Breaking S#!t in the Saline Valley

Discussion in 'Ride Reports - Day Trippin'' started by BenYork, Mar 20, 2013.

  1. Vinbowie

    Vinbowie Been here awhile

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    Great trip,
    I know it was fun.
    Thanks for the report.
    This area is very far away for me
    but I will keep my options open.
    One day I hope. :clap:clap:clap
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  2. Swarthy_Red_Beard

    Swarthy_Red_Beard Been here awhile

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    What's happenin John! Dude, I was talking about how bad ass your trailer is for pretty much the whole drive out I think... Still thinking of copying the design someday. Not too sure if I'll make the norra. You guys have a thread going for it? Hope the bike prep is goin good!
    Cheers
    Matt
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  3. azcagiva

    azcagiva new orange flavor

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    Our thread is here the prep is going slow but steady.

    We have even attempted to do our own seat foam sculpting.

    sorry for the hijack

    -John
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  4. bigtodd

    bigtodd Hi, wanna ride?

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    Nice RR, looks like I'll be having more fun there this weekend on my 525 than last year on my GSA
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  5. MasterMarine

    MasterMarine Long timer

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    Good stuff!

    Thanks for sharing.
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  6. benwiggin2

    benwiggin2 Long timer

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    loved it! :clap
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  7. Ghostyman

    Ghostyman Been here awhile

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    This is awesome! I was down in the valley last week for the first time and didn't see any of the same stuff you did. What a great area to explore.

    I'm impressed you drove out South Pass with the trailer, there were some parts that looked like they'd be tough in a four wheel vehicle.
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  8. BenYork

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    Yea. South Pass was slow, especially with the trailer slowly disintegrating, but we had not been out that way, and wanted to see something new. A little tedious, but still fun.
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  9. Swarthy_Red_Beard

    Swarthy_Red_Beard Been here awhile

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    Ya and it's always nice to find the weak points on any system so they can be beefed up. In the process of collecting materials for some repairs and modifications. Will post a few pics when she's back in action.
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  10. sparky831

    sparky831 Weekend Warrior

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    Nice break down. Thanks. We are heading out that way in a few weeks. Has anyone been to Saline springs recently? I'm on a CB500X and we'll have a F800GS and a Ducati something or other. We're all experienced dirt riders and the CB500X I bought to replace my '92 Nighthawk 750. We're looking to camp in the area but not looking to rally our bikes too hard (I don't want to dent my cast rims).

    Thanks to anyone who has some input on things like the Barker Ranch, Saline Hot Springs (or any other springs hot or cold) or other stuff we should check out.
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  11. Nogoingback

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    I've been there a couple of times but it's been years. I'd be interested in
    info about the Steele Pass Road though.
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  12. F250Pal

    F250Pal Been here awhile

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    Rad.
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  13. sparky831

    sparky831 Weekend Warrior

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    Salad Days.
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  14. BenYork

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    On any bike designed for any sort of off road riding, Steele Pass will be manageable. Far more dependent on rider... There is some sand, some rocky steps, then lots of smaller rocks. Nothing I would call technical... Any dual sport would be fine with a rider who is somewhat fit, and has ridden on some dirt roads... Knobby tires would be nice.
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  15. Countdown

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    I thought it was impassable?
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  16. BenYork

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    I've received first hand accounts of people in stock Tacoma 4x4s making it through in a normal amount of time. On a bike it should be pretty mellow. I have not seen it first hand since last January, when it was easy. I'm sure the summer rains made it a little more interesting.
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  17. Swarthy_Red_Beard

    Swarthy_Red_Beard Been here awhile

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    I went through on a bike in may. No worries. Mid way up from the springs to the pass is a little tedious w rocks and sand but not hard. The biggest beotch is all the washboard north of eureka dunes. Worse than any I've experienced, Baja included.
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