Big Island Of Hawaii..up the side of Mauna Loa volcano

Discussion in 'Ride Reports - Day Trippin'' started by Gasser, Dec 12, 2010.

  1. Gasser

    Gasser Control crash rider

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    Aloha ADV Dual Sport day trippers

    Up the side of Mauna Loa volcano

    The Baja kitted street legal Dual-Sport 09 KTM 200 XCW earned it's keep in stride today conquering all types of lava as I worked my way up all lava rock Mauna Loa volcano, trying not to pick a bad line because it's a thin air lung pumping ordeal in the loose chunky tire spinning every which way but straight a'a' rocky sections, it takes controlled crash riding to keep up the momentum, there's no second guessing allowed......it was a gas it or crash it ride...my neck got stiff from the quick bursts it takes to launch over whatever will try to dead stop me...whatever body English input I gave it, the KTM did it flawless without a hiccup up to the 10,123 ft GPS elevation where the traction got to the zero point because the lava rock started turning into gold looking beer foam with a thin brittle crust covering big cracks and deep holes that busted through when walking on it scouting for a good line to the next some what rideable section...that's where @ 69 yr's old, I high altitude breathlessly vociferated 'uncle' calling it a whipped puppy day's worth of exploratory riding.

    Coming back down took lot's of front brake action, packing my shorts into the now red monkey butt sphincter...I lost the line I took up and got locked in between a'a' flows several times that were a tire spinning and lifting ordeal to cross over to get onto the smoother pahoehoe flow sections...it started to get late in the day, I had to keep my cool on the way back down, not wanting to spend the night injured up there alone...the KTM did everything I gassed it to do... dialed in Race Tech suspension is a must for riding on lava rocks...I rode 52 miles of pure pick a quick line in the rocks up there and back down...in keeping with the spirit of being a Rock Island Rider.
    Note> the Volcano on the other side is Mauna Kea

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  2. bearcat1

    bearcat1 Been here awhile

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    Nice pics Gasser. I was just surfin the net with 101 things to do on the B.I. Next I stumble across your thread, so make that 102 things to do on the B.I.:lol3

    I had a 04 KTM200exc, sweet and light bike!:thumb
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  3. Tosh Togo

    Tosh Togo Long timer

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    Beautiful pic of your bike on the field of pahoehoe.

    It'll come in handy: we can use it to show the all WC haoles where the difference stay between that and aa. :huh
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  4. ClearwaterBMW

    ClearwaterBMW The Examiner

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    great pictures
    what a ride that must have been
    just beautiful
    thanks for sharing it with us
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  5. GB

    GB . Administrator

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    Now that's not something we see here! Looks like a bone jarring ride! :thumb
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  6. the darth peach

    the darth peach eats crackers in bed

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    Very cool pics!
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  7. MadMax

    MadMax Marveling...

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    Man I cannot believe that lava rock didn't shred your tires. I was over there in August and alot of that rock is just plain sharp!


    I saw this place on the way to the observatories and wondered how the trails would be...
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  8. funhouse

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    need a new set tires when you got down? a mistake would certainly be painful....Bruce
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  9. DeepSea

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    Wow, coming off on that lava rock must be painful. Hope you didn't get to find out first hand.
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  10. fuggy

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    I was thinking the same thing. Riding that rock everyday would be hard on tires...


    Nice pics either way!:D
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  11. slater

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    I was just dreaming about this the other day!

    Looks better than I'd imagined.

    I cannot believe you were able to ride A'A lava without it absolutely sheredding your tires. The Pahoehoe looks like tons of fun to ride though.
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  12. Gasser

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    When the coastline jungle/forest ware's new tires to a certain point, I finish'en off poking around in the lava zones lacing up dual sport sections enlarging my Sunday ride loops.

    Worn out jungle tires last a long time on the rocks, once the knob's get chunked off, traction gets better...whodathunkthashit!

    Along with Race Tech suspension I use TubLiss tire inserts F/R @ 10 lb = no flats.

