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.

Saturday, July 23, 2005

Globeriders, for later


Friday, July 22, 2005

Clutch cable

I've just replaced my broken cable and added a lower vibration mirror for good measure. I haven't had a chance to test things yet but hope that this and the remounted IMS shifter will solve the problems I've been having. Now all I need is some time to go riding...

Monday, July 18, 2005

Subject: ESR-3 (Sounds like a blast!)

Who: From the desk of the kawboy
What: ESR-3 Announcement
When: September 17 and 18
Where: Bridgeport
Why: Why not?

This year will be a little different than years past. This year it
would be honest to call ESR a tringing course, Pathfinder 101A.
Instead of trying to provide maps of all the trails, you'll get a bare
bones topo with GPS locations. Each location represents a geocache.
Each location will have a brief description of how you might find the
route to it and the degree of difficulty. Example:

Masonic Peak: easy, intermediate, expert and advance expert routes.
You'll most likely spot the peak from the base of the advance expert
route. Circle from the south for the intermediate, from the north for
the easy and you need to go down to the lake to find the expert.

The idea is to have you break up into groups of 2-6 and head out to
see what you can find. Each group would need a shared GPS unit and a
strategy for exploring. For the newbies, I'll still offer the choice
of a traditional guided ride. For the more experienced riders this
could be your chance to try your hand at being the trailmaster. By the
way, you will need to bring some sort of small, KLR related thing. The
geocahce will have something you can trade for. Or if you find an
empty cache, your group will have to leave something behind to seed
it. I figure to have at least half the locations seeded by ESR.

It should make for an interesting weekend. There will be guided
Friday afternoon and Monday morning rides. The rides will be
technical, intermediate level roads, doable with a GP1 or better tire.
More details will follow in the next few weeks. Let me know if you're
thinking of coming so as to give me an idea of the size of this year's

G'ville, NV

Saturday, July 16, 2005

Point Reyes and some cool air, finally!

I left Sacramento about 10 am and headed west for Lake Berryessa and followed highway 121 through Napa and over to Peteluma. From there, I took the backroad to Point Reyes Station and spent the afternoon exploring the National Seashore. It was fairly warm and sunny even there until you got nearly to the shore out at Limontour or the Lighthouse. Then the cold marine air poured through my summer jacket and chilled me in a delicious way. I took several side trips including one up to Mt. Vision, scene of the big fire back around 1996.

I have been having some trouble shifting and can't tell if it is my new IMS shifter which seems to be too loose and won't tighten or my clutch as the lever seems to stick. I had more and more trouble finding neutral except while moving and downshifting was very clunky.

With this problem I decided to head back from Napa via the freeway and ran into an inferno somewhere between Fairfield and Vacaville. The KLR was running as hot as I've ever seen it but seems to like not needing to shift much. The bike got me home without further problems and I'll ask others for some tips on where to look first. Meanwhile, 286 miles and most of them on good curvy backroads. Lots of other bikes seen along the way.

Friday, July 15, 2005

Cabo in October?

I'm usually down there in October and it is generally still pretty warm, that is the tail end of the tropical storm season. I like it then because the water is still warm and usually the nights are cool enough to be comfortable. My absolute favorite time of the year for Baja is April to early June. The springtime weather is really nice usually daytime temps in the 80's and 60's overnight, this would be for the mid part of the peninsula but further south is about the same then. Mid-winter can be cool, much like SoCal, around Mulege/Loreto but La Paz to Cabo is usually quite a bit warmer. For me the biggest negative in the winter are the short days, I like to camp and there just aren't enough riding hours in the daylight. Clement's book from Whitehorse Press has good info as does the Auto Club Baja Guide.

In a message dated 7/14/2005 9:44:07 P.M. Pacific Standard Time, daletsteele@yahoo.com writes:
I enjoyed that article/review in Rider recently. For the record, would you say that Oct. is the best month
for such a trip? If not, when? My 2001 KLR made the trip before i owned it and I'd like to fix that before
too long...

Thursday, July 14, 2005

Ride the train tunnels? I was invited but didn't make this ride. Now maybe I can later.

Date: Wed, 13 Jul 2005 23:49:19 -0000
From: "John"
Subject: sacramento/Nor. Cal area ride to the train tunnels 7-17-05

heres a link to this weekends adventure,in case anyone is lookin for a
good ride sunday.
thanks, john

Sunday, July 10, 2005

Sutter Buttes & Timbuctoo too...

I haven't been able to do much riding of late for several reasons. I have enjoyed a couple of trips up the Garden Highway heading north. My first trip got me up into the Sutter Buttes for a day of exploring. I had hoped to get farther north but my old electrical problem shut me down and sent me packing back home.

I finally got back out today and retraced my steps north to Nicolas where I headed off to cross the Spenceville Wildlife Area and try to find Timbuctoo. I found that it was not easy to locate either of them but worth the effort. Spenceville is not well signed and only accessible from several dirt roads. This made for a great afternoon ride even though my electrical short acted up again. After I came out the back side of Spenceville I headed for Timbuctoo which turns out to be not so easy to find. I think I got there, or nearly so but when I crossed a ready to collapse old bridge with a dirt baricade on the far side I turned back. I couldn't tell for sure but and didn't find any sign to photograph. Next time...

Great ride, about 175 miles total and I finally rolled past 18,000.

Next weekend is the second West Sierra ride (WSR) heading out of the high country above highway 109 near Sonora Pass. Should be a good turn out.

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