East of Phoenix Rider's Group

Discussion in 'West – California, the desert southwest and whatev' started by 750Volts!, Oct 21, 2010.

  1. WantToRideMoar

    WantToRideMoar Been here awhile

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    There's two other ways to Young.

    One is riding to Payson and across 260, then south on some forest road. 500? 512? I can't remember the number.

    The other is up 87 to Gisela and there's a forest road that heads into the western pastures of Young, through the Sierra Anchas. Old route 188 to coffee pot road to forest road 134 to walnut creek rd, into Young.

    I'm tempted. I'm supposed to work on my Shadow this weekend, but a ride sounds very tempting.
  2. Michhub

    Michhub Major Medical

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    CrownRoyal...I use the tubes for tools and a spare tube..I have one on each side of my crash bars...
    for fuel I bought an Aux tank and converted to a 2into1 exhaust....
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    Anyway...I'll head out around 6am for that loop...:ricky I gotta ride...
  3. Michhub

    Michhub Major Medical

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    Mission accomplished...left the house @6am returned 200 miles later at Noon. Stopped to take pictures and got a bit lost as I was navigating by memory.
    I will say that is a fun little loop :ricky
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    Sorry to bore the locals with your backyard....its all new to me.
  4. fanatic291

    fanatic291 Desert Tortoise

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    I looked at your picture of the dam and thought, I haven't looked backwards on Apache trail. I will have to ride the loop Counter Clockwise and see if it feels like a whole new ride.
  5. WantToRideMoar

    WantToRideMoar Been here awhile

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    Michhub, I think I saw you headed east on US-60 about 6:30AM or so. I was headed westbound on a blue and white Honda XR.... gave up on my ride after some engine weirdness on the highway and turned around and headed home. Didn't want to have any breakdown fun up in Young or anything.
  6. azredline

    azredline Wobbly Adventurer

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    I think I MIGHT have a couple of these black tubes around if you want them. PM me and I'll have a dig in the shed.
    steve
  7. CrownRoyal

    CrownRoyal Been here awhile

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    Exploring Young, AZ
    The morning got off to a bumpy start when Wantoridemoars XR was misbehaiving on at highways speeds. So he decided to go home and wrench on it. It was then that the One man woldpack would continue on this epic journey. :rofl
    I waved at 2 others on dual sports also heading east to Glove. I then split and went north to Roosevelt for some gas and started up 288 to Young. I stopped at the Antler Cafe and got a nice cold glass of Lemonade from Scott. He gave me some very good detailed information on fireroads and trails to explore. Some neat places that locals know about. He told me about the gas station in the north side of town. The Antler doesnt open till 11am but if you stop by early he will let you in as a VIP for a drink.
    I then went to get some gas and took of down FR 202. I was on my way to the 100 year old stone house when a crazy storm snuck up on me. It began to pour rain hard enough that it was hurting. I knew I was going to be soaking wet soon, so I pulled over and put my phone in a zip lock bag. I then raced the storm back tot he Antler for some late lunch. Lets just say the storm won.
    I ordered the Steak burger with everything on it and some pepperjack cheese. That was one intimidating burger but dam did I conquer it. :lol3 The food was out of this world and Scotts family treated me real well.
    I went back to the gas station to get some more gas. The lady there gave me some good options on how to maximize my fun on the way home. So I decided to take Cherry Creek road to FR 54 to S 202 tot he stone house. Then continue south on the 202 to Roosevelt Lake. I got to do my first creek crossing on cherry creek road with the new bike and this was me :D. I then took a wrong turn and ended up at the CC Lodge. The owners were extremely nice and gave me some tips and how to avoid the storm that had caught back up with me. I then booked it back to the 288 and hauled ass back to Roosevelt.
    I never made it to the Stone house. Thats my next trip I guess. I do have many, many other top secret destinations to find.

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    I hope you enjoyed my adventure.
  8. WantToRideMoar

    WantToRideMoar Been here awhile

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    Sorry I had to bail, CrownRoyal.