    The real tire gobbler is my 08 CBR1000RR.
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  13. Gasser

    Gasser Control crash rider

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    Yo Max...that R1 road switch back climbs up to the 12,000 elv at a point in the 47 miles of kick ass rough ever changing challenging terrian is part of the Mauna Kea 200 race this Memorial Day weekend.

    dude! look up..it don't get motorcycle higher than this...be there.
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  14. Guano11

    Guano11 Stop me if you've heard this one....

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    So how's Saddle Road (the road that bisects the island between the volcanoes and connects Hilo & Kona)? Looks great on a map, but thought you and your CBR may have made that run a few times and could share the experience.
    BTW, sweet lava pics. Front page stuff if you ask me, tuff guy! :thumb
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  15. Indie-tas

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    Wow thats different, great pics
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  16. rattlecan

    rattlecan Caffeine Driven

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    That's funny. When I lived there, I took one look at that shit and traded my dirt bike for advanced dive lessons. :lol3
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  17. Gasser

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    Yo Guano11

    Saddle Rd is the reason I started stortbike riding...bought a used 93 RR and put some Race Tech suspenders on it and rode it like a MX'er back in the good old days when tourist cars weren't allowed up there because it was originally a one lane road that was widened with a patch work shoulder laced with pot holes and lot's of blind rises with G out dip's, also there were zero cop's patrolling it's 54 mile length because back then only the Military and Mauna Kea observatory folks were using it.

    After putting 155,000 mi and 32 sets of tires on the bullet proof 93 CBR (100,000+ mi) up on Saddle Rd I bought a lighter faster new 06 1000RR logging in 42K on it...30K of it was on Saddle Rd knee drag blitzing 3 and 4 days a week (I'm retired not married..ya freedom) then the lighter, faster, quicker 08 CBR 1000RR caught my attention...up to 42K on it now...but the good old days of Saddle Rd are history as it is being reworked to FED Hwy standards, having all my 100+ mi butt cinching pot hole curves, buck 20 jumps and nasty buck 60 pothole straights now gone to wide smooth buck 80 straights and most all sweeper curves are buck 40 to 60 with two buck 80's to hit the revlimiter on.

    Oh ya, now there's two undercover radar/laser patrols up there popping for big $bucks...lost my license twice for 90 days up there...Though I still spank that CBR every chance I get because I now have a radar/laser unit with a warning red LED in my helmet that has saved my butt more times than I can count.

    I have my own Isle of Man 100mi loop on SRd, one section goes up to the 9,000 elev, best time is 58 min on the 08 RR...that bike handles flawlessly...it's the only bike I've ever ridden that will allow me to fully brake in an over cooked turn without standing it's self up...my kind of motorcycle dude.

    Also I have countless off road miles on the nasty lava rock powerline rd along side of Saddle Rd from years of training, riding and personally laying out the Mauna Kea 200 time keeping Enduro that is has now turned into a 200mi off road race...go to ADV racing forum for more info about the coming 2011 MK200.

    There are near zero sportbike Saddle Rd riders anymore...everyone's into turning their bikes into lowered extended shinny street drag racing posers bikes with stupid paint jobs and all kinds of sharp objects poking out cruising around in shorts, slaps, $hades and no helmet...go figure?
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  18. Guano11

    Guano11 Stop me if you've heard this one....

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    HA! 155,000 miles of Saddle Road is more than the "few times" I anticipated! Too bad about its new availability to the rental car masses; hope it hasn't become everyone's favorite Sunday drive yet, and that you can still hammer your personal Isle of Man.

    Still sounds like an awesome road -- but even more awesomer back in the day.
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  19. Badge320

    Badge320 Wild Hog No. 3

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    Great Pics...

    I worked for Norwegian Cruise Lines for 6 months and one of our stops was the Big Island. I was always amazed at the number of passengers who returned from the lava field excursions absolutely tore up from falling down.

    I never went on one of those excursions. Now I know why those folks got cut up when they fell...that stuff is rough and sharp !
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  20. Tosh Togo

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    The Good Old Days, gone again. If you can't go fast, chrome it. :cry

    They still using VASCAR?...my introduction to it was in the early 70's, on Oahu. :puke1
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