Now come on, guys. I don't want to hijack the thread.Let's go Milton, I can't wait to hear this!
The wind kept the speed down to 70 or under with a trailer in tow. Some dicy moments in some of the rock passes.Sorry about just a link. Too many pics.
Thanks Richard . Lots of fun as always. Riding back was tough on Sunday. Made it to Fort Stockton, then it got too windy for I-10. Passed the night in Fort Stockton and then rode in the rain and 50 F weather today.
You guys w/ trailers had it right this time
Names have been held to protect the innocent.
Dang. I hope he recovers quickly. Let us know how he's doing.Just an FYI. The older fellow that broke his collar bone Friday out on River Road was John Schuenemann. He's a 75 year young dirt rider and I might say tough as nails......
John is back at home in Dallas taking it easy,and he said he can't wait for the next ride.
Old Ore Road is a fantastic route. I had installed the Moab shock on the KLR, and it was dialed in pretty good, as well as were the cartridge emulators in the front forks, redone with progressive springs and 5wt fork oil.
Running the sand and loose stuff wasn't a problem, but on one stretch, the back end started to slide in the corners....a lot. I stopped the bike to find flat #2. This wasn't really a second flat, it was the result of the patch put on the tube earlier letting go. Maybe as a result of the Slime, maybe not. I learned a ton from other riders about what to carry for flats on this trip - and I thought I had done my homework. I will definitely be trying Ride On tire sealant, as well as adding a 27mm Motion Pro tire spoon to the kit. I had carried a 27mm socket and a socket wrench, but the tire iron made more sense.
Most critical, I had ditched my Cycle Pump at home in favor of Co2. I'll never to that again. I'll also be sure to take my valve core removal tool, and some spare valve cores. We also found out that the tractor tube patches available at Tractor Supply were better for motorcycle tubes than are bike patches - I'll be getting some of those as well. I had brought spare front and back tubes for the KLR, but not spares for the spares. I went over to Ralph at CycleTech (nearby Terlingua/Study Butte), he sold me a spare rear tube.
My new list, based upon my experience at Terlingua this year:
Spare Front Tube(s)
Spare Rear Tube(s)
Cycle Pump or Slime Pump or similar
Cycle Pump Extension cord
Valve Core Removal Tool
Tube Patch kit
Motion Pro Tire Spoons (2)
Motion Pro Tire Spoon 27mm (1)
Alcohol Wipes (to clean the tube)
Small Camping Headlamp (2) (for fixing flats at night - one for a partner)
45g Co2 Cartridges (3) (backup for a dead battery/malfunctioning Cycle Pump)
Note: My KLR has a rat tail already connected to the battery. This is a very handy mod.
Note: My KLR has a center stand. If I didn't have that, I'd strongly consider a swingarm stand.
Note: Richard uses Ride On tire/tube sealant on trips like this. In talking with Ralph and the people at Ride On, I found out that Ride On is about 90 percent effective on tubeless tires, and 55 percent effective on tubed tires.
Note: I didn't bring a ground cloth. I really missed having that as the exposure to sand on the wheel bearing was a concern.
Note: I had practiced mounting/removing both the front and rear tires several times before this trip and before MexTrek. Someone who hasn't done this before, and trying it for the first time on the trail late in the day, might be in for a trying experience. I certainly am no expert, but since buying the KLR, I make it a point to mount my own tires simply for the recurring experience and practice. The vast majority of dirt riders have more experience at this than I do, I pick up good tips each time someone needs to change a tube or patch a tire.
Any comments or suggestions on what to carry other than what I've listed, welcomed...
My experience is that this is only true for certain bikes. It doesn't work in every case.Take front tubes only... You can run a front in the rear, but not a rear in the front.
My experience is that this is only true for certain bikes. It doesn't work in every case.
The KLR runs a 21 inch front tube and a 17 inch rear tube. The difference is too large for the front to work in the rear. On multiple occasions - once deep in Mexico - I've tried to run a 21 inch tube in a 17 inch rear and on every occasion the tube ruptured within a mile or two.
Bikes with a smaller difference in size between the front tire and the back tire - motocross bikes for example have a 21 front and a 19 rear - can get away with running a front tube in the back tire.
But whether you can run a front in the back or not, tubes are light and you can get 2 tubes in one of those tube fender bags so I recommend carrying one of each.
Hi Bob,Any comments or suggestions on what to carry other than what I've listed, welcomed...
What's wrong with sandpaper?I seemed to have trouble getting patches to stick on some tubes until I started using this little Harbor Freight hand grinder to scuff/clean the tubes. It makes patching easy. I only carry the grinder in my remote tool bag
Good idea!Save old tubes, test your patching technique at home, if you've not done it much.
I've had no trouble patching even ultra HD tubes with the grinder.What's wrong with sandpaper?