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#524271 - 09/26/09 09:16 PM Re: TAT Part 2...or "how to pass a Kidney stone. [Re: Kenny Haynes]  
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WOW!

Bill, we gotta go back out there. thumbsup


Danny

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#524282 - 09/26/09 10:04 PM Re: TAT Part 2...or "how to pass a Kidney stone. [Re: Kenny Haynes]  
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Salida (Suh-lie-duh).....Tomichi (Toe-mee-chee). grin

Don't think I can top your guys pictures this day.

After waiting for big-t for a bit near the top of Hancock, I decided to head back down to see if he was ok. I was greeted with this view and knew all was pretty much ok:



I was trying to give Kenny a long-distance "thumbs up", which I guess looked like a "come back, we need help" from that far away. But we eventually all got back together at the top of the pass and big-t got down on his knees to <insert caption here>:



big-t can never resist a good cow picture. The bull (just out of the picture) was not happy at all with us:



A little test to see how long it would take Kenny to get the SE turned around for a picture. Answer: About a mile. grin


The rain was moving in fast:


We didn't dodge all of it:


Day 3:
A great day and many passes await outside of Lake City, but wait...drama...



Mark Davis
#524313 - 09/27/09 12:08 AM Re: TAT Part 2...or "how to pass a Kidney stone. [Re: StretchMark]  
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The next day was a wash,We have done a number of trips together without any mechanical issues,so we were due...When I fired up the bike it had a rough idle,but by the time I got to the local grocery store it seemed alright,so I filled up with the best they had...87 octane ...,should work until I can get to somewhere that has the prescribed 91 stuff.

Kenny and Mark filled there also.


Loaded my gear and took off,all of 30 feet before it stalled,Hmmm,tried it 30 more feet before it quit,and then again.After a few more trys it wouldn't hit a lick.First thought was the fuel,but the others had filled there also and their bikes were running.


First time disassembling the bike revealed I needed a lot more tools than was provided in the tool kit.

Normally,I like to go thru the bike before leaving on a trip and make sure the tools needed are onboard,but in this case the bike was almost brand new and I really didn't have the time,besides that,everyone knows BMWs don't break down.. rofl

Spent several hours trouble shooting the basics,injector was pulsing,plugs were providing spark,bypassed the side stand switch and disconnected the o2 sensor,but the plugs kept flooding.Even bought a new set and it still wouldn't start,We were burning valuable riding time so the decision was made for Mark and Kenny to ride the 100 miles for the truck while I reassembled the bike and waited on a rental cabin porch in the rain.


When they returned I loaded and headed for Grand Junction BMW,to be on their doorstop when they opened in the morning,since the bike is still under warranty.The others would continue on the route the next day and I would catch up later.

Most of the next day was spent at the Grand Junction Harley/BMW shop watching the Harleys ride in and the BMWs being trailered in.Seems like there was an epidemic of dead BMWs that day...

I explained to the mechanic at the dealer what I had checked and he got to work,no codes showing and a check of the fuel pressure revealed it was a bit low.Apparently he has replaced the pumps on several of these bikes,but before ordering a new one he wanted to remove the filter and recheck the pressure.


Like most FI units the filter is in the tank. It was not long before he returned with the filter in hand and said the gas had a funky smell to it,maybe like a slight odor of diesel.He said” I'm going to try a long shot and dump all the fuel ,flush the pump,filter and lines and give it another try”.He was right on the money,bike fired and ran good.


He earned a nice tip for his work.....



Finally figured out the reason the other bikes ran,was when they filled, they still had a gallon or more fuel left in their tanks which diluted the bad fuel.Mine was almost completely empty when I filled it.DUH



BTW:Thanks to you folks that provided the internet research while the bike was down.



My only picture for the day

The Potting shed,complete with electric fence to keep out the four legged critters....including BEARS.. eek







Time for Mark and Kenny to report on their next day


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#524317 - 09/27/09 12:18 AM Re: TAT Part 2...or "how to pass a Kidney stone. [Re: big-t]  
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At least you didn't have a jet fall out. tongue

Good news is, you're still in Colorado. thumbsup


Danny

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'10 530 XC-W Six Days
'90 RMX 250 (woods weapon)
'02 GasGas 280 Pro (Squirrel)
'08 Black Lab (Auto)
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#524330 - 09/27/09 01:20 AM Re: TAT Part 2...or "how to pass a Kidney stone. [Re: Huzband]  
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Originally Posted By: Huzband
WOW!

Bill, we gotta go back out there. thumbsup


I know. I'm thinking... : )


Bill

I didn't just ride in on a Buell.

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#524334 - 09/27/09 01:25 AM Re: TAT Part 2...or "how to pass a Kidney stone. [Re: roadscholar]  
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Originally Posted By: roadscholar
Originally Posted By: Huzband
WOW!

Bill, we gotta go back out there. thumbsup


I know. I'm thinking... : )



Can I come with ya?


Phil Challinor

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#524342 - 09/27/09 01:31 AM Re: TAT Part 2...or "how to pass a Kidney stone. [Re: Firefight911]  
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Originally Posted By: Huzband
WOW!

Bill, we gotta go back out there. thumbsup


I know. I'm thinking... : )



Can I come with ya?


