2UP Kokopelli Light

Discussion in 'Ride Reports - Day Trippin'' started by mechanical, Apr 11, 2013.

  1. mechanical

    mechanical Adventurer

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    Follow along as two dumb kids (and one superhero) from Wyoming go on their first 2UP motorcycle adventure in Colorado and Utah.

    With longer motorcycle trips planned for this summer, we wanted to take a ride over a long weekend to provide a sandbox to test our gear and ourselves in a 2UP backcountry motorcycle setting. While we had done some 2UP in the mountains before, we have never done a trip with a fully loaded bike. We needed to get a feel of what we would be capable of. We chose to run what I would call the Kokopelli Light, running between Grand Junction, CO and Moab, UT. We rode the 4x4 version of the trail avoiding most of the steeper, narrow single track sections. I didn't feel comfortable trying to ride the big KTM down Rose Garden Hill, so we bypassed the roughest section of the Kokopelli via Onion Creek. I had driven the trail in my Tacoma, and felt fairly confident that we could conquer the mildly technical terrain 2UP without hurting ourselves or seriously damaging any of our gear.

    Our tentative itinerary was:
    4/3 - Load the bike into the Tacoma and drive to Grand Junction, CO. My mom and stepdad live in Grand Junction and we would use their house as a staging area.
    4/4 - Ride the bike from Grand Junction to a good camping spot on the Kokopelli.
    4/5 - Ride from camping spot to Moab, UT. Once in Moab, we would meet my mom and the dogs who had driven the Tacoma from Grand Junction. We would run a short trail if we have time, then camp near Moab.
    4/6 - Trails in the morning in the Tacoma with Mom, Kelcy and Dogs. Drive back to grand Junction in the PM.
    4/7 - Visit the Colorado National Monument, load the bike, then drive back to Wyo.

    4/4/2013 (Part 1)
    Grand Junction, CO - Hideout Campground, UT
    107 Miles


    Rabbit Valley
    The first section of the trail takes you through Rabbit Valley. This is great motorcycling,
    and I really want to go back for a day when we aren't carrying all of our of gear.

    Here is the bike, my KTM 990 loaded to the brim. This was too much gear
    for just a weekend trip, but we wanted to see what we could do with a fully loaded bike.
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    And here is Kelcy, gearing up in Rabbit Valley.
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    And Dredd, no one really likes him, but he comes along on all of our moto trips.
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    How she thinks she looks:
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    I'm the ugly dude. Taken in the lower section of the valley.
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    Rabbit Valley started off pretty slow. I was amazed at how heavy the bike felt with the extra gear.
    We took our time, trying to get a feel for the new weight.
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    These guys are much tougher than we are.
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    Rougher section of the trail.
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    We had one slow getoff, but nothing relationship ending.
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    Taking a break before the climb out of the valley. Kelcy got hot, so she took her pants off.
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    Some decent dents had already accumulated.
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    We met these nice guys from Grand Junction just before the climb.
    I think they were slightly skeptical that we would make it out of the valley.
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    Video summary of Rabbit Valley

    Should be available in HD. My apologies that the camera is aimed down a little bit.
    Apparently I like to look right under the visor while riding.
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    We found this little guy at Cisco Crossing.
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    Dredd was very amused by him.
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    Dome Plateau
    After climbing out of Rabbit Valley, the trail lazily winds toward Cisco.
    We continued to the Dome Plateau loop. We were feeling much more confident at this point.
    I had gotten more comfortable with the extra weight, and was moving faster and a little more fluidly.
    This trail was great!

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    The trail eventually dumps you onto a rim of slickrock.
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    More getoffs.
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    Amazing views toward the rear of the loop.
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    The loop climaxes with a great view of Dewy Bridge.
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    Dome Plateau Videos


    Part 1
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    Part 2
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    Onion Creek/Thompson Canyon
    After Dome Plateau we took the highway down to Onion Creek. This was the perfect, tame, beautiful trail to end our day. We tested our boots with small water crossings.
    There about a bazillion of them.
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    Onion Creek Video
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    The descent into Thompson Canyon is steep but fun.
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    We chose to camp at Hideout Campground. No people, beautiful scenery.
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    The bike vomited gear everywhere.
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    More views from camp.
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    Day 2 coming soon!
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  2. klaviator

    klaviator Long timer

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    I spent a week in riding around Moab about 8 years ago. Beautiful area and great riding but I couldn't imagine riding there 2 up let alone 2 up on a loaded bike.

