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Re: 1st ride of 2020 - Death Valley
« Reply #10 on: Jan 09, 2020, 04:39 PM »
Nice. very nice.
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Re: 1st ride of 2020 - Death Valley
« Reply #11 on: Jan 09, 2020, 05:11 PM »
*Originally Posted by uralrob [+]
  Lovely warm pictures and interesting landscapes.
  The bike is looking good too.
 
  Quite a contrast to the 30 cm of snow outside the window here  :008: .

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Only 30 cm?  You should out practicing sliding the bike around on loose surfaces...   :whistle:

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Re: 1st ride of 2020 - Death Valley
« Reply #12 on: Jan 09, 2020, 09:19 PM »


  No need for snow, that would only hamper the side slip. The plowed pavement is largely ice.

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Re: 1st ride of 2020 - Death Valley
« Reply #13 on: Jan 10, 2020, 03:38 PM »
Yes, ice is even better!    :008:

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Re: 1st ride of 2020 - Death Valley
« Reply #14 on: Jan 10, 2020, 04:21 PM »
Excellent RR, as always.
Bit disappointed for no rear view mirror shots.  :027:
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Re: 1st ride of 2020 - Death Valley
« Reply #15 on: Jan 10, 2020, 05:10 PM »
Man, tough to please crowd here...   :008:

Here, through the rear-view mirror shot, as requested, I didn't think this one was that good:



This one was much better, but I didn't have the same conditions in the afternoon on the last ride:


The sun now makes a very low arc across the sky, it's weird, you get blinded by the low sun even when going south-southeast in the early afternoon, like along Badwater Rd toward the Ashford Mills ruins. 


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Re: 1st ride of 2020 - Death Valley
« Reply #16 on: Jan 10, 2020, 05:53 PM »
Yes, you spoiled us, or just me.
Both shots are great IMO.  :020:
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Re: 1st ride of 2020 - Death Valley
« Reply #17 on: Jan 11, 2020, 01:02 PM »
*Originally Posted by bgp [+]
Yes, you spoiled us, or just me.
Both shots are great IMO.  :020:

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Very nice report, although I do wonder how long it takes to square off tyres in the US. Or you just start off with car tyres?? I can't see a corner anywhere  :187:  :008:

Beautiful scenery though, I bet it gives you that great sense of freedom!

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Re: 1st ride of 2020 - Death Valley
« Reply #18 on: Jan 12, 2020, 05:53 AM »
Corners?  What do you mean, we have a corner in every intersection...    :whistle:

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The southwest (or even the state of Nevada) is multiple times larger than the UK with a small fraction of the population (and even smaller population when those roads where originally drawn.  It was very easy to draw more or less straight lines between two points.  Luckily, there are numerous mountains around.  Unfortunately, those are real mountains, they are covered in a mix of snow and ice in winter.  Not so good for motorcycling...     :33: :22:  So yes, winter rides are mostly limited to the lower elevation valleys and their relatively straight roads until you get further south.

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Re: 1st ride of 2020 - Death Valley
« Reply #19 on: Jan 12, 2020, 12:56 PM »


  ...... but yes, Shandy, particularly on long haul squared off tires become a fact of life. Modern multi compound tires are much better at keeping their shape but even they square off after days of riding in a straightish line, more so in hot weather.

 Worth it 'tho for the incredible landscapes, huge skies and extremes of weather, not to mention the sense of space.

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