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Death Valley in Mid Jan 2009 - Recommendation

Hi,

Planning to do trip to Death Valley in mid January 2009. Never been there. Is it good idea in mid January? Any suggestion logdging, route, things to note, etc? Never had a long trip like this. I will be leaving from Southern California.
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...Go to the ADVRider forum and check out the Death Valley Daze thread from last year.
It got gnarly as far as weather goes. I passed and went in February, perfect time. In January if you catch a good weekend it can be a great time to go if your roadbike'n it. Furnace Creek Ranch cheaper than Furnace Creek Inn by far. They even have off-season deals at times.
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depends which way you're going.


beatty is a giant speed trap.

DO NOT stop in trona.

amarosa has the opera house, and $50 dollar rooms in the off season.

people feed the coyotes. so they have no fear of cars. they will sit in the middle of the road and wait for you. pretty unnerving when you're on a motorcycle at speed.

i usually stay at the exterra place in stovepipe. decent pool, and a bar full of drunk german backpacker girls.

plenty of campgrounds. though it does get mildly cold at night this time of year.






http://www.charliemanson.com/maps/death-valley.htm
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ha...good linky Varm...did you hear about them back out at Barker ranch digging for bones again?...got a special Cadaver Dog...sounds like a good handle, maybe I'll change my name...
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they didn't find anything. though we all know there has to be something out there.

i've never been all the way up to the barker ranch. it's up a trail that my S can't handle.

i've been through death valley a dozen times. ultimately, once you've seen the devil's cornfield and a few other natural wonders, there's not much else to do. no dirtbiking, no hunting, no guns period. you can drink, and tell manson stories around the campfire.

imagine if i had a GS, there'd be alot more to see.




the 190 from olancha has a bunch of long fast sweeping turns. the 395 past pioneer gets so tight and technical that they have signs up telling RVs to turn back. just remember that any ambulance is three hours away, minimum.
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...looks like it's about time to switch V...!
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Barker Ranch

Taken in April of this year. We came up Goler Wash to get there. That road was good enough that i would be willing to take my S up it, but I wouldn't have ridden out the way we did, via Striped Butte Valley.

There's a lot to see. Having driven a lot of the dirt roads in the area, I would say that you miss a lot if you stick to pavement. Many of the dirt roads are fine for a street bike.

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cool. always wanted to get up there.

i'm gutless when it comes to taking my bike on the dirt.


a GS is on my list. but i have more bike than garage right now. something has to go before anything new comes in.
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Wild Rose Road

Feb '08

..going up....




going down...



...more here...Death Valley Quickie...
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more pics

Got insomnia? More DV pics here. http://www.broncofix.com/gallery/deathvalley08
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I think a bunch of us are going to be heading there in Jan too. We make this our "frostbite" trip because it does get cold. But it's really pretty out there and well worth it. Frankly the winter and spring are the only times you can really go out there and have it be bearable.

Dress warm.

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Getting to DV maybe a problem, at least if you go through Grape Vine or Tehachapi depending on the weather. Once in DV, all good. Getting out is a problem, only the southern route maybe open. If a week of warm weather precedes your trip, it should be OK. Shades are ICY
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Getting ready to hit the road on the 4th. Still deciding which one to ride (RT vs. R12S). One question for you guys. If my 96 RT gets problem in DV, how and where can I get fix... just in case. And, where can I get pic right or top of the dune?
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...I'd take the RT, as far as repairs, that's why you have it. You can fix most anything on an airhead on the road, tools providing. The modern bike is a different story.
There is nothing 'close' to DV as far as repairs.
Have a great trip, wish I was goin' with ya!
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a lot of towns around the periphery have dirt bike shops. lone pine, beatty, etc. but some of them are seasonal. there used to be a place in amargosa, not sure it's still there. pahrump has that track. that;s just if you need a quart of oil. but for BMW specific help, there's nothing i know of between L.A. and reno.

if this is the first time, i'd suggest the RT. has more range on a tank. and the roads will be unfamiliar. can't go that fast anyway.


wish i could go.
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