Afternoon Toroweap ride

Discussion in 'Ride Reports - Epic Rides' started by quota, May 23, 2010.

  1. quota

    quota Been here awhile

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    Just another Toroweap ride report here. There won't be anything new or exciting here. However, I did promise a couple of people that I'd share a ride report with them, so this is as good of place as any...

    Toroweap is one of those place I'd been close to many times, but never got around to making it to the overlook. I'd had hopes to making the ride last Friday, but the 90F degree temps made me just want to take a nap in the shade. Saturday temperatures were supposed to be about 15F degrees cooler. Perfect for a day ride...

    After a late Saturday breakfast and watching the weather report, I was starting to wimp out again. The weather forecast for the day predicted 25-30 mph winds with gusts to 40mph. Great for windsurfing, but maybe not for riding? My wife wasn't going to let me wimp out, so we left St. George, UT. at 1130.

    First stop was for the obligatory photo at the Mt. Trumbull school house.
    The school was used until about 1968 and then some vandals burned it down about 10 years ago. This is a recreated version of the school.
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    We didn't take as much time to stop, look around, and take photos as normal. The dog was was resting at home after getting a tooth pulled, and we already had a late start.


    After about 30 hours and 90 miles, we were at Toroweap. I'm a little skittish when it comes to heights. Laying down on my stomach, I didn't dare get close enough to look over. I did dare hold my camera off of the edge though. 3300 feet down to the river. I really didn't like being too close to the edge with the 40+ knot winds...
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    It was a great place to enjoy some lunch though.
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    This group had a great lunch stop and didn't have to worry about getting blown off of the edge.
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    quota Been here awhile

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    This rider showed up on a BMW 800. He had trailered the bike to within about 10 miles of the overlook and then unloaded and rode in with his girlfriend.
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    The Kawazuki was performing well.
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    I'd not ridden the bike since Giant Loop Moto came out with their MoJavi bag. Being a Giant Loop dealer, it was necessary that I try the bag out on the bike. Lets just say it worked perfect. The GL Fandango tank always works great as well!
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    A clever sign near the ranger station. Tuweep and Toroweep are used interchangeably.
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    Since a college geology class was visiting the Toroweep area and it was a Saturday, things were a little crowded. We must have seen 20-25 people in this area. Not bad for a national park that sees over 4 million people/year.
    If it weren't for the sign you might not believe it was a national park.
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    Just a couple of photos from the ride back to town.
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    After ride photo and the dog doesn't seem upset at me for leaving him alone for the afternoon with his sore mouth.
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  3. ghte

    ghte Been here awhile

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    Stunning views, Thank you for sharing.
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  4. quota

    quota Been here awhile

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    I'd only ridden this bike on 4 other days. Fuel had not been an issue on those rides, but on this one it was since it was about 175 miles between gas stops.
    My old DRZ400E with a 3.1 gallon tank would go to reserve at about 140 miles and run dry at about 160 miles. I figured this bike would be the same. I was wrong.

    With the same fuel tank, I didn't hit reserve until 176 miles. Since I was curious about when I'd run dry, I headed north out of St. George toward Veyo. The bike quit running at 206 miles.

    I'd mentioned to another advrider the other day that this bike didn't feel quite as punchy as my original one. My 2000 model had a Vortex airbox. I'm not sure what the jetting was like. It always worked great, so I just rode it.

    This bike is a 2003 model. Stock airbox and I'm guessing stock jetting. I'm going to have to compare the 2 carbs one of these days to see what the difference might be. I sure love the 66 miles per gallon, but don't want to run things too lean.

    The Yamaha XT225 ran out of fuel at 149 miles. The choke got left on longer than it should have, so that didn't help mileage at all. Of more concern is that the bike used about 12 ounces of oil during the 190 mile trip. Time to figure out why that oil is going away at that rate.

    In the Giant Loop Mojavi, I carried 2-20 oz. fuel bottles and 1-30 oz. bottle with with gas. Strapped on the rear rack was a plastic jug with 1 gallon. Also in the MoJavi were a 18" tube, tools, a tow line, and a sandwich. Strapped to the MoJavi was my FroggTogg jacket to be used as a windbreaker if needed.

    The windbreaker was needed. The ride got about as high as 6500 feet and in the pines. I was not dressed quite warm enough and the FroggTogg was perfect.

    I just need to figure out a time to go back and explore more of the area on an overnight (or longer) trip. I've already got a few ideas in mind.
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  5. quota

    quota Been here awhile

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  6. rat734

    rat734 Michael 3 Lives

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    Whats up Quota.

    I ride Toroweap often. Here is a link to a report I posted. Our bikes aren't a great match but we ride the same areas. Give me a shout if you want to ride anytime soon. Ever ride Smith Mesa?

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  7. Patrol Dog

    Patrol Dog Just Livin the Dream!

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    Hey Quotta... You forgot to mention that there is a trail from where you were at that goes down to the river. Some folks might not know that.

    I see you are still hiding your knew ride from your wife? Whose garage is that in anyway?

    My wife's XT 225 started dripping oil out of the air cleaner box. There is a tube that runs from the engine to the front side of the air box. It had several ounces of oil in it. Just a place to check. Maybe there are some experts on 225's lurking out there that have some wisdom.

    I know you invited me on this ride and I only feel shame that I didn't go.

    Nice report.
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    quota Been here awhile

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    Great post rat. Some very nice photos. I'll keep you in mind for when I'm riding in the area again! As I think you mentioned in your report, this bike is quite big bike friendly. I just had not ridden this one in a while and needed to check it out! It would have been no problem 2-up on the big bike.

    I have ridden Smith Mesa before, but it has probably been 10 years.
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    quota Been here awhile

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    I forgot about the hiking trail that you told me about. I wasn't in a hiking mood that day...

    She now knows about the new bike. I was cleaning out the garage last week and had the bike in the driveway. She came home form work a couple of hours early. The rest is history...

    I haven't checked the breather hose on the XT, but I need to do that first. On GNATSASS last year, Mark W. said when he was riding behind her, he could smell oil burning. I guess my nose is not sensitive enough...

    Before I start looking at valve guides and rings, I do need to check the breather hose.

    Feel no shame... We had a nice ride the week before!


    Congratulations on your first post!
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  10. gwbuild

    gwbuild the cheese stands alone..

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    Hey bro, you can always park a new bike at my St George garage to hide out... course I can't guarantee it won't get rode.

    You going to be in St George Mem day? Let's ride!

    Glenn
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  11. Moms

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    Now that the cat's out of the bag you can get the Touratech tank for the new bike and quit carrying all those little pop bottles full of gas in your pockets.
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  12. Snailster

    Snailster Confused but Determined

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    Hey Quota, excellent write-up, and the Kawazuki is cool!
    And I certainly like the flame-thrower on the rear rack! :-)
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