Aloha! everyday and extreme off road Dual Sport riders…
Rock Island Rider’s Memorial Day weekend GPS Mauna Kea 400 up date; 1/23/14
Talking Dual Sport 400 Rally event story today with Wayne Blyth the human walking computer that never crashes to get some chompin’ at the bit ride info, as he is the one compiling the routs, time and mileage for the GPS map for you adventurous riders to download. Wayne said the new Garmin 78 is the hot setup to use but cell phone units will work as well.
Ride team of two or more, only one GPS unit will be needed, if all in team have a GPS to navigate by, all the better.
Hilo will be the official start and finish both days for the two day event starting Memorial Day weekend Friday 23rd & Saturday 24th and on Sunday 25th will be an all day Benchracing BBQ Banquet, where we can all get together to laugh and benchrace our fun adventures, and watch your team’s GoPro video’s of the ride on a big screen….plan ahead for this as being one of the many cool highlights of this unprecedented 1st Annual Mauna Kea 400 GPS Dual Sport ride.
Keep in mind this two day GPS Rally circumventing the BIG Island and it’s tributary roads will go from sea level to 13,000 ft elev. a few times? (tentative) riders will encounter every kind of weather and terrain the Big Island can/will throw at you.
This is not an easy piece of cake Rally ride as you may think, sitting there on the couch, arm curling long necks, with you hand deep in the Maui potato chip bag.
I recommend you riders laying out a simple GPS ride in your area so you can team practice now! getting familiar with your GPS for quick glances to stay on track…think Dakar Rally road map reading skills.
Be back pack riding gear ready for; hot/cold weather, rain, fog, dust, mud, lava rocks, and snow? again, this is not a “hum a tune pick your nose” Rally.
The Vist Cruise holo holo Tarmac only riders will need a hardened lava butt and riding hand callouses to complete the 400 miles for bragin’ rights.
For those riders on the Big Island Hilo side go to Big Island Power Sports and talk to Justin Lau for riding gear, tires and bullet proof parts to get you through 400 Big Isle miles.
Also on Hilo side is my long time rider friend Al Britto @ Suzuki Cycle Sports for a smokin’ deal on a dual sport ride, riding gear and parts.
See Craig @ MoTo~Works to get~your~bike~shit~together for this, he’s a full time rider and knows what it takes on all levels.
Kona side is Barry Satterfield @ Kiser Motorcycles Kona for a huge selection of riding gear, parts and a great deal on a ride ready Honda, Yamaha, Kawasaki or KTM dual sport unit, Barry rides off road, he knows what works best.
Oahu riders go to Montgomery Motorcycles and talk story with experienced Mauna Kea 200 rider Wayne Rhoden for the best Suzuki DR dual sport machine to do the job.
Joe Edsmon’s @ Ohau Tiki Motorcycles also sells Dual Sport Beta motorcycles, Joe has ridden numerous Mauna Kea 200′s and 3 Big Island Lava Butt 400 Dual Sport rides, he knows first hand what it takes to complete 400 miles.
Then there’s Jason Herod @ Hawaiian Adventure Rentals in Kona, for you riders that don’t want to ship your motorcycle, Jason’s a cool brother he will pick you up at the Kona airport if needed and tune you in to what’s happening, he may do the ride also, team up with him.
On Maui call Chris Rice Out Puder @ Maui Moto Adventures he may be able to work something out for you for this Rally ride. he may do the ride also, team up with him.
Support your local motorcycle dealer who ever it may be, tell’em Gasser sent you, and the’ll go the extra mile for ya, so we all can continue to ride Faster than the crash! with the right stuff.
5 Lava Butt 400 YouTube Videos by Gasser
5 Lava Butt 400 YouTube Videos by Gasser
Big Island Dual Sport Association’s 2nd Annual Lava Butt 400 was ridden in reverse this year with a few trail changes.
Daryl Vierra lead us from Hilo to Waimea as we tire spinning punched our way through old over grown sugar cane roads and Macnut orchards dirt back roads squeezing past locked gate fence posts and twice we had to ride through unknown peoples back yards to get to the main roads as we worked our way 45 miles to Waimea for a gas pit stop.
