Duke Dunsford
Post Posted: Mon Aug 11, 2003 11:04 pm
 Subject: IBR: Time To Get Busy - Leon Needs Help -

Leon Just called (while travelling along the highway at 71mph...way cool). He decided he wanted more miles today so he went to the Brown Lee Dam on the Snake river, which he had originally decided to pass up in favor of extra sleep tonight. While he was there the center stand sunk into the ashphalt and the bike fell over on it's right side. His brake lever is badly bent. (I just realized I didn't ask him which one. I'm assuming it's the front brake) He's afraid to try and bend it back for fear of breaking it off. He also lost one of his bar ends and bolt due to vibration on the Lolo pass.

He's currently at the OR/NV line on 95 heading south toward I-10 at Winnemucca. (10pm CT) He'll then head west to Wadsworth on I-10 and then north to Gerlach. In the morning at 7am local time, he'll be heading south from Gerlach on 395 toward Death Valley where he'll turn East at Lone Pine, Cross the valley, then take 95 toward Las Vegas with a stop in Boulder City, ending up about 30 miles south of Las Vegas at a resort off of I-15.

If any of you SF or LA guys are up for a road trip tonight / tomorrow and interested in heading that way and donating some parts, get a hold of me tonight at 615-355-6117 and we'll make some plans. Leon's supposed to try to call me near Pyramid lake later tonight since they have Reno cell coverage there.

Other than that he's doing great...wanting more miles...Imagine that. He's determined to make 11,000 miles for ther rally. He say's the bike's running great, all the gizmos are working perfectly. There are 15-20 other bikes on the same route as he is, and he said he was the first one to the Brown Lee Dam. He picked up two cheeseburgers at a gas station for dinner and ate one on the road and saved the other for later. He saw one other rider on the side of the road who ran out of gas (was it Ken Morton with the mechanical?) and another rider who had stopped to help. He's also having problems with his Polaroid. When he took the first picture, it spit out all of the film. He's going to try again with another roll and if it does it again he's going to try to find a Wal-Mart in Winnemucca. Avg GPS speed so far is 56.

Also - Someone was supposed to attend the finisher's banquet with him, but they had to cancel. So he has an extra if anyone wants to go.

If you're interested in delivering a Brake lever and bar end to the Gerlach/Death Valley/Las Vegas area, get a hold of me tonight.

Duke Dunsford
Post Posted: Tue Aug 12, 2003 12:24 am
 Subject: IBR: Brake Lever - We've got a taker. Thanks Eric!

Eric Rausch and his wife win the hero of the day award. They're currently on their way from Napa, CA to Reno to deliver a fresh brake lever to Leon in the middle of the night. It's a 3.5 hour drive each way. They didn't blink and eye and said 'we're on the way'. Thanks Eric and Mrs. Rausch!

Now that's what it's all about!
Jim Race
Post Posted: Tue Aug 12, 2003 1:02 am
 Subject: Re: IBR: Brake Lever - We've got a taker. Thanks Eric!

Excellent. I sent Duke an email before I read this and CC:ed a fellow racer in Reno who should have some EX500 parts hanging about. Glad it's covered.

Way to go Eric and Co...!

Post Posted: Tue Aug 12, 2003 6:39 am
 Subject: Re: IBR: Time To Get Busy - Leon Needs Help -

>He also lost one of his bar ends and bolt due to vibration on the Lolo pass.<

Is that the first one to ever come off on its own in the history of 250's or what?

>He's currently at the OR/NV line on 95 heading south toward I-10 at Winnemucca. (10pm CT) He'll then head west to Wadsworth on I-10 and then north to Gerlach. In the morning at 7am local time, he'll be heading south from Gerlach on 395 toward Death Valley where he'll turn East at Lone Pine, Cross the valley, then take 95 toward Las Vegas with a stop in Boulder City, ending up about 30 miles south of Las Vegas at a resort off of I-15.<

