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|Hit the 911 button on Lica's spot and waited for search and rescue||7||2.24%|
|Called Radek's cop buddy and got a TOY 4x4 extraction||15||4.79%|
|What's the problem? He rode out with one hand and no throttle - OSO!!!||68||21.73%|
|With the engineering flow chart, WD-40 and duct tape - trail repair, baby!||108||34.50%|
|Flagged down a tour jeep and put the bike in the back with some French tourists||29||9.27%|
|This is just a ploy to buy time and still act like you're working on the report, isn't it?||103||32.91%|
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|12-05-2013, 07:44 PM||#931|
Joined: Jul 2006
Location: Lone Rabbit, Oklahoma
Cool, Kelly! Loved the video.
Baggage! I trust he had a big smile on his face when he said that.
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|12-05-2013, 09:00 PM||#934|
Joined: Feb 2008
Location: Long Beach, CA
Love the report and the addition of the AMA D37 LA B to V. I heard stories during the weekend of a fast two up 990. I thought it might be some Los Osos. Glad you joined the ride this year. The video is great. Thanks for posting.
|12-05-2013, 09:21 PM||#935|
Joined: Sep 2012
Location: Willows Ca
Matt/Kelly the ride looked like fun. Some of the terrian looked really fast. Glad to see you guys went riding . Very nice belt buckle. Did you each get one?
|12-05-2013, 09:48 PM||#937|
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Joined: Oct 2006
Location: Eastern Montana
Awesome video and great riding.
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|12-07-2013, 05:18 AM||#938|
Joined: Nov 2005
Location: Spokane Valley, WA (the dry side of the mountains)
Looks like your type of ride, challenging.
Thanks for sharing.
|12-07-2013, 10:33 AM||#939|
You can do it!
Joined: Aug 2009
Location: SF bay area
Thanks for the nice comments, you guys - glad you enjoyed that!
Lica - I will get Wendell’s info to you. He’s perfect for the Osos.
haha - yes, dickie - he always said “Baggage” with a smile
Osito - I think 1 belt buckle is enough. We can share.
If I had my own, I would hurt Matt even more when I crash-land on him.
RAZR - nice meeting you, too
LAB2V - the aftermath
Sunday, December 1
I had been concerned about the holiday traffic from Vegas to LA.
It’s supposed to be brutal.
The reservation desk said it would only be $39 for a second night, so I booked it.
The next morning, I felt like I had been hit by a truck.
And, from the sound of it,... Matt felt even worse.
We really could have done without that highside.
Most of my problems were just sore muscles and bruises,
but Matt was really feeling his ribs and knee.
Maybe we are getting too old for this!
The bike wasn’t doing so well, either.
It had been cutting out on Day 2 and kept dying.
Things got worse and worse and by the end, the bike was barely running.
We were relieved to make it through the finish line.
But, the bike work could wait. Refueling came first -
We started the day with a typical Casino brunch/buffet.
While we were there, we ran into the nice guys from Red Rock.
They had been so stoked to see the 9x0s on the course, doing the hard ways!
The Aussie said that they have the 1190 in Oz, and have been testing it offroad,
but it’s just not as good as the 9x0.
Sad to hear it.
I don’t know what we’re going to do when our bike dies...
I hope whoever is "holding" our next 990 for us is taking good care of it.
Keeping it shiny and clean in their garage...
Most people had parked their bikes in the back lot,
but we had found a nice spot up front.
Wendell and Matt had made a Harley sandwich...
Got some new scratches on this ride.
I think we’re the ugliest Oso now...
Hmm. I think that dent is bigger, too.
It’s almost time for a new BlackDog skid plate...
In order to get back to Palmdale, Matt needed to figure out what was wrong with the bike.
He’s had problems with this connector before.
If it gets loose the bike will start cutting out.
The symptoms get worse and worse and the bike eventually dies.
Matt took a look and made sure it was snug.
Or, maybe it was the air cleaner.
he pulled it.
He also did the 15 minute idle reset.
Not sure which one of them did the trick (maybe all 3?)
But the bike was running a lot better now.
Good enough to get back to Palmdale.
We said goodbye to Wendell.
He was going to meet some friends and ride in the dunes for a while.
He invited us to come with him - he said I could drive the RZR side by side.
But, we needed to get back home. Thanks, for the offer!
heh, Wendell made the first steps towards Oso-dom...
He taco’d up his rims riding with us.
Got his first dents!
Nice meeting you, Wendell!
We’ll get you in touch with Lica...
After a long, cold, boring slab ride - we made it back to Palmdale.
As soon as we had hit the dirt on Day 1,
Matt asked me, “Did I lock the truck?”
We assumed that he did, but neither one of us could actually remember.
We spent the weekend with that nagging thought in the back of our minds...
so when we got to Palmdale Supercycles and the truck was still there,
we were pretty happy.
It had been really great having a new 908 for this ride.
I had seen a thread in Orange Crush and we were able to pick up some 908s for $149 apiece.
I guess it was some kind of clerical error, but at least we got 3.
The tire got worked. 400 miles offroad, then slab from Vegas to Palmdale.
Got a little rock massage, too.
One fork seal blew out completely and the other one is starting to leak.
Matt has some work to do...
But it was totally worth it.
We don't have any pics of ourselves from the ride, but I stole this photo off the LAB2V facebook page.
Thanks for reading, you guys!
|12-07-2013, 02:10 PM||#940|
Joined: Jan 2007
Location: Now serving just Snohomish County
Nice! Cool video.
At the beginning of the 2nd day, I was thinking it was like you were stuck in a desert off road commute while Matt was picking his way thru all the slower riders.
You guys were flat trucking on the straight runs! I bet a lot of other riders were wondering what just went by them after you passed.
I like that "What is the problem?" after working your way thru all the little bikes in the snowy ravine.
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|12-07-2013, 06:41 PM||#942|
Joined: Sep 2009
Location: Magalia, CA./ Butte & Siskiyou C.
I have to agree with Hanksmybuddy on the crowd issue, not really for me but looks like you guys had a blast. I also have to agree that for a lot of those riders, it had to be a humbling moment to get passed by you guys doing it two up.
No, I don't know where that road goes, let's find out!
|12-07-2013, 06:53 PM||#943|
dirt is just better
Joined: May 2009
Even when you don't plan on doing a ride report you do a great ride report. Thanks, Kelly.
Ps. It must be nice to have your own personal crash barrier.
Leave tracks, take photos, mind the gate.
|12-07-2013, 08:58 PM||#945|
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Joined: Sep 2008
Location: Greater SLC
Dude....I can't even watch the video of the sand sections without getting butterflies in my gut.....yikes!
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