Next section was dirt Mana Rd for 42 miles of free for all high speed pitch it sideways riding as I tried to keep up with the 3 front runners Joe Edsmon, Jerry Miller, and Anthony Ortiz as they boiled huge volumes of zero visibility dust making me miss a turn hitting a berm getting surprise! flying W air off into a cow pasture but I stayed on the gas saving my 72 yr old motocrossing ass getting back on the road and staying 100 yards behind their dust plume and wicking it up every butt cinching chance there was a clear space from the dust.
Then about 5 miles in I saw Joe and Jerry stopped on the side for some reason, but I just kept the KTM 200 pinned because I knew them bad boys would be back on the gas soon to make up time and they would have to bust through my dust cloud to catch me, then out of nowhere Pro surfer/off road rider Jerry Miller on a Honda 450 put a rock spraying roosting pass on me, so I kept it pinned slamming gears up and down in all the turns to hang close before the dust could boil into a big blinding cloud, Jerry bobbled and I passed, I bobbled he passed, we did this dicing for 20 miles and three times I over shot turns off into some real nasty OMG butt cinching terrain, but did not crash because I normally ride in that bad shit all the time, that’s where my saying “go faster than the crash” proved itself once again.
So I’d get back on the WFO gas to reel Jerry back in, when Jerry and I got to the end of Mana Rd, Anthony had beat us there by two minutes, back at mile 5, Joe spent 10 minutes to find a bad wire glitch to get his 2014 Bata 300 running again, arriving a few minutes behind us, so I know Joe was just hauling unbelievable ass (as always) to do this, also Steve Lau’s KTM 450 carb got dirt in the main jet, so in removing the jet, it snapped off at the threads!…but Steve managed to tickle the broken off piece out and Daryl just so happened to have a 170 main jet in his tool pack to save Steve’s day…how unreal was that?
Next section was 47 mi strewn with nasty square edge lava rocks around Mauna Kea @ 12,500 elev. only six riders took the challenge, It was noon time and the weather was not looking good up there, so, James, Ferge and I pussy’ed out and took the tarmac to the next check point to where the six mountain loop riders popped out, from there we road 45 mi of tarmac to the Kona Royal Resort to end day with a hot shower, cold beer, Prime Rib steak dinner to benchrace laugh the days ride.
Day two was 45+ asphalt miles to Maunu Ka Bay Rd for a nasty 17 mile loop consisting of dirt/rock, a’a’ and Pahoehoe lava, coral sand and rock pebble beaches, green sand pu’u’ hill climbs, and big chunky square rocks sections that flattened Joe and James tires, it was strength sapping hot and humid down there along the South West Kona coastline as we road that section hard on the gas nuts to keep the front wheel light over all the nasty rocks every inch of the way.
Next section was a “every man for himself free for all” pick any road through the throat choking yellow silt South Point coastline, offering many deep rutted silt trails that crisscross a wide swath of land, fun high speed riding to where you can brake slide into the berms a 45-50 mph and wheelie out into whatever your “no fear” Motocrossing expertise can handle, good fun shit to the max.
From the ocean waters edge we WFO it 5 mi up Ka’a’alu’alu’s narrow tight over hanging Haole tree lined rock infested serpentining dirt road to Waiohinu town, Joe and I were hard on the gas wheeling over countless gnarly rock clusters at speed, brake sliding into blind turn berms hoping there wasn’t a fisherman’s pick up truck coming down because there’s no way out but to crash into the trees growing in the lava rock’s, this is hairy shit go fast take chances riding Big Island dual sport off road riding style, home of the Rock Island Rider’s two day Mauna Kea 200 off road endurance race.
When we got up to the main road it was late in the day and started to rain and we had 70 miles of Highway to get home, Ferge and I both over 70 pussy’ed out again, though to us old geezer’s it’s called “senior citizen privilege”, and loaded up on dependable Ed Ung’s chase truck trailer for a warm ride home.
