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amish rob
08-03-2017, 04:08 PM
Took a ride today.


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The road begins...

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Horses? And rocks? Boring...

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Don't worry. If you overshoot the turn, the barbed wire fence will catch you...

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Don't cut the corners...

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When you pass these, you stay vigilant. Check the heatwaves my camera picked up! Whoa.

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One lane for everyone.

Peace,
Robert

amish rob
08-03-2017, 04:15 PM
More...https://uploads.tapatalk-cdn.com/20170803/17d77ff80550d8f4df5db5851b89ed1b.jpg
Somewhere in there is another World Record Spotted Bass...

https://uploads.tapatalk-cdn.com/20170803/9d0b89aaacb60ae0e804f4c8f58323c5.jpg
Or in there...

https://uploads.tapatalk-cdn.com/20170803/9d9fd5c5cd1b50dc89eea4a4da5e5da7.jpg
Then you ride down this back down down the hill...

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This is what made that big lake. Someone threw a big rock in the river... Seriously, there is some excellent whitewater on this river. The Kings.

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Hey! That's not my scooter...

Peace,
Robert

mmd
08-03-2017, 04:20 PM
Jeeze, Rob, didja leave California? There's water in them pictures...

Canoeyawl
08-03-2017, 04:24 PM
There's no water here, it's just a desert.
Move along, nothing to see here... :D

amish rob
08-03-2017, 04:44 PM
Don't worry. Somebody already owns every drop.

Which boggles my mind.

Peace,
Robert

amish rob
08-03-2017, 04:48 PM
In the lake pictures, you can see the maximum waterline just above the actual waterline. It has been a while since I've seen the all this full.

By the by. The route I,rode was essentially the same as the Pine Flat Road Race, a local bike race. The majority of the toad is too narrow and the price too steep to be one handing it, taking pictures. I really would like to have a video camera, but then you'd all see how much of an old man I am when I ride.:)

Actually, this is a very wonderful "3rd Gear" ride. Especially with an oversquare thumper...

Peace,
Robert

The Bigfella
08-03-2017, 04:55 PM
Did you buy a KLR?

btw... re one-handed riding. I have a point and shoot camera that I hang off my jacket.... I can pick it up, turn it on and shoot one-handed, without looking at it. If I need the second hand, I can just drop the camera.... and it is OK, as it is tied on.

PeterSibley
08-03-2017, 04:58 PM
Beautiful country Rob!

My adventure would be riding on the "Wrong side of the road"! Going through a corner on the right side of the road would blow my mind .... probably literally.

B_B
08-03-2017, 04:59 PM
You got a KLR? Sweet!

mmd
08-03-2017, 05:02 PM
I remember the first time I rode a motorcycle in Bermuda (opposite side of the road from Canada) in 1975. Roads, lanes, and curves were fine; turning left at an intersection was 'iffy' for the first few times. By the time I lived in St. Vincent in the middle 2000's, the only thing that felt weird was having the shift lever of the car in my left hand.

amish rob
08-03-2017, 05:02 PM
Did you buy a KLR?
Hehe.
Technically, my wife did.
But she ain't got no license, and can't get insured, so I have been doing the riding for her. :)
Have I ever mentioned how Forest Gump my life is?

Peace,
Robert

amish rob
08-03-2017, 05:03 PM
Did you buy a KLR?

btw... re one-handed riding. I have a point and shoot camera that I hang off my jacket.... I can pick it up, turn it on and shoot one-handed, without looking at it. If I need the second hand, I can just drop the camera.... and it is OK, as it is tied on.
Yeah. That would be the ticket. You picture taking lot are going to convert me, yet. :)

Peace,
Robert

amish rob
08-03-2017, 05:06 PM
Beautiful country Rob!

My adventure would be riding on the "Wrong side of the road"! Going through a corner on the right side of the road would blow my mind .... probably literally.

Yeah, I wonder about that sometimes. The old muscle memory deal, eh? :)
On these little roads, too, you most often meet a huge pickup towing a fifth wheel multi horse trailer, so you hug the inside of every turn, and don't speed.

On this one I actually saw road cattle. They scare me. A friend of mine got plowed by a cow on her push bike some years back. I'll search for the picture.

Peace,
Robert

amish rob
08-03-2017, 05:09 PM
You got a KLR? Sweet!

Stupid Bilge. :) I had no real notion of the cycle, but it's pretty much the exact thing I was looking for. Whatever isn't "perfect" is so simple to wok on.
The tech is my speed. Hehe.
I rode a few used models that were whipped and still pricey, owners unwilling to budge, so I surmised they hold value well.
The best part of all?

Imperial Tour...

Peace,
Emperor For Life

PeterSibley
08-03-2017, 05:09 PM
Always look for cow manure on the road, if it's there the fences are bad and there will be cows on the road.

amish rob
08-03-2017, 05:10 PM
I remember the first time I rode a motorcycle in Bermuda (opposite side of the road from Canada) in 1975. Roads, lanes, and curves were fine; turning left at an intersection was 'iffy' for the first few times. By the time I lived in St. Vincent in the middle 2000's, the only thing that felt weird was having the shift lever of the car in my left hand.
My buddy has a right hand drive car, and it is weird. I can write, draw, paint, saw, hit a baseball, punch hammer, all,kinds of things with my left hand. Except shift. :)

Peace,
Robert

amish rob
08-03-2017, 05:12 PM
Always look for cow manure on the road, if it's there the fences are bad and there will be cows on the road.
The one contraption in the picture, Peter, is a "cattle guard", meant to act as fences. The guards mean you are entering an area with no barbed wire, and cows are ranging. I passed right through a herd today.

