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Offline Rhino

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Re: Trip report: KLR to California or bust
« Reply #45 on: October 17, 2013, 09:34:57 am »
So I'm out in the middle of nowhere, haven't seen a human in forever.


+1 For me that's where the adventure begins. Camp from one of my solo rides at 10,500' elevation and the nearest other human is miles away.


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Re: Trip report: KLR to California or bust
« Reply #46 on: October 17, 2013, 05:25:01 pm »
Twowheel, I'm 4000 miles into this trip. If I had to ride my Connie as slow as you mention i'd still be trying to get out of Fl! Seriously though, on these nob tires I'm comfortable at 78-80, I don't care about a few inches drift. My problem is when I hold it at 75 between the wide bags, windscreen, and load it only gets 40 mpg. I found at 68-70 it gets 46, and at 60 it gets 50 mpg.  I hold it at 70.


My limiting of speed was based on engine noise.  Just felt like I was working the thumper too hard at speeds above 65 mph.  Funny thing is that I am fine with the KLX250 at 65 and it is pushing 7000 rpms.  Just doesn't feel like it is working as hard as the KLR did. 

Glad you are enjoying your trip.
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Re: Trip report: KLR to California or bust
« Reply #47 on: October 19, 2013, 06:52:06 pm »
Funny thing is that I am fine with the KLX250 at 65 and it is pushing 7000 rpms.  Just doesn't feel like it is working as hard as the KLR did. 

Glad you are enjoying your trip.

I would have to agree with that. I've ridden my D-I-Ls KLX250 quite a bit and it does seem to seem like it's working less. Kinda need all it's got for the twisties, though. I've wrung it pretty hard on 33 north of Ojai and down in the Santa Monicas.
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Re: Trip report: KLR to California or bust
« Reply #48 on: October 19, 2013, 09:57:37 pm »
Trip of a lifetime.....amazing stuff man!  :thumbs:
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Re: Trip report: KLR to California or bust
« Reply #49 on: October 22, 2013, 07:49:46 am »
Looks like you are having a blast.
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Re: Trip report: KLR to California or bust
« Reply #50 on: October 22, 2013, 01:51:53 pm »
Thanks guys

Sorry been in the middle of death valley where no Wi-Fi or cell service to update. Thanks for all the phone calls and messages checking on me.

I was informed to visit tourist areas on way. I didn't see much once we hit the extreme stuff, so these are day before.





Then finally got to Death Valley and Badwater is a tough dry place



Heres the thing, I couldn't get good pics of the extreme parts of the rides because I.  W just trying to get through the silt sands, waters crossings followed by rocks on wet tires going up, roads that are huge rock beds, etc.  Many found it amazing I tried this place first time out dirt riding. A lot of folks let me know they appreciated I rode over 3000 miles to the meet spot. I was riding with the most wonderful, helpful, patient people and it's a life event I won't ever forget. Some of these pics are theirs.

Again I wish I had pics of the extreme but I was trying to survive as a noob









I mentioned at one point i felt i was riding past my limits and was told with a smile "most all of us are riding past our limits".Some trails had thousands of feet of cliff  drop off, such as her to the list and straight off that turn. When I asked for a tip there I got great advice, don't go over the edges. This place was an adrenaline rush like I can't describe, and when I took the pic I was told we aren't at the good places yet for pics.



I wiped out on the rocks and we used one of the rocks to hold my bike up and they put my chain back on







Chris fixed a flat in the desert tundra faster than I see tires changed in shops



My new sidi boots saved me so many times, along with the KLIM ADV gear Drew sold me.





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Re: Trip report: KLR to California or bust
« Reply #51 on: October 22, 2013, 02:09:48 pm »
Looks like quite the adventure! Thanks for posting the pics.

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Re: Trip report: KLR to California or bust
« Reply #52 on: October 22, 2013, 02:12:14 pm »
Looks like quite the adventure! Thanks for posting the pics.


Thanks!

Got back to Vegas yesterday to have Jason's shop put a tire on. The rocks and a few miles ate up that continental t80 quick.

Lost my wallet near the shop so stayed an extra day waiting for an amex card overnighted. Canceled all my cards, chase bank allowed me to withdraw cash, riding buddy I bumped into at shop Matt took me to police to do a lost license report to continue the trip on. Big fun and wasn't a hassle, very little cash lost!

Here is how awesome the riders are out west, I saw this on my  thread over on adv

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  Your enthusiasm and great attitude made the weekend at Gold Point.  Hope the rest of your trip goes great.

 

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Re: Trip report: KLR to California or bust
« Reply #53 on: October 23, 2013, 05:29:58 pm »
Thanks!

Got back to Vegas yesterday to have Jason's shop put a tire on. The rocks and a few miles ate up that continental t80 quick.

Lost my wallet near the shop so stayed an extra day waiting for an amex card overnighted. Canceled all my cards, chase bank allowed me to withdraw cash, riding buddy I bumped into at shop Matt took me to police to do a lost license report to continue the trip on. Big fun and wasn't a hassle, very little cash lost!

Here is how awesome the riders are out west, I saw this on my  thread over on adv

See? Now you're gonna get a swelled head and think yer sumthin special, huh? ;)

You are great folks to hang with, I'll grant you that.

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Re: Trip report: KLR to California or bust
« Reply #54 on: October 23, 2013, 08:17:13 pm »
Epic ride Steve!  :finger_fing11:

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Re: Trip report: KLR to California or bust
« Reply #55 on: October 23, 2013, 08:34:59 pm »
So, I am looking at doing either the Utah or AZ BDR next year, maybe even the newest, not released Idaho BDR.    If things are smiling I will also do the COBDR again, it is that good.  WABDR is a no brainer.  Check em out and if the stars align we can do em together.  I also bet you have a more modern DS/ADV bike by then, KLR can, has, and will continue to git er done, but the same can be said for a TW.

Awesome RR BTW!!!!!!!

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Re: Trip report: KLR to California or bust
« Reply #56 on: October 23, 2013, 10:43:23 pm »
Steve J I have to be humbled, they helped pick my bike up after crashes, field repaired it, etc no big head here I promise

Zg thanks

Silverdammit hope plants align and I can join you all for some of that!

I rode yesterday and into the night to Phoenix  camped at Marriott, rode deep into the desert this morning.






Then got back to town, stopped and chatted at the office and hung out at an apartment complex i used to live at. Sat by the old pool in full KLIM gear questioning my sanity for leaving over a "career move" but it's all good too in FL!



Dinner with friends tonight in Phoenix

Two days to make it from here in Phoenix to the Roll the Bones Rally in the middle of TX! 
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Re: Trip report: KLR to California or bust
« Reply #57 on: October 24, 2013, 09:15:51 am »
Did I miss the picture of the Pacific Ocean? I thought you were going coast to coast. Or was that just me interjecting my next year's ride into your thread?  :)

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Re: Trip report: KLR to California or bust
« Reply #58 on: October 24, 2013, 10:38:10 am »
Wow!

Awesome report Steve and great pics!    :hail:
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Re: Trip report: KLR to California or bust
« Reply #59 on: October 24, 2013, 05:46:15 pm »
Wow!

Awesome report Steve and great pics!    :hail:
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