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PostPosted: Tue Feb 14, 2017 10:48 pm 
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For those not familiar with Geo Caching, check out https://www.geocaching.com/

I'm not going to give out any info on this Multi Cache other than to say the third and final coordinates are located south of Grandstand and Racetrack in Death Valley.
This Geo Cache will take over 300 miles, one way, to complete including stages 1 and 2. Very challenging and only a handful have completed this cache.

So while by friend Pat, on his KLR and I on my DR650 are heading that way, we decided to take the scenic route to get there.
Ridgecrest to Stovepipe wells to refuel.
Stovepipe wells to Ubehebe Crater
Ubehebe Crater to Tea Kettle Junction
Tea Kettle Junction to Grandstand/Racetrack
Then south to the final Geo Cache coordinates.
Then we will take Lippincott road out and work our way back to Ridgecrest

Planning on a one-two day trip.

I took my front TKC80 tire off and remounted in less than an hour as a test and practice. 21" not to bad at all. First ever MC tire change.
I will change the rear tire this week to get a feel for the harder tire change. Taking off a worn out TKC80 and mounting a new Shinko 244.

Currently looking at 24 Feb for start, weather permitting.
Pics to follow...

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PostPosted: Wed Feb 15, 2017 1:04 am 
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Sounds fun! With all the weather this winter, I bet the desert is beautiful right now!


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PostPosted: Thu Feb 16, 2017 1:29 am 
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I've been keeping an eye on conditions on that route, we'll be in that area just a few days after you and were hoping to do that same loop (but not geocaching). South Pass to Salina might still have some snow on it.

Have you done Lippencott before? If so, what would you rate the difficulty level?

This will be our first trip to Death Valley, trying to figure out what I'm in for... :bumps:

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PostPosted: Thu Feb 16, 2017 10:07 pm 
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The desert around here was a bloom a couple of years ago with the heavy rains, beautiful.
Expecting DV to be spectacular.

Changed the rear tire last night, 65 minutes start to finish, first rear tire change for me. Harder than the 21" front but a bit of patience, and a couple of drinks, and the new Shinko 244 was mounted up and ready to go.

I have not ridden Lippincott, watched a few of the you tube videos. 4x4 jeeps and trucks make it, shouldn't be too bad.
One video, the guy is riding a KTM1190 down it. A few others have DR/KLR size bikes and seems ok.
Hopefully the road is in good condition with the rains and not washed out. We'll see. Preparing for the worst.

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PostPosted: Thu Feb 16, 2017 10:40 pm 
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Sounds great, we'll probably attempt it, and just make sure we have enough gas with us to backtrack if necessary. Easy for the DR with the 5.3 gallon supertanker, but the KLX only has a 3 gallon tank, so if we get 90 miles in and have to turn around because of a huge washout, we'll need an extra gallon of gas on hand...

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PostPosted: Thu Feb 16, 2017 11:38 pm 
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I have a rotopax with a 2 gallon can.

If you don't have that. Home Depot and most hardware stores carry Trufuel, just make sure you don't get the premix (2 stroke) versions.
They have qt and gallon cans. Expensive but convenient and sealed and better than walking.

I'll post up as soon as I can on the trail conditions.
Feel free to drop me a PM to remind me if you don't' see a post before your trip or drop me an email.
kmargetta (at) yahoo dot com

:Roost: :woohoo: :bumps:

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PostPosted: Fri Feb 17, 2017 12:40 am 
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I'm planning to borrow a 1 gallon rotopax from my son for my wife's bike. That will give her about a 200 mile range, and me about 250. If all rides go as planned, we shouldn't need more than about 120 miles.

But things don't always go as planned...

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Thanks on the trail report, will be watching for it, and will probably email you with questions!

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PostPosted: Fri Feb 17, 2017 2:13 am 
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Lippincott is doable. I had a 14 tooth CS sprocket on, which helped. I should've flipped my Madstadt around before going up - ask my face shield how it knows.

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PostPosted: Fri Feb 17, 2017 12:35 pm 
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Great pics! Definitely looks doable even accounting for the camera making everything look flatter. :2_thumbsup:

I'm running 14-45 gearing on the DR, and the KLX is running 13-42 (plus has the 351 big bore kit for more low end grunt) so should be good on that!

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PostPosted: Fri Feb 17, 2017 4:39 pm 
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We will be going down Lippincott, not that it really matters. If I was going up, then I'd run the 14/45, great gear set for off road.
Might even take the extra gear and change if needed. 10 minutes tops.
I'll see how much room I have and and weight if I decide to carry the extra gear and tools.
I'm currently running 15/45 as we will have 100+ miles on slab, it's a good compromise at 3.0 ratio.

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