Seeing a few cows and a bull is VERY scary, because the bulls will charge.

Poop on the road is watched carefully. Apples are cool. Pies? Be alert.

Peace,
Robert

Ted Hoppe
08-03-2017, 05:14 PM
sweet. :)

The Bigfella
08-03-2017, 05:14 PM
Always look for cow manure on the road, if it's there the fences are bad and there will be cows on the road.

... and be particularly wary if you see this

http://i240.photobucket.com/albums/ff112/igatenby/Malaysia%20and%20Thailand%20by%20Super%20Enduro/114.jpg (http://s240.photobucket.com/user/igatenby/media/Malaysia%20and%20Thailand%20by%20Super%20Enduro/114.jpg.html)

http://i240.photobucket.com/albums/ff112/igatenby/Last%20Java%20and%20Sumatra/010-1.jpg (http://s240.photobucket.com/user/igatenby/media/Last%20Java%20and%20Sumatra/010-1.jpg.html)

don't make me tell you how bad wild elephants can be on the road

amish rob
08-03-2017, 05:15 PM
http://www.theblaze.com/wp-content/uploads/2012/03/Cow-Hits-Calif-Woman.jpg
This is a real picture in the same area. The lady was training for a long fund raising ride, and the news was out doing a story when this happened.
She was hurt about like a rodeo slam, but the bike was destroyed.

Peace,
Robert

amish rob
08-03-2017, 05:16 PM
... and be particularly wary if you see this

http://i240.photobucket.com/albums/ff112/igatenby/Malaysia%20and%20Thailand%20by%20Super%20Enduro/114.jpg (http://s240.photobucket.com/user/igatenby/media/Malaysia%20and%20Thailand%20by%20Super%20Enduro/114.jpg.html)

don't make me tell you how bad wild elephants can be on the road

I might make my own mark on the road in that case... :)

Peace,
Robert

Paul Pless
08-03-2017, 05:17 PM
yup, more bike pics please

amish rob
08-03-2017, 05:20 PM
http://jokes.conservativepapers.com/files/2011/03/CATTLE2.jpg
Interweb picture of the type cattle guard I mean, if you ain't seen one.
If you cross this, watch for cattle wherever they want to be.

Peace,
Robert

Canoeyawl
08-03-2017, 05:20 PM
http://www.dcnepalonline.com/assets/upload/images/video/Elephant_attacks_terrifying_bike_riders_in_India19 47.jpg

amish rob
08-03-2017, 06:18 PM
http://www.dcnepalonline.com/assets/upload/images/video/Elephant_attacks_terrifying_bike_riders_in_India19 47.jpg
A cattle guard is no use against an elephant.

Luckily, I always carry a mouse in my pocket. We get stuff done. ;)

Peace,
Robert

Paul Pless
08-03-2017, 06:24 PM
wait, is that gatenby??? :D

BrianW
08-03-2017, 08:42 PM
Congrats on the KLR! Now I'm jealous.

The Yamaha XT225 I ride belongs to my wife, because she is the one with the motorcycle license, not me. ;)

I still ride... just how bad could a ticket for not having a motorcycle license be? :D

Paul Pless
08-03-2017, 08:48 PM
just how bad could a ticket for not having a motorcycle license be? :Dhow many miles of public road are there in sitka? how many traffic cops?

BrianW
08-03-2017, 08:56 PM
how many miles of public road are there in sitka? how many traffic cops?

Not enough, and too many. :D

The Bigfella
08-03-2017, 09:39 PM
Bikes are a magnet for cops in countries like ours and yours. They have built a camouflaged hide on one of my favourite roads. They were booking bikes for 6 mph over the limit on Sunday. Revenuers.

Paul Pless
08-03-2017, 09:41 PM
Can't say that I've ever seen a motorcyclist pulled over in Hell before.

Canoeyawl
08-03-2017, 09:50 PM
I was returning home from a rather spirited ride to Big Sur in my "hot-rod" and while rounding a sharp right hand curve and getting a little bit sideways most of the way through it, a Highway patrolman parked off to the side hiding behind a speed limit sign, looked me right in the eye and... gave me a thumbs up!

(Evidently an old white-haired guy getting sideways is not a revenue source? I should have dyed my hair years ago.)

B_B
08-03-2017, 10:43 PM
Can't say that I've ever seen a motorcyclist pulled over in Hell before.
Hell is where everyone drives Dodge Caravans, its gridlock 24/7, and the aircon don't work.

Phil Y
08-04-2017, 12:44 AM
Your wife has a KLR, cool. Hope she learns to ride real soon. Sounds like you had a good day out. More to come I expect.

Iceboy
08-04-2017, 07:38 AM
Stay outta Minnesota.

http://www.twincities.com/2017/08/03/motorcyclist-clocked-at-155-mph-in-western-minnesota-chase/

amish rob
08-04-2017, 09:02 AM
Your wife has a KLR, cool. Hope she learns to ride real soon. Sounds like you had a good day out. More to come I expect.
I was a bit vague.

I had been looking at bikes for a while. We checked out a few KLRs, and both liked the model well enough. One day, she suggested we go see a KLR.
We checked it out, I declared it a good one, and she handed me the key.

