7 days in Moab on KTMs

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  1. 666

    666 Agnostic and Orange

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    Scruffy, Berolina, Spartan and me spent a week exploring toughest trails in immediate Moab area on dual sported KTMs(320, 2 450s and 530). We were spending nights in a condo(in Moab), no camping.
    We did Kane Creek, Steel Bender, Pritchett Canyon(wrong way), Poison Spider, Sleek Rock with Hells gate, Cliffhanger, Rose garden Hill with Top of the World, and all of Sovereign trails(40 miles of it).
    I could barely stand after that. I am sure that Riseless can do it on his 950 no problem.
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    Everyone should ride this area if you have a chance.
    All bikes survived, riders a little bit up but nothing major.
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    Ok,
    First Ride - Kane Creek. Really beautiful, starts easy then flows through the creek bed. Sand, water flowing. Every time you ride it - you get to go different way. It's like a labyrinth. Not too challenging, depends on water level and season. Perfect in October. You go in and then turn around and go back or you could get oh pavement , but it's stupid.

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    Closer to the end you have to go through one somewhat rocky uphill and one other short rocky section

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    Then we had to help guys with broken down atv

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    After that last obstacle we played on the face of the rock until Spartan decided to test his fortune and ended up hanging about 50-60 feet above the ground. It was a scary moment, but we didn't waste any time taking pictures and then helped him out. Unfortunately pictures really don't show how close he got to pretty bad outcome.

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    On the way back I took lower route, guys got some pictures of me from the high up section

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    Views from the bottom were really cool as well.

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    At the end of the lower section somebody installed this steel ramp. Unfortunately it doesn't work with knobbies - It's like being on the ice.
    It wasn't there 2 years ago.

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  2. Vic-klr

    Vic-klr TEETET Aventuras T el T

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  3. AZ TOM

    AZ TOM Long timer

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    Great pics. I just did Kane Creek, Oct. 6th on my 70th BD on a bad running, pretty much full throttle or it wouldn't run, 1995 Honda XR650L, my buddy was on a Yam WR250X. Rain, thunder & lots of lighting towards the end. We went through to the pavement as the weather got worse. Would not reccomend this ride on this bike at 70, but I am probably just a wimp:lol3
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  4. 666

    666 Agnostic and Orange

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    Second day we rode must do, not that hard trails - Poison Spider and then went to look at the Gemini Bridges and vicinity.
    Poison spider starts close to Moab, only few miles on pavement.
    We did PS in about 2.5 hours with all picture taking and wandering around.
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    Arch, no we didn't ride on it

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    Moab

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    Gemini bridges are not that far from there. Easy ride, we did some canyons nearby, fixed flat. Apparently lower approach closed. You have to hike almost a mile to look at the bridges from the bottom. Sucks.

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  5. EnderTheX

    EnderTheX Dirt Rider

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    Cool stuff!! That's some serious riding! I wonder if those makeshift bridges can hold a jeep or if they are only meant for 4x4s... :clap
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  6. srad600

    srad600 Been here awhile

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    Looks like alot of fun, nice pic's.
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  7. 666

    666 Agnostic and Orange

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    Sovereign Trail - about 40 miles of single track. Rocky, sandy, sometimes loose, sometimes very tight. It can get hot even in october.
    10 miles on pavement to get there. This time we didn't see many mountain bikers, but it can get crowded.
    There are several "extreme difficulty" splits - not that bad, just tight.

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    This is the only place where we could find some shade for lunch brake

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    Mandatory Sovereign trail pics

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    Eventually heat started to tire us out

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    I got stuck in this rut for about 10 minutes. Unfortunately we separated earlier, so I had to get it out all by myself.
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    Here I had to wheelie my way out of there. It was kind of scary.

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    Then we found each other and came back down

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    Then I got really tired and had to cool of in the shade, can you spot me?

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    Few more miles to get back

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    more to come
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  8. GB

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    Fantastic action and beautiful pics :thumb

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  10. 666

    666 Agnostic and Orange

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    Here is another half a day (or less) ride Steel Bender. South of Moab, may be 5 miles from town. Generally easy, but some steps here and there can slow you down. Clockwise.
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    no go for me. Knobby had no traction. Bring trials to Moab

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  11. jonz

    jonz Miles are my mantra

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    Looking forward to more. Maybe next spring when my shoulder is healed up, I can get Riceless950 up there.

    I really like the short videos interspersed with the photos.
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  12. 666

    666 Agnostic and Orange

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    Another must do - Slick Rock and Hells Gate
    SR can be done on almost any bike with right tires. Hells gate - very short, but can get you in trouble.
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    Then we found Hells gate - I had to pose in front the sign
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    We didn't know about this trail and just wanted to look at it. Wrongfully we decided that this huge crack and drop off was it.

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    And then we found the real Hells gate. It looked easy, so I went down. Rear tire locked up instantly and I was fishtailing left and right all the way done. Apparently it was really slick this time. You could see smoke from rear tire.

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    It was fun, but somehow pictures really don't look like that big of a deal at all. We literally went just around the corner to find the way out. It looked intimidating.
    Jim made it so easy. Not so easy for the rest of us.
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    We made it out. You don't have to go this way up, other way would be easy. This rock face was super slick, like ice.

    more to come
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  13. 666

    666 Agnostic and Orange

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    :poser:poserPritchett Canyon. This is the hardest thing we got into during this trip. CW was way too much work, next time I'll go the other way. Start Kane Creek and then loop back on Pritchett.
    I think it took may be 3-4 hours. The actual riding is not hard, but steps are super slick and no really good line to be found.Jeep trail. But very beautiful canyon.
    It was 5 of us this time.
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    And here is the most technical section. Rock is unbelievably slick. Jeeps polished it really well. I couldn't even stand on it.
    Don made it all the way. He managed to keep speed up and don't gas it on the way up.

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    YOU HAVE TO SEE THIS VIDEO CLICK REPLAY

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    On the way out

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    more to come
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  14. kennyh

    kennyh Been here awhile

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    Wow, hard core stuff. Great pics too.
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    lowbudget _twin brothers on the go_

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    Spectacular! I´d love to try this kinda stuff!

    Only thing that sucks is that the videos play by themselves...
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    redog1 KLR650-2009

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    :clap . Thanks for the RR, looks like you had fun. A little too hard core for me and my pig KLR:lol3
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  18. 666

    666 Agnostic and Orange

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    I am trying to resolve it. I used to be able to post videos without this issue. Smugmug did some changes and I can't figure it out.
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  19. themobb

    themobb Is this thing on???

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    Man, you guys must be bulletproof!

    I can't believe nothing magnesium or calcium snapped!



    Nice pic's and vid's..



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  20. rydnseek

    rydnseek reluctant poster

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    You guys are animals!! Tom & i did Kane Creek (allegedly a 3 hour tour.. we felt like gilligan's island). I don't want to go there, again. I forget about the testosterone of youth..
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