Wow! He's going to be riding through some of my favorite places around. My buddy left his sunglasses on the counter of Meadow Farms Country Smokehouse, great jerky of all sorts, located at 2345 North Sierra Hwy. AKA Hwy 395 in Bishop, Ca. Could you stop by and pick then up? Just kidding. I'll get them when I go hiking over Labor Day week, in the area. If you can't find a Polaroid camera before then, there's a K-mart in Bishop, Ca right after you make the sharp right bend and enter the heart of the town. It's on the east side of Hwy 395 just south of where Hwy 6 starts, behind the motorcycle dealership. There's a Vons supermarket next door to the K-mart if he needs some snacks, drinks etc and there's a big selection of fast food in Bishop. If he looks west as he enters Lone Pine, he can see Mt. Whitney which is the highest point in the lower 48. It's a little set off to the back of the range, but has some pretty jagged and distinct pinnacles just to the south of Whitney summit, to set it apart. It looks like Leon will turn on Hwy 136, which is just south of Lone Pine (gas and a McDonalds which has only been there 1 year, small town). He'll be passing the now dry Owens lake, which the folks of Los Angeles were nice enough to drink. It's a great ride into Death Valley and that road will keep his attention once it starts downhill and gets mighty twisty. Guard rails work well for cars, but motorcyclists would tend to fly over them if hit. 8) Very scenic, nevertheless. He'll at least get to see the sand dunes near Stovepipe Wells (gas and a small general store with snacks and cold drinks available) and I hope they make him go out of the way to see some more of the place. I'll be interested to see how they route him through the park. If they happen to send him through Furnace Creek (gas food drinks) via Hwy 190, towards Death Valley jct. take a minute and stop at Zabriske Point. Park your bike and make the 100 yard dash uphill to the view. A surreal, panoramic badlands in yellow/gold awaits. I wonder if the "resort" south of Las Vegas on I-15 are those casinos in the middle of the desert, the Gold Strike and Nevada Landing? One of these days Leon is going to have to come back out and see some of the scenery more close up and not at 80 mph.

Lundy lake, which it looks like you'll ride right past the road leading to it. Tioga and Tenaya lakes, Tuolume Meadows and surrounding area, Yosemite National Park. Pictures taken last week.

GO LEON!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Andrew Duthie
Post Posted: Tue Aug 12, 2003 8:40 am
 Subject: US-395 scenery...

Is the scenery on 395 nice? I rode all the way up to Bishop on that road for the 2001 IBR, but it was between about midnight and 3am, so I didn't exactly see much. I tried to make out some of the features when the road was straight and the moon was bright, though. Mostly I figured I was lucky it wasn't the hot part of the day.
Duke Dunsford
Post Posted: Tue Aug 12, 2003 8:49 am
 Subject: Scenery and Polaroid

Wow..that's some beautiful country. In Death Valley he's heading for the Charcoal Furnace and Dante's View.

Also - He got the Poloroid working. Thanks for the directions.
Duke Dunsford
Post Posted: Tue Aug 12, 2003 9:04 am
 Subject: IBR: The Latest - New Lever.

Last I heard from Eric they were just outside of Reno. I'm assuming they were able to find Leon in the night and make the lever swap since no one has called saying they're lost. Also - Jim Race was able to supply a Ninja 500 rider in Reno as a backup. Thanks Jim!

FYI - Ken Morton is back on the road with his 1980's 500cc Silver Wing after cleaning the carburetors. I also just read on the Team Strange Web site that Jim Winterer is out with transmission failure on his SR500.
Post Posted: Tue Aug 12, 2003 10:16 am
 Subject: Who is this Eric guy, anyhow? (n/t)

obsidian silk (erin rausc
Post Posted: Tue Aug 12, 2003 11:04 am
 Subject: Leon by Moonlight