Thats how I know you can buy a motorbike in CA with no license.:)

Peace,
Lucky

amish rob
08-04-2017, 09:05 AM
Stay outta Minnesota.

http://www.twincities.com/2017/08/03/motorcyclist-clocked-at-155-mph-in-western-minnesota-chase/

Hey, if I can get a guarantee that the KLR will reach 155, I'm there! Harhar.
I have to go to Minnesota, though, eh. My good buddy moved to the Twin Cities a few years ago.

Peace,
Robert

Old Dryfoot
08-04-2017, 09:06 AM
KLR

Nice! :D

Don't forget to fiddle with your doohickey. . .

amish rob
08-04-2017, 09:34 AM
KLR

Nice! :D

Don't forget to fiddle with your doohickey. . .
Hahaha. That is funny. Allegedly the later doohickey is fine, but the spring still needs changed. We shall see what we shall see.
I really need actual practical mods, like a longer shifter, a real case guard, and some bark busters. When the oil gets changed, I'll put in some fork emulators, and I'll replace the shock when it dies, too. Not much else I'd change or do, except the doo, of course. Hehe.
Oh, the 22 cent carb mod looks a treat. Seen that?

Its a Gen2 bike, so less dirtbikey than a Gen1. A bit less wheel travel, for one. Not that my intention was ever to do serious trail work. I'm past all that.

This bike is fun on a fire road, though. And the little fairing really does help. The wind hits me just below the helmet rather than full in the chest.

So far, nearly 500 miles of exactly what I was after. The fires are keeping me from the big trees I had planned to be in this time of year, so I'm not sure if it's as perfect as all that, but so far, so good.

Peace,
Robert

P.S. It also makes the scooter seem MORE fun. If that's possible. The scooter remains the most fun I've had on two wheels. Really.

J P
08-04-2017, 01:20 PM
Thanks for sharing the pics Robert. Love those Sierras and the foothills.

I read a book recently about history of stock packing in the Sierras and there was some interesting bits on fish stocking. One of the first commercial fish-stocking trips was made by pack train up the South Fork Kings river, up over the summit to a creek on the other side where the fish were planted. Packer was paid a dollar per fish. 1873.

Old Dryfoot
08-04-2017, 07:36 PM
"So far, nearly 500 miles of exactly what I was after."

That's what matters. Nothing else. |:)Y>

amish rob
08-04-2017, 11:13 PM
"So far, nearly 500 miles of exactly what I was after."

That's what matters. Nothing else. |:)Y>

Sometimes, eh? :)
The best, best, best part is the prospect of a series of loops throughout the country. Trips I can no longer make on my push bike, but trips I need to make before I'm gone.
Also, ironically, it will also allow me to boat more.

Off the beaten path stash boat, much? Hehe.

Peace,
Robert

Phil Y
08-07-2017, 05:54 AM
So today I went for a ride on a well worn Honda 250. In Cambodia. Got to see a temple which is about 1000 years old. My guide and I were the only people there, because its not real easy to get to.
https://scontent.fbkk15-1.fna.fbcdn.net/v/t1.0-0/p526x296/20638274_1431464883635117_756663237624401057_n.jpg ?oh=4cc2bac8b44dc2fe112160423c57f545&oe=5A31402F

https://scontent.fbkk15-1.fna.fbcdn.net/v/t1.0-9/20620899_1431464886968450_2491898490569823656_n.jp g?oh=84fcb65824298632948ef0693a276309&oe=59EEA5AE

PeterSibley
08-07-2017, 06:24 AM
Now THAT'S an adventure ! Y>

skaraborgcraft
08-07-2017, 08:27 AM
Thats a nice bit of shoring up on that wall......seen worse in London.....

amish rob
08-07-2017, 08:43 AM
So today I went for a ride on a well worn Honda 250. In Cambodia. Got to see a temple which is about 1000 years old. My guide and I were the only people there, because its not real easy to get to.
https://scontent.fbkk15-1.fna.fbcdn.net/v/t1.0-0/p526x296/20638274_1431464883635117_756663237624401057_n.jpg ?oh=4cc2bac8b44dc2fe112160423c57f545&oe=5A31402F

https://scontent.fbkk15-1.fna.fbcdn.net/v/t1.0-9/20620899_1431464886968450_2491898490569823656_n.jp g?oh=84fcb65824298632948ef0693a276309&oe=59EEA5AE
Thanks for these, Phil.
Lovely.

Peace,
Robert

amish rob
08-07-2017, 07:27 PM
Uncle Roman got a jet boat! Can't eat here, anymore, though...:)
https://uploads.tapatalk-cdn.com/20170808/5399d84925b26ccc755aa35b6f74afe9.jpg
Peace,
Robert

amish rob
08-07-2017, 07:32 PM
I went on a ride th other way, trying to find a way up to the big trees.
Found it!

Also found some good photo ops on the way. And hit 600 miles.

After an oil change and service, I'm going to ride back up, all the way to the big trees. I'll take pictures.

Stay tuned.

Peace,
Robert

P.S. The picture is at Bass Lake, where we saw them filming The Great Outdoors. :)

amish rob
08-09-2017, 10:12 PM
Okay. The first service is DONE! The oil was black as night and the filter was filthy. Filthy. Ick. Chain is clean and the tension checked, oil is new, all the scheduled checks are made, fasteners torqued and loctited, and I am ready to roll.

I hope tomorrow, because Friday is almost Saturday, to be able to get back up the hill. This time for pure fun, (well, I may stop and ask after some wood while I'm already all the way up there...) to go back on my circuitous loop and take pictures for you all. I am going to the big sequoias, via Bass Lake again. I'll pass through and photograph the exact center of California (according to the sign).

