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Discussion in 'West – California, the desert southwest and whatev' started by AZ TOM, Oct 10, 2013.
Thanks Tom, I will complete it this time, or you could come along I know you have a full plate.
Would you believe that yesterday is the first time I've been out for a real ride since last December? Yeh, things have been kinda busy for a while. That might be changing in the next couple of months though... good for riding but no so good for the income side.
Going tomorrow, but a small group going on the 27,28,29th of this month. Your welcome to come along. Where are you located?
Tom send me an email when you get back and we'll set up an excursion to Alamo.
Any other like minded inmates who would like to join a Friday ride speak up...
Not sure about that for us mere mortals!
I have only ridden it once so I'm no expert on this trail. I rode it on a dual sported XR650R about 9 years ago and there are two deep water crossings at the west end and (what seemed like) 40 miles of deep sand east of Kelbaker Road. I was able to do it on the 650 but there is no way I could have ridden that deep sand on my BMW R1200GSA. :eek1:eek1:eek1
I'm sure a rider with advanced skill could ride just about anything on this trail but many of us don't ride at that level.
Maybe there are some alternate routes I'm not aware of. We were also not able to ride across the dry lake bed on the west end because the mud was too deep and up to the axles.
One of these days I want to ride it again on my KTM 500EXC. I have a 5.3 gallon fuel tank so I should be able to easily make it all the way across without a fuel stop. When my group did it years ago, we needed two fuel stops because of our small tanks.
AZ TOM... did you scout it? How does the Gov't closure effect access?
It can be a lot or work, that's for sure...
I spoke with Tom earlier this evening and he made it to Laughlin today and will be scouting the Mojave trail part tomorrow.
I think once you get a little used to riding a bigger bike in Mojave, it becomes easier. I rode my 1200 through there because it's the only plated bike that I have. Otherwise I would of taken my RMZ450:. from my experience I'd say in general the bigger bike did fine. Main difference for me was that the bigger bike had the tendency to go to the lowest spots on the trail unless you used lots of throttle. If you can ride a smaller bike in sand, then you should be able to ride a heavier one. Just be ready to sweat a little more.
Starting and stopping is the hardest part. trying to balance 500 pounds vs 250
650 miles in two days & I am home. Route nailed down. Long days & lots of miles. I left out the loop back into Parker as it will take doing 3 days. Evaluating a ride is very difficult & subjective. We all have different skills. Have ridden the full length of the Mohave Trail about 6 times. Previous times on TE Huskies & XR650L's. Today went from Laughlin to Cima Rd on WR250R. The rains have done a lot of changing to that section. I would say the toughest trip across so far for me. If you hate sand you will hate this ride. The sand goes on & on with rocks in between. Talked to a Ranger at Cima & she said technically it was closed but not a problem. She is working but no pay check:eek1. Two other riders & I are doing a loop from Prescott at the end of the month & I get no kick in getting someone in a situation they struggle in & just hate, so want to put this out there so they have some idea of what's involved. Has anybody ridden this section recently? I am talking in the last few weeks. I am probably just a wimp but a GS on what I rode this am would not be doable for me:eek1 Here are a few pics & video's of the easy peasy stuff but gives a little insight as to what it looks like. Will add as soon as I can load them.
Video's added. Hope this shows how much fun this trail is? At the beginning anyway:huh While talking to the Ranger little gal she said she also rode & had a TW Yamaha. Asked if my bike was street legal for the freeway & such? She was not familiar with the WRR. I said I just came through all that sand & crap & still can do 75 on the freeway all day. She also asked was there others in my group? I said I was solo & she rolled her eyes & shook her head:huh I wondered what those truckers were thinking when as I passed them at 75 on I 40 on a little 250 cc dirt bike with knobby tires. I'm sure they thought at least a 500cc or bigger Truly an amazing little bike. I slabbed it from Needles to Williamson Valley Rd & down & home. That picture of that little rocky uphill got a lot worse, the Gal said even with 4 wheel drive she could not get through due to not enough ground clearence:eek1:eek1
Not the greatest vid,can.t be any worse than this:
Tom, you have done it again... Taken us all on a ride most can only dream of doing.
But, have I mentioned before that I'm not overly fond of sand. Especially miles upon miles of it broken by a pile of rocks now and then. :eek1 :eek1 :eek1
Thanks Mark. Will try & show as much as possible on our ride on the 27th. Same with me on the sand, but some days I love it & some days I hate it?:huh Great video Sandwash where was that?
Ahh, we shall see
Keep in touch. ArizTom@cableone.net
PS our loop goes Prescott to Laughlin, stay the night. West on Mojave Trail & then south & east below 40 on Suflower Springs Trail & then east into Parker, stay the night & then home.
Get a motel thur and meet up fri morn.Going to trailer the bike from flag, have room for truck and trailer?
The Ride 27th,28th,29th. Sun., Mon.,Tues.
Have room no problem.
AZ Tom XR650L
Viper05 KTM 525
Sandwash DR 650
My bad sat night