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  1. Bagstr

    Who Pays For A Backcountry Rescue

    Thank You Goofy Footer, Time well spent. I have my InReach with me whenever I am out of cell service. Easy to Text using Bluetooth with your phone .
  2. 2021 Used three times, Clean, No Damage. $425 Decided I want an Adventure/ Dualsport design with a face shield. Size X-LARGE , I have used Arai and Shoei Large for years but returned the Large 6D for XL for best fit. My head size is 23 1/4”.. La Mesa, Send me a PM
  3. Bagstr

    Valve Stem Puller - Useful or Fluff ?

    Say Buddy, Will you change my tire for me? πŸ›ž
  4. Dear 450 XCW Motor. I am sorry for the trouble I have caused you. ( 2016 MY - Purchased Aug. 2015 ) ( Edit ) Oct 4. ) My new strategy is to replace piston?rings at 250 hrs. ) ( Edit } Oct 21 ) To Wrap Up this discussion ( attempt ) : Ask Mr. Piston - We had such a good relationship, Why did you break-up? A. We had been together too long, I just wore down. B. That gas you fed me, made me throw-up C. I left you notes, in the form of oil in the intake tube, You chose not to read them. Remember that Tim Dunaway old me the piston would have passed inspection one hour before failure The gas was probably 3 months old. What an idiot. I now own a bottle of Sta-bil The motor oil in the air filter box was definitely there at the failure. Subsequent Leak Down was Zero pressure. The top of the piston and the valves were very clean, so I am somewhat doubtful that the motor was really pushing oil into the intake before failure. I will definitely be checking this going forward. Thanks to you all for your contributions to this discussion. I am planning on the following the advice of a trusted public servant and " Getting Over It". P.S. copying this last comment to the first post in hope that it may save someone reading all this. Evidently your life has been harder than I imagined. 315 hours of Sand Washes and Sand Hills was too much for you to bear. September 26, four of we desert roamers where finishing an Excellent run of about 65 miles in rare soil conditions. Truckhaven to Inspiration Wash, 5-6th gear application: Mmmm something does not feel right. Not holding power in 6th, try 5th, mmm. Rolling to a stop in a cloud of blue smoke. Now I know that is not a good outcome. Geez, I though this motor was good for 10,000 miles. When the team assembled for the diagnosis: fuel pump is good, motor cranks, appears to have water and oil. But wait, SoCalMule notes leaking oil at the air filter.Oh that is just a messy filter. On closer inspection, no something much more sinister. The group agreed that half a cup of motor oil in the filter box is a grim situation. I have heard good reports ( Mark ) about SDPowerHouse on Old Highway 80, Flynn Springs. Well Hell, I will just stop by and have a chat. I was impressed by the shops' order and the staff; Tim Dunaway and assistant Bob. Yeah, could be cracked piston and or ring. 315 hrs is about what you expect running desert conditions 90% of the time. " Did I mention I was using 3 month old gas down that sand wash?" Yes that can cause micro pre-detonation you might not hear which is hard on the motor. Dang, that falls into the What a fool am I category. Really, take the trouble of cleaning the injector and then run old gas. After deciding to leave the bike, I heard that Tim works on all of Chilly Whites bikes. That sealed the deal for me. Next week Leak Down Test. Then we go from there; cylinder, piston, oh heck think about the valves as well while it is apart. The calendar is marked at a 3 week repair estimate; see you guys at the end of October with my New Motor. Bagstr
  5. Currently hovering at 489hr and 13200 miles. New cylinder and match piston OEM. Tim said valves were good. Starts easy and idles quickly. Has all the power I need for the sand We ride. Controllable power at walking speeds in difficult conditions. Spins up quickly. Love the 450. Regarding the piston fail: Best guess is old gas running high rpm in long washes. I have never seen sand in my intake as I clean it often. That said, the bike is running every week in the sand during the season. So a lot of exposure. It is not a Ride to the trail bike. It is an excellent trail bike. Isn’t that what every owner would say of their choice? 😎
  6. Thanks to the original poster for the heads up. Not many ways to connect routes in that area, so intel could help those planning. 🚧
  7. Bagstr

