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  1. MacDuncan

    CABDR 2021

    Glad to hear you did well Goofy, and had a safe return given the conditions! Way to go for it!
  2. I had a couple days to spare and noticed that Death Valley wasn't yet scorching hot. Sure, some wind and some mid 90's, but that sounded ok, especially since I tried to go in March and didn't make it. Royboyz was zipping by then, and this time, I might get to see Goofy fly by. I called a few buds, but had already planned to go solo if need be, but luckily, one fella was ready to explore at a moments notice. Plans were to drive separate, leave by 11 am Sunday, meet at Panamint Springs in the afternoon, and get a ride in before sunset. Then Beer -Fire- lounge. Monday morning plan was to zip up the 190 to saline valley, turn up and over Hunter mountain to teakettle, then the racetrack, lippincott, and home to Panamint. Beer -Fire- lounge. Tuesday morn would be to drive trucks to Titus canyon entry and ride the canyon and then go to the top of Chloride cliff overlook, and then cruise home. Got Home at 10:30 pm Tuesday night. zip- zam-zoom. This report will be old news for the experienced SDAR riders, but should help some folks who haven't gone yet target a spectacular place to ride.... Cruised by Darwin Falls Sunday eve after picking our spot in Panamint Springs, but didn't hike back to the oasis, but did cruise half way to Darwin town, with a different oasis about halfway there, and stopped off at the mine atop the Falls. Super nice way to start the riding! Beautiful Big Country! The next morning we headed out for a loop. Guess where we were going today? Warm weather and nice ride up the windy asphalt to Saline Valley: A nice smooth ride over broken asphalt that casually winds through the high country, and shocking that I needed to put on a jacket as the temp was about 15+ degree cooler up at that higher altitude. Beautiful Joshua tree valleys and a tight volcanic canyon that eventually put you in pinyon forests just as you turn to go up Hunter mountain. Great views to the south of the sand dunes and Panamint valley: "Hey, that's our campsite down there" Hunter mountain was much nicer than I expected, as it was beautiful cool weather and if you looked to the north east you could see the Sierra's snow capped ridge. After riding atop the mountain, the decent was nice as we entered more open valleys, it was fantastic: It was like floating on air as we cruised down to the valley floor. smoooooth varoom !! At some point, I was thinking that we were only a couple/few miles from TeaKettle Junction. Then I did the silly thing of opening it up a bit, even day-dreaming a bit- casually riding a bit....... and thinking that I had read sometime in the last year that Hunter Mountain had some tricky sand..... heck, I saw some sand back up there, and no big, and I saw some dirt that looked it would be mushy and slippery if wet... but we just rode between the jeep foot deep trenches that were concrete dry...... So I opened it up a bit more.... all good.... Until-..... What the heck, in a moments notice, my front tire was spraying a V through some very strange material like the bow of a boat pushes water aside.....and my bike began to float as if on ice. I had better slow down... and I did, but was still unable to control the drift with both axles deep in this rubbish .... and ba-boom, front tire slipped away. My buddy saw me enter the sci-fi dirt and saw dust spray away to the left and right...... and then a big 15 foot high explosion of dust..... The stuff was like talcum powder, and thank goodness, when I landed, it was like a big pillow.... But I looked like a marshmallow of dust - haha. That rubbish of powder was every where. I was a 1/4 inch deep inside my googles, my dash board and GPS were almost unable to find, it was inside my helmet, my boots, and my pants.... Damn! Oh, so maybe that was the sand people talked about.... haha. All good, the Tea Kettle survived! The landing spot was nice, best landing spot I ever had in regard to density of rock and dirt! Just off to the right behind rear tire. If you look at the pic above you can see that someone tried to make another road to parallel this one, and it was a little bit better. Next time, slower, and even some duck waddle if necessary as I do not want to nap there again! Next.... On to TeaKettle, to deliver my teakettle, and to pound out some clothing and find some way to remove the talc powder from hell from everything, dang, wiping it didn't even remove it all