2 Days 500 miles a DRZ and The Grand Canyon

Discussion in 'Ride Reports - Epic Rides' started by wnc96, Oct 21, 2009.

  1. wnc96

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    This is my first ride report ever!!!

    I took the trip last year, so its only a little late :D


    I spent last summer working 7pm to 7am in the trauma center in Flagstaff AZ. I tried several times to go camping on the North Rim of the Grand Canyon but it never seamed to work out. One morning on my way home from work I decied to just pack my stuff and go. Being a last minute trip it would be my first camping trip in the mountians solo. I grabed a few hours of sleep, packed my bike and headed out!!:ricky



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    Took this a few miles outside of Flagstaff, one of my fav pics!!!

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    Once out of Flagg you spend some time on the Navajo Reservation

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    I was trying to camp at Crazy Jug point but ran out of daylight looking for it. Still had a great spot right on the rim. There was some thunder that night and to listen to it echo down the canyon was unforgetable!

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    The next morning after packing up camp I headed into the North Rim visitor center.

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    After spending about an hour at the visitor center I headed back to Flagstaff. This would have been a 400 mile trip but I came off the mountian on the wrong side..... I still made it home in time to shower and head to work. It might have been a little crazy to head off by my self but the trip was definitely woth it!!!
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  2. GB

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    Let's get more Grand Canyon pics!! You can't tease with just those!! :deal
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  3. Fatguts McCantRide

    Fatguts McCantRide On a diet and learning

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    Great pics buddy. How does that big tank go on the tighter trails? Do you get much of a tank slapper effect?
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  4. Thorne

    Thorne Sherpa-ing around

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    Nice photos.
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  5. wnc96

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    I have Loved having the big tank! Could not have done this trip without it. I feel safer in the single track with the tank because it protects the radiator better.

    I'm uploading some more pics will have them in a little bit.
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  6. wnc96

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    Here is another of the cliffs on the way up.


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    Whats camping without the campfire?

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    More from my campsite.

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    Heading out in the morning

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    More from the North Rim National Park

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    Do you see me in the mirror ...LOL

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    More on the Res on the way home

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    Hope you like the extra Pics!

    I think everyone should go to the south rim once, but really spend some time at the north rim. It really is worth the extra drive!!!
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  7. klaviator

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    Awesome pics:clap :clap :clap You got any more?
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  8. motorcyclefanatic

    motorcyclefanatic The name says it all

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    I've been to the south rim several times, but never the north. Thanks for the pics.
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  9. puredrive

    puredrive n00b

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    Thanks for the pics
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  10. motorradrudi

    motorradrudi tourguide

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    Thanks for the fantastic pics from Grand Canyon!

    A place I've ever dreamed of!

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    Best greatings from Germany
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  11. scarysharkface

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    Like the pics. Looks like fun!

    How was the DRZ on the highway?

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  12. wnc96

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    It did ok but not great. With that said its because the bike was set up for dirt. I had not had the bike very long when i took the trip. It still had a 14T front sprocket instead of the stock 15T. It also had non DOT full knobie tires. I'm currently running the 15T front sprocket and Dunlop 606 tires and it does much better on the street and is still a blast off road. In the spring i'll be looking for a V-Strom or Tiger for commuting and 2up ridding.
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  13. Big Pussy

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    Northern Arizona is so wonderful.

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  14. killurtv

    killurtv free range moron

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    Nice work there, beautiful pictures. Looks like an awesome trip!! Thanks.
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  15. mark32725

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    Great ride. Hope you have some case savers on that thing by now, they are cheap insurance!
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  16. wnc96

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    Nice Ride report .. .I love the pics of the A-10 ... its my fav airplane

    YUP!!! have the case savers... Here is what she looks like now after my face lift
    Case Savers
    Baja Designs LED tail light
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    These Pics are from a ride we took last weekend in South East Oklahoma

    This is Devils Backbone

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    So YES there are Mountians in Oklahoma ...LOL
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  17. motorcyclefanatic

    motorcyclefanatic The name says it all

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    I was wondering if you'd chime in on this one Mark. I guess it's not uncommon for DRZ owners to strike out on a long tour. Could a trip to the Grand Canyon on the DRZ be in your future? :D
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  18. mark32725

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    Ya I would love to ride the TAT out to the west coast and hit some sights like the Grand Canyon on the way back, I definately gotta look at a aftermarket seat for that one. :D


    How many miles are on your Z ?
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  19. WanderingSoul

    WanderingSoul Keep The Rubber Side Down

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    I haven't made a ride report yet, but I will soon. I'm going to Sedona in November. I hope it's not too cold. I may have to seek warmth down south in the East Valley area where I grew up. I haven't been to the North Rim either... yet!
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  20. wnc96

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    I have no Idea how many miles are on the bike. The stock speedo and Odometer were not on the bike when i bought it. They had stripped it down and set up for dirt only. I felt the trade off was worth it because it had the athena big bore, header and fmf pipe already done. Be sure to let me know when you pass through Oklahoma, i'll make sure you have a hot meal and place to sack out. We could even get a group together for some ridding in south east OK, There is some great dualsport ridding down there.


    Thank you for the compliments. :clap
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