    Adventure packing - interesting video

    Ha, We are all snobs in our own particular way. 😲
  8. Bagstr

    Ducati Desert X Review

    Thanks Randy, Quite a story.
  9. That road is tricky because of all the rain channels and many tight turns. For me, not a place to carry a lot of speed. As my eyes aged (71), seeing clearly the details became a problem. Note that the injury sight is in the shade. Transitions, I.e. in and out of shade at speed became a crap shoot. The good news is that there is help available. After three eye surgeries, the details have returned and my riding has improved. Plus, I feel much more in control. Bagstr, On the Trail.
  10. In the Spirit of holiday Giving, here is a quality radio that has the option of operating on the analog band and the digital band fairly seamlessly. Quality equipment. waterproof at a $125 price point when on sale. Listens to incoming and instantly transfers to FM or C4FM signal. Also consider the Yaesu 270R analog https://www.yaesu.com/indexVS.cfm?cmd=DisplayProducts&ProdCatID=111&encProdID=87CE6C1FF54D5BBCA7F39179AB3B1511&DivisionID=65&isArchived=0 https://www.yaesu.com/indexVS.cfm?cmd=DisplayProducts&ProdCatID=111&encProdID=7CDB93B02164B1FB036530FBD7D37F1A&DivisionID=65&isArchived=0
  11. Bagstr

    Greetings from Alaska.

    Offroadocotillo.com No personal experience. Web search of Ocotillo Wells (not the town of Ocotillo) show ATV MC and Razor Rentals. 30 minutes from Borrego Springs, CA. Good Luck
  12. Glad you are back on the trail. πŸ’ͺ
  13. Bagstr

    Borrego 150

    A serious adventure. Thanks for the report. πŸ‘€
  14. Bagstr

    Let Us Do a Radio Comm Thread

    And just as a reminder, Why do we need radio comms? A. We don’t want to loose anyone out on the ride. B. We want to be Johnny of the spot if a rider goes down. C. The comms allow the ride to Flow smoothly and efficiently. Especially in adverse conditions, I.e. Dust, traffic or different preferred pace. D. Finally, If you are the only rider without comm, what position does that put the others in? They have to waste valuable brainpower looking out for you. E. Essentially, you are out with group because you would like to know what they have to say.
  15. Bagstr

    Let Us Do a Radio Comm Thread

    Thanks for the work Mr. Amgems. Good advice regarding the PTTs. Those are the most difficult to fit properly.
  16. Bagstr

    Let Us Do a Radio Comm Thread

    Amgems, No Worky
  17. Bagstr

    Let Us Do a Radio Comm Thread

    Pickiing Up on this thread,,, Zub, I thought you were contacting PMB for intel. Rugged Radio or PCI are sources for quality Comm gear. Noise cancelling microphone, military grade cabling and better ear speakers and ear buds. I find the earbuds work better for my hearing audio spectrum. As noted above, a pull down face shield makes for less volume needed and better quality output to your team. I am to only member of my team that uses Yaesu as they are Cheap. I just appreciate quality. Boa fang or whatever Amazon garbage that is current gets the job done for most riders. All this is for straight comm only. I don’t mix music or phone calls with riding. The sand is hard enough without picking up a call. For that talk to PMB or others qualified to speak to it. πŸšΆβ€β™‚οΈ
  18. Call Scott and chat. Go with a buddy or two, it gets remote really fast. Also, do not overlook the Abajo Mtns nearby. National Forest stuff 10k plus which affects when you go.
  19. Reminds me of guys I have seen sand washes. πŸšΆβ€β™‚οΈ
  20. Bagstr

    Bow Willow

    πŸ‘€ 🍭. 😎 Congratulations on completion of the course. Look forward to seeing you on the trail. πŸšΆβ€β™‚οΈ
  21. Bagstr

    Bow Willow

    In deed, There is. Much to see in the Park, from the legal two track. πŸ‘€
  22. Bagstr

    Bow Willow

    Bow Willow camp has very nice Hiking Trails.
  23. You Know,,, Try to keep him outta traffic on pavement. Being 71 and two eye surgeries in, I know of which he speaks. Geezs, take him down to a sand wash. I only ride rural neighborhoods on the street. No crazy streets. πŸ€·πŸΌβ€β™‚οΈ
  24. Bagstr


    Diablo uphill will be Level 3 on anything larger than a Trials bike. Rather moguled by the 4 wheeler dudes at the moment.
  25. Thanks Goofy Footer for sharing Juan’s nicely done review. Randy M and I stayed there a before the pandemic and had a wonderful time. Full service with gobs of character. Scott and Julie a very accommodating and flexible to meet all your needs. The place reminds me of Phantom Ranch at the bottom of the Grand Canyon. You meet folks from around the country and around the world. All with none of the distractions of a town commercial district. Very much recommended

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