and I still couldn't read the GPS, not that I really needed it, but... .And Iwanted to move some dust from gas cap.... etc... So, although a bit embarrassing, I used my hydration pak water to mouth spray screen to clear the GPS view... and dashboard.... yep, a funny way to wash the bike in the wilderness... what a newb! : Next, the race track, super cool, except the numb nuts who do not treat it respectfully. Pretty impressive place and nice to see. Not far from teakettle junction. Pic doesn't show the spectacular water mirage across the expansive basin, but still a super cool place to see. Next, Lippincott to Saline Valley road. Lippincott was quite easy, but that comfort may have been also due to having the perfect bike for a quick trip down to the valley floor: We had hoped for a shady spot, and should have stopped at the cabins at the top of Lippincott, but by the time we reached Saline Valley road, we decided to have a bite anyway: (the rock pile behind me is the Lippincott indicator if going up instead of down) A nice ride up the valley and then a return trip back along the morning's route. Except, a quick stop at Crowley's viewpoint. I read that if you get on the dirt and head east for a bit right out of the viewpoint there is a nice overlook away from the crowds. There was one, and it was nice: Next, food, SHOWER, make sure the bike was all good for the next day's adventure, Beer, BBQ - Lounge: The next morning we drove trucks to the Trailhead and parked 20 feet from the hiway. And away we went to the canyon: The views just getting to the canyon were very nice!! This pic doesn't capture the beauty of the different tones of green and red and purple minerals that pop-out while riding! There are 3 very Large big horned sheep in this pic, but it will be like finding Waldo for you , but for the riders, it was nice to see such large majestic animals roaming through the rough terrain: At first when we entered the actual Titus canyon I was a bit underwhelmed as I may have been spoiled by Fish Creek and the Mud caves, etc... But towards the end of the canyon, the walls got higher and steeper and the road became more narrow, so it truly became appreciated as a wonderful sight to see! and and Upon leaving the canyon, I found myself at the road below the 3 mile drive from the mouth of the canyon alone. Hmmm, we had used the radios as such a wonderful way to keep track of all things to discuss while traveling at 50 mph in the dirt... like, jeep approaching, deep rut, tight corner, etc... as much of the time due to dust, one rider was a few hundred yards behind the other...... but there was that one time I tried smoke (dust) signals instead - haha. Well, I radioed my bud over and over.... and just as I was about to begin backtracking... with some difficulty since the canyon is one-way, my buddy was headed my way. Apparently, he forgot to attach the helmet kit wires and they came up missing. He walked back up into the canyon, but couldn't find anything.... by the way, hikers and bicyclists do walk up the canyon, so be careful not to zip zam too much. We went without communication as we headed to the Chloride cliff turn out.... There, we had a short snack break and checked out bikes and gear. Oh, there you are...... We had the cables with us all along wrapped around the axle for safe keeping! It was a fantastic ride up to the cliff overlook, with some mines and other historical info along the way: As we reached the top, the wind was howling and there was a chill in the air, but the views were spectacular as we looked over Badwater. Heck, that would have been a fantastic place to camp overnight (not sure if you can??) if wandering through on an adventure bike! From there, we ventured east from the 3-way intersection of Chloride road (still out in the dirt) and took a trip where we had no idea if it would work out.... but we still had a full rotopax, so some undirected wandering was calling us out to explore..... we found random turns and twists and came out not too far from the trucks. After we put on some casual clothes and loaded the bikes, we went over to Beatty to gas up and head home... Yikes.... a gnarly wind down the 373/127 to Baker. Passed about 3 cars in that 2 hour cruise..... and then avoided semis using 2 lanes occasionally on the 15 south. Fog atop Cajon pass, pouring rain at the bottom, but easy traffic at this time...... so a good choice. In retrospect, a damn nice wander in Death Valley for 3 days, 2 nights Hope you get to ride there soon (or again). Cheers.
  3. MacDuncan

