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Discussion in 'The Rockies – It's all downhill from here...' started by Greg@RME, Sep 11, 2009.
Definitely added to the list then!
Good, make that GREAT ride man!! I have a hoot! Those 8 or so hours is pretty much all the time I've had to myself lately, and it's, refreshing!
Riding and checking out all these new places has rekindled my passion for riding.
Let me know when you're up for the next one!
Actually felt good on Sunday! I put more a hurt on myself from doing legs in the gym and my 20 mile ride on the pedal bike, than the KTM gave me.
I'm actually, impressed, to say the least, at how well the big ole bike handled that stuff. I honestly don't think I had even one "moment" lol
Cool pics Greg. Sounds like a great ride.
The family and I were up on the Mesa a couple weekends back, checking things out. Can't wait to get back up there when it has thawed more.
I spent some time riding up JQS trail a couple weeks ago, camped overnight.
Get a good map, the map I got was woefully inadequate. There are some fun trails, nothing too crazy. Unless you are loaded down with gasoline, water, and camping equipment, then some of the trails get a bit more difficult
I ended up getting sick and cut the trip short, we only went 1 night and meant to go 3. I'd of liked to explore some more. Most of the trails I saw are 4WD trails, the kind a stock explorer could probably do just fine. One trail (8004) was pretty steep with ruts and loose dirt, but it was short and dead ends at a nice camping spot.
Just wanted to introduce myself... I'm a new rider located in lovely Grand Junction, and I recently stumbled upon a 2001 KL250 Super Sherpa. I scooped it right up. Needless to say I'm eager to get out there and start exploring, but naturally I'm gonna have to ease myself into things as I improve as a rider.
Once I get a better hang of things, I'm sure I'll have tons of questions about good rides for a noob in the area. I love exploring around here, and I can't wait to hit the road less traveled!
So if you see a guy nervously puttering around on a little green Kawasaki dual sport, there's a good chance it's me! And if you see a little green bike wrapped around a tree and me off in a ditch somewhere, don't hesitate to stop and say hello and please feel free to render first aid!
Welcome. Go look at some maps and wonder around!
Westernsloper, welcome to the area. Lots of great places to ride around here. Pretty new to the area myself. Enjoy and be safe.
Hey everyone, unless you've been living under a rock you've probably heard about the new RMP (Recreation Management Plan) that the Mesa County BLM is trying to force down our throats... their 'preferred' alternative includes closing 65% of trails in Mesa County! :huh
Several clubs and groups are working on comment parties, etc... the Grand Mesa Jeep Club is putting on a Pizza Party to gather more comments against the BLM's plan tomorrow evening. I will be there... would really love to see some local ADV'ers there too!
Here's the details...
This is tomorrow evening!! Please do what you can to attend, their goal is to get 500 MORE comments submitted against the 'preferred' alternative and suggest the BLM reconsider their plan.
Bump for tonight, this is very important!
Went out for a quick ride with Uli on his KTM 950 Super Enduro yesterday. We went up to the Uncompahgre and found our own adventure... lots of rocks, deep sand, awesome canyons and washes and even some water. We eventually found some high elevation and cool weather, which was nice. The trails were extremely dry, so much dust! I should have taken goggles, rather than sun glasses.
I ended up with a gas line that leaked real bad, 2 different times. Basically a banjo bolt connecting the tanks came loose and was hitting the swingarm while launching off countless water bars, (aftermarket tanks, lowered bike... not the best solution) I'm pretty sure I lost 3 gallons by the time we repaired it correctly, which isn't good when the bike holds just over 5 total. Both the leaks happened while we were riding and seeing a leak at the back of the bike isn't easy while rmoving. I rolled into town with 20 miles on the odometer SINCE the low fuel light came on, topped of the tank and headed for some refreshments.
After getting something to eat and drink, we headed out to the bikes... Uli had accidentally left his LED lights on and his SE was DEAD! I had to push start him in the parking lot! Some hottie college girl even commented as she walked by, saying he wouldn't have trouble if it was a Yamaha! Hahaaaa... It was a great day, I ended up with about 130 miles on the bike. It was some fun exploration, saw some new places on the Unc that I hadn't been to before and we experienced some rough riding.
Pics from the day-
Here's a link to the tracks... - http://alltrails.com/tracks/unca
Thanks again for the expertly performed push of the Uli on his bike. Started right up.
I had a great day on the trails of the Unc. Yup, VERY dry and dusty indeed -- good thing you let me lead most of the day. That long sandy strech was a blast at high speed, but I'd hate to be the noob who takes his 1200 GSA on it.
So now, having seen and felt the type of trails I've been punishing my 950 on for a number of years, you'll understand why the bike will just give up and die any day now. Nice and rocky stuff.
Perfect end to the day at the Ale House with ice cold IPAs.
I will be venturing out Saturday July 6th to ride corkscrew pass and maybe an engineer/cinnamon loop. I am a rookie on the dirt but I do know the San Juan passes fairly well. Anyone want to go? Ben
Ben, will you be riding from GJ & back?
I know much of the San Juans, but don't think I've been over Corkscrew... I may be interested.
I will be leaving from GJ early. I plan on being back by evening. So I'll ride as much as time allows. Corkscrew goes from 550 to animas forks. It's been years since I've been on corkscrew and even that was in a jeep so I'm ready to try my trusty big red pig!!
Sounds good, I'm game for a long day! I have a mostly worn rear tire I need to finish off, I think this may do it!
What time do you want to leave? I don't mind early, to beat the heat.
I'm down with early as well. I'm just not sure what kind of a pace I can keep through the passes. That's why I wasn't sure as to how many passes we could do. Randy's diner at 6am? Full disclosure I am way new to dirt so please be patient with me! Ben
6 AM @ Randys works great! They open at 6, so we'll be the first ones in!
I'm not worried about your pace in the dirt Ben... we'll break you in right. Even then, I have no problem slowing down in the San Juans... the scenery is worth taking it easy.
We will see how we do after Corkscrew, I'm sure there will be time for a few passes... I'm fine with playing it by ear.
I'm giddy as a school girl!!
I hate to say it, but I may be out for the San Juans... I was working on raising my KTM 690 back up to stock height, had all the needle bearings fall out of the lowering link when removing it, then found that the replacement 'stock' link I had for my bike is actually for a SMC (supermoto 690) and it doesn't fit. Unless I can find another replacement stock link for a 690 Enduro by next weekend, I won't be riding the 690. So far, finding a stock replacement is not looking good.
Greg did you call the ktm store and have them rush ship your part today?? Do you need help putting it in?? I don't want to ride alone in the woods... There's bears in the woods they might try to eat me. Haha