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riceless950 07-31-2010 10:41 PM

Mid-Summer High Desert Loop with the Beta Boyz
 
These guys run a new Beta shop in Palm Springs. I just met them last week and took them for a loop today. Great riders and those Betas! Ooo Those Betas!:tb

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Dave & Mike both are fast.

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And all around good guys.

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Being a bit rusty from not riding for a month, I flailed all the way up this climb.

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Only to end up in a crumpled heap near the top.

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With a flooded bike... then a dead battery.

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Tried bump 'er to life on the way down.

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Three times

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No luck

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Ok, I gotta go out and water the trees before it gets dark. Then you'll get (in my best Paul Harvey voice)... "The Rest of the Story".

riceless950 07-31-2010 11:17 PM

The Rest of the Story
 
Luckily The Mighty 950 fixed itself. Just needed a little break.

Dave enjoyed the hill

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It was getting hot so we found some shade at the Japanese Camp arroyo.

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Then up to higher/cooler elevations via The Switchbacks. Dave says," I don't need no Stinking Swithchbacks!"

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We rode some more fun stuff after that but all my energy was reserved for riding.

I did document some sampling of the Orange Koolaid.

Dave 1st

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Then Mike

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I think I heard one of them use the term "Goldwing" in his description of the experience. :dunno Different strokes for different folks.

I on the other hand liked the Beta alot. They were both 450s. One in race trim the other more trail oriented in set up. Both Fast. I hope to get a chance to sample them again on some technical terrain. Thanks for riding with me today fellas. :wave


We split up at Pappy & Harriet's and as I rolled over the last saddle and dropped into the valley I live in, I thought to myself

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everybody says only a Fool would do a hundred mile loop in the desert in August! And I say to that... "Uhhhh, what's yer point?"

Besides, it's still July. :ricky

prometheus rising 08-01-2010 09:36 AM

All around Awesome :clap :clap :clap

Colemanfu 08-01-2010 01:12 PM

That hill climb looks cool. Fun stuff. I got to ride out there next summer. At least they did not call it a "Oldwing" hehe. But I get the reference.
How high is the high desert?

riceless950 08-01-2010 02:12 PM

We started at 2900' and maxed out at 6200'. Trying to avoid the heat. I think we were pretty successful.


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