    CABDR 2021

    Goofy, well done, I went down Titus today, Was looking for you , but was a day late. Home now. I hope you didn't head home in those gnarly high winds today, thick fog at the top of Cajon pass and pouring rain at the bottom. Safe travels.
  4. MacDuncan

    CABDR 2021

    Well done Goofy, zip zam zoom... My home base will be Panamint Sunday eve, if that helps you in any way, but you may be headed home by then- vroom. Enjoy the ride.
  5. Interesting, and I didn't know, that almost exactly where I implied that you would look for the train tracks to find dirt from Ogilvy to cut the corner back to hiway 8 heading southeast (about 5 miles south of the lower bend in the Ogilvy road,) is only a couple football fields length away from the American Girl Mine road that heads to the northeast (right?) I think I looked at it, but it did seem to be mighty rocky and I was solo at the time. Thanks for info of region... although this discussion is on the CA side of the river from KOFA - Original Post . Maybe a new thread soon.... So, With the excellent knowledge being shared here, maybe someone knows how to connect the KOFA Wild life Preserve to Cibola Wildlife Preserve. I tried to find a route by going up Red Cloud mine rd from Lake Martinez, but didn't find a way through. ?
  6. Goofy, I am still a newbie regarding many Dual sport issues, but I am quite sure that my decision to try one was based upon others in SDAR. I have tried a few tires, but I do really like this one. Seems to grab nice, feel balanced in soft sand, tracked true in rocky stuff, and didn't scare me in tarmac rain..... I have at least a few thousand miles on them and this was my first 2 flats, both my fault, so seems to hit the target points. I did chuckle when I was riding KOFA while thinking that it is almost impossible to stay at 25 mph out in the open landscape, and then after the flat, instead of changing, I rode the flat for awhile and it rode quite well at 24 mph with 0 psi..... for about 10 miles... and I felt so proud that I was able to follow the speed limit - haha. But after getting to 26 mph, the side bead slipped off and I began traveling at a 35 degree angle on straights, and right after that, the first sound of wheel/metal to ground, I stopped to fix. C&D on Convoy sells tons of them.
  7. Adv Bum, Kudos to you, and appreciation, as it is always a treat to nationally search for Dual Sport info and find some of the best reviews in the nation from within the SDAR community. As of today, March 26, 2021, both of those set-ups may be hard to find in order to buy. Has anybody else recently bought either, although my lean today is the Tusk to have lighter, smaller bags when not on multiday trips (as in remove all but the base). Also, would hope to know which bikes and tail racks help sweeten the fit, as they are both rackless, which is my goal. Thanks again, Mac.
  8. Hmmm, Goofy, now that you mention it, even though I have thought the same and told my buddy such.... likely a short or connection issue, I should help my bud research the issue as an extra pair of eyes can sometimes find the culprit. But also, I have seen that something as simple as a loose battery cable make start-ups act that way. Hmmm, also, the spot I made reference to, that I like, is Indian Pass proper I think. And, I never knew that the drop down into the ravine that I think about is actually Gavilan Wash. Cool, Thanks. For those who want to knock out some CABDR in pieces, (like some folks do with hiking the PCT) for a day, and to loop back to trucks or camping spot, especially those who want to save knobbies, I would suggest a Winterhaven start on BDR, a veer to Valley of the Names off of BDR and Picacho road to explore, a wander back to Picacho road after cruising around Picacho Peak, then follow BDR to ogilvy and 78, but instead of hopping on Hiway 78 north, go straight across intersection to find dirt side road to Milipitas, then (left) to follow BDR to Bradshaw (Careful to know that milipitas turns into Wiley, and if on Wiley, you missed the turn), work your way back to Palo Verde town, and then head south on OLD Palo verde road, (careful about the confusion that may take place as you enter the dump road, don't go into dump, but look a bit through culdesac like intersection and stay on OLD Palo Verde road that splits the mountains and heads back to Milipitas). From intersection, Unless you go find American Girl Mine that Goofy shared, you can return same way or put in some tarmac south to Ogilvy train track intersection and cut the corner to south east to exit tarmac and follow along train tracks to Hiway 8 (A chevron there if needed, as is a gas station back in Palo Verde, but not sure of open times). A nice loop (almost a figure 8 with a long middle section of overlap so as to not burn out knobs on your new goldentyre 333 -- Unless you are on an adventure bike where that is less of a concern). Cheers
  9. Thanks Goofy, I think we had a chat about the wr450 back in 2016. My buddy bought it from Trophy Hunter. It still runs pretty good but it has a strange Ghost issue where, randomly, it doesn't start and it seems like a dead battery, but 30 seconds later, it simply fires right up. When out in the wilderness, it always makes our hearts jump a beat I originally wanted to ride from senators wash only a few miles on tarmac to the southwest, as soon there is a short cut to the canal and a cross over to get on the North side of canal, so you can get on dirt, it is a fun little straight jaunt under power poles to get to picacho road, soon after that right turn, you can veer to the west to go to Valley of the names, which is likely what you went through. I was hoping to find Hyduk or similar to get to Ogilvy, then ride east on Indian just before it drops from hard pack to down in the ravine. That particular spot is quite nice to chill for a moment. It then takes you back through Picacho proper, of course that is also the CABDR. I think we were once at Panamint at the same time, hope to cross paths with you some day. Cheers.
