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Old 06-26-2012, 08:48 PM   #196
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Awesome ride! I need to get out and wander around those parts!
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Old 06-26-2012, 09:00 PM   #197
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Cause where we go, your heavy bikes would never make it...what fun is limiting where you can go? We spend the 1st day crawling in and out of ravines, large boulder climbs, pea rock sand wash that is over 5 miles long (dry river bed we follow) Imagine that sand corner you guys wiped out on being 5 miles long with cliff walls on either side...only one direction and no way to avoid it.

Every trip regardless of the gear and location is always a good adventure though and sure beats going to work... Great pictures, good write up...
Apples and Oranges my friend. Most on this ride aren't (weren't) limited, we have both small and big bikes. This ride was about what it was about. I'm sure some of us will return to the general area in the near future on the small bikes for a different riding experience.
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Old 06-27-2012, 10:07 AM   #198
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Awesome ride! I need to get out and wander around those parts!

come out and PM me if you need additional info.

great linky you have...very helpful to all those planning a trip...http://www.rideadv.com/


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This ride was about what it was about. I'm sure some of us will return to the general area in the near future on the small bikes for a different riding experience.

haha...we were leaving at the same time, we were already planning to go back and ride it again. one good round deserves another.

yeah....small bikes....and a support truck
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Old 06-27-2012, 08:35 PM   #199
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Apples and Oranges my friend. Most on this ride aren't (weren't) limited, we have both small and big bikes. This ride was about what it was about. I'm sure some of us will return to the general area in the near future on the small bikes for a different riding experience.

Outstanding... FYI, looking at a run in Oct for the south rim again if any of you might be interested...shoot me a PM.
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Old 07-04-2012, 12:38 AM   #200
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Outstanding... FYI, looking at a run in Oct for the south rim again if any of you might be interested...shoot me a PM.
north rim is closed from oct 15 to may 15 for winter.

weather permitting, we plan to go back this november and conquer elbow canyon on our small bikes....



and about the same time frame we'll be back next year. many of the riders commented we don't have to change anything, it was ride where everything fell in the right places....haha

maybe add another 2 days.
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Old 07-04-2012, 02:13 AM   #201
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north rim is closed from oct 15 to may 15 for winter.

weather permitting, we plan to go back this november and conquer elbow canyon on our small bikes....



and about the same time frame we'll be back next year. many of the riders commented we don't have to change anything, it was ride where everything fell in the right places....haha

maybe add another 2 days.

We have hit some snow on the south side a few times. We start in Fountain Hills where it's around 1,000ft elevation, 80-90F in the heat of the day...as we head north, the elevation goes up, temps drop fast...we'll be around 9,000 foot by day 2...snow and cold hitting us...then it drops back down in elevation until we hit the rim and decent temps...We did the ride in April one year, the drifts in the mountains were around 2 to 3 feet and miles long... That year I had my KTM250EXC and it was a blast cutting through the snow on it.
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Old 07-13-2012, 07:24 AM   #202
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Bump for this RR.

The riders on these kinds of trips form friendship bonds that last. If you're reading through and think you would like to experience this type of adventure, then continue to prepare and gain skills and be ready for one you can fit with.

This trip could only have been a pipe dream for me just a few years ago. A friend sent me a link of adventure rider photos (ADV Intro) some years ago, and it completely changed my outlook on motorcycling. I knew right away these were the kinds of adventures I wanted to pursue.

The adventures people share on ADVrider don't just happen in a vacuum. It takes years of practice and planning, and preparing yourself and machine for them.
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Old 07-28-2012, 12:44 AM   #203
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Nice ride report, guys. Lots of familiar roads.
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Old 07-29-2012, 08:29 AM   #204
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Aram - Day 3... 3mo later?!

Okay you FF's look out! I'm back! More adv to share from far off lands outside CA. Found this post in a text file on my desktop. Is there an expiration on RR's? Not when I'm in them. This could take me another 6mo.

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Ten hours of sleep. Roughin' it.


