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Discussion in 'West – California, the desert southwest and whatev' started by Rhino-1, Nov 19, 2010.
weather report says rain through wednesday, let off, then back again saturday and sunday
wheres the meet up spot sunday? my parents live up in lake arrowhead but i think i wanna ride the desert.
This rain is getting old...
so whats the plan sunday? who's leading? i kind of wanna go out to randsburg on my dr650, those other guys are all riding plated "dirt bikes". i wanna ride from the 15/138 area to randsburg area. i know theres dirt from phelan all the way out there, past el mirage.
I 'think' the plan is unchanged from previous attempts, unless anyone has other ideas.
Meet at Sierra/Lytle Creek off the I15 at 9am. Forest/fire/powerline roads around the Cajon Pass area. Mostly easy stuff, but more mud, ruts, and washouts will provide some added challenges. Should be fun!
I can provide tracks for >90% off-road route from 15/138 to Randsburg and back. Done that many times, but days are short this time of year. You would hafta hustle if you wanna get back before dark without hitting 395.
Sounds good--I'm still in, barring any crazy(ier) weather.
Erwin. The offer for the ride still good? Ben
Do you guys have a space for a "really" newbie, I mean the first real off-road experience, with a 990?
You're gonna have your hands full on the big 990 if they do indeed plan to ride a lot of mud and it's your first time... The rest sounds doable. If you're gonna ride mud with the 990 and it's your first time off the pavement, at the very least you should be running something other than the stock Scorpion tires...
Hababam, don't worry--I'll be right there with you! I'm really a stark-noobie myself, although I've been riding street for a long time, and have done some sand dune stuff... I'm going slow and learning, so if I may say, join us!!
I'm gonna add (or subtract, as the case may be) a little on that.
Under normal dry conditions, the roads I am planning to take are totally doable on a big-bike with a semi-experienced rider. After this week's weather... maybe not so. Should still be fun for semi-noobs on smaller bikes (650's included), but a dirt-virgin on a shiney new 990 is gonna struggle, especially if still wearing stock scorps.
I got no problem doing an uber-noob big-bike off-road orientation ride sometime, but wasn't really planning that for this sunday.
As always, up to you guys.
Beleive me I have been riding with RIDER914 for several years now.
If he tells you the ride is not going to be big bike friendly take his word for it. That is not an understatement. I can only imagine the condition the roads are going to be in and hope to make this one on Sunday.
I think you might want to wait till the conditions are better. That's a whole lot of bike to ride in the mud with stock tires. Ben
Thanks Erwin for the encouragement, and Rider919, Ben & DSM8 for the sincere advice.
I wasn't sure that I would be able to join you yet, but I think I should wait for the Southern Cal. air to kick in for a "dirt-virgin" (I like that by the way) friendly conditions. :)
But if you see a big orange laying down somewhere on the dirt, please help him out, so that we can meet in person.
Hope to catch you on another ride. Enjoy your weekend and happy Christmas to all.
I may still be up for a Sunday ride if conditions are decent, and I get my DR650 running again in time (long story). BUT... for anybody else in this area who wants to help, please go here:
In short, there's a local sportbike rider who has been missing since Dec 17th somewhere on Angeles Crest Highway. The forum has organized a huge rescue effort starting tomorrow and can use all the help they can get. I would go but I'm going out of town tomorrow early and won't be back til late Friday.
Ok. Got it. Whoa, now I'm a little scared... Lol!
Erwin. I have been riding before where we are going on Sunday. Your bike is going to do well on the fireroads. Its going to shine when we hit the open desert. Will buddy up and will both make sure get home ok.
Sounds like a plan, Ben!
Thanks for posting this, I had heard on the radio about a rider missing, & then hadn't heard any more. Not knowing must be awful.....