  10. There hasn't been much riding for awhile now, so I was looking forward to seeing some new terrain. With the original goal of Jawbone and Death Valley, and watching Royboyz fly by on the BDR, having to be changed, the next focus was to find the sun. The fact that last minute vaccination scheduling needed to be done due to cancellations altered the group schedule. The crazy wind and snow predictions also shifted plans as camping when the temp could reach low 30's wasn't a first choice. So back to basics as we decided to find some sun and the warmest weather within reach. As a camping outing just to get out of town began to take priority over a riding outing, I was a bit bummed, but short casual riding in dirt would still be nice. As is often the case with my riding buds, the default is I become the primary coordinator and tour guide. So I set our goal for 3 rides for 3 days, Ferguson rd, Picacho and Hyduke, and circumnavigate KOFA. We met at Senators wash, saturday afternoon, and found a nice camp site and geared up. I was a bit surprised that so many rzrs were permitted to play in the surrounding hills these days, given the CA side, but we roamed around a bit and then set out to the dead end of Ferguson. There were more Campers in the BLM land that I had seen before, but we stayed over at North Shore. We wandered around to find Ferguson, and headed North. A nice knoll offered beautiful views: Lake Martinez is the background across the river. And it was cool that on the horizon, you can see Castle Dome in KOFA, which would be our destination Sunday Morning. It was a casual road that offered some nice views and it met the goal of riding something I hadn't seen before, although short and sweet. When the road was open, I did open it up a bit, but hit a big ditch at speed and was rewarded with a pinch flat. I knew I should have put a new tire on before I went, knowing I would upon return. Oh well, a 10 mph cruise back to camp and I would change it in the morning. I will use the practice of only using the tools on my bike: Well, I had to use something not in my moto bag, Windex! I really do think I should carry a small tube of something as If I had to change that tire in the wilderness, not sure I could use enough saliva to to get that rubber tire to slip n slide on the metal rim. I am up for suggestions. Fixed tire Sunday morning and then cruised over to Palm canyon Rd in KOFA. Skipped the Hyduke exploring I had intended as not everyone in the group appreciated soft deep sand. I took an inventory of my buddies tools and gas carrying capacity, so decided to take a shorter ride (as they only had a 30 oz gas bottle and I would not enjoy being out of gas 30-50 miles into the loop (if I made a wrong turn, or other). I had a couple rotopax, but still thought a more casual ride would be best for the group. I took them up Queen canyon, and it was very pretty up there, there was plenty of green color and some "Jurassic Park" views that screamed out "I was adventure riding" if only for a moment or 2 ) It wasn't the big ride I had hoped for, but again, I had never seen it before, so all good. Climbing the alluvial fan into the cholla was nice! Some fantastic camp sites up that road that I would absolutely use if moto camping, or had a jeep. For 4 wheel rigs, it would be slow going to go up that road, but not too bad, but the bikes rolled along quickly. It is actually pretty cool that when you turn off of hiway 95 towards KOFA, the first mile or 2 of the dirt road is BLM land, and the camping is free there. BIG open spots with rocks for fire rings. Some could hold 20 vehicles. It is free to camp in KOFA too, but the spots are a bit smaller, but great for a vehicle or 2. Big open land in the desert: Nice sunsets, and sitting by a campfire was nice! The next day, Monday, 2 riders cruised home and 2 of us decided to head out on King Road, only a 1/4 mile or less beyond (north) the hiway 95 Border Patrol check. It was still warm and sunny and we wanted to check out some of the KOFA route that I had originally planned to do. We parked only about 200 yds down the road and loaded up the bikes. We also loaded up the rotopax and I was was thinking that if we went half way, we might just keep going, but that would still leave the 20 mile hiway 95 south to ride to get back to trucks (kinda yucky option), but we would see. OH MY, it was so nice riding in the sun and across open desert through dirt. We were on a road that made it very unlikely that we would see anyone for hours. The riding was beautiful and it was what I had missed for about a year. We had communication in our helmets and it was far more comfortable for me not having to slow (and stop regularly) and look to see that all were ok and present as all I had to do is push a button to make sure that my buddy was rolling along ok about a 1/4 mile behind me just behind the dust explosions. At one view point well into the ride..... feeling that I was on top of the world.... I walked up to my bike and heard the dreaded hissssss. Nope, not a snake, but my tire started to leak air. Grrr, but oh well. Changing a tire is never fun, but I got on it and used it for practice since I often ride alone. My buddy stood aside, so you won't see any white boots of a rider napping by the side in the pics - haha. Hmmm, notes to self: Did I really tighten the nut on the stem so much that I couldn't undo it with fingers??? and no 1/2 inch wrench with me? grrr Where is the lube I may need (but lucky it was warmed up, so tire stretched pretty easy, whew). After first fix, stem core leaked, grrr, so lucky that I could use the flat tube one, but all I had was those funky plastic stem cap removal tools and 2 of them stripped using them. Yikes, I will buy a metal valve core removal tool to keep in my bag. As I pulled out the tube, curious to see why I flatted, especially as I was being super alert to miss all rocks given my recent pinch flat, and I even purposefully over inflated my rear tire from my normal 13 lbs to 16 lbs given my non-knobby tire..... and I couldn't imagine a nail or staple picked up out here.... I found the strangest leak spot.... about half way up the tube on the side wall alongside the seam (which can make it harder to patch). As I searched inside the tire to feel for a nail or ?? I found a very sad looking rim band... whether that had bunched up and caused it, not sure, but a reminder to self to inspect the band more often than every decade or so - smiles. It was nice and easy to use the battery tender plug to run the pump because I didn't have to take the luggage and seat off to get power. The rotopax didn't offer the opportunity to ride farther that day, but they worked great as a stand - nice! Well, all good, No vehicle came by while out in a very beautiful place, so no dust, and the views of KOFA were truly beautiful. Glad I had remembered to pack a hat as the sun was hot while working on the bike where no bush was higher than my handlebars..... Actually, glad nobody came by as they may have asked if I was having a garage sale - haha: Nice view of the Dome in the background, and from the north east this time. By the way, the rectangular stone that my axel is sitting on is a geo marker, there were 3 of them about 10 yds apart. Kind of interesting. Well, a nice adventure, and really, the most challenging part was driving home in the truck up the hill on hiway 8 from Ocotillo Monday afternoon as it was the highest wind I had ever seen on that stretch, and at the top it was snowing even though it was sunny in Ocotillo - Strange weather, but I had found the sun and a got a few nice rides in while seeing new terrain. I would call that a good wander about. Cheers.
  11. MacDuncan

