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MacDuncan

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    El Cajon
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    Adventure and Enduro motorcycling, tour and rock garden kayaking, hiking, mtn. and road bicycling, backpacking...
  1. Hey Zubb, well done, Looks like a good outing and an adventurous group to choose oriflamme over Blaire or other on those big bikes. That sand before the rocks had to be fun too Did you already post how your new bike differs from the old one and why you didn't drop down to an f800 for your big bike new to you choice?
  2. Had a yearning for the river, Ca side. Our quick trip had a some goals: *warm desert riding, *exploring new to us terrain, *finding some signs of the mysterious Hyduke road, * Seeing Valley of the names, *riding to Lake Ferguson, having a beer at Picacho dock, * sipping a cold one after a nice ride by a desert campfire, * Looping Picacho Peak, *no biffs or naps - yea right - haha, and thanks to dstss- ride the slot. Loaded the truck and trailer early Monday afternoon, and zipped over to a bud's house to load his gear/bike and then beat the eastward traffic out of town. Another reason for the rush was that the weather report stated High Winds over the local mountains in the evening. I try to avoid those when I can. We made good time and it wasn't too windy until we passed McCain Valley. Then the winds started howling. A cautious drop to the the desert floor where the wind was wicked fast.... But nice... straight from the west, and the windmills in Ocotillo were going full speed... but a tail wind was so nice that I barely used the gas pedal and let the wind push the truck and cargo trailer faster than it might normally have gone :). Around Gordon's Well, the winds turned to a breeze and it was again icing on the cake as we had hoped to ride Monday evening and didn't want to get pelted. A smooth sail into Senator's Wash, where one might normally find hundreds of folks, but the season closed a day earlier and we were the only the second ones there with hundreds of campsites to choose from. We took the prime spot with a view of the Wash. Great for evening lounging and morning coffee: We rushed to potentially avoid riding in new terrain at night and dressed quickly to set our sights on reaching Ferguson Lake before sunset. We stopped to take a pic from the overlook. Super nice, and a great view of Martinez and Fischer's too (I think): A nice loop and then a little organization to prepare dinner and a campfire....... Yet, as I looked over my shoulder, I saw a dust storm approaching from the north, it was a little breezy at the time, but this wall of dirt seemed to be headed our way, dang! It looked like one of those Sahara Desert Hollywood scenes, so we quickly secured all things and in about 2-3 minutes later, the wind hit us with 20 - 30 mile per hour gusts of dust. No options at this point, so we brought the campfire inside and let the winds howl until about 5 am: (It wouldn't have been a good night to have been tent camping!) In the morning, we decided to drive the entire rig closer to our destination goals for the day so we could save gas and wear and tear on the bikes from the commute that wasn't part of our goals, so we headed over to Picacho road and went a couple miles on dirt up to the Massive Power lines. I had seen rigs parked there before and it was also convenient that the parking was right along the main road, seemed a bit safer, and the Power lines are within about a hundred yards from the Y that lets one choose the Valley of the names instead of Picacho road. We loaded up and headed out. I had heard of the Valley of the Names before and had assumed that some folks had taken some rocks and spelled out names of family or friends that were sentimental to them.... But WOW, I had never thought it would be that impressive. There were likely hundreds, if not thousands, of well taken care of, as in no sign of vandalism or disrespect, names along a fairly long stretch of road. It was like riding through a memorial. We rode slow and were appreciative of the opportunity. If you look closely (zoom) this non-descript pic shows just a very small sampling of the area: Very nice, we wandered out the north and found a super nice road that I had hoped was Hyduke road, but hell, who knows, I will find out some day We finally found our way back to Picacho road and then followed dstss's tour guide suggestion to turn away from out intended destination to see if we could find the slot canyon. We did, so nice! Thanks again dstss. After riding the slot, we again found a nice road out of the slot and zipped to the river at Picacho. It was such a nice ride and it is always a treat to pull up to the river from being in the hot dry rocky terrain and seeing massive amounts of water. We treated ourselves to lunch and a cold one: As is often the case, it is always best to visit Taylor Lake when in the Picacho area as the views are so very nice. I have kayaked back and forth from here to Picacho many times. If you ever get a chance, do so! Hmmm, seems like I have this same pic many times... but still like it: Our next goal was to find roads near the Picacho Peak, I have never hiked that area yet, but have always wanted to. This time, we would simply see how close we might get to the peak on bikes. The terrain in the area can be quite challenging for this casual rider, so although we might want to test the limits of our abilities, this would be a bad place to biff bad or to have an unwarranted mechanical. We both took a nap, but our safety gear had made it a non-descript experience.... except for our increased alertness to avoid dropping into a canyon that could be very hard to get out of! Some road choices were far more challenging than others. We took one road that looked very promising, but right when we got up to the top of what we could see, while hitting the throttle pretty hard to navigate the climb, spooky... there was an immediate 80 foot drop off on the side that we thought we would be riding.... so glad we stopped to take a peek first: From here, we rode really nice undulating roads for quite awhile, so very nice, as my confidence came back after my biff and I began to let it roll. I could wander out there a bunch. If you get a chance to ride further east than Borrego, it is well worth it! I may try to post a top-down overview of the loop later. A great trip, and a tailwind on the way home too - oh my , and was only gone from the house less than 30 Hours! Cheers.
  3. Got it, thanks again. I might see if there is any way to get from Ferguson to Picacho more directly, but doesn't look like it. I was intending to visit valley of the names, off of Barney oldfield. I had posted that I wanted to do it last visit but the ride got too long. However, kinda funny how there is so little posted about hyduke (on maps). I looked on google earth, but wasn't quite sure. I will try to get my hands on a BLM map, or.... simply wander around and look for it ..... Since I do not really have an agenda except to be in the desert, ride my bike, see new lands, followed by a campfire and a cold one at night, and a coffee in the morning, ride again. A Picacho BDR - haha.
  4. Thanks again dstss. I just got back from Quebec city, been there 9 days. Gosh Darn cold there (snow boots and down jackets all day). Consequently, I sure could use a so cal desert fix. I think I will load the bike tomorrow after work, head east, take a couple days off, and find Hyduke Mine road Tuesday morn (never been there) from senators or martinez or gold rock rv. Then maybe a wander around Picacho, and the next day to Lake Ferguson. If you have any tracks or know of other exploration roads in the area, post or PM. Thanks. Cheers
  5. Birthdays and The Kug

