (Please don't let it be obvious to everyone but me...).
I'll maybe show my ignorance but I was always thinking it was this: One = Wan, with maybe a Jersy or Rob Reiner accent. Thus Matt is "Big One" and Kelly is "Little One". This is theme is carried out in the title Baja WanK = Baja 1K. Also there is subtle reference to Obi Wan Kenobi, and possibly a an old western reference. Of course the Wan's are sometimes willing to dip into the gutter with thier references , but I will refrain. Don't read into Adv names too much or you'll go nuts.

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Thanks for the love, you guys - I'm happy you enjoyed the report!
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You've probably answered this, what does Wan stand for? (Please don't let it be obvious to everyone but me...).
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I'll maybe show my ignorance but I was always thinking it was this: One = Wan, with maybe a Jersy or Rob Reiner accent. Thus Matt is "Big One" and Kelly is "Little One". This is theme is carried out in the title Baja WanK = Baja 1K. Also there is subtle reference to Obi Wan Kenobi, and possibly a an old western reference. Of course the Wan's are sometimes willing to dip into the gutter with thier references , but I will refrain. Don't read into Adv names too much or you'll go nuts.

David

Um. David, you're waaaaaaay over-thinking this one...
over thinking this Wan?


Hi dustyrider, I think it's only obvious to a handful of people on ADV - maybe 3 of them.




"Wan" is simply part of our last name. How boring is that??
Matt started it when he signed up as "BigWan," of course the only logical name for me was "LittleWan."
And, yes, he was thinking it sounded like "big one", here's the dictionary lady saying "Wan..."



In person, people sometimes think Matt is saying, "BigJuan"


Note that was the merriam-webster dictionary lady, not some ol' clapped out urban dictionary ho.
I don't care for any of those urban dictionary definitions.




Even the true definition of "wan" is rather unfortunate, but we do our best to counteract it.








and, as far as any reference to Obi Wan Kenobi -

well, it must have been that video!







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Old 10-19-2013, 06:15 PM   #867
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Old 10-19-2013, 08:09 PM   #868
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Even the true definition of "wan" is rather unfortunate, but we do our best to counteract it.






And I thought that was pronounced Wayne, not Wan. Need to read my dictionary more often. -David

PS: Hey check this out, I'm not totally nuts. http://dictionary.reference.com/browse/wax+and+wane
Like I said, just need to read the dictionary more often. -D
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Great Job on the Ride Report Kelly!

Great riding by all the Oso's!!!!!

Maybe our paths will all cross again somewhere on a trail!
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Old 10-19-2013, 08:56 PM   #870
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Wow! This was my first Wan report. I am going to have to go back and read the others. Outstanding writing and photography LittleWan. Thank you for all the time and effort that you put into this.

As far as the riding goes, there is no way that I can describe how impressed I am with the way the Osos ride their big bikes. I always say that I am the limiting factor when riding my 990. I had no idea how much of a limit I am. Thanks for making me feel completely inadequate.

I guess that I am going to have to start stepping up my game.
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