If we get something figured out, you bet.


Bill

I didn't just ride in on a Buell.

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#524363 - 09/27/09 02:55 AM Re: TAT Part 2...or "how to pass a Kidney stone. [Re: roadscholar]  
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...and pictures don't even begin to do this place justice!

Well, after a soggy, windy ride to get big-t’s truck, Kenny and I decided it was time to do a little something just for ourselves. Something we rarely do…always thinking about and doing for others… smirk

Kenny and I headed back to some familiar territory and rode the Alpine Loop from Lake City to Ouray. Really fun stuff and not too technical. Kenny turned me loose on the Super Enduro for the climb up to Cinnamon Pass. Not sure what I was doing here, but it certainly was not a yawn. The SE is just an incredible bike for that climb!


I think I will retire right here:


Kenny and I checked out a couple of side roads that went nowhere:


Then hit California Pass and Hurricane Pass:


Then over towards Corkscrew Pass


We decided to run into Ouray so we could get phone service and check on Todd. Still no progress on the bike, so after a little detour to Ridgway to find brake pads, we started to get back on Todd’s route. The route called for us to go over Ophir Pass, but the “been there done that” factor was high, plus we had some nagging regrets that we had not tried Black Bear pass last year.

We blasted up Big Bear pass thinking “what’s the big deal?”. It was rough, but really not too technical.


Goind down the other side didn’t look so bad either:


But it started to get a bit steeper:


And steeper. This was a bit of a pucker moment as you had to let the bike roll over a ledge but still get enough brake to make the 90 degree right at the bottom. It probably wasn’t that bad, but the severe penalty of missing that turn probably made us think about it a bit longer than we normally would


As soon as I saw this famous house I knew we were past the rough stuff and we could sail right into Telluride:


We hooked back up with big-t’s route outside of Telluride and realized we still had a looooong way to go to Monticello Utah, so not many pictures here. We started flying through some of the smoother gravel roads trying to make up time and outrun all of the storms popping up around us. Right as the thunder and lightning started getting really intense, we ran into a fenced off portion of the trail so we had to backtrack. Luckily that took us away from the storms.


We get a message big-t was on his way to Monticello. We didn’t make it in until well after dark. We cruised through town looking for big-t’s bike at a hotel or restaurant, but no luck. We decided to park our bikes under the lights at the first restaurant in town, grab an incredibly mediocre meal, and hope big-t found us.
Finally we remembered the Spot Tracker. We called Christine and asked her to check where Todd was only to realize he was still 1.5 hrs away. The temps were dropping fast, so we decided to grab shelter for the evening. Unfortunately there was some BLM meeting, coupled with the opening of hunting season and some other event which filled up all 6 or 7 hotels in Monticello.

Kenny decided to use his southern charm and boyish good looks to sweet talk a very nice young lady at the last hotel. She came through for us big time with a conference room and 3 roll-away beds. We were not too thrilled with the idea of driving another 60 or 100 miles for a hotel, so $15/head for a conference room was a great deal.
It was also fantastic to have big-t back with us for the adventure


I’m sure Kenny has a few other good shots from this very long day. thumbsup


Mark Davis
#524451 - 09/27/09 02:44 PM Re: TAT Part 2...or "how to pass a Kidney stone. [Re: StretchMark]  
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Though saddened by not having Big-T with us, I was elated to be back on the Alpine Loop trail again. It was so much fun when we were here in 2007. I wanted to get Mark’s opinion on the se in this terrain, so we switched out for the climb up Cinnamon Pass. I don’t think he minded letting me have the klr for a few miles.



Though the road is a little rough in spots, it isn’t terribly technical. You can focus on the views which are spectacular throughout. Still, running off the road would be a very bad thing.





We didn’t take as many pictures through here since we had been here before, but I did get some video from the saddle. There is still a lot we haven’t done in this area, and I would go back tomorrow if I could. Click the picture.



Descending Corkscrew is another favorite.



Black Bear pass as Mark mentioned, had it’s moments but what a payoff. If you have Neduro’s advance dualsport dvd, this pass gets some good video coverage in it.



The little black dot over there is Mark.


Zoomed a little.


Telluride comes in to view.




Click pic.


Soon we were blasting through some national forest routes toward Monticello. Fun stuff through here. click pic.



I soon noticed that our headlights were so dirty I could not see Mark’s burning. Turned out the geriatric klr had blown a fuse, so as darkness drew near we unpacked it and replaced the fuse. By the time we got to Monticello it was well after dark, we were cold and hungry, and every hotel in town and in each town within a 60 mile radius was booked solid. Many thanks to the folks at Inn at the Canyons for accommodating us. The good news was Big-T was back with us. The week was flying by.

Tom, Bill and Danny, you would love this stuff.

More later…






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#524465 - 09/27/09 03:59 PM Re: TAT Part 2...or "how to pass a Kidney stone. [Re: StretchMark]  
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Mark, what days were ya'll out there? We might have passed ya--we were riding the RT's but did some "cage DS'ing" in the Ridgeline up to Ophir Pass, Alpine Loop, Animas Forks, and Yankee Boy Basin. We were in Ouray 9-8 thru 9-12. Can't wait to go back with the KLR & 650GS! GREAT ride report!!! wave

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