Wednesday, October 2, 2013

Walmart Windscreen

Seems that wind screens for the DR650 run well over $100 for a good one.  But a plastic trash can from Walmart is about $10 and some 2" industrial strength velcro costs just a few dollars.
So I made a windscreen in less than an hour.

Not bad for under $15.  Keeps the wind off the chest and is easy to remove and put back on.

Wednesday, May 15, 2013

Sunday, May 12, 2013

LMR with'82 XT Flywheel

LMR got creative this evening a fabricated a special tool to enable him to re-mount the flywheel to 57.9 ft/lbs. The use of an actual piston stop was not required.

Saturday, May 4, 2013


The MotoBum Yamaha WR250F "Ripper" got a 30mm rise for 1 1/8" bars courtesy of Tusk today. They are shiny and new.

The stuff dreams are made of come really, really, really, cheap from Rocky Mountain ATV/MC.

Upon installation of some fresh ProTaper pillowy-soft grips, I had to cut-off the Anti-Rip Tip (TM) ends. Dirt bikes were made for ripping. Anything that gets in the way of a good rip has to be cut off. So, a crisp X-Acto blade came to the rescue. Ripping has now been authorized.

Motorcycles are safe once safety wire has been applied.

The Ripper is ready to rip.

Tuesday, April 9, 2013

2013 D100 Alternatives

Last Minute Ryan, Ghostface KLR, Shotgun Ruthie, and MotoBum all saddled-up on dual-sports. It wasn't for the annual Stumpjumpers Desert 100 event. It was for fun as everyone had decided not to attend the D100 for 2013.

The planned route looked like this:

But we ended up just here due to snow:

Fun was had. We crossed a couple of locked backcountry gates and had a really great time.

Here's the (unlisted) dual-sport video -- Port Townsend Dual-Sport:

Swamp Monster, and his dad David, had a separate D100 Alternative at Tahuya.

Here's the dirt bike evidence video -- A New Ride:

Friday, April 5, 2013

TDC 2012 WABDR Run - Retrospective

Eights months after the historic TDC run of the Washington Backcountry Discovery Route, Last Minute Ryan (LMR), Swamp Monster, and MotoBum each take a moment to tell about their favorite part of the trip.

LMR Speaks - The Bike video:

Swamp Monster Speaks - The Escape video:

MotoBum Speaks - The Ride video:

The Dirty Crew will adventure again.


Posts in this series:
TDC 2012 WABDR Run - Primer
TDC 2012 WABDR Run - Day 1 of 3
TDC 2012 WABDR Run - Day 2 of 3
TDC 2012 WABDR Run - Day 3 of 3
TDC 2012 WABDR Run - Retrospective

Thursday, April 4, 2013

TDC 2012 WABDR Run - Day 3 of 3

MotoBum and Swamp Monster got up early and made a mad off-road run to the Canadian border on the third day. Doubts were had as to whether or not it was possible to do WABDR sections 4, 5, and 6, and then ride all the way back to Seattle in one day. It was.

Chumstick Mountain video:

Chelan hang-out video:

MotoBum had lost his WABDR paper map and Washington State Discovery Pass along a highway connector. Swamp Monster found the map and the Disco Pass arrived in the mail a few days later. An honest person found it and mailed it to its rightful owner!

There weren't a lot of stops along the final day's journey to chat, take pictures, film videos, or sign autographs. The 21-hour day-in-the-making was starting to take its toll. The last digital memoir captures were few and far between. And both Swamp Monster and MotoBum were getting loopy from riding, riding more, and riding even more.

Section 5 video clips:

By the time we hit Conconully, it was time to head for home. But we didn't. With only 66 miles of the WABDR remaining, and no glimmer in the eye for realistically returning the same year to ride section 6, we decided to get crazy and just ride the damn thing -- the whole damn thing. And damn the consequences.