    Wishing you the best Kug, HBD, hope to ride with you again soon. Cheers.
  6. If you lived in Idyllwild....

    Rexx, I have a 2008 stock DRZ. Before I went to higher mountains, I did a bunch of research on high altitude riding and learned about all I could do to prep for the changes in altitude. I didn't do any of it, and proceeded to do the BDR colorado and some high mountain areas in Utah. One reason is that when doing exploring like I was doing, there are many times you roam at 4,000 - 7,000 feet, and only go over 11,000 foot passes for about an hour or two. Playing with a carb for those couple hours wasn't worth it to me since I was just sightseeing. There was a loss of power at high altitude, but not so much that I couldn't cruise along on jeep roads just fine. The only time I was a bit discouraged was when I went deep into the woods navigating technical stuff in first gear and wanted more low end power going over logs and through snowy muddy terrain. For me, a bit of loss of power on a machine that I specifically use only for casual touring and cruising was no big deal, and since 90 % of all of my riding on that machine in a year is in the local san diego mountains and deserts (0 - 6, 000 feet), playing with the carb wasn't worth it. That bike is known and trusted to work well most anywhere. When you get one, just ride it stock until you can get it moving around pretty good at any altitude, and then decide if you want to play with the carb, mod the box, or even switch to a different bike to meet your newly discovered needs. Cheers.
  7. The next step (what moto to get)

