High Desert Plated Dirt Bike Rides

Discussion in 'West – California, the desert southwest and whatev' started by Jeff aka BOLT, Sep 24, 2012.

  1. Jeff aka BOLT

    Jeff aka BOLT Prefer Saturdays

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    Will be tooling around seeing what I can see in the Ords Sat AM. Anything in particular I should seek. PM if it's hush.
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  3. Mojave Mutt

    Mojave Mutt Been here awhile

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    Can't ride tomorrow, I'm riding Saturday. Going to ride early to near Holcomb Valley and check out something I've been looking at on Google Earth, home by 1 pm or so. Fridays are usually open for me but not this week. I'm near you. I live around the Apple Valley Rd./ Yucca Loma Rd. area in AV about a half mile East of the river.

    My son is racing the two nationals in Lucerne next month so I'll be out there pitting him.
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  4. cbig

    cbig Rift- Raft, SCooter Trash

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    If you find anything scenic..
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  5. Mojave Mutt

    Mojave Mutt Been here awhile

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    Weather out here on the High Desert has been a bit cooler but still hasn't made big transition from summer to fall temps except overnight.

    I have one of my spots I'm thinking of riding to next Sunday from my house or can stage closer. It's a great place while the temps are little warm with lots of fun, sort of sandy, flowing, single track, and great washes Some good views of Edwards AFB, Jawbone, Tehachapis, and out as far as Piute mtns to the north. Nothing technical, just fun.

    Probably 100-120 mile round trip from my house in Apple Valley on plated bikes, fuel available in Silver Lakes/Helendale on the outbound and return. Staging closer in, a half mile off HWY 395, a 60-70 mile loop, don't even need a plated bike.

    All Invited but be warned, not noob terrain since there's some sandy spots..


    I love this spot in the dead of winter when the sun is low on the horizon, sun is at your back in the morning and again in late afternoon.
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  6. Jeff aka BOLT

    Jeff aka BOLT Prefer Saturdays

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    You talking Oct 7th ?

    I am one of the weird one's that likes sand... go figure.
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  7. Kali Trailrider

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    Yeah that should work for me.
    I will confirm as we get closer to next Sunday.

    I am almost two hours away so maybe a time around 8am start would help me a little.
    I can't ride this weekend so by next Sunday I will be ready to roll.

    This area is new to me so I will be looking forward to it.

    Also long range forecast looks like low to mid 80's as the day's high.
    So the weather should be nice. Probably a little dusty out there though.
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  8. slidewayes

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    what # and or club ill keep an eye out
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  9. Mojave Mutt

    Mojave Mutt Been here awhile

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    969X Harry Lyles, we have a small non district club, Dirty Mutts MC, mostly former expert desert racers, pitting for our sons.
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  10. Mojave Mutt

    Mojave Mutt Been here awhile

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    Yep the 7th, on the trail about 8:30am, either location, I'll let any of the dudes wanting to do the ride pick between the Apple Valley or HWY 395/ Shadow Mountain Rd. staging spot.

    Sand skills are a must for any desert rider, I'm not sayin I want to ride all sand, but folks miss out on alot of good riding if theyre always trying to avoid sand on their rides.
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  12. cbig

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    Stayin' old school for a while. The boys (and girl) and I are gearing up for 4-5 days of Death Valley and Western Nevada. I have reasonable expectations Bessie will make it, and in comfort. Spark, fuel, or oil are all faults easily diagnosed and likely field fixed. Can't imagine riding remote on a BMW/Huskie fuel injected tech anything where the R2 unit has a blown motivator. ..or the unobtainium chip gave out/shorted..or the save the planet smog system faulted and shut down the unobtainium chip to spare the planet.. how do I fix that? Me saying that coming from two older Huskies.

    Hope to see some great photos of your rides!
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  13. Kali Trailrider

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    I will put one vote up for the Shadow mountain rd / 395 meet up location.
    If it cuts out pavement riding and it would be easier for me to get to.

    But I don't want to miss out on anything fun. So what ever works best for you guys.
    Any plans for lunch or should I pack a lunch (something more that trail snacks).