    CABDR March 13

    Great to hear, and I will let you know so you can let me know if I can help you with supplies, like firewood and beverage. If all goes well, sat/sun at jawbone, and that is close to Panamint, so Hoping for Titus the monday or tues. so I may try to cross paths at the crater or teakettle, or at least watch you all fly by
  12. MacDuncan

    CABDR March 13

    Hey RoyBoyz, Are you on schedule? I have a few buds who are trying to coordinate a riding choice of either KOFA or Picacho, or Bradshaw, or Jawbone or Panamint around that time..... and I have no idea where the needle will land, but I personally hope to find a teakettle at a garage sale soon to deliver.... even if solo, just wondering if you have any daily goals for departure days and Titus Canyon day, or just blowing with the wind.......... and so I might toss a couple extra brews in the cooler for you and your bud in case we cross paths.
  13. MacDuncan

    Another RFS Build

    Golly Wierdrider, Bummer to hear, but glad you found a motor doc that will help you to fly like the wind again on that rig! Heck, the other day I looked at my 07's hours and was wondering when I should pro-actively get some work done. I was even gonna ride my 500 to Lost Valley last weekend to find some dirt with the boys, but then decided I didn't want to put asphalt miles on it. Hope your wee-strom is purring like a kitten. You said Tom found the culprit..... so the mia nut was all to blame, or other too?
  14. San Diego Adventure Riders, one and all, that's for sure. Nice to see new folks, and some folks I have ridden with before. For this photographer on his road bike, it was a nice zip up to the trailhead from La Mesa just to see friends and their bikes, and get in a quick moto fix for a Sunday. A bit gusty at times on the street, but I hope that kept the dust down in the dirt. Cheers, Mac The trail head: The Players: And off they went: IMG_7071.MOV
  15. MacDuncan

    Yamaha Super Tenere 700

    I agree Robertaccio, thanks for your insights. Maybe your bud was on the other SDAR Tenere 700 thread where he biffed in his practice rides trying to find the max-out point of the suspension. That was a well done video and reflection by that fella given that he had just gotten all rolled around in the sand alongside his new bike. Quite composed given the scenario! I knew that would be your reply Zubb, a motorcyclist at heart, but we still know which sub-category floats your boat
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