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  • Birthday 03/08/1976

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  1. New member in Clairemont

    Welcome to the group. That's a fine collection of big and small bikes for wide and narrow dirt paths. Keep your eyes on the informal ride section there's usually an option or two every weekend to cut your teeth in the dirt. Jon
  2. Now Planning April 19-21

    Plate not required. Sticker color is not important. Current registration and functioning spark arrestor is all that matters.
  3. Good Information for those that use their GPS.

    Here's the current list for LA and Oakland Center. Those two facilities cover most of the desert we know and love. There is a third military control center in the area but notices aren't published under their name. 04/125 - NAV GPS (NTC GPS 18-19) (INCLUDING WAAS, GBAS, AND ADS-B) MAY NOT BE AVBL WI A 271NM RADIUS CENTERED AT 352112N1163405W (HEC 339034) FL400-UNL, 222NM RADIUS AT FL250, 148NM RADIUS AT 10000FT, 117NM RADIUS AT 4000FT AGL, 92NM RADIUS AT 50FT AGL. 15 APR 07:00 2018 UNTIL 15 APR 13:00 2018. CREATED: 11 APR 22:07 2018 04/119 (A0248/18) - NAV GPS (NTTR GPS 18-06) (INCLUDING WAAS, GBAS, AND ADS-B) MAY NOT BE AVBL WI A 535NM RADIUS CENTERED AT 371957N1160221W (BTY034047) FL400-UNL, 488NM RADIUS AT FL250, 450NM RADIUS AT 10000FT, 403NM RADIUS AT 4000FT AGL, 377NM RADIUS AT 50FT AGL. 15 APR 18:30 2018 UNTIL 15 APR 23:00 2018. CREATED: 11 APR 14:39 2018 04/109 (A0245/18) - NAV GPS (NTC GPS 18-19) (INCLUDING WAAS, GBAS, AND ADS-B) MAY NOT BE AVBL WI A 271NM RADIUS CENTERED AT 352112N1163405W (HEC 339034) FL400-UNL, 222NM RADIUS AT FL250, 148NM RADIUS AT 10000FT, 117NM RADIUS AT 4000FT AGL, 92NM RADIUS AT 50FT AGL. 13 APR 07:00 2018 UNTIL 13 APR 13:00 2018. CREATED: 10 APR 16:27 2018 04/104 (A0244/18) - NAV GPS (NTC GPS 18-19) (INCLUDING WAAS, GBAS, AND ADS-B) MAY NOT BE AVBL WI A 271NM RADIUS CENTERED AT 352112N1163405W (HEC 339034) FL400-UNL, 222NM RADIUS AT FL250, 148NM RADIUS AT 10000FT, 117NM RADIUS AT 4000FT AGL, 92NM RADIUS AT 50FT AGL, 0700-1300, 1830-2230. 14 APR 07:00 2018 UNTIL 14 APR 22:30 2018. CREATED: 10 APR 15:20 2018 04/098 (A0243/18) - NAV GPS (YUMA GPS 18-01) (INCLUDING WAAS, GBAS, AND ADS-B) MAY NOT BE AVBL WI A 521NM RADIUS CENTERED AT 331239N1150204W (BLH200027) FL400-UNL, 453NM RADIUS AT FL250, 401NM RADIUS AT 10000FT, 336NM RADIUS AT 4000FT AGL, 266NM RADIUS AT 50FT AGL. 13 APR 18:30 2018 UNTIL 13 APR 22:30 2018. CREATED: 10 APR 13:05 2018 04/075 (A0238/18) - NAV GPS (NTC GPS 18-19) (INCLUDING WAAS, GBAS, AND ADS-B) MAY NOT BE AVBL WI A 271NM RADIUS CENTERED AT 352112N1163405W (HEC 339034) FL400-UNL, 222NM RADIUS AT FL250, 148NM RADIUS AT 10000FT, 117NM RADIUS AT 4000FT AGL, 92NM RADIUS AT 50FT AGL. 12 APR 18:30 2018 UNTIL 12 APR 22:30 2018. CREATED: 08 APR 20:54 2018 04/070 (A0237/18) - NAV GPS (NTC GPS 18-19) (INCLUDING WAAS, GBAS, AND ADS-B) MAY NOT BE AVBL WI A 271NM RADIUS CENTERED AT 352112N1163405W (HEC 339034) FL400-UNL, 222NM RADIUS AT FL250, 148NM RADIUS AT 10000FT, 117NM RADIUS AT 4000FT AGL, 92NM RADIUS AT 50FT AGL. 12 APR 07:00 2018 UNTIL 12 APR 13:00 2018. CREATED: 08 APR 20:53 2018 04/055 (A0235/18) - NAV GPS (NTC GPS 18-19) (INCLUDING WAAS, GBAS, AND ADS-B) MAY NOT BE AVBL WI A 271NM RADIUS CENTERED AT 352112N1163405W (HEC 339034) FL400-UNL, 222NM RADIUS AT FL250, 148NM RADIUS AT 10000FT, 117NM RADIUS AT 4000FT AGL, 92NM RADIUS AT 50FT AGL. 11 APR 18:30 2018 UNTIL 11 APR 22:30 2018. CREATED: 07 APR 19:49 2018 04/045 (A0233/18) - NAV GPS (NTC GPS 18-19) (INCLUDING WAAS, GBAS, AND ADS-B) MAY NOT BE AVBL WI A 271NM RADIUS CENTERED AT 352112N1163405W (HEC339034) FL400-UNL, 222NM RADIUS AT FL250, 148NM RADIUS AT 10000FT, 117NM RADIUS AT 4000FT AGL, 92NM RADIUS AT 50FT AGL. 10 APR 07:00 2018 UNTIL 13 APR 13:00 2018. CREATED: 06 APR 23:12 2018
  4. Now Planning April 19-21

    I tried to get my taxes wrapped up Monday and found I was missing some information. I'll probably file for an extension with California but if I have the information before Tuesday I want to get them done. Postponing the trip one week for the tax man, same plan otherwise.
  5. Good Information for those that use their GPS.

