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Hello from Germany

Postby Tenereese » Sun Sep 09, 2012 1:48 am

Hi @ all,

I am Elmar from Germany and my ride is a 2008 Yamaha XT660Z Tenere.
I buyed it 2009 and my times of 9 years GSXR were over...
I live right in front of the Bavarian Forest and that is where I drive most times.
I'm 44 yeo & birthday is Halloween... 8)

Oct 2011 we were a party of 5 driving through the Tunesian Sahara.
Was lots of fun, but showed me my personal borders too.

So this was a first short 'Hello'. :D

I will write more later & upload some pics.
.....and will try to explain, why a guy from Germany joined your forum.

Greetings from Germany,

Elmar :D
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Re: Hello from Germany

Postby Tenereese » Sun Sep 09, 2012 7:29 am

Ok, now a little bit more of me and some pics...

In 2006 and 2007, I was working for a german company and we brought in an assembly packaging line at Pacific Clay in Castaic.
I stayed there all together around 5 mounth. Working there was interesting and I met a lot of people.
So I know Castaic and the area around. From Santa Clarita to Oxnard, up to Santa Barbera, Barstow and down to Santa Monica, LA, Dana Point, San Diego and TJ.....

I drove the canyon roads up to Elisabeth Lake and down the other side to Lancaster, Palmdale and Edward's Air Base. Drove Topanga Canyon and some others.
But was always with the rental car and no chance for riding motorbike there aside the road.
I've seen the guys there with their MX bikes and Dual Sports and my plan is to get back March or Octobre 2013 for riding trails.

I found the Dualsportsmap.com-page and your Forum-page here.
So I thought "Why not?...." and here I am. :wink:

As I worked there at Castaic, I found a friend and she lives in Palmdale.
She visited us here in Germany this May and had a lot of fun.

I have several ideas of making it happen to ride the Mojave and maybe Death Valley.
Flight is no prob, but Dual Sports rentals are expensive! :banghead:
Is ist normal, that it is starting from around 120 Usd per day?
And so I collected a few questions.
Do the rental bike must have this OHV-Sticker.
Or is legal road bike license plate ok for driving on- and offroad?
Can our friend "buy" a Dual Sports bike and am I allowed to drive as german?
That will low the costs and I can sell the bike to the end of my vacation.
Even with a loss, it will be cheaper than a rental. Or am I wrong? :excuseme:

Would like to know, if anyone of you have some answers or other ideas.

I uploaded some pics of my last tour in 2011 in Tunesia, some pics from the Bavarian Forest and some others:
http://www.bilder-speicher.de/fotoalbum ... t660z.html
http://www.bilder-speicher.de/fotoalbum ... -view.html
http://www.bilder-speicher.de/fotoalbum ... 62007.html

There are two vids on youtube too:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PV_zG5OJy4A
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OzrFE8mcWBo
Both vids are from the Tunesia tour.

Have a nice rest of the weekend guys. :ride:
Greetings.

Elmar :D
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Re: Hello from Germany

Postby mark_hochman » Mon Sep 17, 2012 3:43 pm

Hi Elmar, nice pics...
I believe you can use your out of country license as long as needed, as long as it is valid.
In order to ride both on the road (city streets and Hwy) and offraod the bike needs to have a valid DMV license plate. It does not need to have a OHV sticker.

As long as your friends bike has the proper insurance and registration (license plate) you should be good to go.

Maybe we will see you soon...

-Mark

of course I can not be liable for anything I have stated above :eek:
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Postby Tenereese » Tue Sep 18, 2012 2:54 am

Hi Mark,

thx for answering my questions. :D :D :D
So I will look for a bike with registration and talk to my friend, how to make it possible.

You wrote: "of course I can not be liable for anything I have stated above :eek: "

Don't worry, if you were wrong, you might see me on tv, filmed from police helicopter and jumping from the bridge like the guy yesterday in L.A..

My plan is still to be in Cali next year october. Gives me more time to save money...
Ok. October 2013, the 20th, 10.00am at Mike's Diner? :lol: :lol: :lol:

cu

Elmar :ride:


btw: Is Lindsey still working at the Country Girl.....???
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Re: Hello from Germany

Postby mark_hochman » Fri Oct 12, 2012 3:09 pm

Sounds good, I prefer Tommies Castaic Cafe, across the street from Mikes.
I know you wont believe this but, I have never been in the Country Girl Saloon.

Keep me posted on your trip...
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Postby Tenereese » Sun Oct 14, 2012 10:11 pm

Yes Tommies is very good. I loved the breakfast there, but was crowded at weekends.
Mikes was the right place for afternoon and at night after work.
Casa Lupes was my favorite for dinner. :up:

As for the trip next year, my friend is going to the DMV in Palmdale to get informations when the time comes.
I watch craigslist and cycletrader for prices. I found out, that DRZs and XRs have good/high prices.
Depends on the starting desert season now. I will watch towards summer time, if prices goes down after desert season.
I am looking for a 250, 300, 400 or 450 4-stroke. Maybe 600/650, but I want not too much weight.
.......my weight is high enough. :lol:

I let you know about the trip.
cu,

Elmar
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Postby Tenereese » Wed Jan 16, 2013 12:55 am

Hi @ all,

here is a little update about my tour and vacation plan.
I will have vacation from the last week of october and the first two weeks of november.
2nd week of november is planed for riding motorcycle :)

I have now an offer from eaglerider, but it's only a Kawasaki Versys and I guess, that it has the normal tires.
The weight of the Kawasaki should be ok, my Tenere has more weight.... :ride:

But, does anybody can give me an answer, if the normal tires are ok for your desert trails?
I have seen no differences between the German Kawasaki and the USA Kawasaki.
Some bike have differences from country to country.....
So I would prefer knobby tires, but the offered price sounds ok.
7 days rental for around 850,-$$$

I will write an email to getdirtydirtbikes too, they look more like the bike I need for the rides through the Mojave and canyon trails.
Rates look ok and it's only 120 mls away from Palmdale.
Nice distance to get familiar with the bike on the tour back to Palmdale. :wink:

So dates are now fixed. I only need a new passport and a cheap motel.
.........and the right tires.

