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Old 02-06-2015, 11:35 AM   #1
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The River Trip - First Ride

Hello all! Still new here, posting-wise, but ready to share my first adventure!



I am on my 700gs and my dad (JoeGoat) with his 800gs, both recently purchased and first trip! He should jump in with some pictures at some point. Anyways…


We started in Colorado and set out for California. We trailered the bikes behind the RV to “The River.” On the California-Arizona border runs the Colorado River. Both sides of my family have weekend homes out in this amazing desert.



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The RV towing the GS’s and the RM250


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The bikes are secure… checked very VERY often. Of course that made no difference because the RM250 broke a strap and fell on my bike, TWICE! My luck.



…only 1000miles til we get to play in the desert!
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Old 02-06-2015, 12:10 PM   #2
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Day 0, 1, & 2

We arrived at The River late at night and unloaded the bikes. The next morning the fun began. My dad and I rode into town, enjoying the cool California winter air as we ripped down cracked farm roads. We found some loose gravel roads to touch dirt for the first time on our GS’s. It was sketchy at first, with our 80/20 tires. Then we stumbled on some hard packed dirt with random silt areas thrown in. It was a great learning experience.



The next day we decided to go shooting up on the mesa. The family loaded up in some 4X4s and we followed them up a deep sandy trail. This is where my first crash occurred. And my second. My dad made it up, full throttle up a 1/4mile stretch with a couple turns and incline onto the mesa. I, however, was squirrely and blipping the throttle; not confident in my first deep sand. I had made it more than halfway before I went down, picked up the bike myself, and then went down again in another 100ft. By then the Blazer came back for me and I received some assistance picking it up this time. I was feeling pretty defeated. I was sad that I crashed my new BMW. But I was glad it was in the sand and with no harm to me or the bike.



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Made it up on the mesa, the two GS’s and the Blazer.


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The bikes.


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Love the desert.

After some fun shooting and the sun starting to fade, we decided to make our way back to the house. And of course I crashed again. In the sand. Glad I was in gear because this one hurt. But no damage. My dad made it no problem; more experience in the sand. At least I am getting mine!
Wish I had pictures of the crashes and where they occurred, sorry.
More coming...



Note – We brought the RM250 but never got it running .
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Old 02-06-2015, 12:59 PM   #3
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Day 3 & 4

Feeling a little agitated from sandy crashes the day before, we decided to hit the pavement for awhile. It was about 40miles to Glamis. And it was a blast getting there. The roads were curvy and hilly, and wide open.



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Glamis.


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In the sand again. No crash!


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My dad and I.


We didn’t actually go play in the sand because, one, we didn’t have the flags required to; and two, I don’t think we, or maybe just I, could handle that with our setup. But it was still great to get out to Glamis again and see all of the dirtbikes, quads, and dune buggies tearing it up! Maybe next time.



The next day we did a pretty awesome adventure to the desert on the Arizona side of the river. We rode around and found some crumbling structures covered in graffiti. We spent the day finding good jeep trails and even some rocky single track. More deep sand came into play. However, no crashed occurred this day!


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The “ruins”


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On top.


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Trails.


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And views.

Another awesome day with the GS!

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Old 02-06-2015, 01:52 PM   #4
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Great Pictures!

Sounds like you and your dad had a nice trip. Like your pictures! No deserts here in Middle Tennessee!
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Old 02-06-2015, 02:13 PM   #5
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Day 5 & 6

The day before Xmas Eve we decided we needed to go camping! We don’t have any luggage racks or panniers, so we had to rig up an ice chest, tent, sleeping bags, etc to the two bikes. We made it work. I am hoping my dad has some pictures to share of this because unfortunately I don’t. We set out for a town called Cibola, on the Arizona side. We had heard there was a pretty decent road heading east out of the town and that we would find some good spots to set up camp.

Well, the road was a washed out mess. We went about 7miles through random washed out sections of the road, very technical washes, extremely rocky sections, and sand sand sand. We stopped when the road turned into a no trespassing – military road. Backtracked to mile 5 and found a the only flat, sandy spot in a dry wash to lay a tent.


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My dad building the firepit.


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Firepit and custom seating completed.


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Camp


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Road, bikes, camp. Desert sun fading fast…



We decided to head back into Cibola for “Taco Tuesday” at a small shack that serves food occasionally when the hunters are not active in the area… the sun had gone down and I was in charge of getting us there, remembering the route, and getting us back because it’d be dark for the return trip.
We had a decent meal and were ready to get back to camp for a fire and some brews. I took the lead, 6miles total, 5 once we hit the trail. Hi-beams on, cruising just after getting on the dirt, I suddenly go down. It was a hard crash on my right side. The GS landed on my leg, messed up my knee and ankle as I slid out from under it. Luckily I was geared. But not proper boots/pants. We picked up the bike and checked the damage, there was some this time. Scuffed up that BMW emblem pretty good. Nothing major.
I shook it off and somehow managed to get us back to camp. We started a great fire, threw back some beers, and speculated about what caused me to crash…. It was a good night.


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GS with fresh battle scars.


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Together.


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Full trash can..


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Morning fire, good camp.


There is also a video of my crashing that my dad got with the GoPro..

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Old 02-06-2015, 06:08 PM   #6
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This was a great trip. My pictures are few, and very similar to Sickboy's. I have to figure out how to edit and screenshot my GoPro footage.
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Old 02-06-2015, 07:09 PM   #7
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you need more agressive tires

Youre tires are way wrong, also im guessing you didnt air down either ?
those bikes are heavy so I am guessing 15lbs. I doubt youre gonna haul ass on those bikes over the rocks...
Just dont want to see you bang up your bmer or your body unecessaily.
TIRES are huge in the desert
thannks for sharing
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Old 02-06-2015, 07:28 PM   #8
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Bikes were brand new. I had mine for three days before we headed to California. Sickboy had his a couple days longer, but we just didn't have time to get more suitable tires. I aired mine down in the sand and on our camp out. Woke up after the night in the desert with a rear flat and had to ride to Cibola reeeeeaaaallll slow.
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