    Be thankful you have the skills to do this and a willing passenger. Enjoy the rest of your trip and thanks for posting.
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  3. mechanical

    mechanical Adventurer

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    4/5/2013
    Hideout Campground - Moab, UT
    Seven Mile Rim
    87 miles


    Thompson Canyon

    The next morning Dredd was very excited to get moving.
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    The climb out of Thompson Canyon was beautiful.
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    We did run into snow in the La Sal Mountains. Sadly, the GoPro was not working.
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    More beautiful views
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    After driving off of the La Sals we arrived in Moab.
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    Victory Beers!
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    After meeting my mom for lunch, we ran Seven Mile Rim.

    Seven Mile Rim

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    I really like this picture
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    No trickery here
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    I was whining about something.
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    After finishing the rim we camped south of Moab.
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    This awesome rig was camped just down the road.
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    We had to improvise while cooking brats.
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    We also accidentally broke the top of a bottle, So we filtered the beer through a coffee filter.
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  4. mechanical

    mechanical Adventurer

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    4/6/2013
    Fins & Things
    Hells Revenge
    Moab, UT - Grand Junction, CO
    125 Miles


    The next day we ran a few trails in the truck, then headed back to Grand Junction.

    The girls were very excited.
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    We found this "Fully Locked" Patriot on Hells Revenge.
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    The doggles had fun.
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    There were crawlers everywhere.
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    This little truck never ceases to impress me.
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    4/7/2013
    Colorado National Monument

    We ran up to the monument before the long drive home. This was a short jaunt, but was beautiful.

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  5. Ginger Beard

    Ginger Beard I have no soul

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    Can't....contain....JEALOUSY!!! :clap
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  6. Powderaddict

    Powderaddict Been here awhile

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    I've been looking at a trail that would make a decent 1st real run on my KLR, this may be the one!

    Awesome pics and report, thanks for sharing!
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  7. Yooper_Bob

    Yooper_Bob Long timer

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    I just HATE reading these Moab threads.....











    ....it SOOOOO makes me want to ride there!
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  8. mechanical

    mechanical Adventurer

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    Thanks guys! This would be a great first trip on a KLR. It was a really nice mix of rock, sand, water, and snow.
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  9. ErockPDX

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    Great report!

    New to 2up riding, so this gives me some new ideas and some degree of confidence that the ideas I've already had aren't terrible ones.

    Thanks!
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  10. redog1

    redog1 KLR650-2009

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  11. beergut

    beergut Thumper

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    I really need to move west.
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  12. NSFW

    NSFW basecamp4adv

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    very nice.

    good job and thanks.


    we were in moab last year and will be back next year. that place is wonderful.
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  13. TanMcG

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    Amazing scenery! I wanna go ride there!! :clap

    Love that you are tackling it two-up :D
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  14. fallingoff

    fallingoff Banned

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    thankyou
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  15. F1johny

    F1johny Adventurer

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    Awesomeness bro.:freaky
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  16. codys

    codys Lost in the Vizcaino

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    Nice bike!

    I'm always pretty surprised where these bike bikes can go. Even 2 up they roll pretty well. Moab=fun.:clap
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  17. flyrodder

    flyrodder Donny, please.

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    Great RR. Pretty good sport you have there to tollerate the get-offs!
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  18. chris73

    chris73 Been here awhile

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    Are those Wolfman rocky mountain saddle bags?
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  19. mechanical

    mechanical Adventurer

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    No, those are older Teton saddle bags. Basically the same thing, just smaller.
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  20. everready

    everready Stuck in Ohio....Ugh!!!

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    Great report. I have to get back out there asap. I have got to hand it to your SO. I certainly know I would not enjoyed riding on the back of a bike over that terrain. She seemed to deal with it rather well.
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