The ride ended with a BBQ and ride video’s at Steve and Lehua Lau’s horse ranch.
Mahalo! rider bruddah’s for one good flyin’ Hawaiian time…John DeSoto would have loved this ride.
Big Island Lava Butt 400
Aloha once an awhile Dual Sport riders and all time couch potatoes.
Friday Nov 23 2012 8:am, 17 Big Island Dual Sport Association riders, six from Oahu, clad in high tech off road armor riding gear, riding tricked out go anywhere over anything $10,000+ Dual Sport motorcycles leave from Hilo’s Big Island Power Sports parking lot, off on day one’s 215 mile section of BIDSA’s Big Island’s gnarly two day Lava Butt 400 dual sport ride, heading off to a 4WD dirt road that follows the coastline in the lower Puna area.
At one mile into dirt Beach Rd a downed tree with a lot of branches stops the riders as we watch Big Island Power Sports top mechanic Craig Good hack it away busting off half of his machete blade in doing so, but that didn’t stop him, he wailed on a six inch limb like a butcher on steroids as we benchrace joked and unloaded early morning coffee D&A fluids in the bushes.
Within 15 minutes Craig did his blurring chop-chop magic to the road blocking tree and we were back on the gas for a few more miles popping out of a lush green fern and Mango tree lined dirt road as we turned maki down a cinder road that dead ended into a narrow trail through a short jungle zone that ended abruptly onto the stark black 1960 Kapoho lava flow, and on that flow is a very nasty rock & roll trail that disappears in some spots into gnarly “go faster than the crash” lava rock sections as it follows the coastlines edge, this being a pro off road rider section because of hundreds of tall rim bending tire flatting sharp square edge lava rock ledges and thousands of loose a’a’ rock chunk’s that will kick out the front wheel putting a rider down quickly for the “big hurt” if he’s not hard on the gas skimming over’em at no fear speeds.
Half way through this 2+ mile section it started to rain making visibility through blurry fogged up goggles more of a challenge to ride this tire chewing, bike busting, body beating, trail from lava rock Hell.
(see my FB video)
When we finally popped out a the Kapoho Lighthouse one rider got a front flat tire and had to change it in the pouring rain, if that wasn’t bad enough he pinched that new tube putting it in and and had do it all over again, lucky for him someone else had a new tube.
Back on the gas going down the Highway we headed towards Kalapana where we got on to a short coastline 1 mile section through an Ironwood forest that we had to wheelie over three challenging wet slippery logs at odd angles to go over and duck under a low fallen tree, then it opened up into a long sandy Hawaiian tropical beach laced with hundreds of coconut trees that we serpentine through leading to a short big roots infested trail up an out to the Highway as it began to rain hard again all the way to gas check #1 in Pahoa.
Leaving gas check #1 in the pouring rain we took a dirt road through a multi water puddled subdivision working our way up to Volcano where we did an unplanned pit stop at a Volcano Village tour Bus snack stop because Steve’s KTM rear wheel bearings gave out and Wayne was near hypothermia shivering cold, we were all cold and soaked to the bone, I had to pull my boots off to pour out the water.
At this tourist Bus stop, old grey creaking wobbling perfumed tourist on their last vacation breath streamed out of a nice warm bus and they were just wide eyed blown away to see a bunch of wet laugh joking guy’s riding muddy dirt bikes in the cold heavy rain…thinking who’s that nuts to do that dangerous thing?…die hard pro Dual Sport off road riders, that’s who!
Anyhow, a little warmed up and back on the Highway we revved the guts out out of our off road steeds to gas check #2 in sleepy Pahala town where we found the gas station was closed as thunder and lighting lit up a dark purple sky on the old upper sugar cain haul road we were going to take from Pahala to Naalehu looked nasty, this being a sign that the two cement flash flood river crossing may have fast moving deep water, so we took the wossy ride Highway to Naalehu to gas check #3 where the weather broke into sun shine.
