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Hello everyone!

 

I'm reserving this thread to post what I experienced while I took my plated CRF230F from Las Vegas through Death Valley. It was quite an adventure. I'll be posting a more in-depth story shortly but, for now, some quick snapshots:

 

 

Passing an overheated 510 shortly after starting the ride... A pretty typical scenario when riding a 230.

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The place with the most endemic species in the United States. That's pretty much what happens when there's a puddle in the middle of the desert!

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The hottest place on Earth, and the lowest ground in the United States.

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Rocks that move on their own  :confused:

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The Sierra Nevada Mountain Range, home of the highest ground in the United States. Wasn't I just at the lowest ground?!?

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This happened. This happened multiple times.

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From the hottest place on Earth... To mid-summer snow storm. Makes sense?

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And then the engine was apart due to a very STUPID mistake on my part... More on that later..

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I'm also putting together the videos from the ride. Here's the preview video!

 

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Death Valley,great riding.Soon as I plate my 230.Hope to return there.On your flat tires,are you using Ultra HD tubes?. Thanks for sharing.

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Death Valley,great riding.Soon as I plate my 230.Hope to return there.On your flat tires,are you using Ultra HD tubes?. Thanks for sharing.

 

I'll meet you when you come! Yep, several years ago you and I talked and I've been using UHD with slime mostly ever since, just had bad luck this time. That was back when Mike Haney did the machine work on my XR.

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Good deal,did you rip,or break off valve stem.This winter would like to ride DV again.Will bring Mike,he is riding with me right now.

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One day I rode my bicycle from Stovepipe Wells 80 miles to Lone Pine, next day Lone Pine to Mt. Whitney end of pavement and back to Lone pine.  It was an annual race for many years every May 'til CHP shut it down around 2001.  The organizer returned our entry fee checks but four of us rode it anyway.  Top competitors used to go 70mph down the grade into Panamint valley.  I was smoking my brakes just to stay under 30mph which seemed crazy fast.

 

After that ride, two riders in our group were inspired to peddle coast to coast. 

 

Death Valley is an amazing place.

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One day I rode my bicycle from Stovepipe Wells 80 miles to Lone Pine, next day Lone Pine to Mt. Whitney end of pavement and back to Lone pine.  It was an annual race for many years every May 'til CHP shut it down around 2001.  The organizer returned our entry fee checks but four of us rode it anyway.  Top competitors used to go 70mph down the grade into Panamint valley.  I was smoking my brakes just to stay under 30mph which seemed crazy fast.

 

After that ride, two riders in our group were inspired to peddle coast to coast. 

 

Death Valley is an amazing place.

 

I had a hard enough time with an engine doing the work for me! That sounds awesome though. 

 

Good deal,did you rip,or break off valve stem.This winter would like to ride DV again.Will bring Mike,he is riding with me right now.

 

Stem stayed on every time it went flat. Sounds good!

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Don't put the slime in until you need it.  It dries out in the tire and starts to clump up with all that air in there.  Carry a bottle of slime and use it fresh when needed.  Also, carry spare tubes.

 

Awesome trip !

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I am officially envious of your trip! I have been wanting to do this since before i got my plated bike. Just need to find the time and proper people to ride with. Really cool pics and i enjoyed the video. Cant wait to see the final cut. Great post. 

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oh man, that gives me the desert withdrawls bad

 

Time for a ride!

 

Don't put the slime in until you need it.  It dries out in the tire and starts to clump up with all that air in there.  Carry a bottle of slime and use it fresh when needed.  Also, carry spare tubes.

 

Awesome trip !

 

Yup, that was definitely my mistake. Luckily I had an extra tube which I ended up needing on the second day... More on that soon!

 

I am officially envious of your trip! I have been wanting to do this since before i got my plated bike. Just need to find the time and proper people to ride with. Really cool pics and i enjoyed the video. Cant wait to see the final cut. Great post. 

 

I was lucky enough to get the time off, but as far as other people... I just made some friends along the way!