Lots of rocks, again, but this time higher elevation, so conifers. Including the biggest...

Peace,
Robert

P.S. No, Ian, I ain't get a pout and shoot on a leash yet, so I still have to take amateur style motorbike photos. :) Not nearly as windy, anyway, this way. But there are fire roads! :d

PeterSibley
08-10-2017, 01:24 AM
Don't forget your camera Rob !

Spin_Drift
08-10-2017, 03:03 AM
Beautiful area you live in or near. Love the pictures.

I've been just lurking here. Hopefully back and posting.

amish rob
08-10-2017, 08:20 AM
Beautiful area you live in or near. Love the pictures.

I've been just lurking here. Hopefully back and posting.
Thank you, Friend. I found some great spots to take some vista pictures.

And, sequoia! Drinking my coffee and getting ready to go.

Peace,
Robert

amish rob
08-10-2017, 08:20 AM
Don't forget your camera Rob !
Oh, aye. Don't worry, it's fully charged, too. :)

Peace,
Robert

J P
08-10-2017, 01:30 PM
Robert, in your area, are there any visible remnants of the Ponderosa Way, the 800 mile fire break and truck trail built by the CCC in the early thirties down the west slope of the Cascades and Sierra N.? What a project.

amish rob
08-10-2017, 05:01 PM
Robert, in your area, are there any visible remnants of the Ponderosa Way, the 800 mile fire break and truck trail built by the CCC in the early thirties down the west slope of the Cascades and Sierra N.? What a project.
Well, now I have to search for it. We shall see. :)

Peace,
Robert

amish rob
08-10-2017, 05:07 PM
So.

I got lost on my adventure ride. No trees. :)

Really. I did take pictures, and I'm going through them and pick out the least blurry ones. Suffice to say I found some actual adventure. I got into a network of trails off the main forest service ("fire") roads that I imagined I remembered. Everything looked so familiar.

Ooh, cairn! That way.

Well. After about an hour of steadily deteriorating roadway (okay, it turned back into forest...), I admitted to being lost. I broke my rule and backtracked. The motorbike handled itself with aplomb. I discovered whymthey call it The Tractor. ;)

Anyway, pictures to follow.

Peace,
Robert

Phil Y
08-10-2017, 06:14 PM
What size is your motor Rob?

amish rob
08-10-2017, 06:26 PM
What size is your motor Rob?
651cc. Quite oversquare, too. Just gobs of torque and engine braking. Not a ton of raw horsepower, though, to be sure. Let's say there is plenty to break the tire loose. Erm, theoretically. Ahem.:)


Peace,
Robert

amish rob
08-10-2017, 06:43 PM
https://uploads.tapatalk-cdn.com/20170810/e396780a3754d314c95b0d09080ff59b.jpg
The sign for the town of North Fork. Right near Bass Lake.

https://uploads.tapatalk-cdn.com/20170810/86b03c087f2bef0080631509173e1fa1.jpg
This is where the adventure begins.

https://uploads.tapatalk-cdn.com/20170810/b04ef83b38c3e6b644adf06817853975.jpg
There are tree cutting crews humming up and down the lower part of this road. These corners were sketchy.

https://uploads.tapatalk-cdn.com/20170810/dc61668d1b16f023a383257bf92bf24d.jpg
Man. Zanita. I like how the dead part looks like a reflection or opposite or anti bush.

https://uploads.tapatalk-cdn.com/20170810/a21d8fbc368d20a47d94359e3c2201f7.jpg
This is the part where Indiana Jones and company rounded the corner in an olde tyme tank. Not really. But this is nice, eh?

https://uploads.tapatalk-cdn.com/20170810/6ca3041d4d6cd8e9df7e03cfe65b9590.jpg

So. At some point, I made a wrong turn, and thought I knew where to go to fix it. I didn't. I was actually pretty lost. I knew the general area, and how to get the right direction, and what that was, but I was in very unfamiliar territory, and I pretty much stopped taking pictures, because I was WAY preoccupied. This is one of the vista shots I took when I was orienteering. The big granite chunks are recognizable landmarks. I knew here that I had gone round the bend. Har har. The lake is WAY far away, and I meant to skirt it to get to the trees.
Meh.

Look at all the smoke...

Peace,
Robert

amish rob
08-10-2017, 07:02 PM
Lovely! Except for the last one - sad to see.

I went for a little run today too!

https://farm5.staticflickr.com/4333/35682382753_5a52d21401_c.jpg

https://farm5.staticflickr.com/4419/36444575706_31e1087f51_b.jpg

https://farm5.staticflickr.com/4334/36353191481_324f96cf2d_b.jpg

https://farm5.staticflickr.com/4336/36353192511_2646b3f525_c.jpg
Good thing you weren't paddling! Hehe. Which water is this? It's lovely. I bet the sound is enchanting.

Peace,
Robert

PeterSibley
08-10-2017, 07:16 PM
Interesting country, all dry coniferous forest ? How much rainfall there Rob ?

https://uploads.tapatalk-cdn.com/20170810/6ca3041d4d6cd8e9df7e03cfe65b9590.jpg

amish rob
08-10-2017, 09:00 PM
Interesting country, all dry coniferous forest ? How much rainfall there Rob ?

https://uploads.tapatalk-cdn.com/20170810/6ca3041d4d6cd8e9df7e03cfe65b9590.jpg
Tons, actually. 41 inches, annually. The problem is, all the water goes rushing down he valleys. At the bottom of this hill, for example, is a rocky, raging torrent. Really, about 1700 tumbling feet over the cliff edge here. :)

I am only a few miles from Yosemite in this picture, as the crow flies. Hehe.

