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Discussion in 'West – California, the desert southwest and whatev' started by RAZR, Sep 10, 2012.
All set to go. Friday will be my birthday. What a better place to celebrate?
There is a lot of sand on this years route. If you're on a big bike knobbies ARE a requirement IMO. TKC as a minimum, Mich Deserts or similar are even better. Leave the Tourances and Annakees at home.
It wouldn't hurt to bring the AAA San Bernardino map with you either. You could detour around if you find yourself in to deep (pun intended). Just remember that sweep will NOT look for or help you if you go off course.
I'm blessed/cursed with a 950 Super Enduro, a TE610 and a KLR 650 to choose from at this point.
I've done it on a KLR 9 times (mostly day 2 only), on the Husky twice.
The Husky is by far the best trail bike, but I cringe at the thought of riding ~250 miles on the freeway on it...
The SE is a beast, but it only has 100 mile range and might be a handful in Red Rock Canyon.
Take the SE if you don't plan on taking any hardway options....I've been through Red Rock on my 620 with ~5+ gallons in the front tank and my partner was on his 990......you've been through the ~.25 mile washout on Rocky Gap Rd. enough times to know the line by now (stay hard right, cross left, up and over the dirt mound, right at the split, and you're out)
I hear ya Chris, but that is a steep section with big ass rocks and my SE is tall and I'm just a baby boy.
But who am I to talk??? I'll either be on my WR250R or my 300 XCW
Trade ya bikes for that section, cupcake.
I tried searching but got no results.......Does anyone know if there is secure parking in Palmdale, at Palmdale Supercycles or elsewhere?
Still trying to figure out how to get there, our best bet would be to drive to Palmdale & leave the truck then ride back to it from Vegas on Sunday.
You can park in the back lot at Palmdale Super Cycles for the weekend
Thanks! I appreciate the info.
I have been trying to log in at district 37 to ask this question but no luck.
Do they really check sound levels ? I have FMF silencers on my SE just wondering if it will pass. it's not super loud.
I had a FMF Q on my CR500 and FMF claimed a 96 DB it never checked lower that 115.
There is a tech inspection, better to be safe than sorry.
Do you have an insert in them? If so, I bet you'll be OK.
They will have a sound level meter at tech. But...they'll typically look at your exhaust and if it is stock or has an insert then they will pass you on a visual inspection. If there is doubt you could be asked to do a db check. Just saying.
Download a db app and test it . Hold it 3ft back... Would suck to be pulled for obvious violation.
Yep i have the inserts in. DB app. thanks for the advice.
Reading through the posts and saw the discussion on tires and there being lots of sand this year. I have a 244 on the rear with 1K miles on it, still looks great. And a worn 606 on the front. Riding my DR650, new tires are in the back of my mind for the ride. Has anyone ridden the Michelin T63? How does it wear on the road?
Other than the 244, I have only ridden 606's on this bike. This is my daily driver too and while the 606s are a bit noisey on the road I am fine with it. Ride the desert a few times a week coming and going to work, so the knobbies are not a problem. Looking to try different tires and this would be the time to mount up a new set.
I have posted the LA-B-to-V Rider Packet here:
Please read it soon if you are attending the ride!
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great list Julie!!! I ADDED THIS LINK TO POST #1
stick with what you know. Dunlop 606's are actually a good tire for everything. they do fine in sand.
Rocky Mtn ATV/MC has good prices on those.
also look at Maxxis Desert IT (harder compound)
or Cross IT (slightly softer compound)
not DOT legal but they are a great tire.