BMW R1150GS

Motorcycle Trip to Crater lake, Lava Beds and RedwoodMotorcycle Trip to Death Valley,
California

January 2007

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On the road again.

We departed around 2:00PM towards I-251, then I-15 and finally US-395 north.

Was an uneventfully ride all the way to Trona on CA-178, where we got gas and saw the first two GSs going to Death Valley, plus another rider in a KTM.

 

BMW R1150GS 2003 - Click to Open
BMW R1150 GS on CA-178 near Trona, CA

Trona City - Click to Open

Sunset at wildrose road- Click to Open

We arrived around 6:30PM and it was already dark. Our hotel, Furnace Creek Ranch was good, and the food at the 49rs was good too. Around 8:30PM we were in bed.

Next morning I found that I should had done the canistertomy on my GS: the side of the rear tire was all scratch by the canister modification, after I had installed the Jesse begs.

To my luck, a bunch of fellows GS motorcycles were there to do it with me in less then 10 minutes, in front of Raffy Motogear4you trailer.

 

Canistrytomia on the road - Click to Open
GS canistertomy crew

Canistrytomia on the road - Click to Open

motogear4you trailer - Click to Open

After few more minutes and we were ready to go to the Racetrack at Death Valley, about 90 miles north.

 

Furnace Creek Ranch - Click to Open

Furnace Creek Ranch- Click to Open

Motogear 4 you - Click to Open

Only 6 of us were going there, so after getting gas ($3.12) I was ready to go.

The road goes North to Scotty's Castle, Ubehebe Crater, Mesquite Spring, Grapevine, Titus Canyon and many other places too.

The first 60 miles are good pavement, then you make a right turn towards Ubehebe Crater for about 5 miles were the road wasn't so good and from there is about 27 miles of gravel.


Racetrack road Scottys Castle - Click to Open

Road to Racetrack Playa and Ubehebe Crater - Click to Open

Road to Racetrack Playa and Ubehebe Crater - Click to Open

Before entering the gravel, we stop to deflate the tires a bit. I was ridding two up and I left 25/30 from the original 35/44. The side photo shows the damage from the canister.

 

Why do you need canistertomy - Click to Open
GS Canister and Jesse begs don't mix.

Lower the tire pressure - Click to Open

Road to Racetrack Death valley - Click to Open

Then the gravel begins. It was worst at the start then at the end, and took me about 45 minutes to do the 27 miles.

When you get to Teskkette junction there is only 7 more miles to go. (you won't miss it: has a lot of Stovetop kettle there. I left my card inside of one. :)

 

Road to Racetrack Death valley - Click to Open

Road to Racetrack Death valley - Click to Open
Teskette junction

Road to Racetrack Death valley - Click to Open

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Racetrack is famous for the sliding rocks there.

Is' t a dried lake bed that contain boulders that have moved inside the dry like. Some of then weighing up to 700 pounds and the explanation so far is that when rains there, the superficies of the dry lake became's very slick, then the wind moves the boulders.

 

Racetrack at Death Valley - Click to Open

Racetrack at Death Valley - Click to Open

Racetrack at Death Valley - Click to Open
Walking on the dry lake

 

 

Racetrack at Death Valley - Click to Open
And if something fall from the car?

Racetrack at Death Valley - Click to Open

Racetrack at Death Valley - Click to Open

 

 

Racetrack at Death Valley - Click to Open

Racetrack at Death Valley - Click to Open

Racetrack at Death Valley - Click to Open

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The boulder below is a fake mover... We could see that it was moved by hand.

 

 

Racetrack at Death Valley - Click to Open
Racetrack at Death Valley - Click to Open Racetrack at Death Valley - Click to Open

This one... maybe... not so sure.

 

 

Racetrack at Death Valley- Click to Open

Racetrack at Death Valley - Click to Open

Ubehebe crater Death Valley - Click to Open

The group photo at the Racetrack, then the Ubehebe crater and finally a yellow BMW RS 1200 with car tires on it.

 

 

BMW RS - Click to Open

Ubehebe crater Death Valley - Click to Open Motorcyle - Click to Open

Furnace Ranch brings a lot of things to see.

 

Death Valley Dazzle - Click to Open
Stovepipe wells - Click to Open Sand dunes death valley - Click to Open

Going back home, and doing a stop at Wildrose charcoal Kilns.

 

 

wildrose canyon road - Click to Open

wildrose canyon road - Click to Open

charcoal kilns death valley - Click to Open

We got some snow on the roads here today, and was cold, about 35F. We spend only few minutes taking some pictures and start going back to the warm temperatures of the desert.

charcoal kilns death valley - Click to Open

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charcoal kilns death valley - Click to Open
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The bike got 6000 miles exactly at the Kilns.

GS 6000 miles - Click to Open

BMW 2003 R1150GS - Click to Open

BMW 2003 R1150GS - Click to Open

 

Who is Elton

I was born in Brazil and moved to USA, California in 1996. Took me some time to learn the language and get into this country, but I think now I'm doing quite well. I became an American citizen in late 2007.
I love to travel and by the time I was writing this page, I had logged more them 140.000 miles on the motorcycles I have/had. My current bikes are one 2002 BMW K1200LTe and one 2003 BMW R1150GS. Also there are many more miles on my car and much more on airplane trips.
Winter I try to do Snowmobile. Summer is time for water sports (PWC) and I motorcycle year around (one of the benefits of living in sunny California)

 

The BMW 2003 R1150GS performed very well wasn't for the rear tire, that had it's shoulder destroying by the canister.

It makes that the way back we got some serious vibration after 90mph, but hei!!!. we are not suppose to ride at 90mph, so slow down.

The wind/cold protection on this bike is minimal. We were very cold all the way back. I need a better windshield. Looks like the combination Givi+tobinators is not the best option. I have to find something else.

The Jesse bags performed good, after minor adjustments on the rear box.

The electrical tank bag was good, but the J&M comm system could be better. I'm not sure if I would buy it again.

The bike handles good on the washboards, but it was hard for us. We need to practice a little more on deep gravel and unpaved roads, that is for sure.

   
Date Miles Duration Avg Speed Gallons Cost MPG
01/26/07
140
3.434
10.30
40.77
01/27/07
104
2.880
9.01
36.46
 
177
4.652
14.56
38.05
01/28/07
122
2.867
8.60
42.55

The duration is for the whole day, not only between gas.
The Avg Speed is with stops.

 


Death Valley map

Death Valley maps