Peace,
Robert

amish rob
08-10-2017, 09:09 PM
https://uploads.tapatalk-cdn.com/20170811/0002b6312a0189034fa675a91e30157b.jpg
Ummm, it was like this when I got it, I swear. :)

Peace,
Robert

amish rob
08-11-2017, 09:20 AM
Okay, folks. I have consulted the maps, and I know now where my error was.

Here's the funny part. I should have made a left at this fork, and I thought I wasn't. I actually said to myself, "Shoulda mad a left turn at Albuquerque", and kept on riding. Haha.
I shoulda!

I beg one thousand pardons, but the big trees must wait until the weekend is over. I blew my play day. Hehe.

Actually, the day was as fine as any. A real adventure, eh? I think I really do need to get one of those video camera, so I can just look around while I ride. There is so much to see, and taking pictures does not come naturally to me. For one thing, I am terrible at it, and for another, I never take enough.

Whatever. More to come. And soon, a real grand adventure. There might have to start being some selfies on the thread. Wait. What is it called if it's you and other people? Still a selfie?

Anyway, tour logistics are being discussed, debated, and delineated. One day soon, I hope to,get really lost, and find some of y'all. :)

Peace,
Robert

amish rob
08-11-2017, 09:22 AM
https://uploads.tapatalk-cdn.com/20170811/83353b66646132cabc37b65a96925cd6.jpg
Here is one of the reinforced channels to conduct water downslope with the least erosion possible. The rain, or snowmelt, just runs downhill because there is so little actual soil. Almost all of this is DG with forest humus mixed in. It doesn't hold water well.
This chute follows the old flume line. There was an elevated log flume above this canal. Parts of it still exist, and are on the adventure ride list. :)

https://uploads.tapatalk-cdn.com/20170811/b76f071d6adb17f3ffc6484c4c012f0b.jpg
I don't know. Some big chunks of rock placed here to keep stuff from rolling over the edge I guess. I would estimate the tumble over that edge to be a 1500 foot drop, easily. Well, not drop. Steep tumble into a jagged river bed. Whee! :)

Peace,
Robert

Phil Y
08-11-2017, 07:56 PM
My ears were still ringing from the bike! But if memory serves it does provide a nice roar ;)
Ear plugs.

BrianW
08-11-2017, 08:44 PM
Best thread in the Bilge by far. Keep it up gents.

Ted Hoppe
08-11-2017, 09:16 PM
Did I inspired this ride Rob? :rolleyes:

Proximity and beauty so close to home. Rubber side down and stay hydrated!

amish rob
08-11-2017, 10:37 PM
Best thread in the Bilge by far. Keep it up gents.
I'm like Reno Williams, then. :)

Peace,
Robert

amish rob
08-11-2017, 10:40 PM
Did I inspired this ride Rob? :rolleyes:

Proximity and beauty so close to home. Rubber side down and stay hydrated!

Well, I gotta find someplace exciting to take you when you come. :)

The best part of the whole deal is, there is no real traffic all they way. Two lane roads and light, local traffic. Until the service roads start.

Peace,
Robert

Phil Y
08-12-2017, 06:21 PM
Fuel stop, Siem Reap, Cambodia

https://scontent-sin6-1.xx.fbcdn.net/v/t1.0-9/20728089_1436114049836867_3077213646008546344_n.jp g?oh=5ee613977d918645c59f19ed9aab1feb&oe=5A33571D

The Bigfella
08-12-2017, 10:01 PM
Fuel stop, Siem Reap, Cambodia

https://scontent-sin6-1.xx.fbcdn.net/v/t1.0-9/20728089_1436114049836867_3077213646008546344_n.jp g?oh=5ee613977d918645c59f19ed9aab1feb&oe=5A33571D

Hey, don't complain... at least its in glass... and it's probably petrol. When you buy it in plastic... or out of an open drum... and you know there's a good chance that it's 'watered down' with home-made alcohol, it gets "interesting". Note that the level in the bottle is always below the full measure too

Fueling up in Timor Leste - yeah, that's petrol in the open drum.


http://i240.photobucket.com/albums/ff112/igatenby/Cape%20and%20Asia/077.jpg (http://s240.photobucket.com/user/igatenby/media/Cape%20and%20Asia/077.jpg.html)

The Bigfella
08-12-2017, 10:10 PM
The guys in Asia with fuel-injected bikes hate this sort of stuff.... although, funnily enough, the only guy I know who struck trouble with clogged injectors was an American, name of Noah, in Australia. He's a resourceful bloke and figured out how to blow it clean using the bike.

This was on the Ho Chi Minh Trail, in the wet season. Fuel gets scarce in some places.... as they can't get it in to the villages.

http://i240.photobucket.com/albums/ff112/igatenby/Beer%20Lao/179-1.jpg (http://s240.photobucket.com/user/igatenby/media/Beer%20Lao/179-1.jpg.html)

Bob (oh, THAT Bob)
08-12-2017, 11:10 PM
Can't say that I've ever seen a motorcyclist pulled over in Hell before.

But if you did, I'm sure you'd loan'em twenty bills. And they would be grateful.

