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Old 01-22-2014, 11:27 AM   #1066
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Another hint about tools, tool tubes, and tool bags. Make sure you put everything back in order and buttoned up before moving on. On our first shake-down ride last year one of the guys in our group of three lost a few tools. Lucky for us, it was a short ride and we found the tools as we were restarting our short loop.


Unfortunately
They did not learn their lesson and he has since donated that same toolbag to some unknown lucky individual
Make sure you have a back up plan for when your brain fails you

Since a picture is sometimes worth a thousand words
I'll post some pictures of some easy remedies to prevent lost items next time I get a day off
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Old 01-22-2014, 11:58 AM   #1067
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Stuff happens. Stuff happens in Death Valley and you are miles away from anything. I've pretty lucky to have only had minor failures.
Found out that miles of high speed wash-board in Saline Valley will
break tabs and brackets. Broke the rear tab on the exhaust-welded that up with a reinforcement. Headlight brackets crumbled-replaced with beefier ones. No broken levers, yet. Running bark busters but carry a spare lever and perch. Last time out, bike was not ridden for about a month prior to the event. Picked up some condensation in the gas tank and it fouled the main jet. That never happened before. Cleared it by draining the float bowl.

What did you break last time out to Death Valley? How did you fix/cope with it?
It wasn't my last time out in DV, but it was definitely my most memorable day (and night) there.

Link to "Let No Good Deed Go Unpunished".

Lessons learned from that ride:
  • Tubeless does not mean flatless, and doesn't mean you shouldn't carry a spare tube; especially with cast rims.
  • Everybody should carry their own spare tubes. Swapping in a known good tube is a lot faster and more efficient than trying to patch a tube trailside; especially if its dark, or cold, or you have butyl tubes.
  • Its more fun to patch the flat tube back in the comfort of camp with a beer by your side, and lots of inmates around criticizing your technique.
Looking forward to new adventures in March.
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Old 01-22-2014, 12:48 PM   #1068
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Death Make sure you take good care of your bike, make sure you have a good and complete toolbox (even if you don't know how to use them, one of your fellow riders would).
Best part of this event is NO NOOBS LEFT BEHIND. If you have a problem on the trail, you will always have help. This is one of the best organized off-road events in the West, thanks to Joel. And this year it is even better with HAM radio repeaters, radios, satellite phones, etc. And dont forget your SPOT tracker. Some one can always watch you.
There is an other story with SPOT but I'll let someone else tell it.
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Old 01-22-2014, 03:54 PM   #1069
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OK Noobs
Who's planning on going early
Wednesday ?
Thursday ?

be there mid day wed
2 more that night late
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Old 01-22-2014, 04:09 PM   #1070
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My friend and I will be riding out early Monday on the mighty XT225s.
so you should be there by Thursday then
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Old 01-22-2014, 05:46 PM   #1071
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Go check your spare tube that has been stored on your bike since before you bought your bike. Replace it. Nothing better than getting into your tire repair and realizing your spare tube has more holes in it than the flat tube in your tire.
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Old 01-22-2014, 05:47 PM   #1072
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Cry I'm Out

Unfortunately I will have to withdraw from the event. I have a tear in the Labrum on my right shoulder. Looking at surgery and a long recovery. Hope to see you guys in 2015.

121. Doug - elifino - RV3 - D0 - WR250R - (#5)
122. Ann - elifino guest #1 - CP - D0 - URAL Gobi driver (#5)
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Old 01-22-2014, 06:06 PM   #1073
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damado loves the noobs

more good stuff...

david (damado) is donating one ktm tank bag. half of the participants will want this.....

don't worry, if kool aid is not your favorite drink, you could always blacken out the tla.



dave is also donating a front tire that came as original equipment on his baja 990. less than 100 miles.




dvnr vets...thanks for the valuable tips and keep them coming. believe it or not...they are all true stories....
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Old 01-22-2014, 06:10 PM   #1074
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Unfortunately I will have to withdraw from the event. I have a tear in the Labrum on my right shoulder. Looking at surgery and a long recovery. Hope to see you guys in 2015.

121. Doug - elifino - RV3 - D0 - WR250R - (#5)
122. Ann - elifino guest #1 - CP - D0 - URAL Gobi driver (#5)

sorry doug about your injury. good luck on the surgery and heal quickly.

don't worry about the rally. there's always the 2015, but you could get a couple of the 2014 tees and you're just like there in spirit.
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Old 01-22-2014, 06:31 PM   #1075
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sorry doug about your injury. good luck on the surgery and heal quickly.

don't worry about the rally. there's always the 2015, but you could get a couple of the 2014 tees and you're just like there in spirit.

Hey Joel,
Very interested in tees, let me know how to pay for them. Would need a Large and a 2X. Thanks.
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Old 01-22-2014, 06:35 PM   #1076
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Hey Joel,
Very interested in tees, let me know how to pay for them. Would need a Large and a 2X. Thanks.
How to order: http://advrider.com/forums/showpost....3&postcount=12
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Old 01-22-2014, 06:37 PM   #1077
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Swag aside, the Noobs Rally is a great event for you new riders to get out there into the good stuff and see what's what.

I'm sorry I won't be able to make it this year, Joel. You are my personal god daddy of ADV and we all thank you for your contributions to the community!!!! NSFW is safe to follow on the trail. Just make sure there's more than one person who knows where you're going!!!! I wish I had an emoticon option on tapatalk because I would be ducking behind a brick wall right now. Death Valley rules! Have fun guys.

hey aram, thanks for the good words. how can i not love the nooobs....

they make me look good and feel fast.....

no kidding, if you follow me and we got lost....you will also be out of gas...


luckily, there's always a good samaritan out there
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Old 01-22-2014, 06:42 PM   #1078
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Hey Joel,
Very interested in tees, let me know how to pay for them. Would need a Large and a 2X. Thanks.
fantastic! thanks for the support.

i will pay for the shirts and will mail it to you.

and you'll notice your refund will be minus the tees and DRs.....

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chris, thanks and please take elf's order, i will paypal you...promise..


yes folks, get your tees and don't wait for the last moment. that's one design that identifies us we're from cal or been to dvnr.
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Old 01-22-2014, 07:17 PM   #1079
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One of the more facinating reads I've come across. This all happened right off the Mengal Pass route.

http://www.otherhand.org/home-page/s...alley-germans/
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Old 01-22-2014, 08:07 PM   #1080
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Survival Story, Fun Facts

I'm not sure if this is the same one, but here's a story about getting lost and stranded in Death Valley:
http://www.rd.com/true-stories/survi...-death-valley/





Here's a site about hiking to the lost city of Panamint up through Surpise Canyon which is just north of Ballarat in Panamint Valley:
http://www.panamintcity.com/backpack...ckpacking.html



Wiki on Panamint City: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/File:Pa...California.gif


Some interesting statistics...
My numbers might be a bit off, but in gerneral...
Death Valley Park encompases about four million acres. The surrounding areas of Panamint Valley, Saline Valley, and the area north of DV total approximately 8 million acres. You cannot see it all over a weekend trip.
Elevations range from below sea level at Badwater to over 9,000' over the Panamint and White Mountain mountain ranges.
Temperatures range from below freezing to well over 130 degrees through all the seasons, and is the hottest place on earth.

Distinations worth googling include Darwin, Rhyolite, Ballerat, Chloride City, Scotty's Castle, Wildrose Kilns, Badwater Basin, Dante's View, Saline Valley.

Wiki on DV: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Death_valley

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