D/S Two day epic Lost Coast/Redwoods ride.....epic fail is what it was,

So I have had this one penned in for two months.
Lost Coast
Redwoods
Mendocino Forest
Room, beers, storys, this should be all good!

Wrong,,,,,

Problem 1, Hull Mountain through the Mendocino forest still snowed in
on all North sides, no big a small change in course.

So I am out the door at 0540 for a great switchback road to lead me
to Ukiah so I can meet up with everyone. 50 miles of pure twist and
elevation change. Damn, I have knobs on and the road is wet and foggy
in parts. Oh well I have 450 miles to go of bad ass D/S ridding. So I make
Ukiiah, note I really need a new front tire.



So after 90 minutes of dickin around the group hauls ass over Cow MT, wet clay
and I do manage to stay with the main group. This about 60% of us. I am hanging
on the fringe taking the picture because I really do not want to be standing in the middle
of 100 joints being smoked.



So we then cross over to the Middlecreek area via another paved twist section.
Dry and Sunny and I was able to really haul ass in that section, 10 miles or so.
Some great high speed stuff in wet red clay and with bald front tire it was actually still
fun! Big slides equal big grins...for a whille. I did feel the front end going and fell way off pace.

Senor takes my tire off while I check the new tube. We only lose 15 minutes tops.



So Senor is happy with his productivity, and a side note. Off to the right you see a blown up newer Husky.
Another that has major problems but "can make it back to the truck". The other two Huskys of this Husky
foursome failed to make it this far. Maybe 75 miles in to the ride.



So once again we are off and mixing some slippery wet forest trails, and roads.
Lots of deep mud and water crossings. Out of nowhere Senor"s bike starts having
drastic rear end troubles. We bail out of the forest and into the town of Willits to see
what's up. We had been in a few harsh rock gardens that already costed me a tube
change. A broken spoke and a trashed bearing was found. Senor is the king
of maintenance and handles all of my major work. Not sure why this happened.




So I have a bearing and a hand removing it in minutes from a shop down the street.
I spent 90 minutes un sticking the race only to find the do not have both sides. This was a auto
parts store and they lent me the entire back shop and tools to help out, Class Acts!!!
Side note, not easy to ride and carry a entire rear wheel down 101, avoid if possible.

One bearing short.:rolleyes:


So now were stuck, broken bike and a quick call has another friend 5 miles away in his truck.
This is a good 75 miles from home, total score!!!!! He has a ride and transportation for his bike.



So being hours back I called it a weekend.

I did manage to back track and get some more riding in, well
over 200 for the day due to fast paced wet dirt roads and
twisty paved sections.



Took a picture of a barn I have been admiring.



Then had a Pepsi sitting on my bike around the corner from my house, warm
and breezy, certainly not a total loss.:thumb:

 
Some great pics. Did you get any story on the Husky's? Weird that there were 4 on the ride, and all 4 quit.
 
still a lot funner then sitting at home... i cant wait to get a D/S so i can do stuff like this.
I really cannot see not having a dirt bike and a D/S if one can fund it.
My DS is also a Motard, wheel sets helps.

Some great pics. Did you get any story on the Husky's? Weird that there were 4 on the ride, and all 4 quit.
One was fully blown up, the other had fuel management problems, the other
two were not even at Cow; it is debatable if they made it out of the parking lot.
It is funny, I see alot of them up here. As common as Yamahas and Hondas.
Half seem to run great and the other half are total shit! I have also seen two
major quality control issues on two separate bikes. I came very close to
buying one but a dealer mechanic whom works on them told me to buy a KTM.:shocked:

The DRZ works well for me, time will tell and I have one kid starting college in 6 weeks.
I think I will be just thankful for what I have.
 
I really cannot see not having a dirt bike and a D/S if one can fund it.
My DS is also a Motard, wheel sets helps.



One was fully blown up, the other had fuel management problems, the other
two were not even at Cow; it is debatable if they made it out of the parking lot.
It is funny, I see alot of them up here. As common as Yamahas and Hondas.
Half seem to run great and the other half are total shit! I have also seen two
major quality control issues on two separate bikes. I came very close to
buying one but a dealer mechanic whom works on them told me to buy a KTM.:shocked:

The DRZ works well for me, time will tell and I have one kid starting college in 6 weeks.
I think I will be just thankful for what I have.
if it wasnt for this hospital ****ing me over by trying to charge me 2500 to tell me to go on the B.R.A.T diet i would be sitting on a 2010 450 exe six days edition right now :(
one day soon tho i will have my 525 sx for the track and my DS for everything else.
 
I really cannot see not having a dirt bike and a D/S if one can fund it.
My DS is also a Motard, wheel sets helps.



One was fully blown up, the other had fuel management problems, the other
two were not even at Cow; it is debatable if they made it out of the parking lot.
It is funny, I see alot of them up here. As common as Yamahas and Hondas.
Half seem to run great and the other half are total shit! I have also seen two
major quality control issues on two separate bikes. I came very close to
buying one but a dealer mechanic whom works on them told me to buy a KTM.:shocked:

The DRZ works well for me, time will tell and I have one kid starting college in 6 weeks.
I think I will be just thankful for what I have.
Having kids is overrated, and kids in college are even worse. Stick to motorcycles, they're funner, and cheaper in the long run.:P
Awesome report by the way, I Roost in your general direction.:thumb:
 
Having kids is overrated, and kids in college are even worse. Stick to motorcycles, they're funner, and cheaper in the long run.:P
Awesome report by the way, I Roost in your general direction.:thumb:
I really like the kid part; it the thing that popped them out I can do without.:rolleyes:
Nothing better then a girlfriend whom owns her OWN house!:wave:
 
MY People!!!!!!!!!!:thumb::thumb::thumb:

My ex wife lets me raise my son because she clearly
see that he does alot better with me.

at least she is not delusional....:smirk:
 
THere are just too many great places to ride in this world!!!!!!! I need to get out and ride a little more:cry:
 
Nice positive spin to a ride report that could have been all bitching. I always enjoy the pics you take, and look forward to your next report. Hell, I really am going to do those fork seals.:rolleyes: Then we'll get to see some real side of the trail aftermath shots.:smirk:
 
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