The Bigfella
08-13-2017, 01:54 AM
A couple of mates have just started an adventure ride in the Americas. Flew into Canada... first stop was Vancouver Island. Post just now says something about gold river. They are doing Alaska to Patagonia, or something like that. Six months. Budget is around $50k each.

https://scontent-sea1-1.xx.fbcdn.net/v/t1.0-9/20841851_10212747031889541_7209379472110478247_n.j pg?oh=ec9c35ea6864deb83072bfd553fdf999&oe=5A1E469F

skaraborgcraft
08-13-2017, 06:47 AM
50K.....is that US or Ozzy dollars?

The Bigfella
08-13-2017, 07:13 AM
50K.....is that US or Ozzy dollars?

Don't recall now. Either way, it's not a cheap trip. I guess that includes the two-way airfreight of the bikes, etc.

amish rob
08-13-2017, 10:47 AM
A couple of mates have just started an adventure ride in the Americas. Flew into Canada... first stop was Vancouver Island. Post just now says something about gold river. They are doing Alaska to Patagonia, or something like that. Six months. Budget is around $50k each.

https://scontent-sea1-1.xx.fbcdn.net/v/t1.0-9/20841851_10212747031889541_7209379472110478247_n.j pg?oh=ec9c35ea6864deb83072bfd553fdf999&oe=5A1E469F
Wait. Are they riding across America, or are they rising across Canada. Hehe.
That sounds a thrilling trip.

One of the rabbit holes those KLR videos lead me down was a kid who did the Alaska-Patagonia ride on a KLR. Some of the footage of the riding in SA is amazing!

Me? Shoot, I'll be excited to just get across plain old US of America again. :)

Peace,
Robert

amish rob
08-13-2017, 10:48 AM
50K.....is that US or Ozzy dollars?
Shoot, it could be 50,000 Monopoly, and I'd still need a loan. :)

What a great trip, though, eh?

Peace,
Robert

skaraborgcraft
08-13-2017, 11:14 AM
All the time expense comes up, i keep thinking of Ed March. Beware langauge......


https://youtu.be/xDOOT-T2gKo

amish rob
08-13-2017, 11:21 AM
All the time expense comes up, i keep thinking of Ed March. Beware langauge......


https://youtu.be/xDOOT-T2gKo

That was as well written as the original was well acted. Brilliant and super funny.


Peace,
Robert

amish rob
08-13-2017, 11:27 AM
https://youtu.be/85VErvTqgWc
Found the video I saw. I'm sure this didn't cost 50g. Well, I'm pretty sure.

Right around 1:45 there is a cool riverside trail/walk that looks super fun. :)

Peace,
Robert

amish rob
08-13-2017, 11:53 AM
Me?

I am going up to the trees, dang it. Thursday, it will have to be. Hopefully my new, longer shifter will be here by then. I had to order it from the shop. Meh.

I'm going to take a different route, this time, one I know, for sure. Really. Hehe. A more pedestrian way to go, but I won't miss the trees. :)

I'm already planning to go back to the road I just rode. Ahem. I'm gonna take my buddy, who has a real dirt bike, and we're gonna follow that road to the end. I believe it will run into Yosemite. We shall see.
I'll take more pictures, next time, of the actual trail the road becomes. It was quite fun, if non technical.

800 plus miles and I'm starting to come to terms. There are some changes I want to make to personalize the fit, and improve the off road protection (real case guard, bark busters) and function (metal pegs, higher bars/risers). The bike is very functional, I think, and the service access has been great. These screws are some such like IJS or something, so frearson and Phillips bits slip. As I remove the screws and bolts, one by one, to loctite them, I'm replacing the cross head screws with hex head.

Some of these jobs will need some safety wire, too. Really, the whole thing needs gone over. Dealer prep my butt. Don't even get me started on the bar clamps...

Peace,
Robert

The Bigfella
08-13-2017, 04:55 PM
Me?

I am going up to the trees, dang it. Thursday, it will have to be. Hopefully my new, longer shifter will be here by then. I had to order it from the shop. Meh.

I'm going to take a different route, this time, one I know, for sure. Really. Hehe. A more pedestrian way to go, but I won't miss the trees. :)

I'm already planning to go back to the road I just rode. Ahem. I'm gonna take my buddy, who has a real dirt bike, and we're gonna follow that road to the end. I believe it will run into Yosemite. We shall see.
I'll take more pictures, next time, of the actual trail the road becomes. It was quite fun, if non technical.

800 plus miles and I'm starting to come to terms. There are some changes I want to make to personalize the fit, and improve the off road protection (real case guard, bark busters) and function (metal pegs, higher bars/risers). The bike is very functional, I think, and the service access has been great. These screws are some such like IJS or something, so frearson and Phillips bits slip. As I remove the screws and bolts, one by one, to loctite them, I'm replacing the cross head screws with hex head.

Some of these jobs will need some safety wire, too. Really, the whole thing needs gone over. Dealer prep my butt. Don't even get me started on the bar clamps...

Peace,
Robert

Maaaate..... I've got but one word for you.....

KTM

There, I've gone and said it.

The Bigfella
08-13-2017, 05:18 PM
I'll quiz the guys afterwards... see how much they come home with.

Cash is a funny topic for some people. I've been criticised for not riding with enough in the pocket... but, are you safe if you have cash on you? I've got down to my last 10 cents in cash a couple of times... couldn't get my debit card to work on one trip (I won't ever use Mastercard again)..... saved when I found a Western Express in a tourist town on the coast of Cambodia and got a cash advance against my credit card.

One guy I've ridden with carries a USD 5000 emergency fund with him..... the price of a chopper ride out.

