Tuesday, October 21, 2014

Death Valley Ride 2014...


The Death Valley Ride is a little deal loosely organized by our pal, Troy.  It's really nothing more than a bunch of friends putting down 666 miles through Southern California's/Nevadas beautiful desert.  No flyers, no sponsors, no bad attitudes... I think some people may have gotten the wrong idea and assumed the DVR is sort of an "elitist" thing because there is no formal Instagram mass-invite but the truth to the matter is if you know, you'll know....if you wanna know, just ask.  I think this method works best to weed out the bullshitters and people that probably don't belong here anyways.

I blew it the first year, then got a metal sliver in my eye the day before last year so i made sure to play it safe the couple weeks leading up to the ride. Luke, Chase and myself rode up to Adam and Tony's the night before for a little chopper slumber party and to cut a majority of that horrible downtown LA traffic in half.  The next morning when we pulled up to the meeting spot, I knew right away this was going to be an awesome weekend. Nothing but familiar faces, choppers and most of all, smiles. 

There's a reason people come to California, and it's to experience how awesome and diverse the landscape is. Some of the best riding can be done right here, and my first visit to Death Valley was no exception and besides a few hiccups (Nicks, Eddies and my bike calling it quits) everybody made it pretty much unscathed to Las Vegas. Some dudes went hard, some didn't but the one thing we all did was have fun...together.

I know I've had some rough times as of late and for the first time in my life, I'm trying to set my sights on and enjoy the good shit going on around me rather than focus on the bad shit and let it eat me alive.  This weekend was a great reminder of how rad things can be when people step up and watch out for one another rather than themselves.

My phone was dead the whole time but fortunately for you, Ben had his camera and caught some rad photos.
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Lukes Pan looked rad rolling down the road.
the Knuckle was running so good until it suddenly wasn't.
Raddy and Ryan, just a couple of baawwwssess
Eddie flew out and Uncle Troy let him ride his Pan for the weekend
Chase's Sportster is as cool as it gets
I wasn't surprised when Mumma ran outta gas.
The Busby brothers from Salinas. Good dudes right here.
DEATH VALLEY
Thanks for hanging with me when my bike took a shit shawn.
How rad is this picture by the way.
i just think Derrick is cool.
early bird gets the perm

breakfast across the street from the campsite.
RockLobsterBoyWolf
Once I realized my Knuckle was done, I started donating parts of it left and right.
This is where I put my distributor on Ryans Pan.
solid crew going on here.
Sherm lookin good.
"you sheared the clutch basket off of the mainshaft?..I didn't know you could do that?"
Ohbrono, minutes before all the liquids in his bike came pouring out.
"thats my new thing, crackin fools necks" Doug had everybody in tears
laughting the entire weekend
another one
these dudes
the real-est boss on the trip, Chatty made sure everybody was taken care. Thanks
again for the help man.
This dude sucked. Apparantly we got randomly selected to each pay $10 to ride the
road through the state park while all the "normal" people were waved on through.

Ben piloting his spaceship to another planet.

God i hate Vegas, but it's always a sight when you see those lights on the horizon.

6 comments:

  1. Jason Jason... The pics look so rad man. Reasons for riding, shouldn't matter at all brother.. Just ride and enjoy life.. phones, no phones, flannel no flannel, re-enactors or dynas. Just ride.

    Our VIP and camping circle had wetwipes, paid for by Harley Davidson, but they were vintage!

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    1. The vintage stuff sucks, too rough on my asshole...moisture is a must..or musk.

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  2. soo many good people on one ride..usually ride by myself all year soo im kinda in awe the whole time...dougs neck crackin works! slept on boulders, Chatty is my brother, Mumma shreds life, Eddie balls were in a knot..Till next year..Nick better be there next time..

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  3. Photos looks so good. Make a good little zine.

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  4. who's bike is that in the 11th picture. white panhead i believe with a springer front end. saw it in the back of a dodge pick up this weekend in kettleman city on the way back from san francisco

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