Aprilia RXV550 fun at Oregon Dunes

Discussion in 'Ride Reports - Epic Rides' started by cyborg, Oct 19, 2007.

  1. cyborg

    cyborg Potius Sero Quam Numquam

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    Work has taken most of my time recently, but I managed to get out on the RXV550 at Oregon Dunes in October. With info from a fellow RXV550 rider SLOrider, I got a flag and fabbed up a mount for a flag whip holder.

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    Then I had a SKAT-Trak 10-paddle tire made from my old used OEM rear knobby and took my gearing back to stock. I had to buy a new chain to allow the rear wheel to go back far enough to allow the paddle tire to clear the swingarm. Then I headed for the Oregon Dunes 6 hours away.



    The Aprilia is rarely trailered, but in this case I can't ride it very far on pavement with a paddle tire!

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    Oregon coast on the way down. It was raining pretty hard.

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    but then it got nicer with a bit of sun

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    The destination

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    Nice campsite. Most of the campground was empty midweek, not surprising on October. It had just rained and the sand was wet.

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    And off into the sand! Lots of tracks from the weekend 3 days before, due to the wet sand. Great traction!


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    Several miles on a sand road called "Ten Mile Sand Road" takes you to the beach. The road was very whooped-out and rutted. Lots of work on the bike and had to keep the speed up on it..

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    Had the whole beach to myself for miles...

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    and miles...

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    and miles of empty beach. Sweet!

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    Obligatory ADV posed picture. Camera propped on my backpack.


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    Next day I rode solo from Spinreel staging to Horsfall staging area, approximately 10-12 miles one way across sand and weaving through tree/grass sand trails. This is starting at Spinreel. Again, nobody else out on the dunes.

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    Little lakes all over the area. Often had quicksand near them.

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    Fun hills, but some needed a run at them or this would result. Easy enough to flip the bike around, ride down and take another run at it. The Aprilia RXV550 with the 10-paddle tire was very rarely stopped by anything...

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    ...except the rider. Here I took a power turn a bit too hard in the wet sand... no harm done.

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  2. cyborg

    cyborg Potius Sero Quam Numquam

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    More sightseeing in the dunes during the traverse of the area.

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    Tricky dead-ends, had to loop around quite a few areas. I had my GPS and maps in the backpack just in case I got lost -- which you could easily in this area.

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    Nice rolling dunes.

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    until off in the distance I see the bridge to North Bend, which means I'm nearing the other end of the dunes area near Horsfall campground.

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    Stopped here to transfer 3 liters of fuel from my backpack into the tank, since the RXV got about 8-10mpg in the sand. You have to keep the power on all the time in sand, no loafing along.

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    Reached the other end, Horsfall.

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    Since the RXV is street legal, I rode about 2 miles of pavement over to the beach for the run back to Ten Mile Sand Road, rather than backtrack on the dunes the way I came, which non-street legal ORV's have to do, else risk a $250 fine for riding the paved road.

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    Almost high tide, but enough beach to run tapped out in 5th. A very enjoyable cruise back to Spinreel, and again no riders anywhere.

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    Passed Hauser Sand Road about halfway back on the beach run, then back to Spinreel via the Ten Mile Sand Road.

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    Then back out in the sand to play. This is how you park when the kickstand won't hold up the bike.

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    SLOrider had logistics problems and was unable to join up with me for the previous 2 days of riding but he was able to meet me on the last few hours of the last day here, so we got a bit of riding in. Two RXV550's with paddle tires!

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    SLOrider tears it up a little (w/sound)







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    SLOrider recently had his full suspension (forks and rear shock) done by RG3 and it's awesome in the sand and jumps. I want that too! My suspension was too soft with OEM springs and rates, but still lworked well in the sand, I just had to keep the altitude down on the jumps.

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    So ends a great time at the Spinreel area of Oregon Dunes!
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    An finally a little ending video for you (w/sound)



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  3. larryboy

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  4. DKADV

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    :lol3 Was in Florence and at Sand Lake.

    Good fun on the bike and I got to ride a lot of other bikes tooo

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    Borought this one from a good guy from Redmond:-)

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    Had some real good fun on the 4wheeler too.
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    Second time was here at Sand Lake OR with Uffeman, a really good friend from Denmark. He's trying the sand too for the first time. Fun as .....!!!!!!!!!!!!