I've never budgeted a trip.... but I don't have any interest in staying 5 star, or even 2, 3 or 4 star. I spent my working life staying in the higher end places. They're antiseptic. The staff smile because it's their job to smile. I prefer staying in cheap guesthouses - and the staff interact with you if they like you. The most I've paid for a room, once I left Oz, was IIRC, $70 a night... here:

http://i240.photobucket.com/albums/ff112/igatenby/Malaysia%20and%20Thailand%20by%20Super%20Enduro/058.jpg (http://s240.photobucket.com/user/igatenby/media/Malaysia%20and%20Thailand%20by%20Super%20Enduro/058.jpg.html)

But what I remember of there had nothing to do with the room... it was the birdwatching and seeing Gibbons in the wild (again).

I guess if you want to budget... it's say $25 for a room, $30 food and drink, $20 fuel, $6 - 10 for a massage, $10 spares and maintenance..... and we're at $95 a day there. Throw a big night in with some mates and the food and drink might easily hit $60 on it's own... over $125. Sure.... some days are cheaper, but others have entrance fees to pay, or a guide.... and it adds up.

I can see $6,000 to $10,000 of my friend's budget being in airfares and freight. Add in bikes and their prep at another $10,000. There's $20k off the top.... leaving $200 a day.

amish rob
08-13-2017, 05:29 PM
Maaaate..... I've got but one word for you.....

KTM

There, I've gone and said it.

Oh, yeah, sure. I'm with you.

But I got four words, Mate. Bought and paid for. :)

At the very least I'd need risers or new bars on a KTM, too, because I'm tall, and standing up with short bars sucks. Also, I'd probably want wider pegs, at least, on account of my size 49s (14, y'all).

The case guard and bark busters? Shoot, I could buy them, and every other farkle made for the Kwak, and still be able to cover gas and insurance for a year for the price of a KTM.

Plus, this dumb thing is bone simple. I've already been pretty deep in its guts. It's pretty much a lawnmower with electronic ignition. Simple.

As to the dealer prep. Same dealer. And I'd be even more irate if I paid double for my bike and had the bars clamped in wrong, the rear brake light switch adjusted wrong... I don't even want to start.

Peace,
Robert

If your buddies pass through central California, I can point out some good roads on the map, and treat them to a real meal, eh. They probably don't want to miss Yosemite. :)

Peace,
Robert

The Bigfella
08-13-2017, 06:13 PM
Oh, yeah, sure. I'm with you.

But I got four words, Mate. Bought and paid for. :)

At the very least I'd need risers or new bars on a KTM, too, because I'm tall, and standing up with short bars sucks. Also, I'd probably want wider pegs, at least, on account of my size 49s (14, y'all).

The case guard and bark busters? Shoot, I could buy them, and every other farkle made for the Kwak, and still be able to cover gas and insurance for a year for the price of a KTM.

Plus, this dumb thing is bone simple. I've already been pretty deep in its guts. It's pretty much a lawnmower with electronic ignition. Simple.

As to the dealer prep. Same dealer. And I'd be even more irate if I paid double for my bike and had the bars clamped in wrong, the rear brake light switch adjusted wrong... I don't even want to start.

Peace,
Robert

If your buddies pass through central California, I can point out some good roads on the map, and treat them to a real meal, eh. They probably don't want to miss Yosemite. :)

Peace,
Robert

Brake lights? What are they? :d

Yeah, seriously, the only light on my KTM in Asia is the LED headlight. The only other electrics are the radiator fan (an optional extra) and the horn.... which is essential.

As for boots. Yep, I'm a size 49 too. I just pulled out my new Forma boots for today's ride. It's all bitumen today, unfortunately, as one of Ian's Harem won't ride in the dirt.

Here's what I did to my first pair of boots in Asia. The Ho Chi Minh Trail in the wet season is no place for leather

http://i240.photobucket.com/albums/ff112/igatenby/Beer%20Lao/061-3.jpg (http://s240.photobucket.com/user/igatenby/media/Beer%20Lao/061-3.jpg.html)

I rode for several more months with those boots - taped together with duck tape

skaraborgcraft
08-14-2017, 01:56 AM
I wore the same pair of leak proof Derri boots for some years.....

https://guideimg.alibaba.com/images/shop/71/08/14/2/unisex-derri-boots-black_2850242.jpg

Only replaced them because of the smell.........

Ron Williamson
08-14-2017, 05:36 AM
A couple of mates have just started an adventure ride in the Americas. Flew into Canada... first stop was Vancouver Island. Post just now says something about gold river. They are doing Alaska to Patagonia, or something like that. Six months. Budget is around $50k each.

https://scontent-sea1-1.xx.fbcdn.net/v/t1.0-9/20841851_10212747031889541_7209379472110478247_n.j pg?oh=ec9c35ea6864deb83072bfd553fdf999&oe=5A1E469F

The road into Gold River is lovely.
Well maintained,smoothish,nice sweepers, S bends and fantastic scenery.
The gravel roads beyond there are more of an adventure.
R

The Bigfella
08-14-2017, 04:57 PM
The problem with leak-proof boots is, there's no leaks for the water to drain out of them.... My boots were wet the whole 10 days / 3000 km of our Cape York trip because the water kept coming in from the top.

http://i240.photobucket.com/albums/ff112/igatenby/Cape%20and%20Asia/Pascoe.jpg (http://s240.photobucket.com/user/igatenby/media/Cape%20and%20Asia/Pascoe.jpg.html)