    I have to agree with Cbig on the new technology of the newer bikes.
    Alot of them are locked up and now only the dealer can make changes to the FI system.
    Give me a carborated bike any day.
    At least for me...
    I understand them and after twenty years of working with them I can tear them apart and put them back together. Even if I had to out on the trail.

    Sorry for the ealier commit on you XR600... It is a good bike.
    I had a XR650R that was an awesome bike for the desert and open areas.
    But it was almost 12 years old... A little on the heavy side and a bitch to start (sometimes).
    I am loving my new KTM XC-W 450 and the magic button..!!
    Alot has changed in the last 12 years..!!
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  14. cbig

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    I must have missed the destination. Might want to hook up, throw the xr on the jeep and stage.Got to check the calendar first.

    I remember last year meeting up with two older guys touring around the back of Mammoth working their way South. One on I'm guessing about a 1987 blue and white XL600 that looked pretty fresh and the other on some red Honda XL. Loaded with camp gear touring the west. I asked him why those bikes. The 1987 guy said he was the original owner and he had reasonable expectation in the morning when they broke camp his bike would run. They were not slow. Something to be said about intimate knowledge of your bike's condition.

    Me, I'll probably always be old school. 10,15 years from now after beating the xr's down to where repairs aren't economical I will buy a 2007 450 exc pumpkin and someone will say "...why you riding that? You should get real dirt bike! That's too old to be fast ..." :D
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    cbig Rift- Raft, SCooter Trash

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    I think it would be good to post some kind of list of where, who and when rides are going on the first page if you are able
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  16. Earl999

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    I hear you on the complex "gizmos" versus the simple & rugged reliability of an air cooled big bore! I have an XR650L and can relate, I love my bike and have had no problems at all! (I ruggedized it too!)

    Your XR600 is a great bike and will be a lot of fun where you're going!

    Having said that, I can see owning a street legal DI 2 smoke, that would be fun as hell!
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  17. Mojave Mutt

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    Shadow Mountain Rd / 395 would work out to about 15 miles pavement of the 100-120 roundtrip from my house. Anything north of my place is 5 miles to dirt, southbound is 1/2 mile to dirt.

    I'm fine with meeting up out there for a trail ride, either way its lunch on the trail so bring chow for sure. If we stage at 395 don't have to worry about fuel since it will be a 60 mile or so trail ride.

    The 395 spot is a half hour from my house and I have the option of riding my 300XC or 530 dualsport since no plate required for the trail area.
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  18. Jeff aka BOLT

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    I'll go anywhere the group wants to meet. But as a guy that made the move to ride out of my back yard (hence the theme of this thread) I don't wanna make the desert dwellers drive OUT of the desert to meet those that have to commute anyway... and then ride pavement to trails. The point of living here is NOT to have to commute... and then ride pavement back to trails. :lol3

    If you live in Long Beach or Anaheim another 15-30 minutes aint gonna kill you. :freaky

    Just food for thought... I'll meet you guys whereever Mutt decides. :thumb
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    Dear Mr's. Mutt and Bolt-
    My son also races (1X H1) and I am an X Expert racer. Today I did a training ride. Cleghorn-Silverwood-Crab Flats-Big Pine Flats(loose rocky switchbacks). Usually I turn back there but, today I followed the graded rd. towards Hesperia. Took a left on a freshly graded Jeep Rd. that headed back towards the mountain. Turned into cool singletrack 2W01. Crossed the creek again at a rocky spot and headed up the hill. All along was fun looking trails. I was alone and did'nt totally know where I was going so I hooked onto the 3?34 past Pinnacles and home. 101 miles.

    I sure would like to ride those and other trails with someone who knows the spots. All I ever did growing up was race, over the past 2 years I got the trailriding BUG! Going to be in Baja Oct. 5-13. Please consider letting me tag along on a future ride, you will be making an old man happy!

    Thanks- Brad
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  20. RFVC600R

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    Got sand? All my friends are flakes. So, any ADVriders wanna ride with me?
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