This is a place where I post thoughts and information about riding again after all these years and the KLR 650 that I have for that purpose.

Sunday, November 28, 2004

Here's one for you (care of Wild Bill Monahan)

Take 80 east for about four hours and stop in Elko for (breakfast,
lunch, whatever) food and a pee break. Gamble a half hour, then gas
up and head about 30 miles further east to the Deeth exit. Go under
the highway and get on Deeth-Charleston Road, go about twenty five
miles north on this road through open range, stop at the
intersection with Jarbidge Road, take Jarbidge Road up to Jarbidge,
where you can stay at the hotel and gamble, drink, eat, whatever,
it's a very cool little place. Not to mention that this ride will
absolutely blow you away merely by the fact that it's so spectacular
and yet it is in Nevada. From Jarbidge the next day you can take
any variety/difficulty or roads up out of the Jarbidge River canyon
and then across the Snake River Plain and get up to 84 in Idaho if
you want, or come back 51/225 into NV from Bruneau. Or you could
ride over to the Owyhee Scenic Byway and do that, then take 396 or
140 or 80 back to Tahoe. All in a couple of days, all spectacular,
and all kind of "easy" (except you can run into absolutely any kind
of trouble in the Owyhee Desert, it's one of the most remote places
in the US, so be prepared to be without any help from anyone out
there, it's empty). This is one of the best rides I've ever been on
in my life.

I haven't done this ride myself and suspect that at least a few laws were broken somewhere along the way when he did...

Saturday, November 27, 2004


I'm installing a few goodies that I finally broke down and ordered.So far, I have a new set of IMS superstock footpegs, some gel grips, Moose skid plate, and a set of Maier handguards all installed. I need to get some hardware to attach a set of brush guards and I'll have everything in place. I've had to do a little trimming and improvising to get things set up. That included adjusting my gear shift a little higher to allow me to clear the wider pegs, trim the ends off the grips & throttle to make room for the handguards, and I'll probably need to do the same with the brush guards. The end result is giving me a better set up bike with some protection for me and the KLR. I have a few other ideas such as reinstall the piglet outlet for the trickle charger and come up with a better travel storage setup. I'm sure I'll come up with others. Next I need to do a few shakedown rides to see how things hold up.

Tuesday, November 09, 2004

Death Valley Daze?

I'm filing this one here for a possible start the new year off right ride. I was just in DV on a car camping trip via Great Basin National Park, and Zion.

Message: 25
Date: Tue, 9 Nov 2004 21:28:10 -0800
From: "mike torst"
Subject: RE: Death Valley Daze - info links and such Jan 28 2005 -
KLRs and other brands

Here is some more info that may be of help for those that haven't been
to DVDaze before.

DVDaze (DVD) is a winter gathering for motorcyclists at the Furnace
Creek Ranch & Campground in Death Valley, California. There is no fee, but
then no formal events, either. Some years we have had seminars. Most years we
have had a "bring a doorprize" doorprize drawing. Some years we have dinner
& breakfast for the masses. People gather up for a charge over the
surrounding roads & even do the "tourist thing" of visiting Zabreski Point,
Scotty's Castle, Badwater, Artists drive, Devil's golf course, Harmony borax
works, etc. Just be there if you can. You will have a good time, with good
people in a good location, at a good time of year. Room reservations can be
made with Furnace Creek Ranch and Resort: 760-786-2345 (mention booking
#5942 & IBMWR). Camping reservations: 1-800-365-CAMP (2267) or at
www.nps.gov/deva/pphtml/camping.html (put in the "Comments" section:
IBMWR or VI or DVD). Riding campers should go for the "Walk-in" tent area;
that is whre most will be. If arriving via motorhome or other 4-wheel
vehicles, you will be in another area, but the rangers will group us, the best they
can if you put "IBMWR, VI, or DVD" in the comments section.

Some ride reports from 2004




Also -


Alternate Info site:


In any event, it is a great ride-in event with incredible DS riding.


Mike Torst
aka lasvegasrider

Friday, November 05, 2004

Mexico Trip?

I had a last minute opportunity to join this ride but couldn't make it happen with all the things going on already in October. Jerry lives in Davis. Next year I hope...

Date: Wed, 27 Oct 2004 11:59:29 -0700
From: "Jerry Kaplan"
Subject: Doohicky pix & my Mexico trip

Really enjoyed the Doohicky party pix. I would have
been there myself
just to meet & party with all of you but I had a prior
commitment. See
it here:


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