Identity Crisis II, The White Rim Trail, Utah Rocks!

Discussion in 'Ride Reports - Epic Rides' started by dave6253, Apr 21, 2009.

  1. dave6253

    dave6253 GCBAR Explorer

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    The last time I did a Utah trip it was on a little Aprilia SPORT-tourer that wanted really bad to be a DualSport. This time however; It's the rider with the crisis of identity. After owning a 2007 KTM 990 Adventure for a short time I'm already a desert racer wannabe. Riding the Aprilia makes me feel like Valentino Rossi, but this big KTM makes me think I'm a badass like the late great Fabrizio Meoni. :bow


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    In reality I'm far from it. Here's a little taste of what's to come.

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    Let's GO!
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  2. rokklym

    rokklym one man wolfpack

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    Awesome photos! Man that White Rim is a blast! I was ready to do it again the day after we did it but there were other things to check out. I can't wait to get back and try it again.
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  3. dave6253

    dave6253 GCBAR Explorer

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    I decided to make this a sequel to last October's Utah ride because...
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    except for the bike...
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    the first 1.5 days...
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    will be almost identical.
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    With a 3 day weekend ahead I race home from work on Friday to get this ride started. By leaving after work I have 4 days to ride.
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    This landmark on the Navajo Nation is named the Elephant's Feet.
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    This silo stores coal from the Black Mesa Mine. The coal is transported from here by electric freight train to a power plant. I stop near the tracks off the US160 near Kayenta to layer up for the cool night ride...
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    and to watch the Arizona Sunset.
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    I make it to the Goosenecks of the San Juan State Park in Utah, 334 miles from Phoenix, at 9PM.
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  4. Nightstalker

    Nightstalker YO BUDDYPAL!

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    Absolutely Stunning!!
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  5. BV1

    BV1 Adventurer

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    Looks awesome!
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  6. dave6253

    dave6253 GCBAR Explorer

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    I stayed in the exact same spot as in October. It's much cooler so the tent goes up this time.

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    I kind of sleep in so I miss out on the best light for photos...

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    ...of what's over the edge. It looked better in October.
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    I turn off the highway onto a gravel dead-end to check out Mexican Hat Rock.
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    The road ends at the river.
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    Sombrero?
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    Next, let's compare bikes on the Valley of the Gods Road.
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  7. Salt Lick

    Salt Lick Weissbiermann

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    I've never been to that part of the world for an extended trip. Nice photos!
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  8. caktmrider

    caktmrider Been here awhile

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    Awesome!
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  9. dave6253

    dave6253 GCBAR Explorer

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    I love this road. The new bike makes it no challenge at all. Unlike the scary moment I had on the Aprilia... The bike and rocks pose for lots of pics...
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    Next up, Moki Dugway and Muley Point
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  10. Mike955i

    Mike955i Future Escapee

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    Nice pics and RR!! I did this ride in Oct 07 and was amazed at Southern Utah's beauty - I need to head back there for more exploring. Looking forward to more pics... :thumb
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  11. Playa Shark

    Playa Shark High Desert Prowler

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    Very cool. Thanks for sharing.
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  12. Two

    Two Been here awhile

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    Awesome pics :)
    Utah is in my USA tour included, so this is going to be fun for sure :clap

    Subscribed :lurk
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  13. kuyaoli

    kuyaoli Been here awhile

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    cool pics and report, want to see more...
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  14. dave6253

    dave6253 GCBAR Explorer

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    Thanks for all the nice comments.:wave I'll post more photos after work.
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  15. xdbx

    xdbx Motorcycle Connoisseur

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    Dave! Your report writing and photography has really come far from your first reports. Fantastic framing in some of the monument valley shots!

    Tell us a bit more about your feelings towards re-riding a route. And more about the bike vs. bike experience. :clap :ear:ear
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  16. cheekymonkey

    cheekymonkey born again jackass

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    Wow.:clap

    I just made your sunset shot on post#1 my background. Fantastic! I also really loved the night shot of the instrument cluster in post#3.

    Mind posting the camera that you used?

    Thanks for sharing.:1drink
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  17. BikePilot

    BikePilot Long timer

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    Great pictures and great camping spot:clap:clap
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  18. dentedvw

    dentedvw Where did I put that

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    Did someone say Black Mesa?
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    It never gets old for me.

    Loving the RR so far, keep it up!
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  19. brianjonesphoto

    brianjonesphoto Single Track Noob

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    I had the same thought. :lol3
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  20. SirSparkz

    SirSparkz Been here awhile

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    That's why I got WWGFD for a plate :rofl
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