Have fun on your rides,

greetings,

Elmar :ride:
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Re: Hello from Germany

Postby Tenereese » Wed Jan 16, 2013 3:56 am

........getdirtydirtbikes discontinued the rentals :( :( :(

So I look for other options.
10 month left....

Elmar :ride:
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Re: Hello from Germany

Postby Tenereese » Mon Jan 21, 2013 7:00 am

Next little update:
I answered the question about the tires on the Versys myself.
Was at a Kawasaki dealer here and looked at this little front tire..... :?
So next email goes to eaglerider, if the rental dirt bikes have green stickers.
Meanwhile, my friend in Palmdale told me, she has a truck for transport. :)

Greetings,

Elmar :ride:
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Postby Tenereese » Thu Aug 22, 2013 11:46 pm

Now kind of final update:

I will get a WR250F from Eaglerider for 6 days. It is a sticker bike.
My plan is to start at Hungry Valley to get familiar with the bike.
That will be friday, the 8th of Nov. I will be there afternoon. Pick up time for bike is 11.00am near LAX....

After that, I have Husky Monument, starting from Kramer Junction, on my plan, up to Randsburg and to Burro Schmidt Tunnel.
Next will be the Sawmill Trail from Lake Hughes to Old Ridge Rd and back. Want to try Rock Inn after.
How about the last fires there. Many damages?

I am thinking about El Mirage or Jawbone at last......or both.... Depends on how much time is left and if there are trails closed due to whatever or not. :D

I have now all the trails of these areas on my gps and I am ready to go. :ride:
Found a link at the Friends of Jawbone webpage to owlsheadgps.com
The gpx files from that webpage are great!
If someone likes to give me advises for better places to go, let me know.
I only hope, it will be all ok with Eaglerider and the Yamaha.

I need to buy some stuff before for riding. Like these MPS gas cans. Are they easy to get in the MX-shops like Cycle Gear in Palmdale?
If anyone could tell me, which shop is good in & around Santa Clarita or Palmdale, please let me know that too.

My tour plan is not fixed and if anyone wants to join me to show me his country, let me know.
I am no pro in DS riding, more like normal and I don't have to beat time records on trails....
I guess, I will stop many times to make pics. Yes, I am a tourist. :D :D :D

Wishing everyone a nice weekend.

Greetings,

Elmar :D
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Re: Hello from Germany

Postby Rvator97 » Fri Aug 23, 2013 3:47 pm

Greetings Elmar...sounds like you have a fun trip planned! I live near Castaic, Calif and ride a BMW F650 in the mountains north /northeast of Lake Castaic. I will be available to ride on the 9-10 of Nov,(Sat , Sunday).
May want to join you for the "Sawmill Trail from Lake Hughes ride. Not sure where the is right now but will check it out on my maps. I know some great rides that end up right at the Rock Inn as well.

My e-mail is: walt.hastings9@gmail.com

Keep in touch and hopefully we can take a ride together! :ride:

Walt

PS: There has not been much of any activity on this site for a while. Not sure what happened to everyone....probably been too hot lately around here. November should be very nice though!
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Postby Tenereese » Sat Aug 24, 2013 9:43 am

Hi Walt,

thank you for your answer. That would be good to have a ride with someone who is familiar with the area.
I guess, sunday, the 10th of Nov would be good.
Maybe some more people have time on a sunday.
Maybe Mark can join too? We had some email contact and first thought was, to be there in Oct and breakfast at Tommies in Castaic.

Sawmill starts with on Maxwell Rd, left side when you drive up the Canyon, comming from Castaic.
It turns in Sawmill Motor way and after a crossing, it is the 7N23.
There is Sawmill campground, Bear campground and Liebre Mountain...
It is only around 16-18 mls long.
I have seen pics and trail infos in the Pashnit forum with OHV bikes on that trail.
So I believe, I can go there. If you can plan a longer tour, that would be great.

We are in contact with our friend in Palmdale and she told me about your hot summer weather.
I wouldn't ride at that temps too. :wink:

Let's stay in contact.
Thank you Walt and have a nice Weekend.

Greetings @ all,

Elmar :ride:
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Re: Hello from Germany

Postby Rvator97 » Sat Aug 24, 2013 4:24 pm

Elmar: I have not ridden the 7N23 yet but it looks like a nice route. Maybe I will get up there in the next few weeks and check it out. Hopefully we can get a few more local riders and come up with a good ride for you on Nov 10.

I will keep in touch,

Walt
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Re: Hello from Germany

Postby Tenereese » Sun Aug 25, 2013 6:40 am

Hi Walt,

that sounds good. Did you got the map pic in email with the marked trail?
Keep me updated, when you did the ride and have fun.

Greetings,

Elmar :ride:
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Re: Hello from Germany

Postby Aaron8 » Fri Aug 30, 2013 12:40 pm

Sorry to be the bearer of bad news, but most of 7N23 is closed, until Jan 2014 due to the Powerhouse Fire

http://www.fs.usda.gov/Internet/FSE_DOC ... 422625.pdf

If you start from Santa Clarita, a few miles south of Castaic, I can guide you to Palmdale/Lancaster on some great dirt roads.

Whatever you plan to do, I'd love to ride with you guys come November!

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