    In aviation we call those folks "Children of the Magenta". In reference to the generation of pilots that are dependent on the electronics and automation to navigate the plane. Dan, Good information to share. Many users of the GPS constellation don't know much about it or how it can be dangerous to the end user. Blindly following the routes it spits out can be one of them. And it's not just dangerous in the deserts or remote areas of the Southwest. Ask me about the time I used an early version of Waze to avoid some traffic and drove through Gangland Los Angeles. Not fun for my lily white ass in a hot rodded Mini Cooper. I was quite happy to have the extra 50 tq and 30 hp that day! I don't use Waze anymore. Now we should discuss the GPS constellation itself. Since the article Dan posted discussed the dangers of getting lost in our California deserts I would like to share some information regarding the GPS system and how it can relate to another dangerous situation. GPS system outage. The GPS system was developed by and for the Department of Defense. It was designed for an unlimited number of users to be able to benefit from it's implementation and we do. But up until the early 00s the GPS signal was intentionally degraded by the DOD to limit the accuracy of civilian sensors. They have since removed that signal and we can all experience position accuracy of a few meters whenever we like. Or, until the DOD says we like it too much and resets the Selective Availability. The US military runs a huge area of airspace and an incredible amount of land in California and Nevada. Draw a line from Palmdale to Victorville then Northeast to the Nevada border. Now another line from Mammoth Lakes to the Nevada border. Use a marker and shade in the area between your lines. That is all military airspace in the California desert. There is more in Nevada that extends well North of Reno and East into Utah. The area is a hotbed for testing, research, development and training for the military. Because of the civilian reliance on GPS the DOD is required to inform the FAA of all planned GPS system outages. Over the last few years there have been 100s and guess where they are all positioned. Good guess, over the hotbed of military airspace and land in the deserts of the Southwest. Pulling from memory here but there was one planned outage that extended on a radius of 400 miles at 35,000', but might've only been 40 or 50 miles at the surface. Most of the outages seem to be from surface jamming transmitters as the shape of the area is conical with the smallest area at the bottom but others have been inverted. As in the jamming signal is coming from space. Now imagine if you will, it's 7AM and you're about to put kickstands up on a 4 day trip into the desert. Little do you know your route is going to get nasty after the heavy rains last week and the DOD is going to shut down GPS in the area for the next 48 hours between 8AM to 5PM. Should be fun to navigate that magenta line or find a bypass for the washout in the dark. So what am I getting at? Maps and compass. Of all the crap we bring with us on adventure rides those two take up very little space and don't fail. GPS receivers fail, signal blockages occur, we plan for the unexpected by overstuffing our bags with parts, tools and gear. Sure compasses are prone to error by magnetic disturbance and you struggle to read maps, but the power of the earths magnetic field isn't going out and good maps are still usable when wet. Can your GPS say the same? Practice close to home with overland navigation and when it counts it could save your life. Maps, they cost less than that spark plug(s) you've been carrying around for 3 years and take up less space than a magazine.
  6. The next step (what moto to get)

    The YZ from that vintage was known to be a spirited race bike. You upgrading from a TW200 would likely hate it and spend a lot of time and money trying to rein in the performance of the engine. There are also a number of years that had a 4 speed gearbox. I don't know off hand if it is but my 5 speed YZ is not happy cruising above 45 mph. I say keep looking.
  7. Did I mess up? Oil change....

    One more "you're fine". Run it.
  8. Yeah, it's all sad. I remember as a kid turning on ESPN and watching all kinds of motorsports I barely knew existed. To me, NASCAR is the most boring racing league on Earth with Indy a close second. I find the most excitement watching production chassis race cars battling it out on tracks with left AND right turns.
  9. Golden Tyre 90/100-21 with Nitro-Mousse Results

    That seems to be the going rate just about everywhere I shop. RMatvmc, Americanmototire, Slavens, etc. are all right there.
  10. Golden Tyre 90/100-21 with Nitro-Mousse Results

    That thick paste does look good. Ill have to order a bucket for the next mousse. I also use electrical cable pulling lube from Lowes or Home Depot. Works great and cheap but it is water based and does dry out relatively quickly (a month or so).
  11. Now Planning April 19-21

    I understand. I've done many Friday night to Sunday afternoon trips up there. But I've been there before and you've only seen my photos. To me it IS worth it. Try to get Friday off and off you can't catch the next trip or let's try to setup a weekend trip you can.
  12. Now Planning April 19-21

    Come for the weekend. If you can drive up Friday you'll leave Sunday afternoon content and happy you made the effort.
  13. Now Planning April 19-21

    Make sure you've got a spark arrestor installed then come out and ride anyway. Or just get the OHV sticker. We'll be trail riding.
  14. The next step (what moto to get)

    I ride with a guy that has an XR250 big bore. He swapped on KTM forks and an Ohlins shock. It has a lower seat height and is very capable but as stated kick only. I've never seen him kick it more than a few times.
  15. Hard Bags

    From the map it looks like you have a stop in Lansing, MI. Do you have business in Chicago or Southern Wisconsin? If not, I would highly recommend going north from Lansing through Michigan's upper peninsula and then into Wisconsin. Probably the best scenery in all the Northern states. I've driven coast to coast 4 times and been almost everywhere in the lower 48. Be happy to offer more ideas for your routing.
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