    You may find that many of the folks here will direct you Suspension 101 as you buy a bike and consider having it lowered for a more custom fit (I would direct you that way too). When I bought my DRZ, it was too low because of previous owner. I actually had to remove lowering links and return bike to standard, heck, he may still have the links he removed to sell at a fair used price. I think we met at the dash, parked nose to the road, next to each other (?). I enjoy my DRZ, enough to have kept it for occasional rides even though I have another bike that is more dirt orientated, as it is so versatile, but could consider letting it go, but a bit more than 3, if your search stalls (pm as needed). Cheers.
  8. Thanks fellas. To Oracle, the ogilby to picacho route through Indian Pass has a tale of 3 stories. From Ogilby to the actual pass, (about the midway point from asphalt to river, ~ 6 miles) I would zip on my weestrom and be happy as heck on hard packed road (in fact, I would highly recommend to all off-road big bikes that when riding in the area, ride out to the pass and back. I could also do the rocky chopped up section going down from the pass (for about quarter mile, a lot of cool color and natural beauty there). Then for the next ~6 miles to the river, and the next 7-8 miles south to picacho, the wash and road along the river has variant levels of grainy soft sand that would be quite unpleasant for me on my loaded weestrom on 705's (tires). Some of it has small sections of firmness, so I could do it, but the fun would be gone and it would be a gritty grindy adventure for me on that bike, that would likely include 7-8 naps. I have thought about it many times, but haven't done it on a weestrom (my DRZ liked it, the orange bike considers it normal travel terrain). Back to the point, yes, you could do it . If you would ride your big bike on fish creek, diablo, tapiado, etc... you should be ok knowing it could be a pain at times in the soft stuff. The sand has more grit there, so that helps a bit, but if you get half way and get exhausted, that would be a longggggg 6 miles to get out. I will let the Big Bike riders who have done it chime in as to the actual level of difficulty, of course, the big bike model & make will have a lot to do with it. Maybe the Vey's Klim moto camp out riders rode the north route out of Picacho???? And soon, the 700 tenere's will be zipping through there in their white boots - haha. Cheers
  9. Wanted to do it, Did it From earlier post - a proposed ROUTE: Lake martinez, up red cloud, to cibola, cross river, to palo verde, through old palo verde road, might go to see radio towers in remote area, then down to Indian Pass, back-way into picacho, a celebratory brew on picnic tables , down picacho road, play a little on side roads, maybe out to "Rock Faces?" then cut across to Ferguson, then back to Senators, Senator's Wash to Hidden shores, to Martinez. Monday morn after overnight in martinez. Could stay Night after ride, even head to other riding locations after loop on following days. This 60 year old likes to keep moving, but nothing too fast or technical for this newb on a 07 525. Will have- Ham radio and Delorme and GPS. Will have, as all others should too- tools, tubes, cold and hot gear, munchies, water, (extra Gas?). cheers. Last Sunday, March 4, I loaded the trailer and gear in truck, with coolers, camping gear, etc... ate breakfast, and got all excited to be heading out when.... I turned the key and the battery was dead. Well, better at home than in the wilderness. No warning signs. I drove down to auto parts store in car, got a new battery, and headed home. I took out the battery and parked the car when all of a sudden, a big clunk, and the car window wouldn't go up. Hmmm, should I go ride??? Still yes. I moved stuff in garage to leave car in garage since window was broken down, and installed battery in the truck, and drove east. I met some buddies at McCain and had a glorious ride. A bit cold at first, but dirt was nice after the rain. The classic, I like my bike pic - haha. We finished the ride and started the BBQ, and ate (elk, salmon, tuna, beef) surf and turf burritos at the oak tree tables. Very nice. Then, left McCain and drove to Lake Martinez. A nice $5 a night camping spot, started a fire, a couple cold ones, and another snack. All good. A warming morning fire, coffee, breakfast, and packed up the bikes around 9:30 am, just 2 of us, and headed north on Red Cloud. The river views were so nice in the cool morning air. Heading north, the track was quite wash-boarded, and there seemed to be a significant increase in rzr tracks, but only saw a couple jeeps not far from Matrtinez. The washes were dry, so the ride was nice, however, as went tried to transition to Cibola road, there were many new fences. We wandered casually for awhile in some very rough terrain as we tried hard to avoid the nature conservancy. There may also be some terrain wars going on up there as we saw a very disturbing rut purposefully dug out in one of the roads. Right across the entire road on a ridge, a backhoe looks to have dug a 5 foot deep and 5 foot wide crevasse. That is very very dangerous and should be outlawed. If a bike or rzr was even moving briskly, a skid would likely still end in a drop in. We tried to gather big branches, but it seemed to hide the ditch when we did so, so we left it open. Basically, if you know anybody going up there, be super careful as you approach the old mine before cibola road. We finally navigated the rough terrain and found the major road to head north, we set our sights on Palo Verde to have lunch and get gas. Although a bit knackered at that point, we were thinking we were about half way at 60 ish miles (that also included a crazy search about for the road we needed to find earlier). As we left Palo Verde, I took the advise given to me from my earlier post (thank you) to avoid asphalt and take the old Palo Verde road through the mountains. We almost missed it because you actually have to turn into the Palo Verde Dump road, that has locked gates, but for only about 10 feet, then you can see the branch off to head through the peaks and valleys. A super nice road that drops you out at Milipitas, but we went right across to avoid the paved hiway, and were very delighted to find the dirt hiway that headed south which allowed 50 to 65 mph rates through the open desert of groomed dirt. I like that We zipped south and were treated to the pleasant surprise that just as I began to think that I should keep my eyes open for a way to find Ogilby, the dirt hiway stopped at the intersection of ogilby and 78. Nice. We zipped down to Indian Pass and flew up to the pass and then dropped down into the wash. That area is worth riding just for the colors and mountain ridge contrast. Great stuff! We then wandered over to Taylor lake and had a couple cold ones looking over the river. Spectacular views from there, but still had the wind vest on as the chill was more evident at speed. I was knackered there as the washes keep this newbie alert while trying to avoid all sleeper rocks trying to put me down. If you wondered what that round thing was on the back of the bike.... that was the keg - haha. I had filled the fifty/fifty in PaloVerde, and the liquid was nice and cold near Picacho - Cheers! We headed down to Picacho proper to get the classic pic from the picnic tables at the doc, it is so dang nice there with the river zipping by!! The sun was getting lower on the horizon and we didn't want to miss the gate getting locked at Hidden Shores, and we didn't want to ride at night. So we made great time at we zipped south from Picacho, turned east under the big power lines a few miles before the canal, turned at the end towards the canal, followed the canal east to the end, and turned to the asphalt road just before senators wash campground turnout,........................ then ran out of gas..... shocked, what??? but yep, we had gone about 100 miles since Palo Verde and I don't recall riding much without the throttle fully open, so a silly mistake not being attentive to that. So we took 2 of the 4 MSR bottles out of my saddle bags to gas up. We entered Hidden Shores a bit more cautiously, and rode the hills back to Martinez. Sunset was a couple miles before our return. Good timing for a ~ 9 hr. and ~175 mile loop. Another campout back at the truck, a warm fire, cold ones, and a good sleep. Until next time. Cheers. k
  10. A good wander on some new routes, and enjoying some past favorites, is calling.
  11. Happy Birthday youngster Mikey, cheers. Happy Birthday, WC Happy Birthday Zubb, (no Bd posted??, should we guess by hair color?) haha, No big pig to ride Monday, I heard you from the back of the room, but don't have the right toy!
  12. FMF "turndown?"