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Awesome adventure, You traveled alone?. DV is one of my favorits places to visit also, but I have done it by SUV only so far. Makes me want to plate my bike and do the same. Keep the vids coming, nice job.

 

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Seems like somebody could design a thin impenetrable tire liner out of some space age material to go between tire and tube..... Something no thorn etc could get through. Would not stop pinch flats but thorns and needles ruined many a ride when I lived in Arizona. That was before Mousse tubes etc but just saying???????

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Awesome adventure, You traveled alone?. DV is one of my favorits places to visit also, but I have done it by SUV only so far. Makes me want to plate my bike and do the same. Keep the vids coming, nice job.

 

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That's a nice graveyard find! I say plate your bike and do it. It was the perfect escape from normal, crazy life.

 

Seems like somebody could design a thin impenetrable tire liner out of some space age material to go between tire and tube..... Something no thorn etc could get through. Would not stop pinch flats but thorns and needles ruined many a ride when I lived in Arizona. That was before Mousse tubes etc but just saying???????

 

If somebody did make that, I'd be the first to buy it! 

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More in-depth story:

Part 1... Henderson, NV, to Lovell Canyon.

 

So I loaded all of my junk onto the bike at midnight, before leaving in the morning. I actually packed way too heavy. I brought 4 pairs of clothing... totally unnecessary... Ended up wearing the same nasty crap for the whole ride! I packed all my clothing, personal hygiene kit, food and camping gear into 3 Alps Mountaineering compression bags ( http://amzn.to/1hFxz7G ), a sack that lets you pack a large volume and then smash it down to a small volume. My camping setup was pretty simple; weatherproof sleeping bag cover ( http://amzn.to/1hFxG3b ), Small but effective sleeping bag ( http://amzn.to/1JZz2Rb ), and a hammock with tree straps ( http://amzn.to/1fhpfcw ). It all fit into two medium sized and one small alps bag. I also had an extra gallon of fuel in my Fandango Tank Bag ( http://amzn.to/1PfGebC ) which I did end up needing! All of my tools were stuffed into the Mojavi soft bags ( http://amzn.to/1fhpAMi ). I also brought a 2.5" hard drive and portable charger ( http://amzn.to/1fhqXug ) to keep my camera going the whole trip. Definitely ended up needing that stuff too. 

 

The bike ended up looking like this: 

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The windscreen is known as "The Trashcan." It works well and anyone can make one for $0-$12

 

 

 

The next day I left at about 7:00AM, not even very early because with this ride I wanted to care about timing as little as possible... Just wanted some freedom! I hopped on the 215 Beltway (A freeway that wraps around Las Vegas) from Henderson, NV, after fueling up. Yes, the 230 can still do freeway when weighed down by a bunch of adventure crap! In the picture below Vegas is off to the left, faintly visible in the distance.

vlcsnap-2015-08-15-20h54m25s262.png

 

 

I headed west out of Las Vegas to get to the Red Rock Canyon National Conservation Area. This is where I first met up with Mr. Jay and his Husky 510. There's a toll stop, but government employees get in free (Woohoo!).

 

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This is a beautiful, protected area with huge sandstone cliffs of a deep red-orange color. The road I was on is called the Scenic Loop, and goes to various trail heads where people park and go hiking.

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The Rainbow Mountains, the first mountains I'd pass through on this trip!

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One of the trail heads continues on to Rocky Gap Road, a road in unmaintained condition (the way I like it) which passes through the mountains to get to Lovell Canyon.

 

Here's some Rocky Gap Road: 

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Rocky Gap has some pretty neat cliffs as well:

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The uphill portion of Rocky Gap is where I ran into Mr. Jay again... This time with a spewing bike. He ended up calling it a day and heading home.

 

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This is where Rocky Gap starts to live up to its name:

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But it quickly turns back into a normal road... Heading towards Lovell Canyon:

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Made it through to Lovell Canyon with some morning still left. It no longer looked like a morning though. It was becoming overcast pretty quickly.

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And that's all I've got for now. Here's a video of Part 1!

