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  3. Since I first did this post I've had a LOT of pushback; most of which has been knee-jerk politically motivated stuff. But once or twice a few riders have made some excellent points about not just choosing who you buy your kit from but actually DOING something more constructive which is getting involved in the greater community. Get to know your local groups, BLM, etc... so you have not just a voice in what's done with the trails you like to ride but an active participant in keeping things working well and going smoothly.
  4. NavyNuke

    LAB2V 2019 Adventure Route

    Maybe blind test the roll chart too
  5. Jason R

    LAB2V 2019 Adventure Route

    When you get some assemblance of a route, let's test it out some weekend.
  6. Eric Hall

    LAB2V 2019 Adventure Route

    I got the opportunity to go to the AMA D37 meeting last night with all the LAB2V committee there and it was really something! Met a lot of great people who've been there since the event started (35 years)! I already knew three of them and saw a few other familiar faces. The agenda was basically going over what worked well and what didn't from the most recent event. The topic of big bikes came up and it triggered quite the discussion! I'm pleased to say though that they are extremely excited about offering an adventure bike route and very welcoming of "our kind." We did address the pushback some have voiced but they were clear that the AMA D37 welcomes adventure bike riders. What was really cool was a few of the old timers told stories of basically "when I first did the route in '84 I was on a 650L and had no idea what I was doing! The sweep was pushing me all day and I went out there with no tubes, no pump, etc..." The point was that we all start somewhere and that this event has always been a significant milestone and accomplishment for many people in their riding careers. That being said, I'm going to be spending a lot of time talking about preparation for this event for the average rider. I'll talk about practice, training, bike prep and what the big bike rider can expect. This isn't going to be a "Starbucks" ride either. It's the Mojave desert and even something we create for the big bikes is going to have its own series of challenges. I haven't ridden the southern portion of the CA BDR yet but I'm told it's actually quite challenging. This route will be similar I'm sure.
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  8. Eric Hall

    LAB2V 2019 Adventure Route

    Was not able to make the ride this weekend. My son had a volleyball tournament that I thought was Sat so I scheduled the ride for Sunday. Then I find out late that the tournament is actually Sunday so I had to bail but I think 4-5 still showed. It was Nich, @Trailzrider, @Bip Schkaboden, Rick Giroux and Drew. I heard that long straight road north was sprayed down with what smelled like sewage. I heard there were a lot of deep puddles from the rain and then a rock field over by Inscription Canyon but not too bad.
  9. greedyg

    KTM Rally 2018 Park City, UT

    it was rad
  10. Jason R

    KTM Rally 2018 Park City, UT

    I was done with that ride with the rocks! The single track was pretty epic.
  11. MotorradAngels

    Motorrad Angels

    Hey Everyone! It has been some time since I last posted. A much needed update is in order 😉. The team has been extensively working on clean water projects all over. We have had recent projects all throughout MichoacĂĄn, Mexico, La Guajira Colombia, and now gearing up for CĂșcuta, Colombia. The most recent project in La Guajira just ended where the team was able to set up massive two bucket systems to families in the community (Ill put a neat video down below). Come Feb/Mar 2019, we are getting ready to assist the Venezuela Refugees that are pouring into Colombia daily. If you are unfamiliar with what is going on there, Venezuela is seeing their worst economic crisis. Leaving millions with no option but to flee to other countries. Colombia however has implemented an open border for individuals to cross freely who are seeking to create a better life in Colombia. Ill post a video detailing very well the current situation. Our team will be down in CĂșcuta which is a bordering city to Venezuela and one of the main entry points, where we will be conducting clean water projects and assisting those who need medical, dental, and ophthalmic attention. Please be on the look out for our fundraising campaign! Safe riding everyone! (Venezuela Crisis) https://www.facebook.com/VoxBorders/videos/586851518401649/
  12. Don’t you just love that propaganda? “Thrillcraft” [emoji23]
  13. This is all fake news. I have yet to find any sources they are quoting... "22% of all pollution comes from thrill craft"??? Seriously?? And they say nothing about the equestrian culture, which have the highest impact of any one group, on trails and the management of trails. As per the Forest Service.
  14. Eric Hall

