7 days in Moab on KTMs

Discussion in 'Ride Reports - Epic Rides' started by 666, Oct 16, 2010.

  1. scottmac

    scottmac Long timer

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    Those pictures of Jim on the first page stuck on the side of the cliff are nuts!!!:huh
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  2. 666

    666 Agnostic and Orange

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    You should have seen his face when we were getting cameras out. I think he didn't fell down only because of right footpeg getting stuck on something.

    I really want to go back this year, may be october.
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  3. 666

    666 Agnostic and Orange

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    Unlikely. You can carry MTB up some of the BIGGEST steps faster, but everywhere else they will loose big time. Dirt bike got a lot more suspension and engine.
    Did you ever ride Downieville? I was passing them everywhere. Same on slickrock or sovereign trails.
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  4. DefyInertia

    DefyInertia Saratogian

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    Looks like fun, Art.

    The 640 is still running good but I won't be taking it there.
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  5. jnorton1

    jnorton1 Been here awhile

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    I was in Moab a few years ago with my jeep. Pictures never do the terrain justice. The ledges, climbs, and drops that are on some of those trails are pretty crazy. Great pics guys.
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  6. 666

    666 Agnostic and Orange

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    Well, we are here in Moab again.

    Went to Kane Creek today. It was a nice rain on friday, plenty of water.

    I looped my bike , I am not used to trials tire traction - first time

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    Lunch

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    After that I made a wrong turn and got in trouble. I had hell of a time pulling bike back, it was sinking fast. Then I had dry out airbox and airfilter.



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    we got it fixed.

    more to come
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  7. Lappeman

    Lappeman He's Down Again!

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    Wow, I did Kane Creek back in June and there was barely any water anywhere. You guys are pretty hard core in your earlier posts, nice photos! I also did Metal Masher and thought that was pretty nuts on my 530.

    Thanks for postings the pics, might be heading that way again at the end of this month...be riding more tame stuff I think :evil
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  8. GSF1200S

    GSF1200S Been here awhile

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    Yeah, I could do this solo on a DR :lol3

    You guys have balls- that is some hardcore offroading, and those are some beautiful KTMs. I dont know if its the orange, the reputation, or both- but I have to get me one of those one day.

    It is threads like this that prove the ADVrider forums is nothing more than a front for guys who like dirtbikes and travel.
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  9. NSFW

    NSFW basecamp4adv

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    awesome pics art.

    9 of us were there the week before - 4 days of good riding. yes, it rained friday night which forced us to go home that weekend.

    i met don in silverton and he mentioned he'll be in moab.

    cool place!


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  10. 666

    666 Agnostic and Orange

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    Forgot about it. Back to the report.

    My bike was cleaned up and ready to ride next morning.

    We did Slick Rock for warm up

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    Then we got back for lunch and went to Poison Spider. Uneventful. Here some pics

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    Above is Moab Rim Trail, I did not ride it yet.

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    Here is the view of the Arch from below

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    And here is the Golden Crack. We watch jeeps for some time and went across it

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    This is how short guys do it
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    Long legs, cheaters

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    I went back alone few days later. Rocks were moved and I couldnt make it. Twice. Fell in a Golden Crack.

    Here is the same place 3 days later:

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    I also rode that day Poison Spider backwards - it's cheating. Every obstacle has easy way around it. And Golden crack - you just jump it.

    Back to pictures

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    .Easy stuff.
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  11. 666

    666 Agnostic and Orange

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    Day 3 was very ambitious , but we made it. I looped my bike only twice that day. But it was very spectacular. Unfortunately camera wasn't ready this time.

    So we went from Moab to TOW through the Onion Creek and up on Rose Garden Hill. Lunch at TOW.
    Then we turned around and went down on Rose Garden Hill and then back to Moab, but via Kokopelli trail.

    Google View of the whole ride, blue going in, red - going back to Moab.

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    And close up of TOW

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    Here is turn off from Onion Creek to Rose garden hill. BTW - there are no freakin roses on that hill. I can guarantee that.

    Here is the carnage at RGH. Everybody suffered to some degree.

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    Don giving me instructions: go up there. He made it up all by himself.

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    Success

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    And no roses.

    A little about my 2004 450 KTM: at this point it already had about 460 hours. I beat the shit out of the poor thing all the time. At around 410 hours valves run out of adjustment. Then head was refreshed with new ss valves, new piston - and back in business. I got 10k miles on it before going home from Moab. Not easy miles.
    I think ktm should give me another bike?

    Also big thanks to HDB guards(just satisfied customer) - I usually destroy guards very quickly - not HDBs, second season and no issues.
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  12. 666

    666 Agnostic and Orange

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    Many people ask if it's easy to go ride to the TOW ( assuming you by passed RGH). Probably. I wouldnt enjoy it on my 950. It's doable. But on a little bike it's just fun. Long stretch of rocky road.
    Here some pics, so you can see for yourself it's not hard

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  13. 666

    666 Agnostic and Orange

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    Here you can see Onion Creek below.

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  14. Lappeman

    Lappeman He's Down Again!

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    Great photos guys! I was just at Top of the World yesterday...what a rough ride! Really like your Rose Garden Photos!! I was at the bottom looking up by myself and said no way!!

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  15. Spartan

    Spartan It's All Attitude

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    Art, glad to see this report lives on.

    Dont ever take me up that hill again. I'm done with Rosegarden. Two times up and once down is enough for me. Although the taste of victory at the top sure is sweet.
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  16. 4serge

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    Spectacular !
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