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post #1 of 4 (permalink) Old 07-17-2016, 11:25 AM Thread Starter
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After the Crash

Hi crew,
It happens 1 time a year for me! I was ripping the Pony Express Trail yesterday and around mile 89 I wanted to check out Tom's Canyon in the Deep Mountain Range when I hit a rock the size of a bowling ball and down I went hard. So I bent my bars, but broke nothing but my body. Need some advice on a good replacement bar. Anybody replace bars on 2015 yet?

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post #2 of 4 (permalink) Old 07-17-2016, 12:58 PM
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Ack! Sorry you took such a fall.

What did you do for fuel planning? I heard from some guys on BMWs they went 360 something miles without fuel out there. I think they went from Tooele (or Fairfield) all the way to Wendover or Ely. They carried enough not to have to count on finding it anywhere.

Sometime this year I want to do the whole route from Fairfield out to the Nevada line, but I am concerned about fuel.
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I top it off in Stockton. It is about 110 or so from Faust to Ibapah which to Pony Express runs into (RT 1). I rode around 35 to 40 mph on the flats and was getting about 49 miles to the gallon. I had no worries that I would not be able to make Wendover with a full tank.
There is no place I know of for fuel out there. I made to Wendover with plenty left in the tank, but riding 90 mph on RT 93 burned a bunch up. I was in a lot of pain and wanted to just get back to SLC to recoup my body. I saw nobody out there till I got to Callao.
That is where my crash happen! I was in so much pain I could not lift my bike up alone so I walk the 1/2 mile out to the main road and flagged down the local framer on his XT350 which helped me lift it up. (lucky I was)
I will do that ride again anytime!! Awesome views and in the middle of nowhere is where I like to be!!

Came into the shop this morning and my front break has leak all out over floor on the side I hit so there is a new problem to try to fix before the weekend.
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post #4 of 4 (permalink) Old 07-18-2016, 08:38 AM
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Bummer! Sorry to hear, but glad you weren't hurt worse! Sorry, no info to offer on handlebars.

Good luck and heal fast.
Rob in KC
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