Less Talkin', More Rockin' 2012 LA to GC ADV Ride

Discussion in 'Epic Rides' started by FYYFF, Jun 4, 2012.

  1. KTM265

    KTM265 Been here awhile

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    We have hit some snow on the south side a few times. We start in Fountain Hills where it's around 1,000ft elevation, 80-90F in the heat of the day...as we head north, the elevation goes up, temps drop fast...we'll be around 9,000 foot by day 2...snow and cold hitting us...then it drops back down in elevation until we hit the rim and decent temps...We did the ride in April one year, the drifts in the mountains were around 2 to 3 feet and miles long... That year I had my KTM250EXC and it was a blast cutting through the snow on it.
  2. browneye

    browneye PIN IT & BANG GEARS

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    Bump for this RR.

    The riders on these kinds of trips form friendship bonds that last. If you're reading through and think you would like to experience this type of adventure, then continue to prepare and gain skills and be ready for one you can fit with.

    This trip could only have been a pipe dream for me just a few years ago. A friend sent me a link of adventure rider photos (ADV Intro) some years ago, and it completely changed my outlook on motorcycling. I knew right away these were the kinds of adventures I wanted to pursue.

    The adventures people share on ADVrider don't just happen in a vacuum. It takes years of practice and planning, and preparing yourself and machine for them.
  3. RedRockRider

    RedRockRider Long timer

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    Nice ride report, guys. Lots of familiar roads. :thumb:thumb:thumb
  4. Buster714

    Buster714 VP of crash testing

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    Okay you FF's look out! I'm back! More adv to share from far off lands outside CA.:rofl Found this post in a text file on my desktop. Is there an expiration on RR's? Not when I'm in them. This could take me another 6mo. :huh

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    Ten hours of sleep. Roughin' it. :lol3
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    Loner, StuCazzo, Tbarstow
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    So happy with this bike on this trip!!! :clap I started to get bummed out on the last couple Mojave rides, feeling like a pussy trying to keep up with little bikes on this thing, but this last trip allowed the GS to stretch its legs and show me what it's got. I was very impressed and even shocked at times with the handling under full load through extremely rocky climbs, tight forested trails and slippery gravel roads. I have renewed faith in the bike. So much so, that I may be riding to Idaho next month from SoCal.
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    Anyway, on with the pics...

    Forest a la FYYFF.
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    Yet another beautiful trail to an insane view of the Grand Canyon.
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    What a great feeling reaching the end of a climb and being presented with these views! It seemed obvious that these were places most people will never know about, with views that easily rival the very best the Canyon has to offer.
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    Here's a poor shot of that car Browneye was talking about. It looked like they hammered it into some rock steps and blew a tire. The spare was out but the car was already wedged into the hill against the rocks. Impala man... is that you?
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    NSFW, Tbarstow
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    There were unusual piles and stacks of giant rocks on the side of the highway.
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    The boulders dwafed us as we rode by.
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  5. KTM265

    KTM265 Been here awhile

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    Amen to that... If you're a decent B level rider, you're ready for a trip like this...All it takes is a few PMs to people planning a trip and boom, you're in with a group...
  6. Buster714

    Buster714 VP of crash testing

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    Awesome campsite.
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    Clanking buckets and yelling first thing in the AM. Miss you, Rich.
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    Strange noises over there last night.
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    Buster714 VP of crash testing

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    Long wait for the tunnel.
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    Now that's a post bump. :lol3

    Video anyone? :shog
  8. Buster714

    Buster714 VP of crash testing

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    Elbow Canyon hiking video up next! It's rendering. :eek1 FINALLY :eek1 I'm at work at 9:15pm... Spect. Spect.
  9. Buster714

    Buster714 VP of crash testing

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    This video is RIDICULOUSLY LONG, but I wanted to document what everyone was up to on this particular day of the ride. Tim and I were running up and down that mountain for the better part of the day. Too many stops. The most on any ride I've ever been on. Ever. I even tipped over at one point having stopped too many times leading up to one section. Nevertheless, there's always something to learn from these rides... isn't there? :rofl

    :lol2 Ride up.
    :cry Hike down.
    :eek1 Pick up bikes.
    :bluduh Hike back up.
    :huh Repeat.

    Carnage everywhere. Total destruction... for what? A few rocks? Looks easy enough..............

    on video. :D Once you stopped, there was no traction on a heavy bike in this stuff. Good times for some. Total nightmare for others.

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    In all fairness, this terrain wasn't exactly on the menu when the trip was planned. It was supposed to be an 'easy' route with a challenging section or two. It took hours and hours to get everyone through about 18 miles!!!

    Sorry for the long wait guys. I hope it was as enchanting as you remember it. :lol3
  10. M1Jeep

    M1Jeep Long timer

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    Sweet video Aram! It was almost like doing it all over again, but without all the sweat and huffing and puffing. :rofl

    Looking forward to your Idaho/Wyoming RR! :clap
  11. FYYFF

    FYYFF Forever young...

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    Oooohh yeah... Brings back the good memories... :clap
    Thanks for the footage Aram. I still have couple videos for you. I'll stop by one day. :D
  12. rruugger

    rruugger formally rruugger

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    Yep, Rough trail!
  13. NSFW

    NSFW ktm's "the tourist"

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    haha.......someone renamed "elbow canyon" to "7 men canyon".......:rofl


    3 hours to do 18miles or a pace of 6 mph....:eek1


    good times and see you all again on the next adventure....:clap


    thanks aram for putting the punctuation to this ride.....:ricky
  14. FYYFF

    FYYFF Forever young...

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    Can't wait for the next one Joel. BTW, it looks like you are having your own adventure around Colorado... :wink:
  15. tbarstow

    tbarstow Two-wheelin' Fool

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    You're forgetting that some of us hiked 30 miles up and down the canyon, so a 10mph hike is moving at a pretty fast clip.
  16. Buster714

    Buster714 VP of crash testing

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    Glad there are still people reading this thread. :lol3

    Yeah, what bike were you on NSFW?

    :deal :lol3 Oh yeah, we were haulin ass.
  17. NSFW

    NSFW ktm's "the tourist"

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    tim, you started as a sweep and ended up as a slave.....:rofl

    you' were the only one who was physically fit for that ride. damn, i need to work out.


    ers, i see you already peeking into my smug account.....:hmmmmm

    have 1015 pics to go through. will post a RR soon.

    the ride we did at navajo lake and north rim at 9K feet made me adjust the carb for the RMAR ride. dropped the needle by a notch and the 640 ran crisply. i love this bike.

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  18. FYYFF

    FYYFF Forever young...

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    Already??? Always, always... :rofl
    I also got your Spot OK messages as well.
  19. NSFW

    NSFW ktm's "the tourist"

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    thanks ers for checking my share page.

    2013 plan

    instead of doing a gc ride next year, we do the silverton co ride. i bet you all will like it. it has all kinds of terrains for all skill levels and bike size within 5 miles from town. there are motels and campgrounds in the area.

    :ear
  20. browneye

    browneye PIN IT & BANG GEARS

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    IN!!

    I spent last Thursday and Friday in Denver for a software conference. I have never been to Colorado. It's is freaking awesome. The Rocky Mountains are 15 minutes from town, completely networked with trails. As I understand it three quarters of the entire state is offroad paradise. :evil

    I think I could live there.