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    Helmetdance & the Grapes of Wrath 8/6-7 2005 - Sierra Nevada Mtns

    Some rides are good, some are better, and some are off the chart like this one was. A little preface- I met Mark (Helmetdance) about a year ago on the Strega Nor. Cal. Tour http://www.southbayriders.com/forums...ead.php?t=7303. We just happened to cross paths on Hwy 36. Just chatted for a while and wished him well on his ride. Some time later, I finally saw his post on his ride/adventure on the Pashnit site and learned he was planning on coming out west again. It was a nobrainer that I had to get in a ride with him.
    What made this ride so awesome was first the company [Mark (Helmetdance) Jim (Wanderlust) Kipp, Drew (Dr.Motard) and at the 11th hour his college buddy Matt], second the road selection (108/395/120 and bonus roads), and finally the weather. With the miserable heat around here, we lucked out with cloud cover that followed us all day and kept us cool and made for great scenery.
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    Re: Helmetdance & the Grapes of Wrath 8/6-7/05

    Dr. Motard I think he had a pretty good time.
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    Re: Helmetdance & the Grapes of Wrath 8/6-7/05

    Mark to us to this lookout on the 108 that I have been riding bye for years but never stopped to look.
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    Re: Helmetdance & the Grapes of Wrath 8/6-7/05

    This is my Pashnit pic big background thats Jim's Suzuki.
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    Re: Helmetdance & the Grapes of Wrath 8/6-7/05

    Hwy. 108
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    Re: Helmetdance & the Grapes of Wrath 8/6-7/05

    This kid was born to ride anyone thats ridden with him knows that.
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    Re: Helmetdance & the Grapes of Wrath 8/6-7/05

    At the interchange of 108 & 395 we learned why there is a mininum wear on a brake rotor. Drews front rotor was so far below spec I believe the it lost its heat transfer properties buy being so thin and warped enough to lock the front wheel. So having no choice but to remove the front caliper. Drew road the rest of the ride about 300-400 miles with a range of very little to no brakes.
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    Re: Helmetdance & the Grapes of Wrath 8/6-7/05

    If you are doing the 108/395 in Bridgeport I would recomend this place to eat very good great food, service and very clean.
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    Re: Helmetdance & the Grapes of Wrath 8/6-7/05

    Thats rain in the background we would be riding in it very soon.
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    Re: Helmetdance & the Grapes of Wrath 8/6-7/05

    Here is where the ride got into high gear Hwy. 120 EAST new road to me and that means let the good times roll
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