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