i recently acquired a 98 tiger and this is the first dirt shakedown run, wanted to get a feel for the bike off road.
after about 50 miles on the hiway and topping up the tank i hit the dirt out of cordes jcnt. to bloody basin rd.
kiosk that used to talk about the area, many indian ruins, mining and ranching history around here. i really like this area and there is so much to see if you slow down and take it in, i almost always see a group of small deer on the mesa i am heading to down the smaller road in the background
home sweet home, sometimes when i come across these line shacks and old residences i think about how i could live out there, this place was great and i think i really could spruce it up and live there.
the main house
and a creek. not much water but where there is a water source there are animals, lots of tracks in the sand.
at the edge of the mesa you have this ridge, pretty common on most mesa's, with all the indigenous people in this area there are thing to see in the rocks.
ruins here are very accessible and have had a hard time with history, but they are many and its neat to walk around them
then of course, the dick-tographs, well maybe lizards
to this point the road was good, great for a big bike if you want a little action and some fun. then i shot up a less travelled road, i knew it was going to be rougher because i've been on it before. the combination of decomposed granite (slippery) somewhat steep climbs and 50/50 tires made the likelihood of a drop increase. it wasnt bad at all until i hit some rain ruts running down the trail, so after a bit further to see just what the tiger could do i decided to turn around.
this pic doesnt show the "good" spots, but you get the idea of the terrain and elevation gain, plus its just a nice view.
so, back down the mtn. and out on a different trail to the main dirt rd. didnt stop for pics as i was having a blast on that trail. decided to return home on mostly dirt instead of the hiway.
little place called cordes, pop 11
brief stop at a waterin hole, per tigers request as she wanted to hunt for a snack, alas nothing there, i told her theres no gazelle here but she insisted we look.
arizona does have trees and grass in the desert, its just a smaller scale.
and thats my little shakedown ride for today. i have concluded that i can comfortably take the tiger just about anywhere i will want to, with logical reason and speed control. i am happy about that.
to be continued
Great ride and a very nice bike! Looking for more..
Nice ride...the Tiger and
Nice ride...the mesa. :clap
Nice ride report!! How do those Heidenau's do off road? Happy Kitty
thanks for the words guys,,,
the tires are exactly as i expected, very predictable and so far seem to be a good fit for a 50/50 scenario.
Great read, pics and bike. Thanks for sharing
Those "steamers" are badass! Congrats on your new [to you] bike!
I was up at the Squaw Creek ruins with Escondeasy on Saturday. Took forever to get out there in the Jeep!
Now everyone 2 Spot I swapped bikes awoke back and it seems we are both enjoying the benefits of the trade.
so where did i leave off?? oh yeah, continuing on bloody basin rd. i gain elevation quickly and the scenery changes a bit.
i really like this area because you are right at the zone where its changing from lowland desert to high desert and grassland. on these mesas you get acres of grasses, pinion pine and juniper. the wife doesnt care for it but i think its my favorite landscape.
i was down there
desert is in bloom, and green with recent rains
been on my plan to find an old cabin from a long forgotten small ranch, along the way i find this one. if its easy access its usually beat down. but still, cool to see
hey fat finger!
it was a rough one, but a fun one. waaaay back in there and down some steep canyons. its worth it though, the harder to get to the better shape there in, someone has been using this and still is. they werent there for my visit but i saw fresh tire tracks and footprints, and everything inside food wise was good and recent.
not so private private time
cant be shy about rapid elevation changes or shelf roads, the tiger is up there lookin at me.
this popular road takes you right through the great western trail
someone WAS having a good w/e
thats it for this time,, to be continued
that truck couldn't have been there more than ten minutes... still has the wheels on it!
that's one of my favorite steamer rides.
Nice job, 2spot! I've ridden in that area quite a bit, but have never seen those cabins. Do tell? :ear
Did u ride today? If so I might have missed u somewhere passed Dugas Rd.
that truck still had the flashers going
its FR58 off bloody basin, i recommend it
ride was a few days ago
Nice report 2Spot. :thumb
Thanks for taking us along.... :wink:
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