    The New BMW R1250 GS

    I got to see both the new 1250 GS AND GS Adventure yesterday at Irv Seaver BMW in Orange, CA. Devin (one of their sales guys) gave us his initial impressions and I will try and recall them to the best of my ability... He says at first it was difficult to tell the difference between the previous version but once he got on the throttle as well as the highway it because immediately apparent. This bike obviously has more total power but he says it has a much better bottom end now and will better lay down that power in ways the previous model wouldn't let you (with the traction control, etc...). He says it still has traction control but you don't necessarily feel the power cut out like you used to. He mentioned when Ducati first came out with variable valve timing that there was a pause or flat spot in the torque curve you could feel as the engine made those adjustments and he says this new GS has none of that; you won't feel any adjustment whatsoever. He says the previous model felt very good between 70-80 mph on the highway but pushing it to 90-100 and it didn't feel as planted. He says this new one feels good at 90 and will easily hit 120 although he says he's not going to attempt that (cough: liar). He says with the previous engine you could hear the engine at speed but this new one when you're up to cruising speed and the cam assist shifts into low that the engine is almost silent. He said 3rd gear wheelies are quite easy although I know the previous model would do that too. I obviously have a dirt bias and he really had nothing to offer here which is fine. The GS is such a great bike on the road. It's hard to ignore that.
  15. Eric Hall

    2018 Ken Mooty Memorial/CORVA Fundraiser

    @WADE-O Potato we have three events here in SoCal I do. Mojave first weekend in May, High Sierra Labor Day Weekend and this Death Valley event first weekend in Nov (may change that next year due to ADV Rally in Julian pulling riders away). Mojave and High Sierra are for @MotorradAngels and the DV one is for CORVA. We could always add an event. @Ben Wood wants to do an event in Oregon which I think is a great idea. It would be up to him who he wants to dedicate that to. I'm sure there are similar off-road advocacy groups up there he can pick from. I'll have to start thinking about another event! I'm working on a pretty exciting one now but it may not be the right one for CORVA right now.
  16. WADE-O Potato

    2018 Ken Mooty Memorial/CORVA Fundraiser

    What would it take to have more fundraiser events like this happen? It'd be awesome to raise more money for CORVA.
  17. Eric Hall

    990 Adventure VS 990 Supermoto engine

    Wish I could help you there
  18. MGorman

    2012 - 990 oil level

    I forgot, different display!
  19. Builder Mike

    2012 - 990 oil level

    That might a 2010 thing. The manual says 6 bars, which on the 2010 is about half way on the temp gauge. The manual also says operating temp. Basically, get it hot.
  20. MGorman

    2012 - 990 oil level

    6 bars? That's a bar below boiling over! My fan would come on at 5 bars so I changed the thermo switch to one from I believe a DRZ400, now it comes on just before it hits 5.
  21. Eric Hall

    KTM Rally 2018 Park City, UT

    Another video from Jordan who won the competition. I got to meet him last Sunday out in the desert at the Husky monument
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  23. Ride200mi

    That time I met Malcolm Smith

    Malcolm is just the nicest guy one could ever meet!!! I bought 2 Husky's from him personally. The 1st one in 1975. A 250 GP. He told me this bike is going to make me love riding!! The 2nd in 1985. I told him On Any Sunday made me cry from the joy he and Steve conveyed to me about motorcycles!! Attached is a pic of one of the trials rider in the film, Gary Steward. He lived near me and taught some trials stuff....
  24. Builder Mike

    990 Adventure VS 990 Supermoto engine

    So I recently destroyed my 2010 KTM 990 adventure engine (at least a cylinder and head) and it was easier to buy a new very low milage 2010 990 Supermoto engine to replace it with. I did a bunch of homework and verified the gearing is the same, the fit is correct, etc. Couple of differences I came across and I am wondering if anyone knows why. 1. The spark plugs are different size/model. Yes I even googled it, the SMT does takes a different plug. Why? 2. The front valve cover on the adventure has 2 oil lines connected to it, the SMT has 1. Again, why? I'm pretty sure I will take the adventure valve cover and put it on the SMT so I don't have to drill holes to customize it.
  25. Builder Mike

    2012 - 990 oil level

    My 990 manual says run till 6 bars when hot and check it while on the center stand. The oil expands a lot when hot, and if you forget the bit about the center stand you can overfill it by at least a half quart.
  26. Ride200mi

    Which GPS map devise should I buy?

    Which ones are the easiest to use for back tracking i.e. breadcrumbs? Following your trail back to where you started?
  27. Eric Hall

    LAB2V 2019 Adventure Route

    Not that we know yet. It's basically Palmdale to Barstow then Barstow to Vegas and has to share the same lunch/gas stop as the other routes which we don't know yet. Will most likely hit points of interest like Husky monument, petroglyphs, crash sites, dry lake beds, etc...
  28. Eric Hall

    Motoz Tires

    Kyle Bradshaw from Chapparal reviews the RallZ tire. I'd review mine but they're not worn out yet! lol
  29. Isaac Feliu

    Videos of Big Bikes Being Ridden Well!

    Yeah! G/S is the way to go! And if you try the new 1250 engine... just WoW. Lots of power. I mean: Lots. Much better than the 1200 Liquid Cooled! Yay!
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