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Old 07-31-2010, 10:41 PM   #1
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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!




Dave & Mike both are fast.




And all around good guys.




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






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





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




Tried bump 'er to life on the way down.




Three times







No luck





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".
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Old 07-31-2010, 11:17 PM   #2
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The Rest of the Story

Luckily The Mighty 950 fixed itself. Just needed a little break.

Dave enjoyed the hill







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





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









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




Then Mike




I think I heard one of them use the term "Goldwing" in his description of the experience. 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.


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




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.
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Old 08-01-2010, 09:36 AM   #3
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Old 08-01-2010, 01:12 PM   #4
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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.
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Old 08-01-2010, 02:12 PM   #5
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We started at 2900' and maxed out at 6200'. Trying to avoid the heat. I think we were pretty successful.
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