AZ - Rug Road!

Discussion in 'Day Trippin'' started by Nightstalker, Dec 8, 2012.

  1. Yardstick

    Yardstick Hydrophobic

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    Slowred approaches the top of the big climb.
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    Nightstalker up next.
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    Slowred's X-mas card.
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    HTM and Roger coming down the alternate route.
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    RZR on the move!
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  2. lamotovita

    lamotovita Ageing Adventurer

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    Sorry I couldn't make the ride this year. I'm settled in and ready to ride now, so what's next?

    Hoosier have you considered more flywheel weight for the Gas Gas? A heavier flywheel can improve traction, lessen the tendency to stall and make it easier to kick it back to life.
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  3. Montek

    Montek Eternal Noob

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    u bunch o girly men ---- sheesh watching the video, i could do that on the klr:huh




















    if it were strapped to a helicopter and flown up:lol3

    Good grief that was an awesome vid., looked like it beat the shit out of the bikes. crap load of rocks fella's. glad i was wimpy little man and chose to run high speed low drag desert with charlie. not sure i would could have done that with the 450 husky.:eek1 the rug scares me















    when is the next rug ride:deal:evil:lol3 i am in
    Monte
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  4. azredline

    azredline Wobbly Adventurer

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    Great pics and video. I am glad to have passed on this one!
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  5. WAN

    WAN Adventurer

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    AWESOME REPORT!:clap I am so glad that everyone made back safely and that I know my limitations. (they are way short of that ride) :cry Maybe when I get some more rock climbing skills, I can come and play with the big boys too.:eek1
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  6. HoosierTrailmaster

    HoosierTrailmaster Just an Old Grizzly

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    All I can say is THANK YOU fella's for not making me look like u all's bitch. It would have been easy to do with my performance. As to suggestions on the GasGas. First and foremost, the suspension is strung for someone much heavy than me I believe. I was bouncing off every rock and there was very little sag in the back, so the grip sucked and it was too tall for me due to it having so little settle when I sat on it. I do think it could use to be geared down some and that would help...thirdly...as Drew would say..."the rider has too much LOFT"...lack of fucking talent.

    Still like the challenge and I have had better days on the Rug and will have more.
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  7. Gila Monster

    Gila Monster Carnivore

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    Glad I wasn't there.

    You won't believe this but sometime around 1995 I drove my stock 86 Nissan 4x4 4 cyl pickup all the way from Klondyke to the Rug Rd. I had no idea where we were but when we got half way up the hill I though maybe we better stop and hike up to see the rest. The rugs were covering a section that was loose decomposed granite not the bedrock that it looks like is there now. We were low on gas and hoping to get out that way to Mammoth but I decided not to risk the hill because there was already a truck there that had slid off the hill and rolled to the bottom. We turned around and drove ALL the way back and came out by Turkey Cr. and on to Klondyke. I can say that was the worst drive of that trucks life for sure.

    The road looks much more washed out than it was then but there were tons of loose rocks just like that. I had to just gun it and fling rocks. I definitely want to see where that alternate route goes before I go back.
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  8. Slowred

    Slowred Been here awhile

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    That bike was set up for someone tall. When I tested it I felt like it was right for me. You had to have been having trouble dabbing a foot. With this ride that was pretty much all the time. That said, the power was a hoot! Probably ,too much for this kind of climbing though. Also, did you ever check your tire pressure? MT43s at 13-14 psi don't work very well.

    Still had a fun day! Thx for putting the ride together HTM.:clap
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  9. ybracing

    ybracing Been here awhile

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    You did not struggle like that the last time we rode the rug together so I would have to say it was the bike. That bike is great on a track or doing high speed desert. I don't know anyone doing more technical stuff. You will have to do some work on it if you want to do stuff like the rug. There is the fun factor to consider, it is more fun to read the ride report and laugh then ride the bike :)

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  10. refokus

    refokus Just Learning

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    Well said YB! :lol3
    I enjoyed reading the report :thumb
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  11. HoosierTrailmaster

    HoosierTrailmaster Just an Old Grizzly

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    Just got the new Beta suspension back. Think this one might be a keeper. I am guessing it is about 1.5" shorter than the KTM version. Going to test it out with Cathy this weekend on her new to her Jack Piner 200 EXC.
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  12. refokus

    refokus Just Learning

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    I just hope it has a magic button. I get tired watching you kick start your bikes. :clap
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  13. HoosierTrailmaster

    HoosierTrailmaster Just an Old Grizzly

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    Just for you Brad, the magic button.
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  14. utefan

    utefan Been here awhile

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    That looks fun :huh
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  15. mdsnitc

    mdsnitc Been here awhile

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    Nice ride, thanks for the vid! Imma do some riding in AZ next year.

    Matt
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  16. HoosierTrailmaster

    HoosierTrailmaster Just an Old Grizzly

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    Oh, but you can ride "Southern". As my buddy who lives in Rio Rancho says, "it has a little bit of everything". As we say..."it has a whole lot of sand and not much else".
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  17. mdsnitc

    mdsnitc Been here awhile

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    It has a little bit of everything.... in sand!

    LOL, my KX LOVES the sand. Seriously, there is plenty of diversity in this area if sand isn't your thing. Did some Jemez this year and lately been doing Cedro Peak.

    Always looking for new places to ride!
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  18. HoosierTrailmaster

    HoosierTrailmaster Just an Old Grizzly

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    Is Cedro Peak the single track in the mountains? Are you the guy that did the video posted somewhere recently up there...that is what I like in riding.
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  19. mdsnitc

    mdsnitc Been here awhile

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    yes and yes.
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  20. Nightstalker

    Nightstalker YO BUDDYPAL!

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    Looks like I took out another clutch cover on the Rug. Lucky for me, I keep a spare in stock!

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    Oil was just barely seeping out.

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