Tip & How-To about Motorcycles
This is for motorcyclist only...if you plan on doing any long distance riding like i just did, dont ride on Dot race rubber...unless under a 1000 miles, if you plan on going 1500 to 2000 miles like i did your tire will be totally shot. take it from me..my tire was almost brand new, i put a couple hundred miles on it at the track and then decided to do an iron **** 1500 bun burner, i almost have cord showing now! another tip! if you plan on riding the BEST ride of your life and you have the Balls enough to do it ...i took my 88 Hurricane with 21000 miles up to "Death Valley" !! Death Valley was a 10 on a road racer scale,it was 120 degrees at elevation 5 feet.. like i said if you have the balls enough and you trust your bike, mine wasn't really running that good at the higher elevations eg. 8000 at Bryce Canyon but when i got down into the Valley from Beatty Nevada to Lone pine Ca. (a great ride, you'll never forget it) it ran great, tip! keep going and dont stop to sight see, i did this and within two minutes i was overheating, i got on it and it started cooling down to Normal range , tip! wear full Perforated leathers and buy a flipup Helmet it makes it easier to drink from bottles that will be on your tank bag... you pay ten bucks for motorcycle but nobody even checked but buy it anyway for piece of mind and to help keep those roads nice repaved roads to get in and you just about have the whole place to yourself..it has long sweepers, short sweepers, long up hills and down hill straights for many many miles with ocassional two story whoop dee doos be carefull though if you do this on a liter bike! you may accidentally catch air and sometimes theres three to four in a row, and then leaving towards Lone pine.. its like Canyon carving for a good 1/2 hour and only two decreasing radius turns that almost got me, watch out for a couple of narley blind hills.. one that has like a "four" story drop off, it caught me by surprise, at first it scared the **** out of me, but then it was better than any amusement park ride i've ever been on,..it was mostly dark almost hit a few single rocks if it had totally dark i would have hit them, so make sure you do it in daylight! then you can go into Lone pine gas up and relax and treat yourself to a well deserved cool refreshment of choice, cool off and know that you did something that no sane person on this planet would ever do, and the adreniline i swear will last for days after!. This is a must for all Hardcore Bikers only "no newbies" you will die if you make a mistake, this is the most unforgiving piece of God forsaken land i've ever ridin on..but please make sure you check radiator levels put in anti-freeze, i only had water because i race and you cant have antifreeze in your bike when you race so i forgot about that... also there are three gas stations in the park, Furnance creek, Stovepipe Wells, and Panimint Springs, but its $4.20 a gallon so fill up in Beatty Nevada or Lone pine like i did only $2.90 gal in Beatty NV.. i think it was $3.20 in Lone pine and have fun and be extra careful and i would not recommend that anyone with less than two years canyon riding even attempt this..put it this way, if you can handle the 33 or the 74 then go for it! Drop me a line and let me know if you enjoyed it...just remember i wasn't kidding about wearing full PERFERRATED leathers it will keep you cooler than an Aerostitch suit will, and DEFINITLY a full face helmet..if you dont you'll get third degree burns on your face after about 2 minutes. I think i should start my own club the "Death Valley Scorchers" but to be an official member this run must be done in the months of July, August,and September the run has to include the routes 136, 190, and 374, i made it on a full tank with room to spare! and make sure you hold on to that park map just incase you get lost, i almost did..thank god for a map because theres no cell towers out there...Got Balls! try it!
let me know if you made it!
when i stopped at the sand dunes by Stovepipe Wells on a motorcycle with loud exhaust and wearing full leathers i got all 20 or so peoples attention...whats this crazy man wearing a space suit doing out here in 120 degree weather..??
Answer having the ride of my life!
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