Loner, StuCazzo, Tbarstow


So happy with this bike on this trip!!! I started to get bummed out on the last couple Mojave rides, feeling like a pussy trying to keep up with little bikes on this thing, but this last trip allowed the GS to stretch its legs and show me what it's got. I was very impressed and even shocked at times with the handling under full load through extremely rocky climbs, tight forested trails and slippery gravel roads. I have renewed faith in the bike. So much so, that I may be riding to Idaho next month from SoCal.

Anyway, on with the pics...

Forest a la FYYFF.


Yet another beautiful trail to an insane view of the Grand Canyon.


What a great feeling reaching the end of a climb and being presented with these views! It seemed obvious that these were places most people will never know about, with views that easily rival the very best the Canyon has to offer.


Here's a poor shot of that car Browneye was talking about. It looked like they hammered it into some rock steps and blew a tire. The spare was out but the car was already wedged into the hill against the rocks. Impala man... is that you?






NSFW, Tbarstow




There were unusual piles and stacks of giant rocks on the side of the highway.


The boulders dwafed us as we rode by.
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Old 07-30-2012, 05:27 PM   #205
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Bump for this RR.

The riders on these kinds of trips form friendship bonds that last. If you're reading through and think you would like to experience this type of adventure, then continue to prepare and gain skills and be ready for one you can fit with.

This trip could only have been a pipe dream for me just a few years ago. A friend sent me a link of adventure rider photos (ADV Intro) some years ago, and it completely changed my outlook on motorcycling. I knew right away these were the kinds of adventures I wanted to pursue.

The adventures people share on ADVrider don't just happen in a vacuum. It takes years of practice and planning, and preparing yourself and machine for them.

Amen to that... If you're a decent B level rider, you're ready for a trip like this...All it takes is a few PMs to people planning a trip and boom, you're in with a group...
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Old 07-31-2012, 06:37 PM   #206
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More shots from the trip....























Awesome campsite.






Clanking buckets and yelling first thing in the AM. Miss you, Rich.


Strange noises over there last night.


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Old 07-31-2012, 06:42 PM   #207
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The rest of my pics......











Long wait for the tunnel.





Now that's a post bump.

Video anyone?
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Old 07-31-2012, 09:17 PM   #208
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Elbow Canyon hiking video up next! It's rendering. FINALLY I'm at work at 9:15pm... Spect. Spect.
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DAY 1: Elbow Canyon

This video is RIDICULOUSLY LONG, but I wanted to document what everyone was up to on this particular day of the ride. Tim and I were running up and down that mountain for the better part of the day. Too many stops. The most on any ride I've ever been on. Ever. I even tipped over at one point having stopped too many times leading up to one section. Nevertheless, there's always something to learn from these rides... isn't there?

Ride up.
Hike down.
Pick up bikes.
Hike back up.
Repeat.

Carnage everywhere. Total destruction... for what? A few rocks? Looks easy enough..............

on video. Once you stopped, there was no traction on a heavy bike in this stuff. Good times for some. Total nightmare for others.



In all fairness, this terrain wasn't exactly on the menu when the trip was planned. It was supposed to be an 'easy' route with a challenging section or two. It took hours and hours to get everyone through about 18 miles!!!

Sorry for the long wait guys. I hope it was as enchanting as you remember it.
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Old 08-01-2012, 07:47 PM   #210
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This video is RIDICULOUSLY LONG, but I wanted to document what everyone was up to on this particular day of the ride. Tim and I were running up and down that mountain for the better part of the day. Too many stops. The most on any ride I've ever been on. Ever. I even tipped over at one point having stopped too many times leading up to one section. Nevertheless, there's always something to learn from these rides... isn't there?

Ride up.
Hike down.
Pick up bikes.
Hike back up.
Repeat.

Carnage everywhere. Total destruction... for what? A few rocks? Looks easy enough..............

on video. Once you stopped, there was no traction on a heavy bike in this stuff. Good times for some. Total nightmare for others.



In all fairness, this terrain wasn't exactly on the menu when the trip was planned. It was supposed to be an 'easy' route with a challenging section or two. It took hours and hours to get everyone through about 18 miles!!!

Sorry for the long wait guys. I hope it was as enchanting as you remember it.
Sweet video Aram! It was almost like doing it all over again, but without all the sweat and huffing and puffing.

Looking forward to your Idaho/Wyoming RR!
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