All gassed up, off we went to fun section 3 on down Ka’alu’alu’s rough 4WD 4 mile long dirt/rock road down to South Points coastline, at speed, brake sliding into the dirt berm edges and roosting out of the many rock infested turns as we hauled okole down the dense Haole Koa bush lined road hard on the gas clutch blipping to bunny hop over chunky tire flatting lava rock clusters.
When we got down to the coastline trails, we wicked up the speed more, roosting out of every sandy or dirt turn and getting air on any bump or rise…just having fun like a bunch of young wild horses feeling their oat’s, my kind of cool off road reckless fun @ 71 years old…after all, the closer to death you are, the more alive you feel going faster than the crash.
So after 17 miles of letting it all hang out in the rock’s and yellow dusty dirt heading towards the South Point windmill’s we road sanely back up to the main Highway going to Ocean View to gas check #4 to get ready for the nastiest section of the Lava Butt 400.
This is the Maunka area of 6+ miles of radical coastline a’a’, Pahoehoe, rounded sea rocks, and deep sand at the oceans edge where the trail just disappears in places into WTF? nasty seemingly unridable zones that look like dead end’s…I’ve explored and punched my way through these lava rock maze’s before on my KTM 200 and knew the way through to get to the rough unforgiving tire flatting Manuka Bay Rd that goes 6 mi up to get to the main Highway.
Ok, now let’s reel back to gas check #4, as the Sun was getting lower to the horizon I said to the (snacking, laughing, joking, benchracing riders), dude’s we got to get going we still got a bike and body killing coastline ride waiting ahead of us…dude’s benchracing talk story time is pau, you don’t want to spend the night down there all body buss up or a no go engine, we got to get on the gas now to beat the setting sun because it will be pure Hell riding out of the nasty square edge rock infested Manuka section in the dark!
I was the only one that knew this gnarly section, so I got hard on the gas trying to beat the setting sun leading the pack of riders down the long wide super dusty rock infested Road To The Sea, where we turned off on to a kick ass suspension sucking 4WD a’a’ trail that began the ride from Hell+2, that eventually pounded Criag Bauer’s forks to ridged uselessness and flattened Matt’s front tire 5 miles away from the exit of Hell, he had to ride up nasty Maunka Rd on a flat tire to a cement slab a short distance from the Highway where he anxiously slipped in a new tube as the Sun was just 10 minutes from disappearing below the horizon plunging us into darkness.
I hauled okole up to the Highway before total darkness set in to where Wayne was supposed to be waiting, only to see his red tail light way down the road as he was headed 40+ miles to Kona to where we stayed at the Royal Hawaiian Resort for the night.
So off I go ringing the KTM piston beyond logic to catch Wayne on his 510 Husky but he did a few three car passe’s and went out of sight as it got dark quickly as I then discovered that the rough Maunka section consumed my headlights wiring, so I had to ride 40 mi to Kona on a winding road in the pitch black night (ask me if that was fun?)
Early morning day two, leaving from Kona, we road the Queen K Highway to Kawihae and hooked up with Hilo’s 808 Motocross officials Phil Oveland and Kelly Krall and some other Dual Sport riders, now there were 22 riders heading to Hawi to ride some dusty coastline dirt roads and then we high speed worked our way up for miles on a dusty lumpy bumpy narrow cow pasture fence line road up to Kahua Ranch where Pro MX rider Phil Oveland works and he took us on “his” trails and made us ride 4 miles of okole kicking off camber Cow pie tire spinning Cow trails high up on the steep sides of tall volcano Pu’u’s (pasture grass covered cinder cones) this ride was like being in motorcycle heaven, having an up high blue Pacfic ocean view over electric green cow pastures with many volcanic Pu’u’s that were dotted with black Angus cows, and deep rocky gulches, you can’t buy this, you got to be an off road dual sport or MX rider and know Phil, who is one cool go the extra mile for you type guy…my kind of brother. Phil’s famous quote is “Go fast take chances”
Next section was a loop from Waimea to Mud Lane to Waipi’O Valley and back to Waimea via Old Mamalahoa Hwy that goes through ranch land with beautiful looking electric green cow pastures.