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More in-depth story:

Part 1... Henderson, NV, to Lovell Canyon.

 

So I loaded all of my junk onto the bike at midnight, before leaving in the morning. I actually packed way too heavy. I brought 4 pairs of clothing... totally unnecessary... Ended up wearing the same nasty crap for the whole ride! I packed all my clothing, personal hygiene kit, food and camping gear into 3 Alps Mountaineering compression bags ( http://amzn.to/1hFxz7G ), a sack that lets you pack a large volume and then smash it down to a small volume. My camping setup was pretty simple; weatherproof sleeping bag cover ( http://amzn.to/1hFxG3b ), Small but effective sleeping bag ( http://amzn.to/1JZz2Rb ), and a hammock with tree straps ( http://amzn.to/1fhpfcw ). It all fit into two medium sized and one small alps bag. I also had an extra gallon of fuel in my Fandango Tank Bag ( http://amzn.to/1PfGebC ) which I did end up needing! All of my tools were stuffed into the Mojavi soft bags ( http://amzn.to/1fhpAMi ). I also brought a 2.5" hard drive and portable charger ( http://amzn.to/1fhqXug ) to keep my camera going the whole trip. Definitely ended up needing that stuff too. 

 

The bike ended up looking like this: 

vlcsnap-2015-08-15-20h51m05s021.png

The windscreen is known as "The Trashcan." It works well and anyone can make one for $0-$12

 

 

 

The next day I left at about 7:00AM, not even very early because with this ride I wanted to care about timing as little as possible... Just wanted some freedom! I hopped on the 215 Beltway (A freeway that wraps around Las Vegas) from Henderson, NV, after fueling up. Yes, the 230 can still do freeway when weighed down by a bunch of adventure crap! In the picture below Vegas is off to the left, faintly visible in the distance.

vlcsnap-2015-08-15-20h54m25s262.png

 

 

I headed west out of Las Vegas to get to the Red Rock Canyon National Conservation Area. This is where I first met up with Mr. Jay and his Husky 510. There's a toll stop, but government employees get in free (Woohoo!).

 

vlcsnap-2015-08-15-20h57m46s284.png

 

This is a beautiful, protected area with huge sandstone cliffs of a deep red-orange color. The road I was on is called the Scenic Loop, and goes to various trail heads where people park and go hiking.

vlcsnap-2015-08-15-21h05m27s703.png

 

vlcsnap-2015-08-15-21h02m18s819.png

 

 

The Rainbow Mountains, the first mountains I'd pass through on this trip!

vlcsnap-2015-08-15-21h12m38s441.png

 

vlcsnap-2015-08-15-21h14m27s594.png

 

vlcsnap-2015-08-15-21h19m02s693.png

 

One of the trail heads continues on to Rocky Gap Road, a road in unmaintained condition (the way I like it) which passes through the mountains to get to Lovell Canyon.

 

Here's some Rocky Gap Road: 

vlcsnap-2015-08-15-21h22m43s014.png

 

vlcsnap-2015-08-15-21h23m40s865.png

 

Rocky Gap has some pretty neat cliffs as well:

vlcsnap-2015-08-15-21h27m51s852.png

 

The uphill portion of Rocky Gap is where I ran into Mr. Jay again... This time with a spewing bike. He ended up calling it a day and heading home.

 

vlcsnap-2015-08-11-21h10m49s901.png

 

This is where Rocky Gap starts to live up to its name:

vlcsnap-2015-08-15-21h34m09s837.png

 

vlcsnap-2015-08-15-21h35m59s854.png

 

vlcsnap-2015-08-15-21h33m21s556.png

 

But it quickly turns back into a normal road... Heading towards Lovell Canyon:

vlcsnap-2015-08-15-21h31m53s871.png

 

Made it through to Lovell Canyon with some morning still left. It no longer looked like a morning though. It was becoming overcast pretty quickly.

vlcsnap-2015-08-15-21h38m37s330.png

 

And that's all I've got for now. Here's a video of Part 1!