Eric, Katana, and I bounded across the grassy, central plain, and wound our way into the mountain forests through the night, listening to everything from Bach's Toccata & Fugue to Pink Floyd's Dark Side of the Moon along the way. Duke had given us The Call. We pulled into the lonely, Reno parking lot about forty minutes after Midnight. There, between the shadows and the dim, jaundicy, lamp light, Leon stood tall beneath the Full Moon. Leon was radiant with energy, quick to smile, and generous enough to share a little about his inspiration for this dream-come-true Iron Butt experience. He was even kind enough to let me take a photo (not developed yet). It was our pleasure to bring the needed break lever, and simply to meet him. We're grateful! Go Leon!!!
~ obsidian silk (erin)
Post Posted: Tue Aug 12, 2003 11:32 am
 Subject: Go Rausches!, Thanks for helping our Grand Poo-Bah! Wes (n/t)

Eric R
Post Posted: Tue Aug 12, 2003 2:14 pm
 Subject: It's me, it's me

We had a short discussion about the use of the Ilco X103 a few weeks ago...
(BTW, you asked "how old?", I answered about a week, that was the key, it occurred to me later that you were more likely seeking the bike's vintage- it's a '99)
Anyway, my wife and I posted intro's the weekend before this past, I think.
Eric R
Post Posted: Tue Aug 12, 2003 2:27 pm
 Subject: All good

You had said that you were going to bed, so I figured it was "no news is good news" That was at about 5 A.M. your time, right?
The details:
Leon had found an empty restaurant parking lot within a 1/4 mile from the freeway exit and had been there since about 10:45. he was able to get a couple hours sleep and had just gotten up and walked over to the bike when I called him to let him know we were on our final approachI had actually pulled into the gas station directly across the street from his location thinking the light might be better and not knowing if we had beat him there)
I swapped the lever out for him and included the pivot screw and nut and had him pack his lever up for an emergency spare. It was bent just enough to be dangerously out of easy reach. My lever was missing the little knob on the end(the previous owner, not me, the cltuch lever was my fault 8), hopefully it works okay for him.
We got to chat with him for way too few moments and then he was off making up time and I was getting home so I could get an hour and a half sleep before coming into lunch.
All three of us were very happy to have been able to help.
Post Posted: Tue Aug 12, 2003 2:44 pm
 Subject: Re: Scenery and Polaroid

Oh yeah, then he's heading for about a 6-7 mile dirt road that's is pretty good condition to see the charcoal kilns. Swiss designed and built by Chinese labor in the late 1800s, they were loaded with 40 cords of wood which was lit on on fire and then they sealed the door. This made charcoal used to smelt silver and lead from the ore of mines in the area. I hope Leon goes inside one and makes some noise. The acoustics are unlike anything else I've heard. Dantes View gives one the impression of being on another planet. When I was last there, the valley floor had quite a bit of water on it and I think it rather looked like Jupiter. You can see a tree through the "window" in one of the kilns, so they didn't burn every tree in the area for charcoal. It seem like most of the mining operations in Death Valley were short lived, but like the miners who were lucky enough to work at the higher elevations, Leon will enjoy the cooler temperatures until reality sets in and its off to the valley floor. Zabriske Point is passed on the way to Dantes View and like I posted earlier is well worth the couple minutes it would take to see it.

And Andrew, the view of 395 is very much a 3000-4000 ft elevation desert type landscape, surrounded by mountaians on both sides, but north of Bishop, 395 climbs to beautifully forrested elevations of 7000-8000 ft passes.

Post Posted: Tue Aug 12, 2003 3:11 pm
 Subject: Ah, it's you!

Now I know you, and I remember that conversation. You in fact answered correctly the first time, I wanted to know how old the *keyblank* was. The lock hasn't changed since '94, I had the problems with a 2000 MY bike and X103 blanks. The darned things are just too short (at least the stock I can get -- obviously, yours must be a little longer).

Eric R
Post Posted: Tue Aug 12, 2003 9:22 pm
 Subject: Re: Ah, it's you!

Well, it would be really simple to figure it out. Getting my hands on an uncut blank here is pretty much no problem, I go into one of my former places of employment and ask for one. They might charge me, but it's nice and cheap. Wink
I send it to you. You compare it with one of the ones you can get. I seem to remember you saying that yours are 0.25" too short? I think i'll try to remember to check my Ilco book tomorrow, maybe I'll be able to work it out through the cross references or find you a better alternative. This filing down the side milling on another blank seems a bit much...

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