Anybody done the Rubicon Trail on 2 wheels?

Discussion in 'West – California, the desert southwest and whatev' started by riceless, Feb 10, 2008.

  1. riceless

    riceless Let's Ride!

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    I don't mean standing your jeep on it's side. I mean on a scooter. Preferably a big one, like an LC8.
    I've always thought it would look kinda like this
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    But with alot of trees.

    Got any pictures? This thread is useless without.




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  2. larryboy

    larryboy Chopper Rider

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    Somebody did and posted about it here a few years ago..I forget who it was. If I can find the time I might give it a try this summer.
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  3. mike54

    mike54 You don't get me

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  4. mongox

    mongox ARRRRGH!!!

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    I wouldn't try it on anything bigger than a 250. If you can't pick it up, Not off its side but up, its too big.
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  5. BtoV

    BtoV FNG

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    The Ellsworth brothers used to put on a big ride in the 80's, Rubicon Challenge. Used to draw abuot 50 to 60 riders as I recall. Went on a couple of them.
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  6. riceless

    riceless Let's Ride!

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    How was it? Do you have any photos? I guess if you did it more than once, it couldn't have been too bad.:ricky
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  7. Pointman0853

    Pointman0853 Unregistered Gun Owner

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    Yep, did it on a 390 Husky back in the 80's. Lots of boulder hopping.

    At the time, the record from the Loon Lake ranger station to Rubicon Springs was 48 minutes and held by the ranger on a KX200...:pynd

    That was smokin!

    Pointman
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  8. kdxkawboy

    kdxkawboy Mr. NVKLRGirl

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    It is one of those stupid things I have done. For most anything less than a trials bike the Rubicon is a marathon workout, that borders on the masochistic. It is doable, but you want to do it on a bike you can manhandle and it helps to hbe running thos gummy trials tires. However, I could see where having one of those two wheel drive motorcycles would make a big difference.
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  9. Pointman0853

    Pointman0853 Unregistered Gun Owner

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    As an added thought... This is a real bone buster..

    http://www.californiajeeper.com/dusy_ershim/review.htm

    We did this about 5 years ago with two highly prepped Range Rovers and a Discovery. None of us got out without body damage.

    A trials bike could do it in a day, with a skilled rider.

    Good Times!!!

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  10. airheadpilot

    airheadpilot Le Poulet du Désert

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    That would have been my bright idea. Three of us tried it on R100GS's. We got in about 200 yards before it started to get really ugly. One of my companions separated his shoulder and had to have two surgeries and it still isn't right. My other companion messed up his bike so bad that he still hasn't been able to get it to run right three years later. I would safely say that it isn't possible on an LC8. I actually think that my XR650R is too big and heavy for the Rubicon. I'd love to do it again, but it would be on a small bike, perhaps a TW200 or something similar. Or maybe a quad. There's a company that does tours of the Rubicon in the summer on quads. Might be a better idea than ruining your LC8 and your body.

    Andrew
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  11. scruffy

    scruffy Been here awhile

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    I'd like to do the Rubicon and the Dusy trails this summer. I'm spending the month of May riding out of Moab so I should be in shape for these in June or
    July-don't know when the snow will.be gone. Probably ride a 400 exc with
    13/53 gearing, my rock climbing bike. Anyone wanna go?
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  12. fmfpunk

    fmfpunk Hooligan in training

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    Riceless, you can do it....... They don't know what you're made of: "You're different! You're weird! You're a mutant! You're a killer! You're a trained killer! You're a ... LEAN, MEAN, FIGHTING MACHINE!"
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  13. riceless

    riceless Let's Ride!

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    Aww...gee-whiz :shog
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    mongox ARRRRGH!!!

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    Let us know where you hide the bike to be retrieved.:evil
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    Gregg Wannabe Just killing time

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    Dewey Oxburger
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  16. skwidd

    skwidd where does this lead?

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    Been through most of the eastern end and trails above it with a group of enduro guys.
    Group of XR400's, CR250's, DRZ400, KDX200, KX250's, and a TW200.
    I think we had 8-10 riders.
    Guy on his wife's TW (instead of his own XR600) had the easiest time as it was geared really low, but all of the group are very skilled vet and senior enduro riders.
    The toughest sections weren't very long, they just seemed that way, and the trails up above the actual Rubicon path are awesome.
    Some of the Jeep guys were less than friendly when we were hopping up the walls to pass them, just jerks who wanted to start shit.
    I have helmet cam footage of some of it laying around, especially interesting are the parts following one of the senior A guys up the walls and back down onto some crazy drop-offs.
    We'll probably hit it again once the snow melts this summer.
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  17. rickf

    rickf oldfatguyMAN

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    Jeremy and I did it on our Trials bikes, it was a blast!
    Carried extra fuel and did the whole thing in a day, it was waaay easy.

    BTW, the jeep guys we encountered were very cool and fascinated when we would pull up and stop to wait for an opening without dabbing.

    Rick
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  18. riceless

    riceless Let's Ride!

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    that's what I'd do. Scout it on the Gasgas first & then see if I still want to do it on the mighty 950. :pynd Yer a pretty smart feller there Rick. Thanks




    "I have helmet cam footage of some of it laying around, especially interesting are the parts following one of the senior A guys up the walls and back down onto some crazy drop-offs."

    skwidd, I probably don't have to tell you how cool that would be if you found & posted that vid!
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  19. tahoeacr

    tahoeacr Long timer

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    Now if you got 10 guys with you who will help thru the hard spots and are a really good rider, you could do it. I think a BMW with those heads sticking out would have issues.

    I did it 5 years ago with my wife on the back of my 640 Adventure. She did walk a couple hard spots. She did get bounced off once. She did have at least 20 bruises on her arse from that darn rack. The rest of my buddies were on mx bikes(the reason why I was even dumb enough to take a big bike was one of my friends didn't bring his bike. I loned him my wr250.) and all :bow to my wife afterwards mumbling stuff like "I would be divorced if that was my wife".

    If anyone comes up to try it I will ride with you on my yz450. I will also go take pics of the hard spots when the snow melts and post them if you want.
    I'll bet anyone $50.00 and a awesome steak dinner by my wife(she will think your crazy for trying) you can't do it on a big adventure bike. Here's the rules.
    1) Must start from Tahoe west shore down to icehouse road and back up highway 50 to the staging in Tahoma in less than 10 hours.
    2)Can not drop the bike more than three times. No help picking it up.
    3) you must do it before the Jeep Jamboree. They smooth out the trail for this so everyone can make it.
    4) of course, I made these rules hard so I don't have to give you $$ but a valid attempt can still qualify for a good steak.
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  20. riceless

    riceless Let's Ride!

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    How many miles is that & when is the Jeep Jamboree? 5 drops/ no help.:ddog

    Also I would like to see your hard sections photos. I'm thinking this years snow pack is gonna make a mess.
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