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    Like that 550 though.... Now THAT would be fun in the dunes!!!!!!:clap
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  5. PacWestGS

    PacWestGS Life Is The Adventure!

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    Great fun Cliff,

    I liked the last video, where's the Corona? :D
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  6. cyborg

    cyborg Potius Sero Quam Numquam

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    Not far enough South for the Corona! :lol3

    However I did find the best burgers in the area! Near Hauser, between Horsefall and Spinreel. Run by Monique. Truly huge burgers and really good. Suggested by the local rangers and couple good 'ol boys in pick-em up trucks. They were right!

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    Complete with large dining area!

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    In the same parking lot as Dune Burgers I saw this wild vehicle! Owner said it didn't work that well in snow or sand because the SUV is too heavy, but it sure looks cool.
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  7. PacWestGS

    PacWestGS Life Is The Adventure!

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    Those "Scat Tracks" are cool, dumbfounded though that they would not work well in snow or sand. What's he use them for? Road driving? :lol3


    I wonder how the X-CH would work in the sand, guess I'll have to find out someday, even though the YZ would be more fun. :evil

    We should make a plan to go camping on the beach sometime. :deal
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  8. cyborg

    cyborg Potius Sero Quam Numquam

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    The owner figures a lighter vehicle on those tracks would work a lot better.

    The Aprilia is a really excellent sand machine. It has so much power that with the Rekluse auto-clutch I could blast around, though and up anything in the way very easily and have a lot of fun surfing over the sand. Sand is one medium where you can really use as much power as you can get.

    I would have taken my KTM990S into the sand, but no need to since I have the Priller and it has more than enough beans for the sand.

    I have a tough time getting away from work, but I do want to go back to ride that area, maybe Winchester Bay dunes. We can talk at the next Engel's...
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  9. PacWestGS

    PacWestGS Life Is The Adventure!

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    Work, yeah me too, I'll see you at the pub sometime. :freaky
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  10. Sal Paradise

    Sal Paradise Dharma Bum

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    Looks awesome, my buddy has been and says it is. How do like the aprilia?
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  11. Sloppy

    Sloppy Been here awhile

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    Looks like a blast!

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  12. PackMule

    PackMule love what you do Super Moderator

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    Sweet report. Looks great! :thumb



    So some drunken jackass on a quad coming the other way over the dune knows you're over the hill. Ouch.
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  13. cyborg

    cyborg Potius Sero Quam Numquam

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    PackMule has it right, plus it's the law there too. It really does help a lot in rolling dunes when there's a crowd. The day I left for home in an area just North of Spinreel, a 16yr old on a quad flew over a dune into a dune buggy, injuring the buggy driver and killing himself.

    I much preferred riding the dunes alone, more relaxing. The one caveat to riding alone in a deserted area is I had to control myself and keep the jump elevations down because if I endo'd it could have been a few days until somebody found me. Cell phones did work there fortunately, at the top of bigger dunes.
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  14. cyborg

    cyborg Potius Sero Quam Numquam

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    See post #8 above. The Priller is an awesome sand machine. :thumb
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  15. Mz660

    Mz660 Rydethere

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    Awesome Report!:bow How well does that 550 do on the road?
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  16. Lewy

    Lewy Minus the LC8

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    Great photos. And an awesome report.

    I nominate your whole thread for front page photos:clap
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  17. ryanwilliamcantrell

    ryanwilliamcantrell Get Out and Ride!!

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    Great pics!!

    I'd love to put a paddle on the bike, and head to the dunes someday!
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  18. cyborg

    cyborg Potius Sero Quam Numquam

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    With TKC-80's and a bit of custom luggage I put on it, I have about 3000 miles of pavement on it so far

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    and does just fine offroad too

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    It's the Ferrari of Dual-Sports :wink:

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  19. cyborg

    cyborg Potius Sero Quam Numquam

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    Just do it! http://www.skat-trak.com/paddletire.html

    Sand Mountain , NV is not too far from Boise...
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  20. overlandr

    overlandr Dystopist

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    From what I heard, I thought it would be a bit of a hassle rebuilding the engine every 60hrs or so.:wink:
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