Ok If I plate my Crf, Im going to hold to riding up there. Thanks for posting great story.

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I'm just glad to see national TV celebrity FrickinJim didn't forget his roots. The 230.

 

:lol:  This is only the beginning for the 230! 

 

 

Edit - Photos won't be available for today... switching the host.

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Unfortunately, I had to switch photo hosts as the previous host had an error and lost everything.

 

There is no edit option on my previous posts so I'll just repost them with photos re-upped....

 

 

 

More in-depth story:
 
Part 1... Henderson, NV, to Lovell Canyon.
 
 
 
So I loaded all of my junk onto the bike at midnight, before leaving in the morning. I actually packed way too heavy. I brought 4 pairs of clothing... totally unnecessary... Ended up wearing the same nasty crap for the whole ride! I packed all my clothing, personal hygiene kit, food and camping gear into 3 Alps Mountaineering compression bags ( http://amzn.to/1hFxz7G ), a sack that lets you pack a large volume and then smash it down to a small volume. My camping setup was pretty simple; weatherproof sleeping bag cover ( http://amzn.to/1hFxG3b ), Small but effective sleeping bag ( http://amzn.to/1JZz2Rb ), and a hammock with tree straps ( http://amzn.to/1fhpfcw ). It all fit into two medium sized and one small alps bag. I also had an extra gallon of fuel in my Fandango Tank Bag ( http://amzn.to/1PfGebC ) which I did end up needing! All of my tools were stuffed into the Mojavi soft bags ( http://amzn.to/1fhpAMi ). I also brought a 2.5" hard drive and portable charger ( http://amzn.to/1fhqXug ) to keep my camera going the whole trip. Definitely ended up needing that stuff too.
 
 
 
The bike ended up looking like this:
 
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The windscreen is known as "The Trashcan." It works well and anyone can make one for $0-$12
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
The next day I left at about 7:00AM, not even very early because with this ride I wanted to care about timing as little as possible... Just wanted some freedom! I hopped on the 215 Beltway (A freeway that wraps around Las Vegas) from Henderson, NV, after fueling up. Yes, the 230 can still do freeway when weighed down by a bunch of adventure crap! In the picture below Vegas is off to the left, faintly visible in the distance.
 
20635656202_840c6c1fd8_b.jpg
 
 
 
 
 
I headed west out of Las Vegas to get to the Red Rock Canyon National Conservation Area. This is where I first met up with Mr. Jay and his Husky 510. There's a toll stop, but government employees get in free (Woohoo!).
 
 
 
20635654402_2c4cd22849_b.jpg
 
 
 
This is a beautiful, protected area with huge sandstone cliffs of a deep red-orange color. The road I was on is called the Scenic Loop, and goes to various trail heads where people park and go hiking.
 
 
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The Rainbow Mountains, the first mountains I'd pass through on this trip!
 
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20644785825_2325dc95fa_b.jpg
 
 
 
 
 
One of the trail heads continues on to Rocky Gap Road, a road in unmaintained condition (the way I like it) which passes through the mountains to get to Lovell Canyon.
 
 
 
Here's some Rocky Gap Road:
 
20458073749_c77b9c918a_b.jpg
 
 
 
20618526736_66221e0941_b.jpg
 
 
 
Rocky Gap has some pretty neat cliffs as well:
 
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The uphill portion of Rocky Gap is where I ran into Mr. Jay again... This time with a spewing bike clear.png
 
 
 
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This is where Rocky Gap starts to live up to its name:
 
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But it quickly turns back into a normal road... Heading towards Lovell Canyon:
 
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Made it through to Lovell Canyon with some morning still left. It no longer looked like a morning though. It was becoming overcast pretty quickly.
 
20456767210_bea7e9675b_b.jpg
 
 
 
And that's all I've got for now. Here's the video of Part 1!

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More in-depth story:

Part 1... Henderson, NV, to Lovell Canyon.

 

And that's all I've got for now. Here's a video of Part 1!

 

FJ - Is this video done after you switched from the 89a cam to the 40mc/402 cam?

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