Kokopelli's Trail Ride, March 23-25, 2012

Discussion in 'The Rockies – It's all downhill from here...' started by Big_John, Feb 5, 2012.

  1. Big_John

    Big_John Colorado Rider

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    We were originally planning a Moab Ride, but have since changed it..... (Of course, there is always the option for anyone to haul bikes all the way to Moab....per our original plans.)

    Kokopelli's Trail to Moab and back..... March 23-25, 2012

    * Haul the bikes to Grand Junction on Thursday Evening
    * Grand Junction to Moab, Kokopelli Trail on Friday
    * Moab Riding on Saturday
    * Moab to Grand Junction, back-tracking on the Kokopelli on Sunday
    * Haul bikes home on Sunday evening

    Anyone in?

    Also, I don't want an "organized event" with more than 20 riders.....ie. I will not be purchasing an event permit through the BLM. Therefore, those that hang with me, will be less than 20 riders. The first 20 that get on the In List can rider with me. I have nothing against supporting the BLM, but just don't want to go through the hassle this time.


    For Thursday night, we are going to crash at a campground in Fruita. Mac is the organizer of those accomodations. Contact Mac if you want a bed Thursday night or parking for your vehicle.


    We will keep our reservations at.....for Friday and Saturday night.

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    Ron's Pack Creek Campground

    1520 Murphy Lane #6, Moab, UT 84532


    Also, this ride is completely voluntary. You are riding at your own risk. You ride what you want and you decline if you don't want to ride it. You are responsible for yourself and your bike. Neither myself or anyone on this thread is liable for anything bad that may happen to you.



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  2. Mac

    Mac Long timer

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    I'm still in.

    I'll pack all gear on the bike from GJ, round trip.
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  3. aiMhi

    aiMhi Now with Titanium

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    Count me in. This is one awesome adventure ride with everything from deep red sand, rock, baby-heads, wide open riding, tough-as-nail climbs, you name it, it is on this ride. Lots of surprises on this ride.

    The Kokopelli trailhead is on old hwy 6 and there is a wide open parking lot but no services and no trees it is just barren. The couple miles to I-70 is a bit of a waste, however after you cross I-70 you are in the real Rabbit Valley Recreational Area - they have free camping here. Specifically the Castle Rock area (might be too far down the tail) is beautifull. The riding on the NW side of I-70 (5miles) is really dull including the 30miles haul from Grand Junction.

    Here is my ride report on the Kokopelli: http://advrider.com/forums/showthread.php?t=675839
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  4. BuilderScott

    BuilderScott Been here awhile

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    And probably in...
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    Mac Long timer

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  6. aiMhi

    aiMhi Now with Titanium

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    Its easy peasy, leave late in the day, load heavy and bring little water :wink:
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  7. Pitster

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    Sounds like a good ride, what bikes are guys taking?
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    BuilderScott Been here awhile

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    Fuel range required?
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  10. aiMhi

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    There will be guys with 6gal tanks, well two including myself (so far). I can spare you (1) gal. Should not be an issue. Additionally we cross 128 several times (3-4) so if we have an issue you can bail and slab back.
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  11. Big_John

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    So far.....we have.......

    Two Honda XR650R's (6.2 gallon desert tanks)
    One Honda XR650L (Clark 5.4 gallon)
    Two KTM 690's (not sure....on the tank capacities)
    One Yamaha YZ426 (My son is buying a 3.4 gallon this week)

    I think grub is thinking of bringing a KLR or his XR400.
    If OldMan comes, he will probably bring his DRZ450.


    There is no plan for a support vehicle at this time, so everyone needs to haul their gear.

    Here's my setup......

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  12. Big_John

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    Some pics......(I stole from other threads)

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    Not enough... 3.2 gallons

    I'll have to bail at some strategic point or carry extra, more likely carry extra myself.
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    I'm sure we will be fine. We have a siphon and between the three Honda's we will have about 7-8 extra gallons.

    Blbikers56's YZ.....when we road Sheep Creek from Grand Junction to Moab went 125 miles before we had to give him some gas and his tank is only 2.1 gallons. He will also have a new tank on this ride and I think it will be a 3.4 gallon. He should be able to ride at least 175 miles.
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  15. Blakebird

    Blakebird r-u-n-n-o-f-t

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    the DR650 & KLR is Tramontana and Sgt Marty - Sgt broke a footpeg and had to ride a good stretch without a peg (and rear brake)

    The picture with the big rut between posts is McGraw Bottom, a fun section. A big bike can be a handful there, shortly beyond where that picture is taken.

    The dates don't work for me or I'd be joining you - the following weekend I'm headed to the NV desert for a few days.

    For those doing an out 'n back, I want to see pictures going up Rose Garden Hill :lol2
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  16. Big_John

    Big_John Colorado Rider

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    One option for a return trip is to loop east through Gateway and come up Sheep Creek. I think we will make that decision, once we go down the Rose Garden.


    By the way, compliments of Lark....here is an awesome link with pics and a nice writeup..... CLICK HERE
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  17. Blakebird

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    or just continue on down Onion Creek to 128 and get back on the Kokopelli across from Dewey Bridge on the Dome Plateau side.
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  18. SgtMarty

    SgtMarty Retired, baby!

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    You're welcome for most of those photos, John. :lol3

    I did the Kokopelli Trail on the overloaded KLR and regretted it. Of course, I'm a (marginally) better rider now than I was back then, The DRZ400 will be a lot easier. The last time I started the Kokopelli Trail on the DRZ, my wiring harness grounded out and fried. I'd like to give it another try.

    If we join in on this ride, Laruie will possibly drive a support truck with room on the trailer for extra gas and all the camping gear. She's done that before, and we gassed up at Dewey Bridge, as Blake mentioned.

    And I, too, would like to see the group try Rose Garden Hill upwards.
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    Hey....if you will lead us up.....we will follow.




    Yeah....good point and it probably won't hurt us to take a couple of short cuts on the way back....as we still have to drive home on Sunday afternoon.
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    Last time i went down rosegarden on my KLR Ned was buzzing up and down it no problem.
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