Meanwhile, yesterday's adventure ride also entailed some hiking, up the remnants of the Great North Road... a convict-built road, constructed nearly 200 years ago, and, four ferry rides. Here we are on the Hawkesbury River

https://scontent-syd2-1.xx.fbcdn.net/v/t1.0-9/20882041_10154951973259786_7394324600332525532_n.j pg?oh=84a392c4d60475710e5e152ef42d9b4d&oe=5A32AEDC

Me, being called into action at The Settlers Arms, built in 1836, where we stopped for lunch (and, truth be told, a couple of real ales)

https://scontent-syd2-1.xx.fbcdn.net/v/t1.0-9/20840790_10154951973544786_8858744141285824722_n.j pg?oh=344cb0f4bf06c5adf316a32326407916&oe=5A2624D7

There was even a Madonna moment

https://scontent-syd2-1.xx.fbcdn.net/v/t31.0-8/20863429_10214034174717752_7972138580139572318_o.j pg?oh=4dbaa5e3d285b68790cc374716204f63&oe=5A1D111B

Wharf Street..... no river traffic any more, but I'll post a photo later showing that the big boats used to get up this way

https://scontent-syd2-1.xx.fbcdn.net/v/t31.0-8/20785680_10214034070715152_6194242771280797811_o.j pg?oh=0791473b2211432b4c03ea7cdac813a3&oe=59EADBEE

The Bigfella
08-14-2017, 06:18 PM
Paula broke a nail, checking her tyre pressures before the ride. Would you believe we actually finished the ride at the local shops.... so she could get her nails done

https://photos.smugmug.com/Randoms-6/i-4Qq3Vs3/0/e31dfdcb/X3/brokennail-X3.jpg

Sheesh. See what riding with a harem does for you?

https://scontent-syd2-1.xx.fbcdn.net/v/t1.0-9/20841876_10154951973849786_588611927468590742_n.jp g?oh=5bfe04cd1a5d8b9a18ad6e62f079945f&oe=5A2CE542

We rode alongside the Macdonald River. The wattle is starting to flower in the background. I love the sandstone hills around Sydney

https://photos.smugmug.com/Randoms-6/i-2cBTfrG/0/78ab5ea5/X3/macdonaldriver-X3.jpg

Speaking of sandstone... these sandstone blocks form the convict road. All cut by hand, nearly 200 years ago. Over 700 convicts worked for years to build the 264km road connecting Sydney to the Hunter Valley. Only about 40km of it survives... and pushbikes and feet are all that are allowed on it now

https://scontent-syd2-1.xx.fbcdn.net/v/t1.0-9/20800336_10154951973064786_5754899250412322315_n.j pg?oh=6a9411c78ce65a2de2dff0c7c26390ef&oe=5A337BFC

The Bigfella
08-14-2017, 10:39 PM
Hopefully, Rob's out riding.... taking some photos.

Here's the boat photo I promised.... gotta be a very, very old shot


https://photos.smugmug.com/Randoms-6/i-2NmD8XH/0/83ae77b9/X3/photomacdonaldr-X3.jpg

Now - some adventure. The clown on the left in this photo caused some adventure yesterday

https://photos.smugmug.com/Randoms-6/i-H7zWDMX/0/fd6d2670/X3/yobbo-X3.jpg

He was in a group of four bikes. The first one pulled out from a side road in front of me.... and he blindly followed. I had to slam the brakes on to avoid T-boning him. I'm guessing from his accent, listening to them at the first ferry, that he's a visiting German on a borrowed bike. Two of the four were Aussies, two were heavily accented. Bloody nong. Just after this photo, he overtook the tanker, over unbroken double lines, with a car coming the other way. He didn't even use the bike's performance.... and the result was almost the end of him.

A bit of a blurry shot.. but this was the first of four ferry rides we did on Monday

https://photos.smugmug.com/Randoms-6/i-WdgbC5N/0/9a774a69/X3/ferryboard-X3.jpg

It's winter here and some of the corners still had moisture on the road, even in the afternoon. This particular set of nice climbing corners was a bit spoilt by a spill from a tanker... just water, but enough to take the enthusiasm out of us

https://photos.smugmug.com/Randoms-6/i-F8wTVvN/0/fdeb602a/X3/sandstonehill-X3.jpg


Speaking of enthusiasm... the Princess complained of boredom on a recent ride... not enough cornering. She loved it yesterday, and with two very generous chardonnays in her, was an enthusiastic contributor to the cornering. Her timing on the leans was about a half second ahead of mine though... but I didn't scold her

It's definitely good to ride on a Monday though.... this pub gets crowded on the weekends

https://photos.smugmug.com/Randoms-6/i-7WHd4Z4/0/588eb313/X3/pockrocks-X3.jpg

The pocket rockets reminded me yesterday.... I'm 20% heavier than the two of them put together. How very ungracious of them, eh?

amish rob
08-15-2017, 01:11 AM
No real rides. Just scootering for transportation. Incidentally, if you have some heavier than stock rollers and a fancy belt, a Zuma will just destroy a 250 Ninja. Light after light. What? I can only handle so much revving. :)

The KLR has gotten a new shift lever (which, what a freaking racket. I'm in the wrong business) and a phone case and mount. The phone case is a pouch with a waterproof phone sleeve attached to a little compartment. Phone in top, showing, with papers and snacks in the little pouch.
It mounts on the crossbar just to the left of center, so I can access the phone with my left while riding, if need.

Yes, I've downloaded a map of the area I was in into my phone. Now I can navigate, there...

This week is work and bike cleaning so I can take her back up to the dirt again. This time to some of the big trees, dang it.

Peace,
Robert