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Discussion in 'Land of the Rising Sun: ADV Bikes from Japan' started by LaOutbackTrail, Aug 1, 2006.
Thank you for the details!
Around Moab, UT
Damn, I need to ride out there. Is it a national park that your need to get a $$$ pass to drive through?
Looks like Shaefer grade in Canyonlands NP. If you go through the main entry gate there, you do have to pay a fee, but You can get in via Potash Rd or the long way from Mineral Bottom.
Indeed. Looks rather steep. How was the ride down?
Took a ride to Pawnee National Grasslands on my new to me '09 Wee Strom
Pawnee National Grasslands
Does gravel count?
Some glorious West Aussie red dirt!
Nice morning in the San Bernardino National Forest.
I need to get someone to ride with, so I can get pictures of me actually riding.
Sunday ride. 400 km, half paved roads.
Here are my V-Strom
Back in the fall of 2009, I took at 4200 mi trip from Wyoming to Montana, Idaho, Washington, Oregon, California, Nevada, and Utah and saw a lot of amazing places in the middle of nowhere. What are going to do when you're far from home and don't have the right tool for the particular task at hand. Not even try and potentially miss something awesome? All things in moderation but there's a beauty to giving it a go with obviously the wrong tool for the job. Otherwise, this site would just be call Rider, right?
On one of the last days of the trip I started at Bryce Canyon, went into Capital Reef on the Burr Trail, and the over the Henry Mountains to Hanksville. The first time I had ever dropped the Wee was in some sand that snuck up on me. Note that the bike was originally going in the direction away from the camera:
The I ran into snow on the east side of Bull Creek Pass around 10,500' and managed to eat snow pretty hard. Luckily, the gent who took this pic helped me pick up the pieces:
After that, it was all fun. Wee!
Needless to say, I started saving my pennies for a DRZ when I got home. Good times!
FYI, salt water will really wreck an already abused chain. New one will be here in a couple days. Hopefully the new one will last more than 10k miles, I'll try to take better care of it. :/
Riding on the beach is awesome though. Had a cool mist blowing in, so a popped the GoPro on.
Another in the San Bernardino Mountains
I really need to get a set of Knobbies, almost lost it in the dust/sand a few times.
Maybe they smoked it all :huh
It looks good and works also good. I did not manage any probems with stability even at 150 km/h
how did you raise the beast 40mm
I'd be interested in knowing about that too!
Hmmm. Think I just found the answer on Stromtrooper.com The link didn't seem to work, but the thread is called "Project WeeStrom 7.5"
Here are some pics showing the snow level over 2 weekends - around 2000 feet still, but melting. Waiting for it to clear to 6000 feet so I can ride the WA Backcountry Discovery Route.
All these pics are near North Bend, WA
This is the Middle Fork Road of the Snoqualmie River. Odd weather day...snowing, raining and generally crappy, but had a bunch of fun - nothing like a bike sliding around on the slippy stuff! Still riding the Tourance tires.
Video of a gushing creek from the same ride - just a beautiful day in spite of (or maybe because of) the crappy weather
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A couple of weekends later up by Exit 38 off of I-90 (near Ollalie State Park). Snow level still around 2000 feet - this was the end of the road (locked gate). And my first ride on the new Heidenau Scout tires... which totally rock!
And the next weekend, the snow level was still about 2000 feet (with a blow down that ended the adventure on NF 57 - North Fork of the Snoqualmie)
Really looking forward to seeing what this bike can do on the rougher stuff. Raising links on the way to give me a bit more ground clearance so I don't keep smacking my enduro guardian skid plate so much. (and in case you're wondering, yes, that is a hockey puck bolted onto the kickstand - works great and cost about $2 )
I love this bike!
Last weekend. I saw no other vehicles for about an hour and half - on a sunny Saturday.