Destination Achieved video:

Sections 4, 5, and 6 are fast, faster, and fastest. We went, went, went all day and most of the night in order to achieve the three-day WABDR completion goal. It was a bittersweet victory as Last Minute Ryan missed the second half of the trek.

Overall, the route traverses some of the most scenic areas of Washington State. Many of the roads just follow ridge lines that provide views that can't be seen from any highway. It takes traveling the road less traveled see them. And words, pictures, or video do not do justice to the amazing beauty that lies right here in our backyard. It must be experienced personally to be fully appreciated.

Posts in this series:
TDC 2012 WABDR Run - Primer
TDC 2012 WABDR Run - Day 1 of 3
TDC 2012 WABDR Run - Day 2 of 3
TDC 2012 WABDR Run - Day 3 of 3
TDC 2012 WABDR Run - Retrospective

******* TDC 2012 WABDR Run Scenic Photo Gallery *******

Wednesday, April 3, 2013

TDC 2012 WABDR Run - Day 2 of 3

Day two and Section 2 (of 6) was the hardest day for us on the WABDR, both physically and psychically. After a great night of backcountry camping, we spent the day preparing and recoiling from the events that unfolded.

Tricky Bit 1:
Swamp Monster sees the baby-head sized rocks that make up the "road," stands up on the KLR, hammers the throttle, and scoots past trouble without breaking a sweat.

MotoBum stands up on his KLR, hammers the throttle, and winds-up sideways on the trail. Breaking a sweat maneuvering ADVstunt1 up the remaining bit, he makes it without actual incident on his not-wisely chosen 50/50 street/dirt tires.

Last Minute Ryan (LMR) uses his bald rear tire to spin-up a party and instantly tips over while trapping his right leg under the 450lb F800GS.

MotoBum talks and Last Minute Ryan talks crashing video:

Bonus Video -- Swamp Monster and 30k KLR Miles:

Tricky Bit 2:
All find a long uphill section with baby-head sized rocks a nice challenge on 400lb streetbikes.

Swamp Monster rides directly to the top of the mountain.

MotoBum rides up without incident after getting completely sideways a time or two... or three.

MotoBum rides all the way back down the mountain to look for Last Minute Ryan, who had trapped his right leg under the F800GS again while spinning up the bald rear tire. By the time LMR was found, the soft luggage had been unattached, the bike righted, and luggage reattached. Ryan was visibly upset that neither Swamp Monster nor MotoBum had been available to assist with the incident.

Section 2 did have many goods parts.

Three random clips from WABDR Section 2 video:

MotoBum Does His Best "Austin Vince" Impersonation on Umtanum Ridge

Tricky Bit 3:
Swamp Monster flies up a short but extremely steep and twisty baby-head sized rocks bit.

MotoBum flies up the bit, nearly crashing on both sides of the trail due to a wandering rear end.

Last Minute Ryan makes it. He did have a nice rest half-way up the worst imaginable place to stop though.

LMR Takes a Rest video:

As we rolled into Ellensburg to get our hard earned taco truck tacos, we were all sad to hear the truth -- LMR's leg was hurting badly. He'd be taking the I-90 westbound for two hours back home to Seattle. Dang.

Swamp Monster and MotoBum pressed on north of Ellensburg onto Section 3. Table Mountain. Check. Lion Rock. Check. Amazing vistas. Check. Closed-road gate. Circumvented. Large log crossing with loaded KLRs. Check. Risk death on 18" path next to washed-out ravine. Check. Burgers in Cashmere. Check. Camp 30 minutes north of Cashmere on Section 4 in the middle of absolutely nowhere. Priceless.

Road Closed... To Cars

No Problem. Right?

No Problem

MotoBum and Swamp Monster Camp and talk the day video:


Posts in this series:
TDC 2012 WABDR Run - Primer
TDC 2012 WABDR Run - Day 1 of 3
TDC 2012 WABDR Run - Day 2 of 3
TDC 2012 WABDR Run - Day 3 of 3
TDC 2012 WABDR Run - Retrospective