    Thanks guys, Since I always use a metal bowl under my rolling chair, to collect all the pieces and parts I remove during a bike task. When I dropped the spark arrestor in my bowl, it bounced out, and I remember thinking, that was strange. So yes, likely the spark arrestor is stainless steel, so I grabbed a magnet this afternoon, and there was no sticking to the turndown or the endcap as well. So, Wildwood, good call. I may PM you again since Justin seems to mostly work on mild steel (like his nomadic racks). Spaugh, thanks, but can I assume that you know that if I do drill out the rivits, and dive inside, that I might find some part of the turndown inside the muffler that is mild steel to steel, and therefore, more easily weld-able? Anybody use JBweld in a situation like this (jb says to use only on areas less than 450 degrees. Any thoughts as to whether the end of an endcap qualifies? Thanks
  13. FMF "turndown?"

    Learning all the time, mostly from SDAR moto folks. FMF no longer makes a muffler for my 2007 bike. An attempt to fix is the next step since the high heat gasket maker red bonding attempt only lasted a couple months. Apparently, in interior piece called a turndown has come loose. I do not know whats inside so I do not know where it became unattached. FMF rep strongly thinks that a previous owner repacked incorrectly and broke it. Consequently, the end of the spark arrestor vibrates in and out of the muffler up to 5/8 of an inch. Doesn't seem to be a big deal, have ridden it like that for awhile, but it would be nice to fix if possible. Maybe a more serious Bonding agent? Maybe a repack, and while in there, a small tack weld inside? or a tiny tack weld from the back with spark arrestor out? But, titanium is the name of the muffler, so is it actually titanium, and can it be welded easily? I would need to slide the spark arrestor in still after the weld so there isn't much room to have a bubble in the weld that restricts the insertion of the spark arrestor. I attached a pic with the spark arrestor out, and pliers holding the part apparently called a "turndown" that slides in and out a bit somewhat randomly. The pic shows where the spark arrestor screws in with a small allen bolt, not to the exterior of the muffler, but to the turndown. Any thoughts? Thanks.
  14. CID Birthday?

    Happy Birthday CID, looking at the list of bikes you have, it is about time you buy another!! Cheers
  15. Jump starter

    CV, I carry the Pod x1 on occasion. When I rode remote and solo on a drz (no kick start), I worried about being down in a ravine (or soft sand) without a bump start option, so I carried it more in those times. However, although I haven't used it on my machines, I have used it many times for my friends and others, mostly at gas stations jumping machines for others when their dead battery at the gas pump has them looking for answers. I regularly get the funniest strange looks when I pull out a mobile phone looking device as the solution, as they say, "Yea, right", until I easily jump their big fully dressed harley, or their Ford f250, or any other vehicle. If you get the multi charger, it has been a great help to quickly charge a dead mobile phone out on the trails as well (especially if you are out in borrego and forgot to put phone on airplane mode, as it can be charging in your bag as you ride , maybe not recommended ). Many others may add on other devices to this post to answer your question, and if it is a positive review, all should be great, as the tech has greatly improved over recent years. It is worth having at least one amongst a group ride, and likely a good idea when solo, not only for bike battery, but phone in emergencies, and other navigation/communication devices. cheers.
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