Fresh detail on the SM but I couldn't keep it clean *34 pics*

Discussion in 'Ride Reports - Day Trippin'' started by sticky400sm, Oct 13, 2010.

  1. sticky400sm

    sticky400sm Adventurer

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    This thread started as 'Fresh detail on the SM but I couldn't keep it clean' but I've decided to change it to an ongoing thread with pics from various adventures that the DRZ has taken me on.



    These are from a trip through the Truckee/Donner train tunnels in early October 2010

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    Started the ride clean and planned to keep it off the dirt<o:p></o:p>
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    Hand crews working the fire...might be doing this next summer.<o:p></o:p>
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    After a trip up Old 40's twisties the dirt was calling me...I've seen the old train tunnel before and always wanted to explore the area.<o:p></o:p>
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    It was a little creepy rolling solo....<o:p></o:p>
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    It took some work to cut this tunnel<o:p></o:p>
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    Daylight was nice...the tunnel was a bit chilly<o:p></o:p>
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    The view was hard to beat<o:p></o:p>
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    Donner w/ Hwy 80 in the background<o:p></o:p>
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    Old train tunnel in the background<o:p></o:p>
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    Running low on fuel and hoping to make it to 89 but the dirt road turned into the Pacific Crest trail...no motor vehicles allowed and I'm only 3 miles from 89. Probably could have gone for it and know body would have known since the SM doesn't tear up trails but didn't want to be that guy.<o:p></o:p>
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    Gotta love the view...<o:p></o:p>
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    Heading back into the tunnels<o:p></o:p>
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    Next section ahead and more tunnel in the background<o:p></o:p>
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    The tunnel in the background<o:p></o:p>
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    Heading into another section<o:p></o:p>
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    Up the street from my house<o:p></o:p>
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  2. Linchpin

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    Nice pics. Looks like a great area to explore.
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  3. el guapo nada

    el guapo nada Been here awhile

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    Thanks for sharing sticky - looks like a really interesting place to ride, how's the SM on the gravel/dirt? I want my next bike to be as versatile as possible, and have been eyeing these machines...... :tb

    Anyhow, nice report - if I ever make it around your parts, I'm gonna seek out that tunnel! Pics are great too...that SM sure looks pretty sweet in the dirt!:evil

    Let's see some more!
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  4. sticky400sm

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    It's not as bad as you'd think in the dirt as long as you're comfortable sliding around a bit.


    Here are some pics from a few other dirt adventures it's been on.

    Out for a swim at Boca
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    Little bit of snow in Dog Valley
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    Riding the redwoods on the Sonoma County Coast
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    Sunrise Creek trail near Verdi Peak
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    From Sunrise Creek trail you can see Hwy 80 between the trees and NW Reno in the background
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    The first multi-day adventure was Usal Rd/Lost Coast
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    Perfect tool for dry lakebeds
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    Exploring a bit around Pyramid Lake
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    The Virgina City area is full of fireroads, great pavement and cool stuff to check out
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    But let's not forget the fun you can have on pavement with a SM
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  5. GB

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    Gorgeous ride! Thanks for sharing it :thumb
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