Knowing that we would be getting back to Waimea late in the day for gas to take Mana Rd to go back home to Hilo, I opted out of that section at 1:30 pm taking Mana Rd to Saddle Rd in the light of day because my headlight was not working and I didn’t want to take nasty rough, foggy, raining, cold 47 mile dirt Mana Rd and Saddle Rd home in the dark with no lights.
The 400 mile Lava Butt Mana Rd story that reads like a Chinese fire drill;
Mauna Kea 200 trail Boss Ed Ung was our chase truck driver with extra gas, he waited in the cold foggy/rainy/windy weather at Pu’u huluhulu for the riders to pop out of Mana Rd about 4:30 ETA, well at 5:30 pm dusk set in and only Anthony and Steve Lau were the first to pop out of foggy/rainy Mana Rd and reported that Matt had broke a chain 27 miles in, so Steve volunteers to ride Ed’s Quad (he had on his chase truck trailer) with a tow rope in hand to go retrieve Matt, well Steve comes back an hour and half later and said Matt and Joe where not there at the spot he broke down at, so about a half an hour later Ed gets a cell phone call saying that Matt and Joe where back in Waimea with both bikes…come find out Grant had an extra Master link, being a cool go the extra mile riders friend, he put the link on thinking he fixed it, then he road off to get far ahead so he wouldn’t dust out the other riders, also it was getting late and darkness was near setting in, so Matt gets all his riding gear back on, hit the starter button and only went about 20 feet and somehow the chain blew off again!…it’s dark now, so Joe put his boot on the rear of Matt’s swing arm and pushed him for 20+ miles on an up and down curvy pot holed dirt road at times up to 50 Mph plus Joe also had a rear flat tire that came off the rim when doing this!!!…If you know (big Superman built) Joe Edsmen you could see how he could pull off this heroic Superman stunt…”The real off road adventure’s start when shit happens”
If you want to have a good time beating yourself up on challenging off road trails with a bunch of hard core laughing, joking Dual Sport dirt bike riders, don’t miss Big Islands Dual Sport Association (BIDSA) next Two Day Lava Butt 400 ride or the World Class two day Mauna Kea 200 Enduro.
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~Gasser~~~React quicker than the crash~
Lava Butt Course
a 400 mile, two day dual sport ride
Start is at 7:00 am, November 23 at Big Island Power Sports at 447 Kalanianaole Ave in Hilo.
We are overnighting at the Royal Kona Resort overlooking Kailua Bay.
Friday, Nov 23 2012
Hilo to Kona, 220 miles
Saturday, Nov 24 2012
Kona to Hilo, 195 miles
GoogleEarth map of the course: LavaButt
While the course is still in the planning stages here is what we have so far:
There are long hignway sections (no can help) so tall gearing is a must (cruising speed of at least 55mph). We have kept this in mind to minimize tight sections where tall gearing would be a problem. We don’t all have wide-ration transmissions.
Stay tuned for further details to follow.
Could be anywhere any conditions?~could be kick ass or woosy?~could be survival or fun?~could be your best ride!
Ten Reasons Dual-Sport riders never wave back.
10. Too busy feeling around for loose pack straps.
9. Can’t see good through 25 layers of Tear-Off’s.
8. Preoccupied pushing GPS and cell phone buttons.
7. Tall knobby tires vibrate so bad you can’t see anyone.
6. Got a race face on heading for tough Mud Lane trail’s.
5. Handle bar vibration is so bad, hand is to numb to wave.
4. Too focused on calculating miles per gallon pit stop sections.
3. Can’t see through the front finder, when wheeling down the road.
2. Loud pipe, slapping chain, hurricane force wind noisy helmet over rides thought to wave back.
1. Ass is so sore, raising left hand up to wave causes excruciating pain on the right cheek.
“Every time I start thinking the world is all bad, then I start seeing some people out there having fun on motorcycles. It makes me take another look.” -Steve McQueen