    Valve clearances were definitely off! I accomplished the tuning job though (my first time doing that) and test-rode it. Problem seems to be solved. No hiccups on throttle @ 5000+rpm anymore, and as an added bonus, no backfire anymore when downshifting (evidently I just got used to this:huh).

    Test rode it around the US60/AZ202 loop this afternoon at highway speed and she's all happy now.
  9. CrownRoyal

    CrownRoyal Been here awhile

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    Sweet! :clap Thankfully it was a easy fix. Last time I had a Honda I spent all summer trying to fix a electrical grimlin.

    Does anyone local have a waterproof gps for sale?
  10. refokus

    refokus Hmmmmmm

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    I do....$800.00
  11. seabee1

    seabee1 we build, we fight

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    For 800 it better do more than navigate! :rofl
  12. seabee1

    seabee1 we build, we fight

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    But then again, idk shit about nav systems either. Just ask cyberdos!
  13. WantToRideMoar

    WantToRideMoar Been here awhile

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    Well, I've now learned my lesson about "special tools."

    To hell with 'em.

    http://api.ning.com/files/OihiooxXFFDv7ksxpPoaBVI*6ap3iaf7hDq9ZJgxgd8_/clutchchange.doc

    This doc describes my dilemma perfectly. Author improvised a clutch holder tool out of plywood.

    I followed verbatim.

    You'd think wood would break before metal, right? Nope.

    I sheared off two of the threaded studs on the clutch holder plate where the springs go, while applying force to the center nut.

    So, then I research other ways people get these nuts off. I had initially passed on the notion of using an impact wrench because it seemed too "brute force" of an approach. After all, gently building pressure via opposing levers is far more controllable than sharp spastic pressure from an impact wrench, right?

    Well, I went out and bought an impact wrench since I didn't have one.

    Less than a minute after turning on my compressor and fitting a quick-release valve to the new tool, I have the nut off.

    Ugh. Why wouldn't the frigging Honda manual tell me the easy way to get this off? :deal Now I've got another $50 to lay out to get a new pressure plate. And 3-5 days to wait for another new part.:*sip*
  14. refokus

    refokus Hmmmmmm

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    It does....:lol3
  15. cyberdos

    cyberdos Easy Bonus Loop

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    :lol3

    I'm a GPS geek. If anyone needs help understanding the modern marvel boxes let me know.
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  16. CrownRoyal

    CrownRoyal Been here awhile

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    refokus- Thats way more than I plan on spending on a GPS. I guess I will just use my cars Garmin Nuvi till I find a cheap waterproof one.
    So what else does it do?

    Moar- Impact wrenches are the holy grain of tools.
  17. fanatic291

    fanatic291 Desert Tortoise

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    I want to get a small Etrex. I have used a NUVI 105 and 76 CSX. I think I would rather have something super small to spot check my location rather than a huge device.

    Blue Charts suck. The map programs are the main thing that hold me back.

    If you guys want to download pretty good maps for free, check out: www.gpsfiledepot.com .
  18. Michhub

    Michhub Major Medical

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    Holy Crap! Thats awesome...I just downloaded the AZ TOPO for my 60CSX....I thought I'd never get a map for that thing since Garmin dropped it :thumb
  19. cyberdos

    cyberdos Easy Bonus Loop

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    You can actually get quite a lot out of bargain GPS' with a few tweaks. The only thing you can't really work around is the ruggedness and waterproof capabilities of a unit.

    Even a unit not specified to route like your car gps units can show a track. it wont work like a regular unit that can handle routes and tracks but you can certainly trick it into showing you a line to help you navigate. Which is just the same.
  20. refokus

    refokus Hmmmmmm

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    Well, my GPS pisses me off every time I use it and have to figure out how to follow the track all over again. That's what it does, it fuckin pisses me off..........:lol3 Now that's worth the $800

    